What have I done in the past ten days (since the last time I posted an update)?
Pray (fervently), write, strategize, work out my faith with fear and trembling, blow out some fake candles on a (birthday) carrot cake (ha!), rest (in peace), doodle in my dreams, take care of my new face (it’s a bore and a bother), and be great.
I have so much to say and not enough time or patience, but I hope my last blog post will be the precursor to this short but precise update.
I have sexism, racism, misogyny, workplace discrimination (race, color, sex (gender), religion, national origin, pregnancy, age, and/or disability), police brutality, mental illness (and those who struggle with them), and social injustice on my mind.
Silence is golden.
Like the artist Rick Ross said the other day on The Breakfast Club (I listen to the show pretty often in the morning these days), sometimes it’s what you DON’T say…(that speaks louder)…
I’ll be checking out his new album. In the meantime, I do have a playlist of his that I created a long while ago titled: Maybach Music – Parental Advisory.
My biggest law case (that is still being reviewed) involves a corporation that I worked for in mid-2018. I experienced all of the categories of workplace discrimination that I mentioned above during my time at this organization. I learned so much. It helped my law pursuits. It helped my business strategy. It sanctified me. It exposed and highlighted my true character (from Christ), and my love for people as a true follower and disciple of Christ (John 13:35). I’m hopeful about the outcome of this one, and the others. It’s sort of like a waiting game, and I’m willing to wait in this regard as I decide when and where I’d like to go to law school, what to say (and what not to say) in my initial interest and admissions essay(s). What I would like to encourage you with in your future pursuits: Keep pushing and praying until something happens.
Also, I found a quote a few weeks ago that I feel ties in the with my previous post and book recommendation:
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. – Mark, Twain, Author
In other news, it’s a good hair day. Lol. I took my boxed braids out yesterday (they were in for almost three weeks). I braid my hair for protective purposes and to fight off jealousy, lol. My hair grew longer and thicker. And, the texture is different (for now). But, then you have shrinkage – which is, dare I say, a colored people thing – and makes it look like it didn’t grow at all!
I’m mixed with four races, and I embrace all four of them. I see all four races in my hair texture as well. I see the tight ringlets; the looser curls; the straight and curly (that makes it look like I have fly-aways and split ends); I see the strength in my roots when my hair begins to unravel after my hard work of twisting my tresses ever so nicely. Lol. And, I see the hair pushback when I try to tame it and it just does what it wants. Lol. Still, I’m so grateful.
So far today, I saw someone with braids and with dreads. I’ve been thinking about dreads alot. We shall see.
Edits and all, I am HERE for my hair.
Hair: I love you.
What I’m watching right now (and will watch very soon): Undercover Billionaire (Ah! This show warms my heart! Similar aspects of what I’ve endured in ministry and during Poetic Justice), Black Love, Black Ink Crew: Compton, Post Grad, Pink Panther 1 and 2, Law-Abiding Citizen (I’ve seen it before, and I’m watching it again), Creed (the first one), Novocaine, and more movies.
What I’m vibing to right now (musically):
Maybach Music – Parental Advisory (mentioned above; a playlist that I’m listening to as I work today). On my Spotify account under osugrad2005.
Ari Lennox – Up Late
Usher – Good Kisser
Jidenna – Little Bit More
Miguel and Travis Scott – Sky Walker
Kendrick Lamar and Drake – Poetic Justice (this was on heavy rotation while I wrote, produced, and directed my movie that never made it to the big screen, lol).
DJ Khaled, Rihanna, and Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts
Tamia – Leave It Smokin’
Healthy Eats: Green Tea, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Turmeric with Black Pepper, Cranberry Juice, Purified Water, and other unhealthy things not worth mentioning. Lol. (See my last post for reference).
Family Update: My maternal Grandfather passed away recently. Complete Southerner. He will be missed.
Business Update: If you’ve read my previous post and followed-up and watched the re-air of the Oprah Winfrey show featuring Toni Morrison, you would agree that Oprah was before her time. That quite possibly may be the reason why OWN tried to take my spot in the love arena when I disappeared for three months in 2017. Lol.
Social Justice Update: No justice, no peace.
Porsche and Love Is A Lifestyle (August 16, 2019 at 2:21pm and August 24, 2019 at 2:41pm, 3:36pm, and 4:45pm)
Personal Review (from our work at Destination Excellence, one of the businesses we merged on May 31, 2019):
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May 24, 2015
To Whom It May Concern:
Porsche Armstrong assisted my two children, Nicholas and Lauren, during their junior year at Granville High School. Both Nicholas and Lauren are strong math and science students but asked for assistance when they prepared for the reading and writing portions of their college entrance exams (ACT tests).
Porsche met with each child for several sessions, developed personalized reading and writing assignments and thoroughly prepared them prior to their final test dates. Nicholas and Lauren are very different students yet Porsche was able to adapt and tailor her sessions and assignments to address each child’s needs and weaknesses.
I feel that one of the best ways to show how talented Porsche is would be to share the results of my children’s ACT scores before and after attending sessions with Porsche. Their final ACT scores are an incredible testament to Porsche’s ability to reach different students and give them the tools and confidence to excel!
Nicholas: English – April 2013 = 27; September 2013 = 31
Reading – April 2013 = 26; September 2013 = 33
Overall – April 2013 = 29; September 2013 = 33
Lauren: English – June 2014 = 28; September 2014 = 33
Reading – June 2014 = 21; September 2014 = 29
Overall – June 2014 = 26; September 2014 = 29
(Second date is the date they took the ACT again – after weeks of tutoring. Their scores increased significantly in Math and Science as well).
I highly recommend Porsche Armstrong for the position of Creative Writing Instructor at Wright State University. Porsche made a tremendous difference in the lives of both of my children and I am confident that Porsche will continue to motivate and inspire the students of Wright State University.
Diane Capaci, CPA
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