Today is my birthday, guys! I turn 25 yet again.
I reneged on the idea of a blog vacation in order to swap questions with Miss Dre at So She Writes for this week’s Ask Away Friday meme. I met Dre through our mutual blogging friend Michelle at Radiant Brown Beauty, We hit it off right away and have supported each other on all the major social media platforms, as well as on our blogs.
Dre’s blog tag line is: “Mother. Wife. Diva. Female Hustler. On a journey through life with her pen, notebook, and laptop in tow. Wondering, as she wanders.” And So She Writes… about fashion, beauty, music, and life as a wife and mom to three adorable kids. Go check Dre out!
Dre crafted some killer questions for me, guys. Here we go!
Let’s say I waved a magic wand and all of your birthday wishes came true. What would your life look like?
I’d be living somewhere warm, married, living in a condo near the beach. I’d be freelancing as an editor, transcriber, proofreader, translator, professional organizer, and health coach. I’d be in peak health. Wave that wand, girl!
Tell me about your most memorable birthday.
My most memorable birthday was two years ago. My folks threw me a party, and friends and family were on hand to celebrate. Lots of laughter and good Caribbean food!
What’s the worst birthday gift you’ve ever received?
Last year, someone gave me a scarf made of scraps of stringy wool and other fabrics. It was supposed to be artistic. I took no pictures of it. I did not regift it. I did not add it to my Goodwill pile. I would not give it to an enemy.
If you could reconnect with anyone from your past with whom you’ve lost contact, who would it be, and why?
I’d most like to reconnect with one of my dorm mates from college, Lynnette Smith-Liburd. She was a beautiful girl, very wise and sweet, and a good friend, and I’d love to know how life has treated her and her family.
What beauty products can always be found in your bag?
You will always find me with Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Soothing Lip Balm, a small tub of Shea Radiance’s Ultra Rich Shea Butter Cream, M.A.C. Lipglass in Mad Cap, and Mary Kay’s Beauty Blotters Oil Absorbing Tissues.
Tell me something about you that you’ve never talked about on your blog.
I talk about almost anything on the blog, but I don’t really talk about major accomplishments or intense failures. Somehow, the former seems like boasting to me and the latter cuts too close to the heart to put it out there… yet.
If a biopic was made about you, who would you choose to play you?
What’s one goal you hope to attain in 2014?
I hope to put in place the necessary steps for me to turn my dreams (side hustles) into real money makers once I quit my job in X years.
Your blog is very inspirational to me. I always come “hungry” and leave “full” from your encouragement and inspiration. It’s titled: “Embrace the Struggle” with the tagline “Pray. Wage war. Pray again!” How did you come up with this? What inspired you to blog about embracing the struggle?
I pray for others, and I recognize that spiritual warfare is real and that God empowers us to take on the daily battles of life. When my dad and a close friend died, I went through depression and doubting my faith. I came through it, praise God, recognizing that it made no sense to fight the struggles that I was facing. I had to embrace them.
Meanwhile, El Debarge came out with a song called “Joyful,” and in the chorus were these words: “I’ve learned to embrace the struggle, whether I lose or I win.” It reminded me of Philippians 4: 11-13, one of my favorite verses. Hence the blog name! God gives us the strength to embrace every struggle prayerfully, joyfully, and fiercely!
We keep saying we would have so much fun if we were to vacation together. If we did, where would you suggest we go and why?
Let’s head for Vegas, baby! Remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, so we can get into all sorts of mischief!
Okay guys! go check out Dre’s responses to my answers. I’m off to enjoy my special day!