So I just finished reading ‘Ruby‘ by Cynthia Bond and damn her for letting me long for more. I won’t lie, this is the first book I can remember reading that I’ve fully understood and felt whatever the characters were feeling. It terrified me, made me sympathize and feel love all at the same time. Bond’s use of imagery was shockingly vivid and much appreciated. Her novel made me realize that life is crazy. People are going through unimaginable things and making through those situations with mere threads of their sanity. Now I understand how much power we have in order to stay sane in this crazy world.
When you’re on an arduous journey, it can definitely feel like you’re all alone without anyone to guide you. It’s amazing how many people are willing to help you once you open up and discuss what you’re going through. I’ve been blessed this last year, well many years really, by some beyond amazing people who have come through for me in ways they did not have to. When you’re surrounded my generous spirits, it is your duty to show them how much you appreciate what they’ve done. And maybe you can’t afford to give them the world, but you can absolutely say thank you.
On a scale of 1 to NeNe, how shady am I for not blogging for three weeks, only to come back with a birthday wish list? Well, I did it! Tomorrow is my birthday. A few people have been asking me what I wanted but that’s not really a question I’m good at answering. I pretty much buy myself what I want but hey, if you want to get me something, I’d be the happiest girl in the world.
So what does a girl turning 30 want anyway? I thought long and hard about it and that’s really a tough question to answer. When we’re younger, the choices for gifts are endless. So many toys. The gifts start to get a little more complicated as you get older.
If you also have a friend entering their 30’s, maybe they’d also like something from this list. What to give a friend turning 30? I have 30 gift ideas for ya.
Give me a song with lyrics about real life, pain and sorrow, and I’ll play the record incessantly. Music has the power to make you feel emotions and desire situations that are probably foreign to you. You ever notice how you’ll listen to a sad song, totally happy about your place in life mind you, and it has the power to completely shift your mood? I consider myself a happy sad person. I love sadness. I love it because to be sad, you have to dig deep within you to reveal emotion. When you’re sad, your thoughts and conversations cannot be shallow. So whether it’s a good sad song or one of inspiration and longing, I rock with it because it’s meaningful.
There are four albums in particular that I can literally listen to from beginning to end without skipping once. These albums belong to artists that all happen to be women with unique voices. What do these they all have in common besides their beautiful voices? Powerful lyrics.
Two weeks ago, I started a new gig, 401 days since I left my last corporate position. Yes, I counted.
It feels good to be back in a corporate setting. Being among peers my age for the first time is certainly welcomed. I have two computer screens, which, the non-techie in me is amazed by. I’m doing much of what I’m skilled at, social media, and learning new techniques along the way.
I can’t believe five years on this blog has finally come. If I’m honest, I thought about closing up shop and ending this space at the end of 2014. Blogging is work. But when I look back to my first real post, I remember how excited I was to start a new journey. That, and you, remind me of what I’ve started and why I can’t let go just yet.
My good friend Kim reached out to me about checking out the December box from COCOTIQUE. What is that, you ask? It’s an amazing company providing a monthly beauty subscription service to women of color. This box contains all things hair, skin, makeup, nails and even fragrances. It is what they call the “Ultimate Beauty Arsenal”. I am rarely, if ever, surprised. But when I finally opened the box, I couldn’t believe what was inside.
Okay, I’ll just come out and say it: I hate Christmas. Maybe when I was a kid, it was all cute and enjoyable. We didn’t really celebrate the holiday but the streets felt so alive and everyone was filled with Christmas cheer. There was plenty of hot cocoa and endless holiday movies to watch. But now as an adult, it’s just another day off. BUT, I do like gifts. Thoughtful ones. If you have a blogger or budding blogger in your life and you’re contemplating what to get them, check out my 2014 blogger holiday guide.
It’s been almost three months since my summer internship at Caren West PR ended. Since then, my life has literally been a juggling experiment. After I quit my corporate job last December, I didn’t know what I was going to do. My fervent prayer was that I would have a profession that challenge me. When I thought God wasn’t listening, I realized that He gave me exactly what I asked for and more.
Sometimes, social media can lead to more problems than necessary; other times, it is opportunity waiting to happen. What I love the most about social media is that it allows you to communicate with people who you’d probably never meet on your own. How crazy is it that a single hashtag can unite people across the world? Well my world got a little smaller when I started using #weloveatl on my Instagram posts.