Tuesday, December 24, 2013

New Addiction (Entry #4)

You have may have noticed that I love a self imposed challenge.  There was the 40 day challenge, the web series challenge, the on line dating challenge, the write everyday for a month challenge, write once a month challenge, the work out until I die challenge, etc.  Most of them documented or at least talked about on this blog.

The lastest one, the selfie challenge, has ended.  I failed.  The challenge/random activity sounded like a fun thing to do but...it wasn't. 

One night, at 10:53PM, when I went to take the selfie I had to pause and ask myself, "what am I doing?"  My answer wasn't good enough - it didn't even make sense, I didn't feel like the challenge would change my life or enhance the life of another in any way and it was a great example of self absorption.  I became too aware of myself in a questionable way,  I became too aware of the way I was wasting time and to top it all off I didn't know what I was documenting.  I became annoyed with the whole thing.  I wasn't having fun with it like I assumed I would.  When I realized fun wasn't even a factor in what I was doing I realized I was operating without purpose and that is foolish.

All arrows pointed to end it, so I did.  I let the foolishness go. 

My instagram addiction is still in tact though.  I have no problem posting random photos and selfies there... selfie challenge done but instagram is not!

Umm... I should let you know that I have another challenge up my sleeve.  OF COURSE I DO!!!  It's actually a challenge I attempted before and didn't complete/achieve, it's time to go after it again,  it's definitely worth documenting, it will change my life and hopefully encourage others.   I'll share what I am up to in the new year.  Until then stay tuned, stay warm and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Friday, December 6, 2013

New Addiction (Entry #3)

So already I skipped a beat. 

Last night at 10:53PM I was otherwise entwined so it was impossible to get the selfie.

As punishment it comes at 10:53AM.

Yes, those are sleepy eyes.  Taken at 10:53AM after an 8AM engagement.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

New Addiction (Entry #2)

Like a kid on Christmas morn. 

I had a bit of assistance with this selfie because today at 10:53PM I was collecting a bunch of gifts, thanks to my fab friends with cups that runneth over.

Best thing in the bunch?  The Blue Garden candle from Nest Fragrances.  I can't wait to light it!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New Addiction (Entry #1)

I am starting to annoy my friends because I want to take a picture of everything.  EVERYTHING!  I have turned into THAT person and I don't know how or when it happened.

I'm addicted to instagram. 

I blame it on my camera... I mean phone... I mean camera...

Confession: If I posted half of the photos I took with the sole intention of posting them to instagram, I'm convinced, people might think I'm a little off. 

Maybe I should go on an instagram diet.  Yeah, NO.  That's not happening.

What's better than an instagram post? Me snapping a selfie at the same time, everyday, for the next month and posting it on this ShittyFab blog because... well for no reason at all, just because I want to do it... and if I should ever have a child the posts in this series can document a parent's leaning toward some sort of photo insanity(I'm working on a better term for it as I type, maybe phosanity... I'll leave it a lone for now...), maybe its' just plain, old fashioned insanity (as if the general blog wouldn't be enough).

I know what you're thinking.  Everyone takes selfies.  Correct, but do they take them at 10:53PM, everyday, for a month?  Nope.  Just me.  See, I am different.

Sometimes it's fun to partake in a little nonsense.

Taken with my camera/cell phone/camera at 10:53PM on December 3, 2013:

Monday, December 2, 2013

Happy Holidays

Oh, it is the season to be jolly! It's also a great time to think of others(all the time is a great time to think of others but sometimes we need the clarity provided by a year coming to an end to push us in the right direction). I'd like to provide some assistance. Check out this medley that Danielle Brooks from Orange Is The New Black, Uzo Aduba and the band Oh Honey put together for fun and in support of a wonderful organization. I love Danielle Brooks, Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black, I love this medley and I love www.asteponline.org!  Enjoy and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!


Friday, November 1, 2013

It All Came Together

After pulling a look together last minute, due to silly mishaps, I made it to the awards gala.

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA Awards Gala for emerging theatre, dance and film artists.  Hey world, I am an emerging artist!

Honored to be recognized by The Princess Grace Foundation USA and given an opportunity to focus on artistry for a year.  Honored to be in a room full of people who understand the importance of art in everyone's life...

The run down:  I met a real life princess, sat in awe as Ms. Cicely Tyson gave a beautiful speech when accepting her award, had a conversation with her (actually I just shook her had vigorously, thanked her for her work, and told her how many times I've watched The Autobiography of  Miss Jane Pittman.. is that a conversation?), took lots of pictures with lots of people, got pinned with the beautiful Princess Grace Awards pin that all the award recipients receive, ate a bit of dinner, talked a lot, danced for a hot second and then made my grand exit.

In addition to all of that I was in fabulous company (congratulations to all of the award winners) and I felt fabulous!  Is this a precursor to the Oscars?  Emmys?  Tonys, SAG Awards?  It could be.  Right?  All jokes aside I hope to make a contribution to someone's life/the world with what I do, I hope to have a sustained and varied career like the evening's honoree, Ms. Cicely Tyson... for now...and most definitely for always... I'll rock my emerging artist status with pride.  

To read about The Princess Grace Foundation-USA and the meaningful work the foundation does CLICK HERE

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sunday 3:06 AM


Thinking about: shoes, missing children, evil, hot chocolate, shut downs (government and other kinds), fruit, fur, lists I need to make, events I have to attend this week, what to do with my hair, accountability, standing on my own, how the year is coming to an end, my obsession with goals, people who walked in and out of my life, the awesome people in my life, the length of my nails, blue nail polish, rye bread, colorful socks, blue objects on a shelf  near plenty of sunlight, happiness, acting, rashes, being rash, my instagram addiction, what's next, last week's sermon, rejuvenation, change, green juice, questions, and how I should cozy up to making blog posts again...

Thinking.  Thinking how listing my 3:06 AM thoughts is sort of like a makeup-less self portrait.

So good at thinking and not sleeping.  So good at it.

Please, allow me to reintroduce this blog.  It's been a minute.  I'm back.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Parris Let 'Em Have It

Just like that @teyonahparris gave it to them....again.  By them I mean us.  And by us I mean all of us who love great  style.  Look at the hair, the makeup, the shoes, the dress, the everything!  I get excited just looking at it.  It all makes me want to get dressed and go out.  RIGHT NOW!  If I was on pinterest, this look would be pinned.

Remember when I was hoping they would bring Teyonah back to MAD MEN...  I think they must have...  The pictures below are from the MAD MEN season premiere party.  Be sure to tune in for season 6; you might catch Teyonah as Dawn Chambers.

Doesn't she look fabulous?

If you want more Parris updates be sure to check her out on facebook and follow her on twitter.  She's funny and fierce!


<--- I found this pic over on HollywoodLife.  They  asked who was best dressed... Clearly it was Teyonah Parris!  Clearly they knew the answer and that's why her picture wasn't included...  #imnotbiasedihaveeyes  #imjustsayin' #38 #teyonahparrismusthaveagreatglamsquad

Monday, December 31, 2012


photo by YellaFella Fotography

Podue a pyan zon dede di!

That's how you say happy new year in Krahn.  That's the dialect my Liberian mother speaks(the spelling is an approximation based on sound because the Krahn dialect wasn't originally written).  So in honor of my mom and the fact that I wouldn't have gotten through 2012 without her guidance and wisdom: Podue a pyan zon dede di! Podue a pyan zon dede di! Podue a pyan zon dede di!

Three times for good measure.

Podue a pyan actually translates to rejoicing of the heart.  In the Krahn dialect there isn't really a simple, singular word for happy.  But isn't that what happiness is?  Rejoicing of the heart.  That is glorious to think of happiness in relation to the health of the heart, since that's what sort of keeps everything flowing.  Don't you think that's wonderful?


2012 was a year of learning and growth.  The year I became more clear and proactive in many areas and aspects of my life- what I want, what I desire, what I need.  I gained knowledge about what I have to do to achieve goals that I've set for myself, I gained knowledge about the knowledge I need to acquire in order to hit all the marks I'd like to hit. That's a mouthful, right?

I've become less fearful.

I've started projects and dreams that I need to finish.  I have thoughts that need to be completed, relationships that I must continue to build.  There are abandoned projects, dreams, thoughts and relationships that I should revisit, reclaim and maybe reconcile... perhaps in 2013... perhaps.

The end of the year brings a moment of reflection that is welcomed.  As always I'm left with the fact that there is more growth and diligent work to do.  I'm left with the fact that I am better than I was.  I'm committed to being even better at this time next year.

I'm thankful.

Energy, excitement, love, and truth are in the air...

Our  individual and collective journeys continue in 2013.  I hope and pray that 2012 was successful for you.  I wish you more bounty and more beauty in the new year, I pray that your blessings increase.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring?  The possibilities are endless so let our hearts rejoice.

2013, LET'S GO!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Here We Go

I'm currently baking 3 cinnamon butter cakes, sweet potato/pumpkin cornbread, making pumpkin butter for that cornbread, and peeling apples for a nice home baked pie.  Smells so good in here.

 Tis the season...  Don't you just love this time of year?  I do.

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and  praying extra special prayers for anyone who is without the people and things they need.



Saturday, November 17, 2012

My Favorite Things

Mother Oprah isn't the only person with a list of favorite things!

In this moment my favorite things include:

Reminders of all kinds.  The simple reminders like, "don't forget your gloves it's cold out there," or "turn the light off you're wasting energy."  And the more profound reminders sent to you via text in the form of a quote of the day, "We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle

Unexpected support.  In my opinion, your mother must support you.  Everyone else lending support and encouragement is a surprise.  Keep surprising me world because I love it!  I promise to keep surprising people too.

Internet dating.  It provides joyful laughter in tons.

Phone calls.  Oh how I love phone calls that come just because someone wants to say hi.  I mean there is nothing better than connection.  Right?  In person is better but sometimes the phone will suffice.

Tea.  Tea is always one of my favorite things but it still made this "of the moment" list.  A little chai goes a long way.  Now if you don't want to make homemade chai- get a pot, fill it with as much almond milk as you'd like, add some of the red chai tea bags from Trader Joe's, vanilla, some cinnamon, a little nutmeg, some brown sugar and lots of love... let that baby boil, pour it in a tea cup or two and feel good about yourself as it goes down.  It tastes even better if you have a friend to share it with.

Soup.  I always forget how much I love soup until I have to pull out my hat, scarf, and gloves.  The other day I decided I wanted to make some.  Cooking is another one of my favorite things right now.  Have a go at  this  curry sweet potato apple soup recipe that I tried the other day.  It's DELICIOUS!!!  I did of course substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth and added lots of pepper.  ENJOY!!!

C. Snug Loop.    It's winter, it's cold, and I just saw the new color scheme I want.  I'll never have too many of these and I'll never stop giving them as gifts!  Haven't had a complaint yet.  Don't you want one?

What are some of your favorite things right now?


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