What Time is It?

TimeMy children have known how to tell time for a few years now, but it seems that lately, if there is no clock in their immediate view, they constantly ask, “What time is it?”  They do it all…the…time… I asked them why they want to know and their answer is, “Because we like knowing what time it is.” Duh.

It made me think about how aware we are (or are NOT) about time. Time is something that can be managed, wasted or well-spent, but it cannot be borrowed, changed or given back. When my children were born, time took a different spin – feeding and sleep schedules were monitored, and I had to be aware of how the timing of my activities fit into their timing (something that has not changed!). Effective time management is crucial – whether it is personal, professional, parental, or a combination of all three. Many of you know that I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions. Why wait until January 1 to start something you can start TODAY? In terms of time, the 24 hours on December 31 are the same 24 hours that occur on January 1. As a young child, I remember excitedly counting down the minutes until midnight. If we weren’t in church, we were at home and we would make sure to give everyone a Happy New Year greeting. And then 12:01 became just another minute.

Let’s be clear – I DO value the changing from one year to the next. We should be grateful any time we cross from 11:59 to 12 midnight. I have learned of at least 10 deaths over the last two weeks. Old wives’ tales often speak of more deaths at the end of the year/beginning of the new year, so every day we open our eyes is a gift. Having said that, let’s pay attention to the time. What time is it? Is it time to stop wasting time and start using it more wisely? YES! It’s time to stop talking about ‘it’ and start BEING about ‘it.’ Don’t wait for tomorrow – EVERY day is New Year’s Day!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Sloughing Off 2011

My favorite beauty regimen is exfoliation, which involves using some lightly abrasive material or fabric to slough off, or remove skin cells from the outermost layer of skin. It is healthy for the skin because it moves aside the dead skin cells to make room for newer skin cells to emerge, allowing the skin to appear smooth and healthy.

As I mentioned in my Thanksgiving post back in November, I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions. Every day of the year is an opportunity to make changes for the better. I usually take time to reflect on the events of the year as the New Year approaches. However, this year I’ve decided to just slough off 2011 and move forward to 2012 – get rid of the dead cells of 2011 and make room for the freshness of the new year. I will not wallow in the challenges of this year, rather I will draw from the strength I gained through those challenges to propel me into 2012.

I always look forward to the new year, ever since I was a kid. This year will be a year of new challenges and projects started in 2011. Consider this your personal preview…

I have entered into a joint venture with my best friend of over 25 years, Stephanie Darby. She and I have formed SistahGirlfriends, Inc., an event-planning collaborative focusing on hosting hair, makeup and beauty shows. We sponsored our first mini-makeup party back in November (read about it here), and plan to host another one in time for Spring 2012. On January 21, 2012, along with our great friends at Doris New York Hair Care Products, we will be hosting our first Annual Hair Revival. NYC beauties are welcome!

My life soundtrack is also evolving – I’m including more downtempo, chill music in my repertoire, thanks to new friends I’ve met through social media. So look for more entries in our section Music Notes. I also look forward to learning to play acoustic guitar, starting next week – I will definitely be posting photos of my new baby! lol

Of course, Jasmine and I will continue to bring articles, interviews and more to This and That With Calandra. Thanks to all our readers for supporting us in 2011…we look forward to sloughing off 2011 and starting 2012 with new skin!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!