Wallflower to Center Stage

It was a Friday evening when I went into an art gallery to attend an event. There were live bodies of art sitting in front of their lives depicted in albums. A sheet of questions lay next to each one beckoning visitors to interact with them. There was an empty seat next to a table with questions. As my eyes surveyed the interrogation, one question took hold of my person. If you were to forget everything from the last decade of your life, what memory would you miss? One name presented itself as my mind was instantly transported back in time to the three days of Tantra that rocked this lifetime. The friendly face of the MC brought me back to my current reality. She asked if I would mind sharing this answer on stage in front of everyone. It was a mere second before she led me to that delicious space where magic happens: the spotlight.
Crystal Chanel, The Mistress of Ceremonies gave me quite an introduction. There in the middle of the gallery, my words expressed the earth shattering experience that gripped me to this very moment. There were not a lot of words, but there was an emphasis on feeling. It changed my life for the better. I knew that it was a one time occurrence that most people would never know but that I was now blessed to call my own. Crystal Chanel inquired if I was indeed the earth that was shattered because while I am melanin, my face had turned a lovely shade of pink. Oh how the banter of girl talk and its effect on a room. Everyone was suddenly sharing it what was a very private moment in my life. A moment that I was all too happy to share with a receptive crowd.
In retrospect, it is a wonder that I was selected for this particular honor. How did I stand out from everyone else? Was the memory felt from a far? As simple as you take it, there are many aspects of my life that I would miss immensely. However, the one that immediately surfaced was amorous. Perhaps such a connection with another human being is extremely profound in a day where a text is more acceptable than a phone call. Why even the notion that Crystal Channel would select me for such a creative spot speaks to the need for people to express their innermost thoughts. While they are secretive, are there not lessons and joys to be shared? I took a picture with her to remember the moment that I went from the shy introvert to the blushing tree with a flower garland on her head. It was comfortable and bold all at once. I await the moment that my spirit dares to return to that place once again. Maybe the Mistress of Ceremonies will introduce me…..

A Minute of Loss

For the last few weeks, my life has lacked any purpose whatsoever. I have felt completely useless and withdrawn from the passion of living. My existence has been unimportant. These feelings lingered long enough for me to check the info regarding my personal life cycles. There it was in black and white. During cycle 7, feelings of aimlessness and pessimism frolic. Mind and spirit are low. Reading that made me feel so much better. A girl likes to think that she is associated with some sort of positive meaning in life and to be without one was a bad feeling.
Since reading that, not much has changed. The routine of life bores me. There are ways that I engage myself with fun. My nails are a screaming bold blue. My new handbag is a bright orange which has company with a matching water bottle. It is the little things in life that get me. After finally beginning the background work for some upcoming projects, my feelings are slowly coming together about myself.


When a woman is in her natural element, everything else fades into the background as the spotlight focuses on her. This is what happenes whenver Lacey begins to speak about her passion for business. It happened during the last circle as she reached out to a fellow sister about her artistic endeavors and again during her informative workshop last night. At 5’4 she can command any platform and speak endlessly about what drives her on a daily basis.

As she began college, it was her intent to study to become a secondary English teacher since she has a great love for literature. However, as a participant in life, she ended up in marketing where she excelled beyond her wildest dreams. While working for different companies, she was able to see what worked vs. what did not work for customers. She gained a vast knowledge of basic marketing research. Ultimately, she realized that she wanted to be in charge of her own company which spawned Parlor Print.

I have witnessed how a beautiful yellow glow engulfs this woman as she shares her wisdom about what she does and how she does it. Words flow like ink from a pen as she shoots pointer after pointer to her clients and students. Her soft spoken voice does not warn you of the amount of power that she holds. One of the most important things that she shared during her workshop was that a person should not wait to be validated when on a mission. This should be shouted from mountains around the world. We will welcome Ms. Hudson again at the end of November at which time she will present, Business Reflections II: “Marketing”.

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