Monday, January 6, 2014



     I  have to first give thanks to GOD for allowing me to see another year in good health and spirits.  In keeping a piece of my vision and goals for 2014, I have to post to this blog more often.  I am pushing for at least once a month.  I have not post for over a year for various reasons, but I must say it's feeling real good to be back!
     I have so many ideas and things I want toe accomplish in 2014. I've been collecting artifacts for my vision board. Actually instead of a vision board, I am using a Smash Book (remember those from the early 90's) to collect my thoughts and plans for 2014.  Yes, Smash Books are BACK thanks to scrap-booking.  See more here --->SMASH Book blog
     Basically, I have decided that 2014 will be about self-preservation where I will RESET & REFOCUS. After, I cannot try and take care of the world if I am not taking care of myself.

     GOAL #1:  Take time for my mental, physical, and spiritual health.

  • Be purposeful about clean eating and up my workouts at the gym.  Believe it or not, I have been at it for a little over a year now. August 2014 will make 2 years and boy do I have some short-term goals to set.  
  • Grow in my spiritual life via daily affirmations, meditations, prayer & supplications.  My life had turned into a rat-race in 2013 and by the end of it, I had lost total ground. By RESETting my personal goals and REFOCUSing the vision for my life, I am sure to experience some serious "bounce-back" and I can't wait.
  • Balance my life as a mother who works a full-time time job with extra duties plus two very demanding part-time jobs that I am passionate about.  I thought about hiring a LifeCoach to help me expedite these plans, but we'll see. ;-) I also plan on looking into Feng Shui .  I will let y'all know how that goes.
     GOAL #2: Get back to what's important to me as a person and the vision I have for my life.

  • Give back to the community. Being involved is important to me.  Not only does it help to make you a better person, but it is also increases your network.  I pledge to do a few community/charity projects for 2014 whether I do it alone or in a partnership. I am thinking of stating small and do 3 projects for 2014--one for Winter, one for Spring and one for Fall.  I will keep you posted!
  • Re-hash my long, lost love for writing including videos and interviews. I realize that I failed royally at keeping an active blog, but life got overwhelming and I failed at lots of things.  Plus since starting grad school over 5 years ago, leisure writing amongst other personal passions went right out the door. #teambounceback
  • Finish this darn Doctorate degree in International Education. Lord, I am going to need you like never before for this one.  Every since my car accident a few years ago, I have not been able to bring myself back to writing and researching my topic. The medics never found any physical damage to my brain, but I swear something was loosened and triggered the part of the brain where procrastination resides.  If anyone is willing to assist me in this area, please sign up HERE!  I eventually want to work in International schools consulting, teaching, or as a school administrator.
  • Re-invent my business plans and ideas.  That's just about all I will say on this one as I have not quite narrowed my thoughts down as to what I can fully be committed to doing.  However, since I am starting with writing, that's one huge step in the right direction.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Spring Break 2012: Atlanta HBCU Tour

Hey folks,
Well, my Spring is officially over :-(.....
Stay tuned for pics of my trip, but in the meantime enjoy the pics for this blogging moment. 
Here are a few items I purchased while on my trip. I absolutely adore these paper earrings made from recycled paper purchased at House of Suna at store located at the West End Mall in Atlanta, GA.

Paper earrings (back)
Paper earrings with painted designs (front)

The following items were purchased 5 for $10 at a jewelry kiosk in Cumberland Mall:

wooden set (bracelet and earrings)

black wooden set (earrings and bracelet)
Shells bracelet


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Miami trip (pic heavy)

This post will be few words and mostly pictures.  Thanks to fellow blogger residing in Miami, Curves and Confidence, for recommending places to visit. Enjoy the pics...
Settling in at the Trump Towers

Nite club in South Beach

waitress at SOBE Nite Club

wall of fame at SOBE Nite Club

smoke shop on beach (i love the artwork of bongs)

Mansion Nite Club

view of South Beach from my hotel

at the pool on this windy day getting a little sun before the rain

swimming pool at hotel

Tiffany Fantasia Show at Palace on South Beach

drag queen show

drag queen show

drag queen show

drag queen show

drag queen show


a few gay friends wanted to take a pic

drag queen show

drag queen show

where i laid my head...ahhhh

rainy day

local mall scenery

me at ZARA

just being silly in my custom made tee by Diane

edited photo to cut my BFF out, she was a little under the weather

ordering lunch

ordering lunch...yes it took two to place my order...LOL!

fav pic of us!


Sephora: much needed items

It has been a while and I do apologize for staying away so long, but as you may well know life happened and I got behind on everything.

Here are some pics of my latest find at Sephora in JCP.  I am so looking forward to the sporting the colors in the eyeshadow palette. I love earth tones because I can wear them daily and they are easy to change from day to night.  I have quite a few earth tone palettes. Some I like and others will be tossed out because they aren't working for me.   I have never tried Sephora's eyeshadows before, keeping my fingers crossed on a love connection. Pics of me wearing them to follow soon.

Blush and eyeshadow palette

Burnished Cocoa

Raspberry Sheen Blush


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

January obsession

I sometimes tickle myself.  I should be writing posts for a work project, but I find myself here on my personal (private) blog instead.  Passion is a mutha!
At any rate,  I was on quite a vintage brooch kick the first week in January.  Thank God it has subsided (some).  I swear I remember these brooches from the 1980's.  I can recall having one or two that I shared with my mother. I liked them then and I LOVE them now.  I had initially went on a massive brooch-hunt because I wanted to use them as an embellishment for some DYI jewelry and to wear on a plaid blazer that I found at the newly opened Savers thrift store in Woodbury.

vintage brooch shown here was given to me by a co-worker who once was a jewelry rep for Napier