Our Year in Review ✨


What We Watched

  • DT: Girlfriends, Netflix really blessed us with all of my favorite, old early 2000s sitcoms. Also, the Mandalorian! As a non Star Wars groupie, it was such a joy to watch. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed it too :)

  • DG: Money Heist! Wow! It was so amazing! My parents and I finished the series in 3 weeks during quarantine. We’d stay up until 4-5 am binge watching the show together.

What We Read

  • DT: “The Vanishing Half” by Britt Bennett. I had pre-ordered this book that came out on my birthday this year because I loved her first novel “The Mothers” so so much. It did not disappoint. I also purchased and read “Palette: The Beauty Bible for Women of Color” which is an incredibly informative guide that dives into makeup, skincare, and natural hair. And it makes for a gorgeous coffee table book. 

  • DG: “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle and “Come as You Are” by Emily Nagoski. Both books are about female empowerment and loving each stage of your journey. I highly recommend it! 

What We Listened To

  • DT: Chloe x Halle, Ungodly Hour; Naked Beauty Planet podcast 

  • DG: Lila Ike, Solitude; The Sexually Liberated Woman podcast, and The Ted Ferris’s Show (thanks, Matt!)

What We Cooked 

  • DT: We cooked a lot of nostalgic food; for instance, I learned to make my mom’s curry chicken and dumplings during quarantine and I think I’ve just about nailed it. Her recipes never have any measurements though, so it was touch and go for the first few tries. 

  • DG: Coconut rice. It’s the perfect side dish for any meal! It’s creamy with a hint of coconut flavor. If you like mangos, try coconut rice, diced mango and vanilla ice cream! Yum! 

What We Changed

  • DT: COVID/Quarantine definitely threw us all for a loop. Having to sync my schedule with my daughter’s schedule while working a part-time job and building two businesses was NOT EASY! But somehow we made it work! I was way more anal about my time management this year than ever before, and I think that it’s helped me in all aspects of my life. 

  • DG: I started making a conscious effort to get outside daily. I also had a complete career change. I became an entrepreneur and a designer in a matter of 6 months!

Recent New Brand We Discovered

  • DT: Benoni Jewelry -- I can’t get enough of Ashley’s curated pieces. They’re all so incredibly cute & versatile! 

  • DG: Boss Blend Coffee! I can’t wait to try all their different roasts! 

2021 Goals/Aspirations 

  • DT: I’m looking forward to new YGB Collective milestones--more publicity, more community members, all of it! I am speaking that ish into existence. 

  • DG: Develop a new personal routine, 2020 really threw my norm out the window and it’s been a roller coaster ride trying to settle into this new lifestyle. My main goal is to find balance in my personal and professional life to continue growing!

Thank you so much for being a part of our community. We have such exciting things in store for 2021!

Happy new year!