Freedom Friday: The Do Over Edition

Hello Sweet Readers!

So if you don’t know by now, there are only 10 days until Christmas.  I become more excited the closer I get to Christmas and New Years because of the new adventures and possibilities to come.  Each day and each year, we get an automatic “Do Over”! 

Believe it or not, I was shy and soft spoken as a kid. (I know, what happened! 🙂  )  This was due to my lack of self-assuredness especially when it came to playing sports.  Growing up, the school-yard sport of choice was kick ball.  Handball came in at a close second (I could get down with some hand ball!).  

At times, I would become nervous when it came to kick ball.  I didn’t want to strike out and let down the team.  Or even more embarrassingly, miss kicking the ball altogether.  I would get scared and let my teammates go ahead of me.  However, after a while, there wasn’t anywhere else for me to go, but up to the plate.  So as I walk up to the plate, I am just plain scared.  So the pitcher rears back, and rolls a fast ball.  My footing was a so unsteady.  I didn’t know what to do with my feet, but I managed to kick the ball.  Foul!  I kicked the ball outside first plate.  Here we go again.  

Another fast ball, and feet are starting to cooperate with my brain.  I kick the ball, or I thought I did.  🙂  I couldn’t believe I missed it.  Now I am hearing my teammates grown.  I did have a couple of friends offering support by yelling, “It’s ok Kellie”.  You can do it.”  So, I get one more chance or I am out of the game.  The pitcher sends me another fast ball, and something clicks.  I can’t put myself in the same situation and expect something different.  The ball comes straight to me and I stop it with my foot.  And I promptly yell “DO OVER!”  I throw the ball back to the pitcher and yell, “Throw the ball right and slow it down.”  And that’s what the pitcher did.  I kicked the ball clear, and ran for my life to first base!  

Each year, we get an opportunity to try again.  We get an automatic “Do Over.”  However, it is your choice how you decide to use it! 🙂

Check out these great events!

Smooches, ThatKellieGirl

Capital Canvasses for a Cause pairs a local artist with a local non-profit.  The artist’s work is displayed for sale as wine and hors d’oeuvres are served.  The proceeds from any art bought is split 50/50 between the artist and the non-profit.

Featured artist – Malena B –
Featured non-profit – Rosedal Citizen’s Alliance Garden –

Friday, December 16

Long & Foster

721 D Street, SE




HARD ART DC 1979 is a forthcoming book and traveling exhibition of photographs of the erupting DC punk scene by Lucian Perkins with writing by Alec MacKaye and a contribution by Henry Rollins.

Thru December 31

Civilian Art Projects

1019 7th St NW

Wed, Thurs & Sat 1-6PM



Creative Content Artisans Style Group presents  Holiday Shopping Pop-Up Event this weekend.

December 14-18

Blanks Space SE

1922 MLK Jr. Ave SE

11am – 7pm



Come make music with Step Afrika! in the company’s first ever holiday show!  Bring the family, and experience the best holiday party with the artists of Step Afrika!

December 14-18

Atlas Performing Arts Theater

1333 H St NE

Click here for schedule and tickets

Enjoy 20% off tickets for performances through DECEMBER 18. Use discount code GEN20 when ordering tickets.


DC’s only party dedicated to Hip Hop music & culture goes down every 3rd Friday of the month. Hosted by the one and only Grap Luva.  Pull out your dopest throwback Hip Hop gear and come out and celebrate the golden era of Hip Hop.

Friday, December 16

Black Cat

1811 14th St NW


7 bucks


Tonight, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Empresarios and Sol Power All Stars

Friday, December 16

Rock and Roll Hotel

1353 H Street NE


10 bucks

Get tickets here


Spinning House with DJ’s Luminescent Soul, Donna”Baby” and C Breeze

Friday, December 16

Zeba Bar

1439 14th St. NW




Come party the night away to a glorious fusion music and dance from Brazil and the African World.

Friday, December 16

Axum Lounge

1934 9th St NW


10 bucks

FREE Ethiopian Food Buffet from 8pm – 10pm

FREE Afro-Brazilian Dance Class @ 9pm


For two days Dance Place will be ringing to the sounds of feet and drums as Coyaba Dance Theater, the students of the Coyaba Academy and guests Urban Artistry dance, sing and drum their way into the holiday season.

December 17 and 18

The Dance Place

3225 8th St NE

For schedule and tickets, click here


John Wall and the Wizards return to the Verizon Center court in their new uniforms and take part in an intra-squad scrimmage that is free and open to the public. D.C. rap star Wale performs to kick things off.

Saturday, December 17

Verizon Center

601 F St NW




Hidden Beach Recording Artist JEFF BRADSHAW makes his Blues Alley Debut

Saturday, December 17

Blues Alley

1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW

25 bucks

Get tickets here


Come get your holidays all jammed up with FatBack DC with special guests DJ’s Fleg & Exclaime from Baltimore’s award-winning 4 Hours of Funk. You’re gonna burn it up and thaw you out. Bring your face to the place.”Fatback”DJ’s spinning: funk, Soul, Disco, Club, Boogaloo, Free Style and much more..

Saturday, December 17

Bohemian Caverns

2001 11th St NW




Come and join us for a soul-stirring night of music and dance. Where the spirit of the music will entice you to dance and elevate your mind, body and soul.  DJ Oji and DJ Deji will blend the sounds of the Deep House with that of Cuba and the diaspora accompanied by the live percussion of Dr. Yew.  To cap off the night there will be an Afro-Cuban dance performance.  Join us and experience the musical blessing of Santo.

Saturday, December 17

The Lighthouse

5016 9th Street NW


10 bucks


Join us for a lively discussion with American singer, songwriter, actor and social activist, Harry Belafonte! He was dubbed the “King of Calypso” for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s. Belafonte is perhaps best known for singing “The Banana Boat Song”, with its signature lyric “Day-O.” Throughout his career he has been an advocate for civil rights and humanitarian causes and was a vocal critic of the policies of the George W. Bush Administration. In a conversation with Phyllis Bennis, of theInstitute for Policy Studies, Harry Belafonte will discuss his new book My Song: A Memoir.

Sunday, December 18

Busboys and Poets

14th & V Sts NW




Come out to the 5th  Annual Kicks For Kids Charity Shoe Drive event! The Kicks for Kids shoe drive program is a collaborative community effort to help support children less fortunate or in need in the DC Metropolitan area by way of sneakers! Reebok presents Maybach Music Group artist Meek Mill performing along with DC’s own Gods’illa, Pro’Verb, Kingpen Slim, Mz Sasha and more!!

How to participate:
A $10 donation = one (1) pair of new kids sneakers for charity   Click Here to Donate   when you donate $10 you receive:

One (1) free ticket to the Kicks for Kids Concert @ 930 Club (DC)*
One (1) Reebok Gift Bag*
One (1) Young & Reckless x Kicks for Kids v5 Collabo T-Shirt*
Shoe City Online Discount
 (Friends & Family)
*while supplies last

Sunday, December 18

9:30 Club

815 V St. N.W.



DJs Divine & Source spinning: R&B Dance Classics, old School 80s, 90s & Hip Hop, Underground House!  Celebrating Big Tone’s Birthday.

Sunday, December 18

Bohemian Caverns

2001 11th St NW

6pm – 12am

$5 b4 8pm

$10 after

Have a great weekend! 🙂

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