October 12, 2015 was my first day official day as a nurse at my current nursing job. It has officially been three years and I am shocked that I still get paid to do this! I am still somewhat shocked that I am a nurse and my job is to care for people. I do not take this fact for granted. I am pleased to know I am in such a respected and lucrative profession. It still makes me very happy to know I care take care of the essentials for myself and continue to attempt to live my best life. It is a true blessing.Continue reading
Let me make this clear – Miami is one of my favorite travel destinations. Granted, there are many places I haven’t visited, but Miami already has a special place in my heart. The weather, the mood, the beaches, the daiquiris, the food…it is everything I want in a vacation spot. Continue reading
It’s time for a check in. I have been 33 for three months and I’m not 100% sure what has been going on around me. My birthday was wonderful. I had tacos and a LOT of tequila. I also took a month off from work which was a blessing and a curse. After not having any kind of responsibilities for a month – no alarms, no patients’ to take care of and still getting paid while gone, I realized a few things.Continue reading
I love summer time. I am a summer baby and wait with bated breath for summer to come. Now that it’s here, I feel like I have blossomed. I feel like and really think I am the best version of myself during the summer months. I am grateful that at the beginning of this summer season, I have close to four weeks off. Yes. Four weeks, give or take. It’s a blessing and a curse. I can already tell I am not going to be a happy camper when I have to go back to work after sleeping in almost every day, but I refuse to live in that mindset. Live in the now right? This break also made me nostalgic about how my summers have changed throughout my life. As we age, summer takes on many different meanings and I thought it would be fun to reminisce. Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?Continue reading
June 19th. The day after my sister’s birthday. A reminder that summer is going by way too fast. For some, it is just another day. As of recently, it has garnered a little more significance within my life. Continue reading
I recently withdrew from my Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program because I did not know if it was the direction I wanted my career to go anymore. It was a difficult decision, but one that gave a sense of peace once I went through with it. A few weeks went by before the reality hit that my monstrous amount of student loan debt would be in repayment. During my undergraduate studies, I took out loans. Some I needed, some I could have gone without. I paid for my entire nursing license with student loans…so.many.student.loans. I attended a private school that had an accelerated direct entry master’s program for people with non-nursing degrees. I wanted to go the community college route and pay WAY less, but the admission process isn’t the best. So I went for my masters; something I knew I wanted anyway.
Sometime last year, a friend said to me that I must be a great saver because of my future and recent travel plans. I remember smirking and telling her I actually wasn’t. I had a dirty little secret. I was living beyond my means and sadly living my best life on the excess money from my student loans. I knew that this was not the best financial decision. I knew that at some point I would have to pay back the money. I knew that I should have taken out just the amount I needed for tuition and nothing more. As you can see, the things we know we don’t always do.Continue reading
Have you ever just looked around your apartment or home and just felt blah? Now, of course you’re thankful to even have a place to live, but you just aren’t excited about your home life at the moment. Now that spring has sprung, the décor could use an update, but you don’t really have the funds. You actually need more space, but again, funds are scarce. I am in the same rut at this moment, BUT I came up with five ways to revive your space without spending tons of dinero. Some of these you can implement as soon as you’re done reading this post…but only after you read this post, HA!
February has the honor of being crowned Black History Month. A time for people of color to celebrate all the wonderful contributions made to the world through our very existence. We have overcome and prospered in the face of adversity and many hurdles towards building a legacy of our own. I wanted to start highlighting some black own businesses that not only provide quality products, but are shining examples of our inherit tenacious and enterprising spirit.
My first spotlight will be on the owner of Yellowcake Desserts, Lasondra Wilson. She is a California native, residing in Concord, CA by way of southern CA. She has taken her passion for food and turned it into a budding bakery that offers out of this world flavor combinations with quality you can taste.
Read her interview below to get to know this business owner, then place your order! And while you’re at it, leave a comment below wishing her a happy birthday. She’s a Valentine’s Day baby, so she gets twice the love!