I lost 40 pounds on my own.

I was able to lose almost 40 pounds on my own. I know I am capable of losing weight on my own and keeping it off. My medications always made me hungry. My appetite increased because I was taking medication. I never knew how much I could succeed with my goals for my life until I started doing things on my own. Nastaja Torres said to me “wow Ayesha you looked so good with make up on at Memoirfest (December 2014) I could not believe it.” I liked the compliment. Vania interviewed me over the phone and in her Women in Lit paper she wrote in her paper that I was a self love advocate. Vania graduated from NJCU. Vania was a very nice young woman. I think about females empowering other females and I always think of Dr. Giunta and her memoir workshops she teaches at NJCU. I will always appreciate Dr. Giunta for her kindness and I’ll never forget how much she said she liked my memoir Tale of three half sisters. I now feel like I have gained so much from memoir writing and writing as a way of healing!

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I am a Black Guyanese woman. I'm thirty nine years old. I went back to college to take Early Childhood Education classes. I want to get a second 48-credit BA degree in Early Childhood Education by 2021. I go to NJCU. I have a BA in Creative Writing from NJCU. I graduated from NJCU in August 2015. I transferred to NJCU from Mercer. I have my AA degree from Mercer in Humanities and Social Science since May 2007. I write poems, I write memoirs, I'm a blogger and I am taking a children's lit course. I love reading memoirs. I also do book reviews from time to time. My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. I grew up in Ewing, New Jersey. I live in Princeton Junction with my parents!

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