This is the week leading up to the Prince George's Spring Book Festival which will be held on Saturday, May 23 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Wayne Curry Sports & Learning Center, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, MD. This has certainly been one of the busiest weeks I've had since retiring in 2010! Yes, I truly love what I do - because if I didn't, I wouldn't have made it this week!!!!
- Tuesday, I started the day being interviewed about the Festival by Bobby Gailes, the WHUR on-air personality who hosts the "Taking it to the Streets" segments during the Steve Harvey Morning Show. Great vibs - the spot will air on Wednesday, May 20th.
- From there I traveled to Radio One in Silver Spring to be part of a Women's Business Conference. Great information and I learned that you have to be serious about your business and have "cash money" to advertise on commercial radio.
- I've been retired for 5 years and getting up in the morning and dressing for success isn't something I do every day (lol) ~ so Wednesday was a "take a breath" and get ready for Thursday day!
- Thursday I am awake and in front of my computer by 6 am - so many loose ends to tie up and emails to answer. At 9 am, I am at the Wayne Curry Sports & Learning Center for a meeting with my partner there - the awesome Cynthia Kelly, Event Manager for the complex. At 10:30 am, I've left the center and am in my hair stylist's (the awesome Anita Hampton) chair - cause for sure I needed a fresh "do".
- At 1:30 I arrive at Radio One for an interview with their News and Community Affairs Director, Ebony McMorris for a 25 minute taping that will air on 104.1 Saturday morning (May 16) at 6:00 am. Ebony made me feel right at home and we discussed the Festival and so much more about being an advocate for the written word and reading!
- I came home, regrouped and by 7:00 arrived at Busboys and Poets for a Literary Mixer which was put on by my other partner, Rhonda Dallas, Executive Director of the Prince George's Arts & Humanities Council - with special host Tressa "Azarel" Smallwood, publisher of Life Changing Books. I was allowed speaking time on the program to talk to about the Festival! Awesome affair!
- By 10 I was home - exhausted but VERY happy!
Today was a laid back day during which I was able to reflect on my week - and now I would like to share a few things I either learned or was reminded of this week.
- Retirement is just a state of mind - live your dream regardless of your age.
- Being open and honest is one of the keys of success another is keep your word and commitments.
- Stay in your lane - share what you KNOW but don't speculate on what you don't!
- Embrace life!
Now to get mind, body and an outfit (lol) ready for the "Local Delta Authors" from 3-6 pm tomorrow at the Prince George's Community College!!!
That's all for now friends!