How cool is that? I got nominated not once - but TWICE for this award... 3 cheers for the Bald-headed Blogger! Altogether now... *grin*
A big shout out to Thandi (over in the 'motherland') and Yahvinah (down in Oz) for the nominations. Funnily enough I would've nominated them even if they hadn't tagged me!
Their reasons for giving me this award:
So - not because I'm beautiful or anything lol.
- total hair loss, (shares about) alopecia..life
- Shares about locking ups and downs, being a locktician and life
Anyway, here are the rules:
- Thank and link back to the person that awarded you this award
- Share 7 things about yourself
- Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
- Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award
So here are my 7 things (sorry, if I've already shared them):
- Although I was born in London and spent most of my childhood here, I was educated in Barbados and would probably say I was more Bajan than British although I love both parts of my heritage (fairly) equally. I love Barbados - and while it is not perfect (what place is when you start to think about politics or economics and social welfare etc?), it is my version of paradise and I feel blessed to have that connection. My friends and family tease me because I speak Bajan dialect at home and within my community but automatically switch when meeting strangers or at work. I don't even know I do it lol. When I am burned out or stressed out or unwell - I go home. Barbados is definitely where my heart is.
- I am exactly 152cm 'tall'. This makes me an inevitable target for people I call 'tallerists' - anyone taller than me who doesn't look where they are going and/or steps on me, whacks me in the face with their stupid handbag or newspaper on the train... that kinda stuff - all because they're not aware of the people who don't share the same breathing space. So point number 2: I don't like tallerists.
- I have a host of postgraduate diplomas, associate degrees, a combined Bachelor's degree, various certificates etc but what excites me right now is the fact that I will (very) shortly be a qualified Holistic Massage Therapist and Certified Sisterlocks Consultant. Instead of just making money, (and helping others make money), I now have the opportunity to assist someone's journey towards greater wellbeing and self acceptance, I can make someone feel better about themselves and while it may not pay (anything near) as much, I do get a real sense of achievement when I see appreciation in my clients' eyes.
- I have three children (now who didn't know that? lol) but we almost lost the last one. That was a huge wake up call for us as a family.... seriously, EVERYTHING CHANGED that week. I always believed in the principle of 'CARPE DIUM' (Seize the day) but it's now part and parcel of me, TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED and MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY. Every single one! Oh, so number 4 is : I live my life without regrets.
- I am a PADI certified open water scuba diver... and a very strong swimmer... but very deep water makes me nervous. I just hate the idea of not being able to touch the bottom with my feet (and given point number 2, this happens a lot closer to the shore than most people hahaha). I don't freak out or anything - but I am always very aware of the tenuity of life. Maybe it's because Bajans always say 'the sea has no back door' or maybe it's because someone close to me drowned when I was 14... who knows?
- I am a practical joker and love to laugh. I'm the type of girl who (even at 19!!!) would hide in the coat cupboard for ages, just so I could pop out and scare you! If you fall, I will catch you (assuming I am close enough and not too puny)... after that I will laugh at you... and I will remind you every couple of weeks about 'the time you did skin up and nearly brekk yuh neck'. My brothers are exactly the same... my sisters not so much... but my sister-in-law? Yes - she's one of us. If something happens on TV, we will pause, get everyone to come and rewind it endlessly. If we catch you goofing up on a home video - trust that we will play it everytime you come over...
- I have been natural for 5 years, before that I was natural for almost 10 years. I find it ironic that when I finally embraced my curls and found myself with Sisterlocks - I lost every strand of hair I had. I am now bald. i have ALOPECIA TOTALIS (and sorry for those how know but I gotta spell it out again for those who don't): it is not caused by tight hairstyles or braids or having locks. If it was - it would be restricted just to my head - and it is not. I have no hair on my legs, arms, armpits etc. (I do have my eyebrows and eyelashes so it is not ALOPECIA UNIVERSALIS). It is an AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE triggered by stress, shock or some other traumatic event (see point 4 above). There is no cure - just some best fit scenarios with various treatments that may or may not work (can't help but try eh? ). Although losing my hair was (and still is if I'm honest) deeply painful, I choose to talk and laugh about it ("If you don't laugh you will cry" - another Bajan saying :) ) ... maybe I should rename this blog: 'Adventures of the Bald & Beautiful Bajan' lol.
Right, I probably wrote far too much in my 7 things, but so what? It's my blog... *grin*
Now here are my nominees...
- Thandi: because she has opened my eyes to another culture and explained much about homeschooling and SDA. I love her devotion to her husband and children: she finds time for them without disappearing into them. And of course - she is incredibly dedicated to her faith. I like people who are sure about what they believe.
- Yahvinah: firstly because she went through the same hyperemesis gravidarum ick with her pregnancies and is now mother to a cheeky boy (check out his grin on her blog), and an adorable baby girl.She has braidlocks and an awesome husband who retightens her hair.(How cool is that?)
- Ofo: because she writes good posts on herbal rinses and treatments for locks, and is an avid DIYer; also dealing with thinning issues and is incredibly creative with making loc pieces and products;
- Njoi: fellow UK Sisterlocker, devoted Christian, teacher and product junkie :)
- Kreyola: because she has experienced alopecia areata and survived (*grin*) and writes fairly informative articles on Sisterlocks and hairloss.
- Carib Chronicles. Sisterlocks in Jamaica!
- Nicoleisthenewblack: Sisterlocks in Berlin and..... homecrafting!
- Kim: from I rock locks, because I love the weekly Friday pictorial showing lovely locked people. She's 5 months into her (traditional) lock journey.
- Keep Me Curly: 'pink mum brown baby', this young mother has two adopted daughters and some serious braiding skills. One of her daughters has braidlocks and the other is a loose natural.
- Sofull Sista: outfit of the day (usually quirky) and sometimes hair talk
There are lots more blogs I follow - but I've been writing this post for ages - I think 10 is enough.
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