Thursday, May 29, 2014

Food For Thought ~ Part 1

  1. You cannot change what you refuse to confront.
  2. Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
  3. Don’t think of cost.  Think of value.
  4. Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.
  5. Too many people buy things they don’t need with money they don’t have to impress people they don’t know.  Read Rich Dad, Poor DadDescription:
  6. No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying.
  7. If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so.  Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay.
  8. Making one person smile can change the world – maybe not the whole world, but their world.
  9. Saying someone is ugly doesn't make you any prettier.
  10. The only normal people you know are the ones you don’t know very well.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Read this before you Move to NYC

Moving from Southern California to New York City is a culture shock for even the most well-traveled people. Before I moved to the City, no one gave me any practical advice, like how to know which way is uptown when getting out of the subway downtown – where numbers don’t exist. Instead, all I heard was common sense like, “it’s cold there,” “it’s expensive,” or “you’re not going to like it.”
I’m still somewhat of a newbie, (which is the local vernacular for New New Yorker), but I am learning lessons about the city every day. Here is some of the advice I learned. If you’re planning on moving to New York City soon, this advice is hopefully more helpful than just grab a coat and walk fast.

 "Know Where You’re Going"
Unless you plan to take a cab everywhere, New York City transportation can be confusing. For your own sanity, map out your destination before leaving home. I always figure out what subway(s) or bus I need to take. I also put the address in my cell phone so I can map my walking directions. Because there’s nothing worse than coming up from the subway and not knowing where to go. This also saves me time and I don’t draw unnecessary attention to myself by looking lost.
Read More:Here

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mistakes Make Us Stronger

I use to hate making mistakes. I always thought mistakes
meant I was a failure. In the last couple of years I have learned 
that mistakes are inevitable. They most certainly
will always happen.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Why Facebook Annoys Me

“What’s on your mind?” It’s asked to us every time we log onto Facebook. This question can be answered in any manner or left blank. But, there are those people who answer the question and update their status the same way every time. There’s the ever-changing relationship status and hurt feelings update, “Me and him are so over!” The Facebook philosopher/inspirer, “Yesterday is the past, tomorrow is the future, and today is a gift.” And then there are those Facebook updates that cause you to question why you ever added that person as a friend in the first place.
This was the case when I logged onto Facebook one day and saw a friend request from Rita. After accepting her request I noticed my timeline was filled with status updates from her. Rita was one of those many people who update their status with every single detail of their entire day. “On my way to work,” “work is so boring today,” what should I have for lunch?” By 5pm I knew everything about Rita’s day, yet she still continued to update throughout the night.
Read More: Here

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Power of A Praying Mother

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” – Abraham Lincoln
For as long as I can remember, prayer has been my mother’s first defense. To this day, whenever things seem to be going wrong or when I need to be encouraged, she still asks, “Tamika, did you pray?” Those few words make the biggest impact because they remind me of what I need to do in order to get past my current problem.   

There was a period of time in my mid-twenties when I was mad at the situation I was in: I had no relationship, barely any friends, and an unfulfilling job. During that time I was on a roller coaster of emotions. Instead of living life, I was just going through the motions. I felt lost and discouraged. I had no idea what I wanted to do in life.

Instead of figuring things out and making a plan for myself, I constantly stressed myself out. To keep from breaking down, I would call my mother every day to vent. She listened and then would suggest I pray and seek answers from God. During such a difficult time, that was the last thing I wanted to hear. I honestly felt I was being punished for something and praying to God was the last thing I wanted to do.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"There Is a Quality About Women Who Choose Men Sparingly"

“I like women who haven’t lived with too many men.

I don’t expect virginity but I simply prefer women
who haven’t been rubbed raw by experience.
There is a quality about women who choose
men sparingly;
it appears in their walk
in their eyes
in their laughter and in their
gentle hearts.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Island of Hispaniola

The island of Hispaniola is shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Before seeing the video below, I always wondered why some Dominicans
consider themselves black; while others (especially those of a fairer skin) 
never acknowledge their black race. In addition, I find it interesting that 
the Dominican Republic and Haiti share an island, yet the two countries have such a 
deep-rooted division.