Wild Card: BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT Shop Launch

I finally launched the BLACK GIRL WHO PAINT Shop last week shortly after our 6 month anniversary (March 4th)! It has been an exciting new experience. Selling apparel is different than selling paintings and prints BUT preparation has been key. I realized that it's okay to ask questions, utilize your resources, and if it doesn't feel right to say no during this process. It might sound crazy, but anything I do related to BGWP makes me feel good - internally and externally. And this launch has been another one of these moments. Check out the new BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT pieces below!

I picked grayscale and black-and-white apparel because I wanted to give each BGWP the autonomy to rock each piece as is or add a splash of color and personality! I can't wait to customize my own pieces too because already if I'm out and about in public, 9/10 I'm rocking my BGWP gear. I can't wait to see how others rock their BGWP gear! That's the most exciting part. The shop will have more goodies soon enough! This is just the beginning :)

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Growing Up And Growing Out

Growing Up And Growing Out

Growth is a beautiful thing, especially when your growth comes with outgrowth - people, places, things, etc. For me, growing out of old habits means I'm getting rid of self-destructive behaviors and even flipping them into their positive counterparts. Once I figured out it really is me against me, I started shifting my internal compass from...

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Defining MY Own Happiness

Defining MY Own Happiness

I welcomed 2018 on an odd note. Odd only in the sense that I felt no need for a resolution or 'new year new me' mood. I continued some of the same shenanigans that I should/could have "left in 2017" into 2018 lol. Although my year 27 already began, this is the year I decided to take an internal deep dive to sort out my wants and needs in terms of my career. I want year 27 to represent organization but I realized I was still figuring out how to be happy while being all over the place...

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The BIG 2-7!!!

The “big day” finally came. I get very anxious around my birthday. I’ve had great birthdays in the past but I’ve somehow always brought in or ended my actual birthday in tears for the past few years, mostly over a guy. Lame, I know. I tend to let mixed company damper my mood and get the best of my emotions but this is an area that I’m focusing on removing. So this year, I decided to be very intentional with the energy I allow in for my birthday. “27 is mine. I ain’t sorry!”

I decided to have a vision board party with a few close friends as my main event on the eve of my birthday. And let me tell you, it was SO much fun! We had food, made our own popsicles and fish bowls, listened to 90s R&B, and decorated our vision boards until the clock stuck 12AM. I brought in my 27th birthday with a strong sense of girl power in the room: 2 best friends I’ve known since 4, 1 best friend I’ve known since 13, 2 close friends I’ve known since high school, 1 close friend I met Freshman year of college who came down from New York City, and a few close friends attending in spirit (lol)! As many differences in personalities, career fields, and walks in life we had amongst ourselves, there were so many commonalities in the room that night!

It was so dope to see how friendships tend to cultivate with time, experience, and real work. It’s really true when they say ‘you are the company you keep.’ Not going to brag about my girl friends (too much), but it’s great to see how 26/27 has treated us thus far. Balance is when you argue about who killed the Boy Is Mine better, Monica or Brandy, and then two seconds later talk about new milestones in our careers and our upcoming goals! It just felt so good to have quality girl time. No headaches or tears in sight! It was perfect! The ‘men’ topic took a nice back seat for the night!

That’s when I realized, this is how I’m choosing to spend my time in 27 - supporting, encouraging, and uplifting other powerful women.  Sometimes we get wrapped up in our own lives/relationships that we don’t see the world around us. We work so hard to fill these self-serving dynamics and sometimes forget to nourish our other relationships just as much. We are all guilty of it, but we can change this as time permits. I encourage you all to support the dreams of your girls (friends). These are the bonds that should/will last forever!

Solo But Not So Strange

A few weeks ago, I decided to try something new and different. I felt a need to just get out. I had been cooped up in my tiny apartment long enough and needed some excitement. One thing that I noticed was that I'm constantly running into the remnants of my two dead plants in my apartment. Yes I love flowers, but love them even more when they’re withered. They don’t really feel or look dead to me – they’re still beautiful, just in a different way. Weird, I know. Symbolically, it was time to get a new plant, but it was more so stepping out and purchasing one. Little did I know that that time would soon come...

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