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Blogmas Day 4: Favorite Books I Read In 2020

I’m back with another post, and this is also day 4 of blogmas. I’m committed to being consistent!

Reading has been a long-time hobby of mine. I would read at least two 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). As you know, I graduated back in May, and I now have a bit more free time to do some of the things I love, and reading is one of them.

Reading has been an escape for me, especially since this pandemic started. It was a way for me to tune out the outside world when the news got too heavy.  I thought, since I’m doing blogmas, this will be a fun way to share some of the books I read this year. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I’m lowkey a part-time bookstagrammer, lol. I usually share which book I’m reading every month. 

Here are some of the books I’ve read and plan to read. When I decided to do this post, I had this idea of telling you what I thought of each book, but I have to keep it real; some of them I don’t remember exactly what happened, so I guess it’s best I share the synopsis from the publisher so that you get a better idea of each book. If I were to give the overview of every book, we would be here until the New Year, so I’m going to share the synopsis for some of my favorite books I read this year and list the other ones, and you can check them out.

THE MOMENT OF LIFT HOW EMPOWERING WOMEN CHANGES THE WORLD by Melinda Gates 

In this candid and inspiring book, Gates traces her awakening to the link between women’s empowerment and the health of societies. She shows some of the tremendous opportunities that exist right now to “turbo-charge” change. And she provides simple and effective ways each one of us can make a difference.

For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission. Her goal, as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, invest in women.

QUEENIE by Candice Carty-Williams 

Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places…including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth.

As Queenie careens from one questionable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, “What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be?”—all of the questions today’s woman must face in a world trying to answer them for her.

With “fresh and honest” (Jojo Moyes) prose, Queenie is a remarkably relatable exploration of what it means to be a modern woman searching for meaning in today’s world.

A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD by Therese Anne Fowler 

In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son. Xavier is headed to college in the fall, and after years of single parenting, Valerie is facing the prospect of an empty nest. All is well until the Whitmans move in next door – an apparently traditional family with new money, ambition, and a secretly troubled teenaged daughter.

Thanks to his thriving local business, Brad Whitman is something of a celebrity around town, and he’s made a small fortune on his customer service and charm, while his wife, Julia, escaped her trailer park upbringing for the security of marriage and homemaking. Their new house is more than she ever imagined for herself, and who wouldn’t want to live in Oak Knoll? With little in common except a property line, these two very different families quickly find themselves at odds: first, over an historic oak tree in Valerie’s yard, and soon after, the blossoming romance between their two teenagers. 

Told from multiple points of view, A Good Neighborhood asks big questions about life in America today―What does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don’t see eye to eye?―as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending star-crossed love in a story that’s as provocative as it is powerful.

WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH by Elizabeth Acevedo 

With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.

SAINT X by Alexis Schaitkin 

Claire is only seven years old when her college-age sister, Alison, disappears on the last night of their family vacation at a resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X. Several days later, Alison’s body is found in a remote spot on a nearby cay, and two local men – employees at the resort – are arrested. But the evidence is slim, the timeline against it, and the men are soon released. The story turns into national tabloid news, a lurid mystery that will go unsolved. For Claire and her parents, there is only the return home to broken lives.

Years later, Claire is living and working in New York City when a brief but fateful encounter brings her together with Clive Richardson, one of the men originally suspected of murdering her sister. It is a moment that sets Claire on an obsessive pursuit of the truth – not only to find out what happened the night of Alison’s death but also to answer the elusive question: Who exactly was her sister? At seven, Claire had been barely old enough to know her: a beautiful, changeable, provocative girl of eighteen at a turbulent moment of identity formation.

As Claire doggedly shadows Clive, hoping to gain his trust, waiting for the slip that will reveal the truth, an unlikely attachment develops between them, two people whose lives were forever marked by the same tragedy.

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

BUTTERFLY IN FROST by Sylvia Day

I read this book in one day! I just could not put it down, as I’m writing this blog post, I just might go read it again after lol.

Once, I would never have imagined myself here. But I’m settled now. In a place I love, in a home I renovated, spending time with new friends I adore, and working a job that fulfills me. I am reconciling the past and laying the groundwork for the future.

Then Garrett Frost moves in next door.

He’s obstinate and too bold, a raging force of nature that disrupts the careful order of my life. I recognize the ghosts that haunt him, the torment driving him. Garrett would be risky in any form, but wounded, he’s far more dangerous. I fear I’m too fragile for the storm raging inside him, too delicate to withstand the pain that buffets him. But he’s too determined…and too tempting.

And sometimes hope soars above even the iciest desolation.

THE BIG LEAP by Gay Hendricks 

I’ve had this book for almost two years. This Facebook book club highly recommended it I was part of. I did not get to finish it but decided to pick it up again. I could use some motivation to start 2021 right.

In The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks, the New York Times bestselling author of Five Wishes, demonstrates how to eliminate the barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs. Fans of Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and The Secret will find useful, effective tips for breaking down the walls to a better life in The Big Leap.

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng

I’m yet to watch the HULU original series but this book came highly recommended by one of my friends, Jenn and the book did not disappoint l

From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned–from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren–an enigmatic artist and single mother–who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood–and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

WHEN LOVE IGNITES by Rilzy Adams

Fun fact, I went to high school with the author, and I couldn’t be more proud and happy to support her. She’s always been a fantastic writer, and I knew back then her work will one day get published.

Jasmine Johnson and Alec Alvarez hate each other. Alec believes Jasmine got her job in their prestigious law firm because her father owns the firm and won’t stop reminding her about it. Jasmine needs to stay as far away from Alec as possible because she can’t practice law with a criminal conviction. And, Alec is an assault conviction waiting to happen. 

When they are paired to work together on the murder case of the year, Jasmine and Alec realize they have to find a way to work together. Yet, they get more than they bargained for when passions burn and flames ignite. 

Jasmine and Alec are about to find out that the line between love and hate is paper thin.

OTHER BOOKS ON MY READING LIST 

  1. Circe by Madeline Miller
  2. Get A Life, Chloe Brown, by Talia Hibbert
  3. You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson 
  4. Black Girls Must Die Exhausted by Jayne Allen
  5. Go Deep by Rilzy Adams
  6. Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx 
  7. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes 
  8. Homegoing by Yaa Gaysi 
  9. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett 
  10. My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell 
  11. Influencer: Building Your Personal Brand in the Age of Social Media by Brittany Hennessy 
  12. Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits by Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant

I know this post was a bit longer, but if you made it to the end, comment below what books you read this year or which books are on your radar. I’m always looking for more books to read!

These are the books I read and books I want to read. I have a lot more I want to read but I’ll be pacing myself. Reading truly is fundamental. I remember my high school library skills teacher telling our class, “reading broadens your horizon.” This quote has stuck with me since then. Before I end this post, I want to give a special shout out to three of my favorite bookstagrammers on Instagram. Shout out to Lala, a teacher and book lover. She’s also recommended some very good books for me. She never misses a beat when it comes to recommending what to read next. Another shout-out is to Rose from Rosesreads a law student and lover of young adult and nonfiction and any book from the Caribbean and someone I admire.  The next person I want to shout out is Jenn over at Everything She Reads. She keeps it all the way real when it comes to reviewing books. I’m also apart of her book club, where I’ve met some amazing beautiful young women who also love to read, and I’ve been put on to some really good books! Be sure to follow all of these amazing book lovers. Did I mention they’re all from Antigua?! Show them some love, and you’ll also find more books to add to your list.

Blogmas Day 3: Christmas Movies You Should Watch

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year! We have all been dealing with the effects of the pandemic and could use a sprinkle of holiday joy. Since Christmas is right around the corner, what better time to binge-watch old Christmas movies. I love the feeling of sweet nostalgia, being bundled up under my blanket on my couch. It’s the simple things that heighten my joy during this season. In today’s blog post, I’ll be sharing my favorite holiday movies! 

If you’re looking for family films, old classics, or holiday films, there’s something here for you! This curated list of holiday movies will forever be a staple in my watch list. 

  • Home Alone Sequel – starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister. This holiday classic involves the McCallister clan celebrating their Christmas in Paris, forgetting Kevin, which forced him to defend himself against robbers.
  • Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas – 🎶 You’re a mean one. You really are a heel. You’re as cuddly as a cactus. You’re as charming as an eel. Mr. Grinch, you’re a bad banana 🎶 The Grinch is an all-time holiday favorite.
  • The Polar Express – The film tells the story of a young boy who, on Christmas Eve, sees a mysterious train bound for the North Pole stop outside his window and is invited aboard by its conductor. The boy joins several other children as they embark on a journey to visit Santa Claus, preparing for Christmas.
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas- Charlie Brown finds himself feeling sad during the Christmas season. Linus shared with Charlie Brown the true meaning of Christmas, which cheers him up.
  • A Christmas Story – As Christmas is approaching, 9-year-old Ralphie wants only one thing, and that’s a Red Ryder Range 200 Shot BB gun.
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  • This Christmas – starring Regina King, Idris Elba, Lauren London, Loretta Devina, Chris Brown. It is a Christmas story that tells the story of the Whitfield family, whose eldest has come home for the first time in four years.

List of other Christmas Movies you should watch!

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Santa Claus 
  • Love Actually 
  • A Christmas Carol 
  • Mickey’s Christmas Carol 
  • ELF
  • Miracle On 34th Street 
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 
  • Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas 
  • I’ll Be Home For Christmas 
  • Jack Frost 
  • Santa Clause Is Coming To Town 
  • The Holiday 
  • Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Christmas Carol 
  • Arthur Christmas 
  • Scrooged 
  • Father Christmas

These are some of my favorite movies to watch during this season. I hope you find some time to watch at least two feel good holiday movies this time around.

Have you seen any of the movies I mentioned? Let me know what are your favorite Christmas movies below in the comments!

Blogmas Day 2: Christmas Gift Guide For College Students & Healthcare Professionals

Christmas is right around the corner and I’m sure many of you are like me squandering to buy last-minute gifts (procrastination really is my middle name). No worries I’m here to help. I came up with a short list of things you can get the college student and healthcare professional in your life for Christmas. If they’re a little like me in any way, a little will go a long way. I know for me I’m satisfied with a handwritten note, because showing a little appreciation is all we need, after all, school is no joke and working in the healthcare field is no easy feat.

Let me stop blabbing (as if we’re not late already) and get to the list I created. Some of these I don’t own and are on my personal wish list (family, please take note ) but I also think any of these would be ideal for you guys.

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Blogmas Day 1: Holiday Inspired Brunch

Hey guys! I’m back with another blog post! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve been super busy with work and running and building my non-profit organization. Yes, you read it right, I started my own nonprofit, but we’ll talk about that in another post.

This is the time of the year where all the festivities happen, although things will look a bit different for many of us because we’re all living in this pandemic.

I decided to challenge myself to do blogmas this year. I’ve been blogging for about three years and never did blogmas; I’ve always wanted to but didn’t trust myself. Like everything else in 2020, I’m learning to rise above any challenge that may come my way, and this is one of them. I did a poll over on my Instagram asking if I should participate in blogmas this year, and you guys agreed that I should. I’m challenging myself to post every day for the next 12 days, so let’s see how this goes.

Last weekend I spent time with family, and we got together and cooked a holiday-inspired brunch. Given the current climate, going to the restaurants to dine in is still iffy for me at times, and in trying to follow some of the rules, I decided that my family and I should do an at-home brunch. Now I’m no chef, but I do have a cousin who is a chef, so we collaborated on the menu with his guidance, and in this blog post, I’m going to show you what we made and also tell you how to prepare this meal. This was all done by Chef Chad over at Young Fresh Cuisine, but I’m taking all the credit for it, lol. Young fresh cuisine is about resourcefully creating delicious and flavorful food. A Caribbean based influence is what they’re all about. Be sure to check them over on Instagram; you won’t be disappointed. 

Read on to see what was on the menu and to see how chef Chad prepares each dish!

LET’S STEP INTO THE KITCHEN WITH CHEF CHAD AND TANYA!

Here is the finalized version for the brunch showcase. 

Rum-Mosa

 Rum-Mosa:  

Ingredients: Coconut  Rum  | Soda Water  | Coconut  Water  | Cranberries  &  Cherries  |  Lime  Juice  | Toasted  Cinnamon Sticks 

Instructions:  Chill everything except cinnamon sticks;  toast cinnamon stick with lighter or torch and drop in eminently.

Fresh cranberries and Cherries of your desired amount.

2oz of coconut rum

1 ½  oz of coconut water 

Squeeze a wedge of lime 

1oz of simple syrup 

Soda water to your desired amount for the bubble effect (approximately 2 to 3 oz)

Drop cinnamon sticks at the end.


Thick-Cut  French  Toast: 

 Ingredients: Thick cut bread of your choice| Ginger Bread Spices  | Vanilla  Marmalade  | Candied Pecan Crunch | Marshmallow  Fluff

 Instruction: Mix eggs with gingerbread spices and dip bread before cooking. Use molasses and vanilla extract to create marmalade; caramelize pecans and crush once cooled to create crunchy elements;  toast marshmallow fluff with a torch to create a light smore effect.


Goat  Cheese  Omelet:  

Ingredients: Smoked Salmon | Eggs| Chives| Black Garlic

Instructions: Fold goat cheese and some salmon in the center of the Omelet;  chives on the outside;  season just before the flip.


Skirt  Steak  &  Chimichurri 

Instructions:  Prep and season steak for a  minimum of  2hours. 24hrs for best flavor profile; blend all ingredients together and stir in extra virgin olive oil by hand.


Plantains  &  Bacon:  Smoky  &  Spicy  Aioli 

Ingredients: Ripe plantains| Thick cut bacon

Instructions: Tips:  Use ripe plantains;  render bacon first and set aside to cool;  adjust to your liking of spicy or smokiness;  look for liquid smoke at your local grocery store.

Now for the star of the brunch. This dessert melted in my mouth and tasted heavenly. I also think about this daily since I’ve had it. I recommend you definitely try making this.

Bread pudding muffin

Bread  Pudding  Muffins:

Ingredients: 

Cranberry  | White Chocolate  | Mint 

Instructions: Soak bread in egg,  cream, and spice mixture overnight.

Add cranberries, white chocolate, and mint into the bread pudding mixture.

Butter pan and cook at  325°F for  40mins.  Melt white chocolate and cream together to create the sauce.

This meal was so delicious. I think about it every day, especially that goat cheese smoked salmon omelet (I LOVE eggs) and bread pudding muffin. I hope you guys will try this holiday-inspired brunch and let me know. For the full recipe of this brunch, meal, be sure to check out the master chef Chad over on Instagram.

Now is a time to get creative in the kitchen. If you’ve been cooking more lately, let me know in the comments what you’ve been making. 

Stay tuned for more blog posts inspired by the holiday season!

Feature of The Week: Rose-Mary Reynolds

Hey Hey!

Welcome back to another Feature of The Week post! This week I’m switching things up a little by not featuring someone in the Public Health field. I’ve decided that I will feature an array of individuals weekly that I admire and who are doing good work in their community. Today’s feature is a fellow Antiguan and does such great work in her community. Let’s get into it!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Rose-Mary Reynolds and I’m currently a first-year student at the Norman Manley Law School. I enjoy spending my time giving back and exploring nature in Antigua. My love for exploring Antigua allowed me and my friends to create AntiguaBeaches268 IG page, which aims to document and highlight every Antiguan & Barbudan beach. So far, we’ve highlighted 65 beaches on our page. 

I love social media and am somewhat hoping to become a content creator and social media manager, as I currently manage all of my family’s business social media pages. 

What got you interested in your professional field?  How has your upbringing influenced your career aspirations?

I knew I wanted to be a lawyer since I was 10 years old. I’ve always been told that I should be one as I was a very argumentative and opinionated child. My parents nurtured this, encouraged me to be more active in school activities and extracurricular activities. At one point, I was active in five different school clubs. 

My parents also encouraged very diverse and intellectual conversations, even to this day. My sister and I were often educated by my father on how things were in the past – politics, music, everything he knew, he felt it important to discuss and educate us about it. I feel like having these regular discussions and sometimes arguments nurtured and developed me into the very opinionated person that I am today. 

How did you know being a lawyer was your calling?

I knew this was the path for me during A-Levels at the Antigua State College. In my law class, I realized how basic law is to almost every aspect of our lives and how certain laws were incredibly flawed and needed to be reformed. 

That’s when I made the decision to study law, I wanted to be in a position to, if not actually make such changes, but to have the understanding to seriously advocate for reform.

Tell us about your journey to Law.

My journey so far has been an incredibly interesting one and one that is far from being over. Entering undergrad at UWI Cave Hill was a big shock and transition for me. I’ve developed a study routine over my high school and college years and was in for a rude awakening that it was not applicable to undergrad. Once I adjusted my study habits, I was able to easier navigate through undergrad.
I’m currently at the Norman Manley Law School which is a more practical programme in comparison to my undergrad LLB. This has been the hardest educational institution I’ve ever been to. However, I have an incredibly solid support system comprised of my family, classmates, and other friends who have been instrumental in helping me along this journey. 

Any Advice for Law students and for those wanting to pursue a career in Law?

My number one advice is to try your best and speak to either a lawyer or a law student. Ask very specific questions to ensure that you’re entering the right field because the entire legal academic journey will make you question whether you’re in the right field. 

For those who may not know, are there any specialties in Law? If so, what is your specialty?

What I like about law is that it is integral in so many aspects of our lives, so naturally, there are numerous specialties. Currently, I am still in my academic journey and when I’ve started practicing, I’ll be able to practice and work in more specific fields. 

However, I’m interested in Employment, Family, and Criminal Law. 

Rose-Mary graduating from The University of The West Indies

How do you think your schooling/training prepared you for your current position or future positions?

The course load at Norman Manley is a bit intense and I believe that this will help with the sometimes hectic job that is required from being a lawyer. 

What has been a rewarding experience during your academic or professional journey?

My most rewarding experience in my academic career is publishing a paper on the lack of protection our laws afforded to the Elderly – The Legal Aspect of the Exploitation of the Elderly within the Caribbean.

Though it is so far my first and only publication, I am extremely happy to have been able to do so. I realized through that experience how much I love being able to research and write on legal issues that the majority of persons may not have known about. 

How important is work-life balance to you?

Extremely important. I am an advocate for work or study life balance and it should not take precedence over your personal life. I’ve experienced burnout many times before and I now try my best to incorporate rest and relaxing activities in my daily routine to prevent any unnecessary stress. I definitely recommend others to do so.

What are your career aspirations as far as being a lawyer?

This may change but as of right now, I want to give back to our communities and try my best in assisting persons in understanding basic legal concepts and their basic rights. I think a lot of persons in Antigua, are not aware of our legal systems and fall victim to too many injustices that could be easily avoided. 

One of the reasons that attracted me to follow you on social media is the fact that you are the co-founder of a non-profit organization called Youth Today268. Can you tell us a little about that and what made you decide to start this?

Youth Today started mainly because we found that there was a lack of youth representation in Antigua. There wasn’t essentially a platform where young people could go and access various opportunities or there was a lack in the creation of innovative programmes that really could benefit youth. We wanted to also create a platform that encouraged youth engagement and volunteerism and tailored our Youth Summer Programme to expose young people to a number of service activities.

However, Youth Today has blossomed into a bit more with attention on job readiness preparation and the creation of a Job Shadowing Programme that we are hoping to expand in the upcoming years, with the goal of matching young persons to businesses in their desired career field. 

I’m working on starting my own nonprofit, any advice for a novice like myself, and other young people who are interested in doing the same?

Ensure that you’re starting a non-profit for the right reasons. The reason I say this is because non-profit work is unpaid and thankless work. You will be met with all forms of opposition, even within your own family and friend circle. It is important to keep remembering the reason why you ventured on this path and try your best to stay on this path. It won’t all make sense in the beginning but soon others will recognize the work you do and will offer you great words of advice and tangible support.  

What legacy do you want to leave behind?

I do hope to inspire others to think outside of the box and not to shy away from opportunities of helping others.  

Now to the most important question. A restaurant has named a dish after you; what is it and why?

It would definitely have to be a Sushi Roll – A spicy dragon sushi roll at that. Simply because it is one of my favourite dishes and I was a bit apprehensive at first because I thought I wouldn’t have liked it.

I think that perfectly describes me, I tend to come off as an introvert and very reserved and to myself. However, once you’ve warmed up to me, you’ll realize how likable and friendly I really am. Also, spicy because of how passionate and tempered I can get. 

That’s all for now folks, hope you enjoyed this feature. Don’t don’t forget to like, comment and share this post. Keep up with Rose-Mary on her instagram and check out her Non-profit organization Youth Today 268.

If there’s anyone you want to see me feature on the blog leave a comment or shoot me an email. I’d be happy to feature them.

Five Things I’m Thankful For

These last few months have been challenging for many of us. I know we all had plans for this year but had to make adjustments for because of the pandemic that’s currently going on. I found myself complaining or being ungrateful from time to time during this time and that’s not something I was pleased with. I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health. The latter part of which I had to transition to online learning. I am still able to work during this time and I made it a mission to live in the now and come from a place of gratefulness. It’s always a good thing whenever we can sit and reflect and see where we were and where we are now.

I know we are living in unprecedented times but there are so many things to be thankful for, whether big or small. When I think about it, we have to practice living in the now, give ourselves grace, and to be thankful for the simple things in life. While I can sit and talk about the many things I’m thankful for so I’m sharing five things I’m thankful for. Hope this list will help you to come with at least five things you’re thankful for.

Here’s Five Things I’m Thankful For.

My Life

This might sound cliche but believe it or not many of us go through life and not realize how blessed we are and how much we need to be thankful for the life we have. I know it’s easy to feel like life is just passing you by but really and truly I’ve learned that life is what we make it. This year I’ve seen my growth and although I have more growing to do I’m really thankful for the woman I’m slowly becoming. I have learned a lot about myself and I am going to stand in my truth, I’m a pretty dope person; I have my flaws but I’m thankful that I’m able to recognize them and work on being an even better person.

Family and Friends

I am beyond thankful for my family and friends. I am blessed to have such a loving and supportive family; what else can I really ask for? I’m thankful to the people who I can really call my friend. I’ve had to learn many lessons. One lesson I’ve learned in my twenties is that when it comes to friendships, not every friendship will last. That’s not a bad thing, it simply means as I evolve, some people just don’t serve any purpose in my life; so I’m thankful and blessed to be surrounded by incredible people. You will learn the same if you haven’t already. As you grow, you will learn that and many other lessons.

Health

I am thankful for my health. There was a time when it seemed like my health was going to get the best of me, BUT GOD! So today I’m extremely thankful for my well-being. Given our current situation (COVID-19), I am grateful that my health is intact and that I’m making an effort to taking care of me and my body. I am working on eating healthy, making self-care a priority, and most definitely listening to my body. Take pride in your health and make being at your best a priority.

 Education

This year I accomplished one of my biggest goals and that was graduating with honors with my degree in Public Health. I absolutely have never been this happy. I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to even attend school and to even have the option to pursue another degree because I know many who don’t have such privilege. I’m passionate about being an avid healthcare advocate. I’m really excited about this new chapter and the future is indeed looking bright.

Supporters

Last but not least, YOU GUYS! I started this blog three years ago not having a clue what I was doing and it truly warms my heart every time I get some form of support. Whether it’s through sharing, liking, or commenting it doesn’t go unnoticed and for that, I’m thankful for all of you. It’s really just the little things. I couldn’t do it without your support. I promise to commit and show up for you more consistently. You are amazing and I’m happy with the community I’m creating.

Another Trip Around The Sun: What My 20’s Taught me

My twenties have been a long but memorable journey and a ten-year quest to find my purpose. I’ve found love, happiness, and purpose. My Twenties taught me never to give up no matter what life throws at me, and that perseverance is key. 

Most people, mostly us women, dread leaving our twenties, but that’s not the case with me, at least not anymore. When I turned 20, I dreaded my 30th birthday, but this time around, I could not wait. Don’t get me wrong; I still can’t believe that by the time this blog post goes up, I will be 30 years old.

I’ve faced a few stumbling blocks in my life that I’ve since turned into stepping stones, they were bumps and victories. I must say the last three years, I feel like I have become closer to the person I really am, and it feels so good.

I initially had another idea of the type of blog post I was going to do to commemorate this milestone, but I didn’t write it down so that plan is nonexistent, am I the only one whose creativity and ideas come when you’re in the shower or not in a position to write it down?!

I’ve learned a lot of lessons throughout my twenties, some I’ve learned the hard way. I’m sharing with you what I learned in my twenties:

Take Mental Health Seriously

As I grew older and somewhat wiser, I learned how to take my mental health seriously. I have spent the last couple of years of my twenties working on my mental health. I feel like a different person. The person I am today is entirely different than when I started my twenties. I was always so focused on failing (failing forward that it took a toll on my mental health. I’ve sought and will continue to get help as it relates to my mental health. We talk about being physically healthy, and we’re quick to make a doctor’s appointment to make sure everything is functioning right in our bodies. We go to the gym to make sure we’re toned and fit. For some reason, we neglect our mental health, which is apart of our health and is just as important as the other areas. Another way I try to improve my mental health is to meditate and journal, check out my blog post on how to journal. I’m also mindful of the people I keep in my life; I’m all about energy these days. If your energy is not in alignment with mine, then I’m sending you to the left ( I can have another you in a minute).

Friendships/Relationships

I learned that not every friendship will last and that it is okay to evolve and move on from certain friendships, especially if they no longer aligned with my core values. Some people just aren’t good for you even when you want them to be. Beware of people like that.

It’s okay to grow apart from some people, even those you’ve known for most of your life. Life goes on, and some people just don’t deserve to be in that chapter of your life. As the saying goes, “Some people come into your life for a reason, season or lifetime,” it is up to you to figure out which friends fit into which category.  

DON’T STAY IN AN UNHAPPY, UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIP

If your relationship seems to be falling apart, do something about it. FAST. When you’re young, you think that your first love is the person you’ll spend the rest of your life with, while this is the case for some, it is not like that for most people. Sometimes you have to kiss many frogs before finding your prince charming. 

It’s Okay To Say No

I can’t keep living to please others. I’ve had to learn this the hard way on numerous occasions. I am still learning to put myself first and do what’s best for me. However, I no longer feel bad when I say no, the reality is some times you just don’t have the capacity to deal with certain things and people. Don’t apologize for putting yourself first. The other day, someone I haven’t spoken to in a long time hit me up, and without even fake caring and asking me if I was okay, they began to dump their problems to me. I’m still a softie and don’t like to see or hear people being hurt that I found myself trying to find a solution and was about to respond instantly. I had to check myself very quickly! I didn’t have the mental capacity or the time to deal that; I turned my phone over and continued to do what I was doing. I eventually got back to the person, but I did so in my timing. You may say what if it was an emergency well; they’ve survived the other times when they didn’t talk to me. Because of what the situation was, they knew I’d be best to help, Nah keep that same energy! Be more appreciative of the people in your life, the ones who genuinely love and care about you.

Age Has No Limit On When You Can Achieve Your Goals

It’s okay to follow your dreams even though others may not support; once you believe in yourself, that’s all that matters. I have big plans for my life, and the ultimate goal is to be successful at what I do. From my experience, the journey to accomplishing even one goal will be met with stumbling blocks. Everyone’s idea of success is different; it’s important you know this. 

For example, I had this grand plan that I was going to have my master’s degree by 30, and I was going to be married by 23 and have children by age 25. Here I am, I just completed my Bachelor’s degree and currently working towards getting my masters. I put so much pressure on myself to achieve specific goals. Now, looking back, I just needed to set realistic goals for myself and not put that kind of pressure on myself. Now I’m walking towards my purpose and feel so much at peace, knowing I can achieve anything I put my mind to no matter how old I am. The journey to my ultimate goal may not be the same as others, but everyone’s path is different. I may take an alternate route to achieve my goals, but best believe I’ll get there.

Spirituality and Wellness are Important

Manifestation, meditation, and journaling have made me become more in tune with myself. I’ve always been a “church girl,” but in the latter part of my twenties, I’ve been intentional about growing in my faith. My classmate Lenure did a presentation the other day on Spirituality and wellness. She spoke about How to P.R.A.Y, and in her presentation, the acronym P.R.A.Y meant to practice, rest, ask and yield, and that resonated with me. I’ve made mistakes on my to Spirituality journey, but you can make mistakes and know that you still have room to grow. Your spiritual health is just as important as your mental and physical. I journal a lot, and I’m big on manifestation, if you want to know how to start journaling, I wrote a blog post about it, check it out here

Get To Know Thyself

I am done apologizing for who I am. I feel like I know who I am, and it’s okay that it doesn’t fit some particular mold. I think my early twenties, I spent most of my time trying to meet a specific standard and seeking acceptance from others. That prevented me from living my true authentic self. Which contributed to me doing things I had no business doing.

There is a certain sense of self that one acquires through their twenties. I’ve tried things, I’ve failed at things, I’ve forced myself to like things. But now I’m also giving myself permission not to like something and to prefer something else and not feel bad. The people in my life love me for me. Being in tune, at peace, and genuinely loving yourself is important. Happiness comes from within, and no one should have control over that a tough lesson I had to learn and is still a work in progress.

A skincare regimen is important

 I posted some photos for my birthday on my Instagram, and everyone kept telling me I do not look 30, now this made my head swell cause I’m trying to look as youthful as I can lol. I developed a skincare routine that I’m consistent with (since quarantine I’ve gotten lazy, but I still do the minimum. I think part of the reason I look young is genetics; the other is being consistent and using products that work well with your skin. 

How To Be An Adult

I’ve learned to live by myself, and to enjoy my own company, make my own doctor’s appointments, pay bills. I also learned to perfect three easy to fix recipe. I think this is something everyone should do. I learned how to be more responsible and make better life choices.

Be Financially Smart

Whew! Let me repeat this again, BE FINANCIALLY SMART! I can’t tell you how many mistakes I made with money. If I made better decisions, I would be in a much better position financially. My parents are smart with money, especially my father. I have four siblings, and they ALL are good at money management, but somehow, that gene seemed to have missed me lol. After many sitdowns with my parents, I’m now on the right track to financial stability. I have a long way to go, but I’m more intentional with how I spend. One piece of advice, Be sure to have a bank account and try to save whatever amount you can every paycheck, five dollars every paycheck will go a long way. Spend smart!

 Trust Your Gut

You know that deep feeling in the pit of your stomach where you know that something isn’t quite right? Let me tell you 99.99% of the time whatever your gut is telling you will be right. Be open to listening to your conscience.

 Learn Your Love Language

This was something I learned. Only you can know how you want to be loved by friends, family, and your partner. If you’re not sure what your love language is, take the Five love language quiz online, Thank me later. My relationship got much better once we figured out each other’s love language.

 Don’t Let Social Media Control Your Life

Don’t let Facebook or Instagram friends allow you to question your own life, goals, and accomplishments. I had to decide not to get caught up with what I see on social media. I caught myself comparing myself to others, and I was heading down a dark path and had to gather myself quickly. Social media can be discouraging, but the sooner you realize that everyone’s journey is not the same and not meant to be the same. I had to stop doing that and focused on developing myself—the best decision I ever made.

What I’m Looking Forward To

 I’m in a much different and much healthier place than I was ten years ago. I’ve spent my twenties exploring, failing, and also learning. I’m glad I experienced that, and I know I will continue to explore, fail, and learn. But there is something about that decade that was memorable. I moved to a new country at 19, just shy of my 20th birthday. I moved to a new state. I graduated from college at the top of my class, met my boyfriend, got featured in Quizlet impact report, and traveled to the motherland for the first time. I started my blog that has allowed me to meet people from all walks of life. Thank you guys for rocking with me three years later. 

I’m looking forward to ditching my bad habits and finding success and learning through failure. I’m looking forward to growing my blog and platform and starting my nonprofit organization. I’m looking forward to moving to Africa (more on this soon).

If you’re in your twenties or even early thirties, these are some things you can try to implement into your life as part of your self-development journey.

 Learning and growing are all apart of life. Keep learning and growing; you’ll be amazed by how much you don’t know. Remember, no one is perfect, you’ll make mistakes, and that’s alright (perfection is overrated). 

I’m thrilled to have made another trip around the Sun, I’m excited for what’s in store this decade.

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Where To Begin If You Want To Journal

Do you remember growing up and having a diary? I remember having this cute floral diary where I would write about my days after school. I think for me, my favorite part was actually locking the diary and knowing no one could get to it because I had the key lol. It was so cool to me having a diary to write my deepest thoughts in ( who knows what deep thoughts I had back in primary school).
It’s been a little over six months since I’ve been consistent with journaling. I first want to say that journaling is not for everyone, I’ve started and stopped many times, but it helps to manage my mental health. Instead of dumping my issues on my friends and family ( nothing is wrong with this either), I find that writing helps me. I decided to develop a habit of journaling. If you’ve been considering journaling but are not entirely sure how to go about it, I’m here to help.

I want to share how I was able to make this habit stick just in case you want to try it out.

I. Understanding the Why

Before starting anything, coming up with the why should always be the first step in getting into a habit. This helps to look inward and to figure out exactly what your motive is. It could be health or happiness related, or it could be something that you need to do before you can reach another one of your goals. Now, this doesn’t have to be a big “why;” it just needs to motivate you in some way. Once you find the why, you’re more than likely ready to start on a real. 

When I didn’t commit to journaling all the time before, it was because I never had a good reason for doing it. I was more doing it because it was the “It” thing to do according to social media. So with that, of course, it was hard to form this new habit. I’m now consistent, and my main reasons for journaling are to document every moment in my life the good, the bad, and the ugly. Of course, I could come and share how I’m feeling with you here on the blog, but journaling is my me time. You know most moms will drink a glass of wine or do something for themselves when they put their baby down for a nap and call it their “me time.” Well, journaling is when I take a step back and try to be present and center myself. I brain dump on pieces of paper with no filter or goals except to see where it may lead me.

II. Make a commitment

Whenever I’m trying something new, I always try to decide how often I’m going to do it and if it will be a specific day. I’m known for starting and stopping something just because I didn’t have the right mindset. I look forward to journaling, it has become part of my daily routine that I try not to miss. When I first started out, I used to do it daily before bed, now I take my journal with me everywhere I go (church, school, work, grocery store). That way, if I’m having a moment and I need to jot something down, it’s there with me, and then before bed, I elaborate on what I want to talk about or read what I wrote that day.
As much as it’s part of my daily routine, they are times when I’ve missed a day because of how hectic my day was. If for some reason, I’m unable to journal every day, that’s fine. The main goal would be to do it at least every other day. The main reason for this is that it prevents me from feeling like I’m forcing myself to write, just because. Having a few days in between helps with avoiding burn out, yes, you can get burn out even if it’s “just journaling.”

III. Decide what you want to write about. 

The good thing about journaling is that you can write about any and everything you want. A few things I write about are things that I am grateful for, which I think can have a positive impact on my life. It tends to remind you not to worry and helps you focus on all the great things that are actually happening around you. Another thing I find myself writing about is my worries. I know we all worry, but let me tell you writing them down really helps. Writing your worry and stress down and leaving it, there will help to clear your mind and makes you stress less about it, at least for me.

Another thing I write about is my dream and goals. Let me tell you, this will help to put power and intention behind them. There’s a bible scripture that says life and death are in the power of the tongue, which is why we’re told to speak positively about our lives and our goals. A few years from now, you can look back and see how far you would’ve come.

IV. Have the proper tools

Now, when it comes to journaling, you don’t have to buy a fancy journal with a million and one pages, which can sometimes be overwhelming. I remember being on the hunt to find a journal that was deemed “sophisticated” ( at this time, it was all about showing off versus actually putting in the work to make this new habit). I felt so pressured that it dawned on me that you don’t need a fancy or perfect journal; all you need is something you can write in. While shopping for school supplies in Target one day, I decided to get me a notebook, it was simple, and it seemed more manageable. I didn’t have to think about being perfect. All you need is a notebook and some gel ink pens.

V. Use Prompts

So, in the beginning, I had moments when I didn’t have much to talk about. Still, I also wanted to be consistent because writing in my journal was something I looked forward to. As I’ve been doing it more, it comes naturally to me now. However, there are days when I draw a complete blank. Whenever that happens, I use journal prompts. I’m sure you know by now that Pinterest is the go-to source for almost everything. When I don’t know what to write, I sometimes download journal prompts from Pinterest. They have prompts for every day or for some occasion. I take the time to answer a question or write out a prompt just because I think it’s fun. I can, at times, relate and even elaborate on what the prompt is. This has been the biggest help with getting used to actually writing down my thoughts, a little guidance goes a long way.

VI. Don’t Judge Yourself

One of the most important things I learned since journaling is not to filter myself. Get your feelings out on the page and be free; let the words just flow. Turn off distractions ( I struggle with this a bit at times). Most importantly, don’t worry about how you sound or what you’re thinking; remember this is YOUR me time. Journaling is just for you, and sometimes the things that come out onto that paper will shock you. What I’ve learned is that when I go back and read my journal, I find many A-Ha moments.
To wrap up, journaling is such a beautiful habit. It helps you process your thoughts, work through whatever obstacles you may be facing. It helps to put intention into the universe by declaring something on paper (I’m all about setting intentions, I’ve seen what happens when I do).

Now, remember, there’s no right or wrong way to journal. Do what feels exciting and easy. Journaling time is the best time!

Do you Journal? Let me know in the comments below!

Life Update// Where I’ve Been

Hey guys, I’m back! I know it’s been a while since I last published a blog post. I can blame it on school, work, volunteering and so many other things but truthfully I just didn’t have the motivation to do anything blog related. I lost all motivation. Now that I’m practicing social distancing, I decided to use the time that I usually don’t have wisely to create more content.

 Let me be real with you, there were days when I would force myself to write a post or shoot content, but it just never happened. Although I haven’t posted in a while, the last couple of weeks, I began finding inspiration. My recent trip home to Antigua has motivated me and given me the energy mentally and emotionally. Now I’m not perfect, to be completely honest, I still have my moments, but I keep it pushing. 

But before we resume the regular content, I want to share with you a little life update with why I haven’t been uploading and where I’ve been these last few weeks. 

I Went Home To Antigua

As you guys know by now, my long term goal is to have my non-profit organization. Part of me working towards that goal is by donating items to those in the vulnerable population. As a public health student, I have a keen interest in maternal, child, and adolescent health. It is my mission to ensure that women and children have access to the basic essentials that will help to improve their health. My trip home was not all work; of course, I had a little fun. I was able to spend time with my family and see some of my friends. Obviously, because of COVID19, we only got to do so much. This little getaway home was what I needed. Now I’m daydreaming about the next trip home. 

view overlooking Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua

I Fell Into A Comparison Trap

Let me say it’s funny how quickly comparison can crush your confidence. All of a sudden, self-doubt creeps in, and you start questioning your worth. It makes you start to think that you should do more and be better.

It is easy to get caught up in this era of social media. You may see someone doing something you’ve always wanted to do or see someone excelling in the things you’re doing. Instead of looking at everyone, I followed on social media for inspiration like I usually do, I started to feel overwhelmed. I got a bit discouraged by their success or how pretty their feed was. Everyone seemed to be doing good and was successful at what they do while I was feeling stuck and lost.

To be honest with you, comparing myself to others as well as having self-limiting beliefs and the need to be perfect made me procrastinate a lot and have held me back from doing the things I set out to do when it comes to my blog. I became obsessed with focusing on the metrics and growing this social media count, and I began to shift from my why. I started my blog to inspire and empower you to embrace your uniqueness, yet here I was straying from that. We are living in a world that values hustle and the work-hard mentality, and nothing is wrong with that. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s how important it is to slow down and to make the most of our time.

Find inspiration, do not compare yourself to others because, at the end of the day, everyone’s journey is not the same. I had to check myself, and I also did a little self-reflection. 

Anyways, having said all that, my friends I am back and with a much different mindset. I told myself I’m going back to the basics. I’m going back to why I started this blog, and the goal is to inspire and empower you. I have some posts lined up, and I’ll do my best to be more consistent and show up for you guys. You can expect to see more of my school life more particularly my Grad school journey cause your girl is about to graduate in a few weeks and more lifestyle content. I’m also thinking of adding more Public Health related content, which at this time I’m sure you guys would appreciate and also focus a bit on wellness. I am going to share more of myself, let you guys in some more so that you get to know me more, and can grow our community. 

It feels good to be back. Until the next post!

Xo, Tanya

10 Podcasts You Should Listen To

By now we all know what’s going on this world unless you’ve been living under a rock. Many of us are now working from home and social distancing as a result of COVID-19. Some of us have more time on our hands where we have taken up new hobbies. I’ve been listening to podcasts for a few years ever since my best friend put me on to an episode of Side Hustle Pro, it’s been years, and I’m now a self-proclaimed podcast junkie.

I remember listening to a podcast on my way to class on the train and would get completely caught up with the episode or topic of the day. I know that by the end of the podcast, my way of thinking would shift. My favorite thing to do is listen to a podcast in my car while commuting to and from school. I’m usually pumped up with inspiration for the day. However, in the interest of following the necessary guidelines and trying to contain this virus, we know we need to be in quarantine. If you’re looking to add something else to your list of things to do while at home, I got you covered.
I listen to a variety of podcasts and for many different reasons. I listen when I want the “tea” about what’s going on in pop culture, when I need motivation, to learn more about finances and side hustles, self-improvement, and to help me with my spiritual journey. So, I’m sharing some of my favorite ones with you. Whether you’re seeking advice or knowledge about how to navigate life, finances, side-hustles, your faith, and more, I’ve got you covered. These podcasts are on all the major podcasts apps, whether you have an iPhone or Andriod you have access to them. So check them out!

Elevation church

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I came across the Elevation Church Youtube channel after my best friend recommended it to me. I was looking for a church to watch online since my work schedule at the time did not permit me to attend church. I found myself watching sermon after sermon, and ever since, I’ve been hooked. I was happy when I found out that they started a podcast. What I like about Pastor Steven is that he is relatable and has a more modern-day preaching style.

Jesus and Jollof

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This podcast is hosted by Luvvie Ajayi, founder of the blog Awesomely Luvvie, and author of the New York Times Bestseller I’m Judging You. Then, there’s Molly, I mean the talented Yvonne Orji, comedian, and actress of one of my favorite shows HBO’s Insecure. They talk about growing up Nigerian, love, life, and spiritual journeys. If you want to laugh and possibly shed a thug tear from time to time, this is the podcast for you. They are on a bit of a hiatus as Luvvie just got married, and Yvonne is filming the new season of Insecure and is getting ready to go on a comedy tour. So you have time to catch up on season 1 and 2.

Super Soul Conversation

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If you ask anyone that knows me, I can guarantee they’ll tell you that I’m the most loyal subscriber to The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). I remember exactly where I was when the channel changed from the Discovery network to OWN on January 1st, 2011. Since then I’ve watched every show. I remember I used to tune in every Sunday at 10 am to OWN to watch Super Soul Sunday to see Oprah talk to some very influential individuals. I remember if I heard something awe-inspiring, I would jot it down. It is transformed into a podcast This podcast is designed to light you up and to guide you through life’s big questions and to bring you a step closer to your best self Be sure to check it out.

Global Caveat

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Someone I met on Instagram who’s on the same journey as I recommended it to me, and I’m lowkey obsessed with this podcast. As a public health major, I appreciate it.
Global Caveat is a podcast that explores the vast field of global health. Global health scientists Diana Klatt and Susanna Park discuss topics, such as research and fieldwork, with each other and guests to examine the connection between health and the sciences and how we have to work together for health, humanity, and the earth.

Medical Mysteries

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This podcast came highly recommended, and I got hooked from the first episode. This high stake medical procedural follows patients as they suffer from bizarre, often terrifying illnesses. None of which doctors learned about in medical school.

Brown Ambition

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This podcast is hosted by Mandi Woodruff and Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche. Mandi Woodruff is the executive editor of MagnifyMoney.com and former personal finance reporter for Yahoo Finance, and Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche is an award-winning financial educator and best-selling author of “The One-Week Budget. I like that finances aren’t the only thing they talk about; they talk about what it is like juggling life, career, and building wealth on your own terms. “

Side Hustle Pro

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Side Hustle Pro spotlights bold black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to profitable business. The host is Chief Side Hustler turned full-time entrepreneur Nicaila Matthews Okome for your weekly installment of Side Hustle Pro and learn actionable strategies to start small and get going–wherever and whoever you are. Side Hustle Pro features interviews with inspiring black women entrepreneurs including interviews with Myleik Teele of CurlBox, Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter, Nicole Walters of The Monetized Life, Maya Elious of Built to Impact, and more.

Deadass

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A podcast about LOVE, SEX, MARRIAGE, and everything in between!
I don’t like the idea of calling other people relationship goals because people only show you what they want you to see on social media. For me, my parents are my ultimate relationship goals, BUT Khadeen and Devale Ellis are my relationship goals right now. I can relate to them most times, I love how transparent they are with their life, and no matter how successful they get, they’re humble. The topics they discussed are amazing and are so relatable. New episodes are every Wednesday; I recommend tuning in especially if you’re a millennial.

Woman Evolve

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Woman Evolve is hosted by the incomparable Sarah Jakes Roberts.  She shares her take on the week’s top stories in the news and entertainment. I love this podcast because Sarah also gives direction as to how we can handle the many issues happening in life. she always has A WORD in her episodes, you’re in for a treat.

Therapy For Black Girls

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This is a weekly chat about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves. This is hosted by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford who is a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia.

I listen to a lot more but these are the ones I listen to consistently weekly.

Do you listen to podcasts? What have you been listening to lately? Leave a comment below and let me know what else I need to add to my list!

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