Locs are getting long! Just palm-rolled with aloe so they look especially tidy at the moment. No other maintenance. 1 year and 9 months in :)
"The only way life comes into this world is through the female body. That is as close to the Gods as you can get."
my Africana Women’s Studies professor.
(One of the most empowering things I’ve ever been told. I’ll never forget it.)
Anonymous asked: I hate the anti-vegan argument "what about the immigrant workers" I fully understand that they are underpaid and taken advantage of, but for a lot of them that's the only work they can find, so people suddenly deciding to stop eating vegetables isn't going to help them, what will help them is if ppl that get so outraged about vegans get just as outraged at the the companies who hire & take advantage of them. Being vegan doesn't prolong their suffering, indifference to what causes it does.
my thoughts exactly anon
absolutely spot on
^ well said
One of my favorite snacks right now: raw pecans and medjool dates. I like to tear the dates in half and stuff them with the pecans… tastes like pecan pie! Full of good fat, fiber, vitamins and essential minerals including potassium, iron, magnesium and zinc. Yum. (Taken with Instagram)
abstractchildmckenzye asked: any cheap simple food suggestions for someone trying to become vegan?
Rice, beans, potatoes, pasta, veggies, frozen fruit, bananas and loaves of whole wheat bread are inexpensive staples and together have gotten me through some pretty rough times, financially.
"How do you disempower a corrupt system? By empowering yourself. How do you awaken a sleeping population? By awakening yourself. How do you heal a toxic society? By healing yourself."
Neil K. (via ceedling)
"I’m just a fat guy sitting in the cold."
“Why are you sitting in the cold?”
“I’m waiting to go to work. I work an overnight security job. I live in Philly, but I take the bus up here and stay for four days each week. I can’t find work in Philly and I’ve got two kids.”
“Where do you sleep?”
“Starbucks, McDonalds, anywhere I can take a quick nap.”
"I don’t particularly like the gringo people. They are boring and they all have faces like unbaked rolls."
Frida Kahlo - upon her first trip outside of Mexico, to San Francisco, Ca. (via talcottbroadhead)
Sneaky little typos hidden in text posts quickly uploaded from my phone will be the death of me, I fucking swear
If you talk to yourself sometimes it’s perfectly ok, please don’t feel “crazy” or weird or stupid, I do it too :) *high fives ya* you’re gonna be alright, champ!
peacetodestiny asked: What clicked for you to want to change your lifestyle and get healthy? You turned your whole life around and I want to know what really drove you to do so. Motivation seems to be a struggle on my end.
The holistic realization (in all aspect of my life, not just physical) that I deserve to be treated much better than I had been treating myself up until that point…
That my body deserved all that it craves: nutrients from fresh plants, water, fresh air, sunlight, activity and stimulation, human connection, etc.
That what I put in my body correlated directly with what I got out of it: junk food, stress, no rest and a lack of emotional care = rapid weight gain, severe depression and a legitimately SICK body. Chronic constipation and IBS. Heartburn. Lethargy.
Eventually I was just so tired of hating myself, my life and my body, “self-love” became imperative to my survival. I began the arduous tasks of 1. identifying and working to reverse the effects of a lifetime of self-hatred and 2. learning to unconditionally love myself (unconditional = none of the old “I’ll love myself when my stomach is flat” or “I love myself after I workout” bullshit). I suppose eventually I just decided “I really do love myself, and I deserve the best” and then started living accordingly.
"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like."
Lao Tzu (via redefinedcool)
rubmytummyy asked: I've followed your blog for a couple of years now, and I swear to you, your voice only improves with time. You're an inspiring human just by being real, but by phrasing abstract, multi-faceted feelings into relatable posts. That's not so easy for everyone. Xo, EA.
I can’t even express to you how wonderful this message made me feel this morning, truly. Hearing that someone has witnessed my growth and development over time means absolutely everything to me. All I want in this world is to live with my eyes wide open and write down everything, to process it all and share what I’ve learned with the world; thank you for providing unbiased confirmation I am heading down the right path professionally and personally. You’ve given me a real gift with this message, I hope you realize that. :)
"I loved you head over handles
like my first bicycle accident—
before the mouthful of gravel and blood,
I swore we were flying."
Sierra DeMulder, from “Cycle of Abuse” (via fleurishes)