52 Week Blog Challenge-Week 40

Ten Things on My Bucket List

I did a challenge last year called the 31 day challenge where I answered 31 questions for 31 days straight and one of them was about my bucket list. Check out the link to read my list:

Top Things on My List

One of the things on my list, I did get to do halfway which was travel to one of destinations I wanted to see which was Puerto Rico. I got to go last year with 8 wonderful women and had a great time!!❤ Check out my fabulous trip to Puerto Rico by clicking link below:

My Trip To Puerto Rico

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52 Week Blog Challenge-Week 39

What I Miss About My Childhood?

Looking back at my childhood, all I could think about was trying to make the most of my days by having fun. Long ago, when I was growing up, we didnt have technology to keep us company like kids now. We relied on imagination and being creative with out time. We could go hours until the street light went on. Playing outside all day meant hitting the ground alot!

First thing I miss is getting bruised up all the time and healing up quickly. Now that I am almost 43, a bruise comes out of nowhere and can take a long time to heal while causing alarm to bones and joints.

Second thing I miss is being able to get taller and just grow….if you are my age you know what I mean. It seems like you are short as a child and grow up while as you get older you shrink down and have to buy wider shoes because your feet become uncomfortable because of gravity.

Third thing I miss is being able to jumprope and go bicycling. With my arthiritis and back issues, I cant do these things anymore without breaking something. I do want to get back on a bike again-maybe get a 2 seater so I can have someone else ride it while I coast. I live in Florida and can do it all year.

Anyone remember Red Light Green Light?☺I miss being able to play in the street without getting hit. Now it is so dangerous now.

Fourth thing I miss is “No Adult Responsiblity!!” No Bills and No Working. We had so much to look forward to as children and we had no ideal what we were going to be up against as adults.

As you go through my list of things think back to your childhood and see if there is anything you may have missed during yours. I wish I knew then what I know now…go figure.

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52 Week Blog Challenge-Week 38

My Biggest Celebrity Crush

So I did this topic in my 31 Day Challenge and if you would like to read my blog post click here:Celebrity Crush

I decided to take a different approach to this blog post and I thought about changing this to….

A Celebrity I Admire

The celebrity I admire has been going since 1990 and even before doing broadway plays. His work ethic is one of hard work and most importantly being disciplined…which means knowing your lines and practice, practice, practice. He is well-known for doing many movies as well as television appearances. He is one of the most successful African American actors in Hollywood….

Can you guess who?

Samuel L. Jackson

He is now 71 years old. He has done over 142 appearances in plays, films, documentaries, animated cartoons with voice overs since 1970. He has worked with many directors and actors over the years. In the 1980’s-present, he has worked with actors such as Ashley Judd, John Travolta, Julianne Moore, Tommy Lee Jones, Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis in (Die Hard, Unbreakable)

Robert Downey Jr. ( Iron Man, Avengers) Pam Grier and Richard Roundtree.

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Directors he has worked with are Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, John Singleton, George Lucas

Spike Lee (Jungle Fever, Do the Right Thing, School Daze)
George Lucas (Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith)
Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas)
Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Bastards, Jackie Brown, Django)
John Singleton (Shaft)

These are just some of the classic movies he starred in. He is also a spokesperson for Capital One.

There is nothing he cant do. His mentor is the respected Morgan Freeman, who is a legend in his own right. He has a come along way from personal struggles in the 90’s to being an expected actor to appear in every movie. I am sure I am not the only one who looks forward to seeing Samuel L Jackson’s name on a movie…right? He was given the honor of receiving a Hollywood star in June 2000.

I cant wait to see what he does next. Actually with everything going on right now, it is a good time for him to rest and stay healthy and spend time with family. When everything gets back to semi-normal, you will see him again.☺

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52 Week Blog Challenge-Week 32

My Inspiration to Blog

My top three inspirations for blogging are:

  1. My Family- I live day to day with my 3 almost grown children and my husband and they inspire most of the things I write about.  Sometimes, it can be something as simple as meetings we have had, their special abilities or how the world affects them with everything going on now.  We have fights and battles, our disagreements about things but one thing we have always believed in doing is being honest and respectful of one another while staying close.  Here we are the week of Father’s Day taking our yearly photo-which is our 21st year of taking family pictures.  This one was inspired around my husband.20200617_183302[1]
  2. Challenges- This one is focused around my readers getting to know me.  A blogger has many talents-one is writing.  I love to showcase my writing and how I articulate the topics given to me for either a daily, weekly or monthly challenge.  Right now, I am working on the 52 week blog challenge, with this being week 32, and I love it.  Try these challenges on your own and see if you can keep up.

3. Telling Someone Else’s Story- There are people who have stories to tell but no one really cares about it, so they don’t write it.  I care. I have written alot of stories on my blog and while writing them I have cried some. Everyone deserves to be heard and everyone’s story is different no matter how similar it may be.  The feelings you have during your experiences will differ from others with the same story. I am a member of wonderful women’s empowerment group led by Valerie Padilla started 2 years ago and I wrote a 1-year anniversary piece on some of the great things they have accomplished.  Click here to read the story: You are Queen today and everyday….women empowering each other 2019 . I also did a piece on breast cancer last year and I told the story of my friend Valerie’s mom.  It was a very touching story so much I cried while writing it and still do. Click here to read her story:  The Heart of a Dancer..A Queen Remembered

This is what inspires me to blog…check out next week for #33

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52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 31

My Scariest Experience

So I am thinking about my scariest experience where you literally pee your pants, scream until your head falls off and you develop a phobia….I couldn’t think of one really recent so I went way back.  Right now at my age of 42, it doesn’t take much to get me scared but along time ago in my young years, you couldn’t scare me too much…I thought.

It is Halloween in 1997, and I was 19 years old and this was before I stopped celebrating Halloween.  I found out that the holiday was not one I wanted to celebrate because I became a Christian.  But, don’t get me wrong, my kids do celebrate it with costumes and trick or treating and I eat the candy they bring home.  At that time in my life, I loved to dress up at work-I worked three jobs so I couldn’t go trick-or-treating. 

One night some of my friends wanted to go out for Halloween and suggested…you guessed it a Haunted House.  I said well, since I haven’t done that before I went.

Looks scary….doesn’t it. It was one story but let me tell you, I was petrified!  I screamed all the way through with chainsaw guys, spooky skeletons, things jumping out of nowhere.  Scary men were following so close to me, I had to start to fight because it was dark and I did not know what the hell was in front or back of me.  I was frightened that I developed a phobia for haunted houses.  Of course, that doesn’t stop me from wanting to watch movies that to have to do with haunted buildings and such.  I love the movie 1408 with the haunted room in the hotel.

I don’t believe in that stuff but it is entertaining.  Scary movies and comedies are my favorite.  So, to this day, I stay away from them…not just because they are scary but because I have high anxiety and panic attacks, I have to stay away from them.  

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Blogging is so much FUN!!!

This week marks the 2nd anniversary of my blog!! 🎉I had so much fun this year, even with everything that has happened in the last 6 months…I have been able to still have my writing be so positive. I wanted to start out by thanking Fashion Potluck for recognizing my writing and creating a free platform for women to write, inspire and promote their work.

In the past year, I traveled, met new people and was able to tell peoples stories.

In October 2019,  I had the opportunity to visit one of the places on my bucket list which was Puerto Rico.  I went with 8 wonderful women who are from a group I talk alot about because of the sisterhood they represent. Click here to read all about my trip:My Trip to Puerto Rico

In October 2019, I also wrote a blog post raising awareness for Breast Cancer and I was able to tell my friends mom story. It was a great honor to do it. Click here to read: The Heart of a Dancer

In May 2020, the group celebrated 2 years with over 4,000  women members and unlike last year, we had a celebration virtually. I wrote a post to commenarate the occasion. Click here to check it out:Queen On

In June 2020, I had the pleasure of being featured in a great blog I follow called Lauras Books and Blogs! Click here to check out my interview:Lauras Books and Blogs

During quarantine, I have been reading more and I have read several books and decided to start a Book Review section for author titles.

First author I read was Rachel Hollis and I read completely”Girl Wash Your Face” and working on “Girl, Stop Apologizing” Click here to read my review:Rachel Hollis Book Review

The next author is a friend of mine Trisha Williams and she has written over 17 titles. She is also in editing and consulting helping other writers get their story out. These are the books I have read so far from her and going to keep it going! Click here to read my review:Ireesky Fiction Book Review

Right Now, I am working on a 52-week Blog Challenge and I am in week 30. I have a new blog post up every Wednesday on My Blog.

I am so looking forward to what is in store for the next year!!☺

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52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 30

A Life Lesson learned

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Family, Friends and Business Don’t Mix

Let me clarify. When I say family, friends and business don’t mix, I don’t mean owning a business and working together, I mean telling your business. Oil and water don’t mix.

Let me tell you a story….

I am 42 years old and I am a wife and mother and in another life I worked retail for almost 30 years. Even when I was younger, for some reason, I was never the type of person to make friends easily. There are just those people that either are too intimidating to be friended or people just don’t like them. I have always thought that I was too intimidating to people. People say I have a great heart and care alot about people. This is true. For some reason, I tend to care too much and it sometimes works for me but more often times it works against me. People who are caring, hurt on the inside and tend to overlook those who try to take advantage of them. I think I am fun person but it just seems like when people friend me they are looking for what they can get from me.

I am very proud of what I have accomplished in my life including my family and I tend to overshare out of fear that I will be found dis-interesting. Let me tell you…it has worked against me time and time again.

Even when you are talking to your family, be careful who you speak to about your business-everyone knows that your life is an open book when you are not around. I learned the hard way this past year and I had to stop talking and generalize everything. I’m on a path to talking about positive things in my life instead of negatives and keep my opinions to myself. I learn alot about people when I just listen to them and talk less. I found that women like to talk with one another and share with everyone male or female while men stay quiet about their life with women and only express their feelings among other men….men do gossip. Don’t talk about your marriage problems or how rotten your children are unless it is your counselor. Everyone has problems at home, this is no secret and the person you are telling them to, unless they are living that same situation, can’t give you advice or tell you what is best for you. So, I would suggest keeping these things to yourself, otherwise it came come back to bite you in the ass. It has been done on Reality Tv Shows…just saying.

If you do not want someone else to know your business, don’t tell it. If you have to have talk, focus the conversation on positive things in your life. Don’t speak of things you’re going to do, speak of what is already in motion and done. People like to talk about what you said you were going to do, so, if isn’t done and hasn’t started yet, don’t talk about it.

Plans are merely Procrastination while Actions are Goals set to be Completed. LS

So my life lesson learned is to listen more and talk less. The world needs more positive than negative in it. Gossip and talking about one another doesn’t solve any problems, all it does is divide us. I f you want to share your life, do it in such a way that involves inclusion like a project or a mission you would like to complete. Empower not bring down. We all have to exist in this world and if we spent less time with misery loves company and more on love driving hate away, the world would be a level less stressful.

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52 Week Blog Challenge-Week 29

Well Somebody Has to Say It!

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The world right now is just chaos and for some reason everything that is going on can be traced back to the government in some kind of way.  What the heck is going on? We have way too many people in charge of our welfare. Covid-19 and the brutal murders of African Americans all over the world by police have become the forefront of our lives and it all leads back to the people in charge.  We are once again having to revert back to children being told what to do by adults.  Everything from you don’t have the right to stand up for yourself to you get information on a need to know basis.  Years have gone by and so many attacks on the African American community have gone unseen and reported because of the protection of law enforcement.  I personally think that what has transpired in the last 2 months to change things for us is for the better.  Sometimes, making drastic changes to history like removing all forms of inference to racism…has to be done.  Taking down symbols and even replacing the National Anthem need to be done.  Our community needs people in charge that believe in what they say America is supposed to stand for. At the start of Covid-19, we were not informed in time to do what was necessary to prepare ourselves for the outbreak instead it was concealed and thought to be too late to contain it.  Right now, we are all divided on whether one should social distance and quarantine or everyone should wear a mask to enjoy our lives….for the sake of the economy thus helping the government.  Do they really care whether we live or die…I can’t tell.  From allowing the economy to open up and cases increasing to allowing for sports teams to play and triple the exposure all for the benefit of making money.  This is the chain of command in charge of us:

We have the Congress, House of Representatives, Senate then the President.  In that exact order is how a law is passed.  Our lives our dictated by what the President signs into law.  I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone, where we are returning to the dark ages.

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I am from Florida and I gotta tell you, we are very divided.  The Mayor of many cities in Florida have been able to pass a must wear mask law….unfortunately our Mayor has not been able to get the law passed.

Many people in Lakeland our divided on this and for me, this is just my opinion, if you are scared, are vulnerable to the virus…stay home unless you are an essential worker. You can save lives and money staying home. Everyone can just do drive-up pickup, our phones and computer apps are always available.  If you don’t have technology, calling for a pickup will do.   I myself, do go out to do a Walmart grocery pickup, go to the doctor and I have been to the beach. I enjoy going out to dinner but I can eat at home if I have too.  The neighborhood merely bringing up the fact that they are worried about Covid-19 causes anxiety and fears and is not good for mental health.  I don’t believe our economy will ever be the same.  I think it would be alot easier if they would just quarantine everyone as before and keep only essential workers out there.  The cases were slowing down and we were looking up but because the government has to stimulate the economy and keep us down, money has become more important than our lives.  

That’s all I got…remember elections are coming up…go out and vote for the right people to run your life.

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Book Review: IreeSky Fiction

Isn’t It Time You Wrote That Book? T.E. Williams

In this blog post, I have the pleasure of introducing a lady named Trisha Williams. She has an established and successful Editing and Consulting Services business to help writers get their ideas out of their heads and on paper. She is also a very talented author and writer of now over 10+ books that she has self published. Below are some of the works she has edited or consulted on by authors.

I have been taking up reading in the last couple months and I have purchased 3 of her many classics…

1. You’re Not The Boss Of Me-

This book was about a women who loved to please everyone and in the process developed feelings that were not healthy and had to learn some hard lessons and look to higher calling for help. I loved this book because it was relatable and it reminded me of myself at one point in my life. Like her, I wanted to please everyone and found out later that most people you try to please want to keep you that way and want you to never say “no” to them. My health and well-being became more important and saying “No” didnt turn out to be that bad. Women are always working harder then they should, Trisha Williams lets you know that it is not your duty to do it all and stand up for yourself. Please yourself first then everything else comes second. This book took me 2 hours to read and was a definite page turner.

I give this book 5 Crowns!!  👑👑👑👑👑

2. Heart Condition-

This book reminded of a lifetime movie which is great because it is very deep and gets into the roots of how much family can impact the way you live your life. This story was set with 2 sisters who grew up together and had to practically look out for each other. They were lucky enough to have a strong influence in their lives but they grew up finding out the hard truth about the cost of being responsible for one another. When I was reading this, I found some parts harder for me to deal with because the sister relationship hit home for me. I read this book in 2 days but it is definately a page-turner as is the first one.

I gave this book 4 Hearts!! ❤❤❤❤

3. Side Effect-

I just finished this book yesterday and I really liked how the story didnt single anyone out. This story is about a married couple who was to celebrate their 20 year wedding anniversary and leading up to it there were alot of tests given to them and through it they learned many lessons about how the body and mind can be weak. Higher love is the key to overcome all. I have been married 22 years and have seen lots of marriages including my own put the test and some have lasted others unfornately haven’t. I read this book within a week in between everything else and it is a quick read.

I gave this book 5 Diamonds!! 💍💍💍💍💍

I look forward to reading more of her work since we are quarantine right now and traveling is just not an option. If you would like to purchase these books or any of her other creative works, visit her website and click here: Ireesky

As I mentioned earlier, Trisha Williams is not only a self-published author but is an editor and consultant and can help you with writing your story.

“Isn’t It Time You Wrote That Book?” T.E.Williams

The answer is “Yes”

She has been in business for many years and is established and approved by the Better Business Bureau.

Call today or email her to get started with writing your story.

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Trisha reading one of her great books Twin Towers❤❤❤Also available on her website here:Ireesky Fiction

Start writing….you got this!!

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52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 27

My Favorite Quotes of all Time

  1. Everything we do is all about attitude.  Whether positive or negative attitude, it will dictate how you will survive in your life.  If you are optimistic about life and look for the great things in every situation, you will feel good and it will rub off on others.  If you are pessimistic about life and look for things to go wrong all the time, you will be angry and never feel good about things in your life.  Negativity is also contagious, as in the old saying; Misery Loves company.Text_Over_Photo1565291848068[1]
  2. The current state of our country is that we are all about changing the attitude of those who wish to do harm unto the African American community.  Too many senseless deaths and attacks taken against us have caused increased hate among us and in the midst of making changes we have support to take away those things that have been offensive for many years.  Hate and grief may motivate us but love will bind us in unity for the cause.fe1f0dd5c144a7296264cbba392dc87e[1]

3. How you act in private cannot be hidden behind how you act in public and vice-versa.  Everyone needs to let the world see who they really are and stop hiding behind the ideal that people will not except you.  Be polite but be true to yourself.  Set the stage for an authentic show.  Be a great leader.

4. Having all the answers by trying to solve every problem is impossible.  The world we live in comes with good and bad days.  We have to treat everyday as a blessing to be alive and pray on the things that burden our hearts.  quote-god-never-promised-us-a-trouble-free-life-joyce-meyer-19-80-58[1]

5. Life is not promised from day to day.  Live it up and don’t think that you are not important. Whether you are having a good or bad day, don’t be afraid to take time for yourself.  Wake up everyday with a smile on your face and ask what can I do to make someone else’s day.  Smiles are contagious as is laughter….very powerful tools: Use them.

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 That is It!

Be Positive!  Stay Focused! Change is a Good Thing! Everyday is a Blessing!

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