• This Body

    Wearing this black dress from Boohoo really tested my resolve to document my style journey. After many years of wishing and finding every reason why I couldn’t be a style blogger or lifestyle blogger, I finally told myself it was time. The primary obstacle had been my lack of body confidence. I just don’t know how […]

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    November 29, 2018 By ayearofdoing
  • Changing Time

    A red Moto Jacket from Old Navy has become a key piece in my wardrobe as I transition from fall to winter. I finally got around to changing my wardrobe this past weekend. Slowly as always, I am changing out my summer clothes for the winter ones. Maybe it is the optimist in me. I am […]

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    November 12, 2018 By ayearofdoing
  • Let’s Go Bananas

    I love this banana bread recipe because it makes the best breakfast muffin. This is the big batch muffin that I try to bake once a month. The addition of the oatmeal, nuts and a blend of wholemeal flour with all-purpose white flour makes this muffin nutritionally dense enough to eat for breakfast.

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    September 29, 2018 By ayearofdoing
  • A picture of a black woman looking directly at the camera

    Health as Shame

    The point is that diets have become a way of capitalizing on our shame. Just follow these few rules and you will feel superior to all others. If you fall off the wagon, shame on you. You just need to try harder. Just think of how much better you would feel at 110 pounds in that bikini.

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    September 10, 2018 By ayearofdoing
  • Representation: There is power in being represented by someone who can authentically speak to your life experience

    Power of Representation

    There is power in being represented by someone who can authentically speak to your life experience. The only way to get that representation is to vote in every election; big or small.

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    September 3, 2018 By ayearofdoing
  • setting up a kitchen is one of the fastest ways to feel like you are home.

    The $100 Kitchen Essential List

    If you are a young person, who is in college or just starting out in life or even just short on money, it is not exactly easy to go to a store and buy a whole new kitchen in one go. But, if you are financially conscious or you just love cooking or both, setting up a kitchen is one of the fastest ways to feel like you are home.

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    September 1, 2018 By ayearofdoing
  • I have found that relaxing experiences can become traumatic experiences because of my status as a black plus size woman.

    The Problem With Self-Care

    I am a big proponent of self-care. For me,self-care is an affirmation that my needs are valid. However, self-care is now big business in the consumerist culture that as American as apple pie. The big business of self-care is one that I find both intriguing and appalling. The problem with self-care business is that everyone […]

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    July 30, 2018 By ayearofdoing
  • I choose to be sober because I recognize that part of living a healthy life means feeling pain

    Choosing Sobriety

    The word ‘sober’ and I have an interesting relationship. Sobriety, it seems to me, is an after effect of a bout of alcoholism or substance abuse. What then do you call someone who has never drunk alcohol or battled other forms of substance abuse? I started thinking about this recently because I was reading a thread on […]

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    July 23, 2018 By ayearofdoing
  • Success is a culmination of small moments

    Small Wins

    This weekend was amazing. Last week was a rough week for me. Between so many microaggressions and getting stuck in traffic on Friday, I was ready for the week to be over. Then Saturday happened, and I felt slightly better about the whole week. A few years ago, when I first moved to Boston, I […]

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    July 16, 2018 By ayearofdoing
  • Strawberry Mint tea overhead

    My Unreal American Life

    The thought of an iced strawberry tea sounded good, but I was hesitant. To me, a cold strawberry tea just seemed like another flavored water. How could I play around with the flavors on the tea to make it more interesting than just fruit seeped in water? That’s when I did a mental checklist and settled on mint.

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    July 13, 2018 By ayearofdoing