The lights grew dim as wristbands began to illuminate the arena. A voice low, yet robust filled the atmosphere. Women excitedly cheered on as they recognized the familiar voice speaking. I could barely hear what she was reciting over the roaring applause. And then, like a vision of a burning sun, she rose from within the stage. We all lost our minds! It took me a second to realize that I was watching Oprah Gail Winfrey walk on the stage. Tears began to well in my eyes as it hit me: I was seeing Oprah in the flesh.
When most little girls and boys were playing with baby dolls and action figures, I was busy entertaining myself with my board game called The Game of LIFE. Man, I wanted to be a grown up so bad that I was okay settling with the toy version of adulthood. Should I go to college or straight to work? Should I have a family of four or travel the world? Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. And surely, just like in real life, your choices will be affected by the path you choose. That’s just life.
Our real lives are very much like The Game of LIFE, isn’t it? Brimming with twists and turns and uncertainty. Change is indeed scary, but it is necessary for growth. [Read more…]
So you quit your day job for your daydream and now your daydream is turning into a nightmare. Or something like that. Well, don’t panic. If you, like me, still feel strongly about your decision to leave a position, remember why you did it and keep on believing.
I’ll admit, today wasn’t the most inspiring of days but I always come across some hopeful reads that lift my spirits. According to Forbes, 2014 is the year for women entrepreneurs. That’s exciting and encouraging because we’re all in the same boat: shifting our dreams into fruition. Glass ceiling what?! Tuh.
So before that daydream of yours turns into a full-on nightmare, try these four things.
So here we are again. Brand new year, brand new you. At least that’s what they say.
I know I don’t feel any differently.
Only thing different is that I’ve resolved not to make any new year resolutions. Vision boards are a great crafting activities but if I’m honest, I never opened mine after I created it. Not because I didn’t need the visual reminders of my plans, but because I already knew by heart what I needed to accomplish.
I’m not perfect though. And neither are you. We all could use a little self-improvement. We have 365 days to make some great memories. So what do you aspire to do this year? I wanna know.
- Travel the world?
- Save some money?
- Lose weight? Gain weight?
- Build or restore relationships?
- Start a new business venture?
- Give back to the community?
Whatever it is that you decide to do, do it with all of your heart. Or else it isn’t worth it.
Happy New Year.
2013 has been an interesting year. Let me tell it, it was uneventful and unproductive. But that’s not true. A lot has happened over the course of the year.
- I got into two fender benders.
- I went to a few awesome concerts (Solange, Emeli Sande, Foreign Exchange, Lianne La Havas, James Fortune).
- I got my third tattoo.
- I saved $1000 in an emergency fund.
- I went to south beach for the first time.
- I took my blogging life more seriously (so much growth since 2010, 2011 & 2012).
- I bought a camera.
- That one time I completely ruined my clothes.
- I blogged consistently and you guys read.
- I self-hosted my blog.
- I worked serious overtime to pay off one student loan and one credit card amounting to $1867.29 (thank you Lord).
- I saved just about all $2000 for my birthday trip to Thailand next year.
- I got serious about my finances a few months ago and FINALLY began to see a decrease in my student loan debt.
- I partnered with brands for sponsored posts.
- I redesigned my blog a few times.
- Tracee Ellis Ross retweeted me!
- I met Tai Beau.
- I sat in on a photo shoot with Kandi.
- I held my first event.
- I touched Luke James.
- I got my hair straightened FIVE times.
- It rained a lot this year but it resulted in the best sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life.
- I worked my first gig (Music Midtown).
- I went to my first sporting event.
- I flew to a foreign town, rented a car at the airport and traveled alone.
So yeah, I did a little something something. But here’s what I learned.
A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for. – Grace Murray Hopper
I’ve never been big on holidays and Christmas is probably my least favorite. Not because I hate baby Jesus or anything; I just think holidays are different as a single adult. When you’re a kid, you behave all year, anticipating Santa bringing you all the gifts you’ve asked for…
The best part of the new videos on Instagram is being able to see live shots from places I could only dream about visiting. In my heart, I am a wanderer. Working hard only to give it all away in rent money has never been an ideal situation for me. I’d much rather save all of my pennies and spend all of it on experience. And everyone knows that traveling is the best teacher If I had all the money in the world, I would get lost around this magnificent world forever and ever. Unfortunately, I can’t right now. I’ve been blessed to have visited Belize, Bahamas, London, Germany and Nigeria. Now, I’ve started saving for my trip to Thailand next year. Yay. But I still daydream about the other places I want to visit, too. In no particular order…
1. Maldives Islands – an isolated oasis of peaceful bliss. About 500 miles from Sri Lanka and Heaven, basically.