I took these self-portraits last year but they hold a special place in my heart. During this time I was depleted mentally, physically and emotionally but after viewing the beauty that is this Earth, I realized how blessed I was. This little mantra came to me while I was walking barefoot around my backyard…
When you’re feeling down. Put your feet to Earth’s ground & God will make everything alright.
I still repeat this a lot when I’m out with nature. I also reflect a lot on these photos and try to use them as motivation in my life. They remind me where I was but also how beautiful things can grow from some of the most tragic of moments.
Bobcat Caftan designed by: Mat Fashion
I frequent Forever 21 from time to time and I noticed that they like to “whitewash” the descriptions of some of their items.
This week they added a colorful “tribal print tunic” (item link) into their rotation but I couldn’t help to notice that the design and look was STRIKINGLY SIMILAR to a Dashiki.
The name Dashiki is derived from the Hausa word “danshiki”, which means shirt. It is now a popular ethnic item that can be seen on various people from a multitude of backgrounds. However, the dashiki is rooted in West Africa.
If you look around popular online shopping destinations you will notice that the word “tribal” is thrown on everything when it comes to describing indigenous inspired designs. Can we please get a bit more informative and add real descriptive words? Heck can we just use the words that people have been using for centuries instead of trying to come up with some quirky watered down shit? Maybe I’m asking for too much.
Being happy with your own company is a freedom many do not have. I have always found that the more secure I am with my own company, the more secure I can be around others.
Trying too hard to be something you are not is the downfall of many people. Try instead to look in the mirror and work on being happy with what is staring back at you.
For the past few months I’ve been working on myself (mentally, spiritually and now physically). I’m noticing that with this process, a lot of things are falling into place.
I no longer have the need to play a part or wear a mask. I can just exist and let time pass. I can just be free, like we all should. I have more time now for my art and my love of the woods.