How My Grandmother’s Death Forced Me To Start Living

I think God must have decided that summer is the season of changes for me, because yet again here lies another that has changed my life. My grandmother died three weeks ago, and I can still hear her sassy voice. I can still see her dancing to crazy music, I can still feel her presence…

For the black girl that doesn’t always feel carefree. 

I don’t know what’s up with me lately, but I just haven’t felt like myself. There isn’t anything in particular that happened, I just know that every once in a while no matter what is going right, no matter how amazing my friends and family are, this begins to happen. I wake up almost daily…

Happy Father’s Day! 7 things my daddy taught me.

1. Tough times don’t last, tough people do. This is something my grandfather passed down to him, and he passed down to me. My father showed me through his life that you can preserve no matter what. I have seen him push past many road blocks in his life and that has given me the courage to do…

How I told my Mom I was going to take a gap year a month before graduation. 

On May 25, 2017 I graduated college. Over five thousand graduates, nine graduates in my competitive Jurisprudence Major. One in two black women graduating, minoring in African American Studies. Leaving my university as Vice President of the NAACP, Secretary of the Black Student Union, finishing up an internship for the congressmen and still, I felt…

Stop Running.

Recently, I took my twenty-fourth lapse around the sun. As I begin creating in my most dynamic space to date, I’ve had to be honest with myself. Brutally honest, and here’s what I realized. All of this growth and change, and I am still running. Running from questions I already know the answers to, confirmations God…

Create the Space.

A few weeks ago someone asked me in terms of evaluating relationships “do people have to behave the way you want them to?” For a minute I felt compelled to question myself, and my own behavior as I evaluated my response. That is until my sense (and self worth) kicked in and I realized, yes…

Everything is coming together.

 I’ve never been more afraid than I am right now. My mother reminds me all the time that I worry too much. And I had to ask myself, am I handling the constant change that life has granted me as best as I should be? Truthfully, probably not. I know that I promised myself (and…

The Year That Changed My Life.

Its amazing what twelve months can do to a person, and to their life. In the last hours of the year as I wash these clothes and prepare for church (and the black eyed peas & champagne I will have after, yes I’m that black girl), I am overwhelmed with happiness. When this year began if…

Stay the Course.

So, last night I was in a car accident. And to think I was just telling someone its been almost a year since me and B (my car lol) have been together and we’ve been just fine out here in these New Jersey streets. Well last night, we were not fine. My car slid off…

You look so happy Yasmine.

  That’s what everyone keeps telling me. Its almost as if I blinked and this life I have, this peace I have, has come to me overnight. But it hasn’t in the very least bit. One of my favorite shows is Insecure, and when they asked the creator Issa Rae why she named the show…