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Happy New Year and all my love in 2017! So much has happened over the last few weeks, but I’m back on track and ready to share and connect. 2016, was a rough year for me, health-wise, relationship wise, everything-wise. Lots of set-backs and disappointments but I’m in a really healthy place right now, where I want to turn the chaos of the last year into something fruitful and worthwhile. I would be a liar, if I said that I know the direction that  and I want this blog to go in. I want to talk about the things that make me happy, inspire me, keep me grounded and what I do to be fulfilled. That means being honest about some of my short-comings, my lack of discipline, my ego and my anxiety about certain things. I’m scared but hopeful that I can work through my issues and find a group of like-minded people who I can share and bond with. So, will you share this journey with me The highs, low, and all the nooks and crannies that are uncertain? Will you rejoice and cry with me? Most importantly, can we learn from each other? Let’s face everything together, it will be challenging but I believe we’ll be much stronger people because we did this as a team!

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just a word of advice

I’m a hypocrite but GET YOUR EYEBROWS DONE. Stop doing it at the nail salon, go to Benefit or a Brow Bar and get your eyebrows shaped by a professional. Its more expensive and takes about 20 minutes but “bad eyebrows” take months to grow out. If you haven’t had your eyebrows mapped for your face yet, treat yourself and do it. It’s important and life-changing.



500 Challenge




Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner and I cannot wait! I love spending time with friends but I also love all the delicious food and my family puts on a spread. The only downside is that I tend to gain at least 5 pounds during the holiday and I really want to enjoy my favourite treats while keeping physically active. So I’ve decided to do a work out challenge and I want YOU to join me!

So this is the challenge, everyday until December 23rd we’re going to do the “500 Challenge”

100 Crunches, 100 push ups, 100 Burpee Hybrids, 100 Squats and 100 leg lifts.

Are you up for the challenge? This isn’t to replace your normal workout, it’s to add to it. My suggestion is to break the sets up (10, 20, 30) and to do the workout over the course of several hours. Let’s get physical!


*for safety, please google or YouTube the different moves for proper form








Things Will Fall Apart

And when everything is falling apart,

when life presents roadblocks,

when breathing is difficult and no one understands.

When money doesn’t stretch,

when your friend turns into a foe,

when those you trust, leave.

When simple discussions turn into arguments,

when sweetness turns into bitterness.

When life is painful,

when your good deeds go unnoticed.

When people talk about you instead of pray for you.

When all you want to do is lay down, when you’ve slept for hours but you’re still tired.

These are the moments that you have to dig deep into the well of faith.

This is when you have to shut out naysayers and lean on your inner strength

Don’t allow this moment to derail or thrwart your efforts

Your uneasiness might very well be the gate to next sucess

Mental Peace

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been looking for a place that I can call my own where I can write, listen to music, look at my art books and not worry about the pressure or expectations that life hurls at me. Am I delusional to think that a place like that exists, perhaps, but I still long for a place where I can just “be”. My living situation since arriving in New York has been nothing short of tumultuous. I tend to attract people who like to control my every move and who enjoy micro-managing me. This isn’t new to me, but I am in place where I’m exhausted with having to “squish” myself into what the people in my life expect of me. Rejecting “the squish” has happened not only at the place where I lay my head but also in my church life and relationships. I just want to be free and to do what makes me happy and unfortunately it’s taken me a long time to understand my needs and more importantly to understand that my needs are important. I’ve learned to divorce people who rob me of my happiness or who force me into places or conversations that put me in mental anguish. I realize that it’s not my job to save people or to smile so hard that my teeth hurt or to ignore emotionally abusive behaviour. I’m no longer baited into conversations that don’t promote resolutions and I now accept that I’m not psychic, so reading people’s minds and anticipating their needs is no longer my burden. It it easy? Absolutely not, it’s taxing, uncomfortable and humbling but the peace that I’ve received has been remarkable. Loving myself wholly is a lot of work but it’s the most rewarding work I’ve ever done.


On a lighter note, how was your weekend? Did you do anything fun? I watched ‘Miss Peregrine’s ome for Pecuilar Children: I HATED IT

I got a lamb pita at a food truck in Harlem:I LOVED IT

I listened to Solange’s NEW album, “A Seat at the Table” and it”s glorious as expected.

Off for more adventures in this busy and itimidating city!



MUST BUY: Pier 1 Import: Asian Spice



Many moons ago, I used to buy Pier 1 Import Reed Diffuser. They smelled great and were a wonderful alternative to room sprays. My Mom recently rediscovered them and has been nagging me to buy ‘Asian Spice”. Well, I picked one up yesterday and I’m a idiot for having waited so long. I’m huge on aromatherapy. I love my place to smell amazing and I use different scents  to combat stress, insomnia, and my general mood. The concept of how reed diffuser work is pretty simple. The scent infiltrates the reeds and leaves your room smelling amazing. They also last for up to 2 months which is economical and they’re reusable. Pier ! describes Asian Spice® oil as being —a fusion of clove and grassy vetiver, spiced with hints of patchouli, coriander and sweet musk. It truly smells heavenly and it’s a great scent to de-stress with. If you’d like to try Asian Spice or the wide vatiety of diffusers diffusers that Pier 1 Import has, follow the link! here

What’s your go to scent in times of happiness or stress? Are you a candle, room spray or reed diffuser kind of gal? If you have a favourite scent, please let me know in the comments!





This has been an awesome week! While some areas in my life have finally began to flourish, there’s other  aspects of my life that are beginning to crumble. Over the next few days, I’m going to have to take the time to make an assessment over my life choices and the different paths that I want to take. This won’t be easy as I feel like “emotional tumbleweed” most of the time. I decided that I’d write down some of my goals as a way to purge and declutter  and to keep myself on task.

  1. I want to focus on writing and producing pieces that center on beauty and wellness
  2. I want to start a graduate program in African-American Studies
  3. I want to heal myself physically and emotionally
  4. I want to find diverse and exciting ways to generate income
  5. I want to start singing again
  6. I want to live somewhere where I’m free to be creative
  7. I want to live in New York for the next 5 years
  8. I want to be happy

These goals are attainable and I plan to break them into mini-goals until I can successfully tick them off. Ae you a goal-setter? Is there anything you’re dying to do but you don’t where to start? There is power in the pen and until you write down your goals and what you want to do to make yourself happy, you’ll always be in the same spot, banging your head against the wall. Let’s start a goal chain! Leave 2 goals in the comment section and tell me how you plan to achieve them.




Taraji P. Henson for MAC

I woke up this morning and started my morning ritual, emailing clients and sipping on tea. I literally shrieked when I read through my email from MAC reminding me today that I could purchase Taraji’s new collection online. Without hesitation, I oredered everything except the eyeliner and brush. It’s not often that you see women of colour helming a beauty line, especially dark skinned women, so I’m very excited for Taraji and happy to support her on this venture. My day got even brighter when I got a invite view the collection up close and personal with  beauty guru Isabel Bodeya. Have you bought anything from the collection? If you haven’t already, please do!




Beauty Review: Barlean’s Essential Woman


barleans_essential_woman_capsI’m not the best at taking my vitamins but I understand how important they are to my overall health. Of late, I’ve been really interested in how my hormones work and I’ve been adding supplements to help boost my immune system, ease premenstrual symptoms and to promote growth and glow with skin and nails. A friend of mine told me about Barlean’s Essential Woman, it combines flaxseed oil, rosemary oil, and evening primrose oil which is essential for overall health and hormone balancing. I started using it during a time when my cramps were really bad and my hormonal acne was out of control. After two weeks of talking these supplements my skin calmed down and my cramps are much more manageable. I also take magnesium, black seed oil, B12 and probiotic. What’s in your medicine cabinet?



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