So in a month and some change, I will be the BIG 40!
At one point in my life, I never thought that I would make it to my 30’s and now I pressing my way to the fabulous 40’s. Often I would hear so many people say in a dreadful voice, “I am about to turn 40.” Now I hear “I am glad I have made it to 40.”
Last year, I made a list entitled, “38 and ticking”, so now I am 39 and counting down to my 40th celebration of LIFE and I am fine with that.
Since last year, I have lost some family members, rekindled my love for God, becoming financially fit, working on being healthy, and just being a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend.
So often, I have not reflected on the important things in my life, I just existed and did what I thought was the best thing to do, for the sake of others and not myself. I am still learning and growing at this ripe age of 40 but I know it is for the better.
Things that I have learned!
CHEER for YOURSELF. You do not need a group or an audience to let you know that you are doing great. Just a few will do, my little family does that for me.
You are not going to be LIKED or LOVED by everyone. As long as you LOVE yourself and you have a few who always show you LOVE, then those are the ones that you FOCUS on.
NEVER became so distracted that you miss what/who you NEED! Keep your eyes on the REWARD!
GET RID OF THOSE EXPECTATIONS!!!!!! Thanks @KEGarland.
DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO STEAL YOUR JOY!!!
Most importantly—BE U! The REAL U is better than THE FAKE U anyday!
Life begin when YOU make the changes that are needed to make YOU HAPPY!
Today’s love theme is about waiting. I posted last month in a two part series about waiting until marriage to have sex again and the importance of honoring my temple and honoring God. Since it’s February and ya’ll are all in love, looking for love, hope to be in love and everything in between, I want to talk about the love called…waiting.
Last September after over a year of dating, I got tired of all the foolishness that I was encountering with the men that I met. I started thinking about what I was putting out in the world to attract the kind of manipulative and immature men that I was meeting. What is wrong with me? I decided that self-reflection was something that I needed to do, but more importantly I needed to pray. I needed guidance.
So, I went to the man above. I went to God and in earnest…
The MONTH of LOVE is upon us. I have set a few ambitious goals for myself and “A Perfectly Flawed Ruby” and one of those goals are: To post everyday this month about “LOVE!” It may be a poem, an article, or pictures, just something about “LOVE”.
Also since it is Black History Month, I will also be posting daily about notable, infamous, and some unsung heroes. This week will be dedicated to our SPORTS HEROES! Today, I chose Doug Williams, the first black starting quarterback to lead their team to a Superbowl win. Check it out http://www.wordpress.com/post/aflawedruby2015.com/1270
By this time next week, hopefully Cam Newton will be the third starting black quarterback to lead his team, the Carolina Panthers to the Superbowl and win and the first black quarterback to win a National Championship at the collegiate level and professional level, let’s not forget he won the Heisman, too!
The second week will be devoted to technological advances by black Americans. My third week will devoted to actors, creative people, musicians, and others in this type of category. The fourth week will center around those who have made tremendous strides in political activism and they will carry the month out.
February is Heart Health month! I will post once a week about heart healthy ideas, recipes, and exercises that you can do to keep your HEART HEALTHY!
February is Black History Month. Black History is “Our” History. I say “Our” because as Americans, we must learn the contributions of others. Blacks have played a major role in the building of our nation, contributions to society, technology advances, bringing together the racial divide, and so much more. During this month, I will shine light on some notable and not so notable Black Americans.
Since the Superbowl is next Sunday, the first History Maker that I chose is Douglas “Doug” Lee Williams. Doug Williams was the first starting black quarterback to win the Superbowl XXII with the Washington Redskins in 1988 and was also named the Superbowl MVP.
He was drafted in the first round in 1978 by Tampa Bay Buccaneers and led them to the first NFC Championship Game. He was the lowest paid starting quarterback in the NFL. and the lowest behind 12 backups. After a couple of years in Tampa Bay, he left and went to the USFL. Once the USFL fizzled out, he was recruited by Joe Gibbs, who was the head coach of the Washington Redskins. He landed the starting job from Jay Schroeder and eventually led the Redskins to the Superbowl where they beat the Denver Broncos.
After his football career, he became the head coach of his Alma Mater, Grambling State University. He is still involved in football as an executive with the Washington Redskins.
As she stood there, trying to decide if she should keep going or turn around, she realized everything that she wanted was in front of her. Most of her life, she was crippled by FEAR! FEAR was her comfort zone. She could not go any further. She knew it was an uncertain future, but, it had to be better than her past. How would she know if she didn’t move? How would she know that her life would be remarkably different if she didn’t take the first step?
So many times in our lives, we are paralyzed by FEAR. FEAR of the unknown. We lose so much because we are afraid to take those steps.
2 Timothy 1:7–“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of sound mind.
We have got to stop letting FEAR consume us and let FAITH move us.
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