I'm at a crossroads of sorts where I have been questioning many things about myself. One of the largest questions I have is "What now?" What is it that I want to do that will benefit my community? What lasting impression can I leave as my contribution? What needs can I fill in my community?... Continue Reading →

What I’ve Been Up To: Practicing

  My prayer is that I find an elder who will teach me the proper way to do traditional elekes, ides, and other beadwork. I am practicing until Elegua opens the door. I am putting the energy of my new passion out into the world with prayers it will return with more. Ase

New Discoveries

I submitted my DNA to Ancestry.com just because I wanted to find my ethnic mix. I had submitted to MyHeritage, but my godbrother is a genealogist and recommended I resubmit to Ancestry as well, and so I did. I thought I would find out what percentage of Congo, Nigerian, and Senegalese I was, which I... Continue Reading →

Unconditional Love

I am now nearing my 11th month of iyaworaje and may not post another thought until after my year has completed,  but seeing an issue come up has inspired me on the topic of godparents again. One of the most important steps is establishing and building relationships with godparents.  Meeting potential godparents is the time, ... Continue Reading →

The Garden of Eden

I remember I was a nursing student and we were doing clinical rotations in this small hospital in Gonzales,  TX.  I had this lady I had been caring for a couple of days.  I really liked her,  something about her just clicked for me. This was nearly 20 years ago. When she asked me for... Continue Reading →

Right Perspective

I was working in what I believed was a toxic work environment.  The emails were nasty,  no one wanted to address work related issues so we had the same problems continuously.  When I brought it up,  I was treated like a troublemaker.  I was going to leave. During my ocha, the Orisha said the problem... Continue Reading →

Orisha Song Class with Baba Oludare

Education in Lucumi tradition is so important because there is misunderstanding of what our tradition is about. My madrina is big on education, and when she asked me if I wanted to take this class I jumped on it. (She never asks questions without a reason.) I am forever grateful that I am taking Baba... Continue Reading →

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