Thank you all for the votes!!!

Thank you for casting your votes for me and I am happy to announce that I have been selected by voters as a finalist for the 2021 Black Authors Matter TV Awards! If you missed the interview you can go to National Black Book Festival on Facebook and watch the interviews of all of the authors.

I am asking once again for your vote daily in the mainstream fiction category beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 12 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 30th. The voting form will be active beginning Monday at this link: https://bit.ly/3wzACFV
The winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 18th at the Black Authors Matter TV Awards show at 7:00 p.m. CST.

Bad days

Someone recently told me if I was having a bad day, that someone better check on me because I was always so positive. People that are around me find it hard to believe that I have bad days. I try to share my smile and offer encouragement to others, even when it is not received. I love to laugh and enjoy life. I find myself laughing sometimes because even while wearing a face mask during this pandemic, I am still smiling and people can’t see my smile. To be honest, some days when others think I have it all together; those are the days I do not. Life has taught me that tough times come but I choose how I react in those situations. I am no longer the person I used to be, God has brought me through so much and I give him all the praise. There was once a time where bad days would get the best of me but now I face the bad days with courage. I dress up and show up. Those are the days, I usually come in contact with someone that shares with me their testimony and it reminds me that what I thought was so horrible, was not as bad as it seemed when compared to someone else. We all react to situations differently, as we should because we are all unique individuals. When my kindness is not received, I do not stop being kind, I say a silent prayer for that person and keep moving forward. I pray that a better day will come for that person and myself. I hope each of you have more good days than bad days. Please stay safe and may God continue to bless you and your family.

Time

Time is precious and I am learning to use it wisely. Writing is something I have always done but I also have to write my schedule out for the day, week, etc. I set reminders in my cell phone. I have realized that when I write it down, I am less likely to forget and I accomplish more. It also helps you see where your time is going, and that determines if you need to change your routine. Have you ever gotten so busy and suddenly remembered that you forgot to do something very important? It can easily happen to anyone. I appreciate the time God has allowed me and I try not to take it for granted. Another thing that I have learned is that I have to take time for self care. If I neglect myself, I become drained and would be no good to myself or others. So I encourage you today, cherish the time we are given and make the most of it because once it is gone, we can not get it back. Write down the goals you would like to achieve this year and start the work to make them into a reality. Remember time is a valuable resource and use it wisely. May God continue to bless you all and stay safe.

Happy New Year!

This is the last day of 2020 and so many things have taken place this year. It started as any other year but March came in and so did the pandemic. One of my children asked me, had I ever saw anything like this in my life? My answer was no. This has been a hard year, but in the midst of everything that has taken place, I know that God is still in control. I know he has a reason and purpose for everything, even though we may not understand. I am hopeful, having faith and believing that a better day is coming. I wanted to take time to wish you a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year in 2021. Let us continue to show love and encourage each other. Blessings to you all!

Christmas Time

We are blessed to be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ! I wanted to take time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I thank each of you for your support and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. I pray for strength, for those who are grieving during this time. Take time to call or text and check on your family and friends. We are unable to gather because of the pandemic but just to know you are thought of, is priceless. And just in case you do not get the gift that you wanted, be thankful that someone thought of you and wanted to bless you. It may have been all that they had to give. Merry Christmas, many blessings to you and your family and stay safe.