It’s Such An Honor


This post is long overdue.  I’ve been anticipating writing this one for the longest.  However, life got in the way.  Of course that still will not downplay my excitement when I think about the day that I received what I call the most prestigious honor, thus far in my life.  I say thus far, because I anticipate even greater, later!

Let me give you some background on the community work that I do on a daily basis, before I bestow upon you why I am still excited.  I work with and mentor youth in my community, as well as youth at my church.  The youth that I mentor in the community are from what people would consider downtrodden, gang infested neighborhoods in Chicago; as well as youth that live in areas with very few resources, to inspire hope in them to succeed.  I am also the Baptist Youth Fellowship Director at my Church.  It is a group between the ages of 12 – 18.  We do everything together; study the bible, go on fun outings, teach and show leadership, provide character building and create opportunities to show teamwork.  To let all the youth know that together we can.

As I have always stated, I love kids and I feel they need hope, encouragement, genuine love and support to make it in this world; along with a firm foundation in which to build from.  I constantly try to lead by example, in letting them know that without consistent effort, the work doesn’t mean as much.  However, when you see the work you’ve put into something, the rewards and joy is greater.

Imagine my surprise when I received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for my community efforts. presidents-volunteer-service-award I mean, an award from the White House!!  Can I tell you, the joy!!  I am beyond grateful and humbled!!!  However, the work is nowhere near done.  There is even more work to do.  As I said, I’m from Chicago and until every child is reached, helped and hopeful and capable of launching their lives from a stable and firm foundation.  My work is yet to be done.  “When you have failed the youth, you have failed the world!”  ~LaKisha Renee Brown

Can’t sleep


My inability to sleep at night causes me to wake up and write.  I’m starting to believe my fate and destiny are at work.  Maybe that’s for the best, because I think some of my best post are born out of my midnight lack of slumber.

Well here are my updates thus far:

  1. I’ve pinned the titles for the chapters in my book and I must say, I can’t wait until it’s finished.  It’s going to be awesome and very inspirational!
  2. I’m writing in my journal more often.  My thoughts, plans and feelings, are helping me become more organized and reopening those once closed doors of my creativity.
  3. I’m planning more family time, and things to do.  Which makes for happier kids and wonderful childhood memories.
  4. I’m working on planning out my meals so that I can become more creative and eventful with my cooking.
  5. I have not figured out what personal URL I want for my blog, still working on it.
  6. I have yet to start my makeup instruction classes for young ladies and women looking to learn how to create an everyday, natural look; and take that look into an evening look.  As well as teach them basic skincare techniques to maintain healthy looking skin underneath their makeup.
  7. I also want to begin to scout Chicago for new and hidden ventures that would be fun for family.
  8. This is also the week that I start my 21 day jump activities.

All of these activities will help me stay in line with the majority of my plans and goals for 2017.  I want to make this year and the years to come, more and more memorable.  I do not want to have any what ifs, I want to take advantage of everyday and make the most of it.  Charting my goals and progress is not only going to keep me on track, but maybe it will help someone else.  We’ll see!!

9 Days In


My goal to be consistent this year, is going as good as can be expected.  I have begun keeping a journal again.  It mostly contains my thoughts, plans for the day and/or what my day consisted of, as well as goals that I have begun completing and crossing off this year.  I’m glad to say that I am off to a great start, considering I’m 9 days in.  This is my 2 post this year.  I plan to keep this up!!

I can honestly say that when you are born to do something.  Thoughts, ideas, and creativity just seems to come out of the woodwork and you should act on it, or your purpose will be stagnated.  With that said, I have so much material to share with you for this blog, and I’ll reiterate, we’re only 9 days into the new year; which fills me with great joy.  I can’t wait to impart with you my plans that are on the horizon, and also get your feedback on other issues of importance to me.  I am also planning to do the Jump Challenge with Steve Harvey and other members of the Harvey Nation.  I logged in to do it the first time around, but I knew there were other goals I wanted to begin on and complete first.  I checked every email and logged the task for that day in my goal book (yes I have a professional looking book that I write all of my plans, goals and accomplishments in.  It also serves as a way of keeping myself on track and keeping my goals in front of my face daily)  As I accomplish each goal, I cross it off and move to the next one.  I love this jump challenge and I will start it officially on tomorrow. This works best for my schedule and I can only move to the beat of my own drum if I plan to accomplish my goals in my time frames this go around.  My 9 days has started off with a bang!!

Have any of you started/finished the Jump Challenge the first time around, or is this going to be your first time doing it? What goals have you accomplished thus far for the new year?  If you plan to start, let me know, so that we can be each other’s accountability partners.

Happy New Year


Welcome to 2017. I feel greatness, peace, tranquility, love, happiness, success and immeasurable blessings on the horizon.  I’ll keep you updated on all of these facets in the days, weeks and months to come. I wish all of these things and more for you as well.

This year I’m working on consistency and releasing the spirit of procrastination.  Writing is my joy and I have missed it tremendously. So I’m back at it!!  Also, I’m currently working on creating  a personal URL for my blog, as I want to take this more seriously. Which leads me to another one of my goals this year, and that is to make progress on finishing my book. I will enlighten you on that as well, in the weeks to come.

Happy New Year and I wish you blessings, on blessings, on blessings!!

The End Makes Room for New Beginnings!


As 2015 comes to a close, all I can think about are my memories, heartaches, lessons learned and my happiest moments. I also began to think of how 2016 is fastly approaching, and how I am excited about all that is to come. I will no longer end the year with resolutions for the coming year. However, I will set goals that are reachable and that I will put into action for the new year.

I am glad to say that I’ve ended the year blogging, more than I have in the beginning of the year. I realize that writing has always been a part of me and when I’m not writing there is something that is missing in my life. I do remember that in my previous post, I stated that I would add a list of things that you all could use to create memories with your own children and families for the holiday and of course life got in the way. However, I didn’t really forget to post it, I just decided to delay it. I decided on that, because I wanted to revamp the list in order to create memorable activities that could be done throughout the year leading up to the holiday. I have not had the opportunity to do that, but I am working on it.

There was alot that occurred in my life this year, but I’m proud to say, I’m a trooper. As this year has been a roller coaster for me, but I stayed on, rode it out and smiled every bit of the way. There was a peace that surrounded me and I knew, no one but God could do that, Glorayy!! Then to know this year is wrapping up to be way better than the years past, is nothing but a blessing. I have many things lined up for 2016,and God willing I plan to see every one of them through.

Also, I have plans to kick it with my usher family New years eve. This is by far, the best group hands down and Lord knows I love them to pieces. What are your plans for New years eve and the new year?

A Burning Desire


You know the feeling you get when you accidently leave your phone at home, and you feel like there is something missing in your life all day until you lay eyes on your phone or can feel the texture of it in the palm of your hand. Well, that is the feeling that I have had since I haven’t blogged in a couple of forevers.  I do intend this time to stop delaying the inevitable and revisit my passion and love for writing on a constant basis, yet again.  I’ve constantly put on hold a dream and goal of mine, to become a published author.  I’ve given every aspect of my life, the license to put my dreams on the back burner.

Well today, I give my dreams permission to viciously press forward with a burning desire to reach my goals and live in my moment.  For everyone that reads this, I petition you give your dreams and goals the authority to press forward when you fall short, when you began to question and doubt yourself, and when you are in the midst of your break through.   Allow your inner spirit, strength and courage to fight with a burning desire to accomplish your dreams and mark off that next goal.  Always remember, “dreams do not have an expiration date”!

361 Days Ago


That was the last time that I stopped to write on my blog. Needless to say so much has happened in those 361 days. I don’t even know where to start.

1. Let me begin by stating I left my job at Cook County.

2. I started classes to become a professional makeup artist (MUA)
I AM A NOW A CERTIFIED PROFESSION MUA!!

3. I went full fledge into my business as a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant.

4. I enrolled in classes at DePaul to complete my degree in Early Childhood Education.

5. I became a regular volunteer at my boys school.

6. I joined to Usher board at my church, I absolutely love welcoming souls into the house of the Lord. I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the usher board!!!

7. Last but certainly not least, I am expecting child #3. I dreamt it was a girl from the moment I found out (4 months ago), until yesterday I found out it is another boy. I left the ultrasound appointment somber and silent, my feelings were somewhat hurt. I’ve been secretly wanting a girl since forever and I thought I was finally going to have her, I had girl items and the cutest girl name ever picked out. After the initial shock slightly wore off, my BF and I discussed and brainstormed with names. We finally came up with a name that we love and I am slowly starting to enjoy what is to come. That’s the birth of baby boy #3.

I also look forward to getting back to blogging on a regular basis. I’ve missed sharing my thoughts, feelings and ideas. There is so much to relay, so the series of blogs to come will be very, very interesting to say least!!