Mother’s Day Event at Mercy House: So Thankful

Dignity for Divas had the opportunity to host our first mothers Day Event at Mercy House transitional home. This was such an amazing experience to spend time with mothers who were so excited to be pampered and touched up.

I have been reflecting on that experience and just being so thankful that we had a chance to bring all of these mothers together to take pictures and enjoy each other’s company.

These mothers were treated to makeovers, goodie bags and snacks; while their children enjoyed their time in our mini-movie theater where they watched movies, ate popcorn and saw mom get gorgeous.

It was amazing to see the transformations occurring and I will never forget the smiles on their faces. It was an outward transformation that reflected inward — amazing.

It is so important as women to spend time pampering yourself. I know things get busy but our inner Diva needs to feel special whenever given a chance. A lot of the time we are either maintaining our lives, forgetting our lives, or putting our lives back together…So much work to do, so much to focus on, that we forget about our inner Diva that needs to know she still “got it!” Even I forget to take care of me from time to time. This event sparked my inner Diva and I will never let that flame become dim again.

Spend some time with yourself if you can, have a facial do your nails…lock the bathroom door and have a long, hot bath, read a book, just connect to yourself for a while to hear your thoughts. They could be telling you something you need to hear.

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MANY THANKS TO: Panera Bread 2BU Beauty Michelle Taul, Photographer (for these gorgeous images!)
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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