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Happy Easter!

As we all know this is the beginning of Spring and God has been gracious enough to have the weather be true to the season at least for those in the New York/New Jersey area.  Flowers are beginning to bloom and trees are beginning to bud.  Nature is on schedule.

For those of you who have celebrated the real reason for Easter, Happy Resurrection Day!  For those of you who bow down to the “Bunny” on Easter, well, I’ll be praying for you.

Anyhow, this is a season for new beginnings.  As we watch how God births and rebirth all the flowers and trees it is nice to know God is in the birthing business.  I believe He loves seeing new creations on His earth. 

I have a few things I would like to give birth to as well.  However, the timing has to be right…my season is approaching.  Nothing shall be birthed before its time.  Since my ideas are still in the development stage I will continue to stay in prayer and await God’s timing.

Enjoy the season. Remember, this one will be different from all the rest to come.

Thought for the Week:   Since God is always up to something, during this season look for something you’ve never noticed before. There may be a surprise just for you!

First, let me start by saying thank you to my family and friends for all my birthday wishes.  The cards, letters, e-mails and homemade carrot cake meant a lot.

For the rest, I turned 45 on March 15th.  I spent most of my day at a spa in a Five Star hotel rejuvenating my mind, body and spirit.  The rest of the week was spent in good company, at the theater, in a limo and a great restaurant.  Don’t hate because I know how to celebrate!

Seriously, I had time to reflect about my years here on earth.  I went down memory lane thinking about the roads I’ve taken, the stop signs I’ve ignored and the highways that led to nowhere.  I admit to being disappointed about some of the things I wanted to do but didn’t and some of the material things I wanted to obtain but found it not to be within my reach. Then it happened! I started counting my blessings and guess what? I ran out of fingers!!! Then God spoke to me and reminded me that I am exactly where I should be for this moment in time.

One of my prayers for this birthday and for all the rest to come is for God to continue to bless me so that I may be a blessing to others.

I would like to give a special thank you to my wonderful husband, Thomas, who has made my past 10 birthday celebrations extra special!!!

Thought for the Week:    Where you’ve come from doesn’t necessarily dictate where you’re going.

Hello World!

As most of you know, I will be a year older next week…excuse me, a year wiser.  At this stage of my life I question everything.  Some of the things I use to do just don’t seem to be enticing to me anymore.  Some would say, “Welcome to maturity!”

Anyhow, one of the items that have been on my mind are my personal care products. Yes, there are more important things I could focus on but for some reason I couldn’t move pass this one.  I find that most of us go shopping for items that would take us back 20 years and couldn’t care less about the cost. Granted, I know some of my body parts don’t look the way they use to and the “girls” don’t sit up and smile anymore.  Why??!?! Because gravity has found a new home!

One day I looked at the label of one of my personal care products.  I read the ingredients or should I say “TRY” to read the ingredients.  It may not come as a surprise to you but I couldn’t pronounce some of those ingredients.  All of this lead to questions such as: What am I putting on and in my body?  How much of these chemicals have my body absorbed over the years?  Did any of these products do what they claim to do?  Could I live without them?

Like most women, I have a personal care product regimen.  There are products lined up in my bathroom at home and mini-size duplicates in my office…for consistency of course. Many of the chemicals in these products will penetrate the epidermis, the outermost layer of skin. Could this be linked to specific illnesses? I don’t have a Ph.D. or M.D., but I don’t think I need one and neither do you to figure it out.

So, what does this all mean?  It means I pay more attention to the contents that are in the products I buy and put on my skin…it means I care about the body God gave me…it means I want to celebrate more birthdays…no, scratch that…it means I want to celebrate more birthdays in continued good health with my family and friends.

Ok, I may not have had the strength to throw all of my personal care products away but most of them did make it in the trash.  It’s a start!

Quiet please, do you hear something?  Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, there it goes again… Oh, it’s just my body thanking me.

Thought for the week: Somethings can’t be replaced, so use it wisely.

Hello World

Well, another week is behind us.  This has been a fun-filled one for me.  I spent the time doing things I was supposed to do and not do.  Isn’t it amazing, no matter how old we get there are times we still find ourselves saying and doing things that we shouldn’t do.  Oh, one could say, yes I know better but for brief moments in time we cast caution to the wind.

What did I learn this week?  No matter what, I am human and I make mistakes.  What else did I learn?  God can bless me and my mess.  Why?  Because He’s still in the blessing business.

Thought for the week:  God is consistent!

Until the next time…

Hello World!

First, let me start off by saying I appreciate the comments from those who have posted on my blog. I love the feedback!  It helps to know that some are reading and seem to be inspired by my narrative.

Second, I mentioned previously that I’m embarking upon change.  To keep in sync with my progress, my discourse will involve my physical appearance as well.  For those of you who get it, a new shade of lipstick and a new hair style just won’t do!

So, what are friends for…to help you get to where you’re going!  For instance, recently a friend introduced me to Zumba. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the phrase, it is a fitness program that incorporates various dance styles such as Salsa, Merengue, and Reggaeton just to name a few.  It’s a fast pace aerobic session that’s full of Latin flavor.

I’ve found my Zumba sessions prove to be a multipurpose function. Although the obvious are visual results, which are weight loss, I also sense something else…preparation. My body needs to be in better condition for my journey.  Yes, I enjoy the challenge of getting my body to do some dance “moves” that it hasn’t done in years.  So what if I find myself panting as though I’m in my 70s.  And when the Zumba instructor asks that we bend, I pray she doesn’t ask us to get up but I’m thankful that I can. As for those aches and pains, it’s nothing that Bengay and Advil can’t fix. But as some of you know, when you walk with God you need to keep up, not ahead nor behind but walk with Him. You never know what He’s going to ask you to do…so be ready.

Thought for the Week:  Pray for something, be ready for anything but don’t sit around and do NOTHING!

Congratulations Saints!!!

Until the next time…

Hello World

As some of you know I don’t watch reality shows.  I’m not interested in buffoonery or wives in different counties. Award ceremonies are nice but booty shaking performances, designer gowns and who showed up with who on a red carpet isn’t doing a thing for me personally or benefitting my household.  Simply, I’m not interested in other people’s lives other than my own along with family and friends. Some may say that sounds selfish and I know selfishness is not of God but at times required. 

I’m not afraid to say that lately I’ve been feeling a little self-absorbed.  Presently, I’m trying to practice what I’ve preached, “If you want something different you have to do something different.”  This isn’t easy!

I recall attending a women’s conference a few years ago with my church.  The session I attended was titled, “Just Not Satisfied.”  The preacher assigned informed the women that we should expect to find ourselves in one of the FOUR quadrants (Learning, Earning, Churning and Yearning) in life.  Allow me to paraphrase on each quad: Learning (you may feel the need to take a class or go back to school), Earning (the desire to increase your income), Churning (to produce…), Yearning (an earnest for something, usually something different).  If you are not experiencing one of the FOUR quads you are most likely becoming stale and or stagnant. Hence, I’m currently in the “Yearning” stage.

It’s early in 2010 and I’m seeking progression, growth and prosperity.  I don’t wish to find myself having the same dialogue in 2011 with family and friends.  So, if I appear to be a little reclusive or hermetic I don’t apologize for my metamorphic state…I’m growing! Would you like to grow with me?

Thought for the Week: A baby is ready to be born when he/she can no longer fit in their mother’s womb. Further development can only take place once they are in the world.

Hello World,

I’m sure most of you remember the book titled, “Who Moved My Cheese” by Dr. Spencer Johnson.  Well, it’s about a couple of characters (mice) who live in a maze and have an abundance of cheese.  The cheese is being consumed daily…a nibble here a nibble there…eventually their cheese disappears.  Some characters venture out in hopes to find more cheese while the others stay behind and hope their cheese will reappear.

Although the book may be trite the premise can be applied to almost anything in life such as careers, relationships, attitudes, etc.  Several days ago I realized my cheese had been moved.  I checked the refrigerator, looked under the couch, behind the door…you get the picture.

Seriously, the details of my situation aren’t important but my reaction to what has transpired is.  Life was simply doing what God designed it to do and that is change.  If you don’t get it now I’m sure one day you will.  It will either slap you in the face or happen gradually.  For some, it is simply the “lighted match” needed for your gluteus maximus to get you movin’ to the next phase in your life.  Remember, we don’t have it all figured out and we never will. 

Naturally, I just want my cheese back (with some toppings of course).   So, as oppose to kicking and screaming I said, “I’m ready Lord, point me in the right direction.”

 

Thought for the Week:    Life is like a rollercoaster but the ride can be more enjoyable with your hair down and your hands in the air.

Until the next time…