The Finale: Good-Bye 20s Part I

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Jan. 18, 2015 (30th Birthday) in San Francisco, CA

Kicking and screaming is how I imagined leaving my twenties. I turned twenty-one four times and twenty-five twice. Celebrating twenty-nine umpteen times seemed imminent.

On Instagram I overused #twentysomething in attempt to suck twenty-something dry. Why though? Is being twenty-something really that great?

Let’s take a brief tour through my twenties. Short, petite, fresh-faced, naive, smarter than most people I knew, and mature for my age… that’s how I entered my twenties. I knew everything, thus ready to take the world by storm. The motto: Can’t tell me nothing!

At twenty-two, I rented a fire engine-red convertible mustang for my birthday extravaganza that rolled Thursday thru Monday. Yolo! I spent a day or two shopping with my brother and then bestie. More than thirty people celebrated with me on Saturday at my dinner party. My costume for the dinner included: Tri-color hair, this (Bebe), that (Juicy Couture), and the other (Hudson). Total cost for the costume? More than $350. Feeling like a baller? Priceless.

The early years were filled with more poor choices that equaled a boatload of mistakes including: losing myself, insecurity, financial ruin, heart-break, depression. My confidence went from 100 to 0 real quick! Unaware, I entered the mid-twenties disheveled, lost, bent, and almost broken. “Single Black female addicted to retail, and well…” I lived that retro Kanye music, like All Falls Down.

As the twenties flew by, I learned that I knew almost nothing I thought I knew. If you’re not there yet, just wait on it. Unlearning a relearning is easier said than done, but so necessary. If we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change. That’s one of my all-time fave quotes.

My life begged for change. The last quarter of my twenties a light bulb came on and I began saying farewell to people, things, and [insert noun] that I allowed to disturb my happiness and stunt my growth. I chucked up the deuces to people before then, but it rarely included forgiveness. Forgiving others and ourselves is necessary to move forward. Listen to Get it Together by India Arie to get a better understanding of this chapter.

To be continued…

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Flash Mob #2. Can you find me?

Somewhere on my buck list, flash mob is crossed out twice.

Earlier this year, I decided to join a flash mob after watching this one. I hopped on Google to figure out how to make it happen. Google led me to Flash Mob America via Meet Up. I signed up and anxiously awaited the date.

The first event was a surprise wedding reception flash mob, it’s my favorite of the two. Unfortunately, we have not received video. I joined another one to have video proof.

Above is video from the second Flash Mob. Can you find me? If not, I circled myself in the screen shot below.

Thinking about flash mobbing? Do it!

Thanks for reading and watching! Feel free to ask any questions. xoxo

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There’s An APP For That?

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After several failed attempts, I think this will be the year that I read through the entire Bible. I have started a reading plan using the Bible app on my iPhone.  The app offers several Bible versions and reading plans. Guess what? You also have the option to listen to it being read. If highlighting floats your boat, you can do it with any color that toots your horn. The app is sold by LifeChurch.tv.