Monday, December 31, 2012
Happy New Year from The Diva Journals. It's that time of the year where we wait anxiously to have the chance to start over. Some of us may reflect and press rewind, other just may choose to press forward and get this party started. As we reflect back over 2012, let's remember the good times, but let's not forget about the not so good times, let's make a conscience effort to learn something from them that we can carry over into the new year that will help us become better people, make better decisions and choices. I'm updating my vision board; I didn't get a chance to achieve everything on it. That's o.k. though, achieving everything on it was never the plan, but a way to keep the things that I wanted to achieve in eye shot proximity. Now I get to smile because of the great feeling within from having achieved some of my goals, and I'm looking forward to charging head on at the ones I didn't achieve. I already have so many new and exciting things floating around in my head to put on my vision board. I want to learn to play the guitar, I want to go deep sea fishing, I want to learn to ice skate. Whatever you do this year, have a passion about it. Love more. Love harder. Learn more. Don't settle for nothing less than what makes you happy. If it is within your means to have it, have at it. Happy New Year!
Friday, December 28, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
As The Diva Journals commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, we would like to wish a Merry Christmas to all Diva's and Gents. We pray that you are safe, that you are loved and that you are giving love. Make someone's day today. Greet someone with a smile, for you never know how this may help them make it through the day. Thank you to all the people who are cheerful givers. You help make this world a better place with your acts of kindness and generosity. My daughter and I decided to have dinner the other night at our favorite old country store. Just as we were finishing up dinner with a couple of hot beverages, the manager came to our table and asked how our meal was. Our reply was "everything was great" (just like it always is. She took our ticket off the table and told us that a gentleman on his way out of the restaurant paid for our meals, and wanted her to tell us to have a Merry Christmas. Wow. my daughter and I looked at each other and we felt awe when thinking of this random act of kindness shown to us. Have a wonderful day today. If you can, spread some awe of your own; we plan to.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Vigalantee The Hip Hopologist and Reason 4 Rhymes interviews The Diva Journals about what it means to be a Diva and how commercialized hip-hop plays a part in the self esteem of young women.
Friday, December 14, 2012
I'm a hat person. I have several styles that will adorn my head at any given time. Besides the fitted running hats on my shelf, I have several cadet hats, a nice hand knitted hat in burnt orange and a couple more. If I could get my hands on a cloche hat like the one worn by Angelina Jolie in the movie Changeling, I'd be a happy girl adding one more style to the collection. The fedora of any color will always be my hat of choice. It sits proudly in the center of my hat shelf knowing that it truly is my favorite
What type of hat are you? find out here: Hat Quizz
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
When we were little girls we all at some point in our lives dreamed of what we would become when we grew up. I wanted to be an Anesthesiologist, I wanted to be that trained physician in anesthesia, putting people to sleep. That is until I got in the eleventh grade in my human physiology class and learned that within three weeks of taking the class we would be visiting the morgue. "The what?" I asked. The local mortuary was scheduled to be my first field trip in the eleventh grade. Nope wasn't happening. I wanted to learn to put people to sleep with the intention of waking them up, not seeing the ones who would never wake up again. I conveniently became ill on that day, stayed home and watched MTV. My dad never even saw the permission slip, and that was the end of my wanting to become an Anesthesiologist.
The blogger prompt today with BlogHer was What do you think would be the hardest job for you to do? This wasn't a tough one for me! LOL.
With the economy the way that it is in this day and time, I like other people will work almost any job to help support my family and myself or to fulfill my financial obligations; however there is at least one job that I think would be the hardest job for me to do and that would be to work in a food processing plant where I'm responsible for skinning, gutting and cutting of any kind. This to me is one disgusting, messy, and smelly occupation. I'm telling you Mike Rowe and Dirty Jobs would probably have done a feature on me by now.
My hat off to the ones that are able to do it and do it well, after all I wouldn't be able to go to the farmers market or local supermarket to get the skinned and cleaned fish, or the skinless chicken breast that I enjoy so well if it were not for the efforts of many. And believe you me, every time I pick up the pack of my choice, I whisper "thank you!" because I couldn't do it.
Sam Ewing, former baseball player for the Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays once said "hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all." I probably would at least turn up for work (the first day); however I would run away hollering to the top of my lungs before the plant manager had an opportunity to toss me out.
If someone asked you today what do you think would be the hardest job for you to do, what would you tell them? Let's journal.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on it own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
-I Corinthians 13:4-7
Monday, December 3, 2012
Sitting here at my desk (which by the way is not one of my favorite places to blog) just thinking, and reflecting on some things, and it occured to me how extremely blessed I am to have girlfriends. I've been blessed with wonderful girlfriends, sister girls, besties, all of these. I have several circles of girlfriends, and every time I'm part of one of those circles for a get together, or as one circle of my friends call it "the round table meeting", I walk away feeling alive and blessed to be a part of their lives.
There is one friend to call for every little thing that I may need to talk about. We're always there for each other in our time of need. One girlfriend lost her mother several years ago, and that seemed surreal, maybe because we were so young at the time, then another friend lost her father, and then it started to hit home this could soon be happening to all of us later on down the road, because we are now starting to do the role reversal of us being the caregiver to our parents. Then another girlfriend lost her husband. Whoa. A widow. Now that is something that we never thought we would see and so soon. But us girlfriends, we loved each other through it all, and we still have more to come. We'll be ready. Armed with love and support of one another.
Times are often difficult and hard. I feel for women when I hear them say, "I don't have friends" or "other women can't be trusted" I want to say to you, let go of your trust issues. Become a friend, and God will put friends in your life that are trustworthy, and respectful. He'll make them His ram in the bush for you at some point in your life.
Social media is making it easier and easier to reach out and communicate with people. Rosetta Thurman (my favorite live/life/love coach), did a conference call training, and she mentioned the website www.meetup.com. I checked it out and there are tons of social groups on this site with all different kinds of interests. You may be the type that prefer group gatherings with new people, it seems like fun too!
If you have those quirky, fun loving, girlfriends in your life, great; but whatever you do, get out and enjoy yourself. Enjoy your life.