I Started a T-Shirt Business (Come Support Me)

Hey readers, I have some exciting news to tell you! I started my own T-shirt business. Yes, your girl Reflection of Des has her own t-shirt store. I’m happy about this new journey. This is my first time selling shirts. At one point, I was hesitant about starting this business because of money and deciding if this is something I’m serious about. After doing a lot of thinking I finally decided to put work into my new business. I am praying it grows successful.

Just in case, you’re wondering my t-shirt store consist of graphic tees with quotes on them. I have a different variety of shirts for everyone. Whether you are young, old, a man or woman etc… you will find a shirt that’s perfect for YOU! CLICK HERE TO VISIT MY ONLINE STORE. Down below is shirts I am currently selling. If you like a shirt please support me and purchase one or if you know someone who would like one share it with them. Each sell will help me produce more shirts. Also, I will be launching more shirts too!

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SHIRTS I AM CURRENTLY SELLING

Click on the name of the shirts to see more details about it.

Blog Your Heart Out: $13 USD (Available in the colors Black, Pink, Grey, Green, Purple, Red, Light Blue, & Burgundy)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KING Tee– $15.00 USD: (Available in the colors White, Black, Dark Green, & Dark Grey)

 

 

I’m a Baddie Tho – $16 USD (Available in the colors Blue, Purple, White, Light Purple)

 

 

Write Your Heart Out – $13 USD (Available in the colors Black, Red, Pink, Orange)

God Blessed You Hoodie – $21 USD (Available in the colors Dark blue, Red, Black, Grey, Pink)

 

God Blessed You T-Shirts – $15 USD (Available in the colors Black, Red, Blue, Green, Pink, Light purple)

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Urban Fiction Books You Should Read

Finding urban fiction books are tough if you don’t know any good authors or bookstores who sell those type of books. Even when I was younger it was hard for me to find books by black authors. When I finally discover where to get urban fiction books it felt like heaven. In this article, I will list good urban fiction books you should read. All the books I list are books I read before.

That Girl is Poison by Tia Hines – Desiree Jones was abandoned by her mother. She had to stay with her uncle and his abusive wife. Everything gets worse when she gets involved with this dude name Malik who leaves her pregnant and with HIV. Check out the book review I did on this book. Amazon price: $14.95 USD (paperback) $4.99 USD (Kindle price) 

The People vs. Cashmere by Karen Williams – Family tragedy happens which leads Carmen and Cashmere to live with their hateful aunt. To survive the sisters turn to drugs and prostitution. Carmen starts to get jealous when their pimp falls in love with her sister Cashmere which led to crazy events to happen. Amazon price: $6.99 USD 

Moth to a Flame by Ashley Antoinette – Raven’s dad is over the drug trade. He tries to keep her away from the street life but she falls in love with a stickup kid name Mizan who wants a come up. This book is really good. I believe I cried when I read it too 😂. It had drama you would’ve never seen coming. Amazon price: $3.99 USD

Mina’s Joint by Keisha Ervin – Mina gets out of the hood and is engaged to the Mayor’s son in her city. Everything seems perfect but things are not what they seem. Her life goes downhill when her childhood crush Victor Gonzalez comes back into her life. This book took so many twists and turns I wasn’t expecting at all. If you enjoy this book then you can read part 2. I haven’t read part 2 yet.  Amazon Price: $7.26 or $6.99 USD (the two cheapest prices I saw) 

Home Wrecker by Dwayne S. Joseph Lisette is a beautiful woman who works at a elite firm as the head fashion designer. One day her co worker Marlene comes to Lisette about a business deal that will make her wealthy. The business deal is to set up Steve (Marlene’s husband) to expose him as a cheater. While working her regular 9 to 5 job Lisette starts getting paid to ruin marriages as a Home Wrecker. Everything is going well until a strange caller threatens her life. I am just going to say this everyone got what they deserved in this book. Click here to read my review on the book. Amazon price: $6.99 USD 

Full Circle by Ayana Ellis: Carin is a young girl who was a stick-up kid with dangerous thugs in Brooklyn, NY. Then her lifestyle changes when she meets Monty. He is the guy who knocked her off her feet. Monty is an influential man in the streets of Brooklyn. Everything is going well between him and Carin until their relationships turn abusive and came with other hellish events. Man if I am not mistaken I cried when I read this book. It’s a thick book but worth reading. Amazon Price: $6.99 USD 

Diary of a Street Diva by Ashley Antoinette & JaQuavis Coleman: This book is truly a page-turner. It’s about the wife of a hustler name Caesar dying from a fatal gunshot. He has to go on trial for her murder. On the morning of the trial, he discovers her diary that holds hidden secrets of her past he never knew about. Amazon Price: $5.26 USD

The Prada Plan by Ashley Antoinette: This was the first urban fiction book I read. After I read this book I got hooked on the book genre. To be honest, this might be one of the wildest books I ever read. The story is about a girl name Diaysa Morgan who falls in love with a guy name Indie and tries to hide her treacherous lifestyle. The lifestyle is filled with drugs and prostitution. This book has a whole series. I didn’t get to finish the whole series though. Amazon price: $5.99 USD

After reading this article I hope you go and check out the books. Let me know if you want a part two of urban fiction books you should read. If you have read any of these books tell me in the comment section. Have you ever read urban fiction books before? Also, before you go I will list stores where you can buy urban fiction books.

List of Stores

Walmart (in the book department in the African American section)

Thriftbooks (randomly search up an urban fiction author then click on a book buy them then you should get other suggestions of other urban fiction books)

Amazon

Barnes & Noble (have to find the books by the author name. You may have to write down a list of authors before you go in the store unless you have specific books you are looking for)

Books- a- Million (they used to have an African American section like Walmart but I believe they got rid of it. So, just find the books by the title or author)

If I find more stores I will update this list. I only list the stores I purchase books from.

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Where I Been Lately?

Hey readers, I know I have been gone lately. I feel so bad for not posting as much as I used to. Honestly, I’m having writer’s block. I literally don’t know what to write about. On Instagram and twitter I did ask my followers should I write a short story or poem. Majority of the votes said short story. I was satisfied with the results. The only thing with that is now I have to think of what I want the story to be about. Man, I need some type of inspiration. If you have any suggestions feel free to comment topics. I just want to get out of this writer’s block. I hate when I am not consistent with posting on my blog. It’s something I love doing but now I’m getting distracted I guess. Soon I should be posting interesting content for you all. Everyone goes through this phrase as a writer so I shouldn’t feel too bad. I hope everyone is enjoying their evening.

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Celebrity Men to Crush On

Every girl or woman has their group of celebrity men they have a crush on. It’s the men who are attractive and steals the girl heart even if she hasn’t met him before in her life. As you continue reading you are going to see the celebrity men I crush on. Ladies, if we share the same crush let me know! It’s only one of them who is completely off limit though lol. Don’t worry I will warn you who that is.

My list would be trash if I didn’t mention MY HUSBAND! He is off limit lol. This man happens to be Drake. There is a special light that shines on him. He is intelligent, makes good music for your soul, and attractive. I cannot forget to mention his gorgeous smile. Drake is the perfect package for me. Yes, I have not met him in person. If I ever do meet him I pray he’s a good-hearted person I believed he is.

I feel kind of bad for not putting this guy first on my list. The only reason why is because he was my first celebrity crush and I loved him since the 3rd grade. This man is CHRIS BROWN! People love to bash him all the time. It gets pretty old now. How would you feel if someone or people kept throwing your past in your face? Give the man credit for making changes and trying his best to stay out of trouble. He’s always been good looking and is blessed with God-given talent. This man can draw, sing, act, and dance. When I look at him it is something about him that makes me gravitate towards him. I love when he dances too.

This 3rd man had me crushing on him heavy since I saw him act in the movie Let It Shine. If you still have no clue who I am talking about then I will tell you. I’m talking about Trevor Jackson! Most of you probably recognize him from the show Grownish or you may have seen him on the movie Let It Shine, Burning Sands (Netflix movie), American Crime (tv show), and many more projects. Another movie that he is acting in is coming out soon. It’s called Superfly. I bet some of you did not know he makes music too. If you haven’t heard his music before you should check it out. His voice is amaaaaaazing! I swear when I hear him singing his songs he is singing to me.

 

Since you read about my top 3 celebrity crushes. I want to know which celebs you have a crush on. Tell me why you like them and you can post a screenshot of them in the comment section also. I am ready to read your comment. Also, if you enjoy this article feel free to share it on your social media page!

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Things You Should Blog About

Before you start reading deeper into this article. I’m not going to give you some bullshit advice (excuse my language). It’s not going to sound cliché either. So, let’s get right into it.

One thing you need to remind yourself is that YOU are in control of what goes on. This is YOUR blog not anybody else stuff.  You can post anything that you choose. Don’t over worry yourself about having a certain “niche” to focus on. I believe that is most of our problem. We get caught up in trying to focus on some certain criteria. It takes away from our creativity and holds us back on expressing how we feel. You will always find yourself thinking “are my readers or subscribers going to like this?” Will they stop reading my content because it’s not what they are expecting to read on my blog? That’s one thing you shouldn’t pressure yourself to worry about.

Normally when you read advice about what should your blog be about. Every person mentions a “niche.” Yeah, a niche is cool to think about and everything but honestly, in my opinion, it’s not too important. Of course, you want people to understand what your website is all about. I completely get that point. Eventually, they will understand what you’re all about. Just go with the flow of things.

When you are first starting out with blogging just create anything that comes to mind. It doesn’t matter one day you’re talking about painting a portrait then the next day you post about walking a dog. As long as it represents topics you enjoy writing about that is all that matters. The main goal of a blog is to write what you are passionate about right? That is why they create certain categories to place things in.

Instead of labeling yourself as a beauty, travel, or fashion blogger. Think of your blog as a simple lifestyle blog. Calling yourself a lifestyle blogger can give you a chance at being versatile on your site. If you are not cool with that like I said before it is YOUR blog. Do whatever you want.

The point I am getting at is when you are in control to bring your creativity to the light. Stop letting minor things hold you back. Especially, if you want to create your own blog. Blogging is a way to express yourself through writing and sharing it with the world. When you stay in tune with being yourself. It will shape your site into the most unique piece of work you ever put together.

If you read this article to the end. What are some challenges do you expect to face when creating blog content? Are you worried your blog won’t be good enough? Share your thoughts in the comment section. If you are already a blogger share some more advice to other bloggers.

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My Random Thoughts 💭 February 7, 2018

My head is always full of random thoughts. Sometimes I believe I think more than an average person. There are times when my thoughts drive me crazy 😜. In this article, you’ll read my random thoughts and get a little taste of what’s in my head.

Why am I so random?

Why is it raining today?

Why can’t I relax my mind?

What book should I read?

Why can’t I focus on one book?

When is the mail coming?

What is something fun I can do?

Why does this popcorn have a nasty aftertaste?

What should I blog about today?

Why does the song The Weekend have that random snippet song at the end talking about fire?

Yasss my song came on! (Focus by H.E.R)

Why is it so cold in my house?

What’s going on with the heater?

Since you read my random thoughts for today. What are some thoughts that ran through your head today?

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Reflection of 2017

It’s the day before New Years. Time flies right? For me, 2017 had its rough patches.  I learn from those situations. I didn’t let those rough moments tear me down. Everything happened for a reason and I know it. Honestly, this year taught me more about myself than any other year. One thing I’ll never forget about 2017 is the fact I found happiness. The happiness I found is my love for writing, creating YouTube videos, and starting my podcast. In other words, 2017 prepared me to be successful in 2018. Thank you 2017 for helping me finding my true self. I’m walking into the new year as the same person with new goals to meet. Tell me what are some things that happen to you this year. Are you ready for 2018?

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Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas to everyone!! If I was able to give everyone a Christmas gift I would’ve gave out many presents. I’m hoping you are enjoying your day. Tell me what kind of presents you receive this year? I’ve had a good Christmas this year. I can’t complain. Continue to enjoy your day!!

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4 Reasons Why You’re Not Consistent with Blogging

Blogging, in general, is tough when you try to have a consistent schedule. You want to have your full focus on your blog. Sometimes it doesn’t happen that way. Even when you want it to. I will tell you 4 reasons why you’re not consistent with blogging.

1) Your life outside of blogging is busy: Life outside your blogging world is probably hectic. Most of us do have crazy situations going on outside of the internet world. It’s tends to cause a big distraction.

2) Feel unmotivated: It’s sucks to not have any mojo about writing when that’s all you want to do. Feeling unmotivated is a case of laziness sometimes. It sucks you in and it’s hard to get out of. You probably feel unmotivated because people haven’t support you like they used to.

3) Overthinking a Topic: Over thinking a topic you want to blog about can turn into a big problem. If the topic is on your mind. Go ahead and write about it! Don’t hold back. Most of the time the topics we try not to write about end up getting good results. It’s like when you’re insecure about wearing an outfit to an event but end up receiving so many compliments on it. Life is about living with no regrets. Take advantage of it.

4) Feeling like your blog is boring: It’s normal to feel like your blog is boring to your readers. You only think that way because you aren’t getting enough feedback. The other reason that might make you feel this way is the fact that you’re not interested in your posts.

There will be a point in your blogging journey when you’ll be able to stay consistent. Balancing your time will help you out a bit. Just keeping pushing through. I promise you everything will start flowing the way you want it to.

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I’M SICKKK!! Poor me ☹️

Hey, readers all this week I’ve been sick. It sucks a lot!! I believe I got sick from one of the kids from my job. This weekend I am going to try my best to make a couple of posts on my blog. I just want to feel better. I’m tired of sneezing, coughing, and having fevers. Thank god I got medicine yesterday. The weather change probably got me feeling sick too. I’m hoping everyone has a good weekend. Is anybody else sick besides me?? I’m putting myself on bed rest this weekend. Well at least I’m going to try to lol. 

 

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