2000 Thanks

I’ve been a little busy. I forgot to tell you that I have reached over 2,000 WordPress followers. As of today, I’m at 2,053.

I’m truly honored at the fact that you chose to follow me. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. I value each and every one of you.

This year has been one for the books. There were many ups and downs, but it has been nothing short of amazing. Who would have thought it was less than a year ago that was I writing my 1,000 Followers! post.

I’ve increased my followers 100% in less than a year. Wow! I’m so thankful that you decided to follow this divorced mama with a passion for children, life and love. Hopefully, you’ve checked out my about me page and learned Who Am I?

If not, please do. But, I am going to follow suit from one of my other bloggers, Rosie from  Rosie Culture who asked fellow readers to feel free to ask questions and respond. I’m going to do the same. Please feel free to ask questions in the comments and I will respond in a post next week to all your questions.

Thanks again!

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Want to keep in touch? You can find me on social media at the following links: Twitter @mskeeinmd, Facebook page A Thomas Point of View and my Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/mskeeinmd/.

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MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY MOMENT – 5/8/2017

Yesterday I had breakfast with my girlfriend and we were talking about all the things that were going on since we last caught up. She was telling me all the great things that were going on for her. She’s getting a promotion into management, a raise, her multiple business are yielding profits and she’s looking to buy another house. Girlfriend was doing it. I was beaming with pride. She then says “I’m getting ready to write another book.” I paused. What? This girl already had written two books. I wondered, how did she find the time? The time to do all that she was doing. Heck, she was busier than I was.

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I asked her “How do you find the time to do all that you do, raise your daughter and run your multiple businesses and work and still have time to write your book? I can’t even finish mine. This weekend was relatively quiet as I had the March of Dimes walk and chapter meeting, but I had the rest of Saturday to myself, but I just can’t sit down and write.” She said “You’re not motivated.” I replied “I need sleep. I can’t deprive myself of sleep. Between work, raising Munch, being a girlfriend, my sorority activities and PTSA stuff and family stuff, I don’t have enough hours in the day. I need to rest when I have down time. I need to sleep. Do you ever sleep?” She said “I sleep. Everything goes off at 10 pm. I go to sleep. You’re not motivated to finish your book.” I sighed. Ugh! She was right. I was giving excuses. I wasn’t motivated.

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mo·ti·va·tionˌ(noun) – the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.

Mr. C has been telling me for the last couple of months to use my down time as time to write. To put my thoughts on paper. I always have excuses. I’m tired. I need to catch up on my sleep, wash clothes, clean the house, etc. I never have time to write. I didn’t know what it was until my girlfriend said it. I wasn’t motivated.

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So, my Motivational Monday Moment is all about finding your motivation. I lost my motivation. I do what I need too, but I’m too emotionally drained to do anything else. I need to get my motivation back. I set goals. I must achieve them. I have to keep moving forward.

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How do you stay motivated? How do you encourage yourself to keep doing something when you’re too emotionally drained to do it? What motivates you?

Want to keep in touch? You can find me on social media at the following links: Twitter @mskeeinmd, Facebook page A Thomas Point of View and my Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/mskeeinmd/.

Happy Tribe Rumblings

Hey Folks,

It’s been a hectic week but I wanted to say Happy Hump Day! I’ve been packing and trying to plan this dang party and I feel like I’m on overload. I wanted to do a brief update to let you know three things…

  1. Munch got his third quarter report card and got 6 A’s and 6 B’s. Whoop! Whoop! Can you believe it? I am so super proud and that dang math grade that had me stressed out, hair falling out, feeling like a failure as a mother, getting him in tutoring ASAP and figuring out how to ease his anxiety went from a D to a B. Yes, thank you Lordy!
  2. I’m freaking out about this dang party. I haven’t ordered the decorations or food. I think I’m just going to do pizza and call it a day. I don’t have time. I just want him to have a great time. He invited 5 kids from school and one was the girl Savannah that he has a crush on. Her mom stated that she’s coming.  He’s excited. He’s in crush and she’s coming to his party. However, Mr. C said, “That’s wonderful. I hope his crush doesn’t get taken at his own birthday party.” Say what now? I hope not.
  3. I’ve received so many award nominations this week (Liebster, Sunshine Blogger Award and Blogger Appreciation Award)  that I want to say thank you to everyone who nominates me. I don’t always respond to nominations, but I’m thankful that you read, respond and feel the need to nominate me. I am overwhelmed by my blogger tribe. You all rock! I just want to share pieces of my life with you. But in sharing, I’ve met some really awesome bloggers who touch me with their stories about their lives, their children or just their writing. I thank you for being you and I have to say that I love when I read compliments like this…

Tikeetha from A Thomas Point of View– Tikeetha has been such a great support to my blog and I don’t even think she knows it:) Each time she likes a post of mine it’s like telling me, hey there’s someone out here reading this! And it makes me giggle and happy. So thank you Tikeetha! Tikeetha is a writer, much more so than I can claim. I praise her open honesty and how she let’s her blog speak truth. She is an inspiring Mama and well worth your follow! –MZB

I was nominated for the 3 day Quote Challenge by the Fabulous Tikeetha Thomas who I believe was truly my first blogging friend! She took a chance on me when I had less than 20 followers and allowed me to guest blog on her page (she has well over 1,000) followers and she has been giving me huge shout outs ever since then. Follow that link and go read her blog, she has wonderful insight into so many things. The least I can do is repay her back by participating in this challenge. – Making Time for Me

Thank you ! To anyone reading this tweet instead of this woman’s blog–well, you want to be here instead:  – Illian Rain

So, what am I saying? Thank you. Thank you for the compliments. Thank you for the interaction. Thank you for reading. Thank you for commenting. Thank you for inspiring. I’m in awe of each and every one of you.

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Audre Lorde

Today’s Black History Month spotlight goes to another poet I discovered in college. Happy Birthday Audre Lorde! Rest in Peace!

I love her work. Strong imagery. I can actually hear her speaking the words to me as I read them. Isn’t that what good poetry is supposed to do? Transport you into the situation so that you can see what is being said? Whew! Audre Lorde was born February 18, 1934 and died November 17, 1992.   She was an incredible poet, essayist and feminist. A champion of causes. She used her writing to speak to the times. Much of it could be felt now.

 

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BY AUDRE LORDE

The difference between poetry and rhetoric
is being ready to kill
yourself
instead of your children.
I am trapped on a desert of raw gunshot wounds
and a dead child dragging his shattered black
face off the edge of my sleep
blood from his punctured cheeks and shoulders
is the only liquid for miles
and my stomach
churns at the imagined taste while
my mouth splits into dry lips
without loyalty or reason
thirsting for the wetness of his blood
as it sinks into the whiteness
of the desert where I am lost
without imagery or magic
trying to make power out of hatred and destruction
trying to heal my dying son with kisses
only the sun will bleach his bones quicker.
A policeman who shot down a ten year old in Queens
stood over the boy with his cop shoes in childish blood
and a voice said “Die you little motherfucker” and
there are tapes to prove it. At his trial
this policeman said in his own defense
“I didn’t notice the size nor nothing else
only the color”. And
there are tapes to prove that, too.
Today that 37 year old white man
with 13 years of police forcing
was set free
by eleven white men who said they were satisfied
justice had been done
and one Black Woman who said
“They convinced me” meaning
they had dragged her 4’10” black Woman’s frame
over the hot coals
of four centuries of white male approval
until she let go
the first real power she ever had
and lined her own womb with cement
to make a graveyard for our children.
I have not been able to touch the destruction
within me.
But unless I learn to use
the difference between poetry and rhetoric
my power too will run corrupt as poisonous mold
or lie limp and useless as an unconnected wire
and one day I will take my teenaged plug
and connect it to the nearest socket
raping an 85 year old white woman
who is somebody’s mother
and as I beat her senseless and set a torch to her bed
a greek chorus will be singing in 3/4 time
“Poor thing. She never hurt a soul. What beasts they are.”