REBLOG: Black-owned personal care brands I love and support

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I try my best to be very conscious of what I put in and on my body. With that said, I want to share four of many Black-owned personal care brands I love and use that you can buy & support too.

  1. Honey Pot is a feminine care brand, powered by a Black woman, 100% natural, infused with essential oils & herbs. These products are also biodegradable and cruelty-free. I have very sensitive skin and have seen a difference using the items pictured.
  2. Alaffia, a skin & hair care brand founded by a Black man who uses unrefined shea butter as a base ingredient. This brand also focuses on fair trade and women empowerment in West Africa.
  3. Yadain Cultural Solutions is an all-natural herbal body, skin, and hair care solutions brand with raw ingredients. I use many of their body and hair products.
  4. Tropic Island Living provides the best…

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REBLOG: How Can I Support Those with Mental Health Struggles?

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Hello! Welcome back to my blog. Thank you so much for the topic suggestion, Miss Emma ❤

Like always, this topic is going to cover mental health, and mental health support.

“How can I support my friend that struggles with X?” Great question! Let me see if I can offer some help. It can be hard and confusing sometimes to know how to offer support to others in the way that they need. Often times I think we may reply with more simplistic terms or phrases in order to distract from getting to know our, or someone else’s deeper emotional needs.

The key to supporting others, especially when it comes to mental health, is simply by asking how you can be supportive to them. Some people may not know what they need, some people may have a list, some people may just want a hug. Asking how to be…

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REBLOG: Happy Pride Month

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#pride

Good morning beautiful humans, happy Thursday! Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog, you could be anywhere but you stopped by. Well, come on in……..

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To say I’m late is an understatement, lol! But as they say, better late than never. My goodness though, the month is almost over. I apologize for the delay. This has been quite the month but I haven’t forgotten. I am and have always been an ally for the LGBTQ community 💕💕💕

Love is love

I just wanted to show my support and spread love. Love is all we need but we need more of it. Love makes the world go round. I truly believe that.

Have a wonderful blessed day and always be kind. Follow me on Instagram http://www.instagram.comlifewithlane14 Continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands, and don’t forget about your neighbor! #onelove

Life…

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Variations On a Theme

A tale told by an idiot, as
the most exalted of English writers
once wrote.
Stories are what encompass us;
the human experience uniform in
its variation.
Contact, community, care, and compassion
at odds with
isolation, indignity, indiscretions.

Our experience in this life defined
not by those who would enforce their
own narrative, but by how
we choose
to write our story.

Our strength is in our fragility;
our downfall in refusing to recognize this.
We are a community of individuals,
telling our unique stories in the same ways,
combined through creation;
variations on a theme
sung into being by
Something other.

by Erik Shinker

Four Year Anniversary!

Yet another year has passed with us all in a strange place that I certainly didn’t see coming. You have all been so supportive despite the fact my content and schedule have changed, and that is such a comfort.

I used to list my stats of the types of posts, amount of followers, and more information like that; however, this blog has become much more of a personal outlet for me over the last year, so I will simply thank you again for all of your support.

I can’t say what is certain in the future, but I will continue to blog as long as I have content to share.

Sincerely,
Erik
Perpetually Past Due

Kitty

Previously: Three Year Anniversary!

Disenchanted

Love does not exist;
at least, not that
splendid thing described by
the romantic and empathetic.

Now we search for something
to fulfill ourselves, rather than another.
What they give to me is
of import; more than anything
I could give them.

We compare ourselves and,
in a self-serving delusion to force influence,
coach others on how to be
beautiful, or
successful, or
better
like us.

We justify and force ourselves to
believe that sharing our
“success” stories
somehow uplifts others, even
when we spew the same platitudes as
every other entrepreneur.

by Erik Shinker

An Impromptu Blog Post: Poem Shared at Vita Brevis Press

Good morning, readers!

An impromptu post to let you all know that my poem, Beautiful Things, has been shared by Vita Brevis Press. Please click the link to read it, and other poems.

Vita Brevis Press is, according to their about page:

“… a bestselling small publisher dedicated to emerging and established poets, circulating their work in an online magazine and in physical anthologies. Vita Brevis Poetry Magazine publishes some of the best emerging poets out there, pairing their work with tonally relevant artwork.”

A huge thank you to Brian Geiger for accepting and sharing my submission.