Conscious Decisions For Your Betterment!

I found this quote today that spoke volumes to me: Make a sincere effort to apply resolute effort against the forces of inertia, and good fortune will follow.

Basically what it is saying is get up off your keister and something good will happen to you. Of course, I agree with this. I’m not sure if everyone knows how extra-lazy I usually am used to be in the summer. For those of you who didn’t, there it is. Knowing that I don’t have to do anything or be anywhere, I am on my own time schedule. I do what I want when I want. Most of the time that ends up being nothing.

I know that this stems from my being a housewife for most of my adult life. That is why I avoided signing on to a permanent job for as long as I could. This job is my first permanent job. Ever!

I knew last summer that I did not want this to be the case anymore. Although I do enjoy relaxing for a couple of days, after a little while it becomes monotonous, and I don’t know how to break it. I just wallow in nothingness- sitting on the couch all day or surfing the web for hours on end.

In the beginning, there was nothing like it. Relaxing all day and doing nothing. Are you kidding? I was in heaven. I was entranced- hypnotized even- by my new found freedom.

Needless to say, that time is over. I am over the doing nothing. I know that I need to make a conscious decision to better myself and my situation. For everyone, there comes a time when we have to make that decision. No matter what it is you want to change about yourself, you know that you need to do what you need to do to make yourself and/or your situation better.

So, get up off your keister, do what you need to do, and good stuff will happen to you. Partly because you’re making it happen!

Think about it, then do it!

Proud Me!

I am so proud of my baby. I read her the book, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett some time last year. A couple of days ago, I read her the sequel to it, Pickles to Pittsburgh, and she noticed right away that it was the same illustrator. She didn’t know that it was the same author (same author & illustrator, btw). She later asked me if it was the same author.

I am so, so proud of her. She’s already starting to know her children’s literature. Good job Phillise!

Expand Your Mind!

Isn’t it funny how once you expand your mind, you find new and different ways to fill it. I say this because I want more for my children. Ever since the birth of my first child, when I was 19, I decided that I would not be just another statistic; not just another young black woman with no job, education, etc.

Even though it was hard, I continued with my education, but was unable to finish until much later. However, along the way, I and my husband, did manage to do a pretty decent job with our children.

As usual I’ve gotten off track. I tend to do that. And as usual I digress. I started off saying that I have expanded my way of thinking since the time when I was a first time mother who had no idea how the world worked. Now, as a 37, soon to be 38-year old mother of four, I still don’t think that I know enough; as far as being in the know for extra-curricular activities for my children.

I just returned from speaking with my neighbor’s house. We were discussing children going away for the summer. She sends her son every summer. The camps that she showed me looked & sounded wonderful. They were both out of my price range, however. One was $4,300 for the whole summer, while the other was about $1,900. Either way, they were out of my price range.

But, my mind started working. I started thinking that- maybe, just maybe I could afford at least one or two weeks/summer. The camps even let you pay in installments. This is a win-win situation because, if you don’t just have $2,000- $4,000 lying around, then you don’t have the pressure of coming up with the money all at once. Secondly, you can finish paying in installments just in time to qualify for the early bird special- saving you even more money.

That’s why I am going to make a way for David to go to at least one week of camp because it will help to expand his mind. In the camp application, there’s a form for the parent(s) to write the letter to the camp director describing exactly what it is their child most needs to work on.

I like this part of the application process because David is scared of so many things. I want him to go to camp so he can be more independent. He doesn’t like to try new things. He’s so dependent on me for a lot of things; he’s a very young 10. My neighbor’s son, who’s the same age as David, who goes to the camps every summer, is so mature. He’s only 7 months older than David, but his maturity level makes it seem like at least 2 years.

Hopefully, sending him to camp will have a two-fold effect of expanding his mind and being more independent. We’ll see how things unfold!

Until next time people!