"A gift opens doors; it gives access to the great." Proverbs 18:16
I grew up reading this scripture all the time. It has always been one of my favorites. To me, this scripture means that a person can do anything they set your mind to do. Their gifts, talents, callings... they will open doors and make room for someone and beyond honing those gifts and practicing so they are ready to proceed when the right doors open, all a person has to do is have fun moving forward into their destiny. That's it!
But on a deeper level, this passage meant that the playing field was level. A person's connections (or lack thereof) didn't matter as much as the abilities that God placed inside of them because when it came down to it, those abilities would be all that really mattered. One's background, no matter how enriched or how disadvantaged it may be, couldn't stop a person who was blessed with the ability to do something they were meant to do. This text meant, we are all special in an individually unique way and nothing and no one could stand in the way if someone was supposed to do something. Destiny.
How refreshing. How empowering! How naive.
What I did not take into account in my youthful gullibility was that despite one's talents, things would not always be as easy as just doing the best one could and walking the path. Sometimes, there would be challenges along the way that threatened to relieve a person of their predestined path. There would be events and people along the way that try to actively stop them from succeeding. What a twist of fate, huh?
But no matter, we were designed to overcome obstacles such as these.
to do through me because it challenged them or made them uncomfortable for some reason. They had other ideas of what they thought should happen in my life or in their churches despite God's will He had so graciously revealed to me AND them. For various reasons, whether it was because they wanted someone else to take a position over me because I didn't know them as well as the other candidate did or they didn't care for my style so they tried to usurp my calling and play chess with my anointing... Man, I got stories for days...
But honestly, none of that really mattered. When the rubber met the road, those blocks did not stop what God wanted to do for me... through me... in me. All they did was create plot twists in my story that made for a much more compelling read. What those setbacks did do was strengthen my faith. They forced me to remain humble and dig deeper into my relationship with God so I didn't miss what was in store. Character building experiences... that's what they became - moments in which I had to choose to become more than I had been before.
I'm not saying it was easy by any means. It wasn't easy. It was really difficult. At times it felt downright impossible.
The point is this: do not let anything make you doubt what God said would happen. When you KNOW that you KNOW that you KNOW you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, do not stop doing it! Sometimes the manifestation looks different than you originally imagined it. So what! Sometimes the promise takes a little longer to arrive than expected. But trust me, it WILL arrive. And when it does, you have to be ready for it. So while you’re waiting, while you’re struggling to keep your faith strong, remember you are in a season of preparation. And when God says, “now”, you better be ready for immediate action.
2 Timothy 4:2 says to be ready at all times. Be ready while you wait.
So I am feeling some amazing affects of this challenge already. While the scale is kinda staying where it was last week (between 194 and 196), I am not overly concerned yet. Here’s why:
Wednesday, I put on a pair of jeans and was a little bit disappointed when I didn’t need a belt for them. All the other jeans I’d been wearing recently were getting too big and they would slide off if I don’t keep pulling them up. What I realized later was that the jeans I was wearing were not size 14 or 16. They were size 12! WHOOP!! I’m officially down a full dress size. I’m wearing shorts and skirts and even dresses I couldn’t wear for over a year! Peep the pic at the bottom of this post! I'm wearing the same shirt I wore for my very first head shots in 2013 when I weighed 155. It is slightly tighter in the tummy but as you can see in the other pics, it's extremely comfortable everywhere else!
Additionally, there are a bunch of tees I couldn’t wear for a while and now… They are size large, which was beyond my reach for such a long time. I’ve been in extra larges and pushing 2x for a minute now. But putting on those size large tees and not having too much of a gut pushing out in the tummy area was beyond amazing. Its like I have a new wardrobe!
I have more energy. I walked up 3 flights of stairs to visit a friend early last week and I was not huffing and puffing as per usual. This felt amazing because not only were we chatting the entire time, I didn’t need to stop and breathe when we arrived at her apartment!
We went jet skiing on Father’s Day down at Ocean City. It was BEAUTIFUL and the water was cold (perfect for the 93+ degrees we were experiencing). The skis they had us on were pretty decent and faster than the ones we used to own years ago. I haven’t been on a jet ski since 1999 (I believe - but don’t quote me). I was a little concerned I wouldn’t be able to last the full hour without feeling like death when I got off. But nope. I was not only fine, but could have gone longer. And I wasn’t pussy footing around either. I was gunning it for all she was worth (between the wake of boats and other skis in our loop). Not only did I not fall off but when I hit a massive wave, it didn’t even phase me (well, except for the face full of salt water I swallowed). lol
The point is, I wouldn’t have been able to do that a month ago. I would have been falling off and dead by the end of the hour.
All in all, I am feeling some kinda amazing. These 5 day a week workout schedules are pushing my limits mentally, physically and emotionally. (I originally wanted to commit to doing three days of cardio and two days of strength/weight training. Instead, I've been doing cardio Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and adding strength/weights on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Tuesday and Saturday are my rest days.) I am committed to doing this challenge because I really wanted to drop down some dress sizes and get into shape. It’s been two and a half full weeks and I can see that it’s working. (They say it takes two weeks for you to see a difference, four weeks for friends to see a difference and six weeks for the world to see a difference.) There’s still a long way to go but dropping down a complete dress size is nothing short of perfection.
Onto week 3! I’ll check back in on week 4 with new pics. 💋
A deaf singer. That has to be some kind of cruel joke, right? Yea, I thought so too when the doctors told me I would be totally deaf by the time I was 30 years old. I was 18 then, and just starting my Worship Leading and Music Ministry career. There was a problem - see, I wasn't just a singer or keyboardist. Nope. I was Called by God into the ministry. So, what gives?
In my mind, the doctors had to have it wrong. Or maybe God was going to perform some amazing miracle and heal me so others would believe and I could continue being a worship leader... Right? I had it all mapped out in my mind. I would marry a preacher, have 3 babies (a boy and two girls), be a great singer/musician/evangelist to support my husband's ministry and we would travel the world spreading the love of Christ. That's a great plan, right? I thought so too. Unfortunately, that's not how the story has unfolded. Not by a long shot.
Oh, I did get married to a great guy who was also in the music ministry, and we did have those kids (well, two of them - our daughter ruined any chance for another kid but that's a story for another day) and I did get to travel to several exotic places on earth doing what I loved most... I even got to see a bunch of miracles happen before my eyes! My faith was STRONG! But... my own miracle never came... at least not in the way I expected.
I have Meniere's Disease. If you Google what that is, here is the first thing that will pop up:
progressive, ultimately permanent loss of hearing, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), and sometimes a feeling of fullness or pressure in your ear." The Mayo Clinic.
I don't talk about it much because I prefer to ignore it. I also refuse to live a fragile lifestyle, and I do not want others to treat me differently because they know I have a neurological disorder that challenges me in ridiculous ways they can't even imagine, every single day. There is no cure for this degenerative disease. Treatments consist of controlling the diet, getting plenty or rest and reducing stress as much as possible. And when I'm having a flair up, it can get extremely frustrating.
Have you ever been in a bar with a friend and you couldn't hear a word they were saying to you over the music and den of voices? Yup, that's the story of my life. And it is very odd how it affects me - voices in a certain range are drowned out by the ringing I try to ignore and yet, sometimes, whispers are extremely loud and piercing. It is completely unpredictable. Fun, right? Imagine a rain storm in your ear, that never stops, never lightens up and never goes away and that rain storm creates pressure behind your ear that gives you a constant headache. And on days when I'm lucky enough to hear softer sounds, I have little, if any depth perception and cannot pin point where the sound is coming from.
On top of that, the dizzy spells that hit without any real warning are debilitating. I once rolled off a table when the doctor blew warm air into my ear canal. There was no reason to move, but man, I didn't have a choice. His response? "Oh, you're used to dealing with this, aren't you? That is a typical response to this test when someone has been dealing with this for a while."
Listen, I'm a Harley rider. But rather than giving up the dream of having my knees in the breeze, I got a trike instead because I refuse to give up or live in fear of a random bout of vertigo. Life is too short to let fear rule me. And if all of that wasn't enough, there's more. People with Meniere's have these random symptoms that have no real rhyme or reason and they face challenges other's can't even fathom. It is very difficult to be "normal" when your brain and body are working against you. Meniere's Disease bypasses a person's ability to cope with stress and strong stimuli. We literally can not deal because our brain disengages from coping mechanisms, creating extreme physical reactions. How did my body react to this wonderful symptom? Ulcerative Colitis. Yup. My body developed a whole new condition, closely related to Crohn's Disease, because stress did a number on my system and my brain couldn't help me manage it. [insert eye roll here]
Yes, we all get awkward sometimes especially when thrown into uncomfortable social situations - it's taxing to say the least. But it's far easier for me to say, "oh, I'm a pescatarian" when going out to eat with friends because that means I took charge and made a decision for my life. What I rarely share is that while I made the choice to be a pescatarian, I didn't make that choice just because I wanted to be bougie and not eat meat. I did it because I have ulcerative colitis that is out of control and a regular diet is out of the question for my wellbeing. I refuse to live under a rock or on strong medications to control the UC but the alternative is beyond embarrassing. In 2017, I gained over 50 pounds in less than 3 months due to the strong steroids the doctors put me on when I was admitted to the hospital with uncontrollable cramps and bleeding. Now I struggle to lose the weight. The extra weight is not good for my body - it throws my back out all the time and I feel like I aged 15 years in a matter of months. I was an athlete when I was younger - literally an Olympic hopeful so being overweight and ill ALL. THE. TIME is just unacceptable.
And don't even get me started on the depression people with Meniere's face. I'm naturally a happy person, and I try my best to always find the silver lining inside the clouds of life. But man, there are days when that is extremely difficult. And it's not because I'm feeling blue or something random happens that gets me feeling that deep pull. I mean, yea, I have those days/moments too. Everyone does. But this is more than that. Depression is another symptom of Meniere's that can hijack a person's ability to see things clearly. Why do you think Marilyn Monroe chased a bottle of pills with her alcohol of choice? Why do you think Van Gogh cut off his ear? Yup - both of those lovely and melancholy souls struggled with... you guessed it, Meniere's Disease. Lovely.
The point is this, people with degenerative diseases adjust so they can try to keep living and thriving to the best of their ability. But that doesn't mean they aren't still struggling or fighting to be "normal" or at least perceived as normal. Everyone has a cross to bear. We all have things that challenge us. But if we let those challenges stop us from moving forward or enjoying our lives, we have failed at the one thing that makes life worth living; the joy of living itself.
So I challenge you to live your life to the fullest. Do not let your set backs destroy your resilience. Learn to embrace them and allow them to change you, strengthen you, mold you into a better individual. And when you see someone struggling for some unknown reason, rather than judging them or ignoring them, try reaching out. You never know if your act of kindness may bring you some much needed joy too.❤️
I wasn't going to write this post for another week. I planned to do bi-weekly posts on this challenge, but there are some things I just had to share. I mean, my poor husband's eyes are starting to glaze over when I start gushing about the results I'm seeing already so I know he needs a breather. lol
I started my challenge on June 1st. At the time of writing this post (June 10th), I have lost 10 pounds. TEN POUNDS!
I realize this is the beginning jump from starting any fitness regime, but damn it feels great to see those numbers slowly dropping every time I step on the scale! This morning I weighed in at 194.2. WOW!
My clothes are starting to fit differently. My jeans are all getting loose and I have to wear a belt with them. Speaking of belts, I have dropped a belt hole too. That felt pretty fantastic this morning. I was on the second to last hole and now theres some space and the end of the belt to tuck it into the loop again. YES!!
My back no longer pulls out of alignment when I bend over. That used to be very painful and annoying too. I was always limping because it hurt to walk. I didn't realize how much I had adjusted to this way of living until I realized I wasn't doing it anymore! No more twisting as hard as I could to try and get everything back into place. Nope. I'm feeling kinda great!
My shoulders are no longer knotted up either. I realize that exercise is a great stress reliever but this outward result is a real God-send! I mean, I used to be a ball of knots and lumps all across my back but that has all changed. I can lift my shoulders to my ears without any pain. AND I can turn my head all the way to the sides without pain too. What an amazing feeling to be able to see almost behind me again since I can turn all the way. I feel like a safer driver now! lol
My feet and ankles are not swollen anymore. I have always had a problem with weak and swollen ankles. I had injuries when I was a child that ended my Olympic dreams and left me hobbling for months. Those injuries never fully healed correctly. While I can walk and even run, the swelling always crept up and lingered for what felt like forever. Doctors say it's poor circulation. Fair enough. But since I've been exercising regularly, I have not been dealing with this problem at all. And my first steps in the morning are no longer painful. No more limping to the bathroom when I wake up in the middle of the night. What a relief!!
I've kicked my caffeine addiction. I guess drinking all that water (approximately 80 oz a day) has really had some great benefits after all! I wake up mentally clear and ready to go in the mornings now. No more grogginess or drowsy yawning throughout the day either. And while my sleeping habits are mostly the same (waking up at 4 am every single day, only to doze off again at 5 am and then have to be up at 7:30 am to take my daughter to school), I wake up more refreshed and rested. What a huge plus!
My double chin is getting smaller and my cheekbones are starting to pop back out again too! My face doesn't look quite as round as it did a couple of weeks ago and my chin is more pronounced. Finally!
Lastly, I have more energy throughout the day. I don't feel winded walking up a flight of stairs now and I can feel the power in my legs as I take each step toward the top! Overall, I feel better. My days are more productive until bedtime now because I don't need an afternoon nap anymore. That in itself has been worth it!
All in all, I am super happy with the results I'm seeing. I feel pretty great and my mood is even improved. I can't wait to see what changes happen in the next week so I can share them with you! Boom! 💋
Porosity is the hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture. It is a spectrum that can be detected by characteristics of the hair strand.
As discussed in the Curl Pattern post, each hair strand has a cuticle layer. This is where porosity is determined. The cuticle layer of the hair can be loosely packed, allowing moisture to absorb and escape easily or tightly packed, resisting moisture movement through the strand. Cuticles that are loosely held together or have missing pieces are considered highly porous. Cuticles that are tightly packed together or closed are considered to be low on the porosity spectrum.
There are many indicators to help determine where on the porosity spectrum a person's hair falls. The water test, as illustrated below is one of the ways that porosity is revealed. If a strand of hair that does not have any product in it is dropped into a glass of water, whether it floats or sinks tells you how much water it absorbs, indicating where it lands on the spectrum.
Another way to tell is if you slide up a single strand of hair, can you feel nodules or is it smooth like glass? High porosity hair will likely have spaces, catching on the fingers as they slide against the grain, whereas low porosity hair will be smooth because the cuticles are closely packed together or closed.
Hair that is high in porosity requires it to be sealed when wet so that the proper hydration levels do not escape, leaving the strands dry like straw. This type of hair should avoid humectants because they are designed to help open the cuticle and allow moisture to move through the strand.
Below are some tips on caring for high porosity hair.
Hair that is low in porosity needs help to get moisture inside and allowing hydration to escape as well. If this hair type keeps moisture in for too long it could rot from the inside out in an extreme case. Low porosity hair often feels dry and brittle because it is extremely thirsty. This hair type often struggles with product build up and must be clarified on a regular basis.
Below are some tips for caring for low porosity hair.
Do you know what your hair's porosity level is? Please share in the comments below and let's discuss it!
What a great ride it's been! I've been doing this 30 Day Skin Care Challenge using Urban Skin Rx since May 6th and this past Sunday marked day 28. I waited to post this completion post until today because it didn't make sense to post my week 4 results on Monday and then the completion post on Wednesday after the 30 day challenge was officially over.
Here are the photos of my results:
If you followed along with my Instagram stories, I documented the journey daily. You can check out the posts here.
Last week I mentioned that there were still some rough patches under my skin and I wasn't sure if they were more impurities that had been deeply imbedded below the surface trying to work their way out or a new breakout trying to come up due to hormones. Well, they have made their way to the surface and I had a slight explosion on both sides of my face. I believe they were previous blemishes that were really deep beneath the surface because the roughness is now gone and my skin is very smooth (except for the actual blemishes). Funny though, the break out happened in one night and the next morning the blemishes were almost completely healed! There were some slight red marks where the blemishes surfaced but they didn't leave lasting scars (like the one healing on my left cheek that has been there for over 2 months).
I used to have to get facials with expensive additional treatments (microdermabrasion or chemical peels) on a regular basis to keep these breakouts under control and fight looking my full age. My purse was screaming for years! Urban Skin Rx has really helped to change that. I literally see better results using this line twice a day than I saw when I was burning layers of skin off my face and paying a professional upward of $80 per treatment! Now I have more money to spend on margaritas and shoes!
So to wrap it all up, here is the final break down:
1.My skin is glowing all the time now. My skin is no longer oily - it is normal now. I don't even have combination skin, but a consistent dewy and even glow I never dreamed possible.
2. When blemishes pop up, they are gone in about one-two days because the treatments and serums really do a great job handling them start to finish AND they are not leaving scars in their wake. YASSSS!!
3. The fine lines are faded or completely gone. You can't see them on my forehead at all and the ones between my brows that were the deepest and used to leave creases after squinting are pretty much gone. Yes, there are still creases when I squint, but they don't linger anymore. I don't have smile lines anymore. The crows feet are also much lighter. I actually like smiling again and I don't feel like I look like I'm in my mid 40's anymore. CHA-CHING!!
4. My complexion is creamy and even. After the baking sun in Texas during week three, I was a little concerned that the fade would bring back blotches like I get every time my tan starts to fade away but that didn't happen. This has all but eliminated my need for foundation because I'm starting with an even canvas now, not five different shades on my face. In fact, the only time I've worn foundation in the last 2 weeks was the one day in Texas when I was roasting and this past Saturday because I was going to Macfest. Other than that, even when I'm out and about and around tons of people, I feel zero need to cake the makeup on anymore. No more hiding! WOW!
5. The hydration levels are even now too and my skin is firmer and plump. It feels velvety to the touch and it is super soft. I'm having a hard time keeping my hands away from my face because I just want to touch it all the time (which is a huge no no because, breakouts!!!).
I will admit that I have been drinking tons more water and I've all but eliminated other drinks that were filled with unhealthy ingredients too. When I was in the southern heat, we had to really hydrate because of the high temperatures and humidity and I allowed that to become a habit. Also I just started a weight loss challenge that requires far more water intake too. These are most likely contributing factors to the healthy moisture levels in my skin. But you have to be healthy inside before the results show on the outside. Apparently 2018 is my year to get really healthy all around!
Overall, I am very pleased with this brand. I will continue to use it and explore the different products they offer. Next for me will probably be a mask. I love masks. I don't use them often enough because I'm always on the go and haven't always made enough time to care for myself properly. Every fall, I find myself becoming a basic white girl with pumpkin EVERYTHING (it's a thing, I know, I'm weird and I don't even care anymore) so that pumpkin mask they have has been calling my name since I first heard of Urban Skin Rx. That will be the next product that I try.
I will do a follow up post in a few months just to update the regimen because as my skin heals, it is possible I will change the products I am using for continued success. Also, it's good to check back every now and then so progress can be seen.
Thank you for reading along and following this journey. If you have learned anything or want to share any thoughts, please drop a comment below. I would love to hear from you! Thank you Urban Skin Rx for your amazing line and support through this challenge. I am so happy I found you! Thank you to Toya the founder of NaturallyShesDope for introducing me to this amazing brand. You are the reason all this has been possible! You totally rock for that (and so much more lol). ❤️
Here I am, way too many pounds over weight. UGH! How did this happen? I was a child and teenage athlete and today, at 43 years old, I find myself sluggish and... FAT!
There, I said it. I've never been so big in my entire life and I am completely appalled and depressed about it. I mean, when I was in my mid-thirties, I walked 8 hours a day in the scorching heat and subzero temperatures for my job. It was truly tedious but in the middle of that extremely stressful time, I dropped down from a size 10 to a size 6! So I KNOW it can be done!
Today I am a size 14 (pushing a 16) and that is just unacceptable. Utterly. So on June 1st, I started a new challenge. As one door closes (my Urban Skin Rx 30 Day Skin Care Challenge), another opens. Side note: 2018 seems to be the year of change for me in ways I didn't even see coming. Self love means self improvement and I am so here for it!
So my goals are as follows:
Current clothing size: 14/16 Goal clothing size: 8/10
Current bra size: 38G Goal bra size: 36D
Current weight: 204 Goal weight: 150ish
I do realize that numbers are not the end all, be all of weight loss and fitness. Muscle weighs more than fat does and I hope to lose fat and replace it with lean muscle. Therefore, the numbers are negotiable. I just want to look and feel better than I do now. I want to be able to wear some of the dope clothes that have been hiding under a pile in my room for 3 years.
How will I do this? Well, I’ve already started back at the gym. I plan to do cardio at least three times a week and light weight training twice a week. I have also modified my diet. I became a pescatarian at the beginning of the year and that has helped me to drop 24 pounds since I had surgery in January (uterine fibroids are no joke, son - but at least I don't look 7 months pregnant anymore so that's a win).
I will be posting bi-weekly updates throughout the rest of the year. Today is week zero. I will also be sharing some recipes I’ve picked up along my journey and some pics too because the best motivation is constant progress.
So here goes! Let’s do this, man!!
As discussed in the last two hair posts, there is a lot of ground to cover when it comes to understanding and properly caring for our hair. Our curls, kinks, coils and highly textured tresses are wondrous and rebellious. If you haven't caught the other two posts, you can read the first one here and the second one here.
Now let's get to the nitty gritty; texture, density and elasticity.
When people talk about hair texture, people often mistake it for curl pattern (ie. 3B, 4A, 4C, etc.) however, this is actually incorrect. Texture is the thickness or circumference of the individual strands of hair.
Fine textured hair is very thin, wispy and fragile. It can break easily and heavy products weigh it down.
Medium textured hair is optimal as it styles easily and resists breaking easily.
Coarse textured hair is also easier to style and it looks full and tolerates heat, chemical processes and dyes well. Being thicker, it can sometimes take longer to dry and often frizzes in humid conditions.
The density level of a head of hair refers to how many hairs are in a given space. As stated in the picture above, high density hair is very thick and has a lot of hairs per square inch on the scalp. When you part high density hair, you will see very little scalp.
Contrarily, hair with a low density level is the exact opposite. The scalp can be seen through the hair and there are obviously less strands of hair per square inch.
Density is a spectrum and an individual's hair density can fall anywhere on the scale. While genetics play a very big part in the density of a person's hair, other contributing factors can include hormonal changes (like pregnancy and medications, stress, etc.)
Elasticity is one of the best characteristics to determine if hair is damaged or healthy.
There are many variables that can affect the texture, density and elasticity of the hair. Damage can bring negative effects to these components whereas taking care of your hair in the manner it needs can help improve the overall texture, density and elasticity.
Do I sound like a broken record yet? I feel like one! But I can't stop talking about it. Urban Skin Rx is amazing and I am so thankful that I found them! The results do not lie. Take a look!
If you're just tuning into my challenge, you can read week 1 here and week 2 here.
As the weeks have progressed, I've updated my regimen a bit. Here are the deets!
1. I no longer take the vitamins because I had an Ulcerative Colitis flare up and had to cut out pretty much everything I could to get it back under control. Mission accomplished but I'm a little scared to take the vitamins again, not because I think they were the culprit but because I don't want to give up the peace my system has finally found or take any chances at all.
2. I ran out of the sample Even Tone Cleansing Bar and replaced it with the Clear Skin Cleansing Bar. I love them both but I think I will return to the Even Tone Cleansing Bar when I have a chance because my face seems a little dry after switching. Perhaps I will use the Clear Skin Cleansing Bar in the mornings and the Even Tone Cleansing Bar in the evenings. I will start experimenting once I have the other bar again. We shall see!
3. My favorite products are the Even Tone Cleansing Bar (gentle and effective cleansing even on my waterproof mascara), the Even Tone Night Treatment (this stuff is AMAZING and I see a real difference when I've used it the night before verses off days), the pH Balance All Skin Toner (so refreshing and it really feels like it is getting deep into my pores), the Super C Brightening Serum (can you say healthy, moisturizing glow without the heavy residue?) and the HydraBalance Instant Moisture Infusion moisturizer. I use the sunblock moisturizer when I am going out without makeup but on days when I am wearing makeup, I don't bother because my foundation has 30 spf in it already and it feels like overkill.
This is the regimen I've pretty much been following every day. As you can see, I'm enjoying the benefits of much clearer and smoother skin. My complexion is more even now and my pores appear to be smaller too. The lines in my forehead are pretty much gone and the creases between my brows no longer linger after I stop squinting. I look years younger and the effects appear to be accumulative.
There is still some slight roughness under the skin on my cheeks (although it is very highly improved and much more difficult to see now). I am not sure if these patches are more impurities that were buried really deep beneath the surface and now they are finally bubbling out or if they are new blemishes just forming due to hormones or whatever caused my acne in the first place. Either way, the Urban Skin Rx line seems to be handling them pretty well. There is no discoloration on these spots like there used to be so they are much less noticeable than these skin wars have been in the past. I was checking out other products they offer and I think I am going to pick up the Clear and Smooth Retexturing Pads because their description addresses exactly this issue. The only reason I haven’t yet is because I don’t want to over do it. Changing products so rapidly can have adverse effects so I am trying to ease into each step now that my skin is adjusting to these products and their ingredients. 🤷🏽♀️
In summary: it's been 3 weeks and I think I'm going to be using these products for a very long time. They work so well. I have one more week to go for this 30 day challenge (technically, 9 days). I am super excited about how well everything has turned out so far. Thank you, Urban Skin Rx! You guys rock!!
As an Army Brat, I have always had a healthy love for our military, but since my son enlisted in the Air Force, I have a new appreciation for our Armed Forces and the holidays that celebrate them. Today we are celebrating our military service people who gave their lives while serving their country. America isn't perfect but it is beloved by many, perhaps not for what it is today, but the dream of what it can one day become.
In celebration, we took a ride with about 500 other bikers last Sunday. There were bikes in front of us and behind us on the road as far as the eye could see. It. Was. Epic!
We all rallied at Barb's Harley Davidson in Mt. Ephraim, NJ first thing in the morning and then shut down the NJ Turnpike from exit 3 to exit 5. The police and fire departments closed down all the towns between exit 5 on the turnpike and McGuire/Fort Dix. We got to ride our motorcycles on the military air strip, where fighter planes were enclosed in the hangers and then we closed the day with a party/picnic on base. Man, what an amazing charity event to be a part of!
The highlight of the day for me was when people lined up for over 45 minutes to sign the banner we got for our son's graduation. He graduated from basic training on Wednesday in San Antonio, TX and we presented the banner to him at the end of the Airmans' Run. There may have been some tears. But that's how proud parents express themselves when one of their children rock the socks off life. Chris is my hero!
Anyway, I am sharing some photos below of the ride and then Chris' graduation. We could not be more pleased with the events of the last week. We are beyond blessed! Thank you for celebrating with us. To our armed forces, veterans and family members, thank you for your service and sacrifice. You are and forever will be my heroes. ❤️
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