Life in London

London is a multi cultural city filled with historic statues such as Winston Churchill and Mary Seacole. Landmark buildings such as Westminister Abbey, London Bridge, The Shard and Buckingham Palace. London has great shopping markets, multi ethnic restaurants, and pubs.

Sports such as Cricket, Football (soccer) Rugby (similar to American Football) and Tennis in a town called Wimbledon which is just on the outskirts of London.

Fresh fried cod fish and thick cut fries sprinkled with vinegar and salt commonly called fish and chips. The tube which is the underground train, the black cab, the red two storey buses and the red telephone booth are what London is known for.

Londoners have various accents: Cockney and the Queen’s English. Cockney is what the average middle class people use. The singer Adele has a cockney accent, it’s very distinctive and kinda of rhymes. The Queen’s English is the accent of the affluent, highly educated, posh people such as the Prime Minister Teresa May or Prince Harry use.

Other cities in the United Kingdom such as Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool also have distinctive accents. The Irish, Scottish, and Welsh accents are very beautiful and it takes a person with an attentive ear to understand them. LOL:)

Now back to London, there is a lot of diversity here. There are highly saturated African, Caribbean, Indian, Asian, and Polish Communities. There are festivals such as the Notting Hill Carnival which is a Caribbean festival. I went last August OMG, the reggae music, spicy food, and floats were so cool. I’m really proud of my Caribbean heritage and to be born in London.

It is a privilege to be back after spending a lot of time in the U.S.A. If you ever get a moment to visit London be sure to say hello and make sure you bring an umbrella A.K.A brolly because it often rains here.

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Fight With Your Faith

Sometimes stuff happens that you can’t comprehend.  Some days you wonder “When will the craziness end?”  You may even ask “Why God?” What have I done to deserve this?” Others have a easier life than me.  It’s not fair God.” Or you might say “I give up there’s no point trying anymore everytime I try I get let down” “Is there really a God?”

Words our powerful as well as our thoughts and behaviour.  My mother taught me the days you feel the worst are the days you should dress up and put your best face forward.  You have to encourage yourself and know that trouble doesn’t last always.  Smile through the storm.  We all have problems.  Life without problems would be uninteresting.  The harder the battle the sweeter the victory.

As I write this blog, I can sincerely say I am at a point in my life where I question God and patiently wait on my breakthrough.  One thing I’ve learned though is if you keep moving, keep trying, keep fighting some way, some how things will improve.  Pray.  Focus on the positives.  Be still.  When others provoke you don’t let them win or have power over you by getting you mad.  Take a deep breath and walk away.  A lack of response is better than a foolish response.  Fight with your faith. 

Pain is Purposeful.

This is dedicated to anyone who is hurting, cries themselves to sleep, and suffers in silence.  I dedicate this to anyone who thinks they are a failure, has regrets, who is stuck and struggles to live on purpose.  To anyone who wonders why they were born, wishes they were dead, or hates anyone close to them.  If you are a person who questions “Is there really a God?” Know you are not alone and God loves you.

I wasn’t always a Christian.  I use to have everything I wanted.  Clothes, car, my own place to call home, cool job, popular friends, hot dates, a sweet savings account but, I got to a point where I felt like something was missing.  It was a gradual journey for me to become a Christian.  There were times when I wondered “Wow, how did I survive this? Omg, there must be a God. What a miracle” or that stranger came out of no where and helped me just at the right time”. A lot of unexplainable things would happen to me so in my quest for enlightenment, I would watch sermons online/tv or go to a local church and would feel different on the inside, a lot lighter and less burdened.  Each time I would learn more about the bible and be surrounded by Christians the more my faith grew.

The bible in Daniel chapter 3 discusses a small group of men going through a fiery furnace and coming out not even smelling like smoke which is truly amazing!  How on earth is that possible? There is a higher power who protects us yes even when we’re sinning, unbelievers it says so in the bible Romans chapter 5 verse 8.

My dear, no one’s life is perfect.  We may think Actors, Singers, Athletes, Politicians, or Popular people at school have the ideal life but it doesn’t exist.  Life is filled with good and bad experiences all of which we must choose to make us wiser, stronger, and resilient.  To have food, shelter, health and strength is a lot to be grateful.  There are many impoverished people across the world yet some of them look beyond their circumstances and hope for a better life.

I know we live in a culture that tells us we must have the finer things in life in order to be happy however, it is untrue.  Tangible items can be removed, or broken but faith is intangible can’t be removed and is unbreakable.

I have interviewed a few celebrities  and have learned they’re human, they’re flawed.  In fact, we are all flawed.  Some of the most successful people in the world have come from terrible childhoods and painful situations.  Yet somehow they made a decision to get up and fight for their lives and become successful.

Although some successful people are atheists there is a lesson we can learn.  You can turn your pain into purpose.  Don’t give pain any more power over you.  Choose life over death. Subtract suffering add success.

My prayer for you is that you give God permission to enter your life so he can cleanse and restore you. I pray you try talking to God, attend a local church, listen to Gospel music and continue to believe that the best is yet to come.  May God bless you and thank you for reading.

An Outrageous Ambassador

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Do you realise you impact your community, your colleagues, your family, your friends and the world?

Do you know your thoughts, ideas, behaviour, clothes, and body language have a ripple effect and influence the atmosphere?

Do you understand how special you are?

Yes, you honey are an Outrageous Ambassador!

You’re probably thinking “Who me?” or “No way” Yes, I’m talking to you, the one reading this blog.  Everything about you is distinctive and beautiful. You represent your gender, your race, your country, your school, your employer, your family, your neighbourhood. Your voice, your accent, your features, are like a thumbprint they identify you.  They are what make you memorable.

How do I know? Well, I’m talking from personal experience.  In London most people can tell I’m American from my southern little twang accent. Others can tell I have Caribbean heritage and some people know I’m a woman of faith without me ever mentioning religion.  At times it can be annoying or unfair to be type casted but, I am over it.  It is what is.  Somethings are not worth worrying about. 

Whenever you enter a room people sense your presence, your vibe, your essence. Whether you want to be an Ambassador or not is non-negotiable.  So, get over it and be the best spokesperson you can.  Represent yourself, your beliefs, and where you’re from with intense pride.  You are an Outrageous Ambassador. 

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Are You Sure You’re Ready to Start Anew?

New clothes, new shoes, new post code, new love, new career all of that sounds nice but, are you really ready for the new attitude, new routine, new thoughts that are necessary for the new beginnings?

Out with the old painful memories & in with new affirmations, new prayers, new positive hobbies.  Don’t worry about what others think of you. Do the unthinkable! No more complaining, self pity and bitterness.

Try happiness.  Choose to smile instead of sit in sorrow.  You only have 1 life to live and there’s no guarantee you’ll live tomorrow.