Six Things I Learned From Being a Blogger for Over Ten Years


This post is short.

I understand people have limited time, so here it is!

I want to share what I have learned from being a blogger for a long, long time!

  1. Everything can wait — as long as you tell the VIPs in your life how to reach you.
  2. Sleep. Please…SLEEP! When I was growing my business, I never slept and I was the most unhealthy I have ever been. Sleep, friends. Snooze.
  3. Turn off notifications. They are addictive! Turn them off after 8 or 9 or 10 PM – whatever you’re comfortable with.
  4. Wake up early and just get in touch with yourself and your life. Listen to the birds. Watch the sun come up. Just be..for a moment.
  5. Drink lemon water before coffee. You’ll find it’s far better than coffee any day. Don’t substitute lemons for limes. It doesn’t work.
  6. Whenever it’s appropriate for you…drink really, really good white wine..on Friday or Saturday night.

Happy living!!

My Experience With My Neighborhood Pool


When I was a kid my parents moved from Jacksonville, Florida where my younger brother was born to Charlotte, North Carolina. I have no idea how old I was at the time. I was fairly young. I loved our new house and our new neighborhood. I loved Charlotte even though the city was very, very different then. That was the early eighties. It was considered a small city — backwoods. Charlotte is hardly small now. In fact, I still love it.

As our family settled into a new state and a new house we began to gradually join other families at our neighborhood pool. Mind you, at the time you could probably count on one hand how many black families were in the neighborhood  and now that I think back on it when we showed up in general and specifically at the pool, it was a problem.

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On My Way to Haiti’s Highlands


Haiti's HighlandsI loved being in Haiti last month. It wasn’t anything like I expected. In truth, I really didn’t expect anything save seeing the extreme poverty you read about in the news every week it seems.

Haiti’s landscapes were nothing like I imagined. I really had no idea that it would be so tremendously mountainous, but I loved it!

Today’s post is in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “On the Way.” This is a photo I took on my way to Hinche through the mountains.

And here’s a Vine video I made of how treacherous it was (seemed) getting there.

Counting Down the Days When I’m Back in Africa


Africa Dreaming - Again!

Sunset at Lake Hawassa, Ethiopia

I miss Africa! Quelle surprise. I say it all of the time, but it’s patently true.

I cannot wait to get back.

I have written this many times before, but Africa truly is my special place. It is so different and special and awe-inspiring with wonderful people and landscapes and sunsets even though most of it is still in need of a lot of help. Africa is evolving and it keeps drawing me back every year. I was just thinking about this the other day: I have been to Africa every year since 2011 for which I am immensely grateful. My trips to Africa have been relegated to mostly east Africa  and South Africa (not southern Africa, mind you).

Sunset - Zambia

Sunset in Zambia

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21 Favorite Photos of Mothers From My Travels


It’s never lost on me how fortunate I am to travel often and to meet many, many mothers. I’ve said it many times before, being with mothers and their little ones is my favorite thing to do when I am visiting another country.

For Mother’s Day, I put together a list of my favorite motherhood photos from some of the countries I have visited. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed being with these moms and children.

Happiest Mother’s Day!

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Tanzania

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India

Haiti

Haiti

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Tanzania

Tanzania

Tanzania

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Tanzania

Zambia

Zambia


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Do You Know This Fruit Tree?


I have never lived in a state hot enough to have tropical fruit trees, so when I see fruit trees when I travel I am always awed by them. In Haiti there were fruit trees everywhere, especially mango, and of course, banana trees. In fact, I can’t believe I didn’t take any photos of mango trees at all.

All over Haiti you would see people with long sticks knocking mangoes out of the trees.

I ate so many delicious mangoes while in Haiti. I also ate tons of pineapple and watermelon. Fruit was our dessert every night.

But I didn’t see very many of this tree. Do you know what it is?

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It’s a grapefruit tree.

The grapefruits aren’t nearly ripe yet and are much bigger than they look in this photo. I loved seeing a grapefruit tree for the first time in my life.

In the Philippines I saw coconut trees wherever we went.

Coconut trees in the Philippines

Coconut trees in the Philippines

The same is true when I went to Tanzania.

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Coconut trees in Tanzania

Even though I didn’t see a jackfruit tree, I did see and taste jackfruit for the first time in Tanzania.

Jackfruit - Tanzania

Jackfruit – Tanzania

I took this photo of a fruit in Tanzania, but I have no idea what it is…perhaps peaches!

Mystery fruit. I have no idea what this is.

Mystery fruit. I have no idea what this is.

And in Ethiopia, I saw avocado trees and also a mystery fruit tree that I don’t know.

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Avocado tree in Ethiopia

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Mystery fruit tree in Ethiopia. Do you know what this is?

I’m actually quite fascinated by trees and flowers that I see while traveling. I don’t take nearly enough photos of flowers and trees when I’m abroad. I really should change that.

Postcards From Haiti: Moms and Their Babies


SONY DSCNo matter where I am in the world, my favorite thing to do is spend time with mothers and their little ones. From Tanzania and Ethiopia to India and the Philippines, seeing the interaction between mothers and their children feeds my soul. Mothers are the same everywhere.

This week I spent time in Hinche and Deschappelles, Haiti where I saw vaccine and midwifery programs. It was a wonderful opportunity to spend time with fellow mothers and take photos of their beautiful children.

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Read posts from my trip to Haiti: