- All things Jernee: her love for me, our companionship, our bond, and everything in the mix that needs no explaining or mentioning.
- Writing: I honestly believe this goes without saying — it gets me through the GO THROUGH. It pulls me up, shakes me awake, and keeps me sane.
- Reading (preferably physical books): I always seem to find myself escaping to places I have never been or enjoying experiences I have never had when reading. New worlds are introduced each time I open up a book.
- Listening to Music: It is calming. It helps me while I write. I enjoy every bit of what a simple melody can do for the soul. It’s a necessity.
- Journaling: A few notations of my life’s experiences from time to time makes it easy for me to flip back through the pages and read about some memories that I do not recall. It is also a good way to vent and document my mood(s).
- Family: At its core, my family is what keeps me grounded. It’s a thing that I always run back to. I depend on so many people in my family to be the loves of my life — they are.
7. The Fantastic Mr. Fox: I love animated films, claymations, etc., and this one is at the top of my list. If you’ve not done so, treat yourself to something that’ll make you appreciate foxes from their perspective just a bit (at least, in the land of “make-believe.”).
8. Friendship: I have been blessed to have some stable, solid, and long-lasting friendships and this is one thing that I am thankful for. In the pits of a dead-end night and when some shaky dreams cause me to lose a bit of myself, I can turn to my friends. This a gift worth keeping.
9. The Color Purple: Both the book and the movie. I mean, why not?
10. Felt-tip or Gel pens: I have to have them.
11. College-ruled notebook paper: If I am writing letters and I am out of stationery, only college-ruled notebook paper will do.
12. Stationery: Papyrus gets far too much of my money. *sighs*
13. Walking: It relaxes me. It sometimes centers me. And, it’s a great way to make sure that both Jernee and I are getting our exercise at the same time.
15. Sula: Toni Morrison has this incredible ability of introducing characters who are so real — when I read her work, I feel as though I can reach out and hug them. Sula is one of my favorite books by her.
16. Michelle Obama: A work of art in heels. An incredible and brilliant mind. Needs to run for POTUS.
17. Nature: God’s free gift to us. I can lose myself in a scene created by nature. All I need is a few moments basking in this gift.
18. Finding Nemo: Needs no explanation.
19. Finding Dory: Yes! See the above.
20. Kool and the Gang: As a band, this group has given me so many memories. They were one of my parents' favorite bands when I was growing up. And I mean, how can you hear Summer Madness and not appreciate the authenticity of instrumentals and live music? Seriously. I am listening to it right now.
21. Decaffeinated coffee: Preferably from Panera Bread, Ardmore Coffee, or here at home.
22. Decaffeinated vanilla chai tea: Really… does it need explaining?
26. My church: I could say a lot about my church but I will simply say this: I belong.
27. My place of work: Named as one of the most diverse and inclusive organizations by Forbes recently, my job is a place that gives me hope. I love what I do and where I do what I do.
28. Barack Obama: Enough said.
29. Short Hair: Eleven years ago, I had 7 and 1/2 inches of hair cut off. I donated it to Locks of Love. I have no intentions of letting it grow back, EVER!
30. The Isley Brothers: “Footsteps In The Dark" and “In Between The Sheets.” Yaaasss!
31. The Best of Cameo: “Sparkle" kills it to this very day.
33. God/Jesus/The Holy Spirit
34. The gift of life: Babies and the newness that they bring with their sweet innocence. They are truly clean slates.
35. Ellen DeGeneres footwear: I have a slight obsession with her line of shoes. You can find a pair of them as the header image for A Cornered Gurl.
38. Great customer service: In this day and age, this is sort of hard to come by. I wish it wasn’t.
39. The Emperor’s New Groove: Every time I watch this movie, I think back to the first time the Powerhouse and I saw this. We laughed until our stomachs ached. To this day, we still say, “Me no likey" and “No touchy.”
40. Living: Because at one point, I did not want to.
Thank you for allowing me to share these pieces of me with you. If you feel so inclined to create your own 40, go on and give it a go.