I Am the Master of My Fate, the Captain of My Soul

Oprah Winfrey Life You Want

The lights grew dim as wristbands began to illuminate the arena. A voice low, yet robust filled the atmosphere. Women excitedly cheered on as they recognized the familiar voice speaking. I could barely hear what she was reciting over the roaring applause. And then, like a vision of a burning sun, she rose from within the stage. We all lost our minds! It took me a second to realize that I was watching Oprah Gail Winfrey walk on the stage. Tears began to well in my eyes as it hit me: I was seeing Oprah in the flesh.

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I Changed My Mind

When most little girls and boys were playing with baby dolls and action figures, I was busy entertaining myself with my board game called The Game of LIFE. Man, I wanted to be a grown up so bad that I was okay settling with the toy version of adulthood. Should I go to college or straight to work? Should I have a family of four or travel the world? Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. And surely, just like in real life, your choices will be affected by the path you choose. That’s just life.

Our real lives are very much like The Game of LIFE, isn’t it? Brimming with twists and turns and uncertainty. Change is indeed scary, but it is necessary for growth. progress [Read more...]

4 proactive things to do while waiting to land a job

So you quit your day job for your daydream and now your daydream is turning into a nightmare. Or something like that. Well, don’t panic. If you, like me, still feel strongly about your decision to leave a position, remember why you did it and keep on believing.

I’ll admit, today wasn’t the most inspiring of days but I always come across some hopeful reads that lift my spirits. According to Forbes, 2014 is the year for women entrepreneurs. That’s exciting and encouraging because we’re all in the same boat: shifting our dreams into fruition. Glass ceiling what?! Tuh.

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So before that daydream of yours turns into a full-on nightmare, try these four things.

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January :: new year, fresh shart

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So here we are again. Brand new year, brand new you. At least that’s what they say.

I know I don’t feel any differently.

Only thing different is that I’ve resolved not to make any new year resolutions. Vision boards are a great crafting activities but if I’m honest, I never opened mine after I created it. Not because I didn’t need the visual reminders of my plans, but because I already knew by heart what I needed to accomplish.

I’m not perfect though. And neither are you. We all could use a little self-improvement. We have 365 days to make some great memories. So what do you aspire to do this year? I wanna know.

  • Travel the world?
  • Save some money?
  • Lose weight? Gain weight?
  • Build or restore relationships?
  • Start a new business venture?
  • Give back to the community?

Whatever it is that you decide to do, do it with all of your heart. Or else it isn’t worth it.

Happy New Year.

12 things i learned in 2013

2013 has been an interesting year. Let me tell it, it was uneventful and unproductive. But that’s not true. A lot has happened over the course of the year.

So yeah, I did a little something something. But here’s what I learned.

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Jump and the net will appear

A Ship In Port Is Safe, But That's Not What Ships Are Built For

A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for. – Grace Murray Hopper

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Bah humbug, etc

I’ve never been big on holidays and Christmas is probably my least favorite. Not because I hate baby Jesus or anything; I just think holidays are different as a single adult. When you’re a kid, you behave all year, anticipating Santa bringing you all the gifts you’ve asked for…

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Weekend at a glance: do what makes you feel alive #82

If you’re familiar with my blog, you are well aware that I change my hairstyle quite often. This past weekend was no different. I’ve been wanting to update the color in my hair for a while now. I finally did it and the results have grown on me. My hair is now a few shades of brown, ombre style. I’ll probably go a little brighter eventually but this is it for now.

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13 places to visit before i die

The best part of the new videos on Instagram is being able to see live shots from places I could only dream about visiting. In my heart, I am a wanderer. Working hard only to give it all away in rent money has never been an ideal situation for me. I’d much rather save all of my pennies and spend all of it on experience. And everyone knows that traveling is the best teacher :) If I had all the money in the world, I would get lost around this magnificent world forever and ever. Unfortunately, I can’t right now. I’ve been blessed to have visited Belize, BahamasLondon, Germany and Nigeria. Now, I’ve started saving for my trip to Thailand next year. Yay. But I still daydream about the other places I want to visit, too. In no particular order…

1. Maldives Islands – an isolated oasis of peaceful bliss. About 500 miles from Sri Lanka and Heaven, basically.

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Weekend at a glance: i need to learn how to use my camera #68

warning: this post contains a hell of a lot of photos.

About a month ago, I went on a whim and purchased a new camera. The quality of photos on my iPhone was just not enough. And, I don’t have enough storage space on my phone. I love the camera but clearly I don’t know how to use it. All weekend, my pictures were coming out super blurry and it was really pissing me off. It wasn’t until last night that my friend brought to my attention that I had a nob thingie at the top to switch settings. I NEVER NOTICED IT BEFORE!!!! Man, I’m so pissed, but whatever.

Friday

I attended a pretty cool ‘Penny Candy’ exhibit at the Loew’s Hotel for artist Hebru Brantley. He is a Chicago native but studied film at Clark Atlanta University. His inspiration for his work comes from the comics of his younger years as well as the works of notable artists such as Jean Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

His clientele include some familiar famous folks: Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Russell Simmons, amongst many others. Check out an interview of him here.

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