My Prolonged Summer In a Nutshell…

As we near the end of fall and approach the beginning of winter, I thought it would be best if we just took it on back to the summer!

The beginning of this school year has blown by so fast that I forgot to tell you about my summer and all the many things that happened! There were several things that made the summer great and couple things that made me stop and think. I’d like to take you on a journey through my summer break and enlighten you on how it shaped me to who I am today.

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So first things first, the beginning of the summer was great! I came home from school finished up my last exam and began to prepare for one of the most, important, trips EVER!  My oldest sister Sessalli was graduating from college at a prestigious and cool university in Philly! Now I’ve gone to several graduations in my life, some high school, some college, but I have never gone on a plane ride with most of my family heading to one place. I absolutely LOVE family trips because you get to joke around and act silly with the ones you love and don’t care about whose watching you or what you have to do to get where you’re going. You are just simply there to enjoy the ride and I loved it! My oldest sister to me, is really outgoing and a great person to travel with. She took us to this nice French bistro that had wonderful fresh bread slices and butter as there starters. The food was amazing as well and I wish I had gotten a pic of my food but you know, whenever I’m in either an Italian or French restaurant the food on my plate just magically disappears with the quickness. I’m lucky to get one shot of it, lol. Now being a Southern Texas girl you know I had to see what the hype was about these famous Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches. Turns out the one I had wasn’t the best one out here because it was from the hotel restaurant, but I give it a B+ for effort! I just don’t think anything can compete with Whataburger on any level! The trip was only 4 days but I loved the scenery in Philly I think I’ll come back again one day just for fun!

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Next up one of the most important days of the year happened this summer! It was my twin sister I’s 20th Birthday! We can now say we are 20 somethings! This was our last birthday month we shared as fresh youngins’ and it is a little bittersweet! I swear all the calls and texts I got from family was all about us entering the stages of paying bills and such…I am not excited about that at all. I think my sister and I fully took advantage of keeping what’s important in front of us for this year and that is to us: family, faith, fun, food and fitness. I think I have my 5 F’s in order of importance this time because the one in front of the other can survive without the one behind it. We had some of our most important people there to celebrate and it was a treasured night indeed. I have this picture up to show one of my favorite gifts I received that night and it was from my boyfriend! He and I have been speaking about getting a record player for years because we’re really into vintage entertainment stuff, so this was a surprise most definitely that he got it for me. I have a few tricks up my sleeves for his birthday come February, don’t worry!

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So as I said the past school year was a little different for me. I transferred from one University to the next and I struggled tremendously to adapt. I think apart of that was because of the head space I was in. I’m not really sure how to put this into words so I’ll just say a lot of things played into my shortcomings that school year, but I completed it without losing the fight. I came out of that school year ready to clear my head of all negativity and focus on my happiness and my goals. A lot of things were about to happen for me that I didn’t even know and I needed to be mentally ready for them, big or small. And I was! I had my second internship at AT&T Headquarters in Downtown Dallas where I got to work on a great project under the team I was assigned to. I also decided to take some classes this summer, two to be exact and try to get back on top of things with school. While doing all of that because that was a lot, I had some family issues that I still to this day haven’t been able to resolve. However, by the end of the summer I rejuvenated myself completely. I took note of all the power I gave to the negativity in my life and diminished it. I regained strength in myself and anything I put my name on. I made sure I was able to back everything up and stand on my two feet and because of that I rewarded myself this gift because it was something I had been wanting since I was a little girl. So this picture is a token of self-love. I do somewhat regret how much I spent on it however, I think I’m worth that and more.

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And last but certainly not least, this is a picture of an event I had the opportunity to volunteer for. As apart of this leadership organization I’m a member of we constantly give back to parts of our community that are in need. This summer Dallas, TX had a turn of unfortunate events happen downtown just miles shy of another memorial service. It opened re-opened wounds for some people and touched others who were oblivious or naive to the issues our country faces on a daily basis. I for one am someone who believes in justice for all and the nation that we aspire to be. This picture is a picture of unity within a community that’s not just a color, black or white, but a community of people, human beings. If you could have been there you could feel the love inside the American Airlines Arena and see everyone striving for the same goal, to spread love to one another. I will continue to fight for that feeling that I felt during my time there because that is what our country needs. I love my city and country and everyone it! Xo

Well thank you for catching up with me I promise you updates will come sooner than you know especially with the holidays coming up!

-SMO.

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