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Normally, I want my birthdays to be filled with music, partying, drinking, and dancing.  My 33rd birthday celebration was all of this, minus the crowded, stuffy club and a room full of strangers.  After a long and stressful year, I wanted total relaxation and a room full of my best gals.  Continue reading

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How Did You Spend Your 4th of July?

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4th of July is filled with many American traditions like fireworks,  BBQ’s, family,  red, white and blue,  etc.   I personally enjoy relaxing in nice weather,  eating good food and sipping on something tasty.   Unfortunately,  my fun was jam packed into only a few hours because I had to work, but I’m interested in knowing how all of you celebrated your Independence Day!

Share your stories and traditions with the rest of us!

Happy New Year from DaniTheDreamgirl!!!

Source: Google Images

Source: Google Images

It’s that time of year again when we gather up all of the lessons from the last 12 months and reflect on the good and the bad.  As we move into another year, let’s count our blessings and appreciate those who have made it with us.  Enjoy the festivities (wherever you may be) and don’t forget to give thanks!  Thank you for all of the support throughout this past year and I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings. 

Daniella Sig

Celebrities Can Dream Too!

Hello, world!  Thank you, once again, for visiting my Dreamworld.  I hope that everyone had a safe and enjoyable Christmas with family and friends (and lots of food)!  In keeping with the holiday spirit a.k.a. the warm and fuzzies,  I want to highlight something that makes me warm to the core…babies!  Ok, so have you ever wondered what happens AFTER a celebrity makes it or what their new set of goals might be once they actually reach celebrity status?!  I do all the time!  So, when I see women on the come-up or already in the business who are starting families, I loooove it!  To think that they have the fame, the money, the world at their fingertips and it comes back to the basics of starting a family…that’s what it’s all about.  Here’s something to just make you smile and for me to say congrats to the new mommies in the spotlight and the mommies-to-be!  Enjoy 🙂

Parents-to-be Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose, Source: US Magazine

Parents-to-be Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose, Source: US Magazine

Lola Monroe and Los Unveil Pregnancy, Source: Instagram

Lola Monroe and Los Unveil Pregnancy, Source: Instagram

Tamera Mowry-Housley and Husband Adam Housley, Source: People

Tamera Mowry-Housley and Husband Adam Housley recently welcomed their new baby son to the world. Source: People

Daniella Sig

Birthdays and Hip-Hop!

Sorry for the delay in getting on here, but as you all know, life happens!  I had an amazing weekend and got to experience some wonderful things…just thought I’d share the highlights!  First off, it was my beautiful mother’s birthday (say, “Happy Birthday Mommy!”) and I got to spend lots of time with her and the rest of my family and friends.  She loved every second of her party (so did I)!

I also forgot to mention that a few weeks ago my mom received an award from the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW) at the 2012 ODESSA Awards ceremony.  She was recognized for her public and civil work within the community!  YES! She takes care of her own on a daily basis.

My mom is on the end (left)

Love you, Mommy!

The next exciting thing about my weekend was attending the Life is Good tour with Nas and Lauryn Hill.  YES! She is back!  If you don’t know, now you know…she is my all-time favorite female artist!  I had such a great time!

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Lauryn Hill

What have you been up to?  Anything fun and exciting?!

Howard Homecoming: A Kevin Hart Weekend!

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Yup, that’s right!  I finally get to see this fool in living color and I’m SO HYPE!  I normally stay away from the city during Howard’s Homecoming because there are just too many people and crowds, but this is definitely going to be a much needed and anticipated exception.  I’ve had a crazy few weeks from dealing with stress at work, packing, moving, almost busting some foreheads at a funeral, (did I mention packing?), getting pulled over for running a red light…you name it, it pretty much happened!  So yes, I will be letting my hair down, getting cute and joining in on the festivities this weekend!  ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, ALRIIIIIGHT!  You gon’ learn today!

How will you be enjoying Howard’s Homecoming?  Do tell!

What Will Your Weekend Bring?!

I have the luxury of being able to visit family this weekend (yay!)…that means seeing my parents, my cousins, my aunts and uncles and my best friends!  To add a splash of fun in there, I’m going to see Sean Paul perform live for the first time ever!  I’ll be hitting the road and driving up north in a short while and I cannot wait.  What will your weekend bring you? Any big plans?  Either way, have fun and enjoy your time (near or far)!  In the hustle and bustle of life it’s easy to let time slip away, but make this weekend different. Go out with friends, spend time with mom or dad…whatever it is, ENJOY and be PRESENT!

DANITHEDREAMGIRL Received an Award!!!

This recognition and thanks is long overdue, but outside of blogging I have to pay the bills by working (lol) so time isn’t always on my side 🙂  So, onto the good news!  I am the recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award, which recognizes blogs that do something different and exciting!  In order to receive this award, you MUST be nominated or awarded by another blog site.  I had the honor of being presented this award by another lovely blogger who is Shipwrecked on Fabulous Island Here it is:

This is what she had to say about me and my site:

Dani of DANITHEDREAMGIRL documents her journey to find her purpose and helps tell the stories of others along the way.  I call her features The Dream Catchers because she exposes everyday people who are chasing (and determined to catch) their dreams.  Subscribe to her blog via email for the latest and greatest in MOTIVATION!

To that, I say “THANK YOU VERY MUCH!”  It’s nice to be recognized for the work that I do and the stories that I tell!  So the rules state that I must share 7 facts about myself…here goes nothing:

1.  I love to LOVE! I love hard!  Once I’m comfortable with a person, my heart will surely open up to them.  That’s the reason for me having such wonderful relationships in my life (just ask my close friends).

2.  I’m very GIVING! If I have it, you got it.  I will give you the last few dollars in my pocket if you needed it more than me.

3.  I dream of a BIG wedding, but will more than likely elope just to save the money! lol

4.  I love DOGS…they are so much cooler than cats!

5.  I’m a Daddy’s girl! If you talk about my dad, there will be problems.

6.  I like partying with my brother more than anyone else.

7.  My TRUE lifelong passion that I never actually followed was to be a DANCER!  I must find a way to fit that into my life somehow.

THERE YOU HAVE IT!  Was that good?  OK, now I have to pass this along to other bloggers!  Can I give it back to the person that gave it back to me???  I wish I could, because I really want to…F it!  I’m giving it back to her!  Take a look at who I picked for this award!

1. She is the craftiest, most fabulous, amazing mother, friend so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she is Shipwrecked on Fabulous Island. If you need recipes, event planning tips, crafting samples/step by step descriptions, etc…you better act like you know and click on her link!

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2.  I totally adore Necole Bitchie, which is why she is my next honoree! I love her story! She went from nothing, to being one of the BEST bloggers out there. She received an award from Soul Train for being the #1 Soul Site. She doesn’t even know it, but she is one of my biggest, if not the biggest, blogging inspiration! You can make a living out of just writing and posting! She has a huge celebrity following, but seems very down to earth. She has celeb status, but remains humble…if that’s not versatile I don’t know what is!

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3. My next lovely recipient is the creator of The Jasmine Brand. She is not only good at what she does, but she is totally down to earth! She took the time to have a Twitter Q&A with me to offer advice and guidance on how to be successful in the blogging world! She gave insight on how SHE made it and for that, I will always be grateful. She can chum it up with the big names within the industry and still chum it up with people like me who are on the come-up!

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4. Next up! Oh yeah…she’s getting smacked with a DOUBLE award since she has already received it once! If you love shoes, you will love Shoeacidal Hotline. She is able to get exclusive interviews with our favorite stars who rock the best shoes! If you’re feeling a bit SHOEACIDAL, call her hotline!

The list isn’t long, but it’s packed with power!  Check them out 🙂   Thanks for taking the time to visit Danithedreamgirl and share in my excitement!

Some Will Stay Forever, but NOT Everyone Made it to 2012 with Me!

To my followers, I say “THANK YOU” for supporting me and taking the time to read such great stories of inspiration!  I’ve gotten many emails and comments from those that were truly helped and inspired after reading about some amazing people and their journeys through life.  I have some additional interviews that I will be disclosing within the next month or so; stay tuned!

With that said, I think it’s a good idea to clear the air and make a personal statement with this being a new year and all.  I’ve welcomed 2012 with open arms; 2011 was filled with so many events, ups and downs, trials, epiphanies, changes, etc.  It was a busy year, to say the least.  However, in all the lessons that I took away from the past year, there are two that shine through (not all friendships last forever and family means everything) and I’m sure others will be able to relate.  I took time to slim down my circle of friends, evaluated who I’ve been letting into my life and it was certainly time for a change.  Although, I’m a FIRM believer that everyone comes into your life for a reason, it is also true that not everyone is meant to stay.  It wasn’t all DEEP though; I took some much-needed time to be with the people who mean the most and I did things that made ME happy like, take a trip to Miami for my brother’s birthday…

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Went to see Jay and Kanye’s Watch the Throne Tour…

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Went to L.A. for the first time…

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I had some amazing experiences, but of course as luck would have it, it wasn’t all fun and games for me.  Friendships were tested!  Some of my friendships ended, some of them started, but the ones that stand out the most are those that just disappeared.  I had a “friend” get engaged and will be married soon; I guess that invitation got lost in the mail (FYI, never drop your girls for any man…that’s Rule #1)!  After 11 years of friendship, she broke the mighty, mighty Rule #1.  I had another “friend” become so selfish and unappreciative of my time and truly thought that the world revolved around her drinking schedule…that relationship is no longer an issue for me.  Both situations were with two different people, but had the same outcome and I have no issues with either one being gone.  Of course time and attention were invested and sacrifices were made on both ends, but when the expiration date approaches I don’t fight it.  I don’t look back and I certainly don’t lose sleep over fixing something that will forever be broken. Sorry folks, no pics of the two ladies referenced above…I’m not that cold-hearted.

The moral of my story is, no matter how positive you may try to be in life, no matter how inspired you are by someone’s success, or how you try to maintain mind control, nothing will prepare any of us for the unexpected things that happen in life.  One of the unexpected things that life may bring is having to say “good-bye” to those that you thought had your best interest at heart.  I’d rather deal with the pain of turning away, than suffer a lifetime of toxic relationships…that will certainly end up killing me in the long run.  Instead, I chose to rid my life of the bad and celebrate the good!  I brought in the new year with a bang, with friends and friends of friends!

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Living life the happy way is the first step to moving in the right direction!  The Dreamgirl can’t dream if she surrounds herself with nightmares!  Keep on dreaming!