This week I would like to introduce you all to my new baby. On February 1st of this year I was given a vision to merge everything I’ve been cultivating through my lifestyle blog and turning it into a lifestyle business called “Of the Wild”. The name symbolizes everything natural. We all come from nature. We are all “Of the Wild”.
My blog readers know all about my journey into a more natural lifestyle. It all started with me transitioning to natural hair. My natural hair moved me to trying natural products, natural oils, natural soap, and even natural deodorant; in other words it became a lifestyle. Once I got my first place, my grandma (mom’s mom) gave me my first plant. My plant collection has grown immensely over this year. Listening to podcasts helped me learn more about holistic healing, self care, minimalism, and plant based wellness. I’ve also read books, attended events and conferences where I was able to gain a better perspective on natural living.
I’ve recently wrote about my growing plant collection. I’m not a regular mom, I’m a plant mom I’ve developed such a green thumb that I have friends asking me plant advice, my director asked me to help her start a garden, and just this month I wrote a blog collaborating with ProFlowers. Plant Parenthood – Tips for Newbies
“Of the Wild” is where I make this natural lifestyle available to my community. Living in the Bay Area, we are a very diverse population. It’s no secret, minorities are very marginalized. Due to gentrification, certain neighborhoods are being built up but it isn’t a safe space for everyone. Living natural is a privilege that everyone can’t afford unfortunately. There are neighborhoods in the Bay Area that don’t even have grocery stores or healthy choices of food and lifestyle products. Unfortunately being natural is a luxury that I myself can’t even afford sometimes. Buying $15-$20 salads or $30 natural hair products isn’t always my priority. I learned to do my own hair simply because I couldn’t afford to pay someone else to do it every few weeks. Most times, our community doesn’t even have to knowledge of the benefits to being natural. We have been blindsided and poisoned for a very long time. It’s time to work harder to change that narrative. Even if people do not choose a natural lifestyle at the very least I want to provide the information.
I want everyone to know that I am also learning and growing. I am not a vegan, vegetarian, or pescatarian. I still eat meat and although I’ve cut back on dairy products I am not all the way there yet. I still wear makeup, I’m not a natural skin care expert. Acne still kicks my butt. I am constantly getting better in my journey but I am no where near perfect. My readers should know by now that I try my hardest to keep it real and remain transparent. We can all learn and grow together.
Back to the brand, I will be a business vendor at my first event on June 22nd! My friend and poet, Melaysia Book Review: Butterfly by Melaysia Sekai is throwing a networking event in preparation for the release of her second book! I am so proud of her growth and thankful that she continue to challenge me to step outside of my comfort zone. Lol she suggested and insisted that I set up a table even though I did not feel ready to present to the public. Well I have no other choice now but to get ready. lol thank you friend!
My vision is to provide the community with all natural products. I will roll out products as I develop them. First on my list are PLANTS of course lol. Yesterday I got to visit the most beautiful garden here in the Bay Area where I was able to hand pick plant babies to bring home. Over these next few weeks my plan is to get them prepared to sell at the event.
I will be sure to include tips on how to care for every plant at purchase. To start off, I am working on getting shirts made, soy candles, home decor, and thrifted clothing.
With everything I have went through with business and personal this year, I am excited to finally start something I am passionate about. I wrote about my ups and downs in other blog posts and the struggle trying to get my creative groove back. This new project I am working on not only soothes my creative itch but it will also be me providing natural healing to my community. Outside of writing, nature has been my therapy. I want to provide this for individuals from all walks of life.
In closing, I just want to say that representation matters. There really aren’t many black people in these natural industries. When I lived in Berkeley there were plenty of plant nurseries, thrift stores, natural hair & skin care stores, etc but I don’t remember ever seeing any of them being black owned. There are even less of these stores in the Hayward and Oakland area. Downtown Oakland has alot of new boutiques and although I love that most are women owned there aren’t very many black women owners. In order to see change in our community, we have to start somewhere.
Thank you for reading & we’ll talk more next week!