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Summer Bucket List: 2017 Edition

Host a brunch Go to a BBQ Ride a rollercoaster Read 12 books Paint or color! Go to the beach and build a sandcastle Develop a new recipe See a play or Broadway show Learn to play an instrument Take a bike ride in the park Build a vision board (Habakkuk 2:2-3) Bake for someone Buy a new outfit Have breakfast in bed Visit a museum or art gallery Study Revelations Run a 5K, 10K, half marathon or full marathon Watch a movie in the park Go swimming Have drinks on a rooftop Share your faith with someone you typically wouldn’t Go three days without technology Start a new hobby Go thrift shopping Have an ice cream cone Learn a new skill Give clothes away Get out of your comfort zone Volunteer with one of your favorite charities/groups Go dancing with some of your favorite people Travel to a new country Travel…

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Tips for a DO BETTER New Year

Since we’re all still on that ‘New Year, New Me’ buzz, I thought it would be a perfect time to share with you some of the practical things I do to keep spiritually, emotionally and physically healthy.   Become a morning person I know this is easier said than done, but there’s something about waking up early that I finds helps me feel a little more excited and positive about the day. I’m more cheerful, more productive, and I just find I’m a better person overall than when I laze in bed until the final alarm goes off. The key to becoming a morning person is very simple: go to bed earlier. I actually have a bedtime alarm on my iPhone that goes off at 9 to remind me to start winding up whatever activity I’m doing so I can get to bed by 10pm, and get in the 7…

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The Great Purge

With the end of the year for me always comes the ‘Great Purge’ – a time to get rid of unnecessary things in my life, or as Paul so eloquently puts it: ‘strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up‘ (Hebrews 12:1). Of course the first step to doing that was getting rid of unnecessary belongings. You know how Jesus tells the dude who comes to him asking about what to do to have eternal life to go sell all his belongings and give to the poor? The dude ended up sulking away because the thought of leaving everything he had acquired to follow Jesus was unimagineable. What Jesus was getting at in this passage in Matthew 19 was a heart issue that a lot of us have: we place more value in our belongings, what they say about us, and…

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25 Random Facts About Me

Hello! It just occurred to me the other day that many people probably have no idea who I am – and it probably doesn’t help that the ‘About Me’ page isn’t really about ME lol. It probably stems from the fact that I hate talking about myself/self-promotion (took me forever to jump on the hashtag bandwagon), but I think it’s only fair that you get to know more about me than the things I struggle with every day. So here it goes! I am 26 and the youngest of four kids. By far. My twin brothers and sister are a year apart, and I showed up 6 years later. I joked once to my father that I was clearly the ‘mistake baby’. He laughed and pointed out that I was also the favorite, so it all worked out lol. I am Ghanaian. Well, technically, I am American – but after spending…

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One Week of ClassPass

I like to think of myself as a purveyor of all things new and foreign. I’m open to trying anything at least once, and often regardless of cost. So when I caught wind of this amazing ClassPass deal – $19 for 5 classes – I had to jump on it, both for me and in order to share the experience.   The Rundown – What Is ClassPass? ClassPass is a ‘new kind of gym membership’ that allows you access to a variety of classes and gyms in your area and across the US. How does this differ from signing up for a gym membership and taking different classes they offer, you ask? I asked the same thing. The difference is that ClassPass offers you access to classes that your average gym doesn’t offer. From pro form pilates, to yoga, barre, crossfit, boxing and jazzercize, and all with different instructors who challenge…

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What I Have Learnt About Relationships in the Last Four Years of Being Single

I don’t like to talk about relationships very often. In particular because I feel like I’m the least qualified to do so. I have been in all of 2 two-year-long relationships, and dated maybe 3 or 4 others, so I don’t exactly have a storehouse of experience for my 26 (going on 27) years of human existence when it comes to having a relationship, much less a successful one. However in the past 4 years, I have had the opportunity not only to observe extensively the relationships of others, but, surprisingly enough, observe myself and how I approach relationships from an objective standpoint. And not just the regular questions of: What do I look for in a man? What attracts me? What turns me off? Why him?’ I’ve also asked questions like: ‘Who do I want to be in a relationship? How would one play out? What’s my entry strategy and my long-term…

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Battling Dysmorphia

Since we’re on the topic of freedom, I thought I’d be amiss if I didn’t tell you about my own struggle with insecurity – or at least one of them. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t overly preoccupied with the way I looked. It just seemed that everywhere I went people were continuously pointing out the ways in which I differed from everyone else.I was either too skinny, or too fat, or too tall. My cheeks were too big, and my clothes never fit right.  I’d spend hours searching the World Wide Web for ways to get the awful and ginormous birthmark off of my face (we didn’t have google back then lol), and began to dislike the shade of my skin as my family made fun of how I was too dark – the literal black sheep of the family. I was always plagued by the thought that I never looked…

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S&S Summer Bucket List 2016!!!

Guuuuuuuuuuuys!!!! Summer is heeeeere! School is out and  work is winding down and everyone is planning vacations – including myself  – and there’s a bunch of stuff I’m looking forward to trying out, places I want to go, and things I want to do! So I thought to myself – why not come up with a Summer Bucket List?!! So here it is, my bucket list that’ll kick off June 1st – feel free to join in by hashtagging #SSSummer16. I’m going to try and do as many of these as possible – some more than twice! Take a boat ride Travel outside your city Watch a sunrise Eat a vegan meal Pull a prayer all-nighter Ride a rollercoaster Go to/host a BBQ Bake something new Go to the market Have a picnic Go swimming Ride a bike Go hiking Take a roadtrip to eat something different Read 5 books Make…

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