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10 Things I’m Loving Right Now: January Edition

I try to do these at the end of the month as a reminder to be thankful and take time to find the blessings in my day-to-day life. I was in the hospital so I’m a little bit late. Better late than never, right? January was a pretty good month and a great beginning to 2015.

1.) My baby girl turned 24 on Jan. 23rd.

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2.) My wife…just because she’s awesome

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3.) A good cup of coffee. I’ve found a new appreciation for my morning cup. My afternoon cup. And sometimes, my night time cup.

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4.) My fur baby, Hayley. She keeps me company during the day.

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5.) Dancing out the stress. There is nothing I enjoy more than cranking up some music and gettin’ down with my bad self. My go to jam…Electric Lady by Janelle Monaé

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6.) Inspiration in book form. This book allows me to study my bible and get inspired using stories that ‘real’ women can relate to.

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7.) Discovering a new source for great accessories at Global Couture.

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8.) Selma (film)

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9.) My parents. I appreciate every day that I am blessed to have them here.

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10.) My Grandma. January 21st would have been her 79th birthday. I am thankful for the years I had her here to love, nurture, teach and guide me and my daughter. I miss her everyday.

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Weighing-In

I’m down another 5lbs this week. Yes! I’m feeling really good. I promised to be transparent when it came to my weight loss journey. I recently purchased a dress to wear to my wife’s company Christmas party.
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I got a size 28 and it is big on me. Except where the ‘girls’ and the badonkadonk are concerned. I’ve always been…blessed in those areas. The last dress I bought, which was my wedding dress was a size 32.

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I am feeling very proud of how far I’ve come and looking forward to more success in the future.

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This Christmas…

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What a wonderful day we had. My honey created a wonderful tree and gift staging area complete with tiny stockings since all of our decorations are in storage.

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I got lots of fantastic goodies…

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A Steve Madden barrel bag which was an AMAZING surprise that my honey picked all by herself.

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A Martha Stewart loom knitting kit…just to name a few.
We went to breakfast at IHOP and then went to see DJANGO at the movies.
The hardest thing was being away from my family. I miss my parents, my baby girl, my siblings, nieces, nephews and cousins. No matter how happy the times I do have, I feel the void of being so far from everyone.

10 Things I Am Loving Right Now

It has been some time since I’ve written anything and I am in the kind of mood where I need to count some of my many blessings. It could be the weather or perhaps something else that has me in a state of melancholy lately. Anyway, here we go…

1.) God-I know that not everyone believes but I do and there are some days that I know I would not have made it through without prayer, faith and God.

2.) Social Media-I am so thankful to be able to keep up with my friends and family via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. Life happens and it is nice to be able to stay on top of things like birthdays, children, parties and all the other ins and outs of life. Especially since we live so far away from everyone.

3.) Tomi-There are some days when I am not sure that I would be able to maintain my sanity if I didn’t have her in my life. Plus, I think it is important to have someone in your life who makes you laugh to the point of urination.

4.) Singing-The ability to sing is what keeps me from catching a case some days. Singing is a great release for me and whether I am feeling great or down in the dumps, singing helps get me through.

5.) Zoloft (no filter) – I will just say that there are a lot of people who I have to deal with in my day-to-day that should be thankful that I am medicated.

6.) Employment-I know a lot of people who are out there right now looking for work and I am thankful that I have a job. There are days when my co-workers get on my nerves but I am thankful to have them.

7.) Moving-Although it was a LOT of work, we are moved into a bigger, better place and we are happy there.

8.) Pinterest- Anyone who has ever been on the website knows why I am thankful for Pinterest and anyone who has never been on it, don’t do it. You will be hooked.

9.) Comfort food (in moderation) – There is nothing better when the weather starts to turn cool. I have pulled out all kinds of recipes for hearty soups and stews and casseroles; all the stuff to make you feel warm deep down in your soul (They’ve got some great recipes on Pinterest).

10.) Being literate-I have read a lot of really great books lately and I am thankful for the ability to do that.

10 Things I Am Loving Right Now

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I have so much to be thankful for in my life. I realized, however, that I have not been taking the time to give thanks for my blessings. I suppose that if I thought about it, my list could go on forever but I am just gonna do a top 10.

1.) Waking up this morning and every morning for the last 36yrs – I thank God for waking me up each day, in my right mind and healthy; for the most part.

2.) My honey – Tomi is my best friend and always there for me. I appreciate that she can tell me the truth when I need to hear it without being hurtful. That’s important.

3.) My nook…and my library card – I love to read and I love the convenience of my eReader. At the same time, I really appreciate the smell and feel of a good, old library book.

4.) Social Media – While I have made it my business to spend less time being a social media whore, I appreciate my social media sites for keeping my connected to my friends and family who I am unable to be close to (physically).

5.) Employment – When I was fired from my previous job, I was angry and hurt. I took the time off to reflect on myself as well as my previous job situation and to pray. A job practically fell in my lap and I am loving every minute of it. There is nothing better than when you can do something you love in a fantastic environment.

6.) Being a mom! – All of our little ‘birdies’ have left the nest. While I worry about them non-stop and pray for them constantly, it makes me happy to see my little fish out there swimming in the big pond.

7.) My Grandmother – Geneva V. Coley (01/21/34 – 02/19/2005) My grandmother passed away several years ago but I appreciate that I was able to have her in my life. Tomi says there are times that I channel her from time to time. She was an amazing woman and I am so thankful for the love, lessons and prayers that I received from her. I miss her so much.

8.) A good mani/ pedi – I really love to pamper myself in this way. I put my headphones in and sit back and enjoy. However you choose to pamper yourself and unwind, do it!!

9.) A voice – I enjoy being able to express myself, relieve stress and share myself with others. I am thankful for the ability to write and to sing. It not only gives me a voice but provides a voice for others also.

10.) Peace and Piece of Mind – For the first time in a long time, I feel very peaceful in my life. Things are not perfect by a long shot but I think that I am just in a better mental space to roll with the punches.

10 Things I Am Loving Right Now

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It’s that time of the month again. The time when I take a moment to list some of the things that make my like AWESOME!

1. LOVE – I love being in love, being loved, being able to love. I love with my whole heart just because I can.
2. FAMILY – I have a great family who I love. There are definitely days when I want to love them from afar but I love them nonetheless.
3. TOMI – Words could never truly express how amazing she is to me.
4. LIFE – I am thankful for everyday that I am blessed to see. I try to live every day as though it is a precious gift; because it is.
5. MUSIC – Having music as a part of my life is like sustenance for my soul.
6. MY JOB – Very happy to be employed and I really enjoy what I do so that’s an added bonus.
7. ME – I am making more time in my life for me. I am taking time to make sure that I am alright mentally, physically and emotionally.
8. HOME – Things are slowly but surely coming together at our little country house. I am loving it more and more everyday.
9. PLANNING – We’ve been making lists, setting goals, making plans and its exciting to see and prepare for the things to come.
10. GROWTH – I am aware of the fact that I am a work in progress. I can smile knowing that God is not finished with me yet.

Just me being me.
JaVonna