Who Am I? (Birthday Edition)

Even though my birthday is officially on August 27, those who know me will tell you I celebrate until Labor Day LOL.

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I am knowledge; caring; energy; motivation; faith

I am the only child of Michael and beloved Catherine

I am a Queen who will be treated as such and will realize when my King is presented before me–and we will pray and rule together

I am a Southern girl raised on love, family, faith, and hard work

I am a social media maven who shares her journey to wellness and the love of good music

I am going where the Most High wants me to go and will not lose

I am bruised; broken; but not destroyed

I am a survivor and it’s in my spirit to NOT give up

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Some of you know how I am when it comes to music, so proceed with caution….


Dorm Essentials from A Seasoned Perspective

It’s amazing to me that I’ve been out of undergraduate studies for officially twenty years.  Looking back, the energy and excitement of living on campus and pursuing a quality education is definitely contagious.  More importantly, you want to live in an environment that reflects, motivates, and inspires you to do well. Who wants to live in a residential community that’s drab and boring? Even though I lived in the city I grew up in, I stayed on campus to get the experience of being away from “home.” I’d like to share some dorm essentials I feel would help enhance the experience and still have fun in the process.

Bedding Sets

Bedding sets

Bedding Sets at Parachute

This is where you’ll spend most of your time in-between classes and those late-night study sessions.  You want your bed to be comfortable and have a durable sheet set; particularly when it comes time for your laundry day trips to wash clothes.

Mini fridge

Mini refrigerator  0.14 cu. ft. Retro Fridge in Red at Home Depot

Every inviting dorm room should have one of these for your bottled water; sodas; cold food; and to-go plates LOL                  

microwave oven

Microwave Oven at WalMart

Hamilton Beach 0.7-cu ft Microwave Oven

A wonderful tool when you don’t have time to cook a full meal.  Making those trips to the nearest grocery store or a dollar store for good and inexpensive food items will be worth the investment!

iron ironing board

Iron and Ironing Board at Home Depot and WalMart

Lightweight Professional Steam Iron  

Honey Can Do Tabletop Ironing Board With Iron Rest

You can definitely make a good impression for an evening event; fellowship; internship or a work study job with nicely pressed attire!
Women's shower shoes   Men's Shower shoes   towel set

Shower shoes & Bath towel sets

WalterDrake LG Mesh Shower Shoes For Women at WalMart

EasyComforts MED Men’s Shower Shoes at WalMart

Room Essentials™ Stripe 3-pc. Bath Towel Set at Target

Never leave home without these essentials.  Depending on the dorm, I remember each individual was asked to clean the shower after use. Some would even before use.

multipurpose cart

Multipurpose cart with storage

Altra Furniture Marshall 2-Shelf Rolling Storage Cart, Multiple Colors

Your microwave and several books could go on this cart. You might have a desk in your dorm room but may not be able to use all the space.  

Since technology is becoming more advanced every day, you could also invest in an expensive laptop via QVC with Easy Pay options (www.qvc.com). You may not always be able to get to the library, so you may want to have an alternative to work on your assignments; check email; search the Internet, etc.

Hope this information I’ve shared is of help to a student who will begin the fall semester very soon!

Too Many Reminders


There is a time for everything,

    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

Honestly, there are too many reminders among us to live life and not take it for granted.  We’ve seen or heard of so many people die from natural causes; illness; or senseless violence.  At times, you may question about the “spirit” of the human race.  I am reminded during these times of transition to live life, because tomorrow isn’t promised to us.

I was looking at my feet earlier today, knowing good and well I needed to wear my compression socks.  My ankles swell due to circulation and it may happen at night or in the day.  At these times, I prop my feet up or perform a manual lymph drainage.  Remember when I said in a previous post “Health is wealth?”  In order to do the things we wish to do, one must take our health seriously; it’s important.  I’ll have to invest in a new blender soon in order to get back to my green smoothies and healthier choices for snacks.  I look forward to getting back to that routine. I continue to purchase fruits and vegetables. My dinner was broiled chicken breast and kale.  Health checkups are a must; I’m due for a couple.  I had a physical earlier this year.


If anyone would like to contribute to my health fitness journey, my birthday is on August 27 and gifts that would enhance and help my journey are definitely accepted:  a blender (e.g. Nutribullet, Ninja); single trampoline; gift cards to an athletic shop for workout gear; a dance class—just a few suggestions LOL

In all things, put your best foot forward!


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Go Through It (An Ode to Not Giving Up)

It’s through faith, determination, and vision where you see yourself in your best work. You are important and you matter to someone else, even if they don’t know it. At times, you have to encourage yourself to keep going.


There are days you want to throw in the towel and say “This is too much. I can’t go on.” What some realize is that they’re closer to the accomplishment of the vision because the obstacles are coming out of nowhere, testing your faith; your spirit; your patience.  You’ll be able to laugh at these doubters once you get to the finish line!


I REFUSE to give up! Something in my spirit tells me that it won’t be long; be patient; keep moving; go through it. I know it’s easier said than done, but when you accomplish your vision, you’ll have a story to share with others–a testimony as to how you made it, and they can too!


Keep going and allow yourself to be an example to others that it CAN be done!