Sorrow…can use some company

Sorrow – (n) Deep sadness for the loss of someone or something loved I am not sure about you, but lately, we have been surrounded by immeasurable sorrow, almost to the point of hopelessness. It seems as if every day we wake up to the loss of someone we hold dear, to the illness that … More Sorrow…can use some company

Eyes Wide Open…

A new year, a new focus. This year I struggled with what to write, and honestly, I no longer felt qualified to continue to write. Most of what I held true somehow came undone in the past few months, and the level of guilt and shame began to suffocate me. To say that feeling has … More Eyes Wide Open…

SCARS

I have a few physical scars. Some obvious to the naked eye, others covered by cloth. I have many more scars that are unseen. I call them soul scars. Little divots that have keloid. I feel them from time to time. Some scars almost broke me into a million pieces. Scars that ripped so deep … More SCARS

Do you know…?

She simply said “What do you want?” Ask yourself “What does Annette want?” and just like that the tears flowed. She asked me not to answer her but to think about it and write it down. She jokingly said, and please don’t write down “World Peace.” I appreciated the levity at the moment, for I … More Do you know…?

I’m still brown.

I have come to realize that even if I met all of the markers of success, i.e., education, wealth,  and housing. I am still brown. I was raised in The Bronx, NY. Specifically, the Soundview Housing Projects. My mom was a dedicated homemaker, and my father a blue-collar worker.  I attended public schools. As an … More I’m still brown.

Have you made your list? Have you checked it twice?

If you follow my blog, you know that I am a list maker. I make a list for the day, the week, the month, the year.  I go over it each day and check off my daily, monthly, and if I’m so lucky my yearly accomplishments. I challenge you to create a list of goals. … More Have you made your list? Have you checked it twice?

What’s on your Thanksgiving Menu?

Each year I plan my Thanksgiving Menu. I figure out how many guests and how much food I’ll need to prepare and purchase. I am incredibly meticulous with details and presentation because I want my guests to feel welcomed, loved, satisfied and thankful! As I thought about this process, I thought about what is on … More What’s on your Thanksgiving Menu?

Expectations…

A few weeks ago I received an email that kinda rattled my cage… It made me say “wait…what? Excuse me? Then I realized the person who wrote the email had an expectation of me that I never offered. They expected me to react and respond to their request in a way that I never intended. … More Expectations…

“Someone is praying… for what you take for granted”

I came across this quote, and it straightened me out right quick! “Someone is praying for what you take for granted” – I was that someone praying for a miracle. There was a time in my life that I didn’t have enough money to take the subway to go to work. I didn’t have enough money … More “Someone is praying… for what you take for granted”