From an early age my mother taught me to take pride in myself. Everyday she told me that I was beautiful both inside and out. She was a dreamer, an amazing mother, my biggest cheerleader and my best friend. In 2012, she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and she fought for years until eventually she passed away in 2016. That was the hardest moment of my life.
After she passed, I buried myself at work in the corporate world. And after several years, I realized that I started to lose my light. On the verge of having a mental breakdown, I knew I needed to hit the reset button and take care of myself inside and out.
I needed to remember how my mother would have wanted me to live. And as I began to take care of my mental health, I started to look at ways to take better care of my body.
I noticed that many of the products that I was using on my skin to feel beautiful contained harmful chemicals, like parabens—known to cause cancer. It was then that I found my “why.” Finding products that are safe and clean and sharing them with others can literally change lives. My journey has led me here to be the catalyst for that change.
For most of my life, I have felt a deep need for more. To do more, to achieve more, to have more, to be more.
I found myself climbing an endless ladder thinking that the success that I was chasing was only one foothold away. Each time I pulled myself up, I was disappointed because it just didn't feel right. I'd look around and think "I still need more validation, more money, more recognition." And the more I climbed, the more chaotic it felt. It wasn't inspiring and it wasn't achievable. Instead, it led to a lot of anxiety and panic attacks. I had insomnia and acne and ironically, the higher I climbed, the lower and emptier I felt inside.
Four months into 2020, I was forced to confront my biggest fear when I was furloughed from my job. Suddenly the thing that brought me that surface level validation was gone and I was left with my broken, anxious self. I hit my lowest point. But then something really brave happened—I picked myself up and made a conscious decision to choose peace.
I now had more time than I knew what to do with to reflect and heal and grow. I started meditating and getting to know myself on a spiritual level. I immediately noticed a change. I felt lighter and I wondered what was different. Now, I realize the difference was that conscious choice. It's important that every woman and every body take time to recover from our world.
We need to grab the quiet moments in life and hold onto them for as long as we can.
All of us have plenty to do. And there's no getting around it. But we all wash away the day every night...and rest. This is a moment that can become an intentional self-care ritual if we choose to make it that way. If we choose peace.
We can choose how we take care of ourselves, but unfortunately we can’t choose how others take care of us. This is why we have to empower ourselves to take control of our own healing.
A study from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that over 75% of products marketed to Black women include ingredients classified as toxic compared to 60% of products marketed to the general population.*
Research has shown that historically, women of color are disproportionately exposed to toxic chemicals and that beauty products are one of the sources of that exposure. myth/magick is part of a new ecosystem of skincare created by women of color, with our health at the forefront of everything that we do.
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