Monday, December 13, 2010

New place, new journey...

So I took some time off from writing on this blog. I put my hair kinky twists for about 2 months just to be different. I need that time to come up with a hair regime, hairstyles and I knew I had of other stuff going on. The time off was great, I learned a lot and I watched my hair grow tremendously. Everyday I fall more in love with my hair, yeah I still get the nay sayers asking me why my hair isn't straight or why I won't get the 'Creamy Crack' put in my hair. Ummm....NO! I am who I am, let me enjoy my hair. Right now it's pressed just because I wanted to see what it would look like and boy has it grown. I was really shocked. But I do miss my curls so I may go back to my curly state sometime very very soon. I need to wash my hair anyway so that is a good excuse.

Besides my hair, I took some time to work on my bakery business. I have been doing a lot more baking these past few months and it is has taken time away from a lot of things, but I love it. About 3-4 days out the week I am in my kitchen baking cookies, cakes, pies, cupcakes either for myself or for others. I am so grateful for the support that I receive from family and friends. Here is the link to my blog 'Tastey Treats by Kim' Right now I am doing '25 Days of Cookies' for the month of December. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Another thing I am working on is L.O.V.E Movement, an online networking site and magazine for women. The founder Shivawn, which I met on another networking site, has been gracious enough to give me my own section called 'Kimberlee's Kitchen.' I was in tears when she told me she was doing this. It's amazing, I tell you. When someone else sees something in you and is willing to help you grow it is such a wonderful feeling. I am truly honored for this opportunity. Stop by the site and check us out!

Enough for now, I will be blogging much more now that I have moved the blog and I am back into my writing routine. Until next time...Be Blessed!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The time has come.....

Over the past few weeks a lot of things have changed. I lost a cousin (which shook me the core), prayer life intensified, I've paid off some bills and I have been seriously job hunting in Virginia. But one thing that happened is God has told me to end my employment with Tastefully Simple. As much as I love this company, the products, training and other consultants it is time for me to go. I love food, my friends call me a foodie LOL. I am preparing myself for my next step. I know what I would like it to be but I am not quite sure if it is what God has in store for me. My head is spinning thinking about all the recipes that I would like to work on, cupcakes, cakes, cookies, brownies. I probably should have gone to Pastry School 10 years ago. But gotta do things God's way. So I must continue to be patient, pray and wait to see what He has in store for me.

On another not my hair is amazing! It's been 4 months since my last dose of creamy crack. I am truly enjoying the journey. Looking at the curls that are forming, I get excited just thinking about how my hair will be once it is back to it's natural state. Family still thinks I'm crazy for not having a relaxer but thanks to friends, blogs, and forums I am going to continue with this journey. Since I am planning on being a long term transition-er ( I want to be completely natural for my 30th birthday August 2012) I have created a list of hairstyles that I want to try. Now this list is LONG!!! Maybe one day I will post it as a checklist to see how many of them I can accomplish. Among that list, is a list of protective hairstyles for me to try as well. The winter is coming so I will be in the house more, on top of job hunting, I am now able to get those protective styles that I have always wanted but have not gotten before because I always had a relaxer.

I am so excited about trying out the different styles and learning about my hair. Right now I have kinky twists in, these will stay in for at least 6-8 weeks. Then I will look for another style to have. When I take these I will be cutting off some relaxed ends. I know I will. LOL When I cut off those 3 inches before it felt good and my hair grew even more. It almost felt like freedom to rid my self of straight hair. I need to post of pictures of my hair journey, maybe I will do a slide show for the next post.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Yeah it's nappy... and what?

So its funny how when I started this journey 2 months ago people had my back and supported me. But I guess now that my hair is growing out and you can see how wavy it is folks don't like it. In fact, can't stand it.

The humidity really did a number on my hair these past few days. Now that it's puffy ( I was too tired to do anything after traveling yesterday ) people got issues. I came home and told my grandmother I was going to get my hair done tonight and she goes I hope you are getting a relaxer because your hair is nappy. Yes gramma I know its nappy its mine. I politely let her know that I am not getting a relaxer, just a roller set. Then she starts to go on and on about how nappy my hair is. Uggghhh this is frustrating but I knew when I started this journey everyone wasn't going to be in my corner. My mom is okay as long as it is in a protective style. My girls are cool with it and just as excited as I am.

I guess I am just irritated about the whole thing. I will post again after my hair is done tonight.

Until then... Be Blessed!
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Sunday, August 8, 2010

I love heat and humidity!!!!

Our family reunion was this weekend in Myrtle Beach, SC. It was at least 97 each day, shoot it's 93 outside now. I couldn't get my hair braided before I left home so I decided to just wash and do a bantu knot out or a braid out for the week. Well let's just say with all the swimming, visits to the water park and the humidity it was a lot of wash n go's going on. But I absolutely enjoyed the week with my hair.

The humidity made my hair big and beautiful. I loved it!! I already love the heat as it is and now that I know my hair enjoys it to, it's a done deal. One of my sisters said my ponytail was puffy, I said good, it's the way it's supposed to be. LOL I am truly embracing this journey. Although I did get many requests asking me when I was going to get a relaxer and why didn't I get one before I got to SC. Now the more people pester me and question why I do things, the more determination I have to stay on my journey.

I have to admit there are days when I want to give up and get the creamy crack put in my head but when I think about the pain, the scabs and the migraine that follows I just say 'No Thanks' and keep moving. I have made a goal with myself to learn how to corn roll my hair by the end of the summer. I refuse to pay people to do something I know I can do myself. Each month I will give myself a goal to achieve for my natural hair journey. I think this will make my process very interesting.

For July my goal was a bantu knot out. Now when I say my hair and the humidity loved this style, it really did love it. This will definitely be a hairstyle I will use often. I love the curls and the waves.

Thank you humidity for embracing my hair and giving me more confidence. Love Ya lots!!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Is this really my calling?

For the past few months I have been working with some friends on getting a newsletter started for our Young People department at church. Well the first issue was released in the late Spring and then two more people said they wanted to participate and write as well. Last month we had our first meeting with the new members of the staff. I should have known then that there would be a problem. Due to folks coming late and not paying for their portion of the food. I let it slide and just took it as a learning lesson.

For the past few weeks there has been a lot of misunderstanding and no communication. Each person has their role, so they need to stick with it.Well that didn't seem to be the case this past weekend. A special edition of the newsletter was put out and 3 of the 5 people of the staff didn't know about it. One of them being the Editor!! Now how are you going to go over the Editor's head and publish a newsletter without them knowing. Needless to say when it was announced during morning announcements in church we looked shocked, but knew right away who sent it out.

I had already been thinking about quitting because it has become such a headache to work with this one individual. I honestly don't know if this is something I should be doing. Is this really my calling? I know the Bible says you will endure some tests and trials but this test is pure craziness. I am truly trying to hold on, wait on Jesus to let me know if this is where I need to be.

I have so many thoughts running through my head that I just really need some answers. We are supposed to meet as a staff tonight with our president because she is just as confused as some of us are. I just don't like working with people I can't trust. I feel like I have to watch my back around them and that's not cool. Especially with them being in the church. 

Pray for me as I embark on this journey and wait on an answer.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

All this new growth!!!

So being that I am acquiring so much new growth I decided to get my hair braided. I figured this way it would be in a protective style for at least a month and by the time I come back from vacation I would take them out and get something else done. Well, not to sure how this is all going to turn out because these box braids have been in for less than a week and I already have 1/4 of new growth. How is that possible?

Don't get me wrong I'm loving this but I can't believe it's all happening so fast. Maybe I can get away with getting the first two rows of my box braids done over before I leave. My mother and my grandmother both said my hair grows too fast. So is that the reason my relaxers didn't last a month? 

I am truly enjoying this journey and I am excited to see what it will bring next. All this hair and all this new growth. But I love it!!


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

All these chemicals...LOL

So last night I went through my 'hair' cabinet in my bathroom. I ended up printing out the list of '10 Chemicals to Avoid Putting On Your Hair' courtesy of Nappturality. As I was going through the cabinet and pulling out products I was surprised at the amount of products that I had and all the chemicals that were in them. WOW!!! It was actually kind of scary. I am determined to have healthy hair and rid myself of all the crazy chemicals so I put everything in a basket and gave it to my grandmother. She laughed and said 'Stick with it Pumpkin!'

I only have 5 products in the cabinet now. I still need to get a detangler and some aloe vera gel. But I'm good on everything else. I am enjoying the journey and learning so much as I go along. I feel that if I am going to do this, I am going to do it right, so getting rid of all those chemicals is a MUST!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

A New Day..A New Beginning

So after 2 years of going back and forth with my decisions on a lot of things I have decided that I am going to step out of my comfort zone and do things that I have been wanting to do. One of them being event planning and the other being 'going natural'. I'm nervous, scared and excited all at the same time, but this is something I must do for myself and no one else. 

Thanks to a very good friend I met on Twitter I can begin my transition stage with someone to talk to. It's a great feeling to know that you have someone to bounce your questions and ideas off of. It is something I have wanted to do but wasn't sure if I was ready for it. Now that I am, I am stepping out of my comfort zone and doing something I have never done. It feels wonderful to live out my purpose in life. 

I got my last relaxer in mid-May and I am now due for a touch up. My grandmother asked me if I wanted her to put my touch up in this week and I said 'no gramma, I'm all set. No more relaxer for me.' She just looked at me and smiled. That right there made me cry. My hair is thick and coarse but I love it. So I am going to embrace my newness and continue to enjoy life. 

Be Blessed!