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Orchids + Sweet Tea’s freelance writing projects:
- UniDay’s The Edit Feature: 10 killer Memorial Day Sides, to read: Click Here!
Excerpt: “While we honor those who have sacrificed so much on Memorial Day, we can all agree that a bit of fun in the sun, a nice outdoor BBQ, and time spent with our friends & family definitely makes it a weekend worth remembering as well. While hamburgers and hotdogs might be the stars of the show, there’s nothing like an unforgettable side to accompany a great piece of meat. So, here are our top 10 favorite side dishes to add to your plate this Memorial Day Weekend.
2. The Understanding of Ourselves (Part 1): The Indefinite Power Struggle, to read on Rover’s Theo Magazine: CLICK HERE!
Excerpt: “Today there are so many unsettling events that make us wonder whether we are moving forward or just going backward in history. Countless innocent Black lives falling by the wayside, a divisive political climate, police brutality, gender inequality, among so many other issues, all warped together in our country. However, constant media coverage of certain issues (and lack thereof when it comes to other issues) has shed a major light on the “not so comfortable conversations about race and racism.” As a young African-American woman, I find that this is a real trying time in history. But I see things differently. I’ve been looking at things from much deeper lenses than simply mere black and white ones. I see a disconnect in the understanding of ourselves and others.”
3. The BreakUp Queen Feature #2, to read: Click Here!
Excerpt: “I once heard that happiness is an inside job. They told me, “never assign anyone else that much power over your life.” Today, I hold this saying to be true. I will no longer allow you or all that you didn’t do, could’ve done, and should’ve done to get the best of me. I’ve learned that there are so many other layers to me that you haven’t seen and until today, I didn’t notice them either. Because of my blindness to God’s plan and how He was using my pain, places of neglect, lack of love, and everything else in between, to show me that I didn’t need it anyway; I couldn’t love me wholeheartedly and be happy.”
4. The BreakUp Queen Feature #1, to read: Click Here!
Excerpt: “They often say, “all that left you couldn’t stay, and all that stayed couldn’t leave.” So is that why you left? Or is that why you never showed up in the first place? You were physically present, but never emotionally available for me to receive the kind of affection and nurturing needed as a young girl or a young anything. Now that I’m a young woman, married, and a mother of one; I can’t seem to wrap my head around your continued absence.”
5. UniDay’s, The Edit: News Feature, to read: Click Here!
Excerpt: “In recognition of Women’s history month and the fact that there are so many awesome women who are entrepreneurs putting a positive dent in this world, I am choosing to share just a few women who are taking the “startup world” by storm. Some of whom you may know and others, who in their own right, should be known.”
6. UniDay’s, The Edit: Recipe Feature, to read: Click Here!
Excerpt: “I think we all know how it goes when you’re doing paper after paper, running from one class to the next, throwing a quick text to a friend just to stay social, surviving on barely 4 hours of sleep, and praying that Starbucks is open just so that you can stay awake while your teacher rambles on and on about the bits of information on his/her PowerPoint screen, then this list of great recipes can save you time, money & make your taste buds sing “Hallelujah!”! We’ve all gulped down a cup of ramen noodles in between a quick “lunch break”, only to be hungry after only 30 minutes, if you’re lucky!”
7. Enigma Life Feature: It All Starts With You, to read: Click Here!
Excerpt: “I once read the bold words that plastered across the white bright computer screen that said: You owe yourself the love you so freely give to others. I immediately thought, “this is such truth, but a hard kind of truth to follow when you’ve been where I’ve been”. I’ve always heard that “in time” we heal. But does that really stand valid in all cases or does time simply put the pain on pause until you get enough grit to face it again or even worse, something reminds you fully the things you fight so hard to forget? I suppose that you can’t really heal what you aren’t willing to admit and reveal. Time, in and of itself, won’t heal anything without your active role in the healing process, right?”
8. The Breakup Queen Feature: LOVE JUST DOESN’T LIVE HERE. To read, Click here!
Excerpt: ”As I sit here, enjoying every minute of time, resting my mind and comfortably tucked in the corner of my black leather couch, dressed in my PJ’s and watching my favorite pastime; my phone rings. I look down at it as it vigorously vibrates and I see that it’s him.”
9. Enigma Life Feature: Why Creating A Vision Board Is The Best Thing For Your Success. To read, Click here!
Excerpt: “Vision boards are the new “thing” that most successful people swear by. But what is it, you might ask. Well, a vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. The fun thing about vision boards is that you can build it with photos, magazine clips, quirky gadgets, accents, or whatever else you decide to use to convey your goal. It’s definitely a fun and creative way to represent all that you want to be, do, or have in your life. Just remember that a vision board is whatever you make it! You can compile several goals that you truly want to see come to life such as trying more makeup, being a natural, making more money, getting fit, starting a new career, trying a new diet, starting a family, being more confident, doing more of your favorite hobby, going after your dream, starting a business…whatever you choose!”
10. Enigma Life Feature: 10 Signs That It’s Time to Let Go. To read, Click here!
Excerpt: “When it comes to any relationship, it is so important to fully understand it’s dynamic. Like it’s often said, “it’s best to have quality over quantity” and this statement is far more true in relationships. A relationship brings influence, habits, among other things that can truly shape how you think, feel, and exist. So it’s no secret that having bad relationships can affect you in major ways, even leading you to dysfunction outside of that relationship. As a result, your quality of work (whatever that may be) can be affected as well as your self-esteem, views of others and the world, your health, and the list goes on.”
11. Freedom Fighters: What Freedom Are You Fighting For? To read on Rover’s Theo Magazine, Click here!
Excerpt: “The Fourth of July is a holiday that celebrates our freedom as a country. It’s a day where many Americans alike, celebrate with music, great food, laughs and conversation alongside family and friends, while some even honor the American flag and those who have aided in the fight towards our freedom. But is your freedom celebrated beyond this single date in history? Has your freedom seeped into your daily being?”
12. Life: Finding the Collateral Beauty. To read on Enigma Life’s website, Click Here!
Excerpt: “As bitter and angry as Life may feel sometimes, I am a firm believer that Collateral Beauty is always present, even in the darkest moments. When you’ve lived long enough, you start to understand that Life was never designed to be easy. Life is designed to be a teacher of many things, constantly shaping us into stronger, wiser, more resilient human beings. Sometimes those lessons come in the form of sickness and being able to battle through your recovery.”
13. Better Design Your Interior with 3 Simple Must-Dos. To read on Enigma Life’s website, Click Here!
Excerpt: “When it comes to designing your own space (whether it be a kitchen, office, bedroom, living room, whatever it may be), it can help to understand the dynamics of décor to ensure that your task goes a lot more smoothly and turns out to be a fun journey to the finish line and not one that is any way overwhelming or stressful. Have you ever had a moment where that DIY project looked amazingly easy to do in your head, but once you began executing, you realized just how darn hard it really is? Imagine all those screws, fabrics, pillows, paintings to be hung, shelves, tables, you name it; and you just looking at it all wondering where to begin. Well, if you’ve ever found yourself in this oh so common place, then this is a must read. With 3 simple things to take into account, you’ll be able to better put those DIY moments to better use and with a lot less stress.”