book review: “the misadventures of awkward black girl” by issa rae.

ABG-issa rae-by the miscfiles

the misadventures of awkward black girl is clever, funny, and easy to read. i, literally, read it in two sittings. it would have been one sitting, but i started reading it late the first night and my eyelids closed before i could force them not to.

i can relate to issa rae in so many ways…like having divorced parents, going to school in compton  (although i experienced elementary and middle school in compton, but went to a nerdy high school in carson), struggling with my weight,  embracing my tomboy tendencies, and not fitting in at 9-to-5 jobs.

the author’s tone throughout the book was serious, yet playful. issa talked about very important family and personal matters, but made the content digestible and not-so-heavy with relevant cultural examples, sarcasm….and well, wit.

i briefly met issa rae at her los angeles book signing this past february 11th and discovered that we went to rival high schools. that was cool and made me feel more connect to the artist

have you guys read the book?

what were/are your thoughts?

n.harv

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT | NEW BOOK.

although it is february, i just made a video to celebrate the release of my new book, or should i say, short story. on january 15, 2015, i celebrated dr. martin luther king jr.’s birthday by releasing my 27-page literary work. i felt inspired as an african-american (black) woman on that very day and i thought it would be appropriate to publish a book. this was/is my first time trying my hand at fiction. so, be gentle with the book reviews! :-)

i love you guys and thank you, in advance, for your support.

click here to purchase my book: http://amzn.to/1wpszDJ

miscellaneously,

n.harv aka “nailah harvey”

happy new year vs. happy new year’s.

ever have that one person in your family, or that one person on social media who messes things up grammatically (and you don’t know how to correct them)? do you know at least one person who always says, “happy new year’s” instead of “happy new year?”

well, maybe that person doesn’t know the difference between the two. that’s where I come in.

click on the video below to get a quick lesson…for free! LOL :-)

miscellaneously,

n.harv

branding in 2015!

i am declaring that this is going to be a year of BRANDING for me.

my work will speak for itself and “my name” will bring honor to God.

i want to start off the branding theme by introducing my new avatar.

cool, right?!

FYI – i have a new book coming soon – january 15, 2015 to be exact!

YAY!

:-)

Adult Nerd Book by Nailah Harvey

2014 diary.

2014 diary

happy new year, good people! what better way to bring in 2015 than to reflect on 2014?! well, that’s what this blog post is about. it is the highlights, if you will, of last year. in 2014, i started a personal campaign diary and wrote down all of the new, exciting and abnormal things that i’ve done (accomplished). this list remained as an email draft until today, and it was the first time i read it over. it was interesting to read fragments of my life in a year. all in all, i thank God for the highs and lows of twenty fourteen – they were all worth it! i hope you enjoy my journey. i’m thinking of continuing this diary theme throughout 2015. what do you think?

JANUARY
-tried chitterlings for the first time
-saw mali music in concert, again


FEBRUARY
-got a new job within a week of layoff from another
-joined a new church
-celebrated my 1-year book anniversary for “SoKoDiaries: An American Teacher Living in South Korea”  

 

MARCH
-made potato salad for the first time
-drove to San Diego w/o dying of fear over seeing the pacific ocean
-got on a boat (San Diego Harbor Tour)
-experienced San Diego’s night life
-visited Larry Weathers’ church
-experienced my first rooftop party at the Marriott called “the Altitude”

 

APRIL
-saw my first MARVEL movie, “Captain America” (or was it called something else?)
-went to Atlanta
-experienced my first alumni step show

 

MAY
-ate brunch at BJ’s restaurant (fox hills mall) for the first time. the french toast was awesome! i met the cook who said that he would hook us (my aunt & i) up next time we go to the restaurant since my aunt’s french toast wasn’t cooked all the way
-didn’t celebrate cinco de mayo, but i ate an abnormal amount of mexican food (more than i normally eat)

 

JUNE
-had a milkshake and felt like kelis (i haven’t had a milkshake in years)
-helped plan “Outpour” at my new church
-discovered that i hate the word “bae” and then found out that it stands for B.acon A.nd E.ggs, so now i love it. LOL
-went to Knotts Berry Farm and rode Ghostrider (at night) and now im back to being afraid of roller coasters
-bought food at a themepark – i think that was a first time i paid $15 for a chicken burrito, beans, rice and a drink
-went to Catalina Island for my birthday, got on boat by myself, took pics and fell in love with photography again
-was a part of the BETExperience which included VIP seats to an event. the total cost for everything was $1.50 and that was the cost of the train ride back from the staples center
-saw tamar braxton in concert
-re-enrolled into my school’s teacher credential program
-realized that i don’t know the different between Teacher’s Credential and TeachING Credential
-applied to HACU’s internship program

 

JULY
-went to Arizona for 4th of July weekend
-i think i ate at Outback Steakhouse for the first time
-attended the james brown movie premiere at the Rave Cinema by the baldwin hills mall (in los angeles), and that’s the first time i’ve been to that theater since it was changed it from Magic Johnson’s Theater
-experienced my first fellowship outing with my new church at Knotts Berry Farm
-re-released my 2nd and 3rd book via Amazon’s exclusive kindle direct program (KDP)
-spoke at Free-N-One‘s Drug and Rehabilitation Program
-applied for a social media concierge position (outside of my 9-to-5 job)

 

 AUGUST
-went to the La Brea Tar Pits museum
-ate at Oh My Burger and had an “Oh My Luther” combo w/a krispy Kreme doughnut bun
-quit my job w/ no guarantee of the HACU internship
-sent short story (screenplay) to a famous LA actor
-august 29th was the last day to turn in paperwork for the HACU internship
-applied to Teach for America on Aug 22nd (after 5 years of rejection) and finally got an interview

 

SEPTEMBER
-sept 2nd i got a call from oakland about an internship and didn’t know it was the same program as HACU in Washington DC. i was confused and a bit disappointed because i wanted to go to the east, but i was extremely confident in God
-sept 5th i got the call, while at the gym, that i got into the internship program in oakland
-got my first check at a real freelance job (non-profit company)
-one of my closest friends got marred :-)
-drove across the state to Berkekey, CA by myself
-started another position at the Department of Veterans Affairs and it was nostalgic
-visited Pastor K.R. Woods’ church in Berkeley and loved it
-i ate spanish bread (senorita bread) via filipino food for the first time

 

OCTOBER
-experienced TheCall Berkeley and it was my first outdoor revival. there were thousands of people there from all walks of life, just glorifying God. it was amazing!
-i fainted in Subway. i guess i was dehydrated and the combination of being in the sun for hours and not eating anything didn’t help
-drove to Sacramento, CA. i had to cross a bridge to get there from oakland, but it wasn’t that bad
-after i crossed the bridge on my way to Sacramento, i came across another unexpected driving obstacle…a toll road. it was $5 cash only and i only had $1 in cash and a debit card. the toll road officer wasn’t havin’ it and gave me a ticket
- attended my first spanish service (although there was an English translator) in oakland. the church was one freeway exit after “fruitvale ave.” that made me nervous. have you guys ever seen the movie, fruitvale station?” well, that’s why i was nervous
-ate at Gussies Chicken & Waffles and Mamas in San Fran for the first time
-took the Bart underwater to San Fran and felt like i was in a submarine
-attended my Teach for America interview in San Fran
-drove (rode) across Golden Gate Bridge
-drove (rode) down the infamous Lombard Street in San Fran

 

NOVEMBER
-watched all seasons of “gilmore girls” on netflix
-ate a swedish-american breakfast at ikea
-spent thanksgiving away from my family in NorCal
-served the community (on thanksgiving) at my guest church
-ate the best dressing that i’ve ever had in my life (don’t tell my mom)
-had an “aha moment” with school and teaching
-decided to give my career to God
-failed my first week of class in my teacher credential program. my 3.8 GPA laughed at me

 

DECEMBER
-blogged (almost) every day in december for blogmas
-ended internship in oakland
-sang in the praise team for first time at my new church…i was beyond nervous!

 

2105 is the year of recovery. get ready, people!

 

miscellaneously,
n.harv

 

#thankfultuesday: pessimists, realists & visionaries.

thankful tuesday
it takes a certain type of bravery to be a leader! (click to tweet)

it is hard to break away from the traditional way of thinking (and doing) in order to birth a dream. ever since i was a little girl, i knew that there was something different about me. and not different in a derogatory way, or even an egotistical way, but i knew that i was not a part of the status quo. after prayer, a few life lessons, and spiritual and natural revelations along the way, i finally understand how to live the life of a leader. i’d be lying if i told you that it is easy or that you will never feel lonely. i’d also be lying if i told you that you will never wish you had more support. my biggest lie would be admiting that it is not worth it. IT IS SO WORTH IT!!!

i remember reading somewhere that there are 3 types of people: pessimists, realists and visionaries. a pessimist is very negative. but what is interesting about pessimists is that they are almost always right. why? because they predict the worst and that’s what usually happens in their lives.

realists are glorified pessimists, in my opinion. they don’t want to be embarrassed or lose face, so they set low standards and goals for themselves – goals and standards that are easily attainable. (i used to be a “realist” for a season in my life, but i’m so glad that God helped me get over that hump b/c i have learned that FAITH overshadows “realism”).

lastly, i want to talk about visionaries. these are the people who try. the people who fail a lot, but they never give up! these are the people who take a lot of heat from pessimists and realists who think they should just give up and try something a little more “normal.” i consider myself to be in this category and i am not apologetic because of it. i love being a leader and i love being a visionary because i feel closer to God this way.

what type of person are you?

miscellaneously,
n.harv

#LHHHollywood (parody).

first, let me apologize to my readers out there for messing up blogmas. i couldn’t even make it to december 12th and everybody loves 12 days of christmas. prayerfully, i will stick to it next year and will even add vlogmas to the mix. :-)

that being said, let’s move on to the purpose of this post. i like good entertainment, but reality T.V. can get really artificial and buffoonic (<--is that a word?) and “love & hip hip hollywood” (LHHHollywood) fell into the disappointing categories. i admit, i started watching LHHHollywood because i actually was a fan of the artists when i was younger, AND i am a native L.A. resident so i was interested in how they would portray my hometown. mind you, i’ve never watched – or cared for – any of the other LHH shows. LHHHollywood just intrigued me. but you know what intrigued me more than anything? this parody of LHHHollywood that i found on youtube. it’s genius! LOL

the highlights:

hazel e’s lipstick….so mean, but i did chuckle
ray j riding up that escalator and revealing to the world that he’s “on linkedin”
omarion’s introduction and beard
soulja boy’s tattoos and the phrase, “she (nia) is so independent, i aint even have to help her make her daughter”

#blogmas: day 8.

everett-and-jones-bbq in oakland
this blogmas post is in the form a food review. i walked to the infamous “jack london square” in oakland on my lunch break and came across the restaurant “everette & jones bbq.” so, i went in and ordered a smoked chicken lunch special (that came with potato salad and wheat bread) and added a side of yams. i know you’re probably thinking, that’s a little heavy for a lunch meal, but it’s okay. i’m not offended. LOL.

anyway, the smoked thigh and leg were very well-seasoned and saturated in enough BBQ to where i didn’t have to ask for extra sauce on the side. in my mind, that’s already a plus. the potato salad was a bit mayonnaise-y, but it was tasty nonetheless. and them yams? YES. they were on point. i really wanna say “on fleek” but i’m still not sure what that phrase means. ha!

if you’ve missed any blogmas posts, click on the links below to catch up to speed:
#blogmas: day 1
#blogmas: day 2
#blogmas: day 3
#blogmas: day 4
#blogmas: day 5
#blogmas: day 6
#blogmas: day 7

miscellaneously,
n.harv