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Currently Reading 

First, I’d like to introduce you to the newest section on my blog. My Bookshelf.   You can view what I’m currently reading or  the books I’ve read. My love of self help books carried me through my 20s. Whenever I had a problem or wanted unsolicited advice, I went to the  bookstore and bought a book.  Though I’d like to sit here and tell you that I read a little bit of everything. I don’t.  Self help, Oprah magazines, and interesting articles. My favorite self help books are in the categories of Love & Relationships, specifically getting over and through breakups, empowering yourself, and career. That’s it.  These are the only types of books that capture and keep my attention.  I truly live by the principle, “You’ll never live long enough to make all the mistakes.” – and I don’t plan on it. So I read about other people’s mistakes and how they overcame. One of my biggest challenges is balance.   Doing too much or not enough. Caring too much or holding back. Saying too much or being vague.  Focusing …

I Finally Feel Like I’m Creating A Life

Two words. Infinity. Mirrors. Two more words. Yayoi.Kusama. And two more words. Hirshorn. Musuem. One quote. “A girl’s gotta have a life of her own.” While figuring out how to even write this post, it came to me that it was more than just going to see probably one of Washington DC’s most talked about art exhibits of 2017. Maybe even ever [ok not that far].  First I have to talk about my realization that just two years ago I had NO life.  Boring. Unsure. Disconnected.   Everyone around me seemed to be out here doing it.  Doin’ their own thing. Living life. ‘Bout that life. Living not existing. And I was just sitting there – on the dock of the bay – unsure of what “create a life of your own” meant, or rather – how to go about doing it. That’s always my challenge. I know what to do most of the time. It’s how.  Fast forward. I started to push myself to become fearless. Whatever seemed fun and interesting, I wanted to at least …

Latest Fav: Konjac Sponge

My bad guys. I almost forgot to share one of my favorite recent purchases with you: The Konjac Sponge, which I definitely pronounce, cognac. Whoops. It. Has. Transformed. My. Skin. As I’ve shared before – I am the proud owner of acne prone skin. Oh yay My skin is extra sensitive. Oily. Hyper pigmented. Weird at times. Blah blah, all of that. When it comes to my skin [my face in particular] and keeping it looking its best, I want to try everything. And besides Accutane; I think I have tried it all. Cleansers, Retinoids, Antibiotics, BC. You name it.  PS – I’ll be sharing skin tips for managing acne without solely relying on the need of a dermatologist from time to time [although if you have a good one that doesn’t just want to prescribe presribe prescribe – keep them.]  For me, as of right now I only consult a Derm when needed or just for a check up. Depends. Anywho, back to my story. I prefer to manage my skin and work on …

Bon Chonnnnnnnnn

Ok, so first of all, Bon Chon is all of that (and a bag a chips). Yes, I used the old school sayin’ – but I gotta say, this experience was not all that and a bag of chips 😦 It was just three sliders And I did it to myself. I got sliders at Bon Chon. Whoooo does that?! Don’t do that. Ever. Everyone and their mama knows that you go there for the wings or tenders.  It’s just what you do. But nooooo, I had to try something different. Like, yeah let me try the sliders. Smh. Epic fail. And, don’t get me wrong, they were cool but I found myself looking [stalking] at the pile of wings at the table next to me because, like I said, that’s why you go. They put my lil sliders to shame.  So, yes, please, go to Bon Chon. With a group or dolo. But just get some soy garlic or spicy wings or drums or tenders. That’s it.  That is all.  Snapped some pics  per …

Note to Self #3

Pay attention to what life is teaching you and where it’s taking you. If you were to tell me that I would survive some of the toughest emotional trials over the last 10 years – I’d tell you – nah, I’m not. I’m not that strong. Not someone breaking my heart. Not feeling like you might lose a parent.  Not defeat. Without a doubt I would tell my younger self, “Girllllll, if you don’t get yourself up off of that floor and assume total control of  your life – which absolutely includes your  happiness.” No one can take that away from you – and you should never put anything worth losing in the hands of someone else – particularly not your worth, happiness, finances and growth. That’s personal. As 2016 ended, I stumbled across a term that I am now fully implementing into my life. Like, aggressively applying to my life daily . Right now. Self-Reliance. I’m a total believer in developing  your (self-) Self-awareness Self-esteem Self-worth I just now, at 32, started to tell myself …