Take Me….As I Am…

There comes a time when you have to stand up and shout:
This is me damn it!  I look the way I look, think the way I think, feel the way I feel,
love the way I love!  I am a whole complex package.  Take me. . . or leave me.
Accept me–or walk away!  Do not try to make me feel like less of a person,
just because I don’t fit your idea of who I should be and don’t try to change
me to fit your mold.  If I need to change, I alone will make that decision.
When you are strong enough to love yourself 100%, good and bad–
you will be amazed at the opportunities that life presents you….Stacey Charter

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Featuring my Pretty shirt given to me by my mother in law! Love it.
The song that fits this perfectly and I’m listening to now is “Take Me As I Am” by Mary J. Blige.
Mac Cosmetics: Blush: Peaches
Mascara: False Lashes
Bronzer: Gold Deposit
Lipglass: Rising Sun

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Seasons Change…..

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I’ve learned that things change, people change, and it doesn’t mean you forget the past or try to cover it up. It simply means that you move on and treasure the memories. Letting go doesn’t mean giving up… it means accepting that some things weren’t meant to be.

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My mother in law gave me this Pretty shirt I’m wearing. I Love it! It goes perfectly with my bangle my daughter Breana bought me. Loving all the colors.
Song that reminds me of today’s post: Season’s Change by Expose
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Regret and Choices

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Here is another great read by Angel Chernoff. It talks about 10 choices you will regret in 10 years. We all have things happen in our lives that we will regret or have our reservations about. I know I have plenty that I can recall about.

Wearing a mask to impress others. – If the face you always show the world is a mask, someday there will be nothing beneath it.  Because when you spend too much time concentrating on everyone else’s perception of you, or who everyone else wants you to be, you eventually forget who you really are.  So don’t fear the judgments of others; you know in your heart who you are and what’s true to you.  You don’t have to be perfect to impress and inspire people.  Let them be impressed and inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.

Letting someone else create your dreams for you. – The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are; the second greatest is being happy with what you find.  A big part of this is your decision to stay true to your own goals and dreams.  Do you have people who disagree with you?  Good.  It means you’re standing your ground and walking your own path.  Sometimes you’ll do things considered crazy by others, but when you catch yourself excitedly losing track of time, that’s when you’ll know you’re doing the right thing.  Read The 4-Hour Workweek.

Keeping negative company. – Don’t let someone who has a bad attitude give it to you.  Don’t let them get to you.  They can’t pull the trigger if you don’t hand them the gun.  When you remember that keeping the company of negative people is a choice, instead of an obligation, you free yourself to keep the company of compassion instead of anger, generosity instead of greed, and patience instead of anxiety.

Being selfish and egotistical. – A life filled with loving deeds and good character is the best tombstone.  Those who you inspired and shared your love with will remember how you made them feel long after your time has expired.  So carve your name on hearts, not stone.  What you have done for yourself alone dies with you; what you have done for others and the world remains.

Avoiding change and growth. – If you want to know your past look into your present conditions.  If you want to know your future look into your present actions.  You must let go of the old to make way for the new; the old way is gone, never to come back.  If you acknowledge this right now and take steps to address it, you will position yourself for lasting success.  The Power of Habit.

Giving up when the going gets tough. – There are no failures, just results.  Even if things don’t unfold the way you had expected, don’t be disheartened or give up.  Learn what you can and move on.  The one who continues to advance one step at a time will win in the end.  Because the battle is always won far away and long before the final victory.  It’s a process that occurs with small steps, decisions, and actions that gradually build upon each other and eventually lead to that glorious moment of triumph.

Trying to micromanage every little thing. – Life should be touched, not strangled.    Sometimes you’ve got to relax and let life happen without incessant worry and micromanagement.  Learn to let go a little before you squeeze too tight.  Take a deep breath.  When the dust settles and you can once again see the forest for the trees, take the next step forward.  You don’t have to know exactly where you’re going to be headed somewhere great.  Everything in life is in perfect order whether you understand it yet or not.  It just takes some time to connect all the dots.

Settling for less than you deserve. – Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to wait for what you deserve.  Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been to stand up taller than you ever were before.  Sometimes your eyes need to be washed by your tears so you can see the possibilities in front of you with a clearer vision again.  Don’t settle.

Endlessly waiting until tomorrow. – The trouble is, you always think you have more time than you do.  But one day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to work on the things you’ve always wanted to do.  And at that point you either will have achieved the goals you set for yourself, or you will have a list of excuses for why you haven’t.  Read The Last Lecture.

Being lazy and wishy-washy. – The world doesn’t owe you anything, you owe the world something.  So stop daydreaming and start DOING.  Develop a backbone, not a wishbone.  Take full responsibility for your life – take control.  You are important and you are needed.  It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday.  Someday is now; the somebody the world needs is YOU.

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There goes my comfy dress by Cabi. From my sis http://fashiondujourdaily.WordPress.com
Check her blog out!
My baby girl and I!

Learn How To Love People….Not Things

What most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things instead of using people and loving things.

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When we think about it with a pure effort we realize that the only things that truly matter in life are the things that we do to bless others, and that the only thing that will truly matter when we leave this earth are our relationships with the people around us we develop, and our relationship with God. When we use people we pretty much wreck our relationships with those people. Relationships are supposed to be built on solid ground, and using people for certain things doesn’t allow for a solid foundation to a relationship at all.

When we develop a love for things in our lives instead of for life itself we truly miss the point of life. Remember that material things may be able to satisfy your appetite for a short while, but love will satisfy appetites for lifetimes. Learn how to love people for who they are and use things around you as water to a plant, only to create growth and beauty, not to create and maintain life.

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I received this dress as a gift from my sis in law some years ago. I couldn’t fit it when she first gave it to me, but I love it! It’s very comfortable and is my style. Thanks http://fashiondujourdaily.WordPress.com
The dress is by Cabi
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Doing What’s Right For YOU!!!

“You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.” ― Nicholas Sparks

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How many times have we been put in situations where we had to reevaluate our own lives? As for me, I found myself in a situation where I had to put Nikki first and do what was best for my family. I didn’t want to disappoint ones close to me. But after much prayer and thinking things over I came to the conclusion….to H…E….double hockey sticks(!!!!!)with trying to live for them and worry about what ones thought. In the end it’s my life and if they truly loved and cared about me they will understand. If not….well then as always I’ll continue to pray for them.

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My bro Boots kicks he custom made at http://www.converse.com

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Mac Cosmetics: Blush-Peaches Mascara-Extreme False Lashes Lipstick- Honey Love Accessory: bracelet from Fashion Avenue Happy Nails: Gel Mani/Pedi by Nina

Give Up, Give In, or Give It All You Got…Choice is yours!

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” YOU’VE GOT THREE CHOICES IN LIFE:
GIVE UP, GIVE IN, OR GIVE IT ALL YOU’VE GOT.”

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I choose to keep giving it My All!!!

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Mac Cosmetics: Blush-Peaches
Lipstick- Zen Rose
Mascara- Extreme False Lashes
Accessory: Hat from Bebe2b
(Thanks to my sis Dani)