First day of school!!!

Been smiling all day !! grateful to make it into my program. Lots of folks didn’t finish the rigorous summer assignments and have to start the program next year but I’m here. I AM HEREEEE!! Stayed up til 3AM the night before the due date! Pushed through a summer of service and got my ass in!

Smiling and proud of this sh’t, y’all. Im going to keep elevating the urgency around literacy and the anxiety that comes with being an independent learner. 

This may be my biggest achievement and it’s starting to hit me how privileged I am to be here. 

I am here representing my tribe first: my family and closest friends, the very special group of STRONG women of color who inspired me to be an intellectual: too many to name. Y’all, my sisters, were the ones who allowed me to flourish as a creative. Y’all affirmed me and loved me, unconditionally. Thank you for being in my life. Thank you for being on this journey with me. 

I hear that this process is going to damn near kill me, I believe it because it has been very hard to get here. So I am asking that y’all be a fence around me. I’ll need so much love, care, attention (in the form of virtual check-ins, calls, and visits) from you. In return, I’ll reciprocate. Don’t allow me to get so lost in my work that I do not come up for light and love with our tribe. That’s all I ask.

*This is a letter I sent to my tribe of friends on my first day of the Doctoral Residency. It applies to my readers/my virtual tribe, as well, so I shared it here with you. The women in the photo above are some of my fellow 2019 Cohort members. Keep all of us lifted with good vibes and loving energy!! 


  1. Congratulations!!! I always come here to check on you and to get much needed motivation. Missing you on ig but I love your posts here just as much! Thank you always! This was so great to read! You inspire me so much as an educator!

  2. Thank you for your words ❤️

  3. May God be with you. I'll be praying for you.

  4. Truly, thank you for being such a bright source of light and love. Currently on my journey to acquire my teaching degree and your words have always spoken to me. Congratulations. <3


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