Category: My Corner

Age is a state of mind baby


Hey great people,

Happy Monday to you! After having a conversation with the hubby, I’ve been really considering my position in life currently. Like you, I too, have many hopes and ambition. I catch myself saying “32 is around the corner”, constantly.  I’m also thinking, “age is a number” the value of knowledge to gain is more important. 

So, “age is a state of mind baby” will be my go to Motto. Lol. As long as we are given another chance at life, we have time to grow and improve. 

Take care peeps! Thanks for reading 

Nicole Cherise ❤️

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Truthful tuesday

Hi friends! How are you great people doing?

Since Tuesday is winding down, I figure why not have a truthful moment?

Here is a truth about me. I believe I am an extrovert and I’m a social butterfly. However, there are times I need “Me” time or peace and quiet to be in my thoughts. This can be during reading, a trip to target, listening to music and even blogging. I’m sure this may not be a big deal to some, but it is a big deal for me. 

What about you great people? What’s your truth for today?

Thanks for reading!
Nicole Cherise ❤

Confession

Hi great people!

As a person who battles a chronic illness (Multiple Sclerosis), I am doing my best to remain strong. I do KNOW that my strength comes from the Lord 💪🏾 therefore, giving up can never an option.

I would be a liar if I said I wasn’t scared. I don’t let these feelings consume me everyday because I’m trying to enjoy every moment of life. To help me with this is that I look to my loved ones as my “why” and Purpose. 

What about my other warriors out there? Those who battle illness, has this been you? 

Thanks for reading friends!

Nicole Cherise ❤

Ain’t I enough?

I’m a proud black woman. I respect my roots. I appreciate the hard work of my ancestors and all who died in sacrifice so that I can have a chance.

When I decided to “find” myself, it was college. To this day, I’m still growing and creating myself. Everyday I look in the mirror, I see cocoa skin, a broad nose, full lips, dark eyes, kinky hair, curves and scars from the birth of my son. Some days I feel high in my element, but other days not so much. 

The battle of acceptance battles with American beauty and Black beauty. I need to conform. I need wear straight hair via relaxer or weave. My kinky roots are considered nappy by blacks and not “professional” by others but how? This is the strands as they grow from my head just like any other woman that has natural straight or wavy hair. So, I only look my BEST when it’s pressed or long down my back?
Now, I can care less about what techniques other black women do to maintenance their hair. I encourage healthy routes regardless of the choice. Even women, play on each other when it comes to beauty. Team this, team that, but getting played by the same system and men. 
What you Don’t see when you look at me: A woman of Faith, a Wife, a Mother, a sister, a friend, a Scholar, a woman who battles Multiple Sclerosis and works hard everyday. I also respect and encourage others to do better and find better in themselves. 
So I ask you, Ain’t I enough? 

Just take a moment

We have to take a moment to just breathe and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. As I stare out the window and see the leaves fall from the trees, I suddenly had a peaceful moment. 

I hope everyone enjoyed their thanksgiving day and time spent with those who matter. Just remember that there are many who wish to have half of what you have. 

Nicole Cherise ❤️

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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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Daydreaming about Heaven

Slowly but Surely…

The rough days will come and they will hurt your soul. There is no denying that. There are times when I sit back and ponder “what’s the meaning of it all?” Do I stay or do I go? To a place so far deep into inner peace. A place where it’s no rain, no hate, no suffering… Just sunshine, love, and healing. 

Yes, I’m daydreaming… I know this place isn’t here on Earth. I pray to get there. I pray He lets me in.. So I can eternally Smile Again. 

Nicole Cherise❤️

Don’t ask me to apologize 

You want me to feel bad for being me. You want me to feel bad that I grew up in a two-parent household. You can’t understand how I had a great relationship with my Daddy. You want me to feel bad that I didn’t “want” for anything. You’re mad because I grew up in a house. I’m suppose to feel bad for finding My soul mate. You hate that I’m happy in my marriage. I’m judged for waiting to have a baby. You want to see me fail as a mother. You are mad that I have wonderful friends that are family. Some of family don’t even want to be my family. I won’t apologize.

I’m suppose to apologize for wanting more. You want me to feel bad because I have a master’s degree and I DO YEARN for MORE. You want me to feel bad because I’m Proud to be a Black Woman. I’m Happy with cocoa cocoa complexion, I’m happy for my thick kinky hair, I’m happy for my curves, my mental awareness and I won’t apologize. 
I will NOT apologize for my blessings. 

Not now. Not tomorrow. Not ever.
Nicole Cherise❤️

Motivational Mondays: Accomplish your goals

Hi friends! I hope you had a good weekend! I was able to spend time with some girlfriends and enjoyed church service yesterday 😊

I want to share something with you all. Since, 2014 I began writing my MS story. I would constantly say, “I need to hurry and finish my draft” and of course I didn’t. So fast forward to the present, I expanded my writing with each chapter but never quite “finished” it. Therefore, this past March, I told Steve that I would be done with the book by the end of April. Friends, I held on to my word. Yes I finished my first draft to my story! I feel so good and like one weight was lifted off my shoulders. 

Have you ever put your mind to something, set a goal and then accomplished it? It’s an awesome feeling isn’t? I encourage us all to do this more. Life is about taking chances and having that feeling of joy when we claim victory. My suggestion is to jot down some ideas or goals and set a REALISTIC deadline. I guarantee you will feel great and motivated to do more. I hope this can help someone and please feel free to share this with someone who may feel stuck in a rut. Trust me, those days don’t last forever, especially when you put your mind to something.

Thanks for reading and sharing!

Nicole Cherise 

Feel good Friday (late): How others can inspire you to be a Success!

Hi friends! I’m so sorry for the late post. Yesterday, I honestly didn’t know what I wanted to write about and it was busy with work and baby boy having a little cold. However, after a good conversation with hubby last night, it will prompt today’s post. 

As you all know I have very strong views on circle of friends and their effect in our lives. I am a person who loves to hear success stories and I’m genuinely proud of my friends when they are winning. I have the attitude that if one wins, we all win. One of my friends, Arianne, started her own business called DayCare Rescue, LLC and had her first major contract with a client. You can find out more here: Daycare Rescue, LLC                                    I’m so happy for her and it truly inspired me. 

Friends, we have so much potential and a lot of times it does take that extra push to achieve it. When you have successful friends, you will want to feel good about yourself and be a success as well. Think about a time in your life where someone in your inner circle accomplished something great and then not too long after, the same happened to you. Didn’t you feel good? Truth is, no one wants to be that loser friend, so the motivation is real lol. 

Take the time that’s needed to invest in yourself, your goals and dreams. Take that leap and don’t worry about the naysayers. Just remember your “why” and you will be fine! I hope you all follow your dreams and passions in life. I also want to wish you a great weekend!
Nicole Cherise