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60 seconds: WHAT’S YOUR DREAM?

11 Aug

Life is but a dream

Life is but a dream

When you were a kid – you dreamed of where you would go, where you would be 15 years from then. What happened to that? The older we get, the more we lose sight of those small daydreaming moments we used to love to escape to.

For those that have reached their dreams – great! Keep up the good work.

For everyone else not quite there yet, it’s true that dreams can be differed. Some dreams get put on hold. Some , if not captured right away are forgotten about.

Take 60 seconds today and think a little about what is it that you want for yourself….Not what someone else can give you, but what gift do you have to give yourself and to the world?

We’ve all got something to give…..

Get focused – you’ve got 60 seconds. GO!

-Tracey K.

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The Strength of a Black Man

16 Jul

***Post Trayvon Martin case – in encouragement for ALL of our black men***
The Strength of a Black Man
mike strong man123
Far too often, we forget to love you.
Far too often, we forget that you need love too.
Far too often, it slips our minds that you are doing the best you can.
Far too often, we disregard the strength of a black man.
A strength that can’t be matched.
Because you sir are one of a kind.
A strength that can’t be duplicated –
especially when you’re probably lucky to say you’ve made it.
 In a world where most of you are predicted to be in jail or in the grave by 25,
being a black man
takes the courage of a swarm of bees in a beehive…
Worker bees, working hard for their families.
 Going without –
so we can have food in our mouths.
Going without because you love your sons, daughters, mothers and fathers…
– brothers and sisters.
Going without because you can –
because you’ve had to all your life.
To make ends meet, you’ve paid the sacrifice.
You owe nobody anything anymore.
Get ready to step into greatness – open that door.
Far too often we forget that being a black man has its hurtful memories.
You’ve had to watch as the justice system takes your child away – makes you pay.
When you really want to stay.
You’ve had to sit back, helpless while you watched us hurt and abused.
You didn’t chose this life –
You’re entitled to be happy too.
Far too long has your life been planned and predicted by people who
don’t even see you.
We thank God that He has a far greater plan
for the pillar in you!
For the hero inside. He has a plan for you to continue to stay strong.
For your faith to be stronger than pride. To reflect on your past but move forward into greatness.
He has a plan for you to hold your head up high-
Sit with your back straight
-And look your destiny right in the eye.
For you to say what is on your mind –
 to speak with confidence and awareness of who you are…
…a king.
We recognize the King in you, Black Man.
 Even if the world does not.
To us, you are not a threat, but a blessing.
Keep praying
Keep being
And never,
No never
Let anyone steer you wrong or tell you who you are
When you know first hand
The Strength of a Black Man.
-Tracey K, Writer –  www.traceyk.com

Cheers to all things NEW!

21 Jun

Photo Group

Photography Class Group of Washington School of Photography. Photo by John Reef; johnreef.com

Yesterday was session 3 of my photography class. Although I wish I could say that I paid for this class myself (my “on-a-diet” upcoming wedding pockets would have to plead otherwise), I didn’t; I have a great career and an amazing supervisor who believes in me. I thank her for investing in some photography classes, that I can use to capture candid moments of impactful the work we do.

Personally, I’ve always loved taking pictures and always seem to be “that girl” of my family who gets all the great shots (especially of my nephew – he’s my muse).

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For me, it is just one of those things I like to do. I don’t think too hard about it. Especially when it comes to capturing natural daily activities. Nothing too deep. Art represents life anyway, so to me, whatever needs to be said in a photo will be said on its own.

One thing we can all count on is that there is always room to grow, develop and share your experiences. So, cheers to NEW ventures to come – because you never know what God is preparing you for!

Share with us – what are you learning new in the next few months to help better yourself?

And when you can – invest in YOU or find someone who believes in you enough to do so. And be thankful for those people.

Until next time.

Peace and light,

Tracey

5 Signs it’s Time to Cut your Grass

11 Jun

“That’s why I had to cut the grass so I can see the snakes.” – Lil’ Kim, 2003.

I remember hearing this song, “This is who I am,” from Lil’ Kim’s La Bella Mafia album back in the beginning of my college life – sophomore year maybe. We all have those songs/lyrics that stick with us. For me, this line is one of those – and has been going strong as a little reminder for me for 10 years now.

Talk about relevance!

“This is who I am,” touches on a range of topics: morals, perseverance and as it relates to this post: friendship. Or shall I say letting go of them. Touchy subject. But the truth in the matter is that letting some friends go or re-evaluating them is a part of life. This applies to our relationships too, whether with family members, spouses or coworkers. We’ve all had to do it (myself included) and it sometimes is not the easiest thing to do. But maybe these tips on “5 Signs it’s Time to Cut your Grass (aka that “something” ),” will help a bit:

Number 1: When the grass is too high. When it’s time to cut the grass, it’s just time to do it. Not an easy task at all: it takes some sweating, troubleshooting and a little elbow grease to get the job done. But any yard has to be well kept – so grass that is too high and is covering all your goodness, must go!

grass cut blog post

Number 2: When you’ve treated the grass, spent your hard-earned money on landscaping and it’s still tired and fried. We’ve all reached that one point of our lives’ tried to salvage something that was destined to fail – and that’s okay. Just know that when you have gave it all you got and the grass is still causing you problems, get to cutting, cause the thrill might be gone.

Number 3: When you see a snake. This should be an easy one right? Not really. Sometimes we can see a snake through our grass and we still don’t cut it. Let’s pause or a second. Snakes could be friends, strangers, and the like. Remember that one thing someone did to you that you just let slide? Well that’s stuff that snakes do. The caution signs are all in front of you. You see it with your very own eyes, yet deny that it’s there. You’d rather let your grass get all out of order and let the snakes in your life multiply, instead of cutting it down so you can see clearly. Be honest with yourself and remember what Granny said ‘if it looks like a duck – it’s a duck.”

Number 4: When other people don’t want to see your grass. Eyesore! Sometimes when we have negative people around us it brings out the worst in us too. So this type of grass must be chopped, bagged and trashed. Sorry – didn’t mean to get graphic. But no one wants to be around someone that allows toxic people in their life. Those kinds of people can others question your loyalty and judgment. If you’ve got someone in your life who can’t share you with your other friends, can’t be genuinely happy for you or who talk negatively about every other friend you have – it’s time to let it go.

Number 5: When the grass makes you uncomfy: itchy, sneezing, just plain sick. Don’t ignore the warning signs. Susan Taylor once said “Pain is information.” And it’s true. If you are experiencing physical pain: headaches, etc., at the sight of someone’s name on your phone. Let them go. Or if your gut just isn’t settling right, take the hint. Listen to those things. If you’ve got symptoms like these that make life uneasy around dingy grass – cut it boo!

Bottom line? Get rid of anything that is weighing you down. Anything that does not allow you to flourish! It’s a hard thing to do. I’ve been there before, wanting to hold on to something that just isn’t there. Take it from me…waste not another second with the petty things and move right along. You’ll be glad that you did.

-peace and light

Tracey K.