Following Your Passion ~ Dr. Maya Angelou

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The clipping I saved from college when I heard Dr. Angelou speak.

I was sipping on my Chai Tea Latte the other day when I noticed Oprah staring at me.  She was looking at me from a picture, but nonetheless she was gazing.  Then I read the sleeve on my cup and it said, ” Follow your passion.  It will lead you to your purpose.”  Oh Oprah! 
You are right about that.  It’s not an easy journey but a great example of a woman that found her purpose is Dr. Maya Angelou.  What a Phenomenal Woman, who brings Oprah’s statement to life.  Let her example of following her passion be your guide in your journey toward your own purpose.

May she rest in peace.  Read Ronda Racha Penrice’s article about her life.

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Challenge Yourself, A Little Struggle Never Hurt

I long to be back in paradise on this cold NY day. A couple Thursdays ago I was on my “Body Holiday” and took a mental, physical and social media break.  Ok, so I may have hearted a few pics on IG and liked some things on FB.  But, for the most part I was detached from the world and loved it.  Every so often you need a break from everyday life to unwind, recharge, reconnect with yourself and loved ones. 

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Me with my yacht in the background 🙂

But, I am back in the concrete jungle and ready to see what I can stir up.  Stirring up good trouble! Since there is no change without a little struggle, I decided to challenge myself, especially since it is the Lenten Season.

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Concrete Jungle that I love!

When you take a hiatus from life you have time to reflect and re-evaluate. There are many changes we could all make, keeping in mind life is a journey not a destination. So, over time you grow as a person and change comes about.

I have decided to utilize the things I have around me a bit more, my stove and my juicer for starters. Basic, I know but under utilized! Yes, it takes time that I really don’t have to make that carrot juice and cook that salmon but like I said, there can be no change without a little bit of struggle. That is true for so many things in life. Nothing comes easy, you have to work for it. It makes the end result all the more sweeter. I have learned that all the tools you need to achieve your goals lie within you.

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Me, making green juice! Yay! Ignore the Malbec 🙂

Won’t you join me and challenge yourself to do the things you want to do but think you can’t because of time constraints or your preconceived notions. Go ahead and fulfill those dreams that you have buried inside. Work harder to complete your goals. You can’t pray for peace, love, joy, happiness, prosperity, success and on and on and not work for it.

Challenge yourself!

Fashionably yours,
Danalee Francesca

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Spitfire?

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Are you one?  LeAnn Rimes apparently is. Spitfire is the title of her new album, and she lays it all out emotionally in this album. You and I both know the story about her, Eddie and Brandi, so no need to gossip. Besides all that drama, LeAnn is known for speaking her mind in the true sense of a spitfire. I always liked the connotation of the word.  Not exactly sure I like Webster’s definition. I define it as a woman that doesn’t take crap from anyone, she basically says KMFA all day everyday, only when nonesense attempts to come her way, of course. 

I had a few spitfire moments lately.  People won’t always come to your rescue or even agree when you fight back against verbal attacks, you have to know how to stand up for yourself. When people test your metal make sure you Spit Fire, with a smile of course 🙂 Deepak has an even nicer solution!

Happy Friday,
Danalee Francesca

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Fashionable Relationships…Questions You Should Be Asking Before You Commit

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I picked up the November issue of Ebony Magazine on which the beautiful ladies of the Best Man Holiday adorn the cover. Great movie by the way that provided the audience with lots of lessons about relationships, choices and the consequences of those choices. Go see the movie if you haven’t already. While browsing through articles, I stumbled across an article about relationships and questions you should be asking your partner before you commit.

After reading the article I checked out the website, where the author, Mary Pender-Greene has 260 Questions that you should be asking yourself about your significant other or questions you should work into a conversation with him/her before you even consider marriage or a commitment.

I am by no means an expert but here are some lessons I have learned over time from talking to wiser people such as friends, family etc. that have lived and learned:

-Make sure you know the person for at least four seasons, because that allows you enough time to see all angles of a person, that way you know more about what they are like…4 seasons people! Don’t start off walking around like Bey & J, then end up like Naz & Kelis.

-You know that old saying (my Mom has it on replay in my ear) “when a person tells you who they are believe them!”  I agree, for example if they are outgoing social individuals they will most likely be like that throughout the relationship or if they have certain habits, the core of a person will unlikely change. If they are selfish, they will continue on that path. If they are generous, they will continue to be that way etc. etc

-Date, date, date & then date some more!!  If you have yet to meet the one, then date. The more you date the wider your pool of people so that you are not boxed in to one type of individual and also you develop a keen sense of spotting bull$!@ if and when it arrives, by then you will know how to diplomatically shut that door.

– A person being too perfect scares me! Obviously nothing is perfect, if it seems too perfect then you will soon find out about the imperfections. But the whole point of relationships is figuring out what imperfections you are willing to deal with for the sake of love, the relationship and ultimately marriage. Figure out your deal breakers!

Everyone has their reasons for being in a relationship, you would think love and happiness is the ultimate goal (in my world it is) however it’s not always for those reasons, hell some people just need their rent paid, or are looking to upgrade their career or lifestyle via their partner. It’s unfortunate that there is deception lurking in the midst of love, but that’s life. It’s up to you to be proactive about your relationships just as you are in other areas of your life. Regardless of your reasons for your relationship I would read the article and peruse the questions, you may find a new question you never thought about asking or pondering.

Here’s to having the best relationship, regardless of the imperfections, but you have to do the work!

Love,
~Danalee Francesca

“Men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness.” Coco Chanel

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