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Amen Sista!!! AMEN!!!

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I tumbled across this amazing video yesterday and shared it on twitter and couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I decided to share it with all of you as well.  Before you watch, I just want to share with you my thoughts on why I think this video is so superb.

First of all, we as women (all women of all races) need to stop looking at one another as though the other is not good enough or in pitty just because she doesn’t have a man…really!!! We honestly need to stop letting our “relationship” status define who we are in society.  The older you get, the worse it is.  It seems that if you are not married by a certain age something must be wrong with you.

Nuh-uh…NO, NO, NO, NO, NO [yes, i’m shaking my finger and twistin my neck]

You are NOT right! First of all, just because you have a man, doesn’t mean you HAVE a man.  Look ladies, if you are getting the crooked eye from some other married woman because you are single then something might not be right in her relationship…yah know.  Most happily married women I know don’t question or judge your “status” it’s the women who are walking a tight-rope on their not so steady relationship that have the most to say about you to make them feel better about themselves and what they do (or really don’t) appear to have.

People with real, true love understand how hard it is to find and know how lucky they are to have it and understand that it takes time…the others, well they just get married because they think it make them a better person in society…then they get divorced when the children go to college and call it “irreconcilable differences” LMAO.

How about this you might not have a man because you are not gonna take whatever is thrown your way just to say you “he put a ring on it” like Kim said “the ring don’t mean a thing”  and honey-baby-chile I’d rather wait for that person to come who is going to be strong when I’m weak, shedding the light when I’m in the dark, thinking outside the box when I’m stuck inside….my best friend, my supporter and I want to be him all of thee above to him as well.

So, I don’t know about you but I’m not single because something’s wrong with me. I’m single cause I wanna be.  And instead of crying over why I don’t have a man, Imma do me!  Believe me, I have kissed enough toads and recently learned that I WILL NOT settle for less just to say I gotta man! So death to the Tragic, Scientifically Less Attractive, Unmarried Single Black Woman!!

And with that being said…. you may press play now 🙂

🙂 N.Joy

Now How ‘Bout this Blowout!!!

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I had already planned on washing my hair today so afterwards I decided that it would also be a great idea to blow dry (or as us curly girls call it “blowout) my hair to see how big my afro has gotten over the past couple of months.  The first picture is from my BC (big chop) which was on Feb. 4, 2011; the second picture is from April 2011 and the last photo is from today!  Come a long way!!!

Feb. 2011
April 2011
January 2012
I absolutely ❤ my afro! However, I am trying to keep my hair in a protective style until mid-February, that is when I am going to get it straightened again.  I am trying to do as much as I can to protect my ends especially and retain growth over the next month and a half.  So, here is the style that I am currently wearing: 
I really like the twist because I can do so much with them without damaging my hair.  I plan on keeping this style for two weeks then taking it out for a week and twisting again for two weeks before going to get my ends trimmed and my hair flat ironed.
I will explain in detail in a later post…just thought I’d share my style and what I did today 🙂
🙂 N.Joy

It’s a New Year! Change is Here!!!!

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It’s a new year and I am exited about what is to come. Although I really don’t know what is ahead, I do know that I am making some new commitments and I am really exited to see them play out.

One thing I want to do new this year is projects.  I have found myself surfing the web a lot lately and reading a lot of magazines with creative ideas that I want to try.  I consider myself someone who is crafty, but not because I come up with ideas myself, but because I am inspired by others to create things.  So, this year I’m going to take the ideas that I have been saving on bookmarks and pintrest and bring them to life.  Living it up in the real world. Books on my “read list” will be cracked open.  I just want to do a little more.

As far as my natural hair adventure, I am rolling strong.  I have found what works for me and I continue to see so much progress.  I absolutely love my hair.  I can remember being a teenager wanting my hair to be as healthy as it was when I was younger, but no matter what I did I could not obtain  the health or the length that I wanted.  I will continue to grow in this area as well and record my progress and share what I stumble upon with all who may be interested.

Basically what I am getting at is this:

I am evolving and as a result the purpose of this blog is going to evolve as well.  I love to write, but I want to make sure its fun, interesting and relevant to those that stop by.  I want you to have as much fun looking through my site as I do writing,  As I discover and try new things that I find, I will share with all of you and hopefully you will NJoy as much as I do.

What you will find here are lots of fun crafts, inspiration and ideas on everything from hair, fashion, beauty and style.

Welcome to Naturally NJoyable

🙂 NJoy

Cutting off the Ends

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Hair Growth 5 months

Last week I started working out with my friend! I am so super proud of myself. Granted the first day I started my workout plan we were hungry but too tired to make dinner so we ordered a pizza from Papa John’s…don’t judge me! LOL I will get to working on my meal plan next week…baby steps my dear, baby steps!

Anywho, I started working out in the evenings and the sweat is def. good for the hair. I told you guys about the new wig that I am wearing while at work so I am not co-washing my hair as often as I was during the warmer months (every other day almost compared to every week now).  So yesterday when I washed my hair I started playing with my new growth and trying to measure it with a ruler. Then I got to a point where I was just like whatever I’m going to cut it this way I can really measure my growth!  So I did and to my surprise I had quite a bit of natural hair after the permed hair was gone.  I could even do a two-strand twist with the hair. I love the texture too! It is so cool. I already know when I cut it all off I’m probably going to acquire the “hands in the hair” problem because I can’t stop touching it!

I measured it at 3 1/4 inches.  Black hair, like other types of hair, grows an average of a 1/2 inch per month. Some people think our hair grows slower because the coily nature of black hair makes it harder to see that it’s growing. The hair shrinks up and doesn’t show its real length unless it’s stretched out. 

I have been on my adventure since the end of July and I am going on 5 months next week [insert pat on the back here].  So, my hair has grown the approximate 1/2 inch per month…perhaps a little bit more! I can’t emphasise enough how much this adventure has changed my LIFE-STYLE!

Breaking News: The Natural Hair Movement is Taking Ova Y’all

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I was reading Curly Nikki and came across a post about a reporter in Florida that decided to get the big chop! It was both enlightening and inspiring because she brought to light the insecurities many women of color have when making the decision to be natural. I will admit that there have been times during my adventure that I have thought about going back to the creamy crack. Let’s be honest, it is easier to have your hair straight especially when you are going through the transition. However the long-term effects are much more painful to think about.

I have worked in the news business and appearance is EVERYTHING! It took a lot of courage for her to take the big step in front of an audience and I commend her for her courage and congratulate her on her experience. If you haven’t watched this report, you should watch it NOW!

The natural thing isn’t for everyone, but I personally think that everyone should try it especially if you have ever had chemical burns, hair loss, excessive split ends and increased hair damage.  I have plenty of bad hair days believe me! But when I think about giving up I take deep breaths and read some of my favorite blogs (you will see to your left) there is so much inspiration out there. I even notice more natural sistas on television commercials and magazine ads and the look is phenomenal.

If you didn’t know, now you know…natural is lovely! I love being me…Naturally Njoyable!

N.Joy 🙂

Understanding Natural Hair (via ~Back to Curly~)

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I was just blog surfing and ran across this post. I absolutely love the video in the post so please if you have the opportunity check it out. Very inspirational.

I do not think the wonder and natural discovery of African American hair will ever quiet down. Last year, with the premier of Chris Rock's Good Hair film, and really just a quick uptake in the natural hair community over the past few years – it certainly looks more like the very beginnings of an on going movement to better understanding. I do not believe natural hair is a trend. I do not believe that if it is not talked about, or the media decide … Read More

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