Lessons from afternoon yoga. 🙆🙎💁 #yoga #permission #awkward (at Yoga District)
I kinda miss this already. #LA #letsgoback #theresnobeachesinDC
Because “they huddled closer and stared at the door…The time was past for asking the white folks what to look for through that door. Six eyes were questioning God.” #Zora #VeniceBeach #Because
Because sand. Because stones… Because sometimes the rocks in your path make your walk a little more interesting. (at Topanga State Beach)
The Adinkra are visual symbols, originally created by the Ashanti of Ghana and the Gyaman of Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa, that represent concepts or aphorisms. Adinkra are used extensively in fabrics, pottery, logos and advertising. They are incorporated into walls and other architectural features.
The symbols have a decorative function but also represent objects that encapsulate evocative messages that convey traditional wisdom, aspects of life or the environment. There are many different symbols with distinct meanings, often linked with proverbs. They were one of the means for the transmission of a complex and nuanced body of practice and belief.
Photo 1 > Africa
Photo 2 > Adinkra symbols
Photo 3 > Site
A little inspiration for this hump day afternoon. Because sometimes it’s needed. #LookInward #CarlJung #Psychnerd
This made my ENTIRE day though 😂😂😂😂 #kidssaythedarndestthings
DTLA. (at Sixth Street Bridge)
"I don’t think I am always able to see myself the way other people do."
…And so after we talked about sex and about love and the relationships we’ve had with other people the conversation turned to the relationships we have with ourselves.
3 of 3: Self
As a young woman, I feel like a positive self-image is something that is very necessary, but also something that is very delicate. And as a young, BLACK, woman the stakes are even higher. Every day, whether or not we realize it, we are shown images of how other people view our bodies, how they value (or don’t value) our bodies, and the expectations they have for our bodies. But how often do we sit down and have intentional thoughts and conversations about how we see our bodies for ourselves?
All of my friends are beautiful people both inside and out - and I don’t say that just because they are my friends, but because it’s true. My bff Fay, is pretty much bomb. She’s the chocolate to my caramel, the coffee to my cream, and everything in between. Smart, determined, tall, chocolatey, slender, and poppin in all the right places, she has jokingly referred to herself as “Ebony Delight” and rightfully so. She walks around with this air about her that gives the same message as the little Apple emoji in the red dress: I’m the shxt and I’m gonna prance around so you know it too. At lunch, it was this air that led my other bff Jameelah to tell Fay that she needs to teach a class. A class on how to summon your inner bad bitch, because it seems this is not a trait that comes naturally to everyone. (I recognize that not everyone uses the word bitch or sees bad bitch as a positive thing. Buuuuuut in this space and in this context I do. Shrug.)
Jameelah, too, is a beautiful woman. Also intelligent, with an undying ambition, tall, slender, and poppin in the right places. These are all things she knows and is told on a regular basis still she confessed, “I don’t always see myself the way that other people see me.” A contradiction in a way, but an honest one. So then we began to talk about self-concept, and confidence, and how for so many people these can be tied into how we look, or more accurately how we want to look. When those two things aren’t aligned, it takes a toll on the way walk through the world.
I for one know that on one level I’m very confident. I am able to say that I am a woman with great people around her, who is loved and who gives love, who is intelligent, and compassionate, accomplished, and driven. On paper I’m (almost) everything I’ve ever wanted to be, and actively working toward those goals I have yet to reach. But in the mirror, that isn’t always the reflection I see. It’s almost as if confidence can can live a double life, and I’m not sure that’s the way confidence is supposed to work.
We have to be careful about picking ourselves apart based strictly on what we see, because at the end of the day our Self will be the only person there to put the pieces back together. I recently discovered a video of a little girl (http://youtu.be/qR3rK0kZFkg) who I’ve grown to admire. Her name is Jessica and she gets up in front of the mirror everyday and recites her daily affirmations: every thing sees about her self, loves about her self, and knows to be true.
So from here on out, I’m trying to be a little more like Jessica. Honoring myself for what I am instead of what I’m not, keeping in mind the idea that the mirror isn’t always the most accurate reflection and letting that inform the way I navigate the world and prance through my days.
Landmarks and sunsets…Learning to appreciate this city a little more everyday. 😊#DC #sundayfunday #joggingadventures