Welcome Blog Hoppers!
Today is a special day since I’m meeting some of you for the first time. Thanks to Kristy‘s Blog Hop, today is my day in the spotlight. I’m going to do the blog equivalent of getting dressed up and tell you the best things about myself so you’ll swipe right to meet me, as though I was on a dating app with five seconds to make a good impression. Here goes.
I am a Jamaican native, living in New York City for the past fifteen years. I am often told that I don’t “sound Jamaican”- I’m not sure if that’s supposed to be a good thing – but I am proudest of not just the way I sound but what I say when I speak. I get to do a fair amount of public speaking these days and it’s not nerve-racking anymore.
I love to read. So far this year, I’ve read 78 books and I can tell you about every one of them. I have a YouTube channel where I chat about books. The written word is my passion. I don’t just read books. I also enjoy writing them and this year I published my own book of short stories.Putting my stories out into the world opened up the door to meet so many people and connect on a level that I wouldn’t otherwise have and this new part of my life makes my heart sing.
I am active in my church. I lead a group of young people in a scout-like program called Pathfinders and they keep me busy and creative both in planning and execution.
I enjoy running. I am not fast but that’s okay – I’m not chasing PRs right now. I like lacing up my sneaks, strapping on my waist belt and hitting the streets, sweat running down my face and back, my braids bouncing around on my neck while I navigate pedestrians on the sidewalk. I don’t often run with music because I love the thoughts that fill my head when the only thing I can hear is the steady thud of my shoes on concrete. And I really love running by the water along the West Side of Manhattan.
Every year, I look forward to my camping and hiking trips. As much as I love curling up on a couch, I also really enjoy testing my survival skills in a wilderness environment. One of these days, I’d like to do a thru-hike of the Appalachian trail.
I love food. I enjoy cooking but it just isn’t as much fun cooking for one. I’d love to host dinner parties or maybe even run a supper club but I just don’t have the space. I live in New York after all, and tiny apartments are the order of the day here. So just take me to an awesome restaurant or bring me some good Chinese or Thai takeout that I can chow down on while I read a great book and I don’t miss cooking at all.
Sure, there are things about my life that I don’t love and that I’m working everyday to change. But today, let’s just talk about good things, right? And after all, this is only my first impression post for many of you. If you swipe right and subscribe to my blog, I’ll share more later.
If you could only tell me one thing about yourself so I would swipe right for you, what would that one thing be?
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