10 by 30 – The Good Life

My first 30 years have been amazing, but the good life is just beginning.  I’ve had some years of building and transition, but this year has been better than I ever imagined.  I did not have a 30 by 30 list of goals, but even if I did, I would have had much lower expectations.  Lucky for me, that’s right in line with my favorite scripture, Ephesians 3:20.  I often recite the affirmations below and I truly recognize Favor aint Fair!

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  1. I finished my first MBA semester with a 4.0 and debt free at the perfect school.
  2. I lead women in worship and ministry.
  3. I have my dream job as a Senior Quality Engineer, and an office (haaay).
  4. I was gifted affordable housing in America’s Finest City.
  5. I have a boyfriend that shows love more than he says it.
  6. I stopped my daily allergy medicine and weekly chiropractic care for scoliosis.
  7. I have a healthy family, pup, and Thee best of friends.
  8. I am an entrepreneur that successfully launched the LLC’s first Soiree.
  9. I am a Six Sigma Black Belt.
  10. I donate, tithe, and seek ways to be giving to others.

The last time I wrote about happiness was 5 years ago before going into 25, and little did I know there was so much room for growth.  It hasn’t always been easy, and there were plenty of time conflicts, delays, and burdens along the way.  It is my prayer that the coming years are even better, with more sleep & less stress!

This is 30!

This is 30!

Why do I love cuffing season?

Let me count the ways…

  1. You actually deeply desire to take me on dates so
  2. for the first time, you love me for exactly who I am.
  3. To sway the cuffs, you take me to $50+ meals
  4. but never take the time to learn that $1 hot dogs are my favorite!
  5. You give purpose to that 2 month gap after wedding season
  6. and baby’s first days, weeks, hours of school caught on camera.
  7. I still have free rein to be nakie for Halloween
  8. and we don’t even need to discuss Thanksgiving or Christmas.
  9. At max, we agree to be exclusive,
  10. but that in no way obligates commitment.

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  11. I’ll continue to answer your calls and texts while
  12. remembering that for the past 3 seasons you never called.
  13. I promise to invest in a portable charger
  14. and a portable battery for the portable charger.
  15. You don’t have to prove your ambitions or net worth
  16. since we won’t even make it to tax returns.
  17. I won’t dare ask if you’re married because even if you are,
  18. you’ll say you’re getting divorced – like that’s okay.
  19. All in all, cuffing season, you’re good-bad and ugly
  20. but your best clients are good-bad and Fine!

~Bonjour~

Pi in the sky

Happy Pi Day!  Today is March 14 = 3.14 = Pi

pi = pie

In honor of this fabulous holiday, I’ll explain a little about Pi in my own words.

The most simple explanation of Pi is the Circumference divided by the Diameter.  All of which will only be used when there is a Circle involved.  Speaking of circles, check out the one below:

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Diameter = length of the line represented by cutting the pie in half.

Circumference : Circle :: Perimeter : Square.  Ie. length of the border.

Circumference = the length of the crust.  It’s kind of hard to visualize it when it’s round.  So just take the crust, snip it, and roll it out in a straight line.

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If the diameter of the circle is 1, unroll the pie crust and it equals Pi

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I don’t think in the BC days they had delicious pie crust (nor peach cobbler), so all they could do is continue to keep proving it with different sized circles.  If you believe the bible is true, then you have to believe in math, and vice versa.  2 Chronicles 4:2 talks about them approximating Pi = 3 while constructing Solomon’s Temple sea of cast metal.  Math back in the BC times had to be exciting.  Archimedes narrowed down 3 1/7 < Pi < 3 10/71.  It is presumed that Zu Chongzhi started with a shape with 24,576 sides to determine his approximation of 355/113!  That’s impressive.

Tonight, I think I’ll celebrate with a Pizza Pie and some Chocolate Silk Pie, yum.

Testimony > Revelation

 

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. 

-Matthew 6:33-34

 At least it's a pretty nice back.

Let me start by saying my LS is one of the beastingest people I know!  Fortunately, I can personally point out characteristics that make many of my LS’s quite THE BEAST.  But this one in particular was my first president in an organization that promotes sisterhood and service and was rebuilding a chapter from the BOTTOM!  She led us all through a time when many of us didn’t even know how to make it successful.  She is an alumna of University of Michigan and THE Georgetown Law and has passed the BAR exam!!   Other than that, she’s caring, hilarious, gorgeous, and pretty fly!

After I read her latest blog post, at first I was hurt that she is all depressed.  Then, I was really excited that I have the opportunity to witness and share my testimony with her.  I was just going to comment back on her facebook wall, but thought it was getting a bit lengthy, so below is my hip and shorthanded candid  response:

Girl, this chapter is the realest talk ever!! My first super testimony was my own experience struggling for a job.  I prayed that His will be done!  Similar to you, I had my own “revelation” moment.  After months, I finally just got content that I was staying at home for a while, and even asked my parents (first time for everything) to get me these dream boots for Christmas!  I used this time as an opportunity for me to get closer to my parents and closer to God.  I had to find out what He wanted me to learn.  Now, 2 years later, I realize that I wouldn’t have the close relationship with my parents that I have now had I not been home for those months.  It finally got to a point where I stopped stressing.  Soon after, I bought a flight that I couldn’t afford, and decided “I’d work it out”.  But, Money got REAL funny.  I thank God that a couple days before the credit card bill was due, I got my job, and they direct deposited my moving stipend in my account!

All of Matthew 6 is on point!  Give to the Needy, Pray the right way and understand The Lord’s Prayer, study up on FASTING, Serve God not money, Don’t worry about tomorrow.  Then, and only then can your testimony be greater than this “revelation” of depression.  God Bless you LS, I’ve already sent a prayer up for ya!

When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears
   and delivers them out of all their troubles.

-Psalms 34:17

Twin’s 25th Birthday

This is an interesting year for birthdays.  All of my really close friends (and me) are turning 25!!  Of course, I’m the last since my birthday is in December.  June started the festivities with my best friend Philip.  I call him my Twin because he’s the male version of me.  His girlfriend thought of the idea to have a Surprise Party and teamed up with his two other best friends and me.  The planning for it started all the way back in March.  The best part was we had contacts from his high school days, his college days, and at his current job.

We finally decided on doing at a bowling alley.  Everybody hid in the bar until he walked in.  As shown in the video, he was really shocked!  Following a game of bowling and libations, we surprised him with a party bus outside of a nearby bar, The Post.  We then rode to his favorite bar, Woody’s and partied the night away.  It was a bit complicated getting everyone back to the bus, but we didn’t have to leave anyone 😉  We got back to The Post in time to shake it for the last hour.  The night was a complete success and I can’t wait until the next party!



Halloween scares me

The way I see it, you aren’t taking full advantage of the glorious holiday if it doesn’t scare you.  I actually love Halloween and love being scared.  My friends and I went to three different parties in Indy.  I was Elvis, duh! The first party was a fundraiser for the Fight for Life Foundation established by Wolverine and former Colts player Marlin Jackson.  It was a lot of fun.  They had a silent auction and a real auction where a Colts helmet autographed by Peyton Manning went for $2,200!  The other two parties were downtown at the usual clubs.  Not much was different from the norm, but there were some really great costumes that were there like Quailman and Patty Mayonaise, and the Green Monkeys from Legends of the Hidden Temple (equipped with pendants of life).  Another night, we went to Necroplis Haunted House.  It was really good and even had some of their actors coming to haunt you while you waited in the freezing cold.  One downside was that the building was a warehouse that obviously never gets cleaned, so allergies were demolished!

The thing I was most excited about was going to see Saw VII aka Saw 3D: The Final Chapter!!!  There were a lot of mixed reviews on the movie, but I think the negative opinions were from people that haven’t seen the entire series.  Most folks that I know stopped watching after Saw II or Saw III.  Higher into the series, the movie made for non-fans is Saw VI, the one that came out last Halloween.  This one didn’t involve junkies or adulterers, but real life people that do real work, and have real lives.  There is a side plot going on dealing with the detectives and police station trying to discover Jigsaw and his accomplices.  That plot really ramps up after Saw III.  That same plot comes full circle in Saw 3D, which is why fans LOVE it.  This one had a bit more gore than others and I was really squirming in my seat.  The 3D aspect was not overwhelming and not really needed, but it makes you feel like you are in the same room with the people, which I think is really the point (similar to Avatar).  I love Halloween and like being scared, but I like to control my settings and when it happens.  Don’t get too scared Halloweenies!