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10 Inspiring Quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that Will Help Us Get Through These Next 4 Years

 

Not only is it a new year, but it is also a year of governmental transition from what we’ve known and loved to the unknown.  We are entering into uncharted territory with the change of administration this month. And, at best, many of us are left with a sense of unease and concern, as if we are holding our breaths hoping nothing bad happens.

This isn’t a great way to feel at any time and especially when it relates to…

6 Tips to Help Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Every year, like clockwork, I ask myself four very important questions:

What did I learn from the last year?

What do I want to accomplish next year?

How am I going to do it?

And, how will I stick to it? 

In my opinion, it is the last question that is really the most important. Because if you don’t stick to your resolutions, none of the other questions and introspection really matter.  And there is no crystal ball when it comes to making and…

How Informed Should You Keep Your Young Kids on Current Affairs? And Why?

 

The question of whether or not to inform your young children about current affairs is a very personal and sensitive question and one that I always ask myself when it comes to my own children.

Initially my reaction was that I want my “kids to be kids,” meaning I wanted them to live in innocence and remain blissfully ignorant to the realities of society. I didn’t want to burden them with knowledge they are not prepared nor mature enough to…

3 Tips To Survive the Holiday Season When You Can’t Cook A Lick

Anyone who knows me knows I don’t cook, despite the fact that I LOVE to eat. The holidays are one of my favorite times of year for many reasons, and that’s mostly due to the abundance of food and family that is around.  So how can I, as a non-cooking person, pull my weight in social settings where everyone is expected to contribute?  Here are three tips I have used to survive the holiday season as a non-cook.
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10 Things I Learned About Marriage from Watching the Obamas

When I look at relationships that I aspire to resemble in my own marriage, I look no further than our President and First Lady. To me, the Obamas are the epitome of a healthy, loving, marriage.

As President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle conclude their last days in office, I want to thank them for being a wonderful example of marriage.  Here are ten lessons I learned about marriage from watching the Obamas:
1. R.E.S.P.E.C.T
The first and last rule of…

4 Tips for Successfully Traveling with Young Children

I just returned from an amazing trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley with two young children and it was a huge success.  Firstly, my definition of a “successful” family trip/vacation is one that is fun for both adults and children alike, is not overly stressful, and is easy in terms of logistics.  What made this trip so successful you ask?  It was the right combination of several  key factors that came together in just…

Recharging, Rejuvenation, Reclamation: The Art of Letting Go

 

For the last few years, I have been feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, dissatisfied, and generally unhappy in my life despite the blessings of stable employment, health,  professional achievement, and a loving family.  I am still too young for it to be a “mid-life” crisis/malaise, so what gives?  When I took a step back to figure out what was going on, I realized what my problem was; I was doing too much and investing too much of myself into other people…

An Attempt to Set the Record Straight on Black Lives Matter (A Mother’s Perspective)

So I’m finally writing again after several months of inactivity due to a variety of reasons; however, I cannot stay silent anymore and feel compelled to speak. *Please note this post might be all over the place because what is going on back home (I am currently living overseas) in the United States is causing me daily to run the emotional gamut from rage to fear to sadness to depression to optimism (since I can’t fight my generally positive-realist…

How I Save Money With Groupon Coupons

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are mine.

Everybody knows living in the DC-metro area, aka the DMV, is expensive even for folks with healthy paychecks.  So what do you do to live the life you want without breaking the bank?  When I need to get something done (think carpet cleaning, housecleaning services, spa treatments, general shopping, etc), one of my first money saving go-tos is Groupon Coupons.  Groupon Coupons is a place I always check out BEFORE traveling or shopping…

Have We Lost Our Sense Of Community: “Sunday Soul” Finds A Way Back

 

Do you know what love looks like? Not romantic love or self- love, but the kind of selfless love we show to one another as human beings. One of the greatest traditions in the African-American community is taking care of and looking out for one other. Kids growing up on the block would be looked after by family, friends, neighbors, and strangers alike, because there was a feeling that we were in this together and we needed to protect…