Developing Love for my Body from Hate

   I have had a fraught relationship with my body for as long as I can remember. Just like with my hair. From a young age, I was a victim of emotional eating as a coping mechanism for the absence of my father. I remember it pretty well. My dad was a free spirit. He […]

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BlerDCon or Blerd Family Reunion

Washington, DC. Now listen, Linda. I’m mad at everyone who DID NOT tell me that there was a convention for the black and nerdy. My people. MY. PEOPLE. Y’all fake. In July I went to DC to attend BlerDCon and LIVED. Do you hear me? I. Lived. BlerDCon is in its 3rd year and is […]

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How I Travel So Much: Country Hopping

One of the comments I get the most is *lip smack* “Sharde’, you just be out here TRAVV-ELIN’, and living your best life.” The suggestion here is that I just got money. Let me stop you there, ma’am. She doesn’t have cash flow like that (yet). She don’t get flewed out either. She flies herself […]

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Eating Vegetarian in Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal Bring vegetarian when you are traveling can be a total mixed bag, especially if you are in a city whose cuisine is largely meat and starches based. However, never fear! I have offered up 3 restaurants that offer vegetarian (and vegan) options. Time Out Market This one is touristy, to be sure. Time […]

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5 Must-Dos in Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon was not supposed to be my first stop on this installment of “Sharde’ does the most when she is traveling.” Initially, I was supposed to be going to Morocco then to Lisbon with some of my loved ones on a group trip. I kid you not, the day after I score a […]

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Learning to Slow Down

Lisbon, Portugal One of the things that is quite different in Europe that the US is the leisurely pace with which meals are taken, Especially dinners. When in places like Spain and France, dinners can last for hours and are usually taken with wine then coffee. You are supposed to slow down and enjoy the […]

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Coming to a Full Stop

After getting over the initial shock of not having a job during the summer my first thought was: Finally, I have time to work on my dissertation uninterrupted.” Through the month of June I been juggling working on my proposal, substitute teaching, tutoring, and doing photography. These were just school and my streams of income. […]

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Kissed By a Bee Review

As I approached my thirties, I began to take more seriously that my skin was starting to age. I would say that it began with the grey hair but, then again, school is stressful. I began to notice more and more when my face would get kind of gritty over a few days, and the […]

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The Creative’s Summer

The beautiful thing about summer is the relief from the wheel of educational life. Students love summer because they get their temporary freedom from school. Unfortunately, I do not really get summer vacations anymore because I am writing year round. Jesus be a graduation. Because my mind is always on being productive on my diss, […]

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But Does it Travel? Because of Them We Can Backpack

I have come to be a lover of backpacks. This is mostly because I do not care much for dragging a suitcase through the airport and two straps are better than one for your back. I’m getting old y’all. The Because of Them We Can backpack is one of my favorite all-around bags. I use […]

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