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…

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….

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…

The Ultimate Packing & Travel List

I love to travel both domestically & internationally. Here are my packing & travel tips: Caption: Packing Cubes allow you to better organize your outfits and make more room in your suitcase. Especially helpful if you are packing multiple people in one suitcase.  Caption: Hubby & I on our last adventure to St. Louis, MO. We…

My Love Affair with New Orleans…

It is no secret that New Orleans is my favorite city outside of the Chicago, the city that I call home. I’ve written about my love here…and here… The city of New Orleans hovers with an energy and a spirit that sticks to your thoughts. The architecture makes you feel like you’re stepping into a…

My Trip To Abu-Dhabi – Part 1

I spent the last 8 days in Abu Dhabi, which borders Saudi Arabia & Oman, and it is directly across the Gulf from Iran. I also spent one day in Dubai, which is about 90 minutes away from Abu Dhabi. See map below: Ever since I traveled to Kingston, Jamaica in High School, I’ve been…

10 Reasons To Go Into The Woods

Blogging from a tent, that is being pounded by rain at the Sequoia Retreat Center. I’ve had the luxury of speaking about women with incarcerated loved ones, mass incarceration, feminism and so much more thanks to Essie Justice group! If you check out my Twitter @blkgrlunmasked, you can see some of the comments that resonated…

Travel Files

Right now I’m in Tampa, FL with my husband and my step son for a National Football Championship and I just wanted to share a few tips. 1. Buy your tickets and your car online. We were able to pick up the rental car directly from the airport and spent less money than we would…

Dream Destination: The Maldives

I want to travel to the Maldive Islands sooooo bad! Outside of Africa, this is the place I most want to visit. Check out this bath tub at one of the beach houses:

Conde Naste Traveler’s Hot List

Every year, Conde Naste releases it’s Hot Hotel (+ Spa, + Restaurant) List. The hotels are the best around the world and organized according to continent. It even features a less than $300/night list! *Swoon* Click here for the list: http://www.concierge.com/tools/travelawards/hotlist/2011/