Women Lifting Women

Question: “Habit of lifting, Who joins?” – join the chat on HER – https://weareher.com/shared-post/56838

It’s something we must do: stick together, empower one another, and lift each other up.

That simple!

100 Questions No One Ever Asks – 4 Hats and Frugal

This 100 Questions No One Ever Asks video tag is hilarious and fun. Try it out!
— Read on 4hatsandfrugal.com/2014/05/100-questions-no-one-ever-asks.html

A little fun so we can get to know one another=] You can make a video, as she did, or a written blog post. Please try to remember to tag at least one person to join the fun:)

The questions:

1. DO YOU SLEEP WITH YOUR CLOSET DOORS OPEN OR CLOSED?

Closed

2. DO YOU TAKE THE SHAMPOOS AND CONDITIONER BOTTLES FROM HOTELS?

No

3. DO YOU SLEEP WITH YOUR SHEETS TUCKED IN OR OUT?

Neither. I have a made up bed and sleep on top with extra blankets on top of me.

4. HAVE YOU STOLEN A STREET SIGN BEFORE?

No

5. DO YOU LIKE TO USE POST-IT NOTES?

Absolutely, but I don’t have many.

6. DO YOU CUT OUT COUPONS BUT THEN NEVER USE THEM?

Sometimes, lol.

7. WOULD YOU RATHER BE ATTACKED BY A BIG BEAR OR A SWARM OF BEES?

Definitely a swarm of bees.

8. DO YOU HAVE FRECKLES?

Only in the summer time.

9. DO YOU ALWAYS SMILE FOR PICTURES?

Usually, but not always

10. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PET PEEVE?

Selfish people

11. DO YOU EVER COUNT YOUR STEPS WHEN YOU WALK?

lol, no

12. HAVE YOU PEED IN THE WOODS?

I have not, but I have pulled over and peed over a hill.

13. HAVE YOU EVER POOPED IN THE WOODS?

Haha, no!

14. DO YOU EVER DANCE EVEN IF THERES NO MUSIC PLAYING?

Maybe once or twice.

15. DO YOU CHEW YOUR PENS AND PENCILS?

No, but I did have the habit of eating paper. I have no idea why.

16. HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE YOU SLEPT WITH THIS WEEK?

That would be zero

17. WHAT SIZE IS YOUR BED?

Queen size bed.

18. WHAT IS YOUR SONG OF THE WEEK?

Middle

19. IS IT OK FOR GUYS TO WEAR PINK?

Absolutely, they look hot in that color.

20. DO YOU STILL WATCH CARTOONS?

Yes, I sure do. I like The Amazing world of gum ball and Lego friends currently.

21. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE MOVIE?

My least favorite is anything in the Alien/Zombie genre. Bores me to madness.

22. WHERE WOULD YOU BURY HIDDEN TREASURE IF YOU HAD SOME?

I’d bury my treasure beside a landfill. I’d think people would least suspect it to be there.

23. WHAT DO YOU DRINK WITH DINNER?

Normally, it’s coffee, milk, or water.

24. WHAT DO YOU DIP A CHICKEN NUGGET IN?

Ranch Dressing, or honey BBQ if from Rally’s.

25. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD?

I absolutely love chocolate!

26. WHAT MOVIES COULD YOU WATCH OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND STILL LOVE?

The Lion King

Age of Adeline

Collateral Beauty

27. LAST PERSON YOU KISSED/KISSED YOU?

My two beautiful daughters

28. WERE YOU EVER A BOY/GIRL SCOUT?

Indeed, I was.

29. WOULD YOU EVER STRIP OR POSE NUDE IN A MAGAZINE?

To be honest, I think I would.

30. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WROTE A LETTER TO SOMEONE ON PAPER?

Wow, it’s been quite some time.

31. CAN YOU CHANGE THE OIL ON A CAR?

I don’t know exactly how to, but I’m learning.

32. EVER GOTTEN A SPEEDING TICKET?

Nope, I’ve never gotten a speeding ticket.

33. EVER RAN OUT OF GAS?

This hasn’t ever happened to me either, thankfully!

34. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF SANDWICH?

Toasted bread with cucumber, cheese, tomato and mayo.

35. BEST THING TO EAT FOR BREAKFAST?

Cinnamon and brown sugar poptarts

36. WHAT IS YOUR USUAL BEDTIME?

Usually between 9:45-10:30

37. ARE YOU LAZY?

Sometimes I am, but I’m also a single mother of two young kids.

38. WHEN YOU WERE A KID, WHAT DID YOU DRESS UP AS FOR HALLOWEEN?

A dead bride, an M&M, I don’t remember others.

39. WHAT IS YOUR CHINESE ASTROLOGICAL SIGN?

Is this different than the other astrology sign?

40. HOW MANY LANGUAGES CAN YOU SPEAK?

I can speak English, but I can interpret Spanish well.

41. DO YOU HAVE ANY MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS?

I get tons of magazines for free, currently: Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, People. magazine and a few others.

42. WHICH ARE BETTER: LEGOS OR LINCOLN LOGS?

I have no idea lol.

43. ARE YOU STUBBORN?

Entirely to stubborn sometimes.

44. WHO IS BETTER: LENO OR LETTERMAN?

I’m really in different about either. I think Jerry Seinfeld is hilarious.

45. EVER WATCH SOAP OPERAS?

LOL, no not really.

46. ARE YOU AFRAID OF HEIGHTS?

I’m terrified of heights.

47. DO YOU SING IN THE CAR?

I love singing while driving.

48. DO YOU SING IN THE SHOWER?

I love singing in the shower.

49. DO YOU DANCE IN THE CAR?

I dance in my seat no matter where I am. I can’t really dance lol.

50. EVER USED A GUN?

No, but I am going to get my concealed weapons permit.

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51. LAST TIME YOU GOT A PORTRAIT TAKEN BY A PHOTOGRAPHER?

When my oldest daughter was 4 1/2 months old, which was quite sometime ago.

52. DO YOU THINK MUSICALS ARE CHEESY?

No

53. IS CHRISTMAS STRESSFUL?

Yes, Christmas, Thanksgiving, most big events in life.

54. EVER EAT A PIEROGI?

I have, and I love them.

55. FAVORITE TYPE OF FRUIT PIE?

Super chilled banana cream pie with vanilla crust. Yummy!

56. OCCUPATIONS YOU WANTED TO BE WHEN YOU WERE A KID?

Archivist, teacher, mommy

57. DO YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS?

Actually, I do. There’s too much unexplainable things to believe otherwise.

58. EVER HAVE A DEJA-VU FEELING?

Not in a while, but I have before. It’s really an unusual sensation.

59. DO YOU TAKE A VITAMIN DAILY?

Haha, no. I’m sure I should be though.

60. DO YOU WEAR SLIPPERS?

No, most of the time, I’m not wearing anything on my feet.

61. DO YOU WEAR A BATH ROBE?

I do wear a blue big fluffy bath robe.

62. WHAT DO YOU WEAR TO BED?

99% of the time I’m just wearing panties to bed.

63. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CONCERT?

Aaron Tippin is the artist I saw in my first concert experience.

64. WALMART, TARGET, OR KMART?

Target, all day!

65. NIKE OR ADIDAS?

I’m indifferent about either. Both are too expensive.

66. CHEETOS OR FRITOS?

I’d choose Fritos with melted Velvetta cheese.

67. PEANUTS OR SUNFLOWER SEEDS?

Neither?

68. EVER HEAR OF THE GROUP TRES BIEN?

Ummm, no.

69. EVER TAKE DANCE LESSONS?

I haven’t but I’ve wanted to for some time now. I don’t have a dance partner.

70. IS THERE A PROFESSION YOU PICTURE YOUR FUTURE SPOUSE DOING?

As long as he’s providing, and it’s not illegal, than no.

71. CAN YOU CURL YOUR TONGUE?

Yes I can.

72. EVER WON A SPELLING BEE?

I’m a horrible speller.

73. HAVE YOU EVER CRIED BECAUSE YOU WERE SO HAPPY?

This happened just last week. I was watching a video of two ppl laughing.

74. OWN ANY RECORD ALBUMS?

I used to but not anymore.

75. OWN A RECORD PLAYER?

Nope

76. DO YOU REGULARLY BURN INCENSE?

Daily, sometimes multiple times a day. I love incense.

77. EVER BEEN IN LOVE?

Currently, I am.

78. WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN CONCERT?

I would love to see P!nk in concert.

79. WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?

Honestly, I can’t remember.

80. HOT TEA OR COLD TEA?

Both, depends on time of day though.

81. TEA OR COFFEE?

Always, coffee first.

82. SUGAR COOKIES OR SNICKERDOODLES?

Either

83. CAN YOU SWIM WELL?

I can swim well.

84. CAN YOU HOLD YOUR BREATH WITHOUT HOLDING YOUR NOSE?

Yes sure can.

85. ARE YOU PATIENT?

Unfortunately, not very.

86. DJ OR BAND AT A WEDDING?

Definitely a DJ!

87. EVER WON A CONTEST?

Not that I can recall.

88. HAVE YOU EVER HAD PLASTIC SURGERY?

Definitely not and don’t plan on it.

89. WHICH ARE BETTER: BLACK OR GREEN OLIVES?

I love green olives on pizza and black in salad.

90. CAN YOU KNIT OR CROCHET?

Nope, neither… but, I can write, cook, and paint.

91. BEST ROOM FOR A FIREPLACE?

Living room

92. DO YOU WANT TO GET MARRIED?

I’ve been married twice. I’m ok without a third try.

93. IF MARRIED, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MARRIED?

Not married

94. WHO WAS YOUR HIGH SCHOOL CRUSH?

Too many to name. I was ridiculous.

95. DO YOU CRY AND THROW A FIT UNTIL YOU GET YOUR OWN WAY?

Ummm, no… but, I do hope others would see the situation from my point of view.

96. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?

I do, a 2.5 and 5.5 year old daughter.

97. DO YOU WANT KIDS?

I’d love to have a son.

98. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

Blue is my favorite color.

99. DO YOU MISS ANYONE RIGHT NOW?

I miss someone very special to me right now. The pain hurts terribly.

100. WHO ARE YOU GOING TO TAG TO DO THIS VIDEO NEXT?

I honestly don’t know. I would hope someone would read comment and/or participate.


Evening Wishes

D8D13419-6412-48E6-B54D-72FC0B010927At the end of the day,

May you feel thankful for your good moments.

May you feel blessed to have a roof , anything edible, clothing on your back and hope in your heart.

May you feel relieved “this too shall pass”, in these last 12-16 hrs has passed!

May you feel content that you aren’t perfect, but you can only do the best you can.

May your burdens rest on your bedside floor, in the wishes of God (whomever you believe or don’t believe in), to handle them.

May your children be sound asleep, and may they sleep all night through.

May they only ask for a drink half the times, and restroom 2-3.

May the moon remind you that love is beating in your heart, and it keeps your loved ones there.

May your pets not snore, your spouse snore quieter, and the bedbugs be on a permanent vacation 😉

Good Night, Blog World:)

But first….. #coffee

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Anyone who knows me even on a bypassing moment level, knows I am only #human when I’m #drinkingcoffee. It’s my greatest #passion. I enjoy #coffee so much, that I have a #KeurigSingleCup maker and a #BlackandDeckerDripMaker.

In addition to my multiple cups of morning sanity, my routine consists of posting on social media. That’s pretty normal, right? Most of us get up, get the #caffeineIVdrip ready, hit up the loo, then #sitandsip, while we post? Haha! What world do I live in, I know! I’m blessed to have such opportunities.

Coffee and instagram are just a few of my favorite things =)! If this is you too, this article will be a welcoming cup of #happiness, boosts in profile hashtags, views, and quite possibly followers.

Have Fun!

Weekend Binge

https://bustle.app.link/IgfjmqWlNN 15 Shows On Netflix With Near-Perfect IMDB Scores

When the week has kicked my butt, much like this past one, an entertaining weekend of Netflix sounds like heaven. I don’t enjoy wasting that time, searching through suggestions and reading reviews in direr hopes of something sparking my curiosity!

So, if you need a mental break from life, have yourself popcorn and a soda (my older daughter uses that term! Haha, it’s hilarious because we live in Northern Ohio! No one calls pop, soda, here😂😂) ready, here’s the list of highly recommended choices:D!

Visit me and let me know your feedback on any show or movie:)

One Cup @ a Time

There’s been lots of talk about suicide in the recent news. When it’s a celebrity who’s passed, the subject receives a great deal of spotlight. Unfortunately, most deaths aren’t of that status… To Me, these lives matter just as much!! Did you know though, that since 1999, the rate of death by suicide has increased by 30%?! According to the National Institution of Mental Health, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, WISQARS Leading Causes of Death Reports in 2016, nearly 44,000 individuals felt death was his/her only option.

Thankfully, I’m not the only one who values us everyday citizens. This past week, while surfing through Facebook, I came across an incredibly inspiring video. The page is called Well-Rounded Life. The particular video I watched was about a coffee shop, in the Big City of Chicago. The staff addresses every individual as “friend”. The conversations are that of mental heath issues, and the customers receive guidance as to where to seek help, as well as listening from someone who genuinely cares. This coffee shop isn’t licensed in any form of professional mental health services; however, that doesn’t stop them from extending grace to those who are hiding the invisible scars.

I was deeply touched by this story, as I’ve lost a loved one to suicide. I find that a gesture such as this, is the small change in the lives of many, that will begin a positive rippling affect. My hope is that others in the United States, where 123 suicides occur on a daily bases, will follow this incredible example of restored humanity. It doesn’t take a degree to listen. We aren’t expected to receive a college education to give time to an individual who’s hurting. Kindness costs absolutely nothing, but it makes a world of difference.

For the Sip of Hope Coffee Bar, change is happening one cup at a time! That my friends, sounds like a sweet freshly brewed cup of awesomeness to me!

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Disgusted

#Storytime

“This wasn’t what she wanted at all. She knew for months but only accepted it today, as she was about to start her day. Instead, she packed her bags…’

As her mix of emotions streamed her chocolate smooth cheeks. For ten years now, she’s been in a marriage with a narcissist.

Zella couldn’t have known, when she met Brice, what was to come. They had met online, through an online dating app, Chocolate Love.

He was everything she ever dreamed. Towering her at 6” 7’, he had seductive brown eyes, a clean cut sophisticated groom, and Cologne that could hypnotize any heart. His profile identified him as a successful Stock Trader from WallStreet. He was raised in the hood-rat streets of South Chicago, with his seven sisters and four brothers.

As she continued packing, Zella thought back to their first date. She and Brice communicated,via CL, for a few weeks before he asked her out.

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Nighttime Notes

* It’s OK to not be OK.

* I’m thankful for moment of true clarity and insight.

* Always check alcohol content percentage of wine before purchasing.

* Sex trafficking is a f***ed up way to live!

* I don’t want to be alone tonight; but, I’ll make sure my daughters never feel lonely.

*Being their mother is the best gift I’ve ever been given.

* Decluttering feels awesome.

* Time changes everything, and life must go on.

* I’m proud of myself for putting a stop to someone’s disrespect.

* I hope I’m in better spirits tomorrow. Being an empath, I laughed until I cried this morning, and tonight…. Grief is all too familiar.

Good Night Readers.

I hope you had a wonderful day.

You are worthy of Love💗

https://bustle.app.link/8XQV11cnDN A New Report Shows How Much The Rate Of Death By Suicide Has Risen In The U.S.

Every…

Single…

Time…

This unfortunate, gruesome, heart-throbbing, and instantaneously devastating event occurs: my heart breaks. I have the dark black massive scary monsterous cloud shadow me..

I’ve been in a position in life, with suicidal tendencies. I chose to LIVE!

For countless others, living didn’t seem worth it. 💔 SINCE the day I began my life, (years after birth, but too private and painful to elaborate on.) I’ve met many people who have attempted it… And failed. They were men…

In 2014, just barely a shy of a week post my birthday, suicide killed apart of me.. Taking a man who I needed, but more importantly, OUR daughter needed.

To blame in this situation is pointless, but oh there’s lots of that. It’s easier, focusing on the anger that takes place in the grieving stages. What’s REALLY the root of our anger though? Their “selfishness”? Our “selfishness” because we no longer have them and our lives are no longer comfortable? Their lack of “effort to seek help”? Our “lack of effort” in giving our time to listen and enjoy them? I don’t think there’s ever one reason… And really, none of them will change what’s happened.

At my husband’s funeral, I was in a trance. My eyes hurt, my anxiety was off the charts… and what did I have? A toddler, a dead husband, and a hate fan club with 1500 members and growing. Blaming me for his death, many who knew my husband judged me. It felt horrific. I needed loved. I needed empathy. I needed to feel I was going to be ok.

I had to recover on my own. No one could do it for me, no matter what was or wasn’t said unsaid did or not done. It was MY life… my mental health. I was a mother. She needed to see life was still ok. She needed her childhood, her innocence.

Depression and anxiety, loss and grief, pain and emotions are almost forbidden in “most” men at a very early age. It’s not manly to cry.. it’s a sign of weakness. The military trains the mind to break, and rebuild with a sense of inhumanity…. War… PTSD Veterans come home and try their damndest to return to normality. And they struggle… and struggle… some with homelessness… and hunger… and no financial stability… with flashbacks that rob them of sleep… and anxiety attacks that mutilate their sense of peace…

Single men have no health insurance, many with child support bills, and jobs that don’t pay shit. That’s reality for some men in America… that’s terrible!

The statistics in this article aren’t shocking if we sit and think about the set up of this country. They’re not shocking if we sit and consider every mass shooting in our lifetime. Mental health is a serious issue in this country. Duh, we see it (if we choose too)…

Writing up articles are bringing the little voices in our hearts to front and center, ruffling feathers of comfort for those who look the other way….

BUT, …. what does it solve? Is that not the goal, to bring awareness and take action? The Dr in this particular article was spot on. I admired his blunt honesty. He said empathize! He said we need to communicate with each other and listen to what’s being said. Sometimes, individuals just want to know they’re not invisible, left with a mountain of shit on their backs to carry for all of eternity.

It’s time my friends, to make change to our world. We’re killing each other and we’re killing ourselves. We’re killing innocent children, who rely on us for protection. We’re killing the hope in humanity, and the beauty of living. It’s time for you and me to stop that … to decide today, that we’re not going to contribute any longer to the insanity whirlwind that’s taken so many of our loved ones. It’s time we choose to Love again!! Open your heart to someone… break the chains weighing you down by entrusting someone with your burdens… because I can promise you, you won’t be a burden to them. And to others, Open your heart to listen… and to hug someone. They NEED human contact! They’re carrying around too much… you just may save their life!!

 

I have a blog, entitled Lost & Found, Written precisely about this subject. It’s carrying my heart of when my husband died. I hope all I’ve written helps you… and that

EACH of YOU know I’m here…. if you need someone to talk to.

 

With Much Much Love,

Brandy

75 Genius Products You Can Get On Amazon For Under $5

I’m not here to knock dollar stores, because I happen to love them — but the selection can be hit-or-miss, and sometimes the quality is less than ideal. Luckily, for anyone on a budget, there are other options. Amazon is loaded with products that cos…
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Finding exactly the product that makes life alittle easier feels like winning the lottery sometimes! Here are several that may feel just like that:)

Enough is Enough

“Live Your Dreams”- Reflection

 

 

Live your Dreams!

 

What dreams do I have? Have I ever really thought about this? No, I don’t think often, if much at all. Sure, I’ve made goals… but, are those dreams? They’ve been short-term. New Years resolutions is probably a more accurate description. The long-term goals, any of those? Not many of those until recently, as a matter of fact. Is this sad? I don’t know. So, I guess I don’t quite understand the feeling of “living my dream”.

I do know I hadn’t been raised with such a virtue. Often times, I thought about life after “The Merryman House”… and gasped at how utterly fucked-up and irresponsibility unprepared I was going to be. There were many concepts and nightmares I know I didn’t want to continue. I knew I had a great deal of fear of failure… so much so that I simply didn’t try. Disappointing my parents, myself, and trying to breathe through the aftermath wasn’t my cup of tea… and that aura feasted on that house.

So, what is it to “dream”, really? Is this the ideal life you’d want in a certain amount of time? Is it a career or position in a job you absolutely love? The perfect family? A big house with wrap-around porch, spiral staircase, country atmosphere, southern welcome, white picket fence aligned with gorgeous Hydrangea bushes, Daffodils, Azaleas, and moonlight blooms? Does one live rather than sit in hesitation, losing time, opportunities, and experiences?

When you live your dreams, no one can tell you you’re wrong or right because they’re yours. As early in life as possible, you are allowed to decide what your dreams are, how you wish and/or if you wish to fulfill them. In my beliefs, the biggest importance, though, is to remain respectful of others. Our dreams are as differently beautiful as we are from one another. Who are we to ever criticize and condemn what one wishes for his/her life. Will life turn out as according to plan? Will we all stumble and fall? Will we fail and hurt our confidence? We sure will… but, aren’t we all worth a third, fourth, twenty-second try? Won’t we all be in a similar position at some point in time, if not we have been already.

It’s never too early to begin dreaming, planning how you’d like your life to be. It’s never out of your reach, that life. You’re never unworthy of your heart’s desires. You’re also perfectly capable of achieving them. Along your journey, I hope to have encouraged you, to lift up another… because we simply can’t live without one another.

Hope for the Broken-hearted

Siblings found chained in backyard in 2016 celebrate adoption
— Read on www.cleveland19.com/story/38358804/siblings-found-chained-in-backyard-in-2016-celebrate-adoption

There’s many a story with gut-wrenching endings at our access. This one, however, turned quite glorious! My four siblings and I were adopted, at young ages. We grew up trying to understand and accept what we couldn’t control. I still struggle with abandonment issues; but, I’m hopeful. These children are smiling despite their adversity. My heart smiles at the thought of their futures with their new family😍😍

More Than Listening

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Effective Communication is an art in modern day society. We hear tons of “talk” ;but, what do we hear? Do we hear anything? I have always wanted to teach a class in communication so others learned what I have , thus bettering all of us. I feel this article to be incredibly insightful! It talks about the different Subareas and describes them in detail. To be a leader, we must first be students… to be a leader, we must know how to actively communicate 💕

Prince Harry & Bride Decision

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I admire these two for doing what they feel is best. They have a beautiful love and admiration for the late Princess Diana. She seems to have a very present influence on their decisions. I absolutely love that.

Now

❤️ Let that sink in, for a minute.

You don’t know when it’s “your time”.

In fact, you started dying just moments after you were born. Every second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year up till, “now”, was always “right now”… You didn’t see it as “yesterday”, because you don’t live in it. You don’t see it as tomorrow because you don’t live there either. You are right now… And so, what will you do with this “now”? It’s all you have. Never two measurements of time can be lived twice… And one moment of time will end every next “now”…. Your life is right now…. Dear ones, it’s all you will absolutely have… Make it count.

Memorial Day 2018

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Lost & Found

Finish the Story:

” I felt lost but also didn’t want to be found.” she wrote in her journal. She, then, closed the book and looked up

and glanced at the framed picture of herself, with Max, she had hung on the wall. Four years has passed since that horrific July night; but, Laura felt every minute of it as if it were just yesterday. What if she had paid a bit closer attention? What if she had picked up that call when he tried reaching her? What if she made a little more time being in the moments that she spent with her best friend. Would she have heard his pain? Would she have seen the truth in his eyes and behind his constant radiant smile?

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L.o.v.e

 

Love:

L = Listening to understand

Learning to compromise

Letting your guard down

Loading up days with commitment

And effort.

O = Offering emotional, physical, and

Financial support.

Opening your heart to be vulnerable and real.

Occupying yourself alone when boo is busy.

Optimizing the strengths of one another.

V = Visiting mistakes to learn and change.

Vacating behavior that jeopardizes solidarity.

Verbalizing your thoughts feelings and emotions.

Visualizing future plans with this individual

E = Encouraging one another to be your best selves.

Ending arguments with a hug and kiss

Engaging in mature conflict and resolution practice

Envisioning a life that’s best for the one your with

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

World of Difference

💭World of Difference

I believe the sequence of events in my life has lead me to right where I am. The right decisions, the poor choices, hard consequences, every small victory, broken relationship, and road block. My past, well equipped with both successful and failed moments, is how I am here today.

…. No matter what, I’d never change any of it if it were possible!…

HOWEVER,…. My power gifted by God himself, is that of choice. Maybe I couldn’t decide, at 5, whether or not my mother would die. At 13, I wasn’t able to decide for myself how I needed to handle the family turmoil I was experiencing.

In those moments, though, God was trying to teach me… Listen Brandy. There are reasons why these things are happening. Listen my child, I’m trying to show you, listen, so you understand my heart… And my love for you.

Now that I’m old enough to decide much more for myself, I realize the lesson I didn’t hear before. Listening, especially in situations of which we can’t control… In situations of which we don’t get to decide, is what we must do… So we understand!

Let me explain further. Today, I live my relationship where I’ve chosen to walk a long, rocky, lonely, uncertain road…where fear can easily swallow me up and steal my sense of sanity. It’s my choice to face this situation because this LOVE is worth it. I’ve chosen this path because He’s who I’ve been searching for all my life. I get to decide if I cry in fear, rant in rage, or laugh when I see him.

While I can’t change how long this goes on, when he visits, what details I am told, In all the moments when “I can’t”…. I sit… And I listen… To understand. Those moments, in silence, is when I hear his heart… His love.. His love for me and his intentions… I hear his wisdom. I hear his pain.. I accept his imperfections and beautiful flaws. I allow another life to impact mine… I give this gift of time… and I demonstrate that He’s valued… what he tells me is important and I understand him. Through listening, I silence all my selfish thoughts about myself, and I redirect my focus to him. I intentionally focus on what he’s saying or not saying, doing and not doing, so I better understand him… because he matters… and I want him to know he matters to me.

Because I have accepted I don’t always get to control every aspect of my life, I’ve been blessed by the gifts of others. I’ve been blessed with moments of divine wisdom from others teachings. I’ve been able to deepen relationships, strength my appreciation of adversity and embrace the beauty of Difference. I’ve been able to laugh from the soul, cry with relief, and provide encouragement when needed.

With that being said, my point is this, I’d never change anything that lead me to right now… But, I’d teach others to quietly sit, with a desired sense to authentically and openingly listen… To ourselves.. To God… To nature…to others… The birds, wind, children laughing… Everything….

There’s so much more to this world…. There’s so many more in this world… Than ourselves. When we truly embrace that, we become a better version of ourselves without even realizing it. If we all began with bettering ourselves, as ironically as it sounds, we better life for everyone else…

When the Day is Done

When the day is done, momma, and you just collapse from it all; it’s ok.

You’ve just spent another 24 hours feeding, changing, chasing, teaching, loving, leading little lives down the road of May 16, 2018.

God knows it takes mighty strength to do it again and again. Up early, preparing meals, arranging appointments, day care, and extra attention when littles are sick. Only you momma are capable of all this requires.

The nurturing spirit, the arms around your neck. When your babies smile at you, or they snuggle next to you, as you settle in before bed. Those are the moments you’ll remember.

So sob if you need too, soak in a bubble bath. Grab your delicious favorite wine… let out the biggest sigh as you sit down… even for just a few minutes, … do what you need to do… do it for you…

because you kicked ass again today momma, and it’s ok to feel otherwise too!

Letter to my Daughters

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