Rest In Power, Elijah Cummings

Rest In Power, Elijah Cummings

Inspiration
Today's post is a little late because when I woke up, I heard some devastating news — a real loss to Baltimore and our country as a whole.  The loss of Elijah Cummings.  Elijah Cummings' story is so inspirational within itself. Being the son of a sharecropper and a special education student, Mr. Cummings beat the odds.  There are so many things to write about, so many accomplishments, so many things he fought for, for us. And honestly, you can google for yourself if you don't already know.  So today, I'll just share a few quotes from Mr. Elijah Cummings that apply not only to his politics but to our everyday lives.  "We cannot win this race by doing the same things we've been doing." "Most people who are hating…
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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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Sunday Reflections: Believe

Sunday Reflections: Believe

Inspiration
Blogtober-Day 13 Each Sunday in the month has been reserved for my reflections on the 31 Day Bible Plan I mentioned in my October Goals post-Believe.  I have continued to stay on track by reading the devotional and accompanying scriptures daily.  Each devotional begins with a question about faith and believing, and the author goes on to answer each question by using scripture and life examples.  Three key ideas stood out for me this week:  I believe God calls Christians to show compassion to people in need. I pray to God to know Him, to find direction for my life, and to lay my requests before Him. I study the bible to know God and His truth and to find direction for my daily life.  These key ideas remind me that…
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My Favorite Inspirational Quotes

My Favorite Inspirational Quotes

Inspiration
Staying inspired and motivated is HARD WORK. Don't look at people who try to be optimistic as having a better life than you or view them as trying to be fake. This ISH is hard-trust me, I know. We live in the same world of violence, greed, death, corruption, and despair. It's easy to look at these things and decide it's too much and give up. What you have to do is find things, people, and activities that help you through the hard times. One way I do this is by keeping an arsenal of inspiring quotes.The quotes are screenshotted throughout my phone and notes app; some are printed out in a notebook I keep for my writing. These quotes help to inspire me, motivate me, and remind me to…
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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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The Day I Became A Mother

The Day I Became A Mother

Inspiration
Friday, October 7, 2011, is the day my life changed forever. That's the day I became a mother to the most beautiful baby I had ever seen. It's been the most amazing journey for the last eight years. My now eight-year-old son is so compassionate, intelligent, funny, and an all-around excellent human being. I'm not just saying that because I'm biased (LOL), but it's the truth. The day I became his mother was the day I stopped putting my wants and needs first. It was the day someone other than myself became the top priority. I traded nights of hanging out with friends for hanging out and watching cartoons. Date nights became family nights. I finally understood the saying my heart walking around outside of my body. My little love,…
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Sunday Reflections: Believe

Sunday Reflections: Believe

Inspiration
Blogtober-Day 6 Each Sunday in the month has been reserved for my reflections on the 31 Day Bible Plan I mentioned in my October Goals post-Believe.  So far, I have stayed on track by reading the devotional and accompanying scriptures.  Each devotional begins with a question about faith and believing, and the author goes on to answer each question by using scripture and life examples.  The two key ideas that stood out for this week are: I believe God is involved in and cares about my daily life.I believe I am significant because of my position as a child of God.  Both key ideas remind me that God is taking care of me and interceding on my behalf. Even when I don't realize or ask for it, God continuously watches…
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Positive Attitude Month

Positive Attitude Month

Inspiration
In keeping with yesterday’s theme let’s roll right into day 5 of Blogtober by celebrating Positive Attitude Month. (Who comes up with these national months? I’m not mad at them, just wondering...) Anyway, nationalcalendarday.com says, “Positive Attitude Month is an annual designation observed in October. A positive attitude is the best trait you can carry with you, because it makes any difficult or frustrating situation a lot easier to deal with." I think we can all agree to this, although it can be difficult at times to remember to activate the positive. I think we can also agree that the way we see or approach a situation has a direct effect on the outcome. Speaking from personal experience, the power of my attitude has shifted my mindset and the way…
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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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Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself

Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself

Inspiration
Here we are — day 2 of Blogtober. So far, so good if I do say so myself. Today I'm going to introduce myself and my site to my new readers, supporters, and subscribers and reintroduce myself to some. First, let's start with the pronunciation of my name — Chanee'- pronounced Shanay. To learn a little more about me and to explore the site a little check out the About Chanee' section. So, what do I do? In short, I write, and I love it. To learn more about why I write-click this second pink link Why I Write. Any words you see in pink on the site are links; check them all out while you're here and if you haven't signed up to receive updates, do that too before…
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