Because Shutterfly is Stupid…

…you get a second post today, just so i can share my vacation pictures.

Something tells me this probably won’t work either…

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Just in case it still doesn’t work:


Monday Musings, The Second: Teach Me How to Say Goodbye

I made this decision a while ago. It’s probably been stewing in my head since November. I’ve resigned from my job, given notice to my landlord, booked a moving company…

Yet, I’ve made no official announcement.

So, here it is: I’m leaving New York. Tqwana Brown is going home…

one last time

Miami, I’m coming back. I’ve told no one except immediate family. I’m still not sure why. I’ve only told 4 people here in NYC, besides the obvious. Also, not sure why.

I just know it was time. It was probably time 2 years ago. I’ve done what I wanted to do. Proved to myself that I could live here, got the degree, the job. Made some of the most amazing friends and memories (I wish I could take my friends with me). But, there are certain sacrifices that I’m not willing to make anymore just to live in NYC, things that just aren’t worth it to me simply b/c this is NYC.

I’m hitting the reset button. i have a plan in mind and I need to be home to do it. I need my support system, so I’m saying goodbye.

It’s been a truly amazing four years. I found myself again here in NYC. I didn’t have to try to be a version of Tqwana I knew no longer existed, and that was liberating.

And maybe one day, I’ll be back. If not, I’m okay with that too.

Real Life #FridayReads

Around the World in 80 Books

By Tqwana B.

I don’t read enough non-fiction. Maybe it has something to do with just wanting to escape reality when I pick up a book. Maybe it’s the trauma from teaching non-fiction for standardized tests for nearly 10 years. But this year, I’m adding more non-fiction to my reading goals.

Notice I didn’t say TBR pile. I rebuke TBR piles.

Here are the top 3 non-fic books I plan to read this year. Or at some point in the future. I promise…

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay: I love Bad Feminist, and I love that Roxane Gay is so upfront about everything really. So, I’m looking forward to an unapologetic take on food and body image.

coatesBetween the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: This one I’ve actually started, but haven’t been in the right mindset to finish it. And already I can…

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