Daily Affirmations
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Veronica Philips

I am a wife, mother, small business owner, annoyer of all things hubby, and occasionally I write. This is me, my life, my all. You get to see all my epic failures as I navigate my way to fame, though

Posted 9/11/15 at 8:36 AM | Veronica Philips


I think the thing I love most about this country is our Spirit, our attitude that says, we can beat the absolute hell out of each other, but no one…and I mean NO ONE, can touch us. We are a family, a big, united, dysfunctional, alcoholic in-need-of-counseling family. Families come in all different shapes and sizes…it’s easy to forget that…. as we go about our day-to-day activities. It’s okay because like I told a Pastor yesterday, I don’t judge…..I was in my driveway the morning the 2nd airplane hit the Twin Towers, and at that exact moment, I realized….the End Times…. Armageddon was upon us. I panicked as I realized it was every man for himself, run to the hills every woman and child. I wanted to go and get my child…..but strangely enough…even though we were attacked, and meant to be humiliated….quite the opposite happened. We became defiant and rebellious…I think we loved each other….that was NOT what the terrorists intended…..
The aftermath of the attacks (PLURAL), produced U-N-I-T-Y, but that always happens when we’re desperate for an explanation to tragedies that have no explanation. For example, Jerry Springer, promised a kinder, gentler TV programming after the Columbine shootings…We panic, we look for God…then we get over it….and move on, but in 2001….we did more than panic….we got MAD….. we got angry and stayed angry….we UNITED…..When you attempt to hold a free people down, a free people will FIGHT….
THAT’s why I love this country, I love this people, I love this land…...I love the SPIRIT that dictates to the rest of the world, “We may be a bunch of JACKWAGONS….but we’re OUR Jackwagons, and if you mess with us, we’ll beat the living crap out of you” We are simply not going to be controlled…..yes, we have our issues, but we are free, fearless, defiant…..I love the United States…..Freedom isn’t free, but neither is unity. In order to win in Red Rover, the link is only as strong as the people connecting it……We are links…..Remember that…as we go about our Memorials today, remembering all those died and didn’t mean too…..and all those who died….and intended to……..No Greater Love Hath He, Then He Who Gives His Life For His Brother……We ARE a family…..We ARE United….WE ARE a Power…Let’s Roll. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Friday…..

Posted 9/10/15 at 9:13 AM | Veronica Philips

From Me....to You!

Being an older woman, I have more fun engaging the babies than almost anything else in life. By older I mean I can still kick your booty, I just want to less….I find that I have more tolerance for all things nefarious, and unnecessary, and less tolerance for all things stupid…I do not suffer fools easily. I cringe inside….and just BEG…people to ask me my opinion….they almost never do….so in true obnoxious fashion, I’m gonna go ahead and list some things I’ve learned about being an older woman.
1. It’s easier and cheaper to say “I’m sorry” than come up with bail. I mean it hurts the pride more and what not, but in the end, an assault conviction helps no one…
2. Posting Meme’s on FB about who will be sad if you died, is desperate. Your friends and family love you very, very, very much. Do not test them on this.
3. The Northwest football team has a saying, “That’s alright, that’s okay, you’ll be working for US one day”….Karma is amazing. Be deliberate about your actions….for the toes you step on today, will be attached to the butt you kiss tomorrow.
4. Please don’t take offense if I giggle at you. I know your future. Listen to me….I know where the shortcuts are.
5. But if you don’t heed my advice, that’s okay too. We didn’t listen to our parents either. Just know that as long as you awaken the next day, there’s always an opportunity to mend an error.
6. The Borrower is Slave to the Lender…..enough said.
7. Never make decisions in duress. Take a step back, look at it, think about it, and sleep on it….
8. Your teacher really doesn’t hate you. She cares, she’s just not kissing your butt and taking your crap. Do you honestly think she’s in that low paying, less appreciate job so that she can make your life hell? She can get a drink AND get mugged by a rapid DOG and have more satisfaction.
9. Finally, bullies only make you stronger…never give up…never give in…..
Okay, gotta go. In truth, I’m not laughing at you, I’m laughing with your future self. There will come a day, when you’ll look back and think, “MAN there must be a GOD”…..There is….trust me on this. Enjoy this day…for This is the Day…..you’ll realize that too one day…..Oh….and Youth is wasted on the young….SMH. Go make your mark on the world today. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Thursday.

Posted 9/8/15 at 9:34 AM | Veronica Philips

For Those About To Walk- I Salute You

For Those About to Walk....I Salute You:

I think brothers and sisters, we need to be very careful, very careful about throwing words like persecution around. If society has taught us nothing, its that once these words enter the water, they don’t come out with the same structure in which they went in. For example, Rape is now Sexual Assault; which I can now scream, if a man bumps into my shoulder. Racist is now any spoken word, action, or deed in which one is made to feel uncomfortable in their skin. Real racism hung baby boys from trees for just looking at a white woman, real rape took a woman and dehumanized her to the point that dogs had better treatment……These two words, like Daytona Beach, had their glory…their majesty in their heyday, but today, to hear one cry “Rape” or “Racist” may just elicited little more than (what my grandmother used to say) a, “Knock it off”….I’m getting ready to piss some of you off…you may want to step away now….
Daytona Beach is full of architecture from the 60’s and 70’s. Cheesy buildings that remind you of Brat Pack days gone by, but sadly, Daytona Beach is still living in those days. They never really recouped their status as the “Where the Boys Are” capital of Spring Break Society….Christians haven’t either. Our unwillingness, like the RNC, to move, and shape….not bend or break…. with societal needs, has labeled some of us as Religious dinosaurs. Many, can no longer relate. I’m not saying that our Jesus is some kind of Hippy King, holding court on the beach (I’m out here now), but I am saying that Jesus appealed to a wide range of masses. The Eunich, whom Philip baptized, some believed was Ethiopian, and Philip didn’t change anything about Jesus, he was just telling it like it was…..we as Christians, have been unwilling, or maybe unable to accept that we are very hypocritical. Yep, I said it. We are hypocritical. I think (and yes I’ve done it too), that instead of getting all hyper and offended, screaming at society that we had rights too, we should have been a tad bit more introspective into why 30 million people CAN’T BE WRONG! We, in our very arrogance, tried to take the high moral road many, many times, all without considering that society MAY BE RIGHT….Our ability to Harrumph our way through any conversation….Thus Sayeth The Lord….has left a bad taste in the mouth of those to whom we ministered…..but what’s going on now….well….
Kim Davis has heart. Every person to whom I have spoken to about her, agrees with me, on this one limited aspect of her personality. She has heart, she has convictions, kudos’s for standing up for them, but this woman does not have courage, because to have courage, one needs to be persecuted, and to be persecuted, one needs to be crucified unfairly in society….this…has not happened. Sorry brethren….this one you have wrong. I know…I did it too…but hear me. I cannot call myself a lover of all men, then pick only the white men, to love. I cannot call myself an Evangelical, then only tell the news to the Ethiopians. Kim Davis, used her office to advance her personal bias against one subset of society, and then stood behind the Christian Banner when called on it. She is not being persecuted, she is being punished. It’s NOT the same thing. She is a public employee, working for ALL the citizens of her county, she cannot deny one service, to the gay members of her constituency. Persecution is “eat this lamb that I sacrificed to Satan or die”. Little rough? Okay, persecution is, “stop talking about your Jesus, or I’ll put a bullet in your baby girl’s brain”….”Do not congregate here and pray, or I’ll rape (there’s that word) your wife”….Persecution is not, “Marry all, fairly and equally, like the law tells you to do”…had Ms. Davis said that she could not, in good conscience, follow that law, then stepped down, I would have helped her find a job. Had she been a pastor, forced to marry homosexuals, then I’d have paid her bail….had she had her deputies marry them..that would have been acceptable too…..but friends, brethren, family…..persecution….like RAPE and RACIST….is a very dirty horrible word and should be used for valid cases….Ms. Davis can resign at any time she wants….she isn’t being FORCED to marry homosexuals….
She took an oath, much like a police officer, to treat all men equally, fairly, rightly and justly. Not just the “men” she liked; which as a sidebar, the Bible being the Bible…pretty sure she issued licenses for a few unwed mothers, adulterers, and maybe even a few….gasp…divorcees…..Jesus doesn’t like ugly….. we are not judging her. The Bible gives us the authority to admonish a fellow Believer…..that is what we are doing. We hate society to scream all the time, “Don’t Jude Me”, but we’re kinda doing the same thing with her….”Don’t Judge Her”….yes….we can….the Bible tells us so. Under our precious Constitution all men are created equal, and I’m blessed that our country, at this time, gives us all the ability to be equal. Even those nasty child sex offenders, whom I hate (Don’t Judge Me) has equal protection under the law…I cannot refuse to serve them as a daughter of Christ….There’s a man, Siad (spelling) whom is being held in Iran…..he’s being beaten, torn open, every day for his preaching of Christ…..that my friends, is persecution. Do not lower yourself and do, what the world does to us……save your battles, and compassion for the real cases….she has heart….but that doesn’t make her a martyr…..Right Cart, wrong horse. Kim Davis can get out of jail by either resigning, or agreeing to uphold the law of her Office….she isn’t being FORCED to give up her Christ…..I pray that she sees that she is doing great harm to the name of Christ…..and we……we are letting her……she’s no MLK……but I’ll pray for her. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Sunday….I’m coming home babies.

Posted 9/8/15 at 9:28 AM | Veronica Philips

Iniquity, the Gateway Drug to Sin

Iniquity. The sliver wrapper around the chocolaty goodness of sin. Many have danced with this devil in the pale moon light, and lived to tell the tale, yet others, have been so taken in by the seductive, silky smooth nature of the package, that they never realized until it was too late just how wrong their actions were. Get the feeling we’re not talking about chocolate anymore? We’re not, but let me end with this little disclaimer: If Chocolate is wrong, I don’t wanna be right….I’ll take the sin….Just Saying.
Good friends will tell you when you’re wrong. Some may enjoy it a tad bit too much, but there isn’t a law that states you cannot enjoy admonishing a friend…I’ll remember that. I think the Grace comes in, (after a weekend of forced self-introspection), when one realizes just how easy the wrong thing, with the right intention is. I’ve danced with iniquity so many times, that I no longer think how certain actions (of mine) will affect the feelings of others. I mean, I don’t set out to cause pain where pain already exists, but intention matters little…when I do. We like to think we’re helping when in church we say, “We need to pray for Martha” but honestly, has anyone asked Martha how she feels about being prayed over???? NOPE….and THAT my friends….is gossip. I’ve been the victim of gossip and sadly, I’ve been the offender of the sin as well, but when the lines are blurred, that is, when False Witness hasn’t exactly been bared…the line between the wrapper and the chocolate becomes mighty fine…..The yardstick I use is: If my actions are not motivated by LOVE….it’s SELF…and SELF is SIN.
This whole fame crap is kinda sucky. I’m not being ungrateful, I’m just Saying. I get that I chose this, I get that I don’t get to determine what does and does not get judged, and I get that just because I say I’m not a Role Model, doesn’t mean I’m not a Role Model……but COME ON. I’m grateful for the opportunities to improve myself, painful as it may be, because I get to learn. Every time I’m brought before the court of public opinion and found guilty, my skin grows a little thicker…. I’m grateful to all those who step to me by calling me out in public. I gotta tell ya, however, some things are too easy, and I do them without thinking. My intentions are never motivated by an evil desire to be a troll, but that matters little, when someone is hurt. I suppose the greater good lies in the fact that there are those who care enough to not see me sin….because sin takes away Mercy Points…..I don’t have many left, so friends, I open the door to you (sigh). If you see me dancing with iniquity….tell me…..it’s too easy to sin, and THAT’S why the Road to Hell is paved with Good Intentions……um, but if you could line up and take turns…that’d be great. I’ve had enough this weekend…..Okay, gotta go. That’s enough self-debasement. Duchess is up, Sweetness is going to school, and the Guardians should be here any minute….Mommy’s home….how much longer before we go back? Happy Fall…Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Tuesday.

Posted 9/5/15 at 8:23 AM | Veronica Philips

Dedicated To All Those Weak in Spirit- I Got Your Back

Sometimes the words Gosh and Damn, will not cover what needs to be said. I shall of course, expound. If one is doused with cold water that one was not expected to be doused with, the proper phraseology, I believe is, “SON OF A B*TCH”, yes…I said that to God. Merrill had left me on the beach yesterday to go to some work, so alone, I waded into the tide (tide?). My wet feet turned into my wet legs, but I didn’t go any further than my wet thighs, because my hair….is expensive. As I turned around to survey the beachfront property, and my wallet, God threw a wave upon my back; which wet my hair and sent a chill down my very spine, and all of a sudden, in front of the Counsel of God and man, I yelled, “Son Of a Bit*ch! What the HELL did you do that for?”…..then I turned around…”Ohhhh, I see”…….
I know it’s so cliché to liken our lives to the wave of the sea, but SERIOUSLY, there is no better parallel that I know. Walking out into the surf (there it is) these little bitty ankle biter waves would step to me, but I moved through them, not bothered by their threat, then yet others would come, and although I stood firm, they shook me a little, still others that I thought were going to be IMMENSE, I mean, I see them coming, hit their point break before getting to me and were harmless, then the PUNK waves, hit me…wet me…..tripped me….inspired me to sin….. .jerks…. but this is our life, cliché or no....I now KNOW the secret to life.
AND there isn’t one. We spend our lives in the surf, struggling, praying, begging for a WORD, a helping hand, a connection. Many go to their deaths without realizing that in the surf, the waves are always coming,…..they’re going to take us down, and push us back to square one….but look and realize that we get up, and wade back out…That’s the secret…that’s always been the secret, and as I sit on my balcony this am, and look to the East and see the majestic sun rise, and I KNOW I’m right…..the secret to life…the very key many of us seek to find, is SELF.
I’m looking out over a sea of glass. I’m watching the people stroll up and down the beach, the joggers (I envy), the beautiful people as they venture out, before anyone else. I wonder if they know that I’m watching them……for an Introvert, this is porn….but in the sea of glass, comes the waves….the struggles in life, and honestly friends, it’s just a wave. Your job is to navigate the wave then teach someone else how to move through it too. I’ve NEVER seen a beach goer, that didn’t leave the surf, and NOT go back in later…do you get that? The waves are just waves, the struggles are just struggles…they never change….YOU DO. Some struggles you learn from, so you can stand firm when they come again, but others’?
Well....yes….they suck too. It isn’t personal….you know, eventually as you venture far enough out, the waves don’t even come anymore….do they? I have a struggle…..it’s owned me for years….I see it for what it is, and it’s time to wade through it…..God help me to wade through it…..I’m not giving you permission to cuss, but this morning as I brought my coffee to the balcony and saw the sunrise, I did say, “Oh my GOD….you are so GREAT!”….In His Heaven I could hear Him say, “I KNOW right?”…☺ Wade in the Water friends….You’ll be okay. I got your back. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, coming to you from the beach in Daytona…..enjoy your Saturday.

Posted 9/3/15 at 5:39 PM | Veronica Philips

How We Treat Our Seniors.....

The LAW in the US has affirmed that people are allowed to make as many bad decisions as they want, and believe you me, I’ve seen those acts. One of three things is getting ready to happen. Either I’ll get the riot act because someone doesn’t realize that I’m referring to a limited subset of society, someone will unfriend me as being too judgmental, or I’ll be reported for having a hate post. Keep in mind that in every situation, I’ve done the same thing, so I’m looking out for you. If one feels convicted, that’s not a bad thing…I changed so….….. Just Saying.
1. I watched an older couple outside a title loan shop. They were about 80’s. She was in the car, he was in making a payment, or borrowing money, doesn’t matter. What does matter that this couple is making one of the worst decisions of their life, and while I don’t advocate the act of “taking over”, if a man in his 80’s is so desperate that he’d pawn his only car title, at 120% repayment interest, someone needs to be looking out for him. I was tempted to just walk up and ask how much they needed, but it’s the behavior, not the situation that needs to be changed.
2. I watched a grandmother struggle with a car seat, in the heat, at a local Supercenter. My car was parked next to hers and I could hear her talking on the phone, “No, my granddaughter (GRANDDAUGHTER) is going to bring me the baby for the weekend”. I made my mother a grandmother at 40, I get that we make mistakes at a young age, but, WE do a whole lot of moving and shaking out there in society, sexual freedom and all that jazz, (no judgments), but seriously if you’re going to do it…MAN UP. Grandparents, and great-grandparents, should not be struggling with car seats in 90-degree weather.
3. The jack assess in DC forgot that medications probably should have been regulated with the HCA. In the pharmacy line at a major retailer this week, I watched a older gentleman put back a BP medicine so his wife could have her heart medication. THAT’S CRAP. When are we going to call the Emperior Naked? We could have had NP, even some MSN, BSN’s writing scripts to save costs, but now we have a citizenry going without medications, we’ve ALWAYS had a citizenry going without medications, and nothing’s changed expect they’re more expensive…I paid the medication…but don’t say anything…I’ll get it taken away.
Seriously, we are we going to institute measures to protect the two most venerable subsets of society? Seniors should not be pawning their car titles, they should not be raising their great-grandchildren, and they should not life/death choices over medications. Ya know the value of a society is judged by how they treat their seniors, and friends, we have a lot of work to do…to even break even. Okay, gotta go. Leaving on a jet plane, be back on Sunday, gonna have Merrill all to myself for a few days. These statuses will be coming to you from Daytona Beach…if I feel like it….Happy Birthday to my partner in crime, and publicist, Jen…..I adore you babe….ADORE……Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Thursday.

Posted 9/2/15 at 8:34 AM | Veronica Philips

Know When to Walk Away, Know When to Run!

I'm not sure just how "Affirming" this is, but it totally struck a chord within me. An old copy of Reader's Digest (admit it, you like it) had an article on human behavior. The cliff note version to the 10 page spread, was simply, STOP....LOOK....LISTEN. I'll get into the tragic tales in a a moment, but to his credit, Merrill does this. I've often been extremely annoyed (you have no idea) at his failure to initiate an emergency response to a perceived "threat", yet after reading the article, I realize that his ability to take a step back and reflect is indeed a God Given Gift. Per the article, I would have been one of the tragic souls whom lost their lives...one will never sum up the article better than Kenny Rogers when he sang, "You gotta know when to hold them, know when to fold them". Hmm, "In for a Penny, in for a Pound?".
Several years ago, 5 bodies were retrieved from a corn grain bin. Many have died becoming trapped in these bins, but many more, have died from the Methane the corn emits when confined in an enclosure. A man, seeing an issue with the mechanics of his silo, descended into the "mechanical room" to repair the issue, he didn't come out. His son, seeing that his father didn't come out, went in after him, he didn't come out. Three more people descended into the mechanical room, 3 more did not come out. The effects of Corn Methane are almost immediate...there was no hope...no hope...for the brave souls who attempted to save their fallen. Had any one of them take a step back, called 911, and realized that they too would be doomed...they may be alive.
A man was releasing a balloon in one of our many Midwest Classic Balloon festivals...he didn't properly account for his own weight and wind speed, and slowly started lifting with the balloon... 5ft, 10ft, 15ft, 20ft.....50ft......100ft.....he let go. This one bothered me. I mean, unless he was Macgyver, how on earth was he supposed to survive? I'm married to an Engineer, so I asked him if there was any way, this poor doomed soul could have survived? Yes, in theory, he could have climbed into the basket, but only up to a point, then Physics would have had him doomed anyway. He, in a state of panic, and self-preservation, let go...at the wrong time.
We do freak out, panic...make horrible judgements with FEAR....yep that nasty 4-letter word, that clouds our judgment, compels us to ACT..or REACT. Many of you are in the business world, FEAR can do irreparable harm to your finances, and reputation. The good ones, step back....and allow the proper perception to take over.....the leaders of this world know when to jump, when to stand down....I...am not a Role Model...nor Leader. As with every tragedy, Federal Oversight, or OSHA, comes in and mandates change. In the Methane story, 911 response buttons are mandated; which will give the operator the exact location of the silo so that emergency response teams can be on the scene in minutes. In the second scenario, balloons are now a two+ man teams.
Hindsight gives us the benefit to judge the actions of the poor souls whom lost their lives, but we can't, and we can't because as each of you were reading this, you thought to yourself, "I'd do the same thing". I'm annoyed that Merrill, in his God Given Gift, can often step back and look at a situation before dictating his course of action...it annoys his boss too....KNOW THAT, but....he has prevented me from many situations in which the need to apologize has arisen. I wonder if Kenny Rogers knew just how profound his tune would be, umpteen years later? The Psychology of Self-Preservation is faulty.....knowing when to act, react, and stand down may be the only thing standing between you...and life....but....it's pretty cool being a hot-head too...just saying. Gotta go, it's my Friday, I have Kiddie Pool, and a Duchess that needs to get her butt outta bed....I don't need Merrill to do this....I GOT THIS....maybe. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy my Friday....or your Wednesday.

Posted 9/1/15 at 8:00 AM | Veronica Philips

Um, I Only Wanted The Salt (Part 2)

I thought libidos were supposed to change with the Y2K rollover! I guess once a man, always a man (sorta),and as my Probation Officer says I have to write these things once a month, my PSA for September is, “ I just wanted the Salt” The inspiration for this status happened when Merrill came up to me one day and said, “You want me dontcha?”, while was reading a book…It did get me to thinking, however, that as women, we may unknowingly give off vibes that are misunderstood as invitations (especially by our spouses), and while I don’t assume to speak for all the women, I’d like you to allow me to clear up some confusions for the men whom still read me. I think this will help strengthen existing relationships, while laying the groundwork, for little brothers and little sisters, and YES, I accept that someone will report this….:
1. Sometimes a woman really IS just walking. Hey, we daydream too…..not about sex, but about chocolate. Don’t think that the look on our face means we want you to come over…we want chocolate.
2. Saying, “Excuse me” in a grocery store, is NOT a signal that I want to go out to the car with you….MERRILL…I just needed to get to the milk.
3. Alright FINE Merrill, but only if it can be done while I’m cooking, washing, mopping, vacuuming, sweeping, and cleaning, YOUR TOILET…..you Jackwagon.
4. I’m sorry, I had no idea that, “Can I get you anything else” would be taken so literal….actually I DID

Posted 8/31/15 at 9:50 AM | Veronica Philips

Opinions ARE NOT Facts

I took a personality test on Friday; which as a digression….REALLY? Why are we wasting our time with subjective personality test; which frankly can and often does change based on the side of the bed one arose? I could easily be at the Office with Merrill….having fun…..Sometimes I mess with the tests. Baby boy has that gift as well, we’ll get to that. One of the questions on the test:
1. I feel like
A. Singing
B. Crying
C. Valuable resources should be diverted from our Global Weapons Program and funneled into much-needed programs like the Homeless, and Fashion for Furs….
D. Beating the CRAP out of someone in the County Marking Parking Lot!
I chose “D”. May be getting a call soon. I remember the day Merrill and I got a call. I’ve always known something wasn’t right with that boy.
In Pre-school, the University of Illinois requested permission to study the intelligence and potential of our son. I gave the permission; but I suppose someone should have asked for his permission as well for he was MIGHTLY put out the day the young, bright upstarts came into his class and pulled him away from his hard work at play. They asked him question after question, (i.e. what color is this, shape, size, how he FEELS). He, being angry at the perceived intrusion, deliberately answered WRONG on every question….The answers so disturbed the researchers that an immediate intervention meeting was scheduled with Merrill and I to discuss our son’s disability. If I remember correctly, the quote was, “We recommend immediate mediation to remedy his disability. With intervention, he may be able to lead some semblance of a normal life”…..LOL…he may just be more like ME than I thought.
You cannot let someone’s OPINION become your TRUTH. Contraire to Merrill’s giggling retort, even Math can be Subjective. I want to be a contestant on American Ninja Warrior…..I KNOW I’m OLD…but so WHAT?It’s my opinion of myself that matters, and I believe I can do it….so suck it…young people. I call it Tester Bias….buy into it, and it becomes Testee Bias, then it becomes the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. Tests, to me, are opinions disguised as facts…they are wolves in sheep’s clothing. We only use 10% of our minds, I mean, imagine what’s left in there. I’m working on killing fish with my mind…God made you…He perfected you…doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks….well I wish it didn’t anyway….I get the pressure…I do. Okay, gotta go….Merrill thinks I’m not aware that he’s staring at me….I’m aware of EVERYTHING…believe that…my ability to observe has served me well over the years….I suppose I should warn you that Duchess has the same gift….she observes….then she waits….It’s a TRAP. I want to have her tested, but I think she’d break it…..Lord help the man who tames her….that’s not opinion, that’s FACT. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Monday.

Posted 8/28/15 at 7:56 AM | Veronica Philips

Grandma's Eye..... of the Tiger

I am a Kick-boxing Instructor, and I LOVE being a witness to someone else’s victory. Just saying, you can show all the meme’s (rhymes with Chem’s,) you want about politics, race, and religion, but give me a woman who says, “My girls are noticing my weight loss”, and you’ll have me at, “My girls”. There is nothing easy about chiseling the body, sculpting, molding, dictating what used to be second nature, but it can be done. As long as we accept that as we age, some things don’t cooperate, that cute little 17 yr old we used to be is gone, she died with the Scrunchie, but the woman who replaced her, is so much more beautiful….Wisdom is one of the hidden treasures God gave us, but like the pirates, we gotta look for that little nugget of truth….the bounty of our body awaits our conquest…but it doesn’t come easy.
I was sharing the story of the day I bought my first pair of Jordache Skinny Jeans with my class. Come-on….you remember that day. I HAD to write about it because after a year of working out, teaching, dieting and denying myself, I just HAD to try them on….AND THEY FIT! A woman in my class HAD to share her victory as well…..As a sidebar, I love personal victory stories. She’s been in my class for some time, she can’t always keep up, but she’s there, chugging, churning, bopping, punching, kicking…and she’s a GRANDMOTHER!!!! So…..any little sister out there complaining because she has a few pounds to lose but doesn’t want to do anything about it…..SUCK IT….because if a GRANDMOTHER can do it…ANYONE can do it…you’ll get no pass from me. Sorry…I digressed. This woman has been with me for quite some time….She’s looking GOOD. I bought some class rewards for those who did 30 ball push up’s with me, she earned a water bottle (it’s cute and pink) then acted like it was a TROPHY, but she DID the push ups…I didn’t GIVE her anything…that may be why she carries that thing around with her like a BOSS….HMM,….sometimes….the teacher becomes the student. ……
I love to watch other’s fight. I can’t help it. Ima scrapper. I get in there swinging and I respect others who do it as well…..she tells me last night, “Oh, I only made it halfway through your routine”…when I apologized, she said, “NO…you keep doing what you’re doing…..I’ll catch up”….what an inspiration she is….she’s taking the bull by the horns, and kicking his ASS….she’s dictating what her body WILL DO…not the other way around. Hmmm, our WILL is an amazing gift from God if used appropriately. I’ve seen people survive on nothing but WILL…..but…that’s another story. This grandmother is showing ME what it’s like to be a true fighter, and I’m blessed to be a part of her battle….now I shall battle WITH her…and if you know one thing about me, I LIKE to battle…..get’s my juices flowing….okay…gotta go. Kiddie pool later, and all this talk about fighting has got me inspired to go conquer Merrill…It’s Chocolate Milk TIME…Pray for him! Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Friday….TGIF…

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