Rest If You Must But,

I have been MIA for a while, but I promise its been for a good cause. In the past few weeks I've been to New Orleans, New York, and North Carolina. I've started my summer internship at the Travel Channel and even started my summer math class which will hopefully be the last time I have to crunch numbers that aren't related to a pay check.  In additon a lot of other jazzy stuff has been going on, causing me not to feel like my usually spunky19-year-old self. I've been doing some reflecting on life, love, and the fun stuff we lady thinkers like to ponder about. While digging through the mental crates of memories and information stored in my crainium I came across a little something that never failed to give me some life when I'm running around on "E".
When I was eight or so my mother hung this poem in our bathroom. I read it every time I entered but never fully understood its message until I acquired problems larger than being picked last in kickball.

I'm sure you've seen it, or at leas have heard it before andI'm most certainly sure that some of you think its whack, but it means a lot to me; especially in trying times.

Hope that it can me the same or even more to you.

Don't Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.


Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow.


Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.


Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

- Author unknown

Peace, Power, and Love

Positive Affirmations

Affirm:To assert positively; to tell with confidence; to aver; to maintain as true; opposite of deny

It is important to renew one's soul and to affirm the positive aspects of one's being. We often forget our glory and divinity as we are hit with and damaged by the hardships, struggles, and negative energies that arise throughout life. Take this day to remember the glory of the divine being that is within you, and open new doors of self consciousness and love.  

Here are some positive affirmations for women. Use them daily, or whenever you have to chance in order to build you esteem and make the world aware of your glory. Affirm your strength, affirm your beauty, affirm your love, and affirm your joy!

Because I am a Woman I am strong!

I have unique attributes and abilities because I am a Woman.

I am strong.

I am wise.

I am precious in the eyes of God.I can love and be loved.
I have power to choose my course in life.
I can accept my self for who I am.

My soul is tall.
I celebrate my beautiful soul.
My outer frame is what it is but my soul is gorgeous.
I love myself.
I am capable.
I am proud of my body for what it is
I only care about what I think of myself.
What others think of my is their choice, what I think of myself is my choice.
I have character.
My personality traits are endearing.
The lines and wrinkles of my outer frame show my history and character.
Being healthy is more important than being a toothpick.
I have power to change.
I have wisdom to know what to change.
I have power to love and be loved.
I can change.
I am at peace with the world.
I am beautiful
I can love without being in love
I can be helpful without being used.
I will change.
I am precious in the eyes of God.
I am at peace with myself.
I have power to choose my course in life.
I have unique attributes and abilities because I am a Woman.

Live in, affirm, and embrace your womanhood.

Peace, Power,and Love

Thoughts from the 504

Its a Friday night. I'm sitting pool side at the cotton mill turned Hilton Inn in New Orleans, Louisiana. The moisture in the air is creating dew on my skin. I find myself breathing slowly as if to take in the spirit of the city through my nostrils, letting it possess my body. It is the evening, around ten, so the temperature is cooler now, but the air is still as thick as the accents of the home team warriors. And warriors they truly are.

As I arrived in the city, first stepping into the Louis Armstrong Airport the smell of old water smacked me across my face. Not the kind smell of beach water like at Ocean City or that of a baby pool, but the evil water of destruction. Its funny to me that what brings forth life also calls the reaper to make his rounds. What makes up 70 percent of the human body will also rob a man of his last breath.

This is a city built vibrant, a city built strong. A city of hard workers, heavy drinkers and passionate lovers. The roots run deep, drinking of the water...soaking up the water.

Building life after Katrina and the new man made disaster of oil spilling into the Gulf makes life in the Big Easy seem not a bit easy, but the people are strong.

I admire those who face danger or hardship with courage and with minds and spirits of steel. Not sure if the strength comes from the history, bomb food, or genes...but here looking to you, New Orleans.