Are you dancing in the Rain?

It’s not Monday, but motivation is good any day- right?!

Do you find yourself dwelling on all the negative things you have encountered in life?

Are you allowing the storm to cloud your outcome, your growth?

 

We have to be willing to take control of our lives especially when things seem out of control! There will always be bad days;  you can also bet that you will experience a day worse than the bad once you had last week. Its about how you handle the unpleasant things & how you deal with the obstacle(s).

I know we would all like to pop out that easy button & just skip to all the joyous, fun, & easy times in life.

BUT in order for us to grow we need to sit through that storm; we need to embrace the rain, we need not to fear the thunder. In order for us to grow & blossom into who we are suppose to be we must dance in the rain!

 

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Easter Art

Hey everyone it has been a while since I have posted anything. Once again Motherhood and school has consumed all of my time!

I just thought I would share a little arts and crafts product Kenzy and I completed yesterday.

I seen the Easter Bunny idea circulating on my Facebook news feed so thought we would give it a try.

Here are the materials we used:

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  1. Cotton balls
  2. 1 Paper plate
  3. 2 photos of Kenzy ( 1 photo would work just as well)
  4. Glue
  5. Construction paper (which I pre-cut, please excuse the uneven mess)
  6.  Makers ( this was if we did not use the photos)

 

  1. So I went ahead and pre-cut the body and ears also I glued the pictures to the paper plate. 2. Next, I  glued the body and ears to the the plate. ( Older children probably would not have a problem doing that own their own.) 3. I placed glue on the body 1st and gave her hand full of cotton balls, which she basically threw at the bunny. We did this until the body, face and ears were pretty much covered!

 

Creating….

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The Kenzy Bunny!

This was a fun little activity which took me about 15 minutes to  prep and about an 45 minutes to an hour of fun!

 

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Just in case you werre wondering what happened with the Marker….. Here ya go! 🙂

Good OL’ Life Test

I had an eventful and interesting Sunday. I was faced with a Test. This was no ordinary test!

There was no paper or pencils involved, just people!

There was no study guide to prepare me, just feelings!

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I don’t do well with surprise Test! & what I mean by that is I dont handle them well. I use the wrong emotions and actions when dealing with things I do not have the answers to or when dealing with things that are complex and requires strategy & procedure over a quick “yes” or “no”, “1,2,3” type of response. These Test make me nervous; I feel a lot of pressure when I am surprised by them! & then when my answers to the Test do not fit or work I become angry!

I do not see myself as an angry person, but over the years I found I hold a lot of anger. It would be easy to point the blame and say this and that caused me to be so angry, but that does me (or anyone else) no good & it is not 100% accurate! The fact of the matter is I have held onto anger & allowed myself to say “it is okay to be angry because someone hurt me or someone did me wrong”.  For years I made an excuse for myself to be angry & while I didn’t allow it to show on the outside it has slowly been eating away at me. & then when I have been faced with something I was not prepared for, I turned to the wrong emotions & reactions!

There is a point to this…haha..

I was faced with a Test yesterday; the test is similar in many ways to those I have faced before! I am not going to sit here and tell you everything changed, something clicked and I handled everything perfectly and I passed this test with flying colors!

I did do better!

I began to handle this Test with the same response I have always used. I began to respond with built up heated emotions… I mean who told this Test to come today anyways? As I said, I always find a way to justify….

But then I reverted! I didn’t have some type of deep realization about my inner self or nothing like that; I just stopped! I knew very well that the outcome is never good when my actions are from a bad place. I mean history has shown me that.

I have to take be willing to take these test and learning experiences rather than attacks! & to do that I have to change my response to them! It wont happen over night & it will not be easy, but I will get there!

 

“To create more positive results in your life, replace ‘if only’ with ‘next time’.”

 

Motivation Monday – Dr. King Inspired.

In honor of today being Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I thought I would locate one of my favorite quotes and post it.

I came across this quote my Freshman year in High-school. I was working on a Black History Month presentation; My teacher assigned who we would do the projects over.

I spent many hours working on this project; I was fascinated by everything I was learning about Dr. King. Yes, we learned about Dr. King as little kids & growing up throughout school, never in great detail! We were taught the basics, we were provided general information. When I worked on this project I wanted to REALLY include his work. I wanted to talk about the good he was doing, but the hate he receive.

I came across this quote and thought that this is exactly what has been happening for so long. We choose to fight Hate with Hate!

Look where that has gotten us!

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Let Dr. King motivate you! Let him motivate you to stand up for your beliefs. Let him motivate you to help your community. Let him motivate you to Love!

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.” – MLK

 

 

 

Bad Mother of the Year Award…??? LOL

This week I experienced a moment of embarrassment. Embarrassment within myself.  It is my own fault and I am fully carrying the blame!  Many of you will look at this post and laugh, but I am writing this in all seriousness- well for the most part! 🙂

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Personally I like just about all music; I am a big fan of R&B, but I also listen to a lot of Rap and Country music and there are occasional Rock and Pop songs I find enjoyable! There are a lot of songs (doesn’t matter the genre) that are not really appropriate for children to sing or even listen to. A lot of today’s music is based on relationships, heartbreak, money, drugs, sex, cars and more foolishness, yet we LOVE them so much. Growing up I thought that Rap music was the only genre that made this type of music..Rap music was the gateway music, LOL! But that’s not true at all!

For example: Luke Bryan’s song “Home Alone tonight”, I absolutely love the song and this song really is not explicit. But do you want your toddler/child singing, “Shot for shot for shot ’til we forgot what we came here to forget” or how about “Send it to my ex, I’ll send it to my ex and send ’em both a text. Saying we ain’t we ain’t going home alone tonight.” I sure know I do NOT! 9 times out of 10 your child will not even know what they are saying, but the point is, you do!

So what happened to me the other day did not make me feel like “Mommy of the Year!” 😦

 

Driving home, I turned the radio to one of the local Hip Hop/R&B stations and a song called “Say It” by Tory Lanez came on. This is a song that I really like, so I turn the music up a bit and start singing along. I soon noticed that I hear something that sounded like singing as well. My 15 month old child is in the backseat singing the hook “Youuuuuuu know, Youuuuuuu know, Youuuuuuu know!”

Yes it only 2 words: ‘You know’, there is no harm in that…. right? WRONG!

I just immediately cut the radio off!! I was in shock!

Now as I mentioned this is my own fault. Kenzy is very smart! Yes all parents say that about their babies, hehehe- Let them 🙂  But she has grasped on to her ABC’s very well & has learned many other songs from daycare, like Twinkle Little Star, Row your Boat & others. Also she is improving on her numbers & we are working more on her Spanish at home. So I knew her little mind grabbed onto songs pretty well! I guess I just didn’t think she heard the “other” music, my music enough to started learning the hooks!

Anywho, its is safe to say we no longer listen to the radio in the car. We now listen to one of Kenzy’s personalized CD’s full of fun kid songs! 🙂   YAYYYYY MEEE!   I am just going to keep saying YAYYYY MEEEE!!!

One of my co-workers did bring up a good point- what happens when she is with someone else and listening to their choice of music?

I though about it a bit. I know I can not shelter Kenzy from everything, especially music. So I am not going to try to!

 

 

 

Christmas Shoot

Recently my job held an incentive and I actually won a Nikon 300! This was a PERFECT win for me, because I am trying to improve on the quality of photos I take of my daughter.

Our 1st photo-shoot was Christmas themed.

One of the things you will notice in these photos are location. I much rather take outdoor photos because I can be more creative and open with the background. However it was pretty chilly around the time of this shoot so I had to make do with what was available to me.

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Started off with Kenzy hiding her face from me!

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Until she decided to no longer hide her face from me! 🙂

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She had a little dance party of her own!

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She could not mask her excitement.

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Eventually she made her way into the tissue paper!

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Yea she thought that was cool!

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Soon she became tired of taking photos & I had to steal one when I could!

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But with smiles like this, she can take pictures anywhere she would like to! 🙂

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This photo isn’t from the same shoot, but I couldn’t resist!!

In relation to Brand Representation the quality of these photos are pretty good. What could be better and what many shops require are white or 1 color backgrounds that do not take away from the image. There are some shops who love outside photos with the background of trees or even the playground. As long as it doesn’t take from the photo and the product it will usually qualify for a good Brand Rep photo. One other thing to look out for are shadows. Shadows can be distracting. There are maybe 2 or 3 photos here with obvious shadows.

 

Instagram Profiles:

  • @Kenzy.Michelle (Brand Rep account)
  • @Preloved_goodies_kmw (Preloved items account)
  • @chellyyyyyann_ (My personal account)

 

*Photographs are taken by me unless stated other wise. Please do not re-post pictures without permission.

Let Us Inspire, Love, and Support – The #GirlLove Challenge

I was recently nominated for the #GirlLove Challenge by  Yecheilyah over at “Pearls before Swine.” Thank you very very much for the nomination! 🙂

I always feel really honored when someone nominates me for a blog award! I feel this way because I do not believe that I break out of my shell and connect with many other bloggers on WordPress and my level or skill at writing could be much better. So to still be noticed and presented with any nomination feels really good. 🙂    This would be the 1st I have heard of #GirlLove nomination/challenge, but  I did read up a bit to get a better understanding of the movement; I must say I absolutely love it!

I have been out of High school for about 4 years & I see more hate among women now compared to high school. In high school I always excused what I saw as “young women” not fully conscience of their actions or stilling growing into their identity; I cant make up an excuse for what I see now. Simply, woman choose to break other woman down because they feel threatened or like another women is competition. It should never be that way! Woman are strong, fierce, smart Beings – could you imagine Our world if Women used those skills to praise, build and support one another? Could you imagine the new level respect women would receive and feel!?

Before I get carried away, I will list  the women I choose to nominate for the #Girllove Challenge:

30 Tho

When I first started my blog, I stumbled across hers &  it immediately caught my eye. Her intentions for writing her blog & her daring actions at standing out in life made me look at myself with a different set of eyes. Her post make me want to try things I’ve been reserved about!

My Name is Elizabeth

This is another blog I came across when I first started mine a little over a year ago. I was drawn to Elizabeth’s blog because of her personal, diverse post about culture & race. The subjects she chooses to talk about are sometimes very controversial, but she navigates her words and thoughts with such ease and honesty. She writes beautifully! Also when reading her BIO last year, I learned that she studied Psychology. This particularly interested me at that time because of a school decision I was dealing with!

Loud Thoughts Voiced Out

I located this blog in the community pool I believe sometime early last year. I find that a lot of her post are easy to relate to. They are either things I have felt, thought or dealt with before. I especially enjoy reading her random entries. Some of them are inspirational, funny, simple, & relevant. You cant help but feel like you know her a little more after reading a few!

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I know the rules state to nominate 5 people, but unfortunately I don’t have 5 to nominate. (The women I have nominated may find it strange I nominated them, because of our lack of communication- so I apologize for that now.)

Also I follow many other women bloggers who are amazing writers, composers, artist and more.

All of these women inspire me in one way or another; whether its related to blogging/writing, school or real life experiences.

Here’s what you do for the #GirlLove Challenge:

  1. Tell your followers who inspire you, a famous woman who may be dealing with negativity on a daily basis. 
  2. Tell your followers who inspire you in real life, a woman you always interact with.
  3. Tag five women bloggers who you love. Compliment them and tell them why you love them, and comment under their latest post with the link to your #GirlLove post!

 

Even if you do not blog, make video post, or anything related to social media,please take the time to show your love and support for another Woman. #GirlLove

 

 

Christmas Eve & Christmas 2015

I know I am a little late, but I hope everyone is enjoying their Holiday time with family and friends.

This year marked Kenzy’s 2nd Christmas with us! It is amazing how much a year changes things. Last year my little munchkin was just learning to sit up and still working on that hand eye coordination. This year we had to chase after her and try to prevent the destruction of wrapped presents and nicely decorated Christmas Trees!

Every year Kenzy’s Grandmother on her Dads side host a Christmas Eve Dinner. Its a good time for some extra laughs, great food, & a chance to open a few gifts before Christmas morning! 🙂

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Here is Kenzy Christmas Eve 2014

 

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Here is Kenzy Christmas Eve

It was pretty difficult to get a good shot of her  because she stayed on the move.

Here are some other photos from Christmas eve and Christmas morning.

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Here is Kenzy Christmas Eve 2014

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Kenzy and her Aunt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kenzy uncle Russ looks pretty excited about his gift!

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Kenzy’s older cousin. Finally got her to smile!

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Kenzy’s aunt & her boyfriend!

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Kenzy & her dad- off guard!

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Kenzy’s aunt & cousin having a dance off!

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Kenzy’s Grandmother helping unwrap her 1st present!

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The 1st thing she ran too Christmas morning!

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She opened all of her gifts inside that car!!

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She really looks interested in her jewelry.

There are many more photos I could share with everyone. I really just wanted to share enough showing the love and blessings our family experienced this Christmas.  We are all in good health and have the opportunity to spend time with each other!

While I have your attention I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year as well. I hope everyone stays safe & brings in the New Year with the people they love!

Mini Rant

Its the dreadful, scary “Week of Finals” and instead of studying my but off I have been house searching, fighting with insurance companies, running my kiddo to the Doctor (what seems like twice a week) and all other duties that comes with being a mother/maid/nurture doctor/repair person/cook. Oh, and I forgot my 8-5, Monday through Friday!

You know a lot of people think because my job consist of sitting at a desk allay that I don’t do any work….

Please punch yourself; better yet, come here and let me!!

While my job my not be stressful on my back and my feet may not hurt at the end of the day, that doesn’t mean I don’t work. I deal with corporate level situations that can escalate to people that are over my bosses boss. I have to maintain professionalism while dealing with the most unprofessional things; I have to maintain order; I have to make people happy. Yea that’s not hard at all…..

 

Any-who… I love my life, no doubt about it, but I can easily get wrapped up in this feeling of being overwhelmed. I can easily forget how often there are others who have it worse than I do.  We are all probably guilty of this… Sometimes it feels good to get acknowledged or just slightly noticed for all your doing; I damn sure don’t expect it; I know I don’t need it, but it just feels good knowing that someone see’s all you do.

I am sure many people can relate

RANT over…. everyone have a good day!

Motivation Monday…. anyone?

I know we all have those days/weeks where we need a little motivation. Whether you are needing an extra nudge to complete that last mile, homework assignment or just to get through the day. So every Monday (or every other Monday) I will post a motivational quote, picture, story or all of the above. #MotivationMonday

Cliche? HAha, yes very! But maybe someone will take something from it! Someone may find some use from it 🙂

The 1st post to start of this “tradition” is below:

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This may apply to people in different ways. Some may find this as a fitness inspired quote, but it doesn’t have to be.

How do you interpret it? How does this motivate you? What are you trying to accomplish?

Me? Well I could provide you a list. However when I read this quote I instantly thought about school. I had been working very heard towards getting into the Dental program since Fall 2011; when I was finally accepted I was unable to attend because I had to put my family 1st. (Ehh it sounds bad when I say it like that…) I was unable to find a job that paid what I make now; Sure I could have accepted a pay-cut. It would have been worth it after I obtained my degree, right? Believe me I considered it; but after weighing all my options it did not seem like a feasible option at the time. I want to provide for my family and attend school, not struggle and attend school.

Am I making any sense?

After declining the offer to start Dental school I have really been on the fence about not continuing school and just trying to make the “best career” I could at my current job.

This quote was just a reminder for me!

Yes, I am tired, very tired of feeling like I’m spinning in circles with school, tired of feeling unaccomplished, tired of no results.

Well, I will be walking the stage December 11th with my Associates on Psychology. I am very aware that my career options are limited with an Associates in this field, so I am already enrolled to start working towards my Bachelors in January.

I am tired, but I have not stopped because I am not DONE!

Keep pushing, it gets better!

-Michelle A

 

 

***Photos/quotes used in this blog post are not mine/created by me, unless I state otherwise. I locate these on Google image and post what appeals to me that day.***