This past week was insanely busy for me and it's only going to get busier and more exciting from here on out but, I love it! Christmas bells are faintly ringing, Mariah Carey's infamous holiday music is on full blast and it's time for family reunions. A great way to spend some family time is by checking out Canal Walk's Space Station running from 7 December to 4 January
"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later." - Og Mandino
Olivia's New Life 'awarded' the Blogger Recognition Award to Mild Brown and I haven't been able to post about it because when I received it, I was writing my preliminary exams. Then, the week after my exams finished I had to prepare for my Matric Dance/Ball and after that I had finals to write. But, long story short, I finally have time to write about the BRA now - detailing what it is, what it means and revealing the 10 blogs that I 'award' the title to.
“It is not necessary to fix every little defect you find in yourself. Your flaws are what make you unique and oftentimes, infatuating.” – Beau Taplin, The Defects
It's been quite a while since I added to our wonderful 'The Skin Revolution' campaign. However, the stories and encouragement are back for your perusal. Part III deals with a universal issue: bullying. Bullying manifests in many equally ugly forms. Thapie shares her childhood encounters of racial discrimination, fat-shaming and bullying in South Africa.
We’re only three days away from the end of the month which means the first half of 2017 is done and dusted! Well nearly. Also, the end of June means the end of Youth Month.
The youth of 1976 endured a lot to say the least. Youth Day did not come about to be a passing trend. It came about to commemorate the incredible power of youngsters who would not allow any person, government or system to make them feel less than.
"This is my skin and I’m always going to be in this skin so I’m going to love it."
The majestic concept of being mixed-race. They get the best of both worlds. Or maybe the best of three. Or four. Or five. However, along with perks of being multiracial there are many mixed-race people around the world who feel lost in connection to tradition and culture. This post is centered on the almost never-shared point of view of the average, completely mixed-race person. Jahaan tells us about her good and bad experiences of being very multiracial.
"Allow your melanin to pop."
Many children go through teasing and torment from family or friends for being different. Some children don't directly get teased although feel sidelined. Chanice discusses this from a point of view relating to skin tones.
Growing up with brown skin hasn't always been that great.
As a young girl I would be embarrassed to wear traditional wear or anything that was "too Indian" in public. I grew up consuming Western culture and therefore thought that I should be ashamed of mine. It took me years to realise there's no such thing as "too Indian". Maybe you're too much for some people. Too unique, too empowered, too celebratory of yourself for their liking but that has nothing to do with you, and has everything to do with them. I was born into a magnificent culture and cherish the day I realised this.
Growing up is not easy. Transitioning from any stage in your life consists of many obstacles and we often feel alone when encountering them. It’s not alien to look at celebrities in wonder and imagine having their ‘perfect’ lives. Although, we usually forget they also have their ups and downs.
If the paint is our emotions and the paintbrush is our way of handling obstacles, then we as people, are defined by the artistry performed in everyday life.
Self-conflict, in my opinion, is the most wonderful feeling any human being could experience. We are all artists, we all feel, we all need to express ourselves and be heard, therefore the ideas generated from conflict could be the masterpiece that lies in your mindset and attitude.
Conflict is what young aspiring artists like myself face when being intimidated by the blankness of a canvas. Through channelling all the pressure from peers, parents and society's expectations, every brushstroke can be described as a 'dream come true'. Layers of paint applied smoothly displays synchronisation between mind, body and soul. After each stroke of paint, things seem to fall into place again.
In order to master a talent, you must have the passion and will to rule over it. This drive results in you becoming a grandmaster, not just with your gift, but in your life as well. By mastering every day obstacles, you are basically taking control of your own life which is proof that if things don't magically fall into place, you have to make it so. After all, a priceless artwork doesn't just appear on a canvas, it is applied by a paintbrush which is controlled by the artist him-/herself.
Eliminate the people who ridicule your potential and focus on making a name for yourself through an attitude of confidence with the mindset of a winner. We feel unsure of ourselves because our emotions drive us. All we as human beings want is to expose our true emotions to feel accepted or loved by other humans. And when we do free ourselves through expression, we do not realise it, but we create our own sanctuary and increase our individuality.
In art, German Expressionism is world renowned for the subject matter of individualism. Today many people experience a need to try their best to fit in, only to realise in the end they don't need to. They are perfect just as they are. This ability is what truly makes us ordinary people and extraordinary artists.
- BEVAN BLANKENBERG
"This world of ours is in an authenticity drought."
At seven years old I didn't think there was much wrong with my physical appearance. Sure, I had about three missing teeth and an awful left knee due to all the scabbing (Hopscotch is not for the weak), but I was content with how I looked. Though as a child, I was taught that my genes were just not good enough.
With the apprehension that children only know what they have been exposed to, it is safe to blame the majority, if not all, of our generation's misfortune unto our parents, leaders, teachers and older siblings. We're taught that touching a hot stove will burn you, that you should always respect your elders and that certain features just don't fit in in the real world.
You are absolutely capable of thriving in our ruthless society regardless of your looks. The only way to do this though, is to love yourself. Paying no mind to the inevitable insults from those around you is of utmost importance. After realising this, we need to educate our successors. Rather than promoting impossible standards, promote authenticity. We're the most powerful generation - that's what they don't want you to know. They continue to strive because of the flaws we see in ourselves.
You might be playing coy right now, questioning who "they" are but I'm talking about everyone from that girl on Facebook that gets ten more likes than you to renowned comestic brands. This year, the total revenue of the United States comestic industry is estimated to be $62.46 BILLION which is nearly twice as much as the total of 2002. I'm not trying to influence anyone to boycott make-up, I just think that it is due time that we realise that it is not a necessity - you are beautiful in your own way.
I hated being told that - "beautiful in your own way" - to me it sounded like a euphemisim for "ugly" but now I notice the truth behind it. None of my friends had the dark skin and curly hair combination going on but I did. Recognising your individuality also teaches you how you can't be replaced.
Along with the importance of self-love, is the common knowledge to respect people who want to follow trends. I'm on a journey of bettering my confidence so make-up does in fact give me that extra va va voom. In fact, I'm currently saving up to purchase the Mary Jo K Kylie Jenner lipkit. Not everybody wakes up 'like dis' and there is no right or wrong way of loving yourself. The ultimate goal is to wake up not wanting to be in somebody else's shoes.
Embrace YOU. I wish I was told that when I was seven. I already did not love myself enough. Embrace your intimidating tallness, your bushy eyebrows, your basic brown eyes. This world of ours is in an authenticity drought. We need more people who are comfortable in their own skin.
Love yourself so much that it won't matter if you're not a size 2 or if you just can't seem to relate to posts about 'thick' girls. I mean, you have the power to love yourself enough where it won't matter if anybody else doesn't. And that, is magical.
- GIA FYNN