"The saga continues. Wu Tang. Wu Tang."

I penned two pieces for The Root's Young, Black and Viral series for Millennials. One piece was on living with family versus living alone or with a roommate as a young person. The other discussed how not to burnout emotionally, physically and mentally amidst the grind.

"But butt-nekkid boozy brunches in Mama’s dining room just don’t sound as sexy, which explains in part why so many millennials shake the spot as soon as legally possible. Living alone as a young, working adult is magnificent. You can come, go, clean, hump and live as you wish. Building your own life in your own space, on your own terms, is an unmatched experience.

But with sweet freedom comes potentially catastrophic financial responsibility. When you’re living alone, the freedom to leave dishes in the sink overnight is all yours, but so, too, are all the bills. And the credit burden, whether the luchini floweth or not."

-from "Mom's House of Flophouse: Where to Live After College[The Root]

"My work-life balance was lopsided as hell. I reasoned, if I wasn’t constantly working, the operation would collapse and there’d be no money for those glorious meals. If you asked me how I was then, I’d say, invariably, “Busy!” Like so many of my peers, I spent years oddly proud about being stretched thin, normalizing and romanticizing overwork and prolonged stress. I was “hustling,” doing what I loved while putting my clients and bills before me.

After about two years, the relentless grind wore me out. Eventually I hated teaching. I lost interest in dancing and growing my business. My health suffered.

Hello, burnout."

-from "Dear 20-Somethings, Stop Chasing Perfection[The Root]

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