The Living Proof that You Don’t Need a Masters Just to Be a Masterpiece

The Living Proof that You Don’t Need a Masters Just to Be a Masterpiece

If you haven’t read Why ‘I Decided’ is My Mood for 2017 by now, then you probably don’t know that I love Big Sean, hence the title. (It won’t end.)

I’m in grad-school. AHHHHHHHHH!—Okay now, that that mini panic attack is over, here’s my long over-due vlog on it and I bet you can’t keep up with how many times I said totally. Enjoy!

One time for everyone in their perspective walks of purpose right now. Whether you’re in professional school– medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, law school, etc.– or in graduate school, or have basically started your career, keep going!

“When you truly believe in what you are doing, it shows. And it pays. Winners in life are those who are excited about where they’re going.” 

– ardubb.

Cheers to Twenty-Three Years!

Cheers to Twenty-Three Years!

Here’s a look on how I celebrated my 23rd birthday: More life, more everything!


“…and she keeps getting finer over time.”


Gotta stay camera ready


What was so funny? 
In good company

Thank you for celebrating with me!




I can have my cake and eat it too
A Seat at the Table
Thankful for linesisters.
A friendship like Molly & Issa


my good friend, Xavier
My good friend, Chesmond

To see us years later





– ardubb. 

Photo Credits

Outfit Details

Restaurant Details

Cake Details

enVISIONing a better future

enVISIONing a better future

Most people often create “vision boards” at the start of the new year; it’s a way to visually depict your goals and well, vision for yourself. However, a vision board does not have to just stop here at your ‘new year’s resolution.’ For every large endeavor you venture into, major milestone you reach, new door that is opening, I think it is essential. This is your way to draw your self a map– or blueprint — and let this be your game plan for tackling everything you set out to achieve. With the fact that I just started grad school (and trust I absolutely have to blog about this), I finally got around to creating my very own.

Here are my top five tips for creating an awesome vision board:

  1. Write your goals and visions down— whether you jot it down in the notes section of your cell-phone or write it out in a prayer journal, doing this helps you to think of what you really want to accomplish for yourself.
  2. Collect all your favorite magazines— there’s a reason they’re your favorite, so all your favorite things will be in there. Whether it be a med-journal or fashion mag, they will essentially hold your interests in them…in picture form!
  3. Decide what you want to put it on— corkboards, poster boards, tri-folds. It is up to you where you want this vision hanging on. I actually used a small poster board to mount the cutouts on and then tacked it to my giant corkboard.
  4. Know that you are not limited to magazine pictures— consider using your own personal photographs, printing images, writing out exactly what you want on your board that you just can’t seem to find in Essence.
  5. Lastly, pray over your board— this may sound weird, but these are your plans and goals that you wish to see pass. Talk to God about what you’ve just created and ask that your plans align with the plans He has for you; after all– “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed…” NLT.

Look at your vision board in times of encouragement and just a visual reminder to keep you motivated!

My personal vision board

– ardubb. 

Cole World, No Blanket

Cole World, No Blanket

“Club jumping, don’t stop, off top.. But you know we only go ’til two o’clock.”

I became a J. Cole fan back in 2010, after several attempts from my older cousin to give this then new artist a try. Countless efforts (I was adamant about not listening to him) led me to finally pop in my earphones and as I listened to the lyrics, I couldn’t believe that J. Cole would soon become one of my favorite artists to date.

Surreal how close to the stage we were. I can relate to the girl’s faces in the back, haha. 

June 5, 2017 • I FINALLY got to see him on stage in the city that I’m from (no one EVER comes to Jackson). Doors opened at 8PM and after hearing that people were already waiting in line since 1:30, I raced down to Hal & Mal’s to make sure I was one of the very first in the door. Mission. Accomplished.

Opening Acts: 

Dreamville artists, Lute, Ari Lennox & J.I.D blazed the stage before Cole himself hit

How I go from landing shows to landing deals, on the road to success that’s how it feel. 
Would you hit it in the backseat of my ride?
Melancholy cool, Matthew McConaughey. On a money mission tryna get it.



​​Such an intimate performance. He performed the entire album straight through, along with a couple of hits from previous albums. Check out my video reel here.


– ardubb.