Hey Queens, on June 3rd I celebrated my 23rd birthday. It’s absolutely crazy how time flies. It seems like just yesterday I couldn’t imagine finally being 18. Now, time never seems to creep anymore rather it seems to blow right pass. It’s easy to take for granted the little beauties of life especially when it seems to be going at full speed. Everyday I start my mornings off with a prayer of thanks. Every now and then I write in a journal. I usually consult my journal either when I’m really happy or I’m really low. Either way, I always start it off by saying what I’m especially thankful for that day. The idea originated from my older sis, Lisa (founder of www.kinks-rule.blogspot.com). It’s interesting because every time I open my journal I look back at older entries, and I read about one struggle I was in the midst of at that given time and now a month or so later I am no longer in that position. It’s funny because when your in the midst of what appears to be a catastrophe you can’t imagine how your going to get out of it. My journal is a constant reminder that my current ‘catastrophe’, whatever it may be, is not the first I’ve encountered and will not be my last; if I just hold on everything will be alright. And everything IS alright. I realized a while back that life is wonderful when you allow it to be. This quote sums it all up for me: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”-Maya Angelou. So when things get a little too routine I often stop to ask myself ‘Are you living or simply existing?’ …. Are you living?