True Beauty Lies Within You

There’s always a little fear inside of us to be who we really are. Times where we fake perfect to be liked, wear certain clothing to be noticed, or simply give ourselves up to fit in with everybody else. I’m here to say true beauty lies within YOU.

What is beauty?

Y’all, it has taken me 25 years to truly understand myself wholeheartedly, but I’m still learning because it is a process. I’ve learned how much I love simplicity. I’ve fallen in love more with myself being in my natural state. Don’t get me wrong I love to dress up and put makeup on when needed, but I’d rather be chill every day. In the social media world where trends are popping, makeup is popping, and if you aren’t hip to it then you’re not popping lol. Oh please. Don’t let it overwhelm or make you feel like to have to do what every other person is doing to fulfill your happiness.

My definition of beauty is loving my imperfections and embracing them no matter what. Beauty is love and confidence.  So, I decided to take a few photos in my natural state. I wanted to to be calm and free without having a “beat face.” Some times we never appreciate the simple things. I wanted to feel the grass between my toes and have the wind blow onto my scalp and not worry about being “perfect.”

Let’s point out the things I used to struggle with that I’m proud of now: big lips, chubby cheeks, gap, slow growing hair ( still struggling lol) just to name a few. I’ve grown to love my imperfections over time and it’s crazy to me because I always wanted to have straight, no gap teeth, that nice shape, smaller lips and so on. I always compared myself because I thought those changes would make me beautiful. Nah, I’ll pass on that because my features are perfect for me. I wouldn’t be Jasmine without them.

At the end of the day, do you boo and let no one make you feel bad about what you prefer for yourself. Before I leave, I want to encourage yall to look at yourself in the natural state and see how beautiful you are and to take heed of the simple things.

-Jasmine ❀


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Introducing… Books & Brunch!

It has definitely been a LONG time since I’ve written, BUT great things have happened during my not-so-planned hiatus lol!

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, this year is #Passion17; 2017 and beyond it is time to go after everything you dream of. With that being said, I am introducing…..

My line sister, Samaiyah, and I have started our very own book club! Although book clubs aren’t anything new, but they are rare down here in Birmingham, AL.

The mission of Books and Brunch is to celebrate our history and culture, while learning more about who we are as a people through books. We plan to bring exposure to books written by Black authors (specifically Black women). Books for us, by us! Our goal is to bring young, millennial women together to empower, embrace and spread Black Girl magic!

To keep up with Books and Brunch be sure to follow us on Instagram @booksxbrunch. We post current books, meet ups, inspirations and we have two segments that recognizes our Black Queens and Kings who are changing our world by writing empowering books.

-Jas ❀