SUNDAY MORNING REFLECTIONS

There’s still an hour left before my Sunday morning becomes Sunday afternoon…sooooo GOOD MORNING, Y’ALL!!

I love quiet Sunday mornings. They are the best especially when it’s super early and all you hear is the ambient noises and your breathing. This is the time where I reflect on what happened the day before and sometimes during the week or at least those things that jump out at me.

By the way, my YouTube is on pause right now do to editing accessibility. As soon as I get access again, I’ll be posting more videos promoting black owned businesses. Plus with this new job and EVERYTHING…i gotta find some balance without going completely nuts.

WORK LIFE

I am officially one month into my new job at the CBS affiliate here.my-job

It is a stressful job, but when I woke up this morning thinking about how these past 4 weeks have been going…all I could be is GRATEFUL…and I truly am. I have to constantly remind myself that i’m still new to the position (Traffic Coordinator) and I won’t perfect it in just 4 weeks or maybe even 4 months. I have a great team though and everyone is so very helpful …including my boss.

However, when you have a $16,000 30second spot glaring at you and it’s your responsibility to make sure it airs during the correct Daypart and rotation…you kinda don’t  wanna ***k it up. So I tend to get a little nervous when it’s that serious…which is often.

HOME LIFE

It’s great to be in my own space after living up under other people’s roof over the last 5 years. I still don’t have any furniture, but you know what??? I don’t care. love-shack

I thank the Creator every day for my little space i affectionately call “The Love Shack”. I have plenty of time to fill it with all the things, colors, accessories, etc that I love and that bring a smile to my face and makes visitors feel at home and good vibes when they come by. Although, I am still very cautious who I allow into my space.

For the first time in a couple months I was able to fill my refrigerator  and pantry with FOOD. OH BLESS THE LORD!! Grateful, y’all! I had to focus on getting some financial responsibilities squared away before I could go crazy with my grocery list. Don’t get me wrong…i was still eating…just not from my own table. Now i can fix my own salads, cook my own meals, and STOP eating out all the time.

LOVE LIFE

I don’t have one. That’s all! NEXT!!!

LOL!! Juuuuuust kidding! I do have a love life…LOVING ON ME!! Yup! Sounds corny, but it’s true. Now i’m not saying I wouldn’t want to be in a loving relationship with someone, but that’s just not what it is right now. He hasn’t found me yet. So in the meantime, i’m continuing the “LOVE ME SOME TASH” journey. How do I do that? Welp…when things get hectic or when there are just too many voices clambering at  me…I take a time out, sit under and tree, read a great book that feeds my soul.you-are-a-badass

One of my good friends gave me this book. I am half way through it. I think i’ll finish it today.  So many great nuggets in this book that constantly reminds you of the greatness that’s already within you and how you can tap into your ultimate Source Energy (I refer to that as God) and reminding you to love yourself at the end of each chapter. Check it out.

I love on myself by exercising and making smart choices when it comes to my diet. I recently started working out again. a-mean-workout

I’ve had this DVD FOREVERRRRR…and like with ANY workout…when you remain consistent…you will see results. I like Harvey. Although he can be very mean, “GET OFF YOUR FAT LAZY ASS AND BUILD THAT HOUSE!” Starting a new workout regimen leaves you sore as hell the next couple days, but the boost I get to sustain me during the day is so worth it. I’m loving myself.

At work it’s so easy to buy something because Atlantic Station is literally down the street, but i’m not bawling yet, so I had to take it easy and started fixing my own meals. I ate this salad for a straight week and loved it! work-salad

It included, spinach leaves, craisins, bleu cheese crumbles, walnuts, grapes, and balsamic vinigeratte. I KILLED this salad for lunch everyday last week. It’s not the only thing I eat. I eat breakfast and maybe a smoothie for dinner…with healthy light snacks in between. Changing things up with a workout and eating better has knocked out the afternoon drowsiness i was starting to get at work around 3pm. Now I’m full of energy all through the day. I’m loving myself.

Last night, a friend invited me to attend a panel discussion that dealt with relationships. I honestly did not want to go because i’m tired of dissecting relationships and why some do and don’t work, yada yada yada. However, I was obedient and I went any way and i’m glad I did. I’ve been divorced for 11 years and while I have healed from that painful experience, I still have a couple things I need to work on. I came away with this book .

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This book was written by, Jimmie D. Rogers, who was one of the individuals on the panel discussing life after his first marriage and now life  in his current marriage. I may tap into this today as well.

SPIRITUAL LIFE

I noticed lately that I’ve been getting subtle hints about meditation first thing in the morning. So i decided to try it out. It’s not as easy as it may seem when you first start out. I set my alarm to go off after 5 minutes. Funny thing happened though as I was a minute or so in…trying not think and just BE…sunday-birdie

I heard a loud THUD against my bedroom window. It broke my concentration enough to just turn my head in wander, but I continued with my meditation and I was impressed that I actually kept my thoughts on silent for 5 minutes. I got up went out on my balcony and saw this guy. Isn’t he beautiful??? He wasn’t hurt because when I got really close to touch him he immediately flew away.

I felt like I welcomed my Source Energy (God) when I paused to meditate. It’s like He appeared to me in the form of one of His beautiful creations, a stunningly green bird.

God has His unique ways of letting me know that He’s with me all the time or that He hears me. I love it when I notice it.

I always say that my life is not perfect, but quite honestly life is good and so is God. I’ve had a loooooong winter (medical issues, Daddy passing away, living like a gypsy, no full time job), but through it all, God has been carrying me. And now I’m in my “spring time”. Life is coasting along and I’m settling in just fine. No matter the changes in my personal seasons that I go through, He’s ALWAYS there…and reminding me that He’s never left.

Okay…that’s all I got, folks! Until next time…

Family is EVERYTHING!

Hello groovy followers! I haven’t forgotten about you. I’ve been a little distracted.

My “Sunday Funday” has been on a bit of a hiatus. You know…a sistah gotta conserve on the gas.

This week has been wonderful though. It was exactly what the doctor ordered. My mom, my sister and my brother came down for my nephew’s graduation. It was like having a mini family reunion.

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There were  a lot of jokes on deck…per usual. My brother Bobby is a comedian..not professionally. LOL.

ME AND MY BROTHER BOBBY

Since I’ve been back, i’ve been so consumed with looking for a job that I’ve neglected to spend time with my family. Having my family here from out of town kinda kick-started that realization. As I type this post my niece is putting faux locs in my hair. We’re bonding. (photos will appear when it’s done). She’s a cool kid. People call her my twin.

ME AND MY NIECE

I’m most thankful that my brother, Don is doing better. He had major surgery a few weeks ago. He still has to deal with lower back pain every now and again, but he’s a trooper and FIRM believer in the power of prayer. So whisper a prayer when you think of Don, guys.

ME AND MY BROTHER DON

Welp…i just wanted to pause of a moment and let you in on what’s been happening with me. However, let me leave you with these three things:

1) Don’t get so obsessed with life that you neglect the people that matter the most…FAMILY. I attended my nephew’s graduation and i’m so proud of him, but I also realized that I don’t really KNOW him. I’m gonna fix that though now that I’m here in Atlanta.

ME AND DJ

2) No matter how dysfunctional your family maybe…love them anyway. Nobody’s perfect.  We were all staying in my brother’s apartment with his family. It was sardine city up in there and after a few days… you know how it is…certain folk can begin to get on your nerves. But after you roll your eyes or pop off…guess what…that’s still family and you gotta love ’em anyway. Overall, we had fun being together under one roof.

3) Don’t take for granted that the people you love will always be around. Being together, even though we’re all adjusting to our “new normal” not having Daddy around after his passing on January 24, 2015, felt a little weird and off. We got through it though…together. Love your family and let them know you love and appreciate them. Celebrate them. Enjoy each other. Tomorrow is not promised.

That’s all i got right now. I’m thankful for my boost this past week. Family is EVERYTHING.

He sang to me…

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Greetings! Yeah…I know it’s been a minute since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been so crazy busy…in a good way though 😉  I’ve had so many good thoughts and epiphanies that I wanted to share these last couple weeks, but I always ended up getting distracted with my busyness and forget. However, this time…I bookmarked this thought in my head and now I’m going to share. YAY!

Typically, when I’m on my way to work, I drive without music. Sometimes it’s just me and my thoughts or sometimes I leave it off in hopes of hearing God speak to me loud and clear.  On this particular day as I was driving my regular route to work, He sang to me. You see I love music…all types for the most part…good music. I know songs that most people would stop and say, “You actually know this???”. Yeah…I’m that chick.

Anyhooo…getting back to the route to work. I was listening to one of the pre-programmed stations on my radio dial. One of my favorite artists, James Taylor came on…”You’ve Got A Friend”. I’ve heard this song for yeaaarrrrrs. Music and words written by the great and talented Carole King and sung by my boy James Taylor…but this time He sang to me.

Any other time I heard this song, I usually just hmmm along or just let it play without really listening to it, but this time as I was singing along loudly, I began for the first time really paying attention to what I was singing…

“When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand
and nothing, whoa, nothing is going right.
Close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there to brighten up even your darkest nights.

You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah,
you’ve got a friend.

If the sky above you should turn dark and full of clouds
and that old north wind should begin to blow,
keep your head together and call my name out loud.
Soon I will be knocking upon your door.
You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there.

Hey, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend? People can be so cold.
They’ll hurt you and desert you. Well, they’ll take your soul if you let them,
oh yeah, but don’t you let them.

You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call, Lord, I’ll be there, yeah, yeah,
you’ve got a friend. You’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend. Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
Oh, yeah, yeah, you’ve got a friend.”

I don’t know who Carole King was talking about when she wrote that song…I don’t know who James Taylor was singing about when he sung “You’ve Got A Friend”, but I can tell you this, when I heard that song THIS TIME…my friend Jesus was singing to me. Every word explained who He is to me and what He has done for me in every situation described in those lyrics. All I could do was smile really hard after the song went off. Ha! I’m smiling right now as I share this with you. For the rest of the week, I hummed and/or sang that song to myself because to me…He sung that song to me.

I know that if I hit a rough patch in my day or someone disappoints me or things may seem a little out of control…thank God for iTunes 😉 I will NEVER listen to “You’ve Got A Friend” quite the same again. smh

Q1. Who is the craziest person in your life?

Well as promised I’m starting my blog today…my 40th birthday. Making the decision to start it today was hard because my brother in law passed away today. My heart is heavy, but it’s heavy for my sister and their children. I was suppose to ask a complete stranger this question but i didn’t leave the house today. I will answer the question though. The craziest person in my life was my brother in law, Everett Jordan. He was crazy about my sister and his children. He personified cool. He always had my back whenever i suffered a broken heart. He was the best cook. Always keeping it real. He was the perfect match for my sister. I loved him and will miss him sooooo much. I can’t wait to see him again when I get to heaven.

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