Becoming

Michelle Obama.  Some would say, former First Lady of the United States, but I consider her to still be my First Lady.  Her book Becoming, a memoir which was published in November of 2018 soared past record sales for the year within 15 days.

I chose to purchase the audio version of the book, just because I could listen to the book while at work and therefore killing two birds with one stone.  The book was broken down into three sections; Becoming Me, Becoming Us, and Becoming More.  Listening to Mrs. Obama as she carefully read each word with grace and dignity gave me a much deeper appreciation for her as person and a much clearer view into her life as a daughter, sister, mother, friend, wife, as well as a humanitarian.  Her personal reflections are mesmerizing as she tells her truth as only she could tell it. Continue reading

Itoja’s Top 5 Blogs of 2018

Hey Friends!

For starters, check out my shirt in the featured picture.  I ran across it online and I just had to order it.  It’s such a conversation starter; with those who know I’m a blogger and also to those who have no clue!

So when I’m wearing the shirt, I typically respond with, yes, I am a blogger plus so much more!  As you all know, I recently celebrated my one year blogging anniversary (you can find that post HERE); this past year has been a blast and I’ve posted a ton of blogs! 🙂  Today, I’m sharing my top 5 blogs of the year with you.  It’s my year-end wrap-up!

At Last….My Love has come along! Here I share my last blog before getting married.  I also share some of the anxieties I was having as we got closer to the big day!

The Black community needs therapy too! Therapy is something that is not often talked about in the black community–Here I share why it IS needed.

My Top 5 Mystery Podcast I love Podcast. It literally helps my work day go by faster. Here are my top 5 mystery podcast. I can’t wait to share more with you in 2019.

5 reasons to read “The Face of Expression” By Aaron Woodson My first book review. Find out why you should read “The Face of Expression.”

I Have Beef With Our Black Brothers Earlier in the year I spoke about why I was upset with Black men. (FYI: Meek Mill, whom I reference in the post is no longer in jail).

Were one of these blogs on your top favorite list?  If you have your own personal favorite, be sure to share it below.

Also, share your favorite podcast–I’m eager to listen.

Be sure to stay tuned for what’s to come from Itoja in 2019.  I can’t believe this year has gone by so fast.  Love what you’re reading?  Click the SUBSCRIBE button and follow me on Social Media!

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The Moth: The Traveling Sandwiches

A few years ago, I was introduced to a non-fiction book called, The Moth. You can find it HERE. The Moth was a book of short stories that were told in their truest form around the world by individuals in a live group setting.  It was called The Moth because every time they would get together to tell their stories of what happened to them moths would fly in through a hole in the screen and gather all around.  Live Moth events, referred to now as “Moth StorySLAMS” would take place; I picture the setting like going to a comedy club.  But in this case, these weren’t jokes, although some were funny.  They were real life events. Continue reading

5 reasons to read “The Face of Expression” By Aaron Woodson

As you all know I’m always eager to highlight up and coming Entrepreneur’s around the world to my readers.  With that being said, this months Entrepreneur Spritzer is all about the new book, TheFace of Expression by Aaron Woodson.  If you’re not familiar with my Spritzer you can get caught up HERE!!

5 reason why you most certainly need to grab a hold of this book:

1. It’s a book of short expressions: This makes it easier to read and easier to keep up with especially if you live a busy life.  You don’t need to remember certain characters or plots in order to enjoy this book–a few short stories before bed is perfect.

2. It’s relatable: One could easily find at least two or three stories to relate to while reading this book, if not more.  This book also give you a little bit of poetry, a little bit of truth, a little bit of exploration, a little bit of wonder, a little bit of fiction, and a whole lot of non-fiction, cultural experiences, and self-awareness.  Everyone should be able to relate.

3. It provides confirmation: Confirmation that some of the same expressions that the author highlights in this book are the SAME expressions I have also had throughout life.  It lets me know that I’m not the only one thinking these things and it’s ok!  In short, it confirms that the “little party” going on in my head is normal.

4.  It takes you on a journey: A journey through life and a journey through a mans point of view or perspective which is something that we don’t always get the privilege of seeing.  I truly love when a man is able to be vulnerable and is able to express his vulnerability in a way that also shows how masculine he is.  Kudos to you!

5.  It’s easy to judge a book by its cover: Lastly, you should read this book because the cover of the book had me second guessing myself.  I thought I was in for some kind of dark-mystery book and once I opened the book a light bulb went off!  Ahhh….expressions!  Thoughts!  Journaling! Inspirations!  While the cover didn’t connect with me at first…if you’re like me and sometimes judge books by its cover…then you should ignore the cover and grab this book  because you’re in for a nice surprise.

Another great thing about The Face of Expression is that it can be purchased through Amazon and for your convenience I have provided a quick link HERE for my readers.

This post may contain affiliated links but all opinions are of my own!

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