Month: September 2013

Happier, Healthier & Wiser – That’s Me!

Today, Kimberly over at Being A Wordsmith blog has asked us what are some things that we do to be Happier, Healthier, and Wiser.

Happier:
I spend as much quality time as I can with my daughter.  I want to build many memorable experiences with her.  We really have a lot of fun together.  (See bounce house post for proof.)  When we’re out I try to take as many photos as I can.  Not to embarrass her, but so that when she’s older, I can say “Look Petunia, you rode the cow train!”

Healthier:
When I decided I was really serious about taking the plunge into motherhood, I began to eat alot healthier.  I cut out the fast food, cut back on the fried food, added more green vegetables, and began to cook more.  I discovered I loved trying new dishes, and I developed a love for baking from scratch.  I’m happy to say the Petunia LOVES green vegetables.  Brocolli is her favorite, but she can put a hurtin’ on some collard greens!  LOL


I know this is home-made whipped cream Petunia and I were whipping up may not count as healthy, but it was good!  LOL


Another thing I am seriously working on to improve my health, outside of drinking more water, is getting more sleep.  It’s been a struggle.  I tend to get to bed somewhere between 11pm and midnight, but then my alarm goes off at 5am.  This is everyday, and by the time Friday gets here, I’m seriously dragging. 

 

 

I wish this was me right now…



WISER:
Letting stuff go!  I’ve realized that you can be walking around carrying years of past hurts, slights, and disappointments, and the only person still upset about it is YOU.  You’re mad while the other party is enjoying life, not thinking a thing about you.  Let it go, move on!  You’ll feel so much lighter – I know I do. 
Another thing I’ve done is to let some people go.  If you always have some kind of mess brewing, negativity, or you’re a contibutor of gossip, than you can keep it moving!  I want no parts of it!  I have no time for it, don’t want to hear it, because nine times out of ten, if you’re calling me to gossip about “So and So”, then next week you’ll be calling her to gossip about me.  Folks like that will block YOUR blessings!

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What about you?  What do you do to be happier, healthier, and wiser?
 
September Sapphire Blog Challenge Prompt:  What are 3 things that make you Happier?  Healthier? Wiser?


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How Do I Get Myself Into These Situations?

Last week I chaperoned a field trip with my daughter’s daycare center.  The trip was to a “bounce house”.  In other words, a commercial space that was filled with various bouncers (those inflatable things that kids love to jump in).  Well, the daycare provider had a sprained ankle, and I was the only other adult chaperone, so guess who got to partake in all the bouncing fun???

Lets just say I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  When we arrived I was looking pretty decent – if i say so myself.  Had on my casual jeans, t-shirt, and blazer.  By the time we left, my shirt was wringing wet and my hair had turned into an afro.  The daycare provider and the other parents thought it hilarious the way I was being pulled in 50 different directions by the kids – all of whom wanted me to slide on a gigantic inflatable slide with them exclusively.  Humph, the nerve of those folks to laugh at me!  But I will admit, I had a TON of fun!

I don’t know how I manage to get myself in these type situations.

 
 September Sapphire Blog Challenge Prompt:  Describe today, a typical day, or a recent day with pictures.
Rx Fitness Lady Blog Challenge:  Wednesday Humorous


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Bring Ye All the Tithes…

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When I first saw that today’s post was supposed to be a controversial topic, I was like “YES!”  I had it all in my head what I was going to say, but then when I started writing, I was like, “Do I really want to do this?”  Some folks will fight you when you talk about “Pastor”.  Oh well, I can’t chicken out now.  Just a disclaimer before I begin, I am NOT bashing anyone or any church in particular.  I am writing about things that I have seen and heard with my own eyes and ears.


Have you ever gone to a church and the pastor pulls up in a new Bentley, while a good portion of the congregation is using public transportation to get there?
Have you ever gone to a church and was told you were robbing God if you did not tithe 10% of your Gross income?
Have you ever gone to a church and the pastor announces a special offering to help pay off the note on his the church’s new airplane?
Have you ever gone to a church and heard the saying, “If you take care of the man of God, then God will take care of you.”
Well, I’ve heard and witnessed each one of these things.

Now, where you worship is your choice.  If Pastor Rolls Royce can deliver a sermon that gets through to you like no one else, then that’s the place for you.  My message here is, in everything you do, use wisdom.  There are many people out there that are going into debt because they are being fed messages laced with guilt and fear as it pertains to tithing 10%.  I know, I’ve been there.

Now lets be clear, I DO NOT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH TITHING.  (Please re-read that last sentence if necessary.)  However, if tithing 10% of your income means that your rent will not get paid, or your lights will get cut off, then it’s time for you to reevaluate the situation.

I have known church members who began to dip into, and eventually drain their savings in an effort to keep up with the 10% tithing.  My point is, tithe what you can afford, until you are able to do more – that’s if you want to.  Tithe because you truly want to, not because you’re hoping that your tithe is going to turn into a brand new Mercedes, just like Pastor’s.  Tithe because you want to, not because someone is calling you a robber or a thief if you can’t or don’t tithe 10%.  Do not let someone guilt trip you into the poor house!

Remember, in everything you do, use wisdom.

 Rx Fitness Lady Blog Challenge:  Tuesday Controversial Post


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Lights, Camera, Action!

Greetings!  Today’s post is on video, and is a part of two blog challenges.  Rx Fitness Lady is hosting a blog challenge this week, where today we have to make a blog commercial, and Being A Wordsmith ‘s blog challenge asks “What part of your life closely resembles a storyline in a reality TV show or soap opera?” 
Well, my life would definitely not make the cut for the latest reality show, and I don’t think I’m interesting enough for Genoa City, but check out the video after the jump.

What about you?  Can your life be a reality TV show?


 September Sapphire Blog Challenge PromptWhat part of your life closely resembles a storyline in a reality TV show or soap opera?

 Rx Fitness Lady Blog Challenge:  Monday Blog Commercial


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Music Soothes the Soul

It’s amazing just how music can totally change your mood.  It can give you energy to get you through that last set of exercises, it can lift your spirits, or it can bring back the memories of an old flame.  These days I don’t listen to too much music on the radio – unless it’s an oldies station.  I find myself listening to talk radio more, especially if Petunia is in the car with me.  A lot of this new stuff their playing – I. Just. Can’t.  Some of it is just down right embarrassing with all of the blatant sexual content.  Who wants to listen to some little 20 year old kid telling you how good he is in bed?  Boy, please!  (Well, unless you’re a cougar, you might be okay with it.)

Anywho, the following are a few of my all time favorite CDs:

Maze: Live in New Orleans

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly: “Live in New Orleans” is an album I literally grew up listening to.  I can’t begin to explain the love affair the people of New Orleans has with the group Maze. This was my mom’s cleaning music.  Every other Saturday morning, this sound of this album let me know that it was time to start cleaning.  I have since picked up the habit.  This music has a way of making the cleaning go by just that much faster. And if you’re in the club, and “Before I Let Go” comes on, the crowd will rush the dance floor!  This one always gets the party started!

Michael Jackson: Thriller
Michael Jackson’s Thriller is an album that I literally wore out!  I was 11 years old when this album came out, and was so excited when my mom bought it for me.  I even made up dance routines to some of the songs!  LOL!  My favorite song from this album is actually “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)“. 
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The Notorious BIG: Ready to Die
Released in 1994, this album introduced us to Christopher Wallace, aka The Notorious BIG.  Produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs, the album was included on Time’s 2006 list of 100 greatest albums of all times.  My favorite track on this album is Juicy, which is a lyrical autobiographical account of his life from rags to riches.  Unfortunately the world was only graced with the presence of The Notorious BIG for 3 short years, as he was gunned down in a drive by shooting in 1997, a result of the East Coast/West Coast hip hop rivalry.
What about you?  What are some of your all time favorite CDs?



September Sapphire Blog Challenge Prompt: List 5 of your all-time favorite CDs and why you love them. Include clips from Grooveshark and/or YouTube.


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