by Shambreka Ward

em•brace an act of accepting or supporting something willingly or enthusiastically

Experiencing change isn’t my cup of tea. I’m structured and like routine. I like to know what I’m doing and where I’m going and how it will turn out before I even begin the journey. Meanwhile, this thing we call “life” says, ‘Fuck that. You’re in for a ride, because your final destination isn’t what you think it’s gonna be!’ This drives me insane, but it’s OK because I’ve learned to embrace.

Embrace the known and the unknown. Fearlessly. Courageously. Become comfortable with being uncomfortable, because that’s where growth begins and you eventually flourish. For me, that means breaking down my barriers and routine and not sticking to what I know so well. From amping up my cosmetic career by exchanging my nudes and natural looks for bold and vibrant color, to integrating fitness and health into my lifestyle (with no complaints!), these are all a part of my embrace. Look out, world! Ya girl is about to smother you with my warm embrace.