Sunday, January 15, 2017

Devotional | Verses that Encourage Me as I Wait on God

Happy New Year!

I am taking a break from social media and so I have really been reading The Word and studying.  I've been wanting to share this post with you for a while now.

As most of us can attest to, our lives have not turned out exactly how we planned.  For me, it seems to be that the things I want most are the very things God is making me wait for.  I have learned that waiting is God's preparation and I have drawn closer to Him in the process.  

I wanted to share a few verses with you that encourage me as I wait to meet and marry my husband, and for my dream job.  Whether you are waiting for your dream job, a promotion, financial increase/stability, or a spouse be encouraged!



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"Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause." -Psalm 25:3 NKJV

When doubt and fear began to creep in my head and the enemy is telling me "I am going to end up alone by waiting", I turn to this verse.  It is a reminder of all those who waited on God and were blessed for it; servants like, Sarah, David, and Joseph just to name a few.  We are in good company as we wait.  God will honor our faith in him.


"Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart." - Psalms 37:4 NKJV

Focus on God! He has everything under control; He knows your heart's desire and your needs.


"Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass." -Psalms 37:7 NKJV

I used to get really upset when I saw those living worldly and still prospering and being blessed with the things that I wanted for my life.  This verse reminds me to keep my focus on God; not on what is going on with others.  In God's time, all things will come to pass.


"Remember the word to Your servant, Upon which You have caused me to hope." - Psalms 119:49 NKJV

When I think God has forgotten what he has spoken to me this is the verse I turn to and pray to Him.


"The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands." -Psalms 138:8 NKJV

God knows exactly what we are going through and/or what we are facing. He knows our circumstances and He is bigger than all of them.


'Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.' - Isaiah 41:10 NASB

This is my go to verse when I see friends and colleagues getting married, having babies, accepting their dream jobs.  God has not forgotten about me or you! 


Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!" -Luke 1:45 NIV

Mary would not have been the mother of Jesus if she didn't believe God would give her the son he promised.  She had to look past her circumstances and trust God's word. We have to do the same.


"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye." -Psalms 32:8 NKJV

God will not leave us nor forsake us; he will teach us and guide us through the Holy Spirit in all areas of our lives.




Saturday, August 6, 2016

Natural Hair | The 5 day Wash & Go

Hey Curlies,

I tried the LOC method and it turns out I was able to rock a wash and go for five days!  Yes, I said five days!  In my excitement I did not take any pictures; I was too happy every morning when I "unplopped" my hair and my curls were still moisturized and defined!


Here's what I did after washing and conditioning my hair to achieve these results...

Before leaving the shower I applied my oil mix to my hair in four sections and bantu knotted each section.  My oil mix is equal parts olive and jojoba oil then a half part JBCO.

Once out of the shower I applied leave-in conditioner to each section and detangled.

Then I did my "Wash and Go Cheat" and made 10 large twists using flaxseed gel on each twist.

The next day I had amazing moisturized and defined hair.  I plopped at night using a satin/silk scarf and my curls were maintained for five days!

I currently have box braids that I did myself for the first time ever! Check them out!  


I will do the "Five day wash and go" when I take these down in few weeks and then document with pictures.  

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Product Review | Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture

Hi Curlies!

I was chosen by NaturallyCurly.com to review some new products! These are by Madam CJ Walker's great great granddaughter! Madam CJ Walker was pioneer in hair care for black women in the 1910s. I was excited to try these out. As much as wanted to like all the products some were a hit and some were a miss for me.


Wonderful Pre-wash Protein Treatment



I applied this to my dry stretched hair in sections and then wore a plastic cap for 15 minutes like the instructions said.  It did not feel slippery on my dry hair; seemed to do nothing.


Pros:
Rinsed out well. Provided slip during rinsing out and softened my hair.
Cons:
Loud flowery perfume smell that did not fade.



Ultra Moisturizing Co-Wash



I applied this to my hair and scalp in sections.  Soaked into my hair.  No lather.  Lightweight creamy consistency.  Product did feel to give my hair slip yet I was able to de-tangle with ease using a shower comb.


Pros:
Lightweight. No lather.  Good slip for detangling.  Rinsed out well.  Hair was squeaky clean.


Cons:
Loud flowery perfume smell.



Wonderful Deep Conditioning Masque

I applied the Wonderful Deep Conditioning Masque to my hair after rinsing the co-wash.  I applied it in sections.  Soaked in my hair quickly; no white residue.  Provided slip so that I could finger comb it through my hair.  It rinsed out well and I had defined curls after wards.


Pros:
Good slip. Soaked in my hair fast. Rinsed out well.  Soft defined curls.


Cons:
Loud flowery perfume smell.



Ultra Moisturizing Detangler




I applied this out of the shower in sections.  Provided no slip at all; did nothing for my hair.  I kept thinking, “what is this supposed to do?”


Pros:
none


Cons:
No slip. Loud flowery perfume smell.



Defining Butter Creme




I applied this to my hair in sections and then did large two-strand twists.  This creme provided slip; I could finger comb before twisting.  However, my twists were crunchy feeling. After untwisting my hair it was well defined and soft.


Pros:
Provided slip. Shine inducing.


Cons:
Crunchy hair.  Loud flowery perfume smell.



Scent and Shine Coconut Oil




I applied this to my hands while taking down my twists.  It has semi-sticky feel; I washed my hands after taking down my twists.


Pros:
Lightweight


Cons:
Semi-sticky feel. Flowery perfume smell.



Edge Control and Shape Paste


I applied this to my edges after twisting my hair and secure with bobby pins then tied with a silk scarf.  I left my hair soft and smooth.  Shine was okay.


Pros:
Lightweight. Non-sticky. Hold without crunch.


Cons:
Flowery perfume smell.




Sunday, June 5, 2016

Devotional | You may have a plan, But the Lord will direct your steps!


On Monday, I will start my new position in AISD as a Technology Design Coach!  If you would have asked me 4 years ago where I'd see myself in the future; I would not have mentioned in an Ed Tech position.  God leads where you need to be not where you want to be!

Even the position I am leaving, is something I didn't think I was qualified for but God had other plans!

This journey has been 4 years in the making and it is just recently that I realized God has been leading and guiding me the whole way!



It all started in the Spring of 2013 I was extremely unhappy on my campus and to top it off my principal removed me from the instructional coach position without good cause.  I was also going through financial and health issues as well.  I was going through a major storm that I will write about later!

I was looking for open positions and came across one titled Math Curriculum Technology Specialist.  The word technology scared me but I knew mathematics and I love curriculum so I applied.  I went into the interview thinking my lack of technology skills would be evident but I answered all the questions.  I left not really sure if I'd get spot and not feeling confident.  I got the call form HR in late June saying I was recommended for the position and I gladly accepted.  God said I was qualified!

Although I was loving this new position I was still fearful of being removed from a position again and I felt I needed another certification; something that would be outside the classroom.  I leaned toward administration (principalship) because I would still be involved in curriculum and instruction and I felt I needed help being a leader.  I looked into the highly recommended program and was heartbroken to find out that it started in the summer; however I worked during the summers.  I inquired about this with the program director and she confirmed I would need to take off work 2 weeks in order to begin the program.  With my hopes dashed, I started to look at online principalship programs.  Nothing seemed to fit for me so I just gave up and let it rest.  Then out of the blue the principalship program director sends me a flyer advertising their new fall enrollment which would not involve me taking off during the summer!  I was elated and so I applied and was accepted; I knew God was working like He'd done before!  I felt like he was leading me to this.

Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us - Ephesians 3:20

The program was amazing; more than what I expected!  I have learned so much about myself.  I discovered what my strengths were and that I am a good leader; my previous positions did not let my strengths shine through and that lead me to believe I was not a good leader.  I was allowing others and circumstances to define me instead of God and through this program God showed me my strengths and built up my confidence.

In August of this year, I was informed that the math curriculum tech position (the one I am leaving) was being eliminated and I would be placed in a position for school year 2016-2017.

After passing the principal certification test, I started applying for assistant positions and nothing.  Crickets. The one interview I got didn't even happen; the interviewer was very unprofessional.  I waited 40 minutes and was never called back to interview.  Crazy!  I was dumbfound; I just knew my math background would be the selling point.  Boy was I mistaken; I was putting my faith in my credentials instead HE who gives the credentials.  This was not the time for an administration position for me.  I began to question everything...did I misunderstand God's guidance?...was I focusing on what I wanted and trying to make it God's will?  With all these questions in my head I consistently prayed Psalm 32:8...

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with my eye.

A new department was formed in the district for technology integration.  I was encouraged by more than one person (three actually) to apply for a position.  I was hesitant because it would take me away from my loves...math, curriculum, and instruction but I felt this was where God was leading me.  I gave the fear and anxiety to God and applied for a position.  I got the position as a Technology Design Coach.  I'll actually be helping design and shape this new department and it feels right.  God reminded me that years ago I said I'd like to be a STEM/STEAM academy director or an administrator on a STEM/STEAM focused campus.  I truly believe HE is lining things up for me to have the experience and credentials for a position just like that!   

A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps - Proverbs 16:9

I thought I had it all planned out; get certified then go directly into an administration position.  Well God is taking me on a different path and I am so excited about my new position and what He has in store for me! 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope - Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, May 30, 2016

Natural Hair | "Cheat" a Wash and Go!

Hey Curlies,

I have a really quick new style/routine that I am loving.  I call it a "cheat" wash and go.





I really like the wash and go but the shrinkage is for REAL! 


Wash and Go!  Major shrinkage!
So I have figured out how to "cheat" a wash and go.  I discovered that when I do large chunky twists, I get a stretched wash and go (curls) instead of the waves/crimps of a twist-out.  I have to do small twists to really get the twist-out style.  Most times I am lazy so the large twists work for me.

Here's my routine/steps:
  1. Shampoo or Co-wash
  2. Deep condition with steam
  3. Apply leave-in before leaving the shower and plop hair with a t-shirt.
  4. Once out of the shower, section into at most 7-8 sections.
  5. Apply styling creme and sealing oil to each section. Twist.
  6. Allow to dry overnight and then untwist, fluff, and go

I know to some you will call this a chunky twist out but for me it just elongates my curls, doesn't look like a twist out at all.  It's a way for me to get the wash and go with out all the shrinkage. Score!

Here is my hair twisted:




At night I either pineapple my hair and tie up in a satin scarf or I will put it into two braids.  The next morning I just fluff and go. This style will last me for a full week!






Thanks for reading!
~Anjoli

@beautybyanjoli

Saturday, January 2, 2016

DIY | Eyelash Growth Serum

Hey Beauties,

My current other adventure besides growing my hair out is eye makeup and eyelashes.

I've wanted to try lash extensions but that is not currently in my budget.  So I tried falsies (strip lashes) for the first time on Christmas.  That was an adventure, but I got them on and loved them!

However, I still want long healthy natural lashes as well so I came across a nightly routine using caster oil.  So far I can say that my lashes are darker, shinier, and look healthier already.  I have only done this routine for one week so far...


Here is the video that found about using Castor oil to grow lashes...


Thank you for reading and more results to come!

~Anjoli

Friday, January 1, 2016

Hair Health | Anemia Damage Gone!



Happy New Year Curlies!

Thank you for reading and following my blog!

My staple products have changed.  Here is my updated staples list.  I use mainly products by Edens Body Works

Cleanser - 
Edens Body Works Cleansing Conditioner

Conditioner - 
Edens Body Works Coconut Shea Hair Mask

Leave-in - 
Edens Body Works Coconut Shea

Stylers - 
I use Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme when I want a strong hold.  This won't leave you hair crunchy either.
I use Cocount Shea Pudding Souffle when I want big fluffy hair.  This leaves has a soft hold and pairs well with the leave in.  The leave-in with the defining creme is a bit too heavy for my hair.

I have been lax on pre-pooing but think I will go back to using coconut oil.

I have tried steaming with my deep conditioner and I LOVE it! My hair is so soft and easy to detangle afterwards.  I believe the steaming really helps the product to penetrate may hair better.  I do not have a steamer; I use MissT1806 method of with a shower cap, a turbin, and my bonnet dryer.  You can watch her video here:





Anemia Damaged Gone!

So I cut off all of he anemia damaged ends off in August! Woohoo! Yes, it's been awhile since I posted.  I don't why I didn't cut it all off earlier I am so much happier and my curls are springy! I will be honest that my hair doesn't seem to be as thick I as I remembered it to be before the anemia hit. However it seems to be growing pretty fast, I need a trim already!  Here are some different styles I have been wearing...



Damaged ends cut off and twists!
First twist out after cutting damage off!
Very defined twist-out using Edens curls defining creme
Wash and go with Edens curling defining creme.
Can you say shrinkage!
Stretched twist-out with Edens Souffle

Thank you for reading!  Please continue to follow my natural hair journey!  More updates and posts to come in the new year!