Motivational Monday – 7/17/17

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Hi Lovies,

It is 7/17/17 and that is an amazing day! Not only is it full of lucky number sevens, but it is 2 days away from my birthday. Ok so nobody asked, but I’m telling anyway because I absolutely love my birthday and will be celebrating all week. I also like to celebrate other’s birthdays because it puts a smile on their face. Two little words can make people feel on top of the world. Keeping in that same spirit, I want you to go out and make someone’s day. Spread the love.  HAPPY MONDAY!

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Motivational Monday – 7/10/17

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Hi Lovies,

Sometimes it is easy for people to forget about themselves, always giving to others. In some instances this causes the giver to be taken for granted. I am here to tell you that if you fall into this category, your feelings, wants and needs are valid and should never be ignored. It is fine to help others, but always remember to refuel and refresh your own spirit or you will be no use to the others you love to help. #mm

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50 Days of Loving Guest Blog Intro

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Hi Lovies,

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision on Loving vs Virginia which allowed Mildred and Richard Loving to live in the state of Virginia as man and wife.

This ruling has impacted mine and countless other’s lives and I am excited to bring you the guest posts today! I reached out to a wide variety of people to participate in this series. My intention was to have blogs from both sides of the issue, however I was unable to procure anyone who was willing to go on record as being against interracial relationships. Several of my invitations went unanswered so I have a feeling some of those people were not feeling it. Some people got busy and were unable to send in their article. I totally get that because life happens and you can’t escape it.

Regardless of who did not participate, I received a nice response and the bloggers are on point ya’ll. I can’t wait for you to read them!  I want all of the writers who were kind enough to indulge me to know how very much I appreciate them. You didn’t have to do this, but you did! Your kindness will not be forgotten. Below is a schedule of the guest bloggers in order of appearance. Of course I had to participate as well, so I am on there too. I just couldn’t be silent on this subject. The fun starts at 10 AM. Enjoy!

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Motivational Monday – 6/12/17

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Today’s motivation is about love! Sometimes people do bad things to you for whatever reason. Don’t question it, just forgive and move on for your own peace of mind. That doesn’t mean you have to keep them in your life, but in order to be your best and receive the blessings meant for you, you must forgive. #mm

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Indie Shine – Yecheilyah Ysrayl

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In this edition of Indie Shine, a place for rebirthoflisa to “Shine” the spotlight on indie artists, we welcome author Yecheilyah Ysrayl.

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Bio:

Yecheilyah Ysrayl is the author of Young Adult, Black American Literature, and Poetry. The author of eight books (most notably, The Stella Trilogy), Yecheilyah is currently working on her next book series “The Nora White Story”. Renaissance: The Nora White Story Book One is due for release July 15, 2017. Revelation: The Nora White Story Book Two is due for release December of this year. Yecheilyah is also a Blogger and Book Reviewer. Originally from Chicago, IL, she now resides in Shreveport, LA with her husband where she writes full time.

Q & A

What do you do and Why do you do it?
Thank you, Lisa, for having me. I am an Independent Author of Black American Literature, a Poet, Book Reviewer and Blogger. I do what I do because I believe my voice is important to the restoration of truth into the world. I do not write for me alone, but for the lost souls who cannot write. In other words, I speak for the lost sheep. I hope to shine a light on the so-called African American experience, his struggles not just in America but in the world in general and to shed light on why those struggles exist and how to overcome them. I write simply because it’s necessary. I write to restore love back into the hearts of mankind. I write to be unapologetically truthful and fair.
Tell us about your most recent work. 
WanderlustMy most recent work is Book Three in The Stella Trilogy, “The Road to Freedom – Joseph’s Story”. It’s sort of a prequel to Book Two and surrounds the son of Stella from Book Two (granddaughter of Stella from Book One) who passed for white and changed her name to Sidney McNair and raised her children as white. For this, Joseph McNair is unaware of his African American lineage and seeks to discover more about why blacks are treated the way they are in America. After a fight with his brother Edward in his mother’s living room in Book Two, Joseph leaves home. Book Three explores his adventures when he left. With a group of friends, Joseph attempts to travel to Atlanta for an SNCC conference but encounter many trials on the way. They think they are on the road to becoming part of the movement but they are discovering more about themselves. This self-awareness, unknown to them, is their freedom.
Who inspires you? 
I’m not much of an R. Kelly fan, but he is a great writer, lyricists if you will. He has a song, “The World’s Greatest”. In that song is a lyric: “I’m that little bit of hope with my back against the ropes.” I’m not the greatest, but I am inspired by the opportunity to instill hope into the lives of others. It motivates me to motivate others and to have some kind of influence over their lives, however small.
People ask me how I came to be so “put together”. They ask me because after hearing about my life and the things I’ve been through, it’s hard to believe I am the person I am today. I would say it’s not that I am put together, just that I know what it’s like to be broken and to want to cease from existing. I know pain. I also know love, and I believe my ability to still love and to open myself up to be loved has kept me sane. Love inspires me.
What do you consider your “Masterpiece” at this time?
I would consider “Beyond the Colored Line”, Book Two in The Stella Trilogy to be my masterpiece, because it challenged people’s concept of race and forced them to think about the role it’s played in our society. It lifted America’s skirt and showed us that her panties hadn’t changed much. She is still the same image of bigotry that she’s always been. But more so than this, it started conversations that surpass Jim Crow and digs deeper into the nationality and culture of a people.
What is your motto in life? 
My motto in life is to “Paint poetic justice against the backdrop of heavy keystrokes”. To paint poetic justice means to use my writing as an underground railroad to freedom. If people can’t be liberated in their own lives, I hope that my books can provide a road-map. Of course, this isn’t easy to do considering the heavy misinformation, deception, and religious ideologies that have enslaved us for so long. These are the heavy keystrokes.
Name your wildest dream. The one you can not imagine achieving, but would love for it to come true.
My wildest dream is to travel the world. I mean the whole world lol. I’d like to start in Egypt and then go on from there. I cannot imagine covering all land but I would love for this to come true.
What is your favorite quote? 
My favorite quote is by George Bernard Shaw, “Progress is impossible without changeGeorgeBernard Shaw 1 and those that cannot change their minds cannot change anything”. The mind is the most powerful organ in the human body. Over time it has the ability to correct and re-correct itself. Many people seek change around them, external. They seek to change their living conditions, seek to raise awareness about discrimination and racism. People seek to change all the time and in different forms. These attempts will always fail if a person does not first seek to correct his mind. It’s not always about race and politics. It’s about the way that people think. It reminds me of an African proverb that says “When there’s no enemy within, the enemy outside cannot hurt you.” It’s our perspective. Change the way that you think first and then everything around you changes.
When it is all said and done, what would you like to be remembered for? 
I want to be remembered as a servant of the Almighty YAH who loved fiercely, and spoke truthfully for the purpose of changing lives and establishing hope for mankind.
Tell us about your next project and when will it be available to the public?
Book and E-Reader- Nora W.My next project is a two-part series (a duology), Renaissance: The Nora White Story (Book One) and Revelation: The Nora White Story (Book Two). I intended for this to be one novel but I do not like my books to be extremely long so I broke it down into two books. The story is about a young woman who, like many of her time, is not interested in her family’s land and despite graduating High School is not interested in College either. Nora decides she wants to go to New York to be a writer and against her parents’ wishes, she does. She becomes part of The Harlem Renaissance Movement and learns the North is not all it’s cracked up to be. Nora must decide for herself about who she is and what she wants.
Where can fans purchase your work? 
Fans can purchase my work in paperback on my author website or in eBook through my Amazon author page.

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The Invisible Fat Lady Goes to Charleston, SC

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Hi Lovies,

It has been a long minute since I last posted anything travel related. Well today you’re in for a treat. My husband and I took a short road trip a couple of weeks back. We were bored and decided to drive on down to Charleston, SC for the day. It’s not a bad trip, only 3 -3.5 hours from where we live so of course I was happy to ride. We’ve been there before about 16 years ago, but of course it was totally different than we remembered.

I have been dying to see the beach ever since we move from Florida and hubby thought it would be a nice way to shut me up. Lol

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So we get there and we go to the beach and everything is beautiful. I zen out to the ocean and let the waves carry me to a place of calm. The ocean has a way of resetting my soul and allowing me to continue my journey. Once we had our fill of the sun and sand, we decided to kick around town to look around. We had some major catching up to do after sixteen years.

We headed over to Fort Sumter which is a historical fort right on the marina. It is adjacent to the SC Aquarium as well. It was a beautiful day so we walked around just to see what we could see. There were all these people dressed in suits and gowns walking around in the area. It appeared that they were going out on a boat for a function. The writer in me automatically made up a whole scenario as to where they were going and why. In my head they were headed out on the waves for a fundraiser to save the sharks. Ok, I have a thing for sharks and I am sure they were probably going to a wedding or something, but you can’t blame a girl for making up her own scenes.

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Anywho, as we got closer to a few of the ladies that were milling about, I noticed how lovely their dresses were, one in particular.

Well, I couldn’t help myself. I just had to compliment the lady on her dress. “Your dress is so pretty” I said, looking her in the eye with a friendly smile. NOTHING! I mean crickets. The chick(I really want to use a different descriptive here) looked at me like I spit on her or something vile like that. She uttered not one word like she was too good to be in my presence. RUDE!

She actually thought she was better than me. Ha! Didn’t she know my name is Molly Singer and there’s nobody in the world better than me? Yeah, OK I watched Corina, Corina about a hundred times and I loved how Whoopi Goldberg gave that girl high self esteem.

But back to the chick on the marina. It bothered me a bit that I complimented this lady and she had the audacity to be so crude. I thought long and hard about her reaction and then felt bad for her. She was so pretty on the outside, but inside she must be rotten to the core. I mean, who doesn’t like compliments? My warning to you, don’t be this girl. I certainly won’t let her keep me from blessing other people with my happiness. I will continue to compliment strangers and hopefully make their day a bit brighter. She will never steal my joy, but she did end up in my blog. Even if she never reads this, the universe has a way of making it come back on her.

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Anyway, hubby and I had an awesome road trip to Charleston. If you’re ever in the area pay it a visit, but beware of the pretty ladies in nice dresses. They bite!