Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Flying Backwards

Be in a music video.

This was something I had on the list some time ago and I got to cross it off when me and mini me made a couple of cameos in a video that was shot in Atlanta.

This time around however--this is a little more special. This is the first video for my group PHAB (which stands for Perfect Harmony and Balance). If you're wondering where I've been, it preparing for this right here...: So here is our first video for my new theme song "Flying Backwards"

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Real Tear Jerker

I know I know, I haven't posted in awhile. Shame on me.

But I found this awesome story today. So a little old lady who has an incurable cancer had just 3 things on her bucket list. One of which was to meet NBA Star Dwight Howard...

So guess who showed up to her house...

Read the entire story here

Be aware it's a tear jerker..

BTW, got plans to knock a couple more off the list as the birthday is coming up in about 2 weeks!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Definition of Determination

If you can watch this without feeling inspired...something is wrong.

This contestant from China's Got Talent lost BOTH of his arms in a tragic accident as a kid, but learned to play piano...with his FEET. If that ain't determination for you, I don't know what is... Not only is he talented, but I love what he says (rough translation aside)...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Love Poem

I've been so caught up in other stuff, I almost forgot that I was able to cross something else off my list in the last few weeks--twice actually.

About a year ago I said I would perform a love poem on stage.

This is kind of a big deal for me because I don't write love poems. Not that I can't obviously, but it's a topic I don't touch normally and I didn't write my first really good one until last year.

So back in June when I went to Boston and found myself in a 3-2-1 slam. For those of you who are unfamiliar, it means you do three rounds of poetry--the first piece is 3 mins, the second one is 2 mins and the third 1 min. The problem is I didn't realize until about 15 mins before we were set to start that it was a 321. It dawned on me that without cutting or speeding through a piece I had nothing for the middle round so I was forced to change my game plan. I decided to take a gamble with my 2 minute and pull out the only love poem I had memorized --I scored pretty darn good too, if I remember correctly it scored the highest of the 3 that I did and I ended up in 2nd place by about a half point.

After that, I decided I would at least try to rotate it in somewhere and that's where last week came in.

On Monday, I had the best night in awhile--I mean so good, folks in the audience were walking up to me mid set and handing me roses. During a break a girl walked up to me and asked if I would listen to a piece she wrote--she was too scared to do it on stage so I made her a deal. If she agreed to do hers (which I thought was quite good), I would do another one at her request--and wouldn't you know she asked if I had a love poem. I told her my dilemma with the whole love poem thing, but said I would do the one I knew. Next thing you know, she did so I did.

That said--surprisingly enough it went really well. And as such I am officially taking it off the list. In the interim, I have a recording session in about 2-3 weeks and I have been asked to record this piece over music, at which point I'll post it up so you all can hear it. :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The wedding...

Well again, thank EVERYONE sincerely for the love and support for my friends.

The dream wedding was on Sunday. As promised, I am sharing with you.

Let me say I had an absolutely fabulous weekend. I rode up to New York on Sunday morning and it was pretty much hotter than the third circle of hell. I took a little walk in Central Park since it was across the street and then came back and started helping with some of the last minute stuff.

We started a few minutes late, but all in all it was perfect:


Just when it couldn't get better, the groom surprised everyone, by having Dru Hill perform at the reception. YES... THAT Dru Hill. OMG--they can SANG!! (yes I said SANG not SING)

Which inadvertently allowed me to cross an item off my list:

Item #66: take a picture with a celebrity (check)

That's me with Sisqo. LOL. They actually stayed for a little while at the reception which was really nice--I thought they were super nice.

All in all it was absolutely an amazing day. I know they are so HAPPY!

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Countdown

I wanted to check in today.

It's been crazy busy times. But the good news is, after all of you guys helped and voted. My friend Nikki and Isaac are less than 48 hours away from their wedding.

It's on Sunday afternoon so I will be heading up to New York this weekend. As I promised, I will post up pictures when I get back--plus I'm working on another one of my BIG goals, but shhhh...we'll keep that a secret until it's complete.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

100 TTDBYD--Your City Edition

I came across two really great pages on Facebook (gotta love social One is DC 365 and the other is called Things to Do in DC Before you Die.

They both cover really cool things to do in and around the city--I believe 365 has fan pages for other cities as well.

I used both pages as sort of the jumping off point for a class video project. The goal of the project was a create a short video promo for an organization. I wrote a bucket list of sorts for DC of things that everyone should try to do in the city, whether visiting or whether you live here--

so here is a short version of "100 Things to Do in DC" (soundtrack is Welcome to DC by Mambo Sauce)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Never Too Late.

This almost made me cry.

I ran across this story earlier today. A 94 year old woman in Texas. YES 94!!! was told she had 6 months to live. She was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. The nursing home staff where she currently lives asked if there was anything she wanted to do on her bucket list. She said she wanted to waltz. She said she and her husband (who is deceased) went once a week and she believed it kept their marriage alive.

The staff rented a limo and took her to the concert series at the Dallas Arboretum and arranged for her to have dance partners...

Here's the full story.

How awesome is that!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Write on!

Now this is inspirational...

This 9 year old kid found out he had to have heart surgery. He wanted to help pay for it, so he sold over 500 copies of his short story on ebay to help raise money for his own surgery.

Click the link for the full story...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dream Wedding Contest Part 2

So...A week or two ago I posted up the info on a wedding contest I was trying to help my friends win...well...


How beautiful is that.

The wedding will be sometime between now and July in New York (will definitely post pictures afterwards). But check out what they win:
  • Wedding designed by celebrity wedding planner Bronson Van Wyck
  • Reception at The Empire Hotel in Manhattan (as seen in "Gossip Girl")
  • Designer wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses from Amsale
  • CAROLEE jewelry for the entire wedding party
  • Bridal hairstyling from Bumble and Bumble
  • Bridal make-up from Bobbi Brown
  • Collection of tabletop appliances from KitchenAid
  • Wedgwood china for eight
  • 6-day/5-night honeymoon at Couples Resorts in Jamaica (Travel & Leisure "World's Best" winner)
Total value is over $30,000

Help my friends make a dream come true--CHECK!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Reason #917 Why I (Sometimes) Like DC

I ventured out today to the Smithsonian Kite Fest and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. I shot this event last year and blogged about it but wasn't able to really gett any pics of the Cherry Blossoms because it was rainy.

This year the weather was a little chilly but still a great day for pictures. If you've never been--these two festivals coincide usually around the last week of March into the first week of April depending on peak bloom time for the blossoms. Here's what I shot.

Me being lazy on the side of the Potomac:

An artist painting the blossoms:

The Washington Monument through the trees

I love this pic...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dream Wedding Contest!!

This is the part where I help someone else accomplish a goal, but I need some help.

These are my friends Danielle and Issac:

I've known Danielle since high school. She's one of my best friends! She and Isaac are engaged. They've been chosen as finalist on to win an all expense paid wedding in New York--but they need people to vote for their story... Click here to see more of the story and vote for Danielle and Isaac

Now, normally you'd probably be like yeah yeah...boy meets girls,they fall in love blah blah blah, right?

As it happens, Isaac was tragically paralyzed some years ago. He and Danielle met 3 years ago when she worked at the rehab clinic where he was. I've had a chance to get to know him over the last few years and his optimism and sense of humor never cease to amaze me. I can honestly say, if you never ever believed in love and all the things that come with it (and I admit I am quite often skeptical) their story will definitely change your mind.

I want to help two amazing people get the dream wedding they deserve--if you like their story you can vote everyday until April 6! Feel free to grab the link and pass it along!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Very Cool!

Here's an interesting goal for those into photography...

My friend Cat who I've known practically forever posted this on Facebook this morning.

Cat now lives in Pittsburgh--and one of her friends took a cue from a blog and did something called "Project 365" -- where she took and posted 1 picture a day everyday for one year. Here's the link to the set on Flickr (she also includes the link to the blog from which she got the original idea) There are some gorgeous shots in there--but what I like is that you don't have to be a great photographer to pull this off. I think it's an interesting look at the way life moves in a year.

Take a peek--and enjoy!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Life + Life Goals = Life Coach


I'm trying to get back on track with the goals. Oh but life keeps pulling me left when I intend to go right--and things have all gone sideways.

Smh. As it happens however, I have a friend who is awesome and great and has decided to put herself on the career path to become a life coach--so I have agreed to subject myself to being a human guinea pig and let her take me on as one of her first clients.

Now, this is not a blind test exactly. We've been friends long enough for me to know that she'll make a great life coach (she's currently working on certification and training classes)--plus, I get the added bonus of having someone kick me in the butt when it comes to these lofty goals of mine. So I figure it can't hurt!

Meanwhile...I have to come up with a plan as to which goal to knock off next...

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Item #2- Get My Novel Published


I am soooo excited! I just published my first book. Introducing... Emily, Jacob and Boniqua: What NOT to Name Your Child

How awesome is that!! You can click on the title link to see more details!

Item #2...check

Friday, January 29, 2010

7 Interesting Things About Me

Breaking from my regular format for a sec...I think this is an interesting little experiment. It'd be cool to see who else follows suit.

I have a few blogs that I follow and enjoy. This came via one of my favorites A Choice of Weapons (I definitely recommend, Jaycee has some great topics). I credit the original idea back to Assertive Wit (which is another good one)

Here are 7 interesting things about me that you may or may not know...

1. Since this is a blog and you don't get the benefit of my voice...I talk really, really (really!) fast...which is why I think the Guinness Record I'm going to try to break will be for the world's fastest talker (I think the current record is a little over 600 a minute reading from a specific text... I can do almost 450 with no practice)

2. I used to live in London as part of a semester abroad program and worked for the British government doing PR for one of the third parties during the elections.

3. Speaking of jobs...when I lived in Las Vegas I had a second job at a Vegas wedding chapel (you haven't lived until you've seen an Elvis

4. I was born after a bomb threat--my mom was miltary at the time and someone called in a bomb threat...that's apparently when I decided to jump ship

5. I've had the same best friend for 30 years! That's hard to come by nowadays

6. A few years ago I was in the contestant pool for The Weakest Link

7. I've been told on more than one occassion that I am "not normal" because I don't have a fear of anything...not heights, public speaking, snakes, bugs (not that I am particularly a fan of the last am slightly clausterphobic though.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Goals #155-162

You know given everything that's happened within the last year not just to me but to everyone around me and others, I'm really starting to grasp how important it is to just let go of some things and make this list happen. Life is meant to be enjoyed and we should take nothing for granted. So I'm going to be more ambitious with knocking goals off and also setting the bar higher...said I figured out some more things I want to do

Here are my newest list items:

  • journal/write or blog everyday for a straight month
  • make a "life soundtrack" (this is actually going to be difficult because I am a music junkie)
  • name a star after myself or someone else
  • put together a book of inspirational and/or funny quotes
  • build a house with Habitat
  • take a (fun) class I never thought of taking
  • win the lottery for over $100

Oh yeah and I'll take a challenge. If you think of anything I should add...comment. Make it fun...make it count. Game on.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New MTV show...

I don't normally post in this blog back to back, but I actually forgot to post this earlier...

I'm not a huge fan of Mtv, but starting next Monday (I believe it's at 10p) they're airing a new show called The Buried Life

If you haven't seen the promo...the gist of the show is 4 guys going across country trying to knock stuff off their bucket list. Part of the set up is for every goal they complete they help someone else complete one of theirs.

How cool is that?

Check out the link above to see their list...some of their stuff is pretty cool!

Item #6- Get My Masters Degree

I noted in an earlier post that I had been accepted to graduate school. So, I officially start this week working on my Masters in Public Relations. [cue applause! lol]

Actually because of the weird schedule I don't actually have class until next week, but I did go to orientation on Monday and met some of my classmates. So far everyone seems nice and they come from a variety of career paths--I think one person works for the NBA, two or three work for various U.S. Congressmen etc. etc. but that's Washington for you.

Anyway, despite the fact that I know this is going to kick my ass...I'm actually more excited about this now than before. I found out some really great caveats come with this program...for one there's a possibility that I may score a trip to London with one of the courses I want to take over the summer. Secondly, as it turns out one of my professors works at one of my favorite places--National Geographic, so depending on how the class goes there may be some opporunities found in that. If all goes right [cross fingers] I will officially knock this goal off my list next year.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Six days in...2010...hey that rhymes! lol

Well as you can see a) I'm back! lol

b)I made some minor decor changes to the blog. I may experiment some with the colors/background and heads up.

Change is good.

And speaking of...

I am making a few MAJOR changes to the blog this year...



I'm bringing in a new blogger!

TTYBYD will soon become a two (wo)man operation. I will introduce her soon--(I'm helping her get set up in blogger)

So why the new addition? It's simple... accountability. Plus she's absolutely hysterical, but seriously...

We had an interesting discussion today about goals and realized...hey! it's easier when you have someone else to not only motivate you but hold you accountable for reaching the goals. This will also be a huge help to me since I start school again next week.

Change is good right?

and #2...I'm going to (at least when I can) start video blogging. This actually is timed to coincide with one of my grad school courses (I'm taking a class in digital media and content management).

So that's the first round of things I have in store...

I may have some more surprises around the corner.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Hello 2010

Greetings all from:

After literally crisscrossing the country I suppose I should post...

Well, the holidays are over (well almost for me...I have two more days left of vacation). I I supposed that's one goal accomplished

We have a big year ahead of us!

I realize for most (me most definitely included) the last year was very rough, very trying. I didn't get nearly as much accomplished as I would have liked, but some things were done.

Progress is progress I suppose.

To tell the truth I didn't come into 2010 feeling immediately optimistic. Four days in and I'm already feeling eh...

But not to worry...

I didn't make any resolutions this year, because Ive leaned that more often than not, like with most people, they get broken. I had to laugh when my mom told me that she found her list from 2005...and guess what?? same goals as this year. That never ever however precludes us from goal setting. I mean isn't that the whole point here?

So instead of asking what your resolutions are, I want to know what your goals are.

What ONE big thing do you want to accomplish this year?