Plans: When You Make Them And GOD Changes Them (Part 1)

Nothing like having your favorite homemade sandwich (2 slices of Oatbran/Multigrain Bread with sliced Cheddar Cheese and Genoa Salami) with a piping-hot cup of coffee with my favorite coffee creamer (Hazelnut) as a smile creeps across my face deep down into my heart. I then realize how far that GOD has brought me from.
It seems like the older I get the least interested I am in the worldly materials of life, although I could use some of them. I remember when I first started college in 1998 at the The College of Staten Island (CUNY). I had big dreams and even bigger plans for my life. I wanted to become a CPA and work for one of the Big 6 Accounting firms, eventually opening my own private office in the future.


I can’t even drive. However, back then I saw myself blazing across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in my brand new shiny black Lincoln Navigator (Those SUV were hot at the time) on my way home from a hard and ambitious day a the office Auditing or Balancing accounts. Driving home to my newly purchased Condo in one of those expensive high-rise buildings in Manhattan.
In in the Spring of 2000 I moved to Los Angeles a place that I had always dreamed of moving to since I was a child. I always wanted to meet those singers who sang some of those beautiful songs that I grew up hearing as a kid while still living in the U.S. After 4 years of living in Los Angeles, I had enough. I wasn’t interested in becoming a star, so there was need for me to be there any longer. I was beginning to miss the Caribbean (Sint Maarten). Even though I missed the island I wasn’t ready to move home as yet. I was starting to miss the simplicity of certain things like eating a Chicken Leg and Baked/Fried Johnny Cakes, Conchs and Dumpling, or just some good ole Saltfish (codfish), Cornmeal Dumplings with Provisions. Let’s not forget the good ole Coconut Tart and Sweet Potato Pudding during Christmas time.
While living in Los Angeles in between working full-time during the day and attending school part-time during the evening in pursuit of completing my Associate’s Degree in Accounting with the hopes of transferring back to the University of my choice to complete my Bachelor Degree and then sitting for the CPA Examination. I came across a little Extension Catalog from my college offering Continuing Education and Extension Courses. It was there that I stumbled upon a class titled “Making Your Own Body Products”
I never heard or seen such a thing before. As far as I knew people didn’t make their own Body products, companies such as Revlon, Jergens and Colgate made these items in huge industrial factories in large steel kettles. My curiosity was piqued, I paid the fee and took the class one bright and beautiful sunny Saturday morning as I watched and listened to the Plain clothed teacher talk about Making Your Own Body Products and Soaps. As she talked about the various carrier and essential oils, top middle and bottom notes. I was amazed. I was definitely stirred. By the end of that class we had each made a batch of our very own bath salts to take home in a nice shiny packaging.

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