Author Archives: Desiré

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.

Hour Eight | Equality

If you’re reading this– you are super awesome for coming back! Thank you. First things first: today is #EqualPayDay.  This year, April 4 marks the day in which (on average) a woman had to work all the way through (from … Continue reading

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Hour Seven | Kaelahday

You’ve heard of the days of the week, right? Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Kaelahday, Sunday. Wait, what? Let me tell you about Kaelahday. It started this morning when her mom completely forgot to schedule a hair appointment for her—Nakaelah … Continue reading

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Hour Six | Late

The following is for the sake of writing something. No real stories were harmed in the making of this slightly nonsensical post. I’ll resume regular posting once I’ve gotten my sleepy-self together and gotten some rest. There’s no way to … Continue reading

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Hour Five | Change

Oh my goodness– so five days in a row! If anyone is still actually reading this–thank you! In my last post, I talked about my hectic (albeit fulfilling) work schedule last Tuesday. Today’s schedule wasn’t as crazy but just as … Continue reading

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Hour Four | Long Day

I met up with a fellow Rising Star yesterday (just so you know I’m not being pretentious, Rising Stars is the name of the leadership program we’re in that trains professionals to serve as equity leaders on nonprofit and arts boards…so if … Continue reading

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Hour three | Gratitude

  I  thought it might be a good idea for me to take a moment to give thanks. This blog is probably going to be filled with stories and stuff about me and my mis/adventures so I’m thinking it would … Continue reading

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Bonus post | TLDR

In case my last post was TLDR (too long didn’t read), here’s a stand-alone version of The Letter that Changed my Life. I am one of the women you talked about during the opening speech. I was a teenage single-mother. … Continue reading

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Hour Two | OMFG (Oh My Fairy Godmother) part 1

Life is full of coincidental moments, if we only take the time to pay attention. When I said I didn’t know how full Saturday’s moment was, I wasn’t kidding. To explain what I mean, I’ll first start with this post. … Continue reading

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Hour One | Full Circle Moment

The past 10 years of my life have been filled with so many full circle moments and coincidences that I often wonder if someone is playing some magical cosmic joke on me. Take yesterday, for instance. I was asked to … Continue reading

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Top 5 Things to Do When in Florence…

There’s something about the energy of Florence, Italy that just grabs you. Perhaps it’s the feeling of bewilderment that takes hold of you as you navigate the streets and explore the maze of alleyways that run up and down Firenze.  … Continue reading

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