Loved on by Black Queens in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Loved on by Black Queens in Albuquerque, New Mexico

I had the awesome opportunity to facilitate a conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico   No, I am not someone who has facilitated a conference in experiences past But I’ve done similar facilitator roles Like… teach a lesson re-teach a lesson lead a meeting train new hires using a curriculum initiate uncomfortable conversations with ex-boyfriends listen to their whack-ass arguments and use the asinine responses to build my case, come back with rapid fire, and ensure we never forgot my initial points debate with my mother, in attempt to bribe or convince her with a scheme Go back and forth, deliberating intellectually with teachers-in elementary school Yep, qualifications of a facilitator if you ask me (shoulders shrugging as my head tilts towards the right) [...]

Dreaming is the easy part

Dreaming is the easy part

Finished breakfast.  If you follow me on Instagram, you probably guessed that it was a combination of collard greens, onions, jalapeno, soy sauce and teriyaki with a side of fruit that I generally finish while in the process of slicing it.   I have pretty much enjoyed the same breakfast for the past few weeks-that is, when I’m actually in the city.  Now that breakfast is done, I am sitting in my kitchen, blessed by the sunlight that warms my tanned shoulders, back and spirit as it beams through my windows.   Jhene Aiko’s latest album, Trip is blaring through my Iphone speakers and my fingers, gleefully type away. [...]

Bullet Note booking

Bullet Note booking

Since I’ve been home I have been busy doing, honestly a lot of nothing (in my God honest opinion).  Aside from continuing to travel within the US, I have been private tutoring and struggling to finish my final year as a graduate student.  I am presently pursuing a dual Masters in Exceptional Education and Reading.  I can admit that I am struggling with my graduate studies because I'm not organized.  I struggle because I can’t juggle and am pretending to know how to with my eyes closed while balancing on a unicycle and uploading the video to my Instragram Story.  I am trying to balance

Food Series continues from Antigua: Pinche Restaurant

Food Series continues from Antigua: Pinche Restaurant

It’s lunchtime! So the food series continues! What do you do in Antigua besides eat Ashley? Walk around Take pictures of my surrounding Souvenir shop Contemplate my purchases Feel guilty about my duffel bag of purchases Whip out my calculator to crunch numbers and decide if I can survive for the next 5 days with the money I have left after bingeing on souvenirs Eat Blog Be happy!  I am really, really happy spending time alone! [...]

The Bpum Eats food series continued: Samsara Cafe in Antigua, Guatemala

The Bpum Eats food series continued: Samsara Cafe in Antigua, Guatemala

I’m seated at a quaint window seat in the tranquil Samsara cafe and restaurant.  Samsara is adored for their healthy vegetarian and vegan menu items and relaxing atmosphere.  Although it is located on a busy cross street with constant traffic whizzing by, the warm calming cafe is a great escape.  The restaurant is tastefully decorated.  The walls in the front room are warmed with a rich brown shade with grey undertones.  The painted walls are then accented with peaceful quotes written in Old English style. [...]

Food Series Continues: Pappy’s BBQ in Antigua, Guatemala

Food Series Continues: Pappy’s BBQ in Antigua, Guatemala

I am now in Antigua, soaking up the sun, enjoying the beautiful architecture, eating plenty of delicious food and taking it all in.  Antigua is a beautiful city.  While it is a tourist destination and many people and businesses communicate in English to cater to tourists, it’s still very charming and has a local feel (says the tourist).  The streets are all cobblestone.  Mainly one-way.  Lined with brightly-painted colonial style buildings, dark iron accents on doors and windows.  Cherry wood finishing, and workers anxious to greet you.  Antigua is a friendly place.  A welcomed change after living in Coban.  It’s also easy to navigate- I have NO SENSE OF DIRECTION!  [...]