“Cryss, it’s not for you.”

Everything I do in my life has a meaning. Someone told me yesterday “Cryss, why are you doing DoorDash? It’s not for you, you already have a good job, another side hustle etc etc…”

There was a point in my life where I was struggling. This was when my oldest daughter, Deyzha was getting sick. I was taking her to all types of appointments and losing mad hours. When you lose hours and run out of paid vacation and sick time, it really takes a hit to your paycheck. On top of that, I wasn’t qualified for Paid Family Leave yet. Moving forward, one of my close friends, Jenn, I will talk more about Jenn later (Rest in Love 🙏🏽); she put me on Doordash. She was a “Dasher” at the time and to her it was a solution to help me earn some extra money. She went with me to the orientation in Concord, then took me on my first few deliveries because I was too shy and uncomfortable — embarrassed even. I never pictured myself delivering food. But at the end of the day, it taught me how to be humble. I remember going on my first delivery. I asked her to drive because I was nervous. It was a pizza delivery and we had to travel all the way to Lafayette, deep in the hills somewhere. I just remember the long boring drive. We were surrounded by trees and even lost cell phone signal in some areas. We ended up in this super rich neighborhood. The houses were like mansions. I didn’t even know that this neighborhood existed.

Anyway, because of Jenn, I was able to make some extra money to get by until things went back to normal. Taking on this side gig also taught me that I could make extra money ONLY if I got up everyday with that money making mentality. Laziness is not an option.

With that said, this is why I do it. I do it because it reminds me of her. After I lost Jenn, I made a promise to myself to embrace every minute I had with the people I care about. Even if it’s to deliver food in a remote place. Dashing reminds me of our long drive to Lafayette complaining and laughing about how deep the drive was to the customer. It reminds me of how much Jenn hustled when she was still here. So yes, DoorDash is for me. As a matter of fact, I’m going to work this Saturday evening just because I want to. I miss Jenn.

Earn $15-$24 an hour delivering food. The best part, customers have an option for you to hand them the food or leaving it at their door. It’s super easy. Tap on the link to deliver with DoorDash.

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“I don’t even kill flies”

Just because my eyes are slanted and skin is a little darker doesn’t give you a reason to label me a disease

She grabbed her daughter, talking about “Get away from her she looks like she has Covid-19”

I wasn’t about to let that lady slide so I put down my phone and opened my big mouth

Told myself over and over, “Crystal breathe, please don’t shout”

And as soon as she noticed my phone out

Ol’ lady wanted to play the victim role as I predicted

Here we go with the “I didn’t say that” card, it was all too scripted

When I was just minding my business

Blind sided by another Karen infected by the illness

An illness more infectious than the Rona, SARS, Ebola two point O

A virus that destroys it’s target individuals including its host

A disease manifested in families, colleagues, and communities

So we protest in big groups to be heard – herd immunity

Got Elijah McClain in his last breathes apologizing for being different

George Stinney Jr. executed at 14 years old then later proven innocent

George Floyd screaming for his mother, while he was held down by a knee

Can somebody tell me WHY Breonna Taylor’s murderers are still out there living free?

And where is Vanessa Guillen, whatever happened to “No soldier left behind”

Would it have taken 2 days instead of 2 months if the color of her skin was white?

This isn’t a wake up call, they were just pressing the snooze button a million times

Would the outcome be different if I wasn’t standing in that aisle?

Cause in the end, the only person infected was the racism which had manifested

in that hate filled mother who just taught her child that it was okay to spread it

And what’s sad about it, is that she meant it when she said it

Racists thinking it’s a joke placing nooses in Oakland, Cali’s Lake Merritt

Racism and oppression has always been a pandemic, ain’t no curves getting flatter

But at the end of the day, all lives don’t matter, until Black Lives Matter.

#BLM

Oscar Grant
Emmitt Til
George Floyd
Philando Castle
Trayvon Martin
Eric Garner

Announcing the upcoming launch of my designer shoe line —ADKreativ

On Friday, March 27, 2020, I will be launching my first Limited Edition “ADK” shoes from my upcoming All Day Kreative Shoe Collection.

The shoes that I will showcase in my upcoming collection were inspired by East and West coast flavors integrated into one.

ADK

The shoe is 100% handcrafted in Le Marche, Italy, also known as The Shoe Valley. The ADK’s features a classic high top look, pristine quality black leather, a gold sole and comfortable to wear, and eye catching. The insoles are carefully designed and made out of organic cotton and leather. It will also arrive in its own custom box. Shipping is free.

Excerpt from my bio on AliveShoes.com:

As a kid, I wanted to be a fashion designer. I used to take my crayons and draw sketches of different outfits on construction paper. Not sure why I didn’t pursue my dream at the time, I guess you can say, I grew up and lost sight of it. However, my inner love for fashion has never left me. Plus I’ve always been a sneaker junkie. I always tell people that I’ll be wearing sneakers until I’m 80 years old. Moving forward, I travel coast to coast. For me, New York breeds everything fashion. But so does California. My designs are a fusion of two styles into one — it’s like mixing peanut butter and jelly but I also love being experimental like adding cranberry juice to my ginger ale…” – All Day Kreative, Crystal Tolentino