Still Native Botanicals but doing a little re-branding to put a face to the name. 🤗 Hi Everyone! I'm Nichole Wilkinson, creator of Native Botanicals, truth teller, healing spirit, writer, + San Diego native. My purpose has always been to help others through the journeys I've experienced, by sharing my experience, strength, + hope, and holding a safe + sacred space for all of you as well. 🙏 Thank you all for embarking on this journey with me!
Birds are the only native creatures to New Zealand. The most famous native bird is the Kiwi bird however it is also home to the worlds only alpine parrot, the Kea. I was lucky enough to see a few of these noisy but beautiful birds whilst hiking up the Franz Josef Glacier.
Every curl pic I’ve ever posted has secretly been a love letter to myself for all the years I brushed them down or wished them straight.
For every thought I used to have of them being too big or too much & somehow less beautiful than everyone else’s around me. •
For every way those thoughts about my hair were actually thoughts about myself.
For every time I pulled them tight to be out of the way not realizing I was doing the exact same thing with myself. My spirit.
I always wanted a good relationship with my curls (and the care of them) but like any worthwhile relationship it took time, acceptance, patience, & the willingness to learn... But most importantly it took recognizing that I needed to work on the relationship with myself.
So these pictures are every ounce of LOVE that I and they have always deserved without apology.
Because comparison really does steal your joy and who wants to rob themselves of the joy of living?
Not me and I hope not you.
We all deserve better from ourselves. ➿
Going to end with a poem on this beautiful Wednesday from me to anyone who can relate:
Doves Fly, Curls Bounce, #DiscoverYourGreatness , every ounce.
Own it, breathe it, set it free.
Be the ultimate YOU, with apology.
I never ever was in any type of sport growing up. It wasn’t until my Junior Year in High School I discovered my passion for Weightlifting. I took the elective seriously and built on that my last 2 years of High School. Came back to Weightlifting 12 years later. The hardest part of growing is my legs, especially my calves because I never did cardio and didn’t have training in my early years. Not to mention, I always had the stick figure...skinny arms, skinny legs, skinny waist, dry bread butt...but after kids I got a frybread waist. Haha.
Anyways...here’s for more cardio, and a new phase of training. #fitness#health#healthiswealth#nativefit#native#fitig#cardio#sprints#bodybuilding#indigenouswomen#gilbert#az#goals#fitnessgoals#training
Domestic Violence is NEVER okay. Next week I will be assisting @sibuslawgroup with a WEEK OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS.
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Leonel Antonio Chevez is the Ti Manauelike Lenca Taulepa (Hereditary Chief of the Jaguar House and the Lenca Indigenous People). I met him here at the UN Indigenous Forum and we continue to keep contact, he shared his story with me and our shared indigenous history between Tainos and Lenca, and his story moved me, brought me to tears❤️We are our ancestors and we carry their legacies.
He has served as strategic adviser to indigenous groups participating in the “Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples” at the United Nations, and as a panel member in special sessions of the UNPFII. PART 1 is in the photos, PART 2 is in the caption below:
”In July 1996 I arrived as a humanitarian refugee in Australia, leaving behind all that I knew, loved and lived for.
Living in exile as a refugee was a painful process despite all the help and support given by Australia. I lived with extraordinary pain and longing every day as I saw the sun set and felt no hopes of ever seeing my grandmother and extended relatives again.
In 1997, when I finally relocated the whereabouts of my grandmother, she directed me to never give up the cultural program. She reminded me of my duty to my people: “we are born noble, and nobles we die.” And so that year I established the Office for Lenca Affairs. Since then, my role at the UN sessions increased.
Without the efforts of my grandmother, these achievements would never have been possible. I can truly say that I am her product, and that I am in debt to her for all that she gave me during her life. Her brave example and rigorous teaching shaped me as a person in the new generation with skills and values to face the challenges at hand.
From exile, I have been able to influence the successful reform of the constitution of El Salvador, which in 2015 acknowledged the indigenous people.”
Rest is here: https://revista.drclas.harvard.edu/book/indigenous-rights-el-salvador
New prints are up in the shop! Wild CA Poppies, Mustard seed plants and a few others have been added to the wildflower collection. I love living in beautiful sunny CA and being able to experience the beautiful native plants that grow here! Excited to share these little beauties with you.