2021 | The Year of Commitment

Thursday, December 31, 2020



2020 has been...a lot to say the least. I experienced grief in ways I wasn't prepared to deal with. I sat with myself long enough to have anxiety attacks and learn to healthily process through them. I lost weight and then gained it back (plus some, chile). But you know what, my spirit is the clearest it's ever been and with that, has come appreciation for this body that's carried me through.

I've been thinking about that a lot lately, ya know. This delicate truth that our bodies have constantly experienced simultaneous trauma and joy, pain and pleasure; yet rather than focusing on what our bodies have done for us, we focus on forcing them to do and become something that doesn't serve us well. I'm committed to focusing more on taking care of every part of this vessel, rather than trying to achieve a certain version of it. This body has served me well and in 2021, I'm committed to returning the favor.

This commitment goes beyond the traditional New Year's resolutions that include working out, changing my diet -- yada yada. Because honestly, I've never been met with major change in the single moment of resolve that happens on December 31st. This time, I want the peace that comes with feeling safe in my own body (even on the days that I don't like the way it looks). The emotional clarity that comes with allowing my body to process through every feeling, on its own time. The strength that comes from moving my body regularly and resting habitually. And the joy that comes from keeping still long enough to hear God speak to me and appreciating the process of applying what I've heard.

com·mit·ted
/kəˈmidəd/

adjective
feeling dedication and loyalty to a cause, activity or job; wholeheartedly dedicated. 

If you haven't already figured it out, my word for 2021 is committed! 

Here are my commitments for the year:
  • I am committed to finding the balance between extending grace to myself and pushing past my comfort zone, gently..but without excuses.
  • I am committed to intentional financial planning.
  • I am committed to extending grace and compassion in all of my relationships, starting with myself. I no longer wish to see the people that I love from lenses clouded by my own brokenness (even if they are responsible for shattering those parts of me); I am wholeheartedly dedicated to seeing them from healed lenses - lenses that I took time and care to repair for my own sake.
  • I am committed to walking in forgiveness. 
  • I am committed to being healed and whole, not broken and damaged.
  • I'm committed to my health and wellness, and will continue to show appreciation to this body that allows me to make such a commitment.
  • I'm committed to showing up for myself...on time (LOL). 
  • And lastly, I am committed to basking in the "little moments" and the grace that meets me even in those -- because change still happens in the small moments of my daily life. 
What commitments are you making in 2021?

























Deck the Halls (and your closet) with DICKS Sporting Goods

Tuesday, December 22, 2020


If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I've been to DICKS a ridiculous amount of times in the last week (don't ask me to count, let's just sayyy...more than usual)! Every time I go, I find a new gift for someone else on my list. From CALIA by Carrie Underwood for the women in my life who live in athleisure (it's me, I'm the woman in my life who lives in athleisure), to the Nishiki Bikes & Cycling Accessories for the folks I love who picked up a new hobby during quarantine, it's been so easy to unwrap the magic of sports and gifts for everybody's wishlist!



In case you didn't know, Christmas is in 3 days. THREE. DAYS. Are most of your gifts still at the store like mine? No? Hm, okay. Well if you're telling the truth, the answer is probably YES. And at thiiiis point, it's way too late to order anything to get it here by Christmas day. But that ain't no problem, SHANNON SHARPE. 

DICKS contactless curbside pickup gives you the option to order online and pick everything up at your local DICKS in the same day (within an hour) without ever having to get out of your car! Not only will you get your gifts on time, you'll also avoid the last minute crowd and skip the long checkout lines.



Now that you've purchased gifts for everyone on your list, it's time to treat yourself! The holidays can be a hectic time as we shop and prepare for Christmas Day, so it's important that you remember to take a moment (or two, or five) for yourself. I've found that squeezing in a quick sweat session each day helps keep me sane in the midst of all of the Holiday chaos. From the perfect workout sneaker, to the comfiest leggings and sports bras, and even the best equipment; DICKS has everything I need to make that quick workout session before Christmas breakfast count!


My must have items for my Christmas workouts are these CALIA by Carrie Underwood leggings, a pair of Nike 270s (my new favorite sneaker) and a set of Bala Bangles.

For more information on extended store hours, contactless curbside pickup, great deals and more, head over to DICKS.com!

   



A Safe Getaway with ARC the Hotel | D.C. Travel Guide

Tuesday, December 15, 2020


This has been a crazy year for all of us and most of us have (mostly) been in the house all year; but yall, I HAD TO GET OUTTA DURHAM. I love my living space, but I needed to go somewhere...I just needed to [safely] get away so I could catch my breath before the New Year.

So, a friend and I decided to go to D.C. for the weekend and it was just what we needed! We arrived on Thursday afternoon, had 2 full days of good eats and a little exploration, then we were heading home by Sunday. One thing I noticed, is that EVERYONE in D.C. wears a mask whether indoors or outdoors, so I felt comfortable while I was there.
 
I'm going to share where we stayed, what we did and what we ate while we were there -- I'll also share a few things I wish we'd been able to do while we were there in case you want to add them to your list!


I was so excited to partner with ARC the Hotel for a simple, yet restful stay while I was visiting. Located in the historic Foggy Bottom area, we were a short drive from both Georgetown (my fave place to visit while in DC) and downtown D.C. -- it was the perfect location! ARC is a cute, minimalistic style boutique hotel that was just what we needed for a quick getaway.


Unfortunately, due to COVID, many of the hotel's amenities were out of commission; but Andre and William made sure that we were comfortable and well taken care of during our stay (and by comfortable, I mean they sent up a complimentary bottle of Pinot Noir for the inconvenience...that's my kinda accommodations, okay?!).

One cool feature that they have at ARC, is keyless entry. You still get a typical keycard, but you have the option to download the 'OpenKey' app on your phone and hold it up to your room door just as you would with a traditional hotel room key. I was very fascinated by this! 


FOOD:
I know most of yall are foodies like me, so here's three places we went to during our quick trip that were my favorites!

Busboys & Poets | This is a MUST-HAVE, GO-TO spot for me anytime I visit D.C. They have 2 locations -- one is super intimate and jazzy, the other location definitely supplies the turn-up brunch vibes. I personally enjoy both. I recommend the shrimp & grits with crabcake instead of shrimp *chefs kiss*

Duke's Grocery | We went here on our first night after driving in because we wanted something good, but casual and this place was great! The staff was super kind and the food was really good. Try the white truffle mac & cheese.

Shake Shack | Okay...now I know this is so basic. Lol, but this was my first time having Shake Shack and the cheese fries are SO. GOOD. And the chicken was cooked perfectly for my spicy chicken sandwich. 10/10 would recommend!



Things to Do:
We knew we wanted to have some fun while we were in town, so we picked a few things to do that would allow us the opportunity to have a good time as risk free as possible! Every activity we picked required folks to keep their masks on the entire time and there were hand-sanitizing stations set up everywhere we turned.

ARTECHOUSE | This was such a unique experience! ARTECHOUSE is known for connecting art and technology (hence the name) and it was so much fun to see and interact with the current exhibit, Crystalline. Tickets were $24/person and the experience was worth it.




Candle Pouring at Paddywax | I have always wanted to make my own candle, so I was so excited to find this place! Tickets were $40/person for the workshop and they provide everything you need -- you have so many fragrances and vessels to choose from to make your candle exactly what you want it to be. Paddywax (Reston location) is located in a cute little shopping center, so you can walk around, shop and/or grab food as you wait for your candle to cool.




Additional Things to Do:
We obviously didn't have time to do everything -- mainly cause we old and laying in the hotel bed is a necessary part of vacation, honestly. Here's a couple of things I had on the list:


Georgetown

Museum of the Bible





Jeans Flannel Shacket Mules Cross-body Bag

This quick trip was great, but honestly, I'm ready for the world to open up so I can be naked on somebody's beach. If you see me on the beach next summer and the most fabric on me is my mask, MIND YA BUSINESS.



 

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