Irma The Beast

The past week has been one of the longest and most stressful week of 2017. As most of you know by now, Hurricane Irma made her appearance and came with a vengeance. While we know it’s hurricane season many of us never thought that we’ll see another hurricane let alone the size of Irma. Week’s before, our attention was on Houston after the destruction hurricane Harvey caused.

As you know I’m from the beautiful twin Island state of Antigua and Barbuda. I grew up on the island of Antigua, Barbuda however is our sister island. Hurricane Irma first made landfall on September 4th over both of the Islands. However, the island of Barbuda was heavily impacted. Approximately 95% of our precious sister isle was devastated, leaving almost 70% of the population homeless. She continued her journey through the Leeward islands( the British and US virgin islands, Puerto Rico, St. Martin and Anguilla). Irma also destroyed these islands leaving many homeless.

This week caused many to have anxiety attacks for a lot of people, including myself. Heck I stressed myself into getting a cold. Being up here in the US and seeing your loved ones suffer and the fear of not knowing if some loved ones made it, is not something I’d wish on anybody. The wait to hear from loved ones felt like an eternity and still does for the many who have yet to hear from their family members and friends. 

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In The Kitchen: Zucchini Linguini with Roasted Shrimp

Hey guys! It’s been a hot minute since my first “In the Kitchen” post.  Now this doesn’t mean I haven’t been eating lol, I’ve just been a bit busy juggling school and work. Most days I’ve just been eating leftovers or eating out which costs way too much!. If I’m serious about gaining the 10lbs I so desire I gotta make sure I’m eating right.

Today, I want to share with you one of my favorite recipes which is also my go to recipe for when I am: 1) feeling a bit lazy, 2) too tired from work/ school and 3) just want a quick meal. My friend who was in law school at the time introduced me to this meal a little over a year ago and since then it has been a staple in my life. The good thing about this recipe is that you can get all the ingredients for under $20 and it takes less than 30 minutes to make.
Check out the ingredients and how to prepare this meal below ⬇️

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Back To School: Summer’s Out, School’s In!

Can you believe summer is almost over already? I don’t know where this summer went, I had all these great plans for the summer but only ended up doing two or three things on my list which I’m a bit disappointed with ( blaming it on school and work). However, my summer wasn’t all bad, I was able to spend some time with my family who came to visit me ( nothing makes my heart full more than this), I visited the Georgia aquarium, World of Coca-Cola just to name a few.

By now, many of you are about to start your first semester of nursing school and let me tell you freedom as you know it won’t be the same. This is an exciting yet nerve wracking time. I remember my first day of nursing school, from the orientation to the very first day of class. I appeared calm on the outside but boy oh boy I was a nervous wreck! Getting into any nursing program or any program for that matter is an accomplishment in itself but what you do to be successful in your program is the ultimate achievement.

Like I said I was going crazy almost had a nervous breakdown all because I didn’t know what to expect. I had to get it together real quick as this wasn’t going to help with me reaching the goal I had set out for myself.

Summer is out and school is in, and the goal is to stay focused on how to be successful in nursing school. Although, this can be applied to any area of study, as the end goal is to be successful in your field of study. My first semester I thought I had it all figured out but in reality, I didn’t. As much as I thought I had nursing school all figured out, there were some things I wished I knew or did better from the beginning AND I am still learning to do.

Staying organized while in nursing school is very important, in the words of DJ Khalid it’s a “major key”. I’ll share some of what I do to stay organized so that I can be successful. My list isn’t long as it doesn’t take too much, it’s pretty simple but requires discipline.

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She Believed Therefore She Did

I feel like I haven’t updated my blog in forever when in reality it’s only been about a week. I am now realizing how much I love blogging and sharing my different life experiences. This past week has been hectic for me, I’ve had the privilege of helping my little sister move to her new school and getting her all settled in. I also attended seminars dedicated to informing family members about the dynamics of College and what they expect from family and friends. The first day we arrived on campus you could immediately feel a strong, positive energy and that made me feel like my sister made the right decision. 

Although this post is about me celebrating my sister’s achievement, I hope it will serve as motivation for you. Let’s rewind to the beginning of the year. My sister was living with family in NY going to community college. Her goal is to become a doctor and this has been her lifelong goal along with being an actress lol. Being the big sister that I am, I always try my best to encourage my sisters to shoot for the stars. Let me stop blabbing and get to the point. Earlier in the year when my family and I decided that my sister was going to make the move from New York to Georgia by me, we began the process of looking for schools for her to apply to. My sister had a list of schools in Georgia she wanted to apply to, Spelman College being one of them. With the encouragement from one of my closest friend, Spelman became the number one college to apply to. Now when you hear about Spelman you immediately think about it being the number 1 Historical Black college in the US. My sister applied and the waiting game to find out if she got in seemed like it took forever.

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In The Kitchen// Ducana & Saltfish

So I’ve been on a mission to gain 10 lbs since the year started and sad to say I’m failing at that lol. One of the things I love to do is to cook and bake. For some reason cooking or baking brings me joy. I haven’t been able to cook and bake as much as I’d like to because of work and school. Now that school is about to start, I told myself I needed to find the time to cook a full meal at least twice a week.

I decided I’m going to start something new on the blog called “In the Kitchen” this is where I’ll share recipes of my favorite dishes or new ones I’ll discover weekly. I’ll try to keep these post short and sweet. Am I the greatest cook? I’m definitely not but cooking is another escape from the stress of school. If I’m serious about gaining these 10 lbs I definitely gotta make sure I’m eating right. And of course we all need a get away from the stress of life, for me TV and cooking is how I distress.

Today I’m sharing a recipe from my country and it’s called Ducana (pronounced Doo-ka-na) and Saltfish (cod-fish) and chop-up (eggplants, okra and pumpkin mashed). This is one of our national dishes and one of my favorite. Ducana is made from grated sweet potatoes, grated coconut, sugar and flour. You can also add a little vanilla essence, I added almond essence since that’s what I had on hand.

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 Nothing Happens Before Its Time

Have you ever heard the phrase “Nothing happens before its time” or “the race is not for the swift?” These are phrases I would constantly recite to myself whenever things didn’t work out or go my way.

Sometime last year, around fall I made a promise to myself to be a better person. I do believe I am a good person, but there’s always room for growth and just like you I make mistakes and have made mistakes.

I told myself I’d go on a self cleanse which for me consisted of finding my true self and purpose, doing more of what makes me happy and saying no to things and people who weren’t adding value to my life, literally.

I was so serious about this cleanse that when one of my friends from China who’s into everything natural came to visit me, she motivated me to try something new. I went and got some natural deodorants, soaps and scrubs all of which I still use to this day. I started eating differently(surely I fell off the wagon with this). I was serious about my version of a self cleanse. As one of my friend Alyssa puts it I was on my “Erykah Badu” ish lol.Read More »

Things To Consider When Choosing A Nursing School

I’m sure by now those of you who have made the decision to study nursing have an idea of your ideal nursing school (well I hope you do). Application for the upcoming Fall semester may have ended for most schools unless you’ve chosen a school with rolling admissions, you just might have a little time left (HURRY!). Speaking from experience, it is very easy to get excited about starting a new chapter in life. But as we know, in life some chapters are longer than others. In this post, I’m going to share a few key things you may want to consider when choosing a nursing program. Honestly the things I know now I wish I knew then but as the saying goes “nothing happens before its time.”Read More »