I’d like to talk about a subject that many people pretend is non-existent. We live in a society where people don’t want to suffer. But when you understand the journey, you understand that in order for you to get to the “prize”, you have to go down Suffer Street. We have to understand that our journey is not the final destination. In order to get to our blessing on the other side, we have to travel down this street.
Leola Foster was more than just a woman who loved her family. She was a symbol for unity and wisdom. Ms.Shine had a heart of gold. On summer days, I would sit on her front porch and listen to stories about her childhood while staring into those Alabama country hills. I would look into the hills and understand that these moments wouldn’t be forever. They are however, memories I will always hold on to in the depths of my heart.
She was born August 1926 and passed away September 2, 2017. Today is her funeral service.
She bore 12 children in her lifetime and my grandfather was the eldest of them all. She was also a sharecropper who purchased 100 acres of land for her entire family to live on. My great-grandmother also had 50+ grand and great grand children, but she loved them all equally. She was witty, and always had a joke to tell. She would give her last for her family.
When she stated she was ready to go home, she knew the place she would go to was better than her temporary earthly home. I know one day we will meet again. I can hear her voice echoing she loves me.
You wouldn’t believe the amount of love and unity this delicate soul brought to her family. I pray that I become at least a portion of her wisdom and humility. Born in 1926, she’s survived every form of oppression African-Americans still fight today and for that, I will be forever grateful to call her my great-grandmother. God has gained a faithful and kind-spirited angel. Until the day we meet again, Rest well Ms. Shine. “I love you, and always will.” 7-29-26 – 8-2-17
While I was away for the week, I spent time with family that lives in Alabama. I went to numerous BBQs, shopped and went to a local flee market.
Becoming a wife, mother, grandmother and mentor in my future is a blessing that I accept and will continue to progress towards as a woman. There are a couple of things I would like to talk about in regards to how to become a better version of yourself. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want any of you to think I feel as though I am perfect. The only person that is perfect and completely without flaw is God. Everyday, I only aspire and hope to be better physically, mentally and spiritually.
I don’t have a reason to cry,
But I have every reason to smile.
I know that I am blessed and God has been helping me the whole while…
Last week, I was all about sharing things I’ve learned about self motivation, and how important it is to encourage yourself through the toughest time. This week has really put what I’ve said to the test.
I’m constantly beating the odds.
Using God’s support as a whip and success as my mule.
I’m whipping my mule, guiding it exactly where I want it to go.
IM IN-CHARGE OF MY DESTINY.
To the ladies who became business women, scientist and inventors,
Thank you for teaching me this is a woman’s world.
To the African Americans who were beaten, whipped and even killed,
Thank you for fighting for my future & inspiring me to make my life worth it.
To the protestors who stopped traffic and simply held their signs,
Thank you for teaching me violence isn’t the only solution to injustice.
You Matter To Me.
Week Ending: March 19, 2017.
“Life isn’t always easy, but the journey you take allows you to become who you are meant to be. Life is also far too short to not appreciate every single aspect of it. The best and happiest moments of your life often occur when you realize that even the smallest things matter. They sometimes hold the most value.”
Grow with me.
Week Ending: March 11, 2017
Sunday was an interesting day because at the last moments of my Saturday night, I realized that I would be waking up early to come in for a shift I never realized I had. Life’s great! You think you may need rest, but you may be in the need of your next project in life.