Hey Love, 

How are you doing? How was your April? Tomorrow will make April the first month of complete self-quarantine for me. I am fortunate of many things during this month. One of which is getting into a groove in my routine. This has really transform how I design my days.  Prior to setting a structured routine I operated as I saw fit. This lead to many wasted moments. Although I was doing what I loved, I was not consistently productive; especially with the things that were important. Once I cultivated the proper habits I was able to enjoy the things I love and complete the tasks that were less fun, but more important.  I'm thankful I made it a priority to really sit and evaluate what was not working for me and doing the necessary work to bring about changes I love. This month reminded me of the serenity prayer: the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can. I can't change the current pandemic crisis, but I can change how I function during it.  

What I Am Grateful For 

I've gone through the ebbs and flow of employment and unemployment. It's truly trying and difficult to deal with. I'm currently employed, but my job will be ending in a few months. I have to remind myself that in this moment, I have financial provision and to trust that God will provide once again as He's always done.   

My family and I are well. I'm thankful.  

Staying at home has its ups and downs. I'm simply thankful to be in a home that's my sanctuary, a physical space that is filled with peace, quiet, and comforts.  

What I Read 

Something Borrowed- Emily Giffin 
After listening to some heavier topic audiobooks I wanted to read something light. Very much a beach read, this book was light with just the right amount of controversy. I don't usually read chic-lit, but I needed a break from more serious topics.  

ZORA 100 greatest books ever written by African American women 
A friend shared this list with me; it's definitely a list that I need to work through. I think you'd appreciate it as well.  

What I Listened To 
Hood Feminism –Mikki Kendall 
An awesome book about the intersections of feminism and race.  

Educated – Tara Westover 
A beautifully written memoir. However, I did not like this book at all.  I debated listing it here, but chose to do so because it's a great example of good writing and storytelling. What I strongly disliked was the author's failure to notice the privilege which permeated her life even though she was raised "off the grid" and in seemingly abject poverty.  

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane – Lisa See 
I don't remember the last time I listened to a fiction book. This book was widely engaging and honestly, it caught me in a good week.  

What I Created  

Gallery Wall 
Watch the process on my YouTube 

YouTube video coming soon.  


Holy Spirit, Father God, thank you for this month. Thank you for your protection and provision in this uncertain season. Thank you for giving me courage to keep on hoping and praying for a better tomorrow, a better world. Lord, I pray for guidance as we enter a new month, for our leaders and healers. Provide us with peace as we do our best with what we face daily. This I pray, in Jesus name. Amen.