FALL BUCKET LIST

Fall is my favorite time of the year! So here are all the things I would like to experience this fall season.   Maybe you will be interested in doing them as well.  Well here goes my fall bucket list

  • Longwood Gardens is one of my favorite places on earth.  It truly is a place you can visit every season of the year.  I will have to share my summer visit with you in another post.    https://longwoodgardens.org

  • Participate in a 5k - You may not know this but my father died from complications of diabetes.  I was a daddy's girl and still am. My father taught me so much and I try every day to live a life he would be proud of.   I would like to honor his memory by participating in the American Diabetes Association taking places this November 6th in Philadelphia.  http://stepout.diabetes.org/site/TR/StepOut/StepOutContent?fr_id=11534&pg=entry

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

     

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    • Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.  -William B. Sprague

    • Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. -Henry Ford

    • I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become. -Oprah Winfrey

    • I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. -Michael Jordan

    • You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want. -Zig Ziglar

    • Honor your commitments with integrity. -Les Brown

    • Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. -Truman Capote

    • Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.  -Mark Twain

    • Some succeed because they are destined. Some succeed because they are determined.                   -Unknown

    • Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.        -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    • Whenever you find whole world against you just turn around and lead the world.                      -Anonymous

    • The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. -Unknown

    • You must remain focused on your journey to greatness. -Les Brown

    • Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. -Albert Einstein

    • You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. -Wayne Gretzky

    • Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. -Charles Swindoll

    • Eighty percent of success is showing up. -Woody Allen

    • I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. -Maya Angelou

    • The best revenge is massive success. -Frank Sinatra

    • People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily. -Zig Ziglar

    • Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. -Jesus

    • Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined. -Henry David Thoreau

    • Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. -Les Brown

    • Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.                 -Albert Einstein

    • Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality. -Les Brown

    • Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him. -Booker T. Washington

    • Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. -Ancient Indian Proverb

    • Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can. -Arthur Ashe

    • How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. -Anne Frank

    • Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. -Les Brown

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    A few weeks ago the internet went crazy over the words of Ayesha Curry; wife of NBA star Steph Curry. 

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    Even though in the social media world this topic is old I still had some thoughts I wanted to share. Now me being a woman who likes to carry myself with respect and dignity I found no issue with her words.  But for some reason this beautiful young married mother of two was judge for expressing her opinion. I have pseveral issues with the negative attention her comments received.  

     

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    First I am aware that we live in a day and age where showing your body gets more likes then inspirational quotes. Where careers are made by sleeping with the hottest celebrities and breaking the internet with nudes photos is an accomplishment that makes the 6’o clock news. But have we completely lost our sense of morals where now we belittle those who want to remained clothed and doing things in a way their children could mirror.  Its extremely disheartening to see that my children will grow up in a world that will make them feel weird for wanting to be lady-like or a gentleman.  Well I refuse to lose hope that there are people still out there that are bold enough and strong enough to stand up for what they believe is right.

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    Ayesha's opinion is much like means in this respect. I feel compelled to let our youth and young women know that its ok to be a "good girl" or respectable woman. Even though what is being shown on TV, social media, movies or at school is saying the opposite. There are many women and men that want to live a life they can be proud of.  Everyone is not "doing it"!  It may be hard to do the right thing but its not wrong.

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    Well it’s that time of the year again and like many I fully embrace Holiday season.  Because it means love, family, snow and most importantly the birth of Jesus Christ.  This year I am sharing some of my favorite christmas songs.  There are so many but here are few that are staples on my playlist. This list is comprised of some classics and some new artist that are making their mark in the music industry.  As a music lover I explore all genres of music and this list is no different. From Christmas Reggae to Jazz to Classic Christmas back to a Soulful Christmas this list is very diverse.  Everyone should be able to find something on this list that peaks there musical palate.  Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

     

    Someday at Christmas - Steve Wonder & Andra Day

    All I want for Christmas is You - Mariah Carey

    Sleigh Ride - Tamar Braxton

    Ave Maria - Celine Dion

    Joy to the World - Whitney Houston

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    Favorite Time of Year(feat. Tori Kelly) -India.Arie & Joe Sample

    Silent Nocturne - Israel & New Breed

    Give Love On Christmas Day - The Jackson 5

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    What Child Is This - Tamela Mann

    Feliz Navidad - Placido Domingo,Eugene Kohn

    This Christmas (feat. Mykal Kilgore) - Etienne Charles

    Spread Love - Take 6

    Let it Snow - Boyz II Men

    Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Michael Buble

    Silver Bells - Bebe & Cece Winans

    O Holy Night (feat. Avon Blackman) - Christafari

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    Do Your Hear What I Hear - Gladys Knight & The Pips

    You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch - Jim Carrey

    Angels We Have Heard on High - Andrea Bocelli

    Mary Did You Know? - CeeLo Green

    Now Behold the Lamb - Kirk Franklin

    What Christmas Means to Me - Stevie Wonder

    White Christmas - Michael McDonald

    I’ll Be Home for Christmas - Jimmy Needham

    Peace - Michael W. Smith

    Defeating Procrastation

    The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. Proverbs 13:4 says

    Procrastination is a very destructive mechanism. It can be an enemy in our pursuit of success and purpose. So we as believers should declare the victory over procrastination every chance we get. Many times we tend to put off what is important because we think of it as a daunting task like filing taxes, writing a term paper and paying bills.

    Some people fall into procrastination because of fear of not being able to complete the task due lack of resources, time and confidence. 


    Let’s suppose the task for someone is to produce a blog post or clean the attic or even create a  family budget. Chances are we put off these tasks and wait until the last possible moment to try to do them. And many times we never come back to it. The worse thing about procrastination is that when we put off a task for a later time, we begin to fall short in the rest of the dealings of the day.Many of times our mind remains occupied by the thoughts of the delayed task, and we give ourself continuous mental torture until we complete the task.All day we are thinking about what we have put off. And it many times distracts us from the things that are right in front of us needing our attention.

    I have experienced this myself, failing to get a postal stamp to put on an important letter that needs to go in the mail. This usually stays on my mind and heart until I finally complete the task.

    Because we allow ourselves to get involved in other worthless activities and slowly withdraw into a passive mode, where we can not do physical or mental hard work. 

    Be encouraged because there is good news; we can pull off what seems to be a defeat with only a bit of discipline! The key to overcoming this is to not let procrastination overcome you.

    Try this: Do your most important task first every morning. Discipline yourself to do so for at least a couple of months until you create a habit. 

    Discipline, determination and a deep desire to succeed are important in defeating procrastination. You can do it ........ just believe!!!!!

    Meditate on the word: 

    Proverbs 12:24 ESV 

    The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.

    Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV 

    Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

    Luke 9:59-62 ESV 

    To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

    Philippians 4:13 ESV   

    I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

    James 4:17 ESV  

    So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.