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10 Month Lock Update: Dryness, Dull locks, Best Hair Teas

Hey Mocha Family,

I am super excited this month because at I am really close to the one year mark!  I've adapted to my locks and now that the proverbial pot is no longer being watched, time seems to be flying!  This month's video is all about my renewed love of hair teas and how I am combating dryness, while staying away from oils.



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Situations Where Depression May be Experienced

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I am using the term depression loosely.  Many people associate sadness and having a bad day with depression, but depression is a serious clinical condition with specific symptoms.  I am using this language in an effort to effectively communicate with the average person with no clinical background. Since people can experience a significant number of the symptoms associated with depression I thought it fair to use the term.



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Summer Vacation Family Vlog | Hiking in Bear Country

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I've been stepping out of my comfort zone more and more lately.  When I'm old, I want to be satisfied that I lived and wasn't afraid to try things.  So many people have told me not to fear wild animals because they are shy of humans, but I've watched too many movies.  I was a little nervous, but after seeing so many people come off the trail, I decided that nothing was stopping me from experiencing God's marvelous creation.  I hope you enjoy the video.  The views were even more gorgeous in real life.



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Can You Be Depressed and Not Know It? My Story

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Lately I want to sing, "I can see clearly now the rain is gone! I can see all the obstacles in my way!" I had no idea I was struggling so much until the struggle was gone.  How can a person be depressed and not know it?  Looking back, the depression is obvious, but at the time I found so many other plausible explanations.

Recording this video caused me a measure of discomfort.  I'm a recovering perfectionist who is learning to embrace weakness.  I'm hoping that by sharing my story someone else can find the freedom by getting help.  I thought I had to accept my symptoms because I'm getting older.  What a lie!  My best years are possibly ahead!



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9 Month Lock Update | What I am Learning in the Teenage Lock Stage

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I get a little introspective during this video, but I really wanted to talk about where my hair peace comes from.  I have noticed that once we reach our natural hair goals, and master working with our hair, we can get bored.  I am very familiar with that restless feeling of wanting a change or being tired of the routine and styling patterns we've established.  The flip side may be struggling to ever come to a place of satisfaction with grooming and styling and concluding that natural hair just isn't working.  I'd like to save anyone who is struggling the trouble of making the mistakes I did.  At the end of the day, I prefer my natural hair even when it has meant transitioning and big chopping multiple times.



I hope you enjoy the video!



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What I Eat in a Day: Intermittent Fasting (IF) 16:8

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My body has adapted really well to an eight hour eating window and sixteen hours of fasting, much of which happens while I sleep.  As I shared in last week's video, I started playing around with Intermittent Fasting in January of this year.  There has been lots of trial and error since there are so many variations to try.  I walk you through all of my meals in this video and hope you'll find it as helpful as I did when I was trying to figure out what would work best for me.



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Does Intermittent Fasting Work? My Story

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Have you ever heard insanity defined as doing the same thing over and over, while expecting a different result?  That was me. Despite my troubling symptoms, I continued to eat in the same way day by day. I am so grateful for our yearly progressive fast (every January), and finally being able to consider the possibility that I should try something radically different.



Intermittent fasting is being discussed regularly on Youtube.  I was able to find a slew of videos along with articles online.  In fact, the volume of information may be overwhelming.  Since January, I've been trying a number of variations of when to eat and fast.  I have finally found my sweet spot.  I share about it all candidly in this longer than usual video.



Initially, I was hesitant to reveal so much because of the controversy around choosing not to eat.  As a social work professional, I know all about eating disorders and the dangers of developing a distorted body image.  My journey is about …