Personal Growth Journey

There are SOOOOO many buzz words that are popular right now to describe the things that we would like to accomplish in the new year. Some people still call these “resolutions” which is a somewhat dated, but widely used.  Some people simply create yearly goals for themselves. However, lately the word “intention” has been highly popular and has stuck with those who take any interest in mindful living or practices.

Whatever you call these goals, coming up with a clear vision for your year and your life is super important. It has been said time and time again that we create our own realities. We manifest the things that happen in our lives. We visualize and speak truth over our lives, as crazy as it sounds. I one hundred and fifty percent believe this to be true whether in a positive or negative fashion. I believe that if I tell myself that I suck at something repeatedly, that will be my reality. If I tell myself that I will be wildly successful, then that will be my reality. Now, this doesn’t mean that suddenly I am going to sing like Whitney Houston or grow 6 inches and be an international supermodel at 26. What it means is that, so much is possible if we actually believe that good things can happen to us and that we are deserving of those good things. Being able to clearly define what you want to accomplish or be more aware of makes you more likely to make it happen in your life.

I wanted to share the intentions I have set for 2019 with you to motivate you to really think long and hard about what your focus is for this new year and for your life in general. Now, I do believe that goal-setting and intention-setting are a bit different. In my opinion, setting intentions is more like defining focus areas for your year rather than explicitly listing items one would like to accomplish in a checklist format. I think that intentions can have a more spiritual overtone and are about living your life on purpose in a different way than goals. However, I also believe that there is a ton of overlap between the two. So anyways, here is my short list of intentions for 2019:

  1. Build my business – I want to eventually work for myself completely so this is a no-brainer
  2. Take care of my body – I want to eat better, listen to my body, exercise sometimes, and rest when I need it
  3. Make more friends – I really want to master the art of making friends as an adult because as of now I could use some help in that department and that is OKAY.
  4. Buy a home – I literally just want to be cozy and have lots and lots of space in addition to creative control over the place.
  5. Slow downnnnnI want to be more present, work less, feel more, enjoy every moment.
  6. Travel often – This goes without saying but like literally I love traveling and I want to take every opportunity that comes.

If you haven’t set your intentions for 2019, think about what your high impact improvement areas are currently. I emphasized mental health this year because last year was mentally challenging for me and I saw through blogging and just talking to friends,  that we really do create our realities and have the power to shift those realities by making changes to our habits. A second high impact area for me was career/finances because I consistently struggle with fulfillment in any job, especially those with longer hours. I really wanted to focus this year on moving past my disdain for working for someone else and into my desire to live a life that is full of so much more than what I do for a living.

What are your intentions for this year? I’d love to hear some of your goals, resolutions, or intentions for 2019!

Sincerely,

Lacey Alanna

Intentional Beauty: My Journey with 100% Natural Hair and Skin Products

Intentional Beauty

There has been SO much buzz about natural products and there are so many new options for products out there that promise they contain natural ingredients, maybe even vegan ingredients.  I have discovered that though they may contain natural ingredients, they are very rarely completely comprised of ONLY natural ingredients. For some people, that is okay but for me, my body is highly reactive to chemicals especially artificial fragrances which are almost always present in store bought natural hair and skin products. I am eager to share my hair and skin journey with you because I have been asked so many times about the thickness, shininess, or health of my hair and about what kinds of products I use. I thought that dedicating a portion of the blog to ways that I have routinized and simplified my hair and skin care would be really helpful for people.

I’ve always had eczema but, in my teen years, my eczema got progressively worse. I had hyper-pigmentation and rough, itchy patches of skin everywhere on my body including my face, legs, arms, and neck. I used medicated creams, soothing remedies, and nothing worked. My doctor suggested that I use fragrance-free skin care products and I was hooked. My eczema cleared when I started regularly using fragrance free, hypoallergenic deodorant, detergent, and lotions. For the next 6 years, my skin had improved so much and I was happy that I finally got rid of the eczema. However, in my early 20’s, small rough patches started to re-emerge. I was super annoyed because I was already using fragrance free products. I was spraying perfumes and body sprays on my clothing and not my skin. I thought that should definitely be enough to stop the irritation. Like, what more could my body possibly want from me?

Soooooo let’s rewind a bit: When I moved to Houston, I changed my hair regimen. I started using conditioner to cowash several times a week and wearing wash and gos more frequently. Houston is so hot and I love wash and gos, so it just worked for me. But I discovered that scented conditioners, even the ones that claimed to be natural or “made from natural ingredients”  were wreaking havoc on my skin when I used them in the shower.

SO you guessed it! I started using fragrance free shampoo and conditioner, specifically the store brand from whole foods and of course I saw some improvement. However,  I took issue with the fact that I didn’t recognize most of the chemical ingredients in those products and really in many of the products I was using on my hair and skin. After using those products, I smelled like NOTHING and my hair and body felt stripped of their natural oils, shine, and silkiness.

As I finished using those products, I phased them out of my routine completely and started researching natural oils that would give me the results I wanted. I also began to suffer from severe acne and so I needed products that improved acne and added health to my skin and hair. I infused small amounts of essential oils for aromatherapy and for the scent that I missed by using fragrance free products.

It is just really empowering for me to know exactly what I am putting on my body and hair and what my body will be absorbing. These are really important decisions that we constantly make everyday. I have routinized these decisions so that I am intentionally making them with very little daily effort.

 

So, what do I use?

 

Hair Products

Black Soap Shampoo: African Black Soap, Water, Essential oil of my choice

Shea Butter Conditioner: Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Peppermint Oil

Scalp/Take-Down oil: Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Tea Tree Oil

 

Skin Products

Face Wash: African Black Soap

Weekly Mask:  Calcium Bentonite Clay & Water

Toner: Water, Tea Tree Oil OR Water, Apple Cider Vinegar

Moisturizer: Shea Butter, Red Raspberry Seed Oil

In future posts, I want to talk about the benefits of the ingredients I use very intentionally on my body for desired results. I also want to talk about actual items that I use to get the most out of these products during application and dietary changes that I’ve implemented to see desired results. Like this if you would be interested in seeing these kinds of things on the blog.

Lacey Alanna

 

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