Flashback Friday: Let’s Try This AGAIN 2.0

As promised, I’m back (sorta). Just when I started to get my life back together (AGAIN) – I ended up with the stomach flu! So as I sit here and sip my ginseng tea while listening to the Motown Radio Station on Pandora I decided I could take a moment to write up a little something. I probably won’t finish this post in one sitting because as soon as my tummy calms down I am going to get some more much needed rest. (Yup – had to come back three different times to write this post)

How are y’all doing? How is your summer going so far? Welcome to July (aka my birthday month and the BEST month of the year. HA!) Even though summer technically just started, I started recognizing it at the beginning of June. I have been having a lot of fun with all the family that came down to Hawaii to visit but there have been some rough patches along the way.

After a delicious seafood feast I ended up in the emergency room with an allergic reaction to shellfish/seafood. I am super bummed about that because I was planning on going to a seafood place for my birthday dinner but I will do with a BBQ with family instead.

Next slap in the face was having my Aunt pass away a week later. She was having some health issues, ended up in the hospital, had 2 heart attacks and then her heart stopped beating and they could not bring her back. I am devastated to say the least.

I did not meet her until I was in my mid twenties but when we met we formed such a great bond. When I lived in Georgia she was more than just my Aunt. She was my friend, my second mother. She taught me so many things and I feel like she had so much more to teach me. I feel ripped off. I envisioned having children, getting married and having other wonderful experiences that I would be able to share with her. Those dreams and wishes came crashing down. I am still in shock – though it is more than that – I just can’t put it into words.

So those are just some of the reasons June 2016 really was a shit show. I have faith that things will get better. I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend and Happy and safe Fourth of July. Take care of yourself. Tell people close to you that you love them. If you haven’t spoken to someone in awhile – reach out. You never know what others are going through. xo

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Is This Thing On?

Yes… I know… I have been missing for awhile. Life has been… LIFE. Whew. But I’ll be back very, very soon – I promise. Things have been crazy to say the least. You know how sometimes you are holding on for dear life but everything you are holding onto just continues to unravel faster than you can get a hold of it? Well that has been life lately.

From hospital stays, financial setbacks and the death of a dear family member – I have been going through some things. But I miss writing. I miss blogging. I miss sharing with all of you and expressing myself through my lil old blog.

Since I decided NOT to take summer classes I have more time on my hands to spend working on my different online projects and now that most of the hiccups seem to be smoothing themselves out I can actually focus more energy on it in the next couple of weeks. I a bunch of family in town for a little while more so it may be a bit slow moving here – but I’ll be back very soon! I hope all is well with you and You and YOU… XOXO

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Flashback Fridays: 1 + a = Lemonade

Aloha

Can you solve for a? I’m kidding. My brain has been scrambled lately – much like the title of this post.

As you may have guessed by the lack of posts lately – I have been hella busy. Between getting extremely sick and trying to pass all of my classes lets just say I am pooped. This semester has been a rough one with so many setbacks and I am just barely holding on by a tiny little thread. Next week is our last week of classes before finals. I cannot wait to take that last exam and say hello to summertime which includes visits from family members over the next couple of months and my birthday (July 10th – mark your calendars).

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College Life

As I write this I am taking a break from studying – I just really needed to step away and do some writing. I have a college algebra exam in a couple of hours and wanted to do a couple of practice problems again. I like to step away from what I am studying and do something enjoyable and then go back to it again. Taking a nap is also good as well.

The past 2 weeks have really been spent studying concepts, dealing with algebraic expression and writing papers. Lots of late nights and early mornings but I know it will all be worth it in the end. After this semester I have 2 more semesters before I graduate with my Bachelor’s degree. I simply cannot wait – there has been a lot of bumps in the road on my journey there so I look forward to walking across that stage and receiving my diploma.

Blog Life

I haven’t really had the time (or energy) to put into blogging like I have wanted to. I have a ton of drafts just waiting to get worked on for all of the websites that I am a part of and I promise way more posts over the summer months since I won’t have my head in a book or logged on to an online course.

Work Life

Work has actually been a great “distraction” from college. HA! We have been super busy with taking care of something that is due ASAP but it is not something that is usually a big part of my job so it has been exciting to do something a little different this time. Our company has some exciting projects in the works so I look forward to growing and learning even more with them. I just made 1 year here this month and I can’t believe it has been that long already. I feel like I just got interviewed a couple months ago.

I completed my part of the writing project I was previously working on and was blessed to get another opportunity from the same people to do something a little different with them. I am excited about where this is going as I get to write – which I enjoy doing – and get paid for it – which makes it even more enjoyable! Still not sure about sharing income from blogging and writing gigs online but I will think about it over the summer.

I hope that you had a wonderful week and have a beautiful weekend. If you are going to be in town this summer please let me know – we should get together for drinks.

P.S. Y’all gonna watch Beyonce’s “Lemonade” special on HBO?

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Flashback Friday’s: Spring into Break

I have been waiting for this Friday for a couple of months! Next week is officially my Spring Break and I actually took off from work so I can have an actual break! WOO HOO. Go me! I had some ideas about things to do next week but we shall see what I actually end up doing.

So… welcome to Flashback Friday’s – the post where I sum up what happened during the week. It was a pretty boring week actually and flew by quickly like last week!

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College Life

So I had 1 exam this week and I still have a paper due this weekend that I am in the process of working on – no pressure. I am glad that the exam I had is over and this week was mostly spent in lectures doing some reviews for when we come back from Spring Break. I will be taking time out every day next week to review things and my plan is to get ahead with assignments and papers so when we get back to class the following week I will have less on my plate to do. Wish me luck!

Blog Life

Like I said last week, I am going to spend a bit more time writing blog posts than normal. I have been so focused on school lately that everything else really got behind. I do have some great blog post ideas for here as well as a few for 2BigHeffas.com so stay tuned.

Life, Life

I have no life… ok… I do… but it has been consumed by school work. I have been so exhausted lately from late night study sessions. So much so that two days in a row I came home from work/school and just passed out for a couple hours. I got some exciting news though… my BFF let me know when her wedding is going to be so I am going to start planning that trip ASAP. I can’t wait!

I was looking forward to eating some yummy food and hanging out with family on St. Patrick’s day but I didn’t have the time or the energy to do it – but Easter is coming and that is always an exciting time with family. Speaking of family, my little nephew is growing up so fast. Got to give him some kisses and hugs – his giggles and smiles brightened my day.

Work Life

I got some cool news from the bosses last night about some things that we will be working on in the future. I am happy to be part of something that continues to expand and try different things. I have always wanted to work for a company where I could grow with them and offer the skills that I have as well. It has been a good balance so far and I look forward to what is ahead.

How was your week? Do anything exciting? Have a flashback friday’s type of post on your blog? Link it in the comments!

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Flashback Friday’s: It’s Friday AGAIN??

Welcome to Flashback Friday’s!! *rubs eyes* Is it really Friday… already?

Not that I am complaining or anything, but it is really crazy that it is Friday already. I am super happy that the weekend is here because I feel like this was just one of those long weeks that were never going to end. I know some of you can relate to that. I have one more week of school next week + an exam I have been dreading before my Spring Break. I took off from work that week as well because I just need to relax and do some fun things but I will talk about that later! Read below to see what I was up to this week!

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College Life

I can’t wait for Spring Break! I had one exam to do last weekend for my online class and I have another exam next week – super nervous about it but going to study every day until it the information is really stuck in there. I’m already having dreams about it – yikes! Wish for my brain cells y’all. Please and thank you.

Blog Life

I only wrote one post on hertaintedlips.com about International Women’s Day, but I did write a couple of posts on 2BigHeffas.com. I wrote about some of my favorite weight loss posts which was fun. I also wrote about my favorite diabetic-friendly snacks and my current exercise routine. During spring break I will be working on a lot of posts for this month and next month but for now take a look at what I have written and let me know what you think!

Life, Life

Although life has been pretty crazy lately – I did have a nice time this week with family. One of my cousins that I haven’t seen in forever came here to celebrate his graduation. It was good conversation, good food and a good time! I also met some of my relatives that I have never met before – that was really cool! The older generations on my moms side are all about genealogy and it is making me want to do a DNA background test even more! It is really amazing that I am alive today based on what my ancestors went through! I want to look more into my dad’s side because I don’t really know much about it – but I will let you know what I find!

Work Life

WOO. I am so happy that I actually enjoy my job. When I’m not at my regular job I’m doing my freelance/side hustles – blogging, freelance writing, social media tasks and so on. I am actually happy that I haven’t had too much to do with the freelance work lately because I have been so busy with school work. It has been a good balance but I do want to find a couple of clients to work for consistently to increase my income.

Well, now that you read about my week – I would love to hear about yours. Tell me about it in the comments.

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Happy International Women’s Day 2016

Today is International Women’s Day 2016.

International Womens Day Pledge for parity

Last week I took the pledge to help women and girls achieve their ambitions. What do you pledge to do?

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