We Don’t Have to Wait for Mondays for Motivation and January for a Reset

We can start over or motivate ourselves whenever we’re ready and sometimes it’s most powerful when we’re not ready but the universe has other plans. 2023 is here and January and Mondays are when people start making goals and resolutions. I no longer make a to-do list, I make intention lists because the older I…

Cheers to the Hallway Kids

For a few years, I was a hallway kid. The elementary kid that was so disruptive that I was a conundrum because I knew the work I was just so disruptive that I had a desk in the hallway where I celebrated the Valentine’s Day and the St Patrick’s Day parties by my lonesome in…

The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

In 2015 I watched the documentary Stink! It was overwhelming and exhausting and eye-opening but most of it was educational. It was a journey about a dad who was upset that he purchased pajamas for his daughter online and they arrived with a chemical smell. He had lost his wife to breast cancer and he…

Congrats to The Class of 2022

Recently I was asked by a Woodland Hills School Board Member to give the commencement speech, I accepted, rearranged my work schedule, and then recently the superintendent rescinded the offer. That doesn’t mean that the students aren’t going to get said speech. I even thought things through to the point of sending the speech in…

In the Neighborhood

One day soon my neighborhood won’t look the same and its current residents, local, state, and the federal government will be the only ones left to blame. So rather it’s a good or a bad change everyone will have a hand in accountabilityWe say the town is resilient we’re strong but people don’t want obstacles…

Not my Fence

The curtains still blow in the wind yet nobody lives here. From my side, I stare at the vines hugging my fence for attention as there’s no warmth left in the house next door. I got stuck staring and wondering where the people went, what they were like, and what happened. The trash can is…

Diet Equality and How Equality and Equity Aren’t the Same

As a graduate from a women’s centered university, I walked across the graduation stage uncertain of many things but feminism, intersectionality, and negotiation were not one of those things. I asked for my first raise at my work-study job. It confused everyone involved a little but we made it happen. As one of those, “talks…

Why Waiting Your Turn is Overrated and Representation Matters

Why I Joined the Malcolm Movement In my last year as Mayor of Braddock I outdid myself. I played kickball with the Woodland Hills Students, judged a dessert contest at Braddock Farms, spoke at the Women’s March on the City County Steps, greeted folks again and again at Greater Valley Community Services Vaccine Clinics, ran…

I Wrote My Way Out

“The problem was our parents told us we could be anything and they never told us we couldn’t be everything at once.” — @ justdae Growing up at one point, I wanted to be a singer, then I discovered that I don’t like singing in front of strangers. Then I wanted to be an actress….