So I’m single. Yep I, Shineka Robinson, am single. I’m 33, not dating anyone, and I’m single!
So I’ve been watching this series on CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) and they have been doing this series geared towards christian singles. I have been loving every part of the series.
My favorite so far has been Ms. Michelle Mckinney’s Single and Satisfied excerpt.
In the excerpt, she basically says everything that I’ve been saying for quite a long time. I find that even though from time to time I may want someone to cuddle up to, I actually enjoy being able to come and go as I please and not have to take into account someone else’s wants and wishes.
I have traveled quite a bit, I work with all kinds of beautiful kids, I go out with my friends and if I don’t want to be bothered I don’t answer my phone.
Now I’m not saying I never want to get married. But if it never happens I know that I have lived my life fully and completely.
To all my single friends out there. Please don’t go through life waiting for Mr. or Ms. Right to show up.
Go out and have fun, get closer to God, and start serving in the ministries that God has called you to.
This weekend was my weekend off and for the most part I took full advantage of that fact.
As you can tell from the subtitle of my blog I call myself a Southern Belle. I currently reside in Augusta, GA.
Of course now a days my little city is known for being the Home of the Master’s Golf Tournament but there is so much more to this town of mine that I had forgotten I even knew.
This epiphany came about because the setting of the book I’m writing is Augusta and I come to the scene where my two main characters were about to go on their first date.
Since this is fiction I was wracking my brain trying to figure out a unique first date but I was at a lost as to what to do. I mean we have lot’s of chain restaurants and some movie theaters but that seemed so typical and mundane. Then I remembered our downtown area and the Augusta Riverwalk. The area is quite pretty but it had been so long since I had been there that I didn’t really remember what was down there.
So Saturday afternoon, I became a tourist in my own town.
It was absolutely a blast. I went to the Augusta History Museum and looked and played with all kinds of exhibits. I mean where else can you find a full World War I Soldiers uniform and a Teddy Ruxpin on display?
Then I walked along the Riverwalk and enjoyed the Savannah River with all the families walking around and the children on the playground. The day was gorgeous with a clear blue sky and trees full of leaves. The temperature wasn’t bad either. Not too hot or too cold.
After the Riverwalk I went to a nice little restaurant called Boll Weevil Cafe and Sweetery.
Let me just tell you that Jesus was so there! Their desserts are all made right there and they were glorious! They had a chocolate cake that was 7 layers but if you ask me it looked like it was about 30 layers! I had their Turtle Cheesecake Crunch which had a layer of fudge in the middle of the cream cheese filling!
(sigh) The deliciousness ended way to quickly!
I took lots of pictures and just soaked in the atmosphere from the area. To think I’ve been living here with all of these things for years and had been missing out on so many fun and unique things.
I plan on never doing that again and I hope you all will take the time to be a tourist in your hometowns and see what is special and unique about your area.
So as you have seen from some of my posts that I am…hmm…shall we say different.
To illustrate my point let me tell you a story.
About 2 weeks ago I purchased a refurbished laptop during Georgia’s Tax Free Weekend.
Now before you tech heads start fussing at me about buying used when I could have had a new computer, let me explain my reasoning.
I only needed to accomplish 2 things with my laptop.
1) I needed to get on the internet and
2) I needed a word processing program.
That’s it! All the other stuff like cameras and HDMI’s and other such features would have been lost on me.
(Funny thing is my parents tend to turn to me for the tech gadget needs and explanations. Its like the blind leading the blind most times in my family.)
Anyway getting back to my story.
After only owning it a few days the screen froze up on me and died!
So I’m like ok maybe I’m missing something here?
So I take it back to the store and after about an hour they call me and tell me they are going to just give me another computer.
I pick up the computer and again I have a few days of fun with it and it does the exact same thing!
Now I’m sure that it can’t be me this time so I took it back to the store on this Monday and after a few hours they call me and say they are going to give me another laptop again.
The tech this time did everything he could think of to make sure this one would work properly and assured me that I wouldn’t have anymore problems.
So I, thinking that I’m so smart, take it the nearest Starbucks and for a few hours camp out at their store surfing the internet. I’m determined to make sure this will work before I go back home.
After a few hours of playing around, I’m eventually satisfied that everything is good to go.
I take my laptop to work Tuesday so that I can work on my book during my lunch break and when I go to turn it on the computer doesn’t seem to be booting up (I have no idea if that is the right tech term but it works for me.)
Now I’ve told you about going to the Starbucks near my job and how the Barista’s all pretty much know me by name. Well they also know about the issues I’ve been having with my laptop.
One of them was more upset about the whole thing than I was and it was my money!!!
She was like “You need to in there and set it off! Tell them they need to give you a new Macbook for free.”
Of course I’m upset about my computer, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve never been one to as my grandparents used to say ‘show my behind’ to get my point across.
So I take my laptop into the store during my lunch break and explain what’s going on now. My tech, (I call him my tech because Reggie and I have been through 2 computers now already.) Asks me a few questions as to what I’ve done with the computer since he last saw it then tries to open the dvd/burner drive.
The drive seemed to be stuck. So after playing around with the drive for a few minutes he finally opens it to reveal a blank cd-rom I had put in there to try and a burn a copy of a video I had made.
The reason my computer was taking so long to boot up was because it was trying to read a blank disk before it would finally quit and then move onto the desktop screen.
Now if I had taken my barista’s advice I would have looked like the biggest idiot in the world!
Just goes to show you, being cool, calm, and collected is definitely the way to go in life.
I work in my local mall at a major department store. For lunch I like to go sit at the Starbucks in the little bar area and just talk to the barista’s or read a book.
Now I’m sure you are reading this so far and wondering what this has to do with the title of my post.
I’m getting there.
Sometimes especially when I’m really trying hard to read a book there always seems to be one person who insists on sitting next to me and just starts randomly talking to me. I don’t know these people from Adam (by the name that’s the name of one of the barista’s at my Starbucks) but they insist on talking to me as if we were long lost friends.
I hate to be rude. So I can’t just ignore them but on the inside I’m thinking I just want to read my book!
Have you ever had moments in your life like that?
Then I started thinking maybe these people are just a little bit lonely and want someone to talk to or maybe they have never met stranger.
Who knows why these random strangers feel the need to talk to me.
I’ve decided to just go with the flow and every time I have a random stranger decide to just talk to me I’m going to chalk it up to “Make a New Friend Day”.
When it’s all said and done even our closest friends were strangers to us at one point in time.
So if you are one of those people who likes to start conversations with random strangers please feel free to leave a comment.
If you are the stranger who just wants to read your book in peace, take a moment to step out of your box and connect with another human being for a few minutes.
Who knows that random conversation could be a divine interruption.
Wow! My first blog post! I literally have no idea of what to put on here. Let’s see I guess I should start out by introducing myself. My name is Shineka and I am an aspiring writer. The reason I’ve started this page is because of a good friend of mine who is also a writer. Believe it or not she is the reason I’ve even started writing my first book.
So let me give a shout out to my lovely friend and writing mentor Kristy K. James!http://wp.me/1LbTM
I’m a single girl in her early 30’s and I just love to laugh and have fun. Right now my writing is pretty much in the genre of Christian Romance fiction but you never know where God may take me from there. Yes, dear readers you will see me mention God all through my blog posts in the future so If you become offended by his name you might want to choose to follow someone else. 😉
I guess what I want to convey in this blog is that you don’t have to sit on the side lines just because you are single, or don’t have the car you wanted, or the job you thought you should have had or even the education someone else said you should have.
God can use you right where you are and cause great things to happen through you.
Any body who knows me knows that I love to tell stories. whether it’s something that has happened to me or someone else I know. So be prepared to read alot of those as well.
So in a nut shell: This blog is to encourage your hearts, entertain your days, and help me learn how to write better.