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I think I’m falling in love…

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By: Shea Harris

A while ago, I wrote the cons about living in Miami. I’m not going to lie, I got a bit of backlash but those were my feelings at the time and they’re still true haha! Although I had two separate blog posts about how Miami is overrated, it’s not all horrible. There are a few things I cannot change about the city (i.e. rent and traffic), but I’m making the best out of living here. To be honest, I think the thought of staying in Miami for an extended amount of time scared me. One of the very first questions I’m usually asked is do you plan on making Miami your permanent home? I don’t think I’ll be able to answer that question for sometime though, but here are a few positive things about this city:

Beaches

The beaches are absolutely amazing. I don’t really have to deal with going to the beach during the summer time because it’s pretty much always summer in Miami. Whenever I’m having a rough day from my 9 to 5, I can always count on the beach to relax me. If I just need to write a blog post and have some me time, the beach is always there for me (unless it’s raining of course). I’m not a South Beach type of girl though, I’m more of a Hollywood Beach type of person. Hollywood Beach has a serene family environment, a legitimate strip that doesn’t separate you from the beach and it’s just everything I need. When I first moved here no one really hit up Hollywood, but now everybody in South Florida hits up this beach!

Family & Friends

Many of you know that I moved to Miami not knowing anyone, but all it took was for me was to put on Facebook that I was moving. A dear middle school friend reached out to me and from that moment on, it was smooth sailing. She introduced me to a host of beautiful people and I built my own relationships. I’m so glad I’ve met some pretty genuine people who support me and care for me like we’d known each other for years. Not only have I become friends with some amazing people, I now have a second family. All it took was for my cousin to contact his line brother and his family took me right on in! When Hurricane Matthew was approaching South Florida, I pretty much packed up my whole apartment and toted it over to my new family’s home. Instead of me staying in Miami the weekend before Thanksgiving, I ended up traveling with them to the Orlando Classic. It’s crazy how I’ve only known them a short amount of time and I feel right at home whenever I’m with them.

Events

I promise you it’s always something to do in Miami, no matter what the weather is. I think out of this entire year and a half I’ve lived down here, there may have been one weekend when I had no clue of any events occurring. 9 times out of 10, there are events occurring Sunday through Saturday of each week. It’s kind of insane and overwhelming how many events happen at one time down here, especially on the weekends. It’s honestly so many things going on that I have to pull back at times and remember that I need to take care of self. Whenever I’m in doubt about what events are occurring, I check Eventbrite, social media and of course you can never go wrong with Wynwood.

Anytime someone asked me How do you like Miami? My answer would always be I mean it’s okay, I don’t think I’ll stay here for long. Here we are a little over a year since I moved and things have changed drastically! I’ve met amazing friends, a family has adopted me and I don’t see myself leaving this city anytime soon. Well, until God tells me to pack my grip and get to moving! Are any of you all in a new city? How do you all feel about it? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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Motel No. 7

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By: Shea Harris

After a long hard week, the first thing I want to do is chill with friends and grab a drink. On Friday, January 15th I did just that. Myself and a few friends attended Jack Daniels Motel No. 7 event. As you can tell you by the name, it was sponsored by the one and only Jack Daniels. I wasn’t really sure what I was walking into, but this was an event that I hate a lot of people missed.

When I arrived to the venue, the general admission line was extremely long. Doors opened at 9:00 pm and the line was already out of control at 8:30 pm. Luckily I had a great friend who arrived a few minutes early and I was able to skip everyone. Now I know you’re probably thinking, how in the world did you just walk past all those people? I did just that. I walked past folks, went under ropes and called it a day.

Once our tickets and id’s were checked, we headed over to the check in tent and picked up our “room keys”, drink chips and signed waivers. Before walking into the venue, pictures taken and our room keys were scanned by the photographer. The room keys were linked to our email addresses on file and pictures were sent directly to our inbox once scanned. Talk about clutch!

When we entered the venue, we were greeted with bell hoppers and a check in counter. If you wanted to check in your jackets, purses or whatever you had on your person, you could do just that! Everywhere we turned, there were pictures to be taken. Jack Daniels thought of possibly everything to make this event memorable. There were hairstylists, barbers and makeup artists to touch you up in case the rain ruined your own masterpiece. There was an outside pool and complimentary bathing suits and swimming trunks available for those who wanted to go swimming. Some took the swimming attire as a souvenir, but by the time I received the memo it was too late.

Two complimentary drink chips were given to each individual that RSVP’d to the event. If you wanted to buy more chips, they were $5 each, but to be honest all you needed was two drinks unless you were really trying to get lit. The most unique thing to me were the Jack Daniels maids. These three women strutted to the beat of the music throughout the venue in their 5 inch heels and served face. They pushed around a cart with matches, towels, napkins, tissue, etc. You name it, they had it on that cart!

The DJ was poppin’ from beginning to end. He played your classic oldies, everyone’s favorite R&B songs and of course a little something to dab to. In true black fashion, everyone hit the electric slide during the oldies set and swag surfed when the beat dropped. To end the night, Ja Rule came out on stage and performed a few of his hit singles. This man did just about every song I could think of: I’m Real, Always On Time, Put It On Me, Clap Back, and the list goes on. Of course he had to take off his shirt in the middle of the set to let us know he hadn’t fallen off. It was nostalgic just to go listen to his music and remember how I felt when those songs came on the radio.

Although the event ended earlier than the city of Miami would have hoped it to, we all ended up enjoying ourselves and continued the after party in Wynwood. Tomorrow I will be attending another Jack Daniels event and I can’t wait to share the deets with you all! I encourage you to follow Jack Daniels on twitter to find out about more of their events in your area.

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Vision Board Soireé

2016

By: Shea Harris

When 2016 arrived, I was determined to make moves. Goals and affirmations were written down in pen and I convinced myself to step out of my box. I’ve always heard of people making vision boards/boxes to claim their success, but I never created one myself. I just couldn’t figure out how I would work up the energy to go in a creative mood not involving writing.

On Sunday, January 17th I attended the Vision Board Soireé at Sparkle and Shine Darling in Miami Beach. Sparkle and Shine Darling is a heaven for ladies who love stationary and decorations for their office/home space. Not only will you find your encouraging coffee mugs and pencils, but you’ll also find your favorite quotes on slim fitting t-shirts. This beautiful event was hosted by Adrienne Bosh, owner of Sparkle and Shine Darling, and Latham Thomas, founder of Mama Glow.

Immediately when I walked through the door I was greeted by the shining personalities of multiple employees. The décor in the boutique was strategically placed in color schemes and catches your eye as soon as you enter. I was so overwhelmed with the quality and quantity of the displayed products, I forgot the purpose of my arrival. I was ready to buy just about everything in the store to stay organized in a fashionable manner. But none the less, I found the young lady checking in attendees for the soiree. Once again, I was greeted by a beautiful personality and smile.

After checking in I was greeted with a glass of champagne accompanied by a table full of magazines, sharpies, glitter, glue and scissors. The room I created in was full of positive and driven women. Everyone around me was focused on bringing their vision to life. Each picture being cut out of magazines had a different story for each woman in the room. The creative process I observed was versatile and unique to each individual. After a bit of brainstorming and conversation, everyone was invited to the main show room to hear from Adrienne and Latham.

Once everyone gathered around, you could feel the empowerment of women and the creative mode going into full force. Adrienne welcomed us with open arms accompanied by a heart felt introduction and explanation of her vision for Sparkle and Shine Darling. Her vision was to see the boutique filled with beautiful and amazing women fellowshipping and encouraging one another. It was an absolute honor to be a part of the moment her vision came to life. After viewing the vision boards she created years ago she introduced us to the guest speaker, Latham Thomas.

Latham informed us about the process of creating vision boards and persuaded us to have meaning behind it. Instead of throwing pictures and quotes onto the board, she encouraged us to think about what we wanted out of 2016. Here are a few things she mentioned to get out wheels: what we wanted out of the new year, how would we bring those things to life, when we wanted to accomplish our goals by, etc. Latham’s humble and genuine words pepped me up to take my board to the next level.

 Both of these ladies were encouraging and welcomed each person to ask questions and take pictures. Without this event, I would not have completed my vision board. The soireé gave me a sense of obligation to stop being lazy and create a beautiful piece of work that displays my vision. Not only was I able to create, but I also networked with a few ladies and bought a dainty coffee mug from the boutique. If you’re still in the mood to create and show your vision, it’s not too late. Write the vision and make it plain.

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