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Forty Five Trips

Today is my 45th birthday! You know, sometimes, I don't think about the reality of being in my mid 40s until I 1) actually hear myself say my age out loud, and 2) attempt to twerk and my knees give out on me, but I digress. Forty five is an interesting age. Some people may not deem it a milestone, but in my eyes, it most definitely is. It's the stage in my life that I officially feel middle-aged. It's scary, yet exciting at the same time, you know? I'm anxious to see what the s…

Test Shots on 35mm Film

I received my very first roll of film back from the lab ( The Darkroom ), and even though most of them didn't come out so great, I didn't beat myself up about it because I know that these first few rolls are all about practicing, and becoming comfortable with shooting analog. There is no theme to any of the photos posted; these are just the ones that I liked the most! Even with the imperfections with the weird lighting on a couple of them, there's something really cool about them. On…

Top Picks From The Wishlist

Sunday's Current Listen : Somi's Petite Afrique One of my favorite things to do is give my Amazon wishlist a refresh, whether it means updating it with new items, or removing items that no longer excite me.  I created this list many moons ago, so naturally, there are things on it that I no longer feel the need to own, so constantly editing it to reflect my current needs/wants is always a necessary task. Ever since I purchased an actual bookshelf last year, I've really been stepping m…

Curing The Winter Blues

For me, the winter season is all about hibernation and a hiatus from all social activity. My winter routine consists of work, a possible errand or two afterwards - usually the grocery market, and right back to the comfort and warmth of my home. No extracurricular activities, hardly ever. I loathe cold temps, and even though I was born and raised in the Midwest, I will never get used to snow and single-digit weather. But, now that we're approaching that time of the year when the cold season…

Analog: Minolta X-370

I'm slowly crossing things off of my 2019 Goals & Intentions list. Well, not technically crossing them off, as most of them are things I will continue to to work on throughout the year, but one of the first to-do's was to buy a film camera and dive into the analog side of photography, and I finally purchased a vintage Minolta X-370 off of good ol' eBay. The body of the camera is in great condition (I mean, really - she is a beauty!), but I haven't tested it out yet to make …

Current Rotation: Alternative/Indie R&B

Amber Mark, photo by Rachel Cabitt Spotify, my preferred platform for streaming music, curates the coolest playlists for me based on my musical taste. "Discover" is the perfect name for these personalized playlists because there are so many gems hidden on them. Although these weekly playlists are great for discovering new songs, don't just let your preferred streaming platform do all the work for you; get your hands a little dirty and explore new artists on your own. It's mor…

Four Years Later

It happened on January 21, 2015. After arriving home from my evening class, I was viciously attacked by two people outside of my apartment complex. I did not know these people, and I am still unsure what the motive was, but the entire ordeal altered my life in a way that I can't even begin to fully explain. I don't want to dive into the disturbing details of everything that took place on that dreadful evening, but I will say that I thought I was going to die, because that was their int…

Comfort: Spicy Sausage & Lentil Soup

Do you still update your Pinterest account? I do. I especially love searching for recipes because sometimes, eating at home can be a bit of a bore, especially when you are as finicky of an eater as I am. I recently discovered this lentil soup recipe while searching for something "different" to cook. I tend to stick to the same meals, just in different variations, but I don't normally buy lentils, so I wanted to find a quick, flavorful recipe that included them, to experiment with…

Show Up For Yourself

Happy new year, and happy first blog post of 2019! Wow, I can't believe we're already nine whole days into this thing. This year is all about making wise decisions, being fearless, taking some risks, being consistent, and diving deeper into the things that bring me joy. You know the deal, no new year resolutions for me. It's all about constant evolution. Intentions and goals, big and small, and so far, I've been doing pretty good with mine. First off, I started Adriene's 30…

Everybody Loves Sade

Sade Adu's been on my mind lately. I often wonder what my favorite artists are up to - you know, the ones who aren't highly visible in the age of social media. Honestly, I'm thankful for her reclusiveness, although she was once quoted as saying, "I'm not shy or reclusive. I just spend my time with people rather than journalists."  Sade is one of the most significant names in music, and one of the biggest entertainers on the planet, yet, we hardly know anything about h…

Year-End Thoughts & New Year Intentions

I feel like I've hit a plateau. Honestly, I've been feeling this way for some time. Overall, life's not bad, but I do not feel as though I've progressed much in certain areas of my life. This is not to say that I haven't constantly been working towards personal and professional growth, but let's just say I haven't felt a noticeable shift as of late. I don't enjoy being in this head space because sometimes, the mental chatter is so loud, and sometimes, she's …

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