Category Archives: Random Ramblings

All Up In My Face

The title was not my attempt at being clever. This post is going to be about my face.

The Face
If I’m being honest, most days, I don’t think a whole lot about my face. I get up, wash, tone, moisturize (with SPF) and then repeat the process before bed. That’s more out of routine than anything else. Lately though, I think about my face a lot. I pay it a lot of attention and it makes me feel sad. I’m sad about the signs of aging that I’m starting to see waaaaaayyyyyy more of. The breakouts I’m having since the year I turned 40 would bring a teenager to tears. And where the hell are all these moles and freckles coming from? Plucking, twerking and waxing could be a full time job at this point. With all the time I spend on maintenance, just trying to maintain my baseline, I wonder how I ever found time to get up and put on a full face everyday. I guess I’m really starting to really appreciate the ugly side of keeping it pretty 🤓.

The 52 Lists Project: List 8

LIST YOUR FAVORITE QUOTES.

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” – Audre Lorde

“Sometimes I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.” – Zora Neale Hurston

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

“A crown, if it hurts us, is not worth wearing.” – Pearl Bailey

“I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else’s whim or to someone else’s ignorance.” = bell hooks

“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” – Alice Walker

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” – Alice Walker

“Deal with yourself as an individual worthy of respect, and make everyone else deal with you the same way.” – Nikki Giovanni

“Give light and people will find the way.” – Ella Baker

TAKE ACTION: What do your favorite quotes have in common? Choose one qualitu or theme to incorporate into your daily life this week.

The 52 Lists Project: List 7

LIST ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY…

There really are too many to name but I will give a few…

  1. Tomi
  2. My Parents
  3. My Children
  4. My grandchildren
  5. My Siblings
  6. My nieces and nephews
  7. My church family
  8. My friends

TAKE ACTION: Write a sweet note to or do something thoughtful for one or some of these people who make your life easier, lighter and happier.

The 52 Lists Project: List 6

LIST THE WAYS YOU LOVE TO HAVE FUN.

  1. Karaoke
  2. Traveling
  3. Spending time with family and friends
  4. Reading
  5. Crafting and creating
  6. Shopping
  7. Going to the movies
  8. Writing
TAKE ACTION: Plan to integrate something fun into every day this week. We can all settle into routines very easily, so why not break the routine of boredom and start a routine of fun?

The 52 Lists Project: List 5

Although I have not been keeping up on my blogging, I have been keeping up with my lists. Some of the lists are very easy to complete. Others can be as easy or as involved as you choose to make them. There have definitely been some where I’ve had to reel myself in so that I don’t spend FOREVER on one list.

Here we go…

LIST WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR LIFE TO LOOK LIKE IN TEN YEARS.

Well, that’s not hard at all (insert sarcasm font). I decided to be very straightforward with my list and not expound too much.

  1. I would like to own my own home
  2. I would like to be ‘working’ my own business; be my own boss
  3. I would like to travel with my wife
  4. I would like my wife to be retired
  5. I would like to be at least 250lbs lighter

TAKE ACTION: What are some small steps you can take right now to make one of your dreams happen in the future?

52 Lists Project: List 2

List your favorite characters from books, movies, etc.

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All of my favorites are women who are strong in their vulnerability and simple in their complexity.

1.) Janie Crawford from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
2.) Mercy Thompson from a series of books by Patricia Briggs
3.) Lauren Oya Olamina from Parable Of The Sower by Octavia E. Butler
4.) Tamara Hayle from a series of books by Valerie Wilson Wesley
5.) Tracy Ellison from Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree
6.) Cleo played by Dana Owens (Queen Latifah) in the movie Set It Off
7.) Savannah Jackson played by Whitney Houston in the movie Waiting To Exhale
8.) Bernadine Harris played by Angela Bassett in the movie Waiting To Exhale
9.) Gloria Matthews played by Loretta Devine in the movie Waiting To Exhale
10.) Robin Stokes played by Lela Rochon in the movie Waiting To Exhale
Take Action: Find a common personality trait between your favorite characters. What is one character trait that you admire in your favorite characters that you can work towards this week?