Oh the Places You’ll Go!

One day this week I went to read my students a book during the read aloud. I hadn’t thought about what I was going to read them, so I pulled a book from the Dr. Seuss bin. The book I ended up pulling was ‘Oh the Places you’ll Go.” Of course I’ve read this book plenty of times as I’ve been working with children for years. However, that particular day this book hit me right where I was. I felt the words from the pages of this book in a new way. The book is pretty long, so of course some of my antsy first graders checked out, while others continued to give a thumbs up page after page. By the end of the book, I was excited.

Oh the Places You’ll Go may be a children’s book, but it’s powerful to say the least. It speaks about the journey of life and encourages readers to continue to move forward in order to reach a place of success. Regardless of what is going on around you, you have to keep walking. This book displays the possibilities in life when you make the decision to move despite the “hang ups and bang ups that will happen to you.”

It then goes on to say what happens when we sit around and wait for things to come our way. Nothing ever happens to those who sit and wait. We have to make up in our minds that in order to get to a place of success, we must to continue to walk. As I thought about this, the song Walking Shoes by Mali Music came to mind, this verse in particular, “Always waiting for something good to find you. But if it don’t come, what are you gonna do. And that’s why I’m waking.” Waiting for something that may never come doesn’t produce anything. We have to continue to move forward in order for something to happen. Sometimes we may not know all that’s ahead of us, but the path leads to something great. Things we can’t even imagine. When you step out on faith and make the effort, you’ll meet up with all of the greatness that’s in store for you.

One of my favorite portions of the book, that pretty much sums it up for me is:
“You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never foget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!”

Life will take us through different twists and different turns. We’ll sometimes get mixed up about the path we should take, and the people that are around us. However, we have to be careful where we step. Remembering that we must learn how to balance it all. And at the end, we’ll move mountains!

Because we dared to walk regardless of what was around us, we’ll have great success! Don’t stand and wait around for the things you want in life. Step out on faith, go out and make it happen!

Consistent Check In: It’s Necessary for your Growth

Often times we may feel that we have something under control, but that doesn’t mean it won’t rise up again. We have to be consistent in keeping certain things in check. And today I was reminded of this. Well not just today, but it just wasn’t my day. Hopefully you caught that.

In any event, I was a little overwhelmed today. After a few conversations that led to deep thought I began to wonder about certain situations. I’ve also been trying to work on my website and launch party that I plan to have this August. With everything going on, I began to think if it’s even possible. I began to doubt myself and my abilities to make things happen. Even questioned whether I fully knew my worth.

As you may gather from my previous posts, I’ve struggled with insecurities and the way that I feel about myself. I’ve struggled with whether I’m good enough as a person and whether I’m good enough as a writer. I have grown tremendously. I’ve come to the place where I realize I have something to offer. However, after you begin to realize who you are, that very thing you think you’ve overcome will most definitely creep back on you. As I went about my day this morning, taking care of business and running errands I started to feel down. I became frustrated with the thought of things not falling into place they way I wanted them to. A few unexpected surprises and I felt those insecurities rush right back. I had a moment. I was definitely in my feelings.

Then as I was on the bus, still stuck in my feelings about to tweet, something inside of me said, “this will help someone else. Snap out of it and write about it. You have something to share that will help someone. This is what you do.” Now at first, I wanted to ignore it and stay in my feelings just a little longer. But I can’t sit back on what I’ve been called to do. Those days are over.

So I began to think and some things began to come to me. Although we grow and overcome different stages in our lives, we have to constantly make sure we stay in a place of growth. We’ve all experienced different insecurities in our lives, but we have to remind ourselves of who we are not who our insecurities say that we are. There are ways to prevent these feelings from overtaking us. The thing I find helpful to do, is to repeatedly remind yourself of who you are and all that you have to offer, through positive affirmation. Write it down if you need to and keep referring to it. Daily. It’ll help build you up and keep you in a good place.

So I encourage you to constantly work on those things that held you back in the past. Don’t allow it to creep up and overpower you. You are strong and you have much to offer. Walk in your purpose, calling, and destiny!

~Lovely Miss Jones xo

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Pain into Passion: Dee’s Explosion

Denice Martin- Thompson, known as Deepassionate1, pours out her heart and soul in her latest book, Dee’s Explosion. You can feel every feeling and emotion in each of her poems displayed.

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Dee’s Explosion is comprised of various poems exemplifying a myriad of trials and peaks that Denice has encountered throughout her life. Through her writing, she turned her pain into passion.

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My readers know just how big I am on sharing ones story. And Denice does just that. She’s encouraging people through her experiences in life. And I’m sure it’s in hopes to encourage and inspire others who have gone through or are going through some of the things she’s included in this book.

This book is very powerful. Denice does a great job sharing her story without even writing an autobiography. These poems are captivating and anyone who reads this book will feel the same way.

Here’s a glimpse of what you will get when you read her latest project, also one of my favorite pieces:

“Watch me
As I turn my pain into passion
Inking up my pen and watching it flow
Creating a language I call my own
Watch me
As my poetry dominates me
Empowering me to speak
Unlocking the magic that hides within
Watch me
Transcend these prison walls of my mind
Stopping only to catch my breath
Watch me
Give birth to my future
Watch me
Turn my writing block into stepping stones
Watch me live
Watch me breathe
Watch me move into my destiny”

This piece shows one of the peaks in her life. A point that she realized she could take all that she’s gone through to speak out and unlock some of her gifts to help others.

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I strongly suggest that you check out this book. Visit deespassionateworld.com to purchase it. As well as her other books. Also find Denice on Facebook, Instagram, and twitter under the name Deepasionate1. You will not be disappointed!