Do Not Disturb.

If you met me over the last year, there’s a 40% chance I yelled “this is my song!,” while listening to music when we were talking. Sound high? Probably, but it’s true. After Spotify released its 2018 wrapped information, I saw numerous posts about people’s personalized statistics. Most people listened to music anywhere between 9,000…

Just Do It.

I am beyond grateful for the opportunities that have allowed me to pursue both personal and professional growth in this year of congruence. This past year has been filled with many adventures. Over the course of 2017, I have Traveled to 14 new cities and 2 countries Written too many 20-page papers Spoken with 5…

Elevate Expectations

Earlier this year, I️ completed a “where have you been?” assessment identifying all of the places I’ve visited in the United States. After reviewing the map, I️ was reminded that I️ had never been to any state west of Texas. People had always told me that I️ would love the West Coast and HAD to…

The Power of Seven

By now everyone has heard (a version of) my story. Originally from Cincinnati, I went to Coastal Carolina University and competed as a track and field student-athlete in the Honors College. After one year, I transferred to the University of South Carolina and earned my B.S in Athletic Training. Through experiences in fraternity life, campus…

Be Where Your Feet Are. Know Who Your Feet Belong To.

This blog has been on my mind for a while now. Throughout the summer, I’ve tried to write the first paragraph several times and allow my hands to articulate the rest of my thoughts on the keyboard. Every single time I got writer’s block, which led to frustration, and ultimately another finished box of Mike…

Find Your Voice.

I can’t believe it has been an entire year since I kicked off my website! “I am so blessed to finally kick-off and support a personal goal I have circumvented for years! Cannot thank everyone enough for making dream a reality.”  The social media caption from the initial post remains true. I am forever humbled…

Name Your Blessings.

“In 2016, we lived, we loved, and we lost. But I do not wish any of the obstacles or experiences away.” Throughout the last few weeks, I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot of stuff on social media about how “2016 was a bad year” and people are ready for it to be over. Sure,…

Undefeated.

“We may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated… In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”- Maya Angelou Initially, I wanted to entitle this piece “Failing or Falling Forward” to…

Love & Honor.

Wow! What a wonderful day to visit Miami University in Oxford, OH to speak with the Fraternity and Sorority Life student leaders! As the keynote speaker at Miami’s ADVANCE Retreat, I was able to speak with chapter and council presidents affiliated with IFC, Panhellenic, and NPHC about what it means to lead with purpose. One…

Ohana. #ALLinELI

Coming to Ohio State, I knew I was attending the best university and graduate program in the world. From attending football games with 104,944 passionate fans in The Shoe to walking around Mirror Lake and The Oval with 60,000 students passing to and from class, I was prepared and ready to ensure these next two…

When I Grow Up…

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” I was asked this question countless times throughout my childhood as if I was supposed to know what career I wanted to have for the rest of my life in 1st grade. At age 5, I wanted to be the first black president of the…