Back in late October, I received a call offering me an opportunity...something about facilitating a Holistic Wellness program somewhere?
Me: Where? What? Okay, I'll try to call you back...I was waaay up to my neck in my new temporary custody/full-time great auntie position!!! What I NOW REALIZE was that I was about to be baptized by fire during that time/ an initiatory process very necessary to prepare me for THIS NEXT LEVEL!!!
Fast forward to last night; I received another... call informing me that I was now HIRED, HAND PICKED to create and teach a Holistic Wellness Lifestyle Approach program to 'The Agency's' Trainers at a New York City Administration For Children's Services (ACS) facility...
Me: when did I apply???
This is more of the Manifestation of what I came here to do...LIBRA~ I BALANCE
#NewPath #IAccept #Priestesswork #PhD #DoingGodsWork #Forthechildren #ImaVessel #NewMoonInAquarius #ChildCareAgency #onamission #makingadifference #eyesopened #Ancestors #Gratitude
“…The New Moon is lighting up a new path way for you. Perhaps it was there all along and now your eyes are opened….” KELLEY ROSANO
This great news had me #SLEEPLESSINBROOKLYN last night!!! And I accept with plenty tools ready and capable for the job! We always hear, "chile this situation/circumstance/experience is preparing you for Something big!" Or "God's got something great planned for you!" The past few months (125 days... there's that #8 again) pulled me completely out of every comfortable corner I'd created for myself! Covers snatched off!!!! Exposed to the bone! It really felt like that.! In some ways it actually happened!. My sacred time was no longer my own. I've been like 'PREPARING ME FUH WAT' (in my Bajan accent😀LOLOLOL)... Thank you all for your kind words, continued support and your love.
What Many of you did not know is...my husband and I received kinship custody of my two great nephews ages 10 and 6yrs old on September 23rd 2014. I'd just completed the most successful Autumn equinox detox fast evah! So, I thought that meant that I was now ready to choose what I'd do next! well HAH! Those middle of the night phone call are/ can be real life changers aka game changers (whatever the news... seems like hmmm) then, down and through the rabbit hole we went. Being abruptly introduced to one horrific reality inside The Agency Children Services (ACS) world after another! Hmmmm...I feel 'the book' tryna force it's way out as I write this LOL! Okay. I know what's next! I love you'll... do the right thing always y'all! It makes all the difference in the world! Goddess Blessings #onamission #makingadiffeernce #gratitude
Current situation: only one nephew remains with us, as the youngest has reunited with his mother two weeks ago... eldest is still with us.
One day, while in one of their meetings at 'The Agency,' LOL I pulled out my medicine bag, reached in my for my aura spritz and commenced to spraying myself!!!! A supervisor had just said something OFF to me and then I closed my eyes and so I started humming for a few. When I opened my eyes, she was ready to apologize... repeatedly
Akoma Day is a universal Love Holiday celebrated from February 14 to 20th as a cultural alternative to Valentine's Day. The Akoma ❤️ is an ancient symbol of divine love and unity that is commonly called the "heart" today.
❤️Akoma Day celebra...tes 7 virtues, 7 principles and 7 symbols that represent a deeper... more meaningful love for any relationship.
❤️Akoma Day was created by Montsho & Nwasha Edu (a happily married soulmate) to promote unity and enhance relationships.
The following serves as a general outline for each Akoma Day whether you are celebrating as an individual, couple or family group:
Akoma Sherehe/Love Celebration
Begin each day with a prayer welcoming the divine presence into your celebration
Pour libation for the ancestors and those shining examples of true love- families, couples, organizations that lovingly
serve family and community
Light mishumma (candles) to represent the illumination of our souls
Ask focus questions related to the virtue and principle of the day
Share purpose, mission and vision statements of all willing participants
Taste the uchungu (bitter), utamu (sweet), and maji (bland)
Pass the ubele (feather) for “feathertalk” and discuss your personal reference for the virtue and principle of the day
State your agano (pledge) for that day’s corresponding virtue and principle
Tell visa (stories) and play games
Give the hiba (gift given as a sign of love) to yourself, mate, family, or community
Enjoy the sherehe (feast)
Virtue-Fondness or Goodwill
Although Akoma Day is officially celebrated for one week from February 14th to February 20th, the holiday is to be embodied throughout the year as a tool to attain the pinnacle level of LOVE!
AKOMA DAY (Book):
Guidebook into the Sacred Science of SoulMating and Cultural Alternative to Valentine's Day
Akoma Day T-Shirts
Black Love T-Shirts
Akoma Day posters
Akoma Day inspired jewelry
So, what's up next? Oh yes, our 10th wedding anniversary is next... January 11th, 2015. Right in between both hubby and I mourning the loss of a very dear friend and our family members (my mom, his cousin and best friend) this season. I looked up at our wedding pic on the mantel and thought WE'RE STILL HERE!!!! LOVING EACH OTHER STILL!!! Well, how long has it been???? Omg it's been ten years~ one whole decade!!!! Lololol... We tend to get/stay busy doing. Not busy being,,, he... says "we need to look at each other more! " So true! We take it for granted that we're going to be here for a long, long time. The real time is now, this very moment. Trust and believe we've had plenty, plenty, plenty causes to bend and waiver over these past 15 years of validating each other's existence and experiences. That said, I give thanks for his love, his life and our journey so far. We're also thanking our ancestors that we haven't been broken by the numerous trials over these passing years. Ashe'
It's our 10th wedding Anniversary tomorrow! As long as we’re together, it’s a celebration of our marriage. And we celebrate pretty much every single day with a smile and simply holding hands as we fall asleep. Nope, not kidding. No fancy hotel rooms or buckets of champagne required.
He patiently puts up with a lot from me. I haven't always been patient with him. All of our issues have taken these 10 years and are still being worked through. Trust me, that’s not easy!
Thank you for taking out the trash every week, even though it’s so early and you’re rushing to work.
Thank you for taking the time to ask, “What can I do to help you, honey?”
Thank you for being so patient with me in so many ways that I can’t even begin to describe.
We Did...10 years ago today!!!
Today is our 10th wedding Anniversary!!! We've been married for a decade now. Wow! We've come so far in these past 10 years. We've learned and grown a lot. And we look forward to seeing what the universe has planned for us in the decades to come
We're bless to bare witness to each other's life experiences...Tua Neter (Thank You Divine )
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
I wasn’t always sure of it. I had my doubts at times. But, now, as we are celebrating 10 years married, 15 years together, I've learned that marriage requires two people working towards one common goal...A DIVINE UNION
During his speech (3 yrs ago), he announced to our friends and family "we're now at cruising altitude."
It’s kinda cool to have this special bond...Some asked what's the secret? I replied, I'm still learning, still on the journey...hmmm so far I can say we're friends, we truly want this marriage and we respect each other.
We noticed each other at a Moshood fashion show about 20 years ago...it was real casual tho. You see, I was already married!!! LOL
I never want to be one of those people who are always bragging about their perfect kids, perfect family, their perfectness....cause honestly it's still perfect in it's imperfections cause we are all still learning and growing. But the less energies involved the better. Marriage is so delicate and everyone makes mistakes...we're still growing stronger and wiser from the hundreds of our mistakes! SHEEESH!
there's an underlining element in all of these photos...on This 7th wedding anniversary LIFE had us managing one of the most painful events in my life...but LOVE held us, carried us through and kept us strong throughout. ASHE'
Mr.and Mrs. Stephen Goode! WE THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS JOURNEY WITH US. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME Yendys Nefer-Atum INTO YOUR HEARTS AND SPIRITS. THANK YOU FOR FRIENDSHIP, SUPPORT AND FOR LOVING US!!!!!!
...there is good in this world. There is happiness. There is love. Oh, so much love. HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY TO US! WE'VE BEEN BLESSED! (I'll share a few more images and express my sentiments on this, our very special life event.) Thank you from the depths. of our souls for your support and your kind thoughts and prayers.)
Earlier today at Cowrie Shell Center...
massaging your scalp helps improve circulation and which stimulates hair growth, and you only need to do it for about five minutes daily to see results. Just rub your fingers on your scalp in a circular motion, applying gentle pressure and kneading occasionally to open up the blood vessels and increase blood flow.
Massaging can also be combined with a hot oil treatment once or twice a week. Heat some coconut or olive oil just above body temperature. Cold oil offers very little benefits to hair and scalp, basically coating the outside of the hair shaft. I'm using my Ancient Blends 'Sacred' hair and scalp oil, my plant based gel and my moisturizing hair mist.
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By @getfussy "STYLIST SPOTLIGHT: we love this shot of fresh twists styled by Fussy stylist Yendys Nefer-Atum @cowrieshellcenter, a holistic natural hair pioneer, natural product entrepreneur and salon owner based in Brooklyn #YendysNeferAtum #CowrieShellCenter #holistichaircare #practitioner #hair #haircare #skincare #AncientBlends #naturalproducts
Check out Yendys' Fussy stylist page to see her portfolio of client work, her bio, and her contact info for booking: www.fussy.me/hairstylist/yendys
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I'm honored and excited right now! The New Year rang in a few days ago, the full moon in Cancer howled last night while new doors swung open today on January 6th! I had the awesome pleasure of meeting two amazing sisters!!! They blessed me with an invitation to be one of the featured stylists on FUSSY! With a growing community of talented stylists, Fussy is the most complete and convenient way to find the right beauty professionals for your Black hair styling needs! Find the Right Stylist...Search for talented #NYC professionals by specific hairstyles, specialties, neighborhoods and more! #naturalhairdaily #hairinspiration #teamnatural #naturalhair #locs #getfussy #beauty #style #Brooklyn #naturalhairstylist #naturalhair #afro #naturalstylist #loctitian #hairhealer.
So, how do salt lamps actually work?
I have one of these beauties in almost every room at the Cowrie Shell Center. This is one of my faves next to the hair dryer. Offering you tons of healing vibrations as your hair dries. It's really quite simple... a heated crystal salt lamp...
Attracts humidity causing the surface of the #saltcrystal to become moist
Creates a buildup of #ions and removes moisture from your air
Binds excessive positive ions with their #negativeions
Helps to neutralize the "electro-smog" in your air and reduces allergens and irritants
Creates potential #soothing effects for you from multi-colored #saltcrystals
sharing the experience with @tegravy♥👏💆The energetic theme for January 2015 is lighting up the #CowrieShellCenter! Here's our first #locInitiation of the year! We #share. We #inspire. We #grow... #starterlocs #hair #healthyhair #naturalhair #teamnatural #thickhair #naturalhairstylist #holistic
He said my skin looked amazing, so I shared my secret...Ancient Blends Facial moisturizer and oatmeal soap...Morning Glory is a lightweight, moisturizing facial oil blended to retain essential moisture in the skin leaving a healthier, rebalanced skin.
Formulated with lavender, ylang ylang, olive oil vegetable glycerin, and vitamin E oil to help keep skin fresh and health.
Paraben and colorant free. Ancient Blends oatmeal soap is a very mild gentle soap. My daughters swear by this combo! It is suitable for all skin types without being drying to the skin. With many skin loving ingredients it is an excellent facial bar. Plus it is a great natural choice for those with ezcema, psoraisis and roscea.
So he bought them both!!!
(Of course, diet plays a huge part of having and maintaining your health.)