Together we can Do this!

Good morning everyone!  It's May and boy do I have some exciting news for you!  I've tried to keep everything under wraps until I could share it with you in the proper way.  If you follow me on twitter, which I know you do, you might have gotten wind of some of the projects already.  Just yesterday, we received several tweets and re-tweets about all the exciting things happening at Pinkeggshell and with Kimberly and Cameron Inc.  Thank you and keep 'em coming because your support is much appreciated!

With all the excitement and good news, it would stand to reason that we would have some setbacks. First of all, a few weeks ago, I accidentally deleted all the images from my blog.  And when I say all, I mean all the images!  I know that those of you on Wordpress are like what?  How does that happen?  Well it's true, I did.  I was in an industrious mood, editing my google+ page and accidentally deleted all the images.  That's why some of you might have a black box on your websites, where my image used to be.  It took me (yes me, because no one else around here knew where things should go), four 18-hour days to get things back up and running.  If you are devastated just reading this, then imagine how I felt.  I wanted to cry, but only for like 5 minutes.  I smiled at the Universe and quickly went about fixing the problem one post at a time, taking care not to look too far ahead to assess the problem and get overwhelmed.  Or as some would say, eating the elephant one bite at a time.  I knew that I could not simply give up on Pinkeggshell as many other bloggers who had made the same mistake with their sites in the past had done.  I'm a Psychology major and I always seem to be able to appreciate the emotional discipline it takes to not "go postal".  It 's all so comical actually.  Just when you're having delusions of grandeur, something like that happens.

Speaking of delusions, or others might call it an amazing display of ambition, I am having a party this year to celebrate the African American Top 20 Interior Designers list.  Don't look in my direction, look straight up into the sky and thank GOD!  I simply could not be attempting this without His grace and mercy presiding over the creation of the event.  In addition to the sleepless nights re-building my blog, I have been planning a 200+ party for some very powerful and influential designers in the industry.  The response has been overwhelming and we had to close the list only a few days after invites went out.  The event should be remarkable, as designers are coming from all over the country to join in the celebration.

I'm jumping ahead of myself.  No really, I actually jumped all over about my first ever appearance as a Keynote Speaker at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center on May 15th.  When I got the Design Defined brochure in the mail, tears welled up in my eyes.  I was so happy and excited!  During my previous speaking engagements, I've worked to be open and honest with the audience by sharing all that I knew from the bottom of my heart.  They say what comes from the heart, reaches the heart and the heart responds.  Well you all certainly responded!  I was thrilled that you asked for me by name and that you wanted to hear more of what I had to say about design and social media.  My cup runneth over!

In addition, I've been working extremely hard to get my office settled.  In the next few months I will be out of town (Oxford Mississippi on June 2nd for HGTV Viewing Party) and out of the country speaking about design in the Caribbean and West Africa later in the summer.  The transition has been difficult on my staff and interns.  I get it, but I couldn't keep an office downtown, with all those expenses, just to give them a place to feel important.  So you see, every day has had some sort of challenge.  Losing the girls was hard because they are all searching for their life's purpose.  I know that if they had given it more time, they would have found it here.  But being young is hard and there's no glamour in not knowing what your role is or working from my living room/office.

My friend Kim and I had a good laugh yesterday, which led to this post.  She pointed out in a way that only she could, that I was becoming negative about a few things.  Funny thing is I didn't even know that I was doing it.  She made me laugh until my belly hurt when she helped me to see that I was doing the same thing I was complaining she was doing.  It was a very blessed moment.  If you've spoken to me in the last say - 6 months :) - and I've been a little bitchy, please forgive me, I'm really not that way.  I've had to go through some growth and learn to deal with difficult people, a situation that I would rather not have to do.  So if it has made me seem like the "crazy lady" as Kim would say, then I am truly sorry for putting that in your life.  I do believe that life is too great for me to be anything but happy and grateful.

Since this post is going on forever, let me just say that life for us is expanding in ways that in my heart, I always knew was possible.  Simply from believing in God's plan for me along with a few other key approaches.  Focusing on the right goals, facing challenges head first, freely making adjustments when things go off course, and finally understanding that I might be delusional.  That's okay though because sometimes it takes delusions of grandeur to serve as the platform on which your dreams can grow into an incredible life that's real and resonates with who you truly are destined to be.  I'll have to give you more details later in the coming weeks about all the wonderful things we are going to be a part of. 

Until then,
Thank you for joining me on this journey!


  1. Inspired. Great to hear of all the fab things in store. Ouch, on deleting all your images. Note to self, save all images! Can't wait to hear of your impending news. Where in the Caribbean will you be? The Jamaican in me wants to know.


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