Freedom Friday

Hello Good Folks!

To tell the truth, ThatKellieGirl has been in a funk!  And I really wasn’t able to come out of if until I began to listen to the words I was speaking to myself.  I realized that I was in a funk because I was speaking negatively about my circumstance.  For instance, the statement of “No one respects what I do” began to manifest.  I planted those seeds and kept nurturing them with my words.  And ultimately, no one respected what I was doing (in my reality).  The simple, yet POWERFUL act of speaking life to yourself and to others can really change your attitude and ultimately your situation.  However, this change of action only occurs when you “let it go”. 

When we usually get into these funks, I find it is because we have been offended, looked over, ignored, addressed inappropriately, etc…  Basically, we’ve been hurt.  When this happens, I believe we have too personally attached ourselves to a thing or a situation.  By attaching ourselves, we have based our value on something external… our job, friends, family, appearance or anything.  Therefore, our happiness,  joy and success is based upon the ebbs and flows of life.  So when times are good, we feel good– and when times are bad we feel bad.  I believe this is harmful to our spiritual and mental  health because we are neglecting the inner person.  So as long as you are making a six figure salary, you are considered successful and happy.  However, in reality, you have low self-esteem and crave constant validation.  On the flip side, you have lost your job, so you begin to feel that you are less than others and something is wrong with you.  By “beginning within”, we begin to acknowledge any past hurt or pain we are holding onto, so we can begin to heal.  Ultimately, each of us should find out how to be happy from the inside, out. 

In life, we are going to go through some changes.  It is inevitable.  So, it’s not about the good and the bad times.  It’s about our response to those moments.  For that is how we develop habits, behaviors and character as a person.  Therefore, I have vowed to first, always speak life over my life and others.  Second, place my value in my spiritual, mental and physical well-being.  And lastly, if in the process, someone or something hurts my feelings, let it go (9 times out of ten, it actually doesn’t have anything to do with you) so I can move forward.      

This Saturday, catch Rahsaan Patterson, Kindred and Black Alley at Fillmore and the other great events below. 

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl 🙂

An after hours event featuring DJ Spooky, spoken-word, henna tattoos and food and cocktails.

Friday, September 28

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

1050 Independence Ave. SW


Get tickets here


SW ArtsFest, an annual neighborhood arts festival, will highlight art and culture in Washington’s smallest quadrant, Southwest. The festival’s 2012 lineup includes outdoor art and flea markets, a bicycle parade, live music, dance, film, opera, food, a children’s outdoor art studio, walking tours, and more. SW DC Arts Festival 2012 is pleased to highlight the culinary arts this year. In addition to simply offering great places to eat, we are especially emphasizing the care and art that goes into preparing a delicious plate of food.

Saturday, September 29

Southwest Waterfront

401 M St SW




The Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Saturday, September 29

Annapolis City Dock

18 Market Space, Annapolis, MD




Thousands of people will gather in front of the Washington Monument for the DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk. This event raises public awareness about human trafficking (specifically child sex trafficking) in the United States and abroad. Partners include DC law enforcement, government, non-governmental organizations/non-profits, faith-based organizations, and individuals committed to eradicating the modern slave trade. This event is organized entirely by volunteers and all proceeds will go to DC-based organizations advocating for the cause and rehabilitating victims. This 3.1 mile walk will include an information fair, speakers, live music, a shorter family walk and a family-friendly area.
Saturday, September 29
Washington Monument
Madison Drive NW



Rescheduled from July 2012! Building on the success of the past two years of this festival, we are pleased to continue this burgeoning tradition of showcasing African culture while emphasizing the contributions and vibrant presence of the African community in the District of Columbia.

Saturday, September 29

Banneker Field

2500 Georgia Ave NW



RSVP here


Get ready for the Festival of Decorated Bikes: A Rolling Art Parade!   Adorn your bike with streamers, ribbons, doilies and doo-dads.  To be appropriately outfitted, you might like to get an early start and decorate your bike at home beforehand.  Or, on the night prior to the event, starting at 7:30pm, you will be able to decorate your bike at BicycleSPACE. Or arrive at Figment early for decorating on the day of the event.  Limited crafts supplies will be available.

Saturday, September 29

Yards Park

10 Water Street SE



RSVP here


The Crystal City Diamond Derbyis a unique cycling event that combines speed, glamour, fashion and high-energy fun in a cool urban environment. We invite riders of all abilities to test their skills on our race course designed and built-in the center of an underground parking garage. The Crystal City Diamond Derby features a variety of different race formats including a non-competitive open course ride, a head-to-head speed race, a courier-inspired scavenger hunt, team relays, and a special children’s course. The general public is also invited to try out the course or just watch the action from the chic confines of the Diamond Lounge, an art gallery and bar built-in the center of the action.

Saturday, September 29

2345 Crystal Drive, Crystal City, VA


Click here for schedule and prices


Cheeky Sasso Entertainment & Marketing Group Presents The Hudson HBCU Hip Hopera.

Saturday September 29

Hudson Restaurant & Lounge

2030 M Street, NW



For dinner reservations, email


The Green Festival is the nation’s largest environmental consumer event. It will host leaders in the social justice and environmental community including authors, leaders and educators; an organic beer and wine pavilion, a Good Food Stage featuring delicious vegetarian cuisine as well as a dedicated kids’ area for learning about easy and fun ways to incorporate green at a young age. In the center of it all is a unique marketplace of more than 300 eco-friendly businesses, featuring the latest and greatest in sustainable products and services. Hands-on workshops and sessions will teach the DMV how to invest in the local community, green their homes and how to identify products made with consideration of the earth and its people.

September 29-30

Washington Convention Center

801 Mount Vernon Place, NW

Sat. -10AM-7PM

Sun. -11AM-6PM

10 bucks

Click here for tickets


Summer officially ended last week, but we’re still having trouble letting go. If you’re still craving one more day of dancing with your toes in the sand, head for New York Avenue Beach Bar on Sunday. DJs Divine and Bill Source are best known as the musical gurus at Daylight , a night of old-school house, hip-hop and funk at Bohemian Caverns. This week, though, they’re moving to the sandy confines of the New York Avenue Beach Bar. Relax at a picnic table with a frozen margarita, grab a snack at the Rito Loco burrito food truck, play cornhole or just groove. Admission is free, but RSVPs are required.

Sunday, September 29

New York Avenue Beach Bar
645 New York Avenue, NW


    • Awww. Thanks! Girl, I am just trying to “do the worK” as Iyanla would say or “work out my soul salvation” as the church folks would say! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by and I will see you soon!

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