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Knowledge Is Power

A poem by Me…for whomever…

I have decided that every day I will put forth the effort to learn more about myself and better overstand my life.
From the very beginning…to the present day, I HAVE to learn what has caused my people so much strife.
This thing didn’t start with Martin Luther King or should I say Michael King, Jr….do you know who I mean?
This thing didn’t start with Mary McLeod Bethune…these are just the ones they want to be seen.
This thing started the day they started erasing Our Story and calling it their own to make us feel like nothing.
This thing started the day they decided we weren’t worth shit and wanted to treat us like we weren’t really something.
You see….until Our History is recognized and Our Story is told truthfully….
These muthafuckas gone always feel how they feel and look at us stupidly.
Everyday that we degrade Our Women and make Our Men feel like shit….
Is a step in the wrong direction and empowering that Willie Lynch bullshit.
We must understand that Knowledge is Power and THAT’S NOT JUST A SLOGAN!
We must take control of our future and fix what is truly broken.

 

-ExoticGypsy


The New Me…

The new me came about a few months ago but has been in the making for a while. As I look back on my life, I see so many experiences, people and things have brought me to this point. I don’t regret anything. I don’t harbor animosity. I don’t hate anyone. I want all of this to be clear. I don’t envy anyone’s life or jealous of anything anyone has. I am that I am. And sweetheart….I am UNAPOLOGETICALLY LOHNNIE.

My journey started a few months ago as I stated previously. I was in a bit of a rut. Trying to really figure out what I wanted and needed to do with my life. Things looked great on the outside….I guess, but inside I was falling apart. Everyday we all age and move closer in the direction we have positioned ourselves in. I was unclear of what to do. The energy that I was receiving from my housemates was killing me…slowly. I think that a lot of people don’t understand that whatever energy you receive constantly or whatever energy you surround yourself with can change the course of how things go for you as well. If you are around negative people who bring negative situations into your life….you will carry that energy with you regardless of how positive you are. So everyday, if I wanted or needed to be productive, I had to leave the house just to have a clear mind. I had to leave the house just to be able to think clearly. I look back now and think…”What kind of hell was I living in and why did I do that?” But I know why. Negative energy can hold you down so long that you can’t and won’t see how to move forward. I made excuses for why I was doing what I was doing but the truth is….I was depressed. The medication was no help to me and it pushed me down even further. Sometimes all a person needs is to just talk about what bothers them. Sometimes all a person needs is an opportunity to see clearly. Sometimes all a person needs is to find their real motivation.

Months went by. Then years and I still made no progress. I was stagnant. I had succumbed to my surroundings and I started feeling too comfortable in the life I was living. I settled. It was the worse thing that I could have ever done but I allowed it to happen because I lost something. I lost something that I had my entire life up until a few years ago. I lost my self-confidence. Allowing what I THOUGHT should have been my life to take over. Allowing what I thought should have been mine to cause me pain and regret. I let people use me and take parts of me with them. My depression took over every aspect of my life. My self-confidence was based on what others thought of me. My lack of self-appreciation took me down many dark roads and caused me to attract more pain into my life. The uniqueness that was me was MIA.

The saying goes….”Whatever you feed will flourish. Whatever you starve will surely die.” I had to make a conscious decision to love and care for me and my life. I was feeding what was trying to kill me. I was feeding what was trying to destroy me. In life, we must decide what we will continue to feed and what we want to die. Thought, energy and words give power. What we fail to realize is that focus feeds the beast…whether good or bad…it feeds it. When you constantly give a person, a thing, a topic, an issue…anything you give energy or focus will grow. It feeds and prospers off of your attention. For months I believed that by spreading awareness of Lupus and the fact that I lived with this illness everyday would help draw more attention and help shed light. Honestly, all it did was drag me further into depression, hurt, dis-ease and confusion. I believed that it was what my life was all about but in reality I was birthed to be so much more than what I have! I started hurting and being in more pain than I have ever been. I was feeding the beast! My entire adult life I had lived with Lupus and no one knew! People would come to me and say that they never knew and wanted to know when I found out. I had been knowingly living with this dis-ease since I was 15 years old yet I had been living my life like I had no problems! Why? Because I didn’t feed the beast. I didn’t blame every pain, hurt or situation on my life with Lupus. Don’t get me wrong….I’m not saying that anyone should ignore their health. I’m not saying that you should just up and stop taking your meds. But what I am saying is that medicating isn’t working. Feeding the beast is not working. Being depressed is not working. Isolating myself is not working!

The pharmaceutical “business” is an entirely different subject that I really can’t begin to touch today. However, what I will say is that all of these medications that they give us only lead to more problems. Not only more issues with the initial reason for you taking the meds in the first place but also causing other problems that have nothing to do with the initial problem! The definition of medicine according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary the science and art dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease. Yet modern medicine does NONE of this! It doesn’t prevent anything. It doesn’t effectively alleviate or cure anything! If anything, you develop other health issues and then go back to the doctor to allow them to make you even sicker. But again….that’s a topic for another day.

 


Quote of the Morning!!!

My quote for the morning comes from the author of one of my favorite books to read. It’s inspirational and gives you things to think about.

I know that it has some length to it but to truly appreciate what this quote has to offer, please read it in its entirety.

“Resolve to throw off the influences of any unfortunate environment, and to build your own life to order. Taking inventory of mental assets and liabilities, you may discover that your greatest weakness is lack of self-confidence.

Self-Confidence Formula (abridged)

“I fully realize that no wealth of position can long endure, unless built upon truth and justice; therefore, I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects. I will succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use, and the cooperation of other people. I will induce others to serve me, because of my willingness to serve others. I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealously, selfishness, and cynicism, by developing love for all humanity, because I know that a negative attitude towards others can never bring me success. I will cause others to believe in me, because I will believe in them, and in myself. I will sign my name to this formula, commit it to memory, and repeat it aloud once a day, with full faith that it will gradually influence my thoughts and actions so that I will become a self-reliant and successful person.”

– Napoleon Hill, from his best-selling and groundbreaking book “Think and Grow Rich“.

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Stay tuned!! I will talk about this quote in another post today.

~Lohnnie Cakes


Day 7 Do you have what it takes?

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Good afternoon everyone!!

It has been a few days since I last posted and hopefully you have gotten through any type of “block” that was preventing you from thinking and/or writing down your goals. It does take time sometimes to get your thoughts together and focus. Having focus is very important in this process because it makes it easier for you to think freely. When you know what you want, it makes it easier for you to “focus on your focus”. When you are “focused on your focus”, you have made up your mind about what you need and you are determined to bring your dreams into fruition.

Is it hard to “focus on your focus”? YES! If everyone was focused on their focus, everyone would be successful! There would be no middle or lower class, everyone would be apart of the Billionaires or Millionaires club! Bring focus to your life shows that you have what it takes and you won’t let anyone steer you in the wrong way.

If it helps, keep a journal or notepad just to write down your miscellaneous thoughts. Still keep gathering newspaper and magazine clippings for your vision board. On Monday we will start working on it so write that down in your journal or calendar.

Remember, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

~Lohnnie Cakes

“If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying, ”Here comes number seventy-one!”

– Richard M. DeVos, is the billionaire owner of the Orlando Magic


Day 3-Fresh Start Challenge

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Day 3 of the Fresh Start Challenge

Hopefully, you have started writing down your goals and seriously thinking about them. I have decided what I would like to work towards and i want to share them so that you can visualize what I’m talking about. Your goals do not have to be written down this way but it’s a good way to organize your thoughts.

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I have decided that I want to work on my attitude, family, finances, and my physical appearance, just to name a few. My list doesn’t include a detailed description, but that will be changing soon. I like to know exactly what direction I’m going in and what I’m working towards specifically. For example, I know that I want to work on having a monthly budget. My finances aren’t horrible but having a budget would make it so much easier to plan for my bills, savings and money for my household, personal things and things that I need to take care of.

The Fresh Start pyramid will give you an idea of a baseline. It gives you the different areas and they are very broad. Take a look:

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Attitude, trust and temperance being the most important because of the world we live in today. Use this pyramid to give you some ideas.

If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Send me an email at aboutmybusiness@live.com. I will post your question (minus your information) on my blog with an answer.

~Lohnnie Cakes

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
– Mark Twain


Day 2-Fresh Start Challenge

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It’s day two of the Fresh Start challenge and I am super excited!! Hopefully, you have given much thought to everything that I shared with you yesterday and are ready to move forward. And hopefully you have started working on your list of goals, dreams and aspirations. You can always go back and change you goals or add to it at anytime, so don’t think that the list will always stay the same. By altering your list, it shows that you are growing and changing.

No matter what your goals are, they are very special. Why? Because they belong to you! And because they are what is most important to you. Otherwise, why would it be a goal or dream? You wouldn’t want something if it wasn’t special to you or something that you aspire to have. So why sell yourself short? Why not work towards your dreams?

Often we want something but we don’t follow through or we think that we can’t have it. Believing in your abilities is a part of self-love and plays an important roll in self-confidence and whether or not you know how to self-motivate. No one can give you those things because they are things that you must do for yourself. Hence the word “self”. You should never look to anyone else for the things that you should give yourself FIRST! Never look to anyone else to love you if you can’t love yourself. Never look to someone to compliment you or give you a boost if you don’t have confidence. Never look to another to motivate you if you can’t even motivate yourself to get out the bed or reach for the sky to reach your goals.

You must provide for yourself FIRST. Give yourself the things that you need then you can allow others to compliment or add to what you have already done. It’s like when you are raising kids, if you give your child everything they need without them working for it, they will always expect that. They will never know what it took for them to work for it.

Expect change and embrace it. If you don’t adapt to change very well, you aren’t ready for a Fresh Start. With this process, change will come rapidly and you have to be ready to handle it.

20120602-123552.jpg You must be ready, willing and able to sustain yourself, allow change, and remain positive.

One thing that I can suggest is to find a place where you can sit in peace and quiet for about 30 minutes to an hour every day. By doing this, you are allowing your mind to wonder and breathe. Think about what you want and how you can expand your goals. Think about the path that you need to take to get there and whether or not you are ready to take that journey. Nothing worth having is given to you or even free. Sometimes when you acquire something that was given to you, you don’t keep it long. It can be taken from you, you may just not appreciate it or it breaks. When you work for something, you appreciate it and value it. It means something so why would you mistreat it?

I hope that I have given you something to think about. I also hope that you give some thought to your goals. Please work on writing down your goals. Also, start gathering magazines, newspaper clippings and a piece of cardboard or a presentation board. Over the next week or so we will start working on your vision board. A vision board is a way for you to put your goals and dreams on paper and visualize it. Go to the Vision Board website and get ideas by clicking here.

These are two examples of vision boards by others.

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Your board will represent everything that you want so put some thought and time into what you want on it.

~Lohnnie Cakes

“I want every day to be a fresh start on expanding what is possible.”
― Oprah Winfrey


Fresh Start Kick off!!!!

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Good morning!!!!

First, I would like to thank each and every one of you for following me and joining me on this journey!! This will be a journey for both you and I, so i never want you to feel lonely. For 30 days we will talk about our ambitions, goals and dreams then we will work towards making those ambitions, goals and dreams come true! The journey may seem longer than 30 days and for some it will take more than 30 days. But we will make this journey TOGETHER.

I wanted to do a small course on having a “Fresh Start” because occasionally we all need one. We all need to take some time out and figure out what we want and how we are going to bring that “Fresh Start” into fruition. Everyone needs help making a “Fresh Start” and i am here for you! We all need that push every once in a while to move us forward. I will be that push for you!

My first questions to you are “Do you know what you want?” or “What are your goals?”. If you are not sure of either one, that is okay! You will know by week two of this course.

Knowing what you want to accomplish and what goal(s) you are trying to reach is the first step in your “Fresh Start”. Whether those goals are long or short

20120601-040243.jpgterm does not matter. All that matters is that you have goals and they need to be recognized! Don’t let others throw doubt and negative energy your way! Believe in your “Fresh Start”! Believe in YOU!

This journey will take patience, perseverance, strength, self-confidence, self-love and lots of positive thinking. If you have never seen the documentary “The Secret”, I would strongly encourage you to watch it with an open mind and an open heart. The documentary talks about staying positive and through positive thinking and belief, all things are possible. When you keep a positive attitude and ask the universe for what you want, whatever you want is yours! But you have to believe wholeheartedly!

There are some things that you have to ask yourself throughout this journey. Are you ready for a “Fresh Start”? Are you a positive thinker? Could your inability to remain positive be what is hindering you? Do you love yourself? What is hindering you from moving forward? These are just a few questions that you need to ask yourself now and throughout the 30 day challenge.

My first “assignment” for you is to write down your goals, both long and short term. Don’t worry about how they will come to life, just know what you want and write it down! Really give this some thought and show that you are committed to your beginning your “Fresh Start”.

I believe in my heart that if you have come this far (following me, reading this blog), you are off to a great start and YOU will follow this through. I believe in YOU!!

~Lohnnie Cakes

“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”
-Mary Pickford


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