Tray’s Fav’s!

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So…piggybacking off my last post “Consistency is Key…” (Check it out if you haven’t), EACH MONTH I’m going to be to sharing some of my favorite things or people with you all. These things can be from natural hair/beauty products to fashion trends/classics I’m digging as well as showcasing people that inspire and motivate me. 

LET’S GET INTO IT!

  1. Cantu (Shea Butter)Apple Cider Vinegar Root Rinse: OMG. Can we say obsessed?! I stumbled along this product frolicking the aisles of Target (per usual). I have the worst dry scalp, especially as seasons transition. I previously was prescribed something for my dry scalp but eventually weaned off of it and haven’t quite found anything comparable to clear it up. That is until I found this jewel! I faithfully use this every wash day, before applying my co-wash and/or conditioner (it acts as a shampoo). It’s made with apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and shea butter. This product will definitely leave your scalp feeling invigorating and hair soft. Try it out! $4.99/Target
  2. Kinky Curly Custard: So, if you follow this blog or had a “Hey, what do you use in           your hair?” talk with me YOU KNOW this product is holy grail. It’s my go-to for styling gels…..PERIOD. I’ve tried other styling gels/cremes/custards but nothing else really compares and has worked wonders for my hair for years. This custard is great for people who are transitioning into the natural hair world and works well with all hair types. Also, a little goes a long way with this product so you don’t need to use a lot. I always get super defined and frizz-free curls…WIN! $16.39 <— YIKES…I know. Y’all know it’s expensive to be natural!
  3. E.l.f Poreless Face Primer: Stellar product for the price! I am just as into makeup/beauty as I am with hair products. Using primer before applying makeup is so important to protect your skin and will make applying makeup so easy. This primer reduces the appearance of enlarged pores and leave skin looking smooth and flawless. Also, made up of tea tree oil and vitamin A & E. $5.69/Target A must-try!

So there you have it! Hope this was helpful in any way! What’s on your “Must-Have” List?    As I mentioned in my last post, I will be posting BI-WEEKLY and posting my “TRAY’s FAV’s” EVERY MONTH. Consistency is key, right? Stay tuned….

Until next time loves…

♥ Traci

Consistency is Key…Balance is also Key.

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“Consistency is what transforms AVERAGE into EXCELLENCE.”

“Never get so busy making a living, you forget to make a life.”

Let’s face it, nothing comes easy and if it’s worth having it requires much effort, persistence and consistency. It goes across the board and applies to so many different areas; fitness/personal goals, career goals, relationships, etc. In order to achieve a specific goal, it means putting in that WORK! As I mentioned in my previous post (check it out if you haven’t), one of my goals for the year is to be more consistent with my blog posting (My goal is to post bi-weekly). I also mentioned the reason for neglecting my blog last year was due to “Life Happening” events. One of those events was training/running and completing my second FULL Marathon (Yes…26.2 miles again y’all!). If you don’t know by now…I’m a runner. I’m also one of those crazy people that weirdly enjoys challenges and pushing my body to the limit by running long distant races. If you have trained and ran a marathon you know…IT IS NOT A GAME!!!! Training for a marathon (or any race really) demands extreme dedication, drive, consistency and TIME. Time that was spent focusing more on my training and less on my blog posting. 

Which brings me to BALANCE. Maintaining balance in your life is just as important as consistency…why? For your sanity, that’s why! Working hard training for a marathon is great. Grinding hard at work and excelling on every level is fantastic. However, when you are burned out, you are no good to anybody. It is crucial to create time to spend with family, friends, and YOURSELF (and your blog)! 

I am currently training for the Women’s Half Marathon (13.1 miles) taking place in Washington, D.C. at the end of April. I am also working towards setting a Personal Record (PR) which calls for a more intense training plan (In other words, time consuming). Which leaves me in a similar space I was in last year. My goal is to not drown myself in one specific area. All accountability is welcomed to keep me on track as well! Challenges may arise when creating balance between your work life/personal life/active life. However, the test is making it a point to CREATE the balance and MAINTAIN it. 

Over the years I have learned, when you truly commit to something and consistent with it…you will always WIN in the end (it’s inevitable). You WILL get frustrated, you WILL get discouraged, you WILL have setbacks, you WILL FAIL and that is OKAY!  Don’t beat yourself up if something doesn’t go as planned. It’s how you react to these obstacles and failures that really shows who you are and how strong you are. THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is what REALLY matters! It’s not always going to be easy, but will definitely be worth it. LET’S BE GREAT! LET’S BE ENCOURAGED! LET’S BE CONSISTENT!

What are you consistently doing to better yourself? Have you mastered the art of creating/maintaining balance? If so, could you school a sistah? Haha!

Until next time,

♥ Traci