Join me in my daily walk through the joys and struggles of parenthood. Share a word of encouragement or be encouraged. Cry a little, laugh a lot, but know it is all in divine order.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Wellness Wednesday - Food Inspirations

Share your healthy food dishes...

Below is a recipe I received in a wellness newsletter at work. The dish is called Grilled Chicken with Spinach & Melted Mozzarella

Ingredients: Grilled Chicken,Breasts Garlic (minced), Frozen Spinach (10 oz),
Red Pepper (roasted), Mozzarella Cheese (1/3 c)

This next dish was not prepared by me. It's from a local restaurant that specializes in  healthy smoothies and Vegan dishes. The name of the restaurant is What's in Your Cup?

Hail Caesar (Vegan Chicken, Organic Mixed Greens, and more) 

Salmon (broiled), topped with Pico de Gallo
Riced Cauliflower

Monday, July 27, 2020

Motivational Monday – National Parks and Recreation Month – 5 Ways to get active

Photo Credit: National Recreation and Park Association

National Park and Recreation Month is celebrated each year in July. This month emphasizes the importance of community parks and recreational areas and they role they play in promoting health and physical activity. Although we’re nearing the end of the month, there’s no time like the present to get moving and become active.

Here are 5 ways for you to become active

1.      Take a walk through your local park
2.      Canoe or kayak along the river – some parks have an area for you launch your canoe or kayak.
3.      Swing on a swing set  - bring out the kid in you.
4.      Go on a bike ride
5.      Participate in a virtual 5k – for those who want to kick their fitness routine up a notch there are many 5k races offered virtually. You can select one that has a charitable cause you would like to support.

Post your Get Active activities on social media to encourage someone else. What would you add to 
the list above to encourage physical activity?

Friday, July 24, 2020

Fun Friday – Finding Humor Accidentally

Have you come across signs, sayings or other things that make you go hmmm? It seems I find humor accidentally, when I don’t see it coming.  Come along with me today, take a look at a few things I’ve noticed. Feel free to share your interpretation.

How was I pre-selected to receive this email ad about a free MEN'S razor...with premium blades. Did the advertisers find out about my mustache?

Who sent this to me? Someone looking out for my well-being or someone saying it's time you moved on?

While attempting to increase my knowledge base by reading an article on leadership, this heading jumped out at me.


Where are you finding humor?

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Wordless Wednesday - Grateful

What are you grateful for?

Today I am grateful for family, especially my Mama. I tried to sing a song that I like, she took over and joined me..probably to drown out my screeching.

Take a listen below...

Song: Come and Go to That Land (gospel song)

Song:I Know I've Been Changed (gospel song)

Monday, July 20, 2020

Motivational Monday – The College Send Off - Anything but Ordinary

Preparing for back to school

It was early evening as I adjusted the earbuds into my ears, my Zoom workshop was starting in five minutes. As I listened intently to the workshop leader, my son began talking to me from across the room. “Ma, blah, blah, blah..” That’s what I heard, until he bellowed to me again.

“Ma, did you hear what I said?”

I pulled one earbud from my ear and tilted my head slightly to hear what he was saying.
“More of my classes just moved to online and other ones will be hybrid.”
College classes will be anything but ordinary.

As my son’s stack their storage bins, gather their blankets, and check their class schedules, reality sinks in. They are going back to school in the middle of a pandemic. One which is predicted to experience a second wave in the fall if everyone doesn’t practice safe measures.

In past years, the college send-off was a time of excitement for the year ahead – making new friends…a clean house, oh wait we’re not talking about me. My sons were excited about being on their own, hanging out with friends, and attending classes in person.

Neither of my sons want to take online classes, but they will have to abide by the policy of their individual schools. Times we’re living in are not what we are accustomed to. My heart goes out to parents and their children who are preparing for back-to-school with uncertainty.

Where does your strength come from in times of weakness, struggle, and challenges? Prayer changes things. Create a quiet place, pray, meditate, and turn your troubles over to the Lord. Build upon your faith and go from worrier to warrior.

The college send-off this year will include reminders to “wear your mask, keep hand sanitizer handy, and stay away from unnecessary crowds. Saying goodbye will be anything but ordinary.

Since there will be no ordinary this fall, let’s make it extraordinary. If your college student must attend in person classes, send hm off with love, hope and faith.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Fun Friday – The Lighter Side of Family Moments

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Family moments, sometimes they’re warm fuzzy, other times they’re, chaotic and crazy. No matter what there are sure to be times that make you smile. As we transition from stay home orders and migrate back into our communities, take a minute to think about your time spent at home.

Were you home with kids, pets, caring for aging relatives? What were some situations that made you smile? Below are a couple of situations from my reflections.

I’m trying to teach my college age son to be responsible. He has his own car, takes care of it well. But I carry him on my auto insurance. The other day I texted him and said, “Don’t forget to set aside money to give me on your auto insurance.”

He shot a text back, “Okay Sallie Mae, I mean Ma. I get you confused sometimes with the loan company.”

Crowded Garage
I need more time at home to finish taking care of home improvements. Take my garage for instance. What do builders have in mind when they build a two-car garage? For me, a set of instructions is needed. It would include something like this:

·      Only two cars will fit here. Not two cars, a lawn mower, a snow blower, car tires, and a weed wacker.
Every time I back out of my “two-car garage” with two cars in there…I run over the lawnmower wheel.

To say my son doesn’t like leftovers is an understatement and his idea of what constitutes leftovers is…different. He came home one evening after I had put away everything that was cooked.

“Where’s dinner?” he asked.

“Everything is in the fridge,” I said.

“Nooo, now it’s leftovers.”

I rolled my eyes and moved on to do something else. I don’t like to waste food, eventually someone would have to eat it. I reminded my son a couple of days later that we still had food that needed to be eaten.

“”Ma, I don’t want to eat anything else you say we need to hurry up and eat before it goes bad.”

What family moments have you had lately that have made you smile?

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Wellness Wednesday - Perseverance

Vegan Wrap

What have you done lately to focus on your health and wellness? If you've done nothing...get started. If you've started...keep going.

Your word of the day is perseverance.

You can do it. Yes you can.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Motivational Monday – Follow Your Creative Path – Chase Your Dream

It’s never too late to begin your creative adventure. What is it that you really, really enjoy doing, but you have talked yourself out of doing it? You start and you stop, you start again, and you stop. Don’t give up. Even the Little Engine That Could, had to say, “I think I can, I think I can, until he made it to the top of the mountain.

“Stop worrying about what you have to lose and start focusing on what you have to gain.”                             - Zig Ziglar

What is your story? How are you following your creative path?

I have the honor of being a guest blogger on author Lindsey McDivitt’s blog- Late Bloomers- A is for Aging. Check out my story on being a late bloomer in the creative realm. If I can do it so can you.

Click here to view the full story.

Live inspired. Chase your dream.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Monday, July 6, 2020

Motivational Monday – Do Not Give Up – 3 Scriptures to Encourage Your Success

Photo Credit: HR News

Don’t Quit
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When funds are low and debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t quit.
Author Unknown

Circumstances in life can make it easy for us to become discouraged. It’s easy to give up, but it takes courage and determination to stick with something when you feel challenged. Above is one stanza from the popular poem Don’t Quit. I like the line that says, “rest if you must, but don’t quit.”

When you feel overwhelmed, stressed, or just plain tired…pause…rest, and find something that encourages you. It can be difficult to focus on success with work, school, or anything else, when situations are less than ideal. Below are three scriptures that encourage success.

·         “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” – Proverbs 16:3 ESV
·         “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4 ESV
·         “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13 ESV

Each day build time into your schedule to pause, rest, meditate. Think about the direction you want your life to take, pray about it. Believe it and you will achieve it.

Do not give up. Don’t Quit.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Feel Good Friday – Do You Have Faith Like Fireworks?

Photo Credit: The Alpena News

Bursts of Red, White, and Blue illuminate the sky. Sparkles of light sizzle, fizzle, and pop into the night sky. Fireworks are mesmerizing. We should have faith like fireworks, exploding with joy, about our faith.

Now more than ever, with our country in a crisis, we need a stable foundation of faith. While it may be comfortable to keep our faith to ourselves, we need to let it bubble to the surface, then burst from our bodies with joy. Be on the lookout for opportunities where you can share your faith.

We all experience challenges at some point in life. It doesn’t feel good when going through “a rough patch” as my grandfather would say. You may wonder how you will make I through. Somehow you make it through your struggle, you make it to the light at the end of the tunnel and you burst with joy. That’s faith.

Photo Credit: Bible Study Tools

Have you ever been so excited about something, that you couldn’t wait to tell someone? Go ahead, let it out, share your faith. Someone needs to hear your story. Some things you experience are not for you, but for you to be a light to someone else.

Let your faith sizzle, fizzle, and ignite someone else’s sparkle. Get excited. Be faithful. And shine.