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 »

My One Month Anniversary

Hey Guys!

Can you believe it’s been a month since I’ve started blogging??? (yasssssss)  Like who would have thought cause I sure didn’t. Like I said in my first blog post I’ve had this idea for almost 2 years now and to finally be doing it is a dream come true. I am going to be honest,  I still get nervous whenever I’m about to upload a post.

I have learned a lot and I have plenty more to learn which I’m very excited about. Since I’ve started blogging I feel like I’ve found a sense of purpose( I am still working on this). Having a blog is not all about acquiring a big following, something I had to learn quickly. This is a form of therapy for me and an outlet for me to express myself freely. As I said in my earlier post The Beginning… my goal is to create an environment where like minded individuals can come together and discuss various topics.

I’ll be honest I got in my feelings about a week ago because the people I thought or expected to support my blog were not, but I had to give myself a pep talk and reassured myself that I am doing this for me and not others. If I can get one person to read my blog that in itself is an accomplishment for me.

I would like to thank everyone who have taken the time out to read, like, comment and share my posts thus far. You guys have really helped with boosting my confidence. I know they are many other blogs out there so I’m very appreciative of those who take the time to read and support.  I have made some great connections and I’m thankful for my blogging friends who have been constantly encouraging and supporting. I do hope the support continues. I am excited to see what else is in store.

See you guys next week for another blog post!

XoXo Tanya

What I’m Reading

Summer is officially here! I’m sure many of you are jet setting across the world, starting a new job or internship. As you know I’m an Island girl (shout out to my Antiguan peeps), I’ve been living in the US for a few years and this will be my second year spending the entire summer here (helpppp). I was wondering and thinking about things I could do this summer, then I came across a book I started to read and remembered I bought some other books a few months ago. Reading has been a long time hobby of mine, I would read at least 2 books a week but as I got older and school became more demanding the books I was reading were pretty much textbooks (so not fun). I thought I’d make a reading list and share it with you guys as well as make a commitment to read each book by the end of the summer.

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Why I Chose Nursing…

I have often been asked the question, “What made you want to become a nurse” and I often would stumble to think of the “right” answer to this question. As I grew, I came to the realization that there is no correct answer to this question; it is a personal question and my answer tends to vary based on the individual asking.

 As a young girl growing up, I had dreams of becoming either a Lawyer, Doctor or Business Woman. After much contemplation, I was able narrow down the list when I first realized I wanted to be in the field of nursing.  As you may know, or will come to know I am a TV lover. There isn’t a TV show that I haven’t seen or isn’t on my watch list. I first took interest in wanting to become a Nurse after watching the show ER where I fell in love with Julianna Margulies’ character, nurse Carol. Nurse Carol stood up for her nurses and was not afraid to tell it like it is. That character showed the importance of a nurse and how compassionate, strong and loving nurses are. Since seeing the show, I developed a strong liking for watching medical TV shows. Read More »