Everyday can be struggle with someone who deals with depression (trust me I know). So when I heard the news of the passing of Karyn Washington (founder of FOR BROWN GIRLS ) it really hurt me to my core.
I personally have been having my own struggles behind closed doors and can see how tempting it can be to just end it. You just never really know what a person is going through..
I read that she recently loss her mother and that alone can trigger enough pain to move mountains.
I appreciate the impact her brand made; showing the beauty of our black sistas and hope that her family and friends can some day come to terms with her sudden lost. She was only 22. So young.
When I first started Concrete Loop back in November of 2005, I didn’t know how far it would bring me. It started as a hobby with 5 dollars a couple days before my 21st birthday. During that time, I was struggling with self-esteem issues, depression and was having difficulties adapting to new surroundings. Little did I know that more than 8 years later it would help mold me into the strong confident woman I am today.
Concrete Loop not only brought some amazing people in my life, it has afforded me some one of a kind and life changing opportunities. I’ve opened a business, wrote a best selling blogging book, been invited to the White House, spoken on numerous prestigious panels, interviewed and met countless celebrities and most importantly was paid to do something I loved to do.
I always said I would continue to do this until it was no longer my passion and that day has come. I took awhile to think about it and without getting into too much detail, I have decided to close the site down indefinitely.
I was trying this shawl on this weekend when my friend Felicia took this photo. I was looking at myself in the mirror and thinking “I’m pretty dope”.
Mirrors are tricky. If you like yourself too much you’re conceited and if you DON’T appreciate your reflection enough, you won’t realize your beauty. Try to look at yourself in the mirror everyday and say something positive. It will do wonders…. (just don’t do it too much OR..)
2012 was a rough and enlightening year for me. I experienced a lot of ups and downs. Lost a lot of “friends” and had to come to a lot of realizations. However, everything has happened as it should because I have now found happiness. I no longer look towards people, places or things for it. I have found it within myself. Love of self is key and even though I’m still mastering this philosophy, I noticed that my happiness is now shining on the outside. My beauty radiates naturally from within.
Just cooked up some zucchini pancakes with my sharper image “Super Grill”. I’ve been using this grill a lot since getting it last month and I can’t wait to use the waffle option since the plates are interchangeable. For more info visit: SHARPERIMAGE.COM..