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

Feeling Good with Memories of Nina Simone

Nina Simone
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At my last job, a photo of Nina Simone hung in my office, along with Eartha Kitt, Tina Turner and Maya Angelou. People enjoyed taking in the photos of these queens. An older gentleman, who has since passed, gazed at my Nina Simone picture often and reminisced about seeing her in concert. He said he never saw anyone shake their body on stage like she did. He told me that story multiple times with a big, grin on his face. The movement of Nina’s soulful, beautiful dark body left him with a good memory. It left him feeling good. And him sharing that memory made me feel good. Now when I see Nina Simone I think about this story from my departed friend. I think about him and hope he’s somewhere jamming with Nina.

 Since it is a holiday, I decided to give myself a bit of a blogging break. I hope you’re feeling good. I hope you’re feeling good about your body and the wonderful sexual being that you are. I hope you play this song and sway your hips. I hope you play this song and dance for you or someone you know would appreciate it. I hope on this day you’re feeling good about YOU.