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Chocolate Vent’s Question of the Day – What compliment do you NEVER want to hear?


#MondayMotivation: Happy Thoughts

Here are some motivational tips for this week. Use them wisely!

  1. Use the steps, don’t trip on the steps.
  2. It’s not about being invited to the dance. It’s about being able to dance.
  3. When you honor the steps & you’ll get a platform.
  4. Don’t love the way you wanna love, love the way they need to be loved.
  5. If you haven’t met his friends, then you’re not really his girlfriend.
  6. You might need a hint & a half.
  7. People shouldn’t be treated equally, they should be treated equitably.
  8. The only thing I have to offer is partnership.
  9. All you can do with a weakness is make it mediocre.
  10. Marriage is a commitment, followed by a series of commitments.
  11. Be willing to adjust to change.
  12. Any setbacks you experience are a setup for a comeback.
  13. Forgive. Let it go. Don’t hold grudges.
  14. Pretty is as pretty does.
  15. You can catch more bees with honey than you can with vinegar.
  16. Learn how to prioritize.
  17. You are blessed to be a blessing to someone else.
  18. Be a lifelong learner.
  19. Be sure to mentor someone else.
  20. Remember to do things you love.

Raise Your Bottom!

  1. Don’t be afraid to explore by getting out of your comfort zone.
  2. Excellence speaks louder than words.
  3. Success starts with you!
  4. Track your progress.
  5. You can’t fix everything at once; you just can’t. Break the big picture down into little pieces to manage it better.
  6. Start small & improve things that you can do good already.
  7. Don’t let what you can’t do keep you from doing what you can.
  8. Grow your support system – you can get more done in a shorter amount of time with a good support system in place than over a longer period of time all by yourself.
  9. When fear knocks faith should answer.
  10. If it can be solved with money, then it’s not really a problem (after all).
  11. Commit. Challenge yourself. Control yourself. Connect.
  12. Don’t just sit there – do something!
    o   Expand your knowledge
    o   Connect with resources
    o   Make a meaningful contribution
    o   Raise your bottom – go for a walk, move your butt, etc.

#ThursdayReads: Ann Petry


Born into a family of pharmacists in a small Connecticut town, Petry graduated in 1931 with a degree in pharmacy from the University of Connecticut. From 1931 to 1938 she worked in the family’s drugstore before moving to New York City to become a writer. She began her career as a journalist, writing for the Amsterdam News (1938–41) and the Peoples’ Voice of Harlem (1941–44), and then studied creative writing at Columbia University (1944–46).

Her first novel, The Street (1946), became a best-seller and was critically acclaimed for its portrayal of a working-class black woman, Lutie Johnson, who dreams of getting out of Harlem but is inevitably thwarted by the pressures of poverty and racism. It was one of the first novels by an African-American woman to receive widespread acclaim. Country Place (1947) depicts the disillusionment and corruption among a group of white people in a small town in Connecticut. Her third novel, The Narrows (1953), is the story of Link Williams, a Dartmouth-educated black man who tends bar in the black section of Monmouth, Conn., and of his tragic love affair with a rich white woman. Although often criticized for its melodramatic plot, it has been lauded for its supple style and its sympathetic characterizations.

Petry’s short stories were collected in Miss Muriel and Other Stories (1971). She also published several historical biographies for children, including Harriet Tubman, Conductor on the Underground Railroad (1955) and Tituba of Salem Village (1964).


Money Thoughts

Money. Money. Money. It’s something that we all need & most of us don’t have enough of. While we understand the purpose of money & it’s importance, some of us are clueless when it come to our ideology of money.

But no matter how much money you have, you can always improve your thought process behind money. Here’s how to begin that process:

  • Think about what your parents told you about money – some of us grew up thinking that having too much money was a bad thing or that money is only a means to an end. You may have heard your parents arguing about money or feeling guilty about not having any to give to you when you ask for it. Really reflect on the attitudes your parents had on money and how that may have rubbed off on you.

  • Remove any negative thoughts – once you have truly identified where your thoughts & feelings about money comes from, you should separate the negative from the positive. Not everything having to do with money is bad. Determine how to turn those negative thoughts into positive ones so you can begin to have a ‘healthy’ relationship with money.

  • Create your own truths about money – what are your earnest beliefs about money? What have you learned about money (or the lack thereof) from your own personal experiences & from others around you? It’s up to you to change your money mindset.

  • And don’t forget to save – remember money doesn’t grow on trees!


Once you reflect on these 4 things, it’ll be easier to determine whether or not you need to re-evaluate your thought process on money.

Where did your thoughts of money come from? What are your current thoughts on money?