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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Friendship…How many do you really have?

  The meaning of friendship to me is a person who is there for you through the good and the bad.  The people who call you for no reason to see how you are, catch up with you on current events and making sure you are doing well.  I have had my fair share of what I would call Friendships for the Moment because people have taken advantage of how generous I am and use me for the what they can get out of me.  Or the friendships that come from having something in common like one friend-those never last for me because everyone eventually goes off and is separated from the new person in the group. 

    Friendships are made when you are younger and also when you are older.   Personalities change and interests come with most friendships.  Most relationships can withstand the test of the time with living in the same neighborhood and sharing their lives together.  Friendships long ago used to last years but given the changing of people and the technology, it becomes increasingly harder to maintain a solid friendship these days. I have seen people on Facebook and Instagram rate their friendships by likes and comments on their posts and it causes people to unfriend.  Friendships are not based on likes, it is all about how we support one another through the good and bad times.  Supporting one another through achievements and failures is what is needed to show love to another.  

Friendships come in many forms from pets, family and couples.  Loyalty is the number one in friendships…which is so hard to find these days.  Love comes in many forms and recognizing it can be the beginning of a long lasting friendship.

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    In the past year, I have had the privilege of meeting some incredible people and am thankful everyday for their friendships.  I met a man 20 years ago who started out as my boss, then an acquaintance then….we all know how the story goes.  My husband of 20 years, we are best friends for life.  About 23 years ago, when I was 18,  I met a women who I never knew would make such an impact on my life to this day. We understand each other and have watched both our lives unfold -the good and the bad.  She has been there for me and still is.  Although we live miles away, she is my BFF for life and nothing will ever change that.  

To answer my question: How many friends do you have?  I have 2 Bff’s I love dearly .                                  

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Flat Stanley….visits Florida 2019

  Hey everyone, so for the last couple of weeks, I have been working on a project called Stanley.  Stanley was introduced to me by my niece who is 7 years old.  Her class was given the assignment to send one of their family members in another state Stanley to visit them and participate in activities.  Meet Flat Stanley….
  Yes, he is Flat! Some of you may remember the story of Flat Stanley and how he became flat.  He has done so many adventures in his series of books. Check out his books at Flat Stanley Books.
  I decided for this project to make his adventure into a PowerPoint Presentation…which was such a great way to put everything together.  Below Flat Stanley can tell you about his trip to Florida!!

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  I decided to let my niece talk to Stanley after 2 days to make sure he was okay…he loved seeing her from Ohio.

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   So that’s the story of Flat Stanley in Florida!! We enjoyed him and had so much fun…until next time on Flat Stanley’s adventures….check him out by clicking link at Flat Stanley Books

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