You’ve Got What You Need

A local hair stylist launched a new product and advertised it on Facebook. So, I visited her booth at a vendor show and I bought a huge bottle of the product, Whisper Whip. 

The owner explained the product could do it all. It was a shampoo, a co-wash, a leave in conditioner, and a moisturizer. I used it as a moisturizer. It was light, didn’t weigh my hair down, and left it feeling great. For years, Whisper Whip was in my rotation for wash days, styling days and every day. My hair is coily, has fine strands, is low porosity and prone to tangle. Because of this I do not wear my hair down. A wash n go hairstyle would mean a life sentence of detangling and I have neither patience nor the time.

It turns out I had what I needed all along. The product was good for everything. And so, it is with our faith walk. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. We have everything we need to reach our God given goals and the courage to use our talents. Believe the creator when He tells us he is everything, El Shaddai. Are you just relying on God in one way? You may be missing out on His love in other areas of your life. Do you think a prosperous, abundant life is for others, but not for you? I thought wash n go styles were not for my hair type. My beliefs about my hair kept me from having a fabulous hairstyle. What beliefs about yourself are keeping you from having a fabulous life? Let God into those areas; he created you and knows what you can do.

* Whisper Whip is a trademarked brand of Healthy Hair Solutions and is in no way affiliated with this blog.*
The results of my hair transformation!

The results of my transformation!

 

Simple Vegan Tacos Recipe From My “Veganish” Kitchen

 My Veganish Journey

Veganish! Yep, that’s what I call myself. I spent many years of my life researching alternative diets and It was so overwhelming that it kept me from just being healthy. One day, a coworker told me he was vegan. I have a vegan friend but I wasn’t familiar with their meals. I consider myself a food connoisseur so I’m no stranger to the kitchen but I didn’t know where to begin. My first question to him was, “What do you eat??”

He actually took the time to write out meal ideas for each meal. Some were appealing, others not so much. Because the thing is, there’s no meat or meat byproducts so I would have to re-learn my whole life’s eating choices. Let’s face it, most of us grew up preparing our meals around a meat! “I want chicken for dinner.” Pick a vegetable and a starch and you have a meal! But what does one do when meat isn’t the center of your meal?

 

Meatless Monday

I started slow. Meatless Monday; breakfast was easy, oatmeal with chopped fruit and granola or dairy-free yogurt with fruit and nuts. For lunch I would eat a steam bag of veggies. For dinner I would make pasta dishes or soups. After awhile I would eat a meatless or vegan meal for lunch on days other than Monday. Six months later I realized that the only time I ate meat was at dinner. It was astonishing to me! I began removing meat from dinner and changed my thoughts to meat sometimes (I have commitment issues😁).

Soon I started trying out new recipes. I would think of what I would normally make and then attempt to veganize it. Now, I feel amazing! I lost weight, I rarely eat meat, and I advocate for meat reduction; EAT meat on the WEEKEND and maintain a Veganish lifestyle. Because for those of us out there struggling with every saucy or Worcester sauce (because it’s not vegan) detail, there are some very judgey (I know it’s not a word) vegans that will push you off the wagon because you meat (LOL, a little jokey joke, in my Martin Lawrence voice)or don’t meet their standards.

 

My son enjoying meatless Monday!

Vegan Snacks

So here it is, one thing that has helped me transition is recreating some of my favorite junk foods. I have made Copycat Popeye’s, by frying cauliflower, double dipped in a spicy batter, makes my mouth water as I type. I’ve done a vegan Jucy Lucy, cheeze stuffed beefless burger. And today I have Copycat Jack in the Box Vegan Crispy Tacos. Oh my goodness, these hot crispy, crunchy tacos were everything I wanted them to be and oh so craveable. Check out the video. And for a little inspiration for those straddling the fence, don’t worry about being perfect at least you are actively trying to eat better. Don’t give up because someone discourages you, because I guarantee, people are more concerned about you only eating vegetables then they will ever be if you only ate McDonald’s! Many blessings on your vegan or veganish journey.

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Start Fresh Each Day!

The time is now! This is the season to pursue your dreams and to rediscover yourself. Most people are floating through life without purpose. Do you really know who you are and where you’re going? Set a plan, act on it and consider how it may affect your family, faith, finances etc. There’s no one way of doing things, trust your instincts and do your research!

Until next time…

Start Small & Start From Home

Hi,

Calling all visionaries, entrepreneurs and inspiring entrepreneurs now is the time to pursue your dreams and walk in your true purpose. We have more down time than before so here’s the “sign” you’ve been waiting for!

There’s a lot of uncertainty when you’re starting a new business and over the years, I’ve attempted to do it all. I’ve tried catering, I made jewelry, and sled published a book the list goes on and on. I’m a single parent and to have to work full time!

I set weekly and monthly goals and every day I work towards them. Some days it’s a struggle to push myself because it can be discouraging and exhausting but if I don’t do it who will? You can’t wait around for someone to “discover” you the Bible says Faith without works is dead James 2 ( I’m paraphrasing) and the world says no pain not gain & no risk no reward! You get the point!

Some days I brainstorm ideas or research other successful businesses. In the past I didn’t have the resources to take any of my ideas to the next level.  Although, catering and jewelry design are businesses that you can run out of your home, they can also be costly when your sales are inconsistent!

Here it is… my one useful business tip: FOCUS! I wished that someone would’ve told me to focus on one type of jewelry piece, such as; bracelets. You can make different variations of bracelets without ever making the same piece twice. I can not stress the importance of sticking to one type of jewelry in the beginning, it keeps the cost and the pressure down. Regardless, of what people tell you. They’ll have you spending money, designing and taking time from your family but they’re not buying.  Now, there are always exceptions to the rule: if you have a special order, a wedding event for example, make sure you secure a deposit before purchasing additional supplies. Over time add necklaces, rings etc. Set a goal of how much money and time you can invest.

In the case of my failed attempt at catering, I’ve learned to start with something you specialize in such as sandwiches or desserts.  Again, focus on your specialty and then build your menu. You can hold tasting parties, to gage what people prefer and that’s a good way to network and market your business.

Remember, Tracie from Pretty’ N Lashed? Tracie has started her business right from home, where she can still manage her household and has no overhead expenses. Her supplies will last for months at a time. She doesn’t have much to maintain and she’s profiting! Look at the video below to check out Tracie’s in home work station.

 

Until next time…