The joys and pains of moving to a new city alone

Moving to a new city is stressful, even more so when you do it alone. I've heard people say "you can reinvent yourself" or "you get a clean slate" but for me, I want to be the same person wherever I go. To me, having a clean slate means having to start all over again…

Michelle Obama’s smile helped me accept mine

For so long my smile has been my insecurity. It's not straight, it's not perfect. I had a guy tell me he'd be with me if it was straight and perfect. You know when you're breaking up and you yell all the bad things you've been holding on to. I wore braces from 8th grade…

How being black in Phoenix made me love my culture more

In a city full of 1,626,078 people only 108,846 are Black or African American. In the county, Maricopa, where all major cities including Phoenix settle in there's 4.24 million people and only 221,266 are Black or African American. I spent 30 years of my life growing up in Atlanta, a city that's full of 486,290…

10 tips for moving across the country

Originally from Atlanta I recently moved from "Tha A" to North Carolina, now I'm living in Phoenix, Arizona. Here are some tips I have if you plan to move across the country.   1. Get your credit score up.   When I moved to North Carolina in 2015 it was similar to living in Georgia.…

Why cutting people out your life is good for you, and them

It's a new year and some people got cut off long before 2019. It's for the best, but I learned cutting people out of your life is not just good for you, it's good for them too. Dress from Modcloth via Poshmark I had a friend and we did everything together. Man, we had so…

How to survive being alone for Thanksgiving

You've moved away from home, don't have family nearby to spend Thanksgiving with, how do you get your hands on some turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce? I've got some answers. I've spent a lot of Thanksgivings away from family, so I've had to find ways to make my own Thanksgiving special. FIRST Ask yourself what…