Self Reflection

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As many times as I have traveled to Atlanta for an impromptu staycation, I am always amazed about the experiences, people and the memories that are captured. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to indulge in a girl’s trip with my best friends from middle school. Although one of our best friends had a prior family engagement, she was not permitted to attend. However, the weekend was still nothing short of amazing. God is truly amazing! He NEVER ceases to amaze me and this weekend was no different!

Before each and every trip, we begin a prayer. For God to provide his traveling grace and mercy while on the highway, sense of direction and a good experience. The first adventure that we were able to experience was a pole and lap class at Dance 411. Usually, neither one of us would suggest attending a class such as this but because we always lecture one another to ‘experience life and create memories’, we decided to attend the class. Such a fun experience this was and an even better work out! After any physical activity, one would be inclined to crave Mexican food. We grabbed a bite to eat at the famous Taqueria Del Sol. Afterward, we got dressed and did something a little low-key from the usual ‘Atlanta turn up’, the night entailed attending a couple of bars on Edgewood. The night was truly amazing! As you get older, you will realize that clubs are overrated and although you want to experience nightlife there are other ways to do just that. Closing up the last part of the trip, we went to Paces & Vine to have a lovely brunch. Following, we went to the Jackson Street Bridge to gaze at the Atlanta skyline view.
To many, this may not seem as if it was very eventful or fun but to me as well as my best friend, this weekend was amazing. Simply the best weekend that we have had in a long time. This weekend was not only a girl’s trip but a time in which we were able to disconnect to reconnect. My best friends and I have been friends for over 15 years!! Imagine meeting someone in the sixth grade and remaining friends into your adulthood. Yes, the dynamics of your friendship change, experiences in life alter not only yourself but your friendship as well. In order to maintain, any relationship, you must communicate, nurture and love unconditionally, to have a relationship worth lasting.

The only real luxury is time. You can’t get time back.

As I sat back and reflect on my weekend, I took away a few gems. First and foremost, YOU are responsible for your own happiness and what YOU PUT OUT is what YOU GET. Another priceless gem—you have to seize each and every moment. There are some experiences that are not social media worthy and a video or a picture will never capture the true essence of the moment. And for my final gem, in order to truly understand the depth of your relationship, you must disconnect in order to reconnect. I truly thank God for my time spent with my best friend, laughter and the genuineness of our relationship. Again, this weekend has taught me that no matter what– feelings, experiences, disagreements, unsaid words and the timeframe in which we have not spoken with one another will be something that each relationship will face. Yet, it is up to me as a person to decide the worth of my friendship and the worth of myself to keep the relationship going. My friends will remain constant in my life!

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Views from Jackson Street Bridge in Atlanta, Ga located in the Old 4th Ward

 

 

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Black Girl Magic.

img_1305Happy New Year to each and every one of you! 2018 is a year for everyone to experience prosperity, growth, great health, new endeavors and your best life. I know each year we all set aside some elaborate “new year, new me” hype that seemingly fades away after the first week of January BUT this time, let’s stick to some more concrete plans.
What is it that YOU want to change in YOUR life? Go after that! Want to finally achieve that ideal body? Go for it sis. Want to travel the world on a McDonald’s budget? You can still see the Seven Wonders of the World even on a budget. Let’s not allow our current circumstances or our old way of thinking to deter our vision. We have another 365 days to create the life in which we have always dreamed.
Somebody needs to know that they did not read this post by accident! Whatever you set your mind to, DO IT! Whatever you want to achieve, ACHIEVE IT! There are so many things that you will regret, alone, by the end of the year. Do not allow 2018 to be in vain, especially, when God allowed you to make it this far. Go forth into 2018 with a prayer, a plan and a whole lot of black girl magic.