It has been awhile since I have posted anything to my blog. It isn’t as though I had nothing to say, because I really do, I just have had a lot going on. I have been re-evaluating my life and working on the steps of getting where I need to be. Of course, the saying goes, “You are exactly where you need to be.” However, I feel that some changes in my life need to occur so that I will be in a much better place further down the line. So to start off this post, I want to thank Jana Last of Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog for recognising me today in her Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds post. It reinforced that it is time for me to get back at it. There is no reason why my life has to be perfect before I share my genealogy stories, my trials, my triumphs and my experiences in life and in my search for who I am and who my ancestors are. Thank You again Jana for the recognition!
Just a quick overview of what has been going on with me. I have been spending lot’s of time with my grandson Josiah, as I have been helping out with his child care so his mother can go to work. I recently let her know that I need to begin focusing on my genealogy and employment goals, and that she would need to find full-time childcare outside of me. This is going to free up my time. I will miss having my sweetheart daily, but that just means I have to have planned time with him. I attended the Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) in St. Louis, MO, on July 8-July 10, 2014. This was their second year in operation and my second time attending. I attended Track #1 of four tracks. The classes were intense! I was one of the students that received a scholarship to attend and without it, I would have remained in San Diego. I will share more about this awesome program in a follow-up post.
Right after MAAGI, I got on a plane to Harlem, New York to attend the Harlem Book Fair 2014. This had been my fourth time in New York, and every time I go, I have a blast! I can never get enough of Manhattan! It had been a dream of mine, like one of the things on my bucket list to attend the Harlem Book Fair, so to have this opportunity was a dream for me. I went to support my Sister-Friend Katandra Jackson of FreedomInk Publishing. I will be doing a separate post on our adventures of New York. We tried to cram a week into a few days, and I think we did very well. So now to some of the things that I have been taking action on.
Here is a short list, however, it has required me to write lists and make action plans that I am ready to implement.
- I have been developing Footprint Expressions Publishing Company. It is my desire to publish Memoirs, Family Genealogies, Biographies, Autobiographies and Historical genre. I am currently looking for authors that would be interested in publishing with my company.
- I have a radio program coming to Blog Talk Radio this August 25th. More information will be announced soon. The name of the station is Footprint Expressions w/ The Root Digger. We will be introducing subjects pertaining to History, Cultures, Genealogy, Storytelling and More. I hope that you will join us for these live conversations and/or catch our recorded programs.
- Paralegal Program: I have applied for USD’s Paralegal Certificate program. I had been rethinking my career goals and decided that I wanted to be a Forensic Genealogist. Looking at some of the requirements, I discovered that it was highly recommended to have a paralegal background…So, I have applied and should have receive acceptance in a week. I have decided on the fast pace full-time Day program. I will begin in September and finish in December 2014. This is going to be intense, but I am so very serious about my life direction.
- I am still working on my Board of Genealogy Certification. I will incorporate this in my studies this fall when I am in the law library on campus. My days will be from 8am to 6pm at school and some night studying. I believe it will all be worth it.
- There are other things in the pipeline such as developing the Walter & Betty Porter Educational Foundation and writing for Indian Voices.
I realize that I have full plate, however, with this new drum I will be beating, I feel that my life is going in the right direction. How will I handle it all? With lots of prayer and positive thinking. I appreciate all who are following me and reading my blog posts. With you it makes my writing more pleasurable.