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Music Video of the Week

Rhythm Nation: Janet Jackson
Taking it back to 1989...

Ok, so I have one more exam left but I couldn't resist putting up another video to keep you going for the week. When I look at this video, all I can think is that Michael and Janet could never deny that they are blood - even if they didn't look alike!

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Music Video of the Week

I'm obsessed with this song for the moment... Like a Star: Corinne Bailey Rae

I wish it hadn't taken me so long to hear her music. What do you think about her?

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Lesson of the Day

According to Webster's Dictionary...

Hi·a·tus, noun
1) a: a break in or as if in a material object: GAP b: a gap or passage in an anatomical part or organ
2) a : an interruption in time or continuity: BREAK; especially : a period when something (as a program or activity) is suspended or interrupted b : the occurrence of two vowel sounds without pause or intervening consonantal sound

This, my friends, is what I am taking for the next several days. I am down to my last two weeks in France and exams are coming up. It's time to be on my grind. I'll be back in no time, I promise!
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Music Video of the Week

Beautiful Liar: Beyonce and Shakira

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Be Inspired

Dare to Dream
The main thing that keeps an objective out of reach is your assumption that you cannot reach it. You're able to do precisely what you expect to be able to do.

Are there dreams that you dare not to dream because you've decided that you cannot attain them? If so, then your negative expectation has become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Before you abandon or downgrade your most treasured dreams, consider this. When your goal is personally meaningful and compelling, you can achieve it, whatever it may be.

You are never too old or too young, too rich or too poor, to direct the energy of your life toward a compelling objective. Life is about making a difference, and that's something you can do no matter what your circumstances may be.

There is somewhere you truly wish to go, something you sincerely desire to achieve, right this very moment. Take the time to find it, commit yourself to it, and make the effort to make it happen.

Your dreams represent some of the most valuable gifts you have to give to life. Dare to dream, and allow the best of who you are to be fully expressed.

-- Ralph Marston
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I Can't Believe It

So I'm shedding invisible tears as week speak. If you are connected to the HU community and understand my love for Oprah Winfrey, you can figure out why:

Why couldn't she postpone until next year?

Rest assured, I will be watching the webcast tomorrow. Some how. Some way. Go here for more information.


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Music Video of the Week

Music is an inseperable part of my life. Naturally, I feel like sharing that side of me with you. Each week I'm going to post a favorite music video of mine - both old and new! There is no better way to start this off than with the best pop artist of all time. You know who I'm talking about...

Smooth Criminal: Michael Jackson

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A Girl In Need: Aidez-moi!

What is it about having to do something that makes you not want to do it? For those of you who don’t know, I’ll be working in London for the summer. Weeks ago, while preparing a huge presentation for marketing I so desperately wanted to start my search for housing. But now all of a sudden, after finishing my project and realizing how daunting the task is with all the choices out there, I don’t want to be bothered. Somebody save me!

London is a large city and even though it won’t be my first time traveling there, it will be my first time living there. It is especially challenging to find a nice/cheap place to live when you are working with a practically non-existent budget until your first paycheck!

So while my excitement to work in this fabulous and fashionable city has not died, my motivation for the housing search has disappeared. I might just call it quits and camp out in the lobby of my office building. I don’t know… they might go for that.

In the mean time – if you know any good sites online for me to start with, please do share.

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Letter from the Editor

My dear friends,

I am traveling this weekend. I will return next week with updates. Also, be sure to check my travel blog next week to hear all about it!

* picture taken from the super chic website Daily Candy
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More Reading

I’ve finished Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – in two weeks! Not bad for someone who has tons of reading to do for school. Probably not a good thing either but… hmm. I guess we’ll see come exam time.

But anywhoo, as I find myself saying quite a bit recently, I love love LOVE that book! I’m officially ready to see the movie. I’ve waited years to see the movie because I like to read books first. That way I can still let my imagination run free while reading without thinking of the imagery in the movie.

The book is such a powerful story about relationships. Throughout the novel the protagonist Sidda learns about relationships with men, best friends, and most importantly her mother Vivi, who is a member of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood or communaut√© de soeurs. In the heart of Louisiana, where the book is primarily set, Viviane and three other girls grew up together and formed a “divine” sisterhood. The four are inseparable, even five decades later. Yet despite the beautifully close relationship Vivi has with her “Ya-Yas,” her relationship with her daughter has not been great. As the book unfolds, the reader witnesses the fragile relationship between the two crumble then slowly grow stronger after many tears and much heartache.

What else can I say? The book is a must read!

I also read The Measure of a Man by Martin Luther King, Jr. It was a short read taking me only an hour in the park one day. It is a spiritual essay discussing man’s place here on earth. I enjoyed it. One of my favorite parts of the book is when he talks about doing your best at all times:

“He should seek to do his job so well that the living, the dead, or the unborn could not do it better. No matter how small one thinks his life’s work is in terms of the norms of the world and the so-called big jobs, he must realize that it has cosmic significance if he is serving humanity and doing the will of God.”
He then inserted a poem by Douglas Mallock that I am loving:

“If you can’t be a highway, just be a trial;
If you can’t be the sun, be a star;
For it isn’t by size that you win or you fail-
Be the best of whatever you are.”
Sometimes we get so caught up in where we see ourselves, where we want to be, that we forget to be our best where we presently are. Just because every situation may not reflect our ambitious dreams, it is important to remember that the climb gives purpose to reaching the top.

Wow. Now I gotta try to always remember that.

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To live and to love

Beyonce- Flaws and All

My profile says that I’m living and loving.

Well, I’m learning that life is a funny thing, something I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand. I’m also learning that love is an even funnier thing. It’s something that I’m not sure I’ve even begun to understand the least bit. It may be one of those mysteries of life- who knows. Sometimes, though, I think I’m starting to learn. For that, I give considerable thanks to a wonderful man in my life.

Blog, meet Monsieur N
Monsieur N, meet blog.

Today I was thinking about this man and how much I miss him. It has become more of a habit everyday that I am 4,368 miles away from him. Yet, today instead of begging him to jump across the not-really-so-vast Atlantic Ocean to come see me, I thought about how much I love him. I mean, how much I really love him. We’ve been together for two years and eight months as of today; and on June 1st (when I catch my flight back to the US of A), we will have known each other for three years.

Over that period of time, we have both been through some interesting situations together. We’ve celebrated through the good times and prevailed through some of the not so good times. Yet, I can't remember a day when I didn't love him more than the day before. He’s been my rock when everything around me seems to crumble and I can no longer hold myself together. He’s been my encouragement when I haven’t felt the urge to keep going. He has given me spiritual guidance when I didn’t think I had any faith. He’s made me smile when I didn’t think I had any joy in my heart. The list could go on forever. And while I may just be hitting the grand ol’ 21 this year, I have grown considerably since we first met each other. I owe a lot of this to him. He is the perfect gift sent beautifully packaged from up above. What more could a girl ask for?

So how do I know what we have is true love? I don’t know… I just know, lol. I mean, I am only as sure as I am humanly capable of being since only God knows. Surprisingly enough, too many people don’t ask me that question. It seems as though when we are together our love radiates; so much that I can’t count the number of people who are “in love” with us and cannot wait to hear about the wedding. Just ask some of my closest friends who have already started planning the wedding.

Like I said, love is a funny thing. I never imagined that I could have something this great. I never quite doubted either. I simply never… imagined. I never imagined that I could place a real person in my little girl fantasies of what my wedding day will be like; and I never imagined that I would find somebody that not only do I have such strong feelings for, but that those feelings would also be reciprocated if not more.

I came across a quote today. It’s from the French musical Les Mis√©rables and it states: “to love another person is to see the face of God.” Everyday that I am fortunate to look into the eyes of this handsome young man that I can see myself marrying someday, I really do see the face of God. I see pure love.

I don’t always understand the blessings that are bestowed upon me. I don’t always understand what makes somebody other than my parents love me unconditionally, flaws and all. That is why I dedicate the above video to my love. This song speaks to how I feel. I know he already knows it because it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve told him this. It’s just ironic that somebody has made a song about it. I'm also loving the video.

I think that as long as I live, I will still be learning about life and about love. What’s undeniable is that the greatest gifts ever given to me are the power to live and to love. And that’s just what I intend to do until the day I’m gone. And everyday, I aim to do it better.

Live. And Love.

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Mon Cher

Dear Monsieur N,

I looked up the directions from your house to mine. Since it isn't such an easy jump as I previously thought, I figured I'd show you what Google maps gave me.

I hope you've mastered what you learned in your swimming class this semester!

Yours Always,
Mademoiselle M

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