I would like to personally thank everyone who came to the Barnes and Noble Local Author Event, it was a smash hit and I had a chance to meet and greet with wonderful people. I show cased the completion of my first business series “Pep Talks” all 5 vols. Thank you so much for your love and support.
A great and beautiful Soul has ascended unto Heaven and has given joy and encouragement to many. She has brought love and happiness to the world through her natural God given talent of physical, verbal and written expression. I am honored to have had the chance to be in her presence and hear her speak greatness. She has made me want to be a better woman, I remember the first time I read “Why the Caged Bird Sings” when I was in grade school, the first time I read “Phenomenal Woman” and the first time I hear her speak – it changed my views on life and people. Thank you Mama Maya Angelou for sharing your natural gifts with the world, you will live on through the power of your words.
It has been 3 years since I became a self-published author. I started with a cookbook, thinking that it would be “easy” to do and get my foot in the door of several publishing agents. Truth be told, writing any kind of book is hard work and time consuming. My first book “Lesbians Have to Eat, Too!” as no exception. I am happy to celebrate the 3rd successful year of self-publishing “Lesbians Have to Eat, Too!” My personal message to you is, never give up on your dreams. Press on, and press in – with diligence, dedication and determination you will succeed at your goal.
All the Best,
Excerpt from “Lesbians Have to Eat, Too!”
Eating right is only half of the equation for living a healthy life. The first part of living a healthy life style is belief that it is possible. Your thoughts are just as powerful as what you can see with your own eyes. Thoughts are ideas, ideas start with the thought of the possibilities of what can come to life. Studies have been conducted on thoughts and it has been affirmed that a thought has a frequency. If a thought has a frequency than it must become as the thinker believes. Meaning, everything you see once started as a thought.
There were thoughts on how the idea would come about and then it would be so. As so is true for living healthy and eating right. If you have thoughts of “how hard it is too loose weight and eat right” then that must be your reality. If you keep these types of thoughts in your mind, you will make eating right and living healthy hard – when it does not have to be.
In order to start this new journey of living healthy and happy your new thought could start with the statement “life is great, I am living healthy and happy right now, my body is working for me, and I am treating it right.” Your thoughts are so powerful that you can create anything – including a better life for yourself.
Along with thinking positive and eating right, it is important to also start a regular exercise plan that is perfect for you. A good exercise plan contains three important elements: 10-minute warm up, 20-minute aerobic plan and 5 – 10 minute stretch or cool down period. Every single recipe in this book is designed to help you start and maintain a healthy life style as you see fit right for your body. Eating is a celebration of nutrition to the body – your body is your temple. Keeping in mind, we all have urges to eat things we know we should not…or eat too much food at any time in our life. This does not make you a “bad” person. Always remember you can change your thoughts and though changing your thoughts your reality will change as well.
Today, take the time to forgive yourself for past faults. Forgive yourself for past mistakes, past miscommunications and past judgments. Today is a gift that you will not get back, because tomorrow – today will be the past. The past is one of our greatest life teachers. The past allows for us to reflect on how we could have handled a situation better, how we could have not reacted or how much we still have to learn. But, today choose to forgive yourself, others and adverse situations for not being or doing what you now know and have the full understanding of. Choose to do yourself a favor, and let it go to forgiveness.
Our last and final port call was at Half Moon Cay. Where is Half Moon Cay? You ask … well, it is in the middle of beautiful no where! I have never heard of Half Moon Cay before the cruise, and now I can’t wait to go back. The island was so remote that all Olivia Traveling Ladies had to be boated to and from the ship. Talk about paradise. Half Moon Cay was saved for last for a reason. The water was crystal clear, the sand was as smooth as silk and the air smelled of peaches and mangos on a hot summer day. It was and absolute little slice of heaven with a helping of “I wish I could stay here forever!” In fact, that is what the sign said as we walked up to the board walk. Even though I am sure every Olivia Lady took a picture under that sign, we just had to get a photo as well.
As we walked up to the beach, I recall throwing my stuff down and making a b-line for the water, head first. It was a bit chilly, but once I got use to it the water felt like “Life” all around me. At one point a school of tropical fish swam right through my legs. At first I figured it was seaweed, then when I looked to brush what I thought was seaweed off of my leg, I saw several eyes looking up at me. It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen before. The coral reef was vibrant and the ocean floor was smooth. Olivia Travel provided a BBQ lunch for all of us to enjoy together on the boardwalk. There, I saw several huge roosters with their babies. I tried to get a picture, but they were too fast for me to keep up with. The next day, was the trip back home. This cruise with all of the memories, photos and new friends made Olivia Travel delivered all that was promised our Honeymoon Cruise would be, and so much more. Thank you Olivia Travel, we look forward to our next travels together.
The on ship activities were just as much fun as the port calls. Olivia Travel makes sure that all of your needs are met. On our way to the next port call, the Equality Cruise ensured to stimulate our minds with enthusiastic discussion forums, educational documentaries and cultural events. While at sea, there was a screening of “Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement” which brought everyone to tears. It is a true story of love, laughter and inspiration. After the showing there was a question and answer forum from Edie Windsor herself. Talk about an inspirational person, Edie Windsor is a social justice pioneer and it was an honor to hear her story.
Later on that night, there was a comedy show with Gina Yashere. She was hilarious. Gina Yashere is from London via Nigeria, and funny as all get out. We had a chance to meet and chat with her for a few minutes. Her accent was beautiful, as she is inside and out. At sea promised to be a good time, and a good time it was. Even at sea, Olivia Travel makes sure that all of your needs are met.
Today’s port call was for the Virgin Islands. This place was simply magical, the air, the food, and the people – everything was perfect. After porting, we found the cutest shop that had exquisite and duty-free clothing. After some light shopping, we ran into some our your “YouTube” Friends Christin and Ashley. These fabulous ladies are not only down right gorgeous, friendly and super sweet, but they also are business owners as well. This cruise was full of magnificent professional women. We all chatted for a bit and then went off to do some island exploring.
My wife and I caught a tourist trolley and went on an island adventure. The tour guide took us through the heartbeat of V.I. and showed us some of the history of the island. The views were stunning and mountainous. Once our tour was finished, we returned to the port dock. As we were walking up to the ship, my wife nudged me and asked me “Do you know who that is?” As I turned around I was shocked and honored to see Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer, first Lesbian officer and author of the book “Serving in Silence.” I just about passed out. We asked for a photo and then struck up a long conversation with us. We spoke about women rights in the military, the overturning “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and other political items. What an incredible opportunity it was to meet and speak with her, one-on-one. I will never, ever forget that moment. The Virgin Islands proved to be one of the most “honorable” port calls of the cruise for us.
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When was the last time you took a moment to reflect on all of the good things in your life? How far have you come in your career? How far have you come from your educational goal? How far have you come in your relationships? How far have you come in your financial growth? How far have you come in your own personal growth? Reflecting gives us the ability to “see” how much we have accomplished. Taking time to do this, allows us to see more positive than negative in our lives. Take a moment, write a letter of “accomplishment” to yourself. Save it in place where you will remember to go and read it every so often. Make sure to take time to write down details of your “Thankfulness” in the situation. You will find that you have more to be thankful for than you realize.