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?


Tis’ the Season

My favorite holiday after Thanksgiving, is Christmas.  I  love everything about it; the decorating and decorations,  the beautiful array of lights, the holiday movies,  the food,  family,  giving,  the meaning behind the season, I mean everything.

There are so many things that I love about Christmas, but the one thing I love most is that we as Christians celebrate the birth of Christ.  Those of other religions celebrate the season, as they believe. It is altogether a season to be jolly and share with others.  I utilize this time as a sharing of love, hope, peace, and goodwill towards others.  I love to see people happy and joyous,  not just at Christmas,  but year round.  This is also a season I have begun to implement within my family, the creation of more memories.   I  created a list of fun, memorable crafts/activities that we will do from now up until Christmas and hopefully throughout the winter. I will share our list in the next few days and maybe you and yours can utilize this list too.

Also,  I am apart of the office cubicle decorating contest.  I decided to go with the Candy Cane Lane theme.  Although I have yet to complete my decorations, I am almost done.  I also have to clean up the look a tad bit more,  but I know I will pull it off by Friday.  We’ve also finished decorating the tree at home.  It comes out so beautiful, year after year.

This joyous season is upon us.   Share the love, give a smile and let’s move into the new year anew, with bigger and brighter hopes for a better future.  Tis the Season!!

What are you doing this Christmas holiday?

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”!

A Couple of Forevers

A Couple of Forevers by Chrisette Michelle

The song link you see above is no indication of what this post is about, only the title and the fact that I really, really love this song.  If you haven’t heard it, take a listen and tell me what you think!!

The title is befitting because it has been “A Couple of Forevers” since my last post. There has been so much that has went on in my life, that it will take about 6 months of continuous post to get you all caught up.  I do plan to do just that.

First off let me began by saying that 9 days after my last post I welcomed my baby boy into the world.  It has truly been a blessing to have him in our lives,  but oh does it feel different to have an infant 11- 13 years younger than my oldest two.  I’ll just say,  I’m now handling it like a champ. By the way I’m well into the planning for his 1st birthday party.   Through it all, oh have I missed blogging!

I’m back to the world of blogging,  because I’ve missed it with a burning passion.  I have soooo much to share and I’m working on my direct URL, for my blogging site. Yes,  I am finally ready to take this to the next level, which only means that my dedication to blogging will be much more serious than it has in the past. You just wait and see.

Lastly,  at present I may not be close to a wedding,  but this song will find it’s way in my wedding plans when that day comes and I don’t care how long it takes.  I will then be able to plant that song all through my post and this post might be revisited.  Until then,  I will leave you with “A Couple of Forevers”.

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)

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!!

Endangered Mechanic

The news reported that there would be flash flooding in Chicagoland and all surrounding areas on Wednesday of last week, all the way up until the following Thursday morning.  Well needless to say, that was completely underestimated. 

My Thursday morning began with me dragging around the house to get the boys up and ready for school, because my Mom was off work that day.  I proceeded to make sure they were dressed, well groomed and had eaten before we finally left the house.  We eventually made it to the car and would you believe that my back tire is completely flat.  Unbelievable…I proceed back in the house and make a few phone calls to my wonderful male friends, to see who could repair my tire.  One results in a non-response, and the other two are unable to help as they are already on their way to work.  As of now, I don’t think I would consider them too wonderful, as I could get neither one of them to come change my tire.  So Thursday resulted in the boys missing school, because I was opposed to attempting to change my tire in that weather. 

Thursday night I made up my mind to fix my tire the first thing Friday morning.  My Mom volunteered to let me use her car to go and purchase a tire inflator early the next morning before she took the boys to school, until I can get my tire to the repair shop.  I told her that wouldn’t be necessary, because I would be doing the repairs myself.  The DIY’er tends to come out from time to time and she sometimes intermixes with my inner tomboy, and my mind was set.  I was going to Auto Zone the first thing Friday morning to purchase the needed items to fix my flat tire. 

How would I get there you ask, with no transportation?  Well I decided I would get my daily dose of exercise on this day and walk the 2 1/2 miles to Auto Zone.  The next morning I awoke to news of flooding disasters, the declaration of a state of emergency, expressway closures and overflooding lakes and ponds.  Yet and still I was determined to fix my tire, as I would have to volunteer later that day at my sons school. 

The boys are up ready and on their way off to school.  I eat breakfast; do my home excercises; shower and throw on my heather gray jogging suit with black trim, my black and white tank top, my black socks, and black, red and heather gray MBT’s; I stuff my hair inside of my black hat with heather gray trimmed brim, I throw on my black North Face jacket, I put on my black and heather gray gloves and put on my pink Apple watch (pink is my favorite color you know), put my earphones in my ear and proceed to leave the house. 

Once outside, I feel good and look cute.  I began my 2 1/2 mile trek to Auto Zone. Needless to say, not even a minute later it begins to hail.  What the heck, Tracy Butler said flurries, NOT HAIL.  This is altogether different, but determination made me keep trekking.  I turned my music up and kept it going, my legs felt the burn.  The hail began coming down faster and harder hitting my face with a vengeance.  I breathed and kept trekking, the musical sounds that came from my IPOD kept me at peace and on pace. 

I walked past an overflooded pond, where the water was so so high it was gushing down the small concrete path that I treaded on.  The hail constantly took my breath away and I began to bury my head in my coat to attempt to protect my cheeks, although it didn’t work.  Two miles down and a half mile to go, I see O’Reillys Auto Parts, which just so happen to be 1000 ft closer than Auto Zone.  This place literally saved my life, because I dreaded walking that extra thousand feet in that weather to Auto Zone.  I ran walked in there, as I breathe a sigh of relief that I was out of the hail.

I proceeded to the aisle that had what I needed, I priced the tire inflator and Slime Quick Spare Tire Sealant.  I called Auto Zone to check their prices and see if it was in stock.  During the call, it seems as if I had made the right decision, because they didn’t have the tire inflator in stock.  So I purchased my products and left O’Reillys.  The walk back home seemed to take longer as the hail hit my face from the right so hard, that I took it as a sign from God to began repenting for anything wrong that I had done.  The right side of my face was on fire.  I decided to remix Alicia Keys song “Girl on Fire” to “Face on Fire”, it made me chuckle at how I could cause myself to be amused at a time like this. 

5004 steps and 320 calories burned later, I arrive at my car.  I get in the car and rest for a few minutes.  By now the hail has stop coming down.  Can you believe that?  It stopped coming down, once I got in the car.  I proceed to dispense and empty the Slime into my tire and then I immediately began to inflate my tire (while the inflator is at work, I’m resting in the car, I purchased the tire inflator that shuts off after it reaches the set PSI).  Once the inflator shuts off, I have to drive for five miles to ensure the slime seals the hole.  By the way the culprit of my flat tire was a 4 1/2 inch rusted nail, yep, I pulled that baby out of my tire and disposed of it, never to be seen again. 

Fast foward to now.  As of yesterday, my tire looks like new and I put about a 100 miles plus on my car post flat tire.  Would I repair my tire/car again?, Absolutely, I am a girly girl who loves to work with her hands, especially fixing on cars.  In that weather?  I most certainly will not.