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My Favorite Smoothie (great for hair growth) - YouTube

I think we naturals can agree on one thing. We all desire to have a healthy, beautiful mane. We try product after product; we switch up our regimens per season; we scour Youtube and Instagram for hours, looking for that ONE protective hairstyle that’s going to create the recipe our hair needs in order to grow grow grow because we know that finding the right formula is crucial! Facts, right?

I am always saying that healthy hair comes from the inside out. No matter what you put on your hair, the more important thing is what you put in your body.

A healthy diet is essential in maintaining healthy hair growth. I, for one, love fruits and veggies. In the same token, I am always super busy. Living a life on-the-go can make it difficult for me to make sure I am eating the right things. One thing I have done, that my hair and skin love btw, has been to incorporate smoothies as a regular part of my day to day diet. They are quick to make, and if you prep, you can freeze your fruits and veggies in advance and just drop everything in your blender before you head out for the day.

Let me just say this; I cannot stand a smoothie with ice in it. Bleh. Adding ice to a smoothie, dilutes the flavor, in the worst possible way. If you are going to use frozen fruit in your smoothie, making sure you have a really good blender that will puree your frozen fruit smoothly, is essential!

My bae purchased me a Ninja blender, because he’s dope, and it’s been love ever since. I’ve used it to make tomato bisque soup, it’s blended fruit for homemade fruit rollups, and I absolutely use it for my smoothies. This thing can turn ice into snow! That’s how powerful its blades are….but we are not using it to blend ice, because ice makes smoothies gross, remember?

So, in my research, I have found a host of fruits that are great for healthy hair. I have taken them and blended several combos of different smoothies. My hair has been smoother and much easier to manage. See my recipe below for a quick and tasty fruit smoothie I made with my Ninja, that your skin and hair will love. It’s loaded with proteins and nutrients that our natural hair can’t live without.

My Favorite Fruit Smoothie, great for healthy hair growth
1 medium Pink Lady apple (apples prevent hair loss because of the soluble fiber, phenolic compounds in the apple skin, antioxidants, and vitamins)

1 ripe banana (bananas are full of potassium, natural oils, carbohydrates and vitamins which help prevent breakage and split ends.)

2 tbsp honey

1/4 cup of pea milk (pea protein adds volume and helps to strengthen hair and add shine.)

3 tbsp steel cut oats (oats are rich in fibre, zinc, iron, omega-6 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. these all stimulate hair growth and help to make coils thick and healthy.)

1/2 cup strawberries (full of silica, strawberries help prevent baldness.)
1/2 cup mangoes (mangoes are a great source of vitamin C. this helps to promote healthy collagen production for natural hair.)

1/2 cup dragon fruit (jack fruit is full of omega 6s and omega 3s which are both great for collagen and shine. it also has vitamin B6, antioxidants, and is a vitamin C food which helps to add elasticity to the hair and scalp.)

1/2 cup jack fruit (full of vitamin B6, antioxidants, and vitamin C food, you will see more luster and elasticity by eating more jackfruit.)

(feel free to adjust fruit portions per your preferences. this mis makes enough for two smoothies)

Add each item to your blender (in no particular order) and blend to desired consistency. My Ninja has a Pulse option that helps to blend chunkier fruit.

Enjoy!

xoxox

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I can’t stress enough how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle, if you want healthy natural hair. When I say healthy lifestyle, I mean this holistically….diet, exercise, emotional balance, and stress. YES, STRESS! In this “self-care” movement, I’ve seen many people just limit self-care to doing something nice for yourself. This could be anything from taking  a bubble bath to purchasing those knee-high boots from ALDO you’ve been eying.

Let me just say this…

If you are really wanting self-care to be beneficial, your care and attentiveness to yourself needs to run a lot deeper than surface, temporal and materialistic things. Meaning, if you don’t learn how to manage stress, then taking some time to relax, take yourself out, treat yourself, and take a bubble bath, will only partially solve your woes in that moment. Once you get over the excitement of buying something new, and doing something relaxing, then you have to get back to the ho-hum reality that drove you nuts in the first place.

Now, I am not saying self-care is a bad thing but what I am saying is, if you are going to take extra care and focus on yourself, let’s pay close attention to the things that matter and can really enhance your overall health and wellbeing.

Today I want to talk about stress. We all deal with it on some level but did you know, if you don’t learn how to manage stress, it can be damaging to your tresses? Yes ladies, stress can destroy a mane of beautiful curls and coils. I know this from experience.

When I came up with the tag-line “Live, learn + love your natural hair,” it was because I know there are lifestyle factors and a general learning/knowing your hair that contributes to the overall success of a healthy head of hair. Things like, getting the right nutrients flowing in your system, drinking enough water, going to sleep at night, hair styles that cause stress on the hair, and how you disposition your emotions.

When you don’t handle stress properly, you will notice that your once thick and flowy hair will begin to thin. This is called Telogen Effluvium. TE is caused when significant stress pushes large numbers of hair follicles into a resting phase. Within a few months, affected hairs might fall out suddenly when simply combing or washing your hair.*

I have experienced TE, first hand, at a time in my life when I experienced an unusual amount of stress. I was in my early 20’s. I had just given birth to my second child. I was single. I had to move back home with my parents. I lost my job. I lost my insurance that would’ve covered my recent childbirth. I didn’t have any money for food. I was on a waiting list for food stamps and medicaid. Neither of my children’s fathers were involved, so I was raising two babies alone by the age of 23. Both fathers were in and out of jail (I sure knew how to pick ’em *dramatic eye roll*). I couldn’t find a job. I couldn’t afford child care. I just wasn’t taking care of myself because I didn’t know how to process and or deal with my emotions. And….it didn’t stop there!

This may be nothing to some of you but for me, at the time, it was an insurmountable level of stress on stress on stress. I began to lose my hair in clumps. I ended up having to cut several inches off in order to start over. I have learned in my 30’s to take note of the warning signs. I start to notice the symptoms my body communicates with me when I am under a lot of stress. Knowing yourself will help you to stay on top of what is going on inside your body…like, what endorphins are being released, what nutrients are lacking, etc.

I can add a list here of what things you should pay attention to when dealing with stress but I won’t. I want you to get in the habit of becoming intimately acquainted with your emotions. Become aware of sleep lack, loss of appetite, excessive sensitivity, etc. These will help you to avoid experiencing excessive hair loss due to stress and not dispositioning your emotions properly.

This is the self-care I am talking about. Self-care is more than just feeling good in the moment, it’s about taking care of you, so that you can experience a healthy and overall good quality of life.

Live, learn + love your natural hair.

xoxox

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Her results tho! (watch ’til the end)

Twist Out | Moisturized Natural Hair - YouTube

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Friends
How many of us have them?
Friends
Ones we can depend on
Friends

– Whodini

Ok so, I may be telling my age here but when I initially got the inspiration for this blog topic, the intro to Whodini’s “Friends” immediately came to mind. My 80s/90s upbringing gives me an infinite rolodex of TV sitcoms, Saturday morning cartoons and hip hop to pull on when I need a relatable reference to support anything I am talking about.

Anyhow….

What’s been up beautifuls? I have been on about a month long hiatus but, I am slowly making my return to the digital world. (I’ll explain later.) So, here I am, sitting up at 1 something in the morning, (almost 2 to be exact) and I was thinking of what to write about. I came across this dope picture on the interwebs and it reminded me of the topic of friendship.

Growing up, I was a Military brat so in turn, we moved around more than your average black family. Even with all that I endured as a kid, I was blessed to live in beautiful places. I started off in my hometown of St. Louis, Mo and then we were shipped out west to Cali when I was 8. This move forced me to be uprooted from my family and all of my childhood best frans. It took me a while to make friends with anyone in Cali because, I was new to this Military thing. Most kids had already become accustomed to moving around by this age so they made friends easily. I was the shy type. Quiet. Insecure. Unsure. Quirky. Wannabe tough.  I began people watching at a very young age. This skill helped me to be very selectful (yes, selectful) of whom I chose to befriend.

We lived in Cali for about 5 years and then we moved to Hawaii when I was 13. I was only there for a blink in time before we moved again to Colorado when I was 15.

Throughout this time, I had had several best friends. I would do my best to write letters when either my friends or I would move (because there was no internet) to keep in touch with my childhood buddies but, because kids have short attention spans, out of sight, out of mind, I was. I entered my adulthood when the Military moved us one last time, landing me in Ohio. By this time, I had grown in my friendship journey although, I had no bestie to call my own. Even in that, I have discovered three main friends that I feel are crucial to the healthy emotional and social life of every woman. Just like our precious eco-system needs the cycle of life to be complete, I think that in order for us to remain challenged and emotionally healthy in our relationships with others, we too must have a healthy balance of friends that we keep within our inner circle.

Here are three relationships that every woman should have:

  1. The Confidant. The confidant is that one friend we all have who’s lips are sealed tight. She’s trustworthy, she’s honest, and you can confide ANYTHING with her. She’s that one you call when bae is giving you the absolute blues. She’s the one you can tell all of your dirty, triflin’ business to. When you need to vent, or hop on your personal soap box, she’s there with the keenest listening ear. Whether it’s 2:43am in the morning, or in the middle of the day after you’ve just given your boss a piece of your mind, she never sends your calls to voicemail. Why is this relationship a necessity? Simple. We, as women, are emotional beings. We are intricate thinkers. We love hard. We endure a lot. We put up with a lot. We are strong, courageous, feisty, mouthy and yet we can be delicate and easily hurt at the same time. While emotions such as anger, betrayal, hurt, joy, and happiness are natural, when it comes to experiencing each of them, we are hard wired to share what we feel with others who are important to us. When we keep painful things to ourselves, they can become toxic. We need friends, whom we can trust, that we can talk to…even if it’s nothing but to vent. We need friends to tell us when we are wrong, those that will talk us off the ledge, or those who will hug us and wipe our tears when we are hurt. It’s healthy for us to talk about our emotions with someone who we can trust. The Confidant will listen, hear both sides of the story, give you sound advice, and love you the same when it’s all said and done.
  2. The “I Got You.” The “I Got You” will have your back, no. matter. what. If she has $2, then you have $2. If she has a 5 piece nugget from Wendy’s, then you know 2 of them nuggets are yours…at least. She will never let you go without. When you get that job, she’s cheering for you like she got the job. When you are happy, she’s happy. When you’re sad, she’s right there with you. She’s the one who hid those size 9 black leather heels for you in another department until you were able to make your way in to go get them. The “I Got You” is the type of friend where, if you lack edges (for whatever reason), then she’s tucking hers in so the two of you can be edgeless together. No sense of one of ya’ll prospering. She’s a true ride or die. Why can’t you be without this friend? We all need people around us that truly support us and that have our best interest at heart. There’s nothing worse than “going through” all alone. When we have a healthy support system, it gives us an extra sense of security, love and accomplishment. We are more liable to take risks, if we feel that our closest family and friends are in support of our decisions. You couldn’t het rid of “I Got You” if you wanted to. She that true “through thick and thin” friend we all need.
  3.  The “Get in Formation.” The name alone speaks for itself. The “Get in Formation” is the one who, when everyone else in was still into shopping and staying out late, she was learning about investments and started saving for a house. She still makes it a point to have fun with the girls but when she’s around, she’s challenging everyone to do better and want better. She’s confident, ambitious, assertive, and she knows exactly what she wants in life. For her, time is money. Formation already has her masters degree but now she is networking and meeting with investors for this new app she’s been talking about developing. Formation is the one who you call on when you want to share your hopes, dreams, and ambitions. She encourages you to be that dream chaser; that go getter. Formation has the natural knack to pull your inner girl boss all the way out of you.  She truly believes in your potential. “Get in Formation” is that one who tells you to just walk away from the foolishness….because it’s truly not worth your time.  Just being around her gives you a different outlook on life and inspires you to…well…GET IN FORMATION. This is a necessary friendship because we all need that kick in the shins to help us stay focused. Life is always throwing a curveball of distraction and without that extra push and sway from a trusted friend, we just may get caught up in the ratrace of life and forgo the pursuing of something better. As we get older, we are less likely to take risks and implement new habits. Having a friend like Formation will help you to remain in a constant state of growth, challenge, and a desire to achieve your life goals.

The bonus friend is that one who you can have a good time with. I figured, those friends are a lot easier to come by that the others so, I won’t go into that one here. I more so wanted to get you thinking about you who may have already surrounded yourself with, and where there may be slots of vacancies.

So, what friend are you? What friends do you need to add to your inner circle? Let’s all commit to making sure we have a healthy ratio of friends around us to can help, support, and encourage us.

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Apple Cider Vinegar is not just for brining your Thanksgiving turkey. It has many uses inside and outside of the kitchen. It’s loaded with many health benefits and there are lots of people who swear by its medicinal powers.

But did you know that ACV is a gem for our natural hair? Yes ma’am! I know it smells funny and it has a color that’s worthy of the slickest side-eye but trust me when I say, you’ll never want to have another washday without it!

So today, I washed my hair. I don’t use a lot of synthetic polymer products (aka silicones) on my hair so I don’t usually have a ton of buildup. However, I am a stickler for a clean, pH balanced scalp. Most of the shampoos we use lean toward the alkaline side and can alter the pH environment of your hair. This can lead to a host of issues for anyone if it’s not brought back into balance. During the shampoo process (because its more alkaline), hair swells and the scales on the cuticle open, making it more prone to breakage.

Anyhow, the main reason I love CV is because it kills greasy feeling buildup on my scalp. If you use a mixture of one part ACV and three parts water, you can use it as a back-up rinse after you shampoo. I like to use it after I shampoo versus before because I think that the shampoo process helps to break up build-up. Apple Cider Vinegar just seals the deal.

When I use our Black Soap Shampoo, my scalp never feels dry, which I love. Most other shampoos leave my hair feeling like straw. It’s important to use shampoos that are formulated for natural hair. Others can strip because they are designed to remove oils that weigh hair down. WE NEED OILS. But again, since shampoos are alkaline, we still need something to regulate the environment of our hair.

I took a cup of about 2/3 water and 1/3 ACV. I made sure the water was cool, and I had my hair parted in sections of 4. I poured the ACV mix onto my scalp and hair. Because I have lots of hair, I had to repeat this process two times. I massaged the solution into my scalp, which allowed me to work the mix through so that every area of my head received ministry. (yes, ministry! lol) With the massage, I had to make sure that I wasn’t creating any additional tangles. Slow and methodical motions without the fingertips leaving the scalp did the trick. In addition to working the mix through, I helped to stimulate my hair follicles.

What is apple cider vinegar? It’s basically fermented apples. Apples are full of potassium, malic acid, pectin, and calcium, and the fermentation fortifies the end product (which we know of as ACV) with additional acids and enzymes. ACV contains a pH of about 3 (on the acidic side of the pH scale). When we dilute it with water, it helps to balance the pH of the hair. I recommend adding this step after a good and thorough shampoo.

How has adding ACV to your wash day regimen benefited your natural hair?

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So many of you have been asking me how I style my puffs. I have said it before and I’ll say it again…

I’m a simple girl!

Any and everything I do has to have very minimal and very simple steps or it’s not gonna happen! Watch the video below on how I style my puff and keep it stretched with our Moisturizing Hair Butter.

Episode 10: 60 Second Pantyhose Puff on 4c Hair - YouTube

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In this video, I explain which of our products work best to keep type 4 natural hair stretched. If you have any questions, let me know! xoxoxo

Episode 09: Keeping Type 4 Natural Hair Stretched - YouTube

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Thinking of switching careers? Here are 9 steps to push you in the right direction.

Years and years ago, I sat at my cubicle miserable. At the time, I worked in the customer service/technical support department for a financial institution. I was a single mom and I had just graduated from college with a degree in the medical field. I knew that going to work in the medical industry was a no-go. Even though I had completed my career program and had credentials to secure decent employment in a growing industry with a good wage, I cringed at the idea. You see, prior to graduating college, I was required to complete an externship. I worked for a local OB-GYN practice and I assisted doctors with their prenatal patients.

Only then did I realize that I didn’t go to school for me, but for everyone else. I was always an artist; drawing, painting, and creating my whole life. When I was much younger, people would ask me what I wanted to do when I grew up, and I would excitedly respond: ”

I want to go to college for business so that I can open up my own hair and nail salon.

You see, business was always in my blood. Creating, was always a great part of what made me who I was. Others had a difficult time understanding me and wrapping their minds around the creative. I had a rough childhood and my span of teenage years proved to be no better. I got into lots and lots of trouble and I was in a continuous mode of embarrassing and disappointing my parents.

By the time I had turned 19, I had had my fair share of self inflicted issues. In my mind, the only way to improve my current set of life’s circumstances and to win my parent’s approval would be for me to go to school for something that made sense. After all, when I would respond, as a child, to wanting to get into entrepreneurship to start my own salon, the response I would often be met with is:

Don’t you want to go to school to be a doctor or lawyer?

It made perfect sense to me to try once and for all to win the acceptance of those whom had lost faith in me. So I enrolled in school to complete the first degree in my new choice field of nursing. I figured that I could focus my sights on helping doctors to deliver babies and then maybe one day, I too could do the same. Becoming a doula or midwife was what I had my heart set on.

After I completed my externship, I became miserable. As an artist, I’d searched for any way possible to express my creativity while in medical school. The only thing I could settle with was having a purple stethoscope and some Scooby Doo scrubs. No offense to doctors, nurse,s or any medical professional. I have the utmost respect for the industry. As a matter of fact, I often pull on my previous medical research when I put together presentations and messages when I am called on to speak. Being in medical school has also helped to shape my mind to think things through more thoroughly. My schooling and experience has helped me immensely!

However, because I am an artist at heart, I knew that if I had taken one additional step into the direction of the medical field, I would be miserable. So instead of finding a job when I graduated college, I stayed working at my other place of misery which was the call center for the financial institution I had worked at while I was in school.

I hated my job. I worked the graveyard shift for 4 days per week. Ten hour shifts. My body clock was off. I wasn’t challenged. The pay was meh. If that wasn’t bad enough, I had to sleep during the day in the midst of  my toddler son’s peak hours. I new something had to change. This wasn’t life. AND, if I wanted to provide a better life for my son and so that I could feel an element of fulfillment by doing something that I loved, then I’d have to make an change…and QUICK!

Back in the day when Blackplanet and Mi Gente were a thing, I was on both platforms. I would spend lots of time surfing the internet reading blog after blog. I would visit sites like Xanga and I would be enamored with effects such as marquee text, superscript, falling text, fancy mouse clickers, etc. I knew that you could view any page source to see what HTML code was used to make a specific function work.

I had this friend who shared something with me that changed my life. He was also a fellow believer and we often talked about our faith. He said that he believed that God wanted me to begin learning about computers, websites and programming. Funny thing is, my friend had NO idea that I was already showing interest in these areas.

So…I downloaded a free trial to Photoshop and Jasc PSP and began to teach myself graphic design. As I followed some of my favorite bloggers, I noticed they were using a platform called WordPress. The WordPress back in 2003 was nothing like the “one click installation” you see today. We had to learn the path to perl, FTP and God knows what else! It was rough but out of it, I became a web developer who could write code from scratch (and still can). I became a graphic designer and I fell completely in love with digital art and programming.

With no degree, I had to figure out how I would move from a customer service rep with a medical degree to a graphic designer and web developer.

After years of trial and error, I did just that. Here are some steps that I took to land my dream job that later lead to me becoming my own boss.

1. Research your desired field. (read, read, read!!! and ask lot’s of questions)

Once I began playing around with graphic design and decided it was what I wanted to do, I began to read. Any and everything can be found through Google. I would read job descriptions, follow graphic design tutorials, search the web just to look at the back end of websites….you name it! I immersed myself with all things graphic and web design. When I would put my boys to bed at night, I would stay up until the wee hours of the morning reading and researching. If you don’t like to read, then maybe you should get cozy where you are. In order to switch careers and become proficient in another field, you must read. There is no way around it. Reading and research is invaluable when paired with real life experience. It will produce a wisdom, resolve, and much needed edge to you that is necessary for this journey.
 
2. Develop a resilience. (you’ll definitely need it!)
 If I had a dollar for every broken promise and every “no” that I’ve heard throughout my process, I’d be filthy stinkin’ rich. I would submit my resume and my meager portfolio to job after job. I would be told no, no, and no again. I’d meet people who would feed me promises of “getting put on” in the graphic design industry and those promises would become an endless rabbit hole of meaningless nothings. I had to toughen up and know that I was in a learning phase and that every obstacle would work itself out for my good. If you are one who has a hard time bouncing back after you hear “no” or get let down, then switching careers may not be for you. Particularly in this day and age where everybody on social media seems to me an expert. Get used to hearing no but don’t let no define you.
 
3. Practice. Practice. Practice!
 Just know that no matter how dope you can be, there is always someone with even more dopeness! Practice shouldn’t just be a thing you do when you are trying to get good at something. Rather, practice should become a lifestyle. You should remain in a posture of learning new things, studying trends, enhancing what you have and striving for excellence in what you’re already good at. Today, there are many apps and programs that allow tasks and projects to be accomplished within a matter of clicks. For example, there are many apps that allow people who aren’t graphic designers to create graphics in 1-3 steps which would take me several steps to do in do Illustrator and Photoshop. There are also websites that allow those who need logos designed to have one completed for about $5 versus hiring a designer directly can cost upwards of  few hundred bucks. What’s the difference? Quality. Industry experience. The assurance that you have imagery that is owned by you and that it reflects your brand, vision, and industry. But, everyone doesn’t know or understand that. People want things affordable and efficient. So me, as a designer, I always have to continue practicing and learning so that I can sell my value, experience and industry knowledge to my clients. Those are things you don’t get with apps or fly-by-night logo websites. If you want to continue increasing your overall value, you need to live a lifestyle of practice.
 
4. Take on some free work. (initially)
 There’s is nothing better than a little (or a lot) of experience. When you are switching careers, it can be challenging to find a company that will hire you if you don’t have experience. Especially if you don’t have the schooling to add that extra bump to your resume. You’ll find that family and friends will be eager to allow you to try out a free project or two for them. I used to gain experience in designing CD covers for my brother and his friends. I would also search for ads by my favorite retailers and I would recreate them. I used to fake-design ads for Old Navy and Dolce & Gabbana. These free projects helped me to create my first (of many) online portfolios. That way, when I would apply for jobs, I could say that I had actual experience….even if that experience meant that no one had officially hired me as of yet. Notice I said to take on SOME free work. Don’t undercut yourself so much that you wind up in a cyclone of the worst projects ever. I’m talking about those never ending projects that seem to milk you for everything you have for the next three generations. I have had my share of those too. Nevertheless, if you find yourself tightly bound to a project from the depths of madness, the experience will be invaluable. It will create some necessary resilience and sharpness in you that will definitely be needed in whatever field you are entering. Free work will help you gain hands on experience and it may even help you to hone your focus in on something more specific. I realized that I didn’t want to do general graphic design. I preferred to work with women. Taking on free projects definitely stretched me and shaped me in the areas I needed while making my portfolio look more professional.
 
5. Connect with others in your desired field. (glean)
 I don’t know when glean became such a bad word. I love to glean. I glean from those who are older or younger than me. I don’t discriminate! You’ll be surprised how quickly you can grow if you yield yourself to sit and learn from those who have accomplished things you have yet to touch. Social media makes people feel as though you have to already come to the table with pre-packaged experience. This is far from the truth. I encourage you to be intentional, assertive, and diligent if you find someone who has things that you need. I am not saying that you use them for what you need to get what you want. No no. I am saying that you need to build relationships and be open to however those connections unfold. It’s ok not to know everything. heck, its ok not to know anything. If you can get to the place of wanting help, realizing that you need others, and being driven enough to carry out what you’ve picked up from them, then you will soon see how impactful gleaning will be to your life and new career. I know that being self-made is the hot trend right now but let me bust that bubble. NO ONE ON THIS EARTH GOT TO WHERE THEY ARE WITHOUT SOMEONE ELSE. It’s not possible. Whether you glean in person or from someone you admire online…glean! Your new career depends on it.
 
6. Break up with intimidation.

 Fear is a real thing. Whether you’re afraid of heights or spiders, we all battle fear in some capacity. However, you can’t allow fear to intimidate you and bully you into not stepping out and taking risks. Failure in some form is inevitable. People spend their entire lives trying to avoid failure but truth is, you cannot. All you can do is brace yourself to gracefully prepare for impact. You will fail at some things. No doubt but, take those failures and mistakes and allow them to be learning tools to sharpen and refine you instead of allowing them to paralyze you into not taking the leap. There will always be someone better, more talented, gifted, well connected, and experienced. That’s not for you to be overly concerned with. All you can do is work on you and focus on becoming more proficient in the things you want and need to do. Intimidation will have you stuck in competing with others in a game that no one is even playing but you. Stand firm in your gifts and abilities. Be humble, ask for help, and enjoy the bumpy ride. Switching careers can be a challenge if you don’t have the education or experience but push forward. Even if you have to do it afraid…..DO IT.
 
7. Take classes and watch tutorials.
 Now, there are just too many resources available out there for anyone not to be taking a class to switch careers. I have signed up for many classes (some I still take) and I have watched/followed hundreds of tutorials. They have all made me better in some shape, form, or fashion. When you don’t have the degree to support your new career change, not to worry! In some colleges, you can take classes for free if you aren’t seeking credits to go towards a degree. There are also websites that offer resources specific to your industry. Don’t forgo this step. It’s crucial if you want to be taken seriously in your new industry. Employers will expect you to be more driven and self-motivated if you are coming to the table “self-taught” in a new field. You may have to work twice as hard as your degreed counterparts and show more initiative than they do. That’s ok. You may even be hired on at a lower pay grade. That’s ok too. It comes along with the territory. If you are willing to put forth the work, and discipline it takes, then you got this!
 
8. Update your resume.
 You will need to update your resume to reflect a transition with you and your newly learned skills. You may even need to have more than one working resume as you progressively start taking on jobs that lead to your new career path. For example, I started off in customer service with a medical degree. There was almost no way that I could go from customer service to a full fledged web developer. As I began learning new skills, I would add them to my new resume. I would also create a job on my new resume as a freelancer. This freelance position would help to make my transition to my new career more seamless on paper. While I was still working jobs in the food and retail industry, I would use my previous resume that didn’t include any of my design and programming lingo on there when I would apply for new service retaliated jobs. I learned very quickly not to muddy the waters in the interviewing process. If employers can pick up on you being a temporary person that is only there to learn and glean for your next position, they may be more apt not to hire you. Keep your new digs seperate but make sure that new resume is written as if you are at an entry level to your new field. I suggest researching resumes or working with someone skilled on writing resumes so that you have a professional resume that can be easily updated by you while you transition.
 
9. Start looking for your dream job!
 Google, ask around, drive around, be willing to dig! From my personal experience, dream jobs can be a challenge to find! Though they may be challenging, it’s not impossible. They’re out there. I used to search online, and I would also drive around dressed in professional attire to walk into establishments to hand my resume to someone. I would search for companies that I wanted to work for, learn their story, what they do, their industry, and who worked for them, and then I would email them my resume. Then I would call and follow up. I was so hungry to be a graphic designer that my personal drive pushed me to not stop until I got the job. All in all, I started working on becoming a designer in 2004 and by 2008, I had the job. It took me four years but every minute of it was well worth the push. Now, four years may seem like an eternity but it’s no time when you think about your personal happy place and the rest of your life.
 
If you are willing and disciplined, your dream job is only 9 steps away!
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