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Wednesday Word

June 27, 2018

This Wednesday Word No. 108, spotted on Pinterest, is an on-time reminder that if you’ve still got breath in your lungs, you have lots to be thankful for. If I’m being honest, the month of June has been a bit of a doozy. I was in a car accident, a four-car pile-up on the 405 caused by a girl plowing right into the back of my car during rush-hour traffic. My beloved Lisa McDowell, whom I named after a character in my favorite movie “Coming to America,” ended up being declared a total loss because the repair costs exceeded the actual value of the vehicle. And then I had an allergic reaction to the first dose of my MS medicine. My face, neck and chest broke out in a rash that I’m still trying to get under control. After waiting two months for insurance to approve the medicine and for it to arrive and for me to learn how to inject myself, I now have to search for a new medicine and begin the lengthy process all over again. On the bright side, I walked away from the accident unscathed. My life was spared, Praise God! Plus, I am now the proud owner of a used 2018 Kia Optima! Her name is a work in progress, but I’m leaning towards Vivian Anita (guess why!). And at least now I know what to avoid in future treatment of my MS, and I’m one step closer to finding the best medicine for me. I’m alive, blessed (and highly favored) and very grateful. God has been so good to me! If you’re in the midst of a storm, hang on. It’s not over. If God brought you through tough times in the past, He’ll do it again! Thinking back on past blessings and victories is always guaranteed to lift my spirits. If you’re in need of a smile, I suggest you start there!

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Wednesday Word

March 21, 2018

This Wednesday Word No. 105, spotted on Pinterest, is a good reminder for today, the second day of spring. Or any day, really! LOL. Spoken by Walt Whitman — the American poet, essayist and journalist also known as the “father of free verse” — this quote, in my opinion, is all about your mindset. Spring, to many, is the start of a new beginning. New life, new blooms, new wardrobes, new possibilities and so on. Why not use the dawn of this new season as a time to recalibrate and shift gears in your thinking? Maybe the rainy, chilly weather — or if we’re being really honest, life’s little storms — has gotten you down. Maybe you’re tired of hearing that good things are on the way when your present reality shows otherwise. If so, here’s a simple remedy that may be just what the doctor ordered: Turn your gaze toward the sun. Soak in those rays, that divine Vitamin D, and see if it doesn’t shift your perspective. When we shift our gaze toward the light (read: focus on the positive), darkness has no choice but to fall behind us. On this day — this drizzly and grey day in Los Angeles — I will look for the metaphorical sunshine and know that it will put a little spring in my step. Hope you can do the same wherever you are (physically and mentally), friends!

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Wednesday Word

August 31, 2016

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I like seeing people — especially those I’m close to — succeed. I mean, they win, I win, right? We should all strive to be a part of a tribe full of winners. Aim to surround yourself with people with focus, drive and vision. Now, those are real #squadgoals. This Wednesday Word No. 81, courtesy of The Daily Mark, is a reminder of the posture you should maintain when others around you thrive. Be happy for them. In no way does their success diminish or infringe upon what you have or will attain. What’s for you is for you and you alone. Not gonna lie: There have been times when I’ve compared myself to another person who achieved something and wondered when it would be my turn. Heck, If I’m being brutally honest, I’ve even gotten mad at God for taking His sweet time with the new job, the boyfriend, the car, the raise, the you name it, and in other instances for giving someone else the very thing that I prayed for! I don’t recommend that. At all. You know the amazing thing about God? His blessings are never-ending. There’s no need to be bitter about someone else’s achievement. It reminds me of the saying, “Blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter.” Speaking of friends shining brightly, I just copped my friend Sharp Skills’ new album “On My Rebel Ish.” Seriously, check it out. Dope lyrics, fire beats. I love to see friends operating in fields they’re talented in and passionate about, and seeing them triumph.

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Wednesday Word

August 10, 2016

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We all want to be successful, but what does that look like to you? This Wednesday Word No. 79, courtesy of QuoteAddicts, gives you permission to define “success” on your own terms. I was recently having a conversation with a mentor of mine who has carved out a lane for herself professionally and wants the same for me (bringing it back to last week’s Wednesday Word No. 78 about women empowering other women. It’s right here, in case you missed it.). We were chatting about how talented women typically don’t put themselves out there for promotions because they don’t want to appear too aggressive or doubt whether they’re qualified (they most certainly are, by the way), whereas an unqualified, overly confident man will traipse his way up the ladder with ease. No shade! These are facts, y’all! So it got me thinking about what I envision for myself in the long term. I encourage you to do the same. I mean, if Drake and Trey Songz can do it, so can you! Achieve success by any means necessary. And don’t play by their rules. There I go again channeling DJ Khaled. “They” don’t want you to win. Trust me. Life’s too short not to pursue the desires of your heart. Go for yours, ladies! Go rogue and forge your own pathway to attaining your goals. So go ahead and dream big!

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Wednesday Word

April 6, 2016

Do you know that your steps are ordered? Yes, it’s true. God has plans for you. I have to remind myself of that frequently. The God who created the heavens and the Earth, the same God who sits on high and looks down low, lives with in me (and you, too), and he has plans to prosper me and not harm me — to give me a hope and a future. This Wednesday Word No. 62, courtesy of Dara Maclean, comes straight from the Good Book (I’m talking about the Bible, gals). Psalm 46:5 says, “God is within her. She will not fail [some translations use ‘fall’]. God will help her at the break of day.” What I love about this particular verse is that because of the very fact that God dwells within me, that means I am set up for victory. You know why? Because He who resides inside of me doesn’t fail. Think about it: Just because I am His daughter and He is my Father, I am guaranteed to thrive. Talk about an inheritance! With the dawn of each day, my hope and expectation are renewed, and help is most certainly on the way. For that, I am truly grateful.

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Wednesday Word

June 17, 2015

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and this Wednesday Word No. 19 is dedicated to all the dads out there raising their children and being involved, in general, in their lives. There’s so much truth to this quote, spoken by Saint Francis de Sales. I’m so grateful that my father exercised a certain level of gentleness with me while growing up. Heck, that trait still cones out these days. Some things don’t require force or a heavy hand, and I’m glad my Pops recognized this. It reminds me of the days when he was a drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. Sure, he was giving the new recruits hell on any given day. But when he got home, my brother and me were so happy that he left that angry persona there. He was just good ol’ dad, the one who offered wisdom amid confusion and reassurance amid hurt. He was and still is our rock.

With that, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my dad for his gentleness, selflessness and the many times he inconvenienced himself just so me and my brother could have access to certain things. Happy Father’s Day, Pops! You are loved and appreciated.

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Wednesday Word

June 10, 2015

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This Wednesday Word No. 18 was masterfully designed by the talented Jen Woodhouse of The House of Wood. This quote comes from two stanzas of Sarah Williams’ poem, “From The Old Astronomer To His Pupil,” (often wrongly attributed to astronomer Galileo Galilei) which apparently is about a conversation a dying astronomer has with his apprentice. From this quote, I take away the thought that you can’t miss the blessing because it doesn’t come pre-packaged neatly with a bow, as well as a reminder to fear not, as in Isaiah 41:10. How can you be afraid when there are countless stars shining, watching over you? Likewise, this line reminds me to not miss the forest for the trees. I hope these words encourage you to operate out of love instead of fear.

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Wednesday Word

May 27, 2015

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This Wednesday Word No. 16 comes from a wise, young (fictional) soul: Ferris Bueller, the guy whose epic day off lives on in the lore of film magic. This is great advice: Drink in life’s little moments while you can. On that note, I still can’t believe we’re almost in June. Where have the days gone? If anything, this quote makes me want to step it up and enjoy life to the fullest, as cliché as that may sound. Start chipping away at some of those adventures I promised myself I’d go on. Start having more fun. Start loosening up a bit. Starting being intentional with how I spend my spare time.

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