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Issa No For 2019 New Year Resolutions

I’m sitting here thinking — does EVERY year call for new resolutions? I would think not. To be honest, if anything, I feel like I’m in new year’s resolution purgatory! Ok, maybe not quite purgatory [yikes], but, you get me. Every year, I pretty much set the same goals. And sure, they might be a little remixed but for the most part, they are your typical: I have to get my life together and get healthier because I don’t want to get diabeetus and high blood pressure; I have to lose ~40 lbs, I used to be so in shape!!; I want to get better about my finances, and save for the proverbial rainy day or in case my refrigerator dies like my Dad says; or I want to actively start dating a-gain. Followed by my friend and I toasting over happy hour cocktails agreeing we will try to go on AT LEAST five dates starting in January (as said in years 2015, 2017 and 2018); and finally I want to get serious about my …

Bloom’s Five Tips for Surviving a Not-So-Great Year

I guess if you’ve lived even a little bit of life, you’re bound to have a not so great year every once in a while.   You know those times when it seems like none of your prayers are getting answered, or when your life just seems very stagnant and filled with challenges, obstacles, and uncertainty? Or some how you’ve ended up back at square one though you feel you’ve done everything right but to no avail. Yeah, those times.   Well. As I’m reflecting over my 2018, I’m thinking it’s funny how life gives you perspective.  Like, what I used to call a sucky year mainly centered around my dating woes and inevitable eff-boy problems.  However, I realized this was the first year where I didn’t say one of the following statements: “Don’t fu-&%-ng call my phone anymore!” (followed by some number blocking, then unblocking just to see if he’ll reach out for Christmas, to blocking right after they do text, because I’m hella emotional and confused); or  “This isn’t working for me. *You …

Hiatus from Hell?

Bloomies!!! I have Missed. You. Guys. This is a real live post. No editing. No outline. No drafts.  I knew I wanted to write to you guys today, right now; catch you up a ‘lil bit on what’s been going with me, and get this Bloom Train back on the tracks. Nahhh’meaannn? It’s crazy how life works right? Not that long ago, I remember in 2016, I made a promise that if I revive my blog, I was going to post monthly no matter what.  After all, you must feed passion with consistency.  And I lived up to that promise. That is, up until last October. I mean there I was, happy and livin’, minding my own business and LIFE just said, “nah,” and hit me like YOU TOO COMFORTABLE. WAKE UP. And my life has not been the same since. To set the story up right, when I’m not writing I work a 9 to 5 as a government contractor. Anyone who knows anything about contracting – it’s a very fickle but cool professional space. …

Overdue Brunch

First thing IS first. Hello * emoji waving hand * I hate to act like the reoccurring – pop-up out the blue after four months EX playing with your emotions like that but I guess I am hitting you with the “hey, miss you” post. * female shoulder shrug emoji *               My apologies. I’ll keep it short on the life update: I’m still good. Can’t believe Summer is coming to an end. But as someone who once struggled with transitions, I actually embrace the changing of seasons.  Even though I didn’t post that much this Summer, I continued with my usual  stuff – buying hair and skin products that look cool, practicing my new creative outlet – photography, mentoring some kids and trying to maintain balance. Speaking of balance – balance is brunch as far as this post goes. Especially since I call myself being on a budget for the last three months [ hey, listen. I had to.] Sooooo that sadly means I had to carefully think …

My First Q&A

I’m extreeeeemmmeelllyyy excited to kick off this About Me Series. I toyed with the idea of doing a little Q&A for a couple of months now, and after receiving some questions from readers who wanted to know more about me and my blog, I thought ok. Maybe I should.   But first, let me take a selfie. Just kidding.     Sike. I did. You knew I was. Hey there. So. Q: How Did I Get The Name Bloom? [And why did I start blogging?] A:  The short answer? My grad school buddies. They were actually the first  to call me Bloom.  When I started grad school at Bowie State University in 2008, the whole concept of “bloom-anything” was still very new.  But I think the consensus was they somehow thought it was my last name?? because my email address at the time was cheryl@bloom84.com. Over the next two and a half years, they called me Bloom faithfully, and the name kind of stuck.  (They still call me that today like it’s my real name).  I Still Like It 🙂 Gives me …