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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. - Oscar Wilde
After over a decade of being myself, I took a few years off to try to be someone else. That didn't work out so well, so I ran back and sort of started over. My hope is that by living wholeheartedly and transparently, I can inspire someone else to do the same.

Allow me to reintroduce myself…

Briana FordMy name is Briana Melissa Ford, yes, please say the Melissa. I'm a Libra, if that means anything to do. To pay my rent, I help people setup Facebook pages for their businesses. I support my book buying habit by freelance writing. In order to stay sane, I listen to smooth jazz, read lots of books, and binge watch TV shows on my Roku.

Born and raised SoCal girl, currently residing in the amazing city of Long Beach. I work full time, study part time, and eat all the time. My aspiration in life can be summed up with this quote:

To be happy with myself and always make others happy. To be confident and give others confidence in themselves. To smile, to surf, to laugh and make others laugh. To read more widely. To try to be more tolerant of my weaknesses and of others, and not to be so hard on myself all the time.

In an attempt to make all that and more happen, I created this home on the web to be unapologetically me. Bona Fide Briana is what we'll call it. It's where I come to figure things out, ponder on stuff, and give my social commentary on whatever comes to heart. I hope it gives you insight into who I am, and makes you feel all tingly inside.

Bona Fide Briana – The Blog

What Guides Me

Mission statements. Core values. Guiding principles. Splendid truths. These have been buzz words as of lately, and can all generate different thoughts on what they mean. It can be relevant to an individual. It can pertain to an organization. It’s basically the key focus, the thing or things that you want to embody at the […]

Mental Health and the Strong Black Woman

I write this with a heavy heart. I write this pained. I write this frustrated. I write this desperate. I write this as a young black woman with depression and anxiety. Mental health is often left behind the back burner for women who look like me. It’s how many of us were raised, and it’s […]

How Teachers Can Be More Effective

I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was in elementary school. There’s no one teacher who made that click in my head, I just sort of knew. Even when I would play outside with the neighborhood kids, I’d demand to be the teacher (or the principal) when we played school. Granted, I’ve wanted to […]

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