Monday, August 25, 2008

Michelle Obama: My Hero

Poised, Elegant, Educated, Beautiful! Michelle Obama is a mother, a sister, a wife, a daughter, a leader. Her life reflects the lives of many Americans. She represent the ability to rise against the odds through hard work and dedication to make dreams possible. At 14 I became a mother, lived in the projects and was on welfare. I was written off as hopeless, another statistic, a product of the system. But despite hardships, I saw difficulties as opportunity to rise above my situation. I worked hard, obtain a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Medical Technology, moved from the projects and became a homeowner to provide stability for my daughter. In life there are no excuses big enough to block your dream, no obstacle impossible to master! Michelle Obama speech at the DNC was not only compelling but it gave a true sense of who the Obama family are and what they represent. The Obama Family gives new found hope and a new beginning for all who gave up on what life has to offer. You can achieve the impossible, if you believe!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Time For Success

The average life span is 70 years- 25,568 days, 613,620 hours, 36,817,200 minutes, 2,209,032,000 seconds. How you spend every second, minute, hour, day, of your life is critical to your emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual development. As I watch the 2008 summer Olympics, I’m amazed at the level of skill, precision, dedication, athleticism of the athletes. In the Olympics the best of the best compete for the coveted gold medal. I wonder what did it take and how much time was spent on becoming the best at their sport.

Michael Phelps, World Breaking Olympic Gold Medallists Swimmer, trains for six hours a day, six days a week, without fail. Even if Christmas day falls on a training day, he does a full day of training. Total dedication to his training program has made him a world champion. He swims approximately 50 miles (80km) each week, which is over 8 miles per training day. He has two massages everyday and also takes ice baths to help his body to recover.

Usain Bolt, a Jamaican sprinter, at the 2008 Summer Olympics became the first man to win all three events at a single Olympics since Carl Lewis in 1984, and the first man in history to set world records in all three at a single Olympics. He trains 5 times per week on track, 3 times in the gym for average sessions that lasts 2.5 hours.

Shawn Johnson, Olympic Gold American gymnast, has disciplined herself to practice four hours a day, five days a week.

What do you want to accomplish? What do you do with your time? What sacrifices are you willing to make? How you spend your time demonstrates your willingness to be successful at the goals you set. Everyone has the ability to be great! But are you taking the time to develop your talent and work diligently toward it. Do you spend a lot of time watching television, surfing the net, talking or text on the phone. What value do they add to your personal achievements? If your constantly eating unhealthy foods and not active you will gain weight and be at risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and diabetes. Want to advance in your career, but are you taking time to take classes or get higher education to achieve that goal? Saving for a new car or new home, you don’t want to spend your paycheck every time there is a sale at the mall. Spending time with your family is necessary in developing strong, lasting bonds. You become what you develop! I’ve found the best way to manage my time is to create a to-do list for the week. This keeps me focus on my goals and eliminates temptations to deviate from my intended task. Sometimes life’s daily activities can distract us from our intended goals and we lose sight of our dreams. Maybe you don't have time for yourself because you've acquired baggage that makes it very difficult to carry out your dreams. Try the following to get back on track:

Eliminate activities that are not getting you where you want to go, or helping you achieve your goals.

Evaluate relationships that do not contribute to your overall success. Eliminate or reduce the amount of time spent on relationships that aren’t going anywhere or taking you in opposite direction of where you’re going.

Avoid Spending money on items not used or does not add value or have lasting benefits.

Eliminate time spent that is not contributing to your overall well-being or mission in life.

Sunday, August 17, 2008


The following is an insert taken from sermon notes by Pastor Greg Formey. I pray it has as much impact on you as it did on me. Remember to keep the faith, stay focus, don't give up the fight for peace, love, and happiness.

The apostle Paul found a way to be excited even in the midst of adversity. 2 Corinth 12:9-10
"my gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me. Since I know it is all for Christ's good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Annie Johnson Flint was a hymn writer who suffered greatly in her lifetime. From a very young age, she suffered from rheumatoid arthritis that left her crippled and unable to rise from bed. To alleviate the pain and discomfort, she rested and slept on soft pillows. Her body developed serious bedsores and finally her body was overtaken by cancer. Yet her attitude through all the struggles with pain and confinement was that of submission, faith, and trust in God to give her the grace and the strength she needed. With a pen pushed through bent and gnarled fingers and held by swollen joints she wrote her verses which provided solace and comfort for herself, her friends, and the world. One poem she wrote was "He Giveth More Grace"

"He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater, He sendeth more strength when the labors increase; to added affliction He addeth His mercy to multiplied trials, His multiplied peace. His love has no limit, His grace has no measure; His power no boundary known unto men; for His infinite riches in Jesus He giveth and giveth and giveth again. When we have exhausted our store of endurance, when our strength has failed ere the day is half done, when we reach the end of our hoarded resources, Our Father's full giving is only begun."

Be Blessed!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Family Fun: Georgia Aquarium

Family Fun: Georgia Aquarium
ATL Bound

Are We there yet?

Too Sexy for this lobby

Let's go!

Are we there yet?!.
Spectacular View
Collage of Fun!

What are you looking at?


In Successful Families, one key component to building a successful family is planning family events. Planning family events is the best way to strengthen family bonds. Last weekend, Ms. T and I spent an entire weekend with our kids at the Georgia Aquarium. We stayed at the Omni Suites at the CNN Center. The location was perfect, we were walking distance from the aquarium and minutes away from all downtown Atlanta had to offer. The view was spectacular we can see Centennial Park directly from our suite. Our day started early at the aquarium; we ventured in with curious eyes waiting to explore the wonders of the sea. My favorite exhibit was Cold Water Quest where the Beluga whales, California sea lions, sea otters and African black-footed penguins reside. The kids were excited to see their favorite characters from the movie, Finding Nemo and the Ocean Voyager Exhibit where the large whale shark are kept (largest fish species in the world). After an exciting, long, hot, day we ventured into the park where the kids cool down in the Centennial Park fountain. By the time we arrived back to our suite, the kids were exhausted. By nightfall it was mommy time! We decided to see the movie, Dark Knight. The movie was great and filled with action, mystery, suspense, and chaos all together to make the best batman movie ever. Everyone had a really good time! The trip was definitely family friendly because we were able to satisfy the curiosity of the little ones, entertain two teenagers, and give peace of mind to the parents. Family time not only strengthen bonds, it leaves a lasting imprint on every one involved. We had the opportunity to learn something new and were given the chance to communicate about our experience with each other. Spending time with my daughter is top priority. I want to spend as much time with her for as long as she enjoys hanging with me. Before long she will be off to college when it would no longer be cool to hang out with mom (at 15, it’s probably not cool but she doesn’t have a choice, lol). Even though we will not always be together, the memory of our experience will last forever.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

National Scholarships for Women

There are many scholarship programs available for women and their children. In addition to contacting local colleges and universities and checking your state listing of scholarships, consider applying for the following programs:

1. FastWeb Scholarships
Comprehensive guide to all your financial aid needs
Customize scholarships based on your profile
Millions of scholarships worth billions of dollars available
Just create free profile and start scholarship search

2. Raise The Nation Foundation
Offers Scholarships for single moms and their children
These scholarships are available to single moms who have been denied funding for education
There is a one-time $25 application processing fee

3.Financial Aid For Women
For women only
Includes links to a variety of scholarship opportunities for women

4.The Assistance League
Provides a database of community-based programs
State-by-State Scholarship Listing

5.The Sunshine Lady Foundation
Open to women who are direct survivors of domestic abuse
Must be a U.S. Citizen
You must be accepted into an accredited course of study

6.Jeannette Rankin Foundation
Applicants must be women, aged 35 or older
Must be enrolled in an accredited program
Applicants must show financial need and be considered low-income

Monday, August 11, 2008

Monday Motivator

The Curse of yesterday put you in Bondage,

The Conquest of tommorrow gives you Liberty,

The Comfort of today is Hope!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Thank God I'm Single!

You can’t go in a bookstore or the local supermarket without catching a glimpse of publications on, Searching for your Soul Mate, Finding Mr. Right, Keeping your man, and Getting Hitch. The Internet has its fair share of dating sites for people on the prowl trying to find “the right one”. Turn the radio on and “He broke my heart” or “She did me wrong” is blasting over the speakers. Too much time is spent on finding the right person and not enough time discovering who we are and what we want. Everyone is looking for someone to make them happy. Only you are ultimately responsible for your own happiness. If you’re dependent on another person to make you happy, you will be disappointed every time. If your not married with kids by a certain age, people act as if you have a terminal illness. Why is being single such a bad thing? Don’t get me wrong, being in a productive relationship has its advantages, but being single comes with its perks.

God First.
From a spiritual standpoint a single women has more time to concentrate on spiritual matters. This is the opportunity to take time to develop a closer relationship with God without distraction. Once married, the two will become one. Become more spiritually grounded, guarded, guided, so when you do decide to settle down it would be the right decision. For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13

Get to Know Yourself.
I often hear married folks complain of “losing themselves” in the relationship. In the process of courting and trying to impress the opposite sex there is a tendency to compromise and conform. I’m guilty of this! This behavior is detrimental to any relationship and unfair to all involved. As time pass they have an epiphany, don’t recognize themselves, want to escape the relationship, and develop resentment toward their mate. Being single allows you time to be yourself and develop who you really are.

My Money.
In addition to time, relationships require money. This is especially true, if you’re planning to get married. Unless you’re going to the courthouse, the average wedding can cost an arm and leg. Being single gives you full control over your finances. Now is the time to spend your money on whatever you want, wisely of course. You don’t have to hide those new pumps in the trunk of your car from your significant other. This is the time to establish financial stability and money management skills needed to prepare for when you do jump the broom. Set financial goals and sedulously work toward them. You don't want to enter a relationship with a mountain of debt. Financial problems are one of the main causes of divorce. When you learn to manage your money wisely, you also recognize proper management skills and don’t end up with some joker who can’t even PAY attention. If you’re a single parent, you can focus on saving money for you and your children’s future.

Freedom & Independence.
When single your held accountable to no one but yourself. You can come and go as you please. If you decide to take a weekend road trip with your homies, or just sit on the couch in an old, oversized, t-shirt and watch a Lifetime movie, it’s all good. Learning to love starts with you and knowing what makes you happy. That means spending time doing what you want, when you want, however you want.

Plan Your Future.
Preparing for your future takes careful planning, commitment, and sacrifice. All of which can complicate or ruin a relationship. This is the time to focus on your goals and realizing your dreams and what matters most to you. Develop a passion for life and go after your hearts desire. Focus on your education, become proficient in your profession, take up a hobby, start a business. Deferring dreams can cause resentment and regrets. You only have one life to live, so live it to the fullest. If you decide to settle down your not only have something to offer you have time to focus on building a family.

No Drama!
While single you avoid the emotional roller coaster associated with being in a relationship. You’re in control of your emotions! In new relationships your emotions are out of whack and your heart skips a beat every time you see him. Your literally on cloud nine and don’t know if your coming or going. God forbid the relationship does not work and you’re stuck with the pains of a broken heart. In the words of MJB, No More Drama, No more Pain!

The single life is a process! Once you move past the “grass is greener on the other side” way of thinking, you will be ready to make the most of being single. So the next time you start to get down because you're not dating someone, remember to enjoy this time while it last. Before long you’ll cross paths with destiny and live happily ever after.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Motivational Monday

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which you overcome while trying to succeed.

-Booker T. Washington

Sunday, August 3, 2008

A Time For Everything

There is a time under the sun for everything! Just as there are seasons of mother nature; Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, there are also seasons to our lives. Spring is seen as a time of growth, renewal, of new life. The Summer is a time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Autumn is often associated with a sense of melancholy. The possibilities of summer are gone, and the chill of winter is on the horizon. Skies turn grey, and people turn inward, both physically and mentally. The winter usually is associated with death, there is a since of gloominess and hopelessness. Just as we adjust ourselves and prepare ourselves for the change of seasons. Lets also prepare for the seasons of our lives. As we experience the seasons of our lives we must keep in mind that the ebb and flow of life is inevitable. The key is to learn from life changes and continue to grow. Change represent growth, when we survive the changes we evolve and become stronger. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Ps 30:5

A Time for Everything

1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God.

-Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

Friday, August 1, 2008

Fit Friday-Body-For-Life

Tired of your old work-out routine? Want to workout but don't know where to start? Try the Body-For-Life challenge. The Challenge is a 12-week workout regime that combines cardio and strength training exercise with recommendation for a balance diet. You don't have to actually join the challenge to utilize the exercise and food logs, shopping list, recipes, and 12 week day-to-day calender, and so much more available on the site. Great way to build endurance, relieve stress, loss weight, and feel energized. Customize a work-out tailored to your needs and get started. I've tried this challenge before when I become bored with my daily workout routine. In Confessions
I revealed my weakness for fast food and joining the challenge helped kick start my journey toward a healthy transformation. I loss 15lbs by the end of the 12-week challenge. To lean more about the challenge, go to
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