I am a proud DIY (Do It Yourself) writer/blogger. I also have much love/respect for other Black women who are DIY artists/writers/entrepreneurs etc. I think this is a great time for Black women. Technology is allowing us to express ourselves, like never before. On a grand scale. We can reach hundreds, thousands, and even millions (!) of folks via blogging, twitter, tumblr, etc. We can use these mediums to tell our stories in our own way.
In honor of Black History Month, this week is all about DIY Black women! 🙂
This past weekend, I took my mentee to a chocolate festival. Yes, a chocolate festival 😉 The event was an opportunity to sample varies chocolates/buy chocolate to your heart’s content.You know I was in heaven, as I loveeeee sweets. I grubbed, then grubbed some more 🙂
I really like being a mentor. I decided to apply as a mentor as a way to give back. It’s a great way to provide hands on advice/experiences to a young person in need. I wanted to let a young black woman know that there are so many opportunities out there. The world is their playground…don’t be scurred!
I hope folks had a safe and happy holidays 🙂 I got the opportunity to read a novel (Terry McMillan’s“Who Asked You?”), caught a couple of movies (“Hunger Games” and “12 Years a Slave.” I will write my thoughts about these films another day), and socialized with friends. I had a fun time, but now it’s time to get back into the swing of thangs. I wish everyone a fabulous new year 🙂
Speaking of Tina Turner, Vanessa Bell Calloway gave a great performance as Tina Turner’s friend (played by Angela Bassett), in the film “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”I’ve wondered what she’s been up to, as Hollywood is not kind to black actresses (and all actresses as they grow older). It’s nice to see she’s doing her own thang, with her new web series “In the Company of Friends.” I want to do this with my friends now, just grub and have good conversation 🙂
My guy friend has been bugging me to get a bed. He thinks it’s horrible I sleep on the floor. I used to buy air mattresses, but even the expensive ones popped after a while. So, I gave up. I have made a comfortable pallet on the floor. And that’s that. Or so I thought. My guy friend made it his mission to get me a bed (because men just have to solve the problem 😉 He called my good friend and told her of my plight. She was shocked and cried and texted my other friends. It made sense to me later, when I started getting messages from my friends asking me if I was okay and sending me prayers. When I found out what he did, I was annoyed. Mind ya business! My friends were insistent on getting me a bed, so next week I will be going with folks to get a bed. *sigh*
I know my guy friend meant well, but now when I move I will have to drag a bed with me. I told my roommate what happened and why I didn’t want the bed. She laughed. “Yeah, people don’t understand folks that live minimalist lifestyles,” She said. I thought about what she said later and realized that’s what I was, a minimalist. I have always joked that I live like a single guy. But I think minimalist suits me better. I don’t like a lot of stuff. I hate clutter. I am constantly throwing things away. Since I move a lot, I don’t like having big furniture. I just don’t care for a bunch of stuff. As long as I have my books, Netflix, and the occasional whiskey sour–I’m straight. I think because we live in such a materialistic/consumerism society, folks don’t understand this type of lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong, I like to buy stuff. I just don’t need a lot of it.
I was really angry that my guy friend caused so much drama. But then I thought it was silly to be mad. My friends just want the best for me. There are people who would love to be given a bed. There is privilege around minimalist lifestyles (I don’t have kids so it’s easier for me to live this way). I’m just going to take the bed and enjoy it and move the damn thing when I need to. There are worse things in the world. Do you live a minimalist lifestyle?