Lifestyle

    How to Prepare Your Body & Mind for Insecure Season 2

    Insecure Season 2 returns Sunday, July 23 and I cannot WAIT. Ah, the glorious think-pieces, the lively #TeamLawrence versus #TeamIssa debates on Twitter, BLACK TV FAMILY TIME ON TWITTER….it’s going to be great.

    And if you can’t tell, I am super stoked. In fact, I am going through a weeklong Insecure ritual to prepare me for Season 2. Want to follow along? Here’s how it goes.

    Watch the trailer for Insecure Season 2 again (and maybe again and again.)

    I typically don’t watch trailers. It just gets me hype for something I’ll have to wait for. I broke my policy on that because my desire to see was stronger than my desire to keep my impatience at bay, and I had no regrets. I just can’t wait omg.

    Catch up on InsecuriTea, a podcast about Insecure by Crissles and Fran.

    I am a very distracted TV show watcher, so I heavily depend on podcasts to point out things I don’t notice. Crissles and Fran bring up a lot of views that I’d never think of, though I think they need an emotional friend (read: me) that can speak to the plight of Molly as a love/marriage-obsessed career woman who is also beautiful and Nigerian and AKA. 


     

    Read some great recaps about Insecure.

    There’s this one and this one by Luvvie. There’s also this interesting view on being Team Issa from Jozen Cummings. I only support Issa-positive articles, if you were wondering.

    Of course, watch Season 1 again.

    No HBO? No problem. You can binge watch the whole season on YouTube or HBO for 24 hours, starting at 6am ET on July 23. 

    If you’re a slow binger like me, you could also start your free month of HBO Go now. In theory, you should only have to pay for a month or two to catch the whole season. So you might as well start a little early. Ijs.

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    Visit your local adult beverage store.

    We’ll need to imbibe for premiere night, right?

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    Send a group text to see who you can voluntell to throw a watch party.

    Preferably somebody with a real cable package so you can watch, tweet and enjoy what Issa has in store for us. You’ll bring the drinks. Or at least for you. If you need a sample text, I have taken the liberty to draft one for you.

    Dear [Friend X].

    The Good Book says to whom much is given, much is required. Given that you have good cable AKA live access to HBO, you are required to host me July 23 for the Insecure premiere.

    XOXO,

    [Your name]

    P.S. What wine do you want?

    That’s all I have! What are you doing to prepare your heart, body and mind for Insecure Season 2?

    Also casually dropping this picture of me and Issa from a few years ago. She’s my best friend in my head. Hashtag humble brag.

  • Feeling Yourself: A Primer on Self Compassion
    29th Crisis Adulting

    Feeling Yourself: A Primer on Self-Compassion

    At the end of last month, I turned 29. Right before, I began a period of self reflection where I mentally mapped what I felt was lacking and viable paths to help me absolve these problem areas. Spoiler alert, there are a lot and I regularly oscillate between feeling defeated by shortcomings and being hopeful that I am able to transcend beyond them. So much so that I made a mantra/affirmation that stands to be my lifesaver in the choppy waters of my feelings. I regularly have to say this, and I welcome you to borrow it if you need it too.

  • 29th Crisis Adulting

    Introducing A New Series: The 29th Crisis

    As my friends and I near the ages of 29 and 30, I noticed some common themes in our retrospections and worries. First, this aging thing snuck up on us fast. Weren’t we just graduating college and worrying about getting jobs in a horrible recession? And now, with each day I near the departing of my twenties and I wonder what have I learned in this fleeting time. Which brings me to the second big theme. We’re searching for one more meaningful achievement to deem our 20s successful. For one friend, she was considering entering a fitness competition. Another was trying to reach a savings goal. And of course, we’ve all heard the people that want to lose X amount of pounds before they enter 30. I myself have even said that I would like to lose 30 before 30. We have seen successes such as graduating from college (twice from me), moving out on our own, getting our first jobs, making career moves. But as the end nears, we just want to set and reach just one more sizable goal in order to feel confident as a fledgling adult. This is a complete sidebar, but it’s kind of like when your Sims kid is nearing a birthday, so you have to make sure all their meters are full so they can advance into the next age with the best potential. Finally, we see the rest of the world hitting mainstream adulting goals and wonder when our time will come. We’re at that age. Our friends are getting married, having babies, buying homes, moving for jobs and the monster called comparison is live and well under our beds. 

  • Dallas Lifestyle

    10 things I loved about the Bachelorette premier

    I didn’t watch the premiere live, because I can’t be tied rigid things like television schedules. But I did rent the episode on iTunes to watch during my flight and I’m here to finally share my insights about The Bachelorette. As the first African American headlines the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise, I am so excited to tune back in since the days of Ryan and Tristen when I used to watch with my mom. And I love Rachel even more because she is a Dallas resident. So this show involves a lot of love, but I’ve toned it down to 10 reasons for now.