Reflections of 09′

30 12 2009

As the January 2010 magazines begin to pile up in my mailbox, I’m reminded that 2009’s time is up! I cannot believe how quickly this year went full circle. Plainly it proves my grandmother was correct when she used to say, “time ain’t waiting on none of us.” So I’ve decided to reflect on some of the things that really touched and changed my life in so many miraculous ways. I’ve created 3 blogs and was rekindled with my passion for the written word! Love, live, and breathe to write…going to stop chasing my dream of writing a book and commit myself into doing it! I traded in my fashionista coating for a recessionista armor which believe me was a difficult achievement. With the unfortunate downsize that I had experienced, I had no choice but to control my compulsive spending…speaking of shopping, I cannot believe they actually made a movie about someone like me, Confessions of a Shopaholic; Go figure! I acclimated to my new environment and prioritized my needs over wants; full-fledged-adult-here! Budgeting also taught me to respect the value of my dollars…and pennies too!

President Barack Obama made history and proved that change has come to our nation. His glamorous other half, Michelle Obama, brought back fashion to the White House where Jacqueline Kennedy left off. Mesmerizing to say the least of the Obamas’. Oprah announced her retirement and boy was that a blow for an avid viewer & fan like myself. As she grew emotional and fought back tears, I allowed mine to roll down my face; I couldn’t mask my disappointment of losing her as well as my joy for her new journey. Hey, I blame it on getting older…certain commercials can bring the waterworks on! Anyone who personally knows me is aware of the reverence I have for Ms. Winfrey. She’s been a part of my life for almost 25 years and during this time she has become a trusted friend of some sort and is definitely a true visionary…Ms. Winfrey makes dreams come true.

The importance of living my life to the fullest everyday was delicately reminded with the untimely deaths of my beloved grand-aunt and so many famous people too. We said our goodbyes to countless talents that I know my list will not be completely accurate. Michael Jackson, listening to your music uplifted me in my darkest hours…thank you! DJ AM missing those turntable mixes; Patrick Swayze, your masculinity and graceful moves made Dirty Dancing a cult-classic; Ricardo Montalban, enjoyed your illusions on Fantasy Island; Farrah Fawcett, forget Charlie…you’re God’s Angel now; John Updike, think of you fondly when watching the mischievousness of The Witches of Eastwick; Senator Ted Kennedy, appreciated your contribution to our politics and thanks for your Obama endorsement; John Hughes…I feel forever young when watching your slew of 80’s hits, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Breakfast Club…genius! Natasha Richardson…you were unconvincing as an icy diva in Maid in Manhattan because you were quite the opposite; Bea Arthur, you are eternally one of the Golden Girls; Brittany Murphy, never Clueless…just rolling with the homies!

In closing, I’m grateful to you, my dedicated readers, and look forward to providing edutainment to your computers in 2010!

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Untamed Waves of Unemployment

20 12 2009

photo by anthony goto on Flickr

Anyone who personally knows me can attest that I’m relatively an optimistic person and try to find the brightness in a gloomy day. But lately I haven’t been seeing life through my rose-colored lenses. I wouldn’t be honest with my readers if I said that surfing the untamed waves of unemployment has been easy; its been quite the opposite, extremely hard and even depressing. Its been close to a year and I’ve been on countless interviews; too many to even provide an accurate count. I’ve grown accustomed to the basic intro questions that most if not all employers tend to ask, “So what made you apply with us?” Ahh…I need a job and benefits please! I’ve developed a great sales pitch and learned to sell my skills with so much fervor that I’ve been frequently asked, “Wow, you did so much for them, why did they let you go?” Ahh…cause no one is expendable! I’ve learned to interpret body language from the firmness of an introductory handshake to the uncomfortable nods during the spiel of a resume. Always gracious even when it shouldn’t be displayed, I’m thankful for all the opportunities bestowed. And I’m so appreciative when I get a follow-up whether it’s welcoming me to a second phase or acknowledging me for my interests. So although I’m thoroughly seasoned and have learned to score interviews during this recession, I have yet been assigned.

If you’ve been on the same boat as me and it feels like it’s a never-ending sail, my advice is to try to hold on although things look bleak. If you’re spiritual, pray; it always gives me release when I cast my burdens unto God. Keep reminding yourself about of all the blessings that you currently have. I’ve heard some complain about those weekly unemployment benefits but they truly are blessings! Give yourself a break from the job-search grind but don’t give up, keep applying and going on those screenings; the right one will present itself soon.





Has Project Runway Runs Its Course?

12 12 2009

Project Runway‘s new advertisement caught my attention instantly with the backdrop of glittering lights that NYC is renowned for. The new season’s punchline is returning back to its roots in New York, NY! Whoa…did I miss a full season already? As a PR enthusiast, I was completely disheartened when Bravo lost the battle with Lifetime over one of my most coveted shows. Let me be honest…when I think of Lifetime, I think of those mommy movies with commercials, not a hot fashion exhibition! I still gave it a look-see once…maybe twice and it immediately lost my attention. Dare I admit…Bravo’s Housewives of Atlanta took over my Thursday 10pm slot! So this caused me to wonder…has Project Runway run its course? Many reality shows have shelf-lives of about 3 seasons and after that, it would take something monumental to grasp my interests and something else to sustain it. For instance, I was completely devoted to Tyra & America’s Next Top Model when it first appeared and I was so excited when Eva-the-Diva won!. After that, I didn’t even tune in for the finales let alone the antics of Janice Dickerson. Which season did she get booted off again? But Project Runway was different and had my attention throughout all of its years on Bravo…I just didn’t care for its new home on Lifetime. To me they took a hot show and made it lukewarm. I heard that the show’s viewership was at a devastating low which is a strong indication that it’s headed towards the end. Will returning to New York be the necessary change that can accelerate it’s poor ratings? Only time will tell. I will be checking it out on January 14, 2010 at 10pm.