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So I know I’m a little late, five days to be exact. But I think that’s forgivable. It’s the new year AGAIN. Which means new goals, new challenges and new opportunities! I’m not sure about you, but for me this is the year to be bold. The year to travel and do things you’ve always wanted to do. Start that business! Take that risk! Say what you mean and do what you say! Be fearless this year and hold nothing back.

Those are just a  few ways I feel we should ALL tackle 2017. Why? Because you never know when your last day on earth is. Not that I’m wishing death on any of my followers. But realistically speaking, anything can happen at anytime. Tragedies are all to common nowadays. It happens all over the world in different countries. You never want to look back and have to say what if..

And when one door closes, another door will open. No matter how tough the situation may seem now, it ALWAYS gets better. Maybe you didn’t start 2017 how you would’ve liked. Maybe its off to a rocky start. Or maybe you could care less about the new year. No matter what, it will always get better.

Happy New Year. Make the best of 2017!

What are your 2017 Goals?

First, I’d like to apologize for my spontaneous leave of absence. November and December 2016 were the craziest months of my life. If you’re like me, 2016 might of been one of the worst years of your life. If you somehow can’t relate to this, kudos to you. You were probably one of the lucky ones! Whether or not 2016 was awesome or painfully depressing,  it’s time to put the year behind us. You wanna know why? Because 2017 is literally 5 days away!

With the new year on it’s way, it’s time to think of goals and achievements for the new year. Going into 2017, this is my last semester in college. It’s a bittersweet feeling! In someways, I’m ready to graduate. In other ways, I’m anxious for what real life has in store for me. I have a few goals on my 2017 list waiting for accomplishment.

What about you? Is there anything you’d like to achieve in the upcoming year? I’m not asking you to share your goals. Rather, think about each goal. I want you to really sit down and think about your goals for the upcoming. Is it attainable? Are the goals reachable?

If you answered yes, you better get to planning. 2017 is waiting for NO ONE! Start planning and going after your goals NOW!good-year-1911507_1920

 

Please Go Out and Vote

We are exactly one month away from the 2016 Presidential election. Now, I usually don’t like talking or writing about politics, but I found this crucial and necessary today to post. Going to a PWI, (Predominately White Institution) I come across many IGNORANT white people. Some don’t believe in white privilege, while others don’t realize what they say is very offensive to black people. Nonetheless, after this election I know my school, Rowan University, is going to change significantly.

As of a month from tonight, we will find out who plans on ruining our country next. Donald Trump or  Hillary Clinton? In my personal opinion, I rather take Clinton over
Trump any day. But obliviously, everyone does not feel or think like me. Back to the whole PWI thing, all over my school I see Trump signs. Not once have I ever saw a Clinton sign. That scares me. It scares me a lot because I really DO NOT WANT THAT MAN IN OFFICE.

But you know what scares me more? People who say “Oh, I’m not voting” or “I don’t believe my vote will count so what’s the point?” When I hear people say things like that, that’s when I get annoyed. The United States Constitution states “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” In other words everyone has the right to vote. UTILIZE THAT RIGHT!

This years election is so important because we have two undeniably awkward candidates. If you don’t want to vote for either or, CHOOSE THE THIRD PARTY CANDIDATE. It bothers me people don’t want to take advantage of their voting rights. Women in other countries aren’t as lucky as we are. For example, women in Saudi Arabia cannot vote whatsoever. I bet if we were them, we’d complain 24/7.

All I’m saying is everyone millennial should be out at the polls this year. At the end of the day, this next president will impact our lives more than you may even imagine. New Jersey registration to vote ends October 18. You still have time to register.

Please don’t waste your vote!

Payouts don’t change the result of death

I’ve been meaning to write this post for the past few weeks but life has been full of surprises. I don’t mean that in a good way, but I will survive just like my other past challenges. Anyway, I finally had the chance to write this because I’m just so sick of what is happening in our country. So I NEED to write out my feelings.

I was on my way home from work one day, about two weeks ago, when I heard the radio host bring up Sandra Bland. Of course, I turned up the radio after hearing her name. Apparently, her family and the state of Texas reached a settlement of 1.9 million dollars for wrongful death.

More than a year after she passed, her family finally received something.. anything to help ease the pain from losing a loved one. Although I’m pleased her family received some form of justice, I’m still very disappointed with the way our country is handling police brutality. America spends billions of dollars on wrongful death payouts each year, which in my opinion, is kind of sad.

Our country needs to focus on properly training our police officers. If not, every month, I guarantee another African American will die which is sad to say. Look what happened in Tulsa last week. I’m 100% positive in the next year or so, his family will receive a settlement even greater than Sandra Bland’s.

All in all, what I’m trying to say to my readers is, America as a country needs a change. We cannot keep using money to payout families for wrongful death. That money will not bring Sandra back. That money will not bring Eric Gardner back. That money will not bring Tamir Rice back and so on. But until this problem is thoroughly addressed, it will continue to be a repetitive cycle I’m sorry to say.

Mixed Emotions About the Semester

Classes literally started a week ago and I legit feel so overwhelmed. Mentally, I thought I was ready to go back to school, but I guess that’s just not the case. I still want the summer to continue but obviously that can’t happen at this point. I know, it’s time to get with the program and mentally prepare myself which will eventually happen..

I’m only taking four classes this semester. I didn’t want to deal with a heavy workload as I have other responsibilities. Of course, I’m the only black girl in my classes which is so annoying but I know I have to get used to it since I’m in the Public Relations and Advertising field.

So other than my classes starting, I also started my second internship. I’m the Marketing and Communication intern for  a non profit organization called EIRC (Educational Information and Resource Center). The organization works with children to help continue and better their education. These children might have had children of their own at a very young age. Others may come from abusive households. Regardless, it feels good to know I’m actually making a difference in these children lives with my contribution as an intern for the organization.

I finally realized, I’m at the point in my life where I cannot worry about no one else besides myself. My first week at Rowan, I’ve lost friends and experienced racism at it’s finest. But I now know to only stick to the friends I have now and focus only on graduating.

Day 30 – What I Hope to Accomplish From My Blog

It’s two days before classes start and I couldn’t be anymore anxious. Today is the last day of my 30 day blog challenge and I feel like I opened up so much. The thing I enjoyed the most was the encouraging words from my followers. It’s good to know you have people supporting while following your journey online. What’s weird to others, might be unique to you and I love that aspect of it.

I guess the one of the things I would love to accomplish from my blog is to obviously grow a larger following. And I say that first not because I find that cool or anything, but because I would love to reach large amounts of people. I want my content I write viewed by as many people as possible. Critique me! Debate with me! I don’t care, as long as I have that constant engagement.

Another thing I would love to accomplish is create inspiration. I’m still growing and working on myself at 21 years old. And I know I have a long way to go in really finding myself. For the 40 something followers I do have, if I could inspire at least one of you, I would’ve felt I did my job. I know my life wasn’t the greatest but it has the potential to get better..

The last thing I hope to accomplish from this blog is knowledge. Initially, when I created this blog, it was to share my personal views on different incidents around the world. I pray I can continue spreading my views even better now that this blog challenge is over.