My Thoughts On The Orignal Black Panther Party

I watched the Black Panthers Documentary on Netflix this week. So many thoughts ran through my head about this short film. I don’t even know where to begin. As an African-American dark skin woman, I can say that there definitely are injustices and discrimination that still go on today. It’s just crazy to me. I do agree with people having the right to protect themselves from harmful environments. Not everyone has good intentions, and even good intentions don’t always come out in a good way.

I think it was very sad to see how people were being treated openly. It was sad to see one set of people trying to keep the other at ground level to satisfy their ego and well being. So they felt they had to do things that way.

However, on the upside, I think that the programs that they created were phenomenal and inspiring. It inspired me to want to be more proactive. It was beautiful seeing a community come together in fellowship. It was inspiring to see people getting along for the greater good. It was great to see the poor and unfortunate being helped against a system that was designed to destroy them. It was great to see confidence and an uprising despite the challenges that they had faced. Still today there are poor and unfortunate people that need help. It seems that in today’s society people are least like to care than they once were.

I think what everyone in this world is meant to be free. People want to be valued. People want to live a good life. People want to be respected and treated fairly. People want to be able to eat. People want to be able to raise their children in a world that is mostly good. Most people want the best and some people feel they have to step on and oppress others to get it.

This may be true, I have learned in my adult life that equality and fairness cannot be applied to every situation. How you want to be treated and what another person will allow maybe two total opposites. However, boundaries must be set and a system should be created that is in favor of all not just those who came, saw, and, conquered. I think that the Black Panthers documentary, although it did have its downsides, was a brilliant explanation of what the organization was and what it originally stood for.

The organization wanted to end street bullying (Basically). The organization wanted to help the community’s and their children. There were great motives behind forming this organization. They were fearless, courageous, and they did not have to do what they did. They wanted a better environment and world just like anyone else.

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Sew Russia: My Journey With PCOS

Hey everyone? How is your week going? I hope everything is well with you and that you are having a great week!

Self care…

Self care is sewww important. Most of the time we as women often neglect ourselves for the other demanding responsibilities around us. We get to a point where we are on the back burner. Our husband/significant other, our, chukdren, our jobs get every once of attention and energy that we have.

We have to stop that. We do more harm than we do good by neglecting ourselves. Neglecting ourselves opens doors for many other obtacles to come into our lives such as health issues.

I recently found out that I have PCOS. I had been feeling really weird for over m and never stopped to check on myself. I thought it would go away…whatever it was and that I had more important things that needed my attention.

Welph! March 15, 2015 I was admitted into the hospital for severe anemia. What I didn’t mention was…I had some continus bleeding going on. Continus meaning three months straight. 

After being released from the hospital, I a year laser that I would be going back and forth to the doctors and being precribes medicines that were not resolving the issue. It wouldn’t be until August 30, 2016 that I actually got a diagnose.

I immediately was put on a no carb high protein diet. I aggressively took action. I changed my eating habits and started exercising. I wanted to be better and I wanted to do better. My family means the world to me and I don’t want this issue to get worst than what it was.

I am still learning about PCOS. I don’t know if it is something you can avoid, but it has definitely changed me. It changed the way I look at things. It changed the way I take care of myself. 

Everyone should make an effort to look good and feel better. When you know better you do better.

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Sew Russia: Why Is It Important To Be Optimistic?

Why is it important to be optimistic? 

Good question!

No one wants to be around a negative Nancy 24/7. I am just being honest.

Choosing to be optimistic is beneficial to your health. Circumstances constantly change, but your attitude and outlook determine your success. In order to see the light you have to be the light. You are how you act and how you react. 

If you want a positive life You have to learn the habit of having positive thoughts and doing positive things.

I know…I know…this is easily said than done. What’s that saying? Rome wasn’t built in a day. Takae this journey a day at a time and I promise you will start to see changes. Your feelings will began to match your words and thoughts. You will begin to feel good.

What are some ways in which you can be optimistic?

1.Think of positive memories

  • It can be so easy to dwell on the past. Most of the time when we dwell on the past we are thinking negatively. We think of things we could have changed and things we should have said. How about we take those experiences and start using them to empower us.

    2. Get Out, Talk to Others, and Be Active

    • Sometimes being alone is a good thing and at others it is not. Being with yourself for too long can cause you to generate negative thoughts. In some cases of thinking we tend to exaggerated reality or expect things that won’t truly happen. The only way to cure this is to remain in communication with others and get out of your “quite place”. Join a group of like minded individuals or people who have similar interests. Talk a walk, a swim, or read a book that’s full of information to learn.

    3. Find a Craft

    • Find something that you actually enjoy doing. This can help take your mind off of a lot. In most cases it can help you burn that negative energy.  Learn to sew, learn to play an instrument, learn woodworking, go workout, or join a class and learn something new. There are endless opportunities.

    To build positive habits we must learn to repeat out actions and put words over and over. This is not an overnight process. Don’t expect yourself to get with the program within a week. Its going to take some practice and self evaluation, just like anything else.

    The important thing is you start now. You will thank yourself years from now. To have a good life we must plant good seeds.

    Sew Russia: Depression, Anxiety, and Stress…How To Become a Ninja & Kick All Of Their Asses (Testimonial Included).

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    Hello! Welcome! I hope everyone is having a great day/week so far!

    We all experience depression, anxiety, and/or stress at one time in our lives or another. The sad truth is many of us don’t even know we have it, and we don’t seek to deal with it. Also, the people around us tell us that we have nothing to worry about, it’s all, in our head, don’t think like that, etc.

    First let me say this before anything. IT IS NEVER OK TO NOT DEAL WITH THESE THREE THINGS. YOU NEED TO FACE THEM BOLDLY.

    In order to deal with and conquer the beast you must first understand it and know it’s nature. If you don’t know who/what it is and what it does…you will never be able to conquer it. You must first study before taking the test or becoming great at any thing. The teacher at one point was the student.

    With that being said…let’s get into the definition and signs of each below.

    Depression – A mood disorder causing a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.

    The persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that characterizes major depression can lead to a range of emotional and physical conditions. These include inability to sleep or concentrate on tasks. Changes in appetite, decreased energy level, and thoughts of suicide are also seen.

    Anxiety– A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities

    Symptoms include stress that’s out of proportion to the impact of the event, inability to set aside a worry, and restlessness.

    Stress– a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.

    Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody, Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take controlHaving difficulty relaxing and quieting your mindFeeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed, Avoiding others

    The second thing I want to say is…TAKING MEDICATION DOES NOT CURE THE PROBLEM. IT SOOTHES THE WOUND.

    Taking medication for depression, anxiety, and Stress WILL NOT make your problems go away. It is like a bandaid. It will cover the wound, but it does not heal it. WOUNDS HEAL WENT YOU TAKE ACTION TO NURSE IT and/or THEY HEAL ON THEIR OWN.

    We have to learn to fight when it’s necessary and let go when we have to.

    A thought ran across my mind. My sister said to me not too long ago, “A couple of month’s to a year ago my sister looked like she was dying. Now you look more alive than you have every been. Please don’t let anything stop you from doing what you are doing!”

    Wow! Those words were more powerful than she will ever know.

    What was I doing around a month ago?

    I was working  jobs that:

    1.Would not give me a raise or promotion and demoted me.

    2. Demanded so much of me even off the clock.

    3. Micromanaged me and believed every word a customer said no matter what, and grilled me for it whether I was right or wrong.

    4. Did not see my value and just needed to fill a position

    5. Would send other employees on the same level as me to monitor me, and report back to them what I was doing.

    6. Did not hear me when I said I was not feeling well.

    7.  Constantly blamed me for things that were never my fault to begin with…but needed someone to blame to take heat off of them.

    In addition to that, I had internal bleeding that no doctor could explain. I truly was dying, and I did not know how to make it stop. My family was afraid and worried. My husband, daughter, and mother in tears. It was scary. I found myself in tears everyday.

    Then one day…the creator told me to quit. That same day the thought came to mind, I replied back…NO! I will not cause my family to be set back. We were finally getting back on the right track financially and we were trying to buy a house.

    To make a long story short. I was fired that same day, after the creator told me to quit that morning and I said no. The bleeding stopped two weeks after I was fired and we bought a house three months later.  Now tell me the creator is not awesome!

    No matter where you are in life there is always hope. Everyone can make it in their own way. The creator always provides an opportunity for you to step up, or step out whether we see it or not. Whether we think it’s worth the risk…you will be pushed into your destiny anyway.

    So with that being said. Lets look at some ways to conquer these three things!

    1. Evaluate Your Surroundings.

    Surroundings are very important. Our surroundings consist of the people we keep contact with/connect with and the places that we dwell. Our surroundings can make or break us. Our surroundings will determine our success or failure. Surroundings affect how we think, act, speak. You cannot surround yourself with negative people and dangerous environments and expect to get anything positive out of the situation.

    I know, in the case of family and close friends this can be difficult. You have grown up around these people and you love them. I am hear to tell you. Being around someone constantly does not determine the altitude of your love for them. Love yourself and surround yourself with the people and things that align with your journey and goals. This includes work environments as well.

    2.Speak Words & Phrases of Affirmation To Yourself & Others

    How you speak about yourself will determine how you treat others. You cannot treat people with love and respect of you do not treat yourself to It first. Some examples include:

    1. I am great.
    2. I can do this./ I can do anything.
    3. I am going to do great.

    Just to name a few phrases.

    Click Here To View A List Of Phrases Of Affirmation

    3. Find An Outlet

    Everyone has bad and stressful days. We have to find something to help us release our frustrations. When we allow our frustrations remain dormant they build up over time. Often we don’t even know what’s wrong with us, but we have allowed certain things to go on without dealing with them. The worst thing you could do is NOT DEAL with your situation. The truth is…eventually you will have to.

    Maybe talking it out, painting, singing, sewing/crafting will help bring you peace. Find something that helps you deal with and forgive your situations.

    4. Say No

    It is completely OK to say no. The truth is majority will get upset with you when you say no and/or do spiteful things because you did. However, your well being is important too. Learn to say no and not feel sorry for doing so.

    5. Speak Up For Yourself

    A lot of the time we don’t say what we want to say or what we mean to say. Voicing your view in the most civil manner will do you more good than anything. Of course it comes with opposition most of the time. Living in your truth will help attract the life  you want to live and the type of people you what in your life.

    6. Walk Away From Situations & People That Devalue You

    You must value and respect yourself if you want others to do so. Sad truth is Some people will not see your value even when you shine. Guess what…that’s OK. Move on from them. You will never grow in an environment where you are not appreciated. You will never grow in an environment that will not allow you to utilize your gifts. Move on. Move away from those situations and the people who contribute to it. You have every right to be where you want to be!

    7. Pray More & Pray With Your Actions

    We have all heard that there is power in prayer. There is also power in action. Make sure that each day you are writing down goals and accomplishing them. You will find yourself feeling even more confident the more you accomplish your goals.

    I hope this was helpful to someone. If not acknowledged, and dealt with depression, anxiety, and stress can spiral into chaotic situations in our lives; as well as our health. If we love, and take care of ourselves first, we won’t accept anything less.

    Have a great weekend!

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    Sew Russia:✂Allow Me To Introduce Myself-10 Facts About Me✂

    Hey! Hi! Hello!

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    I know that I just jumped straight to the point right? I started writing blogs before I even introduced myself to you all. Sorry. My bad!

    My blog is all about me getting to know you, you getting to know me, and sharing information! Yayyy!!!!

    Ok…about me…
    My name is KoRussia Slaughter formerly KoRussia McCaleb (My maiden name…I really miss it *insert tears here*).  I was raised in Baton Rouge (Red Stick), Louisiana and currently reside here with my husband and daughter.

    1.I love to write!

    I have been writing since I was about 5 years old. I would right short stories, and short stories turned into poems. I never really like writing page upon page of things. I do plan to jump out of my comfort zone in the future with that.

    2.I love to craft!

    I have always been crafty. I would create journals and drawings when I was little. I loved origami. I learned basic origami from former classmates.

    I am a seamstress and jewelry designer.  I also like to create other things, but these two are my main focus. I love what I do. I love giving people unique pieces. I believe everyone is an individual, and every individual brings something to the world that is valuable.I have been making jewelry and other crafty things professionally for about 4 years.

    3.I love positivity!
    I am very positive although I am passionate about a lot of topics that you may read in the future, but please know my thoughts come from a good place.

    4.I love deep conversations and believe everything has meaning.

    It is absolutely impossible for me to not think. In am always thinking of something. The only time my brain gets a break is when I am asleep. Even then, sometimes I dream about the future. I love having conversations about topics that mean something and hearing different point of views. I believe believe that everyone brings something to a topic. It is impossible to always have one answer/solution for every problem.

    5. I love to dance!
    I am a great dancer. You can catch me on the middle of the isle dancing to a catchy song playing over the intercom of a store. My daughter hates that by the way!

    6. Any fears?
    My biggest fear is leaving the Earth and had not made any use of my gifts and potential. I think everyone fears that, but only a few are willing to step out.

    7. I LOVE soul food!
    I am from Lousiana. We have like the best food in the world! I love red beans and rice. I can eat that everyday and never get tired. I am allergic to shellfish (crawfish, shrimp, crab, lobster,etc.). That really sucks because everyone in Louisiana are very big on crawfish. However, I love fried catfish. I love fish period. It’s my favorite meat. I always order salmon when I go out to eat.

    8.Favorite music?
    I am a mixture. I love upbeat music as well as slow pace music. I love pop music.

    9. Favorite pastimes besides crafting?

    I love to sit in silence. As crazy as that sounds, it allows you to think and gather your next steps. I love to do soothing things like sit at the levee and let the sun beam down on me. I love solitude.

    10.Some of my favorite people in the world?

    Some of my favorite people in the world are those that are not fortunate or spoon feed and still make a way to live their dreams, whatever they maybe. No one and nothing is stronger and more brave than that person!

    Welph! That’s enough about me…tell me a little about you. Also, do not hesitate to ask me any questions. I look forward to connecting with ya’ll!

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    What Is Forgiveness????? How Do We Forgive????

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    Forgiveness can be one of the hardest and most complex topics. When offended people often hold in frustrations. They recite and relive previous situations over and over in their heads. They harbor anger that often comes out at the wrong time. They think about what they could have said and should have done. They relive the past so much that it becomes apart of them and their whole attitude.

    How do you overcome a deep hurt? How do you overcome rejection? How do you overcome resentment? How do you overcome and forgive? Lets be realistic. Its is hard. Things are easier said then done. When someone has rubbed you the wrong way, your body and mind goes into defense. You want to retaliate and you want to win. You don’t want to feel ashamed, rejected, or betrayed. You want to win and you want it to feel good. Is winning everything? Do you really win when you stoop to someone else’s level? Do you win when you seek and get revenge? Will it really make you feel good after its all said and done?

    Forgiveness happens when you no longer have hard feelings towards the person that offended you. Forgiveness happens when you don’t think about what happened to you all day everyday. Forgiveness happens when you don’t make what happened to you a priority. You focus on living the best life possible and achieving your goals.

    I don’t believe you have to reconnect to forgive. I think that is a personal choice. I don’t believe you have to hang you with that person to forgive. In some cases you will even have to forgive people who are not sorry. You will have to forgive people that do not feel they did anything wrong. You will have to forgive people who would definitely do it again. It can be hard. It can be challenging. It can take making some very hard decisions.

    I believe in distance. There is no rule book stating that you have to keep taking mistreatment over and over. There is nothing stated that you have to sacrifice your health and well being to please someone who mistreats you; by being in their presence.

    We have to find peace. I believe that the soul seeks it all the time whether we are aware of it or not.  We have to come to peace with our past and the things that have happened to us. there is nothing that you can do to change the past, but  you can make a better future.

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    Frustrations of a Visionary

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    It can be quite frustrating when you are the only one that can see your vision. You believe wholeheartedly in your dream. With the right people, time, and, place…it could actually come true. You already believe, but you have to get others to believe too.  How hard can that be? VERY! Why, because everyone has a dream right? What makes your dreams so important that they should come true over everyone else’s? Why should you see your plans and aspirations come to life over everyone else’s?

    The truth of the matter is that work ethic separates us all. Knowledge, by how an where we apply it separates us. Willingness separates us all. You have to be willing to do things when you are tired, and when you don’t feel like it. You have to be willing to fit things in even when they can’t. You have to make time and manage time.

    Everyone has their own destiny. Everyone has their own will power. Each individual is tailored differently. Some want to work a 9-5, and some just won’t fit in that 9-5 category because it does not fit who they are. It does not mean that either person is more important than the other. Each side has its own challenges and frustrations.

    Working 9-5 means that you will have to follow someones instructions. Take breaks when they allow, and however long they allow it. You receive a cut off amount of pay at your pay rate, with or without benefits. Your ideas may often get passed up because it may not fit, or may be a threat. You will have the ease of not having to worry about the company’s daily survival though. You can always go find another job if the company goes out of business. You only play your role and do the functions of your job. You don’t have to do anything major outside of that. You get to go home and have certain off days to be with your family and friends.

    Being and entrepreneur means many late nights and early mornings,because the survival of your company depends on you thinking about each move every step of the day. It means you may not have he luxury of having many off days. You may have to work full-time until your business gets of the ground. You will sacrifices time  with family, friends, and self. You have to keep moving even when those around you do not understand what you do, and may possibly give you a hard time. You have to be consistent and not miss a beat in order to profit. You have to gain customers that believe in your products and services. You have to separate yourself from those out there that are already established and doing it.

    You have to decide whats worth it in this lifetime. There may not be a second chance. When you have a vision it is hard. Life happens to all of us. It can be very difficult to be optimistic when you have been dragged through hell. It can be hard to stay positive all the time in a world full of actors and actresses. It can be hard to keep pushing when you don’t see it and when people make it hard to go through. Your vision is for you. Whether you choose to share it or not. You have to determine if its well worth going through everything.

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    Jesus Washes His Disciples Feet-My Valentine’s Gift to My Husband

    Sewww…I saw a wedding photo that inspired me! A bride was washing her grooms feet. This instantly made me think deeper. I wanted to do that for my husband! Any gift that I give comes from the heart and spirit. I love creating things or giving things that have meaning behind it. Everything I do has a meaning behind it. I think we as a society go wrong and loose connection when we said or do things without meaning. I believe everything has meaning.

    My husband has been awesome from beginning to end. We have been through so many tough times. I have not aways been the easiest person to deal with, but he has always seen my beauty and potential throughout it all. He is a hard worker and everything I dreamed of.  He is selfless when it comes to his wife and daughter, and there is nothing spared. Why not show appreciation in the deepest regards? What am I trying to say? What is the meaning of this?

    Here is the meaning:

    John 13:1-17New International Version (NIV)

    Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

    13 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

    The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

    He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

    Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

    “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

    Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

    “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

    10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean,though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

    12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

    Credit: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2013:1-17

    I believe in mental stimulation and mental intimacy. Once you unlock it you can build a powerful relationship. It is more than a kind gesture. It is a way of life. Setting an example changes others who in turn can change the world. Change begins and ends with us. Love begins and ends with us. We must show others in order for them to understand. Show your appreciation be vocal and physical (positively) about how you feel.

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    Journey To Natural Hair

    I wish that I could say that my natural hair start was one full of optimism and joy. I wish that I could tell you that I just “wanted a new look” I wish I could *Sings* tell you something good. I can only give you my reality. The reality was I was overwhelmed, I was frustrated, I was fed up, and I was sick. It was not a pretty picture. I kind of had an Angela Bassett moment. You know in the movie “Waiting to Exhale”? I just cut all of my hair in frustration. I wasn’t happy.

    I wasn’t happy with my career. I wasn’t happy with who I was, and what I was allowing to happen. My family and my health were suffering greatly for it. March 2015 put the icing on the cake, when my iron deficiency landed me in the hospital. It was the worst I had ever felt (even worst than child birth). I was slowly dying and I was so busy giving other things attention that I didn’t even notice it.

    That admit into the hospital woke me up. I realized I had to make a change. It did not matter if anyone was mad at me. It did not matter if people wanted to leave. I could not just settle and take anything anymore. I could not allow people to disrespect me and I stay silent anymore. I could not let people do to me what they would not allow me to do to them anymore. I could no longer hold my tongue and not say how I felt and what I thought anymore.

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    I learned that I was more important than I knew. I am someone. I deserved to be cared for and to care for myself. I learned that I only have one life and none of the petty things will matter at the end of the day. I learned loyalty to self, my world, and the people in it.

    So I started working on myself. Of course, I lost people, jobs, and I have cut tithes. People are not as accepting when you are completely yourself. Everyone cannot handle certain personalities. I am very outspoken, but I am respectful. I am easy to talk to, but I will not tolerate reckless behavior. I am very passionate. Anything that peaks my interest I am going to give more than 100% to it.

    I love the person I have become without anyone’s approval. I am learning to create my world and the things I want. I am learning to take the right opportunity build on it. I am learning to be strong and bold as a woman that will bring other women to the top with her in her journey. What keeps me going is knowing I will be an example for others, and someone is always watching…especially my daughter.

    My journey to happiness had just gotten started!

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    Regret

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    Regret is The worst pain. Could it be worst than death? Thoughts of what you could have done. Thoughts of what you should have done. All of this circling you mind over and over, and memories popping up from the past. Still…most of these things you have to move forward from. There is no closure. Could that hurt the worst? Of course it does! It’s a pain that runs deeper than any vain, and no matter how much you try to wash it off…it doesn’t go away. Who wants unfinished business?

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    Still…regret teaches us to make better and wiser decisions. It teaches us to fight for what we believe in. It teaches us to speak up when we feel it’s right. It teaches us when to stay and when to go. It teaches us to discern opportunities. It teaches us to not sweat the small stuff, and to become unruly when we need to. It teaches us to be better than what we have been through.

    Regret nothing!