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Happy Wednesday, readers! Things have been a little quieter on the blog lately (I talk more about this in my Turning 23 post, sometimes you just need to unplug from the internet, you know?) but I wanted to check back in this week with my goals for the month and talk about how I did last month!

Also, I wanted to let you all know that I am looking for guest bloggers! If you are interested in writing about hair, beauty, fashion, DIY, health, or inspiration, PLEASE contact me! I’d love to have you 🙂

Okay, now on to the goals:

October’s Goals:

Lose five pounds: Half a strikethrough. I lost three more pounds, which makes a total of six since I started trying to lose weight. However, I’m still about ten pounds shy of my ideal weight goal! I have to admit, while I’ve been doing good with exercising and drinking more water, my diet took a toll last month. Way too much birthday food!

Get a part-time job that’s away from the computer: I will talk more about this in a later post! 🙂

Do a 3-day Juice cleanse: Okay, I STILL haven’t done this! Now, I’m thinking about just waiting until after the holidays.

Get published in a physical, print magazine. Half a strikethrough, and you’ll see why in a later post 😉

Brainstorm on a good gift for Rob’s birthday. Mission accomplished!!

Change my hairstyle . I’m loving this bob I have right now, but it’s getting colder and now I want something longer 🙂 I love experimenting!!

Okay, now on to November’s Goals! I honestly haven’t thought about them until JUST now:

Do something un-introverted: I want to have dinner with friends, go to a party or SOMETHING. I’m such a hermit crab, y’all.

Get another credit card: This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, and I definitely want to take that step this month.

Write (not blog) more. I love blogging, I really do, but creative writing is my passion. I really want to get back into it this month, no excuses.

Only three goals! I don’t want to stress myself out and I think there is room to grow in each of these. What are your goals for this month? I’d love to hear them, seriously!

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P.S. I was actually thinking about doing a Q&A or a FAQ post. Would y’all be interested in that? If so, let me know!

 

 

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My birthday was Saturday and I turned 23 years old! My best friend asked me to sum up being 22 in one phrase, and I would have to say that it was a year of trial and error. I put my hand in so many different things (which was overwhelming sometimes!) Some of these things worked out, and some didn’t. Some things I ended up loving and some I hated!  I actually started this blog a few weeks after my 22nd birthday, my first post being about how much I disliked the club and didn’t want to go for my birthday (this still stands! Talking about this more a little later in this post.)

22 was my first year as a college graduate, and that can be a bit challenging. You’re expected to go to college and immediately start working a 9-5 job of some sort. I’ve expressed on this blog that I don’t think I’m a 9-5 type of person, but that doesn’t meant that a 9-5 wouldn’t be perfect for someone else. On my freelance writing journey, I’ve had an epiphany of what I REALLY  want to do career wise. It was a “DUH, India!” moment for me, but I don’t think it’s something that my friends and readers would expect. (I promise, I’ll talk more about this later!) What I will say now is, a lot of the career visions I’ve had and career goals I’ve made this year were more about reaching ‘success’ than about doing what I actually love. And that’s something I want to change this year as a 23-year old 🙂

My birthday was great!! It was definitely low-key, and I had slight anxiety about what I should do for my birthday. Do I need to plan a big birthday bash? Go to a party? A bar? A vacation? I was getting more stressed out about having a cool answer to the question of “What did I do for my birthday” than actually doing what I wanted for my birthday. So I immediately got THAT mindset out of the way and did exactly what I wanted to do. Eat, shop, and hang out my boyfriend, family and friends 🙂

I feel like my biggest goal last year was achieving success in the career field and blogging world, so much that it was driving me a bit (more) crazy. As a 23-year-old, I want to focus more on cultivating and improving friendships and relationships: with God, family, boyfriend, friends, and everyone else. I’m an introvert, but I don’t want that to stop me from making relationships LAST! I feel like everything else will fall into place.

I’m so excited to continue experiencing being a 23-year-old! 🙂 For those of you who’ve had a birthday recently or have one coming up, what do you want to do differently being a year older? How would you sum up this year in one phrase? I’d love to hear this. 🙂

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of listening to Chris Rock’s mom, Rose Rock, speak at a gala hosted by DeAmor Magazine. The gala was lovely and the Hors d’oeuvres were delicious! (I’m such a foodie).

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Miss Rock was everything you’d expect Chris Rock’s mom to be and more– hilarious, stylish, and spunky. She’s 70 years old! She offered great tips about raising children (she’s raised 27 children! 10 of her own and 17 foster children) pursuing your dreams, and loving yourself, knowing your worth and true love.

Would you believe that at first Miss Rock didn’t support Chris Rock’s dream of being a comedian? She said he got his start in the comedy world through a dare! A few of his friends dared him to perform at a local comedy venue and the manager thought he was so funny, he was booked a spot!

She opened the floor up for Question and Answer, and I asked did she think she was anything like the way she was portrayed in Chris’s show, Everybody Hates Chris. Watch the video below to find out what she said!

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P.S. The winner of the Choosing Joy Giveaway is Nekedra Moore! Congratulations!!

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Do y’all watch Patricia Bright on YouTube? I discovered her channel a few months ago and I LOVE her fashion sense and her ACCENT! Everytime I watch one of her blogs I get wanderlust for London.

Last week, Victoria posted a video titled “20 things I’ve learned in my twenties” and it was spot on. I’m only 22, but some of the things that she mentioned I could already relate to. It’s makes me feel better that I’ve not the only one going through some of these things!

Watch the video and tell me if you can relate to any of these things! Is there something you’ve learned in your twenties that she didn’t mention?

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I am super excited to have Shalyn Nelson as this week’s feature! When I first ventured into lifestyle blogging, I stumbled onto to Shay’s blog and said “Yup, this is the EXACT feel I want for my blog.” Shay is optimistic, hard-working, humble and hilarious. She’s always talking about twerking when she’s in a good mood and we share a similar love for Beyonce 🙂

She owns a photography business, Love, The Nelsons, with her husband Drew, whom she affectionately refers to as DDHP (Drew Drew Hot Pants) and they live together in Austin, Texas. I have a special place in my heart for photographers because it really is NO JOKE. I had the pleasure of talking to Shay about her business, advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and how she balances her work life with her marriage!

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You’re always talking about blaring Beyonce’ music! What’s your favorite Beyonce song of all time?

Gosh. This is tough! Her latest album is sooo good. I guess I’d say Flawless! #iwokeuplikedissss

You always have such a positive attitude! What do you do when you’re feeling down?

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Happy October, y’all! I’ve said it so many times before but I LOVE the month of October. I might be partial because it’s my birthday month, but I also love the smell of pumpkin and FAIR FOOD! Let’s see how far I’ve come with the September goals and what my goals for this month are!

 Lose 10 pounds– This has half a strikethrough because I lost like 3 or 4 pounds, haha! I’m pretty good with exercising, but dieting is harder than I thought, you really have to be intentional about it! My clothes are fitting different in a good way, so I don’t understand how I ONLY lost 3 pounds. Curse you, scale…

Do a 3-day juice cleanse– I really want to do one but I have NO idea where to begin. I was thinking bout either the Blueprint Cleanse or the Suja Juice Cleanse. Has anyone ever tried either??

Buy a newer, better camera.

Increase blog revenue by 50%

Become more CONSISTENT with going to church on Sundays

Collab with another blogger. Another half-strikethrough! I’ve definitely been doing more community building this month, and I’m collaborating with 6 talented women for the Choosing Joy Giveaway, but I really want to actually do a joint post with another blogger. Any takers? 🙂

Okay, now on to the October goals!

Lose five pounds (I’m still trying, y’all! But, fair food! :/)

Get a part-time job: I told myself if I was going to really pursue blogging/freelancing wholeheartedly that I would need to get a part-time job. I’m already an introvert, and spending so much time by myself, looking at a computer isn’t good. I need social interaction!

Do a 3-day Juice cleanse:

Get published in a physical, print magazine.

Brainstorm on a good gift for Rob’s Birthday. My bf’s birthday is 8 days after mine!

Change my hairstyle 🙂 I LOVE changing my hair in the cooler months and this year is no different!

What are your goals for this month? Let me know in the comments!

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Happy Friday readers! It’s the first Friday in October, what do you have planned? If you haven’t already, don’t forget to enter my giveaway, check out my Ultimate Co-Wash Guide and Faithful in Flannel post!

I’ve been raving about one song in particular this week (for no reason other than the fact that it’s well written and I love the video!)

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Why don’t you love me by Beyonce’: I’ve always loved this song and felt like it’s never gotten as much recognition as it deserves. I love the lyrics, the video, and it’s SOOO good when she sings it live! I was so glad to see her perform it at the Mrs. Carter Tour because it was incredible.

The video has this vintage-y vibe and the song reminds me something that would be sung in a musical (think Dreamgirls). It’s so interesting to see Beyonce, one of the greatest living performers, so vulnerable and concerned with why someone doesn’t love her; basically asking: “Why don’t you love me? I’m smart, beautiful… I’m Beyonce!” Her sister Solange helped her write this song, too. Ever since I watched the On the Run Tour on HBO that song has been in my head again and I’ve been playing it nonstop.

If you haven’t heard this song, listen to it above and let me know what you think!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Happy October, readers! The start of October in South Carolina was so beautiful that I had to take a few pictures. I also wanted to take out the time to talk about this AWESOME clothing line called Faithful Chics, founded by Crystal Perkins. Her story and testimony is amazing: After going through a dark time in life and marriage, she felt she said two choices: to Stay Down or Let Go and let God. Thankfully, she chose the latter! She then started this clothing line to share faith and God’s word through apparel (you can read her full story HERE).

Y’all know that here on TheReddBlogger.com, I LOVE talking about twenty-somethings doing inspiring things! I think it’s so awesome that through faith and believing, Crystal was able to get through her troubles and start a business.  This is only one of the tees in her collection and I think this one is my favorite. I love this quote! (and the color red!) Walking by faith is something I am definitely doing in this freelance writing journey of mine! It’s just so inspiring to know that no matter what, God has your back. I also want to get the Philippians 4:13 tee because that is one of my favorite scriptures. All of her items feature quotes about Jesus and faith. Someone having a bad day can literally look at your shirt and get inspired!

It was warm with a little breeze yesterday so I decided to pair the shirt with a flannel top and I loved how it looked together. I’m definitely going to be rocking this shirt with a red lip! Check out all of the clothing items Faithful Chics has to offer HERE and tell me what’s your favorite item?

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*This shirt was given to me by Faithful Chics, LLC for my consideration. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own.. and I seriously LOVE this shirt!

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I am so, so, so excited for this giveaway! I’ve been wanting to do a big giveaway like this for a really long time, and after brainstorming with the beautiful #ColumbiaCreatives women, I thought what better time to do a giveaway on my birthday month (My birthday is on October 25th!) and what better theme to have than ‘Choosing Joy’?

 

 

Whether you’re working a 9-5, working as an entrepreneur, going to college or working a part-time, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or stressed. It’s important to wake up everyday and decide to be happy on purpose.. choose joy! No matter what curveballs get thrown at you, it’s important to face the day with a positive attitude! This giveaway includes more than a few things to put on your desk or hang on your wall with positive messages!

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These beautiful items are all handcrafted by women who own small businesses (and farms!) with a positive message. I connected with these ladies at the Lara Casey Event at Stone River and it was so exciting to meet with women who were so ambitious and hard working. This blog thrives on spreading positivity throughout the internet, and every item in this gift set has a positive message or image that you can keep or give away to a friend or encouragement. Let’s meet the women behind these beauties!

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If you have natural, afro-like hair texture like me, super curly hair or are familiar with the ‘Curly Girl Method’, then you have probably heard the term Co-Washing. There are a lot of questions concerning the term: What is it? Should I do it for MY hair type? What type should I try? I answer all of this and more with my Ultimate Co-Wash Guide, plus a full review of the Bel Nouvo CoCo Castor CoWash AND a video of my co-wash routine!

What is Co-Washing?

Co-washing is washing your hair with a conditioner instead of a shampoo. This will remove product buildup from your hair and scalp without completely stripping your scalp of it’s natural oils. You can use any conditioner. Now, some companies have separate conditioners made specifically for co-washing!

Why should I Co-Wash?

Co-Washing doesn’t strip your hair of it’s natural oils. Some shampoos can remove not only the dirt, but all of the natural oils from your hair and scalp, leaving your hair super dry. Dryness begets breakage!

Who should Co-Wash?

Everyone should try it! Curly girls, afro girls and girls with dryer hair especially. You may not have to do it as much if your hair is considered oily or if you have straighter hair. The oils in your hair are already being transferred to the ends of your hair at a regular rate, so you won’t have to worry about breakage as much. For afro/curly girls, the natural oils from the scalp aren’t always reaching to the ends of the hair, creating dry, brittle ends. Washing your hair with a stripping shampoo frequently only adds more dryness to the equation!

How Often?

Think about how often you shampoo your hair and try to replace some of those washes with co-washes. I try to co-wash my hair once a week, only shampooing when my hair is really dirty.

What about shampoo?

I still use shampoo for when I need to get my hair completely clean, and I will also follow up with a deep treatment to restore moisture in my hair. If you still don’t feel comfortable using shampoo, an apple cider vinegar cleanse is an alternative.

How should I Co-Wash?

I have an entire video showing how I co-wash below!

What are the best co-washes or conditioners?

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