Pursuit of Natural

life, levity, & the pursuit of natural


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One Year Later and a Hiatus

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Happy B-Day, Blog!

I launched this blog on my big chop anniversary. That means next week I’ll be five years natural and The Pursuit of Natural will be one year old. I thought, like with most blogs, I’d be writing into the void from my little unseen corner of the internet. I did not anticipate how my words would connect and those connections would become meaningful.

Sharing is Caring

If Your Dream Only Includes You, It’s Too Small — Ava DuVernay

I knew the natural hair community was an uplifting one, but still the warmth and motivation I received surprised me. I have learned a lot in this past year of blogging–from how to manage a blog schedule (ya girl was posting manually for MONTHS. smh) to finding ways to connect, engage, and spread the love.

The pursuit of natural may be an individual journey but it is ultimately a shared experience. Year two, I want to amplify the voices of others as you all have amplified mine. Spotlights, guest posts, and reblogs. If you–yes, I’m talking to you–would like a reblog, leave a link below. If you’d like to write a guest post, drop me a line via the contact form.

A Pit Stop on the Pursuit

Being natural has come to encompass a lot more to me than just hair, and my pursuit has grown deeper and wider — Pursuit Of Natural

That was in response to a question on how I came up with the name for my blog, and it’s true. Pretty much every naturalista I’ve followed has gone through this evolution where self-expression flourishes as an outgrowth of being natural. Primarily, my pursuit of natural has led me to take my self-care more seriously, which I’d like to write about. It also made me seek out and learn from other black women who did or were trying to do the same. And I began to invest in parts of myself that have been neglected for years.

That’s where the hiatus comes in. I’ve taken up old passions and dusted off dormant skillsets. The blog will go on break next month as I focus on working on these other ventures, but you can keep up with what I’m up to on my twitter and Instagram (links in the sidebar.) So be sure to follow me there.

Thanks y’all! Don’t forget to share your blogs (yes, your blog!) in the comments. Introduce yourself and let us know what you write about. And reach out if you would like a reblog on The Pursuit, or to write a guest post.

If you’re a fan of The Pursuit, please like, subscribe, and share!

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Liebster Award

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The fabulous OlenaRosanne nominated me. Y’all. She’s awesome and I’m humbled to receive this award from her. If you aren’t subscribed to her already, go do that and come back. I’ll wait. You can find her at olenarosanne.com. She blogs, vlogs, tweets, and ‘grams about natural hair & beauty, and she still finds time to show support for others.

Thank you, Queen!

The Rules:

  1.  Answer the questions you were asked.
  2.  Tag 11 people who have under 200 Twitter followers  *adding Facebook followers / Email subscribers.
  3.  Create 11 new questions.
  4. Recognize who tagged you.

OlenaRosanne’s Questions

Q1.  How did you come up with the name of your blog?  I brainstormed it out, really. I asked myself what my natural hair blog would be about and I said “life, levity, and…” the pursuit of nappiness was taken. Ha! So the Pursuit of Natural was born. Being natural has come to encompass a lot more to me than just hair, and my pursuit has grown deeper and wider, as I become the person I need to be to achieve the things I need to do.

Q2. What is your favorite color?  Red

Q3.  What advice would you give new bloggers? Don’t limit yourself. Stay open and flexible–this includes finding ways to take a break from the blogging grind. Be willing to learn from others and try new things. Most importantly, find ways to show support for others in your blogosphere.

Q4.  Do you have any children? Nope.

Q5.  What was your favorite subject in school?  Reading and writing

Q6.  Do you currently play or have you ever  played any instruments?  I play the piano.

Q7.  What are your hobbies outside of your blog?  Programming, composing music, drawing.

Q8.  Why did you decide to blog?  Introvert here, too! I thought blogging would be a good opportunity to push myself when it comes to engaging other people, expressing myself, being disciplined about my interests, and sharing my ideas. It also helped break some of the negative cycles of my depression.

Q9.  What is your drink of choice?  Girl, choice would be a luxury the way my diet is set up! When it’s not water, it’s mostly green tea infused with some fruit for extra flavor, and the occasional glass of orange juice.

Q10.  What fruit flavor do you gravitate towards when choosing something to eat or drink?  Gotta be apple–pies, jam, candy, apple dapple, apple crisp, apple apples. Alas, I can’t have most of those anymore.

Q11.  What nationality do you identify as?  African-American

 

My Questions

  1. Does your blog have a message, and if so what is it?
  2. If you could describe your relationship to your blog in one word, what would it be?
  3. Can you share your other social media handles and how you feel about doing self-promotion, if you do any, in these other places?
  4. What is your favorite way to de-stress and relax?
  5. What are some of your sources of creative inspiration?
  6. Big or small, can you share one thing you’ve accomplished recently that you are proud of?
  7. If you could have an all expenses paid vacation anywhere, where would you go?
  8. Are you multilingual, and if not what language would you like to speak?
  9. What’s something you used to do for fun and don’t anymore, but would like to get back to ?
  10. What’s your favorite time of the year?
  11. And because this is an important question OlenaRosanne asked, I’ll pass it on: What advice would you give new bloggers?

 

My Nominees

  1. NaturalMuse
  2. NaturallyHappyKinkyHair
  3. WhetstoneEditor
  4. DoingItNatural


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Versatile Blogger Award

 

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NaturalMuse nominated me for the Versatile Blogger award, and I am so grateful for this recognition. Thank you! She writes about natural hair, beauty, fashion, motivation and inspiration, and more. So, there’s plenty of reasons to go check out her site.

The Rules

  1. Thank the bloggers who nominated you and share their links.
  2. Nominate at least 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.
  3.  Inform them about their nomination.
  4.  Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.

7 Facts About Me

Let’s talk sci-fi

  1. I love sci-fi
  2. I used to write a lot of sci-fi short stories–some of it is out there somewhere on the internet
  3. My favorite Doctor Who is Matt Smith.
  4. My favorite YouTube channels for explaining weird and trippy science things are Vsauce and Vihart
  5. Last sci-fi film I saw: Interstellar
  6. Favorite classic sci-fi film: it’s between Forbidden Planet and The Day the Earth Stood Still
  7. Last sci-fi book I read: Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Word for World is Forest

The Nominees

  1. OlenaRosanne
  2. Delly Bie
  3. JustBrittanyMoments
  4. MyYeka


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Thank You

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Recently, WordPress notified me that I had reached 50 followers on this blog, alone. It’s a modest milestone, but a milestone that I felt should be celebrated nonetheless. Because that number represents months of personal growth and some really wonderful people in this corner of the blogosphere.

So, thank you to everyone who took the time to read, like, comment, share, and follow. A special thanks to all the supportive women who have made this community so welcoming. And a very special thanks to the women featured in the image above, who have engaged, encouraged, and inspired me in their own ways to keep going.

Please check out their blogs and other platforms, where you’ll find great content on self-love, inspiration, health, beauty and, of course, natural hair!

I’ve gifted these five ladies a full color background and a full black and white illustrated portrait as a show of my appreciation. And I’m definitely going to do something like this again in future, because the Pursuit of Natural has been hard work and a learning experience, but ultimately a blessing.

 

Thanks for rockin with me. If you liked this post, please take a second to “like” this post! Share with your friends, and follow me on my other platforms. Links in the sidebar.

 

 

 


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Mystery Blogger Award

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What is it:

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. –  Okoto Enigma

The Rules:

• Put the logo/image on your blog.

• List the rules.

• Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.

• Mention the creator of the award and link their blog.

• Tell your reader 3 things about yourself.

• You have to nominate 10-20 people.

• Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

• Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.

 

So, I’ve been nominated by Yeka over at myyeka.wordpress.com. Thanks, girl! This put a smile on my face today.

Three Things About Me:

  1. I hate bananas–the cold mushy texture, the afterthought of a flavor. I rebuke it. Give me fried plantain any day! I can’t remember ever liking bananas, but I do remember many a standoff as a child refusing to eat my “fruits”.
  2. I’m an aspiring music producer. I’ve had an on-again off-again love affair with the piano since preschool. Today, I’m pursuing a career in music production.
  3. “I’m currently learning Spanish”…has been a perennial saying of mine for the past two years.

 

Yeka’s Questions:

1. Would you cut your hair for $10m?

Girl, with 10 million dollars I would cut my fro and convert to product junkism. Hand pressed coconut pink hibiscus mermaid tears deep conditioner? I’ll take a dozen!

2.  What is your worst scenario of a typical bad day?

Being too depressed to eat, take care of myself, or interact with anyone.

3.  What is your biggest dream in life?

My biggest dream is to work hard enough to be successful enough to help my family ease their burdens.

4. How mischievous were you in your childhood days?

Ha! Not very. I tried it, got caught in a lie (I was never a good liar), and got my butt whooped. But those cookies were so addictive, I just had to eat the whole box.

5. Who in this world would you trade places with just for a day?

For one day? President of the United States sounds good, but then, of course, you are *trading* places.  So, no one. I don’t want anyone wreaking havoc for 24 hours in my life.

6. What’s the craziest thing you have ever done for love?

I’ve never done anything crazy for love. Draw your own conclusions.

 

My Questions:

  1. What is your favorite way to treat yourself?
  2. Disregarding the laws of physics, what’s an invention you could use to make your life easier?
  3. Whom in your life do you lean on most, when you are going through hard times?
  4. When was the last time you got a compliment that brightened your day?
  5. Do you remember your life before smartphones; how has technology impacted you (for better or worse?)

 

The Nominees!

  1. HeyMissJackson
  2. Full of Sol
  3. HealthyNappyNerdyMommy
  4. The Curly Frugalista
  5. D’apres Tania
  6. Idle Head
  7. Beinpickii
  8. Naturallynn
  9. Rhythm In Life
  10. QueenBits

Congrats to all these unique voices!


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New Series: Dear Newly Natural Me

We interrupt this midweek slump to announce: The Pursuit of Natural has joined the °Yeka team!

I’ll be doing a weekly series of letters to myself (and any other new natural) after the big chop. For advice, encouragement, and of course, humor, check out “Dear Newly Natural Me” at myyeka.wordpress.com, and lots of other great content on health, lifestyle, and relationships.

The first installment is up now!

Thanks so much for rockin with me, and please be sure to like, share, and follow.

 


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Ophelia Debelia Fixes Her Scrunchy

Happy birthday to me! Today, I turn growner. Let’s have a tutorial to celebrate, shall we?

I wish I remember where in the community I saw a comment to the effect of “scrunchies are the only things that hold my hair, but they’ve gone out of style.”

To that I say: In-style or not, you’ll pry my scrunchies from my cold dead hands! And even then, while the rest of the herd is shambling after survivors who are clearly too fast to catch, I’ll be the one zombie “Thriller”-dancing off to the beauty supply store’s long-gone-out-of-business sale.

But about my scrunchies. For me, being natural has meant being crafty and creative about hair care. Sewing is a big part of that effort. (¡Gracias Mamá!)

Please remain seated. I’m aware not everyone was taught the Ancient Arts—all that measuring and cutting and pinning and threading. Good news! This tutorial requires no sewing.

Here to help demonstrate how to fix a scrunchy is Ophelia Debelia. (Professionally-lit photos? What blog have you been reading?)

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Collect the following items:

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You’ll, of course, need your sad scrunchy.

STEP 1: Rip open the seam of your scrunchy

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Once you’ve got it open, remove the old elastic.

STEP 2: Feed your new elastic

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Clip the safety pin to one end of the elastic and use the pin to push through the scrunchy casing.

No, you don’t need to measure length, with numbers and junk like that. Just make sure it’s long enough to go all the way through. Then cut off the excess and knot the ends together.

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STEP 3: Hide the evidence…
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If you ripped open the seam more than a little, like a lot, and it is now flapping open all ugly, just glue it shut. I prefer hand-sewing it because I’ve been told many, many, many, many times by mi mamá to be neat, okay?

That’s it. Your scrunchy is back from the dead. It’s alive!

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Bye!

(P.S.: Happy holidays and a merry new year!)

You got questions? Hit the comments section.