Ashes to ashes dust to dust Lead in the bus, sweets and tusk Mobbin heavy in a Chevy Breaking concrete, Polo on my body and Nikes on my feet – Lil Keke

Those lyrics represent where I came from and represents some of the best times of my teenage years!! Southside was not only the anthem of the neighborhood I grew up in but also had much love and respect for. Tonight was a little celebration of my growth and a reminder of where I came from. Honestly I can say with pride that not only did I embrace being in the moment but also that I let loose again as if I was 18 hosting the after party where we would literally soul train in my kitchen every one busting out their moves while showing love and stunting on each other til dawn!! As we get old the more conservative we get and more aware of how others see us as a person. We fear the Chance of being judge or what people think or say!! Have standards and expectations. Tonight I felt 18 all over again dancing the night away, dance battles for shits and giggles. Took me back to a familiar place of things that I forgot I loved to do. Somehow very humbling and a reminder of the good ol day’s when Life was about living in the moment. Cheers to a blast from the past (kinda) lol I had so much fun.

Ambition is priceless, it’s something that’s in your veins – Wale

I love the way Wale described ambition; It’s so true the veins that take it straight to your heart and gets your adrenaline pumping, brain flowing, and feeds your dreams the nourishment to give you the strength to endure the struggles , failures, and will get you thru the days you really don’t want to do anything. The fight is never over so that’s when GRIT is necessary. See ambition and grit go hand and hand. Ambition is fueled by grit… Igniting the fire within your soul. Keep that fire lit… – yours truly Gina Marie

Isn’t this the truth…

Don’t delude yourself that you can conquer LOVE, LOVE always wins, because LOVE in truth is the only player. Therefore, when you try to beat LOVE, you are only trying to defeat yourself… just LOVE… Kip #nowshareLOVE #justLOVE #justagape #kipbaldwin #EvanHirsch #SOUL #summerofunconditionalLOVE http://www.nowsharelove.org _______________________________ “Love is an untamed force. When we try to control […]

via Conquering LOVE… — Kip Baldwin

Boyz II Men – It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday….

trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents is an understatement

https://www.google.com/amp/s/genius.com/amp/Boyz-ii-men-its-so-hard-to-say-goodbye-to-yesterday-lyrics.

Since it’s the first day of my fresh start, new beginnings, next chapter or 101 different ways to express it. This song seems to be the perfect analogy of how I am dealing with the let go!! I know this song is more based on love but I loved my life and know that I’m going to love it even more. When I said that I was going in this year with zero tolerance for anything that is going to hold me back i truly meant it. I will never forget where I have come from, and the mistakes I have made; instead be forever grateful for the lessons to challenge myself to become everything I have always knew I had the potential to become. Yesterday might have been perfect but I have leaned many lessons from living in the moment. It really is hard to say goodbye…

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Boyz II Men – It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday….

https://www.google.com/amp/s/genius.com/amp/Boyz-ii-men-its-so-hard-to-say-goodbye-to-yesterday-lyrics.

Since it’s the first day of my fresh start, new beginnings, next chapter or 101 different ways to express it. This song seems to be the perfect analogy of how I am dealing with the let go!! I know this song is more based on love but I loved my life and know that I’m going to love it even more. When I said that I was going in this year with zero tolerance for anything that is going to hold me back i truly meant it. I will never forget where I have come from, and the mistakes I have made; instead be forever grateful for the lessons to challenge myself to become everything I have always knew I had the potential to become. Yesterday might have been perfect but I have leaned many lessons from living in the moment. It really is hard to say goodbye knowing that is the only way you will not be lead in to temptation, End up heartbroken, or regretting not giving myself a true shot of becoming living proof that no matter how old, what circumstances, or how bad u think your life is. The decision to change it and give yourself the life u could only dream of into the life u actually live!!! Thank you for all the slugs you love to shoot to try and make me feel weak. Nobody can hold me down!! Never could do it when I was wild and free. Blows my mind how now they try that to knock me down! I’m on leveling up so better believe nobody is going to kill my vibe!! Fixing to make everyone of you eat your words!! Just watch me…. I have already forgiven but never will forget. Wish you all a 2018 full of blessings. Yours truly Gina Marie

Reflection

The end of the year is days away which means it’s time to look back on the my growth and of course the areas I need to improve. I’m not going to lie the year was a roller coaster of a girl trying to make it in this world. With that said I never have felt so excited, nervous and just dang right anxious to see what the new year will bestow upon me!! I have inched my way proving I can be everything others had doubted was even possible out of me. The crazy part it’s only the beginning every step I have taken has led me to the conclusion that my hard work and dedication is paying off and it’s not happening over night but it’s happening and that’s why the very familiar gut clenching feeling has graced me with its presence. I have literally worked my ass off this year and life is Finally making sense. Before I had an idea and just played it by ear. I was growing and that was ok with me. Now I can actually say confidently where I will be in 5 yrs!! I will have control over my finances, near graduating from a university, settled down with my little family. The things that seemed impossible to ever accomplished don’t seem so impossible anymore. I had to accept and make peace with where I am in life Bc for one I have come so far to give my daughter most importantly and myself a better life, and secondly the feeling of anxiety from knowing that it’s time for you to take that next leap of faith into the growth in every aspect of my life. CHANGE is unfamiliar and kinda scary. (at least that’s what it makes me feel) On the flip side the pay off will be well worth any of that…. I have never knew that things are finally falling in place and I have a plan and I have learned that it is ok to have expectations and I’m not getting any younger so I have no time to waste. Every minute is valuable. I have soaked up so much knowledge this last year that it made me hungry for more. Which has brought back I feel like a valuable lesson to my child’s life I hope! See we were playing the game of LIFE and she didn’t make an investment in her education and decided to go down the path without school Bc she didn’t want to spend the money, and I chose to pay and go down the path of going to college. Moral of the story at the end of the game I was making more money then her. … Had a better house…. and retired well off and she didn’t. Lol needless to say we played again and she invested im that education!! Haha so it’s kinda an analogy of my life. The second chance. A rematch of this game called LIFE!! Thank you 2017 for all the lessons you taught me. I promise to go into 2018 ready to challenge myself to be aware of the areas to improve my growth process. Lol but I tell you what my past has definitely kicked my ass and definitely I am paying for it now!! (Literally) this was so depressing to even talk about but today I am glad I am knocking it out. It was wonderful 2017!! Ready or not 2018 I have no choice but to be ready…. wish me luck. – yours truly Gina