This year, I have decided to continue on the road of “Consistent and Persistent” that I began building in 2015. The mantra really helped me to focus on what was important and to really make bold moves in my personal and professional life. Building momentum to this idea I will also strive to promote myself and my work this year (so don’t be surprised to see more of the #shamelessplug on my Instagram!)
As I stated in my last post, I will only be posting once a week this year. So be sure to stop by every Thursday to see what’s happening in Harlem, and as always my Instagram feed will have the most up-to-date news and stories from my day to day life so follow me: @rocksolidmel.
Below are some of the ideas, phrases and quotes I want to use this year to get me from month to month. I hope that they will inspire you too!
This week’s Wandering Wednesday features photos mostly from 6th Avenue in Manhattan (between West 8th Street and 23rd), but a few sprinkles of 5th avenue views of the Empire State Building and skyline as well.
It has taking me a while to settle on a theme for the month of March, but by George!, I’ve finally found one. On the first of many picturesque March days to come this past Sunday, I realized that it was time to do something that I really liked and needed. Live theatre! There really is nothing like it, from the box office, to the anticipation before the curtain, to the performance itself, nothing gets my heart pumping like good theatre. Exiting Roundabout, where I had just seen “Little Children Dreaming of a Lesser God,” I realized that I’m giving myself permission to be a little selfish with my time this month. Going to plays, pampering myself, focusing on what is good for me in terms of spiritual, physical, emotional and professional well-being is a great way to close out winter and say “Hello” to cheery springtime weather.
I firmly decided to take a quick vacation down South, to spend time with my family, I’m going to start taking ballet classes again, do a little something fun with my look, and continue to focus on my faith and fitness. (Fierce February really got me into some good habits). I am excited to see what the next few weeks will bring and with the March thaw, I intend to continue my love of self, the city, and all of the adventures that await me down the road.
While I realize it is actually Friday, my Wandering Wednesday post is going live TODAY! Yes, I’ve been busy blah, blah, blah (you can recap that here and here),but this week I started back on my messenger route which means, I’m getting paid to wander the streets of New York and take awesome photos in between stops. This week’s Wandering Wednesday features the pictures I was able to take throughout the month, when my fingers weren’t freezing.
Midtown, the Financial District, City Hall, and West Harlem are featured. Hope you enjoy!
As with each year, brought with it a myriad of new opportunities, new friends and new memories, but it also brought a whole bunch of going away parties and tears too. This year I have had to say “See Ya Later” to my two rocks: Cynthia and Morgan, in the SAME MONTH, (you can read about that here), my main girls Jassmine and Nia, new friend Krystina, and Michelle (but she came back). These girls each hold special places in my heart and my life. And I take comfort in the fact that it is indeed a “See Ya Later” and not a “goodbye.”
Below are a few snapshots of the fun we got into in the city or all around the country this year.
*edit: Since publishing this post last week, I’ve had to say “See Ya Later” to another friend. Willow is on her way to Africa once again 😦
Grand total of “See Ya Later’s”: 6
Friends who have returned: 1
The feeling of love I have for them all: Priceless
Cheese! Reunited on the beaches of San Diego with Michelle this summer.
Krystina and I at her “See Ya Later” sendoff.
New York Adventures to the Cloisters with Morgan.
Celebrating out on the town with Cynthia.
Took a trip to Philly to see Jass.
Central Park days with Morgan.
Cynthia’s “See Ya Later” party this June.
Flashback to Summer 2013 with my girls, Nia and Jass.
After Nia’s “See Ya Later” brunch two weeks ago.
Cheese at the Opera.
Set life with Krystina.
Night out with Bloo and Nia
Tiona and Lisha, aka Krystina and I waiting for our scene in rehearsal
Morning all! This week’s #AboutLastNight features photos from two holiday parties: the first holiday party I attended last month (Classy Friendsgiving hosted by Bloo and Morgan) and the first Christmas party I attended this month (An Ugly (Fabulous) Sweater Party hosted by Amber and Marcel). Hope you enjoy the pics as I begin preparations for my annual “Christmas in Harlem” party that jumps off this Saturday!!
“Let us all give thanks.”
Morgan and the cat became bestie.
Morgan and Jake in the kitchen.
Desi and Morgan chatting casually.
Loved this cat!
Giggles times two!
Ok here we go!
Final makeup and hair look.
Love this bright pink lip.
The final product.
My sweater and the hostess for the evening: Amber.