SimpleTalk: Life Detox



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Detox is described as “a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances.” Although this definition mainly speaks to the physical aspect of detoxing, in my opinion, detoxing can extend to your mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing too. I’m currently in the process of detoxing my life and today I want give everyone a glimpse into my journey thus far.

First on my list was purging toxic people from my life. In many cases keeping company with toxic folks can have some of the same effects as having a drug habit. They can be physically draining, ruin relationships, and generally bring nothing but unwanted stress and strife. Eliminating these individuals from my life has been extremely refreshing by lifting a boulder of negative weight from my heart and mind. I’m no longer keeping those close that did nothing to inspire, uplift, or motivate their own life or mine.

The next step was to remove many of the unnecessary complications from my day-to-day life. The simple things in life have become much more meaningful to me than materialistic things, no matter they be in the physical or digital worlds. I’ve loved the process of rediscovering the joys of having full-fledged conversations and not just interacting with 140 characters or less. Actually sitting across from someone and talking about anything ranging from currents event to future goals has been a refreshing change from reading pointless Facebook rants. Writing, as in pen and paper, has also been very therapeutic. We live in a digital world where everything is done on a screen, but I’ve found that putting my thoughts down on paper or in a journal is soothing and brings back memories of my adolescent poem writing.

This journey I’m on is still very new and I’m learning things along the way. I’m learning that no one has all of the answers so it’s up to me to be open to change and to grow from each lesson. Every day brings another chance to explore my changes to becoming a better person.



SelfLove: Product Review Nature’s Silk Bath and Body Essential



Recently I had a chance to network with the owner of the amazing Nature’s Silk Bath and Body Essentials, Denitra Houchins.  Her product line includes bath bombs, body scrubs, and body butters, completely made will all-natural products. I had been long overdue for a stress-relieving bath, so I decided to purchase a lavender mint bath bomb and it was nothing short of amazing.  From high end name brands to local farmer’s market sellers, I have used MANY bath bombs but this is by far is one of my favorites. It dissolved quickly, didn’t leave a grainy feeling in the water, and the finely chopped pieces of mint and lavender were not noticeable visually or physically. The scent was not over powering as with some other bath bombs I’ve tried and it left my skin feeling very smooth and soft. Nature’s Silk Bath and Body Essentials is a great product line with many quality products that also aren’t hard on the wallet, a must in my opinion. Not to mention is it an up and coming business from my hometown ran by a driven and dedicated women. I will definitely be purchasing more products in the future and you can too by visiting Denitra’s Facebook page or Instagram account for a list of her products and prices.



SimpleTalk: Finding Myself

In about one month I will be turning 26 and I can honestly say I am happy with the person I am today. It took a while but I’ve made it to a place where I look in the mirror and love the person smiling back unconditionally.  Self-esteem was never a big issue with me outside of the normal insecurities we all go through.  I always carried myself with respect and pride, but in my early 20’s I struggled with figuring out who I was in this universe. I knew I couldn’t box myself into a single category because I’ve always been a multilayered person. By 24 I had a clearer understanding of who I was:  A woman who enjoys laughing at random things, has a big heart and sometimes gets a tad over emotional, is a protector to my loved ones, loving, Appalachian-raised girl with big ambition, and a lover of life. Fast forward almost two years later and I still believe I am all of those things with the additions of becoming a wife and most importantly mother. I’m a firm believer in change being natural and ongoing. My foundation is set on the aspects that make me who I am but different materials are added here and there to help keep me supported and grounded.