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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

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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.

 


Home Based Business Statistics


With the state the economy, government, and society in general, MANY Americans are looking for a way out!  Working from home offers many Americans a way to truly live the “American Dream” OR to escape it!  
 
We all want more time with our families, a means to effectively support ourselves and our families, and an actual retirement income we can live on that social security will not provide!  Even with advanced degrees, most traditional jobs do not afford even the possibility of earning an unlimited income!  For these reasons, and many more, self-employment is extremely attractive.
 
Anyone who has owned a traditional, brick and mortar business can attest to the fact that the start up costs and overhead are EXTREMELY expensive.  Further, most businesses don’t see a profit for their owners for at least a year!  The costs can be so steep, in fact, that many Americans are excluded from realizing the dream of self-employment if they only have the traditional, brick and mortar business ownership option.
 
Enter the Home Based Business!  Many extremely valid, and potentially profitable, Home Based Businesses have a total start up cost of under $1000.00!  Additionally, unlike a brick and mortar business, Home Based Business owners often begin to see profits within their first week!  (Of course, this takes initiative and work on the part of the Home Based Business owner…DO NOT go into a Home Based Business thinking that there will be no work or upkeep involved!)
 
  • A New Home Based Business is started every 12 seconds
  • There are 38 million Home Based Businesses in the USA
  • 70% of the Home Based Business succeed within 3 years versus 30% of regular business
  • 44%  of Home Based Business are started for under $5,000
  • 70% of Americans would prefer to be self-employed
  • $427 billion per year is made by Home Based Business
Hiome Based Business Statistics USA
If you’d like more information on how to get started in a Home Based Business, contact our experienced team today!  We offer complete training, a simple duplication process, leads, and ongoing support to all of our team members.  Additionally, the Home Based Business products we endorse are for products you already need and use daily as a business owner (or, as a person who communicates with others)! Further, we only endorse businesses who are financially and ethically sound, have attractive compensation plans in which all affiliates can profit, and have global appeal.  Our experienced group of team leaders has years of experience in a variety of fields including direct sales, education, brick and mortar business ownership, college and career counseling, public speaking, marketing, and more!  
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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.

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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!!!

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Hello everyone!!!

June is a big month and I plan on making it even bigger!! I will posting about my FREE 30 day Fresh Start challenge in the month of June. The course will take you through day to day lessons on things to do move forward, start fresh and have a better life.

I will taking the challenge myself and if you have any questions about the course itself, please ask. Again, this course is FREE and it only requires that you follow me for the day-to-day lessons.

~Lohnnie Cakes

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My Story

My story is a story of a preteen/teenager aching, suffering, learning, coping and surviving. My story starts when I was around 12-13 years old. I remember it above any other memory because it was the first time that I had ever been really sick and my parents couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me.

My father has been a Licensed Pharmacist for over 30 years and had read or seen just about everything. A very knowledgeable man that doesn’t mind learning and growth even at 66. My mysterious illness came from out of nowhere and lasted the entire summer. He didn’t know what to think.

That summer was spent either in bed or in the bathroom. I slept and vomited the entire summer. I never went to the doctor that summer because just how it suddenly appeared, it suddenly disappeared! The school year started and there were no problems. I went through the seventh and eighth grade with no problems or feeling sick. At least not like the symptoms I dealt with that summer.

I was at that stage where I was becoming a young woman and dealing with the issues that young women go through. It was especially hard for me. I had to stay home every month on the day that my cycle started. I was always in so much pain. I could never keep anything down that day and I was miserable.

The summer of 1995 came and I was super excited and super nervous. I would be going to the 9th grade. Wow!! I didn’t know what to do with myself! I was entering high school and I was worried that people wouldn’t like me and that I would have the same problems I had in middle school.

I had been blessed with this curly hair and it got on my nerves! It never held a style. It did what it wanted. It is thin and curly. Today, even though I call it a blessing, I also can call it a curse. The least bit of moisture would kill a style and have me out of $60. Needless to say the females in the town I lived didn’t like me and a lot of it had to do with my hair, my complexion and me looking “exotic”.

The summer of 1995 was a repeat of that summer before middle school. I was in pain all summer, vomiting and sleeping. This time I developed lesions that left scars when they healed. I had never had scars on my face and I was mortified! I cried. Once school started, my illness didn’t just disappear. My arms and legs started hurting to the point where it was hard to walk. Climbing the steps at school was a task in itself and required so much energy that I used to sleep during my Algebra class. Thank God that I had an understanding teacher! By this time my mom had gotten enough of not knowing what was going on with me. She made an appointment with a Dermatologist.

The Dermatologist took one look at me, asked a couple of questions and told me that she wasn’t 100% sure but she believed that I had Lupus. She explained the illness to my mother and I and told us that she would refer me to one of the best hospitals in South Carolina.

This was the beginning of my sixteen year journey to becoming who and what I am today.

~Lohnnie Cakes


National Women’s History Month

March is National Women’s History Month although I am late…..I am forever blessed because I am a woman!!!! Woman, like other groups, have dealt with oppression and being mistreated just because of our gender. If you are a woman, learn about your past. Take the time out to know the lineage of women who came before you.

Every year a theme is sought that will help give women what they may need in life. The theme for 2012….Women’s education and ,of course, empowerment!! Visit the National Women’s History Month project page to learn more.

“Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”

– Anne Frank

Have a blessed day!!

~Lohnnie Cakes


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