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Post #19: My first monster was my father…

My truth. My first monster was my father. Just to state, I was never sexually abused by my father. I am a survivor of severe emotional and mental abuse. The occasions of physical abuse are few but are still present in my memory. For as long as I can remember, I have had a shitty […]

Bonus: Job reflections

13 years ago, I worked mainly in the dining room at Bojangles. I HATED that job. I was a junior in high school. I had no real bills but wanted a little extra spending money. I will never forget the lessons I learned at that job. It was my first experience with learning how to […]

Post #18: Hello depression and anxiety my old friends

I’ve had depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember. However, I wasn’t officially diagnosed with having anything until 2017. Prior to being diagnosed, in 2016, I started attending both group and individual therapy in grad school. I was having a hard time. Not with my coursework though. I was at a huge […]

Bonus: Plus size confessions

I was in middle school when my biological father told me what he deemed to be my fate. He told me that “no boy would ever like me because I was fat”. I have internalized these words for almost 20 years. I’m sure that I was not the only little fat girl that was told […]

Post #17: Issa Natural Hair Wash Day

My natural hair is currently the longest it has ever been in my adult life. I have had countless struggles with my hair for over the past decade or so (see Post 13). I made the decision to unloc my hair during April 2020. The pandemic closed most hair salons and I got tired of […]

Bonus: So I gotta little boo now…

If you would have told me that I would end up meeting someone dope during a pastrami (also known as a pandemic), I would have called you a liar. However, I did. He’s pretty great. I journeyed into the land of Bumble for what was going to be my last time (at least in 2020). […]

Post #16: Hello loso (low sodium) eating

In December of 2020, I received unexpected news during a routine medical appointment. My blood pressure was abnormally high. At 29, I had never experienced this issue before. I was told to come back in a month for a follow up appointment. Due to being super busy with work, I returned almost two months later. […]

Bonus: My favorite perfumes

While I still enjoy a good fruity body spray from Bath & Body Works, I am growing to appreciate slighty more “womanly” scents. My top 10 favorite perfumes (in random order) are: 1. Light Blue-Dolce & Gabbana* 2. Gucci Guilty-Gucci 3. Good Girl (Supreme)-Carolina Herrera* 4. Black Opium Neon (Intense)-Yves Saint Laurent* 5. Yellow Diamond-Versace* […]

Post #15: The cost of grief

I recently viewed a video on Facebook related to the business of funeral homes. It triggered many emotions within me. Unfortunately, at age 29, I have helped to plan two funerals for individuals close to me. When I was 15, I helped my mom plan my grandmother’s funeral in 2007. My mom was an only […]

Bonus: Some things I am thankful for

Thanksgiving is usually when we highlight the things we are thankful for. However, in the last month of an insane 2020, I would like to highlight a few things I am definitely grateful for. Family Friends My significant other Hope Candles Sweatpants Headwraps Youtube/Netflix/Hulu New opportunities Love Beautiful flowers The giggles of babies Puppies/kittens (pretty […]

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