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Transformation Tuesday

Hello everyone! Today is Transformation Tuesday and I am here to bless you all with my physical transformation..

One thing that is the same from that point in time is that  I LIVE for an all back ensemble. LOL!

I love seeing my transformations whether they are mentally, emotionally, professionally, or even physically. I just feel that I’ve come a long way.

So  give or take, this is me in 2015, 2016, and 2017 (today).

Since that first pic I’ve obviously put on a little weight. Numerically, it’s a lot. HA! None the less I look good and I am much healthier than I was.

Nothing much is going on. My Policy, Finance, and Law class is starting up tomorrow (late semester start).  I am eager to get through this so I can continue on the home stretch of finishing my Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

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GOOD MORNING!

Have you ever had the feeling that you were just so beautiful after waking up? So this morning I’m clearly on a natural high. I feel as pretty as a button. My skin has a slight glow, and I just feel at peace. I didn’t have those overbearing thoughts this morning either. It was smooth. Lauren was cooperative during breakfast and wasn’t too loud this morning.

Last night I fell asleep listening to Pastor Andre Butler of Word of Faith International Christian Center, the church I attend. The message was about doing life together with other  Christians. When I woke up in the middle of the night, it was on a different sermon that I turned off to preserve my battery for this morning.

Anyway, I feel good this morning and I hope you do too!

HAPPY THURSDAY, WE ALMOST THERE!

Much Love,

Tiffany

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It’s 2017!!!!

Hello everyone and happy new year! I hope you all enjoyed  the holiday and season. I know I am about a week late but I am very excited about this year. I am still on my journey of moving forward with my life and feeling a sense of completeness. I can already feel that this year will be another blessed year. I took a short hiatus at the later end of last year because of my work and school schedule. I am finally happy to say I am on the home stretch and that I should be working on my thesis this fall (exciting).

2016 was such a good year and yes it was definitely a year of “Breaking Out” from beginning to end. I encourage you all to focus on God this year, as it has come to be name  “The Year of FABULOUS Outpouring”. No matter what you see in the news or around you, keep your trust and focus on Jesus for what you are believing in your life.  I cannot stress enough that trails and tribulations will come but everything will work out if you have Christ there. If he be for you, who or what can be against you?

My prayer if that you all have a blessed and prosperous year filled with love, joy, the manifestations of your hearts desires, and the fulfillment that can only be found in Jesus!

I celebrated my birthday last week too y’all (HOT 27) WHOOP WHOOP!!!!

Lauren and I ❤

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THE BIG TWO!!!

I just want to take the time out to wish my princess a happy birthday. She is literally the joy of my heart. I love this girl so much. She changed my life and outside of Christ, helped me become a better woman. I cannot believe it has been two years since her birth. So much has happened since then. God has been so good to her and I am just thankful for the blood of Jesus covering her daily as she grows into such an inquisitive toddler. What a joy and honor it is to be her mom.

Time is definitely flying!

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Sharing The Happiness!!

So a great friend of mine from high school has a blog. This particular entry is about his marriage to a wonderful woman. They are a phenomenal couple! Enjoy!!! I think we can all learn something from this!

http://www.studigroup.com/studi-social/2016/7/26/six-values-ive-learned-these-1st-two-years-of-marriage-for-better-or-worse

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BLACK LIVES MATTER!!!

I usually try to stay away from watching too much of the news because of all the negativity. I’m just at the point in my life where I want to be apart of  the positive and not be so fixated on all of the bad. Well, this past week I got news that two black men were shot and killed by police officers. For me this was very troubling, especially after I saw the footage of both killings. I felt so confused about everything that had happened. I was so hurt that both of these men had families, children and lives. It hurts me to not be so certain for the future of our country. So many questions were running through my mind. I am failing to see how those officers believed that much force was necessary. Why are other races so threatened by black men to the point that one move justifies killing them. I am a daughter to a black man, a sister to black men, an auntie to a black male toddler and a friend to many black males. At the end of the day I want each of them to be who they are without feeling like they have to walk on egg shells whenever they leave their homes

I am so tired of hearing all of these stupid justifications of why black men die at the hands of police. Black on black crime had nothing to with the officer deciding to pull the trigger, an absent father had nothing to do with the officer pulling the trigger, and dare I say that their previous record or lack of record had nothing to do with these officers killing these men. It hurts to see people of other races pull out these irrelevant facts to justify these shootings.

I definitely understand that it is not easy being a police officer. I can totally understand that these men and women put their lives on the line on a daily basis. What bothers me a lot is the lack of discretion and discernment that these officers have. I say this as a black woman who was born and raised in Detroit, I’ve never seen or heard of officers behaving in this way.

I’m still trying to process all of this in the most productive way possible. I’m thinking of ways that I can give back to my community and be apart of the change that I am wishing to see in my community. It’s so many layers to everything that is going on. I’m not sure where to start but something will change soon.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/10/us/black-lives-matter-protests/

No matter what though, to God be the glory.

In faith,

Tiffany

 

 

 

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“Just because we are magic does not mean we’re not real.”

I don’t think I could have said it better. Here is the transcript of Jesse Williams’ speech from the 2016  BET Awards. I think this was everything that needed to be said on the behalf of all African Americans.

“Peace peace. Thank you, Debra. Thank you, BET. Thank you Nate Parker, Harry and Debbie Allen for participating in that .

Before we get into it, I just want to say I brought my parents out tonight. I just want to thank them for being here, for teaching me to focus on comprehension over career, and that they make sure I learn what the schools were afraid to teach us. And also thank my amazing wife for changing my life.

Now, this award – this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country – the activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do.

It’s kind of basic mathematics – the more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize.

Now, this is also in particular for the black women in particular who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you.

Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm and not kill white people everyday. So what’s going to happen is we are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.

Now… I got more y’all – yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday so I don’t want to hear anymore about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on 12 year old playing alone in the park in broad daylight, killing him on television and then going home to make a sandwich. Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better than it is to live in 2012 than it is to live in 1612 or 1712. Tell that toEric Garner. Tell that to Sandra Bland. Tell that to Dorian Hunt.

Now the thing is, though, all of us in here getting money – that alone isn’t gonna stop this. Alright, now dedicating our lives, dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back for someone’s brand on our body when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies, and now we pray to get paid for brands on our bodies.

There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven’t done. There is no tax they haven’t leveed against us – and we’ve paid all of them. But freedom is somehow always conditional here. “You’re free,” they keep telling us. But she would have been alive if she hadn’t acted so… free.

Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but you know what, though, the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now.

And let’s get a couple things straight, just a little sidenote – the burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander.That’s not our job, alright – stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest, if you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down.

We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, yo, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil – black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The thing is though… the thing is that just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.

Thank you.”

 

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Summer Fun At The Zoo!

I probably haven’t been to the zoo since I was maybe 13 years old. Lord only knows when the last time I been to the Detroit Zoo. The last zoo I went to was the Toledo Zoo. Anyway, my boyfriend and I took my daughter to the Detroit Zoo. I am happy to have had such a fun day with the ones I love. The day was full of learning about our fury, hairless, scaly and feathered friends!! Lauren was so excited to see all the different animals. I think she really took a liking to the birds.. Enjoy!!

 

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Couples That I Admire (How imperfections become so perfect)

#Relationship goals, a popular hast tag that you will eventually come across on social media. I must admit that while I do not aspire to have a relationship like anyone else but the one I am currently in, I can appreciate some of the characteristics and lessons that you can learn from the relationships you see in the spotlight. Married couples such as the Curry’s (Ayesha and Steph Curry), the Franklins (Megan Good and Devon Franklin), and engaged couple Ciara and Russell Wilson. What I like most and can appreciate about all of these couples is there reverence for Christ in their relationships. From abstaining to sex to openly acknowledging their faith, it is no secrete that these couples focus and center is their Christian Faith. Another thing I can appreciate about two of these women is that they have “lived” if you will. They weren’t the Proverbs 31 woman to give a better description or at least they weren’t portrayed that way in the media. I’m not sure of what their factual background consist of but it may be safe to say they have a past. What I like about Megan Good is that she opened herself to be very relatable and transparent when talking about her past in relation to where she is today as a married woman. I like that she and her husband openly talked about refraining from sex until they were married. I also like that Ciara and Russell Wilson followed in those suit. Although Ciara obviously has a child out of marriage, she was able to move on with her life and find someone who loves and respects her and her son. As a  mother who is not with my daughter’s father, I could appreciate her story (outside of the personal matters w/ future).  The lessons that you learn from these women is that it’s ok to be in a  relationship , or start over and to change your expectations in a relationship. It is ok to wait for a man who has a relationship with Christ that goes beyond him blessing his food. The true lesson that I have learned from these three relationships in essence is that a God centered relationship brings forth a  success one. That is what a true relationship goal should consist of.