Sunday, August 16, 2015

When Skies Are Gray

This outfit and the rain Sunday morning as I headed to church made me think of this song. The "You are my sunshine" part popped into my head when I saw how truly vibrant these shoes were. They are a bit muted indoors. But outside the color more than pops! #love 

After service, the blue skies and new landscaping in my development was the perfect backdrop for this post.

 Shoes: Zara (here and this color)
Clutch: Target (old)
Dress: GAP (sold out)
The shoes were purchased online during Zara's sale. Comfy. Bold. Bright. You'll see them again. 
Here's to Monday, my first day back with students.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

2. When Things Go Wrong as They Sometimes Will (The JESUS Fixed it Version)

As promised Part 2 of my remix of one of Dr. Seuss’s greatest hits. I kid. No really this is my summer version. I was gonna write this the next day as I mentioned in the first post and then the next day but y’all know how I do on summer break which is really over on Tuesday. Check out my Instagram to see how I spent my final weekend off. #shamelessplug

So you wanna know what the Lord said to me about complaining about the almost 3 grand I spent repairing the Incredible Hulk? Welp what His words says.

Matthew 6:35 So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. NLT

I had all these plans for the extra money I earned which including saving some of it for a rainy day. Guess all the major repairs deemed the first two weeks of summer rainy days. I can crack jokes about it now but at the time I was feeling some kinda way with the Lord. Like I was being punished for something. You know when you finally realize that all the bad financial decisions you made during your college years that made your late 20s and 30s horrible had come back to haunt me.

Clearly, this wasn’t the case but at the time I was all in my negative vibes about it. There really was no way around getting the truck repaired unless I wanted a car note and ya’ll know this girl is more about food and fashion than car payments. I had to get over myself and recognize getting the repairs would keep me in a better position to travel more later than restarting the 5 year plan. Is that how long folks pay for cars now? Longer? I don’t wanna! MAJOR. SAD. FACE.

God used a good friend to whip me back into shape. Am I the only one thankful for friends who speak the truth in love? I agreed to work for 2 weeks at a summer program my school was offering for another teacher. I made the first week and decided I wasn’t going back once my truck went to the shop. Instead Lee and the other teacher asked how they could assist. My pride was in the way for a moment and I declined a ride but after Lee calculated them dollars I was gonna recover; I bounced back.

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Not only did I work those two weeks minus a day but I was also tapped to participate in curriculum writing. I haven’t worked in years during the summer but as the scripture above reminds us God will supply all our needs. Sometimes, well most of the time we must do something for that provision to manifest. I had to work. God plays toO much but He played fair. I wasn’t going to be doing a thing but running the skreets. Guess what though? I was able to still enjoy life and relax and read and shop a tiny weeny bit. I’m so grateful for the doors that opened when things went wrong as they sometimes will.

My loves, trust the plan and the dreams even when you seem to be experiencing a storm or desert place. God never misspeaks. Whatever He has placed in your heart hold firm, fast and tight to your dream. Now that I look back on it, I was able to meet some new kids who I’ve seen out and about that I adore. I am forever a part of the history of this school year. I wrote curriculum my first few years of teaching and still have those files from 2004. Being a part of what your entire department will implement is a really grand feeling, humbling yet grand.

Tomorrow is the mini Big day. The students don’t return until next Monday. Say a pray for educators, administrators and the children. Stay tuned for my summer dating experience (Juicy in my Biggie). 

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Friday, August 7, 2015

When Things Go Wrong As They Sometimes Will (Not the Dr. Seuss version)

I mentioned a long long long time ago that I was going to tell you about the first two weeks of my summer. I was fresh out the classroom and free from 5 A.M. alarms. No more band activities and Saturday work days. My bills were paid. Money was saved and I was ready to hit the streets and even do a road trip with my family. Well the devil was so busy. He got all in my truck and broke it all the way down. Yep that’s right. Now if you don’t remember I already knew I needed engine mounts (Google it) and was prepared to have the work down right away so my truck would be safe to drive. I’m going to be honest here and say I needed tires but thought I could hold off at least month since the plan was to take a trip then do a road trip resulting in the truck not going far immediately.

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On the last day of school I was waiting on my coworkers to come downstairs so we could attend the end of year event and a annoying custodian comes over to talk. Blah, blah, blah. Then he says, you know you really need tires right.” Of course I knew and wanted to pretend like they weren’t as bad as they were. Well the following Saturday at Publix a random guy (who I’ll write about later maybe) escorted me to my ride (I was carrying things for KT’s birthday party) and said, “You really need tires on your trunk.” Ok I surrender. He offered to call around and help me get a good deal and wait with me while they were installed. Done. And my bank account was 900+ dollars lower.

The following Monday I contacted my mechanic to get the engine mounts completed. I reminded me of the quote he’d given me earlier. #nopricechangeplease He did stick as close to that price plus a little extra for a headlight issue I had as well. #toldyalltheIncredibleHulkwasnothulkedup Yes, a complete breakdown. So I’m riding smoothly now. Tires on fleek. Engine no longer shaking. For 3 years I’ve been dealing with a slight gas smell. Had the truck checked for a leak and we assumed it was the gas cap. I have a locked cap instead of the original because my door doesn’t latch. Well lo and behold, a week after getting my truck back I go and fill up the tank at Walmart. Run inside the store to grab a few things and return to a large wet spot underneath my vehicle.

It was particularly hot as hades that day so I thought it was the AC. Drove home which is around the corner. Checked underneath the truck again and the liquid is still flowing. I get on my hands and knees to further investigate and confirm I smell gas. What in the world? Gas? My tank isn’t on this side. Call my mechanic who instructs me to get it to him ASAP. Turns switch and the car is dead! Yep the battery died. Ya’ll this story can go on another few paragraphs. Jesus Fixed it! All of it! The fuel system that went bad $900 and only the dealer was able to repair it. A battery $150.

I spent almost $3000. **Faints** ok I’m back. Plus  my vehicle is paid off but I had to make a decision to still have the epic travel summer or recoup some of the money I spent and I did. Told ya’ll Jesus fixed it. He made me work for almost a month. AND I NEVER WORK FOR ANYONE DURING THE SUMMER. I did get to visit my mom for the weekend. The rest of the summer was spent in my city on the beach and at free events. My son is away with his dad and family. Good thing to because I was angry. Angry that I had come so far financially and planned and saved and it was all eaten up by automobile repairs.

And then Jesus reminded me to look on the brighter side. You didn’t think there was one? Well come back tomorrow for Part 2. 

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