When I started Happily Ever Natural I was going through a lot in my life. At that time didn’t really have any hobbies that were of interest to me. In 2009 I began my natural hair journey and in 2012 I decided to document it through blogging. Writing was so cathartic for me. Blogging was an outlet for me to express myself creatively. I will admit that at the time I had no idea what a blog was or if anybody would read mine, but I didn’t let that stop me from sharing my experiences. If I only helped one person, that would have been more than I expected. I began to give advice and share tips and tricks about my different experiences with my natural hair.

When I first started my blog I met a woman in Walmart who was on the fence about going natural. We were both in the aisle looking at hair products and she turned and asked me what products I thought she should get to help her dry hair retain moisture. I gave her my blog information and told her that I shared tips and tutorials about natural hair. I told her to subscribe to my blog so that she would get my latest posts and we went our separate ways.

A year later I randomly ran into that same woman at the same Walmart. How crazy is that? She recognized me and immediately gave me a hug and thanked me. She said that I helped her over the last year with her natural hair. When she began her journey she was discouraged and frustrated with trying to find styles and products that worked for her hair.  She explained that my blog, Happily Ever Natural, not only educated her but also inspired her to be confident throughout her journey.  She expressed gratitude to have met me during her trip to Walmart the year before and I was so overjoyed that my blog helped her. After that meeting I was actually inspired to learn even more and expand on different social media platforms, so that I could reach more women. For me, blogging isn’t about being popular or making money; it’s about helping other women. I felt so fulfilled at that moment.

Over the years I have been able to share my knowledge and experiences with women from around the world. When I receive emails from women seeking advice about their natural hair, I am reminded that I am fulfilling my purpose. The primary goal of Happily Ever Natural is to empower women to be confident, courageous, and unique. It makes me feel really good to know that I am doing just that through my platform.

I never imagined that sharing my own experiences with natural hair would turn into something that is continuing to help others. I plan to continue to educate, inspire, and empower women using my platform.

How have you been inspired through your natural hair journey? What has helped you along the way?