LIFESTYLE

Learning to Sew

The more I sew and share my creations with friends and readers, the more questions I receive about how I got started sewing and the best way to learn.

I realize that from the outside, sewing can be incredibly daunting when you see a finished project and think, “I have no idea where to begin to make something like that.” Don’t be afraid to try new things because of course, you’ll never learn without trying. Not to mention that we often learn more from our failures than our successes. Do not let fear of failure deter you from trying new things! (…read more)

What I Read in 2018

For me, this year was simply GREAT in regards to reading. I set my usual goal of 30 books a year and surprisingly smashed it, finishing a final total of 40 books.

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Second Suns by David Oliver Relin
Around the Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson
The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
Hunger by Roxane Gay
Overdressed by Elizabeth L. Cline
So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo
Make Trouble by Cecile Richards
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
Calypso by David Sedaris
Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing edited by Stephanie Stokes Oliver
The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
Educated by Tara Westover
Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy
The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clementine Wamariya
In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Fear by Bob Woodward
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
Not that Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay
I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
Tell Me What You Want by Justin Lehmiller
This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer by Susan Gubar
Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
01/40
Second Suns by David Oliver Relin/Goodreads
Around the Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson/Goodreads
The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs/Goodreads
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander/Goodreads
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson/Goodreads
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin/Goodreads
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors/Goodreads
Hunger by Roxane Gay/Goodreads
Overdressed by Elizabeth L. Cline/Goodreads
So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo/Goodreads
Make Trouble by Cecile Richards/Goodreads
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin/Goodreads
Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin/Goodreads
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown/Goodreads
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones/Goodreads
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg/Goodreads
Calypso by David Sedaris/Goodreads
Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing edited by Stephanie Stokes Oliver/Goodreads
The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South/Goodreads
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur/Goodreads
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy/Goodreads
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue/Goodreads
Educated by Tara Westover/Goodreads
Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel/Goodreads
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch/Goodreads
Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy/Goodreads
The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clementine Wamariya/Goodreads
In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park /Goodreads
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur/Goodreads
Fear by Bob Woodward/Goodreads
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown/Goodreads
Not that Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay/Goodreads
I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara/Goodreads
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones/Goodreads
Tell Me What You Want by Justin Lehmiller/Goodreads
This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel/Goodreads
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay/Goodreads
Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer by Susan Gubar/Goodreads
Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper/Goodreads
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge/Goodreads