Posts Tagged ‘education’

[Lessons From A Student Mama] The Mistake Of Trying To Do Too Much While Balancing School And Family


For years before I graduated from college in 2011 I imagined my graduation day.

I’d wrap myself in a long gown, and attempt to fight back tears, tears of years of sacrifice and struggle. Trying to steady myself on the seemingly long walk to the stage to accept my diploma I’d search in the crowd for my loved ones and my daughter waving frantically wanting to ensure her Mommy saw her. I’d close my eyes, hear my name and slowly walk on the stage, praying I wouldn’t fall. With a frantically beating heart I’d smile wide all while thinking I did it. I did it. I finally did it.

My graduation day was a dream I had ever since I re-enrolled in college two years after my daughter was born.

Every student dreams about their Graduation day, a day of celebration and excitement. It can seem out of your reach when you’re in the midst of studying for exams and burning the midnight oil. And for those who juggle parenthood and employment alongside being a student the journey to securing a degree can at times seem daunting. That image of walking across the stage to accept my college diploma was, at times, the only thing that kept me from walking away from pursuing a higher education.

As I look back at the five total years I spent being a student, I’m in complete awe that I was able to prioritize my education. Though I had two older siblings that were in college, it wasn’t something that was ever pushed on me or encouraged. I figured I should go because I didn’t want to be stuck in my small town forever, but I didn’t take it seriously. It wasn’t until after I had my daughter that I realized having a degree would open more doors and could help me provide a brighter future for us.


Read the rest of [Lessons From A Student Mama] The Mistake Of Trying To Do Too Much While Balancing School And Family over on The Young Mommy Life.


Support Domestic Violence Awareness with The Purple Purse #PurplePurse

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Latina Bloggers Connect and The Allstate Foundation. As always, all opinions are all my own.

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Happy October! I’m happy to be teaming up with The Allstate Foundation, in honor of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The symbol Allstate has chosen to represent a woman’s way to escape the cycle of abuse and gaining financial independence is – a purple purse.

Domestic Violence affects millions – some stories you know of, and others are kept quiet. It’s still an issue that many are uncomfortable talking about, even though its reach is so far. One in four women in their lifetime will experience domestic violence. That’s more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and lung cancer combined. It’s completely understandable why this issue is still difficult to talk about, with more than one-third of Americans confessing that they have never discussed the issues with friends and family. This is where the Purple Purse comes in – this project encourages conversations and provides information about domestic violence and financial abuse by placing the power directly into people’s hands with a purple purse.

We need your help to bring awareness and education to domestic violence. Taking action is as simple as taking the Purple Purse and passing it on. An astounding 1,300 purple purses full of domestic violence facts and educational materials were distributed in the US. By sharing and passing, we’re sparking important conversations about raising awareness. And The Allstate Foundation will donate $5 each time a purse is passed and checked-in at They have also pledged to donate up to $350,000 to the YWCA for programs designed at assisting survivors of domestic violence and other women in need. I’m awaiting the arrival of my Purple Purse, but in the meantime we can still make a difference and raise money and awareness. Please click the photo below and “pass the purse”. Sharing is caring, and you’ll be able to track the amount of money you have raised for women.

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When you get to the site, put in the purse code 0003 along with your zip code to help raise money. When you’re done, pass it on to someone else and help them help the cause!


Let’s start a movement!

If you need immediate help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.


O, The Oprah Magazine and embark on a Kindness Mission w/ ‘Random Acts of O”

When my daughter met Oprah a few months ago while she was visiting Harvard University with Lady Gaga (who she met as well) my love for Oprah skyrocketed – which I didn’t think was possible! As an African-American woman who came from poverty and worked her way to the top I have nothing but admiration for her. My daughter was truly in the presence of greatness the day she met Oprah. Being the only person to meet Oprah during her visit to town, I feel very lucky for my daughter to have had that opportunity, and I just know she’ll meet Oprah again 🙂




So you can imagine how excited I was to hear about the recent collaboration with O, The Oprah Magazine,, and DailyFeats and their new initiative ‘Random Acts of O’ to spread kindness and make the friendlier place. Of course I had to get involved! Over the course of six months readers can participate in monthly challenge based on issue themes via a FB app, and O Magazine and will also bring kindness experiences to life via real-world stunts, surprises, and rewards for doing good! Good deeds now don’t go unnoticed! Via this FB app you can track your good deeds, share them with friends, and win prizes!

First challenge: Pledge to Read! Using their FB app you can pledge to read one of the 20 books featured on O Magazine’s Books of Summer list. Of those that pledge 50 will be randomly selected to win a sweet tote bag filled with all 20 books on the summer list!! But wait…it gets better! Once 50,000 pledges have been collected, $5,000 will be donated to Teach for America, a program that works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunities for children facing poverty. Amazing! Looking for a book to read this summer? Want to enter to win 20 books? Want to help kids facing poverty? Head over and pledge your commitment today! Couldn’t be any easier!!

This is a truly special initiative, and something that means a lot to me, not only because I love Oprah and love to read, but because a few years ago I collected 500 books to send to an impoverished school in Zimbabwe. On June 27th, O and will also thank the new Teach for America recruits at St. John’s University in Queens,NY.

I’ve already pledged to read Wild & Tell The Wolves I’m Home – Will you pledge?