Thursday, June 25, 2009
This week I embarked on a new style in wearing my hair. It is not anything new or fabulous but I am proud that I DID IT on my own...and I'm loving the results (see to the right). Clearly I have a glow because today was one of the most interesting days I've had all summer. While walking about across campus, I was constantly getting looks and comments. See the stares/glares and words weren't hateful, but positive. People really notice my hair style and wanted to stop me in my path and let me know (verbally) or confirm my notion with looks.
As black women, I can say that I fell like most do....adhering to the stereotypes of how we are suppose to look and how to wear our hair. I was not brought up to hate myself or how God created me, but I really thought that natural hair, would not be becoming on someone like me or professional (for me). This was not to demean those who have always worn their natural hair, but it was my thoughts and what I felt was true. Lol. I laugh because I know now that I was ignorant to the meaning of true beauty, but also needed to personal grow (love myself even more). Today I am feeling myself, because I am getting so much love from acquaintances and/or strangers on my look. And I'm loving it!!
A great women, motivator, naturalista (yes I just made up another word) and blogger Ms. Floyd at Natural Hair Rules did a posting last week entitled "Has My Natural Offended You"....if you haven't read it, you should. The girl was preaching. Not only has she committed herself to motivated those (like myself) embarking on a natural hair journey, but those who are struggling with loving themselves (the way God made them). I mention her entry for I totally was feeling the sista; definetly today more than when I initially read it. Not to say that I think those around me are offended (which in fact some maybe), but more to send the message of "yes, I cut my long silky mane to have silky kinky coils...I'm sexier than ever now....AND I could care less of what you think". Lol. And from the attention I've been getting, its evident they feel the same. Lol.
I guess the lesson is that you have to love yourself before anyone else can love you. Remember that you can't control how others feel or view you, but you can control how YOU feel about YOU. Its a long's day journey family. As long as God is for you, who can be against you.
The orAKAle has spoken........
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I say this post on a different list I'm on. I wanted to do my part in assisting others to find employment during these recession times. Take a look at the article posted below. The source is noted at the bottom for further follow up:
Published: 6/12/09, 2:17 PM EDTIn this recession, you may be surprised how long it's taking to find a job, especially if previous searches have gone fairly quickly. Unfortunately, as the unemployment rate continues to climb, more people are looking for work and the competition only gets tougher. Need advice for making it through a long job search? Take the same approach you would if you were running a marathon. Here are some ways in which the two activities are similar and tips you can use to land a new position:
You have to be patient
If you expect to spend just a few weeks training for a marathon, you'll be in for a rude awakening the day of the race. Competitors often spend months preparing. When it comes to the job search, the same holds true: You must have a realistic expectation of the time involved. Steeling yourself for an extended search can help you ward off frustration and lead to a pleasant surprise if you reach your goal sooner than expected.
You must put in the effort
Training for a marathon means waking up early to train, watching what you eat and enduring countless practice sessions. Finding a job takes a lot of work, too, from scouring the Internet for open positions to creating targeted application materials to networking with others in your field. That's why it's good to have a system in place. Set aside time each day to focus on your search and stick to your routine. For example, you may spend two hours each morning scanning online job boards for leads and the same amount of time in the afternoon reaching out to members of your network and establishing new contacts.
You don't have to go it alone
Some runners train on their own, but many form groups to help keep them motivated and on track. Looking for work doesn't have to be a private pursuit either. Reach out to friends, family and former colleagues to let them know you're on the job hunt; they may be able to provide you with job leads or referrals. In-person contact is important when networking; instead of relying solely on e-mail or Web sites such as LinkedIn, talk to people on the phone, take them to lunch or meet up with them in the evening.
Explore those avenues that allow you to network with others who are searching for employment. For example, you might consider joining a job-search club or attending a "pink-slip party," during which recently laid-off professionals connect with companies that are hiring and recruiting firms. In addition to expanding your base of contacts, you can share success strategies with others in your same situation.
You should set goals
Properly training for a marathon requires you to set regular goals for improving your speed and endurance. You also should set goals during your job hunt. For instance, you may seek to add one new contact to your network each week or complete a training course in a new software application within six months. Having an objective to work toward will help you stay focused and ensure you continue to move forward, improving your chances of finding a job. After reaching your target, treat yourself to a small reward -- like dinner out -- to keep motivation high.
You need the right gear
Wearing the proper shoes and clothing can make the difference in avoiding injuries and being comfortable while training for and running in a marathon. Your job hunt "gear" is your application materials. Your résumé and cover letter should be targeted to each opening you respond to. Ideally, they should also include keywords from the job posting. Many employers use software to search applications for these terms in order to determine which candidates should continue in the hiring process. And make sure your documents are in top-notch shape by carefully proofreading them before submission. Eighty-four percent of executives Robert Half polled said it takes just one or two typographical errors in a résumé to remove a candidate from consideration for a job opening.
Training for a marathon and looking for a job can both take a long time and require a tremendous amount of effort. But keep in mind the feeling you get when you cross the finish line or are offered a job you want; it's clear then that all the hard work has been worth it.
Source - Robert Half International Inc. is the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm with a global network of more than 360 offices worldwide. For more information about our professional services, please visit www.rhi.com.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Today's post is short, sweet and straight to the point...don't force something that is not there ladies. If he hasn't called you back OR is being very fickled about communications with you, etc...he's just not that into you.
Is your main interst very vague and is not clueing you in on "how to proceed"...after a few months or so of "dating"...hunny he is not that into you.
OR (this one is long..but hear me out..lol) - you meet someone, randomly but casually, who is let's say from out of town and they ACT like they want to hang out, get to know you, etc.. You all gel perfectly and you think that the inital meeting will lead to a follow up before BOTH bail out to perspective locations...but you soone come to find out they are not interested in including you in the plans being made (whether it be outings, concerts, etc)...but claimed they wanted YOU to go out with them AND really want to get to know you better...but the actions are speaking something totally different than the empty words.....HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU!!!!!
The orAKAle has spoken......
Monday, June 8, 2009
Below are a list of artist that are definitely MIA (in some form) that the fans want back immediately! Notice the diversity of group. Thanks to all those who assisted with contributing to this list. Ransom notes for their rescue are welcomed...but I can not guarantee that you will get paid a dime for them (lol):
~ Bel Biv Devoe
~ Blackstreet (allegedly are back together and are touring as I typed)
~ Boys to Men (and I do mean ALL of the members...even though one is sick)
~ Celine Dion
~ Envogue (original members only please)
~ H-Town (new single called "Call Me Mr. Pacman....hmmm)
~ Ice Cube
~ Janet Jackson (I know you boo'd up but please take back your thrown)
~ Kenny Latimore
~ Maxwell (originally on the list but has a new album out)
~ New Edition
~ Vivian Green (girl I really miss you)
To be continued....the orAKAle has spoken.......
~ Ice Cube
~ Janet Jackson
~ Vivian Green (girl I really miss you)
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
For those who don't know, my sister is actually "my lil sis"...the one I always refer to in my tweets, etc. While there is a five year difference in age, she is one of the most mature women I admire. As all of us have, she has been victim of adversary and heartache, but instead of wallowing in her self pity, she pulled herself up by her boot straps and pressed on, giving all the glory to God and seeking him first before everything. Because of her dedication and determination in her professional and personal life, she continues to be blessed AND also serve as a huge blessing for many.
Below are some pictures of my sister and I:
This is our "celebrity out and about...paparazzi caught us" picture....lmbo....don't ask...lol
This is by far one of my favorite pictures of us. We were out to dinner with friends and randomly had a photo opt.
Who would've known then that these pictures would turn out to mean so much to me and also show the love that we have as sisters (a bond that can not be broken). Today I celebrate my sister....someone who has helped me through so much and mean the world to me. If you have siblings, tell them you love them and/or reach out to them. I assure you that not only would they appreciate it, but you will feel so much better as well.
The orAKAle has spoken......