Monday, May 18, 2009

Vacation Time

Yes you read correctly, it is definitely vacation time in Missouri (for me that is). I am officially on vacation part 1 for the summer months. What this means is that this year I have decided to split up my vacation time into 3 parts versus a bunch of days in one lump sum. I'm so clever :)

So this week, I am at home with the family and boo's relaxing and taking in the sun. It feels so good not to be interrupted by either co-workers, employees or projects. This year, instead of taking an extended weekend, I actually took an entire...and then some. Lol. This way, I can rest, fellowship and reflect, and not feel rushed. Very smart move on my part I must say.

I was
noticing at work (in the last few weeks) I was having a hard time concentrating, decompressing and relaxing. This was a clear sign that I was ready for a break soon. But not just any break would do family. I needed one that was going to seriously give me a mental break from the gig and those individuals, in my life, who cause (or attempt to cause) stress. That is why my home town was a perfect place to spend part 1 this summer.

If I can remember to take pics, lol, I will upload some for you all to see. Been having loads of fun thus far! Enjoy your week all.

The orAKAle has spoken......

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Count in All Joy!

In case you didn't notice, I've included an update pic of me to the right. I decided to braid up for the summer months to increase hair growth and to protect my hair. Besides, the summer months are one of the "hair growing sections" in my hair cycle. Shout out to my girl Vena Chic for hooking me up. I am loving the highlights! Tell me what you think....

Today's message is titled "Count in All Joy". This subject is coming directly from the scripture found in James 1:2-4 (Take a look and read today when you get a will move you).

Are you rejoicing in the good and bad times? I ask this because the bible tells us that no matter what the situation, we should be counting all of our blessings and giving praise, whether favorable or not. See, daily we can get wrapped up in the pettiness or DRAMA that life throws our way. But, how you respond makes all the difference.

This reminds me of an employee here at my company that is always in a frump (or at least they look like it). Constantly I am speaking to them, smiling, etc and they never budge. It’s almost as if the world is against them OR I did something to hurt/insult them. Lol. I laugh because many of days (and you all can attest) I feel the same way they look:

~ Seems everything and everyone is against me all on the same day

~ When trying to move forward with goals, roadblocks come out of nowhere

~ Those who I THOUGHT were friends, have shown their true color and now have to be removed from the “friend” category

The list can go on and on. Despite it all, I still stay happy, confident and most importantly thankful. This is the impression I give others on a daily basis. Am I lying to them by doing this? I don’t think so. No matter what is going on, I am counting my blessings and not letting anything or anyone change/control my mood.

So today I ask you – How has your week gone thus far? How has your attitude been the past few days towards yourself and others? Whether good or bad, give thanks to the father for allowing you to live yet another day AND making a difference in this world. Now, if you do not feel that you are making a difference, then that is another entry…for another day. Lol.

Be blessed family and remember this too shall pass. The orAKAle has spoken………………..

Friday, May 8, 2009

The exam was a beast family...

I am still in a daze from my exam last night. Must admit, it was a doosey. I was ok until I go to the last two pages...which were fill in the blank. Oh did I tell you that I only had 20 minutes left once I hit the fill in the

In the end, I was vitorious. I am still waiting to get my grade on the exam and I pray that it does not bring my stellar "A" down. Its in the Lord's hands now and that is where it will stay. Once my grades are posted, I will let you all know how I did.

This class is the preview to this chapter (academia pt3) in my life. While I am not discouraged, this semester did prove to me what I need professionally and personally to be academically successful. Does that mean I open a job search? Do I hold off on school so I can focus on this demanding position? Do I just quit and be complacent with what I am doing now ( no)? Much is to be pondered over the next three months family. Feel free to lend your suggestions.

The orAKAle has spoken........

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

EXAM WEEK: Its do or die people

Hey family,

I've been gone for a minute, but I promise the orAKAle will be back and in effect...after this week. Lol. For those of you in school, its about that time for exams. This is why I've been absent for the last few weeks....ya girl is trying to finish strong with my class this semester.

It will all be over tomorrow, for my class meets for the last time at 3 pm. Going into the final, my professor informed me that I do have an A in the class! This is very exciting for I have been working my tale off to end strong with a minimum of a B+ or higher...but it seems that will continued hard work and determination, I can pull off a 100% as my final class score. This will leave me with a 4.0 cumulative GPA. I'm extra excited about this.

On a different note, if you haven't done so already, check out my online albums on to see updates of my gorgeous self. I plan to post a new pic on here soon for all of you to see, so thanks for your patience. Well, its back to work, then soon studying for my exam.

the orAKAle has spoken.......