Let’s talk about it…

To accommodate some changes, I will be posting blog posts on Sundays from now on. 

I wish I had an idea of where this blog will end up, but honestly, I don’t know. This has resulted in some difficulty in deciding what to write. When I initially started this blog, it was very therapeutic for me and I definitely needed it. I think with the way things have gone with the pandemic, I have lost the zeal for writing. 

My goal is not to be Instagram-famous but to share my life and the things I love – like fashion and music – but ultimately, my goal is to help someone. From some of the feedback I have received from readers, I know it has impacted a few and for that, I am grateful. 

This post is starting to sound like a goodbye post; that is definitely not what this is. It is just a post giving a heads-up if you start to see things change on here. I am honestly just trying to figure this out. Geez, I can be so long-winded sometimes. 

***As I sit here writing this, my baby girl, Skye, is snuggled up right next to me on the couch. She never leaves my side.***

I want to talk about faith today…but I really don’t want to. This has been a topic on my blog post ideas for the longest; however, it is not an easy thing to talk about. I know no other way than to give it to you straight: I have been struggling with my faith lately. Y’all, it is so easy to have faith, be hopeful and to believe when things are going well and as expected. However, when they aren’t or you are in a period of waiting, one gets weary. 

I don’t talk about the pandemic much in general, but I really do think the pandemic has played a huge factor in this. I am going to be bold and say that every Christian I know has struggled with faith during this last year. Our plans, dreams, hopes have all been delayed or altered due to the pandemic. We are socially distant from the people we love and our routines have changed. All of these could affect one’s faith. 

I don’t think anyone believed the pandemic would last this long. During this past year, my faith has varied drastically. At the beginning of the pandemic, I was at an all-time high. I had so much faith and despite the changes, I was hopeful. Toward the end of the year, I had so many things hit me at once that I started to doubt completely. This is when it is handy to have a strong tribe. I was able to go to my tribe for some reassurance, uplifting support and prayer. It did not immediately change my situation, and honestly it has not completely turned my situation around, but I do believe it prevented me from going deeper into the doubt. 

Probably up until this week, I had stopped talking to God consistently. I would say some prayers here and there, but I was not spending time or reading my Bible. You may ask why…. I’ve been asking God for some specific things in my life and they are yet to come to pass. Do I think they will? Yes, I do; however, this waiting period is HARD and I’ve gotten weary. 

Let me make sure to clarify something. I am actually in a REALLY GOOD place in my life. I am HAPPY, BLESSED and I’m living a life that I’ve dreamt about for years, but that does not mean I don’t have other desires. Please believe I do, and I think I will always have desires of the heart no matter where I find myself in life. 

Anyway, something shifted in me this week. I began to listen to gospel music and read my devotional which I had not done consistently in weeks. I also started to take some time out in the morning to pray. My circumstances have not changed but I am happy to be back on track with God. 

Sometimes I find myself having to be strong when I go to God, pretending that my heart’s desires are not that important, but I have learned over the years that He can handle my raw feelings, which is what I have been sharing with Him again. I do not have anything drawing me to spend time with God or read my Bible consistently, and honestly? A lot of the time, I don’t feel like it. I would rather snooze, but I have learned in life that it is not about my feelings. My feelings are always going to change. There are some things in life that I have to do regardless of how I feel and this is one of them. 

I need to make this a routine and habit and I know that it will stick. I am believing that nothing is wasted with God. My time is not wasted. My energy and efforts are not wasted. My tears are not wasted with God. I am here to encourage you today that whatever you are trusting in God for or waiting on Him to do, don’t lose faith. Keep showing up. Keep showing up like you do for that job despite hating it. Keep showing up like you do to the gym, dragging and complaining but when you are done you are so glad you went. I want to believe that is how God will meet you at the point of your needs. You may kick, scream, cry, whine, complain and not believe in the beginning, but on the other side of this desire, He will show up and show out. What other option is there?

Please let me know if you need someone to stand with you in prayer or just be a listening ear. I am here for it! We can encourage each other on this journey of faith. 

Till next time.

Love always,




Skye has been home now for about two weeks and let me tell you, it has been a crazy two weeks. Before we get into that, let me take you back…all the way back, lol. 

So probably about a year ago, I had a coworker bring her puppy to work and I instantly fell in love. I have always wanted a small puppy but I am slightly afraid of dogs. As a child, we never had pets except for maybe a fish, so I was not familiar with dogs, plus my mom was (and still is) very afraid of dogs and maybe she just instilled that fear into us. 

Anyway, on to me wanting a small dog – you know, a small dog you put in your purse and take with you everywhere. 

I was never in the position to have one until now. About two or three years ago, I shared a dog with an ex of mine and I was in love with that puppy. We rescued him when he was about 10 weeks old after he was left outside someone’s house. I put so much time, energy and money into that dog but unfortunately, when we broke up, the puppy had to stay with the ex. Reason being I was living at home with my parents and as I stated earlier, my mom is afraid of dogs. 

Fast forward to a few years later. While looking for a house, I knew I was going to get a dog as well. So, I contacted the breeder just so I could get information about how the process worked and what kind of dogs were available. I put my name on a waiting listing in July 2020 and then in November, I received a message from the breeder stating there were puppies available. Unfortunately (but fortunately, really), the timing didn’t work out and I passed on that litter as my original house (story for another day) would not have been ready at that time.  

I received another message from the breeder in December and he told me three puppies would be ready to go home late January or early February, which was perfect timing. I would have closed on my house by that time and would have been living there for about a month. 

He sent over a series of photos of different dogs to choose from. I had always wanted a boy puppy because I did not want to deal with a girl pup’s “heat.” However, when I scrolled through all the pictures, the girl puppy was the one that caught my eye. I kept going back and forth but I couldn’t help but come right back to her. I spoke to a few friends and I decided to go with the girl and will deal with the “heat” when that time comes.

Now to getting her home. I guess I didn’t think this part out well. I knew she was out of state; however, I figure they could put her on a plane and send her to Houston…WRONG! I had two options at this time: 1. Fly to get her, or 2. Hire a flight nanny (yes, this is a real thing). I was leaning toward option two for several reasons. I am a nervous flyer – can you imagine a nervous, inexperienced puppy mom flyer + a crying puppy on a plane? I couldn’t. It gave me lots of anxiety. So, flight nanny it was! My girl is already a diva. 

Being super organized, I hired a flight nanny weeks in advice and all I had to do was get all of the puppy’s stuff ready. I had her crate, bed, toys, clothes and food. Two days before she was supposed to arrive in Houston, the flight nanny cancelled. Then I was scrambling to find another one a day before she was supposed to be home, and no one could guarantee their services. However, her sweet uncle (my brother) decided to go get her. Literally he was on a flight three hours later to Indiana; he spent the night there and brought her home to Texas the next day. He lives about 1.5 hours from me so we agreed that it would be best to keep her with him for the night. I was so sad but it was best for everyone, especially my brother who had a long journey to get her. I will skip over some minor details but please know there were tears involved, lol. 

My brother brought her home to me on Saturday morning, February 13, 2021 and I have been in love ever since. This little girl is so pretty and smart, I can’t deal. I named her Skye after the Paw Patrol, with the help of my nephews, and her auntie gave her the Yoruba name, which means “mine is wealth.” 

Minutes after she arrived home!!

As many of you know, Texas experienced an ice storm a few days later and our whole routine was off. We had to move to my sister’s house because I lost power but a day or two later, my sister lost power as well. At this point, we had no choice other than to go to my grandparents’ house. 

Do you remember I said my mom was afraid of dogs? Well, she got over that fear and let Skye come over. My mom let Skye run freely in the house…so free that she even chased my mom, lol. We were very grateful for the warmth and shelter. 

We take frequent naps especially during the winter storm.

These past two weeks have been very interesting but I am enjoying every moment with Skye. We are making progress with potty training, even though we struggled terribly in the beginning.

Skye is a cavapoo, which a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and toy poodle. She is very active, determined, super smart and she loves to cuddle. As I sit here writing this, she is crawling all over me. She had her very first vet appointment and she is super healthy! Who would have thought I would be talking about a dog like this?

If you are needing any information on the breeder, I cannot recommend them enough…they were MORE THAN AMAZING! Visit Puppies by Design. Thanks, Matt! 

Enjoy some pictures I have taken of her and look out for more because y’all, I think I’m obsessed. 

She’s already a pro at posing!!

Till next time. 

Love always, 


Surviving COVID-19


As you read this, I am probably either on my way to pick up my new puppy or I have her already. Either way, send help and prayers. We both are going to need them, especially tonight. I can guarantee that at least one of us will be crying tonight lol. 

How has the week been? Mine’s been busy as usual. Thank you all for the continued support on this blog; it means the world to me!

If I am completely honest, I struggle with the content of this blog. My niche is lifestyle but at the same time, I want to keep some aspect of privacy to my life. I love sharing things, but I also struggle with what to share exactly. Last year I had a pretty good schedule where I posted one fashion post, one music post and one or two motivational posts a month; however, this year I think I want to do something different. 

I love my fashion – I am not always the trendiest, but I love what I love. So, fashion posts are staying. I am not too sure about the music posts. 

Also, the motivational posts, the thing about those is that your girl is needing her own motivation during these times. I can honestly say that everyone’s faith has been tested in the last year and I don’t know if I have the energy to be motivational. Don’t get me wrong; I am very happy with my life but my faith has definitely been tested over this last year. 

Yes, I know I spoke about a podcast like 50 million times last year and I really spoke about it because I figured if I said it, I had to keep my word, but I am not feeling that idea after all. I am currently toying with another avenue; however, I am going to keep that to myself just in case the same thing that happened with the podcast happens again. All this to say, be patient with me while I try to figure out the direction I want this blog to go in. 

On to this week’s topic: surviving COVID-19. So, I tested positive for Covid the day before Thanksgiving (look at God). Everyone else in my family was negative thankfully and we did not gather for Thanksgiving! For about a week prior to testing positive, I had been feeling really tired and had also noticed some shortness of breath, but I attributed the fatigue to being EXTREMELY busy and overwhelmed at work and not getting adequate sleep. The shortness of breath I attributed to being out of shape, even though I have been consistently working out for months. 

The week prior, I took a Covid test to try to rule that out and it was negative. At this point, I was desperate to find an answer. I had labs drawn and actually booked an appointment with a hematologist because my iron levels came back low. Instead of slowing down, I just continued to work through the symptoms. I was drinking one or two cups of coffee a day and still yawning throughout my day and going to bed before 9pm. In my mind, it had to be the low iron levels because I had already tested negative for Covid and I had no other symptoms. 

That Wednesday, I woke up at 4:30am like I usually do. I went to the gym around 5am and STRUGGLED through my workout. It was leg day and I normally am pretty good at leg day (upper body is a different story). I had pain in areas that shouldn’t have been hurting on leg day and I was exhausted but I pushed through it. I came home, got in the shower and went back to sleep for another two hours (something new that started the week prior due to the extreme exhaustion). 

When I woke up, I got ready for work. That morning, my mom was in the kitchen and I was talking to her and she asked me what was wrong with my voice. She had noticed it was a little raspy. I told her it was nothing, maybe allergies. I don’t have allergies but apparently after living in Houston for a long time, you can develop allergies. 

I got in my car and started driving to work. When I drive, I jam hard to my favorite music without a care in the world. This morning was not different; I got in my car and I was jamming to my favorite song at the time but my voice kept going out. 

Hmmmm, I thought to myself, I need a warm drink to help that. I stopped and got a coffee and went on my way to work. As I got to work and was settling in for my shift, my head started hurting. I NEVER get headaches so this caught my attention, but I also tried to rationalize it by saying my Aunt Flo was in town and it could be the cause of the headache. Actually, all the symptoms could have been related to that. I am always tired when she’s in town. 

Luckily, I decided to pay closer attention and got tested again, which led me to the positive results. At the time, I lived with my parents so I was more worried about them and what I had potentially exposed them to. Thankfully, they were fine. 

I spent 10 days in a lovely hotel, which was actually relaxing. My symptoms were mild: fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell, body aches, headache and congestion. I did not require hospitalization but there was a night that I thought I would because I was so short of breath, but thankfully that improved by the next morning.  

Here are some things I did to recover:

  1. Lots of rest! I did work three out of the 10 days I was in quarantine, but the other days, I laid around and rested. 
  2. Lots of fluids like water and teas (lemon and ginger).
  3. Supplements, including vitamins C, D and the Bs, plus zinc. 
  4. Tylenol for the headaches and body aches. 

I honestly did not eat a whole lot because I lost my appetite and couldn’t taste much, so I lost a few pounds, but I gained all of that back when my taste and smell returned a few weeks later. I am thankful for my supportive friends and family who were praying and checking up on me during that time. 

I know my story is not everyone’s story, which is the scary thing about this virus. It is so unpredictable. Continue to stay safe, wash hands, wear a mask and social distance as much as possible. Continue to reach out to your own medical professional (NOT ME) for advice on symptoms and get vaccinated when it’s available to you. I am fully vaccinated, but I still take all the necessary precautions. I know many people are hesitant about the vaccine and please believe, I was also, but I did my research and I also did it for my patients. I cannot recommend that they do something that I myself would not do. It is out of hope for a much bigger future and fewer deaths from this ridiculous virus. 

I thank God for keeping me during these hard and unpredictable times. I am fully recovered from Covid and the only lingering effect that I experienced is insomnia, but that has been corrected with melatonin. I will try to get myself off it eventually. 

For more information about the vaccine, click here.

I documented a little bit of my experience in videos below. 

November 27, 2020

November 28, 2020

Later on November 28, 2020

Till next time. 

Love always, 


Happy 2021 (One month late…)

Yes, I know it has been a few months since I last posted and honestly, I forgot the login to my account. I initially planned to take a few months off and start back on my birthday; however, life happened. Life just got busy and blogging was no longer a priority. 

Since we haven’t spoken in so long, how was the rest of your year? 2020 was definitely a year. It was good, it was bad and it was everything in between. I am glad I made it alive and well through 2020. 

Well, let me catch you up on a few things. I had Covid in November. Thankfully I had mild symptoms, but symptoms nonetheless. No one else in my family was sick and I didn’t require hospitalization. We can go into my Covid experience a little later. 

In December, I had a birthday! I turned 33 and if you know anything about me, I love my birthday! This birthday was very different because I did not have a big celebration; however, it was truly a GOOD birthday and I was happy. My heart was content and I truly felt loved. I remember driving to my massage appointment on my birthday and thinking, I feel so loved today! I thank God for that! 

In January, I bought my first home! Yes, you read that right, Your girl is a homeowner and I LOVE it! I love my home and can’t wait to decorate and take you all on that journey. 

And just a sneak preview because I can’t keep it in any longer: Next week, I will be a puppy mom for the second time (story for another day). I cannot wait! I will share more about my puppy in a few weeks. 

The last update is that I created a separate IG account for my blog. I was very hesitant about this because I don’t want to manage two accounts, but I also don’t want to bombard people with blog stuff on my personal IG page if they are not interested. So, go follow my page @lovealwaysshayo. Thank you to everyone already following! I was hoping to keep it quiet for a while and have some content uploaded before announcing that I created a new page, but IG couldn’t keep the secret. 

Before I go, remember how I told you all that I loved by birthday? Well, I love it so much I decided to do a photo shoot! I know I am sharing the pictures a month later but it’s better late than never! 

P.S.: My locs are six months old this month. Can you believe that? And I did my first style at four months and I loved it!

Enjoy the pictures and expect more fashion pictures from me.

Skirt by Oyemwen

Till next time. 

Love always, 



By Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Happy Friday, friends.

Tasha Cobbs Leonard is one of my favorite gospel singers – her voice is amazing!! I love praising and worshiping with her! Her energy is EVERYTHING!!!

So, when I first heard the song “Move,” it spoke directly to my heart (and still does) because this is my heart’s desire. I desire God’s way in every aspect of my life. 

As you may already know, I am a planner and it is hard sometimes for me to let God lead or have His way in my life without trying to intervene. As Tasha Cobbs Leonard perfectly said, we need to “throw away our agendas.” I wake up daily and try to throw away my agenda and ask God to take the lead. I try my hardest to “move out the way” to make room for HIM to move! As the song says, when He moves, peace, joy, love, justice and much more come in! 

I was reminded this week that I don’t need to take everything into my hands to obtain justice for or fight against every injustice I have experienced. I can take it to God and He will handle it, and believe me, He showed me this week that He will do just that! The funny thing is that I want certain outcomes for these situations, but God always rises above my pettiness and gives me much more than I could have even asked for (praise Him).

I challenge you this week to throw away your agenda and ask God what He would ask you to do. I think starting each day out this way could really change the outcome of the day. If you don’t know where to start, you can begin by playing this song on repeat and I promise it will put you in the right mindset.

Enjoy the song “Move” by Tasha Cobbs Leonard! Check out her other songs as well – let me know if you need recommendations.

**** Unbeknownst to me, she dropped her new album today, ROYALTY!****

What do you do to start your day off on the right foot?

Till next time. 

Love always, 


Self-Image & A Sexy Outfit

This time last year, I could not have taken a picture like this or seen a picture of myself without being so critical of myself. 

  1. I am too fat
  2. I look terrible
  3. Do you see this or that? 
  4. I hate the way I look… 

This year… Baby! I look at pictures of myself and I am in love! My sisters have actually said I am a little too confident now. You know what, I will take that. Do you know why? I put in the work! I had to love myself all over again or actually for the first time. I had to be torn down so I could be put back together again. When I look in the mirror daily, I see me and I love me. I don’t look in the mirror hoping someone will not notice these flaws I have and still love me or hope that someone will love me enough so that I took can love me. Nope, I love myself unconditionally. What work did I put in?


Y’all are going to get tired of year this, but I have been in therapy regularly for over 1 year. I was challenged at the beginning of 2019 to give therapy a chance for 1 year and I have never regretted it (thanks sis). Okay that’s a lie, I regretted 1-3 times when I was with the wrong therapist for me (that’s the nicest way to put it). But since I found my current therapist, my life has been so much better! 

When I first started therapy, I was going every single week because, Girl I needed it. I was in the middle of a crisis you can say and I needed help handling it. Over the next few months, I started to space my sessions out to every 2 weeks, then 3 weeks and now I go every 1-2 months depending on what’s going on. I don’t think I need therapy as much as I did over a year ago; however, I want to keep going for now to make sure I am checking in and working on areas that I still need to grow in. In therapy, I have discussed my childhood, past and present day issues. My therapist, has given me homework, she has challenged me and helped me with unpacking (thanks Khe for this phrase) a multitude of things. Do I recommend therapy? Absolutely! Ask my friends, I tell everyone to go!

Diet and Exercise 

I did not like how I looked physically, so I got up and changed that. I started to exercise more regularly. I still cannot say I LOVE working out but I can say I really love what it does for my body and mind. I never really understood how much exercise effects your mood until I started to experience it for myself. It seriously is a big pick me up that everyone should experience. Y’all, even Harvard agrees. So if Harvard says it is true, it has to be legit! As far as my diet, I am still vegan and I love it. You can read about it on my previous post but eating healthier as helped with the changes in my body as well. 

Next week, I will go into more detail about what my quiet time looks like. For now, let’s get on to this outfit. All you need to do is put some shoes on, minimal jewelry like I have on and call it a night. Fun for girl’s night out or date night.

Enjoy the pictures! And let me know if you recreate this outfit. The whole outfit is from Zara (except the Kendra Scott earrings).

Earrings: Kendra Scott

Till next time, 

Love always, 


The Lies You Tell…

Disclaimer before we start, I don’t know the answers to many questions in life. In fact, I am learning each and every day. My goal with this platform is to share my life, struggles and to let you know that you are not the only person that has those thoughts (or maybe I am the only person that has some of these thoughts 🤷🏿‍♀️). 

Dress- Express, Shoes- Zara and Earrings- Kendra Scott

One area I HAVE struggled with is listening to lies about myself. Thankful it is not an area I struggle with as much anymore but sometimes this bad habit sneaks it’s ugly rear head around that time of the month (ladies, y’all know what I am talking about). Am I the only person that is so hard, mean and downright ugly to themselves around a particular time of the month? Even my dreams are horrible around that time… we are still praying for deliverance in this area. But I will say that I have started to notice this bad habit so I catch it early on and stop it right there in its tracks and return to sender, the enemy (the devil, I don’t have enemies on this earth). 

You may be thinking, what on earth is she talking about? I am just talking about  negative thoughts. Why is it so easy for us to believe the negative things people say about us or the negative things we say about ourselves? Why do we believe the enemy’s lies more than we believe the truth God speaks over our life? Why do I hear the negative talk of the enemy so LOUDLY and effortlessly but I can have to work so hard to hear God’s voice (just me?)? 

I can run down a list of things people (and myself) have said about me that I have believed at one point in my life. 

  1. I am fat
  2. I am not a good friend
  3. I am too emotional 
  4. Nobody will want to be with me because of… (multitude of  the reasonings). 
  5. I am not good enough

Just to name a few…

I am not sure why I have outgrown those thoughts, 

Is it that I am older and wiser? 

More self-aware?

Have I seen these people’s true colors and realize they have no right to place judgment on me?

Realized that these people do not know me and I know myself better than them?

Or is it that I just don’t care what people have to say?

Whatever the reasoning, I am doing better and I do not dwell on these thoughts for long periods of time like I have done in the past. Don’t get me wrong, like I said above, around the time of the month, my whole life sucks (Lol), yes I am being dramatic, but that’s how it feels like at times but thankfully I have acquired tools to fight these thoughts/ issues.  

Some of these tools include; 

  1. Therapy
  2. My Tribe- Surrounding myself with people that truly love me and speak life into me. 
  3. Quiet time- Reading my Bible, praying and listening to God. 
  4. Stop comparison 
  5. Knowing the truth 

Over the next month, I will be going into more detail about some of these various tools so look out for them. 

I hope they bless you in one way or another.

Till next time, 

Love always, 


Oneyka (Baby)

by Burna Boy

If you are into Afrobeats, then you know that the month of August was FIRE! In case you did not know, Burna Boy, Maleek Berry, Adekunle Gold and Fireboy DML all dropped albums. Mind you, there may be others; however, these are the ones I was made aware of. I am still trying to listen to Adekunle Gold and Fireboy DML because I cannot stop listening to Burna Boy and Maleek Berry. 

This month’s song is by the one and only Burna Boy! I have to be honest – I have not been a day one Burna Boy fan. It’s not because I didn’t like his music; I just never really listened to an entire album until last year. I mean, I knew popular songs but I probably couldn’t tell you what he looked like. Last year, I saw him in concert, and I was blown away and can now spot him ANYWHERE. I had such a good time at the concert that I will go to every other concert he has. 

I really, truly enjoyed the “African Giant” album last year before I went the concert but loved it even more after the show. So, when I saw he was dropping another album this year, I was sold! “Twice as Tall” did not disappoint AT ALL. It is hard for me to pick one song that I love this month because I literally love all of them, but since I have to pick just one, I would choose “Onyeka (Baby)” because it makes me dance and he’s talking about toasting a babe. If you haven’t listened to the album, what are you waiting on? Go listen to it. 

This song makes me want someone to sing a song about me; in fact, I will settle for a song with my name in it that is not referring to alcohol, lol. Enjoy the song!

Till next time. 

Love always, 


I Did a Thing…

We are just going to ignore the fact that I have not posted in over a month and act like I never left. 😬 I have been doing well, life just got busy, mostly with work, but I am grateful. 

So, I did a thing. I stated my loc journey on August 18th and I am in love. For those who do not know, I have wanted locs for over a year now, but before we get there, let’s start with my natural hair journey.  

I big chopped for the first time in 2009 and about a year later, I went back to creamy crack. I then big chopped for the second time in January 2019. At the time, I went to a salon for just the hair cut; however, I started talking to the stylist about starting locs. She told me that starting locs was easy and she could start mine then and there. I was all for it. 

As the weeks went on, I did not love them because of the lack of uniformity, and I felt they were too big. So, I took the twists out and I decided I wanted to play in my loose natural hair, so that’s what I did for the last 19 months. 

However, for the last month or two, I started thinking about locs again but I was worried about the “ugly” phase (although, in actuality, there is no ugly phase). It wasn’t until one of my friends recently started her locs that I became OBSSESSED and had to join the journey. 

So, the morning of August 18th, I went to Obey The Crown here in Houston, Texas, and Bri started my locs. I just knew before I got there that it would be an all-day affair because I wanted micro locs; however, Bri was so focused and we finished in just four hours. I was so in love. 

I cannot wait to see what this loc journey has in store for me. Despite my hair being so short, I feel so beautiful! I will be providing monthly updates on my hair!! Here is what my hair looked like four days after starting my locs. 

In the wake of what is happening in our society, in regard to police brutality and the BLM movement, I pray that justice will be served and our society will start to see REAL change. 

Thank you to Bri Dezel for the pictures and GFayDesigns for the beautiful facebeat! 

Till next time. 

Love always, 


I Am Now Vegan

Hey guys! Yes, you read that correctly! It has been about three (maybe four) months since I had animal products. 

In the interest of transparency, I have had dairy a handful of times in the last few months, mostly on accident as there’s a learning curve, except that I have a weakness for these cookies (you can thank me later) that I have not been able to give up yet.

Let’s start out by discussing what it means to be vegan. From my research, there are different levels of veganism. According to Wikipedia, there are dietary vegans who eat a plant-based diet and refrain from consuming meats, dairy products or any product that comes from an animal. Then you have your ethical vegan, who is essentially a dietary vegan who also carries the “no animals” philosophy into other aspects of life. For example, avoiding purchasing clothes that contain feathers, fur, leather and wool. As well as avoiding activities that exploit animals such as animals shows, fishing or hunting. 

Another definition, according to the Vegan Society:

“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. There are many ways to embrace vegan living. Yet one thing all vegans have in common is a plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey – as well as avoiding animal-derived materials, products tested on animals and places that use animals for entertainment.”

Now that you have a better understanding of what veganism is, you may be wondering WHY I decided to go vegan. It was quite simple – I want to eat healthier. There are many ways to eat a well-balanced, “heathy” diet without being so extreme, but it started off as a way to challenge myself to eat more fruits and veggies, and then it took off from there after I truly started to enjoy it. 

Which of those categories do I fall into? Right now, I am just a dietary vegan, but that may change in the future.

You may also be wondering if I did this to lose weight. Not really. With lots of diets, you can find an unhealthy version. An example of that is with the keto diet, you can eat “dirty,” with your meals consisting of highly processed packaged foods high in fat. Yes, you can still lose weight on that diet but there are health risks associated with it. With veganism, I could eat lots of carbs such as potatoes, rice, chips and very little veggies and I would still be considered vegan; however, I have made a very conscious effort to eat wholesome foods, which has resulted in me cooking ALL of my meals, and I have truly enjoyed it. 

Next question I get a lot: What do you eat? What don’t you eat? I am not a picky eater so finding things to eat has not been a problem. There are so many fruits and veggies that I would not normally pick at the grocery store that now I reach for. I have learnt a lot about recipes and foods from YouTube and a few cookbooks have been quite helpful. 

The other questions I receive include, “Are you still vegan?” and “How long is this going to last?” I don’t know. I will do this until I don’t feel like doing it. There is no pressure; I am truly enjoying it at this time, so I have no plans to stop. 

Some of the YouTubers I’ve been watching lately are:

  1. The Nigerian Vegan 
  2. avantgardevegan
  3. SweetPotatoSoul (Thanks to my sister for buying me her cookbook!!)
  4. Rachel Ama  (She’s pregnant so she has not been as active on YouTube.)
  5. Caitlin Shoemaker 
  6. Jaclyn Forbes
  7. Simply Quinoa
  8. Amanda Ducks 
  9. Veggiekins
  10. Plantiful Kiki 

I guess this post would be somewhat underwhelming if I didn’t include a before and after picture. Keep in mind I started exercising prior to the COVID-19 chronicles but I have not been all that consistent with exercising lately, although I did recently purchase a bike 😊.  

Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that even though I am a health professional, you need to seek the advice of your personal medical professional before starting any kind of diet or lifestyle change. This is extremely important because our health histories will be different and what works for me may be more harmful for you. 

On to the pictures, so enjoy. ( I wish I had better quality pictures but I don’t 🤪 and I don’t weigh myself, EVER)

Left: January 1st 2020. Middle: March 2020. Right: June 2020 (same shorts as in the March picture).

Till next time.

Love Always,