MayHem, MADNESS & MakeUPs

What’s going on Inspirational people! Are you excited as I am that March is here? January is always too slow and February is always too….FAST! but hopefully March will be just right…

So, as I sat and thought about what I wanted to talk about this month – this topic came to mind – March Mayhem, Madness and Makeups, literally for the last two months I can’t tell you the obstacles that’s crossed my path and revved up my thought process…it’s crazy! Some was Mayhem others were pure Madness with a little Makeup (no, not the kind for your face) but the other one in which you have to say “I’m Sorry?” or “Yes, I was Wrong” sentences in which I used to have the hardest time saying or discussing.

However; all of those instances have made me think and I thought I’d share them with you in hopes that maybe they will help you as well. I’ll have tips, thoughts, suggestions or maybe a thinking session in which you may can have with yourself or someone else.

I’m a firm believer that everything we experience and/or go through in life is not just for us, I really do believe that our obstacles and tests are meant for us to PASS so that we can be an example to someone else and show them that hey, if I can do it so can you and this is how I did it….

Our experiences are just conversations in which we are to have with someone else whom may be struggling….at least that’s my two cents about it.

So without further ado, here are the topics for this Month including Sunday Thoughts!!

 

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Sunday’s Thought: My Time vs. HIS Time

Sunday’s Thought: What’s Up with 10-22?

Parents, Let’s Not Be Weary – Shall We?

The Dumbing Down Process

Peeps & Their Places -N- Yo Life!

Mindsets & Mental Stress

There may be some posts posted on Tuesdays as well, in which are my spotlight days on other people/things/places and events – gotta see what I can come up with. However; those other topics are definitely a guarantee.

So, go grab that hot brew and let’s get this month started, shall we!!! See ya in the Blogs!

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Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of A Blog, A Magazine. It’s JustsumInspiration, Author, Speaker & Encourager

 

 

 

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Jalen Bailey is Baking Cookies & Taking Orders for V-Day!

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About a year ago, I wrote a story about a phenomenal then 8yr old young man by the name of Jalen Bailey whom was cooking up pies and cookies in his kitchen, and these weren’t just any ordinary cookies and pies for the local bake sale at school or church but  had become a lifestyle job for Jalen, whom was destined to make his passion into a profit that would help both he and his mom. Jalen Bailey was using his gift of “baking” to its fullest potential. I wanted to re-share this story to shed even more light on Jalen and his skills and to inform you of how you can get your very own order from Jalen’s bakery. Now that Valentine’s Day or V-Day as I like to call it is fastly approaching, you too can get your hands on some of Jalen’s delectable sweets for either yourself or that special someone in your life. Jalen’s bakery has been doing so great, it caught the eye of Rachel Ray, YESSSSS! the number one chief herself asked Jalen to be a guest on her show. You can read all about Jalen and his reason for baking below as well as watch his appearance on Rachel Ray. I’ll have links below so you follow Jalen’s Bakery Journey and while you’re at it – you can get your yummy order in as well!!

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“I said I wanted to be a millionaire. I thought that wasn’t possible but now I think it is.” Jalen Bailey

Those are the words of 8-year-old Jalen Bailey who started in a baking company called “Jalen’s Bakery” right out of his mom’s small kitchen. Seeing how tiny their kitchen and house was, Jalen decided to put his gift to work by baking and selling cookies –not to get new toys, but to buy his mom a house.

According to HUFF POST, Jalen doesn’t use a cook book, but bakes all of those yummy goods from scratch! This includes his specialty peanut butter cookies, banana nut muffins and vanilla cake in a jar. Just the thought of all of those goodies are making me hungry. The prices for the treats range anywhere from $5 to $15 dollars. He and his mom will even deliver them too you (but only if you’re local).

Jalen’s mom, Sharhonda Mahan, who is a single mother, is his biggest supporter and a business-owner herself. So for Jalen starting his own business didn’t come as much of a surprise to her. According to Sharhonda, Jalen has been receiving many requests for orders and has also baked for his first event in which a vendor offered to purchase a bigger stove for him to keep baking more and more tasty goods.

“He’s very excited. It seems like the more orders he gets, the more excited he gets and the more serious he gets about his business.”

Seeing how passionate and driven her son has been for the past two years about baking and the many requests which floor their door, Sharhonda recently started a GOFUNDME page so that Jalen can start shipping to customers nationwide. The goal is $10,000 for Jalen to own a house, raise funding for college, give back to the community and learn the life of being a young entrepreneur. While this seems like a tall order for an 8-year-old; with Jalen’s drive, his mom’s support and their now booming business, I believe he will be able to complete everything on his list and more.

To keep up with Jalen and find out what he’s cooking up next, you can follow him on one of the social media sites below:

Follow Jalen on his Instagram page entitled jalensblog here

You can place your order for V-Day on his website here 

Get daily motivation, and see his latest recipes on FB here 

The goal of 10K was met, the link to the GoFundMe page above is new and was created so Jalen can help and give back to the community, his goal 2 months ago was to raise enough money to be able to giveaway 200 coats and socks to kids in need. But please visit the page as there are other philanthropy goals that Jalen is doing. What an Inspiration, Way to Go Jalen!!!

 

Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of A Blog, A Magazine. It’s JustsumInspiration, Author, Speaker & Encourager

 

8 Free Gifts You Can Give To Anyone, Anytime of the Year.

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As the Christmas season heavily gets underway, and while we all rush to get that awesome gift for the special people in our lives, I wanted to share a few gifts that we all should remember to give each day of the year. These gifts are all free and won’t cost you a dime out of pocket. The only thing these gifts require is a heart.

So, just in case you don’t have the money to spread a lot of Christmas cheer. I’m sure these next 8 gifts will fit the bill for their cost is far more precious than anything you can buy out of a store, as a matter of fact their all PRICELESS!

Check below and see which one you would like to give to someone this month, next month or years to come for all of these gifts can be used every single day.

 

 

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#1. THE GIFT OF LISTENING:
But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response, just listening.

 #2. THE GIFT OF AFFECTION:
Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family,friends, spouses or etc.

 #3. THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER . . .
Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.” Laughter is the best medicine, it heals in ways you can only imagine.

#4. THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE:
It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life. While buying a card is nice, actually making one or writing a note is better. It let’s the person know that you actually took out time to care.

#5. THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT:  A simple and sincere, “You look great in red,” “You did a super job” or “That was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day. The smallest of words hold the most value. 

#6. THE GIFT OF A FAVOR:
Every day, go out of your way to do something kind for someone else outside of yourself.

#7. THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE:
There are times when we want nothing better, than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

#8. THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION:
The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it’s not that hard to say, Hello or Thank You or How are you doing today?, sometimes people just need a smile or happy face to let them know, it’s going to be okay.

Well that’s it, sometimes the smallest things/gestures are the ones that are never forgotten, people will lose a gift or even forget what was given to them but making someone’s day; is a feeling that will last a lifetime……Because (see below)

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Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of A Blog, A Magazine. It’s JustsumInspiration, Author, Speaker & Encourager

Let’s Live Well, Laugh Loud, Inspire More & Love Harder!

November Vibes

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Well, Ya’ll – November is officially here – One more month until the end of the year and soon it’ll be 2018!!! Wow can you believe it? While this year has definitely been a roller-coaster ride of fun, emotional turmoils, second-guessing situations and myself and just trying to find “purpose” in the smallest of things, I’ve always kept a positive attitude in regards to the many “seen” and “unforeseen” blessings that God has bestowed upon me, my family, friends and even people I don’t know – I’m happy when good things happen for people and I take pleasure in seeing people smile. That smile bumps up a notch especially when I see children doing big things such as the post of little Sunshine Oelfke and how she took her allowance money to help an unfortunate friend, in which her donation ended up helping her whole class. I smile even wider when I see un-ordinary people doing extraordinary things for others, such as Franz Jacob; the barber who goes out of his way to cut his 6yr old autistic client’s hair.

So, what are you talking about Roshonda – you may ask? I’m talking about having an Attitude of Gratitude.

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Why should we wait until November to be thankful, when there are so many positive stories around us that are happening each and everyday – stories that bring us hope, encouragement, inspiration and a grateful heart towards others. While I’m not naive’ to the many “negative” aspects that the news may bring – stories of hurt, pain, disappointment, heartache and disgust and yes, they all make me very sad, sometimes to the point of crying in which makes my mind wonder – “What’s the point of life?” But instead of focusing on the negative, I “choose” to focus on something so much greater and that’s the positive side of things – I can’t help what other people may or may not do, but I can and am responsible for my actions and the choices that I make in the process.

There are so many things to be thankful for and this month – I want to focus on being us being thankful for the small things – it’s easy to look at negative things as they are so easy to find; but in order to have/live a happy fulfilled life – we have to fill ourselves with positive notes and “choose” to see things in a different light, a light that may not always be so easy to find. Every other day for the month of November, I am going to be sharing some “gratitude” statements with you. Each statement (which will be posted every Monday and Wednesday of this month) will be questions in which will help us see things in a different way, including ourselves – they’ll be questions where you may have to dig deep in order to answer them, but in the end – my hope is that you will feel more empowered and begin to see yourself and even your life differently and not just for the month of November – but for every month of the year.

In the midst of the the Q&A’s, I’ll also be posting a couple of blog posts on Thursday’s (except for the 23rd – Thanksgiving) that will give you tips on how to be happier and more thankful. So be on the lookout for those. I’ve had quite a few people in life to ask me “Why do you smile so much” I mean do you ever get sad?. I’ve even had some people that have tried to dull that smile on many occasions and almost succeeded but My answer to that question is always “OF COURSE, I’m Human!!” but the secret is:

  1. My Faith.
  2. I “choose” to allow what I let in and what I don’t.
  3. I love the feeling of being positive and displaying a good attitude. (Makes the day go by quicker..lol)

We all have a choice, I just choose to see things differently than someone else looking at the exact same thing and that’s it. I hope you join me this month in answering the questions and hey, you might even want make you a gratitude jar and put in the things that you are grateful for, so when you’re having a bad day you can pull out something positive and reflect on it, it might seem cheesy but it’ll give you a new perspective on looking at your life and situation in a whole new way. Trust Me!

So, let’s get this month started shall we?

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See ya in the next Post!!-1

Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of A Blog, A Magazine. It’s JustsumInspiration, Author, Speaker & Encourager

Let’s Live Well, Laugh Loud, Inspire Often & Love Hard!