365 Day Challenge Announcement

In my birthday post, I mentioned a 365 day challenge that I’m starting to make sure that I am maximizing my experiences and staying fulfilled. One of the things that has happened as I get older and a little more stuck in my ways is that I don’t meet as many people as I used…

It’s My Party And I’ll Cry If I Want To

It’s my birthday today.  Birthdays should be celebratory. Like they say, any day above ground is a good day. And I am happy to be alive and happy to be celebrating another birthday but I’m also emotional about where I am in my life compared to where I wish I was. Yesterday, I cried because…

2016 Most Influential Non Fiction Reads

One of my 2016 reading goals was to read 100 books in a year. In January, I thought I would go for an even split and read 50 fiction and 50 non-fiction. While I met my overall goal of 100 books, the even split didn’t really happen – I only read 35 NF titles. I’d signed up…

2016 ABC Reads

One of the many reading challenges I participated in during 2016 is this one to read 26 books, each one starting with a different letter of the alphabet. I participated because it was simple but interesting and actually turned out to be pretty tough to complete because I didn’t choose a TBR at the beginning of the…

How Long Is Too Long?

Several times, I’ve tried one plank challenge or another. Usually, it’s a month long challenge – start on day 1 by holding your body in whatever plank position you want to attempt for a small amount of time. The goal is to keep increasing how long you can hold the position until at the end of…

Winter Reading Challenge 2015-16

Every year, Megan hosts a Winter Reading Challenge to give us bibliophiles something to look forward to when the cool weather descends upon us.  General rules: The challenge runs from November 1, 2015, to January 31, 2016. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on November 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on January…

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

Someone challenged me to a duel. It wasn’t a duel with swords, but that’s what it felt like. My cousin challenged me to see how many books I had read from a list of 100 African-American authors. The list was hosted on a reading challenge website and while I was delving into it, I stumbled upon…

6 Ways Blogging Will Change Your Life

Maybe you read my blog sporadically. Maybe (preferably), you’ve bookmarked my site and you look for a post everyday – and if that’s the case, I apologize for those days I fall a little behind on my schedule and disappoint you. Maybe you read some of the comments and think to yourself, “What on earth would make…

Christmas Blogging Challenge – Merry Christmas Rant

In the past few years, the tradition in that meting pot of diversity that is New York City seems to be to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. At my campus job in college, I had my first experience receiving Holiday cards instead of Christmas cards. You see, Happy Holidays is non-religious and it’s used to…

December Decluttering – The First 15

On December 1st, I decided to start a decluttering challenge. I didn’t know how it was going to go with all the other things I’m doing this month but It was time to get some of my stuff out of the house and I needed room for all the extra stuff that comes along with…

12 Days of Christmas – Day Two

Christmas in Jamaica is a wonderful experience and every year I spend in New York City, I miss my Jamaican Christmas traditions more and more, traditions like: The annual Christmas tree lighting: the store owners in a district square would get together and put on an event one night a few days before Christmas – the…

12 Days of Christmas – Day One

Technically, this might not be true but I’ve never really understood the whole scheduling of the 12 Days of Christmas anyway – is Christmas Day the first day, the last day or somewhere in between. For church purposes, Christmas Day would be Day 1 which means the 12 days runs from Dec 25 to Jan 5th. But…