Month: January 2014

New Years Resolutions

I have officially gone one month sans having consumed any candy. This is a humongous step for me because any one who knows me knows that I am an avid candy and snack food lover. However, towards the close of 2013 I made a conscientious decision to start making more deliberate choices to consume healthier foods. Today, I went to the grocery store and bought some fresh fruit. I spent close to $30 bucks on some fresh and delicious ripe pickings. Hopefully, they will be sweet enough to curb my craving for a large pack of sour worms and chews.

Whew! I can do this. Besides it is all mental anyway. Having gone without any type of candy and me quitting cold turkey really proves that anything is possible. Seriously, I cannot go a time without doing laundry and finding old colorful sweet smelling wrappings in my pocket. Whatever the mind focuses on accomplishing can very easily become  reality.

Mark Cuban, I have my eyes set on owning an NBA franchise team! We’ll be sitting court side at games in about 10 years.You won’t be the only cool and young team owner when I come around.

Throwback Joint of The Day: SWV “I’m So Into You”

This song perfectly describes the music I referred to in a previous post this week. It has a great melody and beat but the lyrics are sketchy. The song refers to a woman being in love with a man who has a girlfriend. But, he’s so irresistible that she just can’t seem to let him go.
SWV has been bringing great hits since ’92. I grew up enjoying their music and often wonder if they would have catapulted to higher success if they had not been so Rhythm and Blues and maybe dabbled with some Pop like other girl group TLC.
Who knows? Tune in to WE TV after Braxton Family Values on Thursday nights to watch their new reality show.

Be Good To Yourself

Life is an experience that should be savored and thoroughly enjoyed. However, no matter how positively we may strive, life unfortunately or fortunately, depending how you view the glass will not. Life has a way of waning us through varying emotions that sends us scurrying for cover just when things get really rough.

With January being Mental Health Month, I thought it would be cool for me to share some tips that help me stay sane. Being a teacher is one of the most rewarding and equally challenging jobs. Students are vying for your attention at a given moment, there is always a lesson to plan, a paper to grade, and a meeting to attend. But, did I forget to mention the sea of eager students waiting patiently to learn? My apologies please. Being busy can sometimes make you forgetful.

Anyway, below are a few examples of how I enjoy to decompress in a non-turnup with a Bluedot Ciroc kind of way.

1. Music

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Music has a profound effect on human emotions. It has the power to make us feel a range of emotions that can span between happiness and sadness in the same song. For example, a song could have a really killer beat and the most depressing lyrics ever. But,  you don’t even notice how saddening the words are because you’re too engulfed in how melodic the production is.

After a long day, I cue up the cd player on the way home and rap-depending on if I need to vent some frustrations or sing my way to bliss. Who cares if potential parents and students see you dropping mad rhymes in the car to 2 Chainz? A Happy teacher equals a happy student. A happy student equals a happy teacher. It’s a cyclical relationship in which both parties benefit.

2. A Long Shower or Bath

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There’s something magical about being submerged in warm running water. Something about it makes you feel clean all over and not just in a rub-a-dub kind of way. Standing or laying down in a tub and basking in warm water feels spiritually renewing. I’m often to pressed for time to sit and soak in the tub, besides I think it’s a little funny for grown men to lay in a bath tub unless your with your woman. But, guys you could always tell people that you injured your shoulder playing college football and medically required to take long baths in lieu of showers. It’s depressing some of the things men have to do and say in a so-called “Progress & Free Society.” I digress.

But seriously, take some time when you come straight home or right before bed to wash yourself rid of all the days drama and stress. Hopefully, you’ll have a nice and warm bed to greet you when you step out and dry off.

3. Treat Yourself To Something Delicious

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I made a deliberate decision to cook more  this year since I spent so much money on restaurant meals and fast food last year. For the most part, it’s been working pretty well. I come home and heat up one of those microwavable frozen dinners and voilà, dinner is served. All jokes aside, I feel so much better about myself when I sit down to enjoy a home cooked meal prepared by me. Whether its edible is up for debate. But the fact of the matter is, I put in the time to create something that I can have for my betterment.

If you rarely cook dinner, try. Start small and maybe prepare one dish a week. Then, you may gradually increase the number of meals you cook each week. Now, if you are always home cooking and rarely eat out, then it may be a good idea to give yourself a break. Spend a little cash going out to eat at a well established restaurant. Order whatever it is that you want and be sure to dress comfortably and as stylishly as you like. Remember, you are doing great things for your betterment because you love and care for yourself.

A happier you, makes for a happier world. A happier world, makes for a happier you.

Here’s a relaxing tune to help you sleep easier tonight. Enjoy the soothing sounds of an islander summer’s rain.

World No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka Wins The Australian Open

1390736953010-GTY-465148473Wawrinka defeated an injured Rafael Nadal to win the Australian Open and his first Grand Slam championship.  Wawrinka’s road to victory was no easy feat as he needed to take out two of the world’s top tier players, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to win. This has solidified Wawrinka as an emerging player and has also halted the reign of the Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, whom each won the last 34 of 35 Grand Slam tournaments.

Congratulations to Wawrinka for never surrendering and proving to the world that the underdog can be victorious.