Obviously quite excited about my new toy!

I got an Oculus. It was an impulse buy. I had heard so much about it, specifically for fitness, and one afternoon, without giving it any thought, I figured — why not?

With the gyms being closed, and neighborhood crime on the rise, walks around the block were no longer ideal and my options for activity were running out.

I got the Quest 2 because I had learned that it was all-encompassing. This meant I did not need anything beyond the device that came in the mail (and a smartphone, and FB account for setup). …

Birthday gift from my USC roomie came in handy during my Palm Springs getaway

Exactly one year ago, I wrote my first Medium article to launch a 12-month commitment to tap into my creativity.

In the piece, I promised to work on my body, my mind, and my finances. Despite the year it has been, I can gratefully say “check”, “check” and “check”.

In the piece, I continued on, at resolution #4, to promise to keep learning, and there was no better teacher than 2020. Here are 5 lessons that were either revealed or reiterated to me (read — a slap in the face) amidst the chaos that was the year 2020.

(1) The stories people tell themselves are their ultimate truth

And these…

Photo from my walk this evening

While there is controversy around the historical misrepresentation of the American Thanksgiving (and we shouldn’t await this one day a year to express gratitude) the fourth Thursday of November is an opportunity to give thanks. With that in mind, here are a few things I am grateful for amidst the chaotic state of global affairs in 2020.

  1. My Breath: This year has brought new focus to my breath; the fact that it’s there — doing its thing so effortlessly yet not getting nearly enough credit or attention from me. I figured I place it first on my gratitude list this…

I started this three-part series shortly after the murder of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020. It was intended to serve as my contribution to a humanizing narrative of blackhood which appeared to be one of the few constructive things to do as we navigated what felt like a collective state of outrage and helplessness. It was intended to showcase the diversity of the culture; blackness is not homogenous, and unfortunately not always unified as a result. It was intended to make sense of how Candace Owens can co-exist in an America alongside Collin Kaepernick. #50ShadesofBlack.

Since I started the…


This is a continuation of my awakening to my blackness. I’ve been inspired by the likes of Michaela Ewuraba Boakye-Collinson and Kiese Laymon to speak my truth, though fearfully, freely.

By doing so, these artists have created awe-inspiring art and ignited a fire within some of us that has fundamentally changed who we are as people. I hope my writing does the same for someone someday.

My blackness is adventurous, nomadic, and worldly. Here I was…

Spain. 22: I was wearing an ankle-length skirt and a crop top. It was about 2 o'clock in the afternoon. He drove slowly…

Don’t ask me what it means to be black in America, I’m just figuring it out myself

I rarely talk about race

I honestly have rarely had to think about it

I’ve never been pulled over by the police

Or called the N-Word

I’ve never questioned the quality of health care services I might be rendered

Or questioned the intentions behind statements I now understand to be microaggressions

For the most part, I’ve been color-blind, happy, and often the token — but I stopped noticing. I worked hard to get into those spaces

When I was rejected, I just hadn’t…

At the London School of Economics in 2015

I have about 7 drafts right now, of topics for the month of May that I intended to write about weeks ago. I meant to write about thriving in the 9–5. I have drafts on healthy living, competing in a bodybuilding show, things I’ve learned from playing a team sport, and as a manager at work. Like most people these days, I had a plan but I had to pivot.

I have pondered for days about what to post; how to contribute to the discussion without simply regurgitating information, reposting ideas, or promulgating a narrative of victimhood.

I’ve written poems…

My poached egg and pickled veggie masterpiece this morning

I’ll save you the intro. It’s April 2020 and we all know what’s going on at this point.

Things have changed quite a bit since my last piece so I figured I’d update you on what I’ve been doing with my time with the hopes that something here inspires you. I look forward to hearing about how you have been spending what feels like an eternity indoors.

Here we go. I’ve been:

  1. Developing my professional skills: No, not working on a side hustle. Sadly I haven’t found anything I am passionate enough about. As mentioned in my previous piece, now…

Read + Write + Release

THING 1: Prioritize the job that is paying you. It may be tempting to take advantage of this work from home “WFH” setup; multitasking and getting away with the bare minimum while binging a show or working on a side project. A better long-term strategy might just be putting in the work. Why? Because if this is your primary mode of income, let’s celebrate the fact that you have a job right now.

All around me and around the world, people are losing their income in one way or another. As people are getting laid off, and others are getting…

I am going through a challenging time with an individual I’d like to call negative, immature and honestly — stupid.

I’m in love with the coco

But I catch myself, or rather, I catch my ego who relies on name-calling and deficiency-pointing to frame an identity.

A few years ago, I decided who I wanted to be and I’ve been becoming Her ever since. This has meant becoming intentional about who I associate with, what I consume, and how I show up in the world.

I refuse to react; I respond — as my future self.

For about 3 years, I have maintained a meditation practice…

Joyce Chuinkam

New to Medium. Been writing ever since I could write. @TheJoyceofLife

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