About Me

leopard v-neck tee and black fedoraWelcome!

I’m so glad you’re here. 🙂

I officially started my blog back in 2013 as a creative outlet, and to share my lifestyle in the hopes of providing inspiration to anyone striving to be their best. I love my work, my family, easy style, fitness and nature.

Life as a Scholar

I am a third year PhD student and Graduate Employee in the English Department at the University of Oregon. To learn more about my academic background and research interests, you can view my CV here.
The program at UO is fully funded.

Prior to studying at the University of Oregon, I completed my MA in English at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA. I flew back and forth between PDX and ONT weekly for a year and a half! While there, I taught College Writing for the 2018-2019 school year. Needless to say, I love literature, writing, and teaching too!

Work (aside from Digital Content Creator)

I have been an (on-again-off-again) Social Media Manager for Honey Baby Naturals (which is owned by my childhood best friend, Aisha) for several years. I have also worked in the same capacity for Twisted Sista by Urban Therapy.

Early in my career, when my twins were little, I was a personal trainer. For many years after that, I was a
professional Sales Executive, first in telecommunications and later in the pharmaceutical and healthcare

During my time as an outside sales rep, I also did print modeling and commercial acting for about seven years when I lived in the Chicagoland area. In addition, I was a competitive runner and triathlete for several years between my mid twenties and early thirties; I have competed in close to 40 races!

I own an online boutique on the Poshmark App (if you’re new to Poshmark, you can sign up using my referral link and save $10 on your first purchase using code TRENDYBOUTIQUE.) I also try to link my outfits in the LiketoKnowit app.

Personal Life

I grew up in Gary, Indiana, right outside of Chicago. My family ties and roots are in Chicago, my birthplace. I moved out West in 2013, and currently reside dually between Eugene, OR and Vancouver, WA (the latter is right on the border of Portland, Oregon).

I am a proud and devoted mother of girl/boy (now young woman and man!) twins, who are both in college and amazing humans.

Check back frequently for updates! Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment to keep in touch! I would love to hear from you. 🙂