Thanksgiving 2016

This Thanksgiving was non-traditional but still special. I got to travel back home for a bit for the second time this year and recalibrate (refresh, rejuvenate, and reset.) I had been struggling a lot more recently with getting out of my head and being present no matter what is going on. Work has been difficult and I’ve been unmotivated. It’s been very difficult to enjoy those things that I usually enjoy. These past 3 months have not been easy, but time has helped. Being in the presence of my loved ones, in a place that I don’t see nearly enough, has done me good. And I’m gon’ be alright.

Signed,

Tica

Thanksgiving 2016

Tica Americana: My New American Passport

On July 8, 2014, days before my 29th birthday, I completed the last milestone on my immigration journey. At a D.C. courthouse at 8 in the morning, I was sworn in during a Naturalization Oath Ceremony. I handed over my “green card” to the officials, and received a Naturalization certificate, denoting that I am now officially an American (foreign born.) Applying for my passport was next on the To Do list. However, I had no international trips on the horizon until I booked my travel ticket to Jamaica (29 days from now, and counting!) I applied for my passport expedited delivery on April 24th and I received my passport less than 2 weeks later on May 4th.

How to Apply for a U.S. Passport- if you never had one before

1. Get your documentation in order. I needed a license, my original¬†Naturalization Certificate, my check which included the expedited amount ($184), and the application which can be downloaded online. If you’re not sure about something on the application leave it blank and the post office worker can help you.

2. I made an appointment with the local post office to file my application. Most post offices don’t talk walk-in’s. The whole “application” process took about 30 minutes, which included me being sworn that everything on the application was truf, handing over my Certificate and monies. The Naturalization Certificate must be the original and it will be mailed back to me in a couple of weeks.

That’s it! When I got the expedited envelope in the mail I was surprised at the quick turn-around time.

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Here were some thoughts when I first opened the envelope:

“This is it! The American Dream!”

“My hair cute!”

“My forehead shiny!”

2025- I got 10 years to fill this sucka up! Let’s bring it on..”

“OMG…I’m gonna be 40 in 10 years!”

Next stop: Montego Bay, Jamaica.

What about you, lovely reader? Where are you going, or want to be going in 2015?

Tica Americana: My New American Passport

Things that Are Rocking My World

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  • The generosity of strangers
  • Apartment hunting from a distance
  • Jill Scott’s lyrics where she reiterates ideas by changing the word order.
  • Reiterated message of ‘Write a book!’ Topic/Title still unknown.
  • Pitbull’s life motto seems to be the word “DALE!”
  • Childhood Nostalgia. ie: this song
  • Finding and watching old home videos or photos
  • Facial piercings I see with no rhyme or reason. Recently I’ve seen an earring where dimples rest and piercings on cheekbones, among other places.
  • In 4 weeks, my life as usual will change. Change my life as usual in 4 weeks.
  • Should every writer attempt to write a book?
  • The more social media I use the more socially-deprived I feel.
  • Unexpected chemistry.
  • My love affair with the high bun.
  • My mother is the Hallmark Queen. A rare breed.
  • Wearing other people’s shoes or raiding other people’s closets.
  • End of time dancers in this video. I love men that look super masculine dancing!!!¬†Check out the white boy in the second row tho!!
  • How my smart phone has replaced my book reading time.
  • Girl crush on Alexandra Joner from J. Coles ‘In the Morning’ video (see first picture)
  • Miguel station on Pandora playing very sensual songs.
  • Camera phone lets me capture every moment in a flash!!
  • Savoring NYC sights and window displays.
Peek-a-boo Chrysler Building!!
  • Curls!!

What’s rocking your summer right now?!!

SPEAK!

-She

Things that Are Rocking My World