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

Girl Where You Been?

This is my favorite piece by one of my favorite artists Brenda Joysmith. It reminds me of when I was little girl. I used to love running around in my white slip when I was a kid. And I've always been a thinker. When I see this piece, I see myself. And if you look at the picture, you'll get an idea of the mental and spiritual place I've been in lately. Visit the Joysmith Gallery to see more of her work. I know this beautiful piece of work, doesn't answer where I've been.

Well, I've been home to see my mamma. I've been to the movies to see Precious and Up In The Air. I've been over my grandmothers' homes. I've been eating my grandfathers' hoghead cheese and pigs feet. Don't judge. I've been to the gym too. I've been catching up with friends I haven't seen and spoken to in years. I've been writing in my journal like crazy. I've been looking for story ideas. I've been painfully watching the crisis in Haiti and wondering why it's taking so long for those poor people to get aid. I've been turning away from the criris in Haiti because it reminds me of Katrina. But I've been to the Red Cross website to make a donation. I've been praying for those who lost their lives in that horrible earthquake. I've felt an earthquake that magnitude and it's scary as hell. And I know how it feels when hours pass and you haven't heard from loved ones. I've been thinking about the Dems pulled out a seat for Scott Brown, asked him if he wanted to start with an appetizer and gave him the Senate victory. I've been wondering how many flips Ted Kennedy did in his grave. I've been confused as to why so many people are mad at Jay Leno. I've been thankful. I've been listening to new artist, Andy Allo's CD UnFresh, which is hella fresh by the way. Check out my interview with her above. I've been stepping up my game. I've been thinking about what's next for Cocoa Fly. I've been clearing my head. I've been...around.