Monday, December 31, 2012

A Year of Inspiration, Style, and Blessings

When 2011 rolled around, I had two main goals: to finish grad school with my two master degrees (check, check!) and get the job that I dreamed of. When 2012 rolled around, I had the degrees, but not the job. Yet. So I had to buckle down, grind through, and work. Hard. Until I got the job. (Check!)

It's a blessing.

It seems as though I've been in a constant state of "Go!" since 2011, but for the past few days, I've been taking the time out to stop.

And take it all in.

And reflect.

I'm blessed.

And this here community is such a blessing to me. (And I hope it is to you as well.)

We've shared a lot in this place and space, and for that, I am grateful.

Way back in January, I shared with you how I've found my "happy." And I challenged many of you to find your happiness within as well. The emails that I received after that post was truly inspiring.

I spent some time thinking about what kind of mother I want to continue to be and how I'd like Aiden to remember his childhood 15 years from now

I've taken time for myself by traveling to Miami and indulging in life's little pleasures. I've shown that moms are anything but dull and boring by sharing my fashion and style sense with you and by putting myself first. Sometimes. I've dated. Again. And had fun. Again. And learned some lessons along the way. Again

I've continued working with eBay, which led me to the west coast, singing Katy Perry's "California Gurl" as I toured San Fran and drank fine wine.

I also continued writing for REDBOOK Magazine and, in addition to writing online articles a couple times per month, I was published in print as well. And then there was the September issue of Parents Magazine in which I was passionately discussing all things education, educational reform, and the achievement gap.

Speaking of education, I wrote admissions essays, collected recommendations, and braved interviews so that I could get Aiden into a good private school. And for those of you who live in a big city (or know anything about the NYC private school admissions process), you know what that means: I worked. Hard.

Co-parenting failed, but I embraced life as a solo single mom. And it ain't half bad, especially if I continue to learn from hard life lessons along the way

And how can I forget modeling a swimsuit on the first day of summer on a double-decker bus all around Manhattan? Or the nod from NY Metro Parents? Or Red Tricycle? Or the collaboration with NY Family Magazine? Fun times!

I got my butt kicked a couple times, but that's alright because I learned the lessons. And shared them, of course. 

I couldn't make it to the press trip in Atlanta with Coca-cola, but my blogging pal YUMMommy represented very well. (Thanks girl!)

Oh yeah, and I've hung out with some celebrities too -- Jessica Alba, Jennifer Hudson, and Soledad O'Brien, to name a few. Pretty epic.

Needless to say, it's been quite a year. 

I share all this to say two main things: children of single parents can thrive and be happy and do well in life. It's possible. And having a baby in your early 20's is not the end of the world, but the beginning of something so wonderful and so monumental. All of your comments, messages, and emails prove it. Everyday.

So, in 2013, let's keep sharing. And let's keep showing 'em what we're made of!

Cheers and high-fives all around!

{I was not compensated for this post. It contains links to posts written in conjunction with the eBay Parent Panel and REDBOOK Magazine, for which compensation is received.}


  1. High five, Mama! What an amazing year for you and Aiden. I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store for you two.

  2. Thank you for the opportunity represent Mommy Delicious! It was such an honor. Here's to more success and dream achieving in 2013!

  3. Quite a year are so inspiring Alicia!! Happy new year to you and little man!

  4. You are so amazing. Just amazing!

    May God continue to bless you so that you can continue to be an inspiration to me. God bless you and your family.

    Happy New Year .. from my little family to yours. (:

  5. You continue to inspire me Alicia and I'm so glad I found your blog this year. You are living proof that you can be young, brown, educated, successful, fabulous AND a single mom. I congratulate you and A both! :) He seems to be doing well and we see all the hard work you put in! I see nothing but amazing things for you in the future and I wish you nothing but the best. As I spend this yr in nursing school and the next 2-3 working on my MSN, I will certainly reflect on you and how it CAN be done! Many blessings to you and your family!

  6. Stay happy. You have so much to be thankful for. Happy new year :) You never fail to inspire me and other single moms out there.

  7. hottie alert!
    happy new year! Xo Megan,

  8. I don't say this often but you are truly inspiring. Hope to read much more from you in the following year!

  9. You accomplished so much and are a beautiful example for all moms. I look forward to seeing you kick more butt in 2013.

  10. You're awesome, Alicia. Love this!


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