Initially composed 35,000 feet in the air, on my way to Clinton, Tennessee for the Black Community Crusade for Children Conference. My personal manifesto (or bucket list) is a living document, which means it is subject to change.

  1. Travel to Maldive Islands
  2. Travel to Italy – Take a gondola ride
  3. Travel to France – Visit the Eiffel Towern (Happened 9/8/17)


Caption: My husband captured this photo of me in front of the Eiffel Tower. When we noticed the bird, we were absolutely amazed! 

  1. Travel to Ghana – Visit the Slave Castles (visited Slave House in Dakar, Senegal in 2017, Ghana is still on the list) 
  2. Travel to South Africa – Take a safari & stay in the wild for one night
  3. Travel to Egypt – See the pyramids
  4. Travel to Hawaii – Go snorkeling on the coral reef & go surfing
  5. Travel to Greece & visit all of the Ancient Greek sites
  6. Travel to Los Angeles California – Beverly Hills – Hollywood
  7. Travel to the State Fair in Texas
  8. Publish an article in either Essence or Ebony Magazine
  9. See and swim in a Waterfall
  10. Go skydiving
  11. Stay in a Penthouse Suite in New York City (Manhattan)
  12. Own a conflict-free diamond necklace, bracelet or ring
  13. Visit the inside of the White House of the United States
  14. Visit a plantation house in the South  (July 2015)
  15. Do a genetic test for significant other & I to figure out our lineage (September 2015) Read more here.
  16. Become a mommy (I’m a mommy to 3 angel babies… praying for at least one rainbow baby one day soon!)
  17. Sit on the board of a Youth Non-Profit Business )<— Hubby & I created one!
  18. Build a classic/timeless wardrobe
  19. Go to baking school to learn to make pies, cakes and bread
  20. Make a quilt from scratch with matching pillows
  21. Learn how to do a “smoky eye” red carpet look
  22. Visit Carnival in the Caribbean
  23. Touch a dangerous animal (a lion, tiger or a panther)
  24. Go to a Buddhist temple in Asia
  25. Host a Girl Conference for black women
  26. Become a published author of a best-selling book
  27. Have a professional photo shoot
  28. Have a big “SKATE JAM” for my 30th Birthday & do 30 things to celebrate my birthday (decided to do dinner with my hubby instead)
  29. Pay for a girl in Africa to attend school
  30. Mentor a young black girl
  31. Spend some time on a Yacht
  32. Drive to the top of a mountain and stay overnight
  33. Purchase a really expensive hand bag
  34. Train ride with significant other to Southern Illinois
  35. Train ride across the country (perhaps)
  36. Get to & maintain a weight of 150 pounds or less
  37. Start a scholarship in my grandmother’s name
  38. Go jet-skiing
  39. Go water surfing
  40. Design the ultimate I-Tunes Playlist for different events/moods
  41. Get paid for my writing
  42. Start roller skating regularly
  43. Take a calligraphy class (Added 5/20/13)
  44. Take a photography class (Added 5/20/13)
  45. Travel to one new country a year (Added 1/6/16)2016 (Abu Dhabi, UAE, London) 2017 (Cartagena, Colombia & Dakar, Senegal & Paris, France)
  46. Do a Vavoom Pinup Shoot (Added 12/26/17)
  47. Digitize All of My Scrapbooks (Added 12/26/17)
  48. Visit a Rainforest (Added 12/26/17)
  49. Purchase a home or condo in New Orleans (Added 12/26/17)

10 Comments Add yours

  1. FatGirlUSA says:

    I love your blog…. It is so much like mine, i.e., very creative!

    1. Thank you! I love your site! We do have a lot in common! Please keep reading and I’m going to link to your site. I love the informative articles!

  2. Tiabo Mphakati says:

    Please let me know when you’ve decided when you’ll be comin to South Africa. I’d be more than happy to show you & Fest around. He followz me on twitter @taibo_pha. You & Che are the kind of role modelz we need a lot more of. Thank You.

    1. Tiabo! I am so humbled by your comment. We hope to come to South Africa soon and would love for you to show us around!

  3. Javetta says:

    You can scratch through #45 now 🙂

  4. Steven Litt says:

    As a white 62 year old Special education high school teacher in Cali you are awesome!!! Do not stop

  5. K. Raquel says:

    Hello Donnie,
    Last year I stumbled upon your site and read your above manifesto. In which I left a comment saying you were already a mommy in relation to # 19. I am sorry. That was really insensitive of me. However you choose to identify yourself is not mine or anyone else’s business. I’m especially sorry I said this because I know how it feels to lose a child.

    1. Hello there! Thanks so much for coming back, and I am so sorry and empathize with your loss. Keeping you close to my heart and all of those who have lost a child!

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