Focus on Consistency #8 – Positive vs. Negative

ACEs, Consistency, Motivation, Resilience

Lately, many of my posts have been about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

These posts have not exactly been a joy to read.  Actually someone commented one post was “tough to like”.  I totally understood where that person was coming from.  I do not enjoy reading posts that are sad or reminiscent of painful experiences either.  However, I am aware of the importance of some people exposing those feelings with the intention of healing.  Even my blog site title can be interpreted as a bit negative if you analyze or perceive it in that manner.

Pain, passion, purpose is an evolving process that I believe we go through.  Because I see the potential in the end result – PURPOSE – it is positive to me.

At first glance, dealing with childhood trauma definitely doesn’t rate high on the positive side.  Actually the outcomes are what I focus on:

  • What are the lessons learned?
  • What good decisions can I make now?
  • How will my health improve from resolving past hurts?
  • Who will I have a better understanding of?
  • Who can I support?
  • Is my passion clearer now?

This is all POSITIVE!  What do you think?

A reminder I had to share…

Consistency, Goal Setting, Motivation, Resilience

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. -Maya Angelou

via You Gotta Pay Your Dues — SKYLARITY

Focus on Consistency #6 – Television 

Consistency, Motivation

Time at home during this Spring Break proved that I am NOT a fan of television.  In fact, it’s the one recreational thing I do inconsistently.

I could care less about watching television but I love listening to music.

Watching television cuts in to my productivity.  It’s easy to get caught up watching the lives of others real or fake and miss out on living your own life.

Being intentional about what I watch on television helps me plan my time as opposed to sitting and vegging aimlessly.

My TV was off the majority of the week.  Instead, I listened to Smooth Jazz while tackling items on my action list.

This is definitely one area I consistently have in check!  I am CLEAR on my relationship with the television.

How about you?  Is TV relaxation or a distraction for you?



Focus on Consistency #5 – Sleep

Consistency, Motivation

The purple arm chair is my favorite resting place.  If I’m not careful, it becomes my bed.  The problem with that is – I’m sleeping sitting up all night.  IMG_3343

I have consistently fallen asleep in a chair and managed to stay there all night for many years (not every night, but at least 2-3 times per week)!

I believe it started during my undergraduate college years.  There use to be a laptop on my lap all night as well.

Habits are tough to break unless you consistently consciously work on it. This is something I must work on.

My husband has no problem knowing when it’s time to go to bed.IMG_3344


He and my son have tried to wake me up and encourage me to go to bed.  Unfortunately, once I fall asleep in that chair – it gets too good to get up and move! I am extremely testy if you attempt to wake me.

We know that sleep is very important to your overall health and well-being.

Can you get a good night’s sleep in a sitting position?

According to the article, “Can You Get a Good Night’s Rest in Your Airplane Seat? The science of sit-sleep” –  Yes.

As long as you’re able to get comfortable and recline slightly, you’ll sleep as well sitting up as you would lying down.


Personally, I have decided to be more consistent with going to bed when I start to feel tired.

Does anybody else have this habit?  What do you think about it?  Please comment and share!




Focus on Consistency #4 – Promises

Consistency, Motivation

It’s Spring Break!  

Over the last few weeks, I have been making a list of “To Dos” for this week to come.  My list is exhaustive!

I awoke this Sunday morning filled with gratitude and thankful to God for all that I have and am able to do.  Then I began to focus on the promises I made to myself.  I always make promises to myself (my husband and son can attest to that).

I am not so sure that I am realistic most times about my promises.  Perhaps, I am hopeful.

  • Blogging
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Podcasting
  • Developing Speaking Business
  • Cleaning and Decluttering my Home
  • Cleaning out Storage Unit
  • Promoting Le-Vel Nutritional Products
  • Following up with Friends and Family
  • Q4 Middle School Lesson Planning

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Excerpt from poem by Robert Frost
Let’s see how I do!  
Anyone else feeling the pressure of promises to self?

Focus on Consistency #3 – Planning

Consistency, Goal Setting, Motivation

Yesterday, I bought a new planner! 

If I am striving to be more consistent, then planning is essential, right?!img_3224

Well, since I also like to have fun and be happy, I invested in a planner that speaks to me personally.

With every turn of the page, I am positively uplifted.  I could not wait to get home and set it up!

This will make my planning from day to day so much more efficient!  It has full customization with loads of fun stickers!

I’m curious – do you use a planner?

Yes, I know my iPhone has applications that can do this for me, but I am old-fashioned and tactile.  I still love to write.  I enjoy tangibles.


Do you?


I really LOVE my NEW PLANNER!!!!

Focus on Consistency #2 – Teacher

Consistency, Motivation

consistency:  [kuh n-sis-tuh n-see] steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.:  Example:  There is consistency in his [her] pattern of behavior.

I AM consistent as a teacher because: apple-256261_640

  • I adore my students
  • I show up every school day
  • I treat them with kindness and respect
  • I provide pencils when they don’t have one
  • I encourage individuals to be creative
  • I cast vision before them by exposing them to as much information as possible to help them make informed decisions about their futures
  • As much as time permits, I listen to my students intently when they share their personal stories
  • I hide my tears when I hear some of those personal stories
  • When they call me “Mom” I feel warm inside
  • When they say they wish they could come home to live with me, I dream of a way to improve their living situation
  • I pray for them to grow up and mature into happy, healthy, educated and productive adults

In summary, they can count on me at this stage in their lives and hopefully the seeds I plant will allow them to blossom in the future.  I love them all…


consistency. (n.d.). Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. Retrieved March 8, 2017 from website