The Untouchable

Steam rises from my grandmother’s crock pot / Freshly cooked rice sits comfortably on the counter / Lamb chops dance across the wedding china my mother—in-law had to buy me / Sparkling wine slides down the side of my favorite wine glasses / And there I stood / By the kitchen door / My sienna …

Happy New Year!

Photo by Anna-Louise on I am renewed. I am refreshed. I am unafraid. I am hopeful. I am optimistic. I am ready to harvest the best from my reality and sow the seeds of my dreams. Cheers, Najya

Meditation for 2019

Photo by Pixabay on Stop apologizing when you've done nothing wrong. And if things fall apart in that type of situation, recognize that the foundation wasn't strong in the first place. Love you enough to not make others and their opinions your God. It's time to live free. Xo, Najya

Influencer Spotlight: L’Oreal Thompson Payton

On July 3, 2017, the tables were turned. The woman, who has spent a large portion of her life as a reporter and content creator, found herself on the other side of the experience. Baltimore’s very own, L’Oreal Thompson Payton, took the time out of her schedule to have a conversation with me about her journey in writing, dedicating herself to her purpose and finding healing in self-care. L’Oreal is a true mover and shaker in this world, and I hope that you apply just a portion of the gems that she dropped throughout this conversation!

Behind It All

Why did I start writing poetry? Why did I start writing period?

As a young girl, I lived with my mother and grandmother. Before starting school, my time during the work week was divided into two parts: Ma Ma (read Grandma) time during the day and Mommy time after she came home from work. With this type of system in place, it's easy to understand how closely attached I became to two of the most important women in my life. However, I wasn't prepared for what would rock my world years down the line.