20 Books To Help Get Your Mind Right In 2017

Blessed 2017, y’all. 

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a proud bibliophile. Next to sipping wine and tea, listening to trap music and collecting journals, I love nothing more than getting cozy on the couch and flipping my fingers through a good book. My affinity for reading was instilled in me at a very young age, and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more appreciative of the art of storytelling.

Now that 2017 is here, it’s time for us to put down the iPhones (or Androids) and stick our noses in a book. Particularly for those who are looking to improve their writing skills, reading daily can increase comprehension, deepen your awareness for tone and pitch and even expand your vocabulary.

Remember, if you can make time to binge watch episodes of Power or Game of Thrones, you can totally make time to read 30-45 minutes a day. I want nothing more than for you to be greater than great in 2017. The books listed below are a combination of personal favorites that I’ve already read, as well as ones that I hope to personally conquer this year. And fun fact: if you head over to your local library and sign up for a library card, you can borrow all of the physical and digital books your heart desires for the free.

So let’s dive into these books, shall we? Enjoy! 

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5 Tips On Breaking Into Freelance Writing

I am often asked by many of my peers, “Chasity, how did you start freelancing? What do I need to do in order to write for Publication XYZ?” And while I wish I had a specific formula to help get you a byline on your favorite website, I must say that breaking into freelannce journalism is different for everyone.

Since I started freelancing in 2014, I’ve learned that media outlets only really want one thing from journalists: for us to demonstrate that we are thoughtful and intentional about the subject(s) we wish to write about. It’s critical to set yourself apart from the rest as knowledgeable, creative and personable, but you also want to ensure that your writing is substantive and aligns with the mission and vision of the publication.

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What It Really Means To ‘Faith Your Fear’

This post marks Day 2 my #NaNoWriMo challenge. Peep my first post here

Today marks the one year anniversary that I’ve been at my current job. For some, reaching that milestone seems like a pretty decent accomplishment. But for me, it’s one that I’m pretty darn proud of, given that four months prior to my hiring date, I was unemployed.

While I was job hunting one night sitting Busboys & Poets, I remember listening to The Eternal Peace LP by Purple Wondaluv (Musiq Soulchild’s alter ego) and being completely captivated by one song in particular, titled ‘Faith Your Fears.’

The last year has been full of numerous teachable moments, but the idea of “Faith Your Fear” as been one that has quietly stuck with me throughout.


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Trust Your Transitional Shift.

Blessed Wednesday, y’all. 

It’s been a minute in a half since I’ve published a personal post, and I could come up with a million excuses why, but I’ll spare you.

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of running – and not because I’m training for my first marathon either. For the last several months, I’ve found myself running from thoughts and feelings that often left me confused, overwhelmed and even doubtful. As a result, I’ve conjured scenarios (and even uttered some aloud) that seem like viable solutions, but are in fact concrete avoidance to the problems I haven’t wanted to face for a very long time.

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Wine Around Town: ENO Wine Bar

Happy Wine Wednesday!

A few weeks ago, I took a trip to a wine bar that has quickly become a new favorite.

ENO Wine Bar, located on the corner of 28th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW and right next to the Four Seasons Washington in Georgetown, looks cute and quaint upon first glance. But after stepping inside, you’re greeted by a comfortable fusion of old world wine country and modern design (they’ve got a beautiful cellar and super chic tasting room in the basement!) I first learned of ENO via Twitter, when they extended an invitation for me to come visit. We all know that taking a trip to Georgetown can sometimes be a feat, but I was determined to give this wine tasting room a try. 

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