Long time no talk to, my readers!  My apology for the disappearing act, but i have been dealing with some things and it has been really hard to place it.  Well, i thought i would share.

Have you ever sat back and asked yourself, “Who Am I?” and found it hard to really answer that question whole heartedly?  I mean, yes, maybe you can find a lot of characteristics that make up your being, but do you really know who you are and the purpose you serve on this earth?  I envy musicians and actors because no matter the struggle, they believed in themselves enough to fight and push to make their dreams come true, whether they are just local celebrities or hitting the red carpet everytime you turn on the television set.  The point is, they believed in their craft and didn’t give up on it, so they knew early on who they were and their purpose.

I grew up loving certain things like reading, writing, helping others, and making a difference in peoples lives.  As i got older, i didn’t know how to incorporate those things into a career…better yet, a good paying career.  Unfortunately, my mother didn’t have the funds as a single mom to put me in sports or dance or anything for that matter that would allow me to find my knitch.  She did, however, put me in cheerleading but that was not something that stuck with the insecure, awkwardly tall and skinny black girl.

So today, i put it all out there.  My fears, my happiness, my saddness and what i think i can do to turn these things into success.  Today, i am more honest with myself than i have been in a long time, and the best way to start it out is by conquering my fears and putting these things on something tangible and for the world to see.  So here goes; honest answer to honest questions:

1.  What makes me happy?  Unexpected love; knowing; motivation; unexpected generosity, compassion, affection and good attention from the one’s i love; small gestures; the color sea foam green; green pastures; little things.

2.  What makes me smile?  All of the above; my daughters smile, her happiness, watching her grow, seeing her laugh and her love; making friends and family laugh; puppies; hearing my favorite song on the radio; seeing my spouse smile and seeing the love behind his eyes.

3.  What do i want to accomplish?  Finish school; debt freedom; obtain a better job or start a career; a family of my own; a home.

4. What do i want in a relationship?  All of answers from number 1; genuine love, someone who loves me more than i love myself; not settling for the lesser.

5.  What is my fear?  Not accomplishing any of the answers in number 3 or 4.  Not instilling enough in my daughter to be better than me.

6.  What makes me sad?  The thought of settling; not knowing; lack of compassion; fear of taking the wrong path or wrong decision; failure.

7.  What makes me cry?  Not knowing who I am or my purpose in this world, my life or someone elses life; frustration beyond comprehension; Being lost, behind and/or not knowing the answers for my life at my current age.

8.  What are my short term goals (1 year)?  debt freedom; continue saving money; save more money in a ROTH account; marriage engagement; accomplishing 2 semesters of school; growth in myself; building better health lifestyle.

9.  How do i achieve my short term goals realistically?  Organize and create a financial plan; patience; determination, dilligence and sticking with it; getting to know me more; one step at a time and gradually building a workout schedule as well as self control.

10.  What are my long term goals (5 years)?  complete and continued debt freedom; finish school; obtain better job; marriage and my own family; better patience; continued healthy lifestyle.

11.  How do i achieve my long term goals realistically?  Doing it all for myself and no one else!; stick to it no matter how hard it gets…not being affraid to ask for help; believe in myself and my purpose; Yoga!

Sometimes i want to travel to a far away land and meditate (but i don’t have the funds).  I want to climb to the highest mountain top and cry out to the most high (but i’m afraid of heights).  I want to find real peace within myself (but i don’t know the first place to look); i want a family thats less disfunctional and knows how to love one another (but i can’t change them).  I want to smile at the notion that i know who i am and my purpose (but that is a working progress).

There you have it!  A lot of wants and a lot of ‘buts’.  Is it just me or do you have some of the same questions?



as told by Niah (mother)

What’s your child’s name and age? Tell us a little about her/him.
My daughter’s name is Ashanti and she is 9 years old. She is my beautiful, brilliant and bright baby girl. She is into a little bit of everything: Girl Scouts, gymnastics, different styles of dance, acting and currently in the engineering club at her school, as well as the Vice President of SGA. Ashanti is a lover of anything music and/or fashion related and has been a little princess since day one. No, seriously. She has been crossing her legs (which I later corrected her to cross her ankles) since before she was a year old. She is a very loving and humble little girl who loves her mom. We have a super tight bond. I have been truly blessed with an amazing little girl and I only pray she stays this way…

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March 20, 2012

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March 1, 2012

As you all know, i was obsessed with the first Hunger Games book and just as quick as i read the first one, i finished the second one called Catching Fire.

Although it was not as fast and full of action as Hunger Games, it was a nice follow up and still maintained my interest until the very end.  Literally, i found myself driving home and then sitting in my parked car reading the last bit of the chapter i was working on because it is that much of a page turner.

Now i’m on to the third and final book of the Hunger Games trilogy called Mockingjay.

I will have a full review of the triloy once i’m complete and after seeing the movie on March 23rd.  I’m super excited!!!!  

Are you reading this amazing nail biting trilogy and if so, what do or did you think of it?  if you haven’t started, i highly recommend checking it out before the movie is released.  Enjoy!

Quote of the Day

February 29, 2012

what could i possibly say about this man but the obvious?!  he was a genius, a lover of music and of the black community!

born and raised on the southside of chicago, he was a couragious man who believed in his dreams and went for it with his then wife, and 2 sons.  after serving in the marines and being an officer with the chicago police department as well as working several jobs in the automotive field, Don had $400 to his name and a dream but still landed a job as an announcer and disk jockey for a local radio station. 

in 1967, Don later joined a local Chicago television station hosting a show by the name of A Black’s View of the News.  Little did anyone know, he would later create a show that would give the black community something they could relate to in music and in dance as well as televisions longest syndicated music program.  The Soul Train also known as The Sooooouuuullllll Train! 

how did this impact my childhood?!  in a major way!  every Saturday afternoon, my eyes were glued to the television trying to catch a glimpse at every soul train dancer and excited about what dance routine they would put on that day!  my all time favorite soul train dancer was the asian lady with the long hair [cheryl song].  i would wrap a towel or pillow case around my head and swing it back and forth imitating her dance moves.  i mean, homegirl could dance [atleast by 70’s and 80’s standards!]  Lol!  I later found out that not only was she a favorite amongst others, her fame got her a feature in Rick James video “Super Freak” and MJ’s “Beat it” video. 

besides the dancing, i looked forward to who would appear on the show weekly and was never disappointed.  during my time, that was everyone from Jody Watley and Luther Vandross to New Edition and Naughty By Nature.  For some like Rosie Perez, it was a launch pad for their career.   

Another element i loved about soul train and probably most importantly, was how Don made it his business to incorporate a little fun way of learning black history facts with the message board.  it was always exciting trying to figure it out before the people actually putting it together, even though recently i found out they were given the answers in advance to not look like complete idiots never figuring out the puzzle.  Lol!

I say all this to say, Don Cornelius was another gem amongst black americans.   a legend!  he made an unforgettable impression on lives and stamped the famous quote, “And You Can Bet Your Last Money, It’s Gonna Be A Stone Gas, Honey!” along with the soul train dance line that never misses a family reunion, birthday party, or just a social gathering amongst blacks.  i am blessed to be able to say, i lived in an era Soul Train was around and jammin’.  there was once an attempt to be replicate it but it can never be duplicated.

and with this all being said, Don Cornelius, “we wish you peace, love and soul.”