Be Good To The One In The Mirror

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I may sound like a broken record from the last two or three blog posts.  I’ve said more than once that LIFE IS PRECIOUS. Without a doubt in my mind, it is.  Hearing about experiences this past week continue to remind me of that. I’ll call them T.I.A.:  (T)ransitions; (I)llnesses; (A)ccidents.

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Transitions occur in each of our lives every single day.  Someone in this world experiences it.  I know of two friends whose loved ones made a transition this past week.  We reflect on their legacy and the positive memories shared. Continue to pray or a word of encouragement to those who need it.

At the beginning of 2015, people have experienced colds; flu; sinus problems; side effects from different forms of treatment to help heal the body.  I’m recuperating from two days of workout (LOL) but it was well worth it.  Send words of positive energy to those who need complete healing.

Two people I communicate with in social media were involved in an accident.  We pray for their healing as well.

Listening to these experiences make me realize of how precious life is.  I also say this to myself:  Be Good To The One In The Mirror.  Yes, this is one of the shortest blog posts I’ve ever written (LOL).

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I’ll Say It Again…LIFE IS PRECIOUS! (Part 2)

I’ll Say It Again…LIFE IS PRECIOUS! (Part 2)

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At first, I thought I would give this week’s blog post another title but with all that’s been going on and hearing of more transitions, I’d name it again with “LIFE IS PRECIOUS.” 

I went to my doctor’s appointment on January 13, 2015.  I had a physical with a new primary physician who was—along with two medical students—very thorough during my visit.  My concern was of the sense of numbness in the tip of my pinky finger on my left hand.  Thought it would go away because I might have slept in the wrong position but it was bothering me for a couple of weeks. I sensed my body was alerting me to something.  I had my blood pressure taken—it was HIGH! I’ve NEVER had high blood pressure in my life! I do have a family history of diabetes and hypertension. I haven’t been diagnosed with diabetes so far (knock on wood).  It may be because of the condition of my ankles at night or a possible infection on one of my toenails that topical over-the-counter medication won’t cure.  I MUST stay active, so I walk and dance for cardio; watch my sodium intake; take breaks away from the computer. I’ll need to make an appointment with a podiatrist.  If my blood pressure isn’t down after a follow-up visit, it was suggested that I be placed on medication (which is something I DON’T want to do) and another physical exam will be done.

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The saying goes “We neither know the day nor the hour.”  Transitions occur every single day–somewhere in the world. It’s a constant wake-up call on how life is precious.  Just today, I heard of a young man who was actively involved in the community made his transition today. He was young.  On yesterday, another young man who was a producer with a particular hip hop collective, made his transition at the age of 26.  We can’t take life for granted. “We neither know the day nor the hour”….

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This post is dedicated to the memories of Tim Clark (@EntertainDMV on Twitter) and A$AP Yams (@ASAPYams on Twitter)

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DISCLAIMER:  The second video may be a little too much for some with its lyrical content but I would listen to the lyrics.

Survived the Seven-Year Itch (Anniversary Edition)

Survived the Seven-Year Itch (Anniversary Edition)

On January 10-11, 2008, I drove in my car (that I still have) from home to a begin a new life, a new chapter in Washington, DC–now affectionately known as part of the ‘DMV’ (DC, Maryland, and Virginia). For an earlier ‘geographical definition’, I was told it involves the District of Columbia; Montgomery County and Prince George’s County in Maryland; Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudon, and Alexandria City in Northern Virginia. These areas are geographically close, but you wouldn’t think so due to the amount of traffic on the Beltway (which is something I definitely had to get used to—still haven’t lol), namely I-66; I-395; I-495; I-95, and I-295 along with several bridges and an area called “The Mixing Bowl” in NoVA. I thought ‘Malfunction Junction’ in Birmingham, Alabama was an area to deal with LOL

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I moved for graduate school and potential employment opportunities. After one year in the area, I noticed my weight and my health was changing.  When I was in a relationship, I did good. When I was out of a relationship, I slacked off. I should NEVER base my pursuit and maintenance of a healthier lifestyle on being in a relationship. Do it because YOU want to like your life depended on it! I had to improve. I kept saying that I would do it and get working on my health.

Blog 1112015-page0001For those who follow and read my blog, I started sharing my journey due to the fact I needed to get my health in order. After my mother’s transition on November 9, 2009, it was a wake-up call for me. I prayed to God that a family history of diabetes and hypertension would not make me the next statistic, so I began Zumba; got involved with a 30-day meal plan; the place I lived at had its own fitness center; took belly dancing classes. I had spurts of health awareness. I did manage to lose 18 pounds and go from a size 18 to size 14 jeans.

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The one thing I’ve stressed in this blog is to take care of yourselves. My previous blog post last week was entitled “Life IS Precious.” Ironically, I had one of my fellow natives and social media friends make her transition at the age of 26.  She died from complications of sickle cell anemia.  As the saying goes, “We neither know the day nor the hour.” I was diagnosed a year ago with stage 1 lymphedema (swelling of my ankles). The fluid doesn’t leave my body or circulates well; isn’t contributed to diabetes which is a good thing.  This week, I have a doctor’s appointment due to one of my fingers feeling strange. It may be due to so much time spent working on my laptop with internet searches; keeping up with social media; blog posts, etc. I had to adjust my ‘ergonomic environment’ so I wouldn’t feel uncomfortable.  I wear compression socks to keep the swelling down. I don’t like them but it’s necessary.  I’ll definitely give an update of my doctor visit.

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Fast-forward:  On August 27, 2014, I celebrated by 45th Birthday and I’m so grateful to see another year in 2015! I’m not where I want to be but I’m glad that I’m not where I used to be.  I continue to pray, push, reflect, and believe that hard work in pursuing and maintaining a healthier lifestyle pays off!

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I dedicate this blog post to the life of Ms. Janeese Jackson, my fellow Birmingham native; entrepreneur; advocate for research and eradication of sickle cell anemia; and “Love Queen”. May you enjoy your eternal life celebration, Sis.

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Life IS Precious!

Life IS Precious!

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I can’t begin to express how grateful I am that I’ve lived this long! I only have one mouth to profess the grace and mercy of the Most High!

For the past two weeks, the pinky finger on my left hand feels numb at times, which tells me something is going on with my body and I must address it.  In a previous post, I suggested that you listen to your body and it’ll tell you what’s going on.  I’ve never had this experience before.  I took to the Internet to WebMD to research a probable cause.  There’s a family of history of diabetes and hypertension and I vowed when starting to write this blog in May 2011 that I would break the cycle.  I need to see a doctor immediately so it can be checked out.

With so much going on in the world today, as individuals, we must take care of ourselves if we want to accomplish more in our lives.  For me, it’s becoming more conscious; spiritually; mentally; physically.  There’s so much that I want to do and I continue to ask for peace and draw closer to God while I’m on this journey.  I did my workout schedule and slowly getting back to my water intake. I can’t give up….and I won’t!

I’ll let you know of my progress. Just follow and read on. This blog post is dedicated to those who are no longer with us for one reason or another: Stuart Scott; John Quintero; Donna Douglas; Antonio Martin; Edward Brooke; Kajieme Powell; Mario Cuomo; Miller Williams

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