Tuesday, August 04, 2009

It's Official

I did it, my Sisters - BlaqKofi, Certified Sisterlocks Consultant. The first certified consultant in the State of Oklahoma! I discovered this wonderful news Thurs, July 30, a bright spot in an otherwise very stressful day. (Thanks for your thoughtful phone call, LaShaune.)
A special thank you to my first three clients, "M" "S" and "Abuelita" for being the first to put your trust in me. I'm certified because of each of you. Locked4Life!

My certification, a blog comment from Happiest Nappy (I ab-so-lute-ly LOVE that name!) compelled me to share the following in celebration of my Sisters. The author is unknown.
BlaqKofi, Sisterlocked 48M
A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot, humid day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her mother. As they talked about life, about marriage, about the responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter 'Don't forget your Sisters,' she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass.

‘They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need Sisters. Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them.

'Remember that 'Sisters' means ALL the women... your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other women relatives too. You'll need other women. Women always do...'

‘What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman thought. Haven't I just gotten married? Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!'

But she listened to her Mother. She kept contact with her Sisters and made more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her Mom really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, Sisters are the mainstays of her life.

After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what I've learned:

Time passes.
Life happens.
Distance separates.
Children grow up.
Jobs come and go.
Love waxes and wanes.
Men don't do what they're supposed to do.
Hearts break.
Parents die.
Colleagues forget favors...
Careers end.

BUT.........Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you. A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach. When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on,praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley's end.

Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you...Or come in and carry you out. Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, Mothers, Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended family all bless our life!

The world wouldn't be the same without women, and neither would I. When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we would need each other.

Everyday, we need each other still.

Pass this on to all the women who help make your life meaningful.I just did.
Dedicated to those who encourage me to continue Natural Awakening. I am inspired by those who write to share how NA influenced their decision to lock and it's usefulness as a resource throughtout their journey.
Time to write has been scarces - yet life continues unfolding providing more Natural Awakenings...until next time,

Thank you, my Sisters.
Certified Sisterlocks Consultant

Special shout out to Happiest Nappy. Tell hubby he gets mad props for being educated about naturalness AND supportive.


Felicia said...

I have never met you, yet I feel as though I have always known you. Congratulations on being a certified consultant!! You are right, we are sisters. I continue to follow advice on your blog as I continue my lock journey. It has been 5 months now. Thank you for your contribution to this journey.

Detra said...

Congrats Blaq! You never stop amazing me, I can remember long ago your apprehension to tighten your own hair and here you stand a certified consultant. You truly are every woman! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Sister poem, it is so very true indeed, no matter how many miles are between us, all of us, you are still in my mind and heart!

Anonymous said...

I wish to add my comments to those that have already been made. You are an inspiration to many women who are locked or want to be locked because you've laid it on the line for us in living colour. No one knows what will happen but you've told us what to expect and I'm sure you'll continue to do that with your clients. Like many other commenters, you blog helped me make my final decision and also allowed me to show friends and family the evolution of a sisterlocked head. Thanks and good luck. Wishing you all the best. MissKayUK

Charizma00! Braidlocks and More said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you.I used your blog often times to show my mom how beautiful sisterlocks are. It is your blog and a few others that inspired me to finally take that plung. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart and wish you the greatest success in all that you do. Thank you so much!!!!

Kicukalah said...

I don't believe I ever commented on your blog before. I have been following your page for around about a year now. I just wanted to let you know that when I decided to lock my hair, it was your page that I took my boyfriend to to educate him on SLs. As well as myself.

Congratulations and I wish you much success!

Unknown said...

Congrats, Blaq!! If I ever end up in Oklahoma, I'm very happy that you're there.

So, it it true? Does the wind really come sweepin' down the plain? :)

Wishing you all the best!

Real Soul said...

Congrats Blaqkofi,

I am so proud of you! You will be the best Ok has out there.. I know you will be great because you are a good person to speak to and you keep people postive before my journey stated.. And I thank you ..GO OUT THERE AND SHOW THEM WHAT YOU CAN DO!! Remember to keep God first in all you do and you will succeed!!


NappTown said...

Blaq, my sister, I am so happy for you and for all the sisters in Oklahoma that will experience your expertise. I saw your work and it is immaculate! Congrats, and much success as a Oklahoma's 1st Certified Sisterlock Consultant!

Anonymous said...

I don't know you personally,but i follow your blog.i love your hair and comments. I had my consultation and test locks put in yesterday.will have install in three weeks,I will be his first!I'am a little nervous but feel i am in good hands.I'am happy for you and congrats!

Natasha Dyer said...

Nuthin' else left for me to say... but CONGRATULATIONS!!!! May the Lord bless you in this endeavor!

The Woman Inside said...

Congratulations!! You have been my teacher, my guide and my inspiration, so thank you. I wish the best for this new chapter on your SL Journey.

Muse said...

Congratulations!!!!! And your hair looks fabulous by the way!

Nu-Me said...

Congrats! I've been falling your blog since March 2007 and have always loved your hair, spirit and advice concerning your natural (sisterlock) journey. I said it before and will say it again. If anyone should be a consultant it definitely should be you! Congrats again on your investment in success!

Camille said...

Congratulations. I have followed your blog for about three years now and have been sisterlocked for two. You were definitely one of my inspirations in choosing sisterlocks. Blessings to you in your journey as a certified consultant.

new2locs said...

You are truly the best. You continue to inspire the masses of sister's out here trying to make a change!! I'm proud to know you cyberly!!!


Anonymous said...

Congrats!!! I have been lurking for several yrs now and I always read your site. I have mad love for you. You are truly an inspiration to all natural hair wearers everywhere. God bless.

Naturally Sophia said...

Congrats, if the way your locks look are any identication of how your clients locks will be, they are in for a treat!

Continued success on all your ventures.

LotusDoll said...

How Sweet! Congradulations - I'm so happy for you! I've been following you for the past 16 months and I Thank you for being a real sister to all of us out here who need an informed word about our hair and world. With your passion for Sisterlocks, you'll bring many women into their own sense of self.

Sister-in-Locks said...

Congrats! Sorry I ddin't get to see you a couple a weeks ago.

Pebbles said...

Thank you so much for sharing your journey. You are such an inspiration to me. You have some of the most beautiful SL's I have ever seen!

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