Letter To Malia
May06

Letter To Malia

Dear Malia, Allow me to begin this letter by saying: You go girl! When the news broke that you will be attending Harvard University in 2017 it was undoubtedly BIG news, and good news, of course. In my opinion, however, what was even bigger news was that you decided to take a gap year in order to travel and do volunteer work. Now, I’m about ten years your senior, but if I could go back a decade and re-make some of my major decisions prior to attending college, a gap year definitely would be on the table. I come from a humble background, much like yourself; middle-class family, two parents who are each other’s best friend and are committed to family, work, and education. It’s as if the plan had already been made for me to attend college. It was a no-brainer. When I look back though, the decision to attend college was tough. Still, I don’t regret it. I’ve been part of the University of Michigan’s alumni family for 5 years now, and while life as an alum is great, my time spent in college was even better. So, when your first day of college life arrives, prepare to enjoy the ride! Excuse my digression, but back to you and this gap year decision. I love it. Not that you need my approval, but I love it. I think a gap year needs to be more of the norm in this country, and I think more students/graduates should consider following in your footsteps. Why? Well, the reason should be obvious, but if a person decides to take a gap year, hopefully this is a strong indication that they plan to do something useful with their newfound “free time.” Traveling and volunteering to help others are always good ways to use the precious commodity of time. Traveling takes a person out of their comfort zone, especially when they travel out of the country and experience new cultures. They come to see that the pace of life is different, in most cases slower than what we are used to here in America. Traveling more (specifically out of the country) is undoubtedly on my list of things to do, especially since I received my passport a few months ago (I know I’m late, don’t judge me lol). Volunteering makes a person eat “humble pie”, as they inevitably realize that their situation could be worse. Also, even if the motive of volunteering isn’t for a humility check, it’s a known fact that it’s better to give than receive. The sooner a person learns this and keeps it in mind, the better a...

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Mommy Messages
May06

Mommy Messages

Compiled by Leah T. Johnson/ ColorBlind Magazine Mommy Messages In honor of the day that many people formally recognize moms, here’s a few messages from mom’s themselves. These women, of various ages, circumstances, and backgrounds are moms daily. However, I was able to catch up with each of them and posed the question: What message would you give to your child(ren) regarding life? These are their answers…   “Before you were born, I thought I knew everything. After you were born, I found out I didn’t. Continue to learn from the lessons life will teach you daily.” — Maria T., mom of 2 sons- Jordan and Julian   “Always seek to know how the Creator feels when making decisions.” Emilie B., mom of 1 daughter- Vinnie   “Cherish every moment. There’s no need to rush through life when making memories takes time.” — Chavonne C., mom of daughter Codi, and expecting second child September 2016.   “In this life, it is important that my children are kind  to others and kind to themselves. Life requires that we are many things, but being considerate and extending grace to ourselves and others at all times- especially during difficult times- is a quality of a good Human. I want my children to be Good Humans. — Nyesha H. mom of daughter Leila, 8, and son Justin,...

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Zenia Turner Bride-To-Be Updates
May06

Zenia Turner Bride-To-Be Updates

Compiled by Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine  ColorBlind Magazine Reader and future Bride-to-Be Zenia Turner shares more updates regarding her Fall 2016 Wedding: ColorBlind Magazine: What’s the status on the invites?  Zenia Turner: Save-the-Date magnets have gone out to our invited guests, yay! I used Wedding Paper Divas as my vendor. They were within my budget (affordable), very professional in appearance, and had quick turnaround time for shipping. They offer a lot of great products too for brides looking to match all of their stationary suites, stamps, labels, etc. Now that this part has been done we are focusing on paying off our vendors (photographer, DJ, videographer, florists, etc.) and purchasing all the other items we will need for the day (e.g. invitations, favors, aisle runner, ceremony and reception items, etc.) CB Mag: Have you said “yes” to the dress yet? ZT: I have selected my bridal gown from David’s Bridal (sidebar: When I tell you I really misjudged their selection…based off the online experience; all I can tell brides is don’t knock David’s Bridal until you go! Lots of affordable dresses, that are BEAUTIFUL and they offer Lay-away. Also, the experience at David’s Bridal was super fun. Ladies getting married that you don’t even know become your instant friends, you share bits and pieces about your wedding with them, and when you find your dress you get to ring “THE BELL” and everyone is excited for whoever rings it…lol 🙂 My Matron-of-Honor found her dress, and so did my one and only hostess. I also purchased my flower girl and ring maiden dresses. So, now all that’s left is finding the perfect accessories, shoes, and undergarments (which this is very important in shaping the way your dress will fit), and finding the makeup and hairstyle that we all want. My Matron told me when I found the one I would just know…and she was right! There is this overly-emotional feeling that I can’t put into words when you know you’ve found “YOUR” dress, you will know. Also, my groom and his best man have scheduled their fitting appointment with Men’s Warehouse which carries all of the matching David Bridal color palettes. CB Mag: How is spirituality being addressed in your pre-marriage days?  ZT: Kevin and I have been attending our pre-marital counseling, and I must say it has been a great experience for the both of us. It has allowed us to really understand why we’re choosing the church to marry us versus a non-religious ceremony. We are also getting to answer questions that sometimes couples don’t actually discuss. I think in relationships (especially ones that begin when you’re young) we tend to just take on certain roles,...

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April 2016 Favorites!
May02

April 2016 Favorites!

Compiled by Leah T. Johnson  Here’s a Few things I loved during the month of April, and something I’m looking forward to during May… 1) Water/Water Bottles– I know that you are thinking this is so generic, but my 32oz water bottle has been my best friend lately. For some reason, using this bottle makes me feel that drinking eight glasses of water (or 64oz) isn’t impossible! Since my schedule has been quite hectic and I don’t have time to workout the way that I would like to, drinking an adequate amount of water is making up for that. Not to mention that my personal water challenge aligns perfectly with a new Spring challenge that I started on Monday May 2nd. Sufficient amounts of water has also improved the quality of my skin, which brings me to point number Two… 2) E.L.F. Products.– These products have always been right in my face when I visit CVS Pharmacy, but on a random occasion, I decided to try the E.L.F. Daily Hydration Moisturizer. I love using this product daily. It keeps my skin feeling moisturized but not greasy. This product along with my faithful Aveeno face products work very well.  2B) 5 Minute Makeup– Ladies, trust me, it’s the best thing ever. I watch a lot of videos on Youtube, and I think I’ve finally achieved my 5-minute makeup look. Yes, this look should literally take five minutes. It should be a look that you can do using the vanity mirror in your car  It’s extremely useful on those days when you are in a rush, or simply don’t feel like putting much effort/time into applying makeup but you still want to look presentable. I would suggest spending time on Youtube to research videos. While doing your search, you can also look for videos titled “No Makeup Makeup Routine.” Looking Forward to… This year I decided to challenge myself and read 10 books within the year. Well, I’m doing so-so thus far. However, I am looking forward to starting a book titled “Overwhelmed- How to Work, Love, and Play when no one has the time.” I think this book is appropriate considering that life tends to stay busy for me. If any of you have book suggestions please feel free to leave a comment below!  ...

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