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Saturday, May 15, 2021

Life came at me really fast this week. I’m up at 2:45 am because I’ve been working late, getting up early to workout and falling asleep at odd hours. My body is confused and tired. I need to get to 7/1, remain employed, sane and sober. These are my priorities.

I was inspired by “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” – A Symbol of Strength and Resilience blog from @Brooklyn_Born. She asked the question what inspires you to keep going. If you need some motivation, check this out for a refresher:
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I come from a long line of strong God fearing Black women but my grandmother, Mildred aka Mama Dear is my constant source for inspiration. She would say, we stay prayed up but, you still gotta put in the work. That’s why one of my personal mottos is to do it for those who can’t. It reminds me of all those less fortunate folks that wish they had a warm bed to crawl out of and fancy running shoes to lace up on two feet to walk.

My Mama Dear would not allow whining about being BORED. There’s always work to do because idle hands are the devil’s workshop. On Saturday morning, we started early polishing furniture, silverware, vacuuming, dusting and believe me she collected every knick knack ever! I’m failing to meet every deadline because everyone has the same date request. However, I’m sitting at a cushy desk, with candles and cat listening to music while I work from home.


I’m changing my perspective and mindset because my attitude is how I will survive. She would remind me that no matter how difficult life feels, you are still being blessed.

A friend sent me a surprise pick me up. There are good things happening all around.



My weight was starting to shoot up but I nipped that in the bud. That is not acceptable. I’ve worked too hard to just throw it away. What I will do is recognize I don’t have time to prep and cook the same right now but I will delegate and rely on ready made. I know moving makes me feel good and helps me sleep. So, I will be sure to keep getting my daily exercise in. I am going to avoid stress eating as best I can. It’s been 50/50 so far. I am drinking my water and tea. I’ve added sparkling water because it adds variety. Sleep is going to suck but I will try to get at least 6 hours even if I have to take quick naps midday.

THANK YOU ALL FOR REACHING OUT! I’m slowly catching up on emails so just know I appreciate you. Really and truly!

Last but not least here is the official family portrait from a few weeks ago


The last time we took a family photo this is what we looked like emoticon
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  • JACKIEWALKS4FUN
    emoticon blog. I agree with your Mama, beautiful family
    82 days ago
  • KOFFEENUT
    What wonderful family photos - I know you will treasure them! And GOOD FOR YOU on recognizing your perspective and mindset are what will get you through this difficult season. Knowing that some things will take a back burner, but that you still have to take care of yourself in order to accomplish what you need to is HUGE.
    82 days ago
  • SUMMER33
    Beautiful family...keep up the hard work...not something you want to toss...
    Love that book also...
    82 days ago
  • JULIEA7201
    Thank you for the inspiration! I don't know all of your particular challenges but can definitely identify with the struggle to meet life's challenges right now! Focusing on priorities is a great plan and what I have learned is the little stuff has to go and I will NOT beat myself up over it! I, too, have had to nip the stress eating in the bud and the last 4 days have been spot in!! The rest of the month probably less than 50/50 but eyes forward!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    82 days ago
  • RAERAERAE62
    Oh, what a beautiful family you are❣️❣️ So glad you're hanging in. Sent up a prayer. 💌
    82 days ago
  • no profile photo HEALTHYGRAMMY13
    You are so inspirational and motivating. Love the blog and thank you for sharing it. Beautiful family picture as well.
    82 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    I've been thinking about you and hoping your stress level isn't a tidal wave. I love the family pics. I'm going to adopt Mama Dear's motto of staying prayed up, but putting in the work. Thanks for your lovely message and goodie. Be careful with so much stress that it doesn't wear your immune system down. Big hug.
    82 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11945874
    You are a strong, loving woman, And Most definitely an inspiration! .. emoticon And lovely family! Spark on! emoticon
    82 days ago
  • CATWMNCAT
    Your Dear Mama was a very wise woman! The candle surely was a wonderful pick me up and fits you to a T! Your family photo is Fabulous... Ma and Pa have slimmed down and baby bears have grown up... all truly beautiful... I know you are one proud Mama!!!
    Looks like the Spring Challenge bedtime routine came up just in time... hope fully it will help you to get to bed at a set time, even if it is later than usual!
    Have a Wonderful Week and Stay Strong
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    82 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14575754
    Good job and doing great with your routine. You have a beautiful family. emoticon emoticon
    82 days ago
  • OSONIYE
    Very inspirational!
    I like your Mama Dear!
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    82 days ago
  • LORI-K
    you have a beautiful family. ❤️
    82 days ago
  • STILLSPARKLEIGH
    You’re doing it Sis!! Maintaining a range is tough, but you DID work your 🍑 off to get to where you are... snd I KNOW you’ll figure a way to stay in range! LOVE the current fam pic 🖤💜💜❤️
    82 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5745313
    This is a wonderful blog!
    Your Grandma and my Dad would have gotten along great. The same attitude about life.

    Lovely pictures of a beautiful family
    82 days ago
  • ANGEISBACK
    Mamma Dear sounds like a wonderful soul! I love her insight on life....gonna tuck that away and try and reflect back on that when needed...thank u for sharing....
    82 days ago
  • BETHGILLIGAN
    LOVE the photos! What a gorgeous family you have!❤️❤️
    82 days ago
  • NEPTUNE1939
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    82 days ago
  • MOLLIEMAC
    You are so worth it!!!! Keep your routine as simple as possible, give yourself some self love and remember all those wonderful lessons your grandma taught you. Love the cheeky gift from your friend and the beautiful image of you and your family! emoticon emoticon
    Here's a link to another Sparker's blog that will inspire youhttps://www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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    82 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/15/2021 6:22:00 AM
  • LOF7203
    You are worth it
    82 days ago
  • LIS193
    Take care of yourself
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    82 days ago
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