Here’s to a Hopeful, Happy New Year

Thoughts from a Black Girl's Diary

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With 2016 at an end and 2017 beginning, I have to say a big THANK YOU to those who have helped me to moveonto bigger, brighter and better things.

These people have been my close family and friends. They’ve been immovable in their love, loyalty and unyielding belief in me.

But I’d also like to say THANK YOU to the ad hominem group of people who have helped me to realise I have been more enriched in my experiences this year since I am free of their toxicity, more confident in my abilities and stronger too with a drive that has given me some huge successes in areas I never dreamt were possible.

For those of you who think you’ve not come across an ad hominem; you more than likely have. These are people who try to attack your character, with malicious, false and defamatory statements, slander and lies.

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Life Lessons Part 1: Life is Short (BLW Contributor)

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I don’t know about you, but for me 2016 has been one of the coldest, cruelest most depressing years in the history of ever. Like I don’t even know how to begin expressing my disdain except by saying I’m glad the year is drawing to a close and I hope that 2017 is a lot brighter. For so many reasons this year has been hard for me and difficult to face. But one of the many reasons this year has been cruel is death. I’ve lost 3 people this year that I held quite dear and I’m still having a hard time coming to terms with any of it to be honest, but I guess that’s a part of life too and we have to learn to deal with the unknowns and unexpected and cope with them. It’s quite baffling- this thing called life really. That one minute you could…

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Life With Boys (BLW Contributor)

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Remember in grade school when us girls used to think boys were weird, gross or had cooties? Well..after having 2 boys, I can say that they are an interesting breed. They ARE weird and sometimes gross!

There are things/traits I have come to learn and never would have known until now. Here are the top 10 things I’ve learned about boys under 5 yrs old:

1. Boys like to stick things up their nose or in their ears. Why? I have no clue. See exhibit A.


2. Boys are messy..like really messy! My house gets messier faster than I can clean it. I swear a tornado blows through my house every day.

3. Boys are whiny and cry babies..more than little girls. Seriously. My daughter was needy when she was little, but never an emotional wreck like my two boys.
4. Boys are very hands-on and like to touch EVERYTHING…

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There’s Nothin’ To It, But To Do It! (BLW Contributor)

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The importance of planning, preparing, and developing guidelines in order to reach a goal should never be underestimated. If we want to achieve success and accomplish the unimaginable, we must have cohesive ideas and plans to reach our dreams.

This step, in the effort to achieve greatness, is the preliminary procedure that requires effort and time. No expeditionary leader went on any journey without first learning, and preparing for the adventure at hand. Every trailblazer of the west, conquistador of Europe, or explorer of ancient times had a plan. They learned of what their journey was going to consist of, they planned for it, and they executed the plan.

The greatest resemblance of all high-achievers is that they all took action. This is something we often have trouble doing. Taking the first step forward.

We can plan, prepare, research, and lay out the blueprints for as long as necessary, but it is important for us to know when we’re done with the…

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Motivation Monday – Keep Moving Foward

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This is your Chance to Post on BLW!!! – Share your Thoughts, Stories & Ideas with Us!!!

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WE AT BE LIKE WATER BELIEVE THAT WE ARE ALL PART OF THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE, SO WE WANTED TO REACH OUT TO OUR FRIENDS & FANS TO SAY WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT

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Make Your Bed, Change the World (BLW Contributor)

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If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right. And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you’ll come home to a bed that is made–that you made! And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better. So, if you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” Admiral William H. McRaven, United States Navy

When I was a kid, my mom and grandmother constantly stayed on my case about making my bed every morning before school. “Did you make your bed,” they’d ask, knowing the answer already. After my standard gruntmoansigh, and eye roll, I would usually go do it. But, it seemed such a pointless task. No one but me slept in my bed. No one but me even saw my bed unless I had…

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WHAT IS FEMINISM TO YOU? MY DEFINITION (BLW Contributor)

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Hey everyone. I’m going back to school today so I’m a bit upset😅 Well, yesterday I saw a topic about feminism. I didn’t read it though; I saw the topic so I decided to write about it. Most people think feminism is about equality between the sexes or about women coming together to achieve a goal. My take on feminism isn’t just about women empowerment. For example, Taylor Swift who has a girl squad or whatever she calls it; that’s not feminism to me. Why? First of all, only slim and famous girls are in the squad; what about fat girls? How will they feel? Also, she wrote a song dissing her fellow artiste and woman, Katy Pery. How is that woman empowerment? Btw, I hate Taylor Swift and her fake squad😅. Also, I didn’t do any research on this topic😊

Women empowerment isn’t about forming a club…

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Black Woman, Where does it Hurt? EVERYWHERE

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Tonight is New Year’s Eve and I just finished watching the movie, Fences starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington with one of my girlfriends and it left me speechless.  I went through so many emotions…hate, love, joy, and many more.  It was a great and powerful movie and I really enjoyed it.  The resilience that was expected of black women is still expected today. That’s what was heartbreaking about the movie and why my feelings were contorted in my mind.  I will not bash Denzel’s character because its more than him and his affair and his failed “hoop” dreams.  Throughout the movie it was always about Denzel’s character, Troy Maxson, as a father, and husband along with the emotional invisibility of Rose (his wife) for the past 18 years of their marriage.

Rosein the 1950s is the Rose in the 2000s because our “perfect” role has never…

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Equal Opportunity in the home? (BLW Contributor)

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When men and women both work outside the home to equally earn an income, should they equally share the household work and tend the children?

Growing up in the south at a time when there were definite ‘woman’ jobs and ‘man’ jobs, I saw my mother as a stay-at-home mom handle all the responsibilities of feeding the family, keeping the house which included laundry, mending and making much of our clothes, and often while working alongside Dad and us kids in the fields. When the family arrived home from working in the fields she had the meal prepared or quickly prepared it, and after we ate she cleaned the kitchen (with help from us kids) while Dad rested. I watched as she worked until bedtime and rose the next morning to cook a big breakfast for the family and spend another day working in the garden, preserving hundreds of jars…

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