Category: inspiration

The Hustle is Real. Sustaining in the Entertainment Industry 08/18 by Live with Dana | Entertainment Podcasts

Sustaining in the Entertainment Industry is not easy. My guest, Mr. Andrew T. Flagg is an award winning actor, director, producer and vocalist. Andrew has graced the stage in dozens of stage plays and film/television roles. He will be with us to share how he has been able to sustain in a fickle industry…doing exactly what he loves to do…

The Hustle is Real. Sustaining in the Entertainment Industry 08/18 by Live with Dana | Entertainment Podcasts

Sustaining in the Entertainment Industry is not easy. My guest, Mr. Andrew T. Flagg is an award winning actor, director, producer and vocalist. Andrew has graced the stage in dozens of stage plays and film/television roles. He will be with us to share how he has been able to sustain in a fickle industry…doing exactly what he loves to do…

POETIC FLOW: I KNEW

I knew his was a big brand of bitch when he talked about the size of a woman’s arm that was hanging out of a window as we sat in the drive thru I knew he was a sad soul when he compared it to a hamhock I recall the horror that rose in my spirit as I did damage…

TALKING ABOUT YOU!

    There are people in life who swear someone is always talking about them. They stalk social media profiles for the slightest mention or resemblance of their situation and will insist someone is talking about them. Normally, what they are attributing to them is something very negative. Well, in order to associate something to ourselves there has to be…

Live With Dana Talk Show INVITATION! 08/15 by Live with Dana | Entertainment Podcasts

Live with Dana! Join me weekly for my new talk show. An entertaining, engaging and enlightening conversation where we talk about social codes, relationships, issues that affect women, parenting, love, sex, friendship, faith and how to build the life we want. We will feature special guests who are experts in their respective fields as well as ordinary people doing extraordinary…

POETIC FLOW: FRIDAY FLAVA

  Divine Original What I do cannot be done by any other My gifts and gift settings are unique to me My efforts produce My babies grow My visions become realities There are at least 7 streams running through me The day anyone thinks I can be replaced Is the day they make a grave mistake My current knows this…

DON’T MAKE ME CHOOSE

  I love you I do I love your laughter. Your smile. The light in your eyes Your wild That bad boy wild I love the time we share The craziness of our blended families The majic we make All those invisible babies I love how we suck the air out of the room All eyes on me All eyes…

When You Can’t Avoid Your Adversary

The tension was so thick that you could slice through it with a knife. The atmosphere was tense and undeniably dominated with negative energy. Me? I was trying to figure out why. Typically when someone has a dislike for you, especially in a religious setting, it is easily masked with a stiff hug, a faint “Oh, how are you?” or…

SIT WITH THE QUIET

  Sometimes we need to be still and sit with the quiet so we can hear what we need to hear and see what we need to see. Without the distractions of a book, a phone, or the voice or presence of another person. Alone with ourselves, our thoughts and our God.   -Dana Lena’ All About Auspicious Living  

WELCOME OUR NEWEST FREELANCE CONTRIBUTOR: DARREN W. CARTER

Darren W. Carter is founder of Darrenwcarter.com, a site that focuses on Faith, Family, Fatherhood and Fun! He is also founder of All Geared Up – A Family Bike event that focuses on family time and healthy lifestyles through cycling and co-founder of Cleveland Dads Group, a community of dads in greater Cleveland, Ohio who are active in their children’s lives.…

YOU Are the Answer

Do you know what is so easy? Complaining. Do you know what else is easy? Making someone else responsible for adverse conditions that we may face in the different arenas that life takes us. I hear it all the time. “Oh my God! What is the matter with our youth?” or “The world is a horrible place with all of…

I AM is always moving us forward.

I have been in deep study. I am always in some form of study, but due to pursuing an advanced degree in theology, I am in deeper study. Learning lessons is very important to me. If God was thoughtful and considerate enough  to craft my experiences in order to teach me something, I should be gracious enough to learn what…

Love…THAT is All…

I am not going to try to preach to you, convert you or tell you that what you believe is right or wrong. I just want to share my love story with you in an honest, authentic way that I hope speaks to your heart and makes you look at Love a little differently…. I always think twice about telling…

STILL TOGETHER!

Society has conditioned some to believe that “WE STILL TOGETHER, WE ARE HANGING IN THERE, WE STILL HERE” statements and actualities to be some kind of victory statement and position. They are not. Some of the couple that declare “we still together” are the couples who have opted to do so out of desperation, fear, lack of self love/respect and…

TOXIC MASCULINITY: WHAT EXACTLY IS THAT?

The concept of toxic masculinity is used in psychology and gender studies to refer to certain norms of masculine behavior in North America and Europe that are associated with harm to society and to men themselves. This clip art tells the story of toxic masculinity doesn’t it? I had never heard the term before Terry Crews bravely came forward and shared his experiences with…

SATURDAY RECIPE: Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This is a classic favorite and its so satisfying and yummy! Slices of a sweet bread of your choice Butter only two pieces of bread (the two that will hit the skillet) American, Provolone and Hot Pepper cheese slices(or whatever you like) Layer slices of cheese twice between bread Bread (buttered piece) Cheese Bread Cheese Bread (buttered piece) Put in…

PUT FUN BACK INTO IT

How many of us are “to do list” crazy? I know I am. I have a to do list for my to do list. I must say it is  a very effective tool for me. Something organic about pen and paper that I love. A recent glance of my to do list was major and I mean major. Client meetings,…

WHEN GOD TELLS US SOMETHING

  That little small voice, something said, I knew….is the voice of the Divine.  Instructing us, warning us, leading us, directing us and trying to protect us. What Divine says does not always make sense. It is not always easy. It does not always feel good.  We may not always know the end game, but if we hearken to the…

HAPPY IS SHOWING UP IN STRANGE PLACES

So you all know the last few weeks have been take my breath away amazing. Yesterday, the website for my skincare line was launched (www.yourlilyrose.com) and orders are already coming in. Lily Rose has been twirling around my heart for a while and is making its way into the hands of those who want an all natural product with healing…

LIVE YOUR WIN!

  Occasionally, I will read something on Twitter that is not only worthy of a re-tweet, but a soul ponder. Yesterday, someone tweeted, LIVE YOUR WIN and everything in my soul stood up, took notice and began to applaud. Living our win requires that we have a fundamental understanding of what winning means. As a former athlete, everything we did…

Get Ready to Get UNCOMFORTABLE

I know, right? What an interesting picture to use for a piece of writing that is supposed to uplift, empower and ignite a strong fire in you. Yeah, I know. THIS isn’t that piece. At least not at first. Prepare to get uncomfortable. EXTREMELY uncomfortable! Why? Because your comfort zone is the place of enslavement that has held you back long enough.…

SOUL REFLECTION: SINGLE LIFE

As I sit on the patio of my suite, taking in the birds chirping in the quite of the morning, I sip coffee in a state of meditation. Not serious “close your eyes” postured meditation. Just reflective. Thinking about everything. My 46 years on this planet, my children, my extended family, my loves, my lessons. Summarizing my accomplishments and examining…

Musings of Girl Who Got Her Butt Kicked by Life (but She Fought Back)

It was 6:30 P.M. I was uncomfortable because I usually know exactly what I want to talk about. I usually know what I want to say to you because this writing? This is liberating. This is fulfilling to be able to share my heart with you and to be able reach out to you through the strokes of the keyboard that…

WHEN GOD TELLS US SOMETHING

  That little small voice, something said, I knew….is the voice of the Divine.  Instructing us, warning us, leading us, directing us and trying to protect us. What Divine says does not always make sense. It is not always easy. It does not always feel good.  We may not always know the end game, but if we hearken to the…

RESIST LOW HANGING FRUIT

A thing or person that can be won, obtained, or persuaded with little effort is low hanging fruit.   Becoming who we are full throttle requires that we connect with people who will challenge us and require more of us. People who have not limited us by their previous experiences with us but who are encouraged by the possibilities they…

JAZZ UP THAT HOLIDAY BURGER!

This burger is a HIT HIT HIT in my house.  It is comfort food on a whole notha level! You will need: Ground chuck, beef or sirloin (cook patty to your liking) Fry an egg Shredded potatoes, fry lightly into hash brown form Sliced and grill onions Cooked bacon Layer all ingredients on your burger and cover will cheese Melt…

GET OVER THE EX FOR THE NEXT!

The world watched a beautiful Meghan Markle meet, date, court and then marry Prince William. We all could see the light in their eyes as they got to know each other and explore each other. That new and sweet exploration birthed a love that led them to wed. This truly is an amazing declaration of how if we just trust…

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POSITIVE THINKING AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE

Positive thinking is wonderful and has its place but you cannot positively think a serious and legitimate issue or problem away. Having a positive attitude and outlook is crucial to living a successful life. A positive attitude is not the same as positive thinking because positive thinking tends to call dung perfume. Positive thinking is often rooted in delusion. A…

KIDS AND MARIJUANNA: KNOW THE SIGNS

There are some clear signs to look out for that will indicate if your child is  smoking or taking drugs, including the following: Chewing gum a lot, yellow-stained fingers and smoke-scented clothes. Mood swings, loss of appetite and a general desire to spend lots of time in their room. Obscure descriptions of where they are going, a certain shiftiness to…