31 Day Challenge-Day 25

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Okay, so, this will be really easy…here we go!

  1. My legs-  I have always thought my legs were very athletic like Tina Turner.                        20190803_181859[1]
  2.  My Smile- My lips have always been a perfect shape and gives me that award-winning glow on my face.                                                         39535983_2159235847452305_8980527443408322560_o
  3. My Boobs..ooh..did I say that..lol  I got my girls in 9th grade and they have been here ever since. We have been through a lot together.
  4. My Curves…great in dresses and stretch pants.                                                              20171227_113219_HDR_1514393297179[1]

So, that’s all I got..stay tuned for tomorrow for Day 26…

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31 Day Challenge-Day 24

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This one’s going to be a tear jerker…a difficult time in my life….I promise I will make this as painless as possible.

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   My biggest job was to be a mom which I loved from day 1 and my children are and always have been my number #1 priority.  Going to work full-time wasn’t easy but it had to be done for my family.  I worked in Retail for over 20 years and it didn’t end very well.  

   The most difficult time in my life was finding where I belong.  I walked into an industry where not many woman had opportunities to go into upper management especially an African-American woman.  I worked for a company that was predominantly of male influence because it involved heavy lifting and experience with specialized skills and education.  Image result for group of men cartoon

Over the last couple years, women have been able to own successful companies and beat men out on promotions but during my time it was very difficult.  My problem was that I was great at what I did and there was no way they wanted me to go anywhere else in the company.  Finding good people who are exceptional at their jobs was hard.  That was a problem for me.  Every time I would try to go forward, I would be pushed two steps back..whether I wasn’t experienced enough or I didn’t have the education.

Moving my Family-  I though that bringing my family to Florida would give me more opportunities for growth not only with my career but personally.  My family was happy about the move but as the years went by, I started to wonder whether I made the right decision to pursue a career.  

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Working my butt off – The on and off of rejection after rejection for promotions…I got to a breaking point.  My family missed me a lot and I realized and I began to wonder whether I was good enough to move forward, was I smart enough, did I not get enough education, do they not like me? The old saying goes…

“You are only as good as what you do today, yesterday doesn’t matter.”

In the end – I ended up giving up my quest for a career not because I wanted to…God had a different plan for me.  I am loving every minute of it.

That’s all I got for you until tomorrow for Day 25….

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31 Day Challenge-Day 23

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We all know those things that make us tick…makes us want to say Why? So here are the things that really ANNOY ME..

  1. Gas Tank – Every time I get in a car, the fuel light is on. A car can’t run without gas so why keep the tank empty. I believe in keeping the gas tank full or at least at a quarter of a tank full. A body is made up of 80% water and to deprive it of it…it will die just like a car.
  2. Little Bit Left –When you are down to the last little bit of fluid in a carton or jug, it should be topped off in the cup, not put back in the fridge.
  3. Politics – I do not like talking about it, reading about, or seeing it on all my news feeds. What is going on with the government really doesn’t matter to me…it’s all like a big soap opera for me. Entertainment with no end.
  4. Being Ignored – Well this is self-explanatory. I hate when I start talking and I have to repeat myself.
  5. Indecisiveness – On a previous post, I stated that when I go to a restaurant, I know what I want before I get there, I don’t like to go through a drive-up and people are indecisive.
  6. Your Word – When a person says they are going to do something, I expect them to do it. Your word is important when you make a commitment. If I have to follow-up with you several times, it tells me that what you said you would do is not as important to you with me then I can’t trust you.
  7. Liar Liar Pants on Fire – I hate when people lie to my face. I just wish everyone would tell the truth, it would be a whole lot easier in this world.

That’s it for now…stay tuned for Day 24 tomorrow..

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31 Day Challenge-Day 22

 

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I love music…any kind of music!! The world has changed as far as music is concerned.  Now, being old-fashioned, I will say that music has really gone south since the 80’s.  Now all I hear all about sex, drugs, getting high, disrespecting women and men and shooting each other.  I am so tired of it…I need it to go back to when music was about feeling good and being in love.  I hear these songs that I just can’t figure out why or how they were able to be produced.  Teens these days..this is all they know.  All we can do is teach them right from wrong and hope they know the difference.  Now that I have said that…let’s get down to my favorite songs of all time!!

  1. Head Over Heels by Tears for Fears 

2. Whatever it Takes by Anita Baker

3. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is by Chicago

4. Another Brick in the Wall 2 by Pink Floyd  (I love all 3 parts)

5. Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix

6. Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder

7. Soul Makossa by Manu Dibango

8. Heartbreaker by Justin Beiber

9. Reasons by Earth Wind and Fire

10. What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye

Enjoy all the videos…until tomorrow for Day 22

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31 Day Challenge-Day 21

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Day 21…hmmm…something I miss. This I had to think about a bit because there are a lot of things I miss but If I were to look at the last 25 years, I’ m looking at my childhood and how things were when I was a teenager. I can remember the words…”Pounding the Pavement”

  1. Job Market has changed dramatically. Newspaper and flyer ads on bulletin boards. It used to be that you walk from employer to employer to fill out job applications and meet face to face with people who were your boss…now…fill out an application online and wait for talent acquisition to email, then first interviewer to contact for interview then you interview with someone else who may or may not be your boss…keep your application on file. This application process is convenient if you have a computer or cell phone but for others it creates a lot of eliminated candidates. My daughter is 16 now and she is doing it the old-fashioned way and she has had 2 interviews so far. Personal connection is lost between employer and candidate online.

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2. Being able to get The News only on television. It seems like every time I turn around, I am unable to shield myself from all the bad news and anxieties of this world. I really believe that as the world gets worse with global warming, bombings and lack of respect for the people who want to wake up every morning and live their life, we will never see the light of day. I really don’t care for politics, I don’t like hearing about how much worse the people who run our government are doing. I am so tired of people not being able to leave their homes because they are afraid and with this happening…the rise in mental health issues and sicknesses allows for government and drug companies to make more money. It sucks!! Can we just go back to having 6pm and 11 pm news only and cartoons with great movies in between?

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3. Last but not least…Courtships. Why is it every time I turn the television on I see teen pregnancy shows or couples divorcing after 1 year. I have been married 20 years and I have seen it all. These days it seems like it is harder to get a mate and people are just settling with the first person that looks their way. While they are looking, it seems there is the rush to procreate and have no commitments. What has happened to asking a girl out, taking her on many dates, getting know each other and then talking about plans to get married then have a family….everything is all backwards and twisted now!! Maybe I am old-fashioned but I think there wouldn’t be confusion if we were made to only be attracted to who we are supposed to be with and everyone else look like aliens…lol.

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That’s all I got for you until next time….stay tuned for tomorrow for Day 21.

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31 Day Challenge-Day 20

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  Yes, it is Day 20…11 more days to go!! Hope you guys have enjoyed reading my open book..lol.  So, today, I am going to talk about 10 years from now.  We really don’t know where we will be or whether we will even be alive but one thing is for certain…I take it

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   Fear of the unknown doesn’t help you live your life to the fullest.  For me, Life starts from the moment I wake up and continues on into the next day with new ideas and discovering new things.  I keep my brain refreshed by challenging myself and keeping up with what my teens are doing.  In 10 years, my oldest son will be 31, youngest son 29, and my daughter 26 while me and my husband will be 52 and 64.  I am seeing myself still traveling and probably with my teens having their own families, I will be visiting them and my grandchildren.

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31 Day Challenge-Day 19

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  Okay so for this challenge, I asked my loving family who knows my comings and goings and how I operate.  I told them to give me one thing that they find is one of my worst habits.  Here we go:

      My husband Brian said:

    “You do not close the lids or put lids on things tightly.”

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     Okay, so, in my defense, I do this and it is not a good habit.  Sometimes I spill stuff but other times I get lucky and don’t.  As to closing the lids on jars, I can’t do it that tightly because of carpal tunnel and I can open lids that great so I use a can opener or ask someone to do it for me…lol

My oldest son Brian said:

“You put things in the shopping cart at the grocery store that are not on the list.”

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Okay, again, in my defense, I forget to put things on the list.  Every time we go to the store, it seems there are things we need and I forget..lol

My daughter Briana said:

“You yell too much.”

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Guilty as charged on all three so far….yelling is my way of getting my point across after I have already said it numerous times.  I think most people do this when they feel ignored, I am trying not to do it all the time now so I don’t raise my blood pressure.

My youngest son Devon said:

“You leave lights on too much.”

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    Okay, so this is my light in my office…I tend to leave it on every time I leave my office but I am coming right back.  He goes behind me and turns every light off..lol

As for me, I think my worst habit is: 

“I warm up to people to quickly without getting to know them from the background.”

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    What I mean by this is, I have met a lot of people in my life and because I want to assume the best in them, they become a part of my life without me really seeing who they are in many different situations.  I am one of a few women who do not have many close friendships with people due to the fact that many have shown their true cards on the table after they see that I am a nice person.  I am a positive person and do not like drama, so for me to become friends with you, I expect that you show me who you are before I find out.  Communication is a strength f mine and most people who know me, know I mean what I say and do.  I am not transparent and what you see is what you get.  

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Toys and Imagination……Then and Now

Did your Toy Box look like this?

Or this….from handmade toys to toys you hold in your hand, toys have changed so much over the past 40 years.  Kids as young as 3 years old are getting electronic toys for Christmas and birthdays and the prices for these items are extraordinary. 

Remember Family Game Night…Did it look like this? 

Or does it look like this?

   Not everyone knows how to work a game controller but it seems as though in order for people to spend time together, they have to know how to play the latest video games.  Board games and cards were more inviting and made room for everyone to play.

Remember arcade games….this was how I played games….

This is how they play now….

PlayStation, X-Box and other game consoles use these controllers for gaming.  From my experience with these, there are 10 or more different commands for using these and you have to use them at the same time..phew.  Hats off to those who are able to keep up.  Don’t get me wrong, some of the games are really fun but I would rather have three buttons on my joystick(which is what we called it)…lol.

Other ways for game play now….the ever popular latest creation to technology…

 

The Smartphone(used to download all the latest in video games and applications)Classic games like PacMan, Frogger and Uno have been made available on these devices.  The only problem with these devices after long-time use, your device can sustain a virus or over-heat. 

10 of the best toys of the 70’s and 80’s…taking a look back! Can you name all 10?

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31 Day Challenge-Day 18

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What I am afraid of? Most people are afraid of heights, spiders or being hurt by people. For me, it’s gets a little deeper for me. I have watched a lot of my friends and family members get sick and die so if I had to be afraid of something…it would be losing my ability live my life. I have so much fun interacting with the world and seeing what it has to offer, so for me to not be able to do that anymore, it would sadden me. I know I have a purpose in life and I am not going to waste it feeling sorry for myself and the limitations I may have.

For those of you who don’t know me personally, I have to endure many things as far as my health has been concerned in the last 4 years and I am finally getting to the point where I am comfortable talking about it in an open forum. Support from others who love you is important and taking it one day at a time is key.

In my daily life I struggle with:

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Osteoarthritis throughout my whole body along with Fibromyalgia. I have 3 herniated discs in my back along with degenerative disease so my range of motion is very limited to walking and stretching. I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome due to a work-related injury. I suffer from high anxiety along with ups and downs. I have to keep my blood pressure regulated along with dealing with headaches on and off. All of these things seem very major right now but for me, I am able to live my life accordingly and when that is not an option…I am scared when it isn’t.

Live your best life now, don’t waste it.

That’s all I got for you today…I know this one was a tear- jerker but I promise tomorrow you will laugh…lol

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31 Day Challenge-Day 17

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   Going back to my childhood, I can remember a lot of books but my all-time favorite was…wait for it…

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  I still read this book to this day.  This isn’t the original one I had as a child because it got lost. I love the story line about a puppy who doesn’t listen to his mother and goes exploring when he shouldn’t and learns valuable lessons.

  As the saying goes: “If mama ain’t happy, no one is happy”

  I used to have a wind up doggy that I used to play with with my book.  Needless to say, the book and dog didn’t survive I’m sad to say…but now I have a real dog, his name is Sage.

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