Saturday, November 4, 2017

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Green Light- Dezi

You don't have to give up everything says this eco-sista

How long have you been eco-friendly? Just about 4 years.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I found out that I was born with one kidney and two uterus while I was in high school. Although it was a shocking discovery, I continued to live my life as a "regular teenager". Which included lots of things I would say today are unhealthy and I definitely felt it. I was constantly sick, on antibiotics, missing school, and yet what I was eating or the products I was using never popped into my mind as a contributor. I began to educate myself on holistic health. Learning about the pharmaceutical industry, and reading about the ingredients in everything I used. It then became a no-brainer for me to change my lifestyle to a more eco-friendly one. 

What do you like about it? I like that it makes ME feel good. And I'm not talking about that "feel good" when you do a good deed... I physically feel better. Not only am I healthier, but I feel more conscious and connected to my body. I feel way more in tune with myself more than I ever have before and it feels great. 

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Growing up I struggled with being a perfectionist. Getting the best grades, never being satisfied with my accomplishments or achievements, and feeling like I wasn't doing enough. When I began this journey and was taking the time to educate myself, I felt like I had to change my entire life. I felt like no matter what I changed, it wasn't enough because even the air we breathe is polluted (I had many "woke" moments lol). But as I began to break it down, I was able to make small effective changes over a period of time rather than become so overwhelmed that I change nothing. 

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Take it step by step. One of the videos that I include on my YouTube channel is "Swap or Flop", where I show around 5 products that you'd normally use (such as Colgate toothpaste) and I compare it to an alternative with less chemicals, recyclable packaging, and all around eco-friendly. Then I tell you if it's a Swap- I love the product and will throw out my old chem-filled Colgate for it OR Flop- did I hate it and I'm never using it again. Applying this same technique every month will allow you to feel less overwhelmed and soon you'll notice how many swaps you've made. All you have to do is look around you and get started. 

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? SOMEONE GETS ME! No really, I say it all the time that I'm a hypocrite and I'm kind of okay with that. I want people to know that you don't have to give up EVERYTHING you love. You can be eco-friendly, use holistic medicine, and shop at a farmer's market without being a "hippie". That's why my bio on Twitter says "I like Hennessy and Green Juice" because I really do. I do what works best for me and although there's always room for improvement, I'm a work in progress. If you're a meat eater, you get criticized by vegetarians. Vegetarians get criticized by vegans. Vegans get criticized by those on "raw fruits diets" plus everyone else. As long as you see improvement within yourself and it makes you feel good, keep doing that.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Almost one year! ***reggae horns*** I grew up in a Dominican hair salon, getting my hair blow dried since who knows how young. Like most of us, I became conditioned to straight hair and the false sense of beauty that came with it. If my hair was straight, I was getting compliments on how nice it was but when it was curly, it was a beast that needed to be tamed. This past year has been all about haircuts, deep conditioning, playing with different styles/products and let me tell you it has paid off! I've never seen my curls as nice as they are right now and they're only getting better. There are no shortcuts. Throw out your flat iron and watch the magic happen. Also, do your research on where to get a good curly cut. That's what got me really excited about my journey and where I learned how to style and keep it fly. ;)

Is there anything you like to add? I'm an open book. So, if you ever have questions about anything I post please feel free to reach out. Speaking and connecting with other women brings so much fulfillment to my life so do not hesitate. If this journey is new to you just know that myself and all of the amazing some featured on this blog have been through it and are going through it so you're never alone. Cut yourself some slack but push yourself to be a better you than you were yesterday.

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