5 Reasons Why Homemade Gifts are the Best

5 Reasons Why Homemade Gifts are the Best


Over the past couple of years I've been lucky enough to receive several homemade gifts. Even though they may seem like simple things meaning nothing to outsiders, to me they mean the world. Here's five reasons why homemade gifts will always be one of my favorite things.

1.They're thoughtful.

Anyone can take the easy way out and buy you a gift card to your favorite store, but often times homemade gifts prove the person thought long and hard about what you'd really enjoy.

2. They take time.

It's clear how much effort goes into creating something from scratch. Just setting aside a little extra time to make something special goes a long way.

3. It proves they know you.

Not just anyone can make you a thoughtful homemade gift you'll remember. Most of the time these people are your closest friends or family, and this little gesture validates how well they know you and how much they care about you.

4. They have a personal meaning

The best part about homemade gifts is what they mean to you personally. Anyone from the outside looking in can see what it is, but only you really know what it means.

5. Only you have it.

One-of-a-kind gifts are something you'll treasure forever. Nothing beats a special gift you know no one else will have.

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The Beauty Of Our Queens: The Importance Of Powerful Black Women

In a world influenced by Oprahs, Alicias, and Yaras, tell me… What kind of queen will you be?

What is it in human nature that sees something beautiful and wants to consume all that it is? To find any way to exploit that beauty to our own benefit until there’s nothing left; until our satisfaction runs out, taking us along with it to seek something new? Why do we continue to flex our insecure superiority when our perception reflects a threat to our power-hungry egos?

The essence of the determined black woman is an effervescent force rivaled by the gluttony of a world intent on stripping her of all that she is.

She’s told that she’s too loud and that she must lower her voice and silence her emotions. That she can only succeed by being the foundation behind a great man. She’s told that her skin is not light enough, that her hair is not straight enough, and that her greatest contribution is through the use of her body.

Claude McKay noted how she is “devoured” by an “eager, passionate gaze” in his poem, “The Harlem Dancer.” A century later, she still succumbs to sexual desire in the likes of Kendrick Lamar’s laments: “Keisha’s Song” and “Sing About Me/I’m Dying of Thirst.”

Ironically enough, she is shamed when she takes control and liberates herself. The fulfillment of her own desires gets her labeled as promiscuous, and her assertion of her needs gives her an angry demeanor. These biased images of women of color are nurtured by mainstream media. From the oversexualized music industry to the impoverished, petty, or otherwise oppressed portrayals in Hollywood. No matter what she does for her advancement, she is met with criticism. Complacency to the commands of man seems to be her only saving grace.

But the tides are turning with ferocious force. Just two months ago, we received one of the top ten most successful films in the world. The beautiful and powerful female leads in "Black Panther" displays the effectiveness of teamwork—rather than a hierarchy—between men and women. Freeform’s television show "Grown-ish" resonates with young audiences for its social activism and strong female portrayals without coming across as a sermon.

I’m writing because of the strength of my Mother, the determination of my Nana, and the advancement of my baby sisters (no matter how grown they think they are.) I always want them to believe in a world that still believes they’re beautiful and can do any and all things through a matter of their mindset.

To all the queens coming up in this movement: you never needed permission, but now more than ever is the time to embrace your power. Just remember that you’re not alone. There’s a lot of people on your side that believe in all that you are, and all that you have the potential to become. Surround yourself with those that are going to encourage you spiritually, emotionally, and physically as you build yourself up.

In a world influenced by Oprahs, Alicias, and Yaras, tell me… What kind of queen will you be?

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My New Found Party Crowd

I will forever be thankful for the uncomfortable nights that turned into complete comfort thanks to y’all.

First off, I want to thank you for making me get out of my comfort zone and making me life live again as a 22 year old. I want to thank you for attacking me anytime you see me walk into the bar after a long night at work even though I told you I wasn’t coming out. I thank you for all the long hugs, the slow dances we endure together, and all the heart to heart talks we share with each other.

Honestly, if it wasn’t for y’all I would still be lost and confused. I would be depressed everyday because I don’t deal with change very well.

You and took me under your wings and taught me how to fly again, and for that I will be forever thankful. Without you, I wouldn’t know myself again and I wouldn’t love myself. Without you I wouldn’t view myself worthy.

You’ve taught me that I deserve so much more than what I allow in my life, and you’ll never know how much that means to me.

Growing together is something I haven’t had with many people, especially not recently. My ex took that from me. And to know that people do accept me for who I really am brings a whole new light into my life. Moving to this small town has shown me a lot about life, and most of that is happiness isn’t always about yourself, it’s about who you surround yourself with. Y’all are my happiness. On my darkest days, I know atleast one, if not ten, of you are just a phone call away. You bring me joy, peace, and happiness. You bring light to my darkness. You bring calm to my madness.

I will forever be thankful for the uncomfortable nights that turned into complete comfort thanks to y’all.

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