23 MEMORIES (2016-2017)

This last year has been crazy. Filled with surprises, laughter, heartache, and big changes. Turning 24 has been a humbling experience. One that I’m trying, and struggling to come to turns with. I’m not sure where the next year will take me or if I’m ready but I’m grateful. Always.

Here are a few memories from the last year:

  1. Mar 18-20: Went home to celebrate my birthday with my family and best friend. Saw Kinky Boots, went shopping, and watched Zootopia! Such a good weekend.
  2. April 21: Accepted my offer for a two-year college program
  3. April 27: Finished my undergrad, officially.
  4. May 16: Celebrated my cousin’s birthday at the CN TOWER.
  5. May 25: Beyonce Concert. ‘Twas flawless!
  6. June 3: Solo Trip to Montreal
  7. June 18: Graduation!
  8. June 20: Montreal trip! Back at it again with solo trips and waffles
  9. June 23: Flower delivery! The most beautiful bouquet of flowers arrived for me today.
  10. July 1: Canada Day in the Capital City! The best!
  11. July 3: Graduation Party! LOL….now what?
  12. July 20: Moved out of my first apartment! Couldn’t believe it. Four years packed away
  13. Sept 6: Started college. Culture shock was real.
  14. Sept 8: Baked homemade bread for the first time. Named him Rufus ’cause he looked like a naked mole rat.
  15. Oct 21-22: Spent the night at the ROM museum for Fashion Night; Celebrated a special anniversary and spent the night at the Sia concert!
  16. Dec 1: Finished my shorts in sewing class. So proud of myself!
  17. Dec 2: Saw Moana! Such a good movie
  18. Dec 14: Donated blood for the second time
  19. Dec 22: Went to the Christmas Market in Distillery District and had friendmas via FaceTime
  20. Jan 22: Saw the last Toronto show of Potted Potter! So funny!
  21. Feb 18: Went to Sweet Jesus on John St. and finally got to try the Birthday Cake ice cream
  22. Mar 1-5: Travelled to Antigua and got to see my grandma. So much fun and a truly humbling experience
  23. Mar 16: Turned 24. Honestly, still processing.

Here’s to another year!

2017 New Years Resolutions

Exactly a year ago I made actual resolutions for 2016. I got just over half and I’m very happy with that. I got to travel, rediscover my city, started a dream journal, went to a concert, started a fashion blog, and I graduated from university and started college.

This year’s will be a both last year’s resolutions and a few new ones. Check it out:

  1. Finish writing one book
  2. Read at least 12 books
  3. Get my G1
  4. Exercise 2-3 a week
  5. Visit my bestie in BC
  6. Purge half my book collection
  7. Build a #girlboss wardrobe
  8. Donate blood 3 times this year
  9. Write two food-related blog posts
  10. Pick up a hobby (new or old)

Let’s see if I can do at least half of these.

Wishing everyone a happy new year and all the best for 2017.

Happy February!

tumblr_o1wdrqL5tN1tntr40o1_1280I’m wishing you all a Happy February. I’m planning to write a couple poems in honour of Black History Month and the rest of my poem “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Black Girl” should be posted in the next week.

May February be wonderful and magical!

A Portrait of The Artist As a Young Black Girl

THANK YOU

I’m writing this not only to introduce the longest poem I’ve ever written but also to express my love and admiration for the different artists and people that have inspired me to write it.

This poem started out as a school project but quickly became an opportunity for personal exploration and expression. So I thank my professor for challenging and encouraging me to write this.

I would also like to name the various authors and books that led to this creation through their constant inspiration and truth.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

Invisible Man by Ralph Waldo Ellison

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Plum Bun by Jessie R. Fauset

I divided this poem in sections and perhaps later I will publish it as one full post. But for now, please enjoy the little truths of my life I’ve composed in poem.

Happy Reading!

2016 Reading Challenge

A friend sent me this link a while ago and I thought I’d share it. For anyone who loves reading as much as me, here is a real reading challenge created by POPSUGAR. I’m going to attempt to complete it but I guess we’ll see how that goes. Check out the list below!

Happy Reading!

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2016 New Years Resolutions

I’ve never been good at making or keeping New Years resolutions. This is partly because I’ve never really placed a huge emphasis on the holiday but also because I feel like people just make the same goals every year. However, this coming year will become a year of big accomplishments and big changes and I want to take every opportunity I have to make 2016 a year to remember. I harassed my family to make five goals for themselves but here is my list of New Years resolutions for 2016:

  1. Write more
  2. Read more
  3. Travel [x]
  4. Rediscover Toronto [x]
  5. Start a dream journal [x]
  6. Go to a concert [x]
  7. Create a style blog [x]
  8. Graduate and apply for another university program [x]
  9. Take a class (music, photography, French, ASL?)
  10. Get my G1

If I can accomplish even half of these, I would be extremely happy with myself. I guess we’ll see!

Happy New Year everyone! I wish you all the best for 2016!