Celebrating the one year anniversary of No, I Don’t Have To

Celebrating the one year anniversary of No, I Don’t Have To

Book Lovers, Empower & Inspire
One year ago today, I independently published my very first ebook, No, I Don't Have To via Amazon. By releasing my book, I realized my dream of becoming an author and creating another income source on my road to entrepreneurship.To celebrate my first anniversary, I am releasing the story that has received the most feedback and reactions FOR FREE. See below-Imaginary Race. (more…)
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You’ve Made It This Far For A Reason

You’ve Made It This Far For A Reason

Empower & Inspire
You've made it this far. You've made it through or are making it through some of the most challenging times in your life. There were some things you thought would absolutely break you, but look at you-you're here. You did it. You're doing it. While I'm speaking to you, I am also speaking to me. If you had told me fifteen years ago, I would have survived my mother's death and went on to do some of the things I've done; I would have thought you were crazy. But look at me- I'm succeeding. I'm thriving, growing, learning, and improving daily. Has it been tough? PLEASE BELIEVE IT. There have been times I've wanted to give up. There have been times when I thought I gave up, but I kept…
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I’m Grateful For My HBCU

I’m Grateful For My HBCU

Black Excellence
I have seen more appreciation for historically black universities and colleges on social media because of our new vice-president-elect, Kamala Harris. If you're new here, I am a proud HBCU alumnus. In 2006 I graduated from the National Treasure, Morgan State University. I am so grateful for not only the education I received at Morgan, but the family and friends I've gained, the experiences I had, and how I grew as a person. To check out why I only applied at Morgan, check out my previous blog post- Why I Only Applied To Morgan State. To get a small glimpse of my experience, check out my post, where I share some photos of my experiences- I'm So Glad I Went To Morgan State.
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My Favorite Inspirational Books

My Favorite Inspirational Books

Book Lovers, Empower & Inspire
Reading is one of my favorite things to do. Cliche or not-reading is the key to a better life. The reader and Language Arts teacher in me believes that wholeheartedly.  Below is a list of a few of my favorite inspirational books. These books have taught me, changed me, and inspired me to better and do better. Have you read any of my favorites? What book has changed your life?
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A Few Things I Learned About Myself During the 30 Day Walking Challenge

A Few Things I Learned About Myself During the 30 Day Walking Challenge

Empower & Inspire
Last month I came across a thirty-day walking challenge on Instagram. The goal was to walk thirty miles in thirty days. The woman who created the challenge (BmoreZinga) didn’t want to put pressure on people; she suggested we walk one mile per day but made it clear we would encourage each other and not shame each other throughout the process. It was okay if you missed a day. I accepted the challenge and, in the process, learned a lot about myself and reinforced some things I already knew. Walking is my favorite form of exercise. Exercising does not come easy to me. It’s a task, and it takes me forever to do, but not walking. I would grab my headphones and favorite playlist and enjoy my time by myself thinking…
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National Black Business Month

National Black Business Month

Black Excellence
August is National Black Business Month. If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know I regularly support and post black businesses. Check out a few of my favorites here. Here are a few more of my favorites below. Common Sense Cafe - catering, private dining, and plate sales SkinXO by Candice - Facials, Waxing, Eyebrow tinting Amor Beautique - online boutique Pressed Baltimore - all natural cold pressed juicing company Dose of Serenity - handcrafted wooden wick candles Crabs Down Under - delicious, hot and heavy crabs The Cheesecake Cafe - offers 18 flavors of cheesecake, milkshakes, and hot chocolate; while still offering custom cakes made to order Glitz Mixed Drinks - Glitz Mixed Drinks come get Lit with Glitz *Must be 21 or older Taste of Excellence…
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Black History & Current Events Resources for Children

Black History & Current Events Resources for Children

Black Excellence
As an adult, I often think about the things I didn’t know until I was well out of college. Things about the history of my people, things that should be taught in schools all over the world.I continue to research and teach about our great heritage and what’s going on in the world.Below are a few resources to get you started. Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti HarrisonLittle Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti HarrisonHidden Figures by Margot Lee ShetterlyWomen & The Civil Rights Movement: Standing Up For ChangeThis Jazz Man by Karen EhrhardtChild of the Civils Rights Movement by Paula Young SheltonLeontyne Price Voice of a Century by Carole Boston WeatherfordPortraits of African American Heroes by Tonya BoldenMarley Dias Gets It Done: And So…
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Black Excellence: Supporting Black Business

Black Excellence: Supporting Black Business

Black Excellence, Empower & Inspire
A LOT is going on in the world, and none of it is new. There is a lot to learn, read about, write about, and process.While I’m still in process mode, I’ve created a list of a few of my favorite black-owned businesses and organizations to support. Many of the businesses Maryland based but offer products to ship. Take a look and support black business. HustleT2020: Customized t-shirts and hoodies Organics by Ellie: Skincare line made with all natural ingredients Royal Achievement Tutoring: First through Fifth Grade tutoring in mathematics and literacy Lorraine's Cleaning Service: Offers green cleaning for commercial and residential customers Flight Baltimore: American Fusion Restaurant and Bar (Vegan and Vegetarian meals avaialble) Tips and Toes by Tia: Maryland nail professional Spiced Living: Home, Kitchen, and Bath Products…
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Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation

Empower & Inspire
To wrap up the end of Teacher Appreciation Week, I asked a few of my teacher friends to share a little bit about themselves and their thoughts on teaching. Check out what some of the education world's finest had to share. Anthony on IG Mr. Perkins on IG Mrs. Douglas on Twitter Donate to Mrs. Douglas’ Class
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