It’s Okay to Repair Your Own Boat

Being selfish vs selfless; you have to draw a line or you will drown trying. For the last two-ish years, I’ve been on a super self-aware journey. Being a writer forces me to embrace that I’m goofy, it’s a personality trait but also it forces me to be real with myself. When I write reality…

American Hurt Reflects on America’s Faults

It’s not our fault America is the way that it is but at some point we must have the strength to look at ourselves and acknowledge our past so we can fix the present and future. What’s American Hurt about? It’s not an anti-American poetry book but it’s a look in the mirror. It’s me…

Return to Sender and Why Breakups Aren’t Failures

I self-published Return to Sender October 2018, but the book took a few years of collecting and reflecting the emotions from my first serious relationship. It follows me and at my most vulnerable points. There was purpose in the organization of the poems as the book reads like a story. It starts in the heat…

Inflight Entertainment: I Was a Flight Attendant

“I’ve never been to Texas. I hear they have good food.” It didn’t take much to talk myself into interviewing for a flight attendant job. It was the year 2013 and after getting laid off from my first full-time job and finishing an AmeriCorps term, it was time for next big adventure. Once I found…

Timeless: For My Pappy’s Birthday

Staring at him laying in the hospital bed that the nurse had set up began this emptiness in my stomach that I knew would not be temporary. I thought about how he was battling cancer and pneumonia and the doctors sent him home saying there was nothing else they could do for him.  I thought…

& Too Much

I’m a dark skin woman who loves rap, EDM, pop, and country music. Growing up my peers told me I was too dark and I talk “too white” I actually had someone ask, “Why do you talk like that,” and an older lady told me that she didn’t know dark people resided up north. “Are your…

On: Failure

We speak of failure as if it’s a disease. We need to talk about it though.  Broadcast our failures so we can learn from each other’s mistakes. Instead we prance around only sharing our highlight reels. No bloopers, stirring up envy in our frenemies because we’re afraid to admit we’re flawed and we choose to give ourselves…

28: Bites of Wisdom

      Never apologize for who you are or what you feel especially if you’re okay with it. Don’t break yourself bending over backwards to help everyone. Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself because life is short and you’re going to need that laugh. With confidence, anything is possible just be certain you…

Is Courting Still a Thing? 

Crazy thing: Before online dating there was blind dating that took effort and a bit of courtship. Does courting still exist?  There’s no way sliding in someone’s inbox and asking them to meet at your house works. Just because communication got easier doesn’t mean women have.  My first boyfriend asked me out in front of…

Flexin My Complexion

FAQs About My Melanin Yes, I have dark skin. No, I’m not from down south. Yes, I tan but it’s more of a summer glow No, I’ve never been to Africa Yes, I’ve always been this dark No, I don’t want to change it Yes, my peers picked on me for it as kids No,…