Fresh Start | My Story

Hello there! It’s about that time for me to make a fresh start. It seems that every so often I like to hit the “reset” button on my blog. I used to make myself feel guilty about this, but now I’ve realized that it’s just a part of my creative process.

I wanted to take a step back, start fresh, and tell you guys a bit about who I am and my goals and vision for this blog. This blog is my personal home on the web where I’ll be sharing stories about my life, my work, and my experiences. I’ll also be sharing some of my personal favorite things and how I stay productive as a working mom.

Over the years, I have gone through ups and downs, but I have always managed to persevere. I overcame adversity, and I achieved academic success despite having my son at an early age. I graduated a year early from high school, and received a full scholarship to Texas Southern University.

My positive experiences at Texas Southern really helped me to gain confidence and shape who I am as a person. I got a chance to develop my leadership skills and I was a part of campus organizations. I held an office in student government, and I pledged a sorority, and I was President of my sorority chapter.

I also excelled in my academics. I was a full academic scholarship recipient, and I was able to travel to places like New York City and Georgia for conferences. I learned how to network and I saw new places and new things. That exposure helped me realize that I could accomplish whatever I put my mind to.

Although I had a very full and fulfilling college experience, I also had some hard times. I had to work full time and go to school, and sometimes I worked two jobs to make ends meet. But, I always prioritized school, and I was able to graduate with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Speech Communication.

I was a bookworm and I planned to become an English teacher, but my interest in the law was also piqued during my time participating in student government. After college, I worked in a law firm and I taught middle school for a year, and then I started law school full time. My law school story was not without its challenges, but I successfully earned a Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and I became a licensed attorney in 2011.

So, I went from being a teen mother to a working professional with a doctorate. I am truly blessed to have support from my family and friends, and I truly believe that we are each capable of achieving whatever we put our minds to.

My Tips for Overcoming Obstacles

  1. Make a plan.  Visualize where you want your life to be and work backwards from there. You can’t create a roadmap unless you know your destination.
  2. Take things one step at a time. When you’re faced with adversity and unexpected challenges, it can be overwhelming to keep moving forward. Take one step at a time, and before you know it, you’ll see progress.
  3. Ask for help. It can be so hard to ask for help, but the truth is that none of us can do it all on our own. Find allies who can support you, and help them out as well.
  4. Make adjustments. When plans change, learn how to pivot and revise to keep moving forward.
  5. Celebrate! Don’t wait until you reach your goals to celebrate your progress! Celebrate your small wins along the way.

Yes, times do get really hard. Yes, we will face adversity. Yes, things will often be unfair. But, we are each responsible for the outcomes of our own lives, and I believe in sharing my experiences to help other people reach their full potential.

There were many times when I wanted to quit, or take an easier path. But, I thought about where I ultimately wanted to be in life, and the fact that my son was depending on me for support. I had to ignore naysayers, focus on positivity, and believe in myself along the way.

On this blog, I’ll be sharing practical life and career advice, and “life hacks” or ways that I manage to balance it all. I hope that each of you reading this will find something of value on this blog, and I look forward to sharing my tips with you.

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  • #Juneteenth (June 19th) commemorates the day that spaces were emancipated in Texas. Today, I celebrated #Juneteenth @freemarketsquare ! I finally got to taste the delicious buffalo cauliflower bites from @houstonsauceco & I paired it with a refreshing watermelon cooler from @sphynxhouston ! There was a live band and I caught a glimpse of the parade. #juneteenth #thirdward #htown #houston #713 #everythingislove #vegan #veganfoods #veganeats #veganbites #buffalobites #buffalocauliflower #blackvegans #yum
  • I had a great experience today getting my makeup done at @colordujourstudio by @noethegr8 !!! My natural hair was silk pressed by Chara @canvashairstudio as always! ☺️ #motd #makeup #houstonmakeup #silkpress #naturalhair #colordujour #colordujourstudio #lawyerlife #htx #houstonblogger #freshstart #allsmiles #all2018
  • Enjoying the Greek Fest! Friendly people, lots of culture, and great food! I had an authentic gyro and some fresh squeezed lemonade. So yummy! 😊 #greekfest #houstongreekfest #htx #houstonevents #houstonfoodie #houstonblogger #htxfoodie #millennialpink #dreamypresets #blackcreatives
  • Celebrating Mother’s Day with my beautiful mom! 💚💛 #mothersday #htx #amotherslove #ilovemymom #motherdaughter #sundaybest
  • Last week, I stopped in at the Paper Co. Cafe for a delish vegetarian bean burger, with sweet potato fries and a tea. I like how spacious the cafe was. It's a nice place to get some work done and grab a cup of coffer or tea, and some real food. If you're looking for a local #htx cafe, check it out. 👋🏾 Swipe for pictures of the food and the space! @papercohouston ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#planoly #papercocafe #houstoncafes #paperco #houstonrestaurants #papercocafehouston #houstonbloggers #blogging #blackbloggers #htx #tourofhouston #htxrestaurants #houstoncreatives
  • Lately, I’ve been working on improving my writing skills.  I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and a JD....AND I've taught writing professionally. So, why do I still strive to improve? There are lots of reasons, but here are a few. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1. A good writer is always striving to get better. 
2. I've switched up my brand over the past couple of years, and I don't think I've communicated that very clearly.
3. I'm adding additional products and services that I need to write about in order to share those with people. It's easy for me to write or other people, but it's harder for me to craft my own brand message and essentially "publicize myself."
We live in a very crowded world where we are bombarded daily with lots of messages. I have a message that I want to share, but I have to write clear copy in order to convey that message. Plus, business and analytical writing is a lot different than writing content online specifically for MY audience. So, I have to keep working to improve my skills to try to get my message out there.
It's also  a big time investment, but I'll still be sharing my day to day life experiences here on Insta while I work on my blog behind the scenes! What are some things you're working on to get better? 
#planoly #creative #blackcreatives #writer #writerlife #blogging #womenbloggers #blackbloggers #writingforcreatives #macbook #millennialpink #creativeculture #amwriting #houstonblogger #lifestyleblogger  #houston #htx
  • “Melange” means a mixture or medley, and there were certainly a variety of crepes at Melange Creperie. One of the fun things about @melangecreperie is that you can actually watch your crêpe being prepared! 
I love the look of this place! The aesthetic of the building outside is actually what made me go inside. I’m thinking about exploring some other restaurants in the Heights over the next few weeks. Any suggestions?
#melangecreperie #crepes #foodie #houstonfoodie #htx #houstonheights
  • I had fun painting with my friend and Soror @sunayye ! I needed to get out of the house and away from the computer! 💙

#Repost @sunayye
Spending time with my ls #spring05 #13years #wegonholditdine #zphi
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