Thursday, October 25, 2018

Fall 2018 Favorites


Fall is my favorite season. Its a great time for self-love and self-development. I am most motivated to go to the gym this time of year, take better care of my skin, read books, and cook meals at home.

So I complied a list of things I've especially loved this fall, including books, movies, and activities.

Eloquent Rage: This book was not my favorite when I first started reading it. I don't particularly agree with the ideas presented in first two chapters of the book. But, it gets better. So so much better. So much so that it has become one of my favorite books of 2018. The books centers around ideas of feminism, class, respectability politics, race, and a lot of other topics in between. A solid read, 5/5 stars for me.

Searching: This was definitely the movie of the year for me. I have never felt so many emotions in an hour than I did while watching it. I don't want to give away any plot points for any potential watchers out there, other than to say I loved it! Just take my word for it and go watch.

Weightlifting: I started weight training last summer, after getting a personal trainer. He insisted on it. Back then, I wasn't that acclimated to it, so it was not my favorite activity. But now that I am getting stronger, I've really been enjoying it. Lately, its become something I look forward to every week.

Therapy for Black Girls Podcast: This podcast is so good. Its a small dose of professional advice from licensed therapists and psychologists every week, on a range of topics.The focus is mental health, personal development and decision making.  Some of my favorite episodes have been about colorism, texturism, body image, inter-generational trauma, and overcoming stereotypes. If your interested in any of these topics or in therapy in general then I definitely recommend it.

Yale Chelsea Boots: I bought a pair of these in September, and boy oh boy, I love them. So much so that I broke them already. The soles of one of the boots is falling apart (probably because I have worn them nonstop for the last two months). They just match my personal style so much that I've been obsessed with them. I plan of buying another pair to get me through the winter months, hopefully I don't wear-out those boots too.

Other than these fall favorites, I've enjoyed face-masks, home-cooked meals, baking, candles, electric blankets, and hikes. I am looking forward everything the rest of the season will bring, before its time to hunker-down for the winter.

Monday, January 1, 2018

17 highlights from 2017

Thinking back, 2017 was the best year of my life so far. So much happened -- and my experiences grew me. I am left happy and grateful.

Here are 17 highlights from 2017 (in no particular order):
1. Graduating--didn't realize how much of accomplishment it was until my entire family came out to support me on graduation day, woo!
2.  Skydiving--yes, it feels like dying.
3.  Discovering the open mic and comedy scene in DC.
4.  Getting a promotion at work--now a Multimedia Producer!
5.  Going to a Tash Sultana concert.
6.  Building stronger relationships with my friends.
7. Travelling to France and speaking French (little-known fact, I minored in French in college).
8. Cliff diving.
9. Discovering the lo-fi hip-hop playlist on Spotify, so good, just so good.
10. Weightlifting.
11. Receiving awards for my work in New York City!
12. Travelling to Kenya. It was my first time in 10 years visiting.
13. Working as TA for photography classes--my students were so talented <3
14. Creating work that I am very very proud of!
15. Finding my independence
16. Reading more books
17. Backpacking through Europe, 10 countries, woo!

This is only the beginning for me!