Memories of Tupac

This is my favorite photo of #Tupac, I believe from the infamous Vibe Magazine photo shoot with Snoop Dogg and Dre when they all signed a deal to be on Death Row Records with Suge Knight. I also remember exactly where I was when I got the sad news of his death. I was a student at Kent State University in my senior year in fall 96, riding in the car with my friend Heather and we heard it on the radio. For a couple of 20 somethings to hear about the demise of someone so talented who was our age, it was devastating. And who could have predicted that Biggie would also be gone only about 6 months later. #the90s #HipHop #OldSchool #CollegeMemories #BlogPost #the40andoverproject

Tupac Amaru Shakur (/ˈtuːpɑːk ʃəˈkʊər/ TOO-pahk shə-KOOR; born Lesane Parish Crooks, June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), better known by his stage name 2Pac and, later, by his alias Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. He is widely considered one of the most influential rappers of all time. Much of Shakur’s work has been noted for addressing contemporary social issues that plagued inner cities, and he is considered a symbol of activism against inequality. #Wikipedia

#LetsDiscuss: A Relationship With Reading

In recent years we’ve seen reading and books take many forms, from the likes of a company, Amazon, selling books online to reading books on electronic devices to listening to books via audio apps, reading, thankfully, is still a thing! I, for one, have let my love for reading, fall by the wayside over the last few years, however, for 2021, I am vowing to read more. My favorite reading material today includes multicultural literature, poetry, cookbooks, and magazines. But when I was younger, I had different reading tastes. Also, if you are 40 and over, much of what we read was required reading for class.

I was a Scholastic junkie back in the day. As a poet, my favorite book was Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield and the Shel Silverstein books, including Where The Sidewalk Ends. For fiction, I loved To Kill A Mockingbird and the older Judy Blume books like Superfudge. And I’m dating myself, but back in the day many of the children’s movies were often accompanied by a recording (on LP record) and a read-a-long book. I had alot of those.

I saw this discussion in a Facebook group @bgrtbookclub (Black Girls Read Too) and thought I would borrow it and continue the conversation here! Whether it’s ONE book or a LIST of books that launched your love of reading, please share. Can’t wait to see your books! #LetsDiscuss #40AndOver #moderndayadulting #ReadABook #readingisfundamental

Podcast Update: No Justice No Peace

#podcast #update #listen Before you write the Black Lives Matter Movement off, just remember, if freedom is what you celebrate, you must understand that both the celebration of freedom and an effort to move the needle of what it means to be free forward, can indeed coexist, because, well…. This is America. I originally blogged about this topic on the 4th of July this past summer, but I wanted to share the topic, No Justice No Peace, on the podcast because I believe it is a topic that is relevant year round. Thank you for listening and please share.
https://anchor.fm/the40andoverproject/episodes/No-Justice–No-Peace-eka2v8

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Join Me for Shut Up & Write! Virtual Events

Calling all writers!

Join the #HostessWithTheMostest as I kick off my @shutupwrite #VirtualEvents, TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND AT 6:30PM EST. And the best part, it’s FREE! Be sure to RSVP at @Meetup using the link below (to get access to the Zoom info). Bring your snacks, bring a cocktail, but most importantly, bring your writing project (book, poetry, blog, dissertation, letter to your grandma, whatever!) #shutupandwrite
#writing #communityofwriters #virtualwritinghour
#virtualwritingworkshop
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Hot Planner Summer

We can all agree that 2020 has been absolutely nuts! However, one thing that 2020 has afforded me is the opportunity to slow down, reassess, review, and most importantly, write things down! This is a photo of all my planners that I recently purchased.

As a writer, one would think that journaling would have already been a habit for me, but it was not. I have not journaled in years. But since the pandemic, and since discovering @staciapierce #successjournals , I started journaling again and planning!

I’ve always been a sucker for planners, ever since high school, but now I’m doing it way more strategically. I’ve also become a new fan of #90dayplans. I recently started using the @racheal.cook #CEOPlanner, the @savorlifeplanner #selfcare planner, the @cultivatewhatmatters #powersheets, the @contentcreatorsplanner for my social media, looking forward to the @planathon this fall with @ambermccue and I’m officially a @the_happy_planner brand addict.

HAPPY PLANNERS: I have one FOR my startup business, one for my freelance projects, budgeting, my online courses, three for writing stuff, one I use as a calendar/memory book, etc.

Yes it seems like a lot, but this system has actually helped me out a lot this year. It helps put everything in perspective, sort of a form of therapy to get me through this summer. Oh and I can’t forget to shoutout the @Trello #ProjectManagement app and website, it’s awesome!

My planners