Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dare to Dream

As I approach my fortieth birthday this year it has truly been a time of reflection and focus.  I have though about my childhood, my disappointments, my friends, my close and extended family,  and the  woman that I have become.  One thing that has not really crossed my mind are my dreams (past or dare I say present). I remember dreaming though it seems like I remember another "me" dreaming.  As I sit here typing this I am trying to search the crevices of my mind and bring my dreams back to the forefront. 

There, there they are coming into focus.  I dreamed of being a writer, a teacher, a lawyer, playing the piano, being an actress, marrying Micheal Jackson (making him be normal), moving to France, and climbing a mountain.  One dream that seemed so tangible to me as a little girl was becoming an artist.  I remember spending the summer after fourth grade drawing all kinds of pictures.  One that stands out is the album cover (yes I said album) of Stevie Wonder's Hotter Than July record.  I remember the joy of recreating the likeness of his face and all the colors of the beads.  I was very proud of myself.  I have not thought about drawing since then; I don't know where the dream went. 

But I know that it is time to start dreaming again.  It is time for me to seek God and pray for Him to stir up the gifts within me and propel me toward living the rest of my life seeing my dreams fulfilled.  I will be open to all of twists and turns of my life under God's leading.  I will be expecting some great things to come as I dream my new dreams and walk into the destiny that those dream lead to.  "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Romans 8:28

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Running Like the Wind, Well Maybe a Breeze

I had a very lazy Saturday and decided to stop vegging out long enough to hit the treadmill for a run.  I have recently gotten back into my fitness routine but have no more than 3 miles at one time in last few months.  Today pushed a little further and got to that feeling of lightness and I just let my body go into it natural rhythm: arms pumping, deep breathing, back straight, and feet moving all in tandem.

When I reached that point my mind was free and began to think about how running had been so easy for me when I was younger.  I didn't have to put forth any effort at all during my years in the Army, I could just run like the wind.  It was a necessary part of being a Soldier and I didn't think much about the endurance or strength that was building in me. Fast forward to today and I am so very thankful for the natural gift of running that I have even though I am slower and I have to work hard to motivate myself to start but once I get going I can literally run for miles and miles.  On my run today I began to think about all of the things that I have to live for and how much more I want to do and see.  I know that healthy living and staying active will be critical to my longevity.  My younger self ran to check a block for her employment and I am now running for my life.

God has blessed me with so many wonderful things and I know that there is so much more to come because He promised me in Jeremiah 29:11 I know the plans the I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and future.  I know that God's word is true and I also know that I have to invest in the body that He has given me or I won't be around for my future that He has planned.  So I will keep breezing along, running on to fulfill the plans He has for me. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bieber Fever: What I Learned from "Never Say Never"

So I took my girls Sarah and Jessica to see the documentary "Never Say Never" about the life and quick rise to fame of Justin Bieber.  The audience was filled with other parents of girls ranging in age from 5 up to about 16.  All of them screaming, crying, and yelling at one point or another during the film.  While taking them to the movie was the obligatory thing for a hip mom to do, I have to say it was quite entertaining as well since he is unarguably a very gifted artist.  Most importantly, I gleaned some wonderful nuggets from this young man's life:

1.  A parent must support their child's dreams.  Justin's mom was a teenager when she conceived him and though she had supportive parents the father did not seem to be a big part of his childhood.  She did not let those circumstances stop her from providing a stable home life for her son or from encouraging the budding musical talent that he exhibited even though she did not really know far he could go.  She purchased instruments for him and exposed him to musicians.  She believed in her son.  Now she has a sixteen year-old who can play at least three instruments, who sells out every venue he is booked in, has a #1 movie in theaters, and playing the in celebrity game at the NBA All-Star week-end.

2.  Stay true to who you are and you will always win.  Justin received many "nos" before he eventually was signed to a record deal because the executives did not believe that there was an audience for his style.  Additionally, they didn't think he could make it without going through some Disney or Nick vehicle.  All I can say is Usher and L.A. Reid are laughing all the way to bank because of the opportunity that they have been given to guide this young man onto the world stage.

3.  Set your goals higher than high and speak them into existence.  Justin went to see Taylor Swift in a sold out show at Madison Square Garden and told his manager that he would sell a show out there in one year.  He toured all over America building up the moment in Madison Square Garden almost exactly one year from the day he spoke it (the tickets were sold out within 22 minutes of going on sale).  He is the first person to sell out that arena within 18 months of being discovered.

4.  While you are believing and speaking you must be working.  The bible clearly states that faith without works is dead.  This young man has literally become an overnight household name and he works HARD everyday.  He made in-person appearances in almost every Pop radio station in America to promote his album (singing live every time even in the the early morning hours).  He works with a vocal coach to assist him in understanding how to preserve his voice for long run. 

5.  Practicing humility opens the door to your destiny and keeps you there.  In James 4:10 says humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up. Throughout the movie we witness Justin praying and expressing gratitude for the unique success that he is experiencing.  He and his staff also reserve tickets to give away to those who may not be able to afford to see the show.  The people that he has around him really appear to function as a family and the love and support shined through in the film.

I pray continued success for this young man and that God will always be the guide that he follows.  I also hope that amidst the screams and tears that little girls everywhere will be inspired to follow their own dreams and in face of any adversity they would remember to Never.Say.Never!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Look Out World

Well I have FINALLY ventured into the blogosphere.  It has been such a long time coming but I made it.  Writing has always been my passion but life has sidetracked my dream of sitting on the beach writing the day away.  I imagined myself traveling the world observing and researching for the next book or screenplay.  But alas, time told a different story for me that would not trade for anything.  I have career in government, a husband and two beautiful girls that have brought me more joy than I could have ever imagined.  However the longing to write has always been lingering in my spirit.  And what a wonderful space the Internet has created for the working moms, soccer moms, wall street number-crunchers, and high-powered lawyers who are all secretly longing to just write.  I am so glad to have found the time and place to express my thoughts and views and pray that anyone who stops through will be blessed by something they read on this site.  This first post would not be complete without a "shout-out" to one of the many English teachers who encouraged me in my writing: Dr. Laverne Weldon, Professor of English at Saint Augustine's College.

DISCLAIMER: The thoughts and opinions expressed here are totally mine for the sole purpose glorifying my God and exercising my freedom of speech.  I will not debate or argue with anyone about anything that I say and any derogatory comments will not be published here.

Happy reading!