Lisa Live Well, Book Review of Zadie Smith Swing Time Book Image

Black Girlhood Friends, Class, and Being Robin | A Review of Zadie Smith’s Swing Time

  Zadie Smith writes about the intimacy of black girl friendships and its brilliant British writer Zadie Smith’s new novel, Swing Time is a book about girlhood friendship and self-identity. It's basically for all of us who have complicated relationships our besties from middle school. The book follows two girls, the unnamed narrator, and her…

THE 3 BEST PIECES OF RELATIONSHIP ADVICE I EVER GOT FROM MY MAMA

The 3 Best Pieces of Relationship Advice I Ever Got From My Mama

We get lots of trash relationship advice in our 20s and one day I am going to make a list of the absolute worst of it but right now let's talk about the advice we receive from our mothers that, if we had listened, would have saved us so much drama. The relationship between mothers…

Lay off, Black Women, Laid off, Fired, Lost Job, Lisa Live Well Blog, Things I wish I new before I was laid off

6 Things I wish I had Known Before I was Laid Off for the First Time

Being Laid off SUCKS, But it Was a Major Moment of Growth as Well I was laid off for a month almost two years ago. The experience was the oddest mix of emotions I had ever felt... relief (the company was bad), anxiety, fear and whatever you call that feeling when you are asking yourself "is…

Why I Love Having a Sister

13 Reasons Why Sisters are Amazing

  It's National Siblings Day and although I am the oldest of 4 kiddos, my most interesting relationship is with my sister. My sister is a generally awesome asset in my life as an adult but as kids... not so much. We fought about everything, we were jealous of everything and it was not until I…

Bound for the promise land, kate clifford larson, harriet tubman, american hero

Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero by Kate Clifford Larson | A Review

Book explains why Harriet Tubman is the original Magic Black Girl

Lisa Live Well blog, Reasons to avoid feelings of fuck it in corporate america

3 Reasons to Avoid Feelings of “Fuck it” in Corporate America

You may be burned out now, but you don't have to stay that way When a relationship goes sour, checking out is all too easy. It happens. You have tried all you can but by the end, you just want out. This is interesting for work relationships because unlike a bad friend or bf, you…

International Goof Off Day, Day Off, Relax, Unplug, Self Care

How I am Spending My Self-Care Day

Yay for Self-Care! I just found out today was International Goof Off Day and I think it may be one of my favorite holidays. With all the gift-giving, romantic obligations and forced family interactions that come along with other holidays, a day of sweet... sweet nothing is welcome. And it falls on a weekday makes it…

Lisa Live Well, Interracial love story

An Interracial Love Story | How It Began…

Let's start by saying, I am in a warm, loving, soul-satisfying interracial relationship with one of the greatest men I have ever known. But when it started (5 years ago), I had questions. I vividly remember cruising online blogs for information to validate all that I was feeling at the time. I heard from a…

International Womens Day, March 8, Women, Ursala Burns, Mellondy Hobson, Lupita, Chimamanda

My Favorite Professional Women and Their Best Advice to Us

Happy International Women's Day Mellody Hobson on Passion "Be a Fanatic and Own that YOU have to convince them." Tracee Ellis Ross on Full Womanhood "I just want to say this. I love being a woman. I love playing a woman. I love being a whole and full woman. I am more than my parts,…

Thoughts on Get Out

Thoughts on Jordan Peele’s Movie, Get Out, From the Perspective of a Woman in an Interracial Relationship

Let me preface this by saying, I have incredible future in-laws/BF Family etc. They are nothing like the people in Get Out. #HeyYall 🙂 Ok, let's dig in... I went to see Get Out this weekend with the rest of the world. It was a great movie that left my heart racing in suspense and…

Pearl Cleage, Book Review, Things I should have Told my daughter

5 Things I loved About Pearl Cleage’s Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons and Love Affairs

Pearl Cleage's book forced me to take a long look at the true womanhood of the women I admire most Pearl Cleage is one of the most captivating fiction writers I have ever read. I have fallen head over heels in love with so many of her novels. I had never read her nonfiction work until…

Goals, Life Assessment, Vision, Better Life

Be a Better Goal Digger

Set Big Goals Today and Get Big Results Tomorrow When it comes to goal setting, the truth is most of us are just doing it wrong. Our list of "to-dos" are too long and too much of a reach from where we stand today. But I get it, we want a lot out of our…

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After 20 Interviews in 30 Days, This is What I Learned

Being laid off was hard but the race to find a new (and better) job was even harder The only thing that sucks more than the uncertainty of being laid off is looking for a new job. It's a grueling process to look for work when you are out of work.  Part of you wants to…

Don't Be Anyone's Safe Bet

Don’t Be Anyone’s Safe Bet |Thoughts On One-Sided Relationships

Being dependable to others is a great but not when your time and energy are not valued Not so long ago a good CEO said to his team “Don’t be anyone’s best customer." He was talking about marketing vendors but I took it to mean so much more. Think about it... no one ever works…

Happy Library Lovers Day

Happy Library Lovers Day

I Just Really Love Libraries Libraries are the center of communities, a place kids can have story time and adults can get materials for free. For as long as I can remember, I have loved Libraries. It is my most consistent form of self-care. I have been hanging out in them my entire life. Being one…

Lisa Live Well, Black History Month

It’s Black History Month| 5 Books on Black History You Must Read This Year

Happy Black History Month, Sis I have not always loved black history month. I thought it felt ...false. Black people are woven into every American story. From revolutionaries like Crispus Attucks in the 1700s to Barack Obama today - you cannot have the country we have without them. So the idea that we have just…

Book Review| Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neal Hurston

Book Review| Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neal Hurston

 Let's Just Say Hurston is Southern Black Girl Magic Zora Neale Hurston’s Book, Dust Tracks On A Road is a testament to southern black girl magic. Hurston tells the story of her life growing up in a well-off, black, and southern township in Florida. In the book, readers can get a sense of how growing…

Good Wishes for the new year 2018

Glam, Goals and Good Wishes: Wishes for Girls in the new year 2017

Happy New Year 2017 Another year is before us and however 2016 treated you, it's history now. So we look forward to new chances to shine. Here are my wishes for Glam, Goals and Good Wishes this year. Glam: Let’s get back to real personal style. I was thinking about the styles of people like…

why online dating works

Why I Loved Online Dating and How to do it Right

A Case for Online Dating  I recently took an online quiz that said I have “overwhelmingly positive views on online dating” and so do 11% of Americans. Online dating is a great way to meet people if you can allow yourself to just have fun...even on the free sites. In my online dating experience, I met…