Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge Helps Raise Awareness about ALS


If you are wondering why everyone in your social media feeds are dumping ice water on their selves, know that it is for a great cause. I must say whoever thought about or even came up with the idea of this challenge is genius because it has taken the attention of media and people by storm.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS (I recently had to educate myself a bit), it's a disease that impacts the nerve cells in the brain as well in spinal cord. According to the ALSA.org, "it's a progressive degeneration disease of motor neurons that eventually leads to death."

The Ice Bucket Challenge that has been created by the ALS staff is a creative yet impactful way to raise awareness about this disease but also encourages discussion and engagement about fighting it. I think this social media campaign is super clever and to be honest, I didn't know much about ALS until this ice bucket challenge conquered my newsfeed and getting called out to be challenged of course! It just goes to show you there is still strength in numbers and with so much negative things going on in the media, it's nice to see organizations like this one take a serious issue of ALS and bring it to the forefront in a positive way to encourage and to inform others about this disease.

I also appreciate this challenge too because some people have been transparent about sharing a loved ones story of living with ALS or unfortunately, has passed away from it.

Now about this ice bucket challenge??....I have 24 hours to figure how in the heck I'm going to work up the confidence to dump ice water on myself but it's going to get done! I'll let you guys know when I did it...ahhhhh LOL

Have you taken the ice bucket challenge yet and/or donated to ALS?

For more information about ALS, go to ALSA.org.

P.S. I couldn't go through with the ice bucket challenge! LOL

Photo Courtesy of ALSA.org

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Is Beyonce' the Michael Jackson of Our Time?


Some know her as Queen Bey others might refer to her as KING Bey but majority of the world fondly knows her as B e y o n c e'. It's no secret that she been the "number one diva in the game for a minute" and with her loyal Beyhive behind her, it looks like she is reigning as one of the world's most influential people. According to Forbes.com, Beyonce' IS the number one celebrity of Forbes Celebrity 100 and I must say she has earned the title well. Beyonce' is not only a business woman but she has effectively established herself as a household brand. Some would say she has the Midas touch where anything she touches turns into honey gold!

Her quadruple-threat talents of modeling, acting, dancing and singing have landed her huge endorsements with Pepsi, H&M to her own fragrance and clothing/accessory lines. While it might be unknown to some, Beyonce' also has a heart for giving back especially with a special focus to women and girls. It's evident that nothing was ever given to Queen Bey though! She most certainly had to work tirelessly like everyone else to make her dream come true, experience failures and detours as well even traumatic experiences to get where she is today.  I can go on and on about Beyonce' and her long list of achievements has a mother, wife, sister, daughter, businesswoman and philanthropist but what struck me today was if Beyonce' could be the Michael Jackson of our time?

I sincerely believe starts are born everyday but icons are only given to us in rare bouts. Michael Jackson and Beyonce' may have had different upbringings in how they discovered their gifts but they both knew very early in their lives that they had a bigger purpose to fulfill, not just in music but to the world. Before you all attack me about my comparison, hear me out about how there are similarities in how they have changed the impact of music. Ahhh, the late Michael Jackson! He is and will forever be the KING of Pop, let that be known first. Michael Jackson did change music (all music for that matter) and continues to have a presences in today's music.

The main reason Michael Jackson will forever be an icon/legend to this world is because Michael had a heart for people. He believed his music healed lives and moved mountains that some thought could never be moved. His music gave you hope, fun, love but most of all comfort. I can't forget to mention he was light on his feet and he made the Moonwalk look easy (it's not, unless you are wearing socks on hardwood floor kind of). Outside of music, Michael was a devoted father and he gave back to this world in his time by being a humanitarian. He spoke on world peace and visited nations around the world to help be an ambassador for peace in change in various underdeveloped countries. He simply just loved people! Selling out arenas from every region in the world was the norm for him while fans sang along every song lyric. He too had lucrative endorsement deals, an expansive business portfolio as well as heard several accolades for being one of the world's most influential people. Again, I could go on and on about all of Michael achievements but the very thing that remain the same between Beyonce and Michael is they have changed the world.

Of course the amount of album sales, Billboard mentions, Grammy's etc. aren't always things people remember off hand, people remember how you made them feel! How does Michael Jackson's "Thriller" make you feel when you first hear the beat drop? Or how does Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" make you feel when you hear that first note? See, that's what people remember! Rightfully so, they each have earned their royal ranks in entertainment and they will continue to


Update: Did you all hear that Queen Beyonce' is receiving the honest award honor at this year's VMAs? She receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award! How spot on am I with this post yay me!

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/By

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sheesh, It's July!

Time flies when you having fun and I can't believe it's already July! Summer is flying by and I'm enjoying all the sweet memories I'm making with loved ones :) I still have a BIG to do list of things I wish to accomplish this year so it's time to pick up the pace because we only have FIVE months left in the year! Can you believe it?

Happy Fourth Folks!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I'm a Psychic Magnet


Psychic
For some reason, I always attract psychics when I'm out and about running errands or out on my travels. The other day, I was approached by a middle-aged woman who first stated that she's seen me around before. It was weird because I've never seen her but no, she was extremely confident she has seen me before. THEN she proceeded to name drop a couple of stores in the area that she thinks she saw me at recently. I thought it was a lucky guess but she was specific and she was right! (All of this happening before she told me she was a psychic).

So then she asks if I go to these stores often and I said "occasionally but it's been awhile." This is when she said well "I'm a psychic and I'd love to give you your reading if your interested." I quickly said "no, thank you" and moved on with my errands. At the end of the day, I've been approached by psychics on several occasions and I do not know why! I remember one psychic told me she was getting "strong vibrations" from me and another one being overly pushy in getting me to sit for a reading.

I don't believe this is normal for most folks but I thought I would put it out there to see if anyone else can relate. Better yet, has anyone of my readers had a psychic reading before? Was any of it true? I am too creep'd out to sit with one...yikes!

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/By Victoria Pickering

Monday, June 23, 2014

Re-evaluating Your Circle

We’ve all heard the saying, “keep your friends close but your enemies closer” but in today’s world, I find that when you keep enemies closer they tend to pollute your space. I’ve never been a fan of drama or “crowds” of people around me, in fact, I believe that most of us misconstrue the definition of true friendship vs. acquaintances. 

There is nothing wrong with having both, in fact, I believe you should but at some point you have to discern who’s who in your life equation. Friendships add value to your life, acquaintances add value to your network. It’s simple life math really but yet the lines get blurred sometimes and that can cause confusion. 


But who says you can’t have more than one circle? Social media has shown us you CAN have several circles operating at once but you have to mindful of boundaries. Your true friends will always show their selves true in the hardest and happiest situations while acquaintances assume their role as sporadic contributors to your life. 


The other day, I had a conversation with a really great friend of mine about friendships and how we both have witnessed and experienced shifts in our relationships with people. While it is never easy to come to grips with that some people are being "removed" or "growing out" of your life, it doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad thing either. In order to get where you are going, it sometimes requires getting rid of dead weight- you could even be dead weight to someone else life as well. Sometimes taking a step back from situation can reveal a lot about a person and yourself! If' it's meant to be, it will be.


10 Things I'd Like to Learn

Never be afraid to try something new, because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know. 
1) Learn to speak a different language fluently- FrenSpanglish doesn't count!
2) Tie a tie and or a bow tie- I learned years ago while I worked in a male clothing store but I forgot!
3) To cornrow-OMG! This is my life struggle as a Naturalista
4) To sew/hem-I know how to sew on buttons but learning how to hem or just sewing in general would be fun!
5) Bake a cake from scratch- box cakes are cool but making things from scratch is a good skill to have I think!
6) To fly a helicopter-well maybe I'll just leave it at flying in one first
7) To grow my assets/diversify my portfolio- anyone know of a good financial advisor?
8) Learn how to love-I've tried it but I don't think I really KNOW how
9) Learn how to make a cultural dish from scratch-homemade pasta noodles anyone?
10) To ride a motorcycle-I've always talked about owning a bike someday so I need a license and training first LOL

Photo Courtesy of  via Flickr/www.livelifehappy.com

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NEW Blog Coming Soon!

Sooooo I know I've been on hiatus lately but it's not intentional! In fact, I'm working on several projects right now and one of those projects happens to be giving my blog a MUCH needed face lift. In the next couple of months (sooner I hope), I'm looking to completely redesign my blog so be on the lookout for this change. Don't worry, I'll let you all know when the time will come and I hope you all will be around for the journey.

While I'm in the "planning" phases, let me know if you all have any suggestions on this process. Just drop a line in my comments!

Thank you Xo

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

What in the World?

I have a lot of things on my mind but I'll try to keep this post brief! The world has officially gone NUTS! It feels like I can never turn on the TV or view my social media platforms without SOMETHING insane going on in the world. What the world needs right now is not only LOVE but most of all PRAYER. Oh the days ahead look so dark but I refuse to fall in it's shadow. At this point in our lives, we all really need to do better. Accountability is everything and while we may fall short sometimes, we have to TRY to do better. Yard by yard, it's hard but inch by inch it's a sinch!

Even if you think you can't do anything, YOU CAN! We are all have gifts inside of us (some are undiscovered) but we we all have purpose. I'm not trying to preach (well maybe I am just a bit) but each day we wake up in the morning we should be grateful we are getting another chance at life. Tomorrow is never promised to us, so we have to LIVE out our lives the best way we can. How are you living today?