Good God

Safe. Loved. Beautiful.

When I close my eyes and imagine you I am blown away. Your presence alone renders me weak and speechless. I close my eyes and imagine you and me. Perfect. Beautiful. Holding hands. Embraced. The slightest touch makes me smile. I beam with joy. Perfect. This daydream in perfect, because you are perfect. I am afraid to open my eyes, because then it would no longer be real. This perfect thing. Us. Together. I have not felt this happy since that bike ride on the vineyard. Satisfied. Safe. Loved. Beautiful.

My eyes open. You are still there. Your presence is always there. You said you would never leave me nor forsake me. Thank you Lord.

2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

Isaiah 43:2-3

Good Lessons

The most difficult situations can teach us a lesson. It is what educators refer to as a “teachable moment.” I learned a lot from watching Disney movies with my daughter Taylor. After watching them nearly five times a day, I have found valuable lessons in each of her favorite films. From the Little Mermaid I learned that a woman should never lose her voice in a relationship. Eventually she will need to speak.
From the Princess and the Frog I learned that sometimes prince charming can turn into a frog and sometimes a frog can turn into a prince. Basically, what is on the inside is what matters the most because looks can be deceiving. I learned a very valuable lesson from the movie Finding Nemo. Our parents are important and even though we think we may know what is best, disobedience can get us in a lot of trouble, even as adults. Nemo was disobedient and ended up captured and swimming in an unknown place. His disobedience and rebellion almost cost him his life. It was only by grace that he was able to find his way home. Learning from our experiences is an important part of life. If we allow ourselves to, perhaps we can learn the lesson before we make the mistake. Good Lessons + Good Experiences = A Good Life

Wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. (Proverbs 24:14)

Good Stuff

My friends and family can testify to my passion for gift giving. It is a trait that I inherited from my maternal grandmother. She enjoyed both giving and receiving gifts. She would ponder over holiday gifts months in advance for the holiday season. I miss her dearly.

Another trait that I inherited from her was the love of shopping. There are certain items that I buy more often than others, and just as we all do, I dream of the day when I can shop without glancing at the price tag. There are two particular items that I purchase regularly because of their price tag and also for their ability to grant me instant gratification. I am immediately satisfied with these purchases and usually purchase one at least every week. There is no doubt that purchasing good stuff makes us feel good.

The Tote
Perhaps it is simply a New England thing, but I have grown to love totes. Obviously, I love the traditional L.L.Bean tote, but the simpler more stylish tote from J.Crew will suffice. It is simple, affordable and practical. The whole green era has also enabled the tote to be used as a grocery bag. While in graduate school I carried my tote as a book bag, and when my daughter was quite young I used it as a diaper bag. Below is a picture of my latest tote; the J.Crew tote, which is only $10. I already own four of them!:)The Book
Books are always a great buy. Whether as gifts, or as added additions to my collection, I am never disappointed when I make a book purchase. My favorite place to buy books is the clearance shelf at major bookstores. The next best place to find an awesome book is the resale shop. I have also uncovered a number of hidden gems at local used bookstores. Including an original copy of the Color Purple as well as Class of ’57 Yale Yearbook. Both equally valuable for their historical content. I have such a good time canvasing bookstores in search of a good book.

If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. ~Toni Morrison

Sometimes purchasing your favorite item or good thing, can elevate your mood, or serve as a small reward for a minor accomplishment. Good Stuff + Good Times = Good Life

Good Stuff man, Good Stuff.

The Good Life

What happens when life is not so good? Whether it is related to the tough economic times or personal stress, at times if is tough to point out those good things in our lives. It is important to make an attempt to find those things which are good or praiseworthy. Showing gratitude for the little things that we take for granted can serve as a simple remedy for the blues. Gratitude replaces negative thoughts with positive thoughts, therefore allowing us to mediate on those good things in our lives. There is something about the show Good Times that is inspires me to be grateful. It is not because I see their lives as more challenging than mine, therefore I feel better about whatever challenges are present in my life. It is because though the Evans family is a fictional account of an urban black family, there are similar circumstances that they encounter which we can all relate to such as the loss of a job or an unfulfilled career, tight finances and daily prejudices that make it difficult to go to the next level. Perhaps we can relate to their desire to raise their children with standards and morals among people that lack gravely in those areas. Each of us encounters a number of challenges that sometimes make life not so good. However, it is up to us to find the humor and the blessings in the little things. Thinking good thoughts and relying on our families to keep us grounded is important. It is also important to remain grateful for the good that they bring to our lives. Good family + Good love = Good Times.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV)

Good Times

It was a perfect day. The picture says it all. I could not stop smiling. I was actually riding a bike. I attempted to balance my feet perfectly despite the fact that I was wearing flip flops. In spite of the cool temperatures I wore a short sleeve shirt hoping that the warmth of the spring sunshine would warm my arms. Taylor was secure in the child carrier behind an adjacent bike that my friend rode. I was happy that she was secure which enabled me to relax and ride my bike happily. It was one of those days that you wish you could relive. It felt like we were the only people on the island. It felt as if time stood still. It was surreal. There was no pressure or stress to leave or anxiety about where we were going. We were simply bike riding and enjoying our freedom. Enjoying the peace and tranquility that we felt. We were happy. I was happy. It was also my favorite day of the year, April 21, my birthday. I was in heaven. I was having the best birthday of my life. We made the decision to go to Martha’s Vineyard that morning. I decided that it should only be a day trip. It was the first time since living in New England that I was visiting the Cape and I wanted it to be simple. Every time I mention that day to my friend and become nostalgic over that place in my life he reminds me of how simple it was. “All we did was take the ferry over the island and rent bikes.” he smirks. “I know,” I reply, ” but it was such a good day.” I felt so much peace in that place.

Formula: Good people + Good Places = Good Times