Cheers! My Birthday Celebration with the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours

After losing my grandmother a few weeks before my birthday, I really needed to celebrate life. I know she would want me to do that. This year, I decided to ring in a new year of life in wine country. My soror traveled up from So Cal to visit. This would be her first time in Napa. I didn’t want to drive so instead, we bought bus tickets for the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours.

Let me tell you something, going on this bus tour was one of the BEST decisions I made. The Napa Valley Wine Country Tours bus isn’t just any bus. It’s a limo bus that looks like a VIP club lounge on wheels. We paid $119 for an 8-hour trip, visit to 4 wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, continental breakfast and lunch. It was worth every penny. The tastings aren't covered in the bus fare, but they ran about $10-$25. Wineries won't charge you for tastings if you buy a bottle. I recommend this for tourists and any Bay Area locals who have folks visiting from out of town and want a short excursion to Nap…

A New NEW Black Woman in the Digital Sisterhood

Ananda Leeke  from the Digital Sisterhood Network and Christelyn Karazin over at Beyond Black &White showed me major love on their websites.  As a writer and multimedia diva, I appreciate when people compliment my work and respect what I do.  And it brings a big grin to my face.  Thank you ladies!

In December, Ananda asked me to be a guest blogger during Digital Sisterhood Month. She is currently writing a memoir about her experience with new media and “the power of women and the internet.”  I was excited when she asked me to write a guest blog about personal things like how I keep peace of mind and my plans for living fiercely in 2012.  Living Fiercely. I love that. Don’t you?  She asked me what was my favorite moment of digital sisterhood, or when I saw the power of women online in 2011. Take a peek at how I responded to all of these questions here. And make sure you check out the other women listed.

After being inducted into the Digital Sisterhood, Christelyn profiled me in Beyond Black & White’s series The New, NEW Black Woman.   Wow.  Also on the list are Danielle Belton of the Black Snob and Miss AwkwardBlack Girl herself, Issa Rae. It’s ironic that Christelyn started this series because I’ve been thinking about the idea of a “new black woman” recently.  The thought really struck me after listening to R.R. Banks, author of “Is Marriage for White People?” on a panel in Oakland.  He said, “"Black women should have the same freedom that other women take for granted."  I wanted to yell, “Hell yeah!” For the last 10 years I’ve been liberating myself more and more. I’m in this space where I want to explore, try new things, meet all sorts of great people, surround myself with positive images, write and just be ME.  And as Christelyn wrote, I continue to, “Take the bull by the balls,” while working toward my goals and dreams.  I don’t have a set definition for the new, new black woman. Hmmm, maybe that’s what makes the new black woman more new. In a society that continues to label black women, we choose to be indefinable.   However, being that I have a slight-obsession with superheroes, Christelyn comparing me to Lois Lane was kinda cool.  Read her write-up here.