#DatingTanai Ep. 5 Pt.1: Meeting Mommy’s Boyfriend

#DatingTanai Ep. 5 Pt.1: Meeting Mommy’s Boyfriend

#DatingTanai is like your favorite sitcom that ends episode four with a cliffhanger that leaves you wanting more then BOOM a two-week hiatus. If you haven’t binge read the previous episode of #DatingTanai, I suggest you do so before moving on.

I could say that I was dating to ultimately find love, but that with only be a partial truth. I was dating to eventually establish a healthy and whole relationship with a mate that was significant enough for me to share with my children one day.

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#DatingTanai Ep.5 Pt.3: Meeting Mommy’s Boyfriend

#DatingTanai Ep.5 Pt.3: Meeting Mommy’s Boyfriend

 

A few months ago, my mom had told us she was dating a guy and she wanted us to meet him over a video chat. Before the chat, she told us a little background story on him like his name, how many children he had, their names, ages, and where he lived! At this point, in my mind, I’m thinking how long they’ve been dating and are my brother, sister and I about to really meet my mom’s boyfriend. Continue reading “#DatingTanai Ep.5 Pt.3: Meeting Mommy’s Boyfriend”

#DatingTanai Ep.5 Pt.2: Meeting My Mom’s Boyfriend

#DatingTanai Ep.5 Pt.2: Meeting My Mom’s Boyfriend

The first video chat

On a random day in life,  my brother and I were doing the usual and my sister was out with some of her friends. My mom had told us that we were going to do a video chat with her boyfriend and his two little girls, but we never thought that it would be so soon. So she yells the normal thing when she wants us to come to her “Zavien Dezmond come done!” If you ever had any siblings you would probably already know what we did. We raced to her. When we got there, she said something along the lines of Do you guys want to do a video chat now and met my boyfriend or do y’all want to wait for Iyanna to get here and then do it?” We both said that we would like to do it now and she called him on her computer. Continue reading “#DatingTanai Ep.5 Pt.2: Meeting My Mom’s Boyfriend”

#DatingTanai Ep.4: Dating a Single Dad: Double Dates, Flips & Vomit!

#DatingTanai Ep.4: Dating a Single Dad: Double Dates, Flips & Vomit!

#DatingTanai is just like the NBC’s tv show “This Is Us”. You can’t watch episode four until you’re caught up on episode one through three. Otherwise, you will be totally lost and the storyline just won’t make sense. With that being said, catch up on #DatingTanai epi-read one through three

Epi-Read #1 Am I Worth Enough

Epi-Read #2  Real Black Love in the DM’s

Epi-Read #3 Relationship Status: Circle Yes or No

Now that you’ve binged read epi-reads one through three, shall we proceed?

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4 Deep Family Challenge 2018: Handing Over the Food Budget to the Cool Kids

4 Deep Family Challenge 2018: Handing Over the Food Budget to the Cool Kids

My ultimate goal as a parent is to raise productive global citizen who will thrive throughout life. In order to achieve this goal, I must ensure that they enter adulthood as self-sufficient as possible. At ten, eleven and thirteen years old, each child is responsible for washing and folding their own clothes, and ironing their school clothes. They also are responsible for weekly household duties as well, like washing dishes, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming and cleaning the bathroom. Yes, they clean toilets and tubs too.

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Keep Pushing: 5 Strategies to Finding Happiness, Peace and Your Version of Success

Keep Pushing: 5 Strategies to Finding Happiness, Peace and Your Version of Success

Let’s be realistic, sometimes life can suck on a major level. For many, there are days where it feels like no matter what you do or how many different approaches you take nothing ever lines up in your favor. I get it! I was once in a cloudy space where peace, genuine happiness and true success were far from my reality. Continue reading “Keep Pushing: 5 Strategies to Finding Happiness, Peace and Your Version of Success”

Journey of Single Parenthood: Why I Moved Back To America

Journey of Single Parenthood: Why I Moved Back To America

Yep you read that title right.

After over three years abroad, 4 Deep Around the World has relocated from The Middle East back to the United States. Go ahead, gasp and clutch your pearls if you must. I get it if you are shouting, “WHY???????”

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This Is Your World, Roam Free: An Open Letter to my Junior Nomads

This Is Your World, Roam Free: An Open Letter to my Junior Nomads
Dear Offspring,
I attempt to allow you three to freely roam, as long as your clothes are clean and match, teeth are brushed and hair is combed. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to put on lotion. Other than that YOLO (You Only Live Once).

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It’s Complicated: The Dating Game as a Single Mother & Expatriate

It’s Complicated: The Dating Game as a Single Mother & Expatriate

Dear Diary,

I pray that my next entry does not reek of the undertones of desperation.

Being divorced and a single mother of three at the ripe age of thirty-two was never one of my life goals. Now that I stand two years strong in the midst of both, I must embrace it with open arms while strategically making my best attempt at conquering the dating game. Continue reading “It’s Complicated: The Dating Game as a Single Mother & Expatriate”

A Single Mom’s Summer Quest for ME Time: 5 Weekends, 4 Countries, 4 States and 1 Powerful WhatsApp Message.

A Single Mom’s Summer Quest for ME Time:  5 Weekends, 4 Countries, 4 States and 1 Powerful WhatsApp Message.

I couldn’t tell you the rationale behind the initial thought process. As summer approached, my calendar quickly filled with worldwide and domestic excursions and outings. This summer, I set out on my #EpicSummer Series. I commanded authority over a summer full of “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” moments. Continue reading “A Single Mom’s Summer Quest for ME Time: 5 Weekends, 4 Countries, 4 States and 1 Powerful WhatsApp Message.”