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Happy International Women’s Day Ladies! Get Your Red On! #BeBoldForChange

Happy International Women’s Day to every beautiful, empowered, inspirational woman across the nation whose contributions continue to break barriers. We rock! To every trailblazer, ground breaker, innovator, and pioneer who has inspired change and empowered other to be the change they want to see, I applaud you.

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”

-Dr. Maya Angelou

Calling all pioneers, trailblazers, originators, and ground breakers this one’s for you. Wear Red. Be a game changer. Be bold for change. Do something extraordinary. Be intentional!

Be blessed! – JD

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Welcome to Wisdom Wednesday Morning Inspiration. Make A Declaration. Count Yourself Worthy!

I Won't Quit JoaynnIf anyone were to ask me what does it feel like to be me, I would tell them it’s nothing like what haters say about me. The opinions of others do not bother me. In fact I welcome them. Because they’re not facts. They are just opinions. Have a seat haters. God set me free! Thank you Jesus!

One of the hardest things to accept is not being accepted as you are by others. Love yourself. Accept it. Don’t let it frustrate your purpose. You may not be all you need to be. Thank God you’re not the person you used to be.

The devil wants to keep you in bondage. He wants you to believe you don’t have what it takes to live for God. The anointing breaks the yoke of bondage. Don’t be afraid. Refuse to stay bound. Live for Jesus. When you face difficult situations and it seems you’re under extreme attack, don’t give up. Run the race. God will send a ram in the bush.

Live like there’s no tomorrow. Forget yesterday. Put the past behind you. It’s a new day. Have no regrets. God is not through with you yet.

Say this with me, What God has for me is for me. I want what God has for me. I won’t quit or give up. I will walk in my destiny no matter what.

Be blessed! – JD

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (NIV)

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Thanks to My Pastor Bishop Thomas. He Did It Again. Join Me and Do Something Different. Step Outside Your Comfort Zone. Do Something Radical!

New Places JoaynnFor the past few weeks I have been distracted to the point where I’ve been slacking and have lost interest and concentration on things I looked forward to that used be a part of my normal routine that would give me joy. I would wake with a plan every day only to be bombarded with distractions that were so time-consuming it would leave me frustrated, in pain, to the point of wanting to give up. It was never-ending. Especially when it affected the things I loved doing.

And to top it off, it interfered with my meditation and time spent with God. I lost focus on God. As well as working on my blog. I was a sin and a shame. I started slacking in my prayers. I managed to read my Bible, in a hurry. Saying simple prayers. Forgive me God. I’m working on this.

Something was amiss with me. I couldn’t put my finger on it and thought it was very unusual for me. You see, weeks prior I had this burning desire to do something different, out of the ordinary. Something I’ve never done before. But too many distractions left me uncertain. I started having doubts and begin to question is this really what God desires for me? Is this where he is truly leading me?

But something happened a few weeks ago at church that left me speechless and affirmed I was on the right track. Thanks to my pastor Bishop Thomas’ powerful sermon titled “I’ll See You Outside” confirming it was time to see new places and do something different. He said, “You got some new things, new friendships ahead of you but you got to get outside. Get out of the routine and go outside. God has better for you. Meet some new friends.” I was like, how did he know? Well, he’s just the messenger. God knew.

I have been hiding behind walls afraid to be transparent to the world far too long. God spoke to me, letting me know it’s time to remove the veil. It compelled me to do something out of the norm I believe would change my life forever. I decided to do something radical. I declared I wouldn’t spend another day bound by fear, afraid of the unknown. I’m going to get out of my usual routine of doing what’s familiar and do something different. Even though I am very shy, I took it up a notch and left all my insecurities behind. I took to Periscope to share my love of God and in the process managed to also share some inspirational messages.

God never intended for me to fit in so I won’t spend time trying. I will stand out! I am the unique one. I’m not like anyone else. I will no longer lose life doing time. I’m going to get outside of my normal self. I see myself in the future and I’m looking better. What God has for me is better. So I decided the next day would be the day I begin new things, believing God for a miracle. I declared miracles and blessings!

Like my Bishop said, “Life goes to the pioneers, trailblazers, originators, ground breakers. People who do things unusual. Success, accomplishment, advancement goes to the innovators. Those who think differently.” My, my. He’s talking about me. I’m going to press forward and finish things I’ve started with confidence. I won’t be afraid to self-publish out of intimidation.  I’ll see you outside in new places. I’m meeting new people.

Please pardon my uniqueness. I don’t have a click to fit in. I roll all by myself. I can’t please everybody. I don’t need anyone’s help. So if you see unusual things from me, it’s because I’m doing something different. I’m on a roll. I’m doing something radical. I’m going new places and will meet new people along the way. “I’m winning!”

Thanks for supporting me and visiting my blog even though I’ve been gone for a while and have been missing in action. That’s it for now but if I think of anything else, I will keep you posted. In the meantime, I want to leave you with this.

Calling all pioneers, trailblazers, originators, and groundbreakers. God has better for you. Step outside your comfort zone. Take it up a notch. Occupy all streets. Do something radical!

Be blessed! – JD

James 1:23-25 “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” (ESV)

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Happy International Women’s Day!

wpid-textgram_1394313927.pngHappy International Women’s Day to every empowered, influential woman whose contributions continue to inspire and break barriers!

We Women Rock!! We make a difference. We’re fearfully and wonderfully made. Encourage one another, embrace your uniqueness. Empower women across the nation. Continue to make a lasting impression. Be a blessing!

Happy International Women’s Day!

Be blessed! -JD

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Dear NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo, Can There Be Such a Thing as NaNoWriDisMo and NaBloPoDisMo?

Dear NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo,I just learned from a BlogHer email that NaBloPoMo begins January 1, 2014 and the race is on for numerous people to participate in the upcoming NaBloPoMo event.

I thought, how fitting the timing since I was in the process of blogging about a small change I would like to see with NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo for those disabled but would like to be a part of this glorious event in the near future. As well as those who may have some difficulty participating given the requirements and writing challenges.

I am a person who has a compassion for all no matter what one suffers with. Granted it was not until after I became diagnosed with chronic pain syndrome after suffering with hand and elbow conditions, Fibromyalgia, and other conditions that I developed a greater compassion for those in pain and those who have become disabled as a result of their diagnosis. I empathize with ones who are limited in their capacity to function as they were accustomed to and know what it is like to face challenges or obstacles when desiring to be a part of the norm.

When I first began my blog, I didn’t realize the amount of time, effort, physical strength, and writing that would be required to maintain the blog. While I welcomed comments, sometimes it would take days, weeks, or longer periods for my response because of limitations with my hands but I no doubt would respond as time permitted. My writing also averaged minimally compared to other bloggers because of days that prevented me from posting due to excessively flared symptoms that kept me bed-ridden. But all I knew when my children introduced me to blogging and agreed to help me to encourage me and take me out of my comfort zone, I wanted nothing more than to connect with others and do something different even though my body was saying no.

As such, when I first heard of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) I did not have any idea what was the world of NaNoWriting. As November approached, mid-way through my joining social media over a year ago, a friend of mine named Sezoni Whitfield, whom I met on social media who support writers in their projects and conduct writer interviews via WritersKaboodle on Twitter introduced me to the idea and asked if I were interested in participating.

I told her I had never heard of it, and given my limitations with my hands and elbows along with the pain and challenges I faced daily with what I considered severe symptoms of Fibromyalgia coupled with chronic pain, there was no way on earth I could ever begin to write every day to complete 50,000 words in one month. Even though I have managed to write a memoir that took me years to compile and is in its final stage awaiting final editing review, it in no way can compare to having to post every day and meet the 50,000 word challenge.

But then I had an afterthought and in response to that challenge, I decided to take a look at my blog posts and do a word count from November last month as well as posts from November 2012 and this is what my family and I came up with. In 11/2013 approximately 29,150 words were written and in 11/2012 approximately 38,843 words were written not towards a novel but just my thoughts on my blog.

Now, if I were to go and count I’m sure the words I wrote in my memoir would exceed 50,000 yet it was not done in a month as would be required if I chose to participate with NaNoWriMo in November. Therefore, prompting my idea for change.

I joined BlogHer a short time later in November and saw National Blog Posting Month (NaBlogPoMo). I decided to further research and after gaining insight I had a strong desire to participate but knew I couldn’t meet the challenge. A year went by with not much changing with my physical limitations but I was still interested in the possibility of participating. It was not until last month when I received an email from BlogHer noting the end of NaBloPoMo that again I wished I could have been a part of it. Sadly I couldn’t because the challenge was too great.

So I started thinking, what if NaNo (Writing Month) was to include a writing challenge in November for people with disabilities and gave them similar requirements that included 30 days with a lower word count of approximately 39,000 – 40,000 words. With the hope of writing something that doesn’t necessarily need to be a novel but can be smaller like an inspirational journal for publishing (NaNoWriMo). Additionally, the same requirement would apply for NaBlo (Posting Month) with the exception of creating inspirational blog posts for thirty days instead of writings towards a novel. And each entity called it National Novel Writing Disability Month (NaNoWriDisMo) or National Blog Post Disability Month (NaBloPoDisMo).

Granted, I know there will be a lot of variables to consider when making such a change and given the fact some people do not wish to be placed in a certain category, for me I feel those with disabilities would welcome the idea who face challenges but desire to be included. And it possibly may motivate and inspire them to meet the challenge along with others who participate in this worldwide event.

I am not one to view things in a light that would place labels on others nor do I wish it to be viewed this way but my hope is for others to see it as inclusiveness that would give equal accessibility to those we don’t know who may feel inadequate or incapable of participating and choose not to because of a disability, but desire to do so. I believe it would be exhilarating, freeing, empowering, and amazing!

Whew….now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I feel better. And remember, these are just my thoughts. Thanks for listening. Be blessed! -JD

Signed,

Me
Future
NaNoWriDisMo and
NaBloPoDisMo member

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