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“The rose has but a summer reign, the daisy never dies” – James Montgomery

MOVED BY MOM-Why This Blog Exists

The idea for this travel blog has been a long time coming with cycles of courage in the completion. It was back in 2009 when my friend Miguel originally designed the logo and the seed of my travel blog was born. Little did I know how much significance the bee (Hebrew for Deborah) and the daisy on my logo would have. On Nov. 14th, 2013 my mother, Daisy, made her transition and that was The Day That Changed Everything, providing the courage and motivation to move on my dreams.

THE JOURNEY BEE-GINS

On January 14th, 2014, I launched a 10-Month Manifest Your Desires Campaign. My mission was to encourage, inspire and support others in manifesting their desires by blogging about my 10-month commitment to manifest my desires in honor of my mother. While bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert , “Ate, Prayed, and Loved” her way through Italy, India and Indonesia, I set out to “Travel Write, Fundraise and Book Publish” my way through those 10 months. I also began the Pushing Daisy Drive (Driven by Miss Daisy’s Daughter) which is an on-going, long-term vision to build an Eco-friendly home and health education center in Antigua, West Indies in honor of my mother’s legacy of service.

From Mother’s Day to Her Earthday: A Four Month Countdown

Fast Forward to 2017. Although I managed to consistently blog until the end of the 10-Month Campaign on Nov. 14th, 2014, for over 1 1/2 years, this blog has been mostly dormant. This year calls for a new cycle of courage in my blogging, fundraising and book publishing goals. Given the current social climate, I felt compelled to give myself a shorter time frame with a more courageous vision:

  • May 26th-New Moon, Kick-off a consistent blogging schedule that includes travel stories, interviews, guest posts and podcasts. Visit the Posts Page to see the range of weekly posts planned.
  • July 26th-Mayan New Year, Raise $2,200 to attend CalEarth Institute’s SuperAdobe Training & Midwest Permaculture Certification as part of Phase One of the Pushing Daisy Drive.
  • Sept. 26thDaisy’s Earthday, Complete the rough draft for my book Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards and “blook” the first 3 Chapters and kick off a 49-Day Indiegogo Crowdfundraiser  to publish the printed book by January 1st, 2018.

Thank you for bee-ing here. Also, if you’d like to read past posts from the 10-Month Campaign, go to Categories in the side bar and search for “Manifest Monday” and “Pushing Daisy Tuesday Tribute” in the  drop down menu . Enjoy!

POV Promo- “Blook” Schedule & “Bee” Poll-en (Pt. 4 of 10)

POV Monday Promo is a ten part series leading up to an Indiegogo book crowdfundraiser for, Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards. The promo’s goal is to build a buzz around the campaign, “blook” the first 3 Chapters by my mother’s Earthday on September 26th, and get the needed funds and feedback before publishing.

In Pt. 4 of this series, I’ve created our first Google+ Poll to get your feedback on the book title. Starting on August 21st, I begin “blooking” the first 3 Chapters of POV and have posted the schedule below. I really look forward to your feedback! Please participate in the one question poll in preparation for the upcoming “blook.”

 

I’ve decided to use Google+ as a platform to post pictures, polls & quotes to inspire, promote and get feedback for the upcoming Indiegogo book crowdfundraiser. Please take the one question poll about the book title and share with your tribe. There’s also a link to take the POV Survey in the comments section if you haven’t already. Thanks is advance for your feedback!

Take the 1- Question Poll

UPCOMING “BLOOK” SCHEDULE

August 21stChapter 1- My Virgin Vision

August 28thChapter 2- The Reclaim Game (1 of 3)

September 4thChapter 2- The Reclaim Game (2 of 3)

September 11thChapter 2 The Reclaim Game (3 of 3)

September 18th- Chapter 3 Tools for F.O.O.L.S (1 of 2)

September 25th- Chapter 3 Tools for F.O.O.L.S (2 of 2)

 

JOIN THE BEEHIVE!

DBTBB Google+ Page 

DeBorah B’s Travel Bug Blog is where the love to travel, fundraise and write unite. So, when you join the “Beehive Tribe” you have a place to post comments and participate in polls. Click Here To Join

POV Book Launch Community

Who I Am Communications Google+ Page is where each book will have it’s own community. To join the POV Book Launch “beehive” community and bee involved in the upcoming Indiegogo crowdfundrasier  Click Here.

 

POV Promo- Subscribe to the BEEHIVE Tribe! (Pt. 3 of 10)

POV Monday Promo is a ten part series leading up to an Indiegogo book crowdfundraiser for, Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards. The promo’s goal is to build a buzz around the campaign, “blook” the first 3 Chapters by my mother’s Earthday on September 26th, and get the needed funds and feedback before publishing.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE BEEHIVE TRIBE

In Pt. 3 of this series, I’d like to share what’s coming down the promo pike. After just completing a 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Silence Retreat, I’ve been buzzing around the past few days to get to my current Beehive location on Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean. I’ve also been setting up and updating my YouTube and Google+ Pages, Communities  and Collections in preparation for the POV crowdfundraiser on Indiegogo. I hope you feel inspired to join the “beehive tribe.” Here are some ways to bee involved.

I’ve decided to use Google+ as a platform to post pictures, polls & quotes to inspire, promote and get feedback for my blog and book.

POV Book Launch Community

As part of my 2020 Vision, I plan to promote and publish six books by 2020. Who I Am Communications Google+ Page is where each book will have it’s own community and I’ll share YouTube videos, blog posts, conduct hangouts, run polls for feedback, and share quotes and photos on Google+ Collections.

To join the POV Book Launch “beehive” community and bee involved in the upcoming Indiegogo crowdfundrasier  Click Here.

DBTBB Google+ Page 

DeBorah B’s Travel Bug Blog is where the love to travel, fundraise and write unite. So, when you join the “Beehive Tribe” you have a place to share and keep the spirit of the blog alive Click Here To Join

Upcoming Schedule

Starting on August 21st, I begin posting the first 3 Chapters of Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards.

If you haven’t taken the survey yet, please do! I’d love to get your feedback on the book title and concept so far in order to create a better product, more capable of reaching my audience. If you complete the short survey, you’ll get a 45% discount on a Destiny Card Report with the coupon code given at the end of the survey.

Take The Survey

 

Countdown & Retreat

Pushing Daisy Tuesday Tribute is a series of posts promoting the Pushing Daisy Drive (Driven by Miss Daisy’s Daughter). Every episode is a small tribute to my mom Daisy and hopes to share inspirational posts and promotions. It’s also were I acknowledge Daisy Drive Donors and share campaign updates.
Tuesday Tribute

Pushing Daisy Drive Update

Happy Yellow Crystal Seed Year!

According to one of the many Mayan Calendars, July 26th is the beginning of the Crystal Seed New Year. Speaking of new years and new cycles, today I start another 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Silence Retreat in Jessup, GA. Also, as part of Phase One of the Pushing Daisy Drive, today was my deadline to pay early and save $300 on the $2,500 tuition to attend CalEarth’s Permaculture Certification Combined Training in October.

While I didn’t reach my goal, the good news is that I was accepted into the program and applied for a scholarship. I’m still waiting to hear back from them, so keep your fingers crossed and I’ll give you and update on the other side of my silence retreat.

Free  E-book Extended Until  August 21st

With a $10 Daisy Drive Donation  you can still receive CFTKT of which I am a contributing author. Careers From the Kitchen Table: Insider Secrets To Starting & Running a Successful Home-Based Business includes 8 hours of downloadable audio and interviews with the likes of Jack Canfield, Lisa Nichols and others. (P.S. I’d love your feedback on my story, Writing to Recover From the Loss of My Mother, on pg. 91)

 

 



NEW & IMPROVED POV MONDAY PROMO SCHEDULE

August 7th: POV Monday Promo 10 Pt. Series Reconvenes

I’ve changed the POV Monday Promo from a 9 to a 10-Part Series. As part of the series, I plan to post the first 3 Chapters of POV by my mother’s Earthday on Sept. 26th.

August 26th: Indiegogo’s “Coming Soon” Pre-Crowdfundraiser Kick-off

The pre-crowdfundraiser option allows fans to sign-up and spread the word before the crowdfundraiser begins and to also offer additional perks for early birds and fans that spread the word.

September 26th: POV 49-Day Indiegogo Crowdfundraiser Begins on Daisy’s Earthday!

From the time of my mother’s Earthday to her memorial day is almost exactly 49 days! Seven Weeks (49 Days) has a lot of significance in the Destiny Card System, so it’s befitting to start on her Earthday.

November 13th: Complete POV Indiegogo Crowdfundraiser

November 14th: 49-Days to Book Launch Project Starts on My Mother’s Memorial Date

I know that it’s a pretty ambitious goal, yet for the love of Daisy and sharing my greatest gifts, I plan to push on through to complete the editing and publishing of POV by the New Year.

January 1st: POV Book Launch Date!

Whether I meet with success, failure or some combination of the two, I’m glad to be on the journey and I give Big Thanks for your readership and support. You can learn about other ways to contribute by visiting the Pushing Daisy Drive Page.

Diasy Drive Donors

* David King  * William Scott, Jr.  *Janice Donovan  * Isaac Causey * Sharonda Caldwell  * LaVerne Freemon  * Lumumba Corriette  * Cher Hermschulte  *Camara Barbara Knight  * Alzonia Goss * Larry Boykin * Titilayo Tahir * Tex Mason

Remember, it’s never too late to spread the word on social media, to help out by shopping on

OR by making a donation.

Bug Shot of the Week- Nectar From the Mango

Bug Shot of the Week is one of two fundraising series that promotes photographers and youth programs on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. When you Pay What You Want (PWYW) for the featured photo donated by the featured photographer, you’ll also be contributing to the Pushing Daisy Drive, and other youth programs.

The “Bug Shot of the Week” Series features the exceptional photography of Ras Lumumba Corriette of Ay Ay Eco Hike & Tours. His love for nature shines through in every one of his shots of insects, flowers and nature in general.

Making Way for Mango Melee on St. Croix

In honor of the upcoming Mango Melee Celebration hosted every year by St. George Village Botanical Gardens on St. Croix, I’m featuring two of my favorite things… bees and mangoes!
Ras Lumumba, writes of this week’s bug shot, “At this time of the year nectar is scarce; however the Bees are supplementing with nectar from the mango peel.” Enjoy!

“Nectar from the Mango” by Lumumba Corriette

About Ras Lumumba

Ras Lamumba is a master Gardner, Herbalist, Naturalist, and EnvironmentalistRas Lumumba, owner of Ay Ay Eco Hike & Tours, is a master Gardner, Herbalist, and Environmentalist. He has been conducting educational walking tours, teaching gardening and the use of medicinal plants for nearly 40 years. His fun and insightful way of teaching, story telling and engaging his participants in the ethnobotanical, cultural, and historical folklore of the island make his hikes and tours unforgettable. You will learn the Latin and local names of all the plant life you encounter, as well as their properties and uses. If you plan to visit St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, don’t miss the opportunity to take one of his hikes or tours! Go here: Eco Hikes and Tours by Ras Lumumba.

Bug Shot of the Week- Nectar From the Mango

Bug Shot of the Week is one of two fundraising series that promotes photographers and youth programs on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. When you Pay What You Want (PWYW) for the featured photo donated by the featured photographer, you’ll also be contributing to the Pushing Daisy Drive,  and other youth programs.

The “Bug Shot of the Week” Series features the exceptional photography of Ras Lumumba Corriette of Ay Ay Eco Hike & Tours. His love for nature shines through in every one of his shots of insects, flowers and nature in general.

Making Way for Mango Melee on St. Croix

In honor of the upcoming Mango Melee Celebration hosted every year by St. George Village Botanical Gardens on St. Croix, I’m featuring two of my favorite things… bees and mangoes!
Ras Lumumba, writes of this week’s bug shot,  “At this time of the year nectar is scarce; however the Bees are supplementing with nectar from the mango peel.”  Enjoy!

“Nectar from the Mango” by Lumumba Corriette

About Ras Lumumba

Ras Lamumba is a master Gardner, Herbalist, Naturalist, and EnvironmentalistRas Lumumba, owner of Ay Ay Eco Hike & Tours, is a master Gardner, Herbalist, and Environmentalist. He has been conducting educational walking tours, teaching gardening and the use of medicinal plants for nearly 40 years. His fun and insightful way of teaching, story telling and engaging his participants in the ethnobotanical, cultural, and historical folklore of the island make his hikes and tours unforgettable. You will learn the Latin and local names of all the plant life you encounter, as well as their properties and uses. If you plan to visit St. Croix, US Virgin Islands,  don’t miss the opportunity to take one of his hikes or tours! Go here: Eco Hikes and Tours by Ras Lumumba.

POV Monday Promo- The Story Bee-hind the Title (Pt. 2 of 10)

POV Monday Promo is a ten part series leading up to an Indiegogo book crowdfundraiser for, Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards. The promo’s goal is to build a buzz around the campaign, “blook” the first 3 Chapters by my mother’s Earthday on September 26th, and get the needed funds and feedback before publishing.

THE STORY BEE-HIND THE TITLE

In Pt. 2 of this series,  I’d like to share the story behind the book title, Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards. The inspiration for the title came from my first love back in my college days. He called me out of the blue after not hearing from him in years, and as always, he was right on time, always popping up when I was going through life’s fire, and hearing his voice was a healing balm. He was calling to ask me a favor and what came out of his mouth surprised me, even today when I think of it.

He said, “I need the prayers of a virgin.” At that time, I was a little shocked and embarrassed because I didn’t hold my virginity as a badge of honor, but rather something that alienated me from the rest of society in some unspoken way.  I’ve come a long way since then and part of the reason it’s taken me so long to write my book in the past has had to do with me exposing my “literal” virginity up to age 32. In truth, I’ve always seen virginity as neither good nor bad, however, it was the values, beliefs and judgments that society projected on me around sexuality that I picked up on and allowed to hinder my full expression. Now that I’ve broken free from all the mental madness, I’m free to share my views without concern for what others might think around the true meaning behind virginity, which to me has little to do with sexuality and more to do with a person “owning onto themselves,” not claimed by any person or perspective that doesn’t serve their ultimate good. I decided to take Dr. Seuss’ advice when he said, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Below is the schedule for the promo and PLEASE take the survey below so I can get your feedback on the book title and concept so far.

NEW & IMPROVED POV MONDAY PROMO SCHEDULE (Updated July 26th)

June 12th- POV Monday Promo 10 Pt. Series Kick-off

August 7th: POV Monday Promo 10 Pt. Series Reconvenes

I’ve changed the POV Monday Promo from 9 to a 10-Part Series. As part of the series, I plan to post the first 3 Chapters of POV by my mother’s Earthday on Sept. 26th.

August 26th: Indiegogo’s “Coming Soon” Pre-Crowdfundraiser Kick-off

The pre-crowdfundraiser option allows fans to sign-up and spread the word before the crowdfundraiser begins and to also offer additional perks for early birds and fans that spread the word.

September 26th: POV 49-Day Indiegogo Crowdfundraiser Begins on Daisy’s Earthday!

From the time of my mother’s Earthday to her memorial day is almost exactly 49 days! Seven Weeks (49 Days) has a lot of significance in the Destiny Card System, so it’s befitting to start on her Earthday.

November 13th: Complete POV Indiegogo Crowdfundraiser

November 14th: 49-Days 2 Book Launch Project Starts on my Mother’s Memorial Date

I know that it’s a pretty ambitious goal, yet for the love of Daisy and sharing my greatest gifts, I plan to push on through to complete the editing and publishing of POV by the New Year. Whether I meet with success, failure or some combination of the two, I’m glad to be on the journey and I give BIG THANKS for your readership and support.

January 1st: POV Book Launch Date!

TAKE THE SURVEY

I’d love to get your feedback on the book basics in order to create a better product, more capable of reaching my audience.  If you complete the short survey, you’ll get a free copy of my e-book and a 45% discount on a Destiny Card Report with the coupon code given at the end of the survey.

Take The Survey!

Getting to Know Daisy Trivia Quiz & Contest

Pushing Daisy Tuesday Tribute is a series of posts promoting the Pushing Daisy Drive (Driven by Miss Daisy’s Daughter). Every episode is a small tribute to my mom Daisy and hopes to share inspirational posts and promotions. It’s also were I acknowledge Daisy Drive Donors and share campaign updates.

Tuesday Tribute

Okay, so here’s  a chance for new readers to get to know know Daisy, while also getting a chance to win a free Consultation or Destiny Card Report of your choice. This is what you have to do:

Step 1: Get to know Daisy. For new readers, I’ve put a link below to all four past “Getting to Know Daisy” posts in one place for you to read.

Step 2: Press play on the interactive “Daisy Trivia Quiz” video and and you’ll be asked a series of questions about the life and times of “Crazy Daisy.” You will immediately get to see your results and how you placed among other participants.

Step 3: The first person to post a comment with the correct answer to the third question will automatically get a free Connsultation and the next three people will get a free Destiny Card Report of their choice. Good luck!

Getting to Know Daisy- Part 1

Getting to Know Daisy- Part 2

Getting to Know Daisy- Part 3

Getting To Know Daisy- Part 4

Diasy Drive Donors

* David King  * William Scott, Jr.  *Janice Donovan  * Isaac Causey * Sharonda Caldwell  * LaVerne Freemon  * Lumumba Corriette  * Cher Hermschulte  *Camara Barbara Knight  * Alzonia Goss * Larry Boykin * Titilayo Tahir * Tex Mason

Remember, it’s never too late to spread the word on social media, to help out by shopping on

OR by making a donation or volunteering your professional services.

One Love,

DeBorah

PS. Go to the Pushing Daisy Drive Page to learn more about the fundraiser goals and the other ways you can contribute.

Shots of Bee-U-Tiful Spots- Fyah Burning

Shots of Bee-U-Tiful Spots is one of two fundraising series that promotes photographers and youth programs on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. When you Pay What You Want (PWYW) for the featured photo donated by the featured photographer, you’ll also be contributing to the Pushing Daisy Drive,  and other youth programs.

The “Shots of Bee-U-Tiful Spots” Series features the exceptional photography of Sneferu Hotep, founder of Egiptian Church of Karast A’ashuq Youth & Prison Ministries. His eye for the perfect shot at the perfect spot is definitely hot (lol!).

History of Fyah Burning on St. Croix

Whether it be the historic “Fireburn” Labor Rebellion on Oct. 1, 1878 or the fire burning at a Rasta ceremony with Nyabinghi drumming and chanting, St. Croix is no stranger to fyah burning. This shot was taken at an African Liberation Day celebration. I’m sure my mother, the rebel and Zulu Queen Daisy would like this one!

“Fyah Burning” by Sneferu Hotep

About Sneferu Hotep

Sneferu Hotep is the founder and force behind the nonprofit Egiptian Church of Karast A’ashuq Youth & Prison Ministries. Their mission is to compassionately provide a supportive environment while uplifting and empowering all families in the Virgin Islands and surrounding areas. Through Agricultural, Educational, Spirit Counsel, and Youth Centered activities, the ministry addresses community issues by way of A’ashuq ”Divine Love”.  A portion of the photo sales will go toward funding their signature program in an upcoming crowdfunding campaign. We Shoot Flutes, is an Agriculture, Art, and Music exploration program centered in cultural awareness and peace promotion directed toward children between the ages of 7-13. Stay tuned for more information on their crowdfundraiser.

Let the Reading Bee-gin

Whatca Bee Reading? is a monthly post on DeBorah “B’s” Travel Bug Blog  that allows me to share what I’m currently reading with my tribe. It also gives me the opportunity to showcase Bee Sting: Critiques That Help & Hurt every month. Enjoy!

Book Name/ Author:  Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

What’s It About?

A National Book Award Winner, this entire book was written as a touching letter from a father to his 15 year old son sharing his experience growing up African-American in North America navigating his Black body through gang violence, racism, police brutality and the pursuit of happiness.

Why &/or Where’d You Get It?

I got it from a friend’s library, and to be honest, Toni Morrison’s quote, “This is required reading” is what got my attention.

What’s Your Percentage Point?

About 65% done

Whatcha Think So Far? 

After warming up to his unique writing style, I was able to settle into and be touched by his poignant words and most timely message around the effects of police brutality. Through storytelling, he makes real the constant threat to Black bodies whether it be from the Boyz n the Hood or the Boys in Blue.

Note: You can also read all older reviews on Bee Sting: Critiques That Help & Hurt.

Fyah Burning- The “Bee-U-Tiful Spots” Series Begins

Pushing Daisy Tuesday Tribute is a series of posts promoting the Pushing Daisy Drive (Driven by Miss Daisy’s Daughter). Every episode is a small tribute to my mom Daisy and hopes to share inspirational posts and promotions. It’s also were I acknowledge Daisy Drive Donors and share campaign updates.

In this episode, I’m kicking off the “Shots of Bee-U-Tiful Spots Series, one of two fundraising series that promotes photographers and programs on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. When you Pay What You Want (PWYW) for the featured photo donated by the featured photographer, you’ll also be contributing to the Pushing Daisy Drive,  as well as other featured youth programs on St. Croix.

“Shots of Bee-U-Tiful Spots“- Fyah Burning

The “Shots of Bee-U-Tiful Spots” Series features the exceptional photography of Sneferu Hotep, founder of Egiptian Church of Karast A’ashuq Youth & Prison Ministries. His eye for the perfect shot at the perfect spot is definitely hot (lol!).

History of Fyah Burning on St. Croix

Whether it be the historic “Fireburn” Labor Rebellion on Oct. 1, 1878 or the fire burning at a Rasta ceremony with Nyabinghi drumming and chanting, St. Croix is no stranger to fyah burning. This shot was taken at an African Liberation Day celebration. I’m sure my mother, the rebel and Zulu Queen Daisy would like this one!

“Fyah Burning” by Sneferu Hotep

About Sneferu Hotep

Sneferu Hotep is the founder and force behind the nonprofit Egiptian Church of Karast A’ashuq Youth & Prison Ministries. Their mission is to compassionately provide a supportive environment while uplifting and empowering all families in the Virgin Islands and surrounding areas. Through Agricultural, Educational, Spirit Counsel, and Youth Centered activities, the ministry addresses community issues by way of A’ashuq ”Divine Love”.  A portion of the photo sales will go toward funding their signature program in an upcoming crowdfunding campaign. We Shoot Flutes, is an Agriculture, Art, and Music exploration program centered in cultural awareness and peace promotion directed toward children between the ages of 7-13. Stay tuned for more information on their crowdfundraiser.

* David King * William Scott, Jr. *Janice Donovan * Isaac Causey * Sharonda Caldwell * LaVerne Freemon * Lumumba Corriette * Cher Hermschulte *Camara Barbara Knight * Alzonia Goss * Larry Boykin * Titilayo Tahir * Tex Mason

Remember, it’s never too late to spread the word on social media or to help out by shopping on

OR by making a donation.