I had to keep things under wraps since DECEMBER (!!!). It wasn’t easy and only friends and family knew but they didn’t know what exactly. I wasn’t even sure what to expect until I saw the other two bloggers in the March and April issues!
Taking care of my hair and doing the big chop almost two years ago was a big part of my journey as The Get Fit Diva. Today, my hair is healthy and I LOVE MY HAIR! I am practicing self-care and not letting having natural hair deter me from my fitness goals. I am able to be versatile with my styling–whether it be protective styles, rocking my own natural hair blown out or natural, or just putting a head wrap on while I’m getting my sweat on. I want other women that are natural or relaxed not to be afraid to go to the gym (and, yes, even hot yoga!). Don’t be intimidated to sweat! Since blogging my journey, I have lost over forty pounds (learning that fitness isn’t a size, it’s a way of life), became a certified Zumba instructor, tried new workouts, foods, and I am currently studying to be a certified ACE Health Coach. I am happier and healthier which not only is great for just me but as a role model for my two young sons.
At the actual photo shoot, I was nervous/excited/happy/amazed but the entire time I remember asking myself over and over again “Why am I here?” I work in PR and I am used to this happening for my clients and for me to be recognized for this experience is again, surreal. The celebrity hair stylist at the shoot, Mann Nance, actually talked me down and told me “You are here because you deserve to be here. Be happy in this moment.” And yes, I cried real tears because I would never think something like this would happen to me.
My lesson from this: I am worthy…People saw something in me and I deserved that moment. Looking back, I wish I would have been more appreciative and happier in the moment. Remember comparison is the thief of joy? I won’t let that happen any more!
I am so thankful of Essence and Pantene for giving me this incredible opportunity. The past three years blogging my healthier living journey has been amazing. I have met people from around the world online and in-person at some many exciting events whether it was conferences, Google+ Hangouts, or Twitter parties. It has been truly amazing and I am so humbled with this honor.
If you are in NYC, I want to invite two special THE GET FIT DIVA readers to the Curly Q’s & Straight Talk on April 22nd. This closed, invite-only event will be so lively, fun, and informative! Please leave a comment if you wish to attend and I will pick two lucky commenters Monday. Sending you all love and light!
What are some hair questions you have? Do you use Pantene products?