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I Quit!

This is a video from Price Ea, a motivational YouTube personality. I will admit, it kind of startled me when i saw the title, but he’s using this extreme title as a way to motivate. Take a look!



Surviving The Holidays

Every year around this time, I get in a depressive mood. The reason behind it is that the holidays bring stress along with it every year. Most people have family get together on the holidays which can be stressful within it self because of the different personalities of the family members that you can’t get along with and things that come out their mouths when they either consume alcohol or just want to be a trouble maker.

When I was younger, I looked forward to the holidays coming, especially Christmas, because that’s when we get new toys that we don’t get during the rest of the year, unless its your birthday or some other special occasion. Now that I outgrew the Santa Claus period, which makes Christmas a whole different experience.

As a follower of Christ, I look at the holidays, especially Christmas in a whole new way. I try to think about what he’s done for me instead of pondering on the world’s way of celebrating which brings along unneeded stress. When I go about it this way, it helps take the load off of the holiday drama and stress. I learned that its not all about gift giving, instead its the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. So if you find yourself in the dumps during the holidays, please keep this in consideration and possibly work towards a relationship with Jesus to turn your focus on him  instead of the drama.



Having Bad Credit is Not The End

I remember what it felt like to have bad credit when i was younger due to mismanagment of my money and long term illness wish messed up my credit.

Fortunately, if you have bad credit, you can turn it around, even if you had things on your report for years. Take a listen to this video done by Phillip Scott and Garfield Reid who talks about how the bad credit stigma was plagued in the African American Community for years.

I know I havent posted in a while because of things that I was going through, one of them is depression. I had my ups and downs during this period and some days were better than others. I decided to write a post today because I’ve been really feeling bad lately. I know there are others out there that are probably going through the same thing. I just want to let them know that they are not alone. I also posted this on, a site that I post to as well. 
Ive been listening to some meditations from the app/website that can be helpful. I hope this helps you deal with the things that are happening in your life.

Today I turn 44. I’ve been through a lot of things in this time here on earth. With most of the things going on in this world especially here in Chicago, most don’t make it to thier 30’s let alone mid 40’s. I’m not were I want to be in life right now, but, at the same time I feel blessed to still be here and to be in somewhat stable health.

In 2015 about a week before my 42nd birthday, I lost my father to diabeties. My dads funeral was the Friday before my birthday. This normally special day was filled with greif and sorrow. Never experienced a birthday like that before. Fortunately I made it through with the support of family and friends. Two years after his passing, it still feels wierd because because the anniversary of his passing falls a week before my birthday.

Even though I experienced all this, I still consider myself blessed because it could have been worse and with the things that are going on today, it could have easily been different. So, I am going to move forward with this day and enjoy it because things can change in the blink of an eye as we see with the events that are going on in the world right now. If you are going through things similar or even completely different, I just want to let you know it will be ok and if you trust God, he will bring you through. Be blessed!



It’s been some amazing things happening lately, from natural disasters, murders, social media fiascos and more. Some of these things you’d never thing would happen in this lifetime especially in my life. Every time I turn on the tv or log onto social media, I see more and more of this craziness. 

I guess it will be something I will have to get used to because these things mentioned earlier will not go away anytime soon. Looks like I will have to change the way I react to it. The more I let it bother me the more I will be overcome by it. So, I guess it’s something we all will eventually have to do. One thing we all need to do is stick together as things get worse because this is just the beginning. Until my next post… Be Blessed!

Being Positive in the Midst of the Current Disasters

With all the events, good or bad that’s been going on in the world and this country, its been rough trying to stay positive. From a biblical perspective, these things have to take place in order for us to progress to our final destiny were we wont have to deal with none of these things anymore.

The things that have been happening lately have been causing heartache, pain and lost for a lot of people. When i turn on the tv, radio or my phone, i see constant reminders of all this, so its not easy just to put it the back of your mind and keep going about your day. By us being human, we tend to concern ourselves with the things that are going around us which is how we are wired.

The only thing I can think of is to Pray and rely on God to help me through these times because these things aren’t going to just get better overnight or be “fixed” by some self proclamed super hero leader that thinks they bigger than the universe. Right now, with all the things that are happening, there’s one that can bring us through whom is the creator of this world which is God. He created everything so he knows how its going to end and will make sure his saved people are take care of no matter what happens. This is how I deal with it. I hope that others that don’t know where to turn to will turn to him during this time.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 

Don’t Let People Use You!

I am for one, one of those people who let people use me. I am one of those laid back, nice ones that would do just about anything for someone without thinking. Boy, if i could turn back time, I would have said “no” during times were I was just being used. Don’t get me wrong, I will help people who genuinely need help, but you have to draw the line somewhere or else you will get used to the point were it put everything hold in your life.

The video below has some truth so that why i posted it as I post many videos from Trent Shelton because he is so truthful and inspirational and talks about things that most of us go through.

Someone you should know

Here’s an writer that i’ve been following for a while. His name is Pyerse Dandridge. He has an interesting story of doing time in a prison camp. He is now a free man and has written a book about how it was for him while serving his time there. To learn more about Pyerse and his book, click the link below.

Click here to go to his site!

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