I Love Myself: Identity

Ahhh … identity. It’s comprised of so many factors and makes us label ourselves. Which some people like and others don’t.

I personally think labels have helped me find a sense of self.

I’m a cis Latinx woman who identifies as pansexual.

(No, I am not sexually attracted to pans) Like some of my family members like to tease me about.

I struggled with my identity up until my junior year of high school.

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I Love Myself: And I Love My Hair

So I mentioned in a previous blog post about dyeing my hair fun colors and how it tested my confidence.

Well what I didn’t notice until a year of dyeing my hair was that my curls began to flatten.

So March 2017 I decided to stop dyeing my hair. Since then I have only used heat on my hair twice.

I started using products for curly hair and I started trimming off damaged hair and at some point started giving myself curly girl haircuts. Which is basically cutting your dry and cutting into the crook of a curl to help it bounce.

I also started using a diffuser when I have time, so about twice a month I’ll use it with cool air and it helps define my curls and give it volume. A diffuser is an attachment you add to a blow dryer.

I also bought a hair pick which also helps make my hair more voluminous.

I also use products that are free from chemicals like sulfate.

I can definitely see that hair has repaired a lot through this curly hair journey, but it definitely still has a long way to go. I’m still trying out new products and learning what works for my hair.

I normally wear my hair in a hat or ponytail because it gets hot walking on campus. But when I find the time, I try to wear my curls out.

Hair Journey:

 

Hair Products:

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I Love Myself: Although It Took Some Help

Truthfully, loving myself didn’t happen overnight. And it surely didn’t happen on my own.

I owe a lot of my self-love to falling in love.

I fell in love with Brandt as a 17-year-old. I’m sure I’ll go into detail about him in some other blog post.

But essentially, through loving him I began to see some qualities that I didn’t realize I had.

I began to see how caring and persistent I am.

How I laugh really loud and take breaths in between each laugh.

How I like to do the opposite of what I’m told to do.

I learned that I might hesitate to try something new, but nevertheless I’ll try it.

I learned that I love freckles and that I get excited to count them.

I learned that when I want something I’m going to find a way to get it.

I began to fall in love with myself through Brandt’s eyes. And I think that’s the best way I can describe coming to terms with who I am.

Sounds more poetic than I anticipated it to, but I can honestly say I’m happy and comfortable in my own skin.

I love it and most of all — I love myself.

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With that being said, here’s a pic of me looking awkward but still cute. #GetYouSomebodyWhoCanDoBoth

I Love Myself: Skin Care

I’ve had acne since I was about 13 years old.

I would describe my skin as oily to combination, depending on the time of year it is.

Generally in the Summer my skin is more oily and in the Winter it’s more dry.

I’ve seen dermatologists and I would get prescribed creams, like Epiduo.

They would irritate my skin and even make it burn.

At some point I gave up on trying to have clear skin and I didn’t take care of it. I had never heard of a toner, moisturizer or even putting oil on your skin.

So about a year ago, I decided to do some research and try different techniques.

I started to use natural products, like African black soap and oils.

I used apple cider vinegar for a little over a year and realized that while it helps tone my skin, it also makes me have more redness.

I also learned that most of my breakouts are triggered by lack of sleep and certain foods. I’m not ready to give up cheese, but I’ve stopped drinking milk.

By washing my face at least once a day, toning it and using oils/moisturizers, I feel like I have more control of my acne.

This has given a big boost in my confidence. I still like to wear foundations when I go out to parties, but every so often I’ll skip out on it and be bare faced.

I wear makeup about once a week and that’s mainly because I’m a reporter or I’ll have an event to go to.

But I’ve learned that I’m beautiful in my own skin and I should truly believe that and practice that daily.

Here are some of my favorite face products:

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I Love Myself: Intro

I Love Myself.

“I love myself.” That’s a pretty tough phrase to say.

Why, you may ask? Because it’s hard to say it and mean it.

Generally, when people are asked to make lists about who they love, they tend to forget to write themselves.

I think this is because we spend so much of our time focusing on meeting the love of our life, that we forget to focus on loving ourselves.

Yeah, we all know the saying on how you need to love yourself before you can love someone else, but how often do we actually do that?

Oh! I just realized I forgot to introduce myself.

My name is Gaby and I’m a 21-year-old who hasn’t mastered the art of loving herself, but this blog will consist of my journey to complete self-acceptance, along with some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.

So welcome to my journey, your journey — OUR journey.

We’re one step closer to loving ourselves.

Life of a Travelista: Not So Glamorous

This past weekend I drove over four hours home for Neisha’s baby shower. One of the songs on my playlists to jam to is “Same Girl by R. Kelly feat. Usher”.

Neisha is my *brother’s long-term girlfriend and they are expecting their first child, Savannah.

Traveling isn’t always glamorous. I drove home only to be told I needed to drive an extra 20 minutes to my oldest brother Tito’s house.

When I arrive, I’m greeted by a tired family and tasks. I immediately began helping them setup and although it was exhausting, I loved it.

I was greeted by my one-year-old nephew, *J.T. who is attached by the hip to my dad. My five-year-old niece Mia greeted me with a big hug and my three-year-old niece Cami was sound asleep.

We stayed up decorating and talking all night. I miss staying up talking to my family about life and reminiscing on our past.

Being around kids, you are bound to be covered by drool, candy and things you don’t know what they are.

There were definitely some grumpy kids and dirty diapers throughout the baby shower.

It was also extremely hot — both inside and outside.

All of the stains and sweating were worth seeing my amazing family and spending time with my lovely boyfriend, Brandt.

*Neisha’s boyfriend is my second oldest brother, Juan a.k.a Tonio

*Mia, Cami and J.T. are all Tito’s and Elise’s kids (Elise is my sister-in-law)

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Life of a Travelista: California Dreamin’

Last Wednesday I visited California for the first time.

It was such a wonderful experience and I wouldn’t have changed it for the world.

I got to visit the Hollywood sign. I went to Disneyland with my sisters!

I explored California with my sorority sisters and got to meet sisters from all over the nation.

I also ate In N’ Out for the first time — a staple place to eat in Cali.

I attended convention for my lovely sisterhood — Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. I got to meet two of my Founding Mothers, Line One (the first line), Caroline Ayala (a Founding Sister of my Notorious Chi chapter), and four of my chapter sisters/*prophytes (Merlix, Isis, Rosemarie and Patty).

After visiting, I began to imagine what it would be like to live there. It isn’t much different than Florida.

Aside from the easy access to delicious, authentic and affordable Mexican food.

This trip may have been my first trip to California, but it surely won’t be my last.

*Prophyte: Someone who joined a sisterhood/brotherhood before you joined

 

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Life of a Travelista: The Beginning

¡Hola amigx’s! My name is Gabriella “Gaby” Garza.

I have decided to create this travel blog to showcase my travels and to give advice to those interested in traveling.

I have traveled to five countries outside of the United States, including Canada, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Portugal. Within the U.S. I have traveled to eleven different states and Washington D.C.

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