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40 Halloween Costume Ideas for Brown Girls

Halloween is coming up very soon. Are you dressing up? Will you be going to a costume party this year? Well, I hope so. I enjoy playing dress up for Halloween. Here are just a few photos of my past costumes.

Dressed as Cleopatra

On the road to finding my purpose...

As I explore this idea of finding my passion, I've come across many varied opinions on the subject. I scoured Google, YouTube and other social media channels to gain a consensus around what others have done to find and develop their own passions. I was surprised and comforted by the amount of information available. There are plenty of people in the same boat as me. Adults (young and old alike) that haven't yet discovered their passion or purpose in life.


With so many viewpoints on the subject, I found a Ted Talk that declares that there is no need to find your passion. Passions change. You will find your passion eventually as you live out your life, the speaker encourages. Well, I do agree partially with this. Do I think that a person should not continue looking for their purpose? No, not at all. I think there are people living out their passion every day - doing things that give them pure joy. I think that to the speaker's point, people should not stress or refrain from l…

What is Your Passion?

This past weekend I celebrated my 5-year college reunion. The weekend was filled with various activities and things were kicked off with a networking event. Things were going well, I was able to meet new people and catch up with old acquaintances. While there I spoke with someone who I believe was from my graduating class. He asked me two questions that at first glance would seem simple, "what do you do?"  and "do you like what you do?". Standard things to ask while networking. Typically I give pretty generic responses. "Yeah, I work in HR yadda yadda yadda,.. and yes, I like what I do fine, I do this and that... but this weekend I gave a more honest answer.

After mentioning my career field I said, "I like what I do some days." What made me answer in this way? I don't know. Folks say that alcohol encourages truth-telling, well maybe. I only had a few sips of wine, but maybe it was just enough to open up in a small way to someone I barely knew. Th…

InboxDollars vs. SendEarnings - Which Earns You More Money?

I have been a member of both InboxDollars and SendEarnings since late 2015. After reviewing my previous earnings I noticed that I have made $55.55 more on the InboxDollars platform than the SendEarnings one. This was pretty surprising to me, as both offer similar money earnings tasks - or so I thought! Take a look below to see what InboxDollars offers in comparison to SendEarnings.

TV Earnings
One great addition to the InboxDollars site in the past year has been the TV section. Users are now able to earn cash by simply watching TV. Now I will say that you will not be watching Netflix shows or anything of the like. However, the TV snippets include everything from trending stories to tech, health, or celebrity specific news. Now, one thing that gets a little annoying is the fact that often times some of the same ads play on the screen, but if you can suffer through a few of these ads you'll earn a nice chunk of change by simply watching the news. You'll also get the option to pla…

My Favorite African Models

I like to get motivation from models. Often times I look at their pictures to help me continue my journey to achieve my beauty and fitness goals. Looking at what could potentially be my end result really helps me eat healthier and workout. Of the many models that I aspire to, three happen to be African born. Here is my list of top African models!

1. Fatima Said

Whew! I have loved this lady ever since I first saw her on America's Next Top Model, Cycle 10. I always thought she was one of the prettiest girls on the show of any cycle. She is Somali-American and currently with IMG Models. She is 30 years old now and still extremely gorgeous. Actually she doesn't seem to have changed much since she was on the TV show. Simply FLAWLESS! Keep rocking girl.

Interview Question: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Winning a multi-million dollar lottery...

Becoming a travel blogger...

Married with 2 kids and dog...

What a fun question, right? This question gets you thinking and even dreaming about your future. But when this question is asked during an interview, what should you say? Why do employers ask?

3 Skills That Top PR Firms Look for in Candidates

FleishmanHillard, Weber Shandwick, Edelman. These are just a few large PR firms that many Journalism and Communications students alike yearn to work. But if so many want to work at these agencies, the competition will be tough. So how does one get in? Are there any skills that can make someone stand out from the crowd? Well, of course there are! And I'm here to help. Below are a few things that will make you stand out, if your dream is to work at a large agency.



1. Strong creative writing skills.
A variety of writing samples that showcase your best work should always be available and offered during the interviewing process. Actually, most firms will want to see writing samples up front, so present them in the beginning. Show that you are prepared and eager to provide samples of your work. Also, make sure you are able to handle multiple types of writing. Whether email communications, business plans, press releases, pitch letters or bylines, you should be able to handle all of it well…

Reviewing 2016 and Planning for 2017

One of my top goals for 2016 was to pay off a sum of student loan debt. I ended up paying off close to $10,000 of debt. This was a great accomplishment, but I still have a long way to go. I am so thankful to Dave Ramsey and his 7 baby steps to financial freedom. The approach he lines out is very easy to follow and more importantly IT ACTUALLY WORKS!

Dave says that in order to pay off debt, we need to assess our current regular income and expenses. Then we should locate where we can increase what we bring in and/or decrease spending. Next, he recommends saving a starter emergency fund in order to ensure that we will not add to our debt if or when a situation arises (this is what he calls Murphy - Murphy's law). Once the emergency fund is built of $1,000, we need to list out all of our debts from smallest to largest amount and begin putting any additional income to the smallest debt. Continuing down the list, we use the same process until the very last debt is paid off. This is call…

Traditional vs. Creative Resumes?

During my time as a corporate recruiter, I had seen thousands, yes thousands, of resumes. Now that I am an HR Business Partner I see a lot fewer. It's closer to 25-30 a month. One thing I have seen job applicants struggle with the most is the resume. Particularly, many find it difficult to develop a resume that will stand out above other applicants.  Job seekers may ask questions like: What kind of information should be included? What should the layout look like? How many pages should it be? What is the best way to present my skills? There are so many things to consider when creating a resume. In this post, I give a few tips for developing the look of your resume. 

My top recommendation is to understand your job industry. 
Are you in a very corporate job function or a more flexible and creative one? You know the type of corporate job to consider, right? Accountant, lawyer,  banker, HR manager, etc. These professions will have a typical corporate culture, so the resumes in those indu…

How to Love (a poem)

Learning how to love is easy, 
Give of yourself in a kind manner. 
Remove all of your selfishness and 
replace it with affection. 

Learning how not to love is hard, 
to ignore that natural desire to care for another. 
Keeping your distance, 
holding all of your feelings inside. 

That is what must be done, 
In order for one not to give love. 

Love is easy. 

The Storm

When will the problems of life subside Can I ever just be truly happy? When will I live without pain Without constant bad thoughts
I am not a pessimist But at times life causes me to act like one How can I be optimistic? When everything seems wrong
It rains without end There is no sunshine No light can be seen It is like a never ending storm

Are you still dreaming?

What is holding you back from your dreams? I ask myself that every once in a while. I recognize that I could be farther along in my career if fear was not holding me back. That is to say, fear coupled with doubt. I'm pretty certain that the two are best friends, because you will not have one without the other.

Fear and doubt visit you too, right? Don't make me feel like I am all alone on this. Here are a few examples of how they've appeared to me.

I dream of... going to graduate school.

Doubt:"But what if I can't get accepted into a graduate school?"  Fear: "I don't want to be rejected."
I dream of... purchasing a house.

Doubt: "What if I  lose my job and then have issues with paying the mortgage?" Fear:"I don't want to have to foreclose and have a big financial mess."
I dream of... running a marathon.  Doubt:"How will I run a marathon if I can't even run a mile now?" Fear:"I don't want to fail and look s…