Written by: Kryzia
For those of you who follow us on Instagram, you'll know that my loving boyfriend of nine years proposed to me almost two months ago. If you haven't read my previous post titled, "The Journey to Marriage", feel free to read it in order to understand why it took us nine years and why I'm relieved it took us this long. And just a heads up, you may want to stop telling Andrel words like, "Finally" or "That took forever!". :)
Since my loving fiancée proposed, we have been in wedding planning mode. But for a short period before we delved into calling, requesting, and booking, we had a few conversations. Having a conversation about the three following topics before actually starting to plan the wedding will help the process go smoothly and efficiently. And hopefully, with less arguments.
Written by: Andrel
Welcome to my first ever blog post! While my fiancée is a professional at putting her thoughts about life in general on paper for the world to see, I on the other hand have been slow to adopt that side of things. That is why I am eager and optimistic about partnering up with her to share some of my views/thoughts on life including both the good and the bad.
A little about me: I was born and raised in one of Toronto's suburbs (City of Brampton) and I am now living and working in Edmonton, Alberta for what is quickly becoming far longer than I had originally intended. Life has a funny way of taking me places I didn't expect to be and for longer than I originally thought. I am working in the Commercial Real Estate Valuation field and with Kryzia's help, we have been working away on building a real estate empire together. Over time I have felt a growing desire to share some of my insights on finances in a non-technical way to encourage people to use their money more effectively among other things.
This month, Jay-Z released an album that really resonated with me, as I believe it shared some major keys to financial success through a medium that is deeply influential in a way like no other: music. So I wanted to share my three favourite lines from the song “The Story of O.J.” and the way that I believe it fits into our everyday consumption habits.
Written by: KRyzia
A few months ago, a friend of mine tagged me in a Facebook live streaming of a discussion that was happening at my alma mater, Andrews University. It was part of The Agora series and the discussion was titled, "Jungle Fever: Interracial Relationships and the Black Community." If anyone has the original link to that video, please feel free to leave the link in the comments for everyone's reference. I'm struggling to find it right now. After watching the video with my significant other, I could understand the reservations and the hesitation of some members of the Black community to accept interracial relationships. I could understand why some may feel interracial relationships hinder the progress of the Black community. But at the end of the day, I fell in love with a man who is of a different culture and ethnicity than me and I have to believe that there is a way for me to love him and for him to love me without either one of us impeding the progress of our respective communities.
To love someone is to be responsible, to be accountable. You are responsible for the way you love this person. You must be accountable for the way you choose to love this person. Truly loving someone is acknowledging that their history, their background, and their roots play a part in who they are and how you must love them. To ignore all of those details is negligence and ignorance. That's where the disconnect happens in a lot of cases.. When people pick and choose what they love about someone.
"I love you despite the fact..."
written by: Kryzia
I want to start off by saying that the purpose of this post is not to knock anyone's journey. The purpose of this post, any blog post, is to reveal my journey. Here's to hoping that it will encourage anyone else who might find themselves in a similar situation, feeling the same feelings and thinking the same thoughts. This post is for us.