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By Marlee Batchelder, 2012-11-18

If I had to sum up my day with one word it would be- comfort. This is so for many reasons, I'm going to share one of the big ones with you guys (and the one that has anything to do with dreads).

I went to one of my best friend's musicalreformance tonight. Tonight was the last of 3 nights, all of which I attended. I had written this friend a letter, which i frequently do for those I care about, and gave it to her earlier on in the week.

In this letter I expressed to her my following realities...

I've been lost lately; more lost than I have been inyears.Sometimes I feel like not only am I far from home, but I don't even know where home is. Sometimes when I feel this way, I am able to think of her and start to remember how to get home. In a number of ways...she is home for me.

At the end of her preformance tonight, when she out to recieve her congradulations from everyone, she had with her a letter for me. Out of respect for the intimacy of the letter, I will not share the entirety ofits contents with you. But in one parrt of it, she wrote that i was ironic that I felt far from home, because lately she had felt like I was becoming stable, and creating my own home. ThatI was becoming anchored in my decisions and in who I am.

One of the first things this made me think of was my hair. I have been told my multiple people that my hair is too thin, and that I will have "sparse" dreads. A number of people have told me that because of the kind of hair that I have, I will have to dread it myself or have someone else dread it for anything to happen. I dismissed and took to heart none of these comments. And my hair is doing amazing. I have way more hair to dread than I initially thought, and I'm coming up on month three now and my hair has dreaded way more than I expected in that short time.

I feel like my decision to dread and to do it how I wanted has helped me grow. My friend was rigt- I am creating my own home. I've been feeling so inadequate lately, and her letter and my hair have helped show me that I've been feeling that way because I've been feeling guilty about not responding to the standardso others; I've been too focused on everyone and everthing else. I need to come back home, back to myself.

This friend of mine is a beautiful person, I don't know howelse to say it. She never speaks with disrespect, or harmful intent, but she always speaks her truth. She pours all of her self into whatever she is doing; dramatic preformances, math homework, watching a movie even. She is always present and committed to that presence. Her strength and capabilities amaze me. When I don't know how to go about a decision, I ask myself what she would do. To me she represents truth, presence, morality. When I imagine the person I want to be, I imgine her. And although that desire is valid (I do want to be the kind of person whospeaks my truth,is present,moral), her letter tonight made me realize something- there are already so many amazing things about who I am. I've been so busy focusing on what I'm no and wondering how to be those things, that I've been missing all the amazing things I already am!

I feel like her letter and my friendship with her has simply reminded me of something I thought I already knew: I am beautiful in who I am. There is a tibetan mantra that I wear around my neck - "Om Mani Padme Hum"- and one interpretation of it is that you already posess what is necessary to be Buddha.

I already am Buddha. I already am my Self.And I don't thinkI give myself enough credit for how powerful that Self is.

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Sections fading

By Tyrik smith, 2012-11-16
I washed my hair and now the twist are completely gone in my front and my sections seem to be gone also. My hair feels like my loose Afro hair ... I always feel like I'm moving backward when I wet my hair
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Need comments

By Tyrik smith, 2012-11-16
I just washed with BS and this is how I'm looking still wet from every angle please give me feed back so I know if what I did was correct
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Vinegar for dread washing

By Tyrik smith, 2012-11-16
What is the difference between apple cider vinegar and regular white ... Am I able to use regular white vinegar as an alternative when I don't have apple cider vinegar ?
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Dread thickness

By Tyrik smith, 2012-11-15
I always see ppl start off with these skinny hungry looking dreads and after a few washes their dreads become so thick how is that
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Need advise again

By Tyrik smith, 2012-11-14
Today I have an interview for Burger King and my hair is very out there. What should I do? Should I wear a hat or something or should I explain my dreads? My interview is at 4PM it's only 8AM so please as much advise as possible.
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Need info ASAP

By Tyrik smith, 2012-11-13
My twist that I made when I started seem to almost be completely gone now is that a problem
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Everyday changes

By Tyrik smith, 2012-11-12
I've only been doing this about a week and already seein some change in my hair ..... Happy success day
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I'm worried too many hairs are coming out at the root!!!!

By Lynne Cowley Jones, 2012-11-12
Hi everyone ....... Looking for some reassurance really my locks are nearly 4 weeks old but getting concerned that I can see a lot of my hair roots on the top of my lock. Is this normal?I know we obviously would normally loose hair and not notice and maybe its that because its locked in I can see it.My concern was I might be doing something wrong and end up with no hair arghhhhhhAny advice would be most welcome .....thanks fellow dreaders ;-) xx
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NEW BLOGGY, first in bout a year :D:D

By Sonja-Skye, 2012-11-12

OK, so I haven't been online for about a year or so.
my sweeties r looking wikkid, I'm doing reasonably well (aside from every second week the kids bring something home) but I still feel like things r missing and there are more things I can do, I just don't know how to or how to handle it!!!
how do you make people sit up and actually listen to what you would like to say? how can you make them realize how aggravating it is that they would let fellow humans suffer, and worry about their revenue, or their comfort of lifestyle, how do you tell them that, surprise surprise, the world ACTUALLY does NOT revolve around them?
I wish there was a way to tell them to wake up, but unfortunately, there isn't the only thing for it, is trying to let them see there really is good people in the world who would look kinder on people's safety and care and knowledge rather than people caring for there own personal gain!
how do you do such things without being made to feel guilty, and told that you are doing the wrong thing for sending revenue to other countries? ESPECIALLY when your country is outsourcing many of the equities to other countries in the first place such as jobs, real estate and education, but then for personal ideals and reasons posed in the same way it is wrong?

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