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The Living Civil Series: Nikisha Brunson

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Who? Nikisha Brunson

What does she do? Co-Founder of Urban Bush Babes and PineappleLife

Where is she from? Toronto, Canada raised in Brooklyn, NY

How is she living civil? 

Nikisha Brunson is 1/2 of the popular and critically acclaimed lifestyle and natural hair blog “Urban Bush Babes”. The Urban Bush Babe is anyone who goes beyond the labels and steps outside of the box, they are comfortable in their own skin and embraces others. Nikisha Brunson carries all of these traits and then some, but it wasn’t always that way.

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Nikisha’s childhood years involved being a victim of bullying, issues with self, identity, sexual and verbal abuse. The bush babe grew up in the concrete jungle with her white mother who had the slightest idea of how to handle her ginormous set of beautiful natural curls, but she did the best she could resulting in one slicked back ponytail. Little did she know years later she will be the owner of her very own natural hair care line, (Folie Apothecary) and the co-founder of two successful natural hair and lifestyle blogs.

“Everything I’m not made me everything I am”

Everything Nikisha was not made her everything that she is today. The bullying, dysfunctional family, and sexual abuse led her to identity issues. These identity issues led her to live a life filled with uncertainty, constant exploration, depression, anxiety, and unhealthy relationships. In college, Nikisha had no idea who she was, she became attached to anything she thought was positive and even attempted to commit suicide at one point. Nikisha reached her breaking point and ultimately ended up finding herself through christ. She now lives a full and positive life committed to Jesus and her family. The hair that she was bullied for is now what she is known for. Tons of natural hair ladies look to her for the best tips and tricks. The constant style change led her to her an impeccable unique vintage style which is what made Urban Bush Babes different from other natural hair blogs, they incorporated vintage fashion and thrifting. The depression and anxiety are what caused her to dive deep into health consciousness, she now provides information on how to naturally heal ADHD, depression, and anxiety through living a healthy lifestyle.

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Putting your peace first. 

Because of Nikisha’s anxiety and depression she had to move far away from New York City to a place that is more fitting and relaxing. Nikisha currently resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and son in the cutest cottage. Most people from the south who want to make it in media/entertainment are rushing up north because they feel as though that is where it’s at. Nikisha put her health and peace first and continues to kill her career while living a simpler life in the sweet south.  “First learning who you are, things you are good at and things that you fail at. You can live an amazing life knowing what you are good at, what you are not good at. If you are not good at something you can strengthen it or just leave it alone, say that’s not my thing, accept it and move on.

 “First learning who you are, things you are good at and things that you fail at. You can live an amazing life knowing what you are good at, what you are not good at. If you are not good at something you can strengthen it or just leave it alone, say that’s not my thing, accept it and move on. – (Nikisha Brunson via Kaleidoscope society)

Nikisha believes that it is important to walk with people who understand you and are willing to work with you especially if you are living with a mental illness. It is important to surround yourself with people who will be there with you and pick you up when you feel like quitting.

“To find my inner peace I pray and surround myself with people who are compassionate and considerate and won’t make me feel overwhelmed. To release anxiety and stress I turn to exercising, a good movie or series. I also just started doing yoga again. Providing insightful content for women of color.” – (Nikisha Brunson via Kaleidoscope society)

In this fast-moving society, many of us don’t put ourselves and our peace first. A default of a hard worker is that we completely exhaust ourselves in efforts of being our best selves, and when we do this we are doing ourselves a disservice. When you are not internally centered and balanced you are not your best selves, and you are not putting out your best work. Find what works for you, find people that love you (for you and not what you can do for them), be happy, be healthy, and see how beautiful and effortless your work and your life will become.

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Providing Insightful Content For Women Of Color

Nikisha stuck out to the Live Civil team because of the insightful content that she provides to her following daily. If you ever need a DIY health/life hack, she is your girl! Nikisha is a research junkie and has all of the information that we need to know about living a healthy lifestyle especially for the black community. Growing up in the projects of Brooklyn she noticed there was a lack to access to important information. Her passion is sharing this information and helping others be healthy naturally when it comes to ones physical and mental health. Her natural skin and hair care line came about from her love.

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Women and ADHD

Nikisha is also one of the only women who shed light on ADHD. Nikisha and her son live with ADHD, her son was diagnosed first and then she was. Too many women grew up being called lazy, selfish, spacey, or dumb because their symptoms of ADHD were ignored or disregarded. Nikisha is open and honest with the struggles she faces with herself and her son while living with ADHD. ADHD is a complicated mental illness that is often undermined or undiscovered. For those who have been diagnosed, it is hard to talk about, digest, and deal with and content creators like Nikisha are very necessary when it comes to healing and finding relatable content. Nikisha finds the beauty in her mental illnesses she believes that her ADHD is the powerhouse behind her creativity.

“I come up with the craziest, most creative ideas which I feel like it can only come from an ADHD mind. I feel like every person I’ve met with ADHD is smart. We are emotional and sensitive. We tend to be connected to things more, we notice things, our hearing is heightened, our taste is heightened, everything is heightened.” – Nikisha Brunson

Her ADHD birthed her natural skin/hair care line. She shares with Blavity.com that her ADHD causes her to get bored easily and she always has her hands in something. She realized that she loved to be hands on and tactile, loved cooking, loved crafting, interior design, and DIY projects. Her skin care line came from her love for DIY projects and her need to create something for women who care about what they put ON their bodies.

Nikisha Brunson is living civil because she puts herself and her health first, she works hard, she’s fly, and she helps others along the way. Nikisha can debate some of the world’s most accoladed Doctors and Pharmacist on health issues and the proper remedies for them. Nikisha encourages creative entrepreneurs, to be honest with their selves and work from there. Everything that Nikisha has accomplished and put out comes from the inside out, and it doesn’t get any better than that. Continue to remain open and honest and thank you for putting African American women on to the best natural remedies, you give us life! Keep #LivingCivil <3

Fun fact: Nikisha has a degree in Psychology and Education she is an elementary school teacher.

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Instagram: @nikishabrunson

Youtube: UrbanBushBabes or Nikisha Brunson

XOXO
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