7 People to Watch on YouTube

YouTube is a place where creativity is so unique and individualistic. Creatives from literally all over the world can upload whatever video content they’ve created for a targeted audience and garner lots of views. Hundreds, thousands, millions of views. Oh, and if you’re really doing well over in YouTube Land, you can monetize off of that same media content you’ve uploaded. Brand partnerships arise and you’ve got paid ads sponsored on your channel. That’s awesome! Way to create!


Whenever I am browsing YouTube, I’m always looking for content that’s “different”. YouTube has been pretty accessible for over a decade now and I’ve seen just about any and every thing that you could imagine. I like to find inspiration to keep MY creativity going. I’ve mentioned in a previous blog how you can feel like things may be… oversaturated. These seven YouTube channels have inspired me to spark my creativity light bulb in their own respective ways, in some capacity. If you are yearning for new people to watch/ subscribe to, they are certainly worth the streaming views!


TYMETHEINFAMOUS

TymeTheInfamous (better known as Tyme) has been someone that I’ve been subscribed to since 2011 or 2012. She’s a beauty vlogger that has created and recreated a lot of my favorite “how to” makeup/hair content. Tyme started out doing freelance make-up prior to soaring on YouTube and now creates your favorite make-up tutorials, unboxing/ product reviews, giveaways/hauls, DIY nail tutorials. She’s amazing and she is all about working with a budget, too. A combination of things that all ladies love.

ELLE MAGAZINE

Okay! So, I only follow Elle for one reason: Song Association. I love it! Song Association is a series on their channel where special guests are given ten seconds and a word. They must sing a song with the word provided (in ten seconds or less) and the guest must either include the word in the song title or know the title of the song and artist. I like watching this so much because it’s two of my favorite things: music and creativity. I am always intrigued to see what songs end up coming to mind for the special guests. It’s super fun! Play along with the rest of us if you happen to watch an episode!

WILL SMITH

Duh, it’s Will Smith! I’ve been a true fan since The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (just like the rest of us) but right when I thought my fandom couldn’t peak anymore, he made himself accessible on social media! What I love about Will’s channel (really, his social media period) is how creative he gets with his content. He’s actually been to YouTube University to learn how to create. Every thing about his YouTube channel could be beneficial to any one with the same passion as the rest of the creatives. Editing, video quality, the content itself. Oh, and by the way, he drops a gem every episode he puts out. You’re welcome.

NAPTURAL85

Naptural (Whitney) is everyone’s favorite natural hair maven! This is another channel that I’ve been following for a while, since my big chop back in 2014. I want to credit her as one of the people that inspired me to go ahead with the big chop (I tried transitioning prior to chopping). Whitney has hundreds of DIY hairstyles for any natural texture/ curl pattern. She is also great about including hair care maintenance videos and she’s also great with working with a budget. If you’re into health/ beauty vloggers, please subscribe to Whitney’s channel. She does not miss!

ALIYA JANELL

Aliya may be the newest person that I’m subscribed to on YouTube, but you’ll soon understand why. Some of you may follow her on Instagram already, or seen some of her dance clips floating around Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Aliya is a dance choreographer that comes up with sultry, sexy dance routines… in heels! She’s choreographed for Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Tank, and Trey Songz (to name a few). She’s built her online content just from streaming her class (Queen ‘N Lettos) live on Instagram. I love that the routines that she creates always are meant for dancers to be inspired, love the routine and make it their own, and feel confident while doing it. Watch a video and I guarantee you might try to pick up some moves.

KANDI BURRUSS

Kandi knows the secrets to get to the coins! Kandi Burruss is someone to follow from an inspiration/motivation standpoint when it comes to business. I’m definitely a fan of Real Housewives of Atlanta, but aside from that, I have always been inspired by her business mindset. Her YouTube channel focuses on her reality (family, business, relationships, things that she’s spoken about on RHOA) and it’s great to have! She even says it in one of her soundbites that “she can turn a shade tree, into a money tree”.

TSMADISON HINTON

It’s the Queen’s Supreme Court! My final channel that I am subscribed to is TS Madison aka “The Queens Supreme Court”. This is to balance out all that inspiration with some laughter and comedy. I’ve actually been a fan of this show when it was TS and Khia, but things work out for a reason. It’s moved on without one of the original hosts and the other host made it even better! When you need something just watch on a quiet evening and nothing’s on tv, turn on TS Madison’s Supreme Court show. It’s aired live every week and of course if you miss it, the video is uploaded to her channel within minutes.

3 Books Recommended for Self-Improvement

It’s a new year so you know what that means, new goals and challenges. At the end of the last year/ decade, I decided that I was going to start spending more time taking care of myself. The routines and habits that I have grown accustomed to– I’m over. BORING! OVERWHELMING! It’s as simple as this: I need to get back to enjoying life. After some major life changing events (marriage + parenting), I quit doing a lot of the things that I would typically enjoy. So for 2020, I’ve decided to go back to reading as one of the many steps towards my self-care journey. I’ve found three books that are going to help retrain my mind and thought processes on how to live a meaningful and happy life again.

Since I am a very busy lady, I really don’t have much time to just sit in a quiet room or corner, curled up with a book. I’ve heard some really great things about Audible (powered by Amazon), a digital audiobook reader. You can listen to your favorite books through your app that you have on your smart device & Audible is giving you the a free 30-day trial, plus your first audiobook for free! This was the easiest route for me and obviously a no-brainer. Parents, we read bedtime stories every night. Let’s allow someone else to do the reading for us. HA!

Manual for Living, by Epictetus, is the first book on the list. This book helps readers to see that some things are in your power and some are not, and to stop confusing the two. Our opinions of things determine how we feel about a particular event, not the event itself. The manual also wants us to challenge ourselves to think carefully about how we decide to spend our lives. People often spend their lives chasing things that are neither desirable or as important as they seem. People also spend time desiring things that are not in their power. If this book describes you in any way, this will be a great read for you.

Second on the list, The Practicing Mind, takes readers on a path of developing focus and discipline in their lives. For those of us who like (or dislike) acquiring new skills or facing dreadful challenges that we hope to overcome, patience/focus/discipline are the traits that seem very difficult to maintain. The author, Thomas Sterner, will demonstrate how to learn skills for any aspect in life (from business to love) by learning to love the process. This is key for people who are in the business of practicing instant gratification. Remember: if at first you don’t succeed, try again!

The third, and final book on the list, is 10% Happier (written by Dan Harris). 10% Happier is about the discovery of meditation. The author depicts his personal journey and how he began to self-help through meditation. The book tells readers about practicing mindfulness and meditation, and allows readers to relate even more by discussing the skepticism behind it. I’m certain there’s even a few readers today that are skeptical about meditation, but I implore you to give it a try. I meditate regularly and the book and myself are here to tell you that… it works! If you believe.


If you’re wondering, I haven’t completed all of the books yet, but I have started reading. Hopefully, with the help of Audible, I can complete these a bit faster than the time that it would normally take a busy person to read a book. If you are on a self-care journey, incorporate these books into your plan. Self-care has to start with you. Please share any other books that you’ve read or plan on reading for self-improvement by leaving a comment below. Let’s improve the qualities of our lives together!

BGC + KRISTEN

I did a thing.

The day that I decided I was going to get back into writing again, I did a little bit of exploring for inspiration. For some creative minds, when you haven’t been practicing with your craft/talent, it’s likely due to falling out of love with your passion. I wanted to see what was still out there, what was new out there, etc. I stumbled across BGC, (Blk Girl Culture) a blog engineered by black women, for black women. Pop Culture, Politics/Activism, Lifestyle, Music, Health & Beauty, Fashion–all curated by Black women.

After hours of reading posts and drawing inspiration, I saw that they were looking for writers for the winter. They were looking for writers for any topic, wanting to center their voice. My inner voice started speaking to me and I said, “hey, girl! Let’s do this!”. Sometimes, you have to stop holding yourself back. Anyway, I submitted my writing for what was considered the application process.

You’re Hired.

See what happens when you just… leap? Faith can bring many things your way when you just believe. Now, your girl will be writing weekly blog articles for http://blkgirlculture.com, from January 2020 to March 2020. I will be starting and continuing conversations in Health/Beauty for an audience of 100,000+! Blk Girl Culture has also had posts that have been featured in magazines and new sources like Complex, Teen Vogue, CNN, BBC, and Blavity among others.

I am so excited for this opportunity! I can’t wait to write, it’s been awhile. I was only looking for the light to spark a bit, and with opportunities like this, the passion came right back. I hope some of you get to catch some of my posts! Leave me a comment and tell me which one(s) that you may have read, which one(s) you liked/disliked.

My Favorite Things in Life

People always seem to make a list of the things that they despise or dislike more than they seem to talk about the things that make them happy! We spend so much time focused on the things that we wish to change, without reflecting on what we love the most. The things that we love the most are what keeps us inspired and should help us to see that the things we dislike are minimal compared to the things that bring us joy. I created a list of ten things that make my life golden.

#1. LOVE

I am blessed to have a loving family that is always there for me, in times of need. I can turn to my husband and son, who are always waiting for me daily to shower me with love. My parents, grandparents are always just one phone call away, should I ever need any thing. I have a close circle of friends that I can confide my securities and insecurities in, without any judgement. It’s a beautiful feeling.

#2. APPLE PRODUCTS

I love, love technology. I love it ten times more if it’s a product of Apple. I cannot function without my iPhone X, iPad, or Apple Watch. My life is in its hand. Literally. Every thing that I could ever need is right there on my device. It never lets me down and if there ever comes a day when it does, I will not be a happy camper.

#3. BEYONCE

Giselle. Knowles- Carter. There’s not any thing I think she could do to not make me happy, at this point. There’s a song for any and every mood I am in, I aspire to achieve my goals as if I were Beyonce, herself. I’m sure there’s a possibility to some that she may can do wrong, but tell it to any one other than me.

#4. MUSIC

Music has always been my preferred method of expression. Although I am no singer, I love how so many different artists can find very different ways to express their feelings and thoughts. No matter the artist, there is always a song to fit the mood. Just turn on the good tunes, and I am happy.

#5. DOCUMENTARIES & AUTOBIOGRAPHIES

I love a good story! Learning about topics and/or people that I have been intrigued by is fun. There’s great gems in documentaries and autobiographies. It helps the person seem relatable to the audience & captures you in a way that can be entertaining. All I need with this is good cuisine and a bed, for afterwards.

#6. COMEDY

Admittedly, this is how I sometimes deflect, however laughter is great for the soul. I find the humor in a lot of things, even if it isn’t funny in the present moment. Inserting a joke to lighten the mood or build rapport is my go-to thing. I also love when others can be witty, it makes for good dialogue and conversation. I love when there’s a good comedy special on Netflix, too. In the words of the Joker, “why so serious?”. Live a little, laugh a little.

#7 CREATING/ CRAFTING

Making things makes me happy! It’s therapeutic and I love to see the entire process, from beginning to end. Art is beautiful and even more beautiful when it’s something that YOU’VE created. Creating gives me great pride. Execution and following through is all that is needed in this one.

#8. SHOPPING

I mean, there’s not a list that is complete without this one. This isn’t a hidden fact. Most, if not all, women love to shop. This is also another form of therapy for yourself. Once upon a time, it used to be just shopping for myself. Now, I love shopping for my house, my kid, my husband. The rarity in which I do spend on myself, I spend it on the next item on this list.

#9. MAKEUP

The beauty enhancer. Yes, I love a good bare face as well. However, makeup is fun! I can’t tell you how many times I get giddy over a new eye shadow palette, lipstick, or a good foundation. Learning different ways to apply is also fun! There’s thousands of YouTube videos these days from every woman that has found a way to apply makeup that may be beneficial to me.

10. MY BILLS BEING PAID

Finances are the biggest headache for most of us. The joy of truly enjoying life with all your bills being paid, nothing past due, is a beauty. Sometimes, it feels weird when you have something extra left. You’re checking to make sure you didn’t miss a bill. It feels like a huge weight has been lifted! All for them to come back around, in thirty days. Wild!


I can’t believe that I have ten things that are currently making me happy. There are times that I often look at the glass being half empty, not half full. I’m glad that I decided to do this post because it made me realize that I am a lot happier than I thought I was and I should stop focusing on the things that don’t make me happy. Yes, that list may be longer, but this list is better. It’s positive and not negative. Maybe I can continue to add to the list in the future.

What are ten things that make you feel happy all the time? Let me know in the comments!

30- Day Self + Improvement Challenge

Rediscovery and self purpose are two things that I have been working with myself on throughout the year. The younger person inside of me would have probably thought that this is something I should already be perfect in– especially in my 30’s. I’m starting to believe that it can take even longer to truly understand and live in your purpose. What you were created to fulfill the universe with. Sometimes it does seem that I might have just figured out where I want to be and then I get hit with a possibility that I did not even know could exist. I am certain of a couple of things — I am not perfect and I am still blossoming into my destiny.

When you aren’t a novice to things that you’ve experienced over and over again, you begin to search for a challenge. Challenging yourself can be a great way to test your progress and see your growth, practice your patience, and learn new habits to take the old habits place. I was once told by Oprah and several other popular online articles that it takes twenty-one days (minimum) to break/ create a habit. I found this neat challenge on Pinterest that is designed to help change my lifestyle. As I am starting this challenge, I am manifesting that by the end of it, I will have a clear concept of where I would like to take my career. 2019 challenged my career goals really hard as I worked tirelessly for my employers and trying to be my own boss simultaneously. I no longer want to do both and I want clear and concise ideas for how to accomplish my goal!

I have attached the 30- Day Self Improvement Challenge below and hope that you all decide to join me. Let’s get the conversation going and leave me a comment if you will be joining and if you face any challenges during your 30 days. Of course I look forward to the end result for all of us!

Day 001.

I am proud that I was able to sit myself down recently and force myself to have conversations that I want to run away from. I kept saying (interally) that I want God to show me what I am doing wrong. I was waiting for him to give me a sign or that if he is already giving me signs then how am I being so blind that they exist? So I sat myself down and asked myself what is it that I want to do with my professional career. What is the chosen path for me? The more I contemplated, I was very clear of three things a.) I am over working for Corporate America b.) There is not a job in Corporate America that I would be happy doing until retirement c.) I still have a passion for writing and I love to create things.

I am forever grateful for the self courage and wisdom that I was able to discover while quieting my mind and rediscovering my purpose. I feel like I am one step closer to reaching the end goal, even though I know there are many steps in between the start and finish line. I am just proud of myself for even starting.

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Introducing Life + Style With kris: LIFESTYLE BLOG

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It’s never too late to become who you should be.

Hello online family + friends! If you are reading this post, then you’ve found your way over to my lifestyle blog. Over the years, I have been open with my life and have shared some of my young adult experiences with many of you. I took a break from it to focus on navigating through my journey to find my purpose in life. The journey has led me back to where I once began. I’ve been missing sharing things online with all of you.

I’m just going to do it.

I’ve always been able to tell a story or paint a picture with words. I miss creative writing! Instead of going directly to the sources of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for captions, how about I put it all in one place. A blog!

Anybody that wants to know updates in my life (like what Landon is up to these days), or wants to know more about my views and opinions (music, food, fashion, life) is all here on my personal blog. I will also be providing regular updates regarding my product bath bomb line, KREATIVE. You will be able to shop directly from the blog– all in due time.

I hope that you guys really embrace this new blog just as I have. With the right content, the opportunities are endless! I just think that this is the smarter + easier way to stay up-to-date with my lifestyle! Be sure to continue to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for updates so that you don’t miss the posts!