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Places To Go And People To See

Places To Go And People To See

Summer 2017 Has Been Occupied By Places To Go And People To See.

Today is the first day in a while I’ve enjoyed a late weekend morning in bed with my hubby since kicking off the book tour.  I’ve spent the vast part of my summer with no lack of places to go and people to see; but this morning I’m blessed to have chatted it up with friends, lounged with my husband, get a blog post in and appreciate everything that’s happening through and around me.

I kicked off Make Your Mark: Personal Branding Through ‘On-Purpose’ Living book tour on Saturday, July 22nd at the NAACP’s National Convention in Baltimore. I flew into Baltimore on Friday afternoon and had a blast with friends and family through Monday morning. During the trip, I had the pleasure of hanging out with my cousins and friends who live in Baltimore on Friday night, after my session at the NAACP ‘s Convention at the Baltimore Convention Center on Saturday, and again, checking out the movie ‘Girls Trip’ on Sunday. With a summer filled with places to go and people to see, Baltimore certainly didn’t disappoint!


NAACP Convention


My session ‘Black Women In the Work Place’ started with a hiccup.  The moderator didn’t have my bio nor book information, so after being introduced as the wrong person and the moderator not knowing anything about Make Your Mark: Personal Branding Through ‘On-Purpose’ Living, I managed to still have what I trust was an intelligible conversation before the signing.  Not to mention, my girls and other brandistas I knew were in the audience, so I felt incredibly supported and right at home. Once the panel discussion and book signing wrapped, we made our way to a great, four-hour long dinner at Kona Grill at the Inner Harbor. After dinner, I met up for a cocktail or two at the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, a posh new hotel in Fell’s Point with another friend I met while at Morgan State University. We shared a glass or two of wine, while spending another two hours rehashing the past and all the amazing years of genuine sisterhood, crazy good times and camaraderie. The night ended around midnight but our friendships and the girls I reconnected with that weekend will last a lifetime.



Girls Trip


Sunday I got off to a late start, still it began with fun brunch with another friend from Morgan and an afternoon stroll exploring more of Federal Hill and Harbor East. Like so many other things in life, the development of both parts of the city has evolved beautifully; while, just a few streets over life isn’t as promising and the challenges for those communities are nothing less than depressing.

Around 4p I met my Aunt Ida, one of my family’s matriarch, and my B-more girls to check out ‘Girls Trip’. We giggled, laughed and literally hollered for another two hours, no joke.  After enjoying the incredibly funny and clever movie we headed to break bread once again, this time at Bonefish Grill in Towson.  My soul was reinvigorated by my ‘framily’ and all the special moments we shared that weekend! My Baltimore trip was  filled with laughter, memories of years ago and aspirational talk about our future: our health, our men, our children and our dreams. We made a commitment to support each other, to stay in closer touch and to plan our own girls trip in 2018! Cheers to that and the other places I have to go and people I’m committed to seeing this summer.




Courtney Rhodes

Courtney R. Rhodes is an author, brand building and marketing strategist, and speaker with a passion for style, traveling, and sharing interesting and informative content. She is founder of The Brandista Guide + www.CourtneyRRhodes.com; a volunteer for women development and empowerment initiatives and a student of the arts, humanities, and the pursuit of happiness. Courtney is a graduate of Morgan State University ('98) and The University of Baltimore M.A. ('03).

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