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Ralph Ellison Statute in Harlem, NY

Ralph Ellison “Invisible Man” Statute in Harlem, NY

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.