Painting with a Purpose

Have you guys ever heard of Painting with a Twist?  Here’s an excerpt from their website:

“Join us for an evening of creativity and camaraderie. We’ll provide your paint, canvas and brushes and you’ll have a fun evening with friends. Plus, at the end of the evening, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind creation and, hopefully, a newfound talent you’ll want to explore! This is not your average art class, this is art entertainment.”

There are different paintings done throughout the month and if you have a private event, you can choose which piece of art your guests will re-create. Add in food and adult beverages and this makes for a great experience!

I participated in one such event this past weekend raising funds for Cass CommunitySocial Services, a non-profit in the Detroit area and had a blast! Once I got over trying to get everything just like the example painting and had a few sips of wine, I was rocking and rollin’. There’s nothing like a group of liquored up women trying to paint to brighten up your Sunday afternoon! (Just kidding….kinda).  I know they have locations in a few states, so if it’s in yours, let your inner arteest shine and have some fun!

Getting ready to start

Focused, Man!

Background done

My Masterpiece!

Aren't they lovely?

Randoms

I’m becoming one of those people who brushes their hair all.day.long. Sigh. But I want to get these waves poppin.

Mailed my secret Santa gift off today. A day late, but they should get it before Pserendipity’s reveal. Wasn’t able to get everything I wanted, but hopefully they still enjoy it.

My vacation started this week (yay!). It’s been soo cold though that I haven’t wanted to leave the house (boo!). Winter is the pits.

I love sitting on the couch staring at my Christmas tree. Doing that right now. Ahh…

Thinking about starting another blog dedicated to all things makeup and skincare. Want to make sure I keep practicing and developing my skills and since I take tons of pictures anyway, I may as well post them. Should be up and running before the new year.

Saying Goodbye

This is what most of you who "know" me see. 2 years old.

Tomorrow I’ll be cutting my locs in preparation for my visit to the barber Saturday morning. It’s been 7 years and 4 months since I began this journey, but it’s time for a new beginning. I still remember my coworkers’ suggestion that I still had time to take them out and get a press! It’s funny that once my hair started getting long, they were suddenly in love with them.

2009. At school playing with makeup.

Thankfully, I don’t put much stock in anyone’s opinion about hair. That’s always been one area in which I’ve been confident and adventurous. The locing process with all its “in between” stages kinda forces you to “be where you are” so to speak. Between being obviously natural and having a style that is still a mystery to many (why yes, I do wash my hair) it takes a certain amount of self-awarenes, patience and perhaps craziness to rock locs.

This past July. I just like this pic. Heading out to an "after the reception" party.

Anyway, I’d gotten to the point where I see the glances and in some cases, stares, but I don’t “see” them anymore. Good thing because now I’m going to be damn near bald but I’ve always wanted to try it and I can’t wait! So, it’s been real hair! Looking forward to the next stage of this hair journey.

One More Step

*UPDATE*

I received my admittance letter! I did not get accepted into the November class, but I got in for spring. So March 9 begins my new journey.

 

 

 

 

Ever since I can remember, things have come to me in dreams. Sometimes it was little things like dreaming of a picture and then drawing it the next day at school and winning a little prize (did anyone else’s school always have the kids participating in drawing contests?) Often times I had a distinct sense of déjà vu as I would dream of things and then witness them happening in actuality.

 

Well, for the last few years I’ve been dreaming about a new career, specifically as a massage therapist and esthetician. The operative word here is dreaming because outside of clicking around on a few websites, I never made a proactive move to make this dream a reality.

 

Towards the end of July, I was on M.A.C’s website looking at eyeshadows or something and ended up on the pro site. I don’t even remember why I went there, but while perusing the site, I saw a link to the Aveda Institute. It piqued my interest and after reading about the programs offered, I sent off for some information.

 

Imagine my surprise when, instead of mailing me, the admissions director called me and asked that I set up an informational interview. I did, and after meeting with her, taking a tour of the facility and hearing about the attention to detail regarding customer service and the training of their students, I made a decision to apply.

 

The program is a little over 5 months (5-10pm Monday-Friday!), the first few months being in-class study and actually getting a license.  The remainder is spent taking clients and receiving more specific instruction with a focus on customer service. The class size is 10 students so there will be personal attention given to each student.

 

I’m excited and plenty nervous and I haven’t even been accepted yet. I tend to overanalyze everything and this was no exception. You see the date of this post? I just mailed the application a few hours ago. I had the interview in July. Sometimes I just can’t help myself. I’m concerned about financing this program as I didn’t really want to take out anymore educational loans. I’m looking for scholarships, but should I not receive any, I know that I can take that route.

 

I’m doing this because I just have a feeling about it.  I’ve prayed about it and I just need to know that whatever happens now, I’ve followed through (finally) and I’m ready to take the next step.

Lunch

A couple of days ago CreoleinDC asked us what we ate for breakfast and lunch. I didn’t even bother to comment because I was off that day. Didn’t eat breakfast and there were no vegetables to be seen at lunch (unless you count the tomatoes and onions in my salsa, lol). Anyway, today was definitely an improvement. I’ve been off all week so I didn’t wake up in time for breakfast, but lunch was inspired by the Food Network show Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger

Mine included:

White rice, red and green bell pepper, broccoli, garlic, scallions, corn, egg, diced chicken

Delicious!

Today was a good day

I got a raise! Yay, lol. Today was my annual performance review. I went in with no expectations because honestly, the motivation to go hard at the job was just not there for a great portion of the year. I never noticeably slacked off, but as a department, we are typically known to go over and above the call of duty and I was not feeling appreciated at the start of the year.

Just to give a little background: I was promoted in July of 2006 to my current position. Since I was now responsible for the performance of other people, I worked extra hard to make sure I was on point. Staying late, double, triple, quadruple checking my work, making presentations, being sure I could answer any question, etc. So when review time rolled around last year, I knew not to expect anything too high recognizing I had a learning curve and there were bound to be mistakes made. But the feedback I got in that review threw me for a loop. That coupled with the fact that another department sent a letter to my boss expressing their disappointment that I didn’t process documents according to their timetable had me p.o.’d and severely dampened my spirit.

Fast forward a couple of months and I was basically doing just enough to keep up with my duties and was out. No staying a minute longer than necessary, no volunteering for special projects, nothing extra at all. I didn’t roll out of this funk until the beginning of this year. At that point I acknowledged my tendency to take things too personally, bucked up and decided that no matter how the front office felt, I was going to work to the best of my ability. So back to today, I went in not knowing what impression they had of my overall performance and was pleasantly surprised. It helped that I was given a last minute task to complete and handled it spectacularly (if I do say so myself, lol). So, viva la increase!

Steve Harvey said so!*

A few weeks ago a fellow alum started a network site for my high school. I enjoyed my high school experience, but I didn’t know what to expect from the site. I signed up anyway, created a little page and uploaded a couple “and this is me now”  pictures and looked around a bit. Can I just say how much I love seeing “us” doing well? I knew we were some smart cookies, cause it’s a magnet school. But seeing the profiles and pictures of families actually got me a little verklempt. This is coming from someone who had a few acquaintances but only a couple real friends during that time. Despite not being cool with a whole lot of people then, by virtue of some shared experiences, I’m genuinely happy for all of us. It’s also cool to see people that I’ve met after h.s. and see that they’re fellow alums as well. The original school (they’ve since built a new one right next door) was HUGE and the site has grown exponentially since created (3000? members at last count) and despite what anyone else will tell you, I believe it is the best high school ever!*