How to Make a Plan to Achieve Your Goals

Goals

After determining that your goal is SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) you have to say to yourself, “How am I going to make it happen.”

No matter what goal you are trying to achieve, you will have to determine what your objectives are, and what activities you will engage in to help you meet those objectives. You will also have to determine what outcomes you expect to measure alongside those activities as you move towards your target date. Continue reading “How to Make a Plan to Achieve Your Goals”

How to Conduct a SWOT Analysis for Your Personal Goals

SWOT Analysis

Before you attempt to take on any goal, you must ask yourself do you have what you need to be successful in achieving that goal. A SWOT Analysis is a tool that helps you do just that.

SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. A SWOT Analysis a valuable tool that will give you a thorough lay of the land in which you operate. It will give you the knowledge you need to make sure you can properly lay out your goal game plan. Continue reading “How to Conduct a SWOT Analysis for Your Personal Goals”

Food Face Off: Milk Bar versus Buttercream Bakeshop

Cookies at Butter Cream Bakeshop

As I’ve mentioned time after time, DC is a foodie paradise. There are so many good eats here that one could go an entire year without eating the same deliciousness twice if they wanted to. The options presented to us by the culinary creatives here can seem overwhelming at times, but that’s why I’m here, to make your life easier by eating everything and telling you all about it.

Recently, I decided to try and find the best cookie in the city. My first stop was Milk Bar. I had been anticipating the coming of Milk Bar to DC for quite some time.   It’s popular in New York and I had heard that their cookies were to die for. Needless to say, when I saw one was coming to town I was estatic.

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How to Set SMART Goals for Your Life

SMART Goals

Have you ever said that there was something that you wanted to do, something that you wanted to have, or somewhere you wanted to go but never saw anything come of it? It’s nice to have dreams. To envision yourself in a better place, doing better things, or just being better, is wonderful.

Our dreams help us lay the foundation for where we want to go. However, if you never take the time to create a plan of action around your dreams, you aren’t setting goals, and goals are what you need if you want to turn your dreams into reality. Continue reading “How to Set SMART Goals for Your Life”

Recycling Fun with Food on a Bun

Halfsmoke

Randomly, I found myself getting off the Metro Bus in northwest DC a few blocks from my old office on U Street. I couldn’t have been more than two blocks from my stop before the clouds exploded, pouring down rain, with gusting winds, and bringing a flash flood. It was horrible. I was going to a press event and dressed in pumps. Running was definitely out of the question. Quickly, I scanned the landscape for a spot to hideaway and when I looked up I realized I was standing right in front of a fairly new restaurant I had never seen before. It was called Halfsmoke. I dash in and was immediately consumed by the mouth watering aroma of grilled meat. I had found paradise and the carnivore in me wanted to scream and do a dance of joy. I wanted that meat so badly that I was ready to say oh well it’s raining let’s eat! LOL ? Continue reading “Recycling Fun with Food on a Bun”

International Women’s Day: Wakanda and the Vision for Women in Africa

The female warriors of Wakanda’s Dora Milaje in Marvel’s 2018 film, “Black Panther,” are revered for their strength and beauty. This portrayal of these women has been heralded for its empowering message to little girls, particularly little Black girls.

Based on the recounts of many online, viewers have been emotionally swept by the images of bold, brave, kick-ass women, leaders in their own right. And although this is a powerful experience to have, we mustn’t forget that it isn’t real. Wakanda is a vision of an African nation we want to birth, not an African nation that currently exists.

“The harvest is now. We lack nothing. We are here and we are ready to determine our OWN destiny.”

And then Danai ended her speech with commanding us ONWARD in Wakandan like she would the Dora Milaje and so I am now inconsolable. #BlackWomeninHollywood pic.twitter.com/zLdfvjGVUW

— Sylvia Obell (@SylviaObell) March 1, 2018

It’s true that many African cultures are perceived to be matriarchal, and certainly many follow a matriarchal lineage when it comes to status and ethnic identity. However, the status of women all over the continent is a far cry from those of the fabled Dora Milaje.

In 2018, women in Africa suffer higher rates of poverty, are significantly less educated than their male peers, hold far less political positions than men, and lack access to capital, a vital component for economic empowerment. Violence against women is rampant, including female genital mutilation, and little girls are still married off as child brides in alarming numbers.

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Food Adventure: National Bagel Day at Bullfrog Bagels

When I was in grad school, I had a very close friend who happened to be Jewish. He was a bagel fanatic and he taught me tons about the history of bagel making by Jewish people. He would go on and on about how real bagels should taste. I would laugh at him for being so picky. However, I must say that after spending so much time with him hunting for that authentic bagel flare, I have become a bit of a bagel snob. If my bagel isn’t chewy and if it has the consistency of Wonder Bread, I’m gonna be upset!

Imagine my joy when I discovered that I had a magical bagel shop right in my neighborhood that serves up fresh baked bagels with their own in house cream cheese. Joy, complete joy, that’s all I can say about the feeling I got from eating my first Bullfrog bagel.

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Happy New Year! Let’s Rock 2018. ?

Happy New Year

Here’s to a glorious 2018!

Now that 2017 is coming to an end, it’s time to get ready for winning in 2018.

I’m thankful for those of you who have attended my previous workshops and I’m looking forward to seeing new faces in these upcoming sessions.

Based on survey responses, I’m offering these workshops focused around helping you accomplish your goals and helping you to be more productive.

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