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Random Thoughts on A Random Day

Today is Saturday and I am blogging. This wasn’t my original plan for the day. I was going to go to an education-related conference. However, Mother Nature decided to shift my time with the quickness so here I am sharing random thoughts on a random day. Perhaps, you have a few yourself that you need to let out. Consider the comment section your expression station. 

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That Moment When Archangel Raphael CO-SIGNED ALL OF MY MOTHER'S ADVICE

If you have been following my blog for awhile, then you know that I have had some pretty sweet stories about synchronicity in my life. There was that moment when a Lee Harris video was speaking my life through and through. There was that moment when my sister couldn’t find rosemary right before cooking her big Thanksgiving meal but then God hooked her up in the most unexpected ways. There was also that moment when I prayed for a hug and I got one from my grandfather who surprised me in my dreams. And now, there is that moment when Archangel Raphael came through for a sista during an extremely rough time in her life by basically co-signing all of my mother’s advice. Lol Let me tell you the story!

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4 Positive Reads PERFECT for the Fall

Whether we like it or not, we are moving into the colder season which is the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book. There is a number of books to select from so it may be difficult to decide which one to choose and read. Of course, with me, I love a great self-help/spiritual book that leaves the reader feeling empowered and inspired to go great positive things in the world. So with the Fall approaching us, I thought it'd be the perfect time to share some of my all-time favorite books with all of you. 

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Scars, Stretchmarks, Cellulite, Oh WOW!

Ladies…and men... Do you remember the first time you looked at your body with the side-eye? You know that moment when you go to put on your favorite jeans and they feel a little tighter than you remembered? Or that time when you were in the department store trying on your size and that size starts acting brand new? Or that morning when you were just in your underwear and you casually walked by the mirror and did a double take? You know what I’m talking about. You’re thinking to yourself - "What the hell happened? Just yesterday, my butt was smoother than a cup of pudding and now it has the nerve to look more like a pot of grits!?” 

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Yesterday, I cried.

I wish I could logically explain anxiety and depression in words for everyone to understand. I can’t. At least, not right now. I am in the middle of one of those days...one of those super quiet days when raw emotions speak loudest. It’s rough but I can handle it. I’ve been here before plenty of times and have pulled through. 

I will pull through. 

And you will too. 

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Nothing like some wisdom in the blogosphere

Everyone has wisdom. Everyone has the ability to share their insights that provoke positivity and productivity. Everyone has an inner guru that knows the ways of the world instinctively. All we have to do is listen and be willing to share our deepest truths with one another. Nine times out of ten, they'll align with our own thoughts on life, love and what happens in between. It's always a special experience when you feel this alignment while reading a blog post. It makes you feel less alone in the world. It makes you feel empowered, passionate and motivated. It makes you feel love sweetly and profoundly. So without further adieu, here are some of my favorite posts that are filled with wisdom by fellow bloggers...

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everything is in your favor

Every. Single. Moment.

is truly in your favor.

I know in the moment it can be hard to believe because energy is in a certain motion. You are wondering why do you have to go through x, y, and z. You’re filled with stress and your life feels like an utter complete mess. It shows up in your clothing, in the contents of your home, in the addictions you hold close, in the people that surround you, in the eyes of you.

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be childlike and keep asking questions about everything

Remember when you were a kid and you used to bug the adults around you with a flurry of questions? The questions were usually related to topics you were curious about or situations you did not particularly understand. You would use all the possible questions starting with who, what, when, where, why and how.

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my granddad & a hug - a magical story about the power of prayer

When I was 10 years old, my granddad passed away. I've never had a super close connection to him, but I do remember noticing, even at a young age, that he had a huge presence, which was intimidating for my little shy self. He was very well known around my hometown, Philadelphia, for his activism in the 1960s and 70s. Also, he was pretty popular across the country for his social work. He was so well loved by the community that I vaguely remember Philadelphia's first poet laureate, Sonia Sanchez performing her signature spoken word at his funeral. Since then, I've thought about him sometimes, curious about his life and what he is up to on the other side. I've also talked to him while in prayer whenever a family problem occurred and I'd like to think he helped mend some brokenness in my extended family as a result. However, I never really knew if he was actually there for me until one magical night many years after his passing.

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my sister & a sprig of rosemary: a funny story on the power of synchronicity

Have you ever planned a major meal and browsed through your local grocery store only to find out that a major ingredient is missing? Have you ever felt the heartbreak of such a tragic event when your entire menu seems to crumble into pieces even if you have all the other ingredients for everything else? You simply want to give up your chef’s hat and walk away in defeat but then, something miraculous happens and you know that God is on the look out for the cookout - literally.

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your day is always special, even if it's not following society's traditions

During these final months of the year, there is a societal expectation to be surrounded by family and friends but life is not always like a hallmark card. Sometimes, you are left alone during these months and it can feel even lonelier when you see photo after photo of smiling faces, filled plates and piled up gifts. Sometimes, you realize it is the first holiday season without a certain loved one or friend. Sometimes, you feel ostracized even with a lot of people around you so you don't engage in the usual banter. You stay quiet in the corner. Sometimes, you can't take that day off because the extra money is needed in your household so you sacrifice holidays. If you are not following the American traditions and expectations of November 24th or December 25th, your day can still be special because in essence, it truly is.

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mistakes are good for you, really they are

We have one odd relationship with mistakes. We are fully aware that we are totally imperfect human beings and yet, we put down ourselves whenever this imperfection rears its beautiful head. Sometimes, we are so harsh with our condemnation to our natural selves that it is no wonder that we are so confused with our greatness and what that truly looks like in our day to day. We contradict our innate truth by trying to keep up with a totally unrealistic idealism that only makes us feel inferior. Why do we do this!? Why!!!? Okay, perhaps, it is society's weird obsession with airbrush snapshots of life. However, it is those messy moments that are truly the most magical and most connecting parts of ourselves. Like R Kelly never said, "I don't see nothing wrong with a little bump ...and lumps."

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what happens when black luminaries speak? wisdom shines for all of us

In a society where overt racism and systematic oppression was the norm, the following Black luminaries were still able to give their thought-provoking words of wisdom to the world selflessly for their own community and beyond. Below is just a small sampling of the widespread wisdom these brave men and women shared in their lives, along with a brief biography of each one.

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to television or tell a vision, that tis the question

Television Program

Let me repeat

Television Program

It’s all in the words.

Tell A Vision Program

Let me repeat

Tell A Vision Program

It’s all in the words.

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in case you didn't know, positivity is not perfection, my friend

"One day, I will have it all together." "When I get myself right, everything else will be right." "Once I have the perfect job, perfect mate, perfect home, I will be happy." "If I only had x,y and z, then I would be the most positive person on Earth."

Do you find yourself having similar statements running in your head? We can all be guilty of living a future paradise. We dream of all the wonderful ways our future will be better than our present and we sometimes get lost in the dream, waiting for perfection to come our way as soon as possible. Well, let me tell you something, life will never be perfect but life can be positive and you know what the best part about it is? Life can be positive starting today!

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life can always be peaceful in the moment

Life may not be pretty at this moment.Life may not be perfect at this moment. Life may not be pleasant at this moment.

However, life can always be peaceful at this moment.

Just a little reminder to take with you on your journey today. If you are reading this, then take it as a sign to find peace in this moment right now. In the middle of the mess, try to find the one glimmer of light that shimmers, the blessing that is hidden, the lesson that is waiting to be learned.

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no one has your life. no one ever will.

We oftentimes forget our magnificence because there are so many forces bombarding us with one ugly message - we are not enough. We are not pretty enough. We are not smart enough. We are not happy enough. We are not successful enough. We are not rich enough. And the list goes on and on and on in one endless loop if we decide to play that tape in our heads.

However, guess what?

We can change the tape.

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