“I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today”

Or alternatively, “Show a sister some love because it’s the right thing to do.”

Vote for My Auntie!

Can you deny such a beautiful baby this humble request?  I am gunning for “Best Personal Blog” and “Blog to Watch” in the 2010 Black Weblog Awards, and would greatly appreciate your support.  This is my first year participating, but truly want my blogging to be about something.  I would urge you to peruse my personal favorites:

Why I Cried
Ain’t I A Woman?
Four Sentences
He Hate Me

If you enjoy these, or can’t resist the pleading eyes of my beautiful three month old niece, click here, and nominate me in the above mentioned categories. Thanks a million guys.



Goals, Vision Boards and Horizons

Just keep swimming!

I read O Magazine. Often and religiously.  Oprah and I haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, but her magazine is definitely a winner.  It does a great job of covering topics that affect all women, and I appreciate that.  At the risk of sounding corny, I sometimes feel inspired after I’ve read the Ope’s latest offerings.  There’s nothing wrong with thinking of things that you typically do not.

I’m constantly in this, “What the hell am I going to do with my life” state, yet I’m still in the planning stage.  To call it troublesome is greatly understating.  I haven’t written a poem or short story in ages.  I’ve started my book over about a jillion times, and thanks to my injury, my workout program is stunted.  Before you tell me not to be hard on myself, I truly believe that a healthy dose of, “What the hell are you doing with your life, Melanie?” is in order.  Opportunities have been squandered, and I can’t continue to let that happen.

So, thanks to reading O, I’ve come to the conclusion that a vision board is in order.  Well, right now, I’ve got a box.  Though I hate what “boxes” represent, I’m still collecting things before I decide to put them up on a board, so I think a box is okay as an extremely temporary solution.

Goals. That’s what I need.  Randomly announcing wanting to do this or that isn’t really working.  Fruition.  That’s what it’s all about.  I think I beat myself before I start.  It’s classic and nothing new.  Plus, when I’m feeling slightly set adrift, it’s hard to keep focused on what I need to do to improve.  I’m good at rebooting; but just recovering in the middle of adversity?  Not my strong point.

So yeah…vision board.  Yeah.  I’ll get there.