THOU SHALT HAVE ME TIME ….AND CUPCAKES!
This post was originally meant to go out yesterday; the problem was finding the right words that encapsulated the evening, the atmosphere; the performers and the Diva herself – Juanita Jay Johnson. And even now I’m not sure I can exactly write just how magical the evening was – except I can say this as a starting point… All the thoughts that I had, everything I expected it to be was dashed away and as the night progressed I fell in love, it confirmed the reasons I do what I do and exactly why our book club is like no other.
So where do I begin?
I’ll relay my speech from the evening and work backwards from that. When it was time for me to speak I had formulated in my head an order that told everyone what it is that I do. However, during Jay’s reading I found myself not wanting to ‘sell’ myself, instead I wanted to speak about why I do what I do and what it is that makes the book club so important to me, this was what I said…
‘We are the making of everything that we love. And what we love are the things that make us smile. Not the short term but the long term. Not just on the outside but on the in.
For me, as a writer, books have always been my haven, my inspiration and my love!
When I read I feel most like myself, most wholesome and nothing else seems to matter.
And when I write – well it’s like magic. I’m locked in a zone of me-time!
So for me the idea of a book club is the extension of me, a time, a moment to share with so many different and so many beautiful women, something that is a piece of me.
And hopefully awaken something that is a piece of you.’
So what is ‘Me time?’ Well, if you want to find out then you should read The Diva Commandments – Thou Shalt Have Me Time by Juanita Jay Johnson. I cannot reveal much as I believe that any woman should have this in their bag at all times! But what I will say is that ‘Me Time’ is not getting your nails and hair done, or soaking your stresses away in a Radox bath, it is something deeper… and you can find out by buying Jay’s book. Jay is thee Diva; she invites you in with a delicious guide of her journey, even the negatives she manages to turn into positives by a simple turn of a phrase, leaving you wanting to hear and learn more. Her lessons are simply a truth that we know within ourselves but have not yet realised or choose to ignore. Myself, I have touched and awakened my inner diva, just by simply hearing Jay’s words and believing that in myself there is a diva – she has always been there, she is me, she is here and only I can channel and show her to the world. My diva makes me feel – unstoppable and proud of myself as a woman and my sister diva’s, even the ones who have not realised it in themselves yet! She is there; you just have to find her!
Find out more about Jay by clicking this link! http://divacommandments.com/about/
The evening itself was beautiful low lights, candle lit, tantalising food and champagne. (And cupcakes, if you purchased a book, which were divine!) There were laughs, there were tears; there was so much love and support in the room that it stood up all by itself, it did not need to be mentioned – everybody simply just felt it. And that is the essence of our book club. It’s not about reading a book over the month and exchanged views… (‘Oh yes, and in chapter three…’) No. It is a chance to explore and nurture ourselves as women through stories, through the stories of women just like ourselves, the stories that we have in common; that make us understand each other and appreciate the diva within us. The performances by the beautiful and talented diva’s Emma Marie Sings and Monique Thomas symbolised the beauty in having a voice and using it to expel our messages, our emotions and touching others without even touching.
We could not have wished for a better start. I would like to thank everybody that came to the launch – the performers, Jay and the staff of JoJoLapa restaurant who gave us their venue and made it a setting complimentary to our night. But mostly I would like to thank my colleague, my friend and mentor Siobhan Harper-Nunes, founder of Shakti Women. She is a woman of strength and wisdom that I have never known before and inspires me every day to shine and be the woman (sorry, diva) that I should, can and will be. She is a force, a star and the embodiment of Shakti; I count myself extremely lucky to work with her and this is just the beginning.
Last month was the month of love, this month is the month of the DIVA! Ladies, it’s about time you unleashed yours!
Watch out for photos and highlights from the night coming soon and if you would like to sign up to our book club or would like to hear more about it then send us an email – firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!
P.S. I would like to also thank our photographer of the evening Paul Stringer who was amazing and did the event pro bono, he was bossed around a bit (what else would you expect from strong minded women?) but he survived the night unscathed. He is a talented and focused creative and you can check his website and blog out by clicking on his name – I recommend that you do!