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I’m no model. My mood is typically plastered on my face whether I like it or not. I’m terrible at doing things on cue or by force, so when something is demanded of me my first instinct is to say no. I need the ‘yes’ to flow out of me. I’m a recovering adrenaline rush junkie that currently falls somewhere between going with the flow and considering every possibility before taking a leap. So, how did this photo come out so organically wonderful? This photo was taken by one of my best friends, a Brooklyn raised Boricua I met at the age of 18 during our college orientation. This is a girl whose pain became my pain, joy became my joy, and family became my family. We initially bonded over talking each other out of making questionable decisions, being able to have fun doing absolutely anything, and love (we’re just two big hearted gals). We…

“Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable—Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” – Denis Waitley While many of us are dealing with the aftermath of a barbarous, 576 day long U.S. presidential campaign, others are taking some time away to celebrate the five women that made American history yesterday; in a way that is completely unrelated to the presidential election. You’re welcome. Let’s join in on the celebration! Kamala Harris Kamala Harris,  California’s Attorney General, is the 2nd African-American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the U.S.. Senate. Ilhan Omar Ilhan Omar, former refugee, is the first Somali-American legislator, serving as State Representative for Minnesota.  Catherine Cortez Masto Catherine Cortez Masto, former…

‘Am I going to be happy when I reach the top of the “heap” because that is all I can imagine? Or when I get to the top will I find that indeed it is just a “heap” after all.’ – Dorothy Valcárcel (Quiz found in a book by Dorothy Valcárcel. Check it out! You wont regret it.) QUIZ  **no cheating!*** Quiz #1 “1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world Name the last five Heisman trophy winners Name the last find winners of the Miss America pageant Name the last five academy award winners for best actor and actress ” Got your answers?? Piece of cake? If it was, you definitely cheated. If it was not, try these questions instead: Quiz #2 “1. List five teachers who made a difference in your life Name three friends who helped you through a difficult time Name five people you…

The Writers Talk Mane Q/A with the writers discussing their favorite hair products, their hair journeys, they favorite hairtubers, etc.  Ziera 1. What was the best decision you’ve ever made in regards to your hair? I would have to say that the best decision I’ve ever made in regards to my hair was definitely cutting it off! 1a. To the care of your hair? Using natural products…better yet, MAKING my own products. I thought it would be difficult, but there are so many resources to help you create concoctions. 2. Name one product you use that has completely transformed your hair for the better Silicon Mix & Crece Pelo deep conditioner. They made my hair soooooo soft and manageable after I cut my hair and during the transition of it growing wild. 3. Name one style you’d like to try but have not yet tried Shaving one side of my…

A couple of months ago, my husband and I scored a TON of coconut flour for absolutely free on Craigslist.  With funds being low and not wanting to show up empty handed at a church event, it was time to be creative.  What did I do? I baked this pretty healthy loaf of bread.  The bread was inspired by https://recipes.sparkpeople.com. HOW TO: Five simple ingredients were called for: – 1/2 cup of coconut flour (See benefits below) -1/4 teaspoon of Celtic salt (I used pink Himalayan salt. Both are detoxifying and full of minerals!) -1/4 teaspoon of baking soda -5 or 6 eggs (I needed 6; the coconut flour is extremely absorbent) -1/2 cup of melted coconut oil (full of healthy fats and antibacterial properties) So, to be completely honest, the bread was super bland.  I was a little bummed out! That…