November: A New Routine Is Coming…

Ayyyye Yinz Guys and Happy November 1st! Yes…I’m ignoring the fact that my last post was in July…so yeah lol! But a lot has been going on with me, and I mean A LOT. From my love life to my personal life to my work life. I now work from home full time, I got a promotion and a nice little raise, my mental health has come leaps and bounds and while my physical health has taken a turn for the worse(no I’m not dying thankfully) I’m still here thoting and bopping. And speaking of thoting my love life…it’ still nonexistent. But I will hit on all these topics in their own blog post later this month, I promise. Continue reading “November: A New Routine Is Coming…”

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Just Keep Writing(Finding My Inspiration Again)…

Growing up I use to write nonstop…like every day. Any free time I had I was writing something. Either is was a short story, a chapter story, a poem, letters to God and sometimes letters to my Dad who lived in North Carolina for a few years. It really didn’t matter what I was writing, I just had to write. I specifically remember writing a story that took me days to write, being that I was in grade school at the time most of my writing had to be done after homework was done at an after school program me and my sister attended. I really can’t remember what it was about…but I do remember feeling super attached and determined to write and finish this story. 

As I’ve gotten older not only have I gotten away from constantly writing I’ve also lost that intensity or drive to write. Don’t get me wrong my love for writing is still there so is my desire to write…it’s just that as I grew older and went farther in school and especially after the death of my father I lost my inspiration to write I guess. With being forced to write long papers in high school and during the time I did first attend college I lost my drive to read for entertainment and to write. Not until my mid 20’s after surviving 2 different domestic situations I found myself wanting to just write again. But this time my writing were mostly dark and depressing and nothing I ever wanted anyone to see.

That’s also around the time I discovered blogs and blogging. Blogging wasn’t anything at the time and the idea of sharing your thoughts and daily activity on the internet wasn’t a completely new idea to me either…but blogging also wasn’t what it is today. At that time blogging was still genuine and real and most bloggers probably had no idea that 1) they could or would eventually get paid to blog and that 2) it would catch on the way it has. Hell if I knew I would have really stuck with my 1st real blog and stayed consistent with it. But I let life situation derail me and keep me from blogging(sounds familiar huh lol). 

But now that I’m older, wiser and really trying to take this blogging thing seriously while also furthering my education and career in the writing/social media/mass media market I’m really in search of my inspiration and gain that passion, love, and desire to write again. I keep hearing from fellow bloggers, friends, family and other loved ones that the key to getting back into the swing of things is to JUST WRITE. Anytime you get a few minutes to yourself…WRITE. When an idea for a blog post pops into your head, don’t trust yourself to remember to blog about it later…WRITE the idea down. And then when you get home set at least an hour aside each day just so that you can focus on WRITING. So yes…I’m short of a hardheaded and a procrastinator and I live off my emotions and allow my emotions and other people to throw me off track but this time I am super duper committed to doing all of these things in the month of April. 

I’ve already started, I actually started last week and that’s what resulted in my latest post for #FridayFavorites. And when I started thinking about the idea for this post I immediately grabbed my iPhone 6s+ and started writing in my Google Docs(I really love this app). And we’ll here I am, 15 mins later and I actually have a new blog post for Yinz guys today. BLOOP BLOOP BLOOP…but I also know I can’t become content with this post I have to keep the momentum going and keep writing. So here’s to trying to figure this whole new journey out and getting my mojo back Yinz guys. 

When you’re feeling uninspired or feeling like you can’t do something that you normally love to do, how do you get your mojo or inspiration back? Do you step away from it for awhile or do you keep doing it until it comes back to you? I would love to know in the comment section below. Also if you have any advice or tricks please let me know below as well…ALL ADVICE IS WELCOMED & NEEDED. But that’s all for today. And like always thank you so much for checking and reading the blog…it seriously means a lot to me. Here’s to a productive week ahead of us…and yet another short week for me lol.

Peace Yinz Guys!!!

#WhenIshHappens 

Practicing Thankfulness…

 

Good Morning Yinz Guys & Happy 1st Day of Spring on this Monday morning to start off the work week right! You prob can’t tell just by reading this…but y’all I’m in such a good mood. There’s a few reasons why but mainly because when I went to bed last night I said “Courtney tomorrow you’re going to have a good day…NO MATTER WHAT. You are going to wake up being thankful and full of gratitude.” And that’s exactly what I did.

I spent this past weekend in bed with a cough, stuffy nose and sore throat. Thankfully by Sunday night I was feeling a lot better, actually the best I have in a few weeks. I’m sure it’s been all the late nights that finally caught up to me. So I really did nothing but lay around, drink some tea and I also finally felt up to washing my hair as well. Another thing I finally got around too was changing my template for the blog(if you haven’t noticed the change then…suprise lol). But since I spent the weekend alone I had a lot of time to think about my future and how much I wanted to accomplish this year. Then I thought about how lucky I am NOW. And even though I may not vocalize it enough I am really THANKFUL for everything that I currently have. But again, like I said…I don’t vocalize it as nearly as much as I do about the things I don’t like that is going on around me. Like not being financially where I want to be, or not enjoying my place of employment. Also lately I’ve been so hard on myself when it comes to my physical appearance. I’ve been lucky enough to have spent the last couple weeks constantly being told how beautiful I am, which normally would have me out in these steeets really feeling myself. But since I turned 32 last month, not only do I not feel like I’m no my best looking self, I’ve also been having a hard time with just responding with a “Thank You” when I’m complimented on my looks. Crazy right? Like here I am meeting someone who has none stop told me how beautiful I am…and I can’t even just say “Thank You”.

Also, when it comes to work, I’m sure my co-worker hates me sometimes lol. Because all it takes is one crappy call to really put me in a bad mood. Then I end up spending the whole shift complaining about EVERYTHING. I’ve even gotten to the point where I hate to even hear myself complaining. So if I’m over my complaining I know she is. So today when I came into work I even made an announcement that today I was going to be extremely positive and full of gratitude for this job that I have. It may not be the job that I wanted but it is not a busy or too stressful of a job which allows me to write and blog in between work. Another thing I’ve noticed is once I start compiling it’s really hard for me to get out of that funk and stop complaining which I also think is a extremely aggravating. So I decided that even if I get frustrated I’m not going to go off on a tangent and allow a little frustration drag me down for the whole day.’

I’m also back to writing in my “Prayer Journal”. When it comes to me and faith I like to treat it as a personal journey. My family on both sides belong to churches and I attended Catholics schools from K-12th grade. So I definitely believe in God and faith…but it might not be in the most traditional way. But there’s one thing I strongly believe in and that’s prayer. So for the past couple of years I’ve kept a prayer journal where I did some bible studying on my own with help of a few books my Grandmother and Aunt from my father’s side got me years ago. (Link books…and explain that you also brought one on your own). I’ve noticed that when I regularly write in it, I feel less anxious, much lighter and a lot calmer. It helps me let go of things and just let them be and trust that things will be alright. Now I’m not the best at always being consistent…but if you’re a long time reader of this blog I’m sure you know this by now lol. But when I am writing in it I like to do it mainly before I go to sleep, and sometimes when I wake up. For it’s the best way to end my day and sometimes start it.

So you’re probably wondering why I’m saying all of this, well because I came across a great quote the other night while scrolling on Pinterest and it triggered me to want to do better when it came to me being thankful and showing more gratitude for the things I do have and stop worrying about what I don’t have…yet. The quote said “It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.”. And for some reason that quote just hit me like “WOW”…here I am complaining about having to return to work on Monday and how I hate this or hate that and how unhappy I am cause of these things…when in reality I’m the only one who is in charge of my happiness. And that maybe if I found things to be thankful for I would be a lot happier. So my challenge for this whole week is to make sure I stay happy…no matter what. Now I’m not saying I won’t get upset about something or want to flip a table…I mean cause I’m still human. But I will deal with these situation in a calmer and better manner and not dwell on them and allow them to ruin my whole day. I also challenge you this week to keep a positive mindset and to be thankful for the things you have that make you happy. Also I want to know what are some ways in which you practice thankfulness and gratitude, I would love see what you guys do when you feel like nothing’s going right.

Well that’s all I have for today. Thank you for checking out this #MotivationalMonday post. I hope you all have a great rest of the day and week.

Peace Yinz Guys

#WhenIshHappens

Goals For My 32nd Year…

Hey Yinz Guys & Happy Monday! How was your weekend…my weekend wasn’t too exciting, but I did start my second job which is a part-time retail gig. Which I guess is exciting because that means I’ll have some extra income coming real soon. Other then that I spent it at home trying to rest up for this week. I mentioned on Friday that for the next few weeks I will be sharing my 2017 goals for #MotivationalMondays. I guess it like a little blogging mini series lol, so today I’m going to start off with my “Personal Goals for 2017”. These goals will actually fall into my more specific goals but this just sums up some of the most important goals from all the categories. Continue reading “Goals For My 32nd Year…”

My 2017 Goals…

Good Afternoon Yinz Guys and Happy Friday…WE MADE IT! I hope this post finds you in a good place, and if not I hope it at least helps bring some inspiration to you today. Today I wanted to share some of my goals for 2017. Last week I turned 32 and for some reasons leading up to it, I was blessed with a ton of new opportunities to be apart of some awesome things. Continue reading “My 2017 Goals…”

I’m 32 Yall…

Hey Yinz Guys & Good Morning! And if you guess by the tile of this post…today is my 32nd birthday. Yup you read that right, I’m an old lady at 32 lol. I swear I just turned 25 last year..or at least I feel like I did lol. This year my birthday is going to be EXTRA lowkey. I’m actually at work due to my coworker being on vacation. I did celebrate a little bit over the weekend. My cousins 30th birthday was this weekend as well and his wife set up an surprise birthday party for him. So I spent Saturday with friends & family celebrating his birthday.

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Intro To Hashtag Mondays/#MotivationalMondays…

Good Afternoon Yinz Guys & Happy Monday. Over the past few weeks I’ve been trying to think of different post ideas that I could bring to my blog. One of my blogging goals for 2017 is to come up with a regular posting schedule, so I was thinking Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as my main posting days. But I also wanted to have different themed posts as well. That’s when “Hashtag Mondays” popped up in my head, literally I was showering yesterday and the idea of having a hashtagged themed monday dealing with things like Makeup, Motivation and Music. So as I was coming up with what my first post would be on, I was watching The Golden Globes and I got to see Donald Glover accept his Golden Globe award for his hit series ATLANTA under the category of Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy.

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Photo Credits: Golden Globes

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