Happy New Year!

For the past few days, I’ve been pondering on and debating with myself about doing a “Highlights of 2013”, “Best of 2013”, or even “New Year’s Resolution” post. It seems like every person on every social network is doing a list, post, pic, or tweet about it. But am I like every other person? (Hint: misfit)

Nah.

Here’s what I will say about the new year.

1. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. -Arthur Ashe

2. Choose positivity. It’s nice.

Happy New Year! ūüôā

-Misfit.

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The Best Compliment

Today at work I received arguably the best compliment ever.

An associate told me, “You’re a good Christian.”

Simple,¬† right? Not “you’re beautiful”, “you’re smart”, “you have a gorgeous smile”, etc…just a simple observation about my Christ-likeness.

She doesn’t know much about my personal life, what church I attend, the details of my relationship with God or anything like that, but something about what she sees everyday made her say that.

I want to assume that she sees “The God in me.” I’ve talked about wanting people to see that in a previous post. It’s so awesome and humbling to hear someone say that. I can’t take the credit for it at all. The Holy Spirit is continuously working in me and I’m glad and grateful that the results are visible.

-Misfit.

Reading is Fundamental

I want to start reading again.

Since graduating from college 7 months ago, I haven’t read a quality piece of literature. I’m so utterly ashamed of myself.¬†

You would think that with all the free time I have, I would be completing books every week. That is not the case.

My sister finished a book last week called “Americanah” by¬†Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie(Go Nigeria!). It is a New York Times Best Seller, it has been named one of the top 10 books of 2013, and has been also named ‘Best Book of 2013’ by BBC. My sister, my BFF, is one of the most intelligent people I know. She is also a writer, author, and quality literature enthusiast. Now if she can give a RAVING review of this novel, dedicate a facebook status to it, AND call it easily one of the best books she has ever had the pleasure of reading…then I must read it. Soon.

During my realization that reading is fundamental to lifelong learning, I thought about different ways to read more. Paperback? Online subscriptions? E-reader? I think e-readers are really cool, but there are so many in the market that I’m slightly scared to choose and pay that much for one.

Here is where you(my audience) come in. What’s your favorite way to read? Do you enjoy the traditional nature of flipping pages, or do you prefer the convenience of an e-reader? Let me know what you think!

The first book I’m going to read after this post will be ‘Americanah’. I’ll be sure to do a quick write-up of my review on the novel after I finish it.¬†

My challenge to you is this: read with me. The world is losing intelligence and vocabulary with each passing day. Let’s get it back. Crack open a great read. You’ll feel better…and smarter.

Reading is fundamental.

-Misfit. 

Merry Christmas!

Just wanted to take a moment to wish you a Very Merry Christmas!

I hope you enjoy this day with your loved ones, open a few presents, and eat some delicious things! More importantly,  I pray you remember the true and real reason for the season.

The birth of Jesus Christ is the reason for the season.

If you’re reading on Christmas Day, I invite you to listen to my favorite Christmas song, Oh Holy Night. My favorite rendition is by Mariah Carey, but any version is just as beautiful.

Merry Christmas!

-Misfit.

“Oh hear the angel voices…Oh night divine,  when christ was born.”

Thoughts & Opinion

Social media has ruined my generation.

Sounds a bit harsh, but the truth usually does.

Social networks such as Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. have robbed an entire generation of the ability to keep thoughts and opinions to oneself.

I’m including myself in this criticism as well because…I run a public blog. This entire site is nothing but what I think.

Most people my age don’t have social filters, which keep an individual from blurting out inappropriate,¬† disrespectful, or just completely unnecessary commentary. They also don’t understand,¬† many times, the effect of their lack of control on their futures, professional careers, relationships,¬† public image, and a host of other representations that matter.

I see “friends” all the time on Facebook posting outrageous statements, pictures, and opinions. My question is this, “If you didn’t have Facebook as a soapbox to stand on and shout your ridiculous theories…would you still have them?” The fact that there is a global forum(the Internet) where we can share out views drives our desire to have one.

Whether it’s a political debate, a religious issue, sporting events, or a a cable television show, people are telling what they think.

I am guilty of this too! I recognize the impulse to say what’s on my mind quite often. But there is a difference in my mental process, compared to others, before I open my mouth or type on my keyboard. I imagine any backlash that might come about as a result of my statement, good or bad, then I picture any Nigerian mother saying the following inquiries, “Who asked you?” “Who sent you?” “Who gave you mission. ”

After those questions…I usually just keep my thoughts to myself.

We all should try it sometime.

-Misfit.

P.S. Feel free to comment! Haha!

My First Pinterest Project

I found my first piece of furniture to re-do! I was on my way to a thrift store to find some goodies when I drove past a yard sale. It’s a good thing I stopped because there was kinda beat up old white bookcase.
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It was only $5 and I’m glad I found it. I’m currently going through my pinterest boards for inspiration on prints and colors. Since the bookcase already has a blue backing and happens to be white, I think I may stick with that…

I’ll be sure to do a new post when I find my fabrics/prints/patterns!

-Misfit.

P.S. Is Christmas seriously in 4 days!? Whoa.

Apartment Inspiration.

Hello everyone,

In a little over a month, I’ll be moving to a new city, new apartment, and a new stage of life.

I’ll dedicate a post in the near future on how I feel about the impending move, but right now I’m thinking about how fun decorating a new apartment will be.

Any suggestions on color schemes, overall looks, types of furniture I do/do not need as s very young woman, links to fabulous pinterest projects, pr any tips of the rental trade…I’m open to listen.

Seeing as though I love peacocks and turquoise is my favorite color…take that and give me some ideas!

Thanks bunches.

-Misfit.