Big Changes

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Pardon me for not posting in so long. The truth is I’ve been working on some other writing projects and some other areas of my life. I’ve been reflecting a lot on this blog. I launched it three and half years ago and its focus has changed more than once.

This blog has morphed into more of a personal account of my life and in retrospect, it was something that I needed this past year. However, that purpose has been served and since so much of the writing I’m working on for other outlets is personal I’ve decided that I don’t want to focus on that here.

So what does that mean for the blog?

I will be ending Modspinster in the near future. It has been a great experience and who knows I may revive it in the future.

But now for the really exciting news…I will be launching a brand new site and blog in the upcoming weeks. I’ll be posting here to let you know the details as I get closer to releasing it. What I will say is that this new site is going to be very New York centric. I’m excited about this new endeavor. Thank you for following me these past few years and I hope that you’ll continue the journey with me on this new site.  Details coming soon!

 

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Article in Chelsea Now

Thank you for your patience with my absence for the past couple of months. I’ll be posting more in June which is just around the corner. Meanwhile, you can check out this profile I did on Joey Batista the General Manager of Frankie Portugal in Chelsea Now.

February Challenges

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Sorry, it has taken me a couple of weeks to post this but it’s been a very busy month. I have enjoyed doing little mini-challenges vs a big full-year project. Here is what I’m working on this month:

1. Workout Schedule: Find a fitness routine that works for my lifestyle which can be tricky. I don’t have a typical routine from week to week as far as my schedule goals so finding the right plan for me can be a challenge.

2. Update Wardrobe: I need new clothes that I feel good in and that reflects my personality and lifestyle.

3. Read 4 Books by Black Authors: Since it is Black History Month I wanted to work on my reading challenge for the year by focusing on books by Black writers.

4. Create a Budget for the Year: I wanted to create a budget and savings goals for this year.

5. Self Care Routine: I wanted to find a way to give myself a little more love and care and make that part of each week.

I’ll be sharing more specifics on these goals in future posts.

Essay in Honeysuckle Mag

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Over the past two years I’ve kept my published work separate from this site. I think the main reason I did that is because I wanted to keep this focused on things outside of dating and relationships and a lot of my work touches on that. But since I want to focus on my writing more this year it seems to only make sense to share the links to my work here and let you choose whether to read or not to read.

Here is an essay I wrote about finding my grandmother’s diary and what she reported dating to be like in her 70’s. You can read it on Honeysuckle Magazine.

Mindful Monday: Write Every Day

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The past year or so I found it hard to write on a regular schedule. I felt blocked, which was hard since writing is something that I love. So I decided to get into the habit of writing a bit every day this month, but not put rules on what type of writing or how long to spend on it each day.

Sometimes I write blog posts, sometimes I work on essays or assignments from editors, and some days I just journal or work on a pitch letter. Some days I don’t want to write, but I feel it’s better to at least practice than just wait for the muse to strike. It’s better to be prepared for inspiration when it strikes by working on your craft.

If you are thinking about writing and feel stuck here are some books I’d recommend:

The Artist’s Way by Julie Cameron
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Only As Good As Your Word: Writing Lessons from My Favorite Literary Gurus by Susan Shapiro
How to Blog for Profit: Without Losing Your Soul by Ruth Soukup

Bullet Journal: Daily Tasks

If you follow my Instagram you probably know that I love my Passion Planner. I started using one last year and it has helped me stay more organized in my life. I do use the calendar section for all my appointments both professional and personal, but I use the blank pages the focus on my life outside of work, mostly because I use an online task management program for my projects at the office. I love tracking my home life offline though.

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One thing I’ve started is a “Today” section. Before I go to bed I go through the day, check off what I’ve accomplished, and write out my desks for tomorrow. I’ve kept it simple. I focus on my meals, a to-do list, workouts, and writing. I have a few rules to keep it manageable and productive.

  1. I don’t assign myself more than three tasks in any section and sometimes I only assign one or two. This helps me from overwhelming myself like I tend to do when I’m overly ambitious.
  2. If I don’t complete something I don’t sweat it. I save it for the next day.
  3. I make sure to include something I really want to do and treat it with the same level of priority as something I “have” to do. Trust me I’m a lot more motivated to do laundry if I know that working on an article is something that is just as important.

I’ll be sharing more of my bullet journal hacks throughout the year.

Splendid Spoon

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One of my goals for January was to eat more whole foods. I’m sure this is a goal for many coming off of the holidays. To make it a little easy at the suggestion of a colleague I decided to give Splendid Spoon a try.

Splendid Spoon is a weekly delivery service that sends pre-cooked vegan meals to your door. There are different plans. I’m currently trying the full program which consists of 5 breakfast smoothies, 5 lunches, and a one day cleanse which includes 4 soups and one light meal.

I may switch to the lunch only plan in the future, but starting off with the full plan has been a great way to kickstart eating wholesome food. Like anything, there are pros and cons to the service.

Pros 

  • Meals are gluten-free and vegan so they work for most people’s diets
  • Compared to other plans the price is reasonable $65 if you do breakfast only, lunch only, or cleanse only and $135 for the full program. If you do the math the full program is about $10 per meal.
  • They are a rewards program and referral program so you can save money on future orders
  • You can ask for certain foods not to be included in your plan such as soy, spicy ingredients, peanuts, etc.
  • You can skip weeks if you are traveling or busy
  • You can choose from a menu the week before your delivery arrives if you want to make any changes to your meals.

Cons

  • This doesn’t work if you are doing a strict AIP plan. While you can avoid many ingredients seeds, nuts, nightshades, and grains like lentils are part of many of the meals.
  • If you have a tree nut allergy you can’t do the full plan because the breakfast shakes all contain tree nuts, but they are working on a solution for the future.
  • There is a lot of packaging. They do work hard to keep it as minimal as possible and it is all recyclable or compostable though.

I’m in my first week so time will tell how much I enjoy this program and how long I decide to order one of the weekly packages, but I was very happy with my first package.