Take Inventory

Caption: I keep fresh flowers on my dining room table. I usually pick them up from the grocery store for $12.00. Every so often, at least quarterly, I take inventory of things in my life. I ruthlessly edit my closet. I look at all of my personal and professional relationships. When it comes to clothes,…

Your Presence is a Gift

When it comes to your personal life, you get to decide who you want to be a part of it! Caption: Checking out NOLA with my friend Laurinda.  It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been friends. It doesn’t matter if you’re related. It doesn’t matter what they’ve done for you! Caption: My bestie boo Kristie….

Stop Undervaluing Being An Employee!!!

I love Tony Gaskins but I hate this quote: In 2017, there is this perception that everyone should be an entrepreneur and I strongly disagree. Especially because people glamorize and have a misperception of what it means to be an entrepreneur. People think becoming an entrepreneur means: (1) I can get up when I want…

You Can Always Make Another Choice…

We often feel pressured to make certain decisions because of our age, our families, our culture or our fear of what other people can say. Caption: Me when I decided to go natural in 11th grade! A huge decision for such a young age! I haven’t had a perm since before 11th grade! Natural hair…

33rd Trip Around The Sun 

Whenever it’s my birthday, I feel all reflective and deep! It’s a blessing to be able to say, I’m a year older, I have most of the physical things that I want, decent health, a deep satisfying love and a job that I love!  I started my day with Donda’s House for a PR Workshop…

Birthday Bling

Tomorrow is my birthday!!! I picked up a few new pieces of jewelry from my favorite Chicago Jewelry Designer Nakamol! She has a store on Michigan Avenue. You can also find her online on Facebook. Accessories have always been one of my favorite things to wear. Here are my new pieces: This necklace is reversible:…

Boss Girl Magic

I was invited by Capri, to serve as the Guest Speaker for the Boss Girl Magic Chicago Brunch. Learn more about Boss Girl Magic here.  It was so inspiring to be in the room with so many black women who were both established & aspiring entrepreneurs! My styling was done by Chiquita Carey & my…

How Can I Take Action To Reach My Dreams? (Part 2 of 2)

Please read Part 1 of this series, “Why Am I Not Reaching My Goals.” When it comes to taking action toward reaching our dreams, the key is to remember that any progress, is progress. There are so many things competing with our dreams – family responsibilities, bills, not knowing what to do and how to do…

Why Am I Not Reaching My Dreams? (Part 1 of 2)

Watching President Obama’s Farewell Speech last night was so inspiring. I remember seeing President Obama during his Senate Campaign at the Bud Billiken Parade (an annual parade held since 1929 in the Bronzeville/Washington Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, United States; it is the largest African-American parade in the nation). He was the most unlikely Presidential…

Systems: Implementing Office Hours

Last year, I piloted the idea of hosting Office Hours and I was surprised at how popular my Office Hours were within my work community. Office Hours are an expectation within the academic community and I can remember sitting with my professors for tutoring, to discuss gaining their support for my job hunting efforts, and…

Vision Board 2017

On this New Year’s Eve, I’d like to share my 2017 Vision Board with you guys. It is my ritual to complete my board on the last day of each year in preparation for the New Year. My Vision Board lives above my desk in my home office. Remember that the things you place on…

Capturing Memories… 

I spent my Christmas Eve & most of my Christmas Day scrapbooking. In the last 2 years, I haven’t spent as much time scrapbooking, so my “Stuff To Scrapbook” Pile is overflowing. Last year I spent some time sorting through things & I was able to get things into folders:  I usually toss all of…