Broke Pocket Diaries: The opportunity to fail successfully

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. — C.S. Lewis Sounds like an oxymoron, right? As a Black girl, my parents always told me that I had to work twice as hard to get half as far as my white friends. On an episode of Scandal,…

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Our first Disney trip–Part 2

If you haven’t read the first part of our Disney trip post, head over to that post first and then come back over here! When we exchanged our email for our tickets at the ticket counter, we received ‘First visit’ buttons. Let me say this: Disney knows how to take care of their guests. Although…

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Black girls need to know they are beautiful too

  Quotes like these make me roll my eyes, honestly. I’ve seen so many of these types of memes making their rounds on social media. The first time I saw this meme was before I had my own daughters. It ruffled my feathers then because I remembered my years in school as a dark-skinned, skinny…

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Our first trip to Disney World–Part 1

Whew! It was a jam-packed five day trip to Disney World in July 2019. Now this was a trip that was over a year in the making. In Spring 2018, Hubby and I were pondering taking the kids to Disney. We had a timeshare trial that was running out that good for four nights at…

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Broke Pocket Diaries: Why can’t a job just be a job?

Yes, that’s my question: why can’t a job just be a job? It’s funny that over the last 1.5 years, I’ve seen so many people in the same space: work is trying and they are trying to figure out their next steps–whatever that is. One underlying thing that I’ve heard is that there is a…

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The Culture of Instagram drove me to a social media break

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s been a while because, well, life. And sometimes you need to focus on real life and leave online to deal with itself. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing, blogging and posting on social media, but lately, I have had a hard time. Facebook is where…

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The Broke Pocket Diaries: Who am I?

I am a Black woman. A mother of two Black children. A wife. A daughter. A sister. A friend. A child of God. A writer. A communicator. A maker. A creative type. A student. A teacher. A professional. I am a whole bunch of things. All those pieces create my personality and who you see…

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Thank God it’s Friday

Listen y’all. This was supposed to be a summary post, highlighting all my summer fun as we head into fall. But that’s going to have to wait. Between the first week of school, the girls’ extracurricular activities, business building and a five am wake-up–because my oldest daughter was sick and needed a trip to emergency–and…

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Black girl will travel: Niagara-on-the-Lake

I’ve visited the Niagara Region–specifically The Falls–many times over the years. Each time an out-of-town guest would plan a trip to my parents’ former home in Montreal or my place in the Toronto area, the first thing they would say is, “Can we visit The Falls?” Yeah, sure, I guess. The Falls are spectacular, but…

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