A September to Remember
On the 6th, I attended the inaugural event of the Four Seasons, Five Stars, event planning corporation (Get It Nyki!). It was a lovely affair in Baltimore, on a rooftop, with smiling faces, great tunes, and a cool breeze.
On the 8th (THE BIG DAY) I began the day in prayer for my grandmother. We share the same birthday, and this year was the second year without her. After reflecting on the blessing of life, I got dressed, had breakfast, and headed to the spa. Soul Day Spa…AMAZING!! The next stop was lunch at the Crossroads with my mom (had to take it back to my roots with some good ole’ Jamaican Cuisine). The night ended with good friends, great laughs, and memory making on the Historic U Street.
The rest of the week was all about celebrating ME! I took the entire week off of work to rest and restore. I pampered myself with a mani and pedi, treated myself to a day of shopping, and ended the week with a fabulous day of fashion and beauty at Nordstrom’s. The Fall Fashion and Beauty trends show was an amazing celebration of beauty and style. I received a refreshing facial from Keihl’s and a make-over from a freelance artist (Kahleea) who is the BOMB! Then I discovered that she lived right down the street from me. Small World!!
In the middle of September, I met Russ Parr and Shelia Stewart of Radio One. It was indeed an honor, as they have both played a huge role in the media world and in the black community. I shared a bit of myself with them and it paid off. Two days later, I got a personal invite from Sheila Stewart, yes Miss Community of 93.9 WKYS and 104.1 (just to name a few). Miss Community extended the opportunity for me to work alongside her and the Press at the 25th Anniversary Awards Luncheon for the National Congress of Black Women, Inc. Can you say WOW!!!! But I’m not done……
September 23rd kicked off the 39th Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus. From the 23rd through the 27th I did enough moving and shaking for the entire month. The CBC was phenomenal and a great experience in leadership, professionalism, and excellence. Being gathered with so many influential people created an infectious energy charged with positive electrons; I met some of my greatest idols and inspirations including Susan Taylor, Essence Magazine Editor-Emeritus, Actress and Activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Dr. Steve Perry, Principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School (featured on CNN”s Black in America 2). Speaking of principals, I even ran into my old principal at Northwestern High, Dr. Kevin Maxwell, who is now the Superintendent for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Meeting Mike Epps was pretty cool too...He's hilarious!
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I find myself in Potomac Maryland at the lovely home of Jack and Marcy Garson attending my very first Governors Fundraiser Event. The event only reignited the positive electrons from the CBC as I mixed and mingled with executives, lawyers, mayors, and Governor O’Malley himself.
The Governor was very impressed as I shared my educational and professional experience as an emerging young leader and aspiring social entrepreneur.
The best part of the event was the sound advice that I received from I.J. Hudson, a very well known and highly respected communications professional with 32 years of broadcast experience. I explained to him that I started a blog and I was nervously preparing to work alongside Sheila Stewart. He said to me “Come on over here to the couch and let’s sit down and chat about this”.
(Photo Courtesy of http://www.garsonlaw.com/)
Now that is what I call A SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER! An awesome month of amazing experiences and abundant opportunities; this month was so jam packed that one blog wouldn’t do it any justice. There is so much to cover. So stay tuned for my 6 part series on the fabulous month of September including:
Part II: The CBC, Where you need to Be!
Part III: The Mentoring Movement
Part IV: The National Congress of Black Women, Inc.
Part V: My Foxy 5
Part IV: Flying to Amazing Heights (Feat. the first African American Teen Transcontinental Pilot, and the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement Dr. Dorothy Height)