I wish all of you a wonderful Holiday Season!
I hope you are spending time with your loved ones and friends, and filling up on their love and energy – and sharing yours with them.
May we all be blessed with love and light in the New Year, and may we continue to travel part of life’s road together…
**Due to a last minute scheduling conflict, this show will be postponed until January 2011.
Please stay tuned for the new date**
If I look back on my own life in 2010, I see some very major changes have taken place:
- New home
- New grand-daughter
- Visit (for the 1st time in 15 years) of my mom in Germany.
And those are just a few! Some of those changes were planned; others caught me off-guard. Some I cherish the memory of, whilst the jury is theoretically still out on others.
What changes has 2010 brought into your life?
The overwhelmingly positive response to TableTalks – planned as a one-off three-part series in 2010 – motivated me to segue into a follow-up format called “On the Radio”.
A monthly one-hour show focusing on one guest and topic, “On the Radio” gives black women around Europe an opportunity to share their passion for a specific topic with the other sisters who tune in. This passion can focus on their business or a special project or simply some aspect of their life outside the U.S.A.
The first “On the Radio” segment aired in September and the final show for the year will air next Tuesday. To date these have been my three wonderful guests and their topics, as well as the number of ladies listening in to each segment:
If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to listen to these excitingly informational interviews, just click on the link to find your way to the online recording.
Check back on Friday for the topic of this year’s final show on 21 December!
With the series, Sisters in Europe: Who We Are, my original goal was to spotlight a new Black woman living and working in Europe each week. What a lofty goal! Although it’s one I have since had to revise in the meantime (and not for lack of sisters with exciting stories), I am proud to say that I’ve done portraits of an eclectic group of three very interesting women to share with you to date.
Here is a brief overview of the statistics for each of those portraits:
If you haven’t had an opportunity to read (all of) the portraits, I’d like to urge you to take the time to do so! These ladies’ lives are a true inspiration on so many levels!
This series will continue in 2011 (and hopefully beyond), so check back in regularly for updates. If you know a Sister in Europe you would like to see portrayed in this series, please don’t hesitate to put us in touch with one another.
And don’t be shy about contacting me to add your story to the series!
Many thanks, too, to Adrianne George at Black Women in Europe for re-posting the portraits in this series, which has been crucial in exposing more women to these sisters and their truly inspiring stories!
It’s been six months since I launched this site, and I’d like to thank all of you who have supported both it and me. This applies to everyone: whether you have been generous with your encouragement, have participated in the interview series, or read and commented on the entries.
Now it’s time for me to evaluate what I’ve accomplished so far, as well as set new goals for 2011.
A quick look at my original plan shows me that several of my objectives have been (more than!) fulfilled, while others were placed on the back burner. That gives me enough in the pipeline to get off to a good start in the coming year, with enough space and freedom to add and enrich both the site and the activities connected with it as time progresses.
The first group-building activity connected with Uncaged Birds™ was the TableTalks, a series of three interviews on BlogTalkRadio. Each interview was a pure joy to conduct, and I enjoyed talking not only to my guests, but also those ladies on the phone line or in the chat who had questions or comments to contribute. Because these sessions were recorded, women who were not able to listen in live had an opportunity to hear what everyone had to say at their own convenience.
A quick look at my show page on BlogTalkRadio really took my breath away.
Here are the statistics for the number of people who clicked a link – whether on this site, on Facebook or on Twitter – to hear us tell our stories:
As many of you already know, the positive feedback from the TableTalk series was my motivation to schedule a monthly hour-long interview beginning in September. In 2011 that hourly show will continue, and I will also be scheduling two TableTalk panel events; one in the spring and one in the fall.
Stay tuned to hear more about the topic of the spring TableTalk session – and maybe consider being one of my panelists – in January 2011!
Because I know many of my readers are also members of Black Women in Europe, and I am a huge fan of the work Adrianne George is doing, I want to also add this presentation to the site.