For years many admired Nià's beautiful golden curls, have graced the Instagram feeds of her following of over 400K from around the, but now we and many others admire her for so much more than her curls. Today we admire and applaud her for her decision to Proceed With Courage and be BOLD.
"I spent 7 years applying a thick white ointment to my curls to straighten them only to cut it all off at the fragile age of 11. From there, I embarked on a beautiful journey of love for my hair. I invested hours into perfecting my curls aspiring to grab the attention of everyone with my appearance before my presence. I bleached away at my curls to resemble a sunflower without recognising I was slowly bleaching away at my soul. My relationship with my hair became less about self love and more about validation. I couldn't go out without my big hair, all my pictures had to have hair covering my face and ultimately, I became my hair. I became validated through likes and my confidence stemmed through the opinions of people. People who I hadn't met before. This is a thank you to my curls for allowing me to become the woman who I am today. For teaching me that beauty is not from the exterior. For opening an entirely new path for me to be able to be 20 years old and live my dreams effortlessly. But what I've learnt from this journey is, I am not my hair. I am a young, divine and intelligent woman who has a journey ahead of her with love, light and strength. I am Nia." via @Niathelight Instagram
Courage is defined as “the ability to do something that frightens another.” Life will throw you an opportunity to be bold today. To love, to trust, and to dare. In my experience, we find the most joy in these moments.
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Kenya Raymer, aka @halfietruths in the Instagram world, has shared her life with us and millions of others, and her latest journey to grace her Instagram feed that warrants hilarious updates is: being a mother.
As comical as she is, she remained candid during her difficult journey to become a mother and continues to do as she takes on motherhood. Like many other women, her journey hasn't been easy, but she's proceeded on and she has done so, and still does, with courage.