“Your goal may be in the distance, yet live as if it is present now. The universe will assist in aligning your energy centers when you clearly live your loving intention.” – Janaina Assis
When you envision what you want it’s like throwing a line towards what you want. Positive expectation and living ‘as if’ is when you’re pulling the line towards you to bring the object of your affection closer. Sometimes what you want is a bit further and you need to put in extra effort (energy) to draw in what you want closer. Other times our faith is crystal clear and as strong as a laser allowing you to manifest what you want in the blink of an eye.
But most of us our not there yet. We must put in ‘more effort’ into manifesting what we want giving us the time to rise up to the occasion and aligning with our highest self who is a match with the object of our desire.
Let’s say you have a date tonight. When you wake up you know it will happen so you’re in a good mood, dressing up nicely, feeling good about yourself because the object of your desire (your date) is in sight. But manifesting is no different. It’s knowing that the ‘date’ will come and preparing ourselves every day until that day comes.
So if normally you wouldn’t clean your house but knowing you have a date you do, that’s something you need to do every day. Why show up with your best self only when the result is immediate. Show up with your best self every day! Because that energy will pull in what you wish very quickly.
Imagine you want more money, show up with the high self that is a vibrational match for the money. Is that ‘rich’ person educated, polite with others, well dressed, kind and generous with others? Than act like that today. Living in the vibration of your desire helps you align with it and pull it in. Opposites don’t attract when it comes to manifesting it’s more like feathers of the same bird flock together or like attracts like.
So next time you think about you want, feel the energy of the object of your desire. Does it feel strong, peaceful, loving, harmonious? Then tap into that energy field today as it will open the door to a new life where you can align with what you want quickly.
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I love bright colors and inject it everywhere I can! In my home, wardrobe, online and in my make up. But there was one area that was left untouched until now and that was my natural hair
I big chopped late 2012 and have grown my hair with so much love and TLC that at first I was afraid to use permanent color. But my hair was too dark for semi permanent colors to have effect so I decided to have a more drastic approach. Although bleaching is not a must I did use bleach to make it lighter first before applying red dye. The results is eye-catching, fierce and my hair is still ‘healthy’ since it’s still very moisturized and bouncy!
Note: Before bleaching/dying natural hair
Before you decide to apply a chemical process make sure your natural hair is moisturized and strong to begin with. I know ladies whose hair have become dry after coloring it but usually it was already dry and weak to begin with so the dye only made it worse.
The product you use to color your natural hair is also important! I used a Brazilian brand called Yellow Color but have seen natural ladies like Aleshanokeys use L’Oreal Highlights with success. Thank God for the power of internet because it allows you to do some research first and see if other people have had success coloring their natural hair.
Step 1: Bleaching Natural Hair
I used Yama Queratina Po Descolorante following the instructions above. I left the bleach in for approximately 30-45 minutes before washing it out. Some parts were lighter than others but I don’t mind a difference in color as I think it gives the final dye a nice texture in color shades.
As you can see in the picture above the color change wasn’t very drastic. Since my hair is dark I would probably need to bleach it 3-4 times before it turns out blonde. But that’s not something I was aiming for and giving the pigment in the dye was very rich the result was very vibrant.
What I noticed after bleaching my hair
I thought it was just me but after looking it up other natural hair ladies said the same thing: bleach changes your curl pattern/hair texture! Although the impact wasn’t very strong my curls are looser and my hair is ‘less’ bouncy the first days of my wash & go. Although it’s still thick it’s less. If you have fine hair or don’t want your curl pattern to change, don’t bleach! If you want looser curls than go ahead this is the trick
I must say I panicked at first because my hair laid flat the first day I dyed it. It looked like my hair was relaxed! So the same day I washed it with soap to ‘undo’ the effects a bit and the next day luckily my hair bounced back. Pffeeewwww!
Step 2: Coloring Natural Hair
– Wear clothes and towels that can get dirty because red dye is a b&^%$ and will stain everything including your bath tub!
– Use plastic gloves to protect your hands and nails
– Apply vaseline around your hair and ears to prevent the dye from staining your skin
– Mix the dye and then start applying it. I used Yellow Color 6000 and Alfaparf Red Booster to get a bright red. The original dye I used was Vitaderm and it was supposed to be pink but it became red! Since it wasn’t vibrant enough I added the second mix on top after a few days.
– I left it in for approximately 1h to make sure the effect was maximum. I’ve read one girl even left her dye for 6h because she said the longer you leave it in the more it will last.
– Rinse it out with cold/tepid water when you’re done. Don’t use warm water otherwise it will rinse out most of your dye.
Step 3: Preserving the red hair color
Although I probably should I don’t use specific products to preserve the red color. This is what I do to maintain the color vibrant and my hair healthy:
1. Wash less frequently
Normally I wash my hair twice a week but now I try to keep it at once a week. Yellow Color and Alfaparf washes out a lot so by washing it less I preserve the color longer. Will try to wash it again twice a week because usually my hair stays moisturized until 4 days after washing so to me it’s not worth it compromising my hair’s moisture for the sake of the color.
2. No shampoo with SLS
Although you shouldn’t be shampooing with SLS anyway this one especially applies if your hair is dyed. SLS is very harsh on our hair and skin and will rip off the color of your hair and dry it in the process.
I use a moisturizing deep conditioner (DIY or commercial product) once a week and leave it for approximately 1 hour. Since dying natural hair can be very harsh on natural hair I also include a protein conditioner every 3 weeks or so to help my hair gain its full strength back.
4. Oils: Yay or Nay?
After watching Taren Guy’s video after she had dyed her hair blonde one of the tips she gave for maintaining moisturized colored hair is to avoid oils and use as much water and conditioner as possible. I avoided oils in the beginning but last week I did an oil rinse with almond oil and my red natural hair turned out super moisturized, the curls were very defined and overall it looked amazing!
I guess the chemical process involved with blonde hair is very different so it might work in her case but when it comes to my red colored hair, it loves it!
5. Daily maintenance
I believe that when you deep condition, use oils and wash your hair it must be so effective that you don’t need to use a daily moisturizer. And I don’t even have to when I deep wash/condition correctly. And even after dying my natural hair that still hasn’t changed. I did a wash & go 5 days ago and my hair is still soft and moisturized without applying anything since the washing day itself. The only thing I added before blow drying it was Ecostyler gel and what was it.
Less is more is what always worked with my hair and I’m glad that it hasn’t changed even after dying it. Although the natural hair/beauty industry likes to convince us that we need all the products available out there, we really don’t.
Did you ever bleach/dye your natural hair? Was it a success? Comment below!
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April 10, 2015Comments
I thought food trucks were only a trend in Brazil but apparently Holland is into some cool street food as well. From 14 until 17th of May the food trucks will arrive at Vroesenpark in Rotterdam. The free Food Truck Festival TREK is a big, lively open air festival with food, drinks, live music and theater on the menu! Around 10 food trucks will be present and sell a grand variety of food to try from oysters, sausages, organic fries and vegetarian food.
Although the access to the festival is free, 2.50 EUR will be asked upon first order of a drink for an environment friendly glass. After that you can reuse the glass as many times as you want when ordering a new drink
All you need for these days to be perfect is your happy mood, your best friends and the sun
Here’s some footage from previous Food Truck Festival editions in Utrecht & The Hague
Foodtruck Festival TREK
Where: Vroesenpark – Rotterdam
When: 14-17 May 2015
Photo credits: festival-trek.nl
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It still amazes me that I was able to bring so little with me to Brazil and still manage to only use half of the clothes I brought with me. This minimalism lifestyle is really growing unto me and it’s so liberating. My DIY convertible Top/Skirt/Dress tutorial of today is a perfect match to that. It’s convertible, perfect for travelling and yet still very chic
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April 8, 2015Comments
They say you don’t know where you’re going until you know where you come from. Although some interest might have been lingering around with many it seems that TV shows such as ‘Who do you think you are?‘ and ‘Finding your roots‘ have sparked the curiosity among people who want to find out more about their roots. If culture, history and slavery are among the topics you want to explore, add Gambia to your list!
Kunta Kinte’s ‘Roots’
Gambia was the birth place of Kunta Kinte, the main character in the novel ‘Roots’ of Alex Haley and also one of his ancestors. He was a young man of the Mandinka people, grew up in the Gambia in a small village called Juffureh before being captured and enslaved.
The big majority of slave owners stopped on James island (aka Kunta Kinte island) where African men and women were kept like animals during two weeks before being ‘shipped’ to the New World.
It’s crazy to think that if I would have been born in the wrong time and period, I would have been kept hostage with them on that island. But things have changed in such a big way that I was able to visit Kunta Kinte island and walk around like a free woman…
How James Island become Kunta Kinte Island
Kunta Kinte island wasn’t always named this way. The original name was James island but as American actor Rockmond Dunbar pointed out to the president so diligently he needed to change it to Kunta Kinte island as it embodies the full story of the island and what has happened there. And so the president did and from 6th of February 2011 the name (also) became Kunta Kinte island.
Follow the footsteps of Kunta Kinte
Follow Kunta Kinte and autor Alex Haley with the Route by river cruise. The journey will take 2 hours and you’ll cruise along the River Gambia to visit the villages of Albreda & Juffureh. If you’re lucky you might even spot dolphins along the way! Albreda was a trading post for slaves and today you’ll find a slavery museum there where the journey of africans is traced to the New World a.k.a. USA. Juffureh was Kunta Kinte’s home and during your visit you will meet his ancestors who still live here. In the middle of the river you’ll discover Kunta Kinte Island (also known as James Island) on which you’ll find the remains of Fort James.
Lamin Trawally is a tour guides working at Albreda/Juffereh (Roots) and has been sharing his passion for this place for over 10 years. He chose this profession to make his villages a responsible tourist destination and share his knowledge with other people.
Why is it important to visit Albreda/Juffereh & Kunta Kinte island?
Lamin: It’s important to visit Albreda/Juffereh as the descendants of Kunta Kinteh still reside here, the main character in Alex Haley’s novel.
Kunta Kinteh island and related sites present a testimony to the encounter between Africa and Europe, the pre-colonial and pre-slavery time until the independence. The location is particularly significant for its relation to the beginning of slavery trade and its abolition.
Visiting Kunta Kinteh Island is relevant to anyone either black or white. We need to see or hear about the cruel event that happened during slavery and the time of our ancestors.
How To Travel To Gambia
From Amsterdam you can fly with Arkefly to the Gambian capital Banjul. Often times you will make a stop along the way in Cape Vert but this wasn’t the case for me. Starting 249 EUR return you’ll fly to Gambia in 6 hours and 15 minutes. Note that food or entertainment are not included in the price so if you don’t want to pay any additional fees fill your iPad with fresh, new movies and bring your own food. The airport is located at only 13 kilometers of the Serrekunda Coast so you’ll arrive at your end destination in less than 20 minutes. For the current flight schedule visit Arkefly’s website.
Thanks to Visit the Gambia for making this trip possible. Also check out the Dutch Gambia Facebook page for current updates.
Are you interested in exploring your roots?
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