Real Life Moments: Facing My Fears + Staying Smooth

I have seen a lot of people posting on social media about their “summer bucket lists”.  Some of them are lists of activities they want to do with their kids, or long lists of places they want to visit this summer.  If I were to consolidate my wishes of things to do this summer into one list, that list would consist of 2 things: 1. make memories however big or small with my family and loved ones 2. take time for myself.  The summer began with my daughter’s pool party birthday and several trips to the neighborhood pool thereafter.  As I kept to the shallow end with my son in his floaty I realized I really needed to conquer my fears and learn how to swim not just for myself but for my children.  I have this picture in my head of being on vacation with my kids and my husband and them jumping off the boat to go snorkeling.  Then there’s me sitting there taking pictures of them as they live life.  I also didn’t want to project my fear of the deep onto my children so I knew that this was my summer to learn how to swim and face my fears.

Real Life Moments: Facing My Fears + Staying Smooth Laser hair Removal, Black Skin, African American Skin Laser Hair Removal

One minor hurdle I faced when it comes to swimming was the fact that I don’t love being in swim suits.  I am 9 months postpartum and haven’t fully embraced that I have a “mom bod” now.  Not to mention the maintenance of keeping up with your swim ready body (razors and lots of shaving…eye roll)! Something that I have always wanted to do was get laser hair removal and after a failed attempt 8 years ago before my honeymoon and all the hair grew back almost immediately, I assumed it just wasn’t meant for me (or my skin type).  After speaking at length with the professionals at Woodlands Wellness, I felt confident to try laser hair removal again and felt confident that this time I would see real, lasting results.

Real Life Moments: Facing My Fears + Staying Smooth Laser hair Removal, Black Skin, African American Skin Laser Hair Removal

I’m going to be honest.  The first time I attempted laser hair removal 8 years ago was on a Groupon.  Note to self: never trust someone with a laser on your lady parts to a Groupon! Upon my first consultation at Woodlands Wellness I met with a real live doctor!  Dr. Sakina Davis, who is also an author, spoke to me about different procedures that would work for my new mom bod and was very honest about what wouldn’t work. I love for people to keep it real with me and that she did! After my consult with the doctor I met BJ, a certified laser hair technician and licensed esthetician who knows her stuff!  She was able to speak to me about advancements in laser hair removal as well as speak specifically to my skin and hair type.

Real Life Moments: Facing My Fears + Staying Smooth Laser hair Removal, Black Skin, African American Skin Laser Hair Removal

The perks of getting laser hair removal are numerous. So much so that the discomfort of actually having the procedure done is definitely worth it.  Let’s talk about that for a second.  Have you ever cooked something in a pan and had a little grease splater on you?  That’s about what it feels like.  Imagine that happening where the sun don’t shine…yeah…that. Fortunately BJ made the procedure a lot more comfortable by cooling the area BIG TIME before the laser did its thing.  This really helped as far as comfort is concerned.

Real Life Moments: Facing My Fears + Staying Smooth Laser hair Removal, Black Skin, African American Skin Laser Hair Removal

Real Life Moments: Facing My Fears + Staying Smooth Laser hair Removal, Black Skin, African American Skin Laser Hair Removal

With my hair and skin type I will need 6-7 treatments, however,  even after one time I am already seeing results!  I am beyond pleased with the service I experienced at Woodlands Wellness and I know as I continue to get treatments over the next few months the results will get better and better.

Real Life Moments: Facing My Fears + Staying Smooth Laser hair Removal, Black Skin, African American Skin Laser Hair Removal

Now that I am working on my swim bod, I actually have to do the scary swim part.  My mom was on her high school swim team and my dad learned to swim as a child by just jumping in.  I have psycho-analyzed my issues and narrowed it down to fear of the deep stemming from not feeling like I am in control…eek. Even with a life vest or floaty I have a panic attack when my feet don’t touch the bottom.

Real Life Moments: Facing My Fears + Staying Smooth Laser hair Removal, Black Skin, African American Skin Laser Hair Removal

About a month ago I contacted a company that specialized in training for people who had a fear of swimming.  I was pretty excited to get started and conquer this once and for all.  The plan was lessons 2 times a week for two months with additional practicing on my own.  The lessons would be private for 30 minutes so that I could really focus on what I was doing without distractions.  After showing up 3 times and getting stood up all 3 times, I got SUPER discouraged.

Real Life Moments: Facing My Fears + Staying Smooth Laser hair Removal, Black Skin, African American Skin Laser Hair Removal

On the third time, and after getting all of my money back I decided it just wasn’t meant to be, until…
The following week I went on a girl’s trip to Cancun.  My friends and I went on an excursion where among other things we were to zip line into a cave filled with water followed by snorkeling within the cave.  And there I was.  The scenario I mentioned above was happening in real life.  I sat terrified in a cave as my friends dove in the 20 foot deep water looking at all the fish, stalactites, and stalagmites.  They looked like they were having a blast while I sat on the sidelines watching bats fly above me. So sad, right?!

Real Life Moments: Facing My Fears + Staying Smooth Laser hair Removal, Black Skin, African American Skin Laser Hair Removal

After that, I vowed to never do THAT again or feel that way again.  Right now I am set to take my private lessons with another company starting in August. When I kick the fear and and learn to swim, y’all aren’t going to be able to keep me out of the water!  I can’t wait to give you an update!

Real Life Moments: Facing My Fears + Staying Smooth Laser hair Removal, Black Skin, African American Skin Laser Hair Removal

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Thank you to Woodlands Wellness for sponsoring this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own and I am truly grateful for their commitment to excellence!  Their facility is beautiful, full of peacocks and if you live in the Houston area, I would highly recommend checking them out if you are looking for a “tune-up”.   They have several services such as cool sculpting and hydro-facials and are very knowledgeable on every service they provide!

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