Happy Blogiversary To Us…

  7 years ago today, I registered DonnieNicole.com and have been blogging here ever since. I want to thank you whether you just stumbled on my blog together or whether you’ve been with me from the very beginning. Look at how FAR we’ve come: 7 years ago, on April 10, 2010, I launched Analog Girl…

The Tea On Celebrities…

I have had the pleasure of working closely with and being in intimate settings with “celebrities.” The people who grace magazine covers, whose endorsement of a product or place equals support from the masses and who I hear whispered about “you know he’s this…” while I internally shake my head, because I know that the…

Embracing The Scheduling Conflicts

For the first time in a long time, Donda’s House had to be in 3 different locations (unintentionally) at the same time. Generally, we are able to avoid these types of conflicts by being able to reschedule or postpone things. That was not the case tonight. When I first realized that we had to be…

The One Thing You’ve Done Perfectly…

One of my sister-friends posted a message on Facebook about how something that I said inspired her. The words weren’t mine, but they were words that I cling to, in times of difficulty & frustration. The one thing that you can guarantee is that you will survive 100% of your worst days. The fact that…

Live From The Valley

Daylight savings happened yesterday, and here I am blogging from a snowy, freezing cold Chicago. The weather, is definitely indicative of my feelings at this time. I’ve documented on this blog before the ups and downs of [social] entrepreneurship and right now just so happens to be one of those moments where I am in…

Spring Decor 

I frequently change out the decor in my house to reflect the season or the holiday. The decorations that I have now will stay in place until the first day of Fall. This is the longest stretch of time for my seasonal decor. Here is what I did: One of the easiest things to change…

When The Ancestors Speak: A Tour of the Whitney Plantation

This morning, I wrote an entire blog post about NASA’s discovery of a new solar system complete with photos and everything. A good 400 or 500 words and I accidentally deleted it. I didn’t have enough time to re-write it as my friend and I had scheduled a tour of the Whitney Plantation, as I…

Over The Rainbow…

“Someday I’ll wish upon a star / Wake up where the clouds are far behind me /  Where trouble melts like lemon drops / High above the chimney top / That’s where you’ll find me.” – “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” written by Harold Arlen & E Harburg My husband is currently starring in his first film…

Love Day Decor 

I love decorating my home. February is special because not only do we have a day to celebrate love, it is also the month of my anniversary. Che and I will be celebrating 7 years of being married and 8 years together.  Here is my living room decor: And here is a closer look at…

Marketing is a Competition for Attention

There are so many things competing for people’s attention. The best marketing stops you in your tracks. It grabs your eyes. In terms of audio, it rises above whatever sounds may be competing for your attention. It makes you feel something. I came across this Adidas Original Ad and was impressed because it plays with…

Get Organized! 

So many people say they thrive under chaos! My experience is that when I am organized I feel a sense of calm, openness & peace.  Caption: My organized closet which included a big boot organizing project this past fall. We converted a bedroom to our closet so that we could have enough space to store…