Memorial Day Weekend – House Music in Chicago

  Dancing to House Music reminds me of days of feeling free and happy to be me. From beat to beat, my worries about career, love, and life obstacles fell below my feet. Life is music to my ears. On Sunday, May 28th I visited Promontory-Chicago, a restaurant and music venue in Hyde Park, on … Continue reading Memorial Day Weekend – House Music in Chicago

Crying over LIFE and Candy Crush

“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.” Maya Angelou The train is ticking down the tracks; I’m waiting patiently to run to the back seat without being too aggressive. I need … Continue reading Crying over LIFE and Candy Crush

25 powerful photos of Chicago’s Women’s March (2017)

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In 2017, I’m looking forward to embracing CHANGE!

Living in 2016 taught me how to release the right amount energy to achieve goals. After midnight on December 31, 2015, I knew the year would be something to remember. Why? Because I was turning 50 in six months. My plans were to live life to the fullest and embrace whatever challenges in my path. … Continue reading In 2017, I’m looking forward to embracing CHANGE!

Don’t let winter blues ruin your happy hands and feet!

Living in Chicago, winter is the worst on our hands and feet. Don’t let the season take away from time caring for your precious nails.  Often, we slam our hands and feet in thick gloves and boots and forget to take extra care to stay smooth and soft throughout the brutal season in Chicagoland. I’ve … Continue reading Don’t let winter blues ruin your happy hands and feet!

Christmas is on the 25th every year and we panic every year…

Deals, deals, and more deals land in our inbox, caress our mobile devices and chase us on our trips to the mall and social outings. From a 50% deal on the latest charm jewelry to a discount on dance lessons, we are well-informed about the next best gifts for Christmas. The pressure to find the … Continue reading Christmas is on the 25th every year and we panic every year…

A Super Sexy, Sultry artist: Brian McKnight is still relevant after a couple decades in the music game!!

A few weeks ago, I got an alert from City Winery-Chicago that Brian McKnight  was gracing the stage in an intimate solo performance. In that moment, my movements were fluid and without regret. As I slammed the keys on my computer, I reminisced in my mind about the last time I saw him in concert. … Continue reading A Super Sexy, Sultry artist: Brian McKnight is still relevant after a couple decades in the music game!!

Working while African American WOMAN

Recently, I was immersed in deep dialogue about race, class, and gender and the word microaggressions came up. I sat quietly waiting for examples because I secretly didn’t quite understand the exact meaning. It turns out; I’ve experienced a shit load of microaggressions in my life. Too many to count. Drifting in and out of the conversation, … Continue reading Working while African American WOMAN

The first time I volunteered at Chicago’s Marathon was sensational!

Sisters in Touch invited me out to volunteer at Chicago’s Marathon 2016, sponsored by Bank of America. The night before, I said a quick prayer asking for the best experience I can imagine.  Well, I got that. My journey began meeting Michelle, the organizer for Sisters in Touch. Walking to Chicago’s CTA, Michelle and I … Continue reading The first time I volunteered at Chicago’s Marathon was sensational!

It’s all about that Apple! – 5 things I discovered about myself hanging out at County Line Orchard

Picking apples off trees makes me feel peaceful. Stretching for that one apple that had the right glow, pigment, and seem to be the strength of the branch was not only rewarding but helped me to know that a prize possession isn’t necessarily human. It can be a piece of fruit not tainted with shine … Continue reading It’s all about that Apple! – 5 things I discovered about myself hanging out at County Line Orchard