“Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”

I am as excited as I am nervous about writing this blog because once it is posted, I have to very much keep myself accountable for it. Beyond interning full time, I have decided to take on several personal challenges which will allow me to trace what I have accomplished by the end of these next three months as I explore the varied natures of my personhood (all of you should know by now I love that multidimensional, multiplicity person stuff). I find work to be time consuming and challenging in a very different way than graduate school.  Beyond the 9 to 5 come into the office and do what do you work life model, you use the same side of your brain every day, get stressed about what to eat for lunch, and go home to come back and do the same thing. Don’t get me wrong because I what I do is very interesting (I would not do it otherwise) as I get to be on this continuous “practical application” journey learning about diplomacy, peace building, development and how people in different communities empower themselves to build and maintain peace. In order to keep myself interested and engaged in my work, and to ensure that my life does not drown in absolute misery, I have to break the “monotony” of my daily routine and take on these extra activities to keep myself stimulated both creatively and intellectually.

I want to start doing those things which I couldn’t because I had tons of school work, those things that will enrich my life while they teach me something, and those which will allow me to look back and acknowledge that I accomplished one or two things this summer. Looking back to the last several years, summers for me have always been filled with summer school, leadership training camps, working for my university in student positions, and always getting ready to move across the country the world. This summer is different because all I will be doing is interning and now these little challenges. YAY! One of my reasons for even blogging about what I want to do as far as these challenges are concerned is to have all of you help keep me accountable through this journey. Once my challenges are public, I have to keep up with them and update everyone on this wonderful journey. WHOO HOO! So, the plan is that I will set for myself several challenges for this summer and every week will set a goal which will bring me closer to achieving any one of those challenges. I do not want to separate the challenges by month or per week so what I will do is simultaneously work on all of them by doing a different things each day to rich that week’s goal which fulfills the whatever challenge(s). I hope that makes sense, soooooooooo here we go….


  1. Continuous challenges:
    1. Wake up early for the rest of the summer and NEVER hit snooze.
    2.  Exercise or meditate in the morning (do these interchangeably).
    3. Read something inspirational in the morning before going to work.
    4. Plans for next school year and after. YIPS.
  2. Read 3 books (3 different genres) to get me ready for my last year of MA graduate school.
      1. Intellectual/Academic (Currently reading African Gender Studies by Oyewumi Oyeronke)
      2. Motivational/ Inspirational (Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell)
      3. Creative/Fun/Literature (TBA)
  3. Draw and Paint: Finish at least one painting.
  4. Look at sewing machines and sew (??? uurr…Geneva is expensive???)
  5. Wear short hair…YUP YUP.
  6. Read up on blogs (fashion blogs, make up blogs, hair blogs, life blogs, feminist blogs, funny blogs)
  7. Amidst in all cook eclectic cuisine and make YUMMY SHAKES!!!!
  8. At the end of the summer, TRAVEL AND SHOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!