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3 Major Lessons I Learned During the Year of January

You probably read the title and was like girl, what?! Listen, I’ve learned from the internet it’s not just me. January literally feels like the longest month ever. We wait all this time for the new year to roll around and then the first month of the new year feels like a whole year in itself. Despite all of that, January was good to me. All 82508432 days of it. I learned some important things and I got some really great takeaways. As someone with few resolutions, self improvement is really the most important aspect of growth for me and I’m happy the first year of 2019 showed up.

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28 Goals I Have for 2018 | #thegreat28

Habakkuk 2:2 “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”

I am a complete believer in speaking things into existence. I truly believe you have to put things into the atmosphere for them to manifest. I guess I’m not up to date because I’ve never made a vision board even though it’s something I definitely have on my to-do list but I do have a list of goals that I want to accomplish this year?

Why 28? 

It’s really didn’t take much thought of how many things I wanted to add to my ideal goal list. 28 goals seems like a lot but some are simpler than others and really when you span it out to 365 days it’s pretty much nothing… 2 or so goals a month? Easy. I also turn 28 next month and coupled with the year being 2018 I knew this was my year for #thegreat28.

I can’t wait to bring my goals to life and begin to manifest even bigger dreams.  I’m so ready to live a life greater than I can even imagine. Check out my list below. 

What are your goals for this year? Have you made a list or vision board? Leave your comments below.

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The ONE Thing Your Brand/Business Needs That These eCourses Aren’t Telling You

I have taken plenty of courses and downloaded ebook after ebook that promised me if I did XYZ then I’d grow my following from 0 to 60 in 2.5. All have been pretty similar in their different marketing strategies promising if I followed their rules then I’d crack the Instagram algorithm or my Pinterest views to my blog would be through the roof. Though some courses have helped it wasn’t until I realized the ONE thing (almost) none of these courses were preaching as hard as marketing. 

PASSION

I work a FULL time job. I go to work from 3:30 am to noon(ish). I also have a toddler in school, and exclusively breastfeed my 4 month old. I still try to schedule and share the heck out of my content, interact on social media and post new and relevant content for…… anyone who may be reading. Of course there have been (too many) times I’ve “given up” but I always find my fingers to the keys and the cursor clicking “new post”. 

I WANT this thing. I’m INVESTED in it. Blogging is my PASSION. And after a full day of life in the “real world” passion is sometimes the only fuel that keeps me going. PASSION has me typing this post on my MacBook with one hand while I use the other to hold my nursing son & watch Netflix with his brother. PASSION is what makes me spend money month after month investing in this because I know when it hits, the overflow is going to be sooooooo worth it. 

I couldn’t still be doing this without passion. I’m begging you to find your passion, invest in it, and be amazing! No eCourse in the world can teach you that.

As always, leave your thoughts below, can’t wait to hear from you!

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Doc Mcstuffins Special Episode to Air on National Cancer Survivors Day

 image via Disney Junior

image via Disney Junior

On Sunday June 4th Doc, Audrey and Hannah (Audrey’s doll) will all be coming to Disney Junior at 8am EDT to tackle a special subject on an episode of Doc McStuffins. Audrey is a 4 year old little girl going through chemotherapy whose doll comes to the Doc for a problem that causes her to lose her hair also. This episode is even more special in the fact that GMA news anchor Robin Roberts (a cancer survivor) plays the voice of Audrey’s mom. 

While cancer may seem like too deep of a topic for preschoolers, Leukemia is the most common cancer in children and teens and Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia usually peaks between ages 2 and 4. Children’s hospitals across the country are going to hold special advance screenings of the episode for patients. Love it Disney! 

“Hannah the Brave” airs on Sunday June 4th at 8am EST on Disney Channel. Will you be tuning in?

 

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Boy Moms Come Together to Tell You Why #BlackBoysAreBrilliant

Especially now following the Olympics, #BlackGirlMagic is literally oozing down my timeline. It’s everywhere, everyday, all the time. And it’s NEEDED. It is so important for little girls and even big girls to see that representation and have people remind them constantly that girls and woman that look just like them are doing amazing things everyday. I love it. 

But I’m a boy mom. And I’m always looking for other examples of intelligent and inspiring black boys/men because I think about the examples I want to show my son all the time. It’s hard out here y’all. Is anyone else finding examples that I’m missing? I’m talking about beyond rapping and basketball. Boys aren’t celebrated the same way girls are. And if they are it isn’t nearly on the same scale as girls are. 

RJ is brilliant! At less than two years old he sings his ABCs and dances/sings every time he hears music. He loves to give kisses and “read books” and he can work some electronics better than me! He’s a meanie sometimes, but everyone loves him. He is learning sooooo quickly and I can’t wait to see what types of things he loves to do as he gets older/smarter. 

I asked some of my mommy friends to share why their sons were brilliant. Check out the gallery below to find out why other boy moms agree that #blackboysarebrilliant (and click the pics to check out some other great blogs!).  

Are you a boy mom? Auntie? Sister? Leave a comment below and share why you think #blackboysarebrilliant. Follow me on Instagram, and share a picture using the hashtag #blackboysarebrilliant! The world deserves to know. ;).

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I Took Off My SuperMom Cape… & Got My Sanity Back!

First things first, did ya’ll know Merriam-Webster has an ACTUAL definition in their online dictionary for Supermom?! 

Full Definition of supermom

  1. :  an exemplary mother; also :  a woman who performs the traditional duties of housekeeping and child-rearing while also having a full-time job

MIND BLOWN! Wasn’t expecting to see that.

If you follow me on any of my social media (and if you don’t then… why not?!) then you’ve seen in my bio I am a self proclaimed Superhero. I pride myself on being the next Wonderwoman. Literally holding it down and doing it all from working, to mommy-ing, to blogging, cleaning, to just flat out killing it in this adulting game! I am a perfectionist at heart and I DO NOT take to failure. I DON’T QUIT.

BUT LIFE…. 

I honestly didn’t expect to feel the burnout but it happened…. quick! I slowly started to feel myself sinking under the weight of my own expectations & everything and everyone suffered. I went from loving everyday to just being happy everyone made it through the day alive, fed and that the baby was happy. I could NOT figure out how to get back to being (read: feeling) Supermom. I did NOT have my ish together. Soooooooo I sought out help. HOW CAN I DO IT ALL?!

And I thank baby Jesus for friends like Dani (even if she is only my virtual friend, in my head lmao).  I honestly didn’t realize how ridiculous I was being until I saw her response (behind all that sarcasm is pure amazingness I tell you!). NO ONE can do it all. The expectations I had for myself NO ONE ELSE had! My 1 year old could care less how many times I mop/clean/sanitize because he’s fed, clothed, and played with EVERYDAY and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse never goes off!. Everyday we get through is a blessing and all we can do is make sure we get through the next. Perfection doesn’t exist. You create the life you want and work towards your dreams. 

I’m not sinking under the pressure of my own crazy expectations anymore. I’ve found a balance that FOR NOW works. And I took all the Superhero stuff out of my bios. I’m not superhuman. But I’m an amazing me! 

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Midweek Inspiration + A Letter to my Son

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My sweet baby,

I can’t believe you’re almost here! I’ve carried you for 25 weeks and a few days now which means I’ll get to see you in about 3 months. You’re due November 10th but I have a feeling you’ll be an October baby (I want to call it intuition.. though it could just be my anxiousness to meet you) and I can’t wait until you’re here and we can start this next phase of life together. You have already helped me grow so much as a person and I know our experience will make me that much better;

of this I am determined

There isn’t an hour that goes by that I don’t think about you or wonder how you’re doing in there. You probably know this already cause I’m constantly wiggling you around to make sure you’re ok. That’s my job as your mommy. To make sure that you are always safe. I already wish I could keep you protected from this crazy world forever….tuck you away somewhere… but that wouldn’t be fair to you. Life’s experiences are what’s going to make you and sometimes it’s going to be hard, but

I’m always going to be here to motivate you, to wipe your tears, and to make it a little easier.

I pray everyday that I can fill your childhood with happy memories and that you don’t feel the stress or worries of adult life much too soon. 

You’re going to be spoiled.

There’s no doubt in my mind. So many people love you already and it’s amazing to be surrounded by such supportive people. Family is important and I hope you always keep that in the forefront of your mind. No one will love you as much as we do. Your mommy, daddy, grandparents, aunts and uncles… we all can’t wait to see you and watch you grow up. It’s almost like you’re every one’s first baby. Family also isn’t perfect but I hope that you always remember that while you may have differences,

God doesn’t make mistakes and your family is yours forever.

They are a little cray cray….. but you’ll love them just the same. 

I have such high hopes for you. I hope you’ll be a mommas boy (your daddy’s hoping otherwise). I hope you have your daddy’s passion and his drive because when he feels strongly about something nothing stands in his way. I hope you don’t get either of our stubbornness but that’s definitely wishful thinking!! LOL. But mostly I hope you never feel cheated or short of our love.

You couldn’t even begin to imagine how much you are wanted, anticipated and loved already.

Xoxo, 

Mommy