This blog began as a place where I documented my natural hair journey and shared pictures of my handmade jewelry. The name Curl Safari was a play with words relating to my natural hair journey.
As I became more active on social media, I realized I needed to talk about more than natural hair. I took a break to refocus and approach Curl Safari with the intention to be a resource — to build an inspired community.
Today Curl Safari is a personal lifestyle blog. It’s mission is to encourage you and me to lead a happy + independent life. The blog’s topics surround the journey of natural living, creative business, and motherhood.
If your’e striving to create a life where you can be your true self and do what you love this blog is for you!
At the surface I led a comfortable life, but I started to live (in the verb tense) at the end of 2010. Like each previous year, I made a resolution to lose weight for the New Year. But New Year’s Eve of 2010 was different.
My grandfather and uncle had recently passed away. I hated my job. I’d ended a relationship with a close friend. I missed my brother who moved to the west coast. I dreaded doctor’s appointments because my health was less than picture perfect. I had high blood pressure at 29 years old and my weight was steadily climbing. I was depressed.
The only thing going well was my new marriage. And that wellness was questionable because I knew I couldn’t offer my husband the love he deserved if I wasn’t loving myself.
On the night of December 31, 2010 something clicked. I had enough. Everything within me changed. My spirit was renewed.
I committed myself to live healthier. This time I stuck with it. I ate wholesome foods. I exercised. I prayed. I affirmed the positive. Everyday.
I didn’t cheat myself.
I released over 40 physical pounds and a world of emotional baggage.
My change didn’t happen overnight but the strength of God pushed me. That same strength keeps me going to this day.
During that time I finally began to embrace all of me. I acknowledged childhood hurts. I let myself feel instead of eat. I stopped telling myself the story — you know the one where we tell ourselves we can’t do this, we’re not good enough, or no one in my family has ever done that. I threw away the limitations and God made me limitless.
I gathered the courage to seek everything that brought me joy. I welcomed the real me with open arms and I’ve been in love with her ever since.
Of course life isn’t easy. Struggles present themselves daily. I regress at times but I’m nowhere near the place I used to be.
You see this life mine is a journey…full of busy days, tired nights, love, toddler snuggles, laughs with my husband, travel, good food, DIY projects, business building, all while keeping up with my ever-growing and sometimes wild head of coily curls. I wouldn’t trade it!
My journey is just beginning. I’m determined to live my best life. For me that life involves trying to live naturally — choosing whole foods and organic products more than less, working toward expanding my creative business, and being an awesome wife and mom.
Will you journey with me?