Starting Your Dreams Later In Life and Embracing the Detour

Jenee Darden speaking at Creative Mornings I know it's been a while since I've posted anything but that's because of my job. I'm working as a reporter covering Oakland and I host an arts segment on the radio where I get to interview amazing artists from around the Bay Area. Plus I'm publicizing my book  and building my speaking career!  You know what's funny? I thought this would all happen by the time I was 27-30.  Nope. That wasn't God's plan for me. I'm finally beginning to do the things I've wanted to do and I'm almost 40 years old. Some people reading this who are 40 will say 40 is still young. But some younger people reading may think 40 is nearly ancient. But I'm writing this post for those who like me, thought their career and personal dreams would come true much early in life. I'm here to tell you not to give up.  You know, death inspires life. A number of my relatives and friends have passed away, ranging in

DILF: Dads I'd Like to Feature on my blog

Thought I meant something else didn't ya? I was listening to Michael Baisden while battling LA traffic today. The topic of discussion was how men change when they get into relationships. Baisden said they don't have the same freedoms from their single days because women have them on lockdown. Then Baisden and co-host George Willborn went on about brothas getting soft and joked about men pushing grocery carts in the stores and
carrying babies in slings. That's not being soft, that's being a real man. A man should hold his kids and push the cart at the grocery store when his lady is shopping. His actions shows he cares about his woman and family and he's a gentleman. When I see a man do that for his woman I find it sexy and masculine. That's the kind of man I want. He can push the basket, hold the baby, open the pickle jar for me and help me take down my braids when it's time to get my hair done. Sing with me ladies--"One day my prince will come." I remember my mother told me when dating a man make sure he's husband AND father material.

I'm keeping this post short because I'm on deadline. This Friday NPR's "News and Notes" is running one of my stories and interviewing me. I'm excited but I have work to do. Check your local public radio stations for air times.

Photo Credit:
1. Corbis
2.Babies R Us


  1. If the man made the baby he should help take care of it. The days of a man rubbing his child's head as he passes him/her on his way to the kitchen to grab a beer is over. Even though President Obama is the busiest man on the planet he took his behind to his daughter's school yesterday for a one hour visit. Women when you look for a man make sure you look for one that you know will be a help mate and not a slacker.


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