Commentary Jamaica Magazine

Farewell to February, Welcome to March

I woke up this morning in a state of disbelief.  I mean, I know that February is the shortest month in the year but how is it possible that a whole two months out of 2013 are pretty much gone already?  I have not even come up for air from my month off in January to regroup with my thoughts and do my Vision Board.  Is it just me or can YOU believe that March is literally here already?  Where DID February go?  If you see it, may you please ask it to come back to me?  The shortness of February has nothing to do with the flying of time, and March is really, really here!  Oh well, moving right along…I have been pretty much trying to move slower these last few days and maybe somewhere in the back of my mind, I thought that time would move slow as well. In that same mind, I call it working smarter not harder but it seems that I am more tired than when I was ripping and running.  The question of the day is:  Am I accomplishing more by this so-called working smarter and not harder? Hmmm.  
On the last weekend in February, I decided to really DO something.  I had a real bad week, complete with little or no sleep — and if you know me, then you know that sleep is a BIG deal to me — so that alone made me want to stay in bed.  Anyway, I had gotten myself into some events that I had no intention of getting out of so as tired as I was, I went.  What a blessing it was to have been at events which promoted Black consciousness, the Female energy and giving thanks to the Creator. That weekend set the pace for the end of this month and the birth of March which I think I was looking forward to (subconsciously).  And even while it was happening, I still had no idea that March would really be here so quickly.  I do love the month of March though.  For me, it is all about WOMEN.  Each year I preach it, and I will continue this year…Ladies, please ensure that you take some ME TIME this month for all you continue to do.  To say that we do too much is an understatement.  To say that we take on too much is being understandable (I refuse to go there…THAT conversation about a “real man” or “how the roles have switched”).  To say that we need to ask for help is really a plea.  Please understand that asking for help is a sign of strength and not weakness.  As much as may act like Super-Women, we are not.  if we continue to do everything, we really cannot be upset when others do not do their part.
As I am going about my business preparing myself for March and the season of Spring, I am starting early by doing routine “Spring cleaning” even though it is still Winter.  Sometimes accidents force us to make changes we have been putting off for a while, and that happened to me recently.  I had been thinking about this “accident”, unaware that I was also putting it out there in the Universe, and when it happened, I was momentarily shocked!  Really??!!  As I looked within myself and around my surroundings, I realized that I had no choice but to de-clutter.  This meant relationships, personal possessions, extra space, goals, etc. etc.  It is amazing how much lighter and freer and cleaner one feels when they de-clutter.  Try it sometimes and let me know how you feel.  Whoooooo-saaaaaaaah!
OK, so I admit, the more I write, the more excited I am about March because it is here and there is nothing I can do about it, but the real reason I am excited is that it is Women’s History Month.  Now, I will not kid you, I prefer to have a million male friends than a thousand female friends any day, but I love the few female friends I call “blood” and cannot imagine my life without them.  A firm believer in women working harmoniously together, this month for me, will be about highlighting women of wonder so that you too can get to know a little bit about them through me and then seek them out for yourself.  The official theme for Women’s History Month is Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination. We all love those women who use their imagination and creativity to do great things. Women who are not afraid to push the envelope.  Women who keep inspiring us. YES, those women.  Let’s salute them all of this month. 
If you are not on my mailing list and do not get my weekly newsletters, shoot me an email at [email protected] to learn a little about some of these women of wonder (WOW) all of this month.
Farewell to February and Welcome to March.


About the Author:

In the world of work, they say attitude determines your altitude and if this is true then Yaa Gyasi Peppy Parke may as well have coined the saying herself. As her nickname suggests – Peppy, as she is known on the entertainment and promotions circuit — has the positive attitude and incredible energy to connect people and foster community building wherever she goes. She is passionate, energetic, and perseverant and is the epitome of PEP.

A native of Jamaica, Ms. Parke has been living in the DC area since January 2003 and holds a Masters degree in Management with specialization in Public Relations and an Undergraduate degree in Business and Professional Management. She is the founder and creative director of Peppy Entertainment & Promotions, LLC; the creator, producer and host of PEP Talk TV and Radio; the cultural communications ambassador of the Universal Negro Improvement Association – African Communities League (UNIA-ACL); the director of communications for East River Family Strengthening Collaborative, Inc.; a fitness & wellness enthusiast and instructor; and so much more.

To contact Yaa Gyasi Peppy Parke, email [email protected]

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