Mondays With Marta G. – Surprise!

Clearly I had a bit of fun on Saturday. As you may have noticed, I changed up my look a tiny bit. In truth, I had made up my mind some time ago that it was time for a change, but when I woke up on Saturday morning I knew that the change had to happen right then.

I also knew that my day was going to end with an amazing experience in Little Rock, so I hopped in my car and headed over to the city early to figure out the day.

This adventure marked my first visit to the Arkansas College of Barbering and Hair Design.

I was quite pleased with my visit and picked up a few pro tips in the process.

1. If you’re gonna be a Walk-In, show up right at starting time to secure your placement.

2. Take cash just in case the card runner decides not to work.

3. Bring snacks if you are going to do multiple services.

Whenever I make a major change to my hair it is a process and I really like chronicling the experience. Here’s how it went in pictures.

Next up I managed to catch an autobiography writing workshop at Mosaic Templar’s Cultural Center.

To continue the theme of firsts, this was my first time in the museum and wow is it a hidden gem. I am looking forward to spending a lot more time over there.

I managed to make it back to my old neighborhood just before the sky cracked open and gave its best impersonation of Seattle. Layla’s on Rodney Parham was the perfect place for a late lunch and some quality time with my journal.

The evening ended with a community lecture by THE Dr. Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State and Ambassador to the United Nations. If you’ve never attended a Clinton School public lecture you are really missing out on one of the treats of living in Central Arkansas. These lectures are free to the public though you do have to register in advance. To stay informed on the speaker schedule I recommend that you bookmark the following page and check periodically or you can get on the listserv.

Stephanie Streett and Dr. Madeleine Albright

The lecture itself was amazing as Former Secretary Albright reflected on her time of service and the current state of the world. She also shared snippets of her latest book which I of course got autographed.

This weekend came right on time and delivered some really fun memories. I wonder what I can get into next weekend.

Marta C. Youngblood is a writer, education and social entrepreneur based in Hot Springs, Arkansas. For more information on her current projects visit

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