Sunday, August 20, 2017

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Green Light- Naike

I feel so connected with nature and my environment says this eco-sista

How long have you been eco-friendly? I was always in tune with nature and mother earth while growing up. When I became an adult I really wanted to emphasize and apply everything that I learned from my mother. I can say that I have been seriously eco-friendly for more than 3 years. 

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I grew up in an eco-friendly environment back home in Haiti. My mother and brother were really conscious about the importance of preserving earth and nature. When I moved to Boston, I wanted to make sure that my son grows up in a similar environment as well. I do it for the planet and all of us. 

What do you like about it? I love everything about living an eco-friendly life. I feel so connected with nature and my environment. I also like the fact that I'm contributing to make our planet a better place by sharing with one person at a time. It is a continuous journey of learning and there is always room for improvement. 

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? One of my biggest challenges is to find companies and products that I can really trust. Recently, I was shocked when I ordered a vegan hair product (with all the amazing labels) just to find out it was owned by a company that I would never buy anything from.

Another obstacle was learning how to eat more consciously while respecting the earth and the animals. Going plant-based and Vegan was not easy for me at the beginning. This is one of the reason I became a health coach because I wanted to empower and help anyone who decided to give it a try. 

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? In our era of technology the information is out there. You can find valuable resources in books, on the web, and even social media. Going green is a beautiful journey and I would suggest to anyone to take it one day at a time. You don't have anything to prove to anyone, therefore do it first for yourself and the planet and truly embrace that journey and transition.

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? I think it is all in perspective and it is a learning process. I always tell anyone who wants to try the green life to take it slowly and mostly not be too hard on themselves. For me, all that matters is the fact that we are contributing to the puzzle even with small changes. 

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? In 2008 when I moved to France, I realized that I could not find reliable hair salons who knew well how to apply relaxer in my hair. Therefore, I decided to give it a try and go natural. That was the best thing I did. I was finally after all those years accepting my true color and beauty. I feel like my hair showed who I was really.

A girl born in Haiti to a French mom and Haitian dad. No more trying to be more one or the other of any of the cultures. By embracing my hair, I embraced both cultures and made no apologies for it. And finally, I did not need any strong chemical in my hair to feel beautiful. Now after all those years being natural, I'm finally enjoying my natural curls. I do apply heat or blow-dry on rare occasions, but that is still a choice that I make. It is not based on other people's expectations.

Is there anything you like to add? The path to being health conscious and eco-friendly is not an easy one but it is worth it. Thank you so much for allowing me to share my journey with all this amazing souls. You can follow me on Instagram. If you would like to improve your overall health or wellbeing, feel free to contact me to schedule a free discovery session at simplynaike@gmail.com

2 comments:

  1. Bravo Naike may you continue to follow your path and touch as many people you encounter like you did for me since forever you are my #ecosista

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    1. That's great! I would love to share your story if interested. Thanks for stopping by.

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