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Happy Birthday To Me (A Time Of Reflection)


On June 27th, I celebrated my 36th birthday! Some people have an issue with sharing how old they are but I celebrate
every year that the Lord has blessed me to see so I don’t care who knows. In my time on this earth so far, I have been a daughter (a pretty great one according to my parents), a mother (according to my children, I’m pretty awesome at that as well), a wife and a friend. These are all things that I take pride in being and am glad to have been blessed with the opportunity.
As I get older, I find that I am more emotional and prone to tears. I was watching a commercial the other day that made me well up. Sheesh! I have also found that I am more appreciative; I try not to take anything for granted. I am very blessed and I thank God everyday or the things and people he has brought into my life whether it’s for a lifetime or only for a season.
It seems as though the years are coming faster and faster as I grow older. I am just trying to remember to slow down and take the time to enjoy every opportunity as it comes. I am gaining new family member; I got a few new baby cousins and a nephew in the last year. Though I don’t get to see many of my friends and family as often as I would like, I do my best to maintain those relationships because, at the end of the day, there is nothing like the love that you get from people who love you simply because they can. I send that kind of love out into the universe because I know what it is to receive that kind of love.
I think that the most important lesson I am learning as I grow older is that it is important to take the time out to have fun. Everyone’s fun is going to look different but I try to always take time to do the things that make me happy.


I’m Going Down…

All Smiles!

Another -3.4lbs gone and another -1.25in. I am feeling pretty good about things for this week. It was definitely a hard earned loss. I have been sick all week and I was definitely aware of the things I am not able to have. Let me clarify that statement by saying that I haven’t been feeling deprived, just aware.
Tomi and I did some calculating and based on my current rate of losing, I should be down -50+lbs by my birthday. The only sad part for me is the boon shrinkage. I am gonna need new bras soon.

So Thankful (10 Things I’m Loving – Birthday Edition)


Thank you, God, for blessing me to see another year. As I get older, my scope changes and I am so thankful for that. I appreciate the way my heart has changed and my mind has matured. I am thankful for everything in my life, the good and the not so good, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
1. So thankful for another year for me (June 27) and another year for Tomi (June 22). I am super happy that we got to share the year with one another; our love and friendship grows stronger with each year.
2. Work – Thankful to be employed and that I really like the work I do. Thankful that my employment, and Tomi’s allows us to have the things we want and need.
3. Friends & Family – Thankful to be surrounded by people who.understand that we may not talk to or see one another regularly but that I am always here and that it’s all love between us. Thanks for all that you are to me.
4. Social Networks – I appreciate what they are to me; a way to stay connected with friends, family and business contacts.
5. My Little Country Home – I am so happy to come home everyday. I feel peaceful in my space with the ones that I love. While it is not yet everything I want it to be, I see and feel what it can and will be. I love our home.
6. Music – I appreciate that no matter where I am in life or what I am doing, there is AMAZING music to provide the soundtrack. I love creating playlists to go along with things I do (prepare for my day, clean house, make love, feel sad, praise God) and to represent different people in my life.
7. Creativity – I am thankful to have singing, writing, crafting and all the other ways that God has given me to express the things that I feel and experience. Without these outlets, my brain and my heart might overflow.
8. A Spirit Of Positively – I try to put positive things out into the world; the things I think and say. All of my life experiences may not be positive, but I can choose how I respond to my life situations and I try to always choose positivity.
9. Affirmations – Everyday, in everyday, I am getting better.
10. Ability & Desire – The ability & desire to love, to laugh, to spread joy & positivity and to live every day that I am blessed to see to its fullest.

Just me being me.

Happy Birthday…

This day is important to me for a couple of reasons. On this day, in 1936, my grandmother was born. My grandma was the kind of person whose door was always open. She would “put you up” for the night (or years as was the case for several people), she would feed you, counsel you and pray for you. She was an amazing woman who would do for others even when they had proven time and again that they meant her no good. She had a giving heart and I miss her very much.
On this day, 20 years ago, I 14 years old, 9 months pregnant and had started having contractions. I had gone to my grandmother’s house which was my daily routine and was just laying around watching TV. I mentioned to her that my belly felt tight and a little uncomfortable. She said “Ummm hmmm. You’ll probably have that baby soon.” I said “Wouldn’t it be cool if you and the baby have the same birthday?.” to which she replied “Don’t you have that baby on my birthday. Its mine and I don’t wanna share.” I pouted and she chuckled. My daughter was born two days later. Years later, we joked about how she had scared my baby into staying inside for a couple more days. My daughter was her first great-grandchild and my family was blessed to have 5 generations of love for the first few years of her life and 4 generations of love for 14 years of her life. I like to think there is some significance in the fact that I was 14 when my daughter came into this world and my daughter was 14 when my grandmother left this world.
Happy Birthday Geneva Verniece Coley.
Jan 21st, 1936-Feb 19th, 2005

Just Me, JaVonna