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    Mental Health Awareness Month: Grief – A Necessary Discomfort

    Grief by Atishca Makan I took hold of moms shaky hand, and we walked into my dad’s room together. From the moment I laid eyes on him in his bed, I knew he was gone. I felt it. I wanted nothing more than to collapse and retreat into myself at that moment. But I couldn’t. My mom needed a pillar of strength more than ever. So, I went onto autopilot. I took care of some of the funeral arrangements, bank paperwork, and all the legalities. I threw myself into it so quickly that I didn’t allow myself time to process my emotions. That was how the first year without Dad…

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    Mental Health Awareness Month: My Journey With Depression

    I know I am not the only one whose depression peaked at the beginning of the lockdown. I hardly slept the the first month of the outbreak of COVID-19 in South Africa . Why? I think I was panicked at the news of the global pandemic. You would turn on to the news channel and every headline was about coronavirus. Stressful. It is only right to talk about the panic the global pandemic has raised since it is Mental Health Month. 💚 Mental Health is a real thing unfortunately we take it lightly because we are not informed adequately about it. It influences how we think, feel, and act. It…

  • lifestyle

    Autumn/Winter outfits inspired by 2020 Pantone Winter colours

    I thought it would be really cool to create an Autumn /Winter 2020 style guide inspired by the Pantone colours of the season. This way we all know where to start when we go shop for our Autumn clothes. Disclaimer: This style guide was shot in the comfort of my home. (of course, it was). I’m learning how to take my own pictures using a Bluetooth tripod bought from AliExpress a while ago. Here’s a link on how to navigate your way through Aliexpress and a review of some products I bought: https://africansoulgoddess.co.za/blog/2019/02/02/aliexpress-haul/ A COUPON for an even better shopping experience on AliExpress: COUPON It’s funny how this idea came…

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    Easy way to make your own face mask: Global Pandemic

    One month into South Africa’s lockdown. The lockdown was announced to be for 21 days and unfortunately, it was extended for two more weeks . Today is officially day 31/35 and I learned how to make my own reusable mask. My mom resorted to making cloth face masks after a visit to the local pharmacy which was our last hope to finding masks unfortunately, they were sold out and instead of doing the runaround local stores searching for masks, she resorted to making masks for the family.  What mama used: Cloth T-shirt Scissors  Needle Cotton thread  Paper to cut out the pattern  Using a cloth face covering when you’re around…

  • lifestyle

    The surprising way a millennial cut sugar from their diet

    2 years since I cut sugar from my diet. Honestly, it has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I obviously cut it out for health reasons because I have a bile problem. In the process, I found out that my acid (gastric acid) level was not making it any easier for me. Life changing. My lips would remain dry even after moisturizing them with a generous amount of lip balm. Having a huge appetite was not ideal as every two hours or so I’d fall hungry even after stuffing myself just a minute ago. My digestive system was a mess. I used to easily…

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    Review: Sana Organics Products – Self-care Emporium

    My second favourite thing to do after writing my blog posts is to practice self-care. I’m a huge fan of trying new things to improve my skin, mental health and body. Self-care is of utmost importance as it serves as a form of healing for your body, mind and /or spirit. What better way to practice self-care then using raw organic products? I received products from a local brand @sanaorganicsonline on Instagram to review. They arrived at a perfect time. The festive season gets really crazy and the body ends up in lots of pain and bruises. I put the products to the test at the peak of the festive…

  • lifestyle

    Day 7 of 21 South Africa lock-down: Global Pandemic

    With the global pandemic going on, South Africa announced a 21 day lock-down on Monday, 23rd March 2020 ,effective from Thursday midnight, 26th March 2020. COVID-19 is a real thing. I was very panicked by the announcement of the global pandemic. Some South African citizens who were based in China were quarantined at a local hotel around Polokwane, Limpopo, I live in Polokwane, you can understand my frustrations at the time. This was before it was announced that the people set to be quarantined tested negative for COVID-19. I remember I made a huge fuss about this, as this was too close to home. It gave me a lot of…

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    We have a new home!

    Hello loves! I haven’t posted on my blog in a while because I have been working and improving my new site. I wanted my website to feel more like home. A different look, but with the best quality of content and the same amazing feel. I had envisioned what I wanted the experience to be like for you and honestly I couldn’t pick between modern, aesthetic and even minimal.  This new site is a combination of each.  I gave my everything into investing and designing this site. From working late nights trying to build the site, to days were I learnt how to code (YouTube), to the countless days I spent…

  • beauty

    Protective Styling For Your Natural Hair

    Protective styles for natural hair is very important, it is the one way to help retain length on our natural hair. A true protective hairstyle is at its base simply a style that protects the ends of your hair, helping to decrease tangling, shedding and breakage. It gives our hair a break from manipulations and weather conditions. As part of our natural hair journey we should remember to keep our natural hair in protective styles allowing our hair to breathe. It is advisable to keep long term protective styles (braids, faux locs) for a period of a month or at least 6 weeks and short term protective styles (corn rows,…

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    20/20 Vision

    Another year has passed by, 2019 was short of a roller coaster ride for me. I am just glad I made it through much stronger and wiser. 2020 is definitely the year for NEW everything, new energy, new job, new car, new home, new attitude, new peace, new dreams. [wpvideo HAE8wNyT ] I read somewhere on the internet that before we sit down and prepare our 2020 vision board we should write down a gratitude list for 2019. That way we get our energy right before making any more plans and/ or requests for the new year. Also, put to mind how the universe rewards the grateful. A grateful heart…

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