Starting Your Dreams Later In Life and Embracing the Detour

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 age from 20's to 80's. Actor Luke Perry, my middle…

Dear Blogalicious...

Photo by Vanessa of @DeSuMama

Dear Blogalicious,

Normally I adhere to the rule, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” But I couldn’t resist telling people about the amazing time I had at Blogalicious 2012 in Las Vegas.
Last year’s conference was my first. I was a bit nervous because I attended alone. But I’m so glad I took the risk. I was in a space that I identified with so much; a conference full of creative, passionate women with business dreams, who love social media and desire to learn more. I found myself among a group of people who work hard, but make time for fun too. I was in love.

Through Blogalicious I learned more about Google+ and branding.



I connected with a social media maven I’ve admired for a long time. 





I met the first black woman to win a Sundance award for best film director (and she follows me on Twitter).




I got a makeover...



...and some fashion inspiration (I still want that orange purse).



I made new friends and connections.





I danced so much at the Doug E. Fresh concert that my feet were swollen the next day. That has never happened to me before. It wasn't a cute moment so I'll spare you the visual of my feet. 



I had a great time and left with a lot of information. 





Stacey, Jazzy and the rest of the Blogalicious team do more than just organize a conference. They encourage us to pursue greatness. And they help make dreams come true. All of this has been accomplished in the first 5 years! At this rate, you’ve surpassed the sky’s limit. Blogalicous, you’re out of this world. And that is why we keep coming back.  Cheers to you!




Peace, Blessings & Continued Success,

Jenee Darden
CocoaFly.com 

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