Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Butterfly...If you want to fly, you have to flap your own wings!

A story is told of a caterpillar named Yellow who was trying to find out what she should be doing with her life. In her wanderings she discovered another caterpillar seemingly caught in some gauzy, hairy filament. Concerned, she asked if she could help. He explained that this was all part of the process of becoming a butterfly.
When she heard the word butterfly, her whole insides leapt. “But what is a butterfly?”
The cocooned caterpillar explained: “It’s what you are meant to become.”
Yellow was intrigued but a bit defiant. “How can I believe there’s a butterfly inside you or me when all I see is a fuzzy worm?”  On further reflection she pensively asked, “How does one become a butterfly?”
The cocooned caterpillar answered, “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
(By Trina Paulus', HOPE FOR THE FLOWERS)

At 5:30a.m. this morning as I was driving my son to his weight lifting session at school (insane I know, but that's another blog post) the Steve Harvey Morning Show came over the air waves on my radio .  For all practical purposes I'm not really a Steve Harvey fan.  One of the biggest reasons being is because I think a large slice of humble pie would do him a heaping amount of good.  Nevertheless, every once in a while he does say something that happens to register with me and that was the case this morning.  Steve Harvey began his morning show discussing the topic "Do you have a sense of urgency in your life?"  Basically, in a nutshell what he was saying is that there comes a time in our lives when we out-grow the space in which we live.  We need to develop a sense of urgency that moves towards our dreams and goals.  

Do you have a sudden sense of urgency, or a yearning desire for change within yourself?  If so, then do something about it!  Don't just sit on your hind parts and wait for someone or something to give the okay to do so.  The caterpillar knows intuitively when it is time to start spinning a cocoon.  When its time for the caterpillar to go through a metamorphosis it doesn't need prompting or prodding to do so.  You don't see other caterpillars walking over, tapping each other on the shoulder saying, "Yo dude, its time to get crusin' for a snoozing.  "You ready?"  Why?...because change is intuitive!   So many people are waiting for permission to pursue their dreams or passions in life.  They are waiting for  validation, or someone to tell them they can do it.  Only one person along with God's hand can create your success.  This person is someone with an extreme sensitivity to your personal qualities and characteristics.  That  person is you!  Which position do you hold in life?  Are you the caterpillar knowing that its time to change...become someone different?  Or are you waiting for permission from others to make the necessary change?  There is no better time than the present to reach out and embrace the new version of you.  That means letting go of everything in your current position that serves little or no purpose.  You don't have to do it all at once, take baby steps.  Allow the process of change to take place, soaring like the wind until you reach your full potential    

My latest design reflects the symbolization of the beautiful butterfly.  The butterfly symbolizes change, rebirth, and renewal.  It also mirrors my cousin in-law Kenya N. Phifer-Jones journey from a little girl to woman.  Kenya has not seen it all nor done it all, but she's definitely "been there, done that" in many forms, and she's not afraid to talk candidly about it.  Originally written as a guiding tool for her college-bound God-daughter Bria, Ms. Phifer-Jones decided to expand her audience to other young ladies and women who may feel lost, hurt, angry, confused, and uncertain about the daily trials of life and the many challenges women have to face and deal with.  "To Bria, With Love" speaks from the heart and tells it like it is on several key topics, ranging from the delicate and sometimes complicated walk from girlhood to womanhood.  Also included in the book: A detailed bio from 1997 entitled "Butterfly", written at the age of 22, during a time where she felt she was finally finding her voice and beginning to heal from years of uncertainty, self-loathing, and severe depression. In both "To Bria, With Love" and "Butterfly", Kenya shoots straight from the heart and doesn't mince words or make apologies for who she is, how she thinks, what she says, or all she’s been through.

"To Bria, With Love" is currently available for purchase @http://www.amazon.com/Bria-Love-Testimonies-Transitioning-Womanhood/dp/1466429305.   

Now,without further adieu I present to you "Beautiful Butterfly." 


Friday, March 9, 2012

Sneak Peek Friday!

It's time for:


I'm working on a new design for my cousin in-law Kenya N. Phifer-Jones who is a newly self-published writer. This design not only represents the theme of her book, but her life as well.  This design was not originally intended to be a "sneak peek".  As I more than half way through completing it my dog Rags decided he wanted to paw paint!  Resulting in giving the woman in the design a fat lip...sigh.  The design in its entirety is coming soon.  Until then take a sneak peek!

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