Dealing with my Toxic Family During the Holiday Season

Have you ever thought twice about going home for the holidays? Have you ever intentionally shortened a trip home so that you could keep your sanity? Do you rehearse #clapbacks for auntie, "So, you still don't have a man?" or cousin, "Oh, you think you're better than the rest of us because you're getting a PhD, … Continue reading Dealing with my Toxic Family During the Holiday Season


My (Unexpected) Gap Year

When I started my blog last year, I intended for this to be my very first post. I was home for a year, despite incessantly planning to attend a doctoral program after graduating with my master's degree. But I wasn't starting my PhD like I had planned to do since my freshman year of high … Continue reading My (Unexpected) Gap Year

What Happens to a Dream…Discovered?

When I decided to apply to my #PhD program, the end goal was ALWAYS academia or so I thought.  Go to school, earn the PhD, enter into the field and #endarken the ivory tower. It all seemed so simple... until last Thursday. I spent four precious days with some brilliant, amazing, loving, determined high school … Continue reading What Happens to a Dream…Discovered?

Mid-year Update: So far in 2017

What have you accomplished so far this year? Have you addressed any of your new year's resolutions? Did anything celebratory happen since January 1st but the demands of school wouldn't allow you to celebrate? If so, now is the time to do so! You do not have to wait until December 31st to celebrate your … Continue reading Mid-year Update: So far in 2017

Grieving while Grinding

Grief sucks. I know that's not at all profound, nor terribly encouraging, but it's true. When it's all said and done, grief really sucks. It doesn't care who you are, where you're from or how much money you have. It strikes whenever it wants and there's nothing that we can do to prevent it. I've … Continue reading Grieving while Grinding

Lessons Learned from #PhDYear1

May 3rd, 2017. The day that I completed my FIRST year of #PhDLife. This year has simultaneously been one of the shortest and longest years of my life. It's been an academic year of torturous celebration. At the end of my second semester, I wrote a post, 10 things that I have learned so far on my … Continue reading Lessons Learned from #PhDYear1

Help me launch #BrilliantBlackGirl!

Hi friends! I know that it has been a while and I have so much to share with you all! This semester has truly been a whirlwind and I feel like I am still trying to play "catch up." While I have some academic and professional life updates to share later, this brief post is … Continue reading Help me launch #BrilliantBlackGirl!

2016 Taught Me…

Hi good people and Happy New Year! Here we are, 8 whole days into #2017 and I am sharing what #2016TaughtMe. Why? Because I believe in looking back only to review what you learned so that you can apply those lessons to your future. Anyway, here's a quick list of things that #2016TaughtMe: Jesus can … Continue reading 2016 Taught Me…

10 things that I have learned so far on my #JourneyToPhD

Hey yall! So, it's been a while...again. But, I am so happy to say that I have completed my SECOND semester of my #PhD! Now, I can get back to chatting with y'all and writing my little heart out. When I began my blog, I was convinced that I could post at least once a … Continue reading 10 things that I have learned so far on my #JourneyToPhD

Oppression is Endemic to UGA…and Higher Education

Hey y'all! This week's post is a little unusual compared to my normal entries (although school work has definitely kept me from updating my blog recently....but more on that later). Below, you'll find an assignment for my Equity, Diversity & Inclusion course (the same one that I created the digital socialization project for a few … Continue reading Oppression is Endemic to UGA…and Higher Education