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  • Lacking Creativity: During a season of loss

    Hey Yall, So I know that I have not released much content lately. I feel like when I was just starting to get excited about getting back to work, life starting happening so fast. I announced the start of my Youtube channel which I had been putting off forever and then the sudden loss of my Pop-Pop happened. I honestly still have not recovered from this loss and I don’t know if I ever will. I will learn to live with it but accepting it has been a challenge. If you know me, then you will know that I am COGIC born and raised and outside of being my Pop-Pop, he was also my Pastor for my entire life. To say that I am heartbroken, would simply be an understatement. I struggled to process this loss and I honestly struggled to accept it. I know that we say God makes no mistakes and we have all the encouraging words to give other people. However, sometimes when we are going through, we struggle to find the words. In this season of loss, I really struggled to encourage myself and I was very frustrated. I knew that this day would come one day, but I never expected it to be so soon. My Pop-Pop was one of the greatest people that I ever had the pleasure to come in contact with. He treated everybody like somebody and I believe that he is the person that I got my outgoing personality from. He was a Bishop in the Church of God in Christ and was known all over this country. He never forgot where he came from and the people that he knew prior to the title. He was just happy to serve and to help others reach their full potential. He would recognize something in you, even sometimes before you recognized it. My Pop-Pop always had a joke, an encouraging word, a prayer, and he knew every word in the dictionary. When my Sweetmom transitioned 5 years ago, I watched him hold it together and be the rock of the family, even though he was heartbroken. He was my hero, my personal taxi on so many occasions, my favorite cook, my Valentine for so many years, and more. I love you so much Pop-Pop and thank you for showing me how a man should treat me, thank you for your prayers, thank you for your encouraging words, thank you for showing us how to stick together, thank you for your sense of humor, thank you for your humbleness, thank you for always being supportive, thank you for your love and just thank you for EVERYTHING. I will miss you forever but I will continue to live to make you and Sweetmom proud of the young woman that I am and the woman that I will become. While I have seriously needed a mental reset, I believe that I am ready to continue on. I have felt stuck creatively, but I believe that God is up to something. I felt that I was in a complete season of loss just when I tried to fully commit to what I believe was my assignment from God. I loss my part-time job and I kept going, We loss our freedom and had to stay in, I loss Pop-Pop and I really struggled to keep going, and then I was notified that I was being laid off from my full-time job effective in June. I felt like loss was all around me but GOD. Through this whole pandemic, I have been blessed that God has made a way for me. He allowed me to still be paid until the end of August and keep my benefits until then. He allowed me to get my part-time job back and work full-time this summer. Everything is not perfect but we must be grateful for the small wins. We must learn to see the beauty in spite of what it looks like. I am here to encourage the person who is struggling to see the sunshine in the rain. Hold on a little while longer because I believe that our greater is coming. I know God is up to something and he is going to see about us. I know that we have said to throw 2020 away but I believe that God has the ability to turn things around in this second half of the year. Be encouraged and take it one day at a time. Loss is apart of life, so I can't say that we won't experience the season. I can say that God will be holding us up during the season, even when we feel like we can't make it. Be encouraged everybody and BLACK LIVES STILL MATTER!

  • All things BLACK-OWNED: Memorial Day 2020 Sales

    If you have been following me for a while then you will know that I love to promote black businesses. A few years ago I did an event with a friend called "Black Girl Magic". The event celebrated black women entrepreneurs and it included black women vendors, food, and a panel. This past February 2020, I created an event called "For the Culture, By the Culture: A Celebration for Black Entrepreneurs and their Supporters". The event included black-owned businesses as vendors, food, music, giveaways, and more. I want to continue to promote and push black entrepreneurs on a consistent basis. Be sure to follow @ftcbtc21 and stay tuned for 2021. Today I am starting with creating a list of black-owned businesses that are having sales in honor of Memorial Day 2020. I know that many people shop on this day and I wanted to make sure that while we are spending money, that we support our own. I believe that it is very important to circulate the black dollar. We spend a lot of money, but I believe that it is important that we start spending more money with the very businesses that are hiring people that look like us, giving back to our communities, and speaking up about the injustices in our communities. Below you will find a guide to Black-Owed businesses that you can support today, organized by groups. Make sure that you click the link to follow these businesses and support them today. Clothing/Accessories CURVACEOUS BOUTIQUE: 20% off the ENTIRE site (MemDay) curvaceousboutique.com ON AND OFF THE RUNWAY: 20% off Runway Sale (honor) onandofftherunwayboutique.com TIFFANI ROSE COLLECTIONS: Up to 50%-80% off tiffanirosecollections.com TREND MY DRESS: $20 Dresses ashlis-creation.myshopify.com DRESS YOUR EGO LLC: 30% off (MMD) dressyouregollc.com COUTURE CREATIONS: Flash Sale (Place order via DM or Email) Home of ALL things bling and sparkly. EMANI MILAN: 40% off sale + FREE Shipping (FREESHIP) maniwear.com CHICQUE BOUTIQUE: 20% off (applied at checkout) chiqueboutique.com MILANO DI ROUGE: 20% off Select Styles (NO CODE) shop.milanodirouge.com LOVELLO ELIZABETH: 25% off (MDW25) lovelloelizabeth.com LET ME LIVE: 40% off Clothing sale letmeliveusa.com SOCIETY STANDARD CLOTHING: FREE SHIPPING (MEMORIAL) societystandardclothing.com TANAJA MAYWEATHER: 10% off ALL orders (MEMORIAL2020) ta-naja.com IZZY AND LIV: 15% off ALL Orders (GIMME15) izzyandliv.com SHOPJDOMINIQUE: Buy 1, Get 10% OFF (10MDW), Buy 3, Get 20% OFF (20MDW), Spend $50, Receive FREE tote shopjdominique.com AH House of Creations: 20% off (KIARA20) ahhouseofcreations.com Melani's Closet: Buy 2, Get 1 FREE (MD20) melaniscloset.com MY BFFS CLOSET: Tennis Chains $10 (TT) mybffsclosetphilly.com Aaliyah's Beautique: 10% off (SHOPAB) aaliyahshairbeautique.com Beauty ILOVEMINKS: 15% off 3D lashes Follow and Contact via IG GODISHSKIN: 15% off your FIRST order godishskin.com Mielle Organics: $6 Anniversary Sale mielleorganics.com The Mane Choice: 40% off the entire site (MEMORIAL40) Marsh + Mane: 20% off Select Brands marshandmane.com Sensation D: 20% off (MEM20) sensationd.com Elle Organics LLC: 25% off your order (MEM25) elleorganicsllc.com Legally Lashed LLC: $3 off ALL Lash styles legallylashedllc.com Melanin B Cosmetics: 8% off order (MELANIN), Buy 2+ Body Butters and get 50% off (BODYBUTTER) melaninbcosmetics.bigcartel.com Emaje Naturals: FREE SHIPPING on orders over $30 (SERVICE30) emajenaturals.com Hello to Natural: 20% off (JSPENCE) and 50% off all shea butters (MAY2020) hellotonatural.com Fenty Beauty: Get a FREE 4 piece gift w/ any $60+ purchase fentybeauty.com Deserve Bordy Care: 10% off $30+ (BOOTS) deserve-body-care.myshopify.com Services/Other Products Millennial Black Health: 15% off entire purchase (LU15) millennialblackhealth.com Mama Photog: Social Distancing Special available mamaphotog.com Raylene’s Gem: 10% off $30+ and some items are already marked down by at least 40% (MAYDAY) raylenesgem.com Desi's Aromas: $10 NFL warmers (PRE-ORDER by 5/26) $35 after desi.scentsy.us Living Through Fitness, LLC: 20% off Online orders (MD20) livingthroughfitness.com Feminine Wellness Mini Spa: $25 V Steam Sessions (BOOK through Instagram) faitmaisonllc.com Leave a comment and let me know what you purchase today or just to shoutout your favorite black-owned business!

  • Memorial Day 2020 Sales: A Guide Just For You

    If you would of told me a year ago that the world would be in quarantine when Memorial Day 2020 rolled around, I would of thought you were crazy. However, that is the case for most of us this year. Although this year we will not be traveling to our favorite places, hosting a big family/friends BBQ, or hitting malls to catch the Memorial Day sales, we can still make the best of this time. If you are anything like me then you have been spending time shopping online while the malls and stores have been closed. I have to admit although online is not the same as in store, it can be a lot easier. Below you will find a list to some sales that will be happening this Memorial Day. Some of the sales have already started so you might want to go fill up your cart now. Let me know if this guide helps you and what you purchase. Clothing H&M: 10% off $50, 20% off 100, and 30% off $200 + FREE Shipping ASOS: up to 50% off BIG Brands (another code may appear on Monday because the MEMORIAL 2020 is no longer working) MANGO: 30% off the ENTIRE website TARGET: BOGO Free on Swimwear and Sandals ASHLEY STEWART: 30% off New Arrivals and an EXTRA 30% off Clearance FASHION TO FIGURE: 40% off when you Buy 3 items or MORE URBAN OUTFITTERS: Extra 30% off Sale NASTY GAL: 60% off Everything SHOP AKIRA: 20% off Clothing (Babe20), Take EXTRA 40% off ALL Sale (MEM40) MISSGUIDED: 50% off Everything + EXTRA 20% off (MEM20) PRETTY LITTLE THING: 50% off EVERYTHING (GIMME50) ELOQUII: EXTRA 50% off Sale FINISHLINE: $25 off $100, $35 off $150, and $50 off $200 FOOTLOCKER: 25% off $50 + FREE Shipping (MEMDAYSV) ALDO SHOES: Buy 2 Get 50% off BLOOMINGDALES: 30-50% off a large selection of regular-priced items + Take an EXTRA 50% off some Clearance items MACYS: 25-60% off Select Styles + EXTRA 20% off, 15% off, or 10% off Depts (excludes SPECIALS), use code MEMDAY CURVACEOUS BOUTIQUE: 20% off the ENTIRE site (MemDay) SHEIN: $5 off $59+, $10 off $99+, and $30 off $189+ (DAZED) LULUS: 50% off Sale (SWEET50) LANE BRYANT: 40% off Clothing, Sleep, and Swim OLD NAVY: 30% off ENTIRE site GAP: 50% off EVERYTHING (WARM) + EXTRA 10% off (SUNNY)

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