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

Grateful, Giving and
BeBe and CeCe Winans' 'Grace'

Happy Monday! I know Monday's aren't usually happy days but we all have something to be grateful for. I bet the woman pictured is extra grateful. Rescue workers saved the Indonesian woman after being trapped under building rubble for two days. If I survived a 7.6 earthquake and being trapped under a building I'd have a big smile on my face too.
If you do have the Monday blues be grateful for your job because a lot of us are standing in the unemployment line while you're sitting at your desk. Still not feeling grateful? Remember, you're still breathing. Family and friends buried 16-year-old Derrion Albert in Chicago over the weekend. He was the honor roll student who died after being beat in the head with a plank by thugs. Also the ex-fiance of Kandi from the Real Housewives of Atlanta lost his life in a fight from a deadly blow this weekend. Two people who lost their lives over foolishness. And hundreds of people in Indonesia, the Philippines and Samoa are gone from earthquakes, tsunamis and violent storms this past week. So, be grateful.

People throughout the world are giving their time and money to help victims of the atrocities. Drop by the Red Cross website to see how you can help. CBS News also has a list of places around the country who could use a hand. Click here.

BeBe and CeCe Winans fans are probably thankful for the gospel duo's highly anticipated album. The brother and sister team haven't recorded an album together in 15 years. You can pick up their album Still on October 6th. I caught BeBe and CeCe performing their new song, "Grace" on TavisSmiley's PBS show . Bebe and CeCe sound great. Listen to the song below. Some of you should be grateful for YouTube helping you to keep a job. I've heard stories of people wanting to go off on their co-workers but they snuck onto YouTube and watched a Yolanda Adams or Donny McClucrkin video to calm them down. LOL!

Enjoy BeBe and CeCe Winans "Grace."