Monthly Archives : September 2018

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    Dream On

    Trust good ole Walt to drop a nugget in a movie.  The theme of wishing, dreams and goal setting can be found in so many Disney movies.   Today one of my dreams will be fulfilled.  By the time you read this post I will be preparing to or would have already walked across the stage to be hooded Dr. Tee.  I've always hated school but loved learning. I was challenged by one of my undergraduate business professors to master my field and then get my terminal degree.  Me? Dr. Tee?  How Sway?

    One day I just did it like Nike!  I didn't have a great epiphany.  I didn't hear a voice as loud as a trumpet speaking to me from heaven.  I needed a distraction from life and the seed had been planted many years prior.  On the humble,  I enrolled into my first doctoral class. Five academic years later I successfully defended my dissertation and today I will be hooded.  I envisioned this day 5 years ago.  Sitting in the crowd listening to a boring commencement speech knowing my daughter would be rows behind me sharing the same sentiment. Texting my friends in the group chat about something unrelated to graduation that would be sure to make me fake a cough in order to stifle a laugh.  Waiting ever so impatiently to hear my name announced so I could Milly Rock across the stage.  That day I dreamed about has arrived like Hakeem from Zamunda landing in America.

    I will bask in this glory for a few moments but like the true Aquarian that I am I won't stay here too long.  I have other dreams to fulfill, other goals to attain.  I can't stop, won't stop (Diddy bop) dreaming.  How can I?  I AM the dream and the hope of the slave.  I AM my ancestors' wildest dreams.  I AM the dream my parents envisioned when they were at work long hours and late nights to make sure I received a good education.  I AM my daughter's goal.

    One dream is fulfilled but I must dream on.  I must continue to rise to higher levels in life as I aim to fulfill my purpose.  I want that for you too.  You are my people.  Spend some time today thinking about your dream.   What dream have you put on the back burner because you are a parent, an employee, serve with a non profit, a caregiver to a loved one, a spouse or just tired?  Maybe your zeal for life and your flame for growth has blown out. Well you're in luck because brunch with Tee is serving motivation on the menu today.

    DON'T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAM!  You were not designed to quit. If you don't know where to start, start right there.  Every day do something toward fulfilling your dream.  Maybe it will be just spending five minutes networking, or twenty minutes working.  It doesn't matter what you do as long as you remember to, "dream big, dream often, activate, repeat"!

    Now tell me, what's your dream?

    Everybody comes here; this is Hollywood, land of dreams. Some dreams come true, some don't; but keep on dreamin' - Pretty Woman, 1990

  • Room at the Table


    It's launch day!  I am so excited and happy you all stopped by.

    I live to quote lines from a movie.  I will replay a movie or search the internet for the script to ensure that I am quoting the line verbatim.  I couldn't think of a better intro than the greeting Bernie Mac gave in The Kings of Comedy.

    Brown remember that breathless pause Sydney had when she realized Dre wasn't really inquiring into when she fell in love with hip hop but rather when she fell in love with him?  That's me!

    You don't remember?  Here you go.

    Tee, when did you fall in love with brunch? *Taye Diggs' voice*

    Truth be told I fell in love when I realized brunch was more than a meal.  My good girlfriends and I would make plans during the week to hit up a brunch spot on Sunday.  The spot would usually include unlimited adult beverages, fried chicken and sometimes booty-shaking music.  When Sunday came we would put on one of our cute outfits, grab our car keys and head to the meetup.  At first brunch was nothing more than a "buppie"  movement, the 21st century "it" thing, but brunch quickly evolved into so much more.

    Brunch became less about the food and more about the fellowship.  Around the table we talked about our wins and losses, joys and pains, school and careers, kids and significant others.  We shared hopes and dreams, laughter and tears, planned business moves and family vacations.  We were still fly, still cute but we had found so much more.  Brunch became to my generation what family dinners around the table were for my parents' generation.

    We all need that space, our "brunch", a place where we can unload and regroup.  Where everyone knows your name and they are always glad you came.  All week long we are all things to all people but when Sunday comes, even if just for a few moments, it will be all about us.

    That's what this blog will be, a virtual brunch.  We'll gather every Sunday and share a topic.  I may host a weekday brunch from time to time if there's a matter that arises that calls for us to gather at the table.  Right here in our sacred space we will form a community.  Don't worry, there will always be room for you at the table.  We will serve up everything and anyone (because sometimes people need to be dragged and read for filth).  I'll sign off of every post by saying "Always Clinking".  The clink is the sound our glasses will make as we toast to us and to life.  It'll be my way of saying peace, much love, forward...always and Ase!

    When did I fall in love with brunch you asked?  When I realized brunch was a part of my lifestyle, my tradition, my culture.

    Comment below and tell me, when did you fall in love with brunch?

    Always Clinking,




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