Author Archives: Shaheedrah Strong

Wake Up..

So I almost made this my Monday morning Facebook status. “Nothing wakes you up on Monday like brushing your teeth with the kids’ toothpaste!”

This morning I pulled myself out of bed and dreaded my morning routine. In an effort to help wake me up I decided to brush my teeth before we started to get the kids ready. But I was too busy looking in the mirror thinking “man I look tired” lol that I picked up the wrong tube of toothpaste and got that first good scrub with the brush that I realized- THIS IS DISGUSTING! What kind of mom am I! if you have never tried kids’ toothpaste and I mean brushed your teeth with it- it’s horrible lol

As I went about my routine I realized something that we get wake up calls in life. As moms it’s import to understand yourself enough to know that when you make a good decision but you may always get the results you want. I’m not just talking about toothpaste either lol

If you are amid a normal routine with your life and you are dreading it, THIS IS YOUR WAKE UP CALL! Yes I am yelling with capital letters. It is so necessary to shake the complacency and wake yourself up again. As moms we can get comfortable and we can get complacent.

Maybe you once dreamed about something, started to write or you desired something , not for the kids-not for your significant other but for you. This is your terrible toothpaste wake up call! Shake yourself from this mundane routine and go after it again. For me it was doing this very thing- writing. I had lost sight after the kids of my passion it became overshadowed with diapers, homework, dinners, laundry and income. I had a wake up call one day that made me realize. If I don’t do something for me, I am going to die in this routine. I am going to loss it with all my responsibilities.

So wake up! Whatever you’re doing now, you have the time to wake up and go after something for you. And not something tangible i.e clothes, hair, nails etc lol but wake up and go after something that fulfills you because a mother unfulfilled-is a lifeless and you kids desire to have a mother who is fulfilled and full of life!!!!

be best mommas- May you wake up this week and get back to a path of passion. One step at a time.


It’s Been A While……

So there has been so much swirling in my life lately from work to school, to the kids, marriage, ministry, family.. etc… basically everything and the dishwasher.

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A little encouragement goes a long way

Please excuse how tired I look! I’m sleepy lol…

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What You Can Do…..

Every once and again I step back when I feel overwhelmed and look at the things I can do and focus less on what I cannot do…

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If It’s Not One Thing It’s Another

Excited, Person, Happy, Young, WomanThis expression is sums me up, right now. So lately I have found the old time saying to be remotely true. Literally if it’s not one thing it’s another.

While I have found ways to manage our household schedules, it just feels like if one schedule is spot one something else is going haywire. So I managed to get settled into a schedule where I can cook dinner nightly around football and homework. But then the twins decide that pooping during football is like their poop time. Not a problem right? I’m well prepared, diapers-wipes check. Oh no Shiloh has decided instead of going potty or just saying “I pooped” she needs to take her poop out her diaper. Funny not funny. It’s a stressor because all my attempts to potty train have failed and she knows exactly what she’s doing! So it any of you seasoned moms have some potty training advice send it my way! And make it good enough for twins because even though Samson is not taking his poop out- he won’t go either lol

That’s seems light right? NOT considering my days are long and my professional workload has grown lately. Now I don’t mind a good challenge but I have found myself lately digging deep inside me to muster up the strength I need to keep the house clean, keep the laundry on schedule, stay positive at work, be a good sports mom/Coach (in my mind I’m totally a coach lol), help with homework, remember to write on my writing days, read, eat right, not buy lunch everyday and coffee lol, spend time with my husband  and do my homework.

I promise you there are not enough hours in the day and if it’s not one thing it’s another. Though this may seem like a verbal rant, the reality is- IT IS lol sometimes you just have to let it out. Get strategic and move one. No matter how many things come my way whether all at once or one at a time. I won’t be defeated.

It’s hard as mom to find that balance, keep our footing balanced and the more kids you have the harder it gets. But I just want to encourage some moms that taking things one day at a time is better than trying to juggle everything and dropping some of the balls. Be intentional about not placing unrealistic expectations on yourself. Everyday will come and go, what you accomplish in that day depends on you!

If it’s not one thing it’s another- but those things don’t have to stifle your productivity! Be blessed mommas and let your days be fruitful and less frustrating!

Photo by Robbin Higgins

Keep Your Checklists in Order

While the hustle of the day is fading, work, more work and then football. then grocery shopping, then dinner that I didn’t cook. I sat down and reminded myself. I have to keep my checklists in order. Sometimes as moms we make checklists to keep us on track and nothing on them gets done, well maybe one or two things. I recently laughed at all the post-it note checklists in my purse of things from the week that went from reminders to checklists. I’ll admit some of them didn’t get done. LOL

I had to laugh at myself and say “you need to keep your checklists in order” so I just wanted to share what I have started doing this week that I think will help keep our priorities at the forefront of our checklists and help settle the noise of perfection. Perfection is not the ultimate goal, balance, and peace is the goal. Having a balanced life is incomparable and having peace is immeasurable. Remember that, no matter how old your kids are or how blended you may be, balance and peace goes a long way. Checklists can be great but if they do not bring you balance and peace then what good are they.

  1. Deadline dates, the difference between you completing a task and not completing it is how well you stay on task. Deadlines keep you on task.
  2. Put each list in the order of which you want it done. Prioritization is important, not just in your mind but in your written thoughts as well.
  3. Check them off. Seems like a no-brainer but think about it, if you check the items off your grocery list you don’t leave the store without anything. Same with your tasks, check them off.
  4. Look at them after you make them, it’s so easy to make a checklist at one point in the day then by the end of the day forget about it and never look at it again. I have started stapling them together lol..

Those are simple things that every once and a while we just need a reminder to keep us on task. Especially if you are feeling like things are hectic and you can never catch a break…  Be blessed mommas, may your coffee be strong and your checklists are in order!

Photo credit: Tero Vesalainen

Two Funerals and a Fire

So the past few weeks have been quite an eye-opening time for me as a mother, friend, granddaughter and even as a wife.

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Change your hair, Change your life

“They,” say a woman who cuts her hair is ready to change her life.

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A Letter to Myself

Hi Mommas!!!!! Ok so I know it’s been a few weeks since my last post. I’ve been working and working. But I wanted to take a moment to write a letter to myself.

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Choose to Be A Mother

This past weekend I had a dream about my great-grandmother who will be 97 tomorrow. She shared some encouraging words with me in my dream that had me smiling when I woke up and got me pondering on what motherhood looked like for generations before me (and my mother).

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