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Reflections on My 5 Years of Blogging + Advice for New & Aspiring Bloggers

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On July 16th, 2011, I wrote my very first post. It was a super short post (more like a journal entry) that I didn’t put much thought into, and I certainly wasn’t thinking about SEO. I was tempted to delete it when I rebranded but I decided to keep it. It represents my beginning as a blogger and I never want to forget how far I’ve come. Ironically that post sums up my “WHY” in 3 short lines. RELATED: Why…

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Look Good| Feel Confident: How Stitch Fix Helped Me Get Conference Ready

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Thank you to  Stitch Fix  for gifting me these items to wear to Blogging While Brown.  This past weekend I attended the Blogging While Brown conference in Washington DC. If you’re connected with me on Facebook and Instagram, you know that I also celebrated my 5th blogging anniversary on Saturday. Last year I attended Blogging While Brown as an attendee/Black Weblog Award Winner, and this year I was excited to return as a speaker. The fact that it coincided with my ‘blogaversary” made it…

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5 Ways To Cope During Times of Turmoil

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It has been hard for me to focus and write about anything in the last week and a half. I’m sure many of you reading this can relate as well. The shootings of Alton Sterling & Philando Castle back to back, the shooting of the 5 Dallas police officers, and the general unrest in the country was definitely taking a toll on me. By nature, I’m very empathetic so I tend to “feel” a lot. If you’re on any of my VIP lists…

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Planning for the Future as an Entrepreneur w/Prudential #WomenInspired

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This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Prudential and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own. Yesterday I *celebrated* my 21st high school graduation anniversary. Well, there wasn’t much celebration, but more “wow, I can’t believe it has been that long”, and “I don’t even feel that old.” My high school graduation was actually my first graduation ceremony ever. Back then, there was no kindergarten or primary school (I grew up under the British system) graduation, so high…

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3 Ways To Keep Your Natural Hair Hydrated

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This post is sponsored as part of a partnership with Alberto VO5. I received compensation, including free product from Alberto VO5. All opinions are my own. After being natural for almost seven years I know that parched, dry hair can be a reality for many people during the summer/hotter months. Between heat indexes over 100, outdoor events and long days by the pool, your hair can start to feel extra thirsty. Of course, staying hydrated from the inside is uber important, but…

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