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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Embrace Struggle!! – Daily Word March 31, 2010

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Good Morning family! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to struggle! Life is whatever you say it is! It can be easy or it can be difficult! The choice is all in how we perceive things! Some perceive struggle as a bad thing but we must always realize that struggle is what gives meaning and joy to our accomplishments! Struggle builds strength, resilience, tenacity and allows you to enjoy your dream more once attained! Embrace struggle! Use whatever you are going through as the motivation to give 1000% in everything you do! Use struggle as a way to keep you motivated knowing that you will never return to that unwanted stage!! As Curtis Jackson would say “Joy wouldn’t feel so good if it wasn’t for pain.” Stop wishing that life were different use what you have in order to get what you want!! Embrace the Struggle!!

“For better or worse, our future will be determined in large part by our dreams and by the struggle to make them real.”

“Opportunity follows struggle. It follows effort. It follows hard work. It doesn’t come before.”
-Shelby Steele

“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.”
-Oprah Winfrey

“The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is.”
-Robert H. Schuller

“Nothing is given to man on earth – struggle is built into the nature of life, and conflict is possible – the hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen.”
-Andrew Bernstein

“Whatever the struggle, continue the climb. It may be only one step to the summit.”
-Diane Westlake

“Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible.”
-Mao Tse-Tung

“Miracles happen to those who believe in them.”
-Bernard Berenson

Can You Imagine!! – Daily Word March 30, 2010

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Morning my good people! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to your imagination. Can you imagine a life with no worries? Can you imagine a life full of everything you have ever wished for? If you answered yes to both than you are well on your way to making it become a reality. In order to get anything in life you first have to envision it as already yours. The misconception that often occurs is that action will produce all of your results. What we need to realize is that action is just one part of the process. We must dream, visualize and really believe we can attain our goal before we can ever expect to make it real. So use your imagination! Dream Big! and Turn those Dreams into reality!!

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” 
-Mark Twain

“Everything you can imagine is real.”
 -Pablo Picasso

“We are what we imagine ourselves to be.”
-Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

“To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there.”
-Richard Bach

“No matter how qualified or deserving we are, we will never reach a better life until we can imagine it for ourselves and allow ourselves to have it.”
-Richard Bach

“Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass.”
-Paul J. Meyer

“All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.”
-Brian Tracy

'You Saved Me': Film celebrates black marriage and challenges perceptions

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Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 28, 2010


Ronnie and Lamar Tyler were always surprised by the way people around them would react to news of an engagement.

“We’d be at somebody’s house,” Lamar recalls, “and someone would come in and say, ‘Hey, I’m getting married!’ and everybody would be like, ‘Don’t do it. Are you sure you want to do that? Don’t make the mistake I made.’ And that’s supposed to be a happy moment!”

The problem, as the Tylers saw it, was largely one of perception.

“We felt like through television, movies, Web sites — there weren’t enough positive images of black marriages,” Lamar says. “There are so many African American youths growing up in communities now where they’re not seeing marriages around them at all — they’re not seeing the good things, the positive side and what a good relationship could look like.”

So in 2007, the Waldorf couple, who’ve been married for five years and are parents of four, including two children Ronnie had before they wed, created a blog, http://www.blackandmarriedwithkids.com. The idea was to establish a venue where people could discuss the issue, at a societal level and a personal one.

“I knew plenty of great couples, but you never hear their stories, you never see them — it’s almost like a class of people who don’t exist,” says Lamar, a 33-year-old IT professional. The blog was meant to “just shine a positive light on marriage and show there are happily married African American couples out there.”

In the three years since its launch, the blog has attracted a cadre of contributing writers and a loyal following of readers who chime in on topics like conflict resolution, parenting and finances. For their efforts, the Tylers were named one of Essence Magazine’s “Power Couples on the Move” last year, putting them in the company of the Obamas and Adrian and Michelle Fenty.

“We never claim to be the experts — it’s just a forum and we just facilitate the conversation,” says Ronnie, a 37-year-old project manager. “We throw out a topic and then people will say, ‘Well, this is how it worked in our marriage.’ It just gives you a different perspective.”

Two years ago neither had any experience with a video camera, but when Lamar suggested they have a documentary made about the portrayal of marriage in the African American community, Ronnie proposed doing it themselves. The two bought cameras, trained themselves in editing and released “Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage” last July.

The reactions the couple liked best were from those who said the film had sparked a conversation. “They said, ‘Yeah, we talked about it all the way home. We talked about how having two parents or being raised in a single-parent household affected us, and we talked about the Obamas and whether or not they’ll have an effect,’ ” Lamar recalls.

But the Tylers also heard from people who wanted a more intimate perspective on marriage from couples in the thick of it. So on Sunday, which is Black Marriage Day, the Tylers will release their second film, “You Saved Me,” which profiles eight couples talking about the impact of marriage on their lives. Some are newlyweds, others the parents of growing families. One couple talks openly about their journey to the brink of divorce, and how they grew to love each other again.

“You Saved Me” will screen at the PG Publick Playhouse in Cheverly at 3 p.m. on Sunday, and at venues in 20 other cities across the nation this weekend.

The Tylers never expected to become part-time marriage gurus, but they believe the success of their site reflects a hunger for substantive dialogue about black marriage.

“And it’s added so much to our marriage,” Ronnie says. “We learn so much from other people and their experiences — our marriage is definitely in a different place because of it.”

Beat All Odds – Daily Word March 29, 2010

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Good Morning family and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and is ready to take this week by storm! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to beating the odds. This year is the year of the underdog! For some reason many of us have been counted out and whether directly or indirectly we are being told by the outside world that we don’t have what it takes! If you believe this for one second you are a fool!!! This is your year!! I don’t care what is happening right now or what setbacks or obstacles seem to be in your way!! NEVER GIVE UP!! Your obstacles are merely a test to see how bad you want your dream!! Keep grinding!! You are closer than you think!! Beat all odds!!! Don’t let life get the best of you! Those who are successful are those who made their dreams happen by any means necessary! You no longer have any excuses!! Your dream is yours for the taking and whether you succeed or not is a true testament to how deep your desire is!! So get yourself together! Move forward! Don’t Look Back!! and Make Your Dream Happen!!!

“The impossible – what nobody can do until somebody does”

“To succeed takes time and prolonged effort in the face of unfriendly odds.”
-David Viscott

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.”
-Arnold Palmer

“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.”
-Orison Swett Marden

“If you do what is necessary, all the odds will be in your favor.”
-Charles Buxton

“Think of success as a game of chance in which you have control over the odds. As you begin to master concepts in personal achievement, you are increasing your odds of achieving success.”
-Bo Bennett

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”

It All Depends!! – Daily Word March 26, 2010

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Happy Friday!! Rise, Grind and Give thanks for another day! Todays Daily Word is dedicated to dependency! Make sure as you move through life that you are not depending on anyone or anything to make your dream a reality! Right now where you stand you have everything you need to make it happen!! Stop making excuses!! Stop being afraid!! Your dependency is fictional! Its a crutch!! Do it now I say!! Do it now!! As I said yesterday, Life waits for no one!!! Don’t let life past you by!! There are but so many tomorrows!!!

“Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.”

“Remember happiness doesn’t depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think”
-Dale Carnegie

“Happiness doesn’t depend on how much you have to enjoy . . . But how much you enjoy what you have.”
-Tom Wilson

“Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.”

“You have to be self-reliant and strong to survive in this world. Otherwise you will be destroyed.”
-Joan Crawford

“Hope is a good thing but not if you depend on it solely.”

“A Self-realized person does not depend on anybody [except God] for anything.”
-Bhagavad Gita