That’s So Raven’s Home

Growing up, I was a huge fan of the show That’s So Raven. I made sure to catch every new episode that came out on Fridays. Since Disney+ came out, I went back and rewatched the series to revel in my nostalgia for the show.

Not long after that, and after watching Christy Carlson Romano’s YouTube show where she had Anneliese Van Der Pol as a guest (highly recommend, it’s really funny), I decided to watch Raven’s Home, the spin off series to That’s So Raven.

In the series, Raven is all grown up, with twin children, and living with her best friend, Chelsea, and her son. The show mostly focuses on the kids, and how her son, Booker, deals with his own visions.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the show (even though it’s technically for kids) and have some strong opinions about it, naturally.

YA NASTY!! (What I didn’t like):

I’m going to start off with the negatives, just to get them out of the way.

My first disappointment in the show was to learn that Raven DID NOT end up as a famous fashion designer. The show starts her off as working for a mean boss making designer clothes for… dogs. She’s also driving for a Uber/Lyft type company to help make ends meet.

Now we’re supposed to assume (based off the title sequence song) that Raven ended up having kids really young and therefor it got her off track of her fashion design dream.

Part of me appreciated that although Raven had big dreams when she was young, as an adult and through the course of the three seasons I watched, she was trying to figure out how to reach those dreams and took action on those steps. It was part of her story I could relate to at the moment.

However, another part of me wished the show had already gotten to the point where she made it as a famous fashion designer while taking care of her kids. I just felt frustrated to see her struggling to take care of her family while doing something she clearly didn’t like to do.

And Chelsea’s story was also kind of disappointing. She ends up living with Raven because her husband is in prison after stealing her very lucrative idea and all the money she made off of it. Her role seemed to be just navigating house work.

I was hoping that Chelsea pursued a career in environmental activism, which is what her character was very into in That’s So Raven.

Her character is still very much ditsy, but I think she could still have that as her personality, while fighting for clean energy and turning Raven’s household into one that composts.

Raven’s daughter, Nia, turns out to be an inspiriting activist through the course of the show and that would be something she and Chelsea could bond over (which they did in one episode).

So overall, the career trajectories of Raven and Chelsea were not very satisfying in the beginning. But as the show goes on, they eventually get a handle on it and become business women. And while I get this show isn’t really for people my age, I’m still a fan of the That’s So Raven world and invested in their character growth.

OH SNAP! (What I liked):

The number one thing that got me excited about this show was to learn that Devon Carter was Nia and Booker’s dad!! I had a major crush on Devon… and still do, haha.

I don’t mind that he and Raven had gotten a divorce (prior to the show’s narrative) and the show didn’t try to get them back together. It was refreshing to see a healthy divorce relationship on TV and completely realistic, especially with the notion that they married right after high school. It’s natural for people who get married that young to find themselves growing apart and realize that they’re different people when they get older and have more life experience.

But I’m just glad they included him in the story as a present father in his children’s lives.

And yeah, eye candy.

My favorite episode with Devon was the father daughter dance one. It was a call to the prom episode on That’s So Raven. So cute!

That leads me to another thing I liked about Raven’s Home. There were a few episodes that did call backs to That’s So Raven. It was perfect for nostalgia and wasn’t over done.

The BEST one was season one’s finale episode where Liz Anya comes back and raves over a design Raven made. It made me LAUGH OUT LOUD.

“Do you carry a lunch box?”

Oh yeah, the kids were entertaining. The best one is Chelsea’s son, Grayson. He made me laugh the most. He’s a super smart, nerdy and self aware kid.

I also enjoyed Raven’s relationship with her kids and how much of a bond they had.

HOME SKILLET BISCUIT! (What I wish they included):

EDDIE!!

I was missing Eddie so much in Raven’s Home. It’s a little weird to have Raven and Chelsea and no Eddie. He didn’t even have to be part of the main cast, a guest star would have been just fine, like Devon.

I did a little reading as to why that might be and sadly, it doesn’t seem like Orlando Brown and Raven Symone have the greatest relationship following the end of That’s So Raven. Not only that, but Brown has domestic violence allegations against him and overall, doesn’t seem to be in the best place in his life right now. I’m putting aside any hopes that he might appear on the show, but I hope he finds help.

It would also be cool to see what Raven’s brother Cory was up to. Would they go back to him having a crush on Chelsea? Who knows.

GOTTA GO! (In conclusion):

It’s exciting to see reboots of shows that I grew up with, even if they are meant for a kid audience.

Even if you don’t have kids, like me, I recommend the watch. Especially if you grew up watching That’s So Raven. Just, have it be one of those shows you put on in the background while cleaning up your place or working out, whatever.

I just saw that they’re putting out season four episodes of the show, but I think I’ll wait for all of it to be out before catching up.

The next one I’m looking forward to is the Lizzie McGuire spin off!!

It’s Been a Minute…

I have to say, this is the longest I’ve gone without writing a single post to this blog since I’ve started.

I’m honestly a little disappointed that my year anniversary of creating this blog came and went and I didn’t do anything to “celebrate” it.

I started this blog mostly for me, not expecting much from it. Just an outlet for me to practice my writing and document what’s on my mind at the moment.

In the time that I have not been writing for this blog, I have been thinking of posts to write, just never sat down to write them out.

I don’t know why, other than feeling inadequate and that what I have to say doesn’t really matter. Or that an idea I have for a post is kinda dumb or I don’t have enough to say about it yet.

But also laziness. Laziness plays a big factor in it too.

Writing is work and sometimes I just don’t want to do it.

What can I say? It’s just the writing way sometimes.

But a few nights ago, I read a note I made on my phone last year and it brought me back to why I started this blog in the first place.


DON’T HAVE THESE THOUGHTS!

You won’t finish. You won’t be consistent. You’ll get lazy about it and stop eventually. You’ll run out of ideas. It’ll take too much time to do. You won’t find time to do it. No one will read it. It won’t make any impact on the internet.

HAVE THESE THOUGHTS!

It would be so cool to have your own blog. Do it for you, not to get readers. Take it day by day. It you want it, you’ll make time for it. It doesn’t all have to be good right away. The point is to learn from mistakes. It’ll be something to call your own. You’ll be putting your content out there. Do it for the little girl inside you that would think this is cool.


Needless to say, this was the perfect reminder I needed to get back on Digital Dream Catcher.

At first, it made me feel bad that the thoughts I told myself not to have, I was having.

But at the same time, I’m glad that I know myself well enough to help me get out of those negative thoughts and back into why I did this in the first place.

I also can’t be too hard on myself for dropping off on this little hobby. Quarantine and racial issues and personal stuff has taken a toll on my mental health a bit and I was working hard to repair the cracks as they showed up.

But maybe I need to let them be for a bit instead of pretending like they never happened.

Anyway, to my future self, I hope you think of this post again if you do come across a period of time where you find yourself deciding against writing about an idea you have for this blog.

Just do it because it’s fun.

Wakanda Forever and a Hope for Embracing Culture

With the passing of Chadwick Boseman on Friday, I was thinking about how much I loved the Black Panther movie and I wanted to share some thoughts.

Black Panther is my absolute favorite, and in my opinion, the best, Marvel movie that has come out thus far.

There are so many reasons why it’s such a great film and deserved the recognition it received.

The majority black cast. How the story connected to the anti-black problems in the world. It’s depiction of smart and strong black women. Plus, to my writing pleasure, the crafting of the story itself.

But one of my most favorite things is the incorporation of African culture in the film.

It’s an amazing depiction of how rich, detailed and colorful African culture is that brings an added element to the film and Black Panther’s character that’s not shown in other Marvel movies.

I love how even though Wakanda is a technologically advanced city, it still has ties to the African culture through it’s traditions, dress and language.

It makes me wish that the United States honored all the cultures that we have a little more and that we don’t have to wait for the capitalist/consumerism culture we live in to tell us when certain ethnic styles are “in”.

Like, when will it not be jarring for people of color to embrace their cultural traditions in the way they dress, no matter what position they hold in their career?

Because let’s face it, we are not all there yet. Black, Latin, Asian, etc. cultures still get scrutinized in mainstream media. Why can it just be normal and not a statement?

Anyway, I just loved how Black Panther embraced it all and didn’t water down the culture aspect to appease white viewers . (We all know that’s the demographic that gets considered and is worried about the most when a film or show gets created that doesn’t feature a white person as a main character.)

What did you like about Black Panther? Are you still excited to see Black Panther 2?


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Diving into Tarot Reading

About a month ago, my sister and I started learning how to read tarot cards!

We were discussing it here and there and I remember listing to a podcast about daily tarot reading for self-improvement. (The podcast is called By the Book. The hosts read a self-help book and live it for two weeks, then come back and talk about their experiences.)

Then we decided to make the plunge and buy a tarot deck.

My sister bought one for me and I bought one for her. There’s a superstition that you shouldn’t buy your own first tarot deck, but there are other claims that you should. We just decided to gift each other one.

It’s been really interesting getting to know tarot. I think common perception of it is that it only tells you about your future. But after reading meanings of cards and doing a few of my own spreads, tarot is more like bringing out self awareness, a new way at thinking about a situation, or something to be aware of or open to as you go along your day/project/adventure.

At times, it can be eerily accurate, showing me what’s exactly on my mind. Sometimes it feels a little harder understanding what it’s telling me, but that will come with time of learning the meanings of each card and looking at the big picture of the spread.

I’ve learned to not ever expect the cards to tell me what to do about something. In the end, it will all come down to my choice. But they can serve as a form of encouragement or warning.

In the podcast episode I listened to about tarot reading as self improvement, they used it as something to meditate on or reflect on throughout the day. After pulling a card, you can journal on what the meaning means to you for that day.

I like to take that approach to my tarot reading, and to do it on a new moon to see how I should approach the next month.

It’s also fun to do love spreads and career spreads, just to see what you could learn about yourself.

Another fun thing about tarot is the decks is you can buy a traditional deck if you like, but there are more creative ones out there.

My sister gave me the Star Spinner Tarot deck. It has a very whimsical, fairy tale vibe to it, which I love. The cup suit tells the story of The Little Mermaid! Also, it comes with 4 lovers cards, and you pick the one that resonates with you to use in the deck.

Hooray for gay representation! I picked the one on the far left.

The one I bought for my sister is the Modern Witch Tarot deck. This one is so cool. The imagery on each card looks like more traditional decks, but it depicts all women.

Badass!! The Magician, Emperor, Hierophant and Chariot cards usually depict men.

These decks also come with their own guidebook, but I also like to go on Biddytarot.com to look up their deeper meanings.

Has anyone else started an unconventional hobby this summer? Or perhaps you’re experienced at tarot?! What has reading the cards brought you?