Life

Why “Buy American” Isn’t The Ethical Answer

  Late last year I came across some minimalism readings that made me interested in “living with less.” A vague interest in purging the unnecessary quickly lead to a commitment to shopping ethically and minimally. My interest quickly escalated after learning about the effect of fast-fashion on the environment and impoverished communities around the globe. It …

Life

Thank You To The Women Who Marched For Me When I Couldn’t

I wasn’t one of the millions of women who marched last weekend. Sadly, my social anxiety and claustrophobia kept me bound to my home. I was so torn whether to force myself to attend or let myself be okay with contributing to the cause in another way that I spent a week consulting with friends and …

Life

This Year I Started With Finding My ‘Positioning’

At the start of the new year, like everyone else, I wanted to make a commitment to being a better version of myself, but the idea of a resolution didn’t feel right. I needed something broader, like a vision or a mission. I wanted to frame a journey so that when I’m misguided or feeling …

Beauty

Stocking Stuffers She’ll Actually Use Under $10

It’s my absolute favorite time of year (with the exception of my birthday)—it’s Christmas! Eric and I are big gift givers. We honestly start Christmas shopping in August—yup, we’re those people. While the shopping is fun, watching our money slowly dwindle away isn’t so fun. My beautiful, smart and hilarious friend (no joke, her Snapchat stories …

Empowering

While I Understand Their Frustrations, I’ll Never Understand Their Vote

It goes without saying that I’m surprised by the outcome of this election. My surprise quickly turned into sadness, anger, and hopelessness. Which was hard to swallow, because the night before I was hopeful. I even wrote about it. I took the day after the election to feel sad. It was my right to feel sad. So …

Empowering, Life

Today I Have Hope

Today is finally the day. On the surface, it feels like I’ve been waiting a year and a half for this day, but truly I’ve been waiting 25 years. America has been waiting centuries. It’s Election Day, but more importantly, it’s the first time Americans saw a female presidential nominee from one of the two major …

Empowering

Red Nail Polish And Feminine Pride: I Gave Myself Permission To Be A Proud Black Femme

When I was about four or five years old, I was obsessed with my mom’s makeup. I was enamored with her nail polish in particular. I used to sneak up to her bedroom when she was downstairs and paint my nails like I saw on TV. I was enamored by the color, the texture, even …

Empowering

Diverse As The Color Wheel: This is What Non-Binary Looks Like

People complain there are more genders than there are Pokémon types. We don’t scrutinize the rainbow for giving us a variety of nuanced shades to color the pictures we see. Getting beyond the binary is not just helpful for trans and queer folks, it benefits everyone. First, let’s be clear that the non-binary gender spectrum …

Life

Changing A World Can Be Easier Than You Think

I envy those who know exactly what it is they want to do and go after it with their entire heart and soul. I’ve spent most of my life using the energy of my heart and soul just trying to find what it is I want to do. What is that ONE thing that will …