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How I Celebrated Black History Month

It was about February 15th before I realized I hadn’t put any effort into celebrating Black History Month outside of reposting some memes. Honestly, it was an Instagram post I shared that made me realize I was coming up short. I’m no stranger to black history being a black woman in America. I am Nina Simone’s mantra, James Brown’s anthem, I am black black. So, when February 15th hit I ran across this post “10 Things White People Can Do To Celebrate Black History Month” It is a wonderful list that, quite frankly, should be practised by black people as…

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Poetry

I spent a little time this year writing my thoughts out in my notes app, here are two raw moments. Unfinished yet Eternal Currently serves as the theme for my life. So many things I have encountered and started are unfinished right now. I have not made it nor have I arrived, but I’m pressing forward. “To what?” is the question. Right now I can’t tell you where I’ll be in five years, who I’ll be with, or how much money I will be making. Right now, I am unfinished for sure. Transition isn’t an unusual place for me, but this…

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#MirrorProtest

Before you take the streets. What is your morning practice? What do you get up in the morning and do? Do you read, do you take your time in the shower? Is it the coffee? Can I suggest a practice for us? I would advise everyone to incorporate a Mirror Protest (#MirrorProtest). With all the frustrations we are facing in our country (USA) its very easy to let our pessimism show. It’s easy to dog someone, or share that meme that is derogatory, or express your ‘true’ feelings at the water cooler. An important part of this #MirrorProtest is believing…

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Christmas/Birthday Gift List

Goodday, I wanted to share my Christmas/Birthday list for this year since I usually combine the two! Don’t worry if you didn’t have time to pick something up for me at Christmas, there’s plenty of time until my birthday. As always I am not opposed to used, resold, discount items. This year the list is small only due to the fact they are registries. Coffee (aka nectar of the Gods) – the Cold Brew Shandy is to die for. Some outdoor gear for a trip next year – REI registry Amazon Kindle gift card/books Herschel – umbrella, duffle, bookbag A…

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The 20%

How a year of giving changed my eyes. In the year of our Lord 2017, I resolved to give 20% of my income. At the time I was making about $54k dollars per year, living modestly and still earning more than enough. I’m an independent single adult female who lives with roommates so there aren’t many pricy responsibilities in my life.  Why I chose to do this? Well, I figured adjusting my lifestyle to accommodate for giving right off the life transition I made at the end of 2016 would be beneficial. I was new on my job and planning…

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2017 Top Ten Most DC Moments

This year’s list is a bit more lighthearted than my usual end of the year reflection. To celebrate moving into the District of Columbia I’ve decided to share my Top Ten Most DC Moments. It was the best of times and the worst of times… 10. DC Funk Parade This was an easy candidate for this list. It just screams DC. You know funk, Chuck Brown, a parade, concerts, all on U Street. I had a fun day and spotted some new artists I love (like Ressa Renee). What made this so DC? Well, the fact that is was raining…

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End of 2016

Thank God. I don’t care how you feel about 2016 and what it brought you, that sentence is still true. Be thankful. This year was a year of gifts for me. It was amazing. I started the year with one of the biggest blessings I’ve ever received. I was gifted an airline ticket to spend the holidays with my family, a ticket that took me from India to the US and back–business class. Generosity, was a constant theme for me this year. People have been overtly and overly generous to me this year. From housing, to Rio 2016, to gifts,…

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I have long fingernails

My nails are real long I have long nail beds, I have big hands. It’s hereditary. But I don’t like the fact that my nails are long. It means I haven’t been working, It means I haven’t been moving. I’m pretty sure my great grandmother didn’t have long fingernails. It’s pretty hard to pick cotton and clean clothes on a washboard And manage to have long nails. Long nails are something I can enjoy. Yes, because of my great grandmother, but also because of my grandmothers My grandmothers never wore their nails long. Cooking for 8+ kids every day wouldn’t…

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