2019 Bucket List

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As far as years go, 2018 is certainly a tough act to follow. This was a year of life-changing milestones, among them getting married, relaunching Geo’s Table, and completing the first year of my doctoral program in Educational Technology. As the year progressed and my schedule became more open, I took a moment to breathe and reflect. For the first time in my life, I was seeing my dreams and goals actualized, and to be quite frank, it scared me. Instead of recognizing my abundance, I became anxious about the future and my plans. For a period, I spiraled into a state of distress about my life and where it was going.

Through the support and encouragement of my phenomenal husband, family, and friends, I spent the latter part of 2018 beginning a personal journey grounded in mental and physical well being. I recognized the power in sharing my story, and receiving others’ experience with an open heart and mind. I recognized now how honoring my fears has been a necessary step in moving forward and has helped me in making space for new opportunities and challenges.

As I move into 2019, I plan to use the self work of 2018 as a springboard. Geo’s Table has always been a therapeutic outlet for me, and this year will be no different. For 2019, instead of a bucket list of places to try, or travel adventures, my focus is on Geo’s Table, and following a simple mantra: Move forward.

2018 revealed to me that a year, a month and even a moment or experience can challenge you or take your life in new or more interesting directions. So in the spirit of moving forward, I present my 2019 bucket list. It is my hope that other bloggers and content creators might decide to join me in my conquest, as I check-off each bucket list item, and expand Geo’s Table into new territory.

2019 Bucket List

  1. Take course to enhance a skill.

2. Collaborate with at least 5 local content creators, business owners or brands.

3. Collaborate with at least 5 content creators, business owners or brands of color.

4. Pitch a story to at least 3 media outlets related to food or lifestyle.

5. Be a guest on a podcast.

6. Develop a three year plan for the blog with quarterly milestones.

7. Build a resource guide or course for the blog.

8. Attend a bloggers’ conference or retreat.

9. Complete a photography challenge (with my DSLR camera).

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Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day will be gracing us with its presence in just a few days, and if you're like me, finding the perfect gift for your favorite lady can seem like a daunting task. This year, I thought deeply about my mother and the pieces of her life that are important to her: from her home which she cherishes as a personal oasis to her super sweet tooth and her reserved sense of style. The possibilities seemed endless, but as I perused the web I stumbled upon a few gifts that stood out!

As you embark on your personal gift giving expedition, this year's "Mother's Day Gift Guide" may help point you toward a gem that embodies the essence of your mother (or mother figures),

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6 Wonderful Black-Owned Wine Brands

I am an avid supporter of small businesses, as it has a huge impact on the local economy and often offers me an opportunity to try rare or interesting goods that may not be offered at larger companies. It is equally as important to support black-owned and minority businesses. In many cases, the profits of these businesses can have a positive influence in our communities, as well as many other benefits.

Some time ago, I read an article that presented a short list of black-owned wineries and wine brands. As an avid wine drinker, I was pleasantly surprised and intrigued by many of the brands listed. It was enlightening to see how these often small operations have made a big impact in their communities and in tandem made history. 

Fitting perfectly into "28 Days of Soul" here are 6 wonderful black-owned wine brands (located right here on the east coast) that  cater to a  variety of pallets and each offer unique experience. 

1. Flo Brand Wines (Washington, DC)

LO Brands’ mission is to enhance customers’ lives and make each day a little better one sip and sound at a time. Everything that the company creates is about improving that segment of [their] consumer’s life, especially when products are combined like music and wine. FLO Brands’ products include FLO CD series, FLO Wine, FLO Fest and more.

GT's Pick: Flo Moscato

 

2. Wisdom Oak (North Garden, VA )

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Wisdom Oak once began as a hobby for founder/owner Jerry Bias. Formerly known as Sugarleaf Vineyards, Bias began with the planting of 375 vines in 2001. Almost fifteen years later, Wisdom Oak is still one of the only African-American owned and operated vineyards on the East Coast.

GT's Pick: Cabernet Franc Rose

 

3. Edelheiss Wine  (Washington D.C)

Chic, innovative, yet traditional European wine, which has never been packaged or branded, to the United States.  The Edelheiss Wine Team has plans for expansion to other countries after its initial launch in North America.

 

4. Mouton Noir Wines (Harlem, NY)

Founded by sommelier Andre Hueston Mack in 2007, Mouton Noir incorporates a trademark attitude and personal perspective to wine subculture. The wines are unique and distinctive garage wines, initially created for some of New York's best restaurants for whom Mack was a sommelier and now are available nationwide. - From the Mouton Noir website

GT's Pick: "O.P.P" Noir-  Other People's Pinot Noir

 

5. Serendipity Wine (Washington, DC)

Located in the Washington, DC Metro area, Serendipity Wines was founded by CEO Brenda Williams. Her vision was to create a brand built on the memories shared over glasses of wine. Serendipity offers three types of wines: Chardonnay - Tempation, Curvee Blanc (White Blend) and Carbarnet Franc - Seduction.

GT's Pick: Chardonnay - Temptation

 

6. Shoe Crazy Wines  (Chesterfield, VA)

Shoe Crazy Wines offers delectable recent vintages for your enjoyment and pleasure. The brand was birthed in 2006 when, Founder Gwen Hurt, was given a wine-making kit for christmas. After making and bottling over 120 bottles of wine, she decided to turn her passion into a career. In 2013, Shoe Crazy Wine, LLC was founded. Shoe Crazy creates signature and proprietary blends that are beautifully balanced wine.

GT's Picks: Cabernet Superior

2016 Bucket List!

Welcome to 2016! I am delighted to embrace this new year with new adventures in cooking, eating and leading a more healthier and fulfilling life. In the last part of 2015, I took a chance and launched the Geo's Table blog as a creative outlet for myself. During this "soft launch" period, I have expanded my horizons tremendously, and have learned a great deal about blogging as well as food photography and writing.

Now that 2016 has graced us with her presence, I am ready to take Geo's Table to the next level. Honoring my philosophy of: "Eat well. Share experiences. Cultivate Community." this year I seek to fold a more personal touch into my posts. This will include features on the people, places and cuisine that influence and uplift this philosophy and whom make up my personal community.

To kick-start this new adventure, I've developed a bucket-list as my guide. Follow me as I chronicle my quests in conquering each items on this short (but possibly growing) list! If you have items on your bucket list that you want to accomplish leave them in the comments below!

The 2016 Bucket List

#2

Get my passport and finally travel and EAT abroad

#3

Launch the "Instagrammer of the Week" feature

#4

Complete the  Couch to 5K Program  and eat healthier

#5

Get my food writing featured in more magazines

#6

Host my first "Geo's Table" pop-up dinner party!

Geo's Favorite Things: The "Foodie" Holiday Gift Guide

Gift-giving is an art that can be quite difficult to master. Navigating stores (in person and online) to find a present that warms the recipient's heart often seems like a daunting task with no end in sight. To make this process a little easier, I have taken a cue from my homegirl, Oprah Winfrey, who brilliantly constructs a list each year of "her favorite things." The popular list attracts the masses, and can give even the most inexperienced gift-giver some wonderful ideas.

If  you have a "food lover" like myself in your life, or know someone who would appreciated a gift of the "edible" or "adventurous" variety, then look no further. I am happy to present "Geo's Favorite Things" my first "Foodie" Holiday Gift Guide, to accompany you on your own adventures in gift giving.

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For the person with a sweet tooth or who likes fun surprises!