Posts in Reflection
In What Area of Your Life is the Conundrum of Change Affecting you?

Right now, I feel really stuck when it comes to my health.

I am not eating as healthy as I would like to and I’m not exercising the way I used to in my pre-baby days. The excuse I’ve been using is that I don’t want to stress myself out with so many irons in the fire. I want to be an amazing mami and an entrepreneur. I reason that some things will fall by the wayside like housework and health. I also am letting Mommy Thumb keep me from breaking a sweat. It’s crazy because I know that when I exercise and eat right it actually makes me feel better. I have more energy to chase my daughter and more creativity to offer my clients.

I know this. I want this. Yet I don’t do it. This is the conundrum of change in full effect, Honey Bunny.

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What is One Small Step You Can Take Toward Your Dream Life?

In order to determine which areas of my life are not authentically my own, it’s been really helpful to examine my attitude, specifically for any topic where I am using the word “should.”

I am firm believer that self-awareness is the first step in any change we make. In order to know where I am stuffing myself inside of something that really isn’t mine, I’ve got to know where exactly that is.

I did some self-examination and this is what I found:

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Why Stuffing Yourself Inside a Life That Isn't Truly Yours Is NOT The Way to Go

*In my best Sophia Petrillo voice*

Picture it. Waco, Texas. 2000. A young LaTisha Cotto is determining where she wants to go to college. She has received several offers from prominent institutions across the United States of America. Some of these colleges are located in her home state of Texas and others in places like Boston, Memphis and Atlanta. Where should she go? Which college will she pick?

If we were really watching a TV show, this is where the episode would end. Gotta love a good cliffhanger.

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What New Story Are You Creating For Yourself?

Today Lyric turns one year old.

Where has the time gone? Where is my little 6 lbs, 2 oz baby? My pregnancy was difficult and I ended up having a c-section after her heart rate dropped drastically two times during labor and delivery. My incision didn’t heal properly and post partum blues hit me hard. I lost hair and got Mommy’s thumb and I did not feel like a good mom at all. It has taken pretty much this entire year to feel somewhat normal in my body and my daily routine.

Yet here we are -- thriving and blooming in love, joy, and harmony.

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It Doesn't Matter How Your Story Begins

I finally got to see A Wrinkle in Time and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

In fact, there were several parts that I found myself tearing up. I could identify greatly with Meg, the protagonist, and how she didn’t think that much of herself. I think we have all been there.

At one point during the movie, Mrs. Which, played by the great Oprah Winfrey, says to Meg, “Do you realize how many events, choices, that had to occur since the birth of the universe leading up to the making of you? Just exactly the way you are.”

All. The Feels.

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What Does Giving Yourself Your Best Chance Look Like?

Believe it or not, I put off writing the answer to this IWW for a week because I dreaded having to face the answer.

I know exactly where I am not giving myself my best chance and saying it out loud would make me accountable to all of you. I found myself saying, “Can’t I just write something else, anything other than this?”

Nope.

So here I go.

Giving myself my best chance would look like me doing what I say I’m going to do. I’m specifically thinking about the social media calendar I’ve created for 2018.

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What Does Self-Love Look Like In Your Life?

I’ll admit that when I first heard the term “self-love,” it sounded like some code word for masturbation. 😬

While I learned the importance of loving myself, I’m not certain I ever knew that there was a specific term to denote the process. However, you’re talking to someone who didn’t know there was such a thing as hot tea until I was 16 years old. True story. 😬

I digress.

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3 Powerful Ways You Can Address Fear

I’ve always been a pretty brave person.

All credit goes to Mama Terry. It was the morning of the first grade grade TAAS test. Standardized tests have never been my jam. Mama Terry, as per usual, came thru with the gamechanger. She wrote down Philippians 4:13 on a little sheet of paper. She said, “Put this in your pocket and anytime you feel anxious or scared, you take it out, read it and then set it on your desk. You can do all things, Tisha. Remember that.”

And that’s what I did. Halfway thru the test, I took out that little sheet of paper and I read the verse, written in my mom’s beautiful handwriting. I set it on my desk and then knocked that test out the park.

Don’t get it twisted, honey bunny.

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Mama Terry, Thank You

To be honest, this spiel started out as a “how to” post entitled “How to Cultivate Faith, Patience, and Courage.”

The main idea was that in order to cultivate these virtues, you must be placed in situations where they can develop. That’s really the only way. I started to tell the story of how I studied abroad in college and how my Type A tendencies were challenged by the new culture I found myself in. However, while reliving those moments, my mind wandered down a different rabbit hole.

This is what came next --

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Why Your Personal Peace is Important

Let’s face it: we live in a world where busyness is celebrated.

The busier we are, the better. It means we are needed. We are important. The world as we know it will fall apart if we don’t continue to spin. We do this weird boasting/complaining about how busy our calendar is — rushing from meeting to meeting, project to project, moment to moment. We’re unhappy about it, but at the same time, we feel needed. At least that’s something, right? 

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