Within My Eclectic Mind

Thoughts. Opinions. Goals. Decisions.

Taking an hiatu… March 29, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — xta28 @ 12:58 am

Taking an hiatus because grad school is rough!!! I promise to use this time to do well in school, think about the future direction of my blog, and to enjoy life!

Be back soon XOXta


Admire My Wine Rack February 11, 2013

Hello. My name is Xta and I love wine.

Funny Confession Ecard: Everyone's all like 'I love Obama' or 'I love Romney' and I'm just over here like'I love wine'....

My thoughts during the 2012 Presidential Elections. Now you know what I drank as I watched the debates after a long day at work.

If you don’t know me, you probably don’t know now you know I LOVE WINE… While in D.C. I purchased a beautiful wine rack from the Yard Sale at K & 9th St NW. The man who runs the Yard Sale is out there every week selling antiques, art, accent furniture. I guarantee you will be in the neighborhood and walk by and regret having cash in your pockets be ecstatic with all the items you will buy. While I was browsing I also purchased a red and black ceramic sushi dinner set for 2… I digress…

Seeming that I’m back in Houston, TX for graduate school and my stress levels are soaring, I finally decided to fill up my wine rack –PRAISE GOD FOR KROGERS BUY 6 BOTTLES OF WINE 10% OFF SAVINGS–

Wine Rack Selection

Here are the wines that I purchased:

1. Raven’s Wood Zinfandel- California 2010
2. Ménage á Trios Cabernet Sauvignon- California 2010
3. Blackstone Merlot- California 2010
4. Campo Viejo Rioja- Tempranillo 2010
5. Apothic Red- California 2011
6. Graffigna Pinot Grigio- Argentina 2011

I will be posting reviews and food pairings for each bottle later.

What are your favorite wines? What food do you like to pair with that wine? Are you a red or white wine drinker? Let me know!! We may be best wine friends!


Fitness Goals January 21, 2013

Filed under: Health & Wellness,Healthy Hair — xta28 @ 10:34 pm
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Sneak peek on the fitness goals I want to make this year.

1. Run and being physically active
2. Eating habits
3. Caring for my natural hair
4. Acknowledging my body’s states
5. Spiritual, emotional, mental health

Will be expounding on all 5 topics soon. So be sure to come back and check it out 🙂


Scream- Michael and Janet Jackson December 10, 2012

Top 5 Reasons I love this video: 
5. The black bubble shirts… I remember always wanting a bubble shirt in middle school and never getting one. So I vicariously live through this video how cool I would have been back then if I had one.
4. The brotherly and sisterly love and sibling rivalry!! GO JACKSONS!! Peep 2:09!
3. The black-n-white futuristic space theme!
2. Great example of catharsis being effective especially when expressed through a creative medium!!
1. Dance breakdown at 3:18!!!


2 More Weeks

Filed under: Career & Work — xta28 @ 3:43 pm
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I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by. It seems like I just moved to D.C., started my job, and found my roommates. Wow!! Time just moves faster and faster when you get older. It doesn’t slow down.

I’m am excited about taking this next step in my journey to jump start my biotechnology career. I will be heading back to Rice University in January 2013 to begin work on my Master’s of Science in Bioscience Research & Health Policy. I am happy to relocate back to Houston. However, I am already missing D.C. more and more as December 21 arrives!!

My goals for my graduate program includes:
Earn a 3.5 GPA or higher
Find a 3-6 month paid internship
Travel internationally
Conduct independent research
Gain clarity in my personal focus for global health and biotechnology


We Found Love- Rihanna November 23, 2012

Filed under: Music,Music Video Log — xta28 @ 4:01 pm

When I first heard this song, I was not a fan. Seriously! Even though I’m part of #rihannanavy!! BUT after seeing this video, I fell in love with the song and her as an artist all over again. The video seriously takes me on a journey through hopeless love. It reminded me that love can be like a drug that feels good and easily can turn bad. I am sure many can relate to this video and a relationship that began beautifully but quickly spiraled out of control. This video is by far one of Rihanna’s best.

It’s like you’re screaming, and no one can hear. You almost feel ashamed that someone can be that important that without them you feel like nothing. No one will ever understand how much it hurts. You feel hopeless, but nothing can save you. And when it’s over and it’s gone, you almost wish that you can have all that bad stuff back so you can have the good.



5 Reasons I Love Tracee Ellis Ross November 9, 2012

 Tracee Ellis Ross, daugher of the famous Diana Ross, is a favorite of many. Her charm, personality, and sense of self mesmerizes her fans. She is often pinned an inspiration role model by many. Click through the pages to read 5 reasons why I love Tracee Ellis Ross.

Are you a fan of Tracee Ellis Ross? What are your favorite things about her?Who is your inspirational celebrity role model? How do they inspire you? What do you love about them?  

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