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July 2014

The Fullness of Life: My Tribute to Laura

Big Ma and FlowersThis coming weekend I’ll be celebrating the life of my grandmother. Class, sass, a good heart and wit is what comes to mind when I think of my Big Ma. Married for thirty plus years, she lived a long, eighty-four years and in that time nurtured 11 children, 20 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. You can imagine that her life was full of adventure, great lessons, and more. The key word was ‘FULL’. I’ve spent the last few days wondering how I could celebrate her life within a new post for the blog.

And today it hit me that LIFE is all about living a FULL one. It’s all about doing everything you can to make the most of it. Capitalizing on it in every way that you see fit. Her death has given me life. It has given me even more purpose to live life as hard and as passionately as I can. Her life was surrounded with music, family, and fashion. And all three she did passionately.

Everyone’s life impacts others in some way. Her life has given me greater definition of living as loudly, out loud as possible. I won’t give up on my dreams. I will continue to pray hard, love hard, work hard, dream hard, give hard, and more! When I leave this place, I hope that others can say that my life was as full as was hers.

To my dear grandmother, Laura Easter Brown, may your spirit reside within each and every one of your offspring and bring about a drive to make the most of what life presents to us all! Rest in peace!

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Inside Your Heart…

Today my message is simple… I hope you receive it and become compelled to share.

“In life you’ll learn that when you’re doing something you love, no applause; no recognition; no award; or external attention will make the love feel any greater than where it originated – inside your heart.”

Reflecting for the Next Reflection

IMDb - Christin Webb
Not bragging. Not promoting. Just reflecting on the fact that we must appreciate our accomplishments as we move on to the next ones. It’s so easy to accomplish one thing, shout and stump one time, and then find ourselves ready to move on to the next thing as if that accomplishment is no longer any good. Maybe you’re not guilty of this, but I raise my hand to take claim to the times I’ve done this.

When I ran across my IMDb credits, it made me reflect on my beginning journey as a screenwriter and producer. No I’m not on Quentin Tarantino’s level by any means, but everyone starts somewhere, and Last Call (short film – 2013) and Enough Time (video short – 2012) are my starts. I’ve published my first novel, Enough Time (2012). I’m working on my next literary work. A few online magazines and blogs have published articles of mine (2010, 2011, 2013). I’ve even had a small credit in a local commercial (2012). Small starts, but accomplishments all the same.

What have you done in your past, whether recent or not, that are clearly the foundation for your future accomplishments? Take a minute and make a list. Reflect on each. Write down the lessons learned. The joys gained. Reflect on them again. Your acknowledgement of your past accomplishments in turn determines how you are reflected in the future. It’s easier to make way for the next hoorah, if you don’t forget your last one!

SILENT & LISTEN

Me Thinking

Tap. Tap. Tap. Click. Click. Click. Tap. Tap. Tap. Backspace. Backspace. Backspace.

This was how my morning first started when attempting to come up with some introspective post for the day. I’d type. Then delete. I’d start again not really feeling in tune with my words and delete… again. Today’s just one of those days that I don’t really have much to say; not much to share.

Then, I came across this unique quote on Instagram that simply read: LISTEN & SILENT HAVE THE SAME LETTERS. It dawned on me that today was probably just a day for me to listen. So, no dramatic thoughts will I share. I won’t conjure up poetic lyrics. Today I’ll just simply be silent and listen. This is what life may be requiring of me today and I will be obedient. I must have something to learn and take in.

“Younger Me, I Love Who We’ve Become”

clock turn backIf you could go back in time and start all over again; turn the clocks or calendars back some years; I mean practically back to birth or maybe early adolescence, would you hope to be who you are today?

Hopefully the answer is yes.

If your answer is no, now is a perfect time to re-evaluate where you are in your life. Have you achieved some of your goals or have you allowed life’s challenges to deter you? Try giving up the attitude of defeat and pick up a new attitude of resilience. I have a LONG list of stories that could be perceived as defeat, but in the larger picture they are actually stories of my ability to continue working on the better me.

The person you are today should be a greater projection of who you were born to be. We all can stand to be better than the person we were yesterday and today. Life is all about progress. It’s about becoming the better you.

Are you proud of your journey? When you answer this question, don’t think about the individual moments, but the entire journey as a whole. Your individual experiences, be it good or bad, are all about the full scope of the journey. You’re alive today. You have the ability to positively impact your life and others. That in itself makes the journey a good one.

Are you working to make the remainder of your journey an even greater experience? Don’t stop at the today. Tomorrow requires just as much from you as yesterday and today. Maybe you’ve done great so far. Your reports may not be full of disappointing moments or despair, but you’ve still got a great deal left to do. If there is room for improvement (and of course there is), stand tall today and show the younger you that you are greater, stronger and will only pick up more momentum. The challenges you face today are only temporary and do not define the potential for a positive tomorrow.

Start today or continue to put yourself in a position that will allow you to proudly say, “Younger me, I love who we’ve become.”

 

 

 

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