PODCASTS TO TUNE INTO ❤️

Happy Monday. Welcome to another week in August. I hope that you are all doing well. If not, I pray that things get better for you. God is with you. In today’s blog post, I have created a list of podcasts that I personally listen to throughout the week. Let’s be honest, I can’t listen to each podcast everyday but these are the ones I listen to for the most part. They have been a blessing unto me. I pray that they will be a blessing unto you. If you have an IPhone, there’s an app that comes with the phone titled podcasts. There, you can search for all these amazing podcasts. If you have an Android, you can search to see if these podcasts are available. You can listen to some of these podcasts on YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud and etc. May you learn and take away something from these podcasts I have enlisted for you all. Feel free to share any on the comment section or leave a comment if you do take the time to listen to any of these podcasts. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Have a blessed week. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ 🙏🏿😊

My Verse of the week:  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Places To Visit In NYC

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Places To Visit In New York

  1. Central Park
  2. Broadway
  3. Metropolitan Museum Of Art
  4. American Museum of Natural History
  5. Empire State Building
  6. Statue Of Liberty
  7. New York Transit Museum
  8. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

  8. Whitney Museum of American Art

  1. Museum Of Modern Art
  2. The High Line
  3. Brooklyn Bridge
  4. Bryant Park
  5. Fifth Avenue
  6. Radio City Music Hall
  7. Times Square
  8. Rockerfeller Center
  9. Apollo Theatre
  10. Bronx Zoo
  11. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  12. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum
  13. Grand Central Terminal
  14. Prospect Park
  15. Brooklyn Flee Market
  16. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
  17. Brooklyn Heights/Promenade
  18. Macy’s Herald Square
  19. Union Square
  20. Flatiron Building
  21. Lincoln Center
  22. Queens Museum
  23. Chinatown
  24. Madame Tussauds
  25. SoHO

Soul Food Restaurants (NYC)

  1. Sylvia’s Restaurant
  2. Amy Ruth’s
  3. Taste Of Heaven
  4. Soco
  5. Jacob’s Restaurant
  6. Freda’s Carribean & Soul Cuisine
  7. Melba’s
  8. Sweet Mama’s Soul Food Restaurant & Salad Bar
  9. Soul City
  10. BLVD Bistro NY
  11. ButterFunk Kitchen
  12. Root & Bone
  13. Londel’s
  14. Black Nile
  15. Peaches Hot House

African Restaurants

  1. La Savane
  2. Buka
  3. Joloff
  4. Lenox Saphire Harlem
  5. Le Baobab Gouygui
  6. Pikine
  7. Ponty Bistro Harlem
  8. B & B
  9. Accra
  10. Papaye
  11. Safari (East African)
  12. Amarachi
  13. Bognan
  14. Ebe Ye Yie
  15. Nomad Restaurant (Moroccan)
  16. Honey Bee’s
  17. Akwaaba

Chill Spots (Desserts):

  1. Milk & Cream Cereal Bar
  2. Laduree
  3. Cha Cha Macha
  4. Upland
  5. Los Tacos
  6. Milk Bar East Village
  7. New Territories
  8. Teriyaki NYC
  9. Soft Swerve Ice Cream
  10. Davey’s Ice-cream
  11. Mo Gelato
  12. The Sweet Shop NYC
  13. City Cakes
  14. Breads Bakery
  15. Van Leeuwen Ice-cream (Vegan)
  16. Eileen’s Special Cheesecake
  17. Ice & Vice
  18. Holy Cream
  19. The Original Chinatown Ice-cream Factory
  20. ChikaLicious Dessert Bar
  21. Morgenstern’s Finest Icream
  22. Ice Cream Shop
  23. Billy’s Bakery (Best Cupcakes In New York
  24. Mikey Likes It Ice Cream
  25. Mango Mango Dessert
  26. Sherry B Dessert Studio
  27. Melt Bakery
  28. Cupcake Market
  29. Avalon New York

Pizza Shops In NYC

  1. Sofia’s Pizza Shoppe
  2. Jumbo’s Pizza
  3. Milano Pizza Shop
  4. Best Pizza
  5. Joe’s Pizza
  6. Previti Pizza
  7. Grimaldi’s Pizza

Chill Restaurants

  1. Shake Shack
  2. Galli
  3. Sauce (Italian)
  4. Woodland
  5. Peaches Shrimp & Crab
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Home Essentials 102

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Right back at it. Today’s focus will be on the Bedroom/living room area/miscellaneous parts of our homes.

Bedroom Essentials:

  1. Pillows
  2. Bed
  3. Lamp
  4. Curtains
  5. Air Refreshner
  6. Sheets/Comforter
  7. Alarm Clock
  8. Mirror
  9. Chair/Desk
  10. Hangers
  11. Mattress Pad
  12. Flashlight
  13. Extension Cord
  14. Teddy Bears
  15. Slippers
  16. Picture Frames
  17. Light Bulbs
  18. Dust Pan
  19. Carpet
  20. Floor Mat
  21. Tissue Box
  22. Telephone
  23. Television
  24. Books/Magazines
  25. Lotion

Living Room Essentials

  1. Sofa
  2. Curtains
  3. Wall Art
  4. Framed Pictures
  5. Statement Rug
  6. Cushions/Pillows
  7. Table Lamp
  8. Television/Stand
  9. DVD Players
  10. Telephone
  11. Plants
  12. Computer
  13. Coat Rack
  14. Drapes
  15. Cable Box
  16. Movies
  17. Blankets
  18. Wall Decor
  19. Candles
  20. Vacuum

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Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope this post was helpful to you. Until next time, stay blessed & lovely 🙂

 

 

 

Write It Down

  1. What have you been thinking about lately?
  2. What are some of your goals for 2018?
  3. How have you been physically, mentally, emotionally since the year started?
  4. Are you growing spiritually? If not, what are you willing to do to draw closer to God?
  5. What do you find yourself stressing about lately?
  6. Do you laugh often?
  7. What brings you joy?
  8. When it comes to your finances, are you saving or spending more?
  9. Who are your friends? Are they genuine people? If not, why do you consider them your friends?
  10. Are you a friend? Do you take the time to reach out to your friends?
  11. From a scale of 1 to 10, how has your relationship been with your family since the year started?
  12. If there are three words you hope this year would be, what will it be?
  13. Since the year started, do you find yourself going out to eat more outside or have you been cooking more at home?
  14. Would you say that you have been using your time wisely?
  15. When was the time you read a book? Are you planning on reading any books on your personal time?
  16. Who do you need to still forgive?
  17. Where are some of places you’ll would like to travel to in 2018?
  18. What projects have you been working on?
  19. Have you been focused or easily distracted since the year started?
  20. What are you willing to do to accomplish your goals?

Until next time, live, love and be you always 🙂

Adventures In Ghana 🇬🇭 #1

Allow the sun to kiss your skin. Sweep your feet. Charle, feel the breeze of Mama Africa.

The way the sun will welcome you every morning as early as 5:45am, you will rise to open your window blinds. Akwaaba. Day 2 in Ghana was so refreshing. Woke up and ate some bread and eggs with some Milo. Let’s talk about the eggs. When I tell you the eggs in Ghana is so good, you will even wonder what they are feeding the eggs in America. It is delicious. I must say that when it came to eating well, charle I dey chop paa. Hausa Koko & Bofrot for breakfast. Fried yams + Shito + fried fish for lunch. Rice and tolobeefe for dinner. So many variety of foods to eat in Ghana.

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Week 1 in Ghana was very adventurous. Went around the neighborhood and visited my cousin in Osu. First stop was Vodafone then Papaye which was right around the same street. When I was a little girl, I remember my aunt taking me to this spot. This time around I went with my cousin. This Papaye restaurant is located in Osu, Accra.

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After spending approximately an hour in Papaye, we headed out to the streets of Osu. We walked and came across many art crafts. And of course not to my surprise, I was asked if I wanted to purchase anything. There were so many beautiful artwork and African clothing. Here are a few pictures I took while walking on the streets of Osu. Osu in general is a busy place.

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After walking and setting our eyes on all this beautiful handmade work, my cousin and I walked to catch the Tro Tro to Ako Adjei to surprise my cousin. My first time on the Trotro was very interesting. Everyone is sitting and minding their business while the Trotro “mate” is asking for your fare. At last, we reached our junction, walked a while on the rich soil grounds of Accra. My cousin and I took pictures and planned on how I was going to surprise my cousin, Uncle and aunt.

At last we reached my Uncle’s house. I hid on the floor as my cousin entered. After I just ran inside and they started screaming. They were so surprised because no one told them that I had come to Ghana. My cousin at the time was in the bathroom but because they were screaming, I think she was aware. I hid awaiting for her to leave the bathroom, but once she walked out she mentioned my name. She was really happy to see me. We spent and hour and some change at my Uncle’s house. Afterwards, my cousins and I took pictures together. So many memories we created within a few minutes. Next up, we headed to my cousin’s seamstress. We spent a few minutes there while my cousin tried an outfit she had sewn.

Afterwards, my cousins and I walked to the junction to pick up a TroTro to LA Maami. As we waited for the TroTro, the aroma of Kelewele (local fried plantains) engulfed my nostrils. After waiting approximately 10 minutes, the TroTro arrived and my cousin parted ways with us. My other cousin and I arrived home safely.

Accra, Labadi (Streets)

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Something that I also realized while in Ghana was that a lot of stores were Christ based. Like Sweet Jesus, His Grace, God Will Provide Supermarket, God First Carwash, and etc. The names on the Trotro were even more funnier. 

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On my way to get my hair braided, I saw a young man selling coconut. We stopped by to get some coconut. It tasted so good and was refreshing. I mean look at this goodness. 

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On our way back home, I saw little children playing outside.

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Mama buying snacks for their children before school.

I enjoyed taking pictures of the streets of Ghana. On our way back, we stopped by TT Special to purchase fried rice and chicken. (Trade Fair).

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Little boys walking back from school. Unfortunately some children don’t attend school because their parents can’t pay for their school fees. There were many days, I saw little children selling food outside.

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Little girls walking back from school exchanging in their native language (Ga).

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Brotherhood & Sisterhood

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Tema Community Place

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Palm Trees in Tema

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Homes In Ghana (Regimanuel Estate): Visiting a family friend.

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During our visitation, I was served Waakye, stew and Fish/boiled eggs. Charle Ghanaian food is good. Finger licking food paa.

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On our way back to Labadi, I saw a woman selling donuts. It amazed me how I was able to capture these pictures while sitting in the car (windows rolled up).

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Preparation To Make Kelewele With My Cousin. Week 1 Festives.

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Road Trip To Akosombo: Excursion With Cousins

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Kpong is a town in the Lower Manya Krobo District of the Eastern Region of Ghana and particularly noted for the Kpong Dam.

Welcome To Akosombo. Let the fun begin. Below are some of the pictures I took from the excursion.

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Friend Posing…

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Excursion was extremely fun. Enjoyed every moment and capturing pictures.

Right after church duties. Cousin preparing pepper.

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Fried Yams + Shito + Shrimps. 

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Kenkey + Fish + Pepper + Guizzard + Shrimps. Please I beg both meals aren’t mine. 

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End of Week 1 in Ghana 🙂

Week 2 Chronicles

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Accra, Labadi: On my way back from the seamstress place.

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Roads of Tema. This was absolutely beautiful to me. I couldn’t help but to capture the roadside and the trees.

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Until next time, stay blessed & lovely.  🙂

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Note To Younger Girls

  1. You are beautiful. Mama may have never told you that but I’m here to remind you that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are unique. No one can ever be you. You may have heard this before but that’s the truth of the matter.
  2. Take time for yourself. Get to know you. No this is not selfish. It’s extremely important for your well-being.
  3. Cultivate a relationship with God. Your faith is not dependent on your mother, father or grandmother’s salvation. Get to know God for yourself. You don’t have to wait till your 30 before you start getting serious about your relationship with God.
  4. You are not going to live in your parent’s house forever. One day, you’ll move out. So while you are living with your parents, make the most out of your time.
  5. Learn to cook. It’s not everyday ramen noodles. When your mom is cooking, try to watch her and ask questions. Learn from her. Cooking is art. Learn from others and add their tips to your cooking. These days, people showcase their cooking on youtube. You can learn from there. Stop getting upset when your asked to do your chores. It will help you one day in life. When you go to college and meet people who don’t clean or even brush their teeth, you’ll thank your mother for raising you.
  6. Learn from others. When you don’t understand something, ask questions.
  7. Friends come and go. At a young age, it’s so tough to understand. You’ll get upset and frustrated but later on you’ll realize it. Surround yourself with postive, likeminded people. You are who you attract. If you like drama, people who love drama, will be attracted to you. Know your friends. It’s not everyone you meet, you automatically give them the spare keys to your house. In the same way, you shouldn’t consider everyone you meet your friends. Know the difference between associates and friends. In order for one to be a good friend to you, you must learn to be one too. There is a season for everything. Understanding that there is a purpose to every encounter is key. Those who are meant to be a part of your life will be there. Don’t try to maintain friendships/relationships with people who make it apparent that they don’t want your friendship.
  8. Know your value. The way you are raised plays a role in how you behave/view things later on in life.
  9. Set goals for yourself but don’t forget to include God in your plans.
  10. Life is a journey. Be open to new adventures in life. Continue to learn from others. Don’t be hard on yourself. Try not to compare yourself with others. No one is perfect. It’s not everything you see in movies, or social media that is true. Most of the things your see are just highlights of one’s life. You don’t know what people are going through behind close doors. Appreciate the people that God has placed in your life. Make the most out of each day you are blessed to see. Live, laugh, love smile while you can. Life is what you make it 🙂

Lessons Learned (Calling/Texting)

....forgive my yearning to know, to share & understand.... I'm not angry. Sometimes I have to remind myself that your absence is not about me. I am on my own. I have to remind myself that loving you right now, means shutting the fuck up...& blessing you on your own path. Peace, my love..

We have all at some point in our lives text someone and not received a response. To be honest, this can get annoying after a while and makes us not want to text that person again. Even though this can become frustrating, here are some things I have personally learned about texting that can probably help you in understanding why you shouldn’t give up so quickly on those who don’t text you.

  1. Everyone’s form of communication is different. As much as you might want someone to respond to your text, it is also essential for you to know what communication method works best for that person.
  2. Some people prefer calling than texting and vice versa. For some people, texting requires too much effort so calling them is the way to go.
  3. “I’m not a texting or phone person”. I’m sure you have come in contact with someone who has stated this phrase. It is a lie. This person needs to get it together. If that’s the case why does that person have a phone? In the generation that we are living in, we can’t meet up all the time. We all have things to do. Social media can’t be the way for one to communicate at all times. In this case, you have to find what works for both ends.
  4. Some people think they have responded and in reality they haven’t. Before they realize a week or even a month has passed on by. Maybe the person you are trying to reach is not in the country or have traveled. Not everyone informs people when they are traveling so in that case there’s nothing you can do.
  5. When people are going through their own situations, they don’t want anything to do with anyone. So this could mean no picking up phone calls or answering text messages.
  6. People choose who they want to respond to and when they want to return someone’s text or call. Once again, you have to know the individual the friend your dealing with because I believe that it all boils down to priority. People can tell you that they aren’t good with texting or calling but they can spend time on social media. Honestly, I’ve had to address this issue with certain friends in my life. These are habits that can ruin a friendship between good friends. Understand that everyone’s mentality is different. Yes, a person not responding to your call or text can be intentionally or unintentionally.
  7. Maybe they are busy doing something and by the time they want to respond, the day has passed on by and they may feel like what is the point of responding depending on the question you asked them. To me, it will be polite if they can at least send you a text expressing why they couldn’t respond to you.
  8. If you find that your constantly the one reaching out, express that to the person. If change isn’t made, sometimes, you have to sit back and evaluate the situation. Is it worth fighting for?
  9. If you reach out to them and they don’t respond but then you see them on social media, try not to get upset. Like I mentioned, people choose to respond when they want. You can’t force anyone to get back to you even though it would be the polite thing for them to do.
  10. Sometimes, all you can do is pray for people. Maybe they are going through their own situations and this is the time they don’t have the voice to express their pain, so you have to learn to understand. If you have their address, you can send them a card or leave them a voicemail. They might respond to you later. This is why it’s also key to know the people your dealing with. Know yourself. Know the people you surround yourself with. If you feel like you have tried over and over again and you are drained out, leave it alone and don’t feel bad. If you want to reach out to the person once in while, feel free to do so but don’t have expectations for them to respond when you know their habits.

*Do you find yourself only calling or texting people when your going through something? This may also be a sign for you that maybe that person gets drained out when you only call them when your going through situations. This may be the reason, they are not picking up your phone calls. Not everyone is your therapist. Not everyone means well for you. Sometimes, people don’t want to listen to what your going through when they are facing their own battles. When your going through a situation, learn to sit and reflect on your situation before picking up the phone to call someone. It’s so easy for us to call someone to lay our burdens on them but not everyone wants to hear you out. Get yourself a journal. Write your thoughts out. Learn to seek God first when your going through something. Pour your heart out. Lay it at his feet. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t call people. We all go though situation and it’s good to have a shoulder to lean on but we can’t make God our last resort. Sometimes, God can even causes a person not to pick up the phone because he’s trying to teach you to seek him first.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you can take something away from this post. God bless you. Have a lovely day/week 🙂