2.04.2018

A January Summary

I picked that post title just because it rhymes, you like? Happy new month guys! After 500 years, January's finally over. I hope it was a good month for you? If yes, that's great! And if no, don't worry. There are better days ahead for us.

Here are some highlights from my January: 

National Museum of African American History and Culture
My cousins and I took a little road trip to Washington DC just so we could visit this museum. I was so excited as it's a place that I've always wanted to visit. DC itself is such a nice place, I liked the buildings and the smell of politics in the air lol. 

The museum itself was fantastic and we were very sad when we had to leave . The museum has an area where you're taken through the history of African Americans all the way from the 1600s when Africans were forcefully put on ships  till date. There are pictures, videos and artifacts e.g a piece of wood from a Portuguese slave ship that sank.
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It was such an enlightening visit . The full history is spoken about and every single thing is broken down. It made me quite sad too. It's one thing to read about the suffering of African Americans but it's another thing to actually see and hear some of the things that happened. How African Americans were technically free but had little to no rights? Or how a slave owner was legally allowed to kill or maim any slave that tried to run away? So much evil, you know? There was even an actual slave cabin and a video of people who actually LIVED in that cabin talking about their experiences. The place is quite big so we weren't able to see the section on Emett Till, I'm pretty sure I would have bawled my eyes out if I had seen that. 

I really can't put into words how wonderful this visit was for us. And a lot of other people felt the same way as it was packed with all sorts of people from different backgrounds. I highly recommend adding this place to your to-visit list or whatever as it is definitely worth all the hype. It's quite a popular place and entry is free but you have to get the tickets beforehand online I believe. Once again, I highly recommend. 

Books, Books, Books
In 2017, I didn't read as many books as I wanted and one of my aims for 2018 is to correct that. In January , I read three books and I'm pretty psyched about that. The first was Adriana Trigiani's Big Stone Gap which was nice enough. The story was cute and I liked the small town feel of it, very quaint. 

Then next was Robert Galbraith's aka J.K. Rowling's The Silkworm  which is the sequel to one of my all time favourite books, The Cuckoo's Calling. I've never been a huge fan of Harry Potter but reading the books J.K. Rowling wrote under that pseudonym really shows what an AMAZING writer she is. 
If you follow me on Twitter (@Demmiie_), which you should, you might have seen me gushing about The Silkworm. It legit had my heart racing towards the end and the plot twist was pretty shocking. In case you didn't know, I have a thing for plot twists. A proper review is coming soon, don't worry.
Lastly, I read Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko. This book has been on my to-read list for almost three years and I was very happy to finally read it. This made me sad in some parts and angry in others. I don't want to talk about this too much right now as I intend on doing a full review soon. I proper took notes while reading this as I didn't want to forget anything. So, soon come guys. 

Veganuary
This was my major 'goal' for January and you can read about my experience here. I did a whole post on that so there's no need to bore you all with that again. 

Lesson Of The Month
I read this post by Alice Catherine a few weeks ago and it's called 'A Healthy Dose of The Internet'  and a particular portion really stood out to me. It says:
You just have to accept the fact that you can’t keep up to date with everyone, every newsletter, every book, every blog post, every podcast…
This really stood out to me because I always like to be in the know and that can leave me feeling overwhelmed when it comes to what to read/watch/listen to. Of course I know that i can't keep up with EVERYTHING but a reminder is nice from time to time.

Watching
I've recently been sucked back into the dramatic world of reality TV and i'm loving every second of it. My faves right now are Love and Hip Hop Miami and WAGS Miami. Oh, the joys of 'trashy' TV. What're you currently watching?

So that's really it guys, you're all caught up. How was your month?
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  1. lol.. i can relate to the joys of Trashy TV!!!
    happy new month!!!

    becomingyeva.com

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    1. That's the best type of TV! Happy new month to you too :)

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  2. Sounds like such a busy month for you! I feel like January dragged for ages, so glad it's now February. The museum sounded like such an incredible experience xx
    Liv
    livwrites.co.uk

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    1. I know right? January definitely felt like forever. It really was, thank you for reading Liv :)

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  3. Netflix: Morocco:love in the time of war. new reader here!

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    1. Ooh that came up in my suggestions and I added it to my Netflix list. Can't wait to start it! xx

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  4. I read a book on racism last month and so I understand what you mean by being angry. I was very angry too and it was just a book lol. I'm sure being at the museum would be worse. I read 4 books in January and I talked about it on my blog. As usual, I've not really been watching anything lol. Just a few talk shows. Lesson of the month is that only me is responsible for my happiness. Cliché but evergreen lol. Happy new month dear. xx
    A Literary Conversation | JANUARY
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    1. Yup, it would have been waayyy worse haha. Four books? That's awesome, will check out the post.

      Funny enough the 'cliche' quotes or lessons are almost always the best, at least that's how I see it! xx

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  5. Hahaha after 500 years my dear, that January was a millennium on it's own! As one that has followed the trans-atlantic slave trade for years, I'd love to visit the museum someday. I'm also watching wags Miami and waiting for their new season. Now I'm watching wags Atlanta.

    How's your French going? I've slacked on mine a little but I'll catch up.
    Xoxo.


    www.lilyofnigeria.com

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    1. I'm telling you, January was so long! But then again it always feels that way every year. The museum is totally worth visiting that's for sure.

      Same! I'm here waiting for the new season, maybe I should watch WAGS Atlanta while I wait. My French's been good, could be better though. Good luck with your catching up and thanks for stopping by! xx

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  6. I've been dying to get to the museum in DC, definitely a bucket list item
    www.NancyUgo.com

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    1. You should definitely try to visit, it's so worth it! xx

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  7. It´s so important to learn about our history regardless of how cruel and sad it is. Only by looking back can me move forward and make sure those barbaric acts don't happen again. It is really sad to see how evil humans can be.

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

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    1. I agree Vanessa, history is oh so necessary. I know right? The level of evil can be so shocking at times!

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  8. I think I heard about that museum on a podcast (maybe an episode of The Read? do you know that show?) and it's somewhere I'd love to visit if I'm ever in the area. Sounds like an amazing, if harrowing place. x

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    1. The Read? Nope, I don't know that show but now I'm intrigued! I'll check it out. Exactly Laila, you described it perfectly! xx

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  9. Love the museum. Never been to a museum before. But fear not, it's on my bucket list for 2018.
    I used to watch wags too... I don't know if it's Miami own though 🤔
    ♥️

    www.girleccentric.wordpress.com

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    1. This is definitely one for the bucket list! It's most likely the WAGS set in LA, I think that one's simply called WAGS!

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  10. Thanks so recommending the museum, though undoubtedly sad to hear and learn about slavery, it's eye opening, and a real part of our history that people of all backgrounds should be aware of.

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE
    IG | @viviyunn_

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    1. I totally agree Vivian, it's a part of history that we should all know about! xx

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  11. The museum looks incredible! I hope I can visit it one day!
    Mariya
    www.brunetteondemand.com

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    1. It really is, I hope you can visit it too! :)

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  12. You're too cute Demms, lovely post xx

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  13. I visited NMAAHC January last year, and it's definitely a must-see! The Emmett Till memorial had my entire group shook. Yooo you'd definitely love LNHH Atlanta, it's returning in a couple weeks.

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    1. Now I'm really wishing we saw the Emmett Till memorial, we had to leave early unfortunately. I used to watch LNHH Atlanta before, maybe I should give it a go again? Thanks Mcsteve :)

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