Christmas in Italy

I didn’t take a lot of pictures while in Italy.  I didn’t realize that until recently when I was organizing my hard drive.  I guess I was more focused on getting video footage for my Youtube Channel.  But I like to think I was also trying to be in the moment and really experience the places I saw.  Who’s to say…

Anyway, the few pictures I did take ended up on my instagram but I did manage to take a few while briefly visiting Lugano, Switzerland.

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This place is absolutely gorgeous.  I could literally just sit down somewhere and stare at everything for hours.  I didn’t, of course, because there wasn’t much time but I did attempt to soak in as much as beauty as possible before heading back to Milan.

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After seeing Varese, Milan, Gallarate and Lugano (among a few other nearby places) we headed back to London on New Year’s Eve and managed to get this really nice shot…

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It was a lovely Christmas spent with very lovely people who were all just…lovely.  No really, I felt very welcomed and comfortable even if I didn’t understand the language.  I guess that’s what Rosetta Stone’s for.  (Did I mention I get free Rosetta Stone while enrolled in University over here?  Yeah…think I’ll take advantage of that.)

If you’d like to see how my first trip to Italy was please check out the new video on my channel.

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Officially a London Student

After the chaos of my whirlwind orientation day settled down I had a chance to collect my thoughts and the realization that I’m actually back in school finally hit.

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I’m experiencing at least 50 different shades of anxiety, nervousness and fear but overall I’m excited to have yet another opportunity to go back to school and also explore another new city.  hashtag blessed =)

London is amazing.

I try very hard not to look around in wonder like a tourist but sometimes it simply can’t be helped.  I’m still adjusting.  Haven’t figured everything out yet and I’m not quite ready to give up my trademark shorts and sheer shirts but I’m sure I’ll find a way to keep part of the old me and somehow blend it with the new me to come.

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Classes start this week.

Already I have a sneaking suspicion that life is about to get truly hectic for the next few months.  I’m OK with that and I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to handle it.  But this won’t be like undergrad or musical theatre school.  This time around I’ll actually have to show up for class (sober) and do the work.

Also, I have to maintain a B average.  Not that I ever had bad grades in school but it’s one of the first things they stressed during orientation so I’m assuming they take that sort of thing pretty seriously around here.  It’s a good thing though because I definitely slacked off way too much at NYU.  I plan to make up for it this time around.

I do hope I won’t get too busy to keep up with my blogs and Youtube videos.  I truly hope there will be time to fully enjoy London.  Speaking of which, it looks like bowling and salsa dancing lessons may be in my immediate future.  Additionally, I may have found a free outdoor bootcamp to attend on weekends.  And I managed to find a Black hair supply store as well as a Black hair salon right near where I live.  Yay!

Let’s see what else is in store for me.

 

Outfit / #OOTD

Sweater – The Limited

Scarf – Primark

Cut Offs – Macys

Tights – Primark

Back In London

Things are falling into place already.  

I have a sneaking suspicion that I live in close proximity to one of my favorite UK Youtubers and so far the weather has been perfect!  The past couple of days have required no coats – maybe a light jacket or sweater – and there’s be sunshine.  I love it.  I know it won’t last but I love it.

I’ve already managed to attend a lecture at Birbeck University as part of the Black History Month celebration thanks to an invite from a UK naturalista with whom I’ve developed a friendship (Hey Sian!).  I love that Black History Month is celebrated in October over here.  It’s a nice change though I do still plan to celebrate it again in February.  Why shouldn’t we have two months?  Hmmm?

In the next couple of weeks I hope to attend more natural hair events as well as some blogger events.  I’m just jumping in feet first I guess.  Don’t want to waste any time.  I want to enjoy as much of London as I can.  Please follow my Youtube channel as I will be vlogging about my life here in addition to my regular advice, comedy and beauty videos.

In other news, I’m still feeling a bit jetlagged.  I’ve not been sleeping well at all.  For instance, today I woke up at 5am and for the life of me could not get back to sleep.  Yesterday I was up at 7am.  Unheard of.  Unheard of.

I feel a bit homesick, to be honest.  I know it’s only been three days (and I’ve got many more days to get through – classes haven’t even begun yet!) but already I find myself thinking about specific things I used to do in Los Angeles and kind of missing them.  To be clear, I’m missing specific parts of my life as it existed in LA.  I’m not necessarily missing LA.  I think it’s because I didn’t give LA a proper goodbye.  Instead I sort of quietly exited stage right.  Maybe I did that wrong.  Maybe I would have closure had I left LA in traditional Dawn Style – with a party.

It’s OK though.  In my own way I did say goodbye through a series of Youtube videos I’ve affectionately titled “Letters to Target”  I had to quickly come to terms with the fact that there are no Targets in London.  I’m already not really a fan of Boots.  But I am checking out some other spots where I might be able to get the products that I need.  Anyway, the “Letters to Target” series features one minute videos in which I prepare to leave LA and let go of what is familiar.

Watch the first 4 Letters here:

There may be one or two more Letters to come.

So please stay tuned!

Just Checking In

thatformerskgjpg2Some of you may know I started a new personal growth blog called That Former Sidekick Girl.

Please check it out – as I’ve been spending a great deal of time working on it and, as a result, I’ve kind of been neglecting this blog.

I’ll try to be better about that since I do intend to continue to use this blog for my upcoming travel adventures and my continuing weight loss journey.

In the meantime, I’ve still been regularly uploading videos to Dawn Melissa Vlogs on Youtube. I even recently got together with some of the old gang (actors and friends I’ve worked with in the past) and created a funny video to be released soon. Please subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss it!

I’m on this fast and fierce Leading Lady kick these days. I’ve talked about it a lot on That Former Sidekick Girl and also on my Youtube Channel.

I want to be a leading lady. I want to see more Women of Color play leading lady roles in films and on TV. And since it’s become painfully obvious that that’s not going to simply happen – I’m taking matters into my own hands.

I’m making myself a Leading Lady.

I was inspired by Anna Akana and spurred by the onslaught of new movies coming out – most of them lacking in diversity – to simply stop supporting movies that offer no representation of me and to start supporting projects featuring Black women in a positive light.

So far – I’ve had to cut down on watching a lot of movies I would’ve gladly paid to see. Fortunately, Gone Girl isn’t one of them because ironically enough Tyler Perry making an appearance makes me feel OK about paying to watch this movie. Plus…I really really loved the book.

But as for the other new releases that have no diversity…not wasting my money. Please check out this blog post where I explain the decision to not watch all-White movies anymore a bit further.

In other news, I’m working out again. Actually, I’m finally using my Barry’s Bootcamp classes. I had 10 classes just sitting in an account for three years. Last year I finally used one of them. And that was it.  In September I felt like I should use them before leaving LA.  So I went back 4 more times.  Now that the countdown is officially on – I have less than two weeks to use up the remaining 5 classes. I know for some people that’s a cakewalk but for me – it’s a challenge. Barry’s Bootcamp is HARD! But at least I’ve got the sexy instructors for eye candy and that helps motivate me to keep running.

What else is new – Oh! My hair is growing. I couldn’t be happier. Maybe I should finally get around to doing an official length check. Hmmmm…

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Have a great weekend 🙂

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Blog Excerpt “You Can Cry” | That Former Sidekick Girl

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