Directionally Challenged?

There comes a time in one’s life where they contemplate the rewards (and consequences) of the roads they have traveled–I am no different. It’s no secret that when the New Year rolls around, people make all kinds of (short-lived) promises to themselves and I, too, have been guilty. This year is different! Who hasn’t said that before? The difference for me is that this is the only year in which I have set goals for myself with intention. At the height of this intention is the belief that I can accomplish my professions. There will be obstacles as well as times that I flat out don’t feel like doing any of it. However, my need to fulfill my dreams is greater than any other reason that I could conjure up to be in the very same position at the onset of 2015.

What I am most excited about is the information I’ve received at I am so ready to live my best life this year. I watched the video and made lots of notes in my new journal. I am so excited that it is difficult for me to even compose this post. There is something about this time in my life that I feel I will look back on and realize this what “it”. I really cannot contain myself. Well, let’s see where this journey takes me…and you get to come along for the ride…or maybe you will join me. Welcome aboard!


This post came from the realization that unless I create my own streams (yes, multiple) of income, I am at the mercy of another when it comes to being compensated for my worth. It doesn’t matter what my position is if I have no control over my own situation. Is this what I deserve? NO. Is it what I’ve imagined what my life would be? NO. Then what? Change it (by any means necessary). Change. Do things differently. Do things differently. TAKE ACTION!!!! Ready??? GO!



365 11.24.13


I saw this lamp base in Target and had to have it. Then I found the lampshade for $12.99 (I think). Lately, I’ve been obsessed over lamps. Ha! The pic is  dark because I’m resting 🙂 and watching Hallmark movies. Hey!! Look. My baby’s spelling words made an appearance. Having a hard time teaching alphabetical order? Put the words on stickies. It worked like a charm for her.


So when I saw the base on the clearance shelf. I put it in the cart without a second thought. Impulsive? Maybe…oh well. I love the lamp!!! I, actually, bought one last week as well ON SALE and the base is white but -not for long- I am painting it gold (along with a trash can that I purchased for $1.19). I need something to catch the unwanted mail at the door for my hectic life.

By the way, I found my birthday gift. I’m super excited but can’t share…yet. However, I do have something to share. I’m beginning to record my life in a series of lists–daily (I hope). The lists originated (for me) from a pin on Pinterest that led me to this blog and post.

1. A to Z List: Make a list of something from A to Z. It could be a list of things you want to do, or a list of things that inspire you.

A: Atiya (ah-tee-ah). I share this middle name with my 14 year old. It means gift.

B: Boston is one of my favorite cities.

C: Since we are talking about cities, I must mention that Chicago is my favorite. The architecture is amazing and I love that there is a river running through the city. The food…OMG!!! I can go on forever. #Chitownlove


D: Draping. I love apparel design and want to learn how to drape. It’s one of my 2014 goals.

E: Elephants. Love them. They are a symbol of wisdom.

F: Fashion Design has always been a passion. I thought it would have been my career path but I have no regrets.

G: Gladys was my grandmother’s name. She taught me a lot. How to make a cake from scratch. How to cook. How to BE. She left this life on 05.20.1995. I wish…

H: Happiness is relative. I’m happy.

I: Ice. I used to be addicted. So what! Ice cream. I’m not a fan.

J: Justice (her father studied Criminal Justice in undergrad) is my first female child. She rocks!


K: Kevin…my daddy’s name (and two of my brother’s…don’t ask). LOL. I love my daddy!!!

L: Love is a beautiful thing! Have it. Show it. Be it.

M: Mixed media is my favorite art form (besides makeup…but that deserves its own post). There are no rules. No limitations. Mixed media encourages FREEDOM! OH! Shout out to Mahogany Philly!!!

N: Natural Hair!!!! I love natural hair. You do too? Join us:

O: Orphan Black. Love that show. My 12 year old got me hooked. We did a marathon on On Demand.

P: Painting. I love to paint…on anything. Disclaimer: If you stand still long enough, I cannot be held responsible.

Q: Quizzo. I love to watch people play in bars, pubs, etc. I wish I could assemble a team. 😦

R: Rain. I love the smell and sound. I don’t like having to go out in it. It’s beautiful when I’m indoors. The only solace is that, when it rains, it’s a reminder that “rain promotes growth”.

S: Seaweed.Seafood. Sewing. I’m addicted. So (sew) what!!! 🙂

T: I have two children whose names begin with a T and one whose nickname begins the same. They inspire me to be a great parent. This was a message I received in my FB inbox yesterday. It made my day!

If my mom was in my life and encouraged and supported me in activities and/or sports like you do, maybe i could’ve been a dancer or a poet etc. I say that to say you are the best ever. Your girls should be proud to have such a caring mother in their life like you you are the definition of a mother!

U: Ulta. I visit regularly. #dontjudgeme

V: Vacations. I love taking vacations–even if they are mini vacations on the weekends. I even enjoy them in my house–alone. Staycations?

W: Waterice. It’s a Philly thing!!! I’d like to workout more and eat whole foods.

X: People don’t like using Xmas as a substitute for Christmas but it works i this case. I love the season of Christmas and the spirit of it all. For me, it symbolizes reflection. The year is coming to a close and I tend to examine my progress while preparing for another year of success.

Y: Youth. There is something to be said for those that maintain their youth. I think a positive outlook and lots of laughter is the best medicine. Although Tussin is said to be the remedy for all things ill. 🙂

Z: Zen. I would love to study this practice. “It shall not return void.”302704

There’s my list without much thought. I generally used the first things that popped into my head for each letter. Tomorrow’s a new list with new ideas. I kinda like the idea of being able to “braindump” a bit.

Time Waits for No Man…or Woman. LOL

ImageI’ll admit. I never make enough time for you. I make promises I can’t keep and then the long days and nights I spend way without explanation. I know. I’m wrong but there never seems to be enough time.

They say people make time for the things they want to make time for–and they are right. I have no excuse. I have access on my phone and PLENTY to share. Selfish? Well…I…guess…you’re right. No more empty promises and excuses. See you soon!

The Journey Not My Own

“One day I just might pen a tale of how one event can change a life forever & how grace will locate every broken piece and put it back together. note to self: this journey was never intended to just bless me. Ase.” ~me

Yesterday while en route  to pick up my daughter from acrobatics class my husband asked me what do I have to offer to the world of education. I thought and passionately responded. We arrived at our destination and I got out of the car fighting back the tears. I proceeded to offer a quick prayer of guidance. I know not of my purpose in life but I am fully aware of my passions and believe that one day they will all fit perfectly together for the good of at least one other being besides myself. I am nothing but a vessel.

True Confessions

I have a confession to make. I love art and I love to create but the possibilities are endless and often leave me overwhelmed. Project Life. So, this morning, I decided to just tie my sheet protectors together with ribbon (I am slightly addicted to ribbon–confession #2). I just started picking up random pieces and placing them in the plastic sheets. I haven’t decided on a binder yet due to an abnormal amount of indecisiveness. It’s not a masterpiece but it’s a start and that is all that I can hope for right now.

Confession #3: Project Life is the last item on my list of tasks for today. I have neglected chores, shopping and coursework for creativity. What’s new? But I got the itch just looking at the many blogs I read of various art forms. And speaking of such, my find of the day *drumroll please*:  Cavallini & Co...

Which leads me to my next confession I am addicted to sticky notes and these are darling.

However, the item that led me to this discovery was the washi tape/paper tape found on

Sorry that there were no grueling, tell all tales about my life’s indiscretions but art is a passion that has engulfed me in a life-long affair. What are you hiding? Do share…