Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving Through My Eyes

How was your Thanksgiving holiday? I spent the day quietly in my apartment and then ventured out to Cracker Barrel for dinner. I even went to Target in hopes that I could pick up 2 more of those wonderful tees in red and white that I wore in my last post here on the blog. Can someone tell me why folks buy more than one 72” screen tele? I mean how much tv does one really watch?! And how HUGE does the screen need to be?!?! Does that mean you stop going to the movie if your tv is supersized, lolol?! But I digress. Needless to say that didn’t go as planned so I came home and crawled into bed with a magazine.

Best part of my Turkey day was getting up at 7 and meeting my sorority sisters to volunteer at the Keith Straghn Foundation Feed the Needy Thanksgiving Day dinner. There’s no better cure for the negative that ails me than serving others and being reminded of how much my son and I have to be grateful for. Another positive is I added 2 miles to my walking game. I’ve been doing 4 miles for quite some time. It was time to challenge myself to more and I really needed to fight the lonely demon that was chasing me! Y’all do know I’m neither alone or lonely right? LIES, I tell ya, LIES!  So I put on my sneakers, workout clothes and hit the park. Pandora gave me a fairly decent Boys II Menz Christmas playlist and made some strides for about 2 hours. I left the park feeling better physically and emotionally.

If you are thinking why I was alone, well…the kid flew to be with his father on Wednesday. Due to some transportation issues I’m unable to travel in my car. I could have rented a vehicle but I figured it would set me back financially form getting the EXPENSIVE repairs I need. Your probably also thinking that I appear to have a large circle of friends and networks so why didn’t I just spend the day with someone else’s family. I did have multiple invites to share a meal with others. It’s really weird but the only thing I can tell you is I didn’t feel like it. I wanted my family. My mom. Siblings. Extended family. I haven’t seen them in a year. So the plan is to get my car repaired and get back to my road trips home. Nothing like a country life to refresh me. Birds chirping. Pecan trees, not palm. No planes. Zero traffic. Can you tell I’m homesick?

Yeah after I paid the last car note installment, the Incredible Hulk (I drive a green SUV) decided it needed major work. Until educators get paid like the ballers we are, I won’t be purchasing anything new for a minute. Gotta give back to the government and make sure FedLoan gets that lump sum out my check. #FixItJesus So I survived Thanksgiving Day. I did battle a few moments of feeling low and sad. My mom called twice and I just didn’t want to ruin her day so I acted all perky and fine on the phone. When I was leaving dinner, an older lady told me I needed something to cover my arms from the chill in the air. It was something my Granny would say so when I got to my truck I had to talk myself back from a teary breakdown.

I shared all that to say reach out to single parents and people during the holidays. Y’all know the suicide rate goes up. It’s a time when the enemy of our joy will try and bring us so low that we feel unloved and uncared for. Some of us will isolate ourselves from the very people who are concerned about our well-being. I’m so grateful that I know the truth about myself and journey. It ain’t always easy but if the lessons I’ve learned can help someone else keep the faith and keep pushing forward then I am living my life with purpose. 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bright Winter

Happy Wednesday Faithful Followers!

A cold front arrived yesterday a little after 12 here in South Florida. I didn't leave work until after 7 and almost froze my butt off! I'd already said in my head I'd be rocking my Dagny boots from Just Fab. My blogger friend Shea at Curves & Confidence had the same idea. She texted me before I hit her up  (we text chat everyday ) to style me and we stated brainstorming. We get turnup when we can rock winter clothes and shoes, LOL!!

I ran to my closet grabbed this skirt, sweatshirt and two docent statement necklaces  and thought I'd wear the fit with black tights and heels. She suggested I go with the boots and belt the look. A bit later this outfit came together although I wasn't really sure after leaving home this morning  because I tucked the sweatshirt instead of leaving it out as she suggested. I received a lot of compliments on my bright wintery attire so I give the look a thumbs up.

What say you?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Target Clearance Perfection

What I can create when I find two beautiful Fall floral pieces on the clearance rack at the Bullseye Boutique. I plan to rock the shirt as a dress on a weekend with flats. My butt would make the this tunic problematic for work in heels. So in paired it with the skirt and loved the print on print!

You can find them here. Skirt. Shirt.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Saturday's LBD

Happy weekend y'all! I haven't posted a oufit in a minute because I still don't have a camera and anyone to take my pics. With the time change KT and I rush home, eat dinner, homework and sleep, only to start over the next day. He's doing well in achool.and band so I ain't complaining. 

This morning was one of those tightly packed days that I blogged about in my last post. Today was National ACT & SAT day so I took him to take the FREE practice test.  A bit later, I was headed to my sorority's Senior Citizens Luncheon. All after working in my classroom for an hour or so. #supermom

Attire for the  event was all black and our chapter blazers. It was already sunny when I left the school at 9 so I didn't wanna dress to warmly as I was going to be running around. I have body temp issues ladies!!!! My blogger friend Shea over at Curves and Confidence gifted me this dress the first time I visited her for the weekend. Now we find time to take the hour drive to hang out. She's fit, fine, an inspiration and feeds my shopping habits.

The first time I wore it I had to pull and tug on it every step I took. As you know, I've been working out since the summer but fell off once school started. I forced myself back into it despite my hetic schedule. More work to be done in the tummy area but the butt is lifting and tightening up. My arms and legs look better too. One of my students complimented my arms. Well he asked me if I box. Huh? Boy bye!! **grabs weights and lifts**

The back zipper is my favorite part of the dress. Gives it some umphh! I'll get the top altered once I can slip into this cutie without the hip hughing, LOL! Shea also convinced me to find a good seamstress and tailor and get. The work done. I love you girl!

I'm on the treadmill typing and need to pick it (go faster). Until next post...GO NOLES beat the Canes!

Monday, November 10, 2014

I've got the single super mom cape on and I wanna take it off!

I've been trying to get around to blogging but my life just won't slow down long enough for me to pose for a few photos or write good content because I'm exhausted when I get home. I sit on the couch and exhale, shower and go to sleep.

I've got the single super mom cape on and I wanna take it off! There are times, I just wish for days off. #youcanjudgeme I've mentioned before KT is in the band this year. He's a sophmore at the high school where I'm now working as well as involved in numerous community service driven/mentoring activities. We don't do everything but we do enough to have us falling into bed after homework is complete.

Being at a new school this academic year that's high needs requires me to work a lot harder than I did my last few years. There's new standardized testing expectations, common core standards and kids who need me to assist them in meeting old testing mandates to graduate! In addition, I'm a band parent. This means I show up at every game, competition and now parade season. Can't give to other people's kid what I don't give to my own. Right?!?!?!?

At the end of the week, I don't want to do anything but pretend to catch up on sleep because I still have church and other commitments. Believe it or not, I've scaled wayyyyy back on my personal activities. There's no real justification for running myself into the ground where I am no good for parenting,  teaching and enjoying life. I refuse to make myself sick. #bewarealowdownsingleparent

This Saturday I spoke at a parenting conference. One of the questions I was asked in the session was, what is the hardest part of being a single parent. That day I said not being able to teach my son how to be a man. Today I say, having to give so much of myself with no help. I can't recall if I've felt this way before. Maybe when he was younger and needed me more but he's 15 and I swear he controls my calendar. #waitingonmyROI

I also don't think having a partner, mate or boyfriend is a TOTAL FIX IT cure. I just need to work on balancing more so I can get back to my blog, reading for pleasure, working out more than once or twice a week and road trips.

So to those moms and dad's who maybe frustrated and weary. I feel yoy! Yes indeed!! God didn't intend for parenting to be solo. As I shared Saturday, it doesn't matter how your family came to be one without two just is. Make the best of it. Do what you can. Plan. Plan. Plan. Make breakfast at night if you must. Cereal and sandwiches are considered meals.

I'm praying for you. For us that we not get weary in well doing for our children. They are our ministry. Not a spouse. At least not now. I'm counting down my 2.5 years before Stella gets her groove back. #ratchetbehaviorforthcoming #kidding The best you can give your child(ren) is love, time and being present in the moment.

God sees our journey,  Amen.

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