Monday, October 16, 2017

Currently Reading (Because You Liked...)

A few months ago, this girl {@keyairruh on Twitter} this really epic thread of book recommendations based on albums you liked on Twitter. I am naturally drawn to anything involving music, so I saved the ones I was the most interested in for future reference.

After reading up on all the books, I was on a mission to try to find them at my local library. Out of the six I intend to read, I've recently finished the first one, 1/6, which was absolutely incredible and I'm strongly considering writing a book review on it. I am currently reading a second one from her list:
  1. 'American Street' by: Ibi Zoboi 
    • based on: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music - 2Chainz (Spotify | iTunes)
  2. 'The House on Mango Street' by: Sandra Cisneros

Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

13 Things to Do This Month + Life Update | October 2017

Exactly one year ago today, I started a Things to Do This Month series- which was, essentially, a spin off of a popular magazine's on-going segment - as a way for me to keep track of my personal and professional goals each month. It became an on going series on this blog and although I didn't always accomplish every single thing listed, it certainly helped with accountability.

Well...the last time posted was earlier this summer, June to be exact, and that's just because this summer, my life has been a whirlwind, a circus of ups, downs, changes, and disappointments that happened all at once. When the circumstances became heavy and things in my life were practically falling apart, it was difficult to try and find some level of motivation to write out my goals. Briefly, I even lost sight of my goals and everything became a matter of survival, which is as depressing as it sounds, trust me. It's not so much an excuse as it is a reason, but in short, it's been a while. 

Recently, I moved back home, back to Atlanta, GA. It was more by force, rather than choice, but choice played a part as well, because I checked out in my mind long before I was forced to leave. The details aren't necessary, but it just wasn't for me. That's the biggest thing I've learned (and still learning) this year: you don't have to chase what is for you. The main reason things worked out as soon as I landed in Nashville is because I chased them; I made things happen. While being a go-getter is an awesome thing in most instances, it's important to know how to decipher what is and isn't exactly what we need.

Now that I'm home again, I honestly have no intentions to leave anytime soon. I've cured my little travel bug - at least for the moment. New York has crossed my mind a few times, but I'm really just focused on planting roots here as an adult and sitting still long enough to give myself a real opportunity to get my shit together. Tennessee was so random! Although the move itself did through me off track a little bit, it was a lesson learned. I'm determined to live my best life regardless of where I end up. 

Here are my 13 Things to Do in the Month of October:


Friday, September 8, 2017

Music Collective: vol. 60 {Fly in Love + Chill: The Mix Tape}

These aren't all necessarily classified "love songs", this play list carries a close to perfect vibe, collectively creating the perfect soundtrack for lovers/potential lovers. For some people - including myself - sharing music is just as intimate as exchanging love letters, so please enjoy accordingly.

Per usual, I will be updating this post and Twitter with the links to play list on Apple music + Spotify. 

S i d e  A :
  • Best Part - Daniel Caesar ft. H.E.R.
  • Luv U - BOSCO
  • I Choose You - Kiana Ledé 
  • Best One - NxWorries
  • Lavender + Velvet - Alina Baraz
  • Broken Clocks - Sza
  • Home - Snoh Aalegra
  • Adore You - Nao ft. Abhi Dijon
  • Smile - Leven Kali
  • When It's Magic - Elijah Blake
  • Belong to You - Sabrina Claudio
S i d e  B :
  • She's Mine, Pt. 2 - J. Cole
  • Intentions - Terrace Martin presents The Pollyseeds ft. Chachi
  • November - Tyler, the Creator
  • Still Got it - J.Robb ft. Naji, Olukara, Solis, & Vada
  • Unique - GoldLink ft. Anderson.Paak
  • Signs - Drake
  • Live For - Bas
  • The Need to Know - Wale ft. Sza
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Sunday, August 27, 2017

missing u...niversity

Photo credit by: PeLo - image source
It's hard to believe that freshman move-in day at North Carolina A&T State University was 10 years ago; it's even harder to believe that the same memories still plague my mind, repeating like a broken record on my heart until I'm good and numb. The decade has passed by swiftly and it honestly doesn't feel like that much time has elapsed. Despite the memories made "post-college", I still think those years were some of the best days of my life.

It was the year that changed everything; the year that molded our first ideas of freedom.  Being on a college campus, vibrant with ambition and comradery, gave us that safe space to begin to really explore the world around and within  us. College was this new and exciting world that completely sucked us in; enamored by the thrill of it all.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Spotless Mind

Perhaps I wrote home too soon on my blooming "love" for this city, because less than 4 months later, I'm questioning why I thought it was a good decision to move to Nashville. I can't quite put my finger on what it is, but something is missing and it's a very unsettling feeling. Even in the midst of it becoming a thriving city, I just don't see myself being here long term. If I'm being completely honest, I'm starting to feel a little out of place - a little uncomfortable even-  in areas where there is a general lack of representation and culture, that is simply majority white, which is something totally different from being diverse. 

Don't get me wrong; there are so many great things that this city has to offer and I wouldn't want to deter anyone from moving to Nashville if that's what they are lead to do, but I have yet to find my footing or my groove here. The only thing I can honestly say I somewhat enjoy is my job.  At times, it seems like my workplace is my only escape. Who wants to live in a place where the only thing they look forward to is going to work everyday? If that's not misery, what is it? That's another thing: this city lacks ambition and I can't afford to be influenced by that kind of complacency.

I deserve to be in a place I absolutely love, in a city where my goals and dreams are able to thrive, especially if I'm going to be paying a substantial amount of money each month for rent. Who even knew it was so damn expensive to live in Nashville? Maybe, I haven't worked hard enough to be so entitled or maybe I haven't given the city a real chance. Perhaps, it has more to do with just not having found "the one" yet. Whatever the case may be, I'm already brainstorming a plan to get the hell out of here as soon as I can with minimum repercussions to my finances. Lately, I've even been giving some thought to New York...

...which is another topic for another day, so I digress.

Regardless of where my mind wanders off to, I do think it's odd to want to bounce so soon when I literally just got there, because this is typical me: not happy home, so I leave; not happy elsewhere, so I go back home. I'm definitely no stranger to uprooting my life and moving somewhere completely different. However, aside from my wild California experience a few years ago, I have never missed home quite like I do now. I don't even think it's a matter of me missing home per se, I just always crave home/places like home when I feel myself losing balance.

As much as I desire a certain level of stability at this point in my life, it seems like I'm never truly satisfied. For example, moving to Los Angeles was a dream I'd been holding on to since I was a freshman in high school. Long story short, it just wasn't what I was all. Obviously, there's somewhat of an internal conflict happening that I haven't quite figured out how to resolve or else I wouldn't be constantly trying to seek happiness outside of myself and/or in new environments. On one hand, I get that I'm unattached (single, no children, etc.), so being open to exploring what exist outside of my comfort zone is warranted and encouraged. On the other hand I'm forced to question if I'm ever going to find whatever it is that I'm looking for. 

At this point, I seriously do not know which is worse: to suck it up and give this city another chance or accept that it's simply not for me and go back home to figure out what I want to do/where I want to go next, if I must leave at all.

...whichever comes first. Who knows? In the next couple of years - knowing me - that may no longer be a sarcastic statement anymore.

"...I started as a love song, 24 years in the making / moving from place to place and / I never really settled down / without a place to call home / I got so used to the changes..."

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Music Collective: vol. 59 {Heavy Rotation Songs, According to the TL}

Some time last month, I hopped on the 'questions thread' theme that occurs ever so often in the wonderful world of Twitter and asked a sequence of 14 questions. Question #10: What song(s) are you listening to in heavy rotation at the moment? It took a while to sort through the overwhelming responses, but I finally did and decided to make a (rather eclectic) play list of songs the lovely people on Twitter has on rotation. I will curate a full play list on Apple Music + Spotify ASAP!


Sunday, June 25, 2017

We Are Who We Choose To Be | Ranata Suzuki

We are not simply the sum of our life experiences – we are fundamentally who we choose to be. While it is true that every person we have met and every place we have been has played their part in shaping who we are – it is us and us alone that decides how we allow them to shape us. 
That is what defines us… because life will bring great pain and sadness, that is one of its only certainties… but it also has the potential for so much love and happiness if you keep your heart open to others despite your pain. 
I have been hurt. 
I have been hurt more times than I can count in ways you cannot even imagine, and yet the only hate I have within me is of the notion of inflicting what I have experienced onto someone else
...the only spite I am capable of is to carry on peacefully in spite of all that has befallen me. 
The energy we hold within us flows through our bodies and out of our fingertips like tendrils into all that surrounds us… 
We can choose to spread love or we can choose to spread pain… 
The pain I bury. 
I bury it deep within me where I know it can never hurt another and feel content in the knowledge that when I die – it dies with me; I never passed it on to someone else because I knew exactly how it felt and could not bear the thought of another person ever feeling it. 
And it is love that gives me that strength. 
It is love that enables me to control my pain and give only my love to others… 
And if love can keep pain like that under control… 
then surely love is the greater force.

—Ranata Suzuki

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Moving Forward, Finding Freedom

Graphic Artwork by: Lexx Valdez |  @Lexx_Valdez on IG + @Lexx_Valdez on Twitter

It's been 4 years since the shooting of Trayvon Martin...

3 years since Mike Brown

1 year since Philando Castile

and a few days shy of the tragedy of Charleena Lyles

...with several cases reported and too many left under the radar.

It just continues to happen and no justice is being served. Right before our eyes, men and women of color are being unjustly murdered at the hands of the police. We are well aware at this point that African-American people are not being protected, yet we are-for the most part-desensitized and we don't have yet to come up with any long term solutions. Sure, we can march around and protest and climb impossible barriers in order to take down waving confederate flags at state capital buildings, but when is it ever going to be enough? How long will we walk barefoot on hot coal before we're able to break down the institution of racism? Will we ever be able to trust that our justice system is capable of playing a vital role in our survival? Or will we remain in a place where we are constantly fighting to stay alive?

These words certainly don't feel like enough. I recall scripting letters a few years ago to the Ferguson Police Department, contacting the Missouri House of Representatives, and providing resources for those who didn't exactly know what to do in that moment of darkness. I didn't hear back from anyone. I voted and it didn't make a difference. And when a presidential candidate who built his entire campaign around greed and racism became the 45th president of the United States, that painlessly numb sense of hopeless crept in again, because none of my efforts-none of the efforts of those who believe in the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement-made a real difference. 

How are we supposed to move forward? How are we supposed to be free?

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

#CreativeBossBae | 8 Steps to Becoming the Woman of Your Dreams

Girl crushes. Role models. #GOALS. We all have that one woman/cluster of women who automatically come to mind when those words pop up. Ranging from our own mothers to former First Lady Michelle Obama, she's the woman who epitomizes everything we hope to one day be and has something or many things that we all strive for in this lifetime. Even down to our chosen tribe and the lady friends we keep in our vicinity, there's something incredibly empowering and magical about being surrounded by women who inspire us. 

However, I want us to focus our attention inward. Envision the best version of yourself, and for a moment, happily exist in your own Glo-Up. What does she look like? What does she have that you don't have right now? What are her relationships like? What is her occupation? Is she living out her purpose? The most important question: how did she get there?

Quite frankly, these are all questions I'm still answering myself, as my ideals about success and happiness have evolved over time, but what I'm realizing - via my own progress - is that I am slowly, but surely, becoming the woman of my dreams.  As cocky as it sounds, it took a lot of self work to even feel like I'm almost there, but - of course - there's always room for improvement, no matter how far along we've come.

You probably won't become the woman of your dreams overnight, however, a good place to start is by following these 8 guidelines, designed to help you walk confidently in that direction:


Sunday, June 4, 2017

12 Things to Do This Month | June 2017

If you've been reading the blog lately, you may already know that I've recently moved and I'm a few days settled in. I left Atlanta immediately following Memorial Day and spent the weekend relaxing with my family before I leave, nothing too major. It's a little bittersweet, but I'm confident that I made the right decision to relocate and looking forward to the adventures that lie ahead.  
  1. Get acclimated to my new city
  2. Find a fitness routine that goes along with my schedule and join a local master's swim team.
  3. Be open to meeting new people and making new friends.
  4. Redesign the blog 
  5. Work on media kits + business cards for my sports blog, The Sky Box Suite.
  6. Book a photo shoot where I am the main focus/muse/model.
  7. Pitch articles to some of my favorite online publications + blogs. 
  8. Go on one of these summatime dates, as suggested by The Reign XY...
  9. Link up with Unscripted Pod for my very first podcast collaboration that I missed back in March. I truly enjoy tuning into their show (no matter how much they slander Kobe, the Great), so it should be a good time. 
  10. New ink? It's definitely been on my mental wish list for a while now, but we shall see. If anyone knows any tattoo artist in Nashville who does dope work, I'm open to recommendations.
  11. Get back in scholar mode. I found some free courses offered at MIT, so that will keep my mind sharp this summer and prepare me for the upcoming semester. 
  12. Plan a bestie-cation to the beach for our birthdays next month! 
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Music Collective: vol. 58 {Loving at the Moment}

Although I post quite a bit over on my sports, music, and style blog, it's been a while since I've curated a play list for the CA Music Collective. This playlist is on the slow tempo/mellow side with only one song that's a couple years old (streetcar), but a summertime playlist will soon go up on The Sky Box Suite, so be sure to head there circa June 02 to get into the more upbeat bops that I've been loving/listening to. In the meantime, here's a short + sweet play list of the songs I've been loving lately: 

Listen on Spotify + Apple Music


Friday, May 19, 2017

moving to a new city...again

Photo by: Kari Shea
Over the years, I've learned how exhausting and daunting relocating can be, especially as an adult. After the initial excitement subsides, you're left trying to figure out how to navigate this brand new, foreign city with no friends and no connections to anything closely familiar, other than the few times in your life you've visited. Now, it's time to settle in to your new home.

Please, understand that I am writing from my personal experiences, as I'm well aware that all our experiences in new places differ. I've just had my fair share of uprooting my life to explore something new, which has molded my perspective, which also may or may not be different from your own. 

With that disclaimer aside, it's that time once again to uproot my life to explore something new. For the past several years, I've been back and forth between my comfort zones in Georgia and the Carolinas, Atlanta being where I grew up, NC and SC was where I spent many summers with family, and Greensboro (NC) was the town/city I moved to when I first went off to college. Of course, Atlanta will always be home and there will always be a place in my heart for those other places in the Carolinas, they just don't feel like home to me anymore...for reasons I don't wish to elaborate on. 

Without even realizing it, all this time had flown by and still hadn't truly felt a home-or at least not one I created for myself as an adult. I think the importance of this grows as we get older and are more concerned with the stability and security that comes with being rooted in one place. And this is not to dismiss any of my wanderlust dreams, because I still would like to travel as much as possible; it's just becoming increasingly vital for me to establish a home of my own to come back to.   

This brings me to my big announcement, yet another thing I'm generally super private about. Now the cat's out the bag involving a majority of the people close to me, I am comfortable sharing the news, only because I assume it will just be another blurb that no one will take the time to actually read:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Ultimate Girlfriend's Playbook: Surviving Playoff SZN 101

photo: @antsoulo
In light of NBA playoff season, I've created a fun, go-to guide to help the girls, especially the ones who live or spend long periods of time with a s/o, who want to play a role in something her man spends most of his time enjoying and to to feel a little less dismissed/ignored during the whirlwind of playoff season. On days when no one else is available to hang out with and all you want to do is spend time with your man while the game is on, this fun little playbook is designed to help you ladies out a bit.

Before we go any further, allow me to give you a very brief run down of major post-season playoff dates for basketball, football, and baseball. Please note that they all end with a finals series, as well as a final game, but we'll get to that:

  • NBA {current}: April 15th-May 16th
    • May 14th: conference finals begin
    • May 16th: NBA Draft Lottery
    • June 1st: NBA Finals begins, end date varies
  • NFL{2018}: January 6th-February 4th (SB LII)
  • MLB {2016}: October 5th-October 25th

Games are pretty much broken down into a best of 7 series and conclude with an annual grand finale at the conclusion of the season, such as the Super Bowl, which is typically fun for everybody. Baseball has the World Series circa early November and a NBA championship game is held in the summer for basketball. Exact dates for these final competitions vary per sport, but usually occur around the same time each year.

Now, I know this is not a lot of information, but for the sake of time, let's continue with a really simple 4-step guide to surviving playoff SZN.

             TAKE ME TO THE PLAYBOOK!             

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Monday, May 8, 2017

#CreativeBossBae Series | 7 Tips on Creating a Positive Work Environment + Creative Space

If you're anything like me, it's easy to get spend an endless amount of time, scrolling through Pinterest for office and home decor inspiration. As someone who studies architecture, I've always really intrigued by the functionality and design of everyday work/play spaces, which leads me to the topic I'll be diving into today. For visualization purposes, I'll also include images of different office and living spaces that I'm personally inspired by.

Keep it light

One of the best tools with staying focused and being more productive is having a clean space. Although the minimal, all-white-everything approach isn't for everyone, clutter can be a distraction, so assigning a specific place for everything helps a lot, as well as finding physically appealing ways, such as color coding, to organize your work area. If you're a paper person, it may be best to invest in a file cabinet that makes it easy to keep everything organized. There are also various software programs that allow you to scan files and upload and store them to your computer's hard drive, making it easier to have instant access to all the documents you need. 

Surround yourself with images/quotes that inspire you

I love having inspirational quotes printed and hung in my office space. Currently, Good Things Come to Those Who Hustle is a one I keep in a spot right beside my desk. It motivates me to get shit done, even on days when I don't feel like doing much of anything.I really like having that at eye level, where I can see it daily to give me that extra push whenever I need it. I also like to keep frame pictures of my family and close friends. In the future office of my dream home, it would be ideal to have a theme that goes along with my industry, so that might be a good way to activate creative juices as well.
Check out these Free inspirational Prints for Boss Babe Offices via 


Monday, May 1, 2017

14 Things to Do This Month | May 2017

This spring/summer, I really want to lock in on all the things I'm passionate about, whether it's consistently creating quality content for the blogs or training and getting back to the sports I love (swimming + basketball). None of this is to be in competition with anyone other than myself and to not be too afraid or too limited to challenge myself and push boundaries.
  1. Back in the gym. Back in the pool. Back on the court. Back to good healthy eating habits. It's time to stop putting off the very things that keep me alive and level up in that department.
  2. Do a juice cleanse or some sort of detox this week + go back to a vegetarian lifestyle. What seems to be my pattern is that I can easily commit to vegetarianism most of the year, but every once in a while I crave chicken. When I do eat meat, I only eat chicken. That seems to be more reasonable for my lifestyle. 
  3. Focus more on what can be done, rather than stress over things I cannot control. 
  4. Find and list brands that I'd be interesting in collaborating with in the future and work on pitching articles to some of my favorite online publications that accept submissions.
  5. A girls' trip to the beach is a MUST! If not this month, make concrete plans for a much needed beach getaway in the near future. 
  6. Attend the annual Atlanta Jazz Festival (Memorial Day weekend)
  7. Treat myself to 1 of 2 things I've been wanting for a while: new ink or a new fragrance. Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent as well as Coco Noir by Chanel have both been on my radar, so I'm thinking one this month and one for my birthday in July...hmm...
  8. Explore local events to key in on the calendars and commit to attending.
  9. Sign up for a few free courses offered at MIT to prepare for the upcoming semester.
  10. Touch up on different skills like coding and relearning Adobe suite
  11. Figure out my next move and execute. This includes some major/minor professional changes, as well as personal ones, making my mind up about where I want to root myself for the next year or so, etc.
  12. Create a budget for personal and business expenses, sort out finances + prepare to restore my credit and be absolutely debt free
  13. Buy a physical copy of Kendrick Lamar's latest album, DAMN.
  14. #CreativeBossBae is a new series I introduced to the blog last week that is a guide that sort of helps young women like myself who are interested in starting businesses, especially in the creative field. My goal is to not only follow my own advice throughout, but to attract a different kind of audience and provide helpful resources to individuals who need it. It's also the gateway to something I'll be developing in the future. 
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

#CreativeBossBae Series | 5 Tips on Staying Creative, Maintaining Balance, + Finding Peace

photo credit: Chymere Anais. iPhone 7+. Sun in My Belly Cafe ATL
Lately, it feels like I've been in a creative funk, where I haven't been able to focus on much of anything or refuse carve out time to dedicate to the projects waiting to be completed. Even this post was something that was put off for a while, because it felt hypocritical in a sense, because I wasn't at peace with what I was building and creating.

Now that I'm in a much better place creatively, I figured what better time than now to release my personal thoughts on staying creative, as well the introduction to #CreativeBossBae, which is a brand new blog series that aims to be a go to guide for inspiration, motivation, and resources for the art of the hustle. Not sure if this will be bi-weekly, monthly, or quarterly; I'm still working out the kinks, but hopefully it's something consistent.

The most important thing is to allow things to flow, although this just might be one of those easier said than done things. We all have deadlines, whether they are implemented by our boss or ourselves, so things need to get done, but it's better to think about quality and not rush through something half-ass. 

Learning how to work on a strict schedule is tough. For freelancers, 12-16 hour days to work on their own dreams may not even start until they clock out of a full time day job. And then having somewhat of a social life and getting a decent amount of sleep is added to the madness. It's the age of the hustle for most millennials, I get it. Your go hard or go home work ethic and steadfast ambition will take you places, but it's still all about balance. Take an hour or two per week to evaluate your schedule and find ways to level out the playing field more efficiently to avoid driving yourself completely insane, ultimately burning out while neglecting other important things in the process.

In other words, stop and smell the roses. Often times, creatives tend to trap themselves in caves until they finish an assignment. I certainly do this, especially when I'm super invested and my motors are running, because I don't want to lose my idea or slow momentum. However, I'm learning that simply going outside to get some fresh air helps me focus a lot better. Go for a walk. Find a quite place to gather your thoughts and relax your mind a bit. Catch up with a close friend over brunch. All of these things are rather simple ways to stay balanced and not get so caught up in work that you forget that a world exist outside of your work/creative space.

Gather your belongings and change the environment in which you work. Sometimes, all you need is a change of scenery. Most coffee shops offer access to free wifi with any purchase. When I lived in Greensboro, NC, I loved to go to places like Geeksboro to fulfill task I could quite do at home. It may even be a helpful to do things the old fashion way using pen and paper and brainstorm ideas outside or at the park.  Perhaps, you live near and are able to afford renting out creative/work spaces like Nex AtlantaWeWork, or Jig+Saw, so it may be a good idea add that to your monthly budget. Take a day or two to explore your local town or city to find some cool places that provide a cozy atmosphere that you are able to work in. 

I'm super bad at this, because I'm obsessed, but it's definitely something I'm working on. We all know how addictive social media can be, especially when there are so many different applications (Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) to sort through, but try to be cognizant of how much time per day you're essentially wasting scrolling through and refreshing your feeds. Actually, it can be a barrier that's stopping your own thoughts/ideas to flow freely as they could, as well as disabling you from getting shit done. Because the internet can totally be a distraction, breaks are absolutely necessary.

Listen to an uplifting podcast read a book by an industry expert and/or celebrity you're personally inspired by without distractions. Have a conversation with someone in your support system or someone you can exchange ideas freely with. Allow other reliable people to guide you in a more positive direction.

I truly hope this guide helps. Although it can be quite challenging to stay focused in such a hyper active realm of technological advancement, always know your ideas matter. Yes, there's a world that is waiting to receive what you have to offer, but protecting your peace is just as important as producing quality work and what better way to respond to your purpose than to start with peace of mind?

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Self-Love ♡ Sundays | Inside My DNA

Lately, all I've wanted to do is allow myself to fall head first into everything, because I'm so tired of sitting on the sidelines watching life pass me by. Tired of being patient. Tired of self-sabotaging and talking myself out of potentially awesome opportunities, whether it be because of anxiety, fear of failure, or indecisiveness. It makes me think of the 2 songs I've adapted as my anthems over the past several years, both with a very similar message: Tori Kelly's Worth the Wait and Those Who Wait by Daley, but then I heard that new Kendrick Lamar song, DNA, and my world shifted instantaneously... "I got, I got loyalty, got royalty / inside my DNA...I got hustle though, ambition flow / inside my DNA..." However, this is not an album review yet-or a track review for that matter, but it's coming on #TheSkyBoxSuite eventually, I promise). 

Opportunities come to those who are willing to work in the meantime, to ensure that waiting doesn't morph into complacency, because a lot of the time it's less about talent and more about work ethic. Two years ago, I wrote an article on the blog entitled, Sometimes Ambitious for my Self-Love Sundays series. This was basically a lecture to self about the inadequacy of being "part-time ambitious", so to speak, and sorting through emotional reactions/awareness to how complacent I was becoming, yet here I am-almost 3 years later-still feeling like I'm not doing enough or at least not nearly as much as I should be doing. It feels like my dreams are waiting for me to move closer towards them. Now that I think about it, there are probably several post hidden in the archives relative to dream chasing and moving beyond limited thinking. BOSCO worded it best: 
"Your only job is to jump & the universe takes care of the rest. Meet your dreams halfway." 
With that in mind, all I've wanted to do-as of late-is jump head first into things that make me feel all the more closer to knocking out goals, achieving personal happiness, and clinging tightly to the rush of it all. Luckily, there are people in my life who empower me to do so, but all the encouragement in the world can't force me to want anything more than I want it for myself; no one can do the work for me.

Impulsion seems to be a little taboo, but if the small steps aren't leading anywhere, what else am I expected to do? As an adult, I'm expected to be more strategic, more cautious, more calculated, more deliberate, etc. but perhaps sometimes, it's really about being bold enough to say yes to all the wonderful things and resources available to propel me forward. Because I know I have it in me, it's up to me to focus on what needs to be done and actually do it. 

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Music Collective: vol. 57 {Life in Sounds III}

A short + sweet play list of the songs that I've been vibing + listening to lately, some new, some old:

s o n g s:

  • Shot Down - Khalid
  • Losin' Control - Russ
  • Rockets - Lion Babe ft. Moe Moks
  • Sirens - Sonder
  • High - Little Dragon
  • Insecurites - Syd (Robert Glasper)
  • Still Got Time - Zayn ft. PND
  • Electric - Alina Baraz ft. Khalid

a l b u m s  +  EP's:

  • More Life - Drake
  • The Drum Chord Theory - Matt Martians
  • Steve Lacy's Demo EP - Steve Lacy
  • Her Too EP - SiR
  • At What Cost - GoldLink
+ Listen to the Life in Sounds Playlist (pt. I-III) on Apple Music +

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Friday, March 24, 2017

"We Should All Be Feminist."

First of all, can we all have a round of applause for RiRi? Having recently been awarded the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year by Harvard Foundation, Rihanna has really been out here being a complete bada$$ in true form, silently building, and consistently winning in varying avenues. This post isn't about her or anyone else for that matter, but more about how fashion can be used to speak to and shift the culture forward. 
I love the message imprinted on Christian Dior x Rihanna we should all be feminist shirts. Lately, these shirts have been everywhere and although they cost way outside of my tax bracket ($710), I do know that a percentage of the proceeds are being donated to the Clara Lionel Foundation, which advocates for education, health, and justice within poverty stricken communities around the world. If I were able to support, I absolutely would. 
Read more on The Sky Box Suite's latest Style Report  --------------->
For a long time, I was hesitant to refer to myself as a feminist. I never really liked the word, simply because of the weight it carried and the expectations that came attached, which is all a matter of perception anyway. I was afraid to place myself in that box, afraid of the responsibilities and expectations that came attached to it. Now that I better understand the range of what it means to be a feminist, I don't mind the title and I wear it with pride. 

We should all be feminist is a statement that challenges the idea that you have to be a woman to be feminist. I find that to be interesting, especially with all the controversy surrounding transgender reform and LGBT rights. I won't dive too deep into the political side of that, but we are now living in a time where the agenda is to sort of influence people to live beyond labels. When I wrote that piece on the BLM movement last summer, I mentioned something along the lines of not having to be something to stand up for what is right, because I don't necessarily think you have to black or of the African diaspora to support that movement; I feel the same way towards feminism. 

Women's empowerment is so important, because when I think of the ways in which women exist in the world, and how understated and underpaid we still are in 2017 in comparison to men, I know that women are the key to the future. Not only are we responsible for bringing life into the world, therefore future generations cannot exist without the vessel of a woman, we have always played a key role in the development and infrastructure of society. None of this is to say that we don't need men or that we are better off without them, but that our placement is equal and goes beyond the expectations constantly thrown at us. 

Women in sports, for instance, are one of the many industries where women are not as financially set as men are. Anytime I can clearly see a woman in the WNBA play with just as much-if not, more-heart as a man in the NBA and know they live under a totally different and imbalanced tax bracket, it irritates my soul. According to sources, players in the WNBA make, on average, somewhere between $37,000-$72,000 per year; meanwhile, the NBA is paying those boys quadruple that (no exaggeration) their rookie year as just the minimum salary. In essence, they're both doing the exact same thing. It's mind boggling if you take the time to do basic research and something I really can't begin to understand. The point is: Female athletes deserve a pay increase...indefinitely. 

Needless to say, I'm inspired by the uproar of individuals who call themselves feminist and I'm proud to be a voice in that movement. There are extremes to everything, but anyone who makes genuine efforts to uplift others shouldn't be silenced. It doesn't matter how one identifies self, as long as their hearts are in the right place. 

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Saturday, March 18, 2017


New format, inspired by Ms. Yetti at Yetti Says

Time: 02:58 AM
Feeling: ready
Eating / Drinking: n/a
Listening to: my 'I like you.' play list in heavy rotation at the moment, which is complete with dope major crush type songs from the 90's/early 00's
Missing: something. What, you may ask? Still trying to figure that part out.
Wishing: I could make time stand still sometimes *no pun intended.*
Should Be Doing: sleeping
Reading: Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum by: Neil Patel // Patrick Vlaskovits // Jonas Koffler
Thinking: that it may be time to retire The Sweetheart Chronicles. Still debating... {just the title, not the blog itself}
Talking to: myself...God...or a combination of both
Current mantra:  "Never trade excellence for excuses." -me
Plotting: on the low...
Anticipating: that era in time where I'm close enough to someone to know and fully comprehend what genuine, honest, romantic love feels like from another human being; I think I've forgotten what that means/feels/looks like somehow, if I've ever known it at all. pragma, agape.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

12 Things to Do This Month | March 2017

image source. via Blavity
It's already mid month already, and I haven't really thought long enough to be able to sketch out what I want to accomplish this month. Plus, there are still things I'm working on from last month's list. The point was to keep small bite sized goals at the forefront and work at those bigger goals one step at a time.
  1. Pick back up on two-a-day workouts. This past week, I slipped into the trap of making excuses for not working out, due to being out of town most of the week, but that's just what they were: excuses. 
  2. Take another social media hiatus; perhaps, just a week this time around. 
  3. Participate in my first podcast. Although I'm a little anxious/nervous about it, it was such an honor to be asked to work with Unscripted Podcast, so be on the lookout for that! Until then, feel free to listen to the podcast via itunes
  4. Call mi abuela more often.
  5. Work on consistency in all areas of my life. 
  6. Create an editorial calendar, as well as increase weekly production for #TheSkyBoxSuite, which-in the case that you didn't/care to know-is a sports, music & style blog that I've just made official by purchasing a domain. In case it's hard to tell, I'm super excited about that! lol. 
  7. Book a photo-shoot to re-introduce myself to my blog/brand.
  8. Work on articles to pitch to other publications. 
  9. Register for classes for next semester and finish up paper work for financial aid. 
  10. Engage more. Although I'm an avid social media {@ChymereA on IG & Twitter} user, I'd like to do a better job at sharing/complimenting other people's work. Not only is it important to do this as a way to network with other bloggers + creatives, but it's always nice when someone takes the time to connect and reach out to someone about the work they've done. As creatives, we don't always get enough credit. 
  11. New ink? Possibly...maybe...hopefully.
  12. Pick up a few books to read and complete before the end of April. There are a few reads that have been on my radar, just haven't had time to dive into. 
p.s.-I need that coffee mug in my life!

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03.15 | My Greatest Fear

Death is such a touchy subject for me and a tsunami of emotion takes over me any time it crosses my mind. It's the inevitable, yet my greatest fear. It even scares me a little that I feel somewhat lead to write about it today...for no particular reason in the present moment. My thoughts tend to wander to such dark places and I'm trying so hard not to question why it's necessary to write out the thoughts that are flow out right now.

In my lifetime, I've witnessed death quite a bit to loved ones young and old...some unexpected, the others not so much. The first one I recall was a childhood friend, someone I was so completely enamored by, someone whose presence had a positive impact on every person he encountered. I wanted to marry him. That one caught me completely off guard; we were only freshmen in college when I received that dreaded phone call. That weekend, I had a swim meet I didn't go to. I didn't eat. I couldn't stop crying long enough to sleep. 

A few months later, it was my grandmother, and although she'd been sick, she was determined to fight breast cancer. I loved her terribly and I just added the grievance to the one I was still dealing with. 

The following year, my grandfather's soul sailed away into the heavens. As prepared as I thought I was, it still hit me just the same way, like a ton of bullets blasting into my chest. The description sounds dramatic, but heartbreak like that is one of the most painful and traumatizing things I've ever had to face and I just know that no matter how often it happens, it'll happen again. It's the inevitable, yet my greatest fear.

Over the next few years, it happened like clockwork and perhaps the lesson was that it was never about me, but for all practical purposes, I felt like it kept happening to me. In 2011, a young lady, who I considered to be a little sister, committed suicide. Just last year, I lost my aunt and an uncle, my dad lost 2 siblings...both events tragic and unexpected. Even when it hadn't happened, all I did was imagine death scenarios like some kind of mentally ill weirdo, wondering who would be next. To this day, I have nightmares where I wake up in sweat and eyes full of tears. Every time this occurs, I live my day with a cloud of fear haloing my head. .

In retrospect, I never did the best job at telling those individuals just how much they meant to me. It's hard for me to understand why I still don't express to people as much as I should how much I love them, how badly my entire being would be affected if they were no longer with me. In my mind, life is largely based on relationships and sometimes it's hard for me to allow people to get close to me, because everything in this life is temporary and death-in any sense of the word-is way too painful to take on too many different energies at once.

However, I'm fueled by fear, because it moves me to live life on purpose, to cherish each day, person, experience as they come. It makes me cognizant of the fact that it could all be gone in an instant, so being lead by fear isn't so bad when it forces me to have a heart of gratitude and to see the beauty everywhere. With every breath-knowing this one could be my last-I am thankful and lucky to be alive, to be blessed enough to have so many people love, care about, pray for, and support me through everything. Possibly, allowing fear to lead me may be a good thing and if it's not, I can only hope to see the light before it's too late...

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Keep working...

Creativity is an interesting world, because you can put so much time, energy, sweat into a passion project, put it out there, and no one even notices. And people have such short attention spans, we barely take the time to engage with other people's masterpieces unless it's criticism. People barely even hear you unless you have a huge platform to speak on. On the other hand, I know to just keep working, remember why I started, and stop looking for an applause.

The right people always show up when you're focused on what you have going on. The right people will be there to give you the extra push you need when you feel defeated. Some people will wait until you blow up to acknowledge the work. In the meantime, enjoy the journey and appreciate those individuals who have chosen to be a part of it in positive ways.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Music Collective: vol. 56 {Hymn}

Everything about this video is breathtaking; the choreography, the words, the melody are just crafted to perfection. I don't know much about the artist himself, but I am in love. Definitely adding this song to my Life in Sounds play list.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Consistency is K-I-N-G.

The main lesson I am constantly learning about is the art of consistency. It's one of those redudant lessons that repeats itself over and over again, primarily because I have yet to apply that knowledge to real life situations. A lot of the time, I'll find myself going in circles, just because I have yet to truly grasp what it is I'm supposed to be learning. That's what mistakes are designed to do; to teach you, and if you never learn, the cycles will continue until you do.

Although it makes me move at turtle speed when it comes to actually accomplishing certain things, I think I'm finally starting to catch on, finally starting to see how inconsistency confuses things, how it negatively affects the choices I make, and what kind of image it creates around my reputation. The only aspect innately positive about being inconsistent is the hope that it teaches you how to be more consistent, which-over time-has personally enabled me to get laser focused on the right things without getting distracted by nonsense and choosing to only dedicate myself, energy, and time to what propels me forward.

For instance, it does me no good to keep up with the process of constantly giving up and, in turn, constantly starting over. Consistently doing things that don't add value to my human experience is moving backwards and certainly not helping me accomplish anything. I've had to learn this the hard way, but now I know; better late than never.

This journey is all about trusting the process and I'm beginning to consider just how much forcing anything contradicts that law. If I'm forcing something to happen, especially when it comes to things that aren't properly aligned with my belief system nor my destiny, it interrupts the natural order of the universe. It's not to say that I should expect things to happen without any effort involved, but I presume that most of us understand very well and can sense when something isn't exactly flowing the way it's supposed to. 

Making small, consistent efforts towards something-whether it's cultivating an idea, building a relationship with someone, or whatever-will accomplish way more than force ever will. There is no need to rushing either, because as we become a part of the flow, we start to question why we didn't put more trust in the journey in the first place. We begin to better understand why certain things had to happen. Most importantly, we make room for things to manifest in such an organic way, that when things finally do fall into place, it feels right and noble and authentic, at least for me it does.

One thing I believe I've mastered, as it relates to doing what needs to be done to activate my dreams, is being able to move in silence; eventually, the work will speak for itself. There's a science behind being social without broadcasting my every move, even for someone who is active on most social media platforms.

Also note that people are always going to think/feel what they want about you. Why? Because, "Perception is 9/10 of the law." People are going to pry, speculate, discuss amongst themselves, offer unsolicited advice, whether you explain yourself or not, so it's really no point in dishing out intimate details, unless you feel inclined in your spirit to do so. I've gotten to a point where nothing I do is for validation, so whether a person decides to ignore me or watch me from the sidelines, it's a waste of time for me to entertain any of it. Regardless, I'm still confidently walking in my purpose, listening to what God has called me to do, and marching to the beat of my own drum.

That's where I am right now; silently and consistently working, not forcing anything, just constantly keeping my goals at the forefront of my mind and being mindful of where I am without neglecting to take small steps daily towards where I want to be.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Update on the #WhenSilenceSpeaks writing challenge: Apparently, I'm not that great with daily writing prompts, which is probably why the whole journalism route likely isn't for me. It's not only tedious, it also feels very forced in a way that bores me and I'm really not on that wave anymore. That's the main reason I was prompted to get back to the basics with blogging and write when I feel inspired to write. I think it's great that so many people are profiting from this and turning it into thriving businesses, which is what I plan to do with my other blog eventually. However, in this space, I want to simply be...and be myself, so it was nice while it lasted but...that's over, it's cancelled. (lol) Here are links to what I did conquer: 

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

11. to bloom in chaos

"Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace."

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Friday, February 10, 2017

10. fighting for love

After countless letters scripted, nights full of tears of hopeful longing, I finally gave up; because I no longer knew how to distinguish the blurry line between fighting for love and believing what is meat to be will be…and trusting that the universe is constantly working in perfect order. And not really knowing if love is supposed to be this confusing. If I’m being patient, what is it that I’m waiting for?

Perhaps, I didn't give up completely. Pieces of my heart are still fighting-fighting for hope, fighting to keep my faith in us alive, fighting on your behalf, fighting to function without you in the meantime, fighting to forget that people have free will, which has a tendency to destroy destiny’s map, but also a free will that you have chosen to not choose me. So again, I pose this question to myself, what am I even fighting for? Am I fighting for a chance? Am I fighting for reconciliation? Or am I fighting for to know the truth of if you would ever be able to love me again?

All I do know is, I miss the love of my life.
The love of my life is missing from me.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

07. controlled by confusion: en route.


It's been a while since I've sat down to write an impromptu post, but like I stated here, most of my attention-as far as blogging goes-has been redirected to the sports + music blog. Don't get me wrong; I have been so proud of myself lately and absolutely loving the content I've been putting out there. However, when it comes down to the more personal side of things, I haven't had much to say  other than what has been written a million times already. 

This post is already turning out to be like that awkward moment while you're having coffee with someone you haven't seen in years. 

The other day, someone posed a very triggering question: do people even read blogs anymore? For some reason, the question alone was discouraging. Given the pop up of blogs everywhere, it's become even harder to find new blogs with unique content and many of the blogs I love are falling off in a sense, or simply don't post as much or as consistently as they used to. And although it's nice in theory to attend local events and reach out to other bloggers in my area, I really have no interest in "networking" if I'm not building genuine connections in the process. 

For this to now officially be a personal blog, there isn't much personality here anymore. I think I've even lost sight of what I wanted this blog to be by listening to other influencers telling me what it should be and comparing myself to other bloggers who surpass me in every sense of the word. And maybe I am being too hard on myself, but I've reached a really odd mental place in figuring out how I want to go about continuing. All I know for sure is I don't want to stop simply because I find myself at a crossroads. Often times, I'll even have these perfect little life moments that I either draft something and talk myself out of posting it or don't document the moment at all. With that being said, I think it will do my soul well to play catch up and participate in #WhenSilenceSpeaks, a 30-day writing challenge, hosted by GG Renee of All the Many Layers. Not sure if it's in my best interest to write every single day, especially considering how late I started, but I will at least give it a try. 

And has been something I'm slowly chipping away at and something I haven't been 100% honest about, as I'm now approaching 10 years...yes, a full decade...since I graduated high school and have yet to graduate college. It's been a tough journey for a few different reasons, most of which I take full responsibility for and some due to surrounding circumstances. The problem isn't that I don't want to finish; it's just another one of those things I'm still trying to figure out.

"...(Hey Mama) I know I act a fool but, I promise you I'm going back to school
I appreciate what you allowed for me
I just want you to be proud of me..."

For some people, a degree isn't a big deal, but for me it's a huge deal, especially since it has literally been a bullet point on my goal list since I was a kid. Not being done and well in my career by now can be one of those haunting things that are easy to get lost in; I constantly have to remind myself to not fall into the trap of 'I should've done things right the first time around' and focus on what can be done and what needs to be done from here on out.

I know this post was all over the place, but honestly...this is what my life looks like to some extent, because I've unintentionally taken the unconventional route: searching for purpose and direction. trying to retrace my steps to better understand where I'm coming from without getting stuck in the quicksand of my past. Sorting through all the mixed signals I'm likely putting into the universe to gain some sort of clarity and peace of mind. All the while, making 'be positive. stay focused ' a daily practice.

So here's to another pointless rant. Thanks for letting me vent. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

05. everyday madness (realistic morning routine)

so, I'm really starting to dig this conversational approach I'm starting to take when it comes to the personality aspect of branding. who knew it took so much vulnerability to just be naturally casual and at ease? 
anyway, I was tagged by Disa to do this morning routines post a while ago. the post itself has been sitting in my drafts since then and today's prompt was everyday madness, figured it would go up today.  now that I'm beginning to settle thrive happily in a new and less chaotic morning routine and I seem to be much happier these days, I think it's perfect timing.

Work day: 

As the title suggest, I'm not a boss yet, but I'm working to get there, I don't have the luxury of creating my own schedule (yet). Lately, I've been waking up earlier, going to bed later, barely sleeping at all to be honest...or maybe, reserving sleep for the weekends. Either way, it works for me, because it gives me just enough time to "lounge" in the mornings and a window to work on other things (i.e. my blogs) after I get off.  Some days I can run on fumes and be okay; other days not so much. 
  • circa 5:45 a.m. first alarm goes off. Actually it sounds more like a high-pitched, yet serene awakening and I'm not sure if that was intentional in the new iOS update or what, but I enjoy it. 
  • Normally, I'd toggle between Gmail and other apps, then scroll through my varying social/news feeds for a good 45 minutes before getting out of bed. pretty then, I'll be replacing this with swim practice, but until then...
  • make my bed. brew a pot of coffee. cup of coffee #1 
  • 6:00 am Most days I'll grab a quick breakfast, like a green smoothie or toast, even though it's supposed to be the biggest meal of the day (if I'm not mistaken).
  • Now it's like...6:30 a.m. press play on whatever play list or album I'm listening to at the moment. Shower (10-15 min). Hygiene (5-8 min). Hair (a quick wash-&-go). 
  • grab pre-packed gym back and cup of coffee #2 [to-go]
  • 7:15 am Head to work. Sit in traffic. Jam session in my car. 
  • 8 am work day begins. 
  • If I'm able to, I'll get some studying and homework done at work.
  • 4:30 pm work day ends. 
  • More traffic. More time to listen to music to derail attention from road rage. 
  • I've been good about maintaining a consistent workout routine, so I head to the gym. I do a 10 min stretch followed by a 2-3 mi. jog/run and I'm out. If I don't go to the gym, I'll work out from home with the help of my favorite fitness apps. Next month, I'll be starting my two-a-day workouts for swimming.
  • Make it my business to be home by 5:45 PM so I can watch #TheSix, new fave sports talk show on SportsCenter. bra off...finally. lounge wear on. Find a cozy spot on the couch, work on fresh content for my blog and/or do some creative work while the TV is on, depending on what day it is. Multitasking at its finest.
{Oh yea...I moved back in with the parentals for a little while. 
By 2018, all the madness will make sense, believe me.}
  • Like I said, I stay up all night pretty much. On a good day, I'll wind down by 11:30 pm with bengal spice tea, mellow music, and my iphone...maybe a book, and fall asleep by 12:15 am.
  • Repeat.

Off day:

  • Oh the possibilities!!! No alarms. No to-do list, unless I'm running errands. No set attire. No schedules. To go on an adventure or do absolutely do nothing all day is my biggest conudrum. I know...I probably should do better at maximizing my productivity on the weekends, considering the amount of projects I'm working on right now, but...I'll get there, ideally.
  • circa 9:00 am, wake up. lay in bed + listen to music. browse through magazines. catch up on sports news. write in my journal. read. lounge a little, careful too not lounge too long, because I am the queen of staying in bed all day if i can. 
  • At this rate, I'll probably skip the gym if I've been proactive about going during the week. If I skipped a day this week, I'll go once I wake up. 
  • cup of coffee. 
  • by 11:00 am, I'm awake awake. turn the music louder. make bed. shower. hygiene. hair. 
  • Depending on my mood, I'll whip up an on-the-go smoothie 
  • 11:15 am dressed and out the door
  • Being realistic, I'm probably back home before the sun sets, because I just don't find much fulfillment in the night life anymore. 
  • 6 pm home. bra off. lounge wear on. Glass of wine? perhaps. If I'm feeling lavish I'll throw on a face mask, try a new recipe (my pinterest board is full of them), and mayyyybe start on a new Netflix series.
  • ...or I'll fall asleep by 10pm and wonder why I can't seem to do this on the days I need to...
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

12 Things to Do This Month | February 2017

Photography by: Jazmin Quaynor {via Unsplash}
Although I didn't get everything done from the monthly things to do, I've conquered at least 75% of what I said I was going to do thus far, so that's good enough to celebrate and with the right amount of leverage to move on to a fresh new list, adding only a few goals from previous list. That  being said, this goal format is turning out to be pleasantly productive and easy to manage.
  1. Talk less, do more
  2. Renew passport + purchase new luggage set*
  3. New ink. I already know the placement and exactly what I want to get. I'm thinking about making this my Valentine's Day treat to myself, but we shall see.
  4. Make weekend trips to the farmer's market more of a thing.
  5. Get back in the habit of buying myself fresh flowers...although it probably wouldn't even be considered a "habit", since I've only done this a few times. 
  6. Try this recipe (DIY Perfume Oil). By the way, the vegan chocolate ice cream attempt went swimmingly well and I'm excited to now have a more healthy alternative to my ice cream obsession.
  7. As a former athlete who has been steadily working at getting back into swimmer mode, two-a-day workouts slowly started making a comeback towards the end of January 2017. Not only do I need to drop some of this weight, I want to be back in peak performance shape. You heard it here first, folks; hold me accountable.
  8. Continue pushing and promoting content for The Sky Box Suite, which I am learning that although having a niche that's so heavily based on numbers, facts, and statistics requires a little more work, especially in trying to keep it as unorthodox as possible, it's been absolutely rewarding. This journey has honestly made me wish I kept going when I tried it the first time around. 
  9. Purchase a '.com'
  10. Take more pictures. This iPhone 7 Plus camera quality is literally everything, but maybe I don't get out enough to use it to its full potential. I definitely need to change that.
  11. Put in volunteer hours and invest time in things that matter to me.
  12. Pick back up the book I was writing and start working on it again. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

01. a different world

Most of us are familiar with the popular 90's sitcom, 'A Different World'. Loaded with references and nods to the HBCU experience and full of characters we could easily relate to. Back then, my favorite was Freddie Brooks and Denise Huxtable. When the new class came to Hillman, I became a huge fan of Lena James. However, as I binge watch the series in full, now that it's on Netflix, I'm beginning to see the show in a brand new light. 

It wasn't until I was older that I was able to relate to a really understated character in my opinion, Jaleesa Vinson-Taylor, a character played by Dawn Lewis, who was much older and more experienced than her fellow peers. After going through a tough divorce and probably a few failed attempts at trying to make it in the real world as a black woman without a degree, she made the decision to return back to college. Of course, she got a lot of side-eyes and negative attention at first, but it never stopped her from doing what she came to do. And eventually, the ones who questioned her position were the same ones who had the utmost respect for her when it was all said and done. This is why she is now me. 

Returning to school is something that I tend to overthink and end up feeling defeated about. Somehow, watching this show again made me revisit all times I told myself 'it's never too late', yet allowing my doubts and insecurities get the best of me...or allowing others to influence decisions that I have to make myself. I have to remember that it's not a race, that some of us take longer to get our lives together and that's OK. That's why it's nice to have little reminders to stay focused and keep going.

{This post is a part of the #WhenSilenceSpeaks writing challenge, hosted by 
GG Renee of All the Many Layers.} 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


{This writing challenge is hosted by @GGReneeWrites of All the Many Layers}

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