on my last day of 26

Where am I going? When I was staying in Nigeria, when it was just me and a chubby little one-year-old, waiting for a consulate to issue a visa so our family could be whole, I was scared. I was in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people and I wondered if I could do it. If I […]

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steady as she goes.

I have about 11 months to check 25 bullets off my to-do list before I celebrate my 25th birthday. I’ve had the honor of being part of some beautiful stories in my 24 years, but I don’t want to dwell too much on the past that I miss the beauty of the present, or the […]

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Frank Sinatra takes me back.

I heard a Frank Sinatra Christmas song today (I know—but it was SNOWING) and I was instantly transported to my twelfth birthday party. I was taken back to the day when, glitter-gold Gelly Roll pen in hand, I scrawled ‘Dress to impress!!!!’ inside the invite. My dad and younger brother donned black suits and greeted […]

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8-15

Today, a little boy startled from a bad dream, placed his head on my chest and whimpered until I sang him back to sleep. Today, I woke up for the 46th morning with an ocean separating me from home. Today, I will find out when I can bring Joseph home. Today is 8-15. Today is […]

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