Surrounding Yourself With Light & Beauty

I wanted to share some things that make me smile 🙂 🙂 🙂 . There’s no particular order and this is a mix of photos and commentary. I want you all to get in the habit of imagining/conjuring/thinking about nice things so you begin to expect them as par for the course and not something you have to “strive” for. We have to ignite our flights of fancy and embrace the impractical at times.  It’s your inherent and inherited right to by joyful!

Chocolate:

Cocoa has many beneficial properties that are good for us! It’s no wonder we are drawn to it. My life would be over if I had to give up chocolate.  One of my faves is the Vosges gourmet chocolate Barcelona bar. It’s about $8 and worth every penny. They even give you instructions in how to eat the bar properly so you get the most sensory and satisfactory experience. When you place a piece on your tongue, let it melt against the roof of your mouth and get hit by the first wave of sea salt — whew Choco-gasm!

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Travel And Teach In Spain With VaughanTown

I was going to add an additional weekend post until I realized this is worthy of a weekday inclusion. If you’re thinking about vacationing in Spain this year or want to conduct some prep work before enlisting in a teaching English as a second language course you might want to consider applying for VaughanTown volunteer program.

It’s a 2-week program, unpaid but they do provide housing and meals. They’re not leaving you in a hostel  room with 12 people either! For example, one of the accommodation schemes offered is at the Sheraton Santa Maria de El Paular in Rascafria, which is one hour outside of Madrid. If you check out the photos from the website the surrounding areas look gorgeous.

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What Life Is Like On The Other Side Of The Wall

I’ve been spending a little less time on social networking sites and more scouring the internet. One was becoming too insular as I’ve noticed a cycle of repeated conversations and observations. I used to simply add to my network but the increase in volume didn’t necessarily produce the shift or quality I was looking for.

In our conversations at this and other BWE forums there’s an increased urgency. It’s not as if we discuss posts beforehand but I have been witnessing a synchronization of thoughts that are leading some of us to similar conclusions. We do not agree on every point but the totality that lends to wanting to impose a sense of urgency amongst certain black women (as it applies) to be prepared is present.

When we’ve discussed life outside the Matrix I am certain it is such a foreign concept for many they may not ever believe. I thought I’d try a different tactic and this also serves to be a bit of fun for others as well. Our thoughts guide our actions. Our actions tested and refined lead to change. Until then it’s all a theory I suppose, but real life with all its consequences still occurs.

Poor choices lead down the road to despair. Opportunities left are lost. Coming into our own as women of the world is not only possible, but happening right now for many black women.

It’s all about choice.

You can stay in your box, on your block, in your neighborhood and see the world through half-closed lids or you can go through life eyes wide open. I have readers from all corners of the globe and am very grateful we have found each other. Some of the locales that have popped up include Olofström, Blekinge Lan Jönköping, Jonkopings Lan,  Cracow, Malopolskie and Helsinki, Finland.

Many women have already integrated into the larger global village and haven’t looked back. They didn’t ask permission. They have the most mundane (read that as “boring”) lives. They have breakfast, they work, they drop their kids off at school, they have a serious other or husband, they go to the market and they complete many other tasks throughout the week.

If it’s so boring, why did I mention it?

These women (and one man) happen to be living abroad.

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Is Norway The Way To Go? Some of the things I LOVE about Norway:

Last week I participated in an interview with a Norwegian newspaper related to interracial dating and breaking down barriers. I’ll let you know when it’s published. If you as an individual want a change in your outlook (and life), then you must make an effort at dismantling the old models. You cannot embrace a new way of thinking until you’ve cleared out the junk and brought in the new goods!

I have quite a few readers from Scandinavian & Nordic countries (Hej, Hei, Hallo, Dag). There’s a few things some of the readers in the US may not be aware of. For example, Mari Kiviniemi and Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir  currently serve as the Prime Ministers of Finland and Iceland respectively but Norway has a Crown Princess as well as a PM. While these countries are very family-oriented and traditional in many aspects, they are socially progressive pro-woman societies with a very high standard of living.

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