Hour 13 | Hiatus

So…did I tell you about that time I fell off the face of the Blogosphere? If you’re reading this, you’re too kind. Thank you. Because I disappeared for a while. Not too long after my last post, I started doing ALL THE THINGS.

I took a trip to Florida with my son and my daughter.
I promised myself to do nothing but sit on the beach and read a book while there.


I nearly succeeded.

I led two separate book discussions at a local, popular library.
I made it through said discussions without tripping over my words.

I spoke on a panel to a large group about non-traditional advocacy efforts.
I managed to hide my Imposter Syndrome.

I explored our nation’s capitol for the very first time.

20170617_144405242_iOSI grappled with our nation’s dichotomous history and the enormity of it all.

I visited D.C. and met with legislators on Capitol Hill.
I did my best to not look like an over-the-top tourist while I was there.


I met dozens of fabulous women (and a few men) from YWCA’s across the country.



I realized I have lots of fabulous footsteps to follow.

I met Simone Sanders.
And Bernie Sanders.
And Melissa Harris-Perry.

I learned I can almost control my Fangirling.
I toured Howard University’s campus.
I took 15K steps in one day.

I took a bunch of preteens to Kings Island.
And to the mall.
And to volleyball camp.
And to Kings Island.
And to the mall.

I accepted an offer to co-chair a committee of a huge event.
I gave a statement before City Council on the importance of Human Services Funding.

I helped plan and execute a movie screening and panel discussion, urging young women and girls to get interested in and consider STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers.

And we received this lovely note

Hidden Figures thank you





I marched alongside my coworkers in the Pride Parade.
I marched alongside my coworkers in the disability parade.



I decided not to include everything I’ve done since writing my last blog post. The aforementioned are just the highlights.

I realized that all of these things have happened since June 1, 2017.

I started writing this post on July 31st.

I’m hoping you’ll forgive my lack of activity here and grant me some grace.

I’ve been doing all the things. All the things– except writing on these internet walls. And sleeping (it’s 1:39 am right now). I’m going to do bed.

Until next time.




About Desiré

During my 20-year climb to economic self-sufficiency, I've inched my way from being a teenaged single-mother and high school dropout to completing a postgraduate degree and working as a Social Justice Advocate.
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4 Responses to Hour 13 | Hiatus

  1. laura mitchell says:

    Wow!!! So proud to know you!! What a great way to spend your time here on earth. I’m taking notes, Desire. And in time, I hope to join you in your mission to educate and inspire. I just need to get these kids in school so I can have some flexibility!! Sending you all my love!

  2. Desiré says:

    @LauraMitchell: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comment and for you kind words!! Sending you lots of love and light! 💛💛💛 ✨✨✨

  3. Paula Huckleberry says:

    Love seeing your involvement in making the world “a better”place! You have always been an empathic, positive, funny, grounded person for me💕 It’s no surprise that you have made such a large impact on so many thus far! I’m so proud to call you a friend. No matter the time or distance between us just know I see you 😉I’m happy for you👍🏾

  4. Desiré says:

    @Paula Oh my goodness!!! Thank you so much for always being such a wonderful, caring friend! ❤

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