Enter Labor Day Weekend
The change in seasons each having a flow
A repetition from years before
A time that is past but
what goes around...
comes as no surprise when you are watching
with your ears wide open.
Language does not measure the thoughts,
that place deep within that recalls
a not too distant path
when you felt this time before - Stop. Reality check.
Did not see it coming...
What does it mean!
Don't ask questions. Be Grateful.
Take off your blinders though...lest you miss your calling
When you get right down to it
there is a burning sensation - a path still lies before me
and I must create the border to protect - my heart.
Weeds and stems removed. Move forward.
Pain of life situations that have come through me
passed through, leaving just a bit, a memory, not for reflection but for action, Josi,
Child of God, black woman, friend, wife, mother, pain, cancer,
independent woman, coach, seeker
I have to be free. Be who God called me to be. His Child Eternally.
Labor Day, a time for re-birth, plan, bring forth a renewal of ideas,
Creativity and fulfillment until the next path is revealed. Focus.
There-is-no-labor-a-person-does-that-is-undignified-if-they-do-it-right. Bill Cosby
Every kid loves snow. And so as I looked out this morning on the fresh snowfall, the kid in me was jumping up-and-down. I couldn't resist the opportunity to walk out on my back deck and just breathe in the fresh air and see the flow of the flakes around me. Growing up I always heard that a fresh snowfall would clear the germs in the air. I need that clearing as I've been fighting a cold and congestion for several weeks now. But the site of the snow clears all of that and gives me hope knowing that spring is just around the corner.
This past week was so exciting for me. January 15th was my father's 103rd birthday. Though he's not here I still feel his presence and know that I will always be a daddy's girl. He gave way in his death to the birth of my son Adrian who I believe was conceived at my father's passing. And this week was a week for celebration. On Friday I felt then it was confirmed that Adrian received news we have been waiting for but that I cannot share yet. Daughter Erica started her last internship prior to graduating with her Masters in Speech Pathology. I looovvveee being Mom and just being Josi.
I am so gratefulfor God in my life, my home, my family and the beautiful, though temporary, snowfall.
This morning I woke to learn of the passing of David Bowie and thought - 69 how young - then realizing cancer was the reported cause of his untimely passing, I turned off the tv and began my morning with the goal of recapturing a portion of my timeline though my cancer journey.
Years ago, I hosted live and studio radio shows and a blog talk radio show "Josi's Inspiration". I am so thankful that I can go back and retrieve the blog talk shows and decided to see what was happening in my life 5 years ago and looked for a show in that time period. What I found was a show recorded January 26, 2010 entitled “Making A Change” .
As I listened, I went online to read more about David Bowie and the music that had touched my life like "Let’s Dance" and saw that he had recorded a song called Changes … how appropriate. In the refrain it says "ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, turn and face the strange".
Change is constant, you can embrace it and seize the opportunities presented with an open mind and child like wonder for exploration, or you can deny it and cause yourself stress and anxiety. One thing is certain - you can not stop it, so today flow in the changes that come your way and live freely and on purpose.
I love Christmas and all the traditions leading up to the blessed day. As a child, tradition was established by getting and decorating a live tree, decorating the house with lights, taking poinsettia plants to the cemetery gravesite of departed family members, sending and receiving Christmas cards, participating in plays at church and loving times with family. Those traditions carried forward to the adult years with our children. Michael and I loved seeing the excitement on the faces of our children as they opened presents Christmas morning. Now they are adults - Adrian and his wife Jess spend Christmas with our Peterson family in Connecticut. Mike and I enjoy time with Erica and our 3 grand children Elijah, Moriah & Isaiah here at home.
This year, however, there is a new tradition that Michael and I can enjoy for years to come. Pre-Christmas celebration at the Gaylord. It is no secret that I love to travel and Michael indulges my desire with trips galore. Our recent 3 day mini retreat at the Gaylord was perfect with a 17th floor room facing the atrium watching the hourly light show each night. We took in the sites and sounds of the holidays on the National Harbor.
Our time away was caped off with dinner at SoBe Restaurant and Lounge in Lanham, MD. While the traditions and trips are nice, there is nothing like having the love of family and friends and celebrating the blessings of life and acknowledging the greatest gift - the birth of Jesus Christ.
It’s Christmas Eve and I wish everyone in my family, my business partners and circle of friends -
A Very Merry Christmas, Love, Peace and Joy Always.
I Am Pampered and Protected
I love taking care of myself and others. My challenge was learning to take care of myself. I've always known the importance of and loved caring for others but only after cancer have I learned the necessity of self-love. That is just one reason why Soul Purpose and Damsel in Defense are important in my life.
Shop Soul Purpose and Damsel in Defense with me online or Richmond Area - in person. Call for your personal delivery and make your holiday shopping simple.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE OILS
I am an essential oil enthusiast and soon to be a certified aromatherapist. I've always been about the oils. During my corporate days, I placed lavender essential oil on my hand between my thumb and forefinger. This calmed and relaxed me during meetings, sort of a "Calgon Take Me Away" moment.
I experienced the medicinal benefits of essential oils during my cancer treatment and today I live my life as God has blessed me - 3x cancer free.
It's all about the oils. Recently I blended oils with dead sea salts to make blends for the the bath and for the home. I introduced them to customers an event and sold quite a few. They were a hit!
"I Am Grateful" - Loving Myself Bath Salt
Ingredients: Dead Sea Salt, Youngevity 'To Be Loved" blend of Geranium, Monoi, Patchouli, Rosewood & Sandalwood Essential Oils
"I Am Grateful" - De-Stress Bath Salt
Ingredients: Dead Sea Salt, Bergamot, Jasmine, Rose Geranium, Cedarwood, Bay Laurel, 'To Be Loved' blend by Youngevity Essential Oils
"I Am Grateful" - Holidays at Home Fragrance Salts
Ingredients: Dead Sea Salt, Spruce, Myrrh, Orange, Cinnamon, Clove Essential Oils.
Next comes my "I Am Grateful" Holiday Season Potpourri.
It's all about the oils.Read More
The Other Side
on the other side people see where you are
not where you fell
not where you got up again not where you went through something
you learned to live in Grace
not where you were sick and near death
but now you stand
you give praise
not many people know about the other side
We see each other along our journey
a journey sometimes with no apparent destination
its a faith walk
Experiences come and go relationships too
all the things that we live throughout our lifetime brings us to the now
What do you do with the now
You live freely in the moment
on the other side