Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Vacation!!!!


I'm going to Panama! All new blog post will start again after Labor Day! 



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Lessons Learned From Living Alone


While growing up I always had my own room and my own space, so imagine the adjustment period I went through when I had to deal with college roommates. Although my dorm life experience wasn’t too bad, I longed for the day when I could have my own space again.

After graduating it was no surprise that I set out to live alone. I loved that I could come home from a night out and turn on all the lights and blast music. It was the best feeling in the world not having to worry about being quiet because someone was sleeping or studying. And on the flip side if I wanted to sleep in all day or go to bed early, I didn’t have to deal with noisy roommates. No one could tell me anything because I decided what happened in MY apartment.

People would often ask me if I ever got bored or lonely. Of course I did. Often times I would come home from work and wish I had someone to talk to about my day. In addition, I hated that I didn’t have anyone to split the bills with or share the cleaning duties.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Twitter Hashtags are very necessary


For me, twitter has always been two things: One, a way to network and meet new people. Two, find out what's going on in the world (no matter the topic). And this was exactly the case when I logged on this past Saturday night. Just coming off a great bloggers’ brunch hosted by Erica of Everything EnJ. I took to twitter to follow all the lovely ladies I'd met that afternoon. In doing so, my timeline was filled with tweets about Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man who was fatally shot by a Ferguson, MO police officer.

As with most things that become a major topic of conversation on twitter, a hashtag (#mikebrown) was being used. On Sunday morning Michael’s death was still being discussed on twitter. People were sharing their opinions on everything from how black men need to act when dealing with police officers, to the sad truth that this is our new reality- which actually isn't new at all.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sometimes Our Presence is Enough


In my early twenties I had a strong desire to start a mentoring relationship. Thinking back, I can’t remember where this desire came from or what impact I thought I could have on a young girl’s life. But I followed through with my feelings and signed up to be a mentor with my city’s local program. The program I became involved in wanted mentors to commit to a teen for four years; to provide support for the mentee’s entire high school career. I thought this was an excellent idea because I would get to see my mentee grow and transition into her adult life.

I started the mentoring relationship envisioning me and my mentee becoming close. I saw us having a legit big sis, little sis relationship. I wanted to be someone she could come to for anything. And I wanted to teach her things and show her new experiences that would make a lasting impression on her life.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

You Should Be Listening To: Jessie Ware



Since being introduced to the music of Elli Ingram, I have been somewhat obsessed with singers from across the pond. Maybe it's their accents or the fact that they are doing the R&B music that I once loved and dearly miss from the 90's. My latest favorite is Jessie Ware.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

What's your Essence

“I believe that each of us has an essence, a quality at the very core of our being that makes us who we are. It’s what sets us apart from everyone else. And I believe that finding ways to express that essence is one of the greatest joys in life.” – Oprah for “O” Magazine, 2012

DISCOVERING YOUR PASSION
I didn’t always know what my essence/passion was. The desire to figure it out never came until after I graduated from college and started working at an advertising agency. Right from the start I knew the job wasn’t for me, but I took it because I needed the money. 

My job did not feed me in any way other than physically; I didn’t grow or learn anything while I was there. I was so unfulfilled that I dreaded going to the office. While there I would go through the motions of doing the mundane duties that were required, and still managed to advance. With that, my paycheck continued to increase, but as we all know, money does not buy happiness. 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Material Girl: Summer Favs!

If you've been following this Material Girl series then you've probably noticed I'm an accessories kind of gal. So it only makes sense that some of my favorite things this summer include super reasonably priced purses and jewelry. Most importantly these items are not only summer friendly, but will also transition well into fall.