As if being the creator and protagonist of the hit HBO series, Insecure, wasn’t enough, Issa Rae is now the new face of CoverGirl. Continue reading
Since the start of the Dreamworld, there’s been a constant theme of searching for my passion and ultimate happiness, while inspiring others and sharing success stories. It’s taken several years, but I’ve finally discovered that it is hard searching for myself and inspiring all of you at the same time. This explains my frequent breaks from blogging. At some point, I needed to take my own advice, right? Well, I did…and it worked! Continue reading
Tears of joy fell, history was made, and legacies were built. This year’s summer Olympics made me proud to be an American, as the USA earned over 100 medals. Continue reading
I came across a story today that really touched my heart because it reminded me just how insane this world can be. One moment you could be alive and kicking, the next you could be dead and only a memory to those you leave behind. The story I read was about 21-year old Kristina Chesterman, a nursing student at Chico State University. She was hit by a drunk driver while riding her bike home and she sadly died a few days later. Kristina’s organs were donated and she was able to save a very special life. Her heart went to 64-year old retired nurse, Susan Vieira.
After six months of not knowing where her heart came from, she read a news article where Kristina’s mother openly said she wanted to meet the person who received her daughter’s heart. The interesting part? Kristina’s mom had found a bucket list that her daughter was keeping. She gave the bucket list to Susan and oddly enough, many of the things had already been accomplished. Susan says, “She read my Kristina’s bucket list…It was as if I was getting a CV of my life. There were so many points that I had already on that bucket list. It was uncanny.”
Susan has decided to mark off the rest of Kristina’s bucket list and says, “I’d like to think all the things I continue to accomplish in my life, I’m taking Kristina with me…Together we will finish her bucket list.”
Another touching gift that she is able to give back is to hug Kristina’s mother so that she can again feel her daughter’s heart beat. If only we could all have someone to fulfill our dreams once we are long gone. What a touching story!
***Quotes were gathered from Yahoo!
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking in regards to where I want to be in the next few years. Along the way it has become painfully obvious that no matter how much we plan, God has the ultimate say-so. So, with that in mind, I can have hopes and dreams and pray that I am moving in the right direction, but I have to be prepared for things to just not go as I may want them to.
If I reflect on the past few years, there are many things that I’ve wanted to accomplish, but for some reason I meet someone special, things get put on hold, and before I realize it, years have passed and I’m left regretting not doing more for myself. Of course life lessons came out of each experience, so I can’t be too mad at myself, but I do often wish I’d been just a tad selfish.
If I had to answer my own question, I’d say, “no, I would not alter my dream for love” because I’ve altered, paused, forgot, abused and neglected my dreams for love before. Anyone who truly loves me will join me for the ride and support me along the way.
I say it all the time, but I am no expert. I simply speak my mind and follow my heart and gut. No matter how big my dreams have gotten, there’s a very striking sense of reality that sets in every now and then. I could sit here everyday and write and work so hard that I feel fulfilled, but how does that pay my bills? MY reality is, I need to work. I need to survive. I need to eat. I can’t do any of that without actually working. I’ve shed the normal 9-5 and don’t have to sit in an office every day, which is one goal that I’ve been able to achieve. But achieving goals is simply a domino effect; once you reach one, it’s on to the next one and so forth. For example, here is my goal list:
-Move out of Philadelphia -Get my security clearance and a government job -Get a lavish apartment -Start writing in some capacity -Get my blog site to generate revenue -Get out of my 9-5 life and have free days -Get my bartending license
-Move out of DC
-Write for a large publication
As you can see, I named GOALS and not my dream(s). My big dream is to become such a successful writer that it is my job! Until then, I still have bills to pay and I still need to have a strong sense of reality that keeps me grounded. I always have a goal that allows me to earn money because at this point, I don’t have the luxury of not working. So, I ask all of you…can you afford your dream?
Here are just a few images of the DOERS who made their dreams a reality! They have taken flight and are soaring into much success!
I’ve been getting requests to give an update about my dreams and what I’m accomplishing and what’s going on in my world. Well, in addition to turning 30, I’ve been making some moves! I was asked to do a photo shoot for an awesome boutique in Baltimore, Curvy Doll. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity. I got glammed up with make-up, jewelry, clothes, the works! The photos haven’t been released yet, but below is a short behind the scenes video of the photo shoot. Enjoy!