Booked! I’m looking forward to presenting at my
first speaking engagement here in DC. I will be presenting a session for the
National Association of Adventurous Black Women's 2015 Sisterhood Conference
on finding sisterhood in the workplace. This is going
to be my first serious speaking gig since college, and I’m super excited to
connect and meet with all of the ladies who will be attending.
This year has been filled with lots of highs, lows
and game changing moments. I’ve been blessed way beyond my imagination even in
the midst of several personal obstacles. It’s taken me over seven years to
finally realize opportunities don’t just fall in your lap—you have to go out
and seek them. My writing with Blavity, and desire to push myself forward, has helped
to open up doors. I plan on seizing every occasion to achieve my dreams.
I feel that my life has
become one giant question mark. Just a series of questions without tangible
“How will my condo get finished? Can I afford
to do everything I’m doing? When will I get to rest? Will I ever be able to
live up to my business partner’s hopes?”
I heap questions upon
questions onto myself during odd hours of the day. Some days I feel like I’m
drowning; like a swift sinking beneath choppy waters without a raft in sight to
save me. Other days I drift between treading those waters with a force desire
to survive and fighting the urge to slowly sink.
I’m in it to win it. At
least that’s what I’ve been telling myself since I was 18 years old. I’m here
trying to make it across my imaginary finish line. While it feels like a bear
crawl through a flaming desert across cactus thorns, I refuse to lose.
Silence yourself. Find
time, somehow and someway, to be still. Pray, meditate and affirm yourself in
those empty spaces of the day. You/we/us can do this.
The death of my grandparents inspired a lot of reflection on my heritage and identity. I didn't know what is was like to long to for something until all of my grandparents passed. It was and has been as if there is some kind of void in my life. I never thought I would ache like this.
As a millennial, I sometimes get so wrapped in the busyness of my life that I forget the legacies of my grandparents. Read my latest piece
for @Blavity on the importance of grandparents in our lives. This is my
reflection on loss and identity. Burying Your Roots:An Essay On The Importance of Grandparents.
In the almost eight years that I've been blogging, I never really considered turning my outlet into a side hustle. I started blogging in 2007 which happened to be the year that birthed some great blogging personalities. The idea of doing what you love as a business seems somewhat elusive, but I begining to realize that it's possible.
My main goal for 2015 is to put my work and name out there. I decided the first step in accomplishing this goal was to polish up the blog with a new look. I purchased my new look from the ladies of Designer Blogs. The template was easy to buy and to install. I'm really liking the new look.
I am also a contributing writer for Blavity. Writing for Blavity has been pretty fun. It is allowing me the opportunity to showcase my work on an ever growing platform. I'm looking forward to all that this year has in store.
It's 2015 friends! We made it to another year. To kick of this year, I've come up with 15 tangible goals to accomplish. Hopefully I'll be able to get them accomplished by the new year. Here's to 2015!!!
1. Be consistent with a workout regimen.
2. Step up my faith game.
3. Travel to new places.
4. Get into a post-grad/grad school program.
5. Launch my business.
6. Decorate/renovate my place.
7. Freshen up my wardrobe.
8. Get my financial house in order.
9. Up my tolerance for celery.
10. Try to speak French more.
11. Learn more KiSwahili.
12. Try 12 new things.
13. Call my family more.
14. Stress less.
15. Love more.
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