Don’t Get Discouraged with the Current

Hello Family! I hope everyone is doing well! My bro Bryan has really been on me and pushing me to write and to organize a blog schedule, and need to say… it’s working thus far. So every Wednesday you can see a new blog post from me and you actually might begin to see more within a week 😊 Stay tuned

I just want to continue to encourage those that might be going through a season that feels like drought. What do I mean? You feel like you’re not accomplishing anything or nothing is getting done or you may feel like everything you touch falls apart or you’re just a car in park. This is what I’ve been feeling for the past 3 months. I have a few things on my plate that has to get done and those things sometimes will discourage me from really working on my dream or vision because I’m too busy working /worrying about the current.

The last 4 months for me have been kind of brutal financially. Honestly, I know myself and I know when something isn’t right. I would go to work and come home and crawl in the bed, and not get up until the next day. Here’s the kicker sometimes I would eat one meal and not eat again. Now y’all know your boy loves to eat! I was surely going through a season of drought and was overwhelmed without any navigation and couldn’t see any light through my tunnel.

I slowly begin to shift my focus and I was able to see my vision and dream ahead of my current. As much mess or drought you’re going through you must combat it with your dream. I started watching YouTube vids of others people journey and stories and I started reading books that would challenge my mind to stay focus on the future. My main issue was my thoughts. You have to find a way to calm down your mind and spirit. Many of you know I am a man of faith and I choose prayer and meditation and I must confess. I wasn’t doing my share of this during my drought. I wasn’t getting fed enough spiritually to combat what my natural intake would be. Soon after I was able to get back to the grind of building my brand and business and what’s so amazing and crazy at the same time, the stuff that had me down, some of it is still going on, but I’m able to go through it because I have my dreams before it.

I want to tell you to not give up. Please don’t give in. It’s not that bad and everyday you’re given a blank canvas to create, to publish and live. Don’t get so caught up in the bad that you neglect on the good and the good to come. I hope this nugget helps and encourages you on your journey. We got this, let’s make it happen

Use What You Got

Hey Everybody!!! It’s been a while since I’ve written, but I’m back and ready to encourage and uplift. We really need that in today’s time because one moment you might feel like you have all the motivation that you need and then in the next second of that moment you are doubting and wanting to crawl up back in bed for the day.

I would like to encourage you today and let you know that God has created you and given you everything that you need. Sounds a bit cliche right? I’m sure you’ve heard that through the church walls and pews but it really is true. Often times, I find myself buying products or chasing after this or that because I see other people successful with it. Most of the time, if you just work with the measure you’re given that measure would get the job done.

Quick Example

At the top of the year my living arrangements begin to get interrupted and I had to find a new place to live. I had a friend talk to me about home buying and he suggested I talk to a bank to see if I would get pre-approved for a home loan. NOW in a million years, buying a house was far, far, far away from my agenda and I always and always felt like I didn’t have enough money in the bank to buy a house. What’s the name of this Blog???? Use what you got!!! So literally I used what I had. I had my income, credit score, and not a whole lot of money in the bank and what happened? I got pre-approved for a home loan. It was mind blowing. Over the past few years I was working on my credit and made sure I paid everything on time but I never thought that I was preparing myself to make an investment purchase like this. So I simply used what I had already and stepped out on faith. You will never know what you can do or where you can go, until you step out and try. I never knew what programs were available to assist you buying your first home. I learned so much and it’s made me think on a higher level. In my younger years, just hearing the word mortgage would make me shut everything down because I was brainwashed into thinking that you had to have thousands, and thousands of dollars in the bank to buy and obtain an home loan.

I just want to encourage you to use what you got. It might seem small to you, but it just might be what’s required to get you into the door. You might remember the mustard seed of faith. I used to wear one around my neck in a charm, and that thing is small. It would most definitely spark and grow the more you use it, so get up and Use what you Got!!!

Be Blessed & I love you all!

Here Comes the Purge

Hello Family! I hope everyone is making their way to family for the Thanksgiving Holiday and I hope that everyone is safe and blessed.

                                         Garbage Can

 I was working around the house the other day doing laundry and I noticed some clothes and shoes that I don’t wear anymore but still yet they were in my closet. I asked myself “why are you holding on to this”? mind you the clothes were now too small and I don’t plan on losing weight in my chest or arms (those are the good parts) but why was I still holding to them? So I started to think and to dissect this situation. Did they have any sentimental value? Nope. Were they a collectors item? Nope. So I kept going back to why do I still have it? Suddenly,  I gathered a bag and started putting all of the things together that were old and that I wasn’t going to be wearing anymore.

Shortly, I got the revelation behind this for life’s journey ahead. There are many things that we have around us that just become garbage and waste. I know for me it becomes a distraction. In this season, I have been working on “focus” and trying to stay focused on my goals and what really matters. If we don’t take the time purge the things that we don’t have need anymore, they may just end up holding us back. Some of the things might not be materials. They could be connections, relationships, friendships, the way we think, or even the way we learn. Now I’m not saying go and start befriending people because I believe that everyone needs someone and somebody but if the connection or friendship is causing you to not move forward or is toxic then purge it. As I’ve stated before in another blog, God created life to move and with moving it moves forward. God’s word stays the same and yes he is the same God but he is a God of Progression. He wants us to grow. He wants us to be better.

Purging comes and will start to happen when we begin to release. As much as we want to be superman and batman and act like we are made of steel, we all have hearts and souls. In order for us to grow and move forward, we must let some things go. Just like a growing baby can’t fit the same onesie that he wore at 2 months and now at 24 months. Some stuff has to go, and not only that… You will not have need for it anymore! So I say to you dear friends purge and get rid of the dead weight that’s holding you and keeping you from moving forward. This will only help you gain focus on what really matters.

 

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Wisdom for the Over-Thinker

So I was brainstorming some ideas of what to jot down from my next blog post and I wanted to write something that is heart filled but relatable. So begin to take inventory of what’s actually going on with me in this season, so here it goes.

Each and every year I make declarations for the year and one them was to take every opportunity that comes my way. Step out of the box and get out of the boat. I’ve noticed that my biggest hang up here is not knowing what the outcome will be. So, instead of messing something up or losing I just won’t try and would just press snooze on the opportunity. All of the voices would come and say…. I’m not good enough, try it next time, and I would simply overthink the opportunity and lose it and then be mad that I didn’t do it.

I’ve realized that this is a cycle that I have to break and the only way to break it is by doing the complete opposite of what those voices are telling you.

I remember up until 2 years ago, I never knew how to swim. When I was 11 I had an almost drowning experience and developed a fear for water. So after that 5 years, pass by then 10 and now I was a full adult and never knew how to swim. There were many opportunities that arose that would help me learn how to swim but I had just got comfortable with not knowing and never learning how to.

In 2016 a great friend of mines came to me and said we should take swimming lessons. Immediately I said ok, because I had to show her how strong I was and that I was up for the task but  instead I was so scared lol. We signed up for classes and the classes were made for adults learning to swim. It didn’t feel so bad once I started because I ended up being the youngest in the class.

If I had never stepped out of the boat of fear and grabbed the opportunity to learn how to swim I would’ve missed it. As an over thinker we must understand that everything doesn’t have to be over thought. Sometimes you just need to go with the wave. The outcome was great. I was so excited when I learned. I’m also able to put my head in the water while showering. (The fear of drowning really had me). All I’m saying is don’t let fear or doubt stop you from taking the opportunity that stands before you.

I pray and hope that you will begin to take the opportunity that is presented to you so that you can reach you destiny.

 

Why you shouldn’t Live in your head? For the Over-Thinker

I know it’s been a while since I wrote, but I’m gaining my motivation back and thanks to my brother Bryan who is always encouraging me to pull out that pen and paper or tablet and get to writing and make it happen. So here I am. I just want to share something that has been on my heart and something that I’m reevaluating.

Judging from this title, you might be asking what is this about, and what is an over thinker. An over thinker is someone who analyzes and evaluates a formula for life, a problem, or anything. It can be simple as cleaning a pair of gym shoes. The objective is to clean the shoes but as an over thinker we would weigh out all of the factors before actually cleaning the shoe. What factors exist here?… I’m glad you asked me… 

  1. What type of shoe cleaner should i use? 
  2. Should I use something that contains bleach?
  3. Should I wash my sneakers over the kitchen sink?
  4. Should I wash them over the bathroom tub?
  5. Should i toss them into the washer machine?

And so on

So we have one objective but many factors to getting them done and most of the time if we can’t figure out the equation, we will just discontinue the task at hand. Mannn this used to be me for everything but as I get older I do understand that this very skill and characteristic can also be my flaw. Sometimes you just need to do it. Everything we do in life doesn’t need to be broken down into many factors for us to get the answer or to see the end. This is why many of us won’t start nothing or won’t even finished what we have started because we’re too busy over thinking the situation. GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD.

Release It

Getting out of your head will help you to stop overthinking but how do we do this? We must actually live and learn to release. The thing we’re thinking and stressing about we must release. Release it in writing, talking it out to a friend, or standing on top of a mountain and screaming it out. 

Jump In & Do it

If it something that you’re trying to do or wanting to do but fear is stopping you and you’re sitting and contemplating  yes or no, then I encourage you to just jump in and do it. I’m speaking from experience. This is something that I have been doing for the past year in a half. I just jump in and the outcome of it has always been a blessing. It always seems to connect to something bigger and better from where I started from. 

Use your SuperPower for Good

I think Over thinker’s have a gift. Being analytical isn’t always a bad thing if it’s for the right thing. In a board meeting with a CEO, the team expects you to be analytical because we can’t just have you throwing out your 30 second idea and you haven’t figured out how it will be financed or if it would be a risk for the business. We also must be aware that everything doesn’t require our superpower. If you have questions you want to ask a friend or your spouse in a relationship but you rather sit and formulate, investigate, and send smoke signals then you living in your head is just going to dig you deeper hole than what you’re already in. Jump in… use the tool communication and save  your SuperPower for something worth it. People get paid lots of money to think and to analyze a problem. 

Thank you for reading. 

Life: The Good the Bad the Ugly

Hey Everyone! I know I’ve taken a break from writing but now I feel the urge to pull the pen out and jot somethings down. So stay tuned for my post. Please Comment, Share, and Subscribe.

I’ve titled this post”Life, The Good the Bad and the Ugly because simply that is just what life seems to give you on your journey. Everyday isn’t going to be full of sunshine and flowers. You will cry. You will bleed and you will move on. I realize one major thing about life. It is simply going to move with you or without. So why not stay in the game? Yes, you got fouled and maybe scraped an elbow, but did it kill you? Are your injuries until death?

The Bad & Ugly

I’ve realized that we must continue to move on in this thing called life. We can’t spend months of being mad over something that could have been solved with a phone call or text. Life isn’t promised. You never know when your time might be up. Yes… I get it they hurt our feelings and wronged us but guess what… That’s not going to be the last person that hurts our feelings. Here this… the reason why are feelings do get hurt is because we are all different. We don’t think the same or hurt the same. So it’s bound to happens o just let it go and keep moving on. You’re not alway going to win and get it on the first try but that doesn’t mean to not try again or to try something different.

The Good

Life is Precious and fragile so we should live on Purpose. Don’t waste time wasting time. Everyday you should learn something different. Experience something different. Life is full of surprises but if you’re boxed in to just one type of way of doing something or boxed in to just really not knowing anything further than your boundary then you have really dismissed yourself from the good of life. I myself started doing things different this year. I’ve started by picking new places to eat, trying different foods and even going to cities and places I’ve never been.

If you’re reading this we have all been given this gift of life and you can choose how big you want it to grow or how small. I encourage you to break the limits off of it and Live big. So don’t forget to laugh, live, love and Enjoy the Good Life!

 

 

Notes about Love

Why does Love have to be so thick and fluffy? Love is like getting super glue on your fingertips. The quicker you try to clean it off, the quicker it dries and is stuck to you.

Why does Love make you fall? Love makes you break all of your rules and walls and turns you into a vulnerable tree branch that goes with the current of the wind.

Why does Love cause Fear? Love is like riding a roller coaster in the dark, not being able to see the direction of the ride or journey… the falls, the rises, the turns… all of those drops of your stomach and heart.

Why does Love hurt? Love is thick and you fall for the one that might not understand your deep emotions or understand why you’re stuck to them.

Why is Love ugly? Were all made different and have different love languages. Some verbally say it. Some physically display it. Most don’t understand each other’s language so tug of war begins, stretching, bending, and twisting each other until we see each other’s heart.    

Where is the Beauty in Love? Love is sticky, contagious, risky but beautiful. Hearing that special ringtone designated for that special one after a hard a long day brings excitement of life to our hearts. They want me! Just hearing their voice triggers and stimulates dopamine.

 Why does Love always win? The bible says it clear Love covers over a multitude on Sin. 1 Peter 4:8 If God has demonstrated to us this Great love then why can’t we forgive, move on, and continue to love?

My Piano Teacher

Welcome back and thank you so much for taking the time out to read my blog. I hope you be inspired by the small nuggets I write and declare. Stay tuned and remember always come back and check out my blog for Blog Wednesdays.

Some of you may know that I went to a performing arts high school. The school range from grades 6-12. So,  at about 9 years old I started fumbling around with a toy keyboard that I had gotten for Christmas. I would spend hours playing and carrying it around the house and pretty soon I was able to play back what I heard from the radio and TV. I was able to pluck out the melody. My parents caught on to this, and said “maybe there’s something here”. So next Christmas I got a 61 Keyboard and was able to play some of the songs the keyboard came with. After seeing my interest in piano, my parents decided to have me audition for the Emerson School Performing Arts school in Gary, IN as a piano major. I remember the audition like it was yesterday. I came to the school highly prepared with my boombox, because I was going to play along with the track.

I walked in, set down and the piano teacher begin asking me a few questions and then I sat at a baby grand piano for the first time in my life. She asked what I was going to play and I replied ” Donnie McClurkin’s We Fall Down”. So I pressed play on my boombox and begin to play it. At that time I thought I was doing some big stuff, but I only played the melody using both hands!!!! I didn’t know what the word melody was or octave or anything. After a few weeks I received a letter in the mail, saying congratulations I had been accepted and at that moment my musical journey began.
I want to introduce to some my piano teacher and friend Judith Neville. She was indeed the piano teacher at the audition who seen the gift inside me and took a chance on letting me into the school. I didn’t know how to read music, or understand any terminology going in, but I owe it to her for being an amazing Teacher. You always hear the term, teachers don’t make enough. I always took the saying literal because most teachers I seen had nice cars but it wasn’t about the money. Teachers are mothers, fathers, counselors, therapist, and so much more to the students that they teach.

I’ve said enough about me but I want to dedicate this blog to my teacher Mrs. Neville. She’s now moved into one of her dreams and now has her own piano studio in Valparaiso, IN.

I want you all to visit her site and if you are in the area and are looking to take lessons, this is the place to do them!

Clicking below will take you to her website.

Be Open

The past week I had conversations with many people and the same thing kept coming up. I would realize how someone was scared to break tradition or ritual in order to make something better or even to finish a task. How could we get caught up in keeping up with the way we’ve done something and not get stellar results or no results at all.

Don’t get me wrong, some traditions are good and can become customary such as family gatherings and such, but I’m talking about in everyday life. If you know the ending to your process doesn’t get you results then why keep doing it. It’s sort of like a parent teaching their child how to ride a bike and how to balance their weight and pedal. Some parents like mine, put training wheels on my bike, so I was able to ride without no worries… but the process hasn’t been complete, by tradition I know that when I rode my bike that I would be secured due to the training wheels. Taking the training wheels off would get me through the process and eventually I would learn to ride the bike without them.

Some of us stay at stage 1 in life and keep our training wheel on.

I shout it out today for you to Be Open. Open to receive and learn. Learning never stops at any age. We tend to put limits on ourselves about what were not going to do anymore because we felt like were just too old for that. So we box ourselves in and stay closed.

The precious gift that was given to us was life and one thing about life, it’s going to go on with you or without. Notice, every single day the human body changes and constantly adapt. Even if you decided not to come out the house for twenty four hours, your body still would shift, and change.

So why not be open and accept the moment and move Forward.

Ladies and Gentleman, I encourage you all to Be Open!

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