My mommy is better than your mommy!

Here is what’s on my mind today!

Maybe I’m being silly but right now I feel like my mom is the best around.  I’m not just saying that because recently Mother’s Day was celebrated.  Nope.  My mom reminded me what being a great mom is all about just yesterday.

Here is what happened.  I had been bellyaching about this lack of affluence I have recently put myself in a conversation with my mother.  She chimed in, sharing her understanding of my situation, as she is on a fixed income provided by the government since she is physically disabled.  Both of our incomes did not cover our necessary expenses this month.  The next day after that conversation, my mother shared with me that her husband, my dad, who saves quarters, dimes and nickles, gifted to her $50 he had saved so that she could purchase a gallon of Noni Juice.  This juice keeps her hypertension under control better than any over the counter medication.  This gallon of juice cost $50.  I know because, in February, I bought her two gallons of the elixir. I was so happy for her.  So I shared with her the joy that I was able to call three companies that I owed payment to for the month to make payment arrangements, and all was well for this month.  The next day after that, my mom sends me a text to tell me that she had $50 she could give me that I didn’t have to pay back

Silently I jumped for joy that I had $50 to get me through to the end of the month when I got my next paycheck.  I get paid on the 15th and last day of the month.  My joy was short lived when I began to wonder, where on earth had mom come up with $50 to just ‘give away’.  You all know where this is going.  Yep, mom was going to give me the money, my father had given to her for her medication.  They had talked it over and thought that was a better use of the funds.

My mother was actually surprised when I asked her to confirm my suspicion.  I was like, ‘really mom, you do know that I’ve known you for fifty years.  You have been a loving mom who is always sacrificing so that your children can have.’  Those are the kind of parents I have.  Both of them, but my mother more so.  I told her I got myself in this situation and I will cope.

I don’t doubt you have such stories of a sacrifice of your mother.  Please share one with me in the comments.  I’d love to read it.  If it’s your dad or any guardian that raised you with loving sacrifice, I’ll take it!  Right now, my mom trumps because I haven’t heard of yours.

This is only one story.  I have years of events where my mom proved she knows what it is to be a great mom.  I’ve never had that honor.  I didn’t get blessed with a husband, children, and the family life.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t know what it is all about.  I’ve been granted the privilege to be a part of one.

For another story about my wonderful mother, read –  Real friends, how to be one.

How I rejuvenate without a vacation

Here is what’s on my mind today!

Sunday I crashed.  I was not only grumpy but I was mean.  I had no energy and I didn’t want to be around anyone.  Even cute babies and sweet old ladies were sending me off the edge of wanting to slap them.  I was in a bad way and I couldn’t figure out why my normally sweet, kind, and giving personality was nowhere to be found.

The problem was that I had given all that I had in me and there wasn’t enough left for even myself.  What I needed to do is get away from people and lay down somewhere.  See, sometimes when we are giving so much of ourselves, we reach a point where we need to give to yourself to rejuvenate the love.

When I got home here is what I did. (more…)

7 Reasons I Chose to Self-publish

In the world of publishing, there is the question, do I go the traditional route with a literary agent and publishing house, or do I self-publish?  For years, I dreamed of writing my own book and seeing it in print, but I found the process daunting.  Fortunately, with the evolution of the Internet and social media, my dream of seeing a book I wrote published was more than just a dream.  I was able to make it a reality.

I chose self-publishing as my avenue to write and publish my work.  Oh, it has many challenges, but for me, they are worth working through.  I thought I’d share with you my reasons I choose to play the role of writer and publisher. (more…)

A Crackhead Gave ME Fashion Advice

Me on patio at Gevaris-winery

Time was not on my side.  I was thirty minutes off schedule to get the things done that I needed to accomplish after work.  Since it was one of those few and far between days where I didn’t have a meal prepped or time to cook, I went to the drive-through line at McDonald’s for the only thing there I eat, their fish fillet sandwich.

Minding my own business as I waited in the drive-through queue, I listened to a story on my Kindle.  After giving my food order, I drove up a spot in the long line of cars waiting to pay for their food, when I noticed a sketchy looking man walking quickly towards my car (more…)

Helping Clients Deliver Their Important Message

Video Production | Videos for Branding, Promotion & Training | Results Driven

This is the first article of a new monthly series where I will speak with other working people living the dream in business, education, entrepreneurship and the writing it takes for them to succeed.  

Windom Ratchford is starting off our series.  He is in the business of video production, branding, promotion and training for organizations.  His office is located in Cleveland Ohio, and he can be found on his website  Please continue to read as Windom shares his wisdom (bad pun) with us.


What business are you in?

I am in the business of helping people and organizations share (more…)

Crate Training – Why Love Your Cubical

I got demoted from a position I was training to take over.  At first, I fought the decision that was pressed upon me to step down, to a position in a cubical where my primary occupation is to answer the phones and transfer calls.  Yet, the more I thought about this change where I had to swallow any inkling of pride, and humbly accept a job that did not in any way utilize my vast writing and speaking skills, I discovered oddly enough, I didn’t want the job promotion.

The job of a higher station that I was being trained for, was not in an area that I had any sort of passion for.  It was a job that for the most part; I would be entering data into a billing system, entering data into an inventory system, and maybe entering data into a networking system.  I would also be filing paperwork, and on occasion, hunting through numbers to find discrepancies.

If you caught on, you can see that the position I was training for, did not line up with my skills or my passion, that of writing and public speaking.  Yet the fact remains that I still needed an income.   (more…)

Introducing – My First Novel – The Man Next Door

Book cover designed by me for my first novel The Man Next Door!

The pride I feel from the accomplishment of writing and publishing a book is comparable to a mother giving birth.  I’ve never had a kid, so I don’t really know that for sure, but, this book is my first born.  Being an author is a dream I’ve had since I can remember; finally realized.  After starting countless books, I completed one and braved self-publishing via Kindle Unlimited, a part of books.

You want to know what this book is about, don’t you?  Okay, here is the description (more…)

Money Making Blogs – Things You May Not Know

How I made my blog successful


Part 1 – The mind of a blogger

I’ve always loved writing.  With my short attention span, I imagined I would never write a novel but would work for a big magazine publisher.  Not knowing all that was entailed in it, I even dreamed of creating my own magazine.  When blogging surfaced in the writing industry, I grabbed on with both hands, feet and my teeth.  I was in love with the idea of creating my own online magazine.

In time, I found out that there was money to be made in blogging.  I discovered people not just making money with blogging, but making a comfortable living with them.  I became obsessed with this actuality.  The idea of making a comfortable living doing what I loved and being my own boss was everything. Well, hot diggity, life just handed me a pearl of great value.

Forward two decades later, I’m not earning my living from my writing. I’m still writing, and though I have come close once, I hadn’t made enough money to say I have earnings from it.  For a very long time, no one was passing on knowledge about blogging as a business for free to the general public.  And though I knew I was a great writer, I just needed the inside scoop on successful blogging, so I too could make money from it.  (more…)