Friday, September 28, 2018

Consistency

Consistency is what gets things done. At least that's the overall consensus I get from successful people.
   As I, myself, strives towards it, it's something I struggle with. I'm gung-ho about something, I start it, and somehow I start stalling out. Take this blog, for example, I researched, I got my site, started out pretty well, then the posts became few and far between. The same had happened with my YouTube channel, The Bizeediva.
   The thing about all this is that the success of my platforms depend on consistency...there are no if's, and's or but's about it.  Like my crocheting, with consistent practice and creating, I have become a very good yarn artist. So, if it works for one thing, it will work for another. 
    And the beauty of stalling out, like falling down is: you can get back up. So here I go again! The Bizeediva Chronicles is still in effect!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Gettin Back With the Program

  Getting off track is easy but getting back on track can be pretty hard. This all started back in 2015 as I was jogging one of my favorite jogging trails. I felt pretty good as I was getting down my routine of running and other exercises. I made my round and I felt great. That was short lived.
   When I  woke up the next morning, I was in severe pain.  I could hardly get out of bed, and when I did get up, I could hardly walk. I couldn't even make it down the stairs to go to work, so I called in and went to my, primary doctor who,  after running tests and taking x-Rays, determine that I had Osteo arthritis in my knees. He had me fitted for a knee brace and sent me on my way. 
   I was devastated because it meant I couldn't run (at least for now). I started seeing an orthopedic sports medicine specialist who came up with a treatment plan for the pain. And so far it's working very well, but during that time I was just very down and depressed over the fact that I could not exercise as I used to. I tried different other types of exercises with many of them exacerbating pain. I finally got to the point where I just quit. However, on occasion, I did try to bike along with different things here and there, but iI wasn't consistent.
  A turning point was when I had an event to attend and I had to buy an outfit.  That was a rude awakening. I did NOT like how things looked on me. And I felt like the mirrors in the plus-size department made me look fatter. I didn't like it.
  That really let me know that if I wanted things to change I had to do something. So, today April 30th, 2018, I have made up in my mind that I'm going to get started. I have the Focus T25 other exercise plans here at home but I started with the T25 because it's 25 minutes and it's pretty intense as I'm able to work up to it.  I actually finished the workout and I feel pretty good.
  My muscles are probably going to be sore tomorrow, I'm going to strive for consistency, and that means I need to be held accountable. So vlogging AND blogging will be the way. Because if I don't follow up in the Vlog and blog then that won't be "good for business."
   I really want to get back into shape as well because I am getting older,  which I have to admit, IS NOT easy. It's more difficult to get back in shape at 52  than at 22, 32 or even 42.
  So today was my start and may I continue and push and fight. I know this journey of getting restarted won't be easy, but it's a journey, none-the-less, that I'm willing to take... so here goes!

Friday, January 5, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Happy New Year!  What does it mean? Does it mean: a fresh start,  a new beginning, out with the old and in with the new? Isn't all that the same thing? Well, basically it is.
From all that, I arrive at the road to IMPROVEMENT. Because everyday, is a "fresh start," a "new beginning." You're out with that old and in with that new each day.
So, since we get this second chance every day, it's now time to DO something  with that second chance; those second chances. Me, I've started here with my two careers by making greater efforts to be more timely and getting to the business of my businesses so that all may flourish. Then, in the words of rapper Cardi B, "I don't gotta dance, I make money moves, see I don't gotta dance, I make money move." And just to clarify for me "dance" refers to working FOR someone and making them rich versus building my own. And that is no judgement WHATSOEVER of what the young woman had to do to make a living before her goals and dreams started coming true.
In conclusion, whether it's a new year or simply a new day, it's a second chance to do it better; to get into that room for improvement and make it happen! 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

What a Rare Site

I'm originally from a small town or what is also called, "the country." I saw butterflies all the time. But when I moved to the city, I hardly noticed any. Maybe it was because I was so caught up in the "hustle and bustle" and the newness of the city that I no longer noticed them. Because in the country, the pace is much slower, it's so easy to stop and enjoy them that, their presence can be taken for granted.

But it's not only the butterflies that were taken for granted when I moved to the city. Organic food--before I knew what organic food was and before it became such a catch phrase--was a way of life growing up.

We had what is called "free-range" eggs all the time from our own chickens or we'd buy from a local when our hens were slow to lay (eggs). We'd get some picked-fresh fruits and vegetables from our own trees and gardens and sometimes from those who shared theirs.

 Fish was another thing. We rarely, if ever, bought fish from the store. Fish my family bought primarily came from someone we knew who fished or "the fish man". This was a fellow townsman who went fishing a few days a week. He would then drive slowly down the street to sell his catch. And we knew the fish were fresh: they were sold alive! My, those were the days.  

May my sighting of that beautiful butterfly in the middle of the concrete jungle and the privilege I got to photograph it remind me to appreciate the beauty of what God has given us to enjoy.

Monday, October 23, 2017

White Privilege at its "Finest"

https://youtu.be/D0brWjhK20

If Janet Jackson doesn't get an invitation to appear in the Super Bowl Halftime Performance, then Justin Timberlake should Not have gotten one either. It doesn't matter how wealthy you are, #whitepriviledge gets over. #JanetsLegacyMatters

Monday, October 9, 2017

Fake News, Now a Fake Protest?

Well, well, well... Look who jumped on the Anti- #TakeAKnee bandwagon like it's a national crisis unlike the real reason behind the kneeling.
But instead of facing head-on, the ugly truth of police brutality, the murder of unarmed African-Americans, inequities in arrests, prosecutions and imprisonment of people of color versus that of Whites as well as other injustices; those who don't like it relegate #TakeTheKnee to just being unpatriotic and disrespectful. They skip over the important issues that started it all by accusing "kneelers" of disrespecting our military and veterans.
Speaking of "disrespecting our military and veterans" what about our military and veterans who, during Segregation, STILL had to endure the same humilitions they suffered before war when they returned home from war fighting for freedoms they could not enjoy.
I, personally have heard some say, "if they can't stand for the anthem, they can leave."  Of course that makes "perfect sense", especially since the vast majority of African-American's ancestors were kidnapped and brought here. Where will African-Americans go?  We certainly don't have a country to return to. By the way, there is no law, nor is it in the Constitution that we stand with our hands over our hearts for the National Anthem, just saying... It's a TRADITION!
Now, I could almost dismiss this "protest" as just our POTUS using our VP to, once again, systematically tear away at individuals right to Free Speech, especially when it is not flattering to him.   BUT this has turned out to be much more than an insincere, fake protest that is widely reported and shown to having been staged.
As despicable as that should be, what adds insult to injury is the cost of these shenanigans. Reports show costs upwards of $250,000 (that's not including the added cost of extra local security, additional screenings, etc.)! $250,000 of TAX-PAYER MONEY; money that could have been much better spent. Much better spent actually giving people hurricane relief than denying them; much better spent feeding the hungry, helping to house the homeless, or educating young people. Oops, my bad... Because many listed are people of color, thus, not in the POTOS' "base" they wouldn't count. Yes, somehow, I see some supportive of this waste because you just can't put a price tag on puttin' Blacks "in their place".
It's sad that this Nation's Administration is all up in arms over one company's employees exercising their CONSTITUTIONAL right​ to Free Speech. In the same breath, they scheme and "plan" to stifle that very right they claim our military and veterans (who they say they strongly revere, but have failed them miserably via the VA System and otherwise) fought and gave their lives to protect.  Now, who's disrespecting our military and veterans?
Unfortunately, ignoring problems and turning a "blind eye" to them and disparaging those affected is a way of life for the perpetrator of such. However; those taking a knee as well as those standing behind them don't like it, and ARE NOT leaving.
And if you're going to "chime in" on an issue, at least come to the side of Liberty and Justice FOR ALL.The last time I checked, this country doesn't belong to just one man, one group, one side, contrary to the belief of some.
Believe it or not, if the critical issues that fueled #TakeAKnee would be addressed AND substantial actions be taken to solve them, it would be beneficial to ALL Americans. Now that would truly "make America great again." United we ALL stand, divided, we fall. God help America.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

It's Saturday Night Live...

... at home.  I remember when I would be out of the house by 11:00 p.m. to be headed to the club.  If we (me and friend/friends) left earlier, it didn't seem to be quite "jumpin'" yet, any later, there isn't much point.

Now most of my Saturday nights consist of babysitting my grandchildren while my daughter works and actually watching Saturday Night Live by 10:30 p.m.  I actually look forward to the opening monologue and the Weekend Update segments... I need a life. 

Well, actually, I have a life. And babysitting my handsome grandson and my beautiful little grand daughter makes it all worth it.  Sometimes I feel like I would, but I wouldn't trade them for the world.  But that's life!  Time for the realy party!!! Now, I'm going to lay down and finish watching SNL.













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Consistency

Consistency is what gets things done. At least that's the overall consensus I get from successful people.    As I, myself, strives towa...