Friday, July 29, 2011

Happy Birthday & Moving Out of DC...

It is my birthday today, and I am doing the happy dance. I love getting older. I enjoy aging...I really do! I enjoy seeing a few grey hairs on my head. Maybe when I turn 30 in a few years from today...I may feel and think different about aging. However, I am excited to have fun tonight as my dearest DC friends celebrate my birthday and moving out of town.

Yes, I am also moving out of DC come Monday, August 1st. I am not sure if the move is permanent or temporary, but for now...I am all packed up and ready to move. I might just decide what I was I thinking and move back to DC :). However, I am really excited about this move even though everything is all up in the air. I am not sure how it is all going to fall, but I know I have a wonderful God who has got the whole wide world in His hands. I am not scared or nervous. I am just wondering what is next.

I am pumped about hanging out with good friends I have not seen in a while.
I am excited about lazing around.
I will be doing a lot of writing, but the best part of my move is seeing all my loved ones and getting to just hang with my girls.

I will miss DC. I will miss all the people that have made such a huge impact in my time here. Frontline Silver Spring peeps…GWU Student Health Service peeps…Grameen Foundation peeps…The Women's Collective peeps…Jesus House DC peeps…Grace Covenant Church peeps…The list is endless. It has been a wonderful four years.

Off I go!
Wish me Luck!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bear With Me

Packing, Getting Ready to Move, Bridal Shower, Wedding Stuff, Clients' deadlines... are all getting in the way of blogging!

I will be back soon!

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Use Your Profile Status to Make Some Noise

Making Noise Inc. is launching its dedicate-a-status advocacy campaign for trafficking in Africa on Wednesday, July 27th. The goal is to use your profile status on facebook or any other social network you are a part of to shout out against human trafficking in Africa.

Change your status to a fact, slogan or statistics about human trafficking in Africa.

It is is vile... it is unjust, and we should be aware, educated and taking action

Live the Noise!
Be the Noise!
Share the Noise!

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Weekend TO-DO

1. Birthday Massage and Facial...Yay! (Friday)
2. Wedding Reception of 2 lovely friends (Saturday)
3. MN Meeting (Sunday)
4. Prep for Monday Night Book Club (Sunday)
5. Finish Chapter one of Siddharth Kara's book on Sex Trafficking (All Weekend)
6. Work on next Making Noise (MN) blog article (Saturday & Sunday)
7. Finish movie review of "The Redemption of General Butt Naked." (All Weekend)
8. Church (Sunday)

I am taking my time...I promise to work hard and relax too!

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My Adventure: Aha Moment: EPIPHANY!

This week, week of July 11th, 2011, is my first week off working nine until five, and I have learned a lot in the short five days.

Number one: I am not God. I cannot take on all of the world's problem neither can I take on too many projects whether paid or unpaid. I might be a rockstar :), but I am not a rockgod. I am a great multi-tasker, however that skill as divinely inspired as it is does not make me God. I am probably going to be overwhelmed until next week Monday. Then it has got to change. I am going to focus on what makes my heart beat and say no to anything that is clouding my schedule. I want to do above and beyond the call of duty in the areas I am called to work.

The Business of JostWrite, Making Noise and two new projects I am itching to talk about (but shhh) :) is all I have strenght for now. Well, including God, Family, Friends,  Packing/MovingOutta DC and Sis Wedding. BUT all of the above-mentioned have their limits, yes including JostWrite!

Number two: I need to use my time management skills. This is better used when I take on only the projects my mortal body can take on. Facebook, Gmail, Twitter and even blogging can be the enemy. I am taking back my time. It gets harder, because I am leaving town and everyone I love wants a piece of me. I am sorry...that is impossible.

Number three: Money is ever at the back of my mind. No stable income equates taken on all projects that smells like money. Boo...that stops right now. I am not scared, because I know my gifts will take me before kings, but a girl is thinking of the future. The smell of money was not the only reason why I stepped away from 9-5. Peace of mine and fulfilling my destiny were top on the list and not all projects fulfill the voice I want to portray as a writer even if it pays. I have got to get it together.

Number four: It is not about me. It is about GOD. I need to keep that perspective. I need to stay in that place of "What do you want me to write?"and "Is this project fulfilling that call?"

Bear with me as I regroup and post my to-do list for this weekend filled with relaxing moments and maybe some work :)

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Day 6: My Views on Mainstream Music!

Why are good melodies, beats and rhythms defiled with verses that disregard women and depict no common sense?

Talented people singing rubbish

Talent-less people singing rubbish.

Then out of nowhere a beat catches my attention and I love.

Dichotomy: Good beat with rubbish lyrics.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Scribed: The Other Woman Syndrome!

I am reminiscing on all the hidden, but fun times we shared.
I miss the way you looked at me and asked me "You good?"
I miss knowing that we have a secret that we alone share.
I miss your hands, the beat of your heart and the smell of your breath.
I miss the texts and the kisses.
But when I see her standing so close, I remember exactly why I chose to walk away.

I miss the secret eye contacts and the friction in the air when we are in the same room.
I miss the smiles and especially the feel of your hands on the small of my back.
I miss the silence and the car rides.
I miss the teasing and the pushing.
I miss slapping your hands away, while secretly hoping you attempt another touch.
I miss the flirting and the messaging.
But when I see her look into your eyes, I remember exactly why I turned my back.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

First Blog Article for Making Noise Inc.

Check out my newest published work for Making Noise Inc.
"My Culture of Silence and Inaction"

This is one of many blog articles I will be writing for Making Noise Inc.

It is a wonderful organization working to speak out against injustice issues around the world, specifically in Africa. Visit the website here and support the cause.

Making Noise Inc., is a 501c3 non-profit organization that aims to use the arts, media, drama, and blogs to raise awareness of social injustice issues in the continent of Africa.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Day 4: My Whole Day In Bullets

- Alarm went off at 5am...turned it off
- Alarm went off at 6am....turned it off, thought about going running, rolled over and went back to sleep
- Got up at 6:32am to have some devotion time
- Left for work at 8am
- Got to work at 9:03am
- Kinda got some work done while facebooking, blogging, twittering, youtubing...yes, I am guilty of it all.
- Went to lunch with a co-worker at 1pm
- Got back at 2pm and kinda got some work done while facebooking, blogging, twittering and youtubing
- Got off work at 5pm
- Sat at work and did some writing and editing from 5pm until 10pm (A sista needs to get paid)
- Left work a little after 10pm
- Got home at 11pmish, chatted on the phone with a friend for a bit and then crawled into my couch bed

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Scribed: Sway of Your Hands

Today marks the fourth month of my pain; I was hurting before, but not like this. Today marks the fourth month anniversary of the day my heart broke. I remember the emotions overwhelming me as my heart was clawed apart. In that moment, I looked back at the experiences that got me there. The trips and the cruises. I was naive. Four months ago, while in excruciating pain, I watched the last thirty-five years of my life flash across the white wall of my bedroom. Thirty -five years was showcased in just seconds.

My heart is dead, and all that is left of it is this potent pain. It propels me to move. I hurt intensely. Today marks the fourth month of my demise. The sway of your hands left me trembling, and I was riveted by the passion dancing across your face. Flesh met flesh, and in that moment, I felt love, fear and shame. I looked up and the sway of your loving hands as it fell across my face took me back many years to our initial encounter.

It was a rainy day in the heart of the nation's capital. I was leaning on the inside of a bus-stand at the corner of K and 22nd Street waiting for the next bus. The sky had emptied out the best part of its wrath, and I had earlier stopped, albeit reluctantly, to pick up an umbrella from a road side vendor. I was heading home. I was engrossed in a dialogue with myself regarding my upcoming trip to Florida. I was trying to figure out what to pack when I felt the sting of a foreign element on my side. It was you standing next to me in the bus stand, but your umbrella’s spikes were poking into me. Understanding your innocence, I moved a few steps away, but your umbrella followed. Not only were its spikes poking into me, it was caught in my jacket.

"You really had to stand that close." I thought.

"Excuse me." I said.

That was how I met you. A chance meeting with your umbrella became the love relationship that slowly deprecated into hand dancing. I was captivated by the words you spoke, but they slowly became slurs.

I hurt from the words you spewed, but I hurt much deeply from your hands.

Today marks the fourth month anniversary of when you first hit me.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

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Day 3: A Book I Love!

That is a dangerous question, because it is hard for me to narrow it down. I am a book nerd. It is hard to narrow down any favorites so I do not commit to books, music, actors, musicians, food... I have no favorites really in anything. Okay, maybe movies...I am big fan of Star Wars..yay, judge me now!:)

However, below are a list of books I have enjoyed reading:
A Thousand Splendid Sun by Khaled Hosseini
Half The Sky by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl Wudunn
Extraordinary by John Bevere
The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns
More Than Equals by Spencer Perkins & Chris Rice
How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan
The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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Friday, July 1, 2011

JostWrite @ The 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the first day of the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and I had a blast. If you know me, then you know that wherever there is music, there you will find ‘yours truly’ gyrating. I was at the event with two friends, and when it was time to dance, I migrated to the middle of the dance floor. I do not play with any opportunity to move. J

2011 festival focus is on the country of Colombia, The Peace Corp and Rhythm and Blues. The festival started Thursday, June 30th and will end Monday, July 11th. There are no events scheduled for July 5th and 6th.

This evening began with panel discussion about Soul Train brand’s historical significance in pop culture. A fun and vibrant dance lession session followed the discussion, and DJ Questlove finished the night off with music for a Soul Train dance party. EVERYone in attendance got down!

I was at the 2009 festival, but everyone I was scheduled to meet either did not show up or strutted in after I left in anger. Yep, I was stood up by more than one person. Yesterday was different. I left work and headed to the "Evening Concert: An Evening with Soul Train and Dance Party" with my friend, Chloe.  She had to leave, but I was later joined by another friend of mine, Yetty. We had a blast or at least I did. From listening to the Soul Train panel to the dance lessons and later dance…dance…dance, it was a certified fun party. I had long forgotten some songs, but with each change of music came the incentive for my hips to move. I am sure I lost a few pounds doing the 'running man" and "loss booty" dance down the soul train line.

A lot of songs from the 80s and before were featured that I was not familiar with. I guess my only demand to DJ QuestLove J was “Could you at least play some more songs from the 90s?” Oh well, I had a blast regardless. The crowd was a mixed audience in age and race. I was really impressed at the diversity in attendance. The night ended with a Michael Jackson number. J

A night of fun could have ended terribly; after all the dancing, an annoucement came from the stage that a mother was missing her 10-yr old daughter. Thank God, the girl was safe on the dance floor. She was having the time of her life while her dear mom searched for her. YAY!

If you are in Washington DC, and you need something to do this weekend or next, head over to The 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. It is right at the Smithsonian station on the Blue and Orange lines. You can also get off at Federal Triangle station also on the Blue and Orange lines.

Click here for more info about the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
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