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Monday, January 30, 2012

A D-Xirable Poem! Langston Hughes "Mother to Son"

A picture of a beautiful staircase!

I decided to post one of my favorite poems by Langston Hughes, "Mother to Son". Basically, this poem is about life not being perfect. It means that we all have problems and hardships through out life and even though we do, we should choose to keep going and not to give up.

A picture of the beautiful staircase in the Swarovski Store in Tokyo!

Mother to Son

Well, son, I'll tell you:
The poet himself, Langston Hughes.
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor--
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps
'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall now--
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

Langston Hughes

I hope that you enjoyed reading this!

Love always,
LaTasha B.

D-Xirably Beautiful! (Poems by Candice George and Sylvia Chidi)

We all have "those" days.
Those days where we feel like we aren't beautiful for whatever reason it may be.
Perhaps you got a zit, a freckle, a wrinkle, a bad hair cut, gained some weight, someone insulted you, etc. etc.
Everyone has those days, EVERYONE.

I figured that I would post some D-Xirably beautiful poems by Candice George and Slyvia Chidi for some encouragement when you find yourself having one of "those" days.

by Candice George

I am beautiful
Not only because of the curve of my hips
Or the shape of my body
Not only because of the fullness of my lips
Or the curl of my eye lashes

I am beautiful because I want to be
I am beautiful because God made me that way
I am beautiful because in my eyes
There is no one more beautiful than me

I am beautiful because I have a heart
And that is a beautiful thing
I am beautiful because I have a brain
And that is a beautiful thing
I am beautiful because I give advice
And that is a beautiful thing

I am beautiful because I want to be
I am beautiful because God made me that way
I am beautiful because in my eyes
There is no one more beautiful than me

I am beautiful because I have confidence
I am beautiful because I have determination and wit
I am beautiful because I have goals and I plan to reach them
I am beautiful because I am always there to lend a helping hand

I am beautiful because I want to be
I am beautiful because God made me that way
I am beautiful because in my eyes
There is no one more beautiful than me

by Sylvia Chidi

Honesty is beautiful
Kindness is beautiful
Intelligence is beautiful
Talent is beautiful

Beautiful is a romance with such abundance
Beautiful are the flowers that roam the earth
Beautiful is awaking to the sound of singing birds
Beautiful is a disguise
Playing hide and seek inside and outside
Beautiful is as naked as the rising sun
Beautiful is delightful and truthful
Beautiful is the golden daylight that shines
And the taste of sweet colored red wine
Beautiful was never ever created by mistake
Beautiful is the ingredient we bake life’s cake
When all or nothing is at stake

I am beautiful
You are beautiful
We are beautiful

Beautiful is great
Beautiful is sweet
Beautiful is love
Beautiful is power

Come to me Mr. & Mrs. Beautiful
Let me into your little secret
Of why you are so obedient and dutiful

EVERY size is beautiful! :)

We are ALL beautiful. We were ALL created to be beautiful. God made no mistakes.
It doesn't matter what anyone says as long as you know that you are beautiful.
Whenever we have one of "those" days just look at yourself in the mirror and say,
"I am beautiful no matter what anyone says. -
God made me and He makes no mistakes.
I am beautiful because He loves me.
I am beautiful because I am loved.
I am beautiful because I love me."

I hope that this encourages you and inspires you.

Love always,
LaTasha B.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

A D-Xirable Poem and Journey: "The Road Not Taken"

One of my favorite poems is "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. I read this poem in high school and I instantly fell in love with it. I think I fell in love with it because I secretly knew that I didn't want to be a follower. Instead, I wanted to be a leader and I wanted to march to the beat of my own drum. So far, in a way, I did take "The Road Not Taken". I was the first in my family (on my mom's side) to go to college. Not only that, I ended up finishing as well. I've made other decisions based off of this poem as well and probably will continue to do so. So, here's one of my favorite poems:

A picture of a fork in the road

"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

But, I guess I've come to this poem now because I've come to a new fork in the road: I can either go to Graduate school and continue to go further in school debt, or I can go into the "real world" and pay off my current school debt. I'm used to being a student - sitting in class, taking tests, cramming for finals, and hanging with friends. In a way, it's the road well traveled for me, very familiar. But I don't think that I want to stay on the road well traveled. I've decided, and although it seems scary, it may be time for me to go into the "real world". It's time to start something new. Sure it will be scary, but I'm pretty sure that it will be worth it! It's not always easy but sometimes it's better to take "The Road Not Taken". It has worked for me so far!

Love always,
LaTasha B.

Friday, January 27, 2012

D-Xirable Insight and Quote While Being MIA

Sorry my loves for being MIA so long. All my blog entries have been pretty much fluff... until now.

I was MIA for two reasons. One, I had a virus on my computer and two, I needed time to think.

My computer had a virus and even though the virus is gone, the virus has damaged my hard drive. I'm no longer able to upload new pictures. :( Because of this, I've decided to upload an older pic of me and the latest recent pic of me. Also, this will make it harder for me to do blog updates since I like to post pics!

During my break, I had time to think about a lot of things...

The most important thing that I learned though, is that it's important to know who you are and who your real friends are when you go "missing" for a while (the ones that reach out to you while you are gone or as soon as you get back). With that said, I've cleared out unnecessary friends, and I've decided to focus on the ones that matter. I no longer need the "extras", I just need the ones that always have and always will be there for me when I need them. I only need the ones that love me no matter what! :) It's important to have them around, especially when you are transitioning into a new stage of your life! Expectations are hard, even for an "over achiever" college graduate like me. And as long as I have a choice in the matter, I don't want or need unnecessary friends around to watch me if I fail. Life is scary and hard enough on its own, especially when there's no guide or path given to you. But hey,

"Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it." -Harvey MacKay

                                  (An older pic of me)                             (Recent pic of me)

As for now, I'm trying to focus on me and to figure out what to do next with my life. I have an idea of where I want to be in the end, I just need to figure out how to get there! :)

By the way, thanks a TON to all of those that continued to be my "D-Xirables" (followers/readers) while I took my break. It's nice to see who will still be around when you get back! :)

Love always,
LaTasha B.