Beauty and the Muse

Wilkes University Graduation Banquet

Posted on: July 25, 2014

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(Above: My mentor and friend, Author, Taylor Polites)

I made it you guys! I officially have a graduate degree in creative writing. I never thought in a million years that this would happen. But, with the guidance of my mentor and support of my loving cohort, I did it.

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(Left to right: Deb, Me, Elisabeth, Nicky, and Nina)

So basically, I will be posting a ton of pictures of my cohort, Wilkes Alum, staff, and professors. So Enjoy.

W15Nicky is wearing a ‘Cat-Lady Chic’ ensemble.

W16Talented screenwriter, Kelly and I.

W13Chris, Danielle, Sara, and Diva Nina.

W12Rocked out with Raegan.

W11Metal.

W10We always seem to match.

W9What is Rachel looking at?

W8Joe, Rachel, and John.

W7Austin, Margaret, Elisabeth, and Kelly.

W6A fine young man, Casey and Rachel.

W4Hey look! There’s Nathan! The best at like, gosh, everything in life.

W3Michael gave me the best graduation present. So sweet 🙂

W2Joanne, Molly, Ken, and Tiff Tiff.

W1Me and Dawn. She knows everything about anything…

I just want to say that I love my cohorts, wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. We did it, and now we are at the next step. See you guys in January!

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I am my own worst critic. There’s many things that I loved that I stopped doing because I “wasn’t good enough”. Because what I looked like was “disgusting”. The things I wrote about would “disgrace” my family, my religion, myself. For five years, I didn’t do anything. And, resented the fact that I wasn’t living in my purpose. I was floating along life, mimicking what I thought people like me did. They didn’t model. They didn’t cuss. They made their husbands happy. They stayed out of the way. But, most of them were doormats. I chose to put it all out there. On the internets and become myself 😂🤣 There will always be critics. People who don’t read nothin you say or have no idea what you stand for but will look at your body and judge you based on that and that alone. The person in the next slide (swipe over) keeps referring to my body as “that” which means they don’t see my fat glory as human. He/she calls me disgusting. Calls me a disgrace. But, their profile pic says “Inspiration”. My body is my temple. I am a queen. I appreciate what my body does for me despite my size. Period! 👏🏾 And, a reminder for you if you are struggling with body hate—from yourself or others or society—your body is a grand temple. Adorn it. Hug it. Nourish it. In what ways do you overly criticized your self, your body? What advice would you give someone who is critical of their self? Let’s chat. Photo: @rvxmendoza Fit: @fashionnovacurve #detroitblogger #psootd #plussize #instafashion #bodypositive #bgki #highfashion #honormycurves #effyourbeautystandards #pizzasisters4lyfe #blackgirlswhoblog #fashion #londonblogger #psfashion #detroit #blackgirlmagic #muslimgirl #naturalhair #plusmodel #feminist #wiw #intersectionalfeminism #turbanista #bodydysmorphia #fatacceptance #vintage #summerstyle #selflove #streetstyle #novababe

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