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Hi! I'm Shanticka. My blog is about any and everything that I want it to be. Me, my family, work, personal style, friends, etc. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy getting to know me. Live, in living color.



Hey peeps!! As usual, I hope you all have been doing well. I've been good. Around as usual.

This is not my usual style/OOTD post. Now that a new year is approaching, I wanted to talk a little about goals. My goals. I also thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane with a few of my earlier pics from the blog. =D I started blogging back in September of 2011. Yes, my baby turned 1 a few months ago. 

When I started, I had no idea what I was getting into. All I knew, was that I had seen a few other blogs written by real women, with real style and I wanted to be involved. I wanted to evolve. I was bored with my "look" and wanted to document any changes and/or or transformations through pictures.

I had no expectations really. I just jumped right in. Since that very first post, I have changed so much, and learned quite a bit about myself. The most fascinating part about this is, you guys have been hanging in there with me all the way. 

Very early on

I have a few goals this year. One of them is to re-do my blog. It needs a serious make-over. I recognize that I put as much thought into the layout as I new to do at the time. I know better now, so I should do better.

My first experiment with COLOR! This dress is/was everything!

Another one of my goals is to participate in the blogging community more. There are bloggers in the Twin Cities area, and I want to connect with them. There are also things like "Link Ups" and "Blog Hops" that I want to get into more, as well as Guest Blogging on one of the homies blogs ;) #BLMGirls

Tried something new with my scarf here. Blogging has provided so much inspiration!
A more personal goal that I had this year, and accomplished was "going natural". I transitioned for almost 11 months, the finally did it!! I was so proud of myself!

3 months after

Last but not least, I have a weight loss/health/fitness goal for this year. I have been slowly working up to this for a while. It started in June when I went to a health/wellness fair that my job was holding. I hopped on the scale only to find out that I was at my heaviest weight ever! I left the fair with a sense of determination, and a hint of embarrassment. Thinking to myself, How could I have allowed this to happen??  What's crazy to me is, I had been taking pictures of myself for almost a year, and never really saw a need to change. It wasn't until I saw the number on the scale that my light bulb came on. What I do know is, my second thought was, What am I going to do about it?

My very first OOTD picture

I joined the gym at work, and haven't looked back since! I officially reached 17lbs lost about a week ago, and that means the absolute world to me. In the short term I have around 15lbs to go. As far as the long term, I will figure that out once I reach my next milestone.

Today after my workout

The weight and inches are slowly coming off, and I'm feeling much better than I've felt in a long time. I'm looking better too(in my eyes)! I'm making lifestyle changes that I can keep up with for the rest of my life. It's amazing what being active everyday can do for your confidence! =D

Date Night with Hubby about two weeks ago
**Did you set any goals at the beginning of the year? Did you accomplish them? What are your goals for next year?**

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  1. Your 3-months after hair look is gorge. Hopping from BLM...Andrea be quoted.wordpess.com

  2. Congratulations on your weightless and making to choice to do so. You look great. It's good to look back on everything and evaluate where you are and where you came from. I know I feel off on some of my goals this year but next year I'm hoping to do much better.

  3. Wow, Ticka! You have changed...from you physical appearance to your hair. I think you're evolving to a better you! That striped colored dress is so cute. I also want to change the look of my blog and be more active. Another thing I would like to do is attend a Blogger meetup or some sort. I think it'll yield good results.

    Good luck with your goals. You look very pretty in the picture of you at 3 months natural! :)

  4. I loved this post! Watching your transformation was a lot of fun. I especially like your experiment with color... I know you'll have a fantastic 2013!

  5. What a great year!!! You look great Ticka. So proud of you doll.

    With Love,

  6. I loved this post! Your experiment with color was my favorite... I know you'll have a fantastic 2013!

  7. I LOVE this Ticka!!! It's very awesome to set goals and reflect on them. I'll be doing this myself in a few weeks. You have certainly grown and evolved so much since you started! It has been very lovely to watch; I'm super proud of you honey!!!

  8. Wonderful post Ticka! I LOVE that striped dress! I'm glad that you were able to accomplish some of your goals! We have some of the same ones to accomplish next year! #BLMGetsFit

  9. YAY Natural! I love to see transitions. They are so powerful!

  10. I love this post! Ticka your blog is one that I love and I think you have set some great goals for yourself. You are looking fabulous too:-) One of my goals is to get more involved with other bloggers by going to more meetups.


  11. Its is an amazing feeling to be able to document a journey in words an pictures. It is proof of the accomplishments one has attained and sometimes we just need a reminder of what we can do and also encouragement to keep going. Ticka I like you because your are genuine! You do represent REAL Women!

  12. beautiful post. makes one reflect.
    its great one dear. keep it up.

    xox V

  13. I have loved your blog since I found you on tumblr this summer. When I found out you were in BLM too I was starstruck!I've had so much fun watching the changes going on in your life, both in fashion and fitness. Keep it up :)

  14. Wow! The picture of seeing you holding your hair is powerful! Go girl your natural hair is beautiful!
    P.S. You should totally enter in C.Michelles Favorite Things Giveaway! I am giving away a $25 gift card to TJmaxx n’ Betsey Johnson Fragrance! Enter

  15. Great post! Happy belated bloggeversary! What a great transformation it's been. Im looking forward to seeing what comes next! Chile my blog needs a make-over too.

  16. Awesome post hunni! It has been such a joy getting to know yet another fabulous blog buddy (in my head we're friends, lol). I love your blog and this post made me realize why I continue to come back and support you and your craft. Congrats on the bloggerversary!!!

  17. Aw, this was so great! I tell everyone that starting a blog was one of the best things that I ever did. Congrats on your achievements thus far and I'm excited to see what's next for you!

  18. Well done on being healthly I turned 33 this year and was not fit at all. i have lost 30pounds thru weight watcher and have 20 more pounds till my next birthday.Being obese is not good at all.

    well done


  19. Way to go Ticka!!! Good job, 17 pounds is quite the accomplishment and as a fellow curvy girl in the healthy lifestyle battle, I know all to well that itis no easy feat! I've followed your blog for quite some time and hadn't commented, however I do follow you & comment on Instagram as mzprettycurvy! You look great no matter the weight, but health is paramount. Keep inspiring others through fashion and lifestyle choices!

  20. love the 3 month hair pic, your hair looks great. blogging has a way of making you tweak your style, you end up honing in on what you really like and what works for you.

    congrats on meeting your health and weigh loss goals, thats something to feel really good about!

  21. I never set any goals at the beginning of the year, lol.
    You are looking fabulous.

  22. I'm loving all your goals...and good luck in making all of them come true! Your hair looks amazing!

  23. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep up the hard work. BTW....loving your hair.

    ~Kanae of Pearls and Peacocks (www.pearlsandpeacocks.com)

  24. Wow! Good for you :-) I also decided to lose weight. I started in October with the Insanity Program and now I'm doing cardio/strength training 5 times a week. I've lost a total of 5lbs so far, but I've lost a lot of inches during Insanity (I guess I built muscle).

    + I especially love the striped dress and blue pants/black blazer looks. You have great style.

  25. Girl your hair grows like a weed!

  26. Congratulations on your first year of blogging!!

    1. that striped sweater dress IS everything! I am so glad you got it!

    2. Love your hair...just love,love,love it!

    3. Thanks for being such a wonderful blog friend! Cheers to 2013



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