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Thursday, December 23

Stop Wasting Time

This is the time of year when people traditionally reflect upon their lives, purpose, dreams, relationships, careers and so much more. And rightfully so. We’re about to embark upon a new time, one which will hopefully facilitate the birth of new opportunities, pursuits and mentalities.

As we take an inventory of the events and outcomes of 2010, we will likely recall how we procrastinated or wasted time, in one facet or another, resulting in the incompletion of a task or goal.

In the words of James Allen, “money wasted can be restored; health wasted can be restored, but time wasted can never be restored.”

My only urge for goddesses in 2011 is to stop wasting time. We can’t continue to make excuses about why we’re unemployed, alone, financially insecure, overweight or stagnant. We have to write out and execute a plan to overcome these obstacles—or whatever obstacles are preventing us from enjoying and living the lives we envision for ourselves.

In the end, the only thing keeping us from achieving our best selves is ourselves. So, as we flashback over the past year, I hope we can make a commitment moving forward to stop procrastinating, stop wasting time and simply get it done. Your goddess is waiting to be freed!

Click here for information on joining a 30 Do It group to help you put things in motion.

Tuesday, December 21

GZ Jewelry Available Until December 31st

Goddess Zuri will stop selling jewelry on the site after this year. Get your earrings, bracelets and rings before they're gone on January 1!

We're making this change to clear the way for new things to happen in 2011.

CLICK HERE to start shopping!

Monday, December 13

Goddess of the Week: Lindsay A.

Name: Lindsay A.
City: Columbia, SC
Hobbies: playing the piano, shopping, traveling
What makes you a fly goddess?: I'm blessed and highly favored!! I'm grateful to be a child of God and sooo thankful for his goodness and mercy! God gave me a kind and caring spirit and the ability to help others in need.
What advice do you have for women who are trying to free their goddess?: Galatians 6:9 sums it all up...."and let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Saturday, December 11

Goddess Inspiration: Lauryn Hill

What's My Name?!

I absolutely love this song! It gets me hype before meetings and keeps me awake when I'm making long trips on the road. Oh yeah, It's a good work out song too! Nice beat, slightly raunchy lyrics, cute video. Check it out!

Thursday, December 9

The Prayer and The Answer

I was looking through my files today for something specific, and I came across a poem I wrote in early 2005 called The Prayer and The Answer. This was my one and only attempt at writing a spoken-word piece. When I reread it today, I thought, not bad. I was 23 when I wrote this, and I have no idea why I was praying for a man! At any rate, this poem is a prayer and God's answer.

The Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father
why do I continue to bother
night after night and day after day to pray
for you to bring Mr. Right my way?
See, I've tried to be patient
and wait on your revelation
but Lord, on the real, I'm getting tired of waiting
and on the real, my faith is fading.

I don't understand.
You've given me everything I've asked for except a man.
I mean, is me being single from the rest of my life part of your plan?
Well, if it is, I'm not feeling that.
And if that's how you're going to do me, I'm taking control back.
I'll go find my own guy
because the one's you've given me only cheat, complain and lie.

First there was Dre
who insisted on pushing me away.
I do believe he wanted to love me
but his heart couldn't keep up with his brain.
Matter of fact, him getting brain was what extinguished our flame.
His lust he couldn't contain.
He thought all women were one and the same,
so he couldn't realize I was his gain
who became his loss.
So what was the opportunity cost?

A dude named Cintron Jones
who, come to find out, just didn't want to be alone.
I was simply an answer to his lonely syndrome.
He finally admitted to me he was wrong,
so to keep me, he started singing this ole sad song.
And once again, I wasn't feelin it.

So I moved on to Cai Rymans
who now plays football for the Tennessee Titans.
But before that
our relationship was on track.
He told me that money would never change him,
but that wasn't true.
So after about six months we were thru.

So then I moved to Chicago and met plenty of men
who pretended to be my friend
so they could get in my skin.
But you taught me better than that,
so I didn't fall for their tricks
'cause tricks are for dogs , and I ain't no bitch.

So, we're at the end of my list, and I'm back to square one.
I sure hope, Lord, you've had fun.

The Answer (from God)
So, I was done praying
then God started to speak,
but I couldn't hear what he was saying
until I started to listen.

He said, "Candace Avont Doby,
NOTHING is what you've been missing.
so stop worrying about your current condition.

I gave you your first heartbreak in Dre
so you could learn to appreciate yourself.
I had to teach you that you belonged on the top shelf,
and only the worthy would be brave enough to reach that high.
Most guys confuse that high pedestal with high maintenance.
So they never get passed square one to see your true radiance.

I gave you Cai Rymans just so you would know
there's more to life than what a man's wallet will show.
Matter of fact, true wealth
comes when you love me, your neighbors and yourself.

Every experience I've given you comes with a lesson
and once you decide to start learning, you'll stop stressin.
I have a specific and distinct purpose for your life
so stop guessin.

So, let's go back to the original question
you asked me.
I believe it was, 'why have you left me lonely?'

Well Candace, you have to be very specific with me.
you see,
you've been asking for the wrong thing.

I would never give you merely a man
when you're only worthy of a king."

Saturday, December 4

30 Day Do It Group

About a month ago, one of my dear friends from college sent me an email about joining a 30-Day Do It group. As I read her email, I learned that the 30-Day Do It movement, created by Jullien Gordon, was a committed and group-based goal system that sought to end the concept of New Year’s Resolutions and introduce the idea of New Month Resolutions to the world. My friend sent the email in hopes of starting a 30-Day Do It group among friends and colleagues.

I have long been a fan of eradicating the belief that dreams and goals are indefeasible and can only be set at the beginning of the year in the form of New Year’s resolutions. I’ve written about it before. So, I was interested in my friend’s message but had a few reservations. My first thought was that this was something that would require me to pay into monthly or give up personal information so someone could harass me about attending seminars or buying books. So, I disregarded the first email.

Then my friend sent another email about two weeks after the first one as a reminder about the upcoming conference call to discuss the 30-Day Do It concept. I responded and told her that I might attend. She communicated back and said that she hoped my “might” turned into “would.”

And it did.

I joined the call and learned that the 30-Day Do It program was exactly what my friend explained in her email and carried no financial obligation. Its aim is simply to get people to break down their large, daunting goals into pieces that they can conquer month by month. And the group format adds a layer of accountability to help each member actually get it done.

My friend led the call and went through a worksheet that each member filled out during the meeting. We identified our 30 day goal, the benefits of accomplishing it, the costs of not accomplishing it, and how we would celebrate once we achieved it.

The meeting was held on November 17th, so I’ve got just about two weeks left to realize my goal of finishing a writing project. I can say that writing down my goal and having group members hold me accountable for completing it has given me the momentum and motivation I need to get things really moving. I'm sure I'm not alone when I admit that I generally keep goals in my head instead of making them real on paper. So, it's very easy for daily distractions to push them aside.

If your goals have been trapped inside your head, like a few of mine, without much attention directed to them, the 30-Day Do It program may be just the thing you need to help you get started.

If you would like more information on the 30-Day Do It Movement, click here. If you are interested in joining our next 30-Day Do It call on December 15th to set your goals in motion, please email