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Checking In…

I realized that I haven’t been available to create post. I’m sorry! Right now I am finishing my thesis and last few assignments for my professional practicing. I cannot wait to get back into blogging completely. I have so much to say. Life has given me so much perspective and my thesis has been a little bit of therapy for me.  It definitely created a space for me to say what I needed to say and to accept these things. I am so excited to almost be done with graduate school you guys wouldn’t believe it.  My presentation and defense is scheduled for December 14th at 10a.m. The thesis is titled “Academic and Social Integration of African Americans at Predominantly White Institutions”. I am putting my finishing touches at it and should have it done within the the next couple weeks.

I hope you all are well and that this season brings you all love, grace, and perspective.

Tiffany

 

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MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

#MOOD

“I’m convinced that we Black women possess a special indestructible strength that allows us to not only get down, but to get up, to get through, and to get over.”

~Janet Jackson

Black girl studying

I am currently at work thinking about how far God as bought me in my education.

It may not mean so much to some to get a master’s degree but one must remember that only 8 percent of the U.S. population holds one. This percentage is especially smaller for African Americans. I am also a first-generation college graduate and single parent.

This is BIG and the obstacles have been Real.

I love the quote above from Janet Jackson because it puts my life into works. I have dealt with things obviously, but I  am still making it through.

My life could have totally been different, yet God saw it fit that I break out and break through!

There is one month left in this semester and then I will be in my last semester of Graduate School.

Continue to pray for me y’all,

Tiffany

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Choose Joy (Sunday Reminder)

A merry heart doeth good like medicine. ~Psalm 17:22

Just wanting to send a reminder to you all this week that choosing joy in your life is essential no matter what you face.

Today in church we talked about the joy that the Holy Spirit quickens us with when we choose to accept it. Joy is a part of your faith and the kingdom of God.

God is love and he is pure joy.

I’ve been feeling a little down lately but today’s service reminded me about how I got to where I am today. It certainly was because I choose joy. It’s time for me to get back to that. Is there anything wrong? No. But every once in a while, my mind takes me to a place of darkness.

But God,

I know he loves me and today he reminded me to choose joy.

I pray that you all will too!

*Singing* Rejoice, in the Lord always, and again I say, again I say, rejoice.

Have a good week y’all!!!

Tiffany

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The Monday Blues

Just want to vent because I’m not feeling to good about myself. Hopefully this is a space for me to get these feeling out. Long story short, I got on the scale yesterday and found that that I gained another six pounds. I am currently weighing 186 and to be honest I’m not really seeing how. I’ve been going to the gym but it just seems like my weight is just fluctuating. I honestly feel so unattractive. When my boyfriend and I met two years ago, I was skinny. I weighed about 140ish pounds. If you look in some of my earlier photos on here you’ll see. When I was on the phone with my friend he mentioned that I do look different than when we first met. Needless to say. It made me feel bad because he never said that to me before.

I actually thought that I had been making some real improvements but according to the scale, I am now 6 pounds heavier.

Now, I’m not going to go into drift mode, although everything in me wants to find comfort in some chocolate. I think this would be a great opportunity to really do this right. From now on, I’m going to make sure that I am cognoscente of some major lifestyle that need to start today!

I think I just really need help getting it right. So there it goes. Since they say admitting it is the first step, here I go;

I need to lose about 46 lbs..

 

Wish me luck.. I need it.

Tiff

 

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Things To Remember

For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.

Which then takes me to,

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence (Ephesians 3:12).

When I make meaning of these two scriptures, I am reminded that I can go to God about anything that is in his will, why? Because Christ already paid the price for it.

I think I have to keep in mind that the price of things have already been paid. The only thing I have to do is accept and continue to reap the benefits of what has already been paid for. Besides his work already said the answer is going to be “yes” and “amen” if it’s in his will.

 

 

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In Honor of Women’s Day!

In honor of Women’s Day, I took a few moments to think about what being a woman means to me. I was able to sum it up in a quote that I found by Toni Morrison.

“You are the best thing.” ~ Toni Morrison

There is so much to be said about being a woman of color, a black woman. Sometimes we, well I, feel that the world is against me. I  have felt the pressure of institutionalized racism, sexism, ageism, and more. I have had the unfortunate experience of dealing with these things as I have gone through the various development stages and situations, leading to the woman I am today.

Although us black women have endured so much from within our own race and outside, I admire our strength. I admire that we dominate our adversity and make it bow to us. I admire that we look inside to get deeper meaning of who we are and what we have to contribute to our communities and to the world. BLACK GIRLS ROCK. We are courageous, intelligent, beautiful , and kind.

To me being a black woman means thinking outside of myself to take care of those around me without looking for anything in return. It means praying for a better world for future black women and assisting in creating opportunities for them to succeed now. It means looking myself in the mirror and deciding that only I can dictate what I will accomplish today.

When I decided to go get my master’s, I had a few barriers against me, but I DECIDED, that I would have a different life. I decided that I would draw upon the strength that God gave me to get it done. I am nearly 9 months away from my finish line (Praise God).

What I love most is that we possess so much power, and that when we decide to use our power, we are lethal. We get things done and we look out for one another to get things done.

I know for a fact that I am the result of the prayers of slaves, fighters in the civil rights movement, and most importantly, Gods grace and mercy.  I don’t know exactly where is came from but black women are just able to endure and I am forever proud of us.

Tiffany