The Day I Met President Obama…

Caption: Me with Joy & Hakim, two members of my Donda’s House Team Yesterday, I had an opportunity to attend the inaugural programming event hosted by the Obama Foundation. The event gathered 175 youth from Chicago in order to provide them with Civic Engagement Training. One component of the day was the Engagement Fair, and…

Be The Change You Wish To See (Moving Beyond Entitlement)…

There are so many organizations outside of Donda’s House that I’ve supported financially and by other means. I don’t do it because I’m interested in having a transactional relationship with the organizations or the causes – I do it because I believe that it is the right thing to do and because I would not…

Gasp… I Met My Husband On Social Media!

Earlier this week, I posted a photo of a little Twitter themed pen container and shared that I met my husband on Twitter. I received several comments – “What?” “How?” and decided that I’d write a blog about it. It’s my favorite story that I never tire of telling… The year was 2009. I was…

Fall Decor 2017

Fall is my favorite season. Each year I add a few new pieces to my seasonal collection. I traveled so much this summer that I didn’t have time to plant real flowers! We did retain a landscaper to keep our grass & bushes cut. Here are photos of my Fall Decor:

Moving Forward By Looking Backwards

Caption: Me looking out towards the Ocean at the Door of No Return.  Identity, agency and affirmation are three of the most important things that we can develop as human beings. Identity is significant because it serves as a fingerprint on the hand that is our culture. It is developed individually but adds to the…

What Do You Truly Believe About Yourself?

How do you know what you believe about yourself? Pay attention to what you say out loud or to yourself when you make a mistake. Watch out for things like: “You’re/I’m so stupid.”  “You/I always mess things up.”  “Of course you/I messed that up.”  Pay attention to what you say out loud or think when…

Road Trip Reflections

This past weekend, my husband and I dropped my bonus (step) son off at college in Montana. The drive from Chicago to Montana was about 21 hours. We decided to make it a thing and on the way back we drove through Yellowstone National Park and we viewed the Solar Eclipse in totality in Idaho….

Happy 4th Birthday Donda’s House 

Happy 4th Birthday Donda’s House You are 4 years old today! Only about 9% of start up businesses make it to their 4th year. You are still here because you are resilient, relentless and necessary.  Thank you for redefining family for me and so many others. You have forged lifelong bonds, you have wiped many…

BoHo Berry Challenge

At the beginning of the month, I started the July BoHo Berry Challenge. Time got away from me, so I wanted to spend some time sharing the responses to the rest of the questions, since tomorrow is August 1st! The questions that I am responding to are in bold and different colors so feel free…

Love Jones 

We often tell kids not to believe movies. It’s imaginary. It’s not real. It can set up the wrong expectations. The Year was 1997. I was in middle school, but I was an avid writer – of journals & poetry. 4 years earlier I saw Poetic Justice which made me fall in love with the…