Working Out When You Can’t Get to the Gym



It’s January. The time of year where everyone digs out their fitbits and dusts off their sports bras to stick to those resolutions. Ahhh the resolutions. We mustn’t let them down! The thing is this–getting to the gym isn’t always possible. Our gym doesn’t have childcare and in this new season of life, O is gone before the sun comes up and isn’t home til’ it’s back down. I have two toddlers, a small window of time to get a workout in and a goal to break a sweat every day. What’s a girl to do? Utilize what you’ve got!

Tips For When You’re Momming Solo



For the month of January, O has been in San Antonio while the babes and I are home in Dallas. Let me just place a disclaimer here to say before this month, the longest O has ever been out of town is one week. Thats right-seven days, friends. To all the single moms, military wives, NFL wives and the like shaking their heads at me-stick around! I crowd-sourced tips for systems and routines to be as productive as possible when you’re doing all.the.things.

Oshiolema turns 4.



Just like that, my fist born is four years old. He is curious and brave and bright and strong. It blows my mind that four years ago today, I was sitting there 23 hours into labor and begging this child of mine to leave my body and here we are. Four. 

My Top Purchases of 2018

It’s 2019! It’s a weird sci-fi thing to say and very wild to think we’ll be in the year 2020 next year. Very Zenon (I hope ‘Supernova Girl is stuck in your head for the rest of the day). I love reflecting on my best purchases of the year to see which items made the biggest impact across the board. From the quick, impulsive AmazonPrime purchases to the items that I spent years considering, comparing and hoping for–here are my best purchases of the year. 

Goals and My Word for 2019

The only way to decide what I want to improve on in the coming year is to reflect on what didn’t work in the year past. Last year the number one thing that didn’t work in 2018 was my time. My time didn’t reflect my priorities more often than not and I spent more time straddling guilt and longing all year long. This year, the overarching theme is Quality over Quantity. And my word for 2019? My word is Peace.

Top Posts of 2018



This year was a big one personally and professionally. It was my first full year of working on Gold & Graphite which meant so, so much learning. Learning HTML, SEO, batch working, how to better spend my time in work, learning leaning learning. Personally, we moved to Texas after 7 years of living in Virginia, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, O started coaching for the AAF and I began homeschooling. I’m so grateful to have a blog when it comes to seasons of reflection because while my journals are filled with memories and ideas, seeing them with photos and formulated thoughts is such a gift that I wouldn’t have any other way. If you want to reflect with me, here are the top blog post of this year.