Its June 2017 and June is my favorite month of the year. First and Foremost My birthday falls in June! Yep! I am a June baby born June 23,1970 in a Hospital called Beth Isreal in Newark, New Jersey the fifth of 6 children but the first daughter for Ronald Maurice and Anna Mae Draughan. Yes the only girl of 6 and I loved every minute of it. So yes although my birthday is in June interestingly enough, I rarely celebrated it formally. I was rasied as a Jehova’s Witness and holidays including birthay’s were a no no. I’m off track a bit though, my religious upbringing is a whole other blog…although we did not celebrate my birthday formally, the thought of getting older and growing in strengh and knowlege was always something I anxiously awaited. Also, I must add, my grandparents were not Jehovah’s Winesses! So, presents and or clothing (needs) would conveniently appear before or after my birthday. Under no circumstances howerver, were they to be referred to as a birthday present. I also did not receive a birthday cake with candles on my birthday, but let me tell you my mother could bake! I mean at 4 am in the morning sifting flour and letting rolls rise, chopping walnuts, grating cheese, patato or carrots, juicing orange juice, using real butter , heavy cream sort of baker . I cannot remember a day with out a pie, cake, pudding, cookie something sweet every day. My aunts as well, my mom’s mother could also bake. So I didnt ever feel as though I missed any elements on the one particular day, as I had those elements (minus the candles) every day.
To stay on track though, I was speaking of the month of June. Ahh yes , June triggers memories of important changes, sweet endings and new beginnings and a sort of fun break in the year. I have often referenced to June to times similar to football, my favorite sport, by calling it things like,”the third quarter or welcome to the second half.” June is a great time to reflect upon the first half of the year for example, many have made resolutions for a new start or better beginnings at the start of the New Year. I personally enjoy updating that progress and revisiting goals set and met in the previous months and then setting an adjusted game plan for the “second half” .
Thoughts of June reminds me of sweet endings and new beginnings for example when school let out for summer.There were changes of clothing needed to enjoy the summer i. e. (summer clothes) which included bathing suit shopping, sandles new dresses. Ending spring and moving into summer, leaving a grade preparing for a new grade or graduation, all led to feelings of accoplishment in June…completion . Growing up in New Jersey, there was so much inclimate weatherdue to the seasons, so summer was the time when you had maximum outdoor play time…well at least until the street lights came on. This was my socialite time. the time I got to go outside into the world play with the neighbors (worldly kids). I would organize games like red ligt green light, double dutch, mother may I , Jacks and kick ball. I loved to be entertained and to entertain the neighborhood. I guess also clean fun kept a lot of us out of trouble. Little miss bossy… yep that was me! I guess my fate was sealed early . Clearly I was destined for the entertainment business I just didn’t really realize the signs or know what to do with them.
When it comes to June, I fall under the sign Cancer. It turns out also my birthstone is a pearl and much like the eveloution of a pearl from an oyster ,my life is unfolding into something precious. Thank you for joinig me on this leg of this journey called life as I start the second half of 2017 and welcome with open arms… JUNE
With blogging there is not much way around working. Aside from using the voice recorder option, and being able to do updates on my phone, at the end of the day the information is in my head and must be translated, or it does not get done. I frequently tell myself,”That’s gonna be a great blog.”, and then nothing happens in the action department. The art of acting on impulse and then pushing that idea through to finish, is sometimes challenging. I do realize that I have to put in the work or otherwise delegate it to be done. You have probably heard me say ” #IDOmyOWNstunts” or if you were a friend on Facebook ,you may have seen a post or two with the hash tag. I like to continue to encourage people to take control of their dreams. Eventually, you get tired of waiting on people and realize they have been waiting for you.
Speaking of Facebook, it gets so easy to become reliant on social media. I won’t expand too much but it really has to do with a comfort zone. I just really became too reliant on this one social media outlet. It is important to use this medium but remember it is social media and there are a multitude of outlets to be use. I try to touch a couple different ones per day and now especially my own. Blogging is not comfortable, especially for my own website. But after awhile you begin to realize whose domain name you are building, and if it is not your own, then really why bother? Whoa more pressure ? no not really, Only self perceived, as I would hate to disappoint myself. So Here I just begin from today. I cannot begin to worry about posts I didn’t get to, I may very well still get to it one blog at a time.
As of now, what has transpired is #HerStory and I may tell it in whole or part and disclose at my leisure. I have learned that disclosure is an option and I may set the limits. It will be a process and a journey for I have many doors sealed , but I look forward to sharing. Mom always said that I would be able to write a book one day. Anna Mae, this is just the beginning. I am quite rusty so please be forgiving and helpful … and I will strive to remain consistant this time, now that I think I have the hang of it ( Social Media ) that, and I finally invested in WiFi (a must), but yes I have done most work to date on a smart phone #iPhoneogrpher turned #AnDroidOgrapher like none other ! Most may find that hard to believe. but wher ther is a will there is always a way.
So, To” Hello World ” I will add WELCOME, because it has taken me some years to arrive at this destination. I call it a Destination of Sorts but of course, a ride has truly ended. . .and yes another has begun.