And just like that, we’ve completed another week of 2018! This week I’ve been feeling more rejuvenated, energized and creative than I’ve felt in a really long time, and for that I’m truly thankful. Additionally, I’ve been feeling very inspired by many people I follow on Instagram. Following the trend this year, I’ve taken the liberty of unfollowing accounts on social that don’t make me feel happy or inspired. At times Instagram can become repetitive and disingenuous, so it’s always nice to find accounts that are truly inspirational and authentic!
A goal that I have is to get my own apartment and design the space of my dreams. I know a lot of people my age will usually try and put a timestamp on when they want to move out on their own, but just like I said in my goals post, I’m not going to put pressure on myself to do anything by a certain time (if you haven’t read the post you can check it out here). While I’m in this season of patience and saving money, I find myself scrolling through Pinterest looking at decor inspiration for my new space.
I have always felt moved by anything African-inspired, and I definitely want my next space to incorporate some of these elements (if you know the artist/photographer of the paintings above, PLEASE send me a link to their site). I’ve been looking at African decor non-stop this week, and little by little I’ve started to figure out what I want my next space to look like. I don’t know why this week in particular I was focused on home decor, but I’m hoping that it’s a sign from the man upstairs that something will be happening soon!
I’ve never shared this before, but I am on a quest to find out more information about my heritage. Many people have the ability to say that they’re 20% Irish or 10% Italian, but I’m not able to provide that information due to our country’s ugly history of slavery (much like many other African-Americans). Because there weren’t records kept of our ancestors, I honestly couldn’t tell you what I am (even though I have some guesses). This year my goal is to take an ancestry and genealogy test so that I can find out more about where my family comes from so that I can ultimately learn more about myself.
Anyway, something that I love about African decor is the fact that it’s got a bohemian, free-spirited feel. Anyone who knows my style knows that I always go for anything that’s boho-inspired, and African decor is not too far off from that. The fact that some of these pieces are made in and inspired by the motherland makes them all the more special to me. My plan is to stick to a neutral color palette, with the occasional pops of color and prints. Do any of y’all like African art or decor? If so, do you have any recommendations on places to buy it from? Let me know in the comments below!
Other things I’ve felt inspired by this week:
- Kenny G– With the anniversary of my dad’s passing coming up next month, I’ve found myself finding ways to be more connected to him. My dad was a huuuuuuge fan of jazz music, and this week I’ve been listening to it non-stop. My mom mentioned that her and my dad saw Kenny G in concert countless times when they were dating, and I’ve had his music on repeat every single day this week.
- “I Don’t See Color” Makeup Tutorial from Jackie Aina– Queen Jackie has been killing it with her 2018 content! If you’re looking to get a good laugh while getting a great message, go check out this video!
- Sermon: Unleashed by Sarah Jakes Roberts– Oh..my…GOD. This sermon was actually from last week, but I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. This word was so powerful and inspiring, and I had to share it with you all! As always, all religious opinions and beliefs are welcome here as long as you are not disrespectful 🙂