My Struggle, My Identity, My Life is NOT FOR SALE!

This week’s lesson is less about what I learned about me this week … And more about what I learned about the world. You know, like a proverbial light bulb moment, only this light bulb was turned out a while ago. In fact, I wrote a whole blog about this light bulb moment last year, called … Continue reading My Struggle, My Identity, My Life is NOT FOR SALE!

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Your Ancestors are Watching!

My paternal grandmother was an amazingly creative woman who had a hand for calligraphy and making pottery. Her sister was an incredible baker, who would construct beautiful, multi layered cakes with intricate decorations … from scratch! My maternal uncle was a wonderful artist, a master of charcoals and pencils.

Bringing in the New Year Unhappy?!

I had a hell of a year!  I completed a development program.  Applied for some grants.  Made a lot of art (who would have thunk it). Got this blog up and running.  And just passed the first part of a 3 part exam, which was one of the hardest things I’ve done in a long … Continue reading Bringing in the New Year Unhappy?!

The LadyWrites82 is FALLING OFF!

I fell off y'all. I've been crazy busy and I fell off. And what I've learned during these last 14 days that I failed to grace you with my presence ... is that I need y'all just as much as y'all need ... well at least enjoy hearing from me. You see, I let the … Continue reading The LadyWrites82 is FALLING OFF!

Thankful AF! “I Don’t Have to do Shit!”

So I was supposed to write this blog yesterday … But I didn’t. Why? Because I don’t have to. And that’s what I’m thankful for this week. And not only is this the perfect way to close out this thankful November, it’s also the perfect way to kick off our December antics (starting next Wednesday, … Continue reading Thankful AF! “I Don’t Have to do Shit!”

Thankful AF! My Family Ain’t Shit

My family ain't shit! And while they’re now all here thanks to that sentence up there … Let’s talk about why. My mother is flawed, just like every other human being, but she her advice is flawless with and end goal of pushing me to be better … better than I am today … better … Continue reading Thankful AF! My Family Ain’t Shit

Thankful AF! Redemption Song

I’ve been a horrible friend. I’ve betrayed people who trusted me. I’ve broken hearts unapologetically. I’ve hurt people who showed me nothing but kindness. Yes. Me. I did those things.

The LadyWrites82 Presents: The People Series: Episode 5: The Case of the Invisible Black Man

When I speak to black men my age (and older), I get this general consensus that they feel invisible; like no one believes them about the things with which they struggle. Of course this wasn’t explicitly articulated to me in these words, But as I went through this week’s conversation, I started thinking about other … Continue reading The LadyWrites82 Presents: The People Series: Episode 5: The Case of the Invisible Black Man

The LadyWrites82 Presents: The People Series — Episode 1: Motherhood

“I’m one of those people … where I don’t know if anyone truly loves me … I really don’t know if anyone does.” Being a mother can be hard … and lonely. Shit, being a person can be hard … and lonely. So how we approach parenting can be hard … and lonely. Because before we’re … Continue reading The LadyWrites82 Presents: The People Series — Episode 1: Motherhood

Dear Summer: Put your Clothes on and Get Out … We Had Our Run but it’s Over

The first day of fall was this past Saturday, September 22. And while I’m usually super ready for the leaves to start falling, warm drinks, and hoodies, this year it feels ... Bittersweet. Because I spent my summer painting outside beneath the stars … and I’m going to miss it. As I put the last few … Continue reading Dear Summer: Put your Clothes on and Get Out … We Had Our Run but it’s Over