My daily goal is to overcome self-doubt and encourage others to do the same. I have spent time comparing myself to others. I have asked ‘When will it be my opportunity? I would be anxious and feel like “everyone’s” surpassing me and “everyone’s” doing better than me. Those thoughts aren’t true.

What is true is everyone has their own journey, and my journey is mine and mine alone.
I know that what’s meant for me won’t pass me by, because I keep trying, I refuse to give up on my goals, dreams, and purpose.

I say this to encourage you to stop comparing yourself to others, celebrate their achievements and use that as motivation to go after your goals, dreams, and purpose.



I CAN DO Challenging things!

Today’s workout (Life Addicts Studio) was proof that

I CAN DO Challenging things.

One year ago I decided I didn’t want to feel terrible anymore. Including fatigued, defeatist mindset, depressed, the list goes on.

I realized that although I have not been completely successful in this task. I can finally say I feel more like myself. It’s not easy to let go with the things you think you need to hold on to including people, old clothing, unread books, and even emotions.

I have not done a good job of tracking my progress. I do keep a journal yet when it comes to things like weight loss or emotional growth I need to do better at qualifying the results.

I making this post as a reminder to myself. That tracking the progress helps show how far I have come.


Grand Rapids Business Journal, 40 Under 40

I’m very honored to be awarded as a Grand Rapids Business Journal, 40 Under 40 Business Leader of West Michigan! Class of 2020. After reading the email, I was in a bit of disbelief. Previous leaders selected have accomplished so much, how could I compare. I haven’t done enough. I have stopped and started more time than I can count. I had to remember it’s not about comparing who I am or what I haven’t done is about intentionally living my purpose: To inspire & encourage individuals to live authenticity.

I am so excited to celebrate virtually with all the honorees! We all know 2020 has been a terrible year, from the pandemic, so much devastation, to losing some of our favorite celebrities and activists. Personally, the last four months have been especially difficult for me mentally and emotionally. Haven’t experience depression that bad since I was a teenager. Praise God for His love, mercy, for therapy, and an amazing support system.

Will you please join me and watch our 40-second stories and with a special Keynote speaker Daniel Williams, EdD.

Wednesday, October 28th at 7pm ET, register to get the link

I want to use this moment to celebrate every person who has encouraged and loved on me. Shoutout to everyone who has booked a photo session with ACTPhotoMedia, attended a Naturally ACT event or read the blog, and to my #Wrapped peeps for being Wrapped By ACT, you are the true MVPs.

Headwrap: | @WrappedByACT MAU: Paige Wright #RadiantEnrichments #NaturallyACT #GRBJ40Under40 #40under40

NaturallyACT – Go To Hair Products

It’s been a while since I posted about hair so what better way to come back. Today is all about ‘The Mane Choice’ CORE COLLECTION


Easy On The CURLS, Detangling Hydration Shampoo ($12.99) cut my wash days in half. Cleans the buildup and impurities hair helping to reduce knots and tangles. This hydrating shampoo is infused with Biotin and Vitamin E. Easy On The CURLS leaves doesn’t leave your hair feeling dry.


Easy On The CURLS – Detangling Hydration Conditioner ($12.99)  The first step n making the detangling process easier! Also Infused with Biotin and Vitamin E help nourish and hydrate your hair.

Soft As Can Be Revitalize & Refresh 3-in-1 Co-Wash, Leave-In, Detangler ($13.99) This conditioner melts my hair making detangling my hair so easy.  Being an advanced conditioner that can be used as a Co-Wash, Detangler, or Leave-In. This is my favorite conditioner adding shine, leaving my hair soft and easier to manage. It helps to stop breakage while detangling and improves elasticity. Tea Tree and Biotin infuse.


Green Tea & Carrot Deep Strengthening & Restorative Mask Treatment ($17.99) Also infused with biotin, green tea, and carrot oil, this treatment helps to restore dry and damaged hair.



Doesn’t Get Much “BUTTER” Than This Daily Hair Dressing ($15.99) My hair requires products with lots of moisture or it will be dry and brittle. This hairdressing penetrates the hair shaft creating and leaving your hair feeling soft, shiny, and rejuvenated.

Crystal Orchid Biotin Infused Styling Gel ($11.99) Infused with biotin essential vitamins and other nutritive ingredients. If you like gel this one delivers with good hold. Many like it for wash + go styles.

I personally do use gel very often but I keep this one in my stash.



Hair Growth & Hair Retention Oil Combo ($29.98)The combo is simply outstanding! Growth oil works great by stimulating the scalp. Ancient Egyptian gold oil helps to prevent damage due to breakage.



☆ What are your favorite hair products and why?
☆ When you try them out let me know about your experience.?


Voyage ATL Interview

Life and Work with Aleka C. Thrash . Today we’d like to introduce you to Aleka C. Thrash.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Aleka. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My purpose is to inspire individuals to live authentically, as a result, Naturally A.C.T. was launched as a lifestyle blog and event hub for how-to workshops. I have been a professional portrait and lifestyle photographer for over a decade. I am privileged with the gift of noticing the inner beauty in others and portraying that beauty through my company ACTPhotoMedia. In 2015 co-founder of Kinky Hair Connection an annual event created to connect, support, and encourage naturals as well as those considering the transition and actually transitioning. The goal is to help women and young girls embrace who they were born to be – naturally.

In 2019 Wrapped by A.C.T. was birthed. Wrapped by A.C.T. is the expression of Naturally A.C.T. through fabrics and headdresses. The head-wrap line empowers those who choose to adorn themselves with a sense of pride and provides an outlet for creativity.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The beginning of my journey was very difficult. I struggled with self-doubt. I knew I had good ideas yet felt that no one cared. After I hosted my first workshop and people actually showed up, I realized what I had to offer people not just wanted but they needed.

My journey to self-confidence and entrepreneurship has been a challenge. I have stopped and started more times then I would like to admit. I have learned the importance of having people around you who will remind you of your why even if they don’t understand. Yes, there are many things you can do on your own however, you will soar when you have the right people in your corner.

Moving forward I am determined to be consistent. I have seen the rewards of consistency and not giving up, it’s worth it to get up and try again after you have been knocked down. My advice for others – DO NOT QUIT! If you need to pivot, pivot just do not quit.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Wrapped By A.C.T. – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
With three businesses ACTPhotoMedia which focus on photography and other media, NaturallyACT focuses on sharing my experiences via blogging and how-to workshops and Wrapped by A.C.T. which is the expression of Naturally A.C.T. through fabrics and headdresses.

I have learned to be a master multi-tasker. What sets me apart from others is knowing I can’t do it alone. In addition to amazing family, friends and the best customers, Corinthia E. Croom serves as the creative director with ACTPhotoMedia. While Connie’s Fig Leaf Shop serves as the lead seamstress for Wrapped By A.C.T.

I am most proud of my newest venture Wrapped By A.C.T. Many women want to wear headwraps as a fashion statement yet don’t know how to tie them. Wrapped by A.C.T offers a variety of satin lined headwraps with how-to tips and tricks to keep you looking fabulous.

Wrapped by ACT has a limited-edition approach, with ten fabric options and four design choices in stock. The fabrics are sourced from London and the patterns are handpicked. We used a local seamstress to make each headwrap. A unique option you’ll find is the satin lining to protect the hair from friction. In addition to pre-recorded how-to videos, we offer a one-on-one online sessions for an additional fee.

There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
Before you seek out a mentor, coach or career sponsor, you need to know what your end goals are. Each serves a different role. Write out your goals both tangible and intangible. The same goes for networking ask yourself some questions.

I like to use the 5Ws” guideline in just about everything (Who, What, Where, When and Why). Example: Why am I attending this event? Who will be there? Why do I want to connect this person? Why should this person connect to me? What do they have to offer that I need? What do I have to offer that they need? Where can this go from here?

The key element in any connection, especially with a mentor, is the follow-up plan. You need to ensure you both are aware of objectives and goals. This can also be applied when networking.

I believe intentionality is important, handing our business card out just because is not the best use of your time or theirs. When you go to networking events it good to take your time to get to know people. Additionally, following up with people will set you apart, many people take business cards and don’t do anything with them. Follow up and follow through growth is key.


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