Archive for July, 2013
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Dear Young Ladies and Young Men,
I know that we are living in ugly and difficult times, but in every generation before this one, ugly and vile things happened. Our ancestors did not give up and did not give in. Our ancestors fought the good fight of faith.
Despite what you hear, see, or feel please draw a line in the sand and determine that you will not go backward, but FORWARD.
Stay positive and keep fighting the good fight of faith!
It was 4:30 pm Pacific Standard Time in May 2013 and I had just gotten off of work. I waited for the elevator as I always do when exiting my corporate office. I was dressed in work out gear as I was going to meet my Trainer to exercise. Spring was in full bloom outside and the pollen had gotten into my eye the day before and caused my eye to swell up. Before getting onto the elevator, I put on the hood of my jacket and got onto the elevator.
Upon entering the elevator I greeted a short elderly White man with a full head of white hair. He was on the right side of the elevator rocking back and forth as if something was wrong with him. I was on the left side of the elevator holding my lunch pail and purse. The old man started to clutch his fists as if he was about to strike. I said, “Don’t worry, I am only wearing this hood because I am allergic to pollen. He said, “Yea, I was wishing I had my gun right now!”
When the elevator stopped my heart was racing I was afraid….then I became appalled……then I became angry. First off, I am a WOMAN! My hands were full and I obviously work in the building. Is he crazy? Wow! I walked fast to get to my car to find a tire iron or something and I made sure that he did not follow me. The old man began to follow me as I bolted off of the elevator. Realizing what he said he yelled behind me, “Yea, this is a bad pollen season.” I yelled back, “Yea but there was no reason to threaten to shoot me because you felt afraid in an elevator with a Black woman. A shame. A mess. A travesty.”
So, the truth is, wearing a hoodie was intimidating to the older White man who obviously feels as if he is losing his position in this country. To that man, I am sorry that you are so broken on the inside that you would desire to shoot me simply for entering an elevator while wearing a hoodie. I have commanded myself to forgive you because you have no respect for human life or perhaps you simply have no respect for a life that has colored skin (roughly 80% of the world). Just know that you taught me a valuable lesson. I will NOT ride the elevator alone with anyone that looks like you because I will not be bullied, threatened, or destroyed because you live in fear of losing the power that you once had.
Since President Barack Obama became President certain groups have been very open about their hatred of other populations in America. I am not talking about politics right now, I am talking about the basic root of racism that was born here in America hundreds of years ago.
My hearts and prayer go out to the family of Trayvon Martin and I am saddened by the acquittal of George Zimmerman on July 13, 2013. I think we need to pray and become active in the community to bring about change in non-violent ways. Racism in America MUST die! I declare that we will live in peace with one another in this nation. How do I know? Because I will be the first to live in peace with all men and women regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identification, socio-economic status, religion, or any other things that would seek to cause me to divide myself from my fellow man.
So, are you aware of what you wear out in public? Do you think that you should be concerned about the clothes that you wear in certain areas and at certain time of day? What do you think? Should an American citizen who is not doing anything wrong be able to wear a hoodie if he/she wants to? What would you do if you were threatened or harmed because of what you were wearing and the color of your skin (racial profiling)?
I have to admit that this week was extremely challenging. I felt like I was being attacked on every front. While talking out my issues with several friends I began to search my soul for the reason why these issues were causing me anxiety, fear, and worry. After focusing on my issues for a few weeks. I finally heard myself say, “I was supposed to be …… by now.” It hit me like a ton of bricks. I needed to mourn the life that I thought that I should have by now and accept the life that I have. My soul needed to purge itself and become grateful in the moment that I am now living. I feel better! I feel lighter! I feel at peace!
I have shed and released myself from the terror of holding on to the life that I thought that I “should have” and I am grateful for the life that I “have now.”
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Breaking news! I figured out why diets have not worked for me in the past. Curious? Well, I discovered and have acknowledged something about myself. I experience “food boredom” very easily. Every since I became an adult, I noticed that I do not like leftovers too much…..and now I remember why.
When I was a little girl my Mom would make a turkey for Sunday dinner. On Monday, she would make turkey and add dumplings. On Tuesday, she would make a turkey stroganoff. On Wednesday, she would make turkey hash with vegetables. On Thursday, we would have turkey omelettes. By Friday, the turkey would be gone. So, since she was such a genius of culinary disguise, I never noticed that I was eating leftovers.
So, if I am going to lose weight, I need to feel like I am eating something different everyday.
What discoveries have you made about yourself along your weight loss journey.
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