We are only on this planet for so many years, so take advantage of this time and follow your dreams and passions. Otherwise they will become a thing of the past and may not be achievable anymore.
I bring this up because this past Sunday I invited my mom to breakfast, hung out with her at the Veterans benefit in Galloway, and then came back to my house and watched the 1968 Barbara Streisand move Funny Girl. It’s “funny” because when I anticipate watching TV with my mom I know we will like totally different things, but since I was spending the day with her I already prepared myself to enjoy watching either Book TV or the Turner Classic Movie Network. Neither would be my first choice if I was alone, but once I start watching it’s never that bad. Anyway, as we watched the film, my mom explained to me that she used to love watching Funny Girl and often listened to the musical soundtrack. When I was young my parents were both really into music. I can remember when my mom would play her favorite music and just soak up the melody. Music lit up her life and had a deep meaning for her. So much so that she put together a monthly event called Cultural Cafe: A Melange of International Exchange. She wanted to share the arts and music with like-minded people, but eventually, due to lack of time, money and help, her dream faded.
Until this day my mom still has that passion, but after so many years of working hard and simply trying to get by, her anxiousness to play music faded. She hasn’t listened to music in years because, as she told me on Sunday, if she would listen now it would literally make her cry. Funny Girl really brought up many emotions for my mom. She reminisced about how she always wanted to be a dancer, find someone to court her, and just be the classy, worldly woman that deep down she really is. But as they say “life happens” and our sacrifices for our children and our families can take a huge toll on us — not just physically, but mentally and emotionally.
I’m sure there are many people who have hidden passions and feel like it may be too late to pursue them, but I say just try, before it’s too late. Before you can’t physically do something or before you can’t afford to do something, try to take steps towards following your dreams. Don’t look back later in life and say, “I coulda, shoulda.” Don’t make excuses as to why you can’t do something. Don’t talk yourself out of doing something that you love. Surround yourself with positive, honest supporters. Make the choice to follow your dreams, because in life we need money to survive, but in reality our true wealth is in our health, love, family, and friendships. Show the world what you are made of — we are waiting!
Calling All Women for ‘Sex’
Ladies, are you looking for a fun night of shoes, friends and food? Well then keep open Tuesday night, June 15, because the Atlantic-Cape May chapter of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) will be hosting a Sex and the City 2 movie night. As they put it, “Bring your fabulousness to the Frank Theater” at the Shore Mall for the 5pm showing of the movie. The $28 ticket price gets you access to the movie and the after-party at Carrabba’s Italian Grill for a buffet of appetizers, pizzas and a complimentary cosmo. You can reserve your ticket by visiting whoscoming.com/atlanticcapemaychapternjawbo or call the chapter president, Jane Ann Hart, at 266-9139. And just so you ladies know, the NJAWBO is New Jersey’s largest business networking organization for women and its primary objective is to support, encourage, and educate women business owners and women business leaders. Our local chapter meets on the third Tuesday of every month, so make sure to keep yourself posted on njawbo.org. Dishing out advice on various topics to our readers on issues related to networking, dating, employment, news, events, shopping and much more. She is the current president of the Greater Atlantic City Jaycees and owner of www.GoToWhitney.com.
As a freelance writer, Whitney's columns were published in multiple press outlets including: GoJaneNews.com The Atlantic City Weekly New Jersey Lifestyle Magazine & The Boardwalk Journal just to name a few.
She is the former host of the Entertainment Minute which aired on the NBC40 News and was featured twice on FOX's Chasing New Jersey.