Winter Vacation EPIK style

Just wanted to let readers know I probably won’t be posting for the next 2 weeks or so. I’m on vacation in a place 50 degrees warmer than Korea. I’ll be back soon enough. CIAO!


(If you haven’t made your vision board for this year yet, you may want to get on it. Results are coming in full force… make sure you get yours!)


Real Techniques Makeup Brushes for $5.00

As I was watching my daily YouTube videos, I came across one where the girl did a UK Swap. She lives in Australia and mentioned she couldn’t find the Real Techniques brushes locally and had to order them from Well, what did I do? I went immediately over to And voila, it was true, they were there. The face set and eye set both retail for $17.99. And since I had  a rewards amount of $33.00, I ended up paying $5.00 and that was for 1-3 days shipping. I’M SOOOOOOO HAPPY. I have been hawking these brushes for about 2 weeks now.

I just wanted to tell somebody so I figured I’d tell my blog visitors and subscribers 🙂 Share in the happiness! O AND winter camp is over and I’m starting my journey home at 3pm… Ice Cube said it best, “to-day was a good day”

*If you want to buy from and don’t have a code, use IVO319 on your first order. $10.00 off on purchases $40 and over; $5.00 off under $40 purchases.

This is the video I was watching.

Quick message for EPIK/GEPIK intake teachers for Spring 2013

First, let me say Congrats! I remember last year this time I was just beginning my research about the programs across the world. I came across EPIK and all the perks and then decided to work with KORVIA as my recruiter which was a great decision, so either if you did directly or through a recruiter, I KNOW the relief you feel now that your locations are starting to roll in.

Of course there are the common concerns of what to pack, what kind of apartment you COULD get, what grade level you will get and I am only equipped to really help you answer ONE of those questions, but my message to you is this…

Now I understand quite a few of you are probably in your early 20’s which traveling to South Korea to LIVE for a year seems like an awesome 12-month spring break that you can’t wait to begin but regardless of your age, something in the following can definitely speak to some part of you.

Spending time in Korea to teach will at times SUCK not be what you expected. Depending on your city, your location (yes they are 2 different things), your grade level, your school(s), your co-teacher(s), your principal, your vice-principal, the cafeteria food, having your students stare at you when you talk or completely check out all together, your inability to find out when your camp really starts so you can book your trips, your neighbors, your students, your support system, your clothes when winter hits, your frustration that you can tutor on the side to make more money, and I can go on and on with more, trust me. HOWEVER, there are massive amounts of positives that will come from this experience in your life. I say to you, be as open as you think you can and once you think you’ve reached that point, open up more. My personal testimony includes giving up eating meat, learning myself for who I really am, tapping into my spiritual self and embracing solitude to be a better person for the people in my life, when back in August 2012 I thought I was just coming here to teach. And also, take the time now, while you have it, to spend actual, physical time with your family and friends. Some days while you’re out here, being away from your loved ones will get to you and you will think back on those days wishing you hadn’t been so consumed about preparing, packing and leaving. The time will come before you know it. Don’t rush it!

But again, congratulations on the next 12 you are about to experience and I wish you much success and personal growth. And who knows, our paths may meet this year… Catch me at Mud Fest. I know you’ll be there too 😉

(What to pack post coming soon…)

Field trip to cave and first time wearing a twist out to school in South Korea

They didn’t let us take photos inside the cave but it was truly magical. I mean we went alll the way inside the cave. The mountains you see in the photos below, yea I’ve been in them. O and the best part was despite the overly FREEZING temp outside, inside the cave it got so hot I took my scarf off (which NEVER comes off) and was on the verge of taking my jacket off. Everything from 9 meter deep pools of fresh water to stone formations ranging from looking like faces and there was even a formation that looked like a monk that people donated money to in the box they placed there just for that reason. It was a really cool experience to witness first-hand.

As for my hair, the photo was taken after we got back to school and all the twist had peaced out in the front. I showed up and I got a range of reactions from the kids. At first, I think they were shocked but as the day went on I saw some of them just looking and not in a bad way. I got a couple of “hair change-ee?” and “o, good hairstyle.” My co-teacher Eun-Hee asked about it early in the am and complimented me which made me feel good. Vice principal I think was stunned cause he kept looking at me but always smiling, which if you know him, that’s really good. LOL All in all, I’m really glad I finally wore it out. Despite the different ways I was trying to partially cover it this morning, I’m glad none of them worked and I just said whatever and left the house. I foresee more exposures ahead. (and fyi for naturals coming to korea – you’ve never experienced hair shrinkage like you will in the winter in South Korea).



Black Women and Politics – Angela Davis sits with Melissa Harris-Perry

I hope you like this Grandma & Aunt Jessie 🙂