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

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

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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

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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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My Favorite Inspirational Books

My Favorite Inspirational Books

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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

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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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Black Excellence: Supporting Black Business

Black Excellence: Supporting Black Business

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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

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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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Why I Became A Teacher

Why I Became A Teacher

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My story begins as a little girl in elementary school. I've mentioned in earlier blogs that I am a product of Baltimore City Public Schools. In elementary, I attended Mary E. Rodman Elementary School #204 - we said it just like that, too.  I had some fantastic teachers throughout my time at #204 and knew back then I wanted to be a teacher. Throughout my time as a student in BCPSS, I had other great teachers, but teaching isn't a glamorous career, so I let go of my dreams of becoming one when I went to college. Read about some of those amazing teachers in last year's teacher appreciation blog. So, I graduated from college and went to the corporate side by working in a bank's call center for a…
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What inspires you?

What inspires you?

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What inspires you? The first post is dedicated to my mother, the late, beautiful Earlma Patricia Granger, better known as Boo. When I saw this question, I was filled with a bunch of thoughts and emotions. There have been so many people, things, and experiences that have inspired me. Instead of making this post too long, I'll break this down. Each Monday in May, I'll write about what inspires me. I could be biased, but probably not, my mother was one of the kindest, most sincerest people-especially when it came to her children (my brother and I.) She believed in every far fetched or minuscule idea I had for my life. She made me believe I could do or be anything I wanted to in this world. An idea that…
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