Monthly Series: An Attitude of Gratitude – Challenge #3

Happy Monday! so, today is the second week/3rd day of our Monthly series – Attitude of Gratitude. Just in case you missed the November Vibes post, Every Monday and Wednesday for the month of November, I will be posting questions in regards to being grateful. I will answer these questions myself but my hope is that you will answer them too and leave those answers in the comment section.

Some questions may have us digging a little deeper within ourselves 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. You can choose to start a journal if you want but this challenge as you may say, is not just about us writing things out and leaving it in a little book to store it away and go back to it when we’re reflecting on our life but the challenge is to show it!! so as an extra bonus after every question regarding yourself will be a question in which will relate to the world around you, it’ll be called “Our End of the Day Question” – you don’t have to write about it here, but it’ll be something that you’ll just ask yourself everyday at the end of your day. While writing out what we’re “grateful” for is half the battle, showing gratitude for and towards others is the KEY!

So, let’s do both – reflecting and showing….(by the way, the passage above will be in every challenge post to start off, however; a new question will be at the bottom of each post).

Today's Challenge Question is.... (6)

What painful experience has helped you grow. (My response)

I’ve had quite a few painful experiences that has helped me grow, some painful experiences (such as relationships) were painful for the moment but after the pain eased up, I found myself treading back down that same hurtful path only to get hurt again, except this time around – it was a little worse. But I have to say that this year I learned a lot from my past relationships whether they were friends or past exes. I learned that the past is the past and when things have past on – it’s best to leave it there. There’s a reason they call the past the past because it’s something that’ll always be entitled “once was.” The past has absolutely nothing to do with your future and if you keep toiling with the past and it’s issues then you’ll never experience the future, which always offer us something fresh & new! I might have messed over my 30’s with being in the wrong places, with the wrong people and put on more hurts, habits and hang-ups than I should, but as this year comes to a close I’m determined to hang out with people whom “truly” have my best interest at heart. #NoMorePainfulExperiences – at least none that I can control or help.

Now It's Your Turn

– What pain experience(s) has helped you grow; Comment Below –

Your End of the Day Question:

Did you put a smile on someone’s face today? If so, who?

 

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!

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Monthly Series: An Attitude of Gratitude – Challenge #2

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Happy Wednesday! today is the second day of our Monthly series – Attitude of Gratitude. Just in case you missed the November Vibes post, Every Monday and Wednesday for the month of November, I will be posting questions in regards to being grateful. I will answer these questions myself but my hope is that you will answer them too and leave those answers in the comment section.

Some questions may have us digging a little deeper within ourselves 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. You can choose to start a journal if you want but this challenge as you may say, is not just about us writing things out and leaving it in a little book to store it away and go back to it when we’re reflecting on our life but the challenge is to show it!! so as an extra bonus after every question regarding yourself will be a question in which will relate to the world around you, it’ll be called “Our End of the Day Question” – you don’t have to write about it here, but it’ll be something that you’ll just ask yourself everyday at the end of your day. While writing out what we’re “grateful” for is half the battle, showing gratitude for and towards others is the KEY!

So, let’s do both – reflecting and showing….(by the way, the passage above will be in every challenge post to start off, however; a new question will be at the bottom of each post).Today's Challenge Question is.... (8)

 

What risk are you most grateful for taking. (My response)

I would say the risk that I am so grateful for taking is starting this blog – I have to say, the idea of starting a blog came to me late 2014. I really can’t explain it but I was on my computer and this word-press ad came up and here my hand to God, it was like something said “start a blog” – At first, I thought “It was myself relating this message to my brain.” You know how you feel like something is just you? – but this stuck with me. Now, I have to be honest – I didn’t start when it was given to me at that point in which was about September, I didn’t get started until March of the following year!!

I remember it like it was yesterday, It was a Friday and I had just gotten paid and that unction within my spirit came back even stronger this time and said “NOW!!” I knew what it was referring too, so I answered the call and started the blog that day (March 13, 2015), it was a free blog at first but then I later transitioned to a paid one. I can’t say that it was easy and that everyday has been on the up and up but I will say when I look back, I am so grateful that I started – I wondered at first like, “What would I talk about?” “Would people really listen to me?” and if I could really do it. Well, here I am almost 3 years later – DOING IT! The only thing I knew at the time was that I loved encouraging people and while I didn’t know exactly how that was all going to pan out – Once I “finally” put things in God’s hands, I gave him the keys and allowed him to drive.  Since that time,  there have been many bumps in the road and I’ve felt like giving up MANY, MANY, MANY TIMES! But, I’m still here, trusting him and not the likes or the comments (because that can get’cha) but allowing him to guide my hands, thoughts and heart on what he wants me to say. When people do respond to a post and say how it’s changed their life or caused them to think differently or do things differently – that let’s me know that God has me on the right track and for that, I’M GRATEFUL!!

Now It's Your Turn– Comment Below –

Your End of the Day Question:

What can you do better tomorrow, that you feel you didn’t do your best at today towards someone else? (or generally speaking)

 

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!

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!