Solo Travel: 10 Lessons You’ll Learn While Traveling

  1. You’re destination is hardly ever as dangerous as family, friends, and the media portray it to be.

Earlier this year, when I first told my family and friends that I was going to travel  through Africa, solo, they had a fit. This was probably the most absurd decision I’ve ever made in their eyes. I was going to get killed, raped, kidnapped, or contract H.I.V (I can’t make this stuff up). Outside of family and friends, there’s also the media. Now we know all know that the media portrays Africa as one, if not the most dangerous place on earth. So according to “them,” I was doomed before I even set foot on African soil. Continue reading Solo Travel: 10 Lessons You’ll Learn While Traveling

Shaping The Children For Success: A Generation of Historic Social Change

As a new contributor to this blog, I thought long and hard about how I would introduce myself to you.  I thought about doing something light or witty.  Then I thought maybe I should do something trendy, but the truth is I wouldn’t know a trend even if it was dropped on my doorstep in an amazon prime box.  All I can do is introduce you to the me I am today, but in order to do that, I must first take you back twenty and a bit years. Continue reading Shaping The Children For Success: A Generation of Historic Social Change

Backpacking Through Africa: Celebrity Status In The Most Unlikely Of Places

Admit it. We’ve all dreamed of having our 15 minutes a fame. Some of us may have had the opportunity to do so. For those who know me, I’ve always had a bit of hippie in my blood. A true dare-devil in a sense. I made a promise to myself that I would take my FIRST (not only) backpacking trip through a foreign country before I turned 30. Little did I know that this foreign country would turn into 8 countries through Africa. Below is a snippet from my experience earlier this year… Continue reading Backpacking Through Africa: Celebrity Status In The Most Unlikely Of Places

Self Care: You Are a Priority Not an Option

Self care, I believe it to be one of the most selfish selfless acts one can do, particularly those of us living in our 30s.  No, that statement was not a typo, it is more like an oxymoron.  Simply put, it is all about you taking care of you and making sure your mind, body and spirit are well. Some would say that is an act of selfishness when in essence it really expresses the statement: “make sure your house in order before inviting others to come over.” Western society has us trained to believe that we must always help our fellow man, lend our neighbor a hand at all cost…even at our expense. Continue reading Self Care: You Are a Priority Not an Option

Is my womanhood measured by the length of my heels?

“I’m not the average girl from your video, and I ain’t built like a super model, but I learned to love myself unconditionally, because I am a queen.” ~India Arie~

Everything about me screams lady. I’m feminine. I’m beautiful. I have a smile to die for. But, I’m not into heels. I’m not into makeup. I wear my hair natural…I like to dress comfortable. This isn’t to say that I don’t carry myself like a lady, but I’m a far cry from your average fashionista. I had to define ladylike for myself, without the influence of the media and my peers.

“Figuring out my own agenda was vital so that I could know that I was in an alignment with my truth.”

At this moment in time, my definition of fashion is wearing what I love and feeling comfortable in what I have on. Continue reading Is my womanhood measured by the length of my heels?

Interview with Tennielle Clark: Founder and CEO of Pretty And Perched.

I was lucky enough to come across PrettyAndPerched via instagram and I’m so happy that I did! What an amazing journey this young lady is on. She aspires to inspire women to live the best life they can, NOW. Not tomorrow, or next year. I knew I had to interview the lovely Tennielle. Read our Q&A session below.  Continue reading Interview with Tennielle Clark: Founder and CEO of Pretty And Perched.

Knocking on 30’s Door: 28 Birthdays and Counting

Lights flicker as I hear the restaurant doors burst open and my family and friends walk towards me singing Happy Birthday. 28 candles beam atop a beautiful cake. I suddenly start to panic! Just the other day I was turning 22! Could this be possible?!

“Suddenly the sense of urgency to get your life together comes over you like a flood.”

Continue reading Knocking on 30’s Door: 28 Birthdays and Counting