Friday, June 28, 2013

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Green Light- Thaina & Patrice

These eco sisters say find your craft and share it with the world

How long have you been eco-friendly? Thaina- Moving to California somehow has made an impression on us to do better and contribute to our community. I went natural and began researching healthier alternatives for my hair. My findings led to a desire to make healthier choices on a holistic level. I prayed about it and decided that I would start small but still, make a change. At the same time my sister, Patrice expressed to me her wanting to make a difference in her life and in the world. In 2008 we decided to trade out our couch potato summers for better things. We actively began our journey to healthier selves. We also started participating in walks that raise awareness and involving ourselves in the community service events we learned about. 

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? Patrice- Being a little sister entitled me to a lot of things, one of them what Thaina calls a copycat, but honestly I just consider her a role model. When she started to make the conscious decision to live a healthier life, I wanted to as well. I was tired of being tired all the time and not feeling like I was doing anything. Just going to school wasn't enough anymore, I needed to make the change. 

What do you like about it? Thaina- It's inspiring. You get to be around people that are selfless and are hungry for change. Giving feels good! Maybe, it's selfish to say but that's how I feel. Not only does being eco-friendly, it soothes my spirit knowing that someone as small as I am can do something that makes a difference.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Patrice- Most definitely! Figuring out how to contribute to our community and what services to involve ourselves in continues to be an obstacle. Sometimes I don't always feel like I have the time for eco-friendliness. When I feel like that, I pray for God make me think less of myself and more about others.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly?
*Thaina- Involve yourself in whatever you have passion for. You are contributing to the world even if you think it's in the smallest way. Don't allow yourself to get so consumed with the business side of life that you forget you're also put on this earth to serve.
*Patrice- My advice would be to find a partner to either go on this journey with you or to be a great supporter. Doing anything alone could be rough sometimes. It doesn't necessarily have to be a person you can find encouragement in bible verses,media, etc.

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There's really no "right" way it's basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? Thaina- Absolutely. It's important to remember that none of us are perfect and we don't always get it right. Recognize that and make room to grow and learn, always

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY?
*Patrice- I've been natural since 2008 and I'm all about protective styling! My fro will make an appearance once in a while but I prefer to keep it in long-term styles.
*Thaina- I've been natural since 2006 and the journey has been a lot of trial and error. My weapon of choice is moisture! You can see more of us and our hair on our youtube and blog SecretsdesSoeurs

Is there anything you like to add? Thaina and Patrice- Being eco-friendly can mean many things. Figure out your craft and share it with the world. Being eco-friendly not only benefits those around you but it instills confidence in yourself. The fact that each and everyone of us is capable of having this impact is beautiful and shouldn't be taken for granted.


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