Five Reasons You Couldn’t Pay Me to be 21 Again

It’s no secret that we live in a youth-obsessed society. Everywhere you turn there is something making you feel bad about getting older! There is a product to battle everything including wrinkles, gray hair, or no hair, etc. But I gotta tell you, I’m really glad not to be in my twenties anymore! Now, don’t …

Exercise Like a Two Year-Old! (Yes, REALLY.)

Now, there a lot of things that you shouldn’t let your two-year-old take the reins on. But, when it comes to exercise and health, there is actually a lot of wisdom that they have to offer! My two year old helped me revolutionize the way I look at exercise.   There were some points in …

32 Reasons to Smile! (How Many Can You Think of?)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! I love birthdays! Mine, your, anyone’s! I’m an openly corny person who loves any excuse to celebrate and have fun! But, I’ve often struggled with celebrating my own life and all that I’ve accomplished, which has in the past has led to deep depressions and anxiety. Sometimes when we are stressed …

How to Know if You’re Ready for REAL Change

Anyone who knows me knows that I am an avid fan of Dr. Phil!  I’m officially coming out of the closet with this. And I don’t care if the whole world knows it, because he is just extremely wise.   A little while ago, I watched an episode where he introduced this idea of “The …

How to Fight So EVERYONE Wins

Picture it. Oakland, 2017. Around 7am on a recent Sunday morning, I woke up early to help my sick 2 year-old, as I heard her sniffling and crying in her room. The night before had been insane, with her not FINALLY falling asleep until well after 11pm (despite being in bed at 9). She had …

Dear Beautiful Black Daughters

As I sit here, writing this post, I am 8 months pregnant, and humbled. I am reflecting on the magnitude of welcoming new life onto the planet; it’s amazing. It suddenly hits me that as a mother of 3 Black daughters (a two year-old, the soon-to-be-here, and step-mom to an amazing young woman), I’m embarking …

Self-Care: It’s So Much Deeper Than You Think

How you live your life everyday says a lot about you, and how you feel about yourself. Whether you are a workaholic who “never has time” for anything else, or a yogi who eats right at every meal, or somewhere in between, the way you care for yourself says a lot about how much you …

Dear White Student, (A Letter of Healing & Forgiveness)

In class the other day, you said something that struck me and challenged me to my very core. As we were discussing all of the recent shootings of unarmed Black and Brown people, by the police, I could tell you had something important to say. You, the only White student (and a hip hop artist!) …

4 Things I Did to Make Peace with My Mom’s Illness

It’s Sankofa month at TBW–a time to reflect on the past and how to learn from painful situations into lessons. My relationship with my mom has been one of the most transformative situations of my life. It has caused me some of the most pain I’ve ever felt–completely rocked my world. But, my relationship with …

A Healing Letter to My Mom

Dear Mom, I just want to start this letter by apologizing to you for any pain I caused you growing up. Now that I am a mom, there’s so much about you that I’m finally starting to understand. Now, I don’t think I was terrible (I had moments when I flirted with that boundary!), but …