Peace in Mind

Often times, we are looking for a piece of mind but forget the peace in minding…

The peace in minding ourselves before anyone else.

Before we can share happiness with others, we have to find happiness in ourselves. We cannot be burdened in trying to please those around us when we are not at least content with ourselves.

This week, I have had one too many conversations with friends in which I emphasized how important it is to strive for positivity in our singular lives before attracting and sharing the good energy  onto others. People tend to easily forget their own importance and, thus, forget their own purpose.

Don’t lose your way, my friends.

Remember to keep yourself in mind because you matter too.

You cannot take care of anyone else if you cannot take care of yourself. 


Girl Friends

Often times, you’ll come across people in your life with just a glance, a mere ounce, and you’re taken away by their warmth and charisma.

These girls are exactly that.

Stepping into one of my first jobs as an adult, in a small, suburban town that I was new to, these girls became my best friends. I don’t even know how we got so close, really. Each of us so different from the other – we just started hanging out and it became a routine. Every line in our group text became an inside joke and now, I’m pretty sure it would make a great book.

These girls, in the last few years, have been there for me at my roughest patches and I am forever thankful. They’re positive lights in my life and I appreciate them from the bottom of my heart.

Oh, and waffles.

Waffles have also been quite reliable. I don’t miss pairing them with chicken, but with the right type of syrup…


Thank you, waffles.

Now that I look at our friendship in pictures, I’ve noticed that there’s not a dull moment in any of them. In 99% of them, you’ll probably find us laughing. That really makes up the relationship we share with with each other – happiness and laughter.

Brigette and Yvette, thank you.

IG mention: @thearielviera


Long time friend, east coast native, Ariel Viera has really great taste in food and books.

He actually has really great taste in all things pop culture or culture period. I am so sad that you won’t ever get to experience his awesome song reviews/explications he used to write on his Tumblr, Uncharted Lust. They were the best.

Well, he hasn’t begun making a list of books every month, but I am sure he will get around to my request (as you can see above on Instagram). Here are just some of the few I had to screenshot to remember and I am dying to get my hands on reading next after I finish reading Between the World and Me and Modern Romance.

P.S. Do read Between the World and Me and Modern Romance. They both are quite good. Between the World and Me is definitely “required reading”. It is essential in the time we are living in so that one may understand the truth behind the social stigma of black people and black culture. I will write about it soon for I am about to finish it. Although it is a short read, to comprehend the content Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about takes quite the level of attention. Modern Romance, on the other hand, is not so much as required but makes great for understanding better the quarrels of dating in a technologically driven world. It is a comical book by Aziz Ansari that is backed up with extensive research and quotes of really educated psychologists and what not that I do not remember the names of – just that they have Ph. D’s and know what they are talking about. The book sells, so take it from me and Barnes and Noble that it’s a good book.