That One Day: A tribute to rebel girls

I stumbled upon this short film by accident while I was looking for another online. However, I must say that it struck a chord with me that I think many people who find that they don’t quite fit into any box can easily identify with. It starts out by showing a young girl, dressed rather…

5 Lessons Learned From 43 Years of Being Me

Yesterday was my 43rd birthday and, unlike most birthdays, I spent most of the day alone. I woke up early and got in a great workout. I then took a long hot shower and slathered myself in J’adore body creme (my new favorite personal indulgence). Afterwards, I slid into an oversized tee and sat on…

Who Says Black People Can’t Swim?

The mayor of DC, Muriel Bowser, and the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) invited DC residents and city officials to “Jump in DC.” This was a fabulous way to get city residents to come out an enjoy the water. I especially liked that this event was in the predominantly black part of town. My baby holding my hand in…

Food Face Off: Milk Bar versus Buttercream Bakeshop

Cookie time at Milk Bar, City Center 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…

Recycling Fun on a Bun

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…

Loneliness

It’s times like this when the loneliness is so intense it’s as if there is a noose around my neck.  It cripples me with grief and makes even the simplest task seem like the most daunting feat.  Amazing how draining it can be to long to be held, to long to be kissed and caressed,…

How to Conduct a SWOT Analysis for Your Personal Goals

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…

How to Set SMART Goals for Your Life

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…

How to Make a Plan to Achieve Your 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…

5 Ways to Make Money On Your Own Time

Tired of the 9-5 life but think it’s impossible to live without the predictability of a regular pay check? What if I told you that there are plenty of ways to make great money, working less hours, and having fun in the process. Well, there are and I know because I’m the master of making…