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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Camping via Winnebago Experience

I very recently had the pleasure of traveling through the majority of New Zealand for slightly over two weeks by Winnebago aka Camper Van aka RV (recreational vehicle), and in my case a supped-up van (meaning it wasn’t that big), which I shared with two other fully grown adults and too many bulky suitcases and other items.   To say it was an “experience” is an understatement.  It was amazing and challenging in ways I didn’t even know I needed…

BLOGGER OF THE MONTH: LIA WORLD TRAVELER

Traveling is in my blood, and has been a part of my life even as a child. It all started with my maternal grandfather when he became a contractor with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He worked for USAID for several years during which he raised my mother and her siblings abroad in Brazil and Indonesia and traveled extensively in between. When he left USAID, he and my grandmother opened a travel agency, which is where…

Solid As A Rock

CEO of Black-owned footwear company, ROCKDEEP INC, on balancing entrepreneurship, community, and family
What is an entrepreneur? Everyone I know these days call themselves an entrepreneur or have someone in their immediate circle who is an entrepreneur. However, the statistics for successful entrepreneurial endeavors are abysmal. Forbes magazine reports that 90% of start-ups fail, that’s nine out of 10 new businesses, and the numbers are worse for minority-owned businesses if you can believe it. That is all the more reason…

Here’s Why It’s Okay to Take Time for Yourself

We are all busy people and this is a busy world. We are mothers, fathers, parents, sisters, brothers, cousins, grandchildren, professionals, friends, and so many other roles. We make time for the people and things that matter most to us and often at the expense of ourselves and our personal priorities.

Now in an era where self-care is critical to your peace of mind, sanity, and ability to function, how do you take care of yourself? Do you carve out…

Fallen – A Memorial Day Tribute to Black American Soldiers

When you find yourself traveling to tourist destinations such as France, Germany, Vietnam, Korea, or anywhere there has been conflict, take a moment to recognize that you are standing on hallowed ground; marked and unmarked memorials. Do your research in advance so you can fully understand the conflicts and appreciate why it happened. Try to imagine what standing in that spot would have meant had you been there during the war. Consider what the world would be like if…

A Dozen Great Ways to Keep Your Relationship Fresh

As I reflect on my relationship (which I have been in now for over 16 years, more than a 1/3 of my life), I am so grateful for the fact that it doesn’t feel that long. In fact, the longer we’re in it, the better it gets. And as I take a step back to reflect, there are definitely some intentional things that we did that have kept us both happy, fulfilled, and feeling like the relationship is still fresh,…

Meet Goodr: A New App Offering Solutions to Feed the Hungry Using Food Industry Surplus

First the Facts:  Every year in the United States, 35 million tons of food is thrown out, how wasteful!! Americans throw away approximately $165 billion worth of food each year, according to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The cost to taxpayers in terms of disposing the food is roughly $1.3 billion per year.  Then hold that up to the statistic that in America today, approximately 1-in-7 people go hungry.  For children in marginalized, low-income communities…

Honoring Trailblazers – 5 Women Who Have Made Real and Lasting Change

It’s March and one of my favorite months of the year because it is Women’s History Month and my mama’s birthday month.  In the spirit of Women’s History Month and my mother, we are honoring five trailblazers who blazed a path for all women (and humankind) to follow.

With so much attention paid to high-profile women, it’s easy to lose sight of lesser-known women who are blazing a trail in big and small ways.  The women I have chosen for…

Book Review: Ahni and Her Dancing Secret

The Facts:  Ahni and Her Dancing Secret, written by Shereen Rahming, Illustrated by Jeff Vernon, published 2016 USA, 32 pages, $11.95 paperback, ISBN-9780982651339 (HB), 9780982651346 (Pbk)

The Review:  If you’re looking for a book that teaches perseverance, self-love, self-confidence, goal setting, and persistence then look no further than Ahni and Her Dancing Secret.  Beautifully written and illustrated, each page is captivating and tells the story, which is great bonus if you have little ones (ages 1-4) or early readers.

I read…

10 Current-Day African-Americans Who are Making Black History

Black people are and have been doing it big, not only for African-Americans but for the nation and the world.  Below are ten African-Americans who are making history…right now.

Be inspired, be empowered, chase your dreams, and don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do. We are great, we are powerful, we can do anything we set our minds too…we can do the impossible.  This list serves to  remind you of your greatness and of who you are!  Happy…