My name is HOV! If you’re not a Jay-Z fan you won’t get that, so never mind.
I’m excited. I am a writer at heart so it feels good to commit to blogging again. I thought it would be only right to greet you and reintroduce myself for those that are new here or new to me! I saw a documentary or interview or something a while back where Oprah was walking into a room and she immediately introduced herself.
Hi. I’m Oprah.
Ma’am! Everyone knows OPRAH!
But that stuck with me. Always introduce yourself as if no one knows you, it puts everyone in the situation at ease.
I’ve been a blogger since 2008 but I took a blog break and now I’m back. God’s Favorite Shoes started off as a style blog where initially I was obsessing about shoes. I know. So cliché now but that was the thing to do back then! It eventually turned into a space where I would share my thoughts and mini-adventures while showing you my personal style. The blog grew with me.
I earned a Masters degree, planned a wedding, got married and had two children all while documenting semi-regularly on the blog.
But I stopped. Half of the reason was that I was working, then not working. I started a business then closed the business. But the main reason was that I didn’t know how to fit my new life into the confines of a blog about shoes. And get this…turns out I’m not really THAT into shoes!
Now God’s Favorite Shoes is a lifestyle blog where I share bits of my life as a mommy, wife, teacher and overall creative while still sharing my modest yet eclectic style. And this time, I’m bringing my family along with me!
My husband Sean
There’s my husband, Sean. A Prince lover, an accountant payables supervisor by day and super daddy by night.
Sean is really my bestie. We bump heads but mostly because he dreams in black and white and I dream in color. We’ve learned over the years that neither way is wrong, it’s just different. He’s a numbers guy but a word nerd as well. Sean is the social butterfly between us. He has never met a stranger. I side eye him regularly when we go to the store because he can so easily get roped into a random conversation with a stranger and usually needs me to save him! He is also the guy who is proud that he can still fit the same work clothes that he bought ten years ago.
We’ve learned over the years that neither way is wrong, it’s just different.
He was the guy who wore the same shirt with the same pants every single time. He bought outfits. Now that I’m in his life, he knows better! He really is my favorite person in the whole world.
My firstborn Zara
There’s Zara, my firstborn. A light. Pure and simple. Almost 5 years old and has more charisma in her pinky than I have in my whole body. She is such a thoughtful person. She asks the meaning of songs all of the time. For some reason, it’s important for her to know what she is singing about. That limits what songs I play because I’m not really trying to explain Cardi B’s lyrics to her! It sounds a little bizarre but she is deeply spiritual. She loves to hear bible stories (except the story of Jesus’ Resurrection…that was a train wreck that will get its own post) and she always wants to know what happens next when things happen. Zara is a hybrid of her daddy’s personality but she looks the most like me. She is already her own person. One of the things I prayed for as a mother was to raise a strong and confident girl. God heard my prayers.
My baby Zavier (Zavi)
Lastly, my baby Zavier. 2. 5 years old. Big hair. A determined little sucker. The newest member of the #glassesgang and the holder of one of the deepest and most beautiful dimples…if you’re ever lucky enough to see it. Most people say he looks like his dad but I will be the first to admit he is ALL me personality wise. He has a way of getting anything he wants from me, I’m still trying to figure out his secret to that. He is the polar opposite of Zara. Where she craves interaction with any and everybody, Zavi would much prefer for you just to leave him be and when he wants to come around…he will. He’s little but he is already mighty.
It’s not easy exposing your family on these internet streets because people can be mean and judgmental but so far… so good. But don’t get it twisted, you will get these “hands” if you come for them.
I have to be honest. One of the reasons I decided to bring the blog back is because I don’t see many African- American families being celebrated in the digital space. That’s the void I am trying to fill. Hopefully, you will see value in what I share in this space and if it inspires you or encourages you in any way, then your girl is happy!
Remember, having a blog doesn’t mean I have it all figured it out. It just means I’m willing to share as I stumble along. Cool? Cool.
Now that I’ve got that out of the way, I’d love for the two of us to get reacquainted. How did we meet? Let me know in the comments below.