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A Brief Exchange

A couple nights ago I was in an Uber with my friend and we had the most interesting driver. She told us about how she met her husband and about their incredible life together with their 5 sons (1 set of twins and a set of triplets). She met her husband after she had crashed into a set of shrubs with her bicycle. Her (future) husband happened to be walking nearby and stopped to help her. He attempted to pull her up, but she got scared and punched him in the face. They both ended up going to the hospital, and she later learned that her husband was a doctor and that they had mutual friends. After some time they fell in love, got married and had their five children. Her husband does international medical work, and she does scientific research. They have lived on almost every continent, and move to a new country every couple years or so. At the time that I met her, she was living in Philly for a couple months doing research while her husband was in Thailand. She acknowledged that their lifestyle wasn’t for everyone, but that she enjoyed the challenge of moving to new places and adjusting to new cultures.

 

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Hearing this story made me think about my own aspirations of living abroad, and how I can’t let my fear of the unknown stop me from achieving my dreams. Life just has a way of bringing the most interesting people into our lives, and its is amazing how hearing other people’s stories can make us reflect on our selves. It’s so important to remain open to new people because you never know how you can impact one another, no matter how brief the encounter may be.

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All About Hair

Clay Washes on Natural Hair

This year I’ve been making an effort to use more natural products on my hair and skin. I have very sensitive skin, so I have been trying to avoid beauty and hair products that have too many harsh chemicals. I began incorporating clay washes into my hair routine a few months ago, and I’ve found it to be really effective at removing dirt from my hair while not stripping it of all of its moisture. So far I have only tried bentonite clay, but there are other types of clay that you can purchase. Clay washes are simple to prepare, so you won’t be adding too much time to your wash day routine by doing them. The most basic clay wash can be prepared using the clay and water, but I usually add apple cider vinegar as well because it helps to give the clay mixture a smooth consistency.

Check out my video on how I prepare and apply my clay wash!

All About Hair

Alternative Wash and Go Method

I’m honestly not a fan of wash and gos. They tend to cause my hair to tangle more than usual, and I haven’t mastered how to get them to be well-defined. I decided to give this alternative “wash and go” method a try using the (relatively) new Eco Styler coconut oil gel. With this method you wet your previously stretched hair with a spray bottle, and then you apply gel to define your curls. You can see my results in the video below!

Monday Musings

Monday Musings: Abundance…

Social media is a beautiful thing. It allows us to connect with people from all around the world, and share our ideas, feelings and passions with like-minded people. Unfortunately it has also create a FOMO (fear of missing out) culture, and at times pushes people towards materialism and unattainable ideas of perfection.

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It can be hard to focus, to feel completely content in this digital age. It’s easy to feel like you don’t have enough, aren’t doing enough, just aren’t ENOUGH when social media is saturated with images of glitz, glam and “perfection”. But the truth is…

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Perfection is a lie.

We all have flaws, we all have fears, and worries and things that we want to improve. Behind all of the filters, good lighting and great poses, there’s little bits of imperfection in all of us. It’s fun to create an image, a personality, or even a brand and promote it on social media. But it’s also important to remember that it is our flaws that make us beautiful, interesting and unique. Striving to be perfect is a waste of time. It drains you physically, spiritually, and mentally. Work on embracing your flaws. Get comfortable with yourself. Practice self love.

Realize the abundance that you have in your life. Abundance of love, health, laughter, whatever makes you happy. And if you feel that you are lacking things, just remember that you have the power to change your life. You have the ability to be happy, to feel good. When you realize the power you have, you won’t rely on material things or the words of others to make you happy.

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P.S. Paris is totally my happy place, so you’ll probably see several pics from my time there throughout my blog.

Random Thoughts

Lost in a Sea of Books

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I’ve always felt a love and connection to books. While reading books my mind gets taken away to another place, and I find myself getting wrapped up in the story. I can visualize the scenes and characters in books almost as clearly as I can see images on a TV screen.

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My love for books started very early. Around the age of one I would grab books and “attempt to read”. I was mimicking my mother who was also very fond of reading. As a little girl I loved to play with dolls, but I had a shelf of books that occupied the majority of my time. My parents found themselves buying me so many books that they started to bring me to the library because my shelf was running out of space.

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It was my love of libraries and books that also drew me to my dream school NYU. When I was ten years old, I went with my parents and older brother to tour the school. I had visited other colleges before, but I was captivated by NYU’s huge library. After seeing the library, I told my mother that I would go to NYU. She smiled and told me that if I worked hard enough I could go wherever I wanted. This dream stuck with me, and I eventually did go to NYU, and I found myself studying best at that impressive library that enraptured my ten year old mind.

Libraries and books are still a place of comfort for me. As an introvert I enjoy the peace and quiet, and the opportunity to take my mind elsewhere.

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Things I’ve Learned Over the Years

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Here’s 22 things I’ve learned in my 22 years:

  • You have to live life in the way(s) that make you happy
  • You have to decide your own destiny and identity
  • You can only plan so much because some things are left up to fate
  • It’s important to look for new ways to grow
  • You cannot fully grow if you only keep yourself in comfortable positions
  • People will judge you no matter what
  • Listen before judging. People deserve to be heard
  • Listen to your intuition. It often will tell you what’s best
  • Learn from your mistakes-don’t just ignore them
  • Acknowledge your flaws; everyone has them, so there’s no need to be ashamed
  • Being defensive comes from a place of fear
  • Many problems can be avoided my thinking before speaking
  • Rest is important
  • Self care is important
  • Your real friends will be happy to see you grow and progress
  • Being a person of your word is extremely important
  • Never underestimate your potential
  • Your fears will hold you back if you let them
  • Making time for self-reflection is crucial
  • Needing help is nothing to be ashamed of
  • Being your own fan/supporter makes your life much happier
  • Know who you are inside and out. That way you will never feel lost

 

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Why NaturallyJasi?

“I write only because
There is a voice within me
That will not be still”
— Sylvia Plath


 

I created this blog as an outlet to express my interests, to pose my questions, and interact with more people. I love to talk about well-being, natural hair, fashion, current events, and just random thoughts that come to mind. I’d love to interact with anyone reading this blog so that we can explore more things together!