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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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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.