Monthly Archives: September 2009

My Top 10

I just wanted to share a “little” bit about me – as I am today. πŸ™‚

TEN things I can’t live without – my Blackberry, iPod, coffee, gum, hugs and kisses from my kids, laptop, WiFi, Reality TV, smoked almonds, sunny days

NINE words I live by – love, forgiveness, compassion, honesty, integrity, faith, joy, hope and loyalty

EIGHT bands/artist whose music keeps me company on any given day:

Ledsi
Maxwell
Mary J. Blige
Jill Scott
Maroon 5
Sting
Dwele
Angie Stone

SEVEN things I love about my everyday life

  • Sunday – going to church with my family, reading the paper, clipping coupons, spending quality time together (with my family).
  • Monday – The start of a brand new week and looking forward to all the “good” things it will bring.
  • Tuesday – Watching the boys at football practice – observing how they are getting better and better as each practice passes.
  • Wednesday – Not having to go to football practice, taking my time to cook dinner and actually eat a meal as a family. This is also our “family meeting” night.
  • Thursday – Watching RHOA (Real Housewives of Atlanta). Yes I hate to admit it but I am a reality TV junkie!
  • Friday – Knowing that this marks the end of my work week at the J.O.B. and now I can devote all my time and energy on spending time with my family.
  • Saturday – Football…football…and more football!

SIX places I’d love to visit before I die – Italy, Spain, Africa, Martha’s Vineyard, Grand Canyon, Napa Valley

FIVE things I do everyday without fail – brush my teeth, shower, have a cup of coffee, kiss and hug my kids, say “I love you”

FOUR stores/websites I frequent – Target.com (come on who doesn’t love Target?), aliedwards.typepad.com (great at telling life stories), twitter.com (yes, I tweet), amazon.com (you can find anything on amazon!)

Three photo’s I love

Reading some of my favorite blogs that I follow

Loving on my children

My trusty Dream Machine (who ever came up with that name?)

TWO decisions I’ve never regretted – marrying Byron (he is truly the one for me) and moving to Atlanta

ONE additional thing about me – I am trying to be the best Erika I can be.

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Today, I give myself permission…

Last week one of my sands (for all you non-Greeks ~ my sorority sister) was in town for the weekend and she wanted to get together with me and our other sands that also lives in Georgia. Getting together with them was just what I needed. I was in desperate need of some “girl time” and what better way to spend it than with your good friends. As usual we spent the night catching up on what was happening in each other’s lives. When it came time for me to give my update, I told them that I was still at my J.O.B. and not really “feeling” it anymore. I really don’t see any growth potential within the company and if I stay at the company I will be at this desk (see below) for a long time.

As the night progressed my sands said something that really struck me…she simply said that she felt that I was waiting for “permission” to leave my J.O.B. That I was waiting for my turn to come around. Boy was she right on the money! But it was the next statement that she made that REALLY hit home…she simply said that it could be possible that “my turn” will never present itself. That what I need to do is give myself permission to finally leave my J.O.B. and pursue my entrepreneurial endeavors. She said that I might be surprised to find that this [following my entrepreneurial dream] may be the thing that catapults my family to the next level.

WOW! {that is what I was saying in my head}

You know the funny thing is that she wasn’t saying anything that was new to me. Because God knows I have had this same conversation with myself in my head. I think what actually did it for me was actually hearing those same words out loud and coming from someone else. You know it’s one thing to know that you are on to something great…to have confidence in yourself and your abilities but its another thing to have some else say it to you. That was just what I needed!


The is of my desk at my J.O.B. I think it’s a lovely desk and as much as I complain about my desk, for the past 287 days this desk has helped provide a steady stream of income and health benefits for me and my family. And for that I say thank you desk. But all things must come to an end and beloved desk our time to part is coming up soon. Today, Friday September 25, 2009, I hereby give myself permission to pursue my dream full-time which means that I will have to leave you dearest desk. But don’t you fret my love for I know that someone will soon come to take my place and she too will come to love and appreciate you and in return you will provide her with all of the good things that you have provided me with.

WHEW! Saying that felt good…freeing!

Why is it that we wait for someone else to give us permission to live our lives the way we want to? Is this what almost being 40 feels like? If so then I like this feeling!

I GIVE MYSELF PERMISSION!
I GIVE MYSELF PERMISSION!
I GIVE MYSELF PERMISSION!

THANKS SANDS!

Now its time for me to map out the plan… πŸ™‚

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This is me, right now, on 9/24/09

I was…going to be a famous movie star when I was a little girl

I am…a dreamer

I think…often about how cool it would be to live in a villa in Italy

I wonder…what it feels like to be a princess

I wish…that I could eat anything I want, when I want and NOT gain any weight

I save…all of my kids artwork, notes, cards and school papers

I always…say “I love you” everyday

I can’t imagine…my life without Byron and our three amazing children

I believe…that I can be anything I want to be – even at 30 something…

I promise…to always be the BEST Erika I know how to be

I love…surrounding myself with the people that mean the world to me

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Hindsght is 20/20

Today while I was in the break room at work, a co-worker walked in and announced that today she was celebrating her birthday. When asked by another co-worker what age did she decided to celebrate, she proudly stated that she was celebrating her 21st birthday again. Wow! To be in my 20’s again…what would I do differently, if anything?????

So I started thinking…you know the saying “Hindsight is 20/20”? Well what if I could go back in time and talk to the younger Erika, what 20 things would I tell her about life and all its joys and pains to help her prepare her for what is to come? I’m going to have to give this one some thought tonight.

However in the meantime, I’m going to throw this question to you…

If YOU could talk to the younger YOU…let’s say 10/20 years ago…what 20 pieces of advice would you give yourself? What lessons learned would you share about life…love…relationships…money…career?

I would LOVE to hear what you come up with?

In the meantime I’m going to give this some deep thought. So check back to see my 20 things.

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Where’s Erika?

I remember when I was younger I used to absolutely LOVE the Where’s Waldo books. I would spend hours looking through the book trying to find Waldo. I wonder if they still make those books? Anyway lately I have been feeling like Waldo…lost in the sea of life and I’m sure some folks may have been wondering “Where is Erika?” (yes sands I’m talking about you! wink…wink)

Well here I am! πŸ™‚

I’ve just been hiding out. For a minute there I was wrapped up in this thing called life and hadn’t had time for me. Funny how that can happen sometimes. Then this past weekend I was hanging out with two of my sorority sisters and I was gently reminded that it is important that I make time for myself. That is okay to put things on hold for a little “me” time. This project…writing this blog is something that I truly enjoy. It is allowing me to be that “creative” person that I have always wanted to be. It also relaxes me…think of it at cheap therapy. πŸ™‚ So from this day onward I need to carve out a little time to this project.

That is the goal…

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