Live Life.

Friends, how are you?  This blog will be short because I’m really beginning to feel like I’m on holiday/vacation.  Whew, this has been a difficult year for some more so than others.  So, are you excited about Christmas and the holiday season?  As most of you know, I am!  I believe that it is a wonderful, delightful, and most lively time of the year. 

December ushers in the inspiration to celebrate and enjoy life—not just our gift of life but for believers, the birth (life) of Christ.  You know that popular saying, “Jesus is the reason for the season”.  And, so, we should strive to devote our living (particularly in this season) in a way that radiates Christ’s being, wisdom, order, and Love. 

I am allowing myself to fully receive and enjoy each breath of life along with all the other wonderful gifts that come with it.  I celebrate the lives of others.  I purposefully enjoy every moment. Live Life, my friends!   In Love.  In Harmony.  In Peace.  In Health.  In Wonder.  In Delight.  In Abundance.  Remember, to wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands!  Stay Safe and Be Well.  Amen.  And so it is!

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The next show will be up this Saturday, December 5th, 2020 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out the all new marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Thanksgiving Greeting

Hello Friends!

I just wanted to pop in to wish you a safe and healthy holiday break.

Remember, to wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands!  Stay Safe and Be Well.  Amen.  And so it is!

(Side note:  Well, I don’t know about you but I’m going to begin Christmas decorating this weekend.  Get some new decorations here.) 

The next show will be up this Saturday, November 28th, 2020 on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out the all new marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

No Pain. No Gain?

I am back friends!!!  Yes!  Back to movement.  Back to living life.  Back to this blog!   I trust that you all are doing good.  Well, the limp is gone.  The pain is gone.  And, I want to say that the treadmill is gone too but I won’t because I realize that the pain that I experienced was not the treadmill’s doing.  You know how we (human beings) do.  We always try to blame someone/something else for our mistakes, mishaps, mess ups, blunders, problems, and pain.  Yep, even me.  My first thought when I began to feel the pain from my treadmill workout last week was “that damn treadmill has to go”!!!

What a minute. Friends, I had to check myself!   Was I really going to blame the inanimate treadmill for the pain??!!  No!  I knew better!  I quickly realized and acknowledged that I caused the pain.  Yes, I decided to increase my daily walk from 2.5 to 3 miles per hour bypassing the incremental increases that I’d been using over the past few months.  You remember that I shared with you all last week how my confidence was through the roof.  This working out thing is not new to me so I expected to feel some discomfort but I did not expect to experience excruciating pain!

The second thought that came to mind was in the form of a question, “Should I have pushed myself?”  Hence, last week’s blog title.  And, within the body of that blog, I referenced an old expression “No Pain. No Gain” which happens to be today’s blog title.  As soon as I wrote the phrase last week, I questioned it.  Is this so?  Is this based on scripture?  Does gain really require pain?  What will I gain from this pain? 

While recuperating over the last week, I searched for answers.  I discovered that others have had the same question and they have found biblical scriptures that one can say supports the expression, “No Pain. No Gain”.  The Book of Hebrews has quite a few.  And even greater than that is the example of Jesus’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection. The pain (Jesus’s suffering and death).  The Gain (Jesus’s gift of life and blessings to us).  Again, this is all very general for the sake of the blog but I pray that you get the gist of it all.  Now, I must say that the gain that I have received due to the pain that I experienced includes, burned calories, more defined leg muscle, and *wait for it* content for last week’s and this blog.  Was the excruciating pain necessary?  Absolutely not!  Had I paced myself better, I would have only experienced what I consider slight discomfort.  Unnecessary pain can and should be avoided!

Nevertheless, friends, the next time you find yourself experiencing mild, moderate, or extreme pain or discomfort in any area of your life, don’t fall into the blame game (reflect and if necessary, check yourself); and then look for the gain, the reward, the lesson, the blessing.  Remember, All things work together for the good of those who love God….  Amen.  And so it is!

(Side note:   Continue to stay safe everyone as you get ready for the holidays.  And look good while doing it. Click here.) 

The next show will be up this Saturday, November 21st, 2020 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out the all new marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Push Yourself?

Hello Friends!  I greet you today while experiencing pain in my left thigh.  I’m alternating heat and ice packs to the area when I’m not limping around the house to do…whatever!  Okay.  I hear you asking, Marilyn, what on earth did you do?  Why are you having pain in your thigh? 

Here’s the answer.  Drum roll please…  Remember last week, I shared that one of the activities that I do to de-stress is to walk?  And I then shared that I have increased my daily walks to 2.5 miles per hour, per day?  Well yesterday morning, I decided to increase my walk to 3 miles per hour, per day in the spirit of “pushing myself”.   Yessss, I visualized myself in that iconic scene in the Rocky movie when Sylvester Stallone is climbing the stairs!!!  LoL!!!  My self talk was “You got this Marilyn”!  “You go girl”!!  “You can do it”!!!  “Help me Lord” “Come on. Push Yourself”!!!  And I did!!!  I did it!!!  Yay me?!!!  Ouch….

You all, the moral of this story is, yes, we should “Push Ourselves” in exercise and life.  In fact, we must, so that we can get to the next level.  You know, experience a break-through.  And, yes, that push may sometimes be uncomfortable or in this specific case down right painful.  But, as the old saying goes, “no pain, no gain”.  Now, of course, we don’t want to seriously hurt ourselves in our efforts to move to the next level. Friends, what I’ve learned from this pain that I’m feeling right now is that I have to proceed gradually in my quest to hit the 3 miles per hour, per day goal.  No, no, no. I will not get discouraged and not try it again.  I will just pace myself better. 

Okay, that’s it for today.  I’m going to go limp (I mean) walk through this pain (pray for me) so that I can get some things done.  I think I may go get a pineapple to eat (I really don’t enjoy them) because they have a dietary supplement called bromelain. Bromelain reduces muscle pain and swelling among other things. Anyway, I encourage you to continue to “Push Yourself” in all areas of your life.  With God, all things are possible.  Amen.  And so it is!

(Side note:  The timing could not have been better for my friends from the WNBA to reach out in an effort to encourage girls to “push” themselves by joining this program.  Check it out below.)

Help a young lady reach her potential.

The next show will be up this Saturday, November 14th, 2020 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out the all new marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society.  Peace.

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Marilyn

He Whispered…

…you are too Blessed to be stressed.  Friends, how are you?  I trust that you are not allowing this election period to stress you!  And if you are, I am here to remind you as my Heavenly Father reminded me… You are too Blessed to be stressed! 

Like millions of Americans and others, I am very curious to know the election results and I am patiently waiting to hear the announcement.  I only check into the news channels every 2 to 3 hours and limit the watch time.  As I continue to work on Saturday’s show and other aspects of my work, I have been listening to relaxing music.  I have increased my daily walks to 2.5 miles per day this week.  My daily prayer and devotional time have been key as well.   

My friends, this blog is short and sweet. Let’s walk in God’s confidence and know that no matter what the outcome of this election, we are indeed “too Blessed”.  He whispered it. Amen.  And so it is!

(Side note:  If you truly believe it, let’s get the t-shirt.  Click here .)

The next show will be up this Saturday, November 7th, 2020 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out the all new marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Quaesitum

Hello friends!  I hope that you are having a successful week.  I am blessed as I strive to hit a few year end goals.  One of those goals are to learn a new word when possible.  Yes, even as a middle-ager, I am still interested in improving my mental agility and vocabulary! 

Well, I thought that I’d share the latest word with you.  It is “quaesitum” (pronounced Kway-zay-tem).  It means to seek out or to answer a problem.  As I studied the word, it caused me to think about how some businesses, entrepreneurs, and sole-preneurs exist—to solve problems or be the answer to someone’s problem.  Think about some of the products, services, etc. that you use.  You purchase them to solve a problem!  Deodorant.  Computers. Lawnmowers.  Accountants.  Music.  Candy.  Ice Cream.  Okay, some of our purchases may not be what we consider a “real problem” but you get what I’m saying.

So, I ask you all, whose problem are you solving?  Let’s stay on track as we close out 2020 my friends.  Be a “quaesitum” in someone’s life in every possible way!  Amen.  And so it is!

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Oh goodness, here are the pictures from this past week’s Passion for Fashion segment.

The Biggest Fall 2020 Fashion Trends | Glamour
Cerulean Hits the Runway – Pantone’s Color of the Year
The Biggest Fall 2020 Fashion Trends | Glamour
Fall 2020 Fashion- The Puncho
Photo Credits: Glamour Magazine

The next show will be up this Saturday, October 31st, 2020 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out the all new marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

The Three O’s

Friends, how are you?  Did last week’s blog motivate or prompt you to assess where you are with things in your life, business, relationships, career?  I hope so.  If not, let’s take a different approach to the assessment process.

Question.  How did you get to where you are right now?  Not just physically, but with your job, career, business, relationships—your life?  Well, this may not be true for some (and I’ll talk about that a bit later) but for others you got where you are based on the observations and opinions of others, as well as the opportunities that they offered or provided.   Right?

Here’s the breakdown in very general terms.  Someone observes you.  Yes, remember, we are always being watched by those who find you interesting (for the good or bad).  Unfortunately, some will “see” ONLY what they WANT to see. Regardless, an opinion(s) is then formed based on the observations.  At times, rather quickly.  Remember that warning about what can happen within the first minute of meeting someone.  Yes, some of their own pre-existing judgments, biases, prejudices, etc. can/will influence their opinion(s).   Nevertheless, finally, at some point, an opportunity is extended to you or NOT.  The opportunity could be a job, a career boost, a business deal, etc.  So, again, I ask—how did you get to where you are right now?

If you are experiencing a level of success in life, it is more than likely because of someone’s positive opinion of you.  Positive opinions promote, increase, elevate.  Negative opinions demote, stagnate, terminate.  Earlier in the blog, I mentioned people who get through life despite other’s opinion of them.  Those people know “who they are” and “whose they are” so they don’t get discouraged.  They have learned how to trust themselves and, more importantly, trust God.  It’s all in his timing.  He’ll send someone to OR show you how to create opportunities for yourself.  And, of course, God himself will open doors of opportunity for you too.   The three o’s exist but they are not the final answer.  Stay on the journey my friends.  Don’t give up!  Your opportunity already is!!!  Amen.  And so it is!

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The next show will be up this Saturday, October 24th, 2020 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out the all new marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Final Quarter of 2020

Hello friends.  Well, we are in the final stretch of 2020 and so far for some, 2020 has be a wonderful reset.  For others, 2020 has been a year of tremendous loss.  How are you feeling about it?  Excited?  Relieved?  Bewildered?  Disappointed?  Lost?  Found?  All of the above?    

Check this out.  It really doesn’t matter how you or I feel about it.  It is.  What matters is how did/are we using our time, talent, resources, relationships, connections, gifts, etc. to reach our 2020 goals in all areas of life.  Can you honestly say you put your best foot forward in 2020 despite the worldwide pandemic?  Listen, like some of you, I know firsthand the ugly that this Covid 19 pandemic has presented, perpetuated.  As well as how it feels to lose in jobs, careers, business, relationships, and loved ones.  It is painful.  It is devastating.  However, we must remember that we are people of substance.  We are divine so we must press on with confidence in God and self.

Okay, it’s true. We can have our time of mourning, sadness, etc.  But do not stay there.  You all, we cannot fall apart in this last quarter of 2020.  We are called to a higher standard.  Dig deep and pull it together.  Our lives are depended on it and so are the lives of others.  Remember, God Blesses us to be a Blessing to others, the world.  Journey with me friends.  Let’s close out 2020 in incredible ways.  Amen.  And so it is!

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Oh, below find pictures that I promised to post during this past Saturday’s Passion for Fashion segment. Enjoy!

Paris Fashion Week Fall 2020

Below: NYFW Spring 2020 (Fall Fashion Preview)

The next show will be up this Saturday, October 17th, 2020 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out the all new marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Substance Only.

Happy October to you!

Friends, I don’t know about you but I want to be a person of “substance only”.  As a review, there are several definitions for substance.  Biblically, depending on the specific scripture, it could mean “something material, tangible” OR “the essence of God/Jesus”.  Other definitions include, “real, solid, dependable, important, meaningful, significant, and wealthy”.

Hmmm. Think about it.  Say it.  I am a person of substance.  I am ALL of the above.  You all, I have been on this journey most of my life.  While many believe that they are human beings attempting to have a divine experience on earth, I have, for the most part, felt like a divine being having a human experience.  Not perfect but just honestly striving to be the best example of what we are called to be/do on earth.  So listen, wherever you happen to be OR feel you are in this journey called life, know that you have what it takes to be of “Substance Only”.

You all, let’s stay on this journey together.  Be a breath of fresh air. Live a life of substance and continue to pray.  Stay Blessed and of Substance Only!  Amen.  And so it is!

(Side note:  It’s National Stop Bullying month!  As people of substance, let’s wear a special face mask to help raise awareness.  Click here for yours.) #Ad

The next show will be up this Saturday, October 10th, 2020 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out the all new marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society.  Peace.

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#SayHerName Breonna Taylor and more…

Hello everyone!  This week I decided to Vlog!!!

Check it out here.

The next show will be this Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out the all new marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesochttps://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society.  Peace.

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