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

Fly Lady of the Day: Dance Your A** Off's

Last weekend I caught up with a friend and she suggested I do a reality show because of the sometimes craziness in my life. Whew, I got a good laugh. I don't think I could handle cameras following me around 24/7. And I don't find my life interesting enough for a reality show. Well sometimes I have interesting experiences but a girl needs her privacy (*wink, wink*).
Even as a journalist I'm always amazed at people who choose to share their personal lives. And for those who go on weight loss reality shows, I'm extra impressed at their willingness to open up about their weight, lifestyle and imperfections to millions of people. That takes courage. The Fly Lady of the Day is Briana from the second season of Oxygen's Dance Your A** Off. According to Oxygen's website Briana, 22, used to be a hip hop dancer and captain of her cheer leading team. She's also a member of my great sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho (ya'll know I had to throw that in there*smile*). She exercises but is having trouble
slimming down from her current 290 lbs. Plan B is dancing off the weight. Props to Briana for putting her health first, inspiring others to take care of their bodies and having the guts to shake her boo-tay on national TV. Obesity is a major health issue in this country and shows like this, The Biggest Loser or Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution are encouraging people to save their lives.

Briana, we'll be dancing with you every week. Work it soror!!

Check Briana and the rest of the cast of Dance Your A** Off on the Oxygen channel, Monday nights at 10pm. Follow Briana on Facebook.


  1. I don't think I have ever watched this show. Maybe I'll give it a whirl.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate

  2. It's a good show if you like dancing.


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