year 20

On December 24th, I turned 21 years old. 20 was a challenging year. There was change after change, I had the opportunity to join Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Beta Eta Chapter, and overall I grew as a woman. So there are a few things I want to share.

  • Be your authentic self

This year, I embraced my authentic self. One of the ways I did this was by choosing to do what I wanted. The decisions I made were based on my happiness and desires. While I was conscious of others, I knew I needed to do what I needed to do for me. While it was difficult, it was well worth it. I also decided that I was going to be open with my bisexuality. By doing this, I feel like I can be my real self.

  • Love unconditionally

First and foremost, it is important to love yourself unconditionally. That means accepting good and bad days, and picking yourself up. It also means loving others unconditionally. I was listening to a Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith and the subject was unconditional love and her mother mentioned if you love someone unconditionally you’re not constantly trying to change them. It really stuck with me- love people for themselves.

  • Be okay with change

When I was younger my mother had me read the book Who Moved My Cheese. The book was centered around the fact that change is essential for survival. So ask yourself- are you ready to change to survive? The world is changing and we must change and grow with it.

  • Take care of yourself

For me taking care of myself has included yoga and meditation. I also have started to incorporate more frequent reiki treatments and massages, as ways to heal my body and my energy. This year one of my resolutions includes trying hot yoga, aerial yoga and starting to exercise more.

And most importantly, be compassionate, loving and kind. That’s my mantra for year 21.

ATL, once more

On Wednesday, I went to Atlanta, partly to visit someone, and then to visit Georgia State. From the trip I learned a few things, and I just wanted to share them.

  1. Always pay attention to your surroundings- unfortunately I was in an accident, but it was because I wasn’t pay total attention to my surroundings. Make sure you’re looking!
  2. Live in the moment- planning is important, but take in every moment.
  3. Visualize yourself where you are- because I was visiting Georgia State to see about a graduate program, I wanted to make sure I could really see myself attending school there. I think visiting schools is really important in regards to making a decision. For undergrad, I was blessed enough to my top schools, so I’m glad that I am still blessed enough to visit the graduate school programs.
  4. Take pictures- document the moment!
  5. Travel- I’ve decided to use the extra money I have to travel, instead of buying clothes! It’s the best way to make memories.

Overall, I learned a lot on this trip and am happy I went! Below are a few pictures from my trip while I was at Morehouse!

Live, Love, Laugh

Remember that it’s important to take every moment and understand that you are here to do something more than what you’re aware of. You need to understand that it is all in divine order. Sometimes you might not understand why something is happening the way it is happening but it’s to make you stronger or teach you some sort of lesson. This will allow you to do better in your do-over. A do-over is when an event has already happened but something changes so that you have to ability to react more appropriately or learn the lesson. It’s important to take everything as a learning experience. Life isn’t always going to go according to your plan, but it’s truly because there is something bigger in play. Don’t be so hard on yourself. You deserve to be loved and treated correctly. You’re worth it. Remember that.