Getting my life with Gabourey Sidibe.

I got to listen to Gabourey Sidibe speak and her words lifted a weight off of me. I’ve been trying to shrink myself into spaces but she showed me that playing a role and being honest with yourself cannot exist in the same space.

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Redefining Self-Care

Self-care is often described as getting your nails done, drinking a glass of wine and chilling out. I’ve seen a lot of posts on how to exercise self-care that mimic these things and I even wrote one myself in my in my undergrad days. One thing I’ve learned since then is that is not the […]

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My 2018 starts today.

January was a bit of a rough patch for me. I felt like I was struggling to get stable when I came back to London after being home for so long. I kept jokingly telling people I’m going to start 2018 in February but I meant it.

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Being a giver

  My mom always tells me “You have to meet people where they are” She’s said this to me a lot in my life and I’ve never understood it. I think when I got to college I finally understood what she meant. There are some people in your life that you will either have to […]

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An open letter to every person who has ever said my name wrong.

Dear Professor/Potential employer/Classmate/Stranger, A-shan-tia. Not Ashanti. Not Annastasia. Not “A… um Ms. Collins.” A-S-H-A-N-T-I-A ALL MY LIFE I’ve lived behind nicknames and silent nods with awkward smiles masking the humiliation of another teacher who butchered my name without compassion. I’ve laughed through the “Why is it so long?” and the “Can I call you something […]

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The Fourth Quarter

I’m finally here. Senior year. I honestly never thought this day would come. I survived depression, anxiety, deaths in my family, and heartbreak. I’m HERE and I thank God for getting me to this point. I’ve never felt so happy and authentically me. I am determined to make this a positive and successful semester. I […]

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Senior Year

I had a lot of directions I could go in with this post but they all didn’t seem right so I’m coming from the heart instead. “Though he slay me yet will I trust him.” I heard this verse for the first time at my sorority conference. A sister was telling me about how it […]

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#GirlBoss

My “Bossfriend” as I call her, Shardae (Shardaisy.com ) is inspired by Fashion Icon Sophia Amoruso and listens to her podcasts for motivation. She recently gave me the book Girl Boss and the advice in it spoke to me way more than I thought it would (considering I’m not as stylish as her). Amoruso is […]

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Freedom>Fear- Janelle Monaé Speaks

I am at my national convention for Alpha Kappa Alpha and I had the privilege of hearing Janelle Monaé speak at our undergraduate luncheon. She gave a powerful speech and also showed us footage of her upcoming movie “Hidden Figures.” The movie is about Black women working at NASA who helped us win the race […]

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