Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Testimony Tuesday, Testimony can mean testimony in a court of law, as if you’re a witness about to give your testimony under oath and in response to an interrogation by a lawyer or authorized public official. But that’s not what I’m talking about today, although bearing witness to someone’s spiritual testimony can be somewhat similar.  Tuesday Testimony in this case is a testimony of self-reflection, life’s challenges and life’s fulfillments. Everyone, yes everyone’s testimony is powerful as it is about your own personal transformation.  The concept of testimony Tuesday, is to create an environment where we learn from one another as well as offer encouragement in regard to our testimonies.  Overall, it is freeing in a way. It also speaks to the lives we touch through our testimony. I believe that our lives are a testimony of musical lyrics and notes, of quotes, poetry and our trust in a higher power, God.



We when express our testimony it gives meaning to our lives, and our lives grow in each step and is the power of Faith and Hope. We all know there is no testimony without the test.  Speak your testimony in front of others, someone is always waiting to hear from you to know that there is a way out, or a way in. You can also expose your testimony in your walk, meaning the way you live your life, the person you become and the path that you take after whatever challenges you may have had to face. 



Remember that your Testimony is your encounter with God and the part He will always play in your life. Without Him we are nothing, but with Him we are everything He desires us to be.



#TestimonyTuesdayHHC

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mental Health Monday, Now this is a true statement in which we can all relate to.  There are so many times that we get preoccupied in our own thoughts and concerns and issues, so much so that we become overwhelmed causing our own depressive state.  We get caught up in the judgmental world and controlled by what others think of us, in turn having us feeling destructive.  We live in a society that plagues our thoughts regarding body issues and or successes. We become so overly involved that we forget to take time out for ourselves and our mental health. With that being said, you may get people that will say "He or She is doing too much" okay and what is doing too much mean to them? is it because someone finds pleasure in being busy and is that a bad thing? For some it may be, they may require some time to breathe and to step back from everything and just relax.

But being busy can be a good/great thing sometimes. Although balance may apply to this too; and honestly what is a person's definition of busy exactly. I think, as it pertains to a lot of us, doing too much can be therapeutic, it tends to take my/our minds off of things and this tends to relax me/us. But hey, we're all different people, aren't we?

Yet mental health can be designed and communicated as a state of well-being, a place where each individual realizes each owns potential, a place of possibility where they can cope with normal stresses of life, where they can work productively and fruitfully and able to make a genuine contribution to their community.

We have to become self-love advocates, be a model for someone else who may be observing you, living our best life to inspire someone else. If you become preoccupied in your thoughts, issues and concerns we should take the time out to not focus on the issue, but focus on the solution. And if you're that person that requires to step back and relax, than do it, read a book or go see a movie. But if you're that person that finds pleasure in being busy and that's your technique to relax, than so be it and disregard what others have to say. No matter how much we do and whether we are consistently going or not is definitely something that doesn't define us. Yes, we will have busy days. That’s life! It's up to you and you alone to determine what works best for you on this Mental Health Monday.

#MentalHealthMondayHHC

Friday, January 12, 2018

Freedom Friday, today is the day to be free to love yourself unconditionally, love yourself from the inside out, it's so much better. Don't be concerned how others may judge you on this Freedom Friday because there is only one who can judge you.  Be proud of everything you are and all that you will become. Choose happiness today, joy, choose life and embrace it. Surround yourself with people, friends and or family that give you freedom to be you, someone who lets you have complete freedom to be yourself.

Adore who you are today and walk down a brighter path on this Freedom Friday, your journey is valuable, but trusting your abilities in whatever they are, and your self worth can truly empower you and in turn empower someone else. Transform that fear you may be feeling and step into freedom.

On Freedom Friday, be aware and conscious as you tap into your independent power freeing and birthing change. We are all set on making our lives perfect but why not give yourself the choice to make your life an adventure. Use your creative freedom today to make a difference, to do something outside of the ordinary and the mundane, be the champion you were born to be.

Freedom Friday, be free

#FreedomFridayHHC



Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thankful Thursday, in all actuality this can be defined in so many different ways in showing and expressing gratitude. Thankfulness makes sense of our past, carries harmony for today, and creates a revelation for tomorrow.

First and foremost there is no way in the world we can go through life without being thankful.  Thankful to be alive only touches the surface. I'm sure when any of us wake up in the morning, before our feet touch the floor, we give thanks to God for another day to live and the strength to continue, and if we had a million/trillion tongues we all know, it wouldn't be enough.

Am I talking right? definitely . . .

We should be grateful for all we have, in order to receive more, but if we continue to concentrate on what we don't have, we will never obtain it. Being grateful/thankful just doesn't make you feel like a better person, it's good for you overall. For a long time I often tried to do things on my own, but who in the world was I fooling, it would've never evolved to anything without others who believed in me. Therefore, I am thankful for all those individuals in my life, friends and family who helped to get me to the next level, "level up", who supported whatever the cause, whatever the creator set forth as my purpose in life. You and they were here for me. You understood the struggle and the dream, big or small, you were there. Therefore, thank those who got you to the next level, who encouraged you, who supported you, who was there when the going was good and even when it wasn't.

We as well need to take the time to thank those who may have doubted us, yes, they helped to shape that dream by driving it into reality. They forced us to work harder and better. Regardless of the inherent or current level of someone's gratitude, it's a quality that each of us can successfully cultivate further as thankfulness reveals the richness of our lives.

#ThankfulThursdayHHC



Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Warrior Wednesday, yes you are a warrior and you wear your armor well!

When I think of a warrior I immediately think of someone who is brave, and of course for me, my soldier, my son is always my first thought at all times. Yet, other than a soldier, a warrior is an individual who exemplifies those characteristics, such as great vigor, courage and aggressiveness while fighting for a cause, for awareness, someone who has or is accomplishing multiple tasks set toward making a difference.  Someone who refuses to stay seated when met with adversity, someone who speaks the words “I can and I will”. Someone whose mindset is to cross seemingly never ending valleys and climb mountains, someone who dreams harder, bigger, broader, someone who doesn’t let a challenge discourage them, someone who is determined, someone who believes in the power of positivity, yet confronts the negativity but refuses to acknowledge it, "cause ain’t nobody got time for that", someone whose motivation is to encourage and inspire.

I applaud you on this Warrior Wednesday, stay committed, stay steadfast, let's keep pushing . . . Sometimes we have to consider in order for us to change mindsets and this world around us, we have to change what is in us.

#WarriorWednesdayHHC

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Truthful Tuesday

Everyday I'm thinking of new and creative ways to motivate and encourage people and hopefully that's what I'm doing, because as I encourage and motivate you, I do the same for me.  Today is Truthful Tuesday and you might be asking yourself, what does that mean?  For me Truthful Tuesday is being transparent, living in your truth.  So here it goes, my Truth on this Tuesday is that I struggle, not in the psychological or physical sense, but more so emotionally.  I think most people are afraid to admit to the emotional struggle, afraid of what people might think of you or how to "handle" you. First and foremost, no one wants to be handled, sometimes it's just about the release of emotions, the outpouring of passion, excitement and or emotional breakdowns which believe it or not, can be healthy. I've learned that crying is healthy and beneficial to your psyche.  It is a way to release whatever deep pain or sadness you may be experiencing. 

Have you cried, I mean really cried, the ugly cry, the cry that may last several minutes or longer, so long that it becomes extremely exhausting? Yet, you feel better afterwards, you feel lighter in a sense, something overcomes you and that overwhelming emotional outburst can either put you to sleep or create a space that centers you and gives you a moment to collect whatever it is they may have put you in that mindset, sometimes even calming you. Well it's okay, it's healthy and we shouldn't feel guilty about it or weak in any sense of the word which induces those emotions. We tend to be harder on ourselves than we need to be when it comes to our emotions, afraid of being judged by those that we call family or friends when the emotional outburst occurs. But if they're truly your friends and or family, those that love you through your ugly cry and your struggle in or around whatever hour it is, then you can be truthful and transparent with them whenever you feel the urge to simple shed tears during your expression of distress.

My truthful Tuesday is that every day is not a perfect day, I am not perfect, I struggle, yet I have to find something in me that pushes me to the next level, that reminds me that I have an obligation to myself first and then to others, I struggle at times, what is your Truthful Tuesday?

#TruthfulTuesdayHHC

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Social "Experiment" is age just a number???

So I decided to do a social experiment based on some information I viewed earlier in the day. Sorry guys this is for the women only,  next time we'll focus on you, promise!


Anyway ladies, in viewing this information I read, it lead me to talk about hitting those various stages in our lives. You know, leaping into the twinkling "20's" the thriving 30's, flirting with our 40's and hitting that feeling fabulous at 50 stage with everything we have. At this stage in our lives, 50, I personally know there are a lot of things that change in this era.  For me I'm less tolerant, yet I lean more toward positivity and I'm motivated to the 100th thousand power when it comes to my journey,  my passion and my purpose! I think at this stage we're more concerned about living life, building character and yea, believe it or not, having goals. 


At 50 you've lived half a century (I know, that sounds so archaic) but really, it isn't.  We've been there and done that, literally! We earnestly have no time to hone in on negativity. Now, in saying this, I can't possibly chalk this up to every 50 year old, we're all not there, and certainly not all there at the same time. We can agree to disagree on this one . . .


But life, relationships, goals are different at 20/40/50 or are they? 


This social experiment is to find out where you are  or what you think about your stage in life or is age really just a number?


I love to hear from you and update the blog with your individual perceptions when it comes to age, pertaining to relationships, life goals etc. as to where you are or see yourself in life . . .


Let's talk about it! Oh yea, and you can post anonymously or you can send your comments to me and I'll post them for you or you can be open about how you feel, but please keep it PG. 


If you prefer to e-mail me I'm at hope@booksbyhhc.com