So last week Wednesday, April 14th, I celebrated another birthday!! I should have written a post then but I had such a busy day that I never got around to it. To be totally honest, it was one of the best birthdays I've had in a long time! I've never really been a huge birthday person, as in I don't really make a big deal about it. However, it really is such an awesome feeling when your friends and family make it a point to show you just how much they care.
I received a couple of cool gifts too, stuff that I had probably been in dire need of, lol. I'm an old skool girl at heart and so sometimes I don't really get with the times until everyone else has moved on to the next thing, leaving me still trying to catch up. I'm cool with that though - maybe one of these days keeping up with the Jones' will be important to me but to this point in my life, that's never been the case and I don't envision that changing.
That being said though, I REALLY loved my gifts and the thought that went into them. When someone shows you just how thoughtful they are by paying close to attention to what you need, it makes you feel that much more special:)
I think back to a year ago at this time. I had just injured my Achilles on April 18th 2009, I was without direction, upset, sad, afraid of the recovery road that lay ahead, worried about the apparent end of my long and oh-so-fulfilling career, and just really wondering where my path was going to take me. I had nothing but questions and very few answers.
Fast forward one year later and I have landed! Last Friday, I was finally able to jog again....woohoo! Yeah for rehab/physiotherapy!! I've been fortunate enough to have some great business and career opportunities fall into place and I'm SO excited about that. My bank account is looking pretty good:), I had a smooth transition from one tenant to another in my house in Austin, TX, thank goodness, I have been enjoying myself, my heart is being taken care of so well;-) and I am truly at one of the best points of my life!
I smile a lot. And the world seems to be smiling back at me. I keep wondering how come the Lord sees fit to keep blessing me like this, but since I don't know how or why, all I do is just keep thanking Him. If someone would have asked me where I would've been a year from last year, I would've never guessed that I would be standing in this place.
And all I can do is keep on keeping on, trying to be a good person, to show my friends and family how much they mean to me. People keep asking me how come I still look so young and would have to say that I think the key to my youthful feeling and appearance is just that I live life to the fullest, I stay positive, I really care about people, I'm passionate, I don't take myself too seriously and laugh a whole heck of a lot:-)
So here's to another year of life!!! I have a feeling it's gonna be my best one yet!!!!!
I don't know if you guys have had the chance to hear this new Toni Braxton song, but it is MY Kinda Song!!! I love it and I've been playing it in heavy rotation. It's called Hands Tied. The lyrics are on point,
"I dont need my hands to feel the things i feel inside (cuz i) cuz i know what inside's my heart is right they dont have to hold you like that they dont have to touch you like that cuz you know the truth is that i will love you with one hand tied behind my back...."
Check it out and tell me what you think....
Aside from wearing out this song, lol, I've been just busy, busy, busy - busy doing work, busy spending time with my friends, busy spending time with my friend:-), extremely busy at physiotherapy - I swear those therapists at Select Therapy are masochists or slave drivers or something, but they are definitely getting the job done because my Achilles has improved by leaps and bounds and I'm supposed to start jogging next week. Woohoo...finally!!!!
In other news, lol, PUMA just sent me another shipment of stuff and as per usual, they have sent crazy amounts of everything. 15 pairs of shoes (including a couple of really funky Alexander McQueen ones), dresses, belts, caps/hats, every kind of shirt/top/blouse/t-shirt, skirts, and then of course actual track gear. Does anyone wear a size 7 1/2 shoe??
Peggy and I have been very blessed recently to make some really good connections in regards to our interior design business, Urban Safari Design. We've connected with a great construction company and we will be a part of most of their projects so that means lots of consistent business for us on a very regular basis!! God is good!!!
I've been making some other great connections to in regards to other opportunities but I will say more about those things at a later time....
Other than that, I've been enjoying some social events and just thriving in general. It always helps though, when you could love someone with your "hands tied":-) It just makes everything seem that much better and brighter!!! Hope you are all doing well!!!
NO, not mine, before I even get started, lol....... my roommate's!
So this past weekend, my roommate Erica got engaged to her boyfriend of three years, Patrick Davis. I can't tell you how many times I've joked with her and called her Mrs. Davis and asked her when and where can we go to look for my bridesmaid dress and what kind of dress she's gonna wear on her wedding day and she would always just chuckle and brush me off and NOW look!!! It has come to fruition and Ms. Erica Witter will be becoming Mrs. Erica Davis some time next summer and I am EXTREMELY happy for them both!
I have to say, that Patrick outdid himself. A few weeks ago, he contacted me and told me that he was going to propose but that he needed to have a "proposal meeting" in regards to what he planned to do. I was like, really?? Why do you need to have all that? But being the good roomie that I am, I, along with the other 4 people that would be involved in this production attended said meeting.
We were informed at that time that Patrick intended to do a reproduction of an episode of Martin, the sitcom with Martin Lawrence from back in the day, when Martin proposed to Gina. Now I didn't remember the episode off the top of my head but since P-Diddy (Patrick's nickname) was on top of everything, he had his laptop there to show us all the episode on dvd. Basically, Martin took Gina out to this beautiful park and he started telling her all the reasons why he hadn't proposed yet and then one by one all his friends started to appear with different items in tow, each saying a couple lines.
First, someone appeared with a jacket, asking if the lady was cold and if Martin wanted to use it for his lady friend. Then Pam appeared with some flowers and said "Flowers for the lady, flowers for the lady?" After Martin responded saying he didn't have much money, Pam told him that in the name of love, she would let him have the flowers for a dollar. Well I was Pam. I'm no actress but I just hoped I would be able to say my 2 lines without messing up:-/
Someone else then appeared with Gina's favorite bottle of wine and then finally Brian McKnight appeared and sang her favorite song after which point, Martin got down on one knee and proposed in front of the whole group and of course, Gina said yes.
So that was what we all did and no Brian McKnight was not there but Terrence was a more than adequate replacement. The location was overlooking the ocean up in Palos Verdes at sunset. It was absolutely beautiful. Everything went off smoothly and Erica was so surprised and overwhelmed. Of course, I flubbed my two lines because as soon as I saw that she was crying and overcome with emotion, there I went getting all teary-eyed too and so my two lines which were supposed to have a break to let P-Diddy say a response became one long run-on sentence:-( Actress I am not!! LOL!
Anyway, of course she said yes and we got it all film and we took a bunch of photos of the evening. Patrick did an awesome job and set the bar really high. I'm so honoured to have been a part of the whole thing and I couldn't be happier unless it were my own engagement:-)
Here are just a few pics from the evening's events......
Can you beat this setting? I think not!
His little pre-speech, during which time he said something about being "a little dirty, gap-toothed kid"....I just wanted to know what's wrong with having a gap in one's teeth, lol??
Will you marry me?
She said YES!!
Don't let that smile fool you, he was nervous....that smile is relief, lol
So, I've been away from the blog for at least a couple weeks. I 've been SO busy doing a million and one things and in fact I just got back to the US at around midnight last night. I finally have a moment to breathe so I figured I'd update this little blog of mine just in case I still have any followers:-/ I thought I'd try to make it fun by going through the alphabet and saying what I've been doing.....
A....Avatar. I was probably one of the last people to see this movie and I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi movies, but it was AWESOME (once I got used to nausea I was feeling from the 3-D)!! Two thumbs waaaay up!!
B....Bahamas. I just got back from my home town of Nassau, Bahamas last night. I had to speak at this Nutrition, Fitness & Sport Psychology seminar. It was a short trip but I had such a great time.
C....Congratulations to Chris Brown (not that Chris Brown - this one's from the Bahamas) on winning the men's 400m at the World Indoor Champs in Doha, Qatar last week. Congrats to Chandra Sturrup who at 38 yrs of age ran 7.16 in the 60m and finished 6th and big ups to David (Oliver) on his bronze and PR in the 60m hurdles. (Oh yeah, and that spread in Essence, Mr. Big Timer:-)
D....Dining out. I've been doing a whole lot of this. My new favorite spot is this Brazilian restaurant Bamboo, right here in Culver City.
E....Early bird. I've been getting up a lot earlier than when I was training. Didn't know that 7-8am was such a pleasant time of day.
F....Family. Just got to see my brother and parents last night and this morning. Can't say enough how important they are to me!
G....GOD is good!! He continues to bless me in so many ways and I am eternally thankful.
H....Haircut. I've been toying with the idea of getting a significant haircut....something above the shoulders, maybe even all the way to the "Halle Berry". Just can't decide exactly what to do:-/
I....I-pod. I FINALLY got the songs on my I-pod changed last week, which I hadn't done since 2008. Yeah, I know that's lame, but I don't know how to do it so I had to wait for someone to oblige me and now I'm in heaven:-)
J....Jogging. This is something I HAVEN'T been doing. I'm still in heavy physiotherapy sessions twice a week for 2 hrs and hopefully within the next couple weeks I will be able to start to jog....can't wait!
K....Karma. Is something I believe in. I think I've been putting a lot of good vibes out there so maybe that's why everything's been coming up roses lately.
L....LOVE. It is DEFINITELY in the air:-)
M....Making Moves. I'm supposed to have a meeting later this month with the pitching coach from the Los Angeles Angels about possibly doing some work with them in the areas of nutrition and stretching. Keep your fingers crossed!
N....Nervous. I'm a little bit nervous about the reality TV show that I'm going to be on that filmed in January for athletes learning how to be Sports Broadcasters. I've forgotten most of what I said and did and I'm gonna probably be mortified when it airs in June:-/
O....Outlawed! I am officially banned from buying any more shoes till June 1st. I've been on shoe buying binge lately and it has to stop! Now! (But my shoes are BAD! Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good!)
P....Personal Training. I've begun doing some personal training and so far it's been going well and I'm having fun putting all these years of working out to good use.
Q....Queen. Been feeling like and been treated like one lately:-)
R....Reunited. I reunited with two high school friends when I went home to Nassau that I hadn't seen in the past 20 years. It was SO great to see them. It was just like old times!
S....Speeches. I given two recently. One on Saturday in San Diego at The Live Well Project for 100 underprivileged girls. The second in The Bahamas at that Seminar on Monday.
T....Tattoos. I've been thinking about getting one for the past couple years. Something to do with the 5 Olympics I've competed in and the 5 rings. I just can't figure out where and exactly how it should look....
U....Urban Safari Design - The interior design company that I co-own with my business partner Peggy. We just finished another commercial project, a nutrition club. Pictures to come at a later date.
V.....Velvet track suit. It's a NO-NO!!! I just met a guy wearing a brown one the other day and I could barely focus on the conversation. SMH!
W....Why Did I Get Married Too. The upcoming sequel to the first Tyler Perry movie of the same name. Can't wait to see it:-)
X....X-cited about all the possibilities that lie ahead this year for me.
Y....Yesterday I started reading this book called Diamond Ruff that's going to be made into a Feature Film. Very interesting so far. Wonder how it's going to end??
Z....Zero. The number of things I have to complain about right now! Life is good:-)
So that sums it up. What I've been up to in a nutshell. Busy as a bee, but lovin' every minute of it. Hope all is well with all of you!!
I've been thinking lately about what it is that draws a woman to a man and vice-versa? And is there really such a thing as love at first sight??
I know for myself, there are certain things that immediately draw me in, and I'm talking pure aesthetics....a great smile (nice teeth), engaging eyes, good skin, nice hands....to name a few. But love?? What is it beyond that immediate attraction that makes someone take a second and a third and a fourth look?
People often say that they know within the first 5 minutes whether someone they've met has boyfriend/girlfriend "potential" or not. I think what is more often the case is that you know instantly if someone doesn't have a chance, but not necessarily if they do. Personality is such a HUGE X-factor and it is truly such a variable that I think it's almost impossible to completely rule someone out without having a conversation. And what is an appealing character trait in one person doesn't necessarily carry the same appeal on another. Weird how that is....but when people overlook the fact that someone is rude, thoughtless, selfish, unkind, or disrespectful just to be with the bombshell or the handsome hunk, we know how long those relationships last - not very!
There are certain deal breakers however. Instant No-Can-Dos. Shorter than me? Nope. Unintelligent? I'll pass. Smoke cigarettes? Hell to the no! Now while I don't think I've ever experienced love at first sight, I think I've had lust, lol, but I would never rule out the fact that it happens.
***"Love at first sight is easy to understand; it's when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle." ~ Amy Bloom ***
Today is such a beautiful day! It's a day to celebrate friendship, it's a day to celebrate life and it's most definitely a day to celebrate love! I've always believed that love is something that we should show all throughout the year. Why wait for one special day to let the people in your life that matter know just how important they are to you? I try to make it my business to show my affection and appreciation all year long, but it is kinda fun to make that little extra effort on this one day.
One of my favourite quotes is "You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams." -Dr. Seuss
Who knew Dr. Seuss was so thoughtful, lol, but I couldn't agree with him more!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY everyone....it's gonna be a lovely day:-)
I came across this song, "Are You Listening?" produced by Kirk Franklin. Along with a many of today's best gospel artists , he recorded this song to help to raise money for the people in Haiti in conjunction with UNICEF. Not only is the song absolutely beautiful, but the proceeds are obviously going to a great cause. Listen, enjoy and do your part to help if you haven't already done so.