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Back to Basics

Back to Basics

It has been a long long long time since I really have been able to update this blog. I just turn 30 and like many 30-year olds you begin to assess your life. I am not a New Year’s resolution person. I believe resolution eventually get broken but I have goals and need to change/obtain them this year!

Goal 1: Must complete my thesis and Graduate (on time)

  • This graduate journey has been incredible hard. I have had career setbacks (which prevented me from starting the program in 2010). Then I had financial issues that prevented me from getting funding. This took two years of cleaning up and one consolidation loan. Finally I began the program in 2013 and then I got really sick and had to take another year off. Changed Careers and restarted the program….I am in that the restart phase. I have one more required course and one more elective to take; this will complete my course work…then its the thesis. As I have been working on my thesis, I am just feeling incompetent. I constantly have feelings of do I belong here, I am really an academic, can I really have a great life, etc. These are the things that I am constantly battling and trying to push above. As this blog was created out of the lack of positive or supportive information for Black Women who wants to get into the arts, I find myself really struggling with maintaining that concept and really with life… but that is okay because this blog is about that struggle. Now as I near the finish line of my graduate experience, my life seems to constantly be in turmoil. My mother is super sick (she had a stroke that his left her entire left side paralyzed), I have a poor relationship with my family (work in progress…but still poor), and I am the “working poor.” I am pushing through, even though every day I want to stop this grad school journey (stop my life really) and really focus on my mom… but I need to finish this program. It needs to happen!! and I really need this win! So far, I have been managing the situation and maintaining the little sanity I have. I have completed two interviews and an online survey for the thesis. Recently, I secured the third and final interview. The last research I need to complete the focus group, which need to be done before the end of February. I will write another post about my thesis journey and concerns… because this has gotten very lengthy.

Goal 2: Lose Weight

  • When I start this blog, I was very thin. I have always been thin and was one of those people who could never gain weight. As I began to gain weight, I embrace this change as I have never been able to before; however, now I have just stop being healthy. I don’t mind my weight gain, I am just not healthy and I am starting to feel the effects of my age and the weight. So I need to get tone and lose some weight.

Goal 3: Get Organized

  • I feel like I am constantly living in a state of chaos. I need to re-gain control over my life. This starts with getting back to routine activities, using my planner (and other electronic tools), and organizing my life around me. Over the next couple of weeks, I am going to go through a serious purge and reorganization.

Goal 4: Write More

  • I need to write more! This blog was a way to express my professional/personal feelings and really work on my writing skills. The closer I get to finishing this program, I am starting to think about my career and where that may lie. I want to start writing articles, journals, and books. So I need to practice and write. Beside, I am about to gear up to write the biggest paper I have ever written and I just need to constantly be writing. This is the plan, I will write on this blog twice a week (Sundays and Wednesdays), I am going to develop a writing schedule for my thesis, in which I will be writing (or researching) consistently everyday. Time to step this game up and embrace my academic life.

Goal 5: Get In Tune with Self

  • Everyone has this goal of enlightenment. I am just trying to get back to being centered. I am not sure where I am spiritually. I believe in a higher power and I do pray, but I am not religious. I have never been religious, just can’t do it. However, I have always manage to stay centered. Right now, everything seems to be off balance. Thus the need for organization, loosing of the weight, and the many other goals set forth; I need to get back to being comfortable in my skin and (for lack of a better term) centered.

So here are my life goals (for this year). I am going to really set up to the plate. I have been running scared and fighting my life. I have become my worst enemy and need to really get back to work. I think I am also going to try to theme it up a bit on this blog. It is time to really start taking this serious. I hope everyone had a great New Year! And have been keeping your resolutions or goals set forth for the year! Good Luck everyone and see you on Wednesday!

 

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Latest Research Shows Why Minorities Are ‘Beyond Broke’ As Racial Wealth Gap Persists And Threatens U.S. Economic Security

Latest Research Shows Why Minorities Are ‘Beyond Broke’ As Racial Wealth Gap Persists And Threatens U.S. Economic Security

Curious to see if the research expansion will include wealth statistics by levels of education. That would be an interesting comparison. As a person of color with a degree, I would probably be considered working class (or working poverty) and definitely lumped into the percentage of not having any liquidated assets.

THE K.JULES PROJECT

Experts Recommend New Savings and Housing Proposals to Stem Inequality as They Prepare for Summit at U.S. Capitol

Screen-Shot-2014-04-28-at-4.49.23-PMWASHINGTON, April 29, 2014—New analysis of 2011 Census data reveals an acute racial and ethnic wealth gap that is causing a group of leading experts to call for important policy and regulatory changes. In the recovery period following the Great Recession, the average African American and Latino household still owns only six and seven cents respectively for every one dollar in wealth held by the typical white family, an increase of a penny per group since 2009.

The gap is especially noticeable when it comes to access to immediate cash. Over two-thirds of African Americans (67 percent) and nearly three-fourths of Latinos (71 percent), but only one-third of whites (34 percent), are considered “liquid asset poor”, meaning that they do not have cash or assets readily converted into cash that will cover…

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Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Scholarships, Uncategorized, Writing

 

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Black Female Voice

I have been on my black feminism kick for a minute now. I am in this mind state maybe because of the world or maybe because it’s time to weigh-in on black issues or really, world issues. I think different perspectives provides us with education. I love these women and I think this was an interesting discussion. I think as people (regardless of race) have a narrative that need to be shared. I think that we need to figure out how to shape this information and provide this dialogue for change. I like that… Dialogue for Change. Watch this great discussion with these two women.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2014 in Art and..., Black Females, Scholarships, Writing

 

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One semester, Almost over?

It’s incredible, I am doing it, I am surviving grad school. This semester is almost over. I have just entered the final paper and project phrase in both classes. I will tell ya, that this has been an interesting and hard. I am excited and terrified for the next term. However, I believe, that I am better prepared and need to start prepping for next semester.

My goal in the next weeks are to stay on track and continue to find better balance. I also need to get to my Local community college to registrar for this pre-requisite financial accounting class (not excited!). I also realized that every semester I will be paying $1338, which sux but is do-able (on a two month payment plan). I will be working on grants and fellowships very soon for next year… the big finish!!! Hope all is well! Just wanted to give an update! I will try to come up with topics or segment that is beneficial for school and this blog… Will Keep Ya Posted!

 
 

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School is Hard!!!

I knew school was going to be hard, I just didn’t realize how much. I think it a combination of things. It’s the fact  thatI have been out of school for five years and work two jobs. I am just tired.

I always enjoyed the classroom setting; however, the convenience of having things online are phenomenonal. I think I would just collapse from exhaustion if I had to attend class on campus. I am still trying to find the balance of working online and getting things competed in a timely matter.

Grad school can be intimidating due to the shortness of the program and the intensity of the subject. I am already thinking about my thesis, internship, and experiment. I am going to be doing a lot of early brainstorming to complete this program. My goal for this long weekend is to work out my scheduling for the rest of the program ( email that for review to advisor), work on fellowship applications, and complete my assignments for the week… So much reading. I feel like I am just reading and then not completely reading just due to time… It’s definitely a challenge.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2013 in Grad School, Grants, Scholarships, Writing

 

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One week down… two more years to go…

I finished my on Campus residency and currently in the mixed of my first week with two courses. So far it is not too bad; however, the intensively level is crazy right now. I know I am going to be stressed for a little while. It’s not that the work is hard or stressful, it’s just finding the balance and confidence.

I think I suffer from that syndrome of you want something so bad and then you get it and freaking out on how to maintain it. ( I guess this is how rich people feel… kidding… lol). Right now, I am focused on making sure everything is done correctly and in a timely matter, finding an apartment (ASAP), and finding funding for next year to go full-time. It’s a very stressful and confusing time for me… I hope I can get through it.

 

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