Monday, June 20, 2011

Unveiling the Secret Life

Today is the day that I embark on a personal journey. I feel a sense of trepidation as I picture the window of my anonymity being rolled down further than the child safety seat of my comfort zone normally allows. At this stage in the journey, why hold back? More than 1/2 my life has already been written.....
Join me on my journey to the Secret Life of an American Female Entrepreneur:

Copyright Michelle Beckham-Corbin 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Journey With Me

Getting ready to embark upon a journey with mixed emotions. An inner voice is telling me that the time is right to share some wisdom (perhaps due to my impending birthday??) and the vehicle to do this is via Vlog (video blog) on Vimeo or YouTube. Being the uber brand evangelist that I am, I will create a new channel for this softer, personal side of me; a separate slice from my C3 life.

Yes, I still compartmentalize and that is the irony that runs through my life: Social Media Professional who operates at the nth level of privacy. I suppose the bigger issue will be whether anyone even "tunes in".....

Copyright Michelle Beckham-Corbin 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

My Heart & Soul

"We could have had it all
You had my heart and soul……"

Love these heart-felt lyrics by Adele.

Makes me wonder what the story is behind her words. When I reflect upon them it makes me think back to my life, especially as I enter the second half of the journey. I have written many, many times about my belief in destiny and the idea that things/events/people happen for a reason. Yes, I believe in free will extending a hand and altering the plan that has been pre-designed, but the path has been carved out long ago.

I believe that I exist today as a sum of my experiences, my joys, my disappointments and the many loves and friendships that have touched my life. Would I ever say to the one who would have been, “We could have had it all...”  Nope. Because that path would have led to a person who is other than me today. If there is one thing that I do perhaps suffer from, it is too much self esteem. I love who I am, how I’ve lived and the choices that I have made. There is nothing that was within my control that I would have changed.   

Now about that situation that was out of my hands……

“But you played it,
You played it,
You played it,
You played it to the beat…”.

Copyright Michelle Beckham-Corbin 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Two Roads Diverged.....

You "get" me
Very few people do
Complex thought processes coupled with a
Dichotomous outlook
Result in a conundrum that few understand
Glad our friendship has endured decades 
And come full circle

Copyright Michelle Beckham-Corbin 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sunset in Key West

And so the dance begins
You quench my thirst and I enlighten your lost possibilities
A bit of antique art glass and a pair of Steve Maddens
Purple haze of Karma reconfirms our destiny
You purely slay me with your humor
and touch my core with your concern
Not going to lose you again....

Copyright Michelle Beckham-Corbin 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Solstice Encounter

Came upon a piece of me that has been buried
That’s why it feels like a story, like a slice of someone else’s life
I know the pain is there because I can only read so much
Of the long ago journal before having to close the well-worn cover
It’s a story that is buried so deep
That it feels like I’m reading a novel or a bio of another’s life
Young, intense, competitive love
Forming each of us into adulthood
Soul click
Heart break-  no…..

Living a fa├žade for the masses
Led to an end to us as you left for self-discovery
Escaping the conservative confines of our city
Searching for a progressive place that would allow you
To explore the stirrings in your own soul
A chance to answer the question that had been pulling at you
Like demons in the night

Buried pain, picking up the shattered pieces
Wondering if I could go on without you
Intelligent, Motivated, Driven,
Intensely Competitive, Sophisticated, Narcissistic-
You were my male twin and even our hearts beat in sync
Later, as with all deep heart-wrenching pain,
I went on with my life
Using yours as the yard stick
by which all future relationships were measured

Years rolled by and became decades
I found you once again within the pages of
A college photo album
Pictures curling as the adhesive aged
Hand-in-hand together at Coney’s Moonlight Gardens,
Nominated for Homecoming King & Queen
An irony like no other….

Searched for you online only to be met with resounding silence
You were nowhere to be found
And I feared that you no longer walked the earth
How unbelievable when the universe shifted recently and a
Tear in the cosmos allowed me to find you again
So many years have passed, yet it feels like yesterday
Only different…..

What an unexpected gift and blessing from the universe….remember, after all these years, we have plenty of time! Love ya, Michelle.”    ~Todd

And yes, Todd. Time is the one thing we do have……

Copyright Michelle Beckham-Corbin 2011