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These days, it's so rare for women to go outside without so much as a lick of make-up.Yet, I advocate it! Don't get me wrong, I can beat my face up good, and I have spent a good amount of coin on my make-up products; but sometimes, some moisturizer and some Vaseline is all I want and prefer. No powder; no anything. Blank canvas. I know and have read numerous articles about make-up and what it means to women when they wear make-up and I completely agree with all the opinions that were shared such as: it makes them feel empowered; it makes them feel beautiful; and lastly, it makes them feel confident in who they are. Beauty standards and the pressures of society. Instead of loving and embracing out natural born beauty, J.Cole had it right on his track Crooked Smile about just how far we women go for validation:

Love yourself, girl, or nobody will

Oh, you a woman? I don't know how you deal

With all the pressure to look impressive and go out in heels

I feel for you

Killing yourself to find a man that'll kill for you

You wake up, put makeup on

Stare in the mirror but its clear that you can’t face what’s wrong

No need to fix what God already put his paint brush on

Your roommate yelling, "Why you gotta take so long?"

What it's like to have a crooked smile

This crooked smile

Being an option just isn't good enough. You want them to pick you because you know that you are worth it; but when that doesn't happen, you know it is time to move on. They have all the perks of a girlfriend, without you actually having that title, and that isn't right. We are grown folk. And as grown folk, we need to be able to be straight-up with each-other.
 
WhereChristian Faith Centre, Seattle, WA When: Monday, October 26, 2015 FullSizeRender 2 A week ago today, I spent the evening in glorious worship and praise with other Christians at the Christian Faith Centre. The Hillsong Nights Tour made a Seattle stop and of course, I had to go! There was no question about it. Seattle is one of my favourite cities, and the tickets for this event cost about $45 which is nothing! Peanuts. And the price of the ticket also included a free copy of Pastor Brian Houston's book titled Live Love Lead: Your Best Is Yet To Come! But the reason I really wanted to go was because over the past few years, I have been growing in my faith and the more I seek Him, the more I feel Him and am at peace. As someone who had never attended a Hillsong Worship event, I wasn't sure what to expect, but all I knew was that it would be amazing and uplifting (having seen pictures and videos of previous events on various social media platforms).  And it did not disappoint. The feeling I experienced being in that room and sitting with the rest of the audience while listening to Pastor Brian Houston speak and worshipping ... something changed in me. Whether it was a combination of his sermon that evening, along with the accompaniment of the music - Oceans, Open Heaven (River Child), Cornerstone, Mighty To Save, O Praise The Name (Anástasis) -  I cannot pinpoint the exact moment it happened, I do not know. But something happened. All I knew then, and know now, as I walked out after the last song, was that something had happened in me. It was a feeling of warmth, freedom, love and happiness. The key takeaways for me are below, and I also included the link to the sermon given by Brian Houston that touches on the points noted below. He goes into more depth so I recommend you to watch it.

What happens equates to happiness. What is happening in your life directly affects your happiness.