The experience of going to the movie theaters will never be the same for me. Listening to a sermon at church will never be the same for me. Picking up toiletries at Walmart will never be the same for me. Attending a concert of my favorite musician will never be the same for me. I encourage you to play your role to reduce gun violence in this country, in whatever way you see fit.
I have undergone a transformation. I'm like a butterfly that emerged from a cocoon after experiencing some tough challenges. I'm better for it. I'm thankful for the hard times because I'm happy with the woman that it has made me. I'm also grateful for what the tough times forced me to do. Live within my … Continue reading My Life Changed Once I Started Doing These Things
Hey S&T! I'm a newlywed! My wedding was in August. Ceremony and reception were both beautiful. The best part is that I married the man of my dreams. My wedding vows are written below: You are my favorite person. Kind-hearted, brilliant and driven. Considerate and encouraging. Wise and positive. You have changed me. You've changed … Continue reading My Wedding Vows
I've always loved the art of storytelling. But, I never thought that story-telling could make the large impact on the world that I've always desired to make. Perhaps, this is the reason why I never took it as seriously as my career in healthcare. Because healthcare is more noble than storytelling, right? Wrong. As Viola … Continue reading The Power of a Good Story
Every morning when I was in elementary school, I would wake up and complete my routine: wake up, read Bible, pray, bathe, brush teeth, get dressed, and eat breakfast. After breakfast, however, I would make my way back to my bedroom and write my schedule for the day on my dry erase board. The board would look … Continue reading The Doctor Orders For A Successful Career
I grew up in the Greater Atlanta area, in a city 20 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta called Marietta. My house is located right off Sandy Plains Rd. My family and I moved to that home in 1992. Back then, Sandy Plains was two lane street. It was a stark contrast from what it is … Continue reading Where My Fondest Memories Were Created
Career-wise, the last 5 years of my life have been the most challenging years ever. I finished my graduate school studies during the Great Recession and attempted to land a job at government and not-for-profit organizations, which were badly affected by the economy's downturn. In July 2015, I took a leap of faith and drove 331 miles up to North Carolina to begin a new life. I couldn't be happier about the outcome.
It is only appropriate that I bid farewell to one of my best years ever by updating my blog. It has been a phenomenal year for me. I was unhappy with my life in December 2014 and in February 2015, I decided to make a change. I did what was necessary to make the change I … Continue reading So Hard To Say Goodbye…
The radio can be a bully. How many times has a song played on the radio and you didn't like, so you flipped to the next station that was playing the same song? No matter what station you found yourself listening to, the song was always on the radio. It was as if the radio is trying to tell you, "I don't care what you do, but you are going to like this song. I am going to force you to like this song." This is precisely what happened between me and my local radio stations. But, a positive outcome occurred. I began to appreciate the words from the seemingly ubiquitous pop song, "Love Myself" by Hailee Steinfield. The song so closely reflects the message of this blog that I couldn't resist posting.
I had my first "boyfriend" in kindergarten. I've place boyfriend in quotation marks here because I chuckle at how simple boyfriend/girlfriend relationships were in my childhood days. Feelings and commitment were foreign to me. My peers and I changed our boyfriends like we changes our socks. Boyfriends were only something we had in order to have something … Continue reading My First Boyfriend
When the time comes for you to make a change, you will become so uncomfortable. You'll have no other choice but to change.
You can always tell a woman's age by her attitude towards relationships. Women in their 20's are constantly second-guessing themselves; worrying about maintaining their crush's interest, and obsessing about how cute or athletic their beau is. Women in their 30's, on the other hand, are purposeful. They don't waste time; they have a five-year plan (which … Continue reading Dating In Your 30’s Vs Dating In Your 20’s
Country music served as the background soundtrack to a time in my life when I didn't have to worry about anything. So, today, I'd like to welcome Friday by sharing my all-time favorite Country Music songs with you.
On my free time, I've been reading articles on financial management, stories about billionaires, and other miscellaneous articles on attaining wealth. The tips I've obtained from such sources have been so simple; you'd think that everyone should know this, but apparently, they don't. If they did, I suppose everyone would be wealthy. Here are some tips on obtaining financial wealth.
A couple of years ago, I was interviewing for a position at a start-up. I had been on the job-hunt for several months and was becoming more and more desperate to land a job. The interview was going very well. The interviewer seemed impressed with my experience and credentials, and we were developing a good rapport. Given the engaging conversation we were having, I didn't think anything of it when he so casually asked me where I was living and whether I planned on moving away from home. In a sly manner, he added, "And you don't plan on having children anytime soon, do you?" It was so sudden that I didn't even have a chance to think about it. I was 26 at the time, so having children was the furthest thing from my mind, for I was married to my career. I quickly answered, "No." He offered me the position the next day.
They say honesty is the best policy. I suppose that's true when it comes to things like, telling your friend that the outfit she's wearing does not look good on her. It's true when your boyfriend says something that hurts your feelings and you have to confront him about it. It's true when taking an … Continue reading Honesty Ain’t The Best Policy
As I grow older and become more confident in my decisions, I realize how much I used to share with friends and relatives in order for them to validate me. I also realize how precarious of a position this is, for no one on this earth will understand you better than you. Looking to people for approval for who you are and what you're doing makes them into a god. And, ain't no one on this earth is worthy of that title.
The article below articulates my thoughts on marriage and long-term relationships. Our choice of a life partner is the biggest decision we will ever make and as such, we should choose carefully, not hastily. Furthermore, our goal should not be to get married before our biological clock runs out of time, but to marry the right … Continue reading The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Life Partner
My boyfriend and I are approaching our 2 year anniversary and I just turned 30 years old. I understand why so many relatives and friends are becoming increasingly more curious about when will tie the knot. As my elder no-nonsense cousin so eloquently stated during the early stages of my boyfriend and my relationship, "You're not … Continue reading What To Consider Before Asking A Couple When They Are Getting Married
"Where are you from?" may sound like a straightforward question, but if you moved around a lot as a child or you are of a mixed race or cultural heritage, this question can become complicated to answer. Mix in the possibility that the race or culture that you identify with rejects or mocks you, you may be left to feel like an orphan child.