A Work of Art

I wanted to share with you the wonderful experience I encountered attending the First Thursday Art Walk at Studio F on April 4, 2013. Our resident photographer, Michelle Taul, displayed various pictures from Diva Duty. It was a great way to connect with several patrons and discuss the needs of the many displaced women in our community.

michelle_nikkiAfter a while, I encountered a young couple that caught my eye. As they looked around, I found myself walking towards them to engage in a conversation. If anyone knows me they know I will strike up a conversation with anyone :0)

I started tallking to the young man and was silenced when he began to speak. In a weird way he reminded me alot of “Sam.” If you read my last blog, you remember me talking about my aquaintence who lives in a park near my house. What reminded me of Sam in this young man was the freedom in his eyes, the wonder in his voice. The excitement of the whole world being in front of him.

As I continued with our conversation, I thought back to when I was 23 and experiencing life in all its glory , “straight no chaser,” I found myself giving him the advice I wished someone would have given me when I was his age. He looked at me with such intensity that I knew he was getting what I was telling him.

It’s funny about life. Sam, me  and this young man. In life, we all love to feel the wind blowing …the free feeling it gives us, the way it seems to move everything and everyone around us. I told him to enjoy the wind but not to get lost in it, keep one toe on the ground to ensure not getting carried away in its swift current called life. I told him, ” I remember flying through the wind and letting it take me to all corners of life.” I told him that when you get older, and wiser, you can still enjoy the wind, like a flower planted in good soil. You can feel the wind blow through your hair, feel it on your face but not loose yourself in it.

As I thought more about this young man, I thought about Sam.  Sam is teaching me more about myself everyday…more about life. Always embrace lessons, no matter who the teacher we all have more to learn than what we know.

— Nikki

A Note from our founder, Nikki Gane

Dignity for Divas Founder, Nikki Gane

Dignity for Divas Founder, Nikki Gane

Dignity for Divas has changed my life in more ways than I could ever express.

Thinking back on all of the ordeals that I have faced and decisions that have lead me down dark paths. I am at peace that it has all led me to this chapter in my life. I am so thankful for all of the continued support and on going love.

Recently I was honored at the WOC (Women of Color) empowerment luncheon. This was so special to me. It was the first time I have been recognized for doing something in my life.  To be recognized for doing something that your heart has led you to do is beyond words.

I am so thankful for all of the community leaders that I had a chance to interact with and actually build a new bridge.

I want you all to know that everyday is a new day.

I have finally found my purpose and appreciate all of your support and love.

– Nikki