Well…hello there…

How’s it going?

I bet you’re wondering where I’ve been? If not, let’s just pretend I haven’t been missing for quite a while.

Not to be cliche but the past year and some change has been a rollercoaster. I won’t burden you with the details, because there were more lows than highs, but I am gonna say that a wonderful thing happened.

Can you guess? Of course not so imma just tell you.


I am absolutely over the moon, and I couldn’t have done it without the love and support from my family and friends. This has felt like an eternity, but for someone who grew up poor and had to work for everything, I’d say I have every right to be proud of myself.

I am now the holder of an Associate of Science degree in Management (graduated back in 2012) and a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design (graduating in November). Will I go back to school? It’s too soon to tell, but everyone keeps asking me “what’s next?” My response is always “I just want to LIVE”. I honestly felt like my life was on pause.

Over the past couple of months, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.

I’ve been living!

It feels so nice to just breathe and not have assignment/exam anxiety. I breathe a deep sigh as I write this post on this lovely Sunday evening.

Since completing my last course back in May, I’ve had time to do a little gardening, catch up with old friends, and EXERCISE. OMG I gained so much weight last year.

Now let me just say, life is not all channa and bara with sweet sauce. We just lost another relative, the woman who basically raised my mother. Aunty Bell was the closest thing to a grandmother I’ve known. I’m still trying to process it. Losing people is never easy, but it’s something we all go through. You just have to find the strength to endure the pain. I think their love never leaves though, and that’s enough to help you go on.

The lows surely teach us how to appreciate the highs even more. It’s okay to be a little bit broken you know? Just remember that you shouldn’t stay broken.

Here are some photos of my garden. Before you get too excited, we have not an inch of soil in our yard, it’s all concrete,  so for now everything goes into pots.



Left: Dill / Right: Cilantro
Hot pepper

This month marked 2 years since I started this blog. So what’s next? I honestly don’t know. Maybe some more cooking posts. It’s so much fun experimenting with the fresh herbs from my garden. I’ve been creating some really yummy meals since starting my recent diet. Yes! Diet… (I have a dress to fit in by September)

Let me know in the comments if you guys have suggestions.

Until next time…

Love, light and longevity,




  1. congrats on your degree Dana!!! well done!

    my advice… continue what you doing, enjoy life for a while before you think about whether you want to go back to school



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