The Soundtrack To My Depression

October 5th, nationwide is National Depression Screening Day. The annual day is held during the first week of October which marks Mental Illness Awareness Week.   To commemorate both I am sharing my journey with Depression.    THE SOUNDTRACK TO MY DEPRESSION   It has a familiar tune in my spirit. The melodies paralyze me out of nowhere, forcing me to deal with emotions I thought I buried deep inside. Emotions and feelings I thought I dealt Read more about The Soundtrack To My Depression[…]

TBT: What a Blessing I Was Fired

*Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.   I have this complicated work history. Sadly I’ve been fired twice but it was such a good thing. Once I explain, you will think so too. I was fired from Walt Disney World in college and secondly from a summer teaching job in high school. Had I not been fired from Disney World I would not have been able to Read more about TBT: What a Blessing I Was Fired[…]

Happy Fourth of Ju-Lie!

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming, It’s Fourth of July! America’s Independence Day! The day we celebrate our country with patriotic red, white and blue. I wanted to spend the day at the beach being a bum! I’ve never celebrated the nationwide holiday at the beach! In Texas my longstanding tradition was the backyard family BBQ every year. It never failed. Read more about Happy Fourth of Ju-Lie![…]

I WAS ON THE CHEW!

WATCH ME NOW on The Chew! This all started as something fun for my boyfriend and I to do. Audience tickets for TV shows are free. Living near New York City gives us ample access to so many shows we couldn’t possibly try to attend them all. My boo attended culinary school and has some interest in cooking. I grew up cooking with my Mom and sisters. The Chew seemed like the perfect show for Read more about I WAS ON THE CHEW![…]

I Skipped Class for El DeBarge

  I have many goals and dreams I want to do with my journalism career. I have literally dreamed about interviewing El DeBarge. I skipped news writing class, checking this off my bucket list. Leaving school early to film DeBarge at the now closed J&R Music World was a once in a lifetime opportunity. #YOLO Being a fan, I knew El’s new album was coming out. It had been 16 long years since he had Read more about I Skipped Class for El DeBarge[…]

The Summer of ’93

As summertime returns, I’m sharing my summer of 1993 memories of the best family road trip ever! From Texas to NYC and stops in between, I travelled the highways of America with my parents and a childhood friend. I was ten years old and had just graduated from fifth grade. My parents were retracing their steps with me on this trip. I missed the earlier family vacations with my older siblings because I wasn’t born. Read more about The Summer of ’93[…]

Lessons From My Grandfather

My maternal grandparents died before I was born in the 1980’s. I have never seen a photograph of my grandfather. He passed away when my mom was 12 years-old in 1959. My grandmother died in 1973. My grandmother was Correen Hudson and her husband was Spencer Harris. Grandma Correen was born in Carthage, Texas in 1905. Grandpa Spencer was born in Deberry, Texas in 1903. It’s suspected their parents were born either during slavery or Read more about Lessons From My Grandfather[…]

My Sexual Assault in The Classroom

I remember being sexually assaulted in my high school media classroom like it was yesterday. The aftermath, counseling, suspension from school, judgment from school officials and peers has never left me, 18 years later. It’s a situation I am forced to remember when I read about young girls being sexually abused in any way. According to RAINN, females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted Read more about My Sexual Assault in The Classroom[…]

When The Village Ain’t Shit

Chances are, you may know a deadbeat father. He may pay child support, as in the case of my son’s father, but doesn’t care to help raise the child or make himself known in that child’s life. More common are deadbeats who choose to not see their child and doesn’t pay child support. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but what happens when part of that village ain’t shit? Far too Read more about When The Village Ain’t Shit[…]

My Journey Through Reluctant Motherhood

I didn’t choose motherhood. It chose me. I was the reluctant mother. Don’t get me wrong, I love my son William. He is the apple of my eye. But truthfully I was reluctant to become his mother, even after he was born. I always wanted the career, the husband and the freedom to live life. Having Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, a hormonal endocrine disorder very common in women, made it easy for me not to worry Read more about My Journey Through Reluctant Motherhood[…]

The Creator of O Girl Media

Olivia D. Sanders is the brainchild behind O Girl Media. Created in 2017, OGM seeks to tell the stories of everyday people like Olivia. No stranger to journalism, Olivia has been in or around media for over 15 years. After taking a motherhood break from the industry in 2011, Olivia realized she had to create her own lane if she wanted her career in media. Watch her video below to learn more the amazing Olivia Read more about The Creator of O Girl Media[…]

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