Day 21: Fresh Flowers

I love the smell of fresh flowers. I love the smell of lavender all year through. I’m so thankful for the sense of smell and that Mr. C gives me fresh flowers.

It is Day 21 and I’m thankful for fresh flowers in my #23daysofthankfulness. Whether you have a partner who buys you fresh flowers or you buy them yourself, enjoy them. Smell the season and nature in each petal.

 
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Day 18: The Right To Vote

You know that the women showed out in last week’s elections right? But, not just women. We saw men winning in town’s that saw first black men being elected, first Sikh or first immigrant. Diversity and inclusion was the theme in last week’s election.

It was awesome. I was so proud and thankful that people are exercising their right to vote. I’m still excited.

Here are some stats about notable firsts from last week’s election:

  • In Virginia, at least 11 Virginia House of Delegates’ seats will be held by women; five are women of color.  Some notable firsts: Kathy Tran (first Asian American woman), Elizabeth Guzmán and Hala Ayala (first Hispanic women) and  Danica Roem (first openly transgender person to serve in any state legislature).
  • Vi Lyles – first female African-American mayor in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Ravi Bhalla – first Sikh mayor in Hoboken, NJ
  • Melvin Carter  – first African-American Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Sheila Oliver – first African-American woman lieutenant governor in the state of NJ
  • Joyce Craig -first woman elected mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Jan Moore – first woman and first African American elected mayor of Statesboro, Georgia
  • Wilmot Collins – was a refugee from Liberia and was elected mayor of Helena, Montana
  • Yvonne Spicer – first mayor, first woman and first African American of the newly incorporated city of Framingham, Massachusetts
  • Melvin Carter – first African American mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Mary Parham Copelan – first African American mayor of Milledgeville, Georgia
  • Booker Gainor – first African American millennial mayor of Cairo, Georgia
  • Brendon Barber – first African American mayor of Georgetown, South Carolina
  • Jenny Durkan – elected to be Seattle’s first female mayor since the 1920s
  • Justin Fairfax – is the second ever African-American to hold a state-wide office in Virginia. He was elected Lt. Governor. The only other black to hold a state-wide office in Virginia was former Governor L. Douglas Wilder (first African American to be elected governor in the United States of America)
  • Mazahir Salih – first Sudanese-American immigrant elected to the Iowa City Council
  • Tyler James Titus – first transgender man to win a seat on the Erie School Board in Pennsylvania

It was exciting. Diversity. Inclusion. Voting. All these things matter. On this 18th day of my #23daysofthankfulness, I’m thankful for the right to vote.

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Day 15: Blue Magic

Many of you may not know that I bought my car in 2013. It was my first real purchase after my marriage ended and I was excited to have something I did for me. My best friend helped me with locating a car and negotiating the rate and all the things I wanted. I literally just filled out the credit application on-line and signed my paperwork after work that night and drove off the lot with my new car. It was a 2012 Nissan Maxima.

I was in love. A midnight blue color (blue is my favorite color) with leather heated seats, a heated steering wheel and sunroof. It was exciting, beautiful and everything I wanted. It was magic and I was ecstatic. Munch instantly loved the new car. We felt like we were creating our new normal after his dad and I separated. We had just redecorated our home and now we had our own newer car.

I affectionately named her “Blue Magic”. Blue Magic was there for us when two months later my apartment suffered multiple pipe bursts through the cold. She held our belongings as we moved into a hotel through the flooding and repair of our pipes. The apartment situation was overwhelming. Me and my kindergarten son were living in a hotel down at the National Harbor. He loved it. I longed for my own bed.

In that hotel parking lot was the first accident that I got into with my car. It was January 2014, I scrapped the side of the yellow pole in the parking garage. Bright yellow paint was now on the driver’s side of my car. I called my insurance company and put the car in the shop. It was $2,200 worth of damage. I sighed. Blue Magic was repaired and we were on the road again.

In June 2014, I was rushing to bring snacks to Munch’s soccer game for all the players. I drove the wrong way in a roundabout. It was early morning and there was minimal traffic. I stopped and proceeded to back up. A van hit me head on. More damage to Blue Magic but she could still be driven. The van – not so much. It was my fault again. I wasn’t paying attention. Ugh!

Blue Magic was repaired. She was ready to go.

In November of that same year, my car renewal came in. I was depressed and flabbergasted. You can read about in my post Yep, I am officially depressed. Times got hard. Car insurance was astronomical. I was wondering if I was going to have turn tricks or work the pole in a strip club. I was comforted knowing that Blue Magic was still there.

In July of 2014, my best friend asked to borrow my car. He didn’t have a car at the moment as it had died and went to junk yard heaven.  He wanted to go to a party. I was in the house for that night, so I let him borrow it. I awoke the next morning realizing that he hadn’t called my house or cell. Where was my car? I called him. He told me that he fell asleep and was on his way. An hour later and he still hadn’t arrived. I called again. He said he’d be there in 15 minutes.

He arrived at 9:30 am telling me that he got into an accident with my car. He fell asleep behind the wheel and hit a police car. He was fine. The police officer was fine. Blue Magic had more damage. I cried. My car insurance had just been raised 116%. I couldn’t afford this.

I survived. So, did Blue Magic. Yeah and my friendship still survived. Blue Magic was a fighter. Regular oil changes and new tires she was a good and reliable car.

In December of 2015, Munch and I were in the house when there was a knock on the door. Not expecting anyone I asked “Who is it?”. It was the county police. I started freaking out. Did someone die? I opened the door. He asked me to come outside. He wanted to talk to me.

I got dressed and Munch and I went outside. Blue Magic had the entire front end on the ground. My new neighbor backed a U-Haul into my car. I fell to the ground crying out in agony “Blue Magic – Oh My God. Look at you girl.” I was a wreck. Crying and rubbing my car. Munch started crying. The officer and neighbor were looking at me like we were fools. They didn’t understand love of my car or the fact that I was a single parent having to get my son back and forth to school.

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Back to the shop she went. Right before Christmas. Happy Holidays.

She was fixed. Strong car. She inspired me. She took lickings and kept on ticking. In June of 2016, Mr. C and I were meeting for breakfast. A driver side swiped me on the driver side of Blue Magic. I was heated. What the hell was going on? I cried. Mr. C came on the scene to comfort me. Back to the shop she went.

In November of 2016, a driver reversed his work truck into my front end in a parking lot. He wasn’t paying attention. Blue Magic was hit again. I couldn’t believe it. I cried out in anger and frustration. Back to the shop she went.

It’s been a year of no one running into or side swiping Blue Magic. I’m thankful for her. I’m thankful for her strength, her determination and her ability to keep looking beautiful in spite of the many accidents she’s had. Blue Magic reminds me that no matter what you go through, you have to keep going. People need you. People want to see you on the road living your life like it’s golden.

It’s day 15 and I’m thankful for my car, Blue Magic in my #23daysofthankfulness. I’m thankful for all that I’ve been through with this car. I’m thankful to God for allowing this car to protect all that have been inside. I’m thankful for the way she’s taken many lickings and keeps on ticking.

 

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Day 13: My Parents

I have to tell you that my family is dysfunctional. My parents were kids when I was born. They didn’t know what they hell they were doing. They made many mistakes. I hated them both at different points in my life.

But, I’m thankful for them. I’m thankful for their DNA and for their ability to raise happy and healthy children despite a whole host of issues. Even though I struggle with my feelings towards my dad, I know that I wouldn’t exist without him. I see parts of him in my attitude and behavior. I am thankful for him.

I have a lot of my mom in me. I am my mother’s child. I realized that the things that I was telling my son she had said to me. Words and phrases that were interspersed into teachable moments. She really has grown on me and her and Munch are super close now. I am thankful for her.

I am thankful for the struggles and strength of my parents. It is never easy raising children. You do the best you can and hope that you don’t mess them up. They did. Individually. I understand that now.

It’s not about being a perfect parent. That’s impossible. Just be there. That’s half the job of parenting. Love and be there for your children. No matter how messed up you think your life is, your children need you. The real you.  It is Day 13 and I’m thankful for my parents in my #23daysofthankfulness.

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Day 7: My Grandma

My grandma is pretty amazing. I’ve told you about her. I love her. She’s the rock of our family. I try to get home to Tennessee a couple of times a year to spend time with her. In my #23DaysofThankfulness I couldn’t forget to highlight this awesome woman.

So many people around me are losing loved ones and grandparents and I am just thankful to still have this beautiful spirit in my life. She inspires me to be great. She’s not perfect, but she’s strong. She loves God and she loves her family. I value that.

When so many of us are looking at others for inspiration to be our role models, I look to her. She is my constant. My biggest fan and the one who made me love and trust God unconditionally. I am thankful for my grandma.

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Day 6: Other Women – My Sisters

Ya’ll know that I love women right? I’m such a strong advocate for women and sisterhood and this year has been nothing but amazing. From me being published in my first book: Letters to Girls Who Dream of Flying to being selected to be published in another book that is coming out in June 2018, I’m so thankful. I’ve met so many wonderful women along the way that have reached out to me for collaboration, encouragement and support. So, Day 6 of my #23DaysofThankfulness is for these women.

All across the country, God is putting strong women in my life to encourage my spirit, further HIS work and just collaborate on projects. I love it. I love being able to promote and share the works of others. It takes a village and I am so thankful for all these other women. You are loved. You are appreciated. You are valued.

Thank you.

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Day 3: My Family & Friends

I told you yesterday that I’m thankful for niece and the day before that how I’m thankful for my Munch. It’s now Day 3, and I wanted to share that I’m thankful for my family and friends. God has blessed me with awesome people that love and support me throughout all that I’ve been through and all that I’m going through. I am truly blessed.

My family has stood up and in the gaps of some of my most painful moments this last year. I am thankful for that. They’ve supported and loved me through the trials and tribulations that I’ve encountered. I am blessed.

However, I am also blessed for those that have left over the last year. I know that there is a season for everything. A season in which those that can go no further with you on this journey in life, will exit stage left. It’s not a bad thing. It’s reality.

It was hard for me to accept at times, but I know that God’s plans for me are greater than I could have ever imagined. He knows all and He sees all. So, some have dropped by the wayside as I continued on my journey to figuring out where I’m supposed to be and I know that it was as it should be.

When one door closed, God opened another. There has been so much support over the last year in terms of my sorority sister, my Facebook groups and just people that have come into my life. I’m thankful and blessed by it all.

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Day 3 of my #23DaysofThankfulness is all about my family and friends.

 

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