Day at the Park

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Click any of the photos above to watch our day at the park!

Photography by Crystal Iman — April 2017

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Day at the Park

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cowrie

I’ve been incorporating cowrie shells and gold cuffs into my hairstyles lately. In my opinion, not only are the shells beautiful but they play a fascinating role in our history.

Did you know that cowrie shells are considered to represent womanhood and fertility because of their vulva shape? They are also viewed as symbols of healing, protection, the power of destiny, and wealth.

It’s said that many slaves carried the shells, onto the plantations of southeastern America, from the coast to remind them of their African lives and identity. Interestingly enough, European slave traders also bought slaves using cowrie shells as currency.

— Crystal Iman

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18 Things I Would Tell My 18-Yr-Old Self

I thought it would be interesting to reflect on 18 things I would tell my 18-yr-old self.

This list is in no particular order.

  1. God is truly your best friend.
  2. Mother knows best 99.9% of the time.
  3. Know your worth. You are phenomenal!
  4. Be confident.
  5. It’s okay if you don’t fit in.
  6. Don’t be gullible. Be book smart and street smart.
  7. Spend more time with family.
  8. Stop stressing.
  9. Drink more water.
  10. Your acne will get better.
  11. Create more art.
  12. Read more.
  13. Know more about what’s happening in your community.
  14. Be careful who you trust. Every relationship is not for you — some are only for a season.
  15. Don’t make a permanent decision based on a temporary emotion.
  16. Don’t waste time.
  17. Be more appreciative of how blessed you are.
  18. Enjoy your youth!

Note: This list has a few great tips and/or reminders that can be applied at any age.

Proverbs 2:6-8

Crystal Iman

18 Things I Would Tell My 18-Yr-Old Self

While Waiting

I’m currently in the process of creating my home office/studio space. Until everything is complete, I’m pretty much without the ability to paint or be as free as I would like to be creatively. The following sketches were done during my lunch break with a no.2 pencil and copy paper. I’m definitely anxious to do more. The wait shouldn’t be much longer.

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While Waiting

Free Printable Coloring Pages

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Pull your crayons or markers out and have art time with your little one!

I recently created a few coloring pages for my daughter, and I thought it would be cool to offer them to everyone here on my site. After all, sharing is caring.

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Click Here to Download and/or Print Coloring Page 1

Click Here to Download and/or Print Coloring Page 2

Free Printable Coloring Pages

Procrastination.

A while ago I read a great quote, by Leonardo Da Vinci, that says, “…people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

There are numerous times that I’ve held myself back due to procrastination. It’s nobody’s fault but my own for not following through with things left undone, especially when it comes to my artwork. But, I have managed to have a brighter outlook, and I’m vivaciously working toward completing my new goals.

You don’t want to be your own biggest downfall. You can’t be afraid of failure, and you can’t be afraid to fail if you haven’t tried.

FYI, I’m the person that will do loads of research before getting started on a new venture. And of course, I’ll stumble over text that will stand out and make me rethink everything about my “bright idea”. But, then I have to remember to not be afraid to take risks.

Stop finding excuses to not get things done and just do it! Once you have outlined what it is that you’re jumping into, it’s time for you to make your move. You should know better than anyone else your strengths and weaknesses. You’ve done the research. You’ve studied the greats. What’s holding you back now?

Try completing something you started but found an excuse not to finish. Today, I challenge you to jump over the roadblock that’s holding you back from running full steam ahead.

Your time is now!

Thank you for reading. Please comment and share with your friends and family.

– Crystal Iman

Ps. It’s great to be resourceful, but don’t share your ideas or aspirations with everyone. Practice some discretion. There will be people in life that aren’t always happy for you – just being honest.

 

Procrastination.

Early Terrible Twos?

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Ugh. It was bound to happen. Right?!

She hasn’t always acted so defiant.

Her falling and rolling on the floor in tears is the last thing I want to deal with.

I think it’s time to show her who’s boss, because it’s definitely not her in her little 2T pants.

I’m guessing that she’s hit her “Terrible Twos” and she’s not even two-years-old yet! But hey, 18-months is close enough.

Woosah! This behavior is considered normal.

My daughter Kimani Lee is at the age where she’s talking, but she can’t quite articulate everything she wants to say. Therefore, she gets frustrated with me when I don’t understand her.

But her screaming and crying…  No ma’am. Not today.

Honestly, I just think at times that she’s trying to test her limits, but Kimani needs to understand that my rules are to be followed.

I encourage exploration. I want Kimani to have fun while learning and further develop her imagination. But there are boundaries set for her protection. Even if it’s not safety related, there is a reason behind everything. I’m sure the lesson of “Mama knows best” will never get old in our household.

I have to put everything into perspective. She’s actively testing her newfound mobilities to navigate in this big world. And I will have to be consistent and remain patient, because this is common behavior for toddlers at this stage.

This is all part of her growing independence. My baby isn’t quite a baby anymore.

Thank you for reading. Please comment and share with your friends and family.

– Crystal Iman

 

Early Terrible Twos?