Finally Friday

My journey to Friday this week had some unexpected detours….but like clockwork- Here we are . Fridayyyyy!  And here I am happy to share a few things that have brought me some joy this week and hoping they’ll help you dwell on some of your own joyful moments on your journey to Friday. xxoo

Pumpkin Season is Upon Us!!!

Totally sleepy and trying to fake it to make it I strolled to Starbucks on the lower concourse of New York Penn Station.  I was all about ordering my usual a a tall soy green latte. But then I looked left and saw the life size latte banner announcing that the Pumpkin Spice Latte has arrived! Furthermore, I glanced to the right and saw a “now serving almond milk,” chalk sign by the register.  The day after Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, and there I was 6:52am with my first pumpkin spice latte of the season. Joy in a cup!

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Photo courtesy of me. Pumpkin spice latte with almond milk courtesy of Starbucks.

Foodie in Philadelphia #SweetSunday

Sunday I got to spend time with a young woman I worked with back when I was a Resident Director. She was then and still is one of the most joyful optimistic vibrant people I know. From Texas, having graduated from Oberlin in Ohio, she picked Philadelphia to call home. I happened to be in my home city so we got gelato from Capogiro in Rittenhouse Square. She went all fruity with pineapple and peach sorbets. I was all about the rich gelato with a bourbon butterscotch and a Madagascar bourbon vanilla. We ate and laughed our hearts out.

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Photo courtesy of me. Gelato courtesy of Capogiro , 20th and Sansom Streets in Philadelphia.

Good People

I may or may not have been extended a pretty amazing opportunity tat sent me straight into what I now see as an absolutely unnecessary unexpected emotional whirlwind. So I sent out an SOS to a friend who knew the best she could do in lieu of driving the six hours to see me was call as soon as she got off work from her oh so ridiculous I have no idea how she does it job and talk with me for a little over an hour. By talk with me I really mean listen and remind me of what I know for sure and how I really am (although the past couple years would suggest otherwise) great at knowing what I need and figuring out how to get it. Between her, my mom, and another friend who short of an eight hour drive giving me a call it was wonderful to have people, good people, who know a thing or two about me, respond when i needed, not offer a bunch of untimely well intended advice, and remind me I will make the decision that I know is best for me.

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Photo courtesy of Pinterest.com

Soul Work 

My coworker said it best when he called my Tuesday a “comedy of errors.”  It really was a disappointing day, from my no show taxi, the woman behind me on the train who snored like she was in the Olympics going for the gold, the multiple delays that resulted in my getting home over an hour later than I’d planned, or the emails that felt hugely dismissive of what I needed to accomplish some things. Truly on the verge of tears in all my frustration I reached for my coral colored leather bound journal and pen and started to write. I started with “I’m disappointed.” As I continued to write there were my confessions for a need to be in control and how out of control I felt, the fact that despite my new community really being good for me I was missing the community of people I’d just spent the weekend with back in Philadelphia, and the emails felt dismissive because they weren’t helping me prove how I really was working although I was remote. As I finished writing I wrote a simple prayer- “Lord redeem the rest of my day.” I knew that I could either dwell on all that was (or wasn’t) or look at the time left and make the best of it…which included wine, wings, pizza, and Netflix.

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Photo courtesy of The Odyssey.com

Decide to Share the Love

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Photo courtesy of J Cocina.com

If you believe in magic and good food, then there is a magical good food place in DC called Creme and one of their most magical foods is a coconut cake. So after a long day of discussing power, language, the written word, and inclusion I made sure that before I called it a night I went to Creme. I ordered two slices of cake, one for me and one for the honey blonde Black woman who was my cab driver.
She’d never heard of Creme and like a true foodie, in my shock I went on and on about all of their food but especially their coconut cake. When I first had the cake I told her, the server, a male, said while his current relationship status was single and not seeing anyone…the coconut cake would be his wedding cake. I was in love with that cake.  I love supporting small businesses, and I love sharing good stuff and spreading a little $8.00 slice of happiness.

Love shares. That’s what it does, because it’s not selfish. It doesn’t fear lack so it doesn’t need to hold so tightly to things, people, or relationships. It trusts that sharing, giving, partnering out of a place of love, that all will be well and that love begets love.

There is a freedom in love that has the power to ground us in a deep knowing that should we decide to not only live from that place, but to share it, we won’t be uprooted or unraveled. We won’t be any less, but quite possibly more. More loving, more fulfilled, more gracious.

Our conversation in the cab gave way to our love for various types of food , family traditions, restaurants to visit during my next trip, gentrification in DC. It gave way to knowing and being known. Love desires to know (intimacy) and be known (vulnerability).

Photo courtesy of Who What Wear.com

Photo courtesy of Who What Wear.com

We parted ways. I made my way to my fourth floor vintage hotel room where as I started to settle in for the night received a call from someone I loved, my mother. You could hear the tiredness in her voice. We talked about her day, and that weariness led way to sadness as she shared her colleague’s son died from a blood clot. She cried she told me. She cared about her friend and could only imagine the pain the family felt. She shared in the pain as she could. Living from a place of love does that too. Oh it shares in joy but also shares in pain, in loss, in hurt, and in weariness.

My hope for you is that as you live in the love you have decided too be in, as you have defined it, and believed it, is that you share it. May the love you cultivate be one so freeing that you wholeheartedly share it whether through buying cake for a cab driver, sharing in the sorrow of a loss of a colleague, sharing hopes for a new job, fears about a relationship you really want to work, and dreams of that new business in the area of the city being revitalized (but not gentrified). xxoo

Photo courtesy of Pinerest.com

Photo courtesy of Pinerest.com

Feelin’ It Friday– From Philadelphia to Orlando

Happy Friday from Orlando! Last Friday I was feelin’ it in the snow. Yes, the first day of spring and I was on the east coast and there was snow. This Friday I’m feelin it from the warm  humid but sunny Orlando, Florida.  In between last Friday and this Friday it’s been quite a week, full of catching up with friends, spending time with family, eating at restaurants old and new, shopping at favorites like Zara and Anthropologie (I actually had to ship a few things back west instead of in my suitcase), and well I’m just going to share a little bit of the greatness that I was feelin’ all week. Until Monday! xxoo

Not only do I agree but see I just so heart Zara xx
There have been more of these stencils all over the city but I thought this one was kinda cool.

The BEST huevos rancheros everrrrr. Courtesy of Sabrina’s when I was brunching with my roommate from undergrad. #foodie

What’s not to love about my east coast nephew? Love him! 
Not only did I find a sweet dress at Urban Outfitters but I came across this lovely scent, it’s sweet spring in a bottle. 
I’m a city girl…and a Starbucks green tea latte girl. 
They make sweet treats that are perfect for the gluten free me. I’d show the treats inside…
but you might think me a bit greedy. 
I love to laugh and so I totally took advantage of comedy week.  

I got to take this guy, aka mi Padre, to Shake Shack for the first time and well- he was pleased 🙂 

And so this is the view from my balcony and where I will be hanging out for the next few days
and getting  to talk to folks about diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Feelin’ It Friday

Welcome to the weekend. It’s been quite the week here adjusting to being back on the west coast and the start of the new semester on my campus which has meant back to teaching. #LiveandLearn It’s also been a week where I’ve been feelin’ everything from new fashion finds, to new eats #foodie, to changing up the playlist due to one sweet appearance by Missy during the half time show at the Super Bowl this past Sunday, to the words and videos of entrepreneur business guru Maria Forleo. Until Monday! xxoo

Totes Ma Goats
What’s just as fun as a statement tee? A statement tote? And I do ❤ nerds

Photo courtesy of Zullily.com

#Foodie
Lover of kale, lover of chickpeas, lover of simplicity. It doesn’t get simpler than this kale chickpea Cesar salad. And it’s been making it’s way into my lunch all week!

Photo courtesy of Rainbow Delicious.com as pined on Pinterest.com 
Just Like Music 
Who wasn’t feelin’ Missy at the Super Bowl?!!!I know I wasn’t alone in my ridiculous hypeness  when Missy took the stage at the Super Bowl Sunday. And since then she and a few other old school favorites like TLC, Aaliyah, and Brandy have been on constant replay. 
Photo courtesy of US Magazine.com 

Fashion Forward

Absolutely feelin’ this jacket I picked up last week while in DC. Can we talk about how it was $79.00 and I got it for $3.00. #Truth. And those little specks, those my darlings are sequins. In love with this find. xxoo

Photo courtesy of me xxoo
Another fabulous find from ZARA when I was in DC. But this week I’ve been feelin’ letting necklaces like theses and a few others from the likes of Anthropologie and JCrew take the lead in what I choose to wear. Yup, dressing to a necklace this week and it’s really stepped up my creativity. 
Photo courtesy of me xxoo
Business Like a Boss
My coach Akirah Robinson, you can check her amazing self out here, has been awesome in sending me really great resources as I get my life together. One resource she sent my way has been that of Marie Forleo who I strongly suggest you check out here. Warning, she is funny and you will spit your food out and or choke if you watch while eating. She will also get you so fired up that you will want to walk off your job and start your dream business, manage that urge carefully. #Imjustsayin 

Photo courtesy of Daily Worth.com

Words of Wisdom
Stumbled across these words and well I like them so I am sharing them. Sharing is caring! (unless its germs, keep those to yourself).

As pinned on Pinterest.com