Are YOU Up For A CHALLENGE???



Greetings boos!

I come bearing the gift of inspiration…Lord knows “I” need it. I’ve been immersed in the graphics and designing aspect of my craft, leaving little room for my Literary Muse to perch anywhere near me. She’s seething about it, too. lol

See, what had happened was…my girl Mahogany Dymond (my Tracy) asked me to get another challenge together. Something using words. Cool, I GOTCHU Mah!! I GOTCHU!!

The “30 Days of Word Association Challenge” will commence on the first of October. (The same month as National Blog Post a Month Challenge; which I’m simply giving a more FOCUSED name to).

We’ve held several challenges around here, for those not familiar:

(Beware on that last one…you might not be ready for that kinda truth from me and my girls. lol)

Either way, we pride ourselves on trying to do something different using writing as a vehicle. This time the challenge is centered around word association. I will post the rules on the first of October so that we can get it started. THIS IS A WARNING SHOT! This is basically a call to duty! lol

This gives participants a chance to mentally prepare for the upcoming challenge and also time to invite other bloggers along for the ride. We’re a community, so we do our best to SUPPORT each other’s daily efforts. We’re each other’s checks and balances. If you think for ONE moment you can’t do it for lack of time, energy or interest…don’t even bother. YET, if you need a fire under your ass to exercise your writing chops…we’re your crew! ūüėČ

In the meantime…check out the other challenges and see what we’re made of. “Dem Challenge Takers” are on the side of the blog entries on this page. ENJOY!!

See you in October!!! ūüėÄ

30 Days of Days: Blog Challenge

HOLA!

As promised, I’m back with a blog challenge. It took me FOREVER to come up with it because every day was supposed to be dedicated to a day in the life of YOU (the blogger!).

This is how it goes. Every day you blog. For each day there is a topic to write on based on a day out of your life. Firsts, celebrations, setbacks…you get it. You can even tag each blog #30DayChallenge. Hey, if you don’t want to it’s okay. lol

You can take the poster (the above pic) and place it on your blog for the first day…after that, you can be creative and use whatever picture relates to what it is you’re blogging on that day. You can invite whomever and how many you please. Hopefully, we’ll all visit one another and be a support system…reminding each other to write and share.

Without further ado…here’s the list of the days:

#1- a day containing your earliest memory

#2-a day in elementary school

#3- a day in middle school

#4- a day in high school

#5- the day you first fell in love

#6- the day you first held a job

#7- the day you found your first best friend

#8- a day you realized what you wanted to do/be

#9- the day you discovered the Internet

#10- a day you’d rather forget

#11- a daydream you have often

#12- a day you wish you could do differently

#13- a Christmas Day memory

#14- the day you hate to see coming

#15- the day you graduated (choose any that you remember most)

#16- the day of a child’s birth (family or close friends apply)

#17- a day where you helped someone in a big way

#18- the last day of your first adult job

#19- your favorite day of the week and why

#20- the most memorable day of your childhood

#21- the day you met your most recent/or last love

#22- a day with the family you’ll never forget

#23- the day you turned 21

#24- a memorable summer day

#25- a day you’re currently planning for

#26- the day someone left and never came back (not death related)

#27- a day in your life (explain an average day of yours)

#28- the day you had your first fight. why?

#29- what you were doing today

#30-your proudest day to date

#31- Bonus Day: Pick a day you haven’t described and share

HAPPY BLOGGING!!!

New Blog Challenge!!!

Challenge Accepted!

Hola bebes!

Do you all remember the 30 day challenges?¬†The 30 Days of Truth Challenge?¬†The 30 Day Love & Truth Challenge? Go on and click if you don’t. Hell, click if you DO but just wanna reminisce. I had fun on both challenges and it definitely kept my mind spry. It kept me writing when I didn’t feel like it…and¬†because¬†I feel like I don’t spend enough time writing or blogging, I’m hosting another challenge. (I’ll reveal it the day of)

Come February 28th (so folks can assemble themselves and pass it on in enough time to start the month) I’ll reveal a challenge and you all are invited. You can pass it on to whomever you please! I’ll create a banner for the challenge and hopefully we’ll use each other as a support system to encourage one another to stay on top of it.

SO…tell your friends and fellow bloggers to report back here on the 28th so we can get this 30 day party started.

See ya!!

Desire

For today’s challenge word, I had something thought out…something about desires of the heart, desires of life goals, blah blah yadda meow…

Then I remembered that my friend Iba, has a missing niece here in New York. She has been posting incessant reminders to her Facebook and tumblr audience to keep an eye open for her young teen niece, Nikki.


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My niece is still missing.
My Sister spoke to the young man that Nikki was last with in Manhattan.
He says she was happy, didn’t say anything about being mad or running away.
He’s 17 and attends her after school program.
He is cooperating with the investigation at this point.
He gave us a lot of info but nothing on where she could be…she literally walked away and disappeared.
He claims to be just as shocked by this as we are.

Please continue helping us find my niece, it is going on three weeks next week.

 If you are in the NY Tri-State area please help.
She has been gone since September 8th. If you have any information please contact (718) 708-6236.
She was to begin her first day last Friday at The School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety in Manhattan on Audubon and 191st. The school has the flyer and hasn’t seen her either. News 12 has been running the story every half hour…working on other channels as well. ALL the help we can get helps.
Please keep reblogging. We need her back safe.

This is the exact posting…

What bothers me is that there is always little to NO real urgency in finding missing children of minority races. There has been little to NO coverage in my area for this young lady’s disappearance or plea for her recovery. I don’t want to kick around militant accusations of unfair treatment of missing persons cases where “we” are involved…but, you get it.

Every day that goes by is time lost. No exposure lessens the chances that she’ll be spotted and her whereabouts reported. I pray that the situation is as simple as Nikki “decides” to come home on her own and that this is an instance of rebellion.

PLEASE post this information where you can and if nothing else, share this post. Fervent prayers are welcome as well.

I DESIRE for this young woman to be returned to her family safely.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

New York State’s Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse

Chance

Chance…is defined as follows:

chance

‚Äānoun,¬†verb,chanced,¬†chanc¬∑ing,¬†adjective

noun

1.

the absence of any cause of events that can be predicted,understood, or controlled: often personified or treated as apositive agency: Chance governs all.
2.

luck or fortune: a game of chance.
3.

a possibility or probability of anything happening: a fifty-percent chance of success.
4.

an opportune or favorable time; opportunity: Now is yourchance.

Chance, I suppose is the law of “what the fuck ever”…lol

Well, Chance to me is a bundle of instances where shit wasn’t in my control…so yea that’s life. This dude Chance be showing up RIGHT when shit go down. He wanna be all up in the roll of the dice. He wanna be all up in it when love comes…he wanna be all up in it when you play the Lotto…

Then again…I always loved that portion of Monopoly. When I got to pull a Chance card. Never knew if you’d get a “Get out of jail free” card…or end up passing go. On the other hand…you could end UP in jail and not pass go or collect a DAMN thing, but the fun was in not knowing.

I’d like to say that I’ve utilized the chances given to me about 80+% of the time. I don’t always LIKE the chances thrown at me, but I normally roll with the punches.

By chance, I’ve met some wonderful friends…and met a few that I could’ve gone my entire life without knowing.

By chance, I’ve loved and lost…and loved and lost again…but, that’s actually something I’ll leave to the presence of God’s gift of grace and not Chance…I’ll “take my chances” with God since HE is love.

Chance is an interesting spin, I believe…on the explanation of that which we don’t understand. I suppose…Chance IS God…taking over and putting us in the place He needs us to be at the time He feels is best. So perhaps I got it a little twisted and Chance is really God’s helpmate…:)

Beauty

I see or hear the word beauty and I immediately think of the song by Dru Hill. ¬†I also think of my friend who calls her closest girls that…but, what I think of when I see or hear the word…is how UN-beautiful a lot of beauty is.

Beauty’s standards are screwed up…we all know that. One of my girls and I were discussing the light-skin/dark-skin issue that a lot of us Black folks grow up with. Complexes of skin complexions…ridiculous. It’s sad to recount the obsessions that some of us had with either feeling not light enough or dark enough.

Then there’s those of us who either feel not tall enough or skinny enough or not big enough. Brown-eyed folks wanting to be blue-eyed…thin-haired folks wanting thicker hair.

“I wish I had long nails…”
“I wish I had perfect teeth…”
“I wish I had a booty…”
“I wish I had bigger breasts…”
“I wish I looked like her/him…”

Well, I wish we thought that we were beautiful as is. I wish that we thought fat thighs and nappy hair and short stature and uneven skin tones and big feet and thick noses…was beautiful.

I wish that we saw the world in it’s amazing proportions, ¬†multi-hued humans, it’s crystal clear to midnight blue seas, epic mountains and volcanoes and dainty flowers and shrubs…

it’s heaviest animals to it’s almost-not-there insects, it’s musical sounds of nature, deafening sounds of war…and the eerie sound of “peace” in the aftermath…

If we could only see the beauty…in the differences and the trials and the triumphs and grasp the enormity of how blessed we are TO be ABLE to see at ALL is beautiful!

To be able to see in color…to bask in the gradient grays of a dark day and then see the rainbow on a bright one…is a gift from God.

I don’t wish to be thinner, have a booty, long straight hair, light eyes or even dimples (which I used to want as a kid)…as much as I wish to be able to see the beauty in life…every single day.

Ambition

Ambition…

Defined as an earnest desire for achievement or distinction.

Hmmm…Am I ambitious?

I’ve only desired [earnestly] to be a good person. To love from the depths of me. To give all I have for causes that keep me up late and wake me up early. “Ambition” is something that many take (in my opinion) …too seriously. Maybe it’s the artist in me who is more laid back and easy-going when speaking on goals and careers and such…but, I see folks go IN over their “grustle”. (That’s part GRIND-part HUSTLE). Some folks go so hard that they make those who aren’t as driven as they are feel like they’re somehow worthless if they’re not usurping EVERY part of the day with SOME small effort for productivity. I have one friend who is a “Jill of All Trades”…her¬†repertoire¬†expanding across the lines of clothing design, furniture design, photography, jewelry making, etc…I can’t even tell you all of the things she’s into. The thing is…she’s PASSIONATE about them all and though she has a sometimes unrealistic expectation on herself…it’s only because she lives and breathes her art. On the other hand, I’ve seen people aimlessly peddle items out of the lust of money and their obsession with wealth and not be passionate about a DAMN thing but the money they envision themselves making. That to me, is where ambition becomes confused with greed…wanderlust, even.

For me…ambition is the fuel in the car that drives the person to their dream destination. I long to be a published writer, an independent woman, a woman of virtue, substance and above all…a woman whose legacy is love. That means WAY more to me than filling my bank account with endless zeroes or celebrity.

As usual, I break words down. The prefix amb means to go…the root definition for -tion means, to express action; a state or associated meaning. Ambition in a nutshell…is the state of going…or better clarified, the state of¬†going¬†forward. To me, ambition is going forth on a path leading to a final place of accomplishment. The question is how does one define accomplishment. Success doesn’t have to mean a monetary sense of having…as much as a feeling of peace within that comes from touching lives in some way.

Yes…I have ambition. Do you?

Gotta A-Muse Myself…

I have been SO lackluster lately in the writing department…penning only a few poems sporadically, here and there. I don’t like it. I need to “exercise” my writing muskles (lol, my little cousin used to say that). ¬†I don’t like when I go extended amounts of time with a motionless pen. The worse feeling for ME is having ideas and not being able to articulate them…

I think my biggest impediment is not ever wanting to be monotonous. I would hate to seem redundant. I would hate to seem redundant. LOL

SO…I’m imposing a challenge upon MYSELF. This is NOT a challenge where I’m inviting others to do it with me…but, if someone sees it and chooses to participate…so be it. I think the reason why I didn’t do to well at the photo challenge I was last seen fleeing away from, lol…is because it involved less writing and more photo taking. I couldn’t for the ¬†world of me remember WHAT I was supposed to be taking a pic FOR…which would result in me trying to find something…ANYTHING to snap once I got home. ~sigh~

Anyway…THIS self-imposed challenge is right up my alley. I’m calling it my “30 Day A-Z Word Challenge”. ¬†I’ve come up with 26 words that I have to blog about…leaving 4 extra slots. The list goes a little something like this…

Ambition
Beauty
Chance
Desire
Entity
Favorite
Generosity
Hate
Illusion
Jubilant
Kindred
Limitation
Music
Nucleus
Optimism
People
Questions
Revelation
Secrets
Triumph
Unique
Validation
Weakness
X factor *wild card word*
Youth
Zen

The last four words were fashioned out of the acronym for the word “word”.

Writing
Oxymoron
Rhythm
Dreams


Here I go…

Challenged

OVER IT!!
I think I did too many challenges back to back…

I left this last challenge (The Photo Challenge) in the dust like an abandoned child. I ALSO had a hard time remembering to TAKE the damn pictures everyday…and when I DID remember, I found nothing to snap pics of. It’s kinda hard to do that when you’re not walking to and fro. I used to and I’ve gotta get back to that, but between one of the worst winters AND summers we’ve seen in a while…it wasn’t fit for a dog or squirrel to walk out there. I did have my days that I just said “EFF it…” and walked but for the most part…it wasn’t happening.

I apologize for the BIG pause though. I had been on a roll for a few months…posting daily in one way or another and now it’s been this long ass hiatus (unannounced, no less) and I feel like I’ve let down my readers. God bless those who managed to stick to their challenges. You can check the side bar for “Dem Challenge Takers” for the ladies who’d been participating in several challenges. I’ve gotta make my rounds and be supportive…

Honestly,

I ain’t gave a damn in a while. I’ve been “living”. Enjoying family and friends…because guess what? ::inserting cliche::

Life is too short!

I’ve got family and friends who are suffering from a disease or disorder of some kind and have been sending up prayers nightly for those whose stories of affliction sit heavily on my chest. I’ve had sleepless nights for nothing more than a worry or concern of what they’re doing…HOW they’re doing. So, no…this challenge hopped, skipped and jumped WAY over my head.

I’ll tell ya what. If by some off beat chance…I take a pic that fits the bill, I will slowly but surely finish this challenge. BEAR with me, my people.

In the meantime…I’m prepping for this weekend. Gonna finally get to meet yet ANOTHER SiStar of mine…Ms. Maria. I’m very excited and therefore you MAY get a blog w/pics for this occasion.

Deep Peace and Kweenly Love unto you!

Snapshot #12: Beautiful

Photo of: Beautiful

This is a pic of the eyeshadow that I was sent by my girl Tina of Kozmik Xxplosion Body & Beauty.

What is beautiful about this is not just the gorgeous blue-green metallic color it provides, perfectly offsetting my yellow undertones…

…but, also that she’s living her passion. That is always beautiful. I took a pic with it on…and honestly MY camera does it no justice. It POPS and I felt very glam in it. Watch out soon for a blog featuring her products. Until then, tip-tap on that link up there for her product and see what she’s offering…if you love all natural products, SHE is your girl!

I felt “beautiful”