Tuesday, January 31, 2012

It's My Hair: Hair Woes

I feel like I've been talking about and obsessing over my hair a lot lately. I think this comes with the territory. I am at the four month post relaxer mark. I'm not happy with my hair. It's taking so much time to get my hair to do what I want it to. It's been a hectic journey. I am just at the growing out stage. I have been doing it all myself. I want the satisfaction of conquering my hair myself. I do not know what my hairs natural texture is just yet. But I'm still excited about finding out what it is.

I'm almost to the point of needing a transition hairstyles. I'm leaning heavily towards getting twists. I've never been a huge fan of weaves and I've never worn a wig. So twists seem like a good way to go. I'm now on the hunt for a good stylist to get this done. I know that a transition style will take some of the stress off of me. Weaning myself off of the creamy crack has not been easy. Just last week, I wanted to go get a relaxer and throw it in my head. It was just a fleeting feeling but it did happen. I'm so used to my hair looking, feeling a certain way. And now it doesn't. So change can be hard to accept.

This is hard. But I'm committed to it. I want to see it through for myself and for my future daughters. I know going natural is the in thing right now. But that is the furthest thing from my mind. My hair wasn't growing. It wasn't as healthy as it once was. I want to get it back to there. I'm going to do my best to do it. I have read some product reviews and al excited to try some new things. Especially the Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Things are progressing slowly on the growth front. That's the most annoying part so far. I know things will move when they should. My hair is a work in progress. I'm just dealing with it. This natural hair journey is on it's way.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Long Distance Love

Long distance relationships can be whatever the couple makes it. I am currently in one and I've never felt closer to anyone like this before. Every little things matters more when distance is a factor. It has been said that the right person at the right time can make any situation worth while. I can attest to this. Ldr's are nothing new. But I think since technology has advanced that they are more tangible. I know they aren't for everyone. But, if your potential spouse is worth it, ldr's can be a great thing.

I crave his attention. Hearing his voice is the best part of my day. I am grateful for Sprint's Mobile to Mobile and Any Mobile, Any Time plans. As well as their unlimited data plans. Communication, in every available forms, is key. It's the foundation of the relationship. I anticipate his words, his laughter, and at night, his snores. I'm spoiled and selfish when it comes to our time together. We don't really like to share it with others. In a way, we are consumed with one another. I am in love with him, I still like him and I'm constantly lusting over him. Distance is a factor that makes us work harder at it. In my heart, we couldn't be any closer.

I know it's not a choice everyone can make. Until recently, it wasn't my cup of tea either. Because of prior bad experiences. That's the thing about love. It can make a believer out of anyone. One really have no choice when your heart has taken over. Long distance relationships, to me, mean more because they do require more work. A phone call can be everything to you in this situation. One's communication skills are improved greatly when involved in an ldr. I cherish every moment in my ldr. What say you on the topic of ldr's? Are you guys for or against? Have you done it? Did it work? Talk to me!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Ladies Love Lyrics: Carl Thomas "Don't Kiss Me"

Carl Thomas is back. The man who made me fall in love with his debut cd with such classics as "Summer Rain,"Emotional," "Lady Lay Your Body," and "I Wish I Never Met Her" has a new music out. His single is a hit. The song is "Don't Kiss Me" and I love everything about it. The title is totally misleading. One would think it wasn't a love song but that's the furthest thing from the truth. This is definitely a love song. And a pretty awesome one at that. Lyrically, I feel it. Musically, it feels like a throwback to the Motown era of soulful R&B. That's a definite win in my book. The song is so mellow that I was a fan on first listen. I couldn't find any real info on the release date for "Conquer" but I'm optimistic for Carl. For now, get into this song and these lyrics. I love!

"Don't Kiss Me"

Why is it take so long
Can't wait to have you, dear
Cause your love is so strong
I need you with me here
Because just a little love,
goes so long, yeah
It will have you smiling just because
Even when everything is wrong,
I got you standing right here,
I know it feels good

But don't kiss me, no, no, no,
don't you kiss me
Unless those lips that you kiss me with
Will say I love you, love you for life!
And don't touch me, no, no,
don't you touch me
(you betta not do it baby)
Unless you promise that those hands
Will never wave goodbye
Can you do that for me baby?

Promise me that tonight when
I hold you in my arms
Lord knows it feels so sincere
And your fragrance turns me on Can't believe that I am gone when you're near
because just a little love goes so long (yeah)
It'll have you smiling just because (smiling just because)
Even when everything's wrong, Now I got you standing right here I know it feels good!


Don't wrap your love, the arms around me,
Don't kiss my lips unless you love me, baby
Don't hold my hand unless I'm your man
I wanna hear it baby, can you?
(I know your ready)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

A 2012 Questionnaire

1. Name two things you would NOT tolerate in a relationship. *Cheating & Abuse*
2. Which one of your friends do you think would make the best doctor?*G*
3. When was the last time you snuck out? *It's been a really long time since I had to*
4. Have you ever smoked? *Yep*
5. Do you dream in black and white or color? *Both*
6. Have you ever been in love? *Yes*
7. Do you drink ginger ale when you are sick? *No, only when I fly*
8. Name one career you would never consider and explain why. *Cop. I just don't have the stomach for it and guns scare me*
9. What is your favorite film? *It's a tie between Annie/Grease/love jones/My Best Friend's Wedding*
10. Which family member are you closest to and why? *Ty. She's my cousin, best friend, oldest friend, and we've been through everything together*
11. Describe your most significant first impression. *I was weary of a certain guy because of something silly. It just goes to show that you can never judge a book by its cover or a person by a screen name*
12. Describe your ex in five words. *Decent guy for someone else*
13. What, if any, medical issues run in your family? *Breast Cancer*
14. When was the last wedding you went to? *The Butler wedding 7/17/2010*
15. If you got to choose how you’d die, how would you want to go? *In my sleep and without any pain*
16. Do you wish on wishbones? *I've never done this but I should*
17. Are you a jealous person? *Nope*
18. What is the current taste in your mouth? *Earl grey tea*
19. When was the last time you smoked, if ever? *It's been years...at least 10*
20. Do you get distracted easily? *Sometimes*
21. What was the last thing to upset you? *Some parts in "Red Tails"*
22. Do you ever wear ties? *Not normally but I have before*
23. What is the closest yellow object to you? *My panties*
24. If your significant other ever hit you, how would you react? *Violently. I believe if you hit me, then I will hit you and (especially if its a man) I will call the police*
25. What are you craving right now? *HIM*
26. Tell one random fact about the last person you spoke with. *He has this way of making my voice get really light and soft*
27.Do you prefer movies at home or in a theater? *At home so I can be as comfortable in my various stages of undress*
28. What is one reason why someone should not fall in love with you? *I'm already deeply in love so my heart isn't available*
29. Do you have any addictions? *Music, polish, the color grey and my Love*.
30. Is your most significant relationship over? *Of course not, I'm just getting deep into it*
31. When are you at your happiest? Saddest? *When I'm talking to HIM. Late at night/early in the morning when I'm in a super sappy mood*
32. Would you ever want to be a cop? *Not even if my life depended on it*
33. What are you most self-conscious about? *My tummy*
34. Is the human race predictable? *Mostly, yes. But sometimes I am surprised*
35. Explain your spiritual beliefs.*I believe in God, Jesus and religion. I have less faith in preachers and mega churches*
36. How did you get your last bruise? *Hit my leg on coffee table*
37. Do you have competition for the person you like? *Negative*
38. Where were you yesterday at 7:00 p.m.? *Home talking to my Love*
39. Your exact thought right now? *Almost done with this*
40. The first word you think of after reading this. *Oranges*

Friday, January 27, 2012

Anonymity Breeds Cowardism?!?

Anonymity is a funny thing. Especially as it relates to online. The cloak of anonymity gives people the courage to post the most reckless things. This is very evident on blog sites and message boards. People spew so to the most hateful rhetoric under the umbrella of anonymity. They have no real regard of the consequences of their words. As a writer, I know the actual power of words. I think folks should pay more attention to what they write.

In general, I'm very opinionated. I have been a member of a few message boards. I frequent one or two blogs. I do not comment as much as I used to. I've never been cruel or mean in my posting. I'm always conscious of that. Now, as a consumer of music, I will give it to you straight. If I've spent my money to support an artist and the product is wack, I'm going to discuss it. I feel in those situations that I've wasted my money. I don't, however, post things anonymously. I have never hid behind the grey face. People who do are lame and weak. I say this because they would probably never speak those hateful words to the persons face.

I do not eat my words. If I said it once, I can damn sure say it twice. I've had this blog for a year and a half. My comments have never been frequented by an anonymous hate mongers. Until the other day. Quite honestly, the derogatory statement ticked me off. Then I got to thinking about how sad a person has to be to sift through 6 months of posts to find one random post. And post a hateful comment. I deleted it and laughed. So I'm thankful for the lesson. All people aren't good or right or nice and that's fine. I cannot get all caught up in one persons erroneous lackluster opinion. I'm still gonna post on my blog whatever I see fit. It's mine. To each his own. But I can't respect you if you won't even show your face. The cloak of anonymity is a cowards paradise. My Mom didn't raise a coward or a fool. I stand behind everything I say. That is more than enough reason for me to continue to be proud of me.

"All I have is my balls and my word and I don't break them for nobody." - Tony Montana

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Outside (My) Movie Box: Part 6

"Red Tails" was a great movie. Period. That is just my assessment of it. Forget everything the so called critics have written about "Red Tails." I am so glad that I followed my own mind and saw this movie.Admittedly, I do not know a whole lot about everything that happened with the Tuskegee airmen. That really didn't matter to me. I felt that this film was important on so many levels. I had to see it. George Lucas is a great visionary and storyteller. This film is no different. The action scenes are big and bold. I wouldn't have expected anything less. I believe that the right actors were cast in the perfect parts. I left this movie with a few new favorite actors to watch out for. I left with a renewed appreciation of a few actors that I already new. I know have some insight into what the Tuskegee airmen did. I want to learn more because of this film. For me, it has become a teaching moment.

I'm not a big fan of War time movies. But this is a part of our history. That made it important to me. George Lucas has discussed in great detail how hard it was to get this movie made. He has said that no studio would back a wartime movie with an all black cast. It took him over 20 years and $58 million of his own money for this movie to see the light of day. That makes me sad and angry. I don't understand why Hollywood would think that African Americans don't go to the movies or that we don't like to see ourselves representing on film in a positive light. The film made $19.1 million during its opening weekend. The numbers exceeded expectations. In particular, there was a high turnout in African American neighborhoods. 

I can honestly say that I did not know a whole lot about the plight of the Tuskegee Airmen. But I was intrigued by the actors involved. There are five "The Wire" actors in this movie. Tristan Wilds, Method Man, Micheal B. Jordan, Andre Royo, and Ryan Otto are all awesome in this film. I have to say that Nate Parker (Marty "Easy" Julian) and David Oyelowo (Joe "Lightning" Little) were easily my favorites. This isn't a spoiler review though. I don't want to tell you what the plot of the movie is. I just want to tell you that you should go see this film. It's not just Black history, it's American history. It's a part of the reason why we are all here as free as we are. I cannot even fathom the burden these brave men carried. It is not a fictional retelling of the story. The general storyline is the truth. The characters are not based on the actually Tuskegee men. The acting is great, the writing is wonderful. The movie was filmed so well. I loved how blue the skies were and how vibrant the red paint was that was used on the planes. Things just came together in a great way for this film.

"Red Tails" had it all. I laughed, I cried, I was happy and I was sad while watching it. It made me feel an array of emotions. I felt it. That means something to me. I am also proud of the fact that people supported this film during its opening weekend. The film was second on the charts and made $19.1 million dollars. Those numbers are higher that were expected. The ticket sales were extremely high in African American neighborhoods. We proved to Hollywood that we can and will support a movie will an all Black lead/cast. We want to see people who look like us on screen telling our stories for us. We matter, our stories matter. That makes me very happy. I was already intrigued about this movie but once I heard that Hollywood wouldn't back it because of the color of the casts skin, I had to see it. In closing, I just want to reiterate that "Red Tails" is awesome. I recommend it to all of you. Go see it. Support our actors and our stories.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

State of the Union

A few hours ago, President Obama gave his sixth State of the Union address. It goes without saying that he is an excellent orator. He can definitely give a great speech. Tonight's speech was great for a plethora of other reasons. This speech called out the Republicans on all the things they haven't been doing, all the bills they have been vehemently opposing. He spoke on the issue of college tuition being too high, college loans percents doubling, and what he will do to correct it. One of the standout points in his speech was about the importance of teachers. President Obama spoke about teachers mattering and that those who weren't doing their job or just teaching to the test should not have a job. High notes were also about ending the war, still focusing on green energy, holding Congress accountable, and faxing companies for outsourcing jobs overseas.

I found it hilarious how tight John Boehner face was during the whole speech. His face was void of any emotion. He hardly ever clapped or stood up. I was totally shocked when he clapped about the tax issue. The speech was just over an hour long. President Obama held my attention the entire time. The real work starts now. I cannot wait to see what moves the Republicans will make in the upcoming months. The election, once the GOP nominates someone, will be long and tedious. I will be watching because I am oddly involved in this. If you didn't have a chance to catch the SOTU, you can watch it here. Trust me, it is worth watching. If you want to know where the President stands on the big issues, watch. If you are unsure of who to cast your vote for this November, watch. There is only one choice in November for me. I will be voting for President Barack Obama in 2012 just as I did in 2008.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Coloring Outside The Lines

It's easy to get caught in your one little box. We, as humans, are prone to habits. We like the flow of things just the way we set them up. Change can be hard to accept. Shaking up the norm makes life so much more interesting. It's not an easy thing for most of us to do. We like what we like. We are who we are. We like to color our world all pretty and perfect but the reality is it isn't. Perfection is a fleeting trait. It's hard to obtain and sounds pretty boring to me. I like the excitement that the newness can bring.

I think its time for me to widen my horizons. I like the security of the life I know. But, the reality is, predictability can be boring. I need to step outside of what I know and color outside the lines. It can start with something simple as wearing a color I normally wouldn't. For me, it would be green. It's not a color I like. I would incorporate it into my life by way of OPI nail polish. Or wearing a red lipstick. I'm not big on lipstick and/or color but I'm open to it. Outside of the year I spent in Cali, I've only been a Southern girl. A change in location could change my destiny.

Small changes can lead to big differences. It's exciting to think about all the things in the world that I could be opening myself up to. I think we are all to eager to accept life as we know it as the societal norm. We have the free will to change and challenge every single thing in our lives, if we only had the heart to go for it. Coloring outside the lines makes life more interesting. It's the imperfections that make life better. The things that scare us the most are the things worth it. That's what I'm chasing now. The things that bring the butterflies in my belly. Those that make me happy internally. That is my definition of coloring outside the lines.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Girl Crush

There are some things that women do that men just aren't allowed to. One of those things are girl crushes. They are totally acceptable. Men, however, could never admit to a man crush without the deadliest of side eyes or people thinking he was gay. One of the things I love about being a woman is the fact that I can get away with certain things. Girl crushes are a normal part of life. The weird thing about them is they are hardly ever based on anything sexual. I've never had a girl crush that was ever about anything sexual. Girl I rushes are harmless and fun.

For me, girl crushes have more to do with attributes and personality traits and less to do with the physical. I find so many things about women attractive. I like women who are like me. Women who are at the top of their game career wise, family wise inspire me. They give me something to aspire to. For me, it's never about wanting said woman sexually. That's not where my crushes stem from. I think that we attract what we put out. I haven't had a girl crush in real life in a while. But, I do find Michelle Obama inspiring on so many levels. She is a woman that I believe has the world in her hands and takes care of every thing around her. Her family is her priority. That's the woman I aspire to be. I've also had a girl crush on Tika Sumpter. She is gorgeous and talented. And, in a world where brown skin isn't as exalted as it should be, she is a brown girl with great skin and crazy talent. I like that.

Now, I know most men hear the phrase "girl crush" and instantly think "girl on girl." That couldn't be further from the truth. Strong women make me want to be more. That's the extra motivation I need. I've also never had a girl crush on any close friend of mine. I think that would be way weird. I mean I love my friends but no bueno. I wonder about other women and their girl crushes. If you're a woman, what qualities do you look for in a girl crush? Are your crushes ever sexual? Let's talk about it.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Classic Music: Ne-yo "In My Own Words"

The very first time I heard Ne-yo's debut single "Stay" I was a fan. His voice made me happy. I wanted to know more about him. So I read up on the newcomer. Found out all about the singer/songwriter who's debut cd "In My Own Words" would be out the following February. "Stay" didn't get a lot of radio play but it was a hit to me. It wouldn't be until his second single that the world would sit up & take notice. "So Sick" was a smash hit. Everyone could relate to being heartsick over a past love. The song was in constant rotation on the radio & video shows. This was the beginning of Ne-yo's journey.

IMOW is classic to me because I loved every song. Every track was a potential single. Almost 6 years later, I'm still playing it. I have a feeling that 60 years from now, it will still get played. The record label picked the perfect singles. The videos were just right for the songs. Ne-yo's voice and lyrics were everything on this cd. I am a uber fan. This cd will always reminds me of living in Cali. It was the first cd I purchased when I moved. I played it all the time. It's amazing to see his growth as an artist. Ne-yo also gives a great concert. I just really love his voice and his lyrics. Enjoy my favorite tracks below.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Rest In Paradise, Etta James

Soulful singer Etta James passed away on January 20, 2012. She was 73. Etta was known for her soulful voice. She was also known for her figure and bleached blond hair. When she sang, you could feel the hurt, pain, and love in every note. Her voice made me feel something. I remember being a kid and hearing "At Last" for the first time. It made me feel a happiness deep in my soul. I just knew that this is what real love is supposed to feel like.. I can honestly say that I didn't know a whole lot about Ms. James before the "Cadillac Records" movie came out. I'm grateful for the film because it made me more interested in her story. She lived a hell of a life. She survived all of her demons and the ills of the music industry. Ms. James was a feisty woman. She had spanking and attitude and she knew her voice was golden. She will certainly be missed. Below are some of my favorite Etta James tracks. May she rest in paradise.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Blogging Is...

Blogging is a great outlet. Being that this is a personal blog, I fight one major battle daily. How much is too much? Where do I draw the line? I walk the fine line of when not to over share. This is my place to discuss my feelings on the world, music, books, life, love, relationships and family. I've touched on a lot of these issues. Sometimes I write things that I feel are too personal to share in this space. I love the freedom that blogging allows me in my writing. I can vent or rant or praise anything here. It's what makes me happy.

I would never want to write something that I wasn't proud of here. I have posted about topics that have been difficult for me. But I felt that I needed to tackle them here. I try to not write about my family in detail because they did not ask for their lives to be put on display. The same goes for my Love and my friends. I wrote an awesome blog that I feel is too centered on one person in my life. I realize that I have to protect certain parts of my life in this space. I think that comes with the territory though. I just felt the need to discuss this. I wonder if other bloggers/writers struggle with this fine line as well. I love my blog. It's been a labor of love for almost 2 years now. I will continue to write what's on my heart and mind. That will never change. I have to write what I know.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

My One TV Obsession

From the time I was about five, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. A lawyer. I used to watch "Perry Mason" all the time. I wanted to be the one to question people on the stand. I was overly impressed with the whole process. My love of the law and courtrooms has never really waned. I looked at lawyers as commanding the courtroom. They represented power and control to me. Now, my career aspirations may have changed. But certain things have not. I LOVE a courtroom/law/attorney/cop television show. There are plenty of them to chosen from on tv. I've been a fan of shows like "Ally McBeal," "Law and Order," "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," and "L.A. Law." But, my all time favorite has to be "Law and Order SVU."

I call it my tv obsession. It's the show that always has my attention. I've been a fan since the beginning. There is just something about it hat pulled me in from the beginning. I have loved almost all of the cops and ADA's and DA's from this show. The partnership of Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler has been a great one to watch. They were my early favorites. But, by far, my absolute favorite character on the show is Detective Fin Tutuola played by Ice T. Every characters just works on this show. SVU has been on for years and it still is fresh. The show always finds a way to present a new crime and case. There are times that I am caught completely offguard by the outcome. Those are the best shows.

I swear I've seen every SVU episode. This does not stop me from watching it whenever its on. I love the marathons on USA on the weekends. They never get old to me. Most people can't understand why I rematch the episodes. I just really love them. They are so good to me. I think its cause I have such a love for the law. I like the way I get to see it all play out from the crime to the officers working the case to the ADA's presenting it in court. It captures my complete attention. This show is one of my favorite things to watch. It's like a hobby or slight tv obsession. It's quite possibly the one show on tv I could never give up. What about you guys? What's the one show that you have to watch? Tell me.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Blackout Wednesday January 18th

This blog is being posted a little earlier than normal. Tomorrow there is a web wide blackout in compliance of being against the SOPA act. So, tomorrow, I and others will not be posting anything on the web in support. The SOPA and PIPA acts are threatening to forever change the way in which we use the internet. The Senate's Senate version of the House's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is called the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). SOPA has gotten more attention than PIPA because it was moving faster in the legislative process. But both are dangerous. "PIPA would give the government new powers to block Americans' access websites that corporations don't like. The bill lets corporations and the US government censor entire websites and cut sites off from advertising, payments and donations. This legislation will stifle free speech and innovation, and even threaten popular web services like Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. The bill is scheduled for a test vote in the Senate on Jan. 24th: We need to act now to let our lawmakers know just how terrible it is." (via this website

The above mentioned site has all the information you will need to be all caught up. Wednesday, January 18th is the blackout date. I do not want the government censoring my web surfing ways. I want to be able to post what I want when I want. I want to listen to music on youtube, view pictures on Flickr, and blog my heart away on blogger. I like my freedom. I'm sure you like yours as well. People, read up on this act and get informed. We should all be aware of what bills are being passed through the House and possibly the SEnate. This bill needs to be dead in the water. If you go to the site above (on Thursday) you can send your Congressman/Senate rep an email expressing your distaste. This is moving fastly. We need to get involved and be heard. Stop SOPA and PIPA!!! I'll be back posting on Thursday. Enjoy the blackout!

Ladies Love Lyrics: R. Kelly's "Just Can't Get Enough"

I am a fan of R. Kelly's music. This conflicts me. But I cannot deny that dude can write, produce and sing the hell out of some great music. With that being said, his "Love Letter" cd is just feel good music. I listen to it all the time. My favorite song changes all the time on this cd. Today, I am feeling particular about "Just Can't Get Enough." The track has an old school feel to it and the lyrics just make me happy. The chorus is so catchy and downright infectious. It stays with you. This is a song about never wanting your Love to leave your side. I can relate. It should have been a single. Anyway, check it out below. Enjoy.

Oh babe I know you gotta go
But you know I want to keep your love
Right beside me all night and When the morning comes I'm ready to go
Again through the night babe

I just can't get enough of you you you you you you baby
I just can't get enough
I just can't get enough of you you you you you you baby
I just can't get enough

The way you give it to me
Baby I keep running back for seconds
Oh baby
And the more you give to me
my baby is the more
I gotta have it


And I call you my Ms. Fix-It-Lady The way you fix me baby
You are my Ms. Fix-It-Lady
And when I'm fiendin for your love
You are right there
To give me my fix Ms. Fix-It-Lady And ever since the first hit of your love
I've been hooked
And I I keep coming back and
I keep coming back
I keep I keep coming back coming back
I keep coming back for more

Monday, January 16, 2012

Great Season, Saints!!

As a little girl, I was not interested in sports. They did nothing for me. I thought football and basketball were boy sports and that they were kind of dirty. I did not get into either sport until I entered high school. I remember that both of my grandfathers and my Mom were HUGE Saints fans. I'm talking about back in the 80's and 90's when people wore paper bags over their heads at the games. They were diehard, to the bone Saints fans. I would always say "All they do is lose, why do y'all watch them?" They didn't care. They supported their team. The Saints are my hometown team. Black and Gold and the Fleur de lis are embedded in my brain. These symbols are synonymous with the Saints.

I can honestly say that I did not believe until the 2006 season. This was our redemption season following the devastation of Katrina. The team's record in 05 was a lowly 3-13. Drew Brees was signed and Coach Payton was new. Reggie Bush was drafted. Things were looking up. The Saints ended the season at 10-6! A huge turn around from the previous season. Things have steadily improved since then. And in 2009, the Saints won their first Superbowl. I have never felt prouder to be a Saints fan and a New Orleanian. This team has brought so much happiness to a city that Bush and his administration had written off. The city that the world forgot fought back. The games sold out, the fans screamed louder, we all felt pride in our team.

We ended this season at 13-3. On the road to Superbowl 2012, the team faced the Lions a week ago. They won to advance on. Last Saturday, the Saints faced the 49ers. This was a nail biter, end of the couch, second away from a heart attack game. The Saints fought hard to come back in the first half from a 17-0 deficit. By halftime, the score was 17-14. We were back in it. The second half was even more amazing than the first. With 1:37 left on the clock, the Saints were up by 3. The 49ers had possession of the ball. And in one heartbreaking catch, the 49ers ended my Saints run. The final score was 36-32. I am so proud of them Black and Gold Boys though. This season was amazing to watch. The last game was as well.

So, the football fan in me is disappointed that the Saints aren't still in it any more. But, I will keep watching so I can watch the 49ers fall before making it to the Superbowl. I'm thinking that the Superbowl will be interesting. I'm still looking forward to next season in the NFL. I will always be a Saints fan for everything that the team brings to my city. I went to my first game this season. I loved every second of it. I can't wait to experience that again. So to Brees, Colston, Graham, Sproles, Ivory, Moore, Thomas, Coach Payton and the entire Saints team, I say thank you for a great season. Bless you Boys!! And no matter what I'm still yelling "GEAUX SAINTS!!"

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Oscars and Us

The Academy Awards are more commonly known as the Oscars. The Oscars and African American actors have had a strange relationship from the start. In the leading actor/actress category, African American actors have only won 13 times in the 83 year history of the show. Those numbers do not add up. Also, I have an issue with the roles that have been awarded Oscars. It is for this reason alone, that I usually do not watch this show. Clearly the powers that be are not aiming for me and my peers. This show is beyond whitewashed. It brings to light how colorless the industry really is. It's 2012 and that makes me so sad.

In 1939,Hattie McDaniels was the first African American woman to win an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actress role. It wouldn't be until 1963 before another African American would win. That would be Sidney Portier in the Leading Male actor category. There would be years before this took place again. In the years that followed, African Americans would be sorely overlooked. Den Washington, Cuba Gooding Jr, Morgan Freeman, Louis Gossett Jr, and Whoopi Goldberg would all win Oscars for Supporting Roles in great movies. It's amazing to me how greatly we've been under represented in these awards.

It wasn't until 2001 that we would see African American actor win in a leading category. It was an historic night in history for us. Denzel won for Best Leading Actor and he was followed by Halle in the Best Leading Actress category. Their acceptance speeches were amazing. Halle's speech touched on so many things. I cannot lie, I cried during her speech. In hindsight, I was disturbed by this. Denzel who is an awesome actor and has played great roles won for the one bad role. He won for "Training Day" and playing a dirty bad cop. Granted, I liked the movie. But, the portrayal was a departure from anything that Denzel had done. Great movie but was it Oscar worthy? I don't think so. His roles in The Hurricane and Malcolm X were better and greater. Those were roles that he should have won for in my mind.

Halle's win was conflicting for me as well. She won for her role in "Monster's Ball." She played a horrible Mom and all around bad person. She also had a deplorable sex scene with Billy Bob Thornton's wrinkled old self. I was disgusted at the movie. I was not impressed with the material at all. Halle was better in "Losing Isiah" and "Things We Lost In The Fire" to me. The movie was dark and very gritty. It was very emotional. Halle was very convincing in the role. But, I do not think that the role was Oscar worthy.

Since then, only four African American's have won Oscars in leading roles. They are Jamie Foxx in "Ray," Forest Whitaker in "The Last King of Scotland," Jennifer Hudson in "Dreamgirls," and Mo'Nique in "Precious." Jamie absolutely deserved his Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles. He was spot on. Ray was a complex character, an incredible musician who had a lot of demons. He was a drug addict for many years as well as a notorious womanizer. He was a man who had bad attributes. Mo'Nique in "Precious" was a deplorable mother. She was abusive mentally and sexually. Mo'Nique was great in this role. I hated her character in the movie as much as I did in the book.

There is a pattern I've noticed. African Americans seem to win OScars for deplorable roles. For being mean, loud, bad people in movies. Why is that? In the years that the Oscars have been around, there have been numerous great performances by African American actors. All of those were passed over for years. This is disheartening. People would want us to believe that racism is nonexistent becuase we have a African American President. This cannot be further from the truth. I believe that racism has played a part in the Oscars nominations and wins as well. I am not a woman who sees racism everywhere I look. But, I can and will call a spade a spade. It's a peculiar situation. I love to see African Americans in film. Especially in great ones. I just think we need to be rewarded for these works at a greater percentage. The stereotypical roles are the ones that are rewarded with Academy Awards. What do you guys think? Am I reading too much into it? Let's discuss!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Rant: Being Sick Sucks!!

I really hate being under the weather. I hate being sick. But even more than that, I hate that I have to take care of myself when I'm sick. I'm writing this as I lay in bed with the most annoying sore throat, aching ears, sneezing uncontrollably and a stuffy nose. Nothing is actually making me feel any better. I just wanna sleep until it goes away. This bipolar weather we're having here is definitely the main cause. When I'm sick, I'm such a baby. It's horrible. I'm agitated and aggravated and every thing is working on my nerves. *sigh* I'm just not myself today and I don't like it. I've taken some meds and some sure fire home remedies. I'm just willing myself back to health. I don't want to go sit in a doctor's office with other sicker people. Here's hoping that my better day is tomorrow. In conclusion, being sick sucks majorly.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Scenario: "The Game" Past Abortion

One of my favorite shows "The Game" returned to tv this week. The premiere was really dramatic and fast moving. It was good to me. The Jason/Chardonnay storyline looks to be promising. Jason is a smartass and I cannot wait to see what will come. Malik is still my fave. Tasha Mack is still Tasha Mack. But, Derwin and Melanie are the heart of this show. I have been a fan of these two since day one. There was one storyline that stuck out the most to me. Melanie admitted that she had an abortion that Derwin knew nothing about. Fireworks ensued. This is a touchy topic and I have a definite opinion on it. Read at your own risk.

My stance on abortion is twofold. For myself, I have always been pro-life. I have never believed in abortion for myself. That being saying, I have always been pro-choice for everyone else. It has never been my belief that its my right to tell another woman what to do with her body. That woman's life is that woman's choice. Fortunately, I have never been put in the position to have to make this choice. Derwin being more upset about the fact that the baby Melanie aborted wasn't his is ridiculous. When he thought the baby was his, he forgave her. He was calm and comforting.

The situation is even crazier by the reality of Derwin and Melanie's life. Melanie has had to swallow the pill of Derwin having a baby with someone else. There has been drama with Melanie and Janay, the baby's mom, since day one. Melanie is a step-mom before ever being a Mom. But, she gladly takes all of that on because she loves her husband. She has been very forgiving of Derwin and all the drama he has brought into their lives. I believe that Derwin was beyond wrong in the situation. His anger was misplaced because of his animosity towards Trey Wiggs, the father of the baby Melanie aborted. He's had an isseu with Trey since college. He also punched Trey at the end of the episode.

I just didn't get Derwin condemning Melanie's actions AFTER he found out the baby wasn't his. All of this information is old news. they have been married for a few years now so the past should rest in the past. Both of them have made mistakes. Both have been more wrong than right. Derwin's anger angered me last night. The consensus on Twitter was just about the same. Most of my Twitter followers reiterated my sentiments. I am just ready for this couple to be happy and drama free, if only for an episode or two lol. What do you guys think of this scenario? Did Derwin have a right to be angry? Was Melanie wrong for not telling him or Trey? Let's discuss.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Scenario: "Let's Stay Together" Ex-Factors

I am not a big fan of the BET show "Let's Stay Together." There is something about it that just doesn't come together for me. I like a few of the actors. but, for the most part, there is a lot of overacting and acting that leaves much to be desired in my opinion. After watching the premiere of "The Game," I never changed the channel. So I was sort of watching but not really. One thing that did catch my eye was a situation that I cannot condone. Tasha, a married mom of two, met her ex for drinks. This is the scenario which we will discuss.

Tasha never asked Jamal, her husband for his opinion. Not that she needed his permission, but that is a definite no-no in my book. She was flirting with her ex, on the phone with him giggling and just being straight out disrespectful to her marriage and her husband. The way this scene played out is beyond ridiculous to me. Her husband didn't object, didn't get mad, or raise his voice. Tasha saw nothing wrong with her actions at all. I literally stared at the tv in utter disbelief. This is just illogical. Any one in the situation would have had any reaction. Jamal was way too calm. Her ex, whose name's alludes me but he is played by Christian Keyes, was way too flirty in front of Jamal. I think that was totally out of line.

The reality is this, there is no way I would be that cool about it. It's not about jealousy or insecurity. It is about respect. I wouldn't be ok with my husband going out to have drinks with any ex of his. When you're always looking back, you cannot move forward. I know females really well. Some can be quite devious and malacious. The only person I wouldn't trust in the situation is his ex. The situation would be different if he and I were going out for drinks with her. I would be able to keep her in line. On the converse side of that, I wouldn't even dare fix my lips to ask my man if it would be ok for me to have drinks with my ex. Why would I even think that it would be ok? That is crazy. I don't feel the need to catch up with my past. I lived it, I own it, I'm over it. I wouldn't dare disrespect him like that.

Tasha also went to her ex's house after having a drink with him. What? That is the craziest part of the whole scenario. Who does that? I would be livid if my man did this. What do you mean you went to her house? That is asking for me to go off. There is nothing about this scenario that I condone. I would never do that. Nor would I allow something like this to happen to me. The scenario is just a recipe for disaster. It's unneccessary drama I believe. RElationships are hard work withouth the added drama. What would you do in this scenario? Was it wrong of Tasha to do these things? Was Jamal too passive? Was her ex wrong to even broach the topic with Tasha? Let's discuss.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Blond Moments

I am a smart woman. I am very big on learning, knowledge and education. But there are times when my mind literally goes blank. I have dubbed these "blond moments." I am always so embarrassed when this happens. And it's always about things that I would normally know. I would love to not be so bothered by this. But I'm not there yet. I'm working on it though.

Someone can ask me a very straightforward question. I will not be able to answer. It's like black space. I hate it. It's the pits to me. It's like I am searching for something that I cannot reach in my mind. Now, a few minutes later, I will have all of the answers. I hate to be put on the spot. I think this is where this deep dislike for blond moments stem from. In that moment, I don't feel that intelligent. Being smart is a part of me and my charm.

For example, my latest blond moment, I totally blanked and said that there are 51 states with the straightest face ever. Now, clearly, I knew better but in that moment I did not. I think my cheeks got so red after this. Now I know that a blond moment or two does not truly reflect on my true intelligence. I think it just bothers me. I don't like to be wrong and blond moments are always about me being wrong. It's really silly but it's a flaw I can't fix. I have no way to shake this. What about you guys? Any blond moments you wanna share with me? I'm sure they aren't any worse than any of mine. I promise you that. Let's discuss.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Be Silent, Be Still

I love to talk. Communication is a big deal. But, there are times when I just like to be quiet and still. It's not about being upset or feeling down. I am just ok with myself. I can sit in silence and just enjoy my own company. There is a great deal of satisfaction in that. This kind of hints at my blog about self dating. There is definitely beauty in those quiet moments. I live for the silent moments. There is nothing better than sitting in complete silence with someone and not feeling at all uncomfortable. That is an amazing thing.

I believe that silence is golden. It gives me time to work through things in my mind. When I'm quiet, I'm usually in thought. But there are those moments when my silence is nothing more than that. I wished more people would get into the silence movement. Every random thought does not need to be spoken. Thinking before one speaks would save most in the long run. Words mean something. Silence protects us. Not speaking is always a smart choice as well. Silence is golden indeed.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Get Into It: Maverick Sabre

I love discovering new artists. I found Maverick Sabre by way of VH1's "Love & Hip Hop" last week. His song "I Need" was a featured track. There was something about the tone of his voice that intrigued me. So, I goggled and youtubed him. I found some tracks that I really like. I am now a fan.

He's reminiscent of Amy Winehouse to me. He's a London born vocalist, rapper, guitarist. He has a unique sound. I love to hear something different in music. He is that something different. I've only heard a handful of tracks but my interest is piqued. His debut studio album "Lonely Are The Brave" drops February 6, 2012.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Karma: Is It Real?

Karma is defined as "fate as the result of one's actions in successive incarnations." To me, I've always taken that as you get what you put out into the universe back. If you do good, good will be done to you. As well as, if you do bad, bad will come back to you tenfold. I also believe that when one does good deeds, it has to be done from the heart. You can't do good with the intent of what you will get from it. That's not how karma works to me.

I find it funny that some people really don't believe in karma. They do not believe that their actions have consequences. They live their lives with no remorse. I cannot live like that. I'm too conscious of things, of life. Yes, I know we all have free will. But, every action has a subsequent reaction. Everything we put out into the universe has a way of coming back around. It's almost like a boomerang. It's just that simple. What we do matters, even when we think they don't. Good karma is what we all should strive for. I know that may be harder to accomplish than just saying it.

I often wonder about people who I know are doing all kinds of wrong and bad things. But they always seem to be on the receiving end of something great. It makes me question karma sometimes. Why does it seem that bad people are always rewarded and good people seem to struggle? I know enough to know that everything is not what it seems. I can't worry about another's karma. All I can do is continue to be me. Doing good because it's in my heart. My karma is my own. I'm in control of it. What's your definition of karma? Let's discuss.

Saturday, January 07, 2012


° I'm all hopeful about everything that will belong to me in 2012. I wrote it down and talked it out. Prayed about it all. So I'm confident that it will be. Have my game plan for 2012 in mind. Excited and can't wait for everything to come to fruition.

° It's amazing how the right situation with the right guy can change your whole perspective. I never was one for long distance relationships but I'm telling you love (boy) makes things happen. *cue Babyface & Pebbles*

° I am so thankful for growth in some relationships. My sisters and I have become so close.

° I think I may do the Master Cleanse 21 day thing. It's the beginning of the year so if I start correctly, it should go better.

° I found this Bible reading app that has a challenge for reading the Bible. I am so hype about finishing the Bible. I'm about halfway through on my own. So, this will help me complete it.

° There's nothing seixer than an intelligent comical man. This man makes me laugh every day. I couldn't ask for anything more.

° Christmas night was so incredibly amazing. Just hanging with my fam at my Momma Louise's house was just what I needed. My cousins are hilarious as are my sisters and brother. We laughed all night. Just had a really good time. Reminded me of Christmas' past.

° I'm just happy. It's that simple. I can't worry myself silly about life. I know it's going to happen. I have to be prepared. But, I'm going to smile and be happy as much as I can because I deserve it.

° I attended my very first Saints game on the 1st. I had so much fun. The crowd was crazy wild. The Saints whipped the Panthers butt. Such a great way to end a great season on a high. The score was 45-17. And a 13 - 3 record. NFC South Division Champs. And the third seed. I love football. It was the great way to start 2012.

° Really missing my nephews and nieces right now. Hate that I haven't seen or talked to them in a month. Hope to change that soon.

° Communication is key. Great communication is everything. I cannot say this enough. Talking it out is always a good look. Believe that.

° New Year's day was really good. I just enjoyed myself immensely ;-)

° I'm a flirt. And there's nothing better than flirting with my love. It's especially good because he's a flirt as well. Our text conversations are always muy interesante!!

° My short term memory really sucks. I'm thinking I should invest in some ginko. I need it to improve quickly.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Possessing A Possesive Side

Ok, I can admit this. When it comes to my love, I have noticed that I have a possessive side. Yes, I have his heart and his attention. I have no insecurities about him or our love. I just don't like to think of his past and the women who've been attached to him in any way. That is just the reality of it. I'm spoiled so I want to consume all of his free time. Is this feasible? Absolutely not. But I feel the way I feel. I want him all to myself. But I'm not alone in this feeling. He feels the same way. We are truly two peas in a pod. I am more than alright admitting this to the world.

In essence, he belongs to me and I to him. That is a no brainer. What is new is me feeling possessive when it comes to him. I think its funny that he and I are the same in so many ways. We both are spoiled as well. We are selfish when it comes to our time together. I have to stop myself from pouting when our time is interrupted. I can admit this. I just want him all to myself. But, I know, to a degree, that I have to share him with his family and the world. Sometimes that can be a hard battle. I try to suck it up. I try to not let my spoiled possessive ways get the best of me.

Let me say that I am not speaking on that crazy possessiveness. Neither of us are into crazy. That is not a good look in 2012 or ever. I'm talking about the way you feel about the one you love and that person loves you back. It's about the healthy side effects of a healthy relationship. It's about the things that you do or say or become because of that relationship. There are things that have changed so drastically because of this, him. This entire post was sparked by a conversation that I had with HIM the other day. It's so funny how much Ike the two of us are. Are any of you possessive? If yes, how so? How do you act? How do you feel about your significant other being possessive? We need to quorum up about this topic. I, we can't be the only ones. Lol.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

How We Attract Love

What makes us love someone? In a lifetime, we meet many people. We like them, are attracted to them, fall in lust with them and love them. But, what makes us fall for the one? They say opposites attract but I don't agree. I think we attract the best part of ourselves. It's the similarities that draw me in. There are some attractions that are impossible to fight. It's a losing war from the beginning, so to speak. Magnets cannot help but be attracted to each other. It's the same thing with soul mates.

Perfect example: boy and girl meet and are instantly attracted to each other. Their personalities match and mesh. Physically they like what they see. Intellectually, they find each other mental stimulating and deep. The two are just right for each other. But, both are in situations. They flirt but keep things at a respectable distance. Time passes, the two somehow keep in contact. Their situations fall apart and they are led right back to each other. It can only be described as fate. There is no other word for it. That fate led them to love. It's like two magnets being pulled towards each other. The attraction is too strong. One cannot fight that. It was kismet.

We've all loved and lost. But, when you find the one who is your soul mate, you just know. There is no denying that spark that you feel when you meet him/her. It's just a different feeling. It consumes your whole being. When you meet someone who you connect with instantly, you cannot shake them or that connection. Two people whose hearts have somehow attached them to each other are meant to be together. No time, space, distance, or situation can alter that. They will find their way back to each other. It's like going home. It's like walking into yourself. You just know that it is. Your heart has found its mate.

I don't know why we fall in love with the people we do. But, I know when it's real. When it feels unlike anything else you've ever felt, then you'll know as well. When the connection is that deep, there is no way around it. It's basically a force of nature. Two magnets that pulled the other back to the center. It's undeniable. What attracts us keeps us. It's just simply called love. What's your take on the subject? What made you love the one you're with? Let's talk about it.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

"Love & Hip Hop's" Proposal

On this week's "Love & Hip Hop," there was the epitome of a hood proposal. This reality show is funny to me. My favorite people on it are Chrissy and Jim Jones. Since day one of the first season, Chrissy has been all about taking their 8 year relationship to the next level. Jimmy doesn't seem to keen on the idea. Chrissy decides to take a vacation because she's stressed about the relationship. What ensues is some straight hood classic moments. I cannot even wrap my mind around this. But, I feel the need to share.

This was classic Jim Jones. This proposal was all him. It played out exactly the way you would imagine a hood dude like Jimmy to do. There was no down on one knee or no formal "Will you marry me?" It came a full season and a half after Chrissy threw a huge party and proposed to him. He never actually said yes. He did take the ring. But by the time season two premiered, he conveniently "lost" his ring. Chrissy promptly replaced it. They've been a couple for 8 years now. I'm not doubting that he loves her. It's clear from the show that he does. He adores her. It just doesn't seem like marriage is on his mind. From episode one, Chrissy has been hounding him for a ring. And, on Monday nights show, she got exactly what she wanted. The scene reminded me of Martin and Gina's failed proposal attempt, which you can view below.

It is not my idea of an ideal proposal. It was lackluster and not my speed. But, I think it works for them. It made Chrissy happy. It doesn't seem like Jimmy is in any rush to take that walk down any aisle. Hell, it took him this long to propose. I wouldn't be surprised if it took that same amount of time for them to get married. The consensus on Twitter falls into two categories. Either people were extremely happy for the couple or they weren't impressed by the delivery. Either way, I like them as a couple.

I don't think that pressuring a man into proposing is a good thing. I don't want it that way. I think that marriage would be doomed from the start. No woman can make a man do anything and vice versa. A proposal should come from a man's heart. It should be because he knows he was found the woman that he wants to spend the rest of his life with. And, a proposal should be a surprise. I don't want it to seem like it's expected. Of course, I want to be married. But, I will not hound a man to wife me. That's unladylike to me. Love is always love. That we cannot deny. Below, is one of my favorite tv proposals. Martin got it just right...the second time around. I propose that men take note of this one.

Oh and fyi, Chrissy's ring is sick!! Jimmy did great in that department. She's rocking a nice rock on her left hand these days.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Classic Music: Beyonce "Dangerously In Love"

If you know me, you know I'm a Beyonce fan. But strangely enough, this was not always the case. I loved Destiny's Child but wasn't fond of Bey. I knew she could sing. I just wasn't feeling her. All of this changed the summer of 2003. Her first solo single "Crazy In Love" drops featuring my favorite rapper Jay-Z. I hear it on the radio and thought it was too busy on first listen. Then, I heard it for the second time at the House of Blues. There was something about her vocals and those horns. I was hooked. Of course, Jay's verse only helped.

By the time DIL debuted, I was a full fledged fan. I loved every song on the cd. It was just good R&B music to me. I still believe that this is her best work. She released 5 singles, which all charted in the top 5. "Crazy In Love" is my favorite release from this cd. But, as usual, my favorite track on the cd are the ones that weren't singles. "Yes," "Gift From Virgo," "Be With You," and "Signs" are amazing. Every televised performance from this cd was just great. Beyonce definitely gives a great stage show. I've seen her twice in concert. She is amazing. This is why DIL will always be classic to me. Years later and I'm still listening to it. It still makes me happy when I hear it. It's just good music.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Get Into It: My Fair Sweets

The power of social media sites is real. I've been introduced to plenty of new small businesses via Twitter. (By the way FOLLOW ME!) There are an array of business from jewelry, pastries and clothing. The newest business that I can personally cosign is My Fair Sweets. I kept seeing tweets about the company and its owner, Kandace. I am always hesitant of online ventures. I have, thankfully, never had a bad experience though. Food is a whole 'nother story. I was weary but very intrigued. So I decided to check out her website. What a great decision that was! Followed by the even better one of ordering from the site.

The website setup is very cute and pink. It's all gourmet desserts. My Fair Sweets specializes in cupcakes in a jar, cheesecakes in a jar, dipped apples, Twisted Kisses (pretzels and chocolate). I love chocolate so I was in heaven. I ordered the Chocolatier (chocolate cupcake with buttercream frosting in a jar) and a sample pack of Twisted Kisses. This is where Kandace's excellent customer service comes into play. I received an email from her that told me my goodies had shipped and the expected delivery date. I received them on that date. I also received an email that morning from Kandace inquiring about my package and my satisfaction. We emailed a few times back and forth. I was just impressed with her professionalism and overall sunny nature. She has a repeat customer here. She even did something totally unexpected but totally appreciated.

Now, let me discuss the actual product. Everything was amazing. I am a huge fan of Twisted Kisses. I mean with pretzels and chocolate, how can you go wrong? They were so good. I didn't want to stop eating them. I didn't eat the cupcake for a few days. It was still moist and sweet and good. The smell of the cupcake was intoxicating. I have never ordered food from folks on Twitter. I don't know what made me try My Fair Sweets. but I'm so glad I did. Just about the best cupcake I've ever had. The fact that it was still moist days after being received is beyond a good look. That alone is worth it.

Customer service and a great product are always an incredible way to get and keep consumers happy. Kandace and her "My Fair Sweets" has this in the bag. I can honestly say I'm truly addicted to the Twisted Kisses. I need some more in my life asap. I was so happy with my experience I posted on her Facebook page, tweeted about it and now I'm blogging about it. I've been telling my people about it as well. Take some time to check out My Fair Sweets. From products to service this company has you covered. Great affordable sweets for you alone or to share. What could be better? Get Into It!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Prospero Año Nuevo!

It's officially 2012. Happy New Year to everyone. Or, even better, as the title of this post proclaims "Have a prosperous New Year!" I love beginnings. New Year is always a time to reset and redo. It's the perfect time to fix what was broken or what was left unattended. It the right time to start something new and let go of something old that may not be working. This is the year to do whatever you heart desires. It's just that simple. Embrace the opportunity in front of you. That why its there. I wish for the best in all of us this year. I am confident that this will be a wonderful year, full of exciting new avenues. From my mouth to God's ears. Amen. Hope you all had a great holiday. HAPPY NEW YEAR!