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Go Get It

All this talent and no price tag,

all this passion hidden behind dish rags.

You have this whole life to live,

and you’re living like you’re not good enough.

Speak up for what you want,

Tell them what you need,

Stop letting these people walk all over you, please.

It’s too easy to make the steps to where you want be,

but trust me, if you don’t know what you bring to the table, you’ll never truly eat.

So go out, be great, cause you’re more than able

you’re the only one that loses if you don’t bring your plate to the table.

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Know Your Worth

Good morning, good afternoon, good whatever time it is that you are reading this. The start of another week is finally upon us so as always, happy Monday. I can’t speak for everybody, but I’m really excited about this week. It’s definitely a super busy week, but honestly, I love to be booked and busy. I just know this is going to be a week full of tests and opportunities. With that being said, there’s really no better week to remind you guys, and myself, to know your worth!

It can be so easy to get comfortable in places that accept you. I’m not just talking about work; you can get comfortable in a specific area, in a relationship, in a mind set, at a pay grade, literally any situation that is accepting can become comfortable. Knowing your worth is knowing when to leave comfort. Being comfortable or feeling secure in a situation that is no longer benefiting you can really become detrimental. The biggest part of knowing your worth, in my opinion, is knowing when to move on.

There are things that are meant to last for life. Things like true love and peace are qualities that we should strive to keep forever. Now that 9-5 that won’t give you a decent raise after all the years and skill you’ve put in; that relationship you’ve been in all this time that’s not producing more than a headache and an occasional good time; that house you’re renting that always has 100 things wrong with it and your landlord is giving you shit about fixing it; those are the kinds of places where you’re apparent comfort is costing more than it’s paying you. Those are the situations where you need to either demand what you’re worth (and settle for NOTHING less) or find a new position for yourself.

There are opportunities meant specifically for you; rooms that your feet are meant to enter, places that your eyes are meant to see, experiences that you’re supposed to live and be a testament for; but you’ll never make it there if you don’t know your worth. People will put limits on you that are less than what you’re worth, and at the expense of comfort, you’ll end up settling for those limitations. Now I’m not saying you should go quit your job if they refuse to give you a raise, I’m not saying you should let your mouth write checks that your ass can’t cash, but you know what you have to offer. You know what you should be getting in return for your work, for your love, for your time. It’s not always a price in dollars and cents, but sometimes it’s as simple as getting around new people in a new environment.

Let this week be good to you. Let this be a week that you really consider what you’re worth and what you’ve been getting. If you find that you’re in a position where you’re not getting a proper return on your investment (whatever you’re investing in that situation) then it’s time to find a situation that better suits you. It may be scary and it may be uncomfortable and it may be outside of your norm, but there are people that are willing to give you everything you want plus some. You just have to know what you want. So make this week the starting point of knowing your worth and not settling for anything less than.

I hope everyone has a great Monday, a great and safe week, a week full of blessings and opportunities. Know your worth this week and have a very happy Monday!

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I Prayed for This

To my writing:

I prayed for peace,

I prayed for consistency,

I prayed for wisdom,

I prayed for joy,

and then you started coming back around.

I kept praying.

I prayed for guidance,

I prayed for patience,

I prayed for love,

I prayed for understanding,

and you embodied those things.

I prayed for help,

I prayed for compassion,

I prayed for empathy,

I prayed for something new,

and you lead me on a straight path.

I prayed for answers,

I prayed for a sign,

I prayed for clarity,

I prayed for comfort,

and God sent me my lover,

God sent me my friend,

God sent me you,

and I’ve never been more proud of the use of my pen.

Here I am now, looking back on it all,

and I can’t thank Him enough, for giving me everything I’ve been praying for.

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Believe in Yourself

Good morning and another happy Monday to you all! I don’t know about anybody else, but I’m feeling really optimistic about this week. God’s got some big things brewing and I just feel it in my spirit! Something’s about to shift, about to change for the better. So today, I want to encourage everyone to just believe in yourself!

If you really know me at all, I am super self critical. I can always find something wrong with my work, I can always improve somehow, my stuff is often not good enough for me, and I know I’m not the only one. Over the course of this year, (and maybe my whole life honestly) my biggest barrier to progress has definitely been myself.

I can be such a perfectionist. Everything I do, I want it to be the best thing I’ve ever done. Even with the joys of the journey, once the end of the road is in sight, I tend to drag my feet rounding the corner because I always know I can do so much better. The truth is though, as long as I look at my own work, it’ll never truly be as great as I want it to be.

There’s always so much learning to do, but one of the biggest things I can say I learned recently is to step outside of my own head. I am so filled with joy and a sense of accomplishment knowing how many of you love what I have to say, even when I think I could’ve said it better. That’s the way the world works though; you got a gift to share with others, not to hold it all in for yourself. So whatever it is you do, put it out there, believe in yourself! When you believe in yourself, other people do too.

I hope everyone has a great day, a great week, a great life. Let’s remember that we are our biggest enemy sometimes. Don’t let that self doubt come and steal your joy, or your peace, or your purpose! I want you to say this quick prayer: “Lord, thank you for my gift. Thank you for giving me a way to commune and fellowship and truly touch and inspire other people. Please give me the strength, courage, a perseverance to use my gift in it’s maximum capacity. Amen.”

Like I said, big things are coming, great things are coming, but you’ve got to believe in yourself before you can see them too! Happy Monday!

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A Live on All Things This Election Season

If you missed the most recent Facebook live, there’s no need to fret; you can still catch the whole thing at the link below! Also be sure to check out the previous live in response to the Breonna Taylor case (link can be found attached to the blog post “Anger, Disgust, Injustice…”) and tune in to my Facebook page every other Thursday for more live content!

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Voting Season

As the season progresses and the days pass us by

This year we are in has seemed to fly. 

We’ve known so much pain and turmoil

This year has given us too many times of recoil. 

There have been storms and people left in the rain,

This year alone we have seen and heard nothing but pain.

Death and disease and disadvantages have riddled our ears

This has truly been one hell of a year.

There is good news on the horizon of this storm,

We have a chance to come out of it as long as we blow our horns.

Now is the time to change this tumultuous weather,

Get out and vote and get this thing tethered.

Don’t be discouraged by the long lines,

Bring a friend and some water and snacks and maybe a speaker,

Have a good time.

Go out in good spirits, be a goodness seeker.

It may take a while but it’ll all be worth it

After you can proudly say, “I went out and voted”

** Please don’t forget that early voting has started in the state of Georgia and will continue until October 30. Election day is Tuesday November third. To find out where to vote for early elections and on election day, visit the Secretary of State’s website by following the link below. If you are in another state, visit your local official’s or Secretary of State website for more information on polling sites. Please get out and be heard. GO VOTE! Also, don’t miss my Facebook Live tomorrow, Thurday, Oct. 15 at 7:30pm as I answer questions, update you on news and talk about all things current in this election season!**

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Take A Stand

Good morning my beautiful people. Here we are again at the beginning of another week. I hope everyone’s weekend was splendid and you all got the rest you needed to head into this new week the right way. Here in Georgia, today marks the first day for early voting. With election day only right around the corner, I want today’s inspiration to be one that you use not just at work or school, but also at the polls. This week’s theme and the motivation to get us through the week, it’s time to take a stand.

I know how easy it is to get caught up in the way things are going sometimes. In this day, it’s so easy to feel discouraged and defeated, but I’m here to tell you do not falter! Whatever it is you believe in, stand up for it. We’ve all been in so many testy situations; things that may make you question how you feel or what you believe, but if you believe it, stand firm on it! I believe in Jesus and equality and respect and hard work and human decency and southern hospitality; and even though everybody doesn’t believe in the same things as me, it doesn’t change what I believe in.

We know the difference between right and wrong. We know what’s expected of each of us, and even though everyone may not want to admit it, we know what we expect of every other person too. I’m not saying that we should all believe in all of the same stuff. There’s a lot we can agree to disagree on. One thing that stands true regardless, without any solid beliefs, you’ll always be lost and susceptible to being mislead. Alexander Hamilton once said, “those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” It’s so important to have principles and beliefs that you stand on!

So this week, as we move into placing ballots, and just through our daily lives, let’s be sure to stand for something. Everything in life is not simply black and white, but certain things are and it’s important to choose which side of those things you’re on. Regardless of what you believe, let those beliefs be your boundaries, your foundation, and your sense of solidarity as you wander through life. Don’t turn from your beliefs, don’t be swayed another way; it’s okay to believe differently than others as long as you’re respectful about the fact that they are just as entitled to their beliefs as you are. We’ve talked about setting boundaries and being kind; all these things intertwine on a daily basis, especially now as we talk about standing in your own beliefs. Be sure to stand for what you believe in, and even though you may disagree with someone else’s beliefs, you should expect them to also stand in theirs. This Monday and this election season, and really the rest of our lives, we should stand firm with heads held high in our beliefs; and in this season of change, let’s simply be kind to others, pray for others, and respect that all people simply will not believe the exact same things as you.

I hope everyone has a great day, a great week, and during this election season please stand for something or fall for anything that comes. Remember GO VOTE!!!

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Plant Parenting

It’s finally Friday and I can’t say how excited I am for this weekend. I don’t even really have anything planned, but I just know I’m going to do some great cleaning and relaxing. I’m not sure if it’s just been me, but this week has been a DRAG! Everyday this week has seemed to just been long and either really busy or really boring. I’m not sure what it is, but I’m glad it’s finally over.

One exciting thing that happened this week despite the drag is I adopted two new plant babies. I technically just have temporary custody of them, but it’s still exciting. I brought them home from work, they were holding on for dear life in that office. I’m not good with remembering plant types, but I did give them names. Added to our little plant family this week is Tam, a vining plant that only had two surviving leaves, and CB, I really don’t know how to explain to you guys, but it was suffering too.

I have a couple other house plants, Carlito the Cactus, Nina, and Terrance. Other than Carlito, I really don’t know the specifics of my other kiddos, but I really can say that I do love them. The same way that you feed and care for yourself, your children, and your pets, is the same nurturing love you should give to your plants. Make sure that you know how much water they need and how often they need it, when to repot your plants, and how much light they need.

There are studies that show the many benefits of having house plants. Things from boosting your mood and decreasing stress, to cleaning indoor air by absorbing toxins and releasing oxygen, indoor plants are great for every household. I know you may be thinking, “I don’t have enough time for that” or ” there’s no good lighting in my house” or even “I’ve got no clue what I’m doing.” It’s all okay. There are plants that require low maintenance, survive well in low lighting or shaded areas, and even all kinds of websites and stores with a variety of beginner friendly plants for those of you just getting started.

On my very short list of things to do this weekend, I do plan on trying to find a few more babies to add to our plant family. I encourage everyone to start a plant family; make sure to name each one and raise them well. The best reward of plant parenting is looking back and seeing the growth. A great addition to every home without breaking the bank is a new plant. Remember, the grass is greener wherever you water it, why not get some new perspective on that statement?

From left to right: Carlito the Cactus, Nina, and Terrance on their new shelf
Tam and CB when I got them home
CB after being repotted with new soil after removing dead leaves
Tam’s only surviving leaves in water waiting to grow new roots so I can repot her.

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Lotus Flower

rising from the dirt

emerging from the water

a sweet petal shows itself

appearing untouched and unbothered

despite its muddy origin

rooted in the soil

this pink flower blossoming

full and uncoiled

residing with a lily pad

a sign of life that one has had

even when things look bad

the lotus flower grows

water still as day arrives

colors vibrant to the eyes

pink and white, yellow inside

the lotus flower grows

only sprouting in the dark

in ponds and lakes in foreign parks

in layers as the petals fall

ending late summer, inviting fall

the lotus flower grows

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October Surprise

The first thing we need to discuss is the elephant in the room: what is an October Surprise? An October Surprise is defined by Wikipedia as, “in US political jargon… a news event that may influence the outcome of an election (particularly one for US presidency) whether deliberately planned or spontaneously occurring.” This year’s surprise is one that has definitely thrown itself into our faces with impeccable timing.

On Sept. 29, the first presidential debate for the 2020 campaign period was held in Cleveland, Ohio. It was a disaster, to say the very least. According to a report by CBS News, Donald Trump interrupted Joe Biden around 73 times during the nasty squabble. Another report by the Slate, estimates that Trump interrupted both Biden and the moderator of the debate at least 178 times. The debate turned for the worse after the moderator asked a question to Trump about if he would condemn white supremacists and tell them to stand down at protests. After being told that he was being expected to condemn the ‘Proud Boys’, 45 said in response, “Proud Boys – stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what… somebody’s got to do something about antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem.”

After being nationally and globally criticized for his role in the debates and the news of changes coming to debate rules, Trump issued his familiar sort of apology, saying he didn’t even know who or what he was really talking about. Of course, it seems like 45 has a history of news coming forth more shocking than the previous day’s headlines. Only two days after the debate, on October 1, the surprises began to roll in. News broke that Trump’s close aide, Hope Hicks, tested positive for coronavirus. The ball only sped up from there. The morning of October 2, we found out that Trump and his wife also tested positive. By the fifth of October, there were a confirmed 14 members of government, white house staff, and Trump family with positive Covid-19 tests.

As much information as this seems to be, the last October surprise, in 2016, involved much more dramatic information being released over the course of a single weekend. In the weekend of October 7-9 of 2016, we learned of Russia meddling in elections, Trump’s “grab ’em by the pussy” interview, Hillary Clinton’s leaked emails, the dis-invitation of Trump to a rally with House speaker Paul Ryan, a classic Trump “apology”, the second presidential debate, Trump’s impromptu press conference right before the debate that included 4 women (three of whom were accusing Bill Clinton of sexual harassment, and the forth whose rapist was represented in court by Hillary Clinton in her attorney days), and an attempt by Trump of ultimate intimidation by trying to have the 4 women sit in the family section of the debate audience.

We have endured these foolish antics for too long. The president has endorsed white supremacists, police and government agencies are preparing for mass turmoil on election day, we are one of the most affected/infected countries in the world in terms of coronavirus, we are the laughing stalk of democracy around the world. Now is seriously the time to get out and vote. It’s time to get rid of this kind of clownery.

We already experienced one jam packed weekend last election cycle and here we are at the start of a week that has already seemed to put the icing on the cake this year. The thing is we still have two presidential debates, a vice presidential debate, and 25 days left until this month is over; the real question on everybody’s mind now is what else is in store?