The chronicles of my journey to living a lovely life in a world where women like me are expected to struggle. I am a writer and advocate for equity and justice. I also enjoy the arts and culture. This blog will explore topics related to living, flourishing, spirituality and learning. Sometimes, I may write about scripture and religion and in the next post, I might be writing about sexuality. I cannot disconnect my spiritual life from my sexuality.
More about me:
I grew up in a predominately white, American environment. I was one of the few African-Americans in my school and I felt like an “other”. Consequently, I spent much of my adolescence, trying to distance myself from my heritage and reassure myself that we lived in the colorblind society. As I’ve matured, I’ve realized that I cannot and do not wish to distance myself from my heritage or my history. I will embrace my African-American heritage and I will strive to live a lovely life.
This blog was started in 2011 and you can chart my transformation through my blog posts. My earlier posts are more focused on injustice and struggle. I went through a phase of disconnection and denial, then militancy, now I’m at a phase in my life where I want to connect with the loveliness of my life. I’ll always be African-American and I’ll always deal with inequality, but if I can experience the lovelier side of life and change the world for the better, even in the smallest way, then I’ve accomplished something. This is where I am for now.
- “The Lasting Beauty of a Gentle and Tranquil Spirit.”- 1 Peter 3:3-4
- “Let your beauty, not be external the braiding of hair and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes, but the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in God’s Sight.” 1 Peter 3:3-4
Some of my favorite books:
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Kindred by Octativa Butler
Meet Addy, An American Girl by Connie Porter
The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhyss
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte