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Day 20: Release (Freestyle) #SteeleThankful Challenge

Day 20: Release (Freestyle) #SteeleThankful Challenge

This is the last picture that was taken in my office. This is also the day I was laid off from my full time job.

The full time job that helped fund the Adventures of Alleykats, and Final 48 Project in the early stages.

I can remember being called into the office at 5:15 pm on that sunny afternoon.

I think my boss was a little freaked out that I took it so well. I wanted that release. Lord knows I needed that RELEASE. My growing period was up, and I felt stuck. God saw fit for me to move, and it was time.

Here’s the remarkable thing that happened a week later.

My illustrator sent me an email stating that the first book was complete, so that Release was right on time. I was going to stay at that job, but God was tired of seeing me suffer so I was released.

I’m #SteeleThankful for God releasing me, and allowing something greater to come into my life.

What are you #SteeleThankful for?

Steele Thankful 2016

Day 19: Experience #SteeleThankful Challenge

Day 19: Experience #SteeleThankful Challenge

Now if you follow me on all Social Media I am always talking about being inducted into the “Tambourine Ministry.” Well, I purchased my first tambourine this year after visiting New Orleans in April. There I was on the streets of the French Quarter taking in all of the loveliness of a live band on the street. I noticed a gentleman with a tambourine. One of my oldest friends walks up to the gentleman, and asks if I could give the tambourine a try with the live band playing.

HE SAID YES!

And this moment happened:

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It is an experience I will never forget. I purchased a tambourine the following week, and continued to get my entire LIFE.

I’m #SteeleThankful for unforgettable experiences such as this one.

What are you #SteeleThankful for?

Steele Thankful 2016

Day 18: Dreams #SteeleThankful Challenge

Day 18: Dreams #SteeleThankful Challenge

If you would have told me a year ago that I would be sitting in this library that birthed me; signing a copy of my first children’s book to go in their library for circulation amongst the library and the universities system. I would have probably looked over my glasses in true Librarian fashion, and chuckled.

From a graduate student in the Library Science program, to a published author.

Don’t you ever let someone tell you that your dreams are too big. If you are willing to work for them, they are attainable. Dreams may change, but the main thing is that you keep pursuing them.

I’m #SteeleThankful for dreams that have come true, and the ability to keep dreaming.

What are you #SteeleThankful for?

Adventures of Alleykats

Steele Thankful 2016

Day 17: Hope #SteeleThankful Challenge

Day 17: Hope #SteeleThankful Challenge

I used this photo for one of my most controversial blog post. It was a post that I wrote months before publishing. I was thinking my audience wouldn’t receive it. Oh, but they did. I can only hope that every time I publish a post on my website that my audience will receive the message that I am trying to convey.

It is still the most shared post on my site. I was in a no judgment zone, and not apologizing for my upbringing. A black girl that sometimes sounds “white” by her peers, and was tired of apologizing for it.

I’m #SteeleThankful for the hope that I have in humanity, and realizing that I am who I am. Unapologetic.

What are you #SteeleThankful for?

Steele Thankful 2016

Day 16: Opportunity #SteeleThankful Challenge

Day 16: Opportunity #SteeleThankful Challenge

Seize the opportunity. I’ve heard that a time or two. When opportunity knocks, you better answer. Yep, I’ve heard that before too.

What happens when you don’t jump on the opportunity when it knocks? It usually disappears. But if you are a believer you know that something else will come around that’s even better.

I use this door as a symbol of opportunity showing up at my door. Sometimes I’m the one knocking, and sometimes I’m on the other side of the door.

I’m #SteeleThankful for God allowing opportunities to knock at my door, because I know that it’s orchestrated by Him, and in His timing.

What are you #SteeleThankful for?

Steele Thankful 2016

 

 

Day 15: Triumph #SteeleThankful Challenge

Day 15: Triumph #SteeleThankful Challenge

Are you familiar with the movie Rocky?  Well, there is more than one Rocky movie, but you get my drift.

Rocky is a story of triumph.

It was on the itinerary that I saw the Rocky statue while in Philadelphia earlier this year, and my girls had a mini photo shoot.

No matter what happens in your life there will be moments of defeat, but it’s important to focus on being triumphant.  When my accident happened six years ago I had to look at the whole process as a journey to triumph.  I understood I would never be the same person.  I was at peace with that.  Once I accepted the process, my journey became easier.

There was a time I thought I would never be able to make another fist. I had to cancel that way of thinking, and believe that it would.

Now, I’m fist pumping with the best of them.

I’m #SteeleThankful for the story of triumph.

What are you #SteeleThankful for?

Steele Thankful 2016

Day 14: Laughter #SteeleThankful Challenge

Day 14: Laughter #SteeleThankful Challenge

I am a bonafide Giggle Queen! I would rather laugh my way through a stressful situation, instead of spending all of my energy being angry.

You know the saying, “sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.”  That statement is so true.

I’ve had my share of bad days that had me crying, because I seriously had no idea where my life was going.  The two things that gave me peace was prayer, and laughter. I find comfort in my own laughter, and the laughter of others.

One day I’ll host a one woman show, and we can laugh at the highs and lows of my life. Together. Would you attend?

“The Life and Times of the REAL Carmen Sandiego” 😉

I’m #SteeleThankful for laughter.  Laughter is the medicine for any bad day.

What are you #SteeleThankful for?

Steele Thankful 2016

Day 13: Goals #SteeleThankful Challenge

Day 13: Goals #SteeleThankful Challenge

So, one of my goals for 2016 was to secure a radio interview discussing my first book in my children’s book series.

I had a neighborhood friend contact me about an interview on a radio morning show in January.  I submitted my biography, and copies of my book within a week.

I received a phone call on a Friday afternoon in March about setting up an interview for the following Monday morning.  Just like that I was on the radio.  The rest is history.

My radio interview didn’t happen overnight, but it happened at the right time.

Write down your goals, and continuously work towards achieving them.

I’m #SteeleThankful for goals: past, present, and future.

What are you #SteeleThankful for?

Steele Thankful 2016

To listen to my first radio interview about my book click here.

Purchase the first book in the series —> Adventures of Alleykats: TMP

Day 12: Promises #SteeleThankful Challenge

Day 12: Promises #SteeleThankful Challenge

Promises.

For the last 3 years I have lived my life according to fulfilling 3 promises.  It’s funny how the number 3 keeps appearing in my life.

I made three promises to my father before he passed away.

  1. Finish Grad School with Honors
  2. Begin Doc Studies Program at Duke University
  3. Publish the first book in my children’s book series

This photo is the RECEIPT for the promises fulfilled.

I used those promises as my motivation.  I am a firm believer of keeping my promises, no matter how long it takes me to get there.  I am where I am today because of those promises.

I’m #SteeleThankful for the promises made on February 13, 2013.  Those promises are the reason I am still standing, and still grinding.

What are you #SteeleThankful for?

Steele Thankful 2016

Day 11: Forgiveness #SteeleThankful Challenge

Day 11: Forgiveness #SteeleThankful Challenge

When traveling from Chicago to St. Joseph on the train one evening I began to reflect on forgiveness.  There were some people in my past that deserved to stay in my past.  I granted them a second chance in my life.

You guessed it, they disappointed me.

There is power in forgiveness.  I can’t tell you how many burdens have been lifted by allowing myself to forgive.  Let’s be honest, God grants the gift of forgiveness everyday.  How can I walk around with an unforgiving spirit towards someone else?

Not everyone that we allow a 2nd chance in our life disappoints us.

The main thing is that you forgive.

I’m #SteeleThankful for the forgiveness that God grants me every morning.

What are you #SteeleThankful for?

Steele Thankful 2016