Hey Guys!!

Many of us live in mediocrity. We allowed life to beat us up and we no longer dream big. We’ve accepted where we are in our lives and stopped making an effort to make our goals a reality.

Some of us can’t even remember what we wanted the most. I know just how easy it is to lose sight of our dreams and goals. Earlier, this week, I fell into the pit of mediocrity and almost forgot the reason why I wanted to blog in the first place.

To get back on track,  I did these six things;

1. Admit I was scared- “If you can’t beat fear, just do it scared.” It’s okay to be afraid; the best and greatest feared that they wouldn’t be their best. Taking the risk is what makes you successful. 

2. Write down the goals – There is something powerful about seeing your thoughts on paper or even in the form of a vision board. It helps to motivate you, and it’s a constant reminder of what you want to achieve.

3. An accountability partner – Share your dreams or goals with a close friend or even your partner so they can help you stick to your plan. Nick is my accountability partner, and he’s always checking in to see where I am with my daily goals. Even when I’m not in the mood to write or to work on a project, he doesn’t allow me to slack off.

4. Be Positive – When you get discouraged, think about how awesome you’ll feel when you’ve achieved what you set out to. Reflect on where you were before you started and compare it to where you are now. Your progress may be small but it’s progress, and that’s important.

5. Take small steps – Your aspirations can be overwhelming when you think of them. Take baby steps; those small victories will eventually lead you to your goal.

5.  Don’t give up – Nothing easy goes overnight and while you may feel like a failure, try to push through it. You’ll learn so much about yourself if you do.

Remember: “The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake”. Nelson Boswell

Hey, guys! I hope you had a great week!

Let’s talk about relationships and not just any kind of relationship, but one of the most important relationship there is, aka the relationship with OURSELVES. Today I want to give you the best advice about self-love.

I spotted this quote by Lucille Ball earlier this week: “Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” Can I get an amen?!

Often, we spend time maintaining social relationships and pouring ourselves into others without realizing that we aren’t feeding ourselves the same love. Imagine how you treat yourself on a daily basis if you were another person, in a relationship with you.

Are you kind to yourself? 

If I answered this question for myself, the answer would be no. I continually beat myself up over things I believe could be better in my life. Either it is my weight, where I am in my career, my not so flawless skin. However, at the drop of a hat, I’d be ready to tell a friend that they’re crazy for thinking that anything is wrong with them.

I grew up in a household where encouragement was a little thing called tough love. I can recall one day when I came home from school (I believe I was in 8th grade) with a test score of 80%. The first thing out of my mom’s mouth was, “Why couldn’t you have gotten 100%?” Hence, my fixation on the negatives.

Something I have learned over the past months is that self-love is something that I have to practice each day conscientiously. The moment I began to practice the art of self-love is the very moment I began to see the positives in life.

Since meeting Nick, I have been more open to the positivity around me. He’s played a part in helping me focus on the positives attributes of myself and life. It hasn’t been easy, and I do have days where I have many doubts about my abilities, but reciting my positive affirmations helps. 

Here’s my prescription for self-love:

1. Create a self-love ritual – My thing to do is unwinding with one of my favorite shows whether it be comedy or drama coupled with wine (if available at home) while applying my face mask. Other times, I’ll unwind with a good book. 

2. Practice daily affirmations. You would be surprised at how well this works. A few simple words powerful enough to change your mood. 

3. Learning to say no.  Don’t over-schedule, over-book or over-commit. We usually feel compelled to help others, but over time, we are only harming ourselves and opening doors to becoming taken advantage of. Saying no doesn’t make you a bad person, it makes you smart.

4. Give up the need for approval from others. “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the word, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” – Dita Von Tesse

5. Keep your self-talk positive. Turn down the volume on your inner critic and choose to be your best coach or cheerleader. I’m still working on this one.

6. Lastly, Learn to forgive yourself. As humans, we are our own worst critics. We are not built to be perfect. We make mistakes. Use each opportunity, good or bad, to grow. Sometimes we just need to stop and remind ourselves that we are human. Be gentle with yourself.

Self-love is a journey. It takes devotion and practice, Resolve to love yourself every day and watch how your life will change for the better.

I would like for us to try an exercise in the comments section together. Share three things you love about yourself. 

Here are mine: 1.) I love how pleased I feel when others are happy, 2.) I love my ability to make others laugh, 3.) I love my corny jokes! Your turn 😉

Hey loves! I hope you’re having a wonderful week.

Over the years, I couldn’t be more thankful for good hair days. But over the last couple weeks, I have been grateful for good skin days, and it is all thanks to this little bottle. Meet my skin saviour, Island Skin Line’s Coconut Oil Virgin Wildcrafted. But first, let’s backtrack a bit….

I’ve always had problematic skin. I’ve suffered from acne since I was in the fourth grade and it has always been a burden. I’ve tried all the over counter products you could think of. I even visited a dermatologist who prescribed Retin-A, and it was of no use.  Currently, I don’t suffer from the pimples as frequently as I did as a teenager but I do suffer from minor breakouts especially in the summer and dark spots.

Summer has always been the worst time for my skin. The intense heat sends my skin into a frenzy, and it rebels. While I live in Jamaica, which is summer most of the days, when the summer season rolls around, it is incredibly hot.

As summer approaches, I was a bit apprehensive about finding a solution to combat the harsh weather. A couple of months ago, I had an allergic reaction to a particular body product and had to seek some alternative to alleviate my pain.

In my Google research, (Yes, I’m one of those persons who consult with google first before visiting a physician), coconut oil seemed to be the solution to my issue. I was quickly discouraged and thought my problems wouldn’t go away as a 10ml bottle of coconut oil in Jamaica costs around $2,000-2,500 JMD which is equivalent to $15-19 USD.

My significant other suggested that I still browse the nearby pharmacy to see what other products could be used. As fate would have it, I found Island Skin Line and the price wasn’t ridiculous and it’s Jamaican made which was a big plus as I enjoy supporting my fellow country men and women.

I paid roughly $10USD for a 120ml bottle and lasted me a month and a half. Over the course of 6 weeks, my symptoms not only cleared up but so did the annoying breakouts I had, due to lack of water and copious amounts of sugary drinks.

Overnight, my annoying pimples and rashes disappeared, and my skin had this strange glow about it. I was unsure whether or not this bottle had worked this well so last month, I decided to purchase my second bottle, and I must say that this thing works!!

The effects of summer have slowly crept in my skin has started to react, but it has been minimal as I have been using the coconut oil religiously.I use it under my makeup as a moisturizer, as a makeup remover, and as a night cream. My skin has never looked or felt better.

I plan to explore their skin line further to see what other benefits my skin could achieve. You can visit their website here.

Until next time nuff love!

Happy Wednesday Loves!!!

This review has been long overdue. So let’s get into it.

Last Monday, Nick and I caught the 8:45 pm showing of Wonder Woman. We had been highly anticipating this movie ever since her appearance in Batman vs. Superman.

It’s no secret that DC is known to drop the ball when it came to the recreation of superhero movies, so we kept our expectations to a minimum.  

The film began and our minds, well specifically my mind was just blown. Wonder Woman genuinely was everything I wanted out of a superhero movie and more. Not only did we get a lot of bad ass action sequence like when she flipped off the tank or went head first into the top of the building to stop a sniper but the director, Patty Jenkins, really infused a lot of emotions along with the action. Each character was portrayed as realistic persons, and we get to know their little idiosyncrasies. 

I loved that they didn’t allow Wonder Woman to save the world right away. The problem I normally have with some superhero movies, although they are superheroes, they seem to have a handle on their powers pretty quickly, and it seemed unrealistic to me. But that wasn’t the case here.

Although Diana was training all her life for the epic battle with Ares, we see her slowly getting familiar with her powers and the real world.

I believe Gal Gadot was the perfect fit for WonderWoman. Her acting was one of the best elements of the movie. Before becoming the leading woman in the film, Gadot was pretty close to ending her acting career. On the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the star said she had been planning to wrap her acting career shortly before Wonder Woman came through because of numerous rejections.

However, the Isreali actress brought the character to life on the big screen, and we love her and what she represented. Fans were even more impressed by her dedication to the film when the revelation was made that she was five months pregnant during reshoots.

If you have watched the movie, what was your best part? Did you think Gal Gadot did an excellent job bringing an all time favorite super heroine to the big screen?