Hi, friends! It’s been way too long since I last posted. I’ve missed y’all!
There’s no better way to come back than with a post about my current pursuits. This is a monthly-ish series where I share what’s going on in my world.
Some of you may be wondering why I’ve been MIA (or maybe not). Well, I STARTED A NEW JOB!! Listen, when God gives you the word courage for the year, He will give you opportunities to be courageous. So when I found out about this job opportunity, I knew I had to go for it. I’m working in marketing again, which I love (my last job was more PR/communications), and I get to work again with some of my favorite people I’ve ever worked with.
While I’ll be working in the office here in Virginia Beach, I’ll be traveling to Dallas where the company is headquartered every few weeks. I posted this pick on my Facebook page of me at the airport flying out to Dallas for my first day, which we call Not Your Typical First Day. That day certainly lived up to its name.
This job is a challenge and an opportunity to continue to learn and grow as a professional. I couldn’t be more excited! These first few weeks have been pretty awesome and I’ve been able to hit the ground running. So far, so good!
Now onto my other pursuits. Buckle up. This is going to be a long post.
What I’m Reading/Listening To
A couple of months ago, I read The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris
I purchased this book the day it was released and started listening to it right away on Audible. As soon as I finished, I was convinced she was running for president. And sure enough, she announced her candidacy a few days later. I didn’t know much about Senator Harris’ background before reading her book, so I enjoyed learning more about her. There were parts, however, that droned on a little long as she described in great detail her work as a prosecutor in Oakland and San Fransisco, California attorney general and United States senator. This book was clearly her coming out to America in which she makes the case for why she is qualified to be president and where she stands on major issues.
At the same time, I read Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty.
This book was recommended by my sister. We don’t always share the same taste in books (one of her favorite authors is Stephen King and I am terrified of his books), but she insisted that I try this one. Well, it definitely lived up to her hype! I don’t want to give anything away, but this book is full of surprises. And I loved the complexity of the characters. I definitely recommend it.
I just finished reading The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn.
I first heard about this book from a story on Good Morning America about the author, Dan Mallory. (A.J. Finn is his pen name.) Apparently, he’d recently been outed for telling a number of lies, including that he once had cancer. They mentioned his best-selling book, which sounded familiar. Sure enough, it was on my Amazon reading list. I downloaded it that day and started reading.
Dan Mallory may be a compulsive liar (allegedly), but he sure is a good writer. It wasn’t what I expected. There were many twists and turns throughout the story. Again, I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll just recommend that you read it for yourself.
I’m a little behind my goal of two books per month, so I need to catch up. What should I read next?
What I’m Watching
Being Mary Jane. I’m super late to the party, I know. I didn’t watch the series when it aired, but when I found out the series finale is airing later this month, I decided to binge watch to catch up. Why didn’t anyone tell me this show is so good?! I’ve been fan girling over Gabrielle Union since I read her book last year. This show just made me love her even more. And I take it as a compliment that both my husband and my therapist said I remind them of Mary Jane (minus the men issues).
I’m currently halfway through season 3. I’m not sure I’ll make it to the end of season 4 before the series finale, so please no spoilers! I’ll catch up eventually.
A former coworker told me about it. It’s like Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and others, but I think the meals are simpler and more in line with how we eat. I also think the price is a little more reasonable. She had a coupon for a discount on my first box, so I thought I’d give it a try. The best part is that my oldest daughter is even able to make the meals on her own. There can be a lot of prep work, but if you do it ahead of time, it’s not so bad. If you’re interested in trying EveryPlate, click here to get $20 off your first box. Would you all be interested in a full review post about it and see some of the meals we’ve made? Let me know.
What I’m Wearing
Another thing I love about my new job is that the dress code is more relaxed than my previous workplace. We can even wear jeans as long as it looks professional. Thanks to great hotel lighting in Dallas and a full length mirror in the bathroom in Virginia Beach, I snapped some pics of my first few days. I initially erred on the side of dressy (no surprise there), but I’ve definitely gotten more casual as the weeks have progressed. LOL.
I plan to get back to regular outfit posts, especially since it’s still light when I get home from work. What types of outfit posts would you like to see? Maybe spring 30 for 30? A 30 for 30 is where I take 30 pieces of clothing (including shoes) and mix and match those pieces for 30 days. If you want to see what it’s all about, start here.
What I’m Loving
My girls. Bear with me while I have a proud mom moment. I just love the young ladies they’re becoming. They continue to amaze me. And I think they’re pretty cool too! Jalyn is rocking straight A’s with three AP classes and a TON of extracurricular activities. Kendall has adjusted to middle school like it’s a piece of cake – anchoring the morning news, making the track team and getting inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. I thank God for his grace, because Lord knows I’m not a perfect mom. Not even close! He’s been so good to the girls and has surrounded them with an incredible village. I am so grateful.
What I’m Dreading
Pollen season. Enough said. Let me go ahead and stock up on Zyrtec.
What I’m Looking Forward To
Our Spring Break trip to Greensboro, NC and Atlanta, GA! Our primary goal is to go on colleges tours at North Carolina A&T, Spelman College and Emory University with our oldest daughter, but I’m also looking forward to seeing a Braves game, taking our girls to the King Center and World of Coke, and seeing family we haven’t seen in a couple of years. It’s going to be so much fun!
Whew, so that’s what’s up with me. If you made it to the end of this post, you deserve a medal. LOL. Now that I’ve settled into the new job, I hope to get back to regular posts.
So, what’d I miss? What’s up with you?