There are so many services that go underutilized and the NYPL ( New York Public Library) is one of them. In the last few years you wouldn't believe all the amazing resources I've been able to access through the library from conference rooms to coding boot camps and business plan competitions. Here are 5 programs that are 100% FREE offered by the NYPL! I hope this will serve as an incentive for you to stop by your local library.
Reading is one of my biggest passions. I truly love diving into a new book and hearing someone story, experiences, and adventures. My favorite kids of books are non fictions. In 2017 I didn’t read as many books as I would have liked to. I think within the year I read maybe 4 or 5 books which is about ¼ of my usually yearly reads. But this year as a part of my vision board I wanted to read more and that’s exactly what I have been doing. There is no reason why I shouldn’t be reading a book every day. I literally have access to 1000’s of free books at my finger tips.
In the past I used to write reviews and summaries of the books that I read. I want to start doing that again to share my insights with others. I will be updating this blog post consistently for the rest of the year with books that I read and their accompanying reviews.
Books Read in 2018
I’m Judging you by Luvvie – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
The One Thing by Gary – Print copy bought on Amazon Review
Year of Yes - Shonda Rhimes – Print copy bought on Amazon Review
Don’t dumb down your Greatness by Anthony Frasier – Print copy bought at the 2016 Get Shit Done Summit Review
You Need More Money by Matt Manero – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
You’re not that great by Elan Gale – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
April & May
I took some time off from reading. I didn’t even notice that I hadn’t read anything these months until I wrote this blog.
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae – Print copy ordered on Amazon Review
Black Privilege by Charlemagne the God – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
What I know for sure by Oprah Winfrey – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
The four agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz – Print copy bought on Amazon Review
The subtle art of not giving a fuck by Mark Mason – Print copy bought on Amazon Review
Yes Please by Amy Poehler – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know by Retta – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
The Defining Decade by Meg Jay, PhD – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin – Audio Book via NYPL Libby App Review
November – TBD
December – TBD
A few years ago my best friend texted me in the middle of the night. She wanted to know what the number on the back of my library card was. I got out of bed and found the card and gave her the number, but I couldn’t help but wonder “why the heck does she need my library card number at 12:42 am?!” So I asked and that’s when I found out that she was going to use it to digitally rent a book from the library. She was bored and found out that the library offered free eBooks through a system called Overdrive.
Soon, I started borrowing books from the library through overdrive as well. At that time the way it worked was similar to an in-person library, where you gave your library card number and you were then able to borrow a book for 14 days. To access your eBook you could “rent” it through amazon kindle and once the 14 days were up you could renew the book or it would automatically be returned to the library for the next person to use. Like a regular library, there are limited copies of each book and waitlists.
I will ALWAYS work harder than you.
This past May I spent two weeks in Jamaica. The majority of my time was spent in the parish of St.Thomas where my husband and I grew up, I left when I was 7 yrs old and he left at 18 yrs old. This community is also one of the poorest and most underdeveloped parishes on the island.
As I was Taking in the fresh island air, views and just overall good vibes. I couldn’t help but think “ I truly need to be grateful for the access and opportunities I have living in America“. I also thought about how privileged I was to have grown up in the United States and in New York to be specific.
If you aren't familiar with the way the immigration and Visa system let me break it down for you. Most often people only get Visas for Working or going to school. You spend hundreds even thousands of dollars applying for those visas and there is no guarantee that you will get the Visa. Let's say you are one of the lucky ones who get the Visa.
On this blog I plan to share my story while inspiring other humans to follow their passions, dive into the world of entrepreneurship,
and be amazing at everything they do.