Summer Photo Wrap-Up 2017

Hey y’all!

It’s been a nice (and quite hot) summer! I took a nice hiatus from blogging over the summer. However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been occupied with other things!

My favorite products and items for summer!

We tried some new and interesting snacks!

We stopped by the Annual Porter Peach Festival!

Tulsa hosted a Local Luau at Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa! We stopped by and had a great time and ate some delicious food!

Hope you enjoy the videos! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

 

 

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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!

How To Save Money For Travel

 

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Have you ever scrolled through someone’s social media page and wondered how they seem to always be somewhere awesome? I’m sure you have. We all have! I’ve even gone as far as to drop whatever Iwas doing and hop onto an airline website to see how much tickets were to a far away place. Only to slowly fall back into reality when I realize that even if with the cheapest tickets I still would be digging deep into my bank account to pay for the trip. Since beginning this blog I have racked my brain with ways I can save money to pay for my travel adventures. I hope you find at least one option on my list helpful when you need to come up with funds for travel.

  • A Piggy Bank

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I know, I know a piggy bank sounds a bit ridiculous. However, I am referring to a direct deposit account either with your bank or an online banking service. Direct deposits are typically automatic and are electronic. Since you don’t see the cash you’re less tempted to spend money. An example of a good online banking service is Smarty Pig. Smarty Pig allows you to set up an account (using your typical personal information), choose where the money is deposited from and what your goal is. It will keep track of your money and give you an estimate of how long it will take you to reach your goal. Once you have reached your goal you can close the goal and receive your money (give or take a few days).

  • Odd Jobs

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We all have talents and gifts. Why not put those talents to use to earn some travel dough? If you’re computer savvy you can sign up on websites like Fiverr. Fiverr is a company that allows people looking for help with technology based projects find and pay those who are skilled in that area. If you’re not big into technology there are other things you could do. For instance if you love animals you can walk dogs and/or pet-sit. If animals are not your thing, you can also offer to be a personal assistant for a family member or friend. You could pick up their dry cleaning, drop their kids off at school or do their grocery shopping. Most family members and friends may feel reluctant to allow you to do that but once you explain what the money will be used for they should understand and be willing to help you out.

  • Sell Your Junk

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A quick way to make a few bucks is to sell items that you no longer need. Make a sign, set your things outside on the lawn and sell away! A yard sell is a quick and simple way to sell items. If a yard sale is not your speed you can sale unwanted or old clothing to clothing resale stores. If you have electronics that you no long want you can sell those items on Ebay or even your local pawn shop.

  • Clock In

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It’s not something that most of us want to do. However, sometimes we have to put the rubber to the road, pull our sleeves up, burn the midnight oil, and…well…you know what I mean. Sometimes your best bet is to get a temporary or part-time job. I say temporary or part-time because I’m assuming most people reading this already have a full-time job or maybe go to school full-time. Temporary jobs (sometimes called seasonal jobs) are great because they are exactly that…temporary. The hours you spend working will help your travel budget and there is no long-term commitment in place. A part-time may have a little more commitment involved but you won’t have to spend grueling long hours a day working. If you put the money you earn at these jobs towards travel you will be on your way in no time.

   Traveling takes the ink out of one’s pen as well as the cash out of one’s purse.
– Herman Melville

 

There are other options for saving money to use for travel adventures. I hope the ones I listed here are helpful to you. Thanks for reading!

 

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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photo: Colormyfootsteps

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!

Iconic Oklahoma Waterfall – Natural Falls

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One of the most iconic waterfalls is located in Northeastern Oklahoma. Natural Falls is a well-known waterfall that is 77 feet tall and located in a quiet wooden area.

David and I made the 30 minute drive from Tulsa to the park that surrounds the waterfall near West Siloam Springs on the border of Oklahoma and Arkansas. Once you enter the park you’re greeted by a park guide who gives you instructions on where to park and takes your admission (it is $5 per car to enter the park). After that you are free to roam the park. That includes enjoying a picnic, Frisbee golf or barbecuing. There is also a RV park available (inquire before arriving about the cost to park your RV).

 

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There are two trails available if you want to view the waterfall. One trail is the less scenic route and is a straight shot to the waterfall. The other trail guides you over several short bridges and down a few paths to the waterfall. There is also a viewing area at the base of the waterfall if you would like a closer look.

 

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The park is an awesome location for some family fun outdoors and I believe it is worth the trip and the $5.

The YouTube video of our trip can be found here

 

 

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

How Sweet It Is!

IT KEEPS GETTING

Hey ya’ll hey!

So I don’t have to tell you how time flies, especially in the summer months. You’re doing your best to have fun while some how surviving the treacherous heat. All while trying to dot your “I’s” and cross your “T’s. Somewhere in all the daily commotion the little things tend to get lost. A few weeks ago WordPress (with their helpful-selves) informed me it was my blog’s birthday. Yep, the blog is now 2 years old.

Honestly, I have not paid nearly as much attention to the blog this year as I had the previous year. I’ve added additional tasks to my ever-evolving media world. Those tasks have taken up much of my free time, but everything is working towards building a brand. Yes I said that dreaded B word. I swear everyone seems to have a “brand” these days. Sheesh! However, since I cannot find a better word I guess I’ll have to go with that one as well. Or maybe empire? Hmmm, that sounds a bit over the top. I’ll get back to that eventually.

I want to thank each and everyone of you subscribers and any of you creepers (you know the ones who read but don’t subscribe…I see you). Thank you so much for giving my little piece of the world wide web an opportunity to hold your attention. Blogging has had it’s ups and downs for me, since the beginning, but I am so glad that I have stuck with it. My plans going forward are to become more consistent with my posts and develop better content. I would also love the opportunity to involve my subscribers in the website. I guess make the blog more interactive and fun. This has been a great way for me to grow as a writer and I am so glad that I started this blog.

Thanks for your support!

Keshia