Sunday, December 31, 2017

Out With The Old, In With The New... Happy 2018!

Well, Hello World! 

It’s been some time since I have been on here. 2017 is about an hour from being over and I don’t know about you but for me, I am not sad to see it go. The latter half of 2017 literally kicked my butt. It feels as if the enemy was on a rampage and it feels as if he stomped through my life with cleats on.

But I’m still here. Some people did not make it this far but I am happy to say that my time here is not up yet. My assignment is not over. The enemy tried it but was unsuccessful in taking me out. The enemy truly comes to Steal, Kill, and Destroy.  I have seen my children attacked by the enemy, my sister attacked by the enemy, my health being attacked. Job… Gone, Finances… Zero, Stress & Depression…Knocking at the door (Keep knocking, but you can’t get in…)

My sister was in the hospital...

My daughter was in the hospital...

I was in the hospital...
I was told, “How are you still walking around, you should be dead”. And yet, here I am still.

As 2017 hurtles toward an end, I find myself Unemployed, Single, Broke, and wondering, “What The hell is going on with my life”? 

Life is not a meme, and I can’t just step into 2018 and say, YAAAASSSSSSS, Living my BEST Life!

I have some things to do, some things to change, some things to improve. But I have that chance because NO MATTER WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE OR FEELS LIKE I AM STILL BLESSED! I am not dead so I have the chance to continue on living, to continue trying, to continue experiencing life, making changes, making memories. Maybe one day I WILL get to that point when I can TRULY say I AM LIVING MY BEST LIFE!

But for now, as in a book, 2017 is the old chapter. It is time to put the last PERIOD on that chapter and TURN THE PAGE! 2018 is A NEW CHAPTER! As I walk into 2018, I walk into it BOLDLY, ready to face life and what is ahead.
To anyone reading this I say… 
HAPPY 2018!



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Sunday, January 29, 2017

And STILL God's Got This!

MAN!!! What a Day, What a Week, What a Month! As this month draws to a quick end bare with me while I rant a little...

So on Saturday the 21st I had oral surgery, the actual process went well. HOWEVER, the healing process is NOT going the way I or the surgeon thought it would go. I am often tired, often nauseous, my equilibrium is slightly off, and I am experiencing various side effects from medication. I went back to the dentist on the 23, and they prescribed more meds. I go back on February 1st. This is just DAMN RIDICULOUS! I took last week off from work but have to go back to work on Monday (Tomorrow), but I have bad headaches, and I stay nauseous, and dizzy. Oh did I mention I work with kids?? This should be interesting... But the best part... this is all costing me close to 8Gs! Yep you read that correctly... close to $8000 of which my insurance covers about $1500! AND THEY NOT EVEN DONE! I currently have 2 loans out and a family member has a loan out to help me pay but I have to make payments on all three loans. SMDH....

In the midst of this I was thinking okay, I can deal with this, I'll get that income tax money and pay off at least one of these damn loans to get ahead. YESSSSS! That is a good plan! So I filed my taxes last week and found out that I DAMN IT OWE! Come On, Can I catch a break here! So I have 3 loans to payback and I now owe the damn government.

I got an interesting letter in the mail last week.... A house I owned in NY back in the early 2000s was taken from me before I moved to Texas and Wells Fargo said they were going to foreclose on it. Why did I get a letter last week saying that Wells Fargo sold that mortgage to another mortgage company and this company wants payment! Wait?? WHAT?? This is 20 damn 17! Seriously???

I also got a letter last week from my current apartment management office saying that my rent will increase by $50 starting in February... Okay BREATHE..... I can handle this.... Don't Flip Out!

I'm Tired, I'm Hungry (because you know I can only eat things like jello, yogurt, apple sauce, etc smdh), I'm Broke, I have a Headache, I'm Dizzy, and I'm Nauseous! But you know what I'm not?? I'm NOT GIVING UP! I know why people go crazy and start flipping out on folk, because MAN ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! I don't believe in luck (good or bad), and I don't believe in coincidence. I DO BELIEVE that God has a plan and the enemy has an attack plan to counter it. But I'm good because I know God Got This! HE can and HE will take this and turn it around for my good. I know that someone out there is worse off than me so I STILL call myself BLESSED in the midst of it all!
To make myself feel better I took my last $10 and bought my Buddha a Paw Patrol Spin Brush and some Paw Patrol toothpaste! That smile made all things better!

But Yep I'm standing on this word... 

Romans 8:28King James Version (KJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Let Go And Let God! I'm Good because God Got This!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

So Trump Is President...Now What?

I am trying to figure out why people are acting like Trump is the worst President to ever sit in the White House (That is  not yet a fact and remains to be seen!). There was an election and Trump won, period. So we move on with our lives. Every President has had lovers and haters, good policies and bad policies, people who liked what he was doing and people who did not like what he was doing, supporters and detractors. There have always been protests for and against things. THIS IS ALL NOTHING NEW!
What we need to do now is what we always do... Move On, Live Life, Do You!
You STILL have to get up and shower. You STILL have to go to work/school. You STILL have to pay bills and buy groceries. Life STILL moves on.
All the comparisons between Obama and Trump are as senseless and asinine as all the comparisons between Bush and Obama were.Those comparisons did nothing for the administration, nothing for you. They benefited NO ONE! All of you who are posting , tweeting, and chanting about wanting 4 more years of Obama... well guess what? IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. OBAMA HAS LEFT THE BUILDING! You need to accept that fact and move on!
I personally DO NOT WANT to see 4 more years of the Obama family in the White House because I spent the LAST 8 YEARS fervently praying that some Radical, Racist, Crazy Ass nut job would not ASSASSINATE THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT!
Oh yes Obama broke down some barriers. he showed ALL children that hard work, education, passion, and hope can possibly get you to where you want to be. YOU CAN BE AND DO ANYTHING YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO... He ALSO showed what an EXTREMELY RACIST WORLD WE STILL LIVE IN! He may have been the MOST DISRESPECTED PRESIDENT of all time! I don't wish more of that blatant hatred and racism on him and his family. NO, LET THE OBAMAS MOVE ON. I say, Obama family GO WITH GOD AND DO YOU!
Obama OUT!

People YOU need to get out YOUR feelings and make the best of YOUR LIFE. Don't be lying in your casket while they are saying He/She sat on the computer and whined all the time. He/She was very adept with cyber bullying. He/She was very active on social media! NO, NO, NO! Let them say things like He/She lived an awesome life. He/She was very active in the Community/Church! He/She LOVED & LIVED an abundant life! He/She left behind an awesome legacy.
I'm not saying be oblivious to what is going on around you but what I am saying is DON'T LET WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND YOU DICTATE YOUR LIFE! YOU NEED TO LIVE! Live On Purpose! God Got This, He Has A Plan!

Thank you Obama family, Enjoy your lives!

Peace & Love!
Regina OUT!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

I Can Smell Your Self Righteous Bullying... Get Over Yourself!

Guess Who's Baaacccckkkkk! Did y'all miss me??? Probably not cause I can hear the echo coming through my computer LMAO! It's all good though!

I only came back online because as usual BLACK FOLK ARE WORKING MY NERVE!!
Black people have NOT mastered UNITY but you know what they have mastered...SELF-RIGHTEOUS BULLYING in the name of all things Black! It always amazes me how black people can always vocally judge the actions, thoughts, lives, and hearts of other black people if it is not what they feel black people should be thinking and feeling.

So let me explain...

I loves me some Chrisette Michelle! However right now all over the Internet and social media black people are slamming her, discrediting her, disrespecting her, blacklisting her, etc. According to black America right now she is the biggest coon around! Why? Because she sang at Trump's inauguration. Some are saying she only did it for the check, they are saying she is a sell out, she's a coon, she's a clown, and she's the downfall of black people!... Really... Chrisette is the DOWN FALL of Black people?? HALF OF YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW HER OR HER MUSIC BECAUSE SHE IS NOT MAINSTREAM OR COMMERCIAL ENOUGH FOR YOU! They are praising Jennifer Holiday who refused to sing at the inauguration, but she said she backed out due to death threats. DAMN! DEATH THREATS??? Black folk are that mad, they are threatening to KILL people just for being around Trump? Come On y'all it's NOT that serious! We have had good and bad Presidents before and we will again. Hell half of y'all didn't even like Obama until he was leaving now y'all miss him? FOH!! But folk are calling Steve Harvey a coon and sellout as well for meeting with Trump! But what is there to gain by NOT meeting with Trump or NOT singing at the inauguration? You Black folk need to get out of your feelings and get your minds right! SOMEBODY has to be present, SOMEBODY has to attend, SOMEBODY has to show up! If you all say no than God will appoint SOMEONE ELSE!

Black people are ALWAYS so quick to jump on a black band wagon and bash other black people for not being black enough! Blacks are some of the biggest bullies around. Always so righteous! Always so black! Always ready to revoke somebody else black card (They took mine long ago cause I'm not BLACK ENOUGH! LMAO). Hey I'm not mad at at Chrisette for singing. If God laid it on your heart than damn what the world says, do it! GOD CAN, GOD HAS, GOD WILL USE ANYONE HE CHOOSES TO. So if NOT ONE BLACK person decided to show up at the table who would be there to represent??
You don't know that woman or her heart but you choose to stand on your Self-Righteous podium of blackness to judge her and her entire life/career? And y'all are actually PRAISING Spike Lee for denouncing her and her Blackness? Yo! Spike Lee don't speak for me and his interpretation of blackness and Brooklyn is NOT my interpretation! I have never been a Spike Lee fan because his views of black life did not match my views of black life.
Chrisette Michele SHOWED UP when others would not! But she was there with Travis Green
(a Black gospel artist) but y'all not slamming him... but wait do y'all even know who Travis Greene is? Probably not LOL! Get Enlightened!

So I will close with this.... Bullying is NOT OKAY! Let GOD use you no matter what ANYBODY has to say! Only God knows what the plan and end game is, all you have to do is SAY YES, BE PRESENT AND DO YOUR PART! I think Travis Greene and Chrisette Michelle represented God very well!


Praise Him!!

Oh and please remember ... You don't have to agree with me! Because I actually don't care if you do or not! It's good to be back! PEACE!

Regina! (STILL ME IN 2017)

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Hello? Is Anyone Out There? Is This Thing On?

Hello World!

It has been a long while since I have visited you via this blog! I have NOT been doing anything Fancy, Fabulous, or Fantastic. Nope , I have just been doing the regular, everyday things that people generally do. You know WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK (said in my best Rihanna voice!)

I did however finally move into my own apartment back in February! (Yaaaayyyy!)

It may seem weird to you but this is the FIRST TIME I have lived TOTALLY ALONE! I mean no husband, no kids, no grandkids, no sister, no mother, JUST ME! It is a fabulous feeling. I don't have to worry about thinking about other people, such as making sure my music is not too loud, or making sure to buy the kind of food that everyone likes to eat, or making sure the babies or grand babies are not too loud, or making sure there is enough room/space for everyone. Living with others can be draining and tiring sometimes.

But one thing I DO NOT like about living alone is having to put things together myself! Uggghhhhh! I AM NOT that DIY type of chick. I bought a desk that came in what seemed to be a HUNDRED PIECES! But hey I got it together... FINALLY (and it took the ENTIRE weekend!).

Anyway, I am still decorating and buying little things here and there (when I am not drowning in rent and bills!). But all in all I am very pleased with myself! I love the peace and quiet of being alone. I LOVE being an Empty-Nester!

Oh, Hey, speaking of DIY. My daughter and I went to a junk/antique sale a few weekends ago and I found this cute little bench that I kind of liked. But being so anti-DIY I came back to look at it 2-3 times before I decided to buy it. It was a cute little piece but it needed a paint job and to be recovered. Did I already say that I DO NOT DO DIY STUFF??? So my daughter convinced me that she and her grandmother would do the project and it would not take long, so I finally gave in and bought the bench. the before and after pictures are below. SHOUT OUT TO THE DIY TWINS (that is what I call my mother and my daughter because they LOVE that stuff) they did an AWESOME JOB! I had to go with them to the fabric store (Ughhh, Shudder, Oh to shudder means to tremble convulsively, typically as a result of fear or revulsion.) 
And I even helped a little (for like 2 minutes! LOL!).



My 2 Minute Input!

So any way that is a quick update on my sooooooo exciting life! LOL! I am completely thankful, that God continues to bless me!
So... What have you guys been up to?

Peace & Love All

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Sunshine VoxBox! Yaaayyy!

I have spent the last couple of weeks testing and reviewing the treasures I received in my Sunshine VoxBox! For those of you who don't know I joined the Influenster Community and as a result I occasionally receive VoxBoxes of treasures to review and test and then give my honest opinion on. You too can join Influenster and receive your OWN FREE BOX of goodies! Click HERE!
So anyway since it is summer time I received this Sunshine VoxBox of goodies! The contents of my box were...

Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer
This product gives you smooth feeling skin but most importantly IT WILL NOT SPILL or MAKE A MESS IN YOUR BAG! Great product for Summer on the Go!

SinfulColors Professional Nail Color
Ooooo! I absolutely LOVE this color!! It has lasted a full week on my nails (that's good for me!)

Infusium 23 Moisture Replenisher Leave-in Smoothing Crème enhanced with Avocado and Olive Oil
I was already a fan of Infusium Conditioner, BUT NOW I am in LOVE with this Infusium Leave In Conditioner! It is thick enough that it does not run all down my face and neck But NOT so thick that it causes a nasty build up! The perfect balance for my natural hair!

Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Daily Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths which also came with 3 coupons for $3.00 off (the product only retails at about $3.99!)
Witch Hazel has always been the best astringent/toner for my skin (despite the smell!) and now with Witch Hazel wipes I can conveniently carry them in my purse and use them whenever needed during this hot Texas Summer!

Blue Diamond Bold Sriracha flavored Almonds

 I actually thought I would not like these, because I am not an Almond eater, and I am not a fan of spicy foods. HOWEVER, they were surprisingly enjoyable. The BOLD SRIRACHA flavor was actually pretty good! And my grandson liked them as well!

 Those two little hands you see in the background belong to my 1 1/2 year-old grandson trying to swoop in and snatch some more almonds! he actually liked them!

 And a coupon for a free bag of BarkThins Snacking Chocolates

  I have not had the chance to taste these yet because the store I went to only had the pumpkin seed and the pretzel BarkThins (neither of which I want!) I am looking for the blueberry BarkThins, hopefully I can snag them in the next few days!

Well, There you have it! Awesome Summer Products! Go out and get yours today! all of these items are sold in various stores, such as Walmart, Walgreen, and Target!

**I of course received these products complimentary for testing purposes. All reviews and opinions are purely my own.**

Have an AWESOME DAY All!

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Maslow's Hierarchy From A Godly Perspective

Almost all academics have either touched on or had in depth teaching on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. For any of you who have not had the pleasure, let me explain. Abraham Harold Maslow was an American psychologist who wrote a paper in 1943 titled "A Theory of Human Motivation". In this paper Maslow described his theory of human development, growth, and psychology. This theory is what is called Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. This theory is widely used and taught in academic studies of Leadership, Development, and Psychology to name a few.

Maslow’s Hierarchy is represented as a pyramid with five sections. The most basic needs being on the bottom and then moving on up to self-actualization which is at the peak of the pyramid.
The original hierarchy of needs five-stage model includes:
1. Biological and Physiological needs - air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep.
2. Safety needs - protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, freedom from fear.
3. Love and belongingness needs - friendship, intimacy, affection and love, - from work group, family, friends, and romantic relationships.
4. Esteem needs - achievement, mastery, independence, status, dominance, prestige, self-respect, and respect from others.
5. Self-Actualization needs - realizing personal potential, self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences.

According to Maslow and his Hierarchy of Needs, one must achieve the basic needs in life, in order. BEFORE ultimately finding fulfillment, that fulfillment being self-actualization.
Now, I have no problem with Maslow’s theory or hierarchy of needs. In fact it is very interesting. HOWEVER, this is what I do have a problem with…
Nowhere in this pyramid of human needs is God mentioned or represented. That in and of itself is not a big problem because I understand that Maslow was a psychologist, a man of science and this entire hierarchy is from a purely SECULAR, ACADEMIC perspective. And I get that! What I DO NOT understand is how and why RELIGIOUS LEADERS take it upon themselves to teach/preach about Maslow’s Hierarchy (which is purely a secular view of human development and leadership) as if it were the GOSPEL! There is a HUGE DIFFERENCE between being a leader in corporate America and being a leader for GOD! Yes you can incorporate aspects of this hierarchy and teach it from a secular view but you should not take the things of the world and try to teach them as if they were uttered from God! When you teach from your pulpit, that one must go through these steps and stages in order to reach the pinnacle of human development which is SELF ACTUALIZATION you are in essence teaching the people that they can and will achieve their best life WITHOUT JESUS! If you are teaching your people this and not putting it in any kind of perspective with God’s word then YOU are setting your people up for failure! How can anyone achieve their BEST LIFE without JESUS? How can “Self-Actualization be achieved, maintained, and understood without JESUS?
Spiritual Leaders get yourselves into order with God’s word and let the people know that WITHOUT CHRIST THERE IS NO LIFE! 

The Maslow Hierarchy of Needs should be taught this way using the word of GOD…
1. Biological and Physiological needs - air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep.
But God Says ... Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 3 John 2: Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

2. Safety needs - protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, freedom from fear. But God Says ... 2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.

3. Love and belongingness needs - friendship, intimacy, affection and love, - from work group, family, friends, and romantic relationships. But God Says ... 1 John 4:7-9 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

4. Esteem needs - achievement, mastery, independence, status, dominance, prestige, self-respect, and respect from others. But God Says ... Joshua 1:7-8 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

5. Self-Actualization needs - realizing personal potential, self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences. But God Says ... Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.

IN OTHER WORDS… If you cannot or will not tie it back to God’s word than why are you wasting my time with it? I don’t need to know how smart you are, or how educated you are, or what a great academic mind you are. I need to know what a great leader of God’s people you are. I have already had YEARS of academic pandering (Associates, Bachelors, and Masters, Thank You), so I don’t need that from my Spiritual Leaders. Don’t get me wrong, I know there are MANY AWESOME Teachers of God’s word. That is not what I’m talking about. I am talking about those academics who will try to take all the things of the world and try to teach it as if it is better than or equal to God and His word! As a Spiritual Leader I need you to instruct, lead, and build up my spirit man by teaching more about the things of Christ! You cannot continue to take the things of the world and TRY to apply Godly principles to it. You must take Godly principles and INFLUENCE the world with them!
Stop trying to tell me all about how corporate America teaches, trains, and makes leaders, I can go to the world for that… Instead tell me how JESUS trained, built up, and groomed Godly Leaders!

Remember... You Will ONLY Reach Self-Actualization By Knowing That It IS NOT About SELF! It Is, Was, and Will ALWAYS Be About Christ! And Without Christ How Can You EVER Be The Best YOU?!


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Leaving A Legacy... One Worth Sharing

We need to be mindful that this generation and the generations to come are looking for US to leave a LEGACY. What does LEGACY mean to you?

According to Merriam Webster online dictionary Legacy is:
1:  a gift by will especially of money or other personal property:  bequest
2:  something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past

According to Legacy is:
1:  a gift of property, especially personal property, as money, by will; a bequest.
2:  anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor

So what legacy are you leaving for those coming after you? I am not in the place to leave a financial legacy however I have a wealth of knowledge that they can glean from. But what about those of you who think you have nothing??? What legacy are you going to leave for the generations coming after you? Now is the time to take stock of what you have to share. Your LEGACY is your GIFT to the future generations! Show them what you are/were working with! Believe it or not EVERYONE leaves a legacy (Good or Bad) it is up to you to make sure it is one WORTH SHARING!

I have a multitude of pictures that I will leave as a legacy to those coming after me. Now some of you may think that pictures have no value. Let me debunk that myth from you right now! For the past few years I have been doing a little bit of ancestry work for my maternal and paternal side of my family, trying to paint a picture of where I come from. Trying to go back as far as I can. Sadly, there are people I did not know who I unfortunately will never see pictures of because no one has pictures of some of these people (or they are not willing to share). I do not even have pictures of my father when he was a little boy. I have NO pictures of my paternal grandfather and have never seen anyone or any pictures from my father’s father side of the family. I know that pictures were not as easy to obtain back in those days as they are now. So I want to ensure that the generations coming after me know something of their history and can at least put a face with a name. So, yes Pictures are a legacy!

What about skills? Can you cook, sew, knit, crochet, paint, carve wood, gardening, or any other type of skill that you can teach someone and pass on? A legacy does not just have to be money. You can leave behind a skill that someone else will take and run with. Have you considered writing/typing some of your best recipes to pass on to the next generation? Or maybe paint a mural of the family tree? Or maybe make a quilt using scraps from various family members clothing.

The point is there are lots of things you can do to help the future generations but they will not know and learn if WE don’t initiate! If (God forbid) you died today, what will they remember about you? What will they say you taught them or shared with them? My grandfather made the BEST biscuits and my grandmother made the BEST cakes HOWEVER, NO ONE in the family can duplicate them. I think they were so busy living their daily lives that they never thought about sharing so their legacy could carry on. Man I miss those biscuits and cakes.... But I Digress...

Start today! Decide what it is you have to share with the next generation. Spend some time with the younger generation sharing that skill.

At some point in our lives we have to think about Leaving A Legacy... One Worth Sharing!

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