Don’t Wait Until Tomorrow 

In late October of last year, a friend of my grandmothers passed away. Lately, it seems as though a lot of her friends/acquaintances are passing yet she remains standing. At 85 she has persevered through health challenges of her own and lives to tell about it. Yet recently, she’s been in a fog thinking about how blessed she is to be alive and now closer she is to the grave. Her words, not mine. Now here we are not even a full month into 2018 and the husband of that woman, my grandfather’s best friend has passed away as well.


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My dad had a family cookout Labor Day weekend. Every time my siblings are together, we have to snap a picture. It’s 5 of us, and for all of us to be together at once, it’s a big deal. I cherish every time we are. This time was no different. We ate, we danced, and then came the photos. This one in particular we took in the sunlight and my grandmother was in it as well. I currently have it hanging on the wall in my living room.

My grandma being the doting grandma she is just had to show off the picture at church. Most of the people there know all of my siblings. My sister and I grew up just a part of everything you can imagine and my grandmother has taken all 3 of my younger siblings at one point or another.

The couple that I mentioned in the beginning wanted a picture. My grandmother relayed the message and I said okay, I need ink. She went out and got the ink, not waiting on me to get it myself. I kept saying for a week or so, I’ll print, I’ll print it. No worries. I finally printed it, gave it to her, and she gave it to them saying they were happy to have it. The woman said she framed it already and walks past it on a daily basis. Not even a month after she received the photo her health took an unexpected drastic turn and she passed away. Just a few months later, her husband of 60+ years passed as well. He was 91 and many can say it was just old age. I believe it was a broken heart. She was his life.

I give that long story to say don’t always push off today for tomorrow. I know the cliche, tomorrow isn’t promised, but it truly isn’t. When the woman passed, my grandmother kept saying, I’m happy they got the picture. If I would’ve put it off and off and off, she would’ve said, “they never got the picture.” I’m glad to have printed it in hindsight. Here we are in a digital age where most people just keep everything on their phones. I didn’t see the big deal of printing the picture, but my grandmother kept insisting. It’s a good thing she did.

I think of my grandfather’s best friend and how sweet he was. Anytime he saw me he would always ask not just how I was doing, but when I was getting married. I thought of it as a running joke because I doubt he knew I was in a steady relationship. Do people still refer to relationships that way? He always told my grandmother how much he missed my grandfather. I know I sure do. June will be 12 years since he passed away.

So here we are in 2018. I feel as though the people that are passing away are hitting closer and closer to home. Every time my grandmother asks me for something I just think of this particular scenario and add a sense of urgency. She’s not rushing me by any means, but I’m not going to let weeks on end pass and not doing something that’ll take me just minutes.


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Christmas is for Giving

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE and we’re now up to Day 24 of Blogmas. Yes, there will be a post tomorrow on Christmas Day and I encourage you to check out all the previous posts of BLOGMAS! I wanted to update you all with the finished product of the gifts I’ll be giving to a local nursing home and to the homeless.

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Chaotic Visions | Cocoa Twins

Black girl magic on deck with this edition of Chaotic Visions and Day 18 of BLOGMAS!  This is the final installment of 2017 and I am beyond happy to have shared the amazing stories of 9 phenomenal female entrepreneurs. I mean, who doesn’t love an all female cast! When I came up with the idea of Chaotic Visions in December of 2016 my purpose was to simply share the stories of women and their brands and what crazy idea they had to create them. Thankfully and successfully, in my opinion, I’ve been able to do just that.

This last go round for the year features Jamesha Bazemore of Cocoa Twins. As a planner girl, I’ve seen Jamesha’s designs on both Facebook and Instagram. I mean, plenty of people sell products. What makes Cocoa Twins so unique are the black faces that are on them. Hence why I said, BLACK GIRL MAGIC ON DECK! It’s not often you see a backpack with a black girl, a happy young brown girl on the front with bright colors and Afro puffs. Yes, there’s something for the boys as well. Still, this innovative collection is one that needs more shine. Let’s get to it!

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Tis the Season To Be Giving

Back on track with Blogmas and it’s Day 17. To all new readers, welcome. Blogmas is a post every day leading up to Christmas. Similar to how YouTubers vlog leading up to Christmas. To returning readers, thank you for checking out yet another post. I wanted to share the process this year as I gather items to create gift bags for a local nursing home. I do this on a yearly basis and I decided to walk you all through what I do versus just the finished product.

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You Can’t Do Everything

Happy HUMP DAY! It’s better late than never to get a post up for Day 6 of blogmas, right?! To those that have been keeping up, thanks so much. For those just tuning in, I’m posting every day leading up to Christmas! Continue reading “You Can’t Do Everything”

Chaotic Visions | The Honey B Shop

Calling ALL planner lovers. I have a very special edition of the 8th installment of ChaoticVisions. In this series, I showcase amazing female entrepreneurs, their brands, and their roads to success. Oh yeah, let’s not forget it’s Day 4 of BLOGMAS!

I’m so excited to share sticker extraordinaire, Shannon Brewer. She has taken over the planner game with her Etsy shop, The Honey B Shop. With over 48,000 sales, her designs have become top picks in the every growing and changing planner community.

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Chaotic Reads | Current ‘To Read’ List

I love audiobooks, but there are some books that I want to physically take the time to read. Audiobooks are convenient as I can listen to them while I commute or throughout my work day. There’s also digital books that work for any device whether it’s my phone or iPad. Then again, taking the time to sit on my couch for an hour at night reading and bonding with a book is something I’ve ignored for years. There are plenty of options for me to choose from and here I am again with another reading list. One day I’ll trek through all the books I want to read, but I’d love to incorporate an 30 minutes to an hour daily of no TV, no electronics, just a book.

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