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Coffee mug from Ida Red Boutique on Brookside.

Hey y’all!

I can’t help but quote music producer Timbaland when I say

“It’s been a long time…I shouldn’t have left with…without a dope beat to step to…”

I haven’t graced this beautiful blog with words handpicked from my brain in quite awhile. Don’t worry, no life-altering event has happened to me. However, changes needed to be made.

After our awesome trip to Denver, CO in March I was faced with a question. How am I prioritizing my life?

Just like most women I wear many hats. First, I am a wife. I also work a full-time job, 5 days a week (not mentioning overtime). I also have these cool hobbies (this blog, and YouTube videos), I am trying to finish writing my 2nd book (while still promoting my 1st). I contribute articles to a natural hair blog. I am a daughter and a sister. And of course I have to tack on going to the gym 2 to 3 times a week and squeezing in spending time with family and friends and well…at some point something has to give.

I realized the hard way that I cannot do it all and expect that effort to be 100 percent. No one can. Something will suffer. Your mental health, your physical health, your relationships, and/or your career, can easily begin to become harder and harder to manage.

So taking note of the draining path I was on I decided to take a break from certain things. The world isn’t going to crumble if I don’t get a blog post up, or a YouTube video uploaded. However, missing time with loved ones or giving a lackluster performance at work is not acceptable.

It comes down to balance. There’s a time and place for everything. Finding the time to do certain things and learning what to reschedule or even what to scrap.

I am definitely not walking away from the blog  (my baby). But there will be times when I’ll have to take a brief hiatus. Thank you all for understanding.

You’re awesome!

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May Photo Wrap-Up 2017

Hey y’all hey!

I can’t believe it, but it’s the end of May! To be honest, I had a somewhat uneventful month. But none the less I took a few pictures here and there and put up a few videos!

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One of the most important things I did in May was celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom! We had a great time hanging out in downtown Tulsa at the Guthrie Green. We also had good food and great conversations.

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If you have been to downtown Tulsa lately than you must have noticed the addition of artwork on the walls of several buildings. I personally love the colorful additions to downtown. The artwork really brings a new energy to downtown Tulsa.

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My sweet tooth has been in overdrive lately. Although it’s still chocolate I decided to try a gluten free option. This one was actually pretty tasty.

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David and I stopped by the Bixby Barbecue Festival. We enjoyed great food (we really stuffed ourselves). If you are in the area, I suggest stopping by next year to see the festival and eat some great barbecue. The event is very family friendly.

I hope you had a great month of May. I look forward to awesome adventures in the month of June.

April Photo Wrap-Up 2017

Hey everyone!

The time has arrived once again for the monthly Photo Wrap-Up. So here’s a peek at what went on with me throughout the month of April!

Before I get carried away with this post I should mention my Spring Favorites video. Just in case you missed it!

Now on to the rest of April!

David and I visited the most iconic waterfall in Northeast Oklahoma, Natural Falls. The area was very beautiful and worth a trip if you’re in the area.

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As you know, David and I are definitely foodies. We strayed away from our typical breakfast spot, Village Inn, and decided to eat at IHOP (Internal House of Pancakes). Let’s just say a buy one meal get one free coupon may have seductively influenced that decision.

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I am doing much better handling my stress levels at work. March was a hard month for me. However, I am pushing through. Like the saying goes, once you’ve hit the bottom the only place to go is UP!

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We enjoyed a wonderful Easter weekend. It was a little rainy, but that is typical for Oklahoma weather around this time. I can’t complain. I also began my manual car lessons. I never thought that I would be learning how to drive a stick shift in my 30’s.

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I got a much needed hair trim. Sometimes it’s the little things that really add up and make a difference. I am really enjoying my hair now. This natural hair journey is not always easy. There are times I get so frustrated but there are times that are completely great! You have to take the bad with the good. Enjoy the good times while you can.

Thank you guys for reading! You are awesome! YES YOU!

You can find Colormyfootsteps on Facebook and Instragram!

March Photo Wrap-Up 2017

Hey y’all

Well better late than never! Here is a my Photo Wrap-Up for March! Enjoy!

 

David and I had several date nights throughout March. It’s all about quality and not quantity.

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Of course I have to show you what I have been nimbling on this month. Naturbox is a wonderful company if you are wanting to find new and tasty snacks.

David and I also made our first trip to Denver, CO.! We had a great time exploring the beautiful and friendly city.

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It’s hard to have a post and not include at least one picture of the sunrise! If you haven’t taken a look at the sunrise lately than I encourage you to do so soon!

Since spring is now officially here, check out my Spring Faves video for the products I am enjoying!

Thanks for stopping by the blog! Have a wonderful April. You know what they say “April showers bring May flowers”.

 

 

Tulsa Food Tour 2.0 -Antoinette Baking Co. & Claud’s Hamburgers

Hey everyone!

David and I had a wonderful weekend while continuing the Tulsa Food Tour Edition 2.0! There’s nothing better than stuffing your face while checking out a new restaurant. The restaurants we tried this weekend were Antoinette Baking Company in downtown Tulsa and Claud’s Hamburgers on Brookside in Tulsa. Both locations were new to us. I mean, we heard of them but had never been. Antoinette Baking Company has been around for quite a few years and Claud’s has been a staple hamburger spot for decades.

  • Antoinette Baking Company – 207 N Main St., Tulsa, OK
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Chili Braised Pork Huevos Rancheros

The bakery/restaurant was very easy to find in the evolving downtown area of Tulsa. Nestled between breweries and galleries, Antoinette Baking Co. fits right into the downtown scene. I began following Antoinette Baking Co. on Instagram months ago and daily I would see yummy reminders of why I should stop by. Every weekend they serve brunch. David and I stopped in this past weekend to check the place out and we were pleasantly surprised. The venue was quaint but at the same time very open. There were tables, roomy booths and a small bar to dine at. But it is a first come first serve establishment on the seating. So unless you don’t mind waiting, I would suggest arriving a little early.

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Chili Braised Pork Tacos

The food was delicious! The presentation was nice, modern and clean. It was yummy to our eyes before it was yummy to our tummies. Which is always a great addition to the dining experience. We had a homemade raspberry pop-tart, strawberry muffin, Chili Braised Pork Huevos Rancheros and Chili Braised Pork Tacos. Everything tasted fresh. David and I were very pleased with our meal. Antoinette Baking Co. changes their brunch menu weekly so you always have an opportunity to try new things.

  • Claud’s Hamburgers – 3834 S Peoria, Tulsa, OK

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Claud’s Hamburgers is a staple of Brookside in Tulsa. A simple white and green building with a simple white and green sign. Walking into Claud’s you know you’re going to receive simple no-mess and no-frills food. And to this small town girl when it comes to something as American as the hamburger that’s how I want it…no frills. We were promptly greeted (by a young woman whom I can tell knew right away we were new to the spot). We ordered (me a cheeseburger, fries and a Dr. Pepper and David a bacon cheeseburger, fries and a Sprite) and sat down and waited on our food. In the 10 minutes we waited I knew this was going to be a place I would revisit. There was something about it. They had been cooking the same thing the same and for the most part on the same exact grill for years. They knew what they were doing. Our food was awesome. In fact, we should have split an order of fries instead of ordering two separate bundles because we got full pretty quick. If you ever have the time to swing by Claud’s I suggest you do.

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I don’t have to tell you all that this food tour has been terrific so far. We have really enjoyed trying some new restaurants. Stay tuned for the next installment and check out the Youtube channel!

January 2017 Photo Wrap-Up

Hey y’all!

The year 2017 is in full effect! The month is winding down and I can’t believe how quickly the days have flown by. I know it’s been awhile since my last Photo Wrap-Up but I haven’t given up on it entirely. So I’m back kicking off this years first collage of randomness from the month of January!

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I don’t know if I told you but my husband, David, loves his supplements. I joke with him that he is “pickling” himself. Every once in a while I decide to try one of his new additions to his health regimen. We began taking MCT oil. MCT stands for medium chain triglyceride. It’s a “healthy” fat that when ingested goes straight to your liver and your body uses it for fuel. I have been adding a teaspoon of it to my coffee a few times a week and so far so good. Check with me in a few months to see if I’m still on board the MCT oil train.

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Of course with the new year means a renewed sense of bettering yourself. Although I never entirely quit working out towards the end of 2016, I wasn’t necessarily in a workout groove. I am definitely kicking my workout regimen into high gear this year. Since I have such a sedentary job, it is important for me to make sure I remain active in my free time.

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Out with the old and in with the new! I have decided to update my living room decor. I am trying to be frugal in this endeavor. I’ve spent some time on Pinterest getting inspiration. This decor update is way overdue! You can see some of the items I have purchased here.

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Before I wrap this up I have to mention I celebrated another year on this earth. I turned 31 this year and had a wonderful time with loved ones celebrating. Turning 30 last year was a little tumultuous for me, but this year I felt excited about becoming a year older. If you’re concerned about getting up there in years you can check out my last post here.

Thanks for reading. I hope January was as good to you as it was to me. Have a wonderful February!

3 Ways 30 Is The New 20!

I turned 31 this week. Do I feel any different? No. However, now that I have experienced 1 full year of being a 30-year-old woman I thought I would give some notable observations that I have made on how my 30’s (so far) seem to differ from my 20’s. Hopefully you find these observations helpful!

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  • You “Love” with Certainty

I think most of us can agree that in our twenties we weren’t 100 percent sure of what we were looking for in a significant other. All brawn, no brains. Exceptionally smart, but doesn’t make you hot under the collar. We’ve dated the jock, the intellectual, the player, the bad-boy and a few mama’s boys. For the fellas reading, I’m sure you’ve had your share of the drama queens, snobs and overly flirtatious social butterflies. Once you’re in your 30’s you can now read potential mates better and you now know who to avoid and who to gravitate to. When on first dates you notice red flags quicker and can find the exit in a heart beat. You know what you want and you don’t need to waste time.

  • You’ve Stepped It Up a Notch

We began college we were “fresh” meat. When we started our first real jobs post college we were small fish in a big pond. Now that school is over and we’ve got a few years of work experience under our belt we can feel confident in our abilities. Think of how self-conscious you were in your 20’s. Over time that insecurity has been replaced with a stronger, better and determined adult. Plus more experience equals better opportunities which can lead to better pay. Cha-Ching!

  • You Value Your Time

Now that you’re in your 30’s you find the value in free time. You spent so much of your 20’s setting the foundation for the rest of  your life. Now you want to enjoy it more. And you should! You want to spend time with your family and friends. You want to take up old hobbies that you used to find awesome! Or maybe pursue new hobbies. Don’t wait until retirement to get out there and see the world or learn a new craft. Do it now!

Last year before I turned 30, I was so reluctant to get older. Now that I have crossed that threshold I see how awesome it has been. In no way do I feel diminished. In fact I feel empowered and it is great!

How To Be Successful In 2017

Hey y’all! Let’s get caught up really quickly so you will know what I have been up to. The last time I posted to the blog was in October. There’s no real excuse for my absence other than I was feeling very burnt out mentally and it was effecting my creativity. So I took the remainder of the year to relax and let new ideas for the blog flow in naturally. What can I say, everyone needs a break from time-to-time.

Now let’s get to the title of this post.

While perusing through Pinterest one day I came across a link to a blog post by Sivan Ayla. The original post was “50 Healthy Habits Every Girl Should Consider“. Now initially I wasn’t going to read it because 50 seemed like a lot to remember. However, I went through the list and found several to be very helpful to me. Most of the habit suggestions were pretty simple but were things that we can easily overlook in our day-to-day lives. I decided to take 10 of the habits and elaborate on them more in a YouTube video on my channel.

The 10 that caught my eye were (in no particular order):

  • Start fresh everyday
  • Check your finances often
  • Put down your phone when you’re with people
  • Cut back on sugar
  • Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses, you’ll lose
  • Take care of your clothing
  • Make your home a place you want to be
  • Stand up for yourself
  • Don’t skimp on sleep
  • Prioritize stress management

I think these are all great suggestions that can contribute to you having a successful 2017. Some may seem minor, but the small things add up. Take the time to read the original article by Silva Ayla. There may be a few habits out of the 40 others that you may find more helpful to you and want to apply to your lifestyle this year.

Have a great 2017 everyone! Make the most of your time and energy! Enjoy life!

 

Travel Bloggers and Vloggers You Should Follow!

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Hey ya’ll!

Everyone needs a little motivation or better yet inspiration from time to time. You could be a singer drawing inspiration from Andrea Bocelli or Usher. Or maybe you’re a cook inspiring to be the next Anthony Bourdain. Everyone looks to someone to inspire them or simply someone to motivate them to get back on the horse and keep going. As a novice traveler I often need a push to get back out there and see new things. I thought I would share with you some of the bloggers and vloggers (video blog) who continue to spark my interest in the great big world out there!

Louis Cole

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Deciding to create the Colormyfootsteps YouTube channel was not an easy decision. I went back and forth over all the things that could make it a bad idea. When I did a little research into the idea one of the first YouTubers I came across was Louis. I think I binged watched for at least 2 hours, lol (each of his videos are approximately 12 minutes…so yeah I watched a lot of videos). It was so cool to see him go from place to place so carefree. I felt so inspired by him. Out of everyone on my list, Louis, probably has the most stamps in his passport. His motto is “Live The Adventure”, that statement in itself should be enough to make you want to get off the couch.

Brooke Saward

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I actually stumbled upon Brooke on YouTube because I wanted to use the word “wanderlust” as part of my blog/brand name. You can tell that Brooke is well traveled and her joy of travelling truly shows in every post on her media platforms. Her blog and YouTube channel offer helpful travel hacks and tips. Brooke has also written books dedicated to her travels. I think the biggest thing I have learned from Brooke, so far, is sometimes you have to give up what you want now for what you want most.

Becca and Alex Foss

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One day, about 6 months or so ago, I received a notification that a WordPress user was now following my blog. I thought,  “cool”. So I checked them out to see if I wanted to subscribe to them as well. Little did I know that I would absolutely love what I found. Becca and Ross are a traveling couple (along with their hairless dog) who live out of their camper and pretty much go where they desire. I always look forward to their blog posts. Their posts are always heartfelt and interesting. They also take beautiful pictures (why can’t my camera seem to do that?). If you’re not interested in subscribing to their blog at least follow them on Instagram. I’m sure you’ll be in awe.

Alli Speed

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  • Twitter: @AlliSpeed
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I actually found Alli via Louis Cole (mentioned above). I believe he was on a Contiki trip for Youtubers in Asia and Alli was one of the YouTubers. I gravitated to her humor and different perspective of showcasing the culture around her. Alli does travel often, some is nationally but a lot is international (her boyfriend, Chase, lives in South Korea). Alli is a natural in front of the camera and always seems to enjoy herself while on the road. She also lives in Florida, which makes her random vlogs at home seem pretty cool.

Tracey Coleman

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I came across Tracey on Instragram. Almost every photo she was either eating something yummy or frolicking on the beach somewhere. I just knew I had to see more of her world. Tracey stays busy on the road but she also gives us a peak into her neck of the woods, Brooklyn. She was included in the list of Essence magazines “9 Travel Instragrams You Should Follow” in 2015. That alone should make you want to see what she is up to. Right now she is making me want to plan a trip to the next carnival season in the Bahamas!

That’s my list y’all! If you think that you have been bitten by the travel bug or maybe you are just a weekend road warrior, I hope this list has added a few faces to reference when you are sitting at home wondering where to go next. Take care and safe travels!

Keshia