Newsflash…it didn’t kill you, stop you, destroy you, stunt your growth, mess up your destiny, halt your progress or interrupt God’s plans.
You lived through it. Woohoo! You did that! That thing, those things, that person, that situation, that ending, or that disappointment might have caught you off guard, knocked the wind out of you, shook you up a bit, or pulled the proverbial rug from under your butt, but that’s all it did.
You lived through it so now you might as well use it to move forward and make a difference for someone else who doesn’t know yet what you now know and that’s that it won’t kill you, stop you, destroy you, stunt your growth, mess up your destiny, halt your progress or interrupt God’s plans. Period.
Have you ever felt like life was out of control or playing a big, bad prank on you and none of it was funny? Has that been heightened amid a pandemic? Alabama author Angela Abdur-Rasheed can relate. From gut-wrenching loss, stagnant dreams, financial lack, and life-altering health challenges, she’s been through it all and emerged with the undeniable certainty that life gets better.
Just in time for quarantine reading and some needed assurance, Life Gets Better is a compilation of transparent vignettes and poignant posts sprinkled with humor, sassy anecdotes, comforting scripture and transparent revelations for the person who simply needs a reminder that hope is always here. Consider Life Gets Better a mashup of an autobiography, shocking tell-all (at least according to Angela’s dad), workbook, devotional, church group guide, comedic prose, book club choice, virtual venting session and “stay out of trouble free” guide.
“I started writing Life Gets Better in 2010 after a devasting divorce, loss of job (and hair), credit crash, near foreclosure and some other not-so-fun whirlwinds which were followed by years of other challenges that all ultimately ushered in some of the most refreshing growth, mature perspectives and hilarious memories I’ve ever experienced,” said Angela Abdur-Rasheed. Angela says she hopes her book is a testament for those in need to hold on regardless of what’s going on in the world or in their world. “I can only hope that something I’ve shared truly reminds people that life gets better because it absolutely does,” she said.
The five-star rated Life Gets Better is available on Amazon at https://bit.ly/lifegetsbetterangela. The paperback version retails for $16.99. The Kindle version is $9.99. A special virtual Chat and Chew Celebration with Author Angela Abdur-Rasheed will be held on Saturday, July 18th from 6pm-8pm with guests from around the country being treated to an author reading, Q&A and more.
Angela Scott Abdur-Rasheed has sported many hats in her professional career. She has most recently worked in the fields of Nonprofit Management/Social Justice. Angela’s a former Birmingham and Montgomery television broadcaster, and a public relations professional who also spent seven years working in full-time ministry.
Angela is often sought to facilitate trainings on topics like recruitment and civic engagement, social justice, etiquette, and career development. She has served with, trained, or trained under more than 25 organizations like American Express Leadership Academy, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Easter Seals, the Corporation for National and Community Service, Kaiser Family Foundation, Poynter Institute of Journalism, Birmingham Society of Human Resources Management, and more.
The dreamiest of days has Angela enjoying life with her husband Aquil, her bonus children, and their fabulous, funny cast of family and friends. She gets great joy out of relaxing and eating the center of a warm brownie while watching the Oprah Winfrey Network, HGTV, and reruns of A Different World or King of Queens. Her “must meet” celebrity is the legendary Dolly Parton. Angela also likes to nurture her love for the power of spoken and written words through blogposts and articles about food and encouragement which have been featured on local and national platforms for regional and international brands.
Angela takes a cue from Romans 8:28 and lives by the undeniable mantra, “Life Gets Better.”
Let me start by saying that I’m not a drinker. Gasp! I know…LOL! I am, however, an eater, hence a blog site devoted to food. So when someone mentions happy hour I immediately think food rather than liquid elixirs. To the person who introduced me to the Happy Hour also known as Ruth’s Chris Makes Me Happy, I offer a heartfelt, stomach-full THANK YOU!
The Happy Hour at the Embassy Suites Birmingham was a certified delight. And the fact that I could enjoy succulent lamb chop lollipops, top-quality sliders (three ways), perfectly prepared and presented ahi tuna and more, all for under $15 each made my “happy” even happier.
As if the deal on the dishes couldn’t get any sweeter they do have some pocket-friendly prices on several adult beverages…AND…for a nonstop foodie like myself, I was thrilled to find out that this Happy Hour is like the Energizer Bunny. It goes on and on, seven days a week.
So, if you happen to swing by Ruth’s Chris after work, following a weekend of shopping, to watch the game or enjoy an evening tete-de-tete, plan to enjoy and PLEASE save a lamb chop lollipop for me!
Each time I attend it becomes easier and easier to explain the phenomenon known as Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Art, Beats & Lyrics(AB+L). Think, if you will, as to what would happen if you took a family reunion, an art museum field trip and a music festival placed them in a piping hot pot, seasoned them with soul, swag and sass, sprinkled in a few flakes of “the culture”, saturated it in speaker-thumping sounds from all the genres of music that really matter, added a big dollop of dope art and interactive exhibits, tossed in a swig of Jack, then let it simmer for hours in an urban, artistic roux. That, my loves, perfectly conveys what AB+L Birmingham 2018 served up. We got served!
Regions Field was the perfect playground for a standing room only crowd of Birmingham’s best to experience the best art and music creatives from around the country have to offer. Along with the wall-to-wall art and free-flowing Jack Daniel’s elixir DJ Wally Spark, DJ Rahdu, Gina T and WERC Crew set the night’s musical mood and made it just right for hip hop musical guest BAS. Since it’s humble beginnings in Atlanta in 2004, AB+L has been the vehicle moving culture forward in all its urban glory. “The motivation behind the start of AB+L was to give a platform for urban artists and musicians that weren’t getting accepted into many of the galleries and outlets at that time,” said AB+L Curator Dwayne “Dubelyoo” Wright. With no plans of slowing down, Curator Dwayne “Dubelyoo” Wright says AB+L will continue to be next level. “We have been striving to keep the wow factor at our events. We incorporate new technologies and non-traditional ways of showcasing art to keep the audience excited year after year,” he said.
Art, Beats & Lyrics Birmingham was electric! The people, art, music and Jack Daniels (for the drinkers) were too. I can hardly wait for next year to savor the dopeness also known as AB+L.