A few weeks ago I took what I consider my first “adult” vacation. I ventured to Martha’s Vineyard with a group of close friends and it was a week of nothing but love, laughter and realizations. One of those realizations came late after dinner one night. We were all huddled in a room and naturally the topic of relationships/dating came up as it does amongst 20-somethings. At this point in the trip I hadn’t shared much about my dating life because, as far as I’m concerned, nothing is happening in that area – I’m talking desert dry, tumbleweed included – so there was nothing to report. Regardless, I found myself opening up about my more recent forays into the world of dating, which have left a lot to be desired and have had me believing I’ve been doing something wrong.
Atlanta is notorious for HOT + HUMID summers and after experiencing 24 summers here you would think I’m used to it. Not the case. Since I can’t walk around sans clothing, I have to settle for finding cute pieces to keep me cool during the sweltering summer months (tough life, I know). Enter this perfect romper to beat the heat in style. (more…)
I’m in a slump and I haven’t wanted to admit it out loud. The past couple of weeks I have been feeling incredibly “off”. Things are shifting and I’m trying to find my place, my solid ground, my launching pad to keep growing. I’m in this space of feeling like I’m continuously falling short in multiple areas of my life. I’m trying so hard to reach this abstract place of being on and poppin’ 24/7/365 in my professional and personal life, although I don’t know that that’s humanly possible. In short, I’m feeling defeated and that I’m not good enough, which is tough to admit.
I know in my heart of hearts that I am good enough. I know this won’t last and the space I’m in is temporary. God designed me with the mind and heart to win and I will. Life exists in a series of peaks and valleys and I’m in the midst of a valley right now. I’m only truly defeated if I stay here. And I won’t.
I already feel better by being able to get those thoughts out of my head and “talking” it out. Clearing the bad thoughts to make room for the good ones.
“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”
Anyone who follows me on Snapchat (@amazonprincesa) has witnessed me obsessing over this mix the past few days. I have no idea who Peder is or where he came from but I do know this mix by Lido, based off of Kanye West’s ‘Life of Pablo’, is the tits. I encourage you to listen (preferably in your car with the bass on 10) and enjoy.
At the top of 2016 I made a promise to myself that I would begin traveling solo. It was all part of this journey I embarked on my sophomore year of undergrad to become completely comfortable with being and acting alone — read more about that in my previous post, #Goals.
My plan was to start with trips close to home and expand from there. Per usual, my plan was not THE plan because I’ve officially completed my first solo trip abroad. Yea, that escalated quickly. (more…)
I’m sure you’ve been there. You have an idea in your head of why you choose to do or believe certain things but can never quite piece together the abstract thoughts into a nice and cohesive package to present to the public. It’s even more difficult when it’s not a mainstream thought, so when you do take a stab at explaining…no one seems to understand you — partly because you don’t have the nice presentable package of thoughts. And by you, I mean me. Well, I’ve found someone who gets me and she is a middle-aged white woman, Dr. Meg Jay.
My incredibly dope friend, Etinosa (HEY EJ!) put me on to Anderson .Paak sometime last summer and I was instantly a fan/wondering how no one had put me on before. .Paak dropped his most recent project, ‘Malibu’, back in January and between the trippy yet super soulful beats and .Paak’s melodic voice, it’s become a staple. Not to play the comparison game, but if The Foreign Exchange, The Robert Glasper Experiment and K. Dot collaborated, it would be ‘Malibu’.
Bombers have been a major item on the fashion scene as of late and I’ve been taking full advantage. They add the perfect cool factor to casual and dressier ‘fits alike. As someone who’s been streamlining their closet, I’m here for anything that aids in wardrobe versatility. Keep reading to get the outfit breakdown!
This Sunday I will embark on my first Whole 30 journey.
If you’re not familiar, The Whole 30 is a nutritional program where you only eat whole and unprocessed foods for a consecutive 30 days. The goals in this is to “help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system”(source). Sounds easy enough right? The program also requires you to cut out all happiness-inducing foods gluten, grain, dairy, sugar, soy and alcohol.