Moisture Redefined: tgin Review

Hi there!

FTC: This post is not sponsored, but does contain affiliate links. All thoughts are my own.

With Winter upon us, or for those of us in the South USA, Summer/Spring, how do our tresses keep up with it all? The temperature is constantly changing, it’s hot, now it’s cold; it’s freezing one minute and too hot to wear pants in the next! What a miracle that our hair doesn’t just give up and fall off our heads! Thankfully, that crown we wear is strong enough for all of us. Even so, we all are made with that instinct to know when enough is enough, and that’s where tgin comes in.

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What does tgin even mean? tgin stands for “Thank God it’s NATURAL” a brand that lives up to it’s name and keeps customers running back to stores for more, their products are revered and loved all throughout the Natural Hair community.  They have been featured on many lists that include “Best Deep Conditioner” and the list goes on and on.

I first heard about tgin while perusing Youtube looking for a bomb twistout routine, and fell upon a video from NaturallyNeiicy. I decided to look further into the product and all I could find were good things, and decided I had to have it! Now, as a college student, and for all the students out there, times can get tough, and for a product junkie like myself, how can I keep up with all the hype?

One word: G I V E A W A Y!!!

Thanks to @frogirlginny and an amazing Holiday giveaway, I became the proud owner of three products from the tgin line. (follow her on all social media outlets, btw. she’s amazing!!) Natural ladies and gents, when in doubt to enter a contest of any kind, do not hesitate, just do! I’ve gotten pretty lucky so far! I’ll be sending good vibes your way through it all. I also got another product for Christmas so that will be featured in this review as well.

Honey Miracle Hair Mask – with Raw Honey + Olive oil

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First impressions: The packaging is pleasing to the eye, but not too crazy, so it caught my attention. Anything that says “Miracle” will have me doing a double take because I’m always on the lookout for the next great hair marvel. It smells amazing, the jojoba and honey in the mix truly influence the smell and I was instantly in heaven!

The product is THICK, and when you’re looking for a deep conditioner, trust and believe that consistency is key. My hair is very thick- in the 4b range along with some varying curl patterns, so I was really excited about it. I washed my hair as usual with the OGX Biotin & Collagen shampoo for clarity and bounce, and then followed with the same line of conditioner. My hair was then separated into sections and the fun began here! The directions say to “wash hair and then apply the product liberally to damp hair, raking the product through with a comb to ensure that it’s distributed evenly. ” Then either cover the hair with a plastic wrap and sit under the dryer for 15 minutes, or leave on a plastic cap and sit with product for 35 min – 1 hr. Sadly I don’t own a hooded dryer just yet, so I opted for the hour treatment instead and did some chores and studied for a bit. After 1 hour I washed it out, my hair was moist, the curls had defintion, my hair had a healthy shine, and it smelled so yummy- which is always important.

Price : $14.99

Twist & Define Cream – With Coconut oil + Vitamin E

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First Impressions- Again, consistency is key, and let me tell you this is just the right amount of oil and creme. It has a lot of slip, it smells like the hair mask, but different,  kinda like a good dessert. There are some elements in this product not found in the other which is good for variety. I like the amount of moisture that it clearly has, and I’m looking forward to the results.

After detangling, I skipped the leave-in step because it seemed like this product had more than enough moisture to go around, and I was right! As soon as it touched my hair my curls went lax, and then sprung to life! I wish this was an over exaggeration, but these are just facts! I was really excited to see the magic happen that quickly, which was satisfying. After applying the product in sections, I twisted the hair in order to keep it contained for the day, and the package does suggest to let the hair dry. After a day, my hair had a good feel to it, it felt almost as if I had applied a gel to it after the define cream.

Price: $14.99

Butter Cream Moisturizer – With Shea Butter + Vitamin E

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First Impressions- I’m not one who lies to repeat myself, but sheesh! The consistency of this product is what every curly girl wants. If you can think of a hair lotion packed with moisture, that holds firm, but smoothes on contact, this is the one. Of course it smells amazing, but the best part was how it loosened my hair.

Other than the three products that I used from the moisture line of tgin, I used my Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil for my scalp and to spritz around the hair. Remember how I said my twisted hair felt like gel had been applied to it? The Cream Moisturizer  loosened the twists on contact and pumped hydration and moisture into the hair and allowed untwisting to be easier and made the hair shine even more. I even applied some to the hair at the roots to liven it up!

Price: $14.99

Argan Replenishing Hair & Body Serum

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First Impressions: I really like the size of the bottle, it makes me comfortable to bring it when I travel or just to leave on the counter without cluttering space. The only thing I’m not thrilled about is the dripping effect- so the bottle does let off a bit of oil if you move it around or even just leave it on it’s side for too long.. which then changes my mind about bringing it to travel. I would have put a cone nozzle on the top instead of the standard lotion head.

This product was given to me as a gift by my lovely sister, not part of the giveaway that I won on Instagram. I use the serum when I want to give my hair some oil before a twist-out, I use it on my body right after I get out of the shower and my body is still a bit damp to lock in moisture. It smells really different, and I think that’s the hibiscus flower at the bottom of the bottle acting with the argan oil. I like that it’s lightweight and smells more natural than perfumed.

Price: 14.99

The Twist-Out

I used the Argan oil serum in my hands to help loosen the hair and make it easier to untwist and combat frizz. The cream moisturizer was also used in order to add a bit more moisture.

 Final Words 

In all, I thoroughly enjoyed this product line ! It really locks in moisture, my hair retains length, and I feel like my hair is healthy and feels good to the touch, (literally it’s so soft) but not in a bad way that it’s dripping in product. My favorite products have to be the Tist and Define Cream and  You can find tgin products at Sally’s, Target, CVS, and online through their website!

Sending another big big thank you to  @frogirlginny for the chance to try these products and a big thank to tgin for making amazing products!

Let me know what else you guys want to see, product reviews, hair products, things of that nature. Or comment and let me know what you think! Peace, love and wishing you many days of flourishing hair!

Sincerely,

Subi

Product Review: L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay

When you get a free product in the mail to try you hope and hope for good results and to like it enough to add it into your life. Read more to see my thoughts on the new L’oréal Extraordinary Clay products I received complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes!!

Hello there!! I love trying new products and suggesting things for my friends to try to make them fall in love with products I like, so I became an Influenster. It’s an amazing site where you submit reviews of products and try to influence others to buy them. You receive the products free/complimentary to test and all you have to do is post about it! Click the link if you’d like to do the same and let me know what you think!

This time, Influenster gave me the opportunity to try a new product line from L’Oréal hair: Extraordinary Clay. Disclaimer: I got these products complimentary and all opinions are my own. 

As a natural haired girl, I was hesitant when Influenster sent me this product because it seemed pretty regular, just your average products. It says it’s for oily roots and dry ends to clarify and hydrate. Now, if anyone knows me, I loooove moisture, so for a product to say that targets oily anything, I’m on hyper-alert. As a natural haired girl, I know my hair carries oils that my hair needs to thrive, but if a product that isn’t designed to protect those oils is introduced to my hair, things will not go well! But these products were complimentary and I have tons of tricks up my sleeve to fix any hair problem, so I dove in!

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Step 1: This was the pre-poo (a familiar term for us naturals) of the new Extraordinary Clay line from L’oréal! I loved it because it cleansed the scalp and was super creamy. It says to keep it on for 5 minutes, and apply only to the roots, but I kept it on for about 15 minutes because I know my roots had product buildup this wash-day. It didn’t dry my roots at all! My hair felt really healthy, my curls were still poppin and all the dirt and grime from previously used products were washed away. This was my favorite step in the new product line for sure. If you’re looking for a product to clear your roots and have this in hand, go for it.
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Step 2: Shampoo. This is your average drugstore shampoo, there was nothing special about it at all. It reminded me why I stopped using any old product off of the shelf. I hated this shampoo for 3 reasons. 1. It stripped my hair of ALL oil and I could feel the difference immediately. Which is what the product is supposed to do, so technically I shouldn’t be mad. 2. The way my hair felt after I used this shampoo was just horrible. It felt like rubber, limp and lifeless. My hair had lost all of it’s elasticity and shine. 3. My curl pattern was lost completely. My hair at this point was in dire need of a deep conditioning treatment and I was so taken aback at the sudden change.

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Step 3: Conditioner. Well, at this point I was trying to save my hair so I packed that shampoo onto my hair like my life depended on it! It’s your regular conditioner, nothing special. It had tons of slip and got the job done, but I was waiting for that wow factor that conditioners get in order to make me love it.. That never happened, but my hair did feel a little better.

Side Note: I followed this routine with my Mielle Organics products to save the day!

Overall: After all of the steps were used, my hair felt clean, yes but at what cost? 3/10 do not recommend to any natural haired beauties out there. As a girl with 4b curls hydration is essential, and this product line, just wasn’t for me. The first step was the best step for all the reasons I stated but mostly because it was the most hydrating. If you plan on buying anything in this line, the first step, the clay hair mask is the one to go with! I apologize for the lack of a personal picture of my hair; next time I won’t forget! If you have any questions about the line, or have any questions for me, comment, send me an email or follow me on any of my social media platforms and contact me there. Thanks for reading guys! More product reviews to come for sure!

Sincerely,

Subi

Marseille, France : Top 3 Places to Visit

 

If I had a dollar for every time I had heard about Marseille before this trip, I would have 1 dollar. Truthfully, if it wasn’t for reading the Count of Monte Cristo in middle school, I never would have heard of it. But, what is there to do in Marseille? With only 7 hours to enjoy myself I had to make the most of it; as a college student on a budget, I really had to make the most of it!

Known as a cosmopolitan city in France and a big tourist destination, Marseille is the oldest and second largest after Paris filled with ancient history, diversity of culture and an amazing seaside view. Should you visit here if you’re in France and have a day off? Most definitely.

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Views from the highest point in the city!

During my study abroad trip, Marseille was on the itinerary, so the 9 of us and our program director woke up super early (5am guys, no joke). We got a great group deal on our train tickets (the TGV no-less) and got snacks and breakfast things for the train ride, so we were all set to go. Marseille was actually one of the very first excursions that we went on, none of us were accustomed to the french culture much, but it was an adventure and you know how I feel about those!

What to do, What to Do?

What do you do in Marseille with so little time? First things first we went to the office of tourism, because Lawd knows how excited we can get and then realize we have no plan!

Main Tourist Office
11, la Canebière – 13001 Marseille
T: + 33 (0) 826 500 500  – fax: + 33 (04) 91 13 89 20
 info@marseille-tourisme.com

Go here for all your questions and concerns, they really made it easier for us by giving us a map and making us comfortable.

Notre Dame de la Garde 

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Just wow.

The basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde sits at the highest point of the city, and according to the inhabitants, watches over the city of Marseille and protects them from harm.

This was one of my favorite churches that was in France for so many reasons.Notre dame de la Garde has a Romanesque style and Byzantine effect about it due to the former ownership of the city.  It has colorful mosaic and tiled floors, not to mention the beautiful stained glass all along the walls. Designed by Henri Espérandieu, the basilica was builtin the 19th century.

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The magnificent ceiling

My favorite thing to do while in the basilica was to lay on a pew and stare at the ceiling. As I laid there, the only thing I could think of was how could something so beautiful be made by man? It’s so true that back in the day they were more creative and innovative than we could possibly imagine. Especially with the amount of tools they had, (or didn’t have I should say). I was amazed.

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Sunglasses were Ray-Ban and even though you can only see a sliver, that’s my NorthFace backpack on the left corner- super comfortable and has great back support.

 

A little boat ride 

Here is what really made me fall in love with Marseille. This boat ride! The weather was beautiful, the sun was shining and the water was so so blue. We got our tickets for the boat ride for less than 25 euro each, and due to the season, it was late september, that was a pretty good price.

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Our view while we waited in line. Take a look at that blue sky!

So remember what I said about the count of Monte Cristo? In the novel, Edmond Dantes the protagonist gets thrown in the Chateau D’If that was, at the time, a high security prison used for the lowest of the lows and criminals who has committed high treason. Placed literally in the middle of nowhere, literally nowhere, it’s surrounded by water and the only way in and out is by boat.

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Guys, yes, the picture is from Snapchat, but I was too excited to realize what I was looking at and this is the only photo that I have. We didn’t get to go inside because tours were closed for the day, but it was enough for me to see it from the outside. If you really want to visit the Chateau d’If and take a guided tour, feel free. Let me know how it looks from the inside 🙂

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Me, Mary Grace and Michaela on the boat!

Have you ever seen the ocean and asked how could it get so blue? I was asking myself the same question. My #1 word of the day was “wow.”

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Then came the amazing part. As the boat went up the coast it seemed like the water was changing color. Maybe it was the sun, maybe it was the magic of France, but I knew something was different. When I finally tuned in to what the captain was saying it lade sense: we were in the Côte d’Azur.

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I mean, have you ever seen water so magnificent? For all my followers that travel a lot, I’m sure you can top this, but for me, this took my breath away. Sorry if the pictures are blurry, the boat was going pretty fast in some places.

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And the further in we went, the bluer the water got!

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Woah, right?

The best part about the picture above was that on the other side of the boat there were thousands of jelly fish, just swimming around, having a party I guess! The water here was so sparkly and blue and all I kept wishing to jump in the water and feel it. Granted it was September, so it was probably freezing, but still! I’ve always wanted to go to the Côte d’Azur, and to cross something off my list was satisfying.

I’m sure if I was to return again, I’d visit some restaurants, because there’s amazing seafood in the south of France- trust me! The list of places I want to go will never end, but if you have cool places that you’ve been to or think I’d enjoy, if you like this post, or even just want to say hello, shoot me an email (sincerelysubi@gmail.com) or leave a comment below and I’ll add it to the list! Summer ’17 will be upon us before we know it and don’t forget spring break! Don’t forget to smile today!! Thanks for reading!

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You guys know I had to break out my flag!

Sincerely,

Subi

 

 

Sète 2016

My friends and I made the decision the day before we left to go on this trip. It was really spontaneous, but the ticket was so cheap for an aller-retour (round trip), only € 6.40!! So, we bought the tickets and went! There were also some students from UNC Chapel Hill who were doing a similar program as mine, so we invited them to tag along as well. It was gorgeous. Sète is a working town of boaters and fisherman and industry- and when you first get off the train that’s clear to see. The boats on the dock are so full of color and life is bustling and moving, but at the same time there’s still a sense of peace and no-rush. That laissez-faire life coming into play, no doubt!

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Boats on the Canal de Sète
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CANAL DE SÈTE

STOP # 1

A girl has to eat right? Lucky for us, we ran into a little festival! Showcasing the famous seafood dishes of the city, this event was small but lively. There were little booths of small businesses handing out food for a small price… and then we saw the Brasucade. Brasucade de moulles, mussels fried in a savory broth with spices and olive oil, was new to all of us. But it smelled amazing so we had to get it. One container of it costed about € 4 which was fine with us! We ended up getting those along with tielle (a pastry with mussels and spices, a specialty of Sète) and some fried cakes that had spices, minced vegetables and octopus. 4 orders of mussels, 4 tielles, 8 fried octopus cakes, 3 glasses of wine/ beer: € 25

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BRASUCADE DE MOULLES AND FRIED CAKES

STOP # 2

One of the really amazing things about living in the south of France is how close I am to the beach. On the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the temperature is amazing up until mid September and I took advantage. This  was the first rocky beach that I have ever been to. There were areas of sand closer to the entrance to the beach, but for the most part it was made up of smooth pebbles and rocks by the water.

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Views of the “Grand Plage”

For the beach, we packed some fruits, bread, cheese and wine. I had the crazy idea to go exploring, and we found caves, mussels in the water and even some sea urchins… which I pricked my foot on after cliff-jumping. Hey, it’s one more thing to cross off the bucket list! After all the fun and adventures on the beach, it was time to go home.

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SÈTE FAMILY PHOTO: after we all swam and ate, it was time to call it a day

This was such a relaxing day. The best part was that we went on this trip, not fully knowing each other at all but knowing that we had that same thirst for adventure. I’m looking forward to many more spontaneous trips and memories like this one.

Sincerely,

Subi

My Happiest Place on Earth

Hello there! It’s been such a long time since I’ve updated you guys on my travels. I had no idea I would be as busy as I’ve been, but I’ve finally had a chance to sit down and write a few entries! Here are 3 things that I’ve had on my list for a while and finally got to check off!

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On the bus from the train station

We came into Paris on a windy day of October. Back in Montpellier, they were warning us that the weather might be cold, rainy, un-agreeable even, but we got lucky and the whole weekend was just gorgeous. As soon as we stepped out of the train and onto the platform, I just knew I was home. We walked to our hotel and dropped our bags off, freshened up, and set off to make some dreams come true.

 

 

 

 

Stop #1: Ladurée AKA the Heaven of Macaron. 

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First time Trying Macaron at Ladurée!

If no one knows what Ladurée is, you have to listen. There is literally no place like this on earth. Here’s some history:

Parisian tea rooms’ history is intimately tied to the
history of the Ladurée family. It all began in 1862, when
Louis Ernest Ladurée, a miller from the southwest of
France, founded a bakery in Paris at 16 rue Royale.
In 1871, while Baron Haussmann was giving
Paris a « new face », a fire in the bakery opened
the opportunity to transform it into a pastry shop… And the rest is history! This tea hose has the best macaron in the world, not to be confused with macaroons which are the coconut swirl of a desert widely found in America. Thy have flavors that range from coconut (niox de coco) to pistachio (pistache) and even rose petal (pétale de rose)! These pastries are super delicate, so don’t throw it in your bag or drop them , because they will crumble into a million delicious pieces! I waited to try macaron for the first time in France, and they were amazing. If anyone ever goes to Paris, don’t leave without trying them first!

Stop #2 Trying Escargot for the first time. 

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The parsley and butter sauce is marinating in the escargot just right!
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These Escargot were actually really good!

When you go to France, do as the French do, yes? It’s commonplace to have escargot, or snail, as an appetizer, or entrée when having a traditional 4 course dinner in France. So naturally, I wanted the whole experience! Only served as an entrée, escargot are not hard to cook. Chefs typically cook them in a simple reduction of butter, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper. The snails cook in this simple sauce for less than 25 minutes and then they’re ready to go! Escargot are served in a dish that has a concave hole for the shells to rest in –>

I thought that it would taste weird – or slimy even, but it was surprisingly pretty firm, like a properly cooked shrimp or conch, which is a sea-snail that shows up in Caribbean fare. It’s pretty safe to say that I’ve found a new favorite appetizer! Now if only I could find this on a menu in the States…

Stop #3 Dreams Really do Come True 

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Eiffel Tower at night

You know that feeling that you get when everything feels right in your world and all things suddenly click into place? That’s exactly how I felt when I saw the Eiffel Tower for the First time. Two of my friends had already been to Paris, so they were excited, that I was excited. They were telling me that as soon as I turned the corner from the metro stop I would be able to see it. I had been dreaming of this moment since I was 5 and I though about it as a real thought in the 8th grade and started learning French, but I never wrapped my head around the idea of actually seeing it.

We turned the corner and I laid eyes on the Eiffel Tower for the first time and like the Cancer that I am, I got emotional and couldn’t help but burst into tears. Suddenly all my hard work, all the sleepless nights studying and missing events to get ahead on assignments, were all worth it. And I couldn’t be happier. We went back to the Eiffel tower every day after that, and one night to see it light up on the hour. It took my breath away.

Guys, when you’ve found your happiest place on earth, write to me, comment and let me know, but I can tell you right now, I’ve found mine. I’ve never been so content then when I was in Paris for those 3 glorious days, and this was only day one! This city has stolen my heart and I can’t wait until I go back.

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My Happiest Place on Earth

Never stop chasing your dreams, don’t ever settle and keep pushing because the finish line is closer than you think. Don’t forget to comment, subscribe, and let me know what you think guys, I want to hear from you! Be blessed ☀️

Sincerely,

Subi

 

My First Full Day in France! and more

Hi everyone!

This was my Facebook post after I arrived in France on September 7th:

Hello from France!

Today has been eventful to say the least! I arrived safely in Paris yesterday morning bright and early, and it was smooth sailing from there! I love my host mom and her son, they were so welcoming and easy to talk to! Here are my first meals for today (September 8th) breakfast, lunch and dessert at lunch. Thank you for all the well wishes and prayer, much needed and appreciated. is going to be an amazing 3 1/2 months.

Bonjour de France!!

Donc, Aujourd’hui a été riche en événements pour le moins! Je suis arrivé en toute sécurité à Paris lumineux hier matin et au début, et il a été la voile en douceur à partir de là! J’aime ma mère d’accueil et son fils, ils étaient tellement accueillant et facile de parler! Voici mes premiers repas d’aujourd’hui (le 8 Septembre) le petit déjeuner, le déjeuner et le dessert au déjeuner. Merci pour tous les souhaits de puits et la prière, bien nécessaires et appréciés. va être un incroyable 3 1/2 mois.

Where:  I will be in the south of France in a town called Montpellier. francemap-1

It’s the 8th largest city in France and the majority of the population consists of students both foreign and native to France.

Who: I’m not staying in a youth hostel, but chose a program that places me with a host family. They provide 2 meals a day for me and I’m on my own for lunch, but that’s the most exciting meal of the day! I found that if I get a sandwich and yogurt, lunch can cost less than 3 euros! I speak French all day every day unless I’m with some of the other UGA students and even then we try to speak french and practice with each other. I’ve only been here for a week, but I already feel like it’s been forever.

When: The program (UGA en France) lasts from early September to early December

Adventures: I have some trips planned, of course!! Europe is amazing because all you have to do is pick a country and you have access to the whole continent. It’s all because of the train system here. In France it’s called the TGV and it’s a high-speed train that can take you to almost any country in Europe. You’d be crazy not to take advantage of it!

I’ll have more exciting news without a doubt! If you have questions for me, suggestions for places to see, good places to shop, let me know! I am so excited to go on this journey with all of you and most of all, to experience the world. I’m so blessed to be given this opportunity and I can’t believe it’s real! AAAHHH! I’m in France! Je suis trés contente. (I am very happy).

Sincerely,

Subi

Waiting… and Waiting

Dear Reader,

As I step into my junior year at The University of Georgia, I experience a different feeling. I which my closest friends go from class to class and meet up for lunches and catch-up between advising appointments and yet, I am not doing any of these things. I am not attending classes, I’m not booking advising appointments and I’m certainly not gathering syllabi from professors. I am waiting. I am waiting for my third year to start. I am getting my passport situated and researching “how to pack and not go over the weight limit” or booking my plane ticket. Instead of going to class August 11th like all of my friends, I’m preparing for my biggest adventure and challenge: Study Abroad.

I got the news that I had been accepted into the UGA en France study abroad trip in the Spring of 2016. I was over the moon with excitement. New place, new continent, new language, new culture? It’s everything I ever dreamed of. But somehow in the midst of that I still found myself at a standstill. When I applied, I was encouraged to go on a trip without any of my friends in order to get that full experience all for myself, and I did. Now that I was in, really in, I started to put things in perspective and really think about how I wanted this experience to go. The doubt started to settle in. And the what-ifs piled up.

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Finding out I got into the program

What if I don’t make any friends? What if I don’t do well in my classes? What if my host family doesn’t like me? What if I don’t like my host family? What if I can;t pay for the trip?What if I get robbed? What if I get taken? All these suppositions and I hadn’t even gone to the first orientation, and I realized that that’s all they were, was supposition. These thoughts were based on fear. So, I took it one step at a time. I created a gofundme page at https://gofundme.com/SubiToFrance and I became proactive in raising the necessary money needed to get me to where I needed to be. I have been waiting for this opportunity since the 10th grade when I started to look at UGA seriously. I knew the ins and outs of the trip and I had researched and prayed and worked for this. I knew I was ready. All that was left to do was get there.

The summer passed by, May, June, July, and suddenly it’s August and classes are starting… and I’m still waiting. It’s a different kind of feeling, being on campus when I don’t have obligations to attend classes or buy books, and all I have on my agenda is work. You have a new appreciation for meeting up with friends in the Student Center or grabbing coffee and a muffin in between classes. All the time is precious. I leave Athens for home in 4 days. That gives me 96 more hours with my friends until I disappear for 4 months to another continent. But you know what? I’m ready for this adventure, ready to challenge myself and immerse my thoughts in the French language and culture. So while I sit and wait for another 24 days until my departure, this is what I have to look forward to, am looking forward to. This is what I am waiting for.

Sincerely,

Subi

You are your Greatest Adventure

Dear Reader,

There is no time like now, today, in these moments. And that is why it’s called the present. ~ Some Wise Person

As a young adult in America, you see so many new ads, trends, the new hype of fashion and the aesthetic of not caring about the world and living in the moment. It get’s to be a little overwhelming, don’t you think? These all-natural diets that claim to make you feel good inside and more alive (been there done that), let m put it this way: all the bs gets old. But as a young adult in America in this day in age, you have the opportunity to do what our parents may have not been able to do: Look for the real you.

 

First things first, you need to really stop and think. This is big step, finding you, it’s going to be a little hard, hey, and maybe it’ll be easy! You up for this?

Make a promise to yourself: When the going get’s rough, you’ll look in the mirror and say, “Hey there gorgeous/handsome. You can do this.” Make a list of all the things you’ve always wanted to do just to get you started. Here are some of mine:

  • Go hiking
    • If you’re not the adventuring type, this might just be the thing for you! Now hear me out, hiking doesn’t mean you need to scale up Kilimanjaro tomorrow, but find a nature trail near you, get some good sneakers and some comfortable clothes. Leave your phone off. Or on do not disturb. You’d be surprised how much time you have to think when you’re not snap chatting your nature walk or sending videos of the cool bird you found or the sunset in the woods.

 

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  • Swim in a clear ocean
    • You know what that means! T R A V E L. Save up and go to that place and getaway just like you always wanted to. Yow that’ll love it, I promise. I’m taking my own advice and doing that soon!!! (Another post to come)
    • And if you’re afraid of the ocean (some people are) find a natural spring, maybe a national park, and swim there. Still good.

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  • Fly a kite
    • Let’s be real I just thought of this one, but now that I think about it. hey, why not! I’ve never done it before. It looks like fun!!
  • Go to an art museum… and really look at the art
    • This past week, I went to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. Now it’s not the Louvre or the Guggenheim, but man it was fun! Three floors of art, one space, winding staircases and the light, don’t get me started on the amazing sunlight all throughout the building. (Not to mention the selfie lighting! Ladies you know what I mean)

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  • Read all the books you’ve wondered about (make that list)
    • I used to read all the time. When I got to college I “didn’t have time anymore” but you make time for the things you want to do so I’m going to do just that. Starting with Ana Karenina.
  • Eat new foods (another list)
    • Try new restaurants… alone
    • Ethnic food is always a  y e s. Do it.
  • Find a new favorite food
    • Right now mine is shrimp, I can make it into anything.
    • When I tried sushi for the first time I found a new favorite fish – yellowtail. But I only like it raw and classic sushi which is interesting!

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  • Pray more
    • Believe in something. The Bible and the Quran are holy books there is so much to learn, so much knowledge. And even if you decide not to convert, prayer is soothing and it helps sort out all the gunk in life. There is this calm that passes over you, and this feeling of… completion. Try it, let me know what you think, just throwing it out there.

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Always remember that you owe it to yourself to find out who you really are. This journey is going to change your life and you’re almost there! Last piece of advice: trust you. You got this. And even if you don’t you will eventually. There’s no rush on the creative process and you are your greatest masterpiece.

 

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Don’t miss out.

Sincerely,

Subi

 

 

I Promise.

Dear Reader,

This is all new to me, writing. Some say they were always born to write, some just pick up a pen one day and the rest is history. For me, this is something I have alway wanted to do, but never did. But I think one thing that is most important in the writer-reader relationship is trust, as is most important in all relationships. So I dedicate this first post to you, to the ones who took the time out of their busy, or maybe not-so-busy day to read my work, my thoughts, my words. And with this dedication I also have a promise. To you. To you, I promise always to be real. If I’m having a bad day or if something doesn’t go well, I promise to convey that in the best way possible. I promise not to be perfect, because who can be perfect but God? I promise to answer your questions to the best of my ability, and to let you know when I can’t answer a question. I promise I don’t have all the answers, but I also promise to do my best, to be my best.

Thank you for buying a ticket to this crazy ride called Life with me.This journey will be filled with so much of me, and you’ll soon find out who that really is. I promise you this will get interesting.

Sincerely,

Subi