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Running on Empty

By: Tamika L. Morrison

How many of you have experienced that burned out feeling when you’ve had too much to do and not enough time to get it all done?  At the end of over committing yourself – giving everything and everyone your mediocre best, you are drained and maybe even feeling dazed and confused – not a good look. And as my mother would say, “You can’t always be on everyone’s set.”  (So True!)

I feel like I’ve been running on empty since the beginning of this year!  With a new partnership and a growing agency, my responsibilities, accountabilities, to do’s, deadlines, meetings and overdue returned phone calls seem to overshadow the fact that I still have to clean my house, keep on top of my chores, find time for friends and family, find time to train for my first marathon and by golly, act as if I am in a relationship too – whew, that’s just too much!

I keep hearing about this thing called work/life balance and although I am hoping it exists, it somehow continues to elude me.  I think in order to get this ‘work/life’ thing, you have to be willing to let some things go, so to that end, I am officially on empty and will share with you a few links from some other  great bloggers I love to read and adore and they are also part of our growing TWS family!

Check out @afrobella and Ms. Renea Bluitt from In Her Shoes Blog:



I’m going off to find that balance, so I’ll see ya’ll next week!


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When Your Mind Starts Playing Tricks On You

By: Tamika L. Morrison

You know the song by The Geto Boys, “My Mind is Playing Tricks On Me”?? It’s so early 90’s, I know and some of you were not even a thought yet or just barely.  Well, that song has truth written all over it.  The mind is a very powerful instrument – good or bad – and if you’re not careful, it can play some evil tricks on you. Personally, I have to make it a point to strengthen my mind when stuff that matter starts getting to me.

I’ve had several instances in my life where I was challenged by what I saw, what I felt or what I talked myself into believing.  I’ve come to realize that just because something makes me feel a certain way doesn’t mean it’s really happening.  That’s another powerful tool of the mind – it can make your feelings about something convince you its real, whether it really is or not – you still with me?

The power of your mind’s power is perhaps one of the most influential tools you have when it comes to combating life. It has the ability to get you anything that you want in your life. If you can conceive it in your head, you can achieve it!  It also has the ability to make your greatest nightmares manifest – it’s up to you.

Take a moment to think about when you’ve believe for a certain outcome – whether you really wanted it or not.  Whether it be a passing or failing grade, approval for a loan on a house or car or the belief you’d get that new job or promotion.  What kind of outcome did you summon for yourself?  Yes, all things happen as it should, but consider you can have influence over the outcome by the power of your own thinking.

For instance, I used the power of my faith (which is a mind thing) to believe that I could attract certain material things into my life – not simply because I’m materialistic – at the time, it were things that would truly signify that I was moving forward in my career and breaking some economical barriers in my family’s history.  This was way before I ever heard of The Law of Attraction and came to me in my early days of Christianity when I was challenged the most to believe in an invisible God, His awesome love and great power.  During this time of building my faith, I was an administrative assistant in corporate America, making a decent salary at the time – about $22K per year.  As a single 23 year-old, that was enough to pay my rent and utilities, pay my student loans, enjoy nights out on the town with the girls but maybe not enough to get the car of my dreams.  I looked at my situation and thought it was impossible for me to fit a new car into my budget and riding the bus was getting old.  Long of the short is, I wrote the vision down and made it plain.  I started doing things a little differently (helping myself) by visualizing the life I desired.  I started saving and not going out as much and within a year or so of my intention, not only did I get the car I really wanted (Honda Accord), but I was also contracting on my first home at the tender age of 25 and making nearly $10k more – only within two years!  In that time, with a vision, a hope and a prayer through faith, I was able to conceive and receive the impossible.

There have also been times when I’ve let negative thoughts get the best of me – unfortunately this still happens and using the positive power of my mind is a work in progress.  I will say though, because I’ve dared to believe despite my pedigree, I’ve experienced some phenomenal things such as becoming a published writer, owning a home in my 20’s, moving away from home to start a business in a new city, watching my business grow into a full-functioning agency and media company to even preparing to run my first half-marathon – I did 8 miles easy this week! ;o)

When  you nurture your mind with good thoughts and solid principles that help you to stay the course during the challenging times, you can accomplish and heal from the most difficult things life sends your way.  And don’t forget to surround yourself with positive, motivating people and sources, which I must do in order to stay ahead.  So proper shouts out to my business partner, Rochelle, my Bible, my Faith, my Pastor, Dr. Charles Stanley, my Mom, my Best Girlfriends, my sister, my niece, the self-affirming books and all the clients and friends that support me daily by believing in me!

These are the tools I use when things start to matter and get in my mind.  Using the power of my mind in a positive way, I’m able to stay focused on the things I can change and leave the rest up to God – knowing fully well, He’s more than capable and ultimately in control.

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Living my Best Life Even When Disappointment Knocks

By: Tamika L. Morrison

I’m coming off another week full of twists and turns, a calendar that seems to grow in size by the second and with a few surprises I’d rather not have. Still, I realize the importance of reflecting on the very fact that in all of this daily living, I must always remember, I only have one life to live and I must choose to live my best life, no matter what and even when it feels less than its best.

With that said, I must confess – I experienced my fair share of disappointment this past weekend, it was sprinkled in with some great accomplishments – a real oxymoron.

You know, disappointments can be hard to shake.  At times it seems with all my ‘success’ comes a little dose of disappointment every now and again that try to knock me off my focus.  The emotion, overwhelming, tempts me to wallow in my pain, my past and what has seemed to be a setback.  But I am reminded, those disappointments are purposeful, even when it doesn’t feel that way.

I can’t complain much, I have much to be grateful for!  I experience big and little miracles daily!  As I embarked on another milestone in training for the marathon I’m running for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Sunday – doing a record 12 miles!  I took that moment to feel that accomplishment through and through.  I didn’t want to forget that feeling, it was powerfulOftentimes we do something great, make ourselves proud and then quickly move on to the next. Not taking a pause to feel that moment of accomplishment or taking a moment to feel the miracles happening, making the memory an afterthought and a moment we cannot reclaim.

It was an amazing journey yesterday– just like all of my life – though my legs were aching and my mind wanted to give in during the last stretch, the reminders were: The humongous turtle I saw trekking across my path to get to the other side of the river.  The male Cardinals, bold in color and personality chasing their mates in the wind.  The geese boldly strutting, claiming their territory, even along the tree-lined streets as cars cruised by.  The black snake wiggling his way through the grass, but not without an audience of the “Oooooh’s” and “Ahhhhhh’s” we belted as he withered away and even the dead rattlesnake I passed as I rounded on the 9th mile. I’d never seen nature so bold without visiting a museum – it was beautifully amazing. And it inspired me to keep on keepin’ on.

When I got the calls that brought some disappointment to me over the weekend, for a moment, well, maybe like a few hours, I was saddened, resentful and in pain.  I replayed the events of my past like one of my favorite movies, as I recalled play-by-play every other time I’d felt this way and been let down.  But I was reminded by reflecting on words of encouragement and inspiration I experienced as well as by those who help me see a different of perspective when I so badly need one that “Disappointments are really blessings in disguise,” is what author and cousin of mine, Mary Anna Neal Bradley says in her book, “A Legacy of Inspiration and Oprah reminds me to choose to “Live my best life!” and finally, Ralph Marston couldn’t have said it better:

You are going to have a lot of disappointments along the way. The harder you try, the more disappointment you’ll have. But that’s no reason not to try. Because if you persevere, you will have success. You simply can’t let the disappointment get to you. You can’t allow yourself to become discouraged, to feel rejected, to quit. You must get your motivation from within yourself. You must have a vision and a dream that is big enough to stand up to the setbacks that come your way. You must find a reason for what you’re doing, and constantly remind yourself of that reason. If you can do that, you’ll make yourself bulletproof to all the setbacks and disappointments. – Ralph Marston

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