Update: Summer Bucket List 2017

Summer is upon us. Say goodbye to sweaters and boots and hello to Vans and shorts. Last year, I posted a Summer Basket list. I know what you’re thinking, bucket list are for doing great things before you die. However I must admit, there is a lot to do before the good Lord calls me home, so here I go again with another list for summer. Let’s recap last years bucket list.

Last year, I had some pretty big things to do. One of which I almost accomplished. Question of the day, Did you know that it can take years before you actually get into the registration room to get tickets for Comic Con San Diego? I didn’t. So for now that is crossed off the list until further notice.

So now, I introduce my 2017 Bucket List for the Summer!

  1. Finish Batman: Arkham Knight video game
  2. Build my audience for my blog
  3. Finish my A.A.S program (I went back to school)
  4. Be the best I can be in Christ and in life

So far, I’m not reaching too many heights. I’m taking things slow and just want to find myself again. I feel at 26, you start reevaluating your life and wanting more than just a career and benefits. I want adventure but currently I am being content in all things. This list may be simpler than last year but I’m happy and finally understanding my purpose on earth and in Christ.

Much Love

Life Update: Fresh Start 2017

I know…I know. It’s been awhile. But honesty, I have no excuses. I should have given an update a while ago. So many times did I sit down to write a new post but things got in the way, life caught up with me and binge watching become a pastime. Now its March and so many things have happened. First, we got a new president in the United States (for my international readers, I voted for the other guy). Secondly, I started back to school and third I work with special education at one of the local elementary schools in my town. I absolutely love it. It’s not my dream job, but it’s the job God has in his plans for me. Lastly, a new series of Doctor Who starts this year. I know it has nothing to do with any personal things in my life but I’m a huge fan of the British based show and I’ve been waiting a little over a year for this. I also got a new cousin, who is 4 months as of now and he is the most precious thing. At this point, 2017 will be the best year ever and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for me. Also I want to do something I don’t think I’ve done in any post. On the side bar, I have links to Amazon and other places I am affiliates of. I also have an email list so you’ll never miss a beat. Please use my links and spread the good news.

Much Love

 

P.S. Compliment someone to do and make sure they feel love. Love is key and the first commandment above all!

So over Summer

When winter finally breaks and the leaves grow back on the trees, I can feel the summer in the air. The sun stays out longer and homework is nearly vanquished. Shorts and sandals are bought for the impending warm weather and sweaters and boots are long forgotten. What is it about summer that makes us happier. I know when summer comes people are happier, warmer even. But as of right now, I’m so over summer. I’m not a summer person. I love the cool, crisp weather of autumn and the changing of the leaves and the boots…oh how I love boots. Fall is my favorite time of year. Sure in the summer you can do more things. However in the fall we have apple picking, Thanksgiving and sweet potato pie. Fall decor isn’t so bad either. So in honour of the coming autumn season, I’ve complied a list, the Fall Bucket List…let’s get started!6239481883_467b4c0f14_z

1. Go apple picking (I haven’t gone since 1st grade)

2. Make an apple pie

3.Try a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks (Never had one as I don’t like pumpkin)

4. Try the recipe from Andie Mitchell for Pumpkin Doughnuts

5. Rake the leaves in my yard then jump in the pile

I hope sometime in the near future I can conquer this list and move on to my winter bucket list. My goal is to create a bucket list for each season. It gives me some goals to accomplish and to do things I’ve always wanted to do. Leave me some comments on what you would include for a fall bucket list or if you’ve ever completed everything on your list.

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Photo curtesy of Masakazu Matsumoto (flickr.com)

Coffee & Scones: A weekly update

15375375972_77322352c1_zAlright, it’s been long enough. I’m finally doing things God’s way and this week in my life, I’m down 15 pounds and I’m at the happiest I’ve been this year. And the year isn’t over yet. I also want to say that God truly does answer prayers even things we feel are small. Thank you to all who have read and wondered around my blog. Also if you like what you see, please subscribe so we can be friends and you’ll get an update straight to your email. My visitor numbers have increased and I couldn’t be more grateful to you and to God for answering my simple prayer for more readers. Continue to read and be apart of my small online network and look out for a video on my youtube channel. The link is below if you want to check it out and my other social media profiles. If no one has told you today, I love you all and so does Jesus.

 

“Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1).

Much Love

(Photo curtesy of Flickr.com(Tom Hall)

Bucket List of Summer 2016

Well my loves, summer is almost upon us and you know what that means…traveling, cook outs and warm summer nights with family and friends. It also means fulfilling life long dreams and aspirations. In honor of the summer that is almost upon us, I’ve complied a list of things on my bucket list. I’ve never made a bucket list before, but I have thought of things that I would love to do someday, maybe even this summer. Get ready to be amazed….24839704736_fa437486fd_k

 

1.) Travel to Ireland with my best friend, Janine. (I’ve already convinced her we need to do a best friend trip)

2.) Comic Con in San Diego

3.) Hiking in California

4.) Camping for the first time (African American families are not very accustomed to outdoor activities, but I would love to go camping)

5.) Visit all the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C.

6.) Finish Batman: Arkham Knight (I’ve only finished a video game in its entirety once i.e. Ghostbusters: The Video Game)

7.) Test Drive a Tesla

For now this is my lovely list. It can only grow from here. What’s on your bucket list and how do you plan on completing it?

Much Love

 

Eating and Mastering Food

 

Food, Mastering, Eating, Cooking
Here is two cookbooks that have attracted my attention since I began my love/hate relationship with food. The first one I purchased, Mastering the Art of French Cooking by the one and only Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck, was a spur of the moment purchase. I bought it from a seller on Ebay for $20. That was about 3 years ago. My recent purchase came from Amazon.com and it was a pre-order from author and blogger Andie Mitchell, Eating in the Middle, whose blog I’ve been a fan of for the last 4 years. Now let’s get to the bottom of why I purchased these two cookbooks with all the other options out there. First, I bought Mastering the Art of French Cooking because I read Julie & Julia, about Julie Powell who cooked her way through the entire Child’s cookbook in a year and I also read My Life in France, which was written by Child’s. Also I’m a fan of the movie with Meryl Strep and Amy Adams. francejulie Now to Eating in the Middle by Andie Mitchell, which I bought not on a whim, but because I patiently waited for Ms. Mitchell to give a release date for the cookbook. I loved the recipes she posted on her blog and found myself drooling at the pictures that captivated my attention (her blog is my homepage on my computer).

However, what I found was the these two cookbooks in my possession was similar and different, but more different than similar. Ms. Mitchell’s book had amazing photos, great recipes and some recipes have little stories to go along with them. I also understand that Julia Child’s wrote her cookbook with a certain hypothesis in mind, but while I love the cookbook, it reads more like a manual than the cookbooks you see on the selves at book stores. It gives great advice and tips to being the best chef you can be in your kitchen. The book was intended for American cooks who did not have personal chef’s in their homes. I think in today’s terms it was written to help people cook like a French chef and make great meals that are full of flavors and the best smells you can smell. Overall both books are amazing and anyone who loves cooking and being in the kitchen would find that these cookbooks are great to add to your collection.

At this point you’re probably wondering why I’m wiring about these cookbooks beside comparing and contrasting them. Well, plain and simple, I’m not a foodie. I’m lactose intolerant and I have IBS. But what attracted me to both cookbooks was the fact that it helped me find food again. When you’re suffering from stomach problems and dairy is just not your friend plus cheese is gross, you find yourself eating the same things over and over again until everyone knows what you’re going to eat and what day you’re eating it. I’ve come to a conclusion that food doesn’t have to be your enemy and butter can make a dish taste like God himself prepared it. After it’s all said and done, food is not the enemy and you can cook food that’s full of flavor but yet healthy at the same time and not letting stomach problems hold you down from tasting life with a fork.

As the late Julia Child would say, Bon Appetite!

Much Love

New Website…New Me

Hi ALL! Time is upon us and I am launching my website today. I hope this site finds you well and that you tell your friends, tell your enemies, tell your neighbor. Tell everyone! Spudikk.com will feature all things food, faith, and curiosity. It’s a lifestyle blog that goes with my lifestyle. I can only pray for this blog to go viral and help someone in the long run. Also check out my youtube page and subscribe. Links to my social media is down below.

Like and view my upcoming vlogs and videos and leave comments and help me build my brand. Thanks for reading, thanks for liking, and this year is my year and it’s already truly blessed.

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20-Something Crisis: Stuck in your twenties

20somethingCould it be that at the ripe young age of 24, I’m stuffing through an early-life crisis. When I stay crisis, it seems that I’m jumping the gun. These thoughts ripple through my mind like the butterfly effect. I run over every aspect of my life in the last 24 years and rethink events in my life no matter how small. Now after graduating college and transitioning into my young adult life, I find myself feeling unfulfilled. Wait! Unfulfilled is not the word, I feel…absolutely, positively LOST! In this state I’m feeling like I have no where to turn and no one to talk to explain these odd feelings.

At 18, society expects us to pick a subject, study it, possibly master it and maneuver through life in this field. But at 18 are we really ready to take on the world and decide where we should or want to be when we grow up. I remember when I was 10-years-old and I watched “Legally Blond” starring Reese Witherspoon. It was the first time that I got to witness the awesomeness that was Apple and when something struck in me; I wanted to be a lawyer. I think it all came from the fact that Elle had an Apple laptop that propelled my fondness for law. Ten years on this earth and I settled to go to Harvard school of Law and become a lawyer thanks to a chick-flick with Reese Witherspoon (law school never happened or was thought of after I saw the price and years it took to become a lawyer).

When I finally became a teenager at 13, and we moved, I decided I wanted to be an Architect. How many black female architects do you think there is…probably as many as you’re thinking. But that dream too, quickly died as I had an enemy and his name was Math, who has haunted even to this day. Next I wanted to be an interior designer, but I decided I liked it more as a hobby then a career, then a history teacher, english teacher, until my big break happened. I applied to an internship program, producing an indie film for the summer of 2006. I didn’t think much of it until I was awarded the internship and worked in Chicago creating an indie film in a weeks time. A light bulb appeared over my head and I found what I was destined to do.

I won’t go into the full details but after switching schools three times, with my last school having been my first choice to began with, I settled into classes that taught tv production, graphic design and film under the guidance of someone who worked for Oprah. I graduated and worked as a preschool teacher until I reached a point in my life when I could say I was finally fulfilling my life’s goals. I could actually start checking things of my list.

I can feel your thoughts starring at me. I said I felt lost and I do. I got a job, in my field which is hard to do in this economy, and I felt that everything was all right. God has taken control of my life and I was finally following the path He had for me. But at the end of it all, I still feel lost. I’m lost because I fell in love with visual storytelling. Film is my passion that I chose to follow instead of a practical one. My mother always says, “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life,” but after I starting working at my current job, it feels exactly as such. It feels like a job. I no longer have passion in my heart and it shows in my work. I wake up everyday hoping that things will change and this crisis I’m trying to avert will blossom into a field of dreams. Instead I feel the dream dying and slowly swallowing me up into a dark abyss.

Your twenties is for having fun and traveling, attending high school friends weddings and just generally enjoying the clean fun of life and the small things. Yet, I feel unfulfilled as if I didn’t achieve a thing. The company I work for has won Emmy’s, but those awards don’t mean a thing to me if the passion is gone. I want to make people happy and spread the joy and peace that I have found in my savior Jesus, through the art of visual storytelling. I sit here and wonder if I would ever find my passion again. Only time will tell…

Much Love