Well, I Am Just a Girl

Writing my latest book, Just A Girl, has been extremely rewarding. I have taken trips down memory lane, which is amazing. You never know how many things you’ve forgotten until you try to remember.

My memory lane journey has taken me through childhood and the beloved teen years to adulthood. There were so many doors to walk through that it was hard to decide which memories I wanted to relive first. So many affected my life in different ways and made me the woman I am today.

The greatest remembrance was of my grandmother’s garden. She passed away when I was 16 years old and I’ve missed her ever since. She tended to one of the community gardens here in Philadelphia which won numerous awards and earned her a spot at the Philadelphia Flower Show every year. I accredit my love of flowers to her with the fitting name, Daisy. You can learn more about her in the book.

Another great reflection was that of family vacations. Now, my family and I aren’t super close these days, but one of the things I cherish most are those vacations. Every year we went to Virginia Beach except for one year when we went to Myrtle Beach. Each morning I would awaken early to go out on the balcony and watch the dolphins as the sun rose; an incredible sight for a child. It was also great to roam the boardwalk looking for t-shirts and trinkets to take home. More about the vacations in the book as well.

Aside from these two powerful memories there are so many others that forged who I am. Some have built me up and others have had the power to break me down. However, I am thankful for each of them. After all, I am just a girl.

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