As I began to to write my about me page to introduce myself and welcome you to my page, I began to write the generic; “Hi, I am Maleika and welcome to my blog.” However, that just isn’t cutting it for me, I am writing this blog because I wanted to put something positive and real out into world. I believe we as women face many challenges from day-to-day and we need an outlet to express our feelings and we need to speak to someone who can really relate, at least that’s how I feel. Now by no means am I a licensed therapist or psychiatrist, I feel the need to put that disclaimer out there before we get started. Hell, I have a therapist that I see once per week. As women we are daughters, mothers, sisters, friends, aunts, wives, and so forth and we play many roles. We run around taking care of everything and everyone and at times we can forget about ourselves. We forget about our mental, physical, and spiritual health while doing so. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for girl power but I also believe that we are not robots and cannot run off of fumes. Yes, we can handle a lot of task but sometimes our strong selves can get tired and worn out not just physically but mentally and spiritually. I myself have done just that, I went many of years being strong and pushing forward no matter what the circumstances was. I wanted to win, I didn’t want to look like I was weak, I didn’t want people knowing that I was falling apart at times, I didn’t want the judgement, or just the feeling of people thinking that I didn’t have it all together. Sounds crazy right? But that’s what we do. We smile while crying and hurting on the inside and no one ever has a clue what you are going through. I can honestly say that I can relate. At 37 years of age, I am a wife and mother who has always chosen my family first. I realized I lost myself just focusing on them alone. It doesn’t mean that you don’t love your family or any one close to you, it just means that you forgot about taking care of yourself. I don’t like to say life is short because it’s all God’s plan, but if you don’t take care of yourself, you will not be any good for anyone else. Now here I stand as a full-time college student a new clothing boutique owner. So that’s why I am writing a blog for us. I want to talk about topics that we can all relate to while crying, laughing and having fun. I hope you will share and comment with your experiences. I love to laugh and enjoy myself so please come in and let’s do so together. I hope my blog inspire you! Feel free to comment or follow me on Instagram, @hemaleika.