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some birthdays i’ve cried the whole day…felt like nothing was going right in my life. other times i just wanted to be alone; needed the quiet time to reflect on how much i’d overcome.   of course there were years of elation and glee too. but through it all; i’m still here.

even though it’s clear usa is going through growing pains, we will come out the other side better and stronger. this july 4th, regardless of how you feel things are going with the country; celebrate anyway.  faith in the celebration will allow us to pull through.

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if you want a surge of feel good, watch Fusion network documentary O Girls. 

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i was a well of tears most of the film. it originally aired earlier this month but with so much going on in the world & my life i waited to catch it on demand.  

i, like millions, watched the Oprah Winfrey show and was in awe of her goal to build a school for girls in south africa.  this wasn’t going to be some run down one step above what the girls could get at home type of school. Mama O was planning to build a state of the art academy better than the best prep schools in the world.   i often wondered how the school (Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls) and the OLAG girls faired.  

O Girls doc answers…it follows up the girls who graduated from the very first OLAG class. some of the girls have even graduated from college and are moving on to their careers!!! as moving as it was to see the great things the girls have accomplished, what inspired me about the film was it showed the struggles they encountered. this despite getting one of the biggest gifts a person could imagine.  

most of us could only dream of having Oprah pick us out of a crowd and providing for our wishes to come true.   in our minds, we would be set for life! what the documentary showed is that regardless of what blessings flow our way, there will always be hurdles to overcome.   the girls had to deal with death of family members, struggles adjusting to life without their families, confidence and guilt issues while still giving their best.  i learned from watching the film that miracles do happen BUT you still have to put in the work after-all.   

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for a whole lot of reasons 2016 has been challenges galore.  i’ve been more than ready to move on and find better times in 2017.  but this morning i woke up realizing that i’ve had the wrong attitude. i’m making myself more kranky than i need to be pushing off 16’s bad experiences.   this afternoon, i read a great post on In Her Shoes Blog.  they interviewed young and successful women about how they intend to bring in the new year.   

Gia Peppers, on-air talent & journalist for outlets such as BET.com, ESSENCE, E! and Hot 97 among others said, ” For me, 2016 was a year of making mistakes and “failing up.” A lot of the decisions I made did not turn out the way I expected them to — some were for the better and others weren’t. Still, in order to start 2017 on a productive note, I am going to make my mistakes (or lessons) work for me instead of against me. If you want to join, reflect on your biggest mistakes from 2017 and write down what you learned from them.”

after reading her words, i realized i gotta look at the silver lining of what i saw as a total mess.  new years day i will do just that.  i’m taking a quiet hour or two to journal the good that came out of those trying times in 2016.  

to read the rest of the tips for bringing in 2017, check out the full blog post here:

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