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Throughout the first couple weeks of this quarantine, I carried on as if everything was normal, suppressing all of my emotions, burying them deep down while lying to myself, telling myself I was feeling strong and normal. Then, somewhere...
There’s so much negativity and pessimism floating around due to this forced quarantine right now. It’s so hard NOT to be Debbie-Downer or, even, Katty-Karen. We’re inconvenienced, we’re overwhelmed, we’re scared, we’re paranoid, we're turning into a germaphobe, we...
All hair is beautiful, whether it's black, brown, pink long, short, etc. We wear it with pride, we can be bold, create different styles with it, it's a part of us. It is us. The past week we watched as...
Recently, New Orleans’ beloved Steve Gleason was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor a civilian can earn. I was vaguely familiar with his optimism and humility, but it wasn’t until the ceremony that I truly comprehended how...
Thoughtful reflection and journaling are my jam because #thatintrovertlife. Toward the end of each year, I block off an hour to sit at a park or coffee shop to reflect on the year drawing to an end and to...
Hey, little one, you’re a little young to understand, but I will definitely talk more about in the this in the future. You may notice a missing grandparent, she was my mommy so that would make her your grandmother....
They say death shows up in threes, which has always stressed me out. But what about illnesses? Broken appliances? Car trouble? Tight finances? Random expenses that have no place in the budget? What number do those show up in? Because I would...
Three days a week, I wake up at 5:30am. My entire family is sleeping as I creep around in the dark, throwing on some clothes, grabbing bottles of water, and sneaking out the back door as quietly as I...
Guilt is a useless punishing emotion. It lurks deep in your heart or sometimes relentlessly in the front of your mind. You may cry, get angry, grind your teeth, or toss and turn at night. Parents who lament over...
I have never been physically fit. I still am not, but I am closer to being so than I ever have been before. I spent the better part of 34 years being bigger than most of my family and...
I graduated from high school in 2002 and dove straight into college life at LSU. I wasn't totally sure what I wanted to do, but I had narrowed it down to a few different majors. Theater, English, or Nursing. All...
My college roommate, Christy, recently flew in from New York to spend a few days with us here in New Orleans. We have always bonded over our love of good food, traveling, and our enthusiasm for the Georgia Bulldogs....
Author's Note :: this post is NOT sponsored; I personally purchased meals from Hello Fresh before writing this post.  If you're like me, you've been seeing ads and coupon codes for Hello Fresh and other home delivery meal kits for...
Six large plastic tubs full of children’s clothes that no longer fit sit in my dining room. My plan is to sort through for what to keep for memories and what to give / donate / sell. I’ve gotten...