My Story

Yup we are going to talk about Self-Love. I know you are like GIRL I love me! And if you do then great! This post isn’t for you then. But for those who are still learning to love their selves you are welcome to read my story.

This post was originally a Galentine’s Day look. You know to hang with your girl crew. Maybe a quick happy hour or gabfest over dinner. The top is cute and comfortable (size down!) and snatches that waist! And because I intend to get a lot of wear out of all my clothes and shoes the red boots are back and I feel they are appropriate for this type of event (hello Valentines = Red).

Even though I bought a new wig hot flashes (at least I thought they were lol) kept me from wearing it. I decided to try out a natural hairstyle instead. You see my 12 year old daughter entered 6th grade which is considered middle school here in TX and the growing pains have arrived. She no longer loves and embraces her beautiful thick long and curly natural hair. And that saddens me. She wants her hair straightened and worn long (I’m thinking someone commented on her having short hair but we all know the shrinkage struggle) and even though I’ve done it for her I’ve explained this can’t be a frequent hairstyle because of the heat damage. I could see the disappointment in her eyes and Lord knows I want to make her happy but I’m also her mother and must do what’s best. So I decided to wear my natural hair to show her Mama loves being natural too. Now even though my youngest two daughters are natural and have never had relaxers and I can say I style their hair pretty well, mine ain’t like that! It’s gonna take some getting used to but I’m confident I can learn my hair.

Shirt: here Jeans: old Boots: here

BUT HUNNY!!! If you knew me say 4-5 years ago I could not have stepped out in public with my natural hair EVER!!! I would have felt ugly. Period. I had low self esteem and hardly any self confidence. I looked haggard (my sister and mother actually told me that ugh) and I was about 225 lbs and you could have easily thought I was 10 years older than I actually was. It was sad. I was sad. And you could actually see it from the way I carried myself, talked, my activities EVERYTHING! My life was my kids and my marriage was not good. I just wasn’t in a good place in life. I considered suicide. Again. But I promised myself I would never leave my children motherless. At least not by my hand. I’ve always struggled with depression most of my life. When I was 4 & 5 years old I was molested. I don’t remember all of what happened but I knew what was going on wasn’t right. My mother found out what happened and actions were taken and people went to jail. But unfortunately I went with them to my own personal jail. It’s something about having your innocence taken away that makes you feel dirty, tainted, and unworthy. I can say my Mama did the best she could to make sure I went to therapy and group sessions but this was all while I was still very young. See you don’t really feel the effects of what abuse does to you until you are older. Until you are growing up and your body changes and you experience love or what you think is love and deal with the stresses of adulting. All of that took a toll on me. However I survived those things but I wasn’t living life. I was cold, mean, not affectionate, and confusing to people that loved me. The tiniest thing would depress me and I never ever felt someone would truly love me because of what I had been through and therefore I never let anyone be close to me. In October 2001 I attempted suicide after a break up. I took as many Xanax pills as I had which were quite a few and decided to leave this earth. I’m not sure if I really wanted to die but at that time I didn’t feel worthy enough to stay here. Fortunately I was awakened by family members and an ambulance and I was not too far gone so my stomach didn’t have to be pumped but I did have to drink that nasty charcoal (y’all you will have that stuff in your system for months!) and I was committed to a psych ward for 2 days. It was an experience I never wish to have again. Years later I wanted to live but I still wasn’t enjoying life because of the depression. I still was looking for love that I didn’t give myself. BUT GOD!!! He will let you know you are loved. I can’t say it was a church that helped me specifically it was just my prayers and I’m sure the prayers of others that were interceding on my behalf but I decided I wanted to love me. I wanted to love me like God loves me. I wanted to enjoy my life as Rickey Nicole. Not a wife or mom or daughter or sister. Just as me. And then the transformation began. Was it overnight? Of course not. But little by little I started discovering who I was and what I liked and didn’t like and what I enjoyed doing and started living a little. I experimented with new clothing. I discovered make up and hair tutorials on YouTube and I tried everything whether it worked or not lol. Those things might seem superficial but discovering my beauty and worth filled me with happiness and people could tell. I’m still an introvert (ha I bet you don’t believe that) but I talk to people now instead of hide. I laugh, I smile, I’m even a bit of a flirt (with my husband of course *wink*). Life has changed drastically since I’ve learned to love myself. And even though everyday isn’t peachy I still remember where I was and I’m grateful because I’m here to experience it all the good and the bad. This is also why I celebrate being a seasoned woman because I got better as I grew older and I hope to inspire other ladies that aging can be THE best blessing (I mean a birthday means you are still living right!) So I guess I’ll leave you with a tip to the secret of how I discovered self love. Remember you were created in His image and He even knows the number of hairs on your head. Tell me who knows that!!! God! And through Him ALL things are possible even loving yourself almost as much as He loves you. I mean cause you can’t out love God but you can come pretty dang close!

Love Ricki

29 thoughts on “My Story

  1. Tiffany Johnson January 31, 2018 / 5:45 pm

    OMG!! What a testimony and such inspiration. I am so very proud of you, and I applaud you for sharing your story. I am 100% sure you helped some “Seasoned” women today!! We don’t know how strong we are until we have no other choice. Blessings to you my friend😘

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    • rickiloves January 31, 2018 / 5:57 pm

      Thank you for commenting and reading my story! I definitely hope I helped someone. God bless you friend!♥️

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  2. TEREA February 1, 2018 / 12:26 am

    👏🏽 This really touched me! So inspiring

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    • rickiloves February 1, 2018 / 12:40 am

      Thank you sis!!! I appreciate you reading my story!

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  3. Demetria J February 1, 2018 / 4:28 am

    Oh but GOD! I’m so proud of you for sharing your story ❤️ Love You Sis

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    • rickiloves February 1, 2018 / 4:46 am

      Thank you for reading my story!!! Love you too sis!♥️

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  4. Derrick Deal February 1, 2018 / 4:33 am

    I’ve known you for over ten years and I never knew. Many days you were one of the reasons I didn’t mind coming to the office. Your smile and friendship were what I needed many days as I dealt with my own struggles. Never would I have thought you were dealing with so much. It just confirms what I’ve been told, sometimes all we need is a smile to fool the world. Thank you for sharing your story my beautiful friend and I’m sorry I was too wrapped up with my own mess to “check in” sometimes. I love you with the love of Jesus my friend and may the love of Father, whose image you are definitely made in continue to guide you, lift you, and cover you.

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    • rickiloves February 1, 2018 / 4:49 am

      See I’m trying not to cry! Never apologize for living your life and dealing with your stuff. That was necessary and honestly the only person that could help me was God and myself. Thank you for reading my story. Thank you for always showing me kindness and supporting me♥️

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  5. Rekedda Mims February 1, 2018 / 5:20 am

    Thank you for sharing you story! As a only child that lost both of her parents. I can truly relate . It is something that you can feel so along until you hear someone else story and you can relate to the pain and the new found self love for yourself. I am proud of you my seasoned sister and keep pushing !!!! You are inspiring and you are awesome

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    • rickiloves February 1, 2018 / 5:24 am

      Thank you so much for reading my story and your comment! Like yes! I felt alone and I was definitely in pain but I’m thankful that God kept me! ♥️

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  6. Lisa Griga y February 2, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story. We worked together a few years and were not really close but you always had a smile on your face. I’m a very private person but reading your blogs and watching your stories make me feel like we go wayyy back lol. Keep doing watch your because your great at it! I love watching your if stories and looking at your fashion tips. I love everything fashion but find myself not feeling like I use to in my clothes. Watching you inspires me to get back to the old me and embrace some of the new me! 😊

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    • rickiloves February 2, 2018 / 5:40 pm

      I am so glad you read it!!! We do go way back lol! I appreciate that you enjoy what I put out there and definitely keep doing whatever you need to do to be the person you wanna be!

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  7. Sabrina February 2, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    Wow, you’re so courageous for sharing this story! And no, I don’t believe that you’re an introvert lol

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    • rickiloves February 2, 2018 / 9:13 pm

      Lol I am for real for real🤣 Thank you for reading my story sis!

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  8. Coco February 7, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’m so inspired by your strength. I’m so proud of you sis. Keep reaching for the stars ⭐️ ♥️♥️

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    • rickiloves February 7, 2018 / 10:11 pm

      Thank you so much!!! I appreciate you reading and I’m definitely going to keep reaching!!!♥️

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  9. Trice February 8, 2018 / 3:16 am

    So I’m hella late to the party and just reading this but I absolutely love you! Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. It’s very inspirational and I’m glad that you’ve come to a place of self love. Clearly you have so much work left to do! I don’t know you that well yet (even though we’re besties in my head) but I can see growth and the impact you’re making in so many peoples lives. I feel blessed to have connected with you via social media! Keep being great sis and I’ll be along for the ride!!!

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    • rickiloves February 8, 2018 / 3:18 am

      Thank you so much sis!!! I appreciate you reading my story and you don’t have to know someone that well to click and I feel we do! Imma keep it moving on this journey no matter what!!!

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  10. danacharice February 8, 2018 / 10:32 am

    Ricki. Man U are so inspiring. Thank u so much for sharing ur story and being so transparent. Trust me, ur testimony is saving someone right now. Amazing! ❤️

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    • rickiloves February 8, 2018 / 2:54 pm

      That is my hope sis!!! Thank you so much for reading my story!!!

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  11. Yolanda February 12, 2018 / 4:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story sis! It really touched me! I’m glad I was able to meet you through Instagram!! You are such a inspiration!

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    • rickiloves February 12, 2018 / 6:40 pm

      Thank you sis!!! I am so grateful and happy to have met you too!!!

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  12. Chris February 14, 2018 / 12:30 pm

    You look great again and that shirt looks so good on u. Your life will touch so many people. Remember too that these events in life, tragic as they are, they do not define us alone. There is so much more to “you” than this. x x x

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    • rickiloves February 14, 2018 / 3:38 pm

      Awww thank you again Chris and thank you for reading my story!♥️

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