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 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…

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…

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…

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…

Take Inventory

Caption: I keep fresh flowers on my dining room table. I usually pick them up from the grocery store for $12.00. Every so often, at least quarterly, I take inventory of things in my life. I ruthlessly edit my closet. I look at all of my personal and professional relationships. When it comes to clothes,…

You Can Always Make Another Choice…

We often feel pressured to make certain decisions because of our age, our families, our culture or our fear of what other people can say. Caption: Me when I decided to go natural in 11th grade! A huge decision for such a young age! I haven’t had a perm since before 11th grade! Natural hair…

33rd Trip Around The Sun 

Whenever it’s my birthday, I feel all reflective and deep! It’s a blessing to be able to say, I’m a year older, I have most of the physical things that I want, decent health, a deep satisfying love and a job that I love!  I started my day with Donda’s House for a PR Workshop…

How Can I Take Action To Reach My Dreams? (Part 2 of 2)

Please read Part 1 of this series, “Why Am I Not Reaching My Goals.” When it comes to taking action toward reaching our dreams, the key is to remember that any progress, is progress. There are so many things competing with our dreams – family responsibilities, bills, not knowing what to do and how to do…

Why Am I Not Reaching My Dreams? (Part 1 of 2)

Watching President Obama’s Farewell Speech last night was so inspiring. I remember seeing President Obama during his Senate Campaign at the Bud Billiken Parade (an annual parade held since 1929 in the Bronzeville/Washington Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, United States; it is the largest African-American parade in the nation). He was the most unlikely Presidential…

Vision Board 2017

On this New Year’s Eve, I’d like to share my 2017 Vision Board with you guys. It is my ritual to complete my board on the last day of each year in preparation for the New Year. My Vision Board lives above my desk in my home office. Remember that the things you place on…

My Love Affair with New Orleans…

It is no secret that New Orleans is my favorite city outside of the Chicago, the city that I call home. I’ve written about my love here…and here… The city of New Orleans hovers with an energy and a spirit that sticks to your thoughts. The architecture makes you feel like you’re stepping into a…