After the storm

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After the storm

 

Well the storm has passed, time to let out a huge sign of relief, that it could have been worse, that we are thankful we are alive and that…it could have been worse…

 

The last few days have felt like weeks, the stress, the preparation, the worry if we will have a home to come home to.

 

We’ve been doing this since last Thursday, even through it feels like weeks now. We’ve been getting gas, finding supplies, putting up shutters, bringing in everything you own into your home. For me I had to get buckets, cover my electronics and tv’s because my roof was leaking, I thought for sure I’d be coming home to a house that was completely damaged.

 

I was planning to ride out the storm by myself, so I set up my safe room in my closet with a radio, water, portable fan, my get away bag with all my important papers, I was ready, this wasn’t my first Rodeo.

 

As the storm was getting closer my best friend called me in a panic, he said I couldn’t stay there, it was going to be a hurricane 5 and this was crazy. Being by myself in that kind of storm was nuts, I was nuts and he wasn’t having it. He was booking me a ticket anywhere but I was getting out of town, now! And he wasn’t taking no for a answer.

 

You need to know my best friend, gay or not he is one tough cookie, I still tried to argued, I’m fine, I bought all these supplies, I got the cats, every excuse I could think of…he wasn’t having any of it.

 

Funny thing is the night before my niece called me and told me to come to Orlando and stay with her and her husband, I thanked her but declined.

“Ok, the only flight I can find you is Orlando and it leaves tonight at 6pm, pack your frigging bags, your on it” he says and just like that I am a crazed manic trying to finish everything and pack to leave my home.

 

I then thought what about my trip to L.A/Vegas on the following Tuesday? We’d been planning this for months…dam! Okay I started packing as of I was going to go on the trip. How’s that for putting it out there.

 

I decided to call the airport because the winds were kicking up and I was afraid I wouldn’t get on the last flight out, sure enough they had one seat left, I took it and ran out the door but not without one last look around my beautiful home, I have put such hard work into it, I said one last prayer that it would still be the same after the storm.

 

I got to the airport, no traffic, right through the lines….and here I am in Orlando with my niece.

 

And now the wait continues….

 

Check out part 2 tomorrow

 

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Do you remember where you were the day the world changed 9/11

 

Do you remember when the world changed?

 

Today is the anniversary of 9/11, it’s been 16 years since all of our lives changed.

I know we all remember exactly where we were on this tragic moment.

 

I of course was on the treadmill at the gym, this was before I started writing this blog and back then I use to watch TV to keep myself entertained.

 

As I was running and watching the today show I saw the footage, at first we thought it was a preview of a upcoming movie. I made the TV louder and saw a look of panic on Matt Lauders face, he was almost speechless… we all stopped to listen as he said the words that would change our lives forever.

 

“The World Trade Center has been hit by a plane”

 

The gym was silent…everyone ran to see the Tv’s, we couldn’t believe what we were hearing, you heard whispers, what happened? Does anyone know?

As we were glued to the television trying to figure out what happened, in front of our eyes we watched as the other plane hit the other tower.

 

We all screamed, we started to cry, we all knew this was no accident, this was a act of terrorism.

 

As I am writing this 16 years later, I am crying remembering how I felt at that exact moment.

The world, my world, our world had changed forever in that second.

 

We all stood there, we couldn’t move, men, women and children all with tears running down their faces, scared, heartbroken, unsure of our safety of our country.

 

We watched the images of people jumping out of the towers, we watched people running out of the buildings bleeding, hurt, with looks of terror on their faces but what we saw that we will never be forgotten is the brave men and women of the New York police and fire department running inside the building as it was a blazed.

 

As everyone was running out these incredible brave people were running in to save, serve and protect us.

 

We sat there as we watched tower 1 go down, a audible gasp was heard throughout the gym.

Yet we still couldn’t leave…time stood still for all of us.

We watched people running, clouds of smoke so thick that you couldn’t see, for blocks these clouds went on. Debris and bodies falling out, paper, lots and lots of paper drifting down from the sky…

 

And yet there was silence because we were to stunned to believe what we were seeing…

Moments later we watched tower 2 go down…it had to be one of the saddest days we had ever known.

Being a New Yorker, I have been in those buildings many times.

I knew how big they were, how many people worked in them, how many lives were lost that day…our hearts were breaking…

Would America ever be the same?

 

As we continued to stand there, we learned of the other losses in the pentagon and the other plane that went down, the lives of so many innocent victims across the country.

 

Our world changed forever that day, it would never be the same…

 

So today my friends, we remember all the people that were taken far too soon, we remember the brave NYPD and NYFD that never stopped serving and protecting us even till the end.

 

I am a new yorker, I will always be a New Yorker!

I am proud of everyone who stood up, who helped, who showed the world what New Yorkers are truly made of!

 

And who today we give a moment of silence and prayer…a moment of thanks and a moment of remembrance to all of thoese people who’s lives were lost……..

 

“Be the change you want to see”

 

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I am one tough bitch

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I am one tough b***h

 

With this hurricane coming at us and no man in my life, I had to do all of the preparations for this upcoming storm.

 

As I lay here exhausted I think about how tough I actually am, it shouldn’t surprise me, as I come from a family of strong women. My Aunt Kay, my dad’s sister was the matriarch of the family at 5’0, she was little but everyone was afraid of her, she was the ultimate tough bitch.

 

Her daughter, my cousin Cindy, inherited her ways and she can do anything a man can do and better, she is truly my hero!

 

My Aunt Nancy and my mother were also cut from the same cloth, both hard workers doing whatever needed to be done for their families. They both worked the night shift in a dinner for 20 years.

 

My mom would come home after working all night, change her clothes and start working on our 100 year old farmhouse we lived on with my dad. I don’t remember a time when they weren’t working on that house.

 

We were poor and when your poor, you learn to do things yourself because you can’t afford to hire people, so you just figure it out.

 

My mom worked right beside my dad, doing whatever he did. She dug holes, changed pipes under the house, built rooms, she wasn’t afraid to try anything.

 

I was fortunate enough to inherite all of these  qualities from them. They both taught me how to do whatever needed to be done.

I am not afraid of power tools, I can change plumbing, fix things, put together and build things. I did most of the work on this home, I even put in a wood floor in my daughter loft, a big one for me! There is nothing I won’t try to do…thank God for You Tube you can learn just about anything on there!

 

I am self sufficient and I am not afraid of hard work because I’ve learned these things from the tough women role models I had in my life.

 

I learned how to paver the back of my yard and put up a fence with my childhood friend who came down to help me. I shoveled, dug and swong the hammer right beside him. This was all new to me but I am not afraid of hard work and I was excited to be able to say I did this… it is a great feeling of accomplishment when you do something yourself.

 

This whole buying a house on my own thing has been a trip but a good trip as I have learned all that I am capable of doing and it has made me tougher.

 

I give thanks to all the strong, tough bitch’s that came before me to show me the way and let me know that you can do anything even if your a women.

 

So even when this storm hits, even when I will have to get back out there and clean up and pull everything out, take down the shutters and fix whatever needs to be fixed, I will say a silent prayer of thanks to the warriors that came before me.

 

I will be glad for what they taught me and be glad I don’t have to depend on a man to help me.

 

So today my friends, know that you can do anything, do not put limits on yourself because you are a women, learn something new, become self sufficient, it’s amazing how you feel when you know you are one tough bitch!

 

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Intentionally living out your purpose

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Intentionally living out your purpose

 

It is not hard to find out your purpose, you must push past the obstacles in life, to find out your purpose and then live it out.

 

Are you asking, is this all there is to life? There has to be more then this? Why am I here?

 

If you are, you need to find your purpose, to find what you love and when you do, believe me when you do it will fill your soul.

 

I know a lot of people think that everything will fall into place when you become a Christian, that you will automatically know your purpose then.

That all will be perfect, let me tell you being a Christian is not easy, just because you turn over your life to God doesn’t mean your life will be without issues but when you know your in the will of God, when you have strong faith, even in your trials you will still live in your purpose. Even though your purpose will attract a lot of distraction, you will still be on course.

 

So then why aren’t you living out your purpose? It is because you are afraid of criticism and opposition? The failures that you have are lessons you needed to learn, don’t be afraid, we have all failed, but the important thing is the lessons we learned and how it makes us smarter and tougher than before.

 

When troubles come your way, consider it a opportunity for great joy, for you know that your faith is being tested, your endurance now has a chance to grow.

 

I remember when I thought things were perfect, when I had gotten divorced. I was filled with peace and joy, I was strong in my faith, knowing my purpose and my God, when yet again the rug was ripped out from under me. But I didn’t let it get me down, in the mist of my pain, I prayed, I was grateful, I knew that God was there for me and I knew that this was just a lesson I needed to learn.

 

So let it your faith grow, for when your endurance is fully developed you will be perfect and complete. Don’t be afraid that people will talk about you, whether its true or not.

I put my whole life out there for the world to judge, I know people will say some horrible things about me and they have even wrote it on my blog page, but I know this is my purpose and I will continue to do this, so go ahead and talk.

 

Walk with your head held high, this is your purpose, this is your faith walk, not anyone else’s. To fulfill your purpose in life you must believe, that’s it! It’s that simple, believe that it is the will of God, believe that you will follow and believe in your heart that this is your gift.

 

God has chosen you to give it to, nurture it, care for it, make it the best gift you have ever received because it is!

I know this is my gift because when I write, I am lost, I can write for hours, I don’t need food, I don’t hear what’s going on around me.

 

I am in my zone, this is my purpose, it doesn’t feel like work, it flows, it is my calling. When you realize that and you do all of that, you will know you are walking in your purpose, you will have a sense of peace and joy like you have never felt before.

 

So today my friends remember to reach down deep, find what you do best with the least amount of effort, that my friend is your purpose, now go after it!

Live your life with purpose!

 

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What is patience?

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What is patience?

It is the ability to tolerate delay, troubles and suffering without getting angry about it.

Most of us really need help in this area and I am the first one to raise my hand as this was one of the toughest lessons that I am still learning.

I want it and I want it now! Like most of us.

But I’ve come to realize that God has a time, his time and he is working together for our good, so we must just believe and be patient.

Just like anything else, it takes practice. I remember when I needed a job, I prayed for a job, I looked for a job, I begged for a job yet I couldn’t find one for eight long months yet I kept believing that he would provide and he did better than that, he gave me my own business.

For years I wanted out of my marriage, I put it out there, I prayed, I envisioned what it would be like to be free, I made vision boards of how it would look and feel, but it took 4 years to come to pass from the time I said I’m done till it was finally over.

It was again, in his time not mine, I was not ready, he was putting things in motion, so that when I left, I knew I could do this on my own.

I wanted to finish my book, but I couldn’t because I wasn’t done with all the chapters, how could I tell women to leave, to walk away and how it will be great when I didn’t know myself. How could I write about walking out on faith when I wasn’t ready to do that myself?

When I was done with my test, when I was finally free, my book flowed out of me. I had to write day and night, every free second because I was finally ready.

I remember when I was looking for a home, I wanted out but I couldn’t find one I could afford or liked, yet I kept believing and finally he gave me one close to my kids school, in a great neighborhood, one I could afford and one that had such a peaceful feeling to it, it was just what I needed. And then even without me asking he gave me one of my own that I now own.

Lately things have been coming at me, it’s been rough but with all I’ve gone through in the past, I know he will provide what I need, I just need to practice patience.

God will put you in a storm to see if you can hold on to your peace,

if we look forward and even though we don’t see it, can we wait patiently for it, with confidence.

All through these times I knew God was going to do what he said he would, I never lost faith.

You have to believe, to know without a doubt that it will happen.

Just like I put it into the atmosphere about being a New York Times bestselling author and an international blogger on the women of faith tour, I have no doubt it will happen…on his time not mine.

You need endurance to win, you need to endure the pain. Endure knowing that if you endure, you will eventually win.

Without endurance you will never win the race.

How do you endure? You have patience…

I delight in weakness, in insults, in persecution, in difficulties, for when I am weak, it is then I am strong.

Even when your down, even when others are criticizing you, even when it is dark and you cannot see the sun, you have to have faith, you have to have the patience to ensure.

I am still learning patience, its a daily thing for me but now I know that patience pays off. I always remember my mom saying “All good things come to those who wait” and her all time favorite “This too shall pass” and it’s true.

So today my friends, practice patience, endure during difficult times, pray and believe, the best is yet to come, because it is and I am living proof of that.

This was a public service message mostly to me but I hope you also got something out of it ….. because even the motivator needs motivation sometimes…

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Closing the gap

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Closing the gap

 

For everyone of you out there, there is a word that was spoken over your life but there is a gap between what God has for you and where you are at you right now.

 

So how do you live until you get there? How do you keep going when you feel everything is coming at you? How do you hold on? You need to remember the bible verse Jeremiah 29.11

 

“For I know the plans I have for you, not to harm you but to give you hope, plans for you to prosper”

This is God’s promise to you.

 

But you ask where is God in all of this madness? You can’t hold on…you are broken, you are hopeless…

 

What you need is right now is hope, you need to walk in faith, you need to hold on to God’s promise because he is not a man that can lie.

 

See everything you do is either spirit lead or flesh driven.

It just depends how you are going about it, if you are flesh driven, your worried, you see things that are way to big to overcome, everything stresses you out. If your spirit lead, you pray and let God worry, you cast your cares on him, you know no dream is too big for him.

 

You don’t need to figure out everything, you have to realize that have a helper…the holy spirit, he will teach you all things that God wants you to know.

The holy spirit is going to guide you in everything you do.

 

When the holy spirit is leading you these things will happen to you:

 

1- You will become submissive

 

2-You become obedient

 

3- You learn how to trust God

 

4-You maintain your faith while staying focus on what God has planned for your life.

 

When you are driven by the flesh you are spiritually blind, it keeps people from seeing what God has for their life.

 

You can’t see what’s coming, you give up, you only see what your going through.

 

Here are 7 ways to thrive in every area of your life

 

1-You must redeem your thoughts and your mind

 

2-Face your adversity victoriously

 

3-Never bury yourself in your problems become wiser and stronger and closer to what God wants for you life

 

4-Live life out loud

 

5- Never take criticism and rejection personal

 

6-Embrace God’s love and extend that same love to others

 

7- Only believe God’s report, even when others say different

 

These 7 things will keep you in God’s will, this will keep you going through the bad times.

 

So today my friends remember, you need to close the gap from where you are today to what God has in store for your life. Remember it’s on his time, not yours. Just hold on, have faith and believe that anything is possible with God.

 

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I am a warrior

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I am a warrior

 

For a person who was afraid of change, who’s fear kept me stuck in a verbally abusive marriage for for 24 years, who was scared of being on my own, making it alone, these last 4 years have had so much change, it sometimes makes my head spin.

 

But I’ve learned change is not as scary as I onced believed. Change means renew, it means you get to reinvent yourself, to step out of your box, to do things you never thought you could and then feel a sense of accomplishment for doing so.

 

So recently when my best friend suddenly died, I decided to change yet again, I deleted all my dating apps, I deleted all the jokers numbers in my phone. I also deleted people in my life in general, who didn’t serve my life now. Negative, back stabbing people and people who didn’t have my heart, they were all gone! Bye, there’s the door don’t let it hit you on the ass on the way out.

 

I decided to learn my own worth again, I had it but lost it again when I caught feelings for someome and felt like I really wanted to be in relationship again. I let them get away with things I swore I would never do again.

 

No, I am a good women and I need to find me, to know me again and value my worth so someome else will too.

 

So, I’ve been working on me, I’ve started adding running again to my workout, running frees my mind, makes me feel accomplished.

I added yoga back into my life 3 times a week, to calm my mind, to center me and get in touch with the inner self.

I started writing my second book, I’ve been promoting my business, I’ve been praying more, getting closer to God. All things that make my life fuller, that make me a whole person again.

 

I realize I have an incredible full life with my girls, my church and church family and friends and family.

I do things, I go places, I am an independent women and I make no excuses for who I am.

 

If you can’t handle me, my independence, or the fact I am adult enough to have friendships with my ex’s, than YOUR not man enough for me!

 

No longer will I change for someome, I love me, if you don’t…oh well keep it moving.

 

I will continue to work on me, by reading, going to seminars, trying to become a better me and if and when I do meet a man God has for me, he’d had better been doing the same thing.

 

I am my own warrior,

I am no longer the one trying to save everyone who makes no effort in trying to save themselves, those days are over.

 

I did the work, now you have better done yours. See being alone with yourself, with your feelings makes you take a good, hard look at yourself, warts and all.

I am not perfect by any means and there are still lingering issues I am dealing with from past relationships but this time gives me answers, gives me a chance to deal with them, this time is for me.

 

So today my friends remember, you are a warrior, you can change, you can be a better version of yourself, if you stop, delete all the crap, drama and assholes out of your life and take a deep hard look at yourself.

 

You will find your value, your self-esteem, your love for yourself and then you will learn that you can do anything you set your mind to…Like being a warrior!

 

“Be the change you want to see”

 

“And just when the caterpillar thought his life over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”

 

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