No surprises there where God is concerned. He’s already been “there” before; He knows every turn and every intricate detail of any route you could possibly take. Don’t worry about anything. All of your needs are already taken care of. I try to remind myself of that every day now.
It’s that time again where a lot of retail stores world wide and online is gearing up for all types of sales; marking prices at it’s lowest so customers can buy them. What’s so crazy is that people will actually camp out the night before whether it’s cold or not waiting for doors to open so they can get what they want. How many of you all will actually do that or have done that? There is nothing in this world that would actually make me wait in line for hours at a time. I work at a retail store currently and the first year I’ve worked Black Friday, people were lined up. I’m not even sure what they wanted so bad that they couldn’t wait until the doors actually opened.
All I can say is that to prepare for the madness is to mentally plan what you are going to stores for and plan out how long you will be in there and what you will need. Remember lines will be long, so patience is a must. If you are planning to go out on Black Friday, what do you normally get? Because I work at a retail store, I don’t even bother to shop there after work because I don’t feel like dealing with the crowd nor the line. For me personally, it’s best that I work on Thanksgiving day (I don’t know why they even open up on that day) so that I can work when it opens and into the early morning. There is no way under the sun that I will be working that Friday. I think another reason why people like to be out in the crowd so much is just to see what others are shopping for or because they just want to be in the crowd just to tell people that they went out on Friday.
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I used to think online learning was boring because you aren’t physically in the classroom. I’m the type of person that likes to be in the actual classroom and look at the teacher while they are teaching. The first time I took classes online (when I was planning to get my Masters of course) I didn’t really like it because one of my professors didn’t really know how to communicate as far as answering questions I had about one of my assignments. I was frustrated and wanted to give up. I actually withdrew from the program and school itself (the program wasn’t what I expected it to be) and decided that it wasn’t for me (the school and program of course)
When dealing with online learning, you have to remember that there are major differences to consider. Check out the Do’s and Don’ts for online learning.
~Do study in a quiet place– It is very easy to get distracted so make sure you are in a place where you can focus.
~Do make your online program your top priority! If you plan to enroll in a program online or even just taking a class, make sure you are putting the class first so that you won’t fail. Other activities you normally do may have to be put on the side for temporary if you aren’t able to juggle both.
~Don’t procrastinate!– That’s the worst you can do since you will have major deadlines for your assignments. Just relax, breathe and stay focused!
~Don’t over study– Take breaks as needed. Stressing isn’t healthy mentally or physically, so make sure you set a time to take breaks.
~Do have a reliable internet connection– All online learning is done strictly online, so make sure you have somewhere where there is internet such as the library, a friend’s house or a hot spot such as Starbucks or McDonald’s.
~Do make it a habit to get to know your instructors. Having an open communication with them really helps. When I was enrolled in my program online, most of my instructors gave out their personal cell numbers, so if we had any questions regarding the syllabus or the assignments, we were able to text or call them.
So if you are planning to take classes online, keep these tactics in mind and you will be just fine!
Sometimes finding the right motivation can be hard. For instance, getting up in the morning is one of the hardest for me. But what get me motivated is knowing that I have new opportunities to look out for everyday. It’s either get up or don’t go to work (I can’t afford to loose money) There has to be some great tools you use to motivate yourself. Here are five ways you can stay motivated!
- Play Your favorite music on your phone or on the radio. Music can be great therapy when you feel like you are down in the dumps or you just don’t feel like doing anything. If you have planned your goals for the rest of the year, then maybe getting through your day would be some quick tunes in your ear. What is your favorite song that you have on repeat? (I know you have about a few, because I surely do!)
- Write down the reason why you started in the first place! If you have a dream or a goal that you are trying to achieve, then ask yourself what made you start? Was it because you are a single mother with kids and you want them to become better than you or you have a whole lot of people counting on you? Whatever it is, write it down, meditate on it for a few minutes and get to work!
- Your haters! Of course they should motivate you because they are the ones who talk down on you and they definitely don’t want to see you prosper in life. So proving them wrong is great motivation! Don’t give up and give them the benefit of the doubt!
- Self-encouragement. When no one else is rooting for you or encouraging you, then it’s your job to motivate your own self. Not everyone will do that, so it’s very important that the only person you rely on is yourself.
- Last, but not least reward yourself! After all of the hard work that you have put into the day of achieving all of your goals and building networking relationships with other business-minded people, it’s time to relax, pump the brakes and treat yourself to something nice. After all, you deserve it!
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Jay Cole– LMAO
City Girls– Issa Wave
Supa Cent– Social Hustle
Social Verified: Soulja Boi
Best Celeb to Follow: Cardi B
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During the Wild Card game; first quarter with the Cowboys playing against the Seahawks, Allen Hurns (17) suffers a nasty injury after snapping his ankle where you can see the bone popping out in the video below.
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The music industry is filled with talented indie artists, but there is always room to win! In the R N B Industry, there is a new King in town ready to sit on the throne! He goes by J’Meel Music. Hot Lanta is the place for the entertainment scene and J’Meel is putting out songs that will make you fall in love..again. Starting out as a youngin’ whose potential was in music has released several singles and an album. ‘Now N Never’ released in 2017 has singles on it such as ‘Official’ and ‘Friendzone’ Vocals as smooth as this R N B singer is definitely the new eye candy for music. Move over world, Mr. J’Meel Music is here to stay slay..them music bags!
It’s officially the holidays and ladies he has the perfect song for you! ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ Let him sing to your blissful hearts. Check out his music and be sure to download on Itunes and on other music platforms.
Indie Artists are here to stay! J’Meel Music puts you in the mood and to remind you what good R N B Music sounds like. There is room for everyone to win and J’Meel Music is definitely winning!
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A little over a year ago, I began to experience extreme pressure in my abdomen and back. I brushed it off thinking it was just an Endo episode. It wasn’t until one summer morning when I realized the pain was much more intense than my normal Endo episodes.
It felt as if a balloon filled with knives were mercilessly expanding and carving their way through my insides. Waves of piercing pain and nausea left me desperate for relief.
I remember praying to God in desperation: “Please take the pain away! Please, dear God, I can’t take this pain anymore!”
I had faith that after that prayer God would miraculously heal me and I would no longer suffer.
But he didn’t…
His silence infuriated me and caused me to question whether or not he loved me as much as he said he did. He heard my cries, he watched how the pain paralyzed me and yet I felt he did nothing.
How could God do that to me? I was his daughter whom he loved dearly. So why was he allowing me to suffer and lay there in excruciating pain? These thoughts wrecked my brain:
Where are you God?
Do you even care?
Why are you allowing me to suffer?
In the following weeks I went to speak with my doctor. During my visit she ran some tests and we finally had answers.
There were 7 tumors between 4 and 12 centimeters. It appeared the larger tumors were slowly rupturing which was the cause of my pain. My doctor explained that I needed surgery immediately.
On the day of surgery I remember sitting in pre-op so afraid. I thought to myself “What if the tumors rupture as they try to remove them and I bleed to death.” Thankfully, the surgery went well but there was one alarming part that the surgeon couldn’t understand.
She said to my mother, “We had to take your daughters appendix. It was completely destroyed. Based on how it looked it should have ruptured. I can not explain why it didn’t and I really don’t see how she walked in here today.”
I immediately thought of those days before the surgery when I begged God to take the pain away and he didn’t. It all made sense. He used the suffering to save me. I now had entirely new look on Gods silence.
I don’t know what you’re dealing with today. It could be that you’re praying for healing, financial restoration, peace of mind or to repair a relationship. You may feel as though God isn’t listening, that he doesn’t care and he doesn’t love you. However, I know for a fact that he is listening, he does care and he’s loving you through it. The situation is necessary and his silence is all a part of the rescue.
Paige Barnes is founder and CEO of ICY Public Relations. Paige is a graduate of The University of Alabama. She has a degree in Public Relations and a minor in Computer Science. She has always had her way with words as well as socializing and networking with people to find a common interest and make “money moves”. Paige graduated top of her high school class as Valedictorian as well as work for numerous of non-profits including Art N’ Autism where she conducted the parent relations program that involved fund raiser planning to fund the program. She is also no stranger to the Birmingham area where she worked as an Event Planner for the magazine of the south, Good Grit Magazine.
With her expertise in communication, Paige decided to take her talents to the entertainment industry as she took of the road as the Digital Coordinator for The Hip Hop Publicist. She then worked with many independent artists to help build their build and secure media coverage. After a year, Paige decided to start her own independent firm, ICY PR. She is represents clients from: entrepreneurs, stylists, entertainers, beauty influencers etc. Some of her clients just to name a couple are: DJ New Era – official DJ of the University of Alabama and Pyper Nicole – upcoming stylist and fashion designer.
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In the future Paige plans of owning her PR office overlooking the LA horizon and managing celebrities as well as hosting events and fundraiser dedicated to giving back to the community.
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