Happy Founders Day Spelman! Why I’m Glad I Went to Spelman College

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  Today marks Spelman College's 133 Founders Day. Spelman College is a historically black college for women located in Atlanta, GA. I am a proud graduate of the Class of 2000. In honor of my graduation 14 years ago, here is my list of 14 Reasons Why I'm SO Glad I Went to Spelman College. 1)      I made my bestest friends at Spelman. These are the women who have loved me and stood by me as I’ve married, had children, lost loved ones. They’ve had my back. 2)      I wasn’t an … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday – Dirty Girl Mud Run

I was given a free registration code to enter the race but all opinions are my own. One of the best things about blogging is that you get to meet some really great bloggers and we talk. A month ago, we were talking about the Dirty Girl Mud Run and it sounds like fun, so I’m in! Now this fits with my goals of getting fit  but I'm sure that this was how I planned to do it. I'll a little hesitant  but hey, if I'm not challenging myself then I should be right? This year’s Dirty Girl Mud Run … [Read more...]

What I learned about step parenting from an argument with my mother: Fearless Friday

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This is a difficult post for me to share but it’s true and that’s where the Fearless Friday part comes in. Being a parent is hard. A parent of a teenager is extra hard. Try adding “step” in front of the parent and you know it can just be so much more challenging. That’s where I find myself now.  Our situation is even a little more complicated than the average one, so most of the resources I’ve found don’t quite apply.  My stepdaughter is 20 years old/I’m young enough to remember 20 and it’s a … [Read more...]

How 1/2 mile and 10 years Led to a Full Circle Moment

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  Last year, I was invited to the White House and it really represented one of those full circle moments in my life. It hit me as I was waiting to be processed through the 1) White House security along with 2) other youth influencers to attend a 3) White House Summit on the Affordable Care Act that I was really living my dream in that moment. The icing on the cake is that I was invited as a private citizen and I flew up for the day with the baby. It was a dream that I never would … [Read more...]

Fearless Friday: Why Did I Get Married

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This post is part of the Fearless Friday series. I'm being fearless in sharing apart of myself with you.  My husband and I will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary later this year. To say that it’s been wonderful would be an understatement in some ways and overstatement in a lot of ways. We have been through some wonderful events (buying our first home, births of 2 great boys, career successes) as well as some challenges (health challenges, job loss). But when I think back over the past 10 … [Read more...]

Editing My Life

With all the things that I do, I really don’t feel like I do many that are only for me and my enjoyment. I spend a lot more time than I would like (I’m working on ending this) doing this that I HAVE to do or have committed to do on behalf of an organization. The things that I really I want to do or would like to do (reading a book or getting a pedicure for example), I don’t get a chance to do. I told my husband that I edit about 60% of the things that I want/am supposed to do. A perfect … [Read more...]

Fearless Friday – 1/17

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I'm starting a new feature on my blog, Fearless Friday. It's just what it says, Friday's are the days when my blog posts are dedicated being fearless and opening myself up. What better way to start then by sharing a very first vlog. I created it for the 2013 BlogHerLicious Vlog contest. This was scary for me to create (and why it's been under wraps). Guess what happened? Yes, I know there's is tons that I would do differently but because I was fearless and did it, I won full … [Read more...]