• I have found that relaxing experiences can become traumatic experiences because of my status as a black plus size woman.

    The Problem With Self-Care

    I am a big proponent of self-care. For me,self-care is an affirmation that my needs are valid. However, self-care is now big business in the consumerist culture that as American as apple pie. The big business of self-care is one that I find both intriguing and appalling. The problem with self-care business is that everyone […]

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    July 30, 2018 By ayearofdoing
  • I choose to be sober because I recognize that part of living a healthy life means feeling pain

    Choosing Sobriety

    The word ‘sober’ and I have an interesting relationship. Sobriety, it seems to me, is an after effect of a bout of alcoholism or substance abuse. What then do you call someone who has never drunk alcohol or battled other forms of substance abuse? I started thinking about this recently because I was reading a thread on […]

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    July 23, 2018 By ayearofdoing
  • Success is a culmination of small moments

    Small Wins

    This weekend was amazing. Last week was a rough week for me. Between so many microaggressions and getting stuck in traffic on Friday, I was ready for the week to be over. Then Saturday happened, and I felt slightly better about the whole week. A few years ago, when I first moved to Boston, I […]

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    July 16, 2018 By ayearofdoing
  • Strawberry Mint tea overhead

    My Unreal American Life

    The thought of an iced strawberry tea sounded good, but I was hesitant. To me, a cold strawberry tea just seemed like another flavored water. How could I play around with the flavors on the tea to make it more interesting than just fruit seeped in water? That’s when I did a mental checklist and settled on mint.

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    July 13, 2018 By ayearofdoing
  • being courageous is a form of discipline

    The Quit Queen

      Friday 6th July 2018 It is 11.07pm. I really should go to bed since I have a full day tomorrow. I have spent the last couple of hours in front of my computer. Between reading my usual roster of gossip magazine online, I have been tinkering with the blog. I love the current look […]

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    July 9, 2018 By ayearofdoing
  • Surviving the 2018 Summer Heatwave

    Lemonade is such a classic American drink. I made a grown-up version with this Peach Lavender Lemonade. This drink is fruity and floral. It features in-season yellow peaches in a sugar and honey syrup with whole lemons plus lavender for a gentle and refreshing take on lemonade

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    July 6, 2018 By ayearofdoing
  • Why I Matter

    I gave up writing. If this makes no sense, then let me explain myself. As a teenager, I wrote a lot. I was into poetry. Then I moved to the US and I started college. My rebellion of choice was to get a BA in Writing. Somewhere between writing the early short draft of an […]

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    July 1, 2018 By ayearofdoing
  • Time to Budget For School

    Suddenly, I  feel like I have the headache of planning out my nursing school budget for the next few months. I am starting the four class nursing clinical sequence in the fall. Registration is in a few days and I have to figure out how to pay for the bill. In the past couple of […]

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    June 6, 2018 By ayearofdoing
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    May 28, 2018 By ayearofdoing