Friday, December 21, 2012


As someone who was born & raised in Chicago...

As someone who drives 15 miles from Indiana to work in Chicago everyday...

As someone whose family still resides in the neighborhood in which I was raised that saw too much violence in 2012 resulting in my sister losing a friend...

As someone who has no kids, but was saddened by what happened in Newtown, Connecticut...

It annoys me that it took what happened in Newtown, Connecticut for there to be some serious discussion about gun control.

According to the Washington Post, there have been 2,364 shooting incidents, since January 1st, in Chicago.  There have been 487 homicides, with 87% of those homicides being gun-related.  Eighty-seven percent of 487 is 424.

Four hundred twenty four gun-related homicides.

So no...this extra delayed gun control discussion doesn't annoy.  It actually pisses me off.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

30 for the Dirty 30!

*queue Jay-Z's "December 4th"*

Today marks the beginning of my new year.  So in honor of the birthday, here are 30 thoughts from yours truly.

  1. Time does heal wounds.
  2. Man plans, God laughs.
  3. It’s so easy to focus on those who hurt you, and forget those who were there by your side.  I know where my focus is.
  4. In the words of my grandmother, Mei-Mei F. Baby, "It’s nice to be nice."
  5. I don’t take my friends for granted.
  6. I don’t take my family for granted.
  7. My little sister is my road dawg.  The dance battles at my party weren’t a show; that’s normal behavior.
  8. I will continue to shop in the Juniors section as a 30-year-old.
  9. Yoga has to be the reason why my legs don't feel like noodles after dancing for 4 straight hours.
  10. Don’t sleep on the Day Party.
  11. "Iyanla, Fix My Vertical Leap."
  12. My love for playing basketball doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
  13. My love for NIKE doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
  14. Contrary to popular belief, I LOVE wearing heels.  I mean, have you seen my legs!?!
  15. The ladies of Posh Entertainment are the bees’ knees and ankles!
  16. Fear has kept me from going for my Certified Public Accountant license.  That fear is no longer there.  
  17. While in undergrad, I said I’d have a condo by 25, be engaged by 27, and have my first baby by 30.  I’m currently renting, single and was in a relationship the last time I did anything that would result in a baby.  LOL
  18. I’m still winning.
  19. I hope I don’t make the same mistakes in my 30s as I did in my 20s.
  20. With my best friend moving to Italy (and my godchild possibly being born there), I’ll be getting some REAL stamps on my passport, son.
  21. I really wish I had some more inspirational ish to say right now.
  22. Netflix will continue to win over clubbing as I step into this new decade.
  23. I want at least one more tattoo.
  24. Castor oil is really the truth for your edges.
  25. I don’t remember the last time the weather was so beautiful in Chicago on 12/4.  But I won’t complain.
  26. Are we at 30, yet?
  27. I told myself in undergrad that I’d try locking my hair, one day.  Still might happen.
  28. Music is life.
  29. Aside from new moles and more grey strands, I honestly have no idea what to expect in this new decade.  But I do know, I have the support of my friends and family.  Happy Dirty 30 to me!!!
  30. “Ya bish!”
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