Thursday, December 27, 2007

Favorite Songs

I'm a lover of music, and if I were to compile a playlist, it would go something like this:

-Declaration(This Is It!) by Kirk Franklin
-Help Me Believe by Kirk Franklin
-Hide Me by Kirk Franklin
-He Will Supply by Kirk Franklin
-Let it Be by Jill Scott
-Hate on Me by Jill Scott
-Work That by Mary J. Blige
-Just Fine by Mary J. Blige
-Feel Like A Woman by Mary J. Blige
-Work in Progress by Mary J. Blige
-Come to Me (Peace) by Mary J. Blige
-Thirsty by Marvin Sapp
-Possess the Land by Marvin Sapp
-I Am Free by New Breed
-How Good and Pleasant by New Breed
-Stronger by Myron Butler and Levi
-More than You'll Ever Know by Myron Butler & Levi
-With You by Chris Brown
-Picture Perfect by Chris Brown
-No One by Alicia Keys
-P.Y.T. by Michael Jackson (always on my list)
-Like A Dream by Chrisette Michele
-If I Have My Way by Chrisette Michele
-Prayers of the Righteous by Israel & New Breed
-Say So by Israel & New Breed
-I Know Who I Am by Israel & New Breed
-If Not for Your Grace by Israel & New Breed

That's about it for now. Me encanta musica! : )

Must See Movie!

If you're looking for a great movie to watch this holiday season, I definitely recommend The Great Debaters. It is a true story about the forensic team at Wiley College, a historically black college in Texas, that defeated Harvard University back in the day. What a wonderful legacy! It should inspire students to build upon that legacy today, but it is definitely a work in progress considering how times have changed. Tootles.

Monday, December 17, 2007

It is Finished

I'm finished with my fifth semester at the uNiVersIty of vIrGinIA! I trust all went well, so I can have a pleasant break with the fam. And I know I will. : ) Time for relaxation beyond measure...working at my fav. store, hanging out with mis chicas, spending time with mi familia, eating really good food, 80 degree weather in the winter (that's the H for ya), decorating the tree, opening presents, staying up late watching shows online/dvds with my sistas, dancing to the mix on 97.9 the Boxx while cleaning the kitchen, baking everything possible, curling up with a good book, sugar scrubs, planning for the future...reviewing espanol and getting ready for organic chem II, practicing piano, finishing my quilt (hopefully), finishing my scrapobooks, taking pics galore to add to my collection, este es vida!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

So Tired

When will it end? I am one crazy chica to be taking five finals, yes cinco. I have completed three. Never again. Of course, I can't say that..I do have to get these classes completed and such is my life and all the desire to get to that never seeming light of my life. I'm praying for the best on my finals. All that effective studying, it shall show forth. Now if I could only dream a dream in my sleep, possibly on tonight. I do have an essay exam to write and a lab final to study for...hmmm...this somewhat complex state I'm in needs to change in my life. It is no way to carry on day by day. It will. Oh, it will one of these days.

Friday, September 7, 2007

I Come to the Garden Alone

I came across this hymn in my quiet time the other day. My mother always used to sing this to me and my sisters when were little (and she still does to this day to the other peeps abiding in the household). It was my grandfather's favorite song. I just wanted to share it. I didn't actually know there were more verses after the first two. I may have some discourse on it later.

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

I'd stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

The Color Purple

I love the color purple. I most certainly do. Purple is a way of life. How can you live without it? It symbolizes royalty. And I am most certainly royalty. Nothing less. Not meaning I'm better than someone or wealthy or this that and the other. But I have a sense of who I am and whose I am and it is required of me to fulfill the purpose set for my life.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Online Dating

There is the new online dating site for single Christians called Do you think it is wise for Christians to make a move to find their potential soul mate online? I think it is rather ridiculous. If I have an affection for someone, I would rather get to know them in person, know their true character from a I can see you basis, not a peek-a-boo I see you online basis. Could you really trust that person even though it is a Christian online dating site? You have to be careful about who you come into contact with online. I wouldn't take the chance with such romance.


I knew it! I'm so thankful that everything worked out with my financial award at UVA. I'll be there for my third year and beyond. God is so awesome! I was expecting, faithful, patient, and prayerful and He blessed me indeed. There is no one like Him to turn things around for better. I can shout and do twirls and cartwheels from here to yonder because He has been so good to me. What He did for me, He can do the same for you. Nothing is impossible if you TRUST in God. Not just a little bit, but all of you must trust in Him. Never put your trust in man because they just don't understand who, what, when, where, and how you are to BE. Simply you are to BE like God's son, Jesus, the only perfect man who went through ups and downs just like you and me but stayed on the straight and narrow path. 1 Peter 1:16 says: "Be holy, because I am holy." You just can't put your trust in any ordinary man. He doesn't know where you've been and where you are going. Only God knows. Well, I shout the victory, shout because I've been set free, SHOUT!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007


Can you believe it? It is finally August. It is finally here. Meaning, summer is almost over, I'm turning 20, and I'm becoming stronger through the test of patience and faithfulness. I'm going through a test right now considering some things have yet to be fixed with my financial aid at UVA. But I'm trusting and believing God is already working it out, and I refuse to fret and complain even though I feel the need to holler and scream. I just can't, I just can't. I just continue to thank the Lord for all that He's done, what He's doing right now, and what He'll do. A certain Bible verse comes to mind: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perserverance (James 1:2-3)." I'm so glad that I'm going through this, seems somewhat peculiar, but I have this uncomparable JOY to know that this only makes me stronger and closer to my GOD.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Creative Organizer..That's Me

Chishinga Callender, You are a Creative Organizer
You're an excellent planner... Your opinions are treasured and trusted.

Your Communication Style

The Ultimate Planner
You are admired by many because of your thinking skills and the way you skillfully design your life and the steps in the lives of others. You're an excellent planner. Your opinions are treasured and trusted. Most people know that before you do anything or advise others about anything, you've reached broadly and delved deeply into the history and facts. Everyone realizes that you are conscientious and respectful of doing the right thing in the right way.

Checks and Balances
Yes, yours is a life of checks and balances to the smallest decimal place. No detail is overlooked. You only take precise steps that are planned out well in advance. Thinking and logic are supreme. Knowledge is the foundation. Everything is a chess match at the Masters level!
Usually you're not a risk taker. It doesn't mean that you're not adventurous. It means that before you take the first step, every possible move and option that can be controlled has been thought through thoroughly. You only like to deal with probabilities in your favor at 99.44 percent. Joy for you is minimizing luck

How You Learn
You are a lifelong learner. Everything is absorbed like a blotter by your lock-step memory. Then, it is carefully processed and contextually stored with other pertinent information. When the need arises, you retrieve and reprocess the information for appropriate applications. Rarely does your memory or logical use of stored information fail you or others.

How You Interact with Others
You're basically an introverted and low-key person who likes everything to be orderly and impersonal. Reserved, proper and calm are words that are often used to describe you. You usually don't like to interact verbally or personally with other people. You are independent and can be a loner very easily. Sometimes, your best friend is your computer and its Internet access.

In a group setting you're mostly very quiet and hardly volunteer to speak out unless you have something very pertinent to say. Even then, you are reticent at best. However, if someone you respect directly asks you for your opinion, you'll answer if you deem the subject in question worthy of your attention. Then, and only then, will you respond to that in a thorough manner. If you are pushed to explain even more, you'll use historical and logical explanations, including answering all of the possible questions as to why your responses are correct. Thus, you'll not leave any rational leaf unturned, and immediately you'll halt the possibility that someone else may question you again about this subject area.

Exploring Other Options
Every once in a while, your awareness and thinking processes change. It usually depends upon the situation presented to you. Your thought process shifts from its logical, analytic and detailed state towards a combination of optional thinking, creativity and synthetic wholes. Here, paradoxes are accepted and enjoyed instead of being scientifically rejected; chaos is the basis for reality. Emotional and rational thought are intertwined to solve problems and to strategically plan.

Shifting Interactions
Also, you're able to relate to people on a personal basis rather than an impersonal, factual basis. Now you can explore yourself and others on deeper and broader levels. Your conversations become more fluid, heartfelt and exploratory. You are able to accept inconsistencies of another's thoughts and feelings. When you're in this place, people search you out to discover more about themselves or their deep-seated problems. You seem so much more aware of what is happening rather than what should be happening.

Those who know you over a long period of time welcome these shifts. They accept and anticipate these changes as positive behavioral outcomes. Others, who know you formally, are initially perplexed when this happens. They may seem uncomfortable because your extremely consistent, rational behavior has been transformed into high-risk ideas. What they have expected is not consistent with what has happened previously.

Your Style as a Student
For you, knowledge and ideas are supreme! You are a deep thinking student who can never have too much information. You spend most of your time asking the questions, "Why?" and "How?" about what you see, hear or read, and are determined to do whatever you can to find out the answer. Whatever you are learning about has to be analytic, systematic, and have a relevant and practical basis in order for you to take it seriously. If you do not find the information logical, you may at times rely on intuition, creativity, debate, the opinion of others or outside research to validate its importance. Always in search of a logical conclusion, you dwell between the worlds of the probable and the possible.

Traditional learning (lectures and reading) comes easily to you if the lecturer or books are factual, data-based, detailed and historical in their approach. Ironically, alternative learning (sensory, visionary) can also come easily to you because you are capable of organizing abstractions into a logical whole. You pride yourself on being an excellent, focused and disciplined learner. You are usually prepared, punctual, organized and precise. You are a superb listener who logically categorizes everything, easily memorizes things, zeroes in on the details and builds your own practical conclusions. Then, you check your conclusions repeatedly in many different ways. It is not that you are distrusting or think they are wrong; it is that you are a truly deep thinker in the pursuit of all forms of accurate knowledge.
Your learning style tends to be Logical, Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic and Intrapersonal.

Your Learning Preferences
For you, everything has its proper place, systematic methods and specific timelines. You also tend to be quietly introverted, or at least heavily focused. You have little tolerance for nonsense and disorganization. However, you appreciate creative and far-reaching ideas. This is why you as a student are a very careful, hesitant decision-maker who does not appreciate being rushed into giving an answer or pushed into completion of a project within an unreasonable timeline. It's not that you don't know the work or can't work under pressure. You just simply must weigh the numbers and raise questions about any assumptions. You know from experience that things done at the last minute are prone to mistakes, and you don't like mistakes at all, especially if you're making them. That's because you are always thinking rationally and deeply about everything.

You thrive on assignments with concise structure and discrete steps. First A, then B, then C... Even when in your more creative mode, you find it important to categorize and reference facts and data, using bullet points, table of contents, footnotes, indexes, and as many resources as possible. When you are overloaded with an abundance of information, the logician in you keeps it all tied together in an organized manner. Graphs and charts are helpful in support of your facts, as are colored diagrams. However, you can also manage without them. A student like you can never have too much information, and you know just how to keep track of it and present it all to make it all clear in your mind and the minds of others.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Breath of a Rose by Langston Hughes

Love is like dew
On lilacs at dawn:
Comes the swift sum
And the dew is gone.

Love is like star-light
In the sky at morn:
Star-light that dies
When day is born.

Love is like perfume
In the heart of a rose:
The flower withers,
The perfume goes-

Love is no more
Than the breath of a rose,
No more
Than the breath of a rose.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Amazing Grace

I love Amazing Grace. These books are phenomenal. If you have never read them, then you should read them. Peeps have also told me that the character, Grace, resembles me. I love her character because she never gives up on her dreams. She wanted to play the part of Peter Pan in a school play and she did. Other students tried to tell her she couldn't play that part because she was black. She didn't let that stop her. She wasn't afraid to be herself. She has taught me a lesson in not being afraid of myself in all that I can do.

In Boundless Grace, she visited her father in Africa since her parents were divorced. She had to get accustomed to her new siblings and step mother. When she first arrived, she was not comfortable with them but she took the limits of her heart, mind, body, and soul to love them. ( A lesson certainly comes out of every book). She removed the boundaries that brought her down. Now, this situation can be directed towards anyone. In my case, I go to college at UVA. I had no intentions of going there in high school. What UVA? Where's that? I know I'm smart, but this school...oh its actually a great school! But once I started attending UVA, I knew it was for me even though I was far away from home, all alone in a world, surrounded by faces I had never come in contact with before. And there were times I doubted, feared, and worried about how can I do this here, so that's where being uncomfortable comes in. But I started becoming and now I'm being what I need to be in order to succeed. So that once I leave that place I can breathe and enjoy life for what it is. I'm taking off the boundaries, welcoming the opportunities, and enjoying the journey for what it was, what it is, and what it will be.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Super Sweet 20 Birthday

Have you seen those outrageous birthday parties held by teeny boppers for their Super Sweet 16 on MTV? It is craziness. How much money can you possibly throw away on a birthday party? I could only imagine having a birthday party like that. Of course I had the usual birthday party with family and a few friends, with cake, ice cream, my favorite dinner meal, and presents. Oh the memories. If I had a Super Sweet 20 Birthday Party, it would have to be a Dream Girls Theme (I love that movie!) or something along those lines..all that glitter and pizaaz. The dress code for my party would definitely be jeans, no white tees, no sneakers. I would rent out a nice club for the evening and no alcoholic beverages would be served and no smoking allowed. It would be decorated with disco balls to have that Motown feel but also have that feel of this day and age infused with soul and jazz.

The DJ has to be poppin' in such a way that they play music without vulgar language and would not provoke couples to have "sex" on the dance floor (eww...the way some people dance is just disgusting). It would be amazing to have guest performances by Jennifer Hudson, Chrisette Michele, John Legend and hmmm...whoever else I might like if I had my way. People invited to my party would have to be peeps I know and know how to behave themselves in a public setting. My cake would definitely be lilac and have coconut pineapple filling, I am an island girl after all. Appetizers, fruits, and vegetables would be served. And of course my favorite beverage, pink lemonade with a hint of lime will be served and sparkling apple cider too. Boo woo. Well, what do you think? Is a Super Sweet Birthday really worth it? I guess it would be fun for one night only! Gotta live in the moment sometimes. What better way to celebrate your birthday? Shopping does me just fine if you ask me. But the party is pretty much the icing on the cake. BUT it is truly a blessing to be able to see another year, another day in tu vida a viva!

Chrisette Michele- If I Have My Way

Gotta love it!

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Summer Objectives

Being the goal-oriented chic that I am, I have a summer objectives list hanging from my closet door, and I just thought I would share it with you all. Don't be obligated to read it. You must think I'm crazy. But I'm just simply being me.

1. Make an A in Biology
2. Prepare for Organic Chemistry in the fall
3. Drive where I gotta go
4. Volunteer in the community w/ the kids
5. Get work experience in medicine w/ phenomenal doctors
6. Read books for leisure
7. Scrapbook (finish middle school, start and finish high school scrapbook)
8. Bake
9. Play the piano
10. Quilt (finish quilt from VBS in 7th grade)
11. Exercise weekly
12. Get ears pierced a 2nd time
13. Get highlights
14. Get some money in the bank
15. Estudiar espanol

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

If I Have My Way

I love this new awe-apsiring artist Chrisette Michele. Her music is so smooth and crisp. You should definitely check it out. I love her song, "If I Have My Way." It talks about having a relationship with that special someone, your boo, pookie, honey bun, whatever. And she is telling him to wait: "There's no one I'd rather share my good lovin' with. But I promised I'd wait'til I'm ready for this." Yes, wait for love. Because true love waits! Must I explain myself any further. Yes, I'm glad you asked.

So let me give you a scenario: Say your feeling this brother, his name is Taye right, okay, and he's feeling you and ya'll have been going out for a year now. And he whispers sweet nuthin's into your ear, I mean he always does, but he gives you special treatment on the occassion of the 1 year anniversary and says, "Baby, I love you and I want to get to know you better." And you say, "I love you to, and ask, "Well dear, how do you want to get to know me better?" And then dear Taye says, "I want to make love to you ." Haha, what a sucka! And would you say, "Sure." or "How dare you? I'm sorry, but you have to wait and if you can't respect that, you have got to go." Personally, option 2 is the best choice ladies. Don't ever let a brother get you twisted. As Nicole C. Mullen says in one of her songs, "If you wanna step to me, you gotta know one thing, the love I have you cannot get without a wedding ring!"

Your love is precious and it is not to be wasted because once you throw it away, you can never get it back. Waiting is much more don't suffer the consequences of pregnancy. STDs. etc. Believe me you, everyone is not doing it and the best thing you can do for yourself is live independently and don't go looking for a man, let him find you and make sure he treats you like queen and loves you like Jesus Christ loved the church. Okay, I'm rambling on. You get the point. You're not making love unless you're married...point blank...God is not in the midst of premarital sex relationships. Save it for the honeymoon.

Friday, June 22, 2007


Faith is belief and trust in God, knowing God is real even though you can't see Him. In Hebrews 11:1, it says: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. When you have faith, there are no ifs ands or buts about what you can do. Any and everything is possible. Consider this: Do you have little faith or complete faith? Little faith gets us nowhere in fulfilling the purpose God has for our lives. In Matthew 17:20, Jesus said to his disciples, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to there and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." When you have complete faith, you are one with the Father and Jesus Christ, and you are receptive to the Holy Spirit-you are willing to go through test and trials and not be defeated. It is certainly difficult for man to follow the Lord, but it comes to a point where enough is enough and you learn to abandon yourself to God in total surrender. You give it all to Him, desire His presence daily, and work out what God works in you. You realize that your best isn't good enough without Him. By having complete faith, you trust in God completely to see you through every situation and circumstance and you take on new opportunites he reveals to you. Today are you willing to say: I must be daring enough to invest my faith in the character of God!!!


I like

I like a whole lot of things.

I like the sunshine and rain.

I like the color purple, blue, pink, and green.

I like good food, well seasoned, healthy food.

I like good music and I mean GOOD music, that is in no way derogatory towards women and perversive.

I like wearing lip gloss, yes, you best believe it is popping.

I like staying up late, real late, a night owl.

I like kind of work out.

I like pies, peach cobblers, cakes, muffins, beignets, pancakes, cookies, name it from SCRATCH. I rather not confine my abilities in a box.

I like the hotness...Taye Diggs, Shemar Moore. But in the real world, I like God fearing men who know how to treat a woman like a queen.

I like pink lemonade with a hint of lime.

I like Hoops & YoYo.

I like Care Bears. They rock!

I like butterflies, they represent transformation.

I like shopping.

I like good conservations.

I like a whole lot of things, but my likes have to end for now.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Why start a blog? Why start a blog? I just felt the need to write because I love to write even though I usually don't have time to write casually (only on special papers that is). Well, it is not that I don't have time to write, but I don't make time to write. This is certainly an opportunity to express my thoughts and what nots with an everchanging world that construes the ideals of life and don't see it for what it is, what is it? Yes! Life is more than a fancy, a dream to live, why not live the dream you desire and cherish to hold close? Everyday that is what I intend to take hold of my dreams and make them happen with every twist and turn that may get in the way-it won't stop me. I am unstoppable because I know who I am. I am Chishinga Shira Callender. Yes, are you thinking, who has a name like that? Me. I wouldn't change it for the world. Chishinga meaning creative and Shira meaning strength, I live to be that creative strength, to put essence into everything I do and to be strong and confident and daring to defeat the odds and overcome fears and ride on the vehicle of success. And just how can I do the impossible and think the unthinkable on man's terms? I am a believer in the most high God, a loving, a forgiving GOD. Clearly, I am not just a believer who attends church every Sunday and goes to this, that, and the other to proclaim I am here, look at me. When asked the question, has the gospel constrained you to be a worshipper for the rest of your life? The answer is yes. It is called being a true worshipper, day in and day out. I have learned to put ALL my trust in God-it is my duty to trust in Him and to have unwavering faith. I can't be doubtful and question His presence and workings in mi vida. I have to walk out on the water and look up. Looking down will only bring you down, so I have learned in my college experience thus far and now I know the difference. This is a just a preview into the workings of me. There is more to come, and I'm not afraid to bring it because I am daring enough to invest my faith in the character of God and fulfill the purpose He has put in me so that I may be a blessing to you and you and you.