27 Things About Me

1. The Office is my favorite show of all time. I watch season 2- season 7 episode 21 at least twice a year. 

2. I was cheerleader for about 12 years, school and competition. That was the only sport that I ever actually participated in. 

3. I decided to try out for Lacrosse my freshman year of college. I quit the second day of tryout practice after a girl hit me with her stick. 

4. I’ve lived in Houston, Dallas, and Waco and had lots of visits/stays in Austin. Out of those cities, Dallas is my favorite but Houston is more “me”. 

5. If I wasn’t a registered nurse (or wife or mom), I’d want to be a backup dancer!

6. My guilty pleasure is Chick-Fil-A. 

7. I don’t like staying at other people’s houses overnight! I’m such a homebody with the most ridiculous level of comfort. 

8. It takes a lot to actually make me laugh out loud. 

9. I’ve always had a hard time picking my favorite color but after 27 years, I can easily say that it’s gray. 

10. I love learning new languages. Spanish has my heart!

11. I don’t like watching movies, especially in a movie theatre. I just don’t have the attention span for it. I don’t have attention issues, I just don’t want to devote time to that when I have a life to live. 

12. With that being said, I can easily binge watch an entire season in one day! I don’t know why I can do this but not watch a movie. 

13. If a movie was made before 2000 or longer than 2 hours, I refuse to watch it. This is my new standard- I have seen tons of classics but not enough according to my movie buff, film obsessed husband. 

14. I used to be really embarassed to cry in front of other people. Once I got into college, I stopped caring about it so much. 

15. College was one of the best times of my life. 

16. Graduating college and finishing nursing school will always be the happiest day of my life. So many tears and moments of anxiety and uncertainty went into earning that degree. On graduation day, I had a lot of “pinch me, is this real?” moments. 

17. I thrive on routine. It’s one of my least favorite traits about myself because life can be so hectic and I have a hard time coping with the act of straying from my norm. 

18. I only get my nails painted 4 colors: light purple, any shade of pink, gray, or black. But I only paint my toes pink. 

19. My favorite type of books are non-fiction books. In the past 5 years, I’ve read so many incredible books by such motivational women. 

20. I don’t like concerts anymore. I think that they’re too expensive for me to basically sit and jam out with my friends. I can do that in my living room for free with a much better view. 

21. I live in hoodies and sweatpants, no matter the weather. I just love full coverage haha!

22. I went to a high school where we weren’t allowed to have homework for the first year of the school opening. It was my sophomore year and it was sort of wild. 

23. I’ve always wanted a sister. That never happened! When I found out that I was having a daughter, it was the best day of my life. I actually called to find out the blood results without my husband because I was so eager. Once they said she was a baby girl, I bawled my eyes out. I happy cried alone in my house for about 30 minutes. 

24. I eat a lot of food raw. Not because of the benefits though… it’s mostly because I’m disturbingly lazy when it comes to cooking. 

25. I love journaling. The flood waters actually took all of my journals so I’m starting fresh! I’m really excited for this fresh start though. 

26. I like animals enough to advocate for them, change my eating habits to make their lives more humane, and cry over their deaths in real life and in movies; but if you ask me to go to a petting zoo and touch them, that’s going to be a no from me, dawg. 

27. Desserts are my weakness. I have an addiction to them without a doubt! This is why I like doing whole 30… it helps me quit my sugar indulgent habits. 

So that’s 27 things that you may not know about me! I’m excited to do 28 next year 😜

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Be Who You Needed When You Were Younger

“Be who you needed when you were younger”

Here’s a few pictures of me “, pre-blogging and knowledgable of picture quality, also pre-Baby E. I was so sweet and naive back then y’all. So cute.

BIG MAMA. This picture was taken a few days before she was born.

pregnant and didnt even know it.

I absolutely love this quote because when I read it, it reminded me of the reasons that I made this blog in the first place!

I did a little soul searching and asked myself a few questions about my blogging future and potential and the answers are listed below. 🙂

Why did you start this blog?
I originally started this blog as a place to express my views on motherhood. My first blog post was about my perspective of pregnancy. During pregnancy, I felt that my feelings were very misunderstood. At the time, it was hard to verbally explain how I felt. Six months later, I decided that I wanted to be more open about my feelings so that if any other women felt similarly, they would know that they were not alone. In your weakest times, social media can be so damaging. You see so many beautiful things but never the reality of the situation. Even though I want to talk a lot about the good that is happening in my life, I want to make sure that the not-so-good parts are represented as well. I want to expose the “hot mess” that is motherhood and pregnancy and sometimes womanhood, too. Then about a month into blogging, I felt this amazing release. I realized that I actually enjoy writing, expressing my feelings, and talking about what’s going on in my life.

What is Aiming for August even about? What are you focusing on?
Aiming for August is about my life as flawed person who is on her way to being badass. I’m already pretty cool but I can be cooler, right? But seriously, it’s mostly my transition into motherhood. I really do feel that being a mother has made me more confident as a woman and definitely as an African-American woman. This blog is focusing on motherhood and everything that surrounds that but also my and my family’s lifestyle. Being a 20-something, millennial mom is interesting. Some days, I feel like I’ve barely got it together but I’m learning and growing in some way, every day.

In the sea of millions of other bloggers, what makes you a significant little fish? What makes you think readers care about what you’re talking about?
1) “I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom”
2) I’m honest (or at least I hope to be).
3) I’m different. I think that I have a unique aspect of motherhood being that I’m in an interracial relationship, the mother to a biracial child. We live in a tiny house in a big city and do a lot of city-related things. We’re not a “traditional” family for so many reasons but we’re making our lives into our own version of “the American dream”.  There is a lot that I could say to explain to you exactly why I think that my family is different but you’ll have to keep on following along to figure it out!
I hope readers can see all of the beauty in my life, the beauty in family, and the honesty and humor in my words. Go on this journey with me, y’all. You won’t regret it, promise.

What will be on the blog?
Obviously, mom stuff because my life has been outrageously impacted by being a mother. So let’s just split this into percentages. 55% motherhood and baby life- this includes but is not limited to things like mom fashion, baby fashion, foods and whatnot, venting about mom things, etc. 25% lifestyle- this includes but is not limited to lots of Houston things, any travel that we do, random things that are going on in my life, some political/social activism (we have to talk about the problems to solve them…), what I’m reading, etc. Finally, 10% health and 10% fitness- which are pretty self explanatory.

What won’t be on the blog?
This is hard because I can’t predict the future, ya know? I can say I will only blog about things that I believe in. Basically, I promise to never become a sell out.

What are your goals for the blog?
This is extremely corny but I really do want to inspire/motivate/let women know that they are not alone! I may not be able to fully understand all of your struggles but I will weep with you. I will rejoice with you. I will do it all with you! I love to empower women so let’s do this! I also hope to make more blogging friends and meet more people that share similar passions. I’d also be a bald faced liar if I didn’t mention the potential of turning this hobby into profit. So there’s that too. Right now, I’m having a hell of a time just writing and expressing myself. So I’m living in the now but also working my butt off to turn this baby into something beautiful.

So there it is. This is a little bit about why I’m blogging… I want to be who I would have needed when I was younger.

If you’re a fellow blogger, comment below with your website or IG handle so I can check you out too!

Always, always, always thank you for reading. It means the world,
xoxo Erica.