5 Things I Love About Myself feat. Shondrika

Happy Hump Day all!

My friend Shondrika is a beautiful person inside and out.  So it was natural for me  to ask her to participate in my first “5 Things I Love About Myself” feature!

Here’s what she had to say!

1. My Smile
People say that a smile speaks louder than words and can heal a million souls. My smile just comes naturally. It’s the first thing others notice about me. I really love that I always have a smile that engages people and I believe it draws people to me. I believe that I’m speaking any healing through my smile


2.My energy
I truly live my life wanting to be there and help people.  I think that people see and feel your energy and what you bring to them. I truly believe that a person’s energy is what really speaks to their authentic self.  For me part of my energy is my sense of humor, my sense of care, my sense of empathy for other people. These are things that I absolutely believe in and are some of my favorite things about me

3. My “TNA”
While everyone is working really hard to lose the boobs and their derriere, I love mine. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m working towards getting it together. But if you don’t love yourself and your body parts no one else will so I embrace what you have. The key is to really love YOU! And I love ME, if I could add a selfie to this I would 😜.


4. My Family
Family is the foundation of yourself. My life, my story are all field with and grounded in the experiences that I have with my family and I love them. Family is blood and water,  there are people who I’ve been friends with for 15 years that I consider my family. So when I say family I’m talking about my mother, my sister, my brother, but I’m also talking about my best friend, my partner and people who are dear to me that I love. They are family to me.

5. The Piece of God That is in Me
Lastly I love that piece of God that is in me which is love. And not just love for myself but love for others, love for humanity in and for life. God is love, and love is within me.

IMG_6089Thank you Shondrika for sharing with us! I can personally attest to how wonderful she is!

If you ( yes you!) would like to be featured in “5 Things I Love I About Myself”, please submit your list and at least two photos of yourself to grownandcurvywoman1@gmail.com  I really hope you will participate!

Have a wonderful day!

Dress: Lane Bryant

Shoes: Payless

Bag: Coach


  1. bebe_bouffant
    September 25, 2013 / 6:39 pm

    This is soooo awesome! I too can attest to how wonderful Shondrika is!! I love those photos and that dress is super fabulous!!

    • September 26, 2013 / 1:21 pm

      Thank you! She’s such a warm & sweet person!

    • Shondrika Merritt
      September 26, 2013 / 9:48 pm

      Awwwwww Bebe_bouffant. Thanks so much from one fab to another! Im ready for Vogue now….. (insider)

  2. September 25, 2013 / 6:40 pm

    Wow your friend is so lovely ! we love her ! Plus this title totally drew us in !

    We love her number three about TNA.. every word is true. Just want to say to Shondrika that you are beautiful ! 🙂

    Love, Wink n Pout
    Blog, App

    • September 26, 2013 / 1:17 pm

      Thank you! Ill pass your comment on to her! 🙂

    • Shondrika Merritt
      September 26, 2013 / 9:52 pm

      Wink n Pout thanks so much, Georgette is such a wonderful person for asking me to do this and it was actually invigorating. I really hope others will allow her to do this of them, its inspiring. Also, you have to love your T&A’s big , small or abnormal, just work it!

      You are beautiful too!


      • September 26, 2013 / 10:00 pm

        Definitely, Georgette and her bog both seem wonderful. We failed to find your blog though Shondrika… you have one? we would love to visit… because we loved your thoughts..! Very powerful and much like ours 🙂

  3. Shondrika Merritt
    September 25, 2013 / 9:01 pm

    Thanks so much Georgette, I love everything about this!

  4. September 26, 2013 / 12:21 am

    Awww, I love this! Such a great feature and she is rockin’ that dress 🙂

  5. Tiana
    September 26, 2013 / 2:16 am

    I absolutely love this feature! You look so beautiful. I believe the five things you love about yourself translate very well into your day to day life.

    • Shondrika Merritt
      September 26, 2013 / 9:54 pm

      Thanks Tee Tee! Georgette even though Tiana is all the way in Ohio, I hope she will allow you to do this of her, it would be AWESOME!

  6. Shana
    September 26, 2013 / 3:32 am

    Amazing! I smiled through the whole thing. Very inspiring and Shondrika is absolutely beautiful.

    • Shondrika Merritt
      September 26, 2013 / 9:57 pm

      Thanks Shana! Im happy that you believe it is inspiring, you inspire me everyday :). I love seeing beautiful, smart, curvaceous, confident women of color. I am truly blessed to have people like this in my life.