Today, I was PRESENT

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Today I decided, I would leave my cellphone in my laptop bag and not touch it until after work. I had a three hour drive to work and normally I’m calling people during my drive. But not today.

During the day, I normally text at least a couple of my 14 siblings or friends at some point of the day. But not today.

I realize that when I’m texting or reaching out to people during the day, I feel as if I’m suppose to be somewhere other than work. But not today.

Today for the first time in a very long time i was PRESENT. I completely disconnected from my iPhone which meant no Twitter, Facebook, texting, missed calls, voicemails or outside interference to my work.

I would have to say that I had an amazing day. I was focused at work, engaged and actually enjoyed my client and my project. I understand how it feels to be a man because they seem to focus on the task, woman, workout or project at hand. They are not consumed with all the other shit that we as women are concerned or consumed with daily.

I’m enjoying my day as guy today so i’m off to watch the NCAA championship and have me a tall beer.

Goodnight!!

A Race for Change – Child Abuse

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RACE FOR CHANGE

Two Nonprofits Coming Together to Bring Awareness to Child Abuse! 
 
Schaumburg, IL – Two nonprofit organizations are joining forces for the Race for Change on April 21, 2013 in Busse Woods.  PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment & It’s Our Little Secret have come together in April, which is Child Abuse Awareness Month & Sexual Abuse Awareness Month.  According to the US Department of Justice, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before the age of eighteen. Race for Change was created to shatter the silence of abuse, provide a platform to raise awareness on the prevalence of these issues, and raise donations to help support two organizations on the forefront of empowering victims of abuse.
 
This family-friendly event will feature a certified 10k and 5k race, a 1-mile walk, and a kid’s 50 yard dash. To commemorate the lives affected from abuse, there will be a balloon release before Award Ceremony. Children participating in 50-yard dash will receive one balloon. The awards ceremony will include two inspirational speakers – internet celebrity Keenan Cahill and PAVE Founder Angela Rose who has been featured on Dr. Drew, Today Show and most recently the Oprah Winfrey Network. CNN Headline News featured Rose on their “Break Through Women” series as hey highlighted her story of being kidnapped from Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL at the age of seventeen by a man on parole for murder – and transforming her anger into activism by founding the multi-national nonprofit PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment.
 
 
WHO – PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment & It’s Our Little Secret
WHAT – Family friendly and “race certified” – Race for Change
WHERE – Busse Woods Trail (Paved course), Grove 5, Elk Grove Village, IL
WHEN – Sunday, April 21, 2013, 8:30am
WHY – April is Child Abuse Awareness Month & Sexual Abuse Awareness Month
 
 To  register, visit: tiny.cc/raceforchange2013
 
ABOUT IOLS:
The mission of It’s Our Little Secret (501c3) is to promote a healthy recovery for the
abused children & youth, and to stop the destructive future behavioral patterns of the
abused towards their own and other children.
www.itsourlittlesecret.org
ABOUT PAVE:
Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE) is a multi-chapter national
501c3 nonprofit organization that uses education and action to shatter the silence of
sexual violence through targeted social, educational and legislative tactics.
www.ShatteringTheSilence.org
 

“Manuscript Found in Accra”

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“Manuscript found in Accra” is a new book by my favorite writer Paulo Coelho

If you don’t know Paulo, he is the international bestselling author of  “The Pilgrimage, The Alchemist, The Fifth Mountain, Eleven Minutes, and Aleph.  In 2007, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In 2009, he received the Guinness World Record for the Most Translated Author for the same book (The Alchemist) and a dozen other books that have now sold over 150,000,000 books worldwide.

Paulo Coelho is arguably the most translated and successful author alive today. I have read just about all his books and most of them deal with the spiritual aspects of life and love. I was shocked by the title of his new book (considering my grandfather was from Accra, Ghana) so I assumed it had to do with Africa. However in true Paulo form, it has to do with love, self acceptance and the human condition. I did find an excerpt on Scribd.com so check it out for yourself.

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