Today, I’ll dream with eyes open, so that I’ll see where life will take me and appreciate the steps.
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I enjoy the connections and interactions that I make here in the blogosphere. Each day it I literally meet a new person and today, I share a brief introduction/interview with a new blogger friend of mine, Jenita.
Thank, you Jenita for talking to us about yourself on such a short notice and I believe you’ll do well in blogdom 🙂
I love to write short stories & poetry.
My Blog, https://huntsclubhouse.wordpress.com/ is an extension of my main website, http://huntsclubhouse.com/ that was inspired & created for children; per I’ve worked several years caring for them as a Professional Nanny. I love to find the beauty in things. I enjoy decorating, and I LOVE to laugh! I love hanging out and having fun with family and friends, per it’s always a blast. I am also sort of a neat freak (slightly OCD, lol) I do not like disorganized spaces or over-crowded rooms!
I created my Blog to cater to more adults & parents…as well as a platform to introduce my two children’s books, “Beautiful Boy” & “Beautiful Girl”. In addition, during this process, to my surprise, I have found myself further developing my writing with newly inspired poetry and articles, about life and other inspirational topics, I didn’t even initially plan to share. This has definitely been a growing experience. I am also simply blown away by the numerous talent I have discovered on various blog sites…including yours, Jacqueline. It is absolutely amazing! There is such a plethora of topics & areas to be inspired by, or educated about, across the web. It’s truly an open buffet of content.
I think I‘d probably be considered an average blogger. I still have a lot to learn. I realize others may have obtained more followers or higher stats in a shorter amount of time, but ultimately, I just want people to enjoy what I write…& the more people that are aware of my content, the more can be impacted. Here are a few of my Favorite Blog posts….
In between my day-to-day caring for children, I LOVE to admire the beauty of nature, going out to great restaurants, & having fun with family.
One of my goals is to continue to gain more exposure for my two children’s books, which are available on Amazon http://amzn.to/24NhCzI
I would also love to write for a larger platform to increase exposure for my writing in general, as well as for my Blog. My desire is to reach as many people as possible to hopefully inspire & motivate. If someone can be touched & inspired by my content, perhaps it will spread & motivate them to inspire others as well.
Anu’s perfectly arranged facial features gave nothing away, but her eyes bore a glazed faraway look in them as she watched the young boys play cricket.
She envied her son’s their sex and freedom. Their shouts and laughter took her back to the day’s of her childhood; days when she had played with her brothers, free of responsibilities and tiring worry; she had wanted to be a boy.
She recalled days of poking in the dirt to dig out little worms and nights of staring up at the star-studded skies in amazement that stoked her imagination and her inquisitive mind had wanted to know so much, but mother and nan always told her that aspirations of exploration were not for pretty little girls.
They said that pretty little girls grew up to be beautiful, proper, hardworking, obedient and selfless wives to boys from a nice family; pretty little girls bore strong sons to continue the man’s lineage and her questions about love were rebuffed; they said that love would come with the package.
At Seventeen years she had married her family’s handpicked choice of a nice boy from a nice family, bore strong sons and the boring obligation of sexual intimacy, but even after thirteen years of waiting, the kindling spark of love had failed to come with the package; mother and nan had lied to her, Anu still wanted to be an exploring boy and she plotted.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha
There are some people you meet on your passage through life and even though you’ve never seen them in the flesh, they still carry enough presence to make you feel warm.
Diane is one of such people that I’ve been comfortable to connect with all these months. She’s smart, fun, wise, friendly and has a great sense of humour. I know that one day, I’ll be lunching with Diane and a host of other lovely people whom I’ve met in this space.
Please read and enjoy getting to know Diane a bit more.
Thank you, my lady, for taking the time to have a chat and all the best with the novella 🙂
I’ve lived in one suburb of Chicago or another my whole life. I’ve been married for quite awhile now and have a big blended family of two children, three stepchildren, a grandchild, six step grandchildren and even a step great grandson!
I don’t usually break things down quite like that, they’re just my kids and grandkids. But I daresay if you saw us all in one room, you’d be hard pressed to know who belongs to whom. There’s kind of a lot of variety in ages!
Hubby and I also have two aging fur babies, Chief and Inga. Chief is a Chow/ terrier mix and Inga is a Norwegian Elkhound. Needless to say, there are lots and lots of fur and shedding and summertime is not their favorite time of the year!
I have a B.S. in Journalism and it was so long ago that they call it Communications nowadays! I worked at a non-profit agency in Chicago in public relations and wrote press releases and coordinated fundraisers before leaving my job to get married and raise my family.
Eventually, I went back to work, at first, it was part time jobs, then full time at a law firm back in the city. My second son was born with lots of health problems so I had to leave that job and concentrate on his medical issues, including several surgeries and therapies over the years.
By the time he was three, I started working at home as a court reporting transcriptionist for a Washington, D.C. based firm. Certain federal courts allowed audio recordings, so we would get audio tapes and transcribe them on a deadline and at first mail them back, then later used email.
When I was transcribing, I could type 120 words a minute. I did this for a number of years until I was able to quit working completely and become a Lady Who Lunches! Yes, I’m spoiled and blessed to be able to hang out with my friends and shop and vacation…
I started my blog because I really missed writing – the only writing I was doing was our Christmas newsletter. I actually started getting requests for it from family and friends. So I plunged in and started a blog. This is how I thought blogging would go: I would read books I wanted (romance and light mysteries), write a review, post it on my blog and people would follow me. I found out quickly that if I did that I’d be writing for no one but myself!
So I signed up for WP’s Blogging 101 and made a lot of blogging friends and learned a lot! Since my blog was up and running, I was lucky I had some reviews from Goodreads to repost and keep things going for awhile.
Eventually, I started to write some fiction and some articles about things going on in my life, like physical therapy, personal training, babysitting my grandson, etc. I started exploring other blogs and found how much I loved meeting other people and talking with them.
It still amazes me that I’ve made blogging friends all over the world! I’ve found blogging challenges to be wonderful fun and a great way to meet other bloggers. I’ve done the A to Z Challenge in April and the ongoing Limerick Challenge at Mind and Life Matters and am in the midst of a Kindness Challenge.
Now I spend almost as much time reading and commenting on other people’s blogs as I do writing my own!
I never seriously intended to write a book, but I think I may have been bitten by the writing bug and may start tying together some of my shorter pieces into short stories or a possible novella. We shall see what happens down the road!
My typical days are spent fixing meals when forced, cleaning the house when I have to and going to the gym to work out a couple times a week. Youngest son still lives at home, so he’s going to work out at the gym now, too.
I go to lunch with my friends and I am on a weekly ladies bowling league in the fall and winter. I don’t really like shopping, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like buying! I’m just not much on spending the whole day at the mall. I mow the lawn and garden a little, pick up dog poop in our backyard and shovel snow when needed. Pretty mundane. Oh, and Tuesdays and Thursdays I babysit my three and a half-year-old grandson.
My only published pieces were back when I was in college and in local publications. Well, I guess I had news releases published when I worked for the United Way, but I don’t have any links to those either. The pictures I hopefully attached are Chief (tan dog), Inga (gray dog) and me and Inga having some girl time!
Thanks, Jackie, for the lovely opportunity. I appreciate your friendship so much!
Since I met Brenda a couple of months ago, we’ve got on famously to such an extent that she made a decision to pitch a tent in my blogging camp as a strategic partner.
Her articles pull the writer in so much so that you follow the journey of her words and live in their nakedness. I admire her drive and I see her going far.
All the best my dear friend and thank you for accepting to step in and have a chat with us.
With one of her gorgeous daughters.
First of all, I would like to thank Jacqueline for interviewing me. I’m both honored and humbled.
Secondly, I ‘m a teacher who loves learning, writing, music and coffee.
I mostly substitute teach with replacement positions. I substitute teach by choice. It offers me the chance to see as many students as possible.
If I took a full-time position, I’d miss all the other students that I know. I’m lucky to live in the small town of Labrador City, Canada where substitute teaching is a full-time job.
I’ve known many of my students for years. They know how much I love seeing them 🙂
I started blogging last August, after a five-week road trip. I figured it was time.
I actually started my blog with no expectations whatsoever. I set up my account and just started writing about whatever came to mind.
My early posts were personal essays which are a little too formal for my tastes. It wasn’t until I wrote my first poem in October that I discovered my true passion.
When I wrote that first post in August, I had no idea how many amazing people I would meet. I love being part of the blogging community. I also had no idea how much support I’d receive or how interactive the blogosphere is.
My life outside the blogosphere is nothing out of the ordinary. My daily routine includes work, workout, chores, blogging and Netflix. I tell students that I’m boring but consistent 🙂
Right now, I share mostly poetry through my blog. I’m hoping to branch out this summer with a fitness and music category. I’ll see what else develops. For now, I’m enjoying the journey with no set destination in mind.
Unlike some of my amazing fellow bloggers, I’ve never been published, nor have I published. I do, however, have an early poem about to be published. I’ll be sure to share when I’m notified of the date.
I wasn’t sure what post to include, but I decided on ‘Color Wheel’. A poem celebrating my belief that despite our differences, we all share a common humanity. A humanity that connects each and every one of us.
Inspired by my amazing friend Jacqueline (just sayin’) 🙂 I may start a series of poems for self-publication this summer. All in due time, right?
When you buy my book, you support me in an invaluable manner.
She is amazing at describing love and life in her poems. She creates such beautiful images with her words. Truly, she is a talented writer and I’m so excited to have her poetry book and to continue reading through it.
It’s a natural tendency for us to seek the approval and support of those who we consider our friends and loved ones because no one exists in a vacuum or isolation.
It’s also normal to find that some of those around us may not buy into our dreams or be our cheerleaders. Some will outrightly express their dissension while some may not voice it, but their attitude towards you will show their contrary opinion.
The truth is that the natural inclination of most people is to seek for the difficulties and all the reasons why an aspiration won’t work, before seeking for the possibilities.
One needs to be attuned spiritually to determine whether the criticism or voice of dissension is truly born out of honest conviction and concern for your well-being or whether the naysaying is borne out of envy, automated pessimism.
There is always need to weed out the chaff and keep the wheat. It’s not every opinion that you should pay mind to.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha
Tomorrow is really not guaranteed any of us and that which we can do today no matter how little it is, is better done and when the following day comes, we do a bit more.
Experience has personally taught me lessons on how we rob ourselves through over-planning, procrastination and assumptions.
The future belongs only to those who live fully in their moments and take charge of each day as it comes.
We all know that the building blocks of a huge monument start with laying its base foundational stones.
So when you don’t put today’s stones in place, how exactly do you plan to get to the tip of that pinnacle?
Like my people would say back home ‘it’s the firewood that you gather during the dry season, that you will use during the rainy season.‘
When you take care of today’s plans, tomorrow’s plan will take care of itself.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha
I wish that I could breeze through editing my manuscript so that I can move on to the next stage. Editing is not as much fun as writing the rough manuscript.
I wish I could get better toe-hold of my health/weight. I know that I can do better than I am doing right now.
For no specific reasons, these two cities have been on my mind: Vancouver and San Francisco. They have always sounded very posh to my ears and out of the long list of places that I would love to visit, thoughts of these two are dangling in my head.
I wish that I would be able to start my authors blog soon, but then again, that is tied to number 1.
I wish to put my short stories together, dust them up and publish them. *Sigh* There is so much to do.
I wish that I could continue with my piano lessons, but over here in Dubai, things tend to cost an arm and a leg, so I can’t afford that right now
I am holding my cap out for a Mediterranean cruise or a repeat tour of Europe by train.
My wish for each day of 2016, is to remain at peace within myself and give the best of myself for each day in achieving my goals.
This thought is rather a far-fetched thought, but a wish that seats deeply in my heart. Sometimes, I am scared at the rapid rate of my children’s growth and other than taking as many photos as possible, as well as trying to appreciate my time with them as much as I can, I wish there is a way to encapsulate these memories, so that even when I am very old, I will remember. If you have an idea how, please do share 🙂
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha
I can see clearer now the fog is gone.
I can see a lot of silver linings newly borne.
They illuminate brighter than golden urns.
Blurred visions of scattered bones along my way,
Had distorted views to thing’s, I must say,
And had held me dismayed in their sway.
I saw the reflection of split personality,
Of inner difficulties and aspiring destiny,
Casting illusions on introspection of originality.
Many feet scattered in the rubble of times past,
Unbirthed, aborted, buried and dead at last.
I can see clearly now the ghosts are laid to rest.
Broken visions melded and better than the first.
Atop the ladder of scattered dreams and buried bones,
I glimpse the brighter vision reflected and renewed.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha
Writing 101 Poetry – Day 2, Reflections
My dearest darling daughter,
I watch in awe as you edge on the cusp of teenage-hood, so fast, so soon, since it seems just like yesterday that your cute, squiggly and warm self was handed into my arms and you truly became mine.
I still relive your valiant struggle to surmount all the challenges faced by a tiny preemie and as I look at you today, my tall elegant child, it is in amazement of God’s goodness and grace over your life.
Daughter mine, my gentle unassuming child, in my minds eyes, I remember your tiny arms outstretched to me so many times as you uttered, ”carry mama” always a toddling step behind my feet.
The love that I have for you cannot be expressed fully with words and my heart burgeons with so much delight with The Heavens for allowing you to be mine.
I say this so that you may always know, that even if you look back tomorrow and I am no where to be found, that I love you to the ends of time.
That I love you unconditionally and irrevocably.
Know that as your wings grow and are stretching to fly, that I pray for you today and always.
I pray that your star will always shine as bright as The Heavens created it to be.
I pray that you will soar like an Eagle and that wisdom will always follow you.
I pray that deep peace that flows like the oceans of time will always be your portion and the flow of your joy shall be like a river.
I pray that the generosity and compassion of your heart will continually expand.
I pray that abundant Grace will be your daily cloak, that favour will be your portion and that the Mercy of God will never depart from you.
I pray that your courage will be boundless as you grow into a confident, strong lady, filled with faith, hope and love.
I pray deeply that life will treat you well. Be blessed. Be happy. Be well.
Happy 12th my precious girl Nnenna, Adaobi, Christine, Mmesomachukwu.
I love you loads and loads.