Happy New Year

I’m so excited for the new year. I have so many things in store for this site including a new layout. I will soon be restructuring this blog  watch out!

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Gratitude List for 2013

Monk and Interfaith scholar Brother David Steindl-Rast has a wonderful Ted Talk (below) about the link between gratitude and happiness. As 2013 winds down I thought it was important to inventory some of the highlights from the year.

I am thankful for

  1. My family and friends (new and old)
  2. Life and physical and mental health
  3. Getting into great graduate schools with multiple scholarships, and having the luxury of picking the best fit 
  4. The chance to be in a great intercultural/racial relationship where I grew so much and ending up with a friend when it didn’t work out
  5. Finding terrific tenants for my house and income property
  6. The opportunity to travel to Nigeria for my cousin’s traditional wedding
  7. Sipping champagne at polo matches with my lovely friends
  8. The opportunity to mentor promising young women in foster care and the juvenile justice systems with Junior League
  9. Memorial day weekend in NYC and going to the Hamptons with my MLT peeps
  10. Brunch outside at the Omphoy and drinks at the Breakers HMF
  11. Lazy Sundays on Peanut Island
  12. Getting fantastic roommates in Evanston and cheap rent
  13. Roadtripping alone from West Palm Beach, FL to Evanston, IL
  14. Going to the Canary Islands for KWEST
  15. Learning from brilliant professors and classmates
  16. Attempting 3 case competitions- failing each time and learning loads in the process
  17. Getting to know the 2nd year students and absorbing their institutional knowledge
  18. Fall Ball and trolley rides
  19. Getting the classes I needed for Winter Quarter
  20. Spending Thanksgiving with a warm family
  21. My ankle length winter coat for those cold Chicago winters
  22. Passing all my classes
  23. RV trip from Evanston to Denver
  24. Ski Trip in Breckenridge and Vail
  25. Christmas with my family

When I go through the list I realize what an amazing year I have had and I know I am probably missing some epic moments.

I hope that 2014 will be even better.

Wanderlust: Chicago in Mid July

I had an amazing opportunity to visit Chicago on a multi-purpose trip. It was a weekend filled with love, laughter, food, logistical woes, shopping, reunions, career building, and new friends. Unfortunately I just learned the father of one of my closest friends from Chicago has passed away. I am deeply saddened by the loss. This blog is dedicated to RC Easley

millennium park

Michigan ave Chicago

tasteofchi

giant chia mich ave

art institute Chicago

view from bcg

petrillo

All photos were taken by me.

I’m going Freegan-ish

In an effort to save money and reduce the toxins entering my body I started going “Freegan” yesterday. By freegan I mean that I am not purchasing any animal products unless they are free. I will not be dumpster diving or participating in any of the hi-jinx described here. Monday started as a glorious day full of bananas and a beautiful salad. By 3 pm my stomach was growling for protein. How do vegans stay full? (further research to come). After a late  night at work my body maneuvered my car in autopilot to the nearest Chik-fil-A for a chicken strips meal. super unhealthy and super delicioso!

Freegan score 2/3 meals

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These cows were freegans until they tasted chik-fil-a

Today I had a healthy breakfast of steel cut oats sprinkled with cinnamon and raisins. woohoo what a comeback! However at lunch was a presentation at work for an LGBT employee network group. I am an ally so I had to come out and support but there was also pizza. Lots of Pizza! my first foray into the free aspect begins muhahahaha. Because there were more pizza boxes than people in attendance I greedily swooped up 3 slices of greasy corporate pizza. And here I sit. Feeling greasy on the inside. I probably should be a bit more discerning about the free. Hopefully writing this out will cement the memory that cheap is rarely worth the cost.

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A snapshot of the corporate pamphlet

I didn’t see the irony of this post until I reached the bottom. That is all.

Coming Soon

A blog about creating the good life for yourself by nourishing your mind, body, spirit, home, and wallet. You will see my journey as I improve my health, delicious recipes,  personal finance tips, home improvement projects, meditation and prayers. Think of me as your Black Martha Stewart.