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What happens when you find your own “Yellow Brick Road?”

What happens when you find your own “Yellow Brick Road?”

I decided to take the advice of an old friend and clean up the photos folder on both my phone and computer.

Let’s just say that was exhausting, but I ran across the featured photo.

A picture that I took about 6 years ago while visiting Richmond, Virginia.  It was before I began my first year as an intern, and I was taking in historic sites during a weekend getaway.

This picture reminded me of no matter how beautiful we think the path is, there will be a level of uncertainty along the way.

Even though the view at Maymont was absolutely immaculate, I had to reflect on the road that it took me to get there.

Seven months prior to visiting I was in a hospital bed attempting to process a grease burn accident that could have ultimately ended my life.  The road to recovery wasn’t easy, but in order to get back to my old self it was going to take some hard work.

Road blocks can pop up at any time on your journey.  That particular road block came in during my second semester of graduate school.  There were plenty of do overs, but trust me I needed the extra time to get myself together; mentally and physically.

In my own journey I’ve experienced loss of money, resources, and loved ones, but I’ve gained an awareness of self, strength, and a degree.

The road leading to what you truly want is never easy.  The main thing is that you continue on the path to achieve what you want out of this life.  You know the easiest thing to do?

QUIT.

I’m not here for that option though, and you shouldn’t be either.

I spent most of last year preparing for when those moments get shaky, or uncertain, cause trust me those moments will come.  That’s when you tap into the strength, and resources that God has blessed you with to keep chugging along.

We may have setbacks, road blocks, and detours but we can all learn a thing or two from, “The Wiz, or Wizard of Oz.”  It ain’t EASY, but man it is worth it.

We all must seek our own yellow brick road.  No matter how hard it gets you have to keep going.

Here’s to something beautiful at the end of our own yellow brick road!

XOXO,

RJ

When the seasons change…

When the seasons change…

I’ve been walking almost 5 miles at least twice a week, and chile I can see a difference.  The perfect weather to clear your mind, and reflect on what’s going on in the present.  I’ve decided no matter what city I’m in I must dedicate at least one day to getting my miles in and taking in all that God wants to show me.

I was taking a stroll along Lake Michigan at Tiscornia Park when I looked across the water to see a row of sailboats.  I stood there on the pier as I observed the choppy water on one side and calm on the other.  I watched the ducks sway with the flow of the water as the sun began to set.  I guess, they too were taking it all in.

I thought about one of my favorite songs by Jaheim.  Because you do know that I can find a song to match every situation, right?

“Two ships just passing in the night now,
Offshore, looking for a light house.”

I’m just trying to find my way back…

View from the Pier with the ducks in the background.
View from the Pier with the ducks in the background.

It will probably be the last time I will witness a night like this on the pier, because the season is changing.

Even though the seasons change four times a calendar year, does that mean that the seasons in our lives are on the same schedule?

Answer: Heck No!

I could be experiencing a “sunshiny” (new word!) day, and the next is full of storm clouds to remind me that every day won’t be sunny.  Similar to Summer not lasting all year long (especially in Michigan) the season eventually has to change.

I’ve had relationships that have lasted one month, and some that lasted ten years.  It never fails when that season needs to change trust me it will change.

I know that I’ve been in some people’s lives for a reason or a season.  I had no idea what the reason was until the season changed.  We could have been living in the same city at the same time.  Going through the same storm, but when the storm passed we went our separate ways, and I didn’t understand why.  Never any love lost, it was just time for both of us to move on.

Here’s the cool part, now we celebrate how God had brought us through, and to encourage someone else along the way.

There’s also those times when you think a season is over with a person, and they seem to drift back into your life in a different way.  Maybe you’re able to bond over a new friendship or relationship that blossomed from similar interest, or even the loss of a loved one.

I swear you just never know how life will go.  You have to continue to embrace the flow.  I’m attempting to embrace this new change of developing roots.  Embarking on a journey of discovering new places, and new seasons for relationships.  I shall not get weary.  Trusting the process, and witnessing this season change.

#SteeleThankful

XOXO,

R.J.

 

 

 

Day 9 – “Passion” #SteeleThankful Challenge (30 Days of Thanks)

Day 9 – “Passion” #SteeleThankful Challenge (30 Days of Thanks)

Live with…Follow…Love…Embrace…

YOUR PASSION!

It took me a minute to understand, and believe how powerful passion can be.  It’s such a strong emotion.  So, when I think of passion I automatically think of history.  I love it!  I fell in love with it as a little girl.  I was more intrigued with the fact that according to the history textbooks in school was that black history began with slavery.  I kept asking the questions, well where did we come from?  How did this happen?

If you read some of my last post I spoke about a red book that my dad purchased when I was a little girl.  That book provided biographies of notable figures in black history.  Just a little nugget, parents when you see your children are passionate about something, encourage and support them.

I fell in love with reading about history, mystery, and horror books.  There weren’t many history books for children with characters that looked like me, so I was reading Nancy Drew and Goosebumps.  When I was in grad school the first thing I thought about was writing a children’s book.  I wanted the main character to resemble me but with a twist, which means a combination of my sister and I.

My passion for history led me to this point.  I read, researched, and executed the plan.  I wanted a cool way to learn about history, and I ended up here.  I’m continuously amazed by how your passion can give you so much joy.  I’m thankful for that book that my dad gave me over 20 years ago, because that book led me to this moment, with my Alleykats!

What are you #SteeleThankful for?