Blogtober-The HalfWay Mark-Setting Goals & Reaching Them

Blogtober-The HalfWay Mark-Setting Goals & Reaching Them

Empowerment, Inspiration
Blogtober Day 15!Today I'm celebrating being halfway through my goals for the month of October. Round of applause. Thank you. Thank you. If you remember, I shred many of my October goals with you on Day One of Blogtober. You've witnessed me sticking to my goals to post a blog every day throughout the month, but if you're wondering how I've been doing with the other goals I set, let me tell you-AMAZING! The four goals I told you about were: 1. Participate in and complete Blogtober. 2. Reveal the release date and cover for my new book. 3. Complete the 31 Day Believe Bible plan. 3. Complete Exercise Challenges-squats and sit-ups. Blobtober- ✔️ Blogtober Calendar & Check Off List Book Cover and release date-✔️. To be honest, that has…
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Simple Acts of Self-Care

Simple Acts of Self-Care

Empowerment
It's day 14 of Blogtober! Can we give me some kudos for staying consistent for the past two weeks? (Pats self on back). Today I wanted to get into a topic that has been heavily discussed in recent times, self-care. The best definition I've seen for self-care was from https://www.habitsforwellbeing.com. The site says, "A simple way to think of self-care is putting your face mask on yourself, so then you can assist others." This definition is so simple, yet means so much. People often forget this. (It's me-I'm people). Seriously, for too long, I think we've looked at self-care as selfish or taking a long spa day away from responsibilities. While it can be those things, it can also be something simple but meaningful.  Here are a few simple things you…
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3 Lessons I’ve Learned About Life

3 Lessons I’ve Learned About Life

Empowerment, Inspiration
From the moment you're born, you are continually learning, whether you want to or not. It's not a choice, nobody asks you, you just immediately pick up on things and people around you.As you grow older, you continue to learn and absorb things from the things, people, and experiences you have in your life. This Blogtober post could easily be the longest blog post ever, but I've limited it to three life lessons I've learned. No matter what, life goes on. I've experienced my fair share of ups and downs in this thing here called life. From death, loss, gain, and everything else in between. What I've come to terms with is no matter what has happened, life continues. Because life continues, I have made a choice (big up to…
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Celebrate Emotional Wellness Month

Celebrate Emotional Wellness Month

Empowerment, Inspiration
Throughout the month, you will see me talk about some of the different national month and day celebrations associated with October. There's so many for each month, and October happens to have many causes that are near and dear to my heart. (Blogtober was meant for me.) Let's talk Emotional Wellness. From nationaltoday.com:   Stress can have adverse effects on our physical health, and when left unchecked, it can lead to chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity. To raise awareness about the importance of mental well-being, October is observed as Emotional Wellness Month. Learn a bit about mindfulness. Take a break from your hectic schedule. Slow down a little. Breathe. When you live long enough, you learn that no matter how much you plan or do, life happens.…
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October Goals

October Goals

Empowerment, Inspiration
Welcome, October 1, 2019! It’s officially the fourth quarter, and I plan to end this year strong. This time of year it’s easy to feel defeated and give up because the year is almost over and you may feel like you haven’t accomplished the things you said you would. The cold weather and major holidays can also play a factor in feelings of depression, loneliness, and as if you’ve wasted precious time, and feelings of it’s just too late. That simply isn’t true.   What I’ve learned about goals is they can be overwhelming. You start with all of this momentum and then become overwhelmed and give up. What works best for me is to outline my overall goals and then to break it down by quarter and break that quarter…
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6th Annual Books & BBQ Recap

6th Annual Books & BBQ Recap

Black Business Feature, Empowerment, Inspiration, Review
On Saturday, August 17, 2019, I had the opportunity and privilege to support and volunteer at the sixth annual Books & BBQ in Edmondson Village. To describe the feeling in one word-AMAZING! I was invited to attend and share some of my resources by Shelley of Shelley's Helping Hands and the Our Children Need Their Dads Moment. Now that I've attended my first Books & BBQ event, I plan to attend and support each one in the future. So, what is Books & BBQ? From Shelley Stephens: On January 24, 1989, Mayor Kurt Schmoke unveiled "The City That Reads" as Baltimore's new official slogan. We're bringing That slogan Back!! FREE BooKs In Bbq Will Unite The Masses, Bring The Community TOGETHER, Squash Beefs, Inspire Kids & SAVE LIVES!! We're raising…
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Book Review: I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl

Book Review: I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl

Book Lovers, Empowerment, Review, Support Black Business
A few months ago, I went on an intentional search for books written for and about black girls and women. While I did find a few books with black characters, I was shocked to find upon further research that quite a few of the authors of those books were not black women or even black men for that matter. I won’t dive into my theory and disappointment on this post because what I did find made several girls that I teach and me very happy, and that’s the book I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl written by Betty K. Bynum. I absolutely fell in love upon my first reading. I thought to myself- where had this book been when I was a little girl? My son, who shares my love…
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3 Reasons Why The World Should NOT Be Your Therapist

3 Reasons Why The World Should NOT Be Your Therapist

Empowerment, Inspiration
At this point the Kanye interview has been seen and  heard around the world. As a Kanye West fan and an admirer of Charlamagne the God’s interviewing style, the anticipation was real.  After his trip to TMZ, the anticipation was pretty much dead. I was not interested in hearing anything Kanye related for a few days. I did my best to scroll past any mention of it on social media, but finally I listened to the segments of the interview with Charlamagne on The Breakfast Club podcast.  Please keep reading my friends, this is not an analysis or my “woke” thoughts on Kanye, Charla, or the interview. This is about the very first thing I heard that made me pause and give a side eye like I was sitting next…
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Surviving Mother’s Day Without Mommy

Empowerment, Inspiration
The week leading up to Mother's Day is always difficult for me ever since I lost my mother thirteen years ago. Each year I find myself with the same exact feelings as the day approaches.  Feelings of anxiety, bitterness, and an overwhelming sadness.  I'm easily irritated, overly tired, and have no desire to do anything productive.  It's that life ain’t fair and I’m tired of having to deal with it without the comforting words and hugs of Mommy feeling. A couple of years ago I compiled a list of things to do leading up to Mother’s Day that helped me and a few others who have experienced the loss of a mother or mother figure. And while I know from experience that nothing will heal the pain, it is my…
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