Category: Family

Momma is proud 

Today my little boy did his first artwork at school! 


This is the first of many. I’m very proud of my son and I feel as a New parent it is good for his self esteem to recognize his accomplishments. 

After, a long day today, this truly brightened it. 

I hope everyone remains safe in the storm!

Thanks for reading!

Nicole Cherise ❤

Surprise Surprise

This weekend, I was suppose to be in Philly visiting friends but ended up at JFK airport on a flight to Tampa. 

My support system had been keeping a big secret from me for months until now. A great man named Donovan Smith plays for our favorite football team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I’m friends with his sister and he’s knows about my battle with MS and is a follower of my blog. He felt that I was an inspiration, so much that he flew my husband and myself to Tampa, handled all hotel accomadations, sent welcome videos from some of the players, gave us a tour of the Bucs training facility and field passes for today’s game!

I’m beyond honored and humbled. It’s good to know that I do inspire people. I don’t take this blessing for granted and I will continue to live with the purpose that God has instilled in me. Thanks for reading!

Nicole Cherise ❤️

Thanksgiving reflections

The holidays are tough when you’re missing loved ones at the dining room table. Life isn’t the same, but you realize just how much we need to cherish life.  

As I look around, I’m watching my husband, son, mother and my in-laws laughing and eating, I drift into my own world. I honestly don’t know what I would do without them. Their presence gives me the energy that I need to get by. 
I also realize that at this point of the year, it’s time to game plan for the new year. I have a list of goals that I am working hard to meet. I will keep you all posted. I’m very excited because when you accomplish something new, you feel unstoppable. 
I’m thankful for all of you who take the time to read my posts and follow my journey. Blessings to you all!
Nicole Cherise❤️

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F.F: each morning…

I feel blessed.

I’m blessed to open my eyes and see my husband and son. With all the challenges that I deal with, the love for my family, always puts a smile on my face. 

I hope there is something or someone in your life, that no matter what is going on, you can smile. My family is my back bone, the extra strength that I endure at times when I really need it. They accept me flaws and all. 

What about you? Who or what makes you feel good?

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Motivational Mondays: we should stop putting age limits on our Goals

Hi friends! Happy Monday and new week to you!

https://www.facebook.com/idriselba/videos/10153812692958692/

The link above is video shared my Idris Elba. He asks people the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” of course, many laughed and states that they were grown up, however when do you stop growing? 🤔
We all have had dreams or goals we want to do, but we reach a point where we just put that dream on the back burner. Is it because it didn’t happen by the age we wanted it to? Did “life” happen? I’ll be first to admit that when I was younger, I wanted to become a wife, mother and Psychologist. Professionally, I want to obtain my doctorate degree and I wanted to open a family center to help all people. I feel like once I was diagnosed with MS that was a curve ball that wasn’t expected. I began to concentrate on other things that were more important, family. Steve and I got married and we eventually became parents. So, I’ve achieved two things, but I still haven’t accomplished the final piece. Once I stopped putting age limits on stuff my mind changed. Once I said I don’t know if it will happen, now it’s I WILL get my cherry on top, God willing. 
We also have this attitude that if we don’t do certain things by certain ages, we either failed or will never accomplish them. I feel a lot of television and fairy tales are the cause for this. We have this thought that by this age, I should finish school, I should be in my dream career by that time, this age, I should get married or at least fall in love, I should have kids by this time in life, I should own a home/condo at this point. We place pressure on ourselves and it hurts when these things aren’t fulfilled. 

Imagine if we as a people could just live. Imagine as we are growing and evolving, we can say I’m ready to take the leap. Instead of family and society filling our heads with time limits, we take our time and just worry about ourselves and our creations. This can be us friends, we need to make that choice. 

What are your thoughts? Thanks so much for reading!
Nicole Cherise

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Feel good Fridays: leaving a legacy 

Hi friends! Happy Friday!

As we all know, the music icon, Prince suddenly passed away. He was loved by many and had many fans worldwide. It made me think, “it’s not about living forever, it’s creating a legacy that will last forever. 
  

As I think about my late father and late Goddaughter, every encounter with others, they always reference great things about both. It made think, when it is my time, what can other’s say about me? Or what seeds would I plant that can continue to grow? I, too, may not ever get famous, but I want my life to serve the purpose of helping others. I want to live a life as an example for my son and future children. That’s my “why” as I spoke about in this previous post. 

What about your friends? Do you find yourself wanting to leave behind a legacy? 

Thanks for reading! Have a good weekend!

Nicole Cherise

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Where is the Love Wednesdays: what’s good for the goose is good for the gander

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday to you!

We all have heard this phrase above. Many times it’s because something is happening that we felt was unfair. This applies to all relationships rather it’s romantic, family, friends or the work place. I agree with this phrase.
Often people can do something to us (usually it’s something we don’t appreciate or something we want to do) but it’s a double standard when it comes to us doing the same. I know life isn’t fair but that simply can’t work! In any relationship you have to give respect to get it. It’s not ok for someone to do entirely whatever they want and then have an issue once you do the same. 
In these cases, you have to find common ground and balance. If you are the one who is the “goose”, you need to check yourself because no one will want to work or be with you under those kind of restrictions. Therefore, the bottom line is, treat one another like equals and with respect. 
Nicole Cherise 

Where is the Love Wednesdays: Family Matters

Hi friends. Happy hump day 🙂

  
Today started extremely rough as I was not feeling well however, my mother stopped by and helped with my son. Hubby and I are very thankful for our family and it made me think of the importance of family. 

We all know the saying: “you can’t pick your family”. This is true and we can all admit that we have some family members that could irk our nerves from time to time or some members aren’t close with others. However, when it comes down to it, family can be all that you have. We don’t always have to get along 100% of the time but the love and blood is never broken. 
We all have different dynamics but do you feel family is important? Let me know your thoughts. 
Nicole Cherise 

Motivational mondays: daily affirmations 

Hi friends!

Today is a good day to be awesome! Why you ask? Because you made it to see another day. I try to tell myself this daily. I know it’s not easy because of the things we struggle with but if we tell ourselves these daily reminders it can help. 

  1. I’m not perfect and that’s fine.
  2. Even when it rains, I’ll bring my own sunshine.
  3. Today, I will love myself more than yesterday.
  4. I can be a better family member and friend.
  5. I will follow my dreams.

If you practice any faith, I also recommend praying or meditating as well. Hang in there friends, trust and believe you are not alone. Things will improve, slowly but surely. 

Nicole Cherise