I stood at Enterprise frantically searching for something to legitimize this rental. I seriously need a credit card to travel, but since my trip to London I haven't dared to get one. I don't buy expensive clothes, or jewelry, or shoes. I buy plane tickets. My spontaneous looks like hopping to Belize for a weekend trip and I do not have it like that... YET. So, there I was racking my brain... Racing to Hertz, scouring Greyhound, and airlines when a voice said, "Chill." That was all I needed to calm the heck down and breathe.
Recently a lot of great things have happened in my life and taking some time to just enjoy them without adding on the extra pressure is exactly what I needed for the holidays. Plus, God loves laughing at your plans man. Instead of taking my well planned trip across country, I got to spend the holidays with my extended family at home. We ate great food, played games (Spades was my fave per usual), and just enjoyed each other. It wasn't stressful or hard. I also got to save mula so win freaking win.
Sometimes it's okay for things to go awry because what's around the corner could be greater.
Santa brought me kitchen supplies!!! Yea, I'ma be chefin it up! Speaking of food this weekend I got to go to Hiro with the fam and my oh my was it delicious. If you've never been make your way there. I had the Slinger (which taste like a Korean Bulgogi bowel except with tater tots in place of rice) and chocolate rice bread. It was delicious. All in all a Christmas well spent.
Photo credit: K Lite
The excitement puffs like breath from glossed lips on a winter morning, warm and full of anticipation. It's the holiday season and tomorrow I'm headed home. Let's talk about home. No one wants to be that failure going home with their tail in between their legs, staying in the place they grew up in. For me, it's a little more complicated than just that. I've been away from the places. I call home so long that I sometimes forget I'm from there.
"I put on for my city" is lost to me because which city is that? I can CHOOSE whichever I like, but if you're like me and you have more addresses than you could ever possibly remember then it's hard. I'm super proud of the travels I've accomplished, but lately I've been yearning to go home. See what's changed and what is the same with adult eyes. To visit the streets, the schools of my youth. I want to smell the familiar that I long for sometimes in the pit of my belly when things get hard. Not to stay, but to visit. I want to be around people who've known me long before I could talk or began finding myself.
Home. That's a word that can mean a multitude of things, but for me its definition has definitely transformed over the years. The places I spent my childhood in have become important to me because each place has memories and people I love in them. Each city I've been in more than 6 month to a year is officially apart of my "home". Four and counting. Is it weird that I want a solid base, family, and all that but still desire to live in other places for a big chunk of time? Just me? My wandering heart isn't quenched, yet my soul thirst and gulps from home (wherever that may be).
It's funny that people are getting into travel. I feel like traveling has been my whole life. Not to glamorous countries, but in the states I've been to a remarkable amount of places at a young age. I am so grateful for that (Note to self: Do post on this). Some of us black kids grow on the same block and never leave. My hood has been in different states. They all look the same though they speak with different accents.
This go round I'm headed to Knoxville, TN. Home of the Volunteers. Solo Road trip! (To me this is the quickest drive, but hey it's the open road and I'm making a couple stops on the way. Merry Christmas to me.) I'm renting a car for the first time and they're already called to remind me and give me instructions on what to bring.
Travel tips: If renting a car prepare to put down a deposit when using a debit card. In bustling holiday seasons prepare for long waits.
I'll update ya'll on my trip next time. Happy Holidays! May you find yourself with the ones you love this season.
Downtown Knoxville, TN
Tomorrow will finally be the book release for my book, "My Last Words... Not really"!! I'm beyond excited. I started making the book in 2015 while homeless and then finished the book February 2016 (I checked my archives here, score 1 blog) and now I am having the release almost two years later. (These things take time)
Hopefully see you tomorrow, if not you can order the book at the link below and have it delivered right to you, just click.
Goodbye 26… My birthday isn't until tomorrow, buuut I promised to post every Thursday so here is my birthday reflection.
26 has by far been the least dramatic year of my life. It wasn’t even glamorous, but it was peaceful. I’m used to the onslaught of events to pile themselves on me with no breathing room. This past year though has been pleasantly uneventful. Short recap. I had a kicking birthday, an awesome apartment, a reciprocal relationship that ended as quickly as it started, went to WOWPS (Woman of the World Poetry Slam), placed 19th out of 96 women, got to work on my communication, went on a team slam tour, and have been working an awesome job at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. My version of a humdrum life.
For 27 I’m walking in with a new job, new apt, and new attitude. I have my very first full-time job at the St. Louis Public Library. Yea I work for the gov-ment basically, well the city at least. The days of me working 4-5 jobs are over. What about my art you ask? Well that's my other full-time job. Now is the time for me to spread my wings and work hard at becoming financially stable instead of just making it check to check. I want to thrive. PLUS I get paid vacation days so I’m planning on taking a few trips this year. I'm really excited to have this chance to have a flexible schedule and income. It's hard being an artist without expendable income that goes toward your artistic goals.
You can manifest whatever you desire and when it's in your purpose it just seems to amplify. A few months ago I thought I had to live my life a certain way. I was compromising for lifestyles I didn't want to live. Now, I'm doing things my way. This isn't about just doing what you want, but creating the life you want. I love my careers, I love writing, I love painting, and I love traveling. I'm working towards doing all of these in a inclusive way while having a home base. This doesn't work for everyone. Some people WANT to live out of a suitcase, but that is not my passion. Eventually my art will be sustainable enough where I won't feel the need to have another stream of income, but right now *sings* I'm making money moves.
Seven things I've learned in my 20's as Titles
20. How to live after a parent dies
21. Seeing places you've only dreamed of is living a dream #Faith
22. Seasons are hard to end, there are no guidelines on what to do with your life
23. Follow your urges: A story of first
24. Do NOT follow your urges: A story of consequences
25. Hold on life is going to be a bumpy ride, wait... I don't care what people think
26. Breathe. Sit still with yourself. Figure out what you want and do that.
I always consider my birthday the new year. So for this new year I have written out a vision of what I want out of 2018 and what I envision for 2023 (5 years from now). The theme for my birthday this year was classy, sexy, and saved.
I'm excited to see what 27 brings to the table. Check back every other Thursday for more of this SOLS life. Laters!
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