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.

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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!

(Side note:  Allow me to help grow your business, product, service by placing your logo on my website and be a guest on the show.  Click here for more information.)

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.

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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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Season 3 It Is.

Friends, how are you doing so far this week?  Can you believe that we are near the end of September?  Autumn/Fall has officially arrived.

I know that you are curious about today’s blog title.  Here’s the story behind it.  As you know, after being on a six week hiatus, the show returned to the “Tube” a couple of Saturdays ago.  I called it Season 16, Episode 1.  Well, this past Saturday night as I was drifting off to sleep, it occurred to me that I should separate the radio broadcasting time and experience from the YouTube show (even though it’s practically the same only adding the visual component).  The YouTube channel was started back in 2009 and although I initially planned to merge it with the radio show, it never quite happened.  The channel for the most part laid dormant for years.  Fast forward to 2018 when the radio show was dropped, I relaunched the YouTube channel to carry on with what I enjoy doing.

Alright, so the blog title refers to how I will now document my shows on YouTube.  The first show for the season was Episode 1 of Season 3.   Again, three (3) representing the official YouTube experience beginning in 2018/2019 video broadcasting season.  The world is changing you all right before our eyes.  I decided to change with it.  I would have never thought that internet broadcasting would be just as popular as radio and television but it is.

Stay with me on this journey my friends and many thanks for the continued support.  Keep the prayers coming as I will also do for you.  Be Blessed!  Amen.  And so it is!

(Side note:  Not only is it Fall/Autumn but it’s also International Clean Hands Week my friends!  I know.  How timely.  Click here for more ways to keep your hands clean.)  #Ad

The next show will be up this Saturday, September 26th, 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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Season 16.

Hello there everyone.  I hope that you are having an amazing week!

Did you take some time to tune in to the first show of this new season?  As I shared last week, I had lots of nervous energy leading up to the actual recording of the show.  However, once I got going, I relaxed a bit and truly enjoyed being back on the “Tube” informing and sharing with you all.

It was Episode 1 of Season 16 because April of this year ushered in the 16th year of the show’s broadcast.  This doesn’t include the 3 years that I worked as a radio dj/announcer in the early 1990s.  Yes, I was.  And, yes, I still know how to get a party started!  LoL!  Of course, as time marched on, I evolved into a talk show host.  Listen, being a black woman in talk radio was not a cake walk.  And, as we say in broadcasting, that’s a “whole nother” show or series of shows.  Well, this season expect more interaction– visible and audio.  And, as you saw/heard, Passion for Fashion is baaaaackkkk!!!

Okay everyone.  Thank you so much for continuing to tune in each week with the show.  I truly appreciate your prayers and support.  Have an awesome rest of the week and Be Blessed!  Amen.  And so it is!

Side note:  Did you like my new t-shirt that I was wearing?  Get yours today by becoming a friend.  Click here.

The next show will be this Saturday, September 19th, 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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Replenish and Subdue.

Well, here we are friends in the double digit days of September already.  Labor Day has come and gone.  Most all the children, college students, and their instructors have returned to school or work.  In the midwest, summer has begun to bow to Autumn; and, we’ve been experiencing comfortable temps, and rainy, yet beautiful days.

So, this week’s blog will close out my thoughts on how we can apply Genesis 1:28 in all areas of our lives with the focus on “Replenish and Subdue”.   I will not spend any time on ”…and have dominion over…” because I believe it’s meaning is explicitly and implicitly clear.   Honestly, so is to “replenish and subdue”.  But again, so that we can help ourselves and others become self-sufficient, here it is.  I believe our Creator is not just referring to filling the earth with more humans/mankind as well as taking care of earth and the lives created.  God wants us to “replenish”/fill by utilizing the gifts, skills, creative ideas we’ve been given so that we can have all that we need and want (spiritually and materially) to live a blessed life.

We are to “subdue”/control/manage OUR individual gifts, creative ideas, skills to not only bless our own lives but the lives of others too.   Note that we are to “subdue” OUR lives, etc.—not the lives of others.  Now, that behavior comes from another entity, not GOD!  And sadly its responsible for all the “isms” that we are in the process of eradicating to this day.   “Replenish and Subdue” YOUR life and bless others!

Okay everyone.  That is all I have for you today.  I can’t say it enough.  Self-sufficiency is attainable.  Again, simply do what God said—“Be Fruitful And Multiply” and “Replenish and Subdue”.   Be Blessed!  Amen.  And so it is!

Side Note:  I am starting to feel nervous energy as I approach the first broadcast day for the new season of the show.  Keep me in your prayers and click here to become a friend to the show!

The show will return for a new season this Saturday, September 12th, 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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And Multiply.

Happy September friends!  Labor Day weekend is just a couple of days away.  Be sure to stay safe everyone by social distancing and wearing your mask!

Well, this week’s blog is a continuation of last week’s message–Be Fruitful.  This command comes from the bible book of Genesis and the words that follow are “And Multiply”.  Now, some of you will argue that God was solely referring to procreation but I beg to differ.  You see our Creator is simple and complex.  Yes, he wants millions more Marilyns walking this earth (I know most of you are feeling elated at the thought of that!!! *LoL*)   God specifically wants mankind to multiply (beyond learning and mastering your arithmetic–multiplication facts *LoL*).  However, he also wants EVERYTHING that he has given us to multiply!  He commanded mankind to “Multiply”.

Have you discovered or helped someone discover the creative ideas/thoughts, gifts, talents, etc. that God has gifted you/them?  Well, now, it is time to take those seeds/fruit and “Multiply” them.  Can you draw?  If so, draw something unique and wonderful. Have it reprinted so that you can sell the drawing to more people.  Does your family and friends love the cookies that you bake on special occasions?  If so, make “multiple” batches of them and sell them!  Are you good at persuading or convincing people to do something?  Well, find something to sell and convince “multiple” people to make a purchase.  What idea(s) has God dropped on you that you keep shrugging off or dismissing?  Put those idea(s) to work and “Multiply”.  Your seed/fruit must “multiply”.

Friends, remember what we are talking about here—self-sufficiency.  It is attainable.  Become Blessed so that you can ultimately bless others so that they can become “Fruitful and Multiply”.  Again, all you have to do is what God said—“Be Fruitful And Multiply”.  Amen.  And so it is!

Side Note:  Speaking of multiplying.  School has begun and school supplies are still needed even with the distant learning or online learning that many are experiencing.  Click here for arithmetic helps and other school supplies.   #Ad

Remember, the show will return for a new season right after Labor Day!  In the meantime, check out older shows here 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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Be Fruitful.

Hello everyone!  I truly hope that you are experiencing a great week.  I realize that some of us have had to deal with a lot in the past week, personally and as a member of the world community.  My prayer is that you overcome the negative feelings and continue to do your part to help make your life and community in general, better.  I also send prayers to the family of Jacob Blake and all whose lives have been affected.

Listen, last week’s blog encouraged you to “Stay Up” so today I’m going to offer another reason why you should.  Be Fruitful.  God said it!  Be Fruitful.  He did not ask us to.  He commanded us to “Be Fruitful”.  While “being fruitful” has a couple different aspects, the one that we will focus on is being “financially and materially productive”.  Yes, God wants us to be “productive” friends.  And, again, he has given each of us something that will help us achieve it.

In the last blog, I encouraged you to “search” yourself so that you can discover hidden creative thoughts, gifts, talents, etc. that you could further develop or put to use to help you improve your life or the lives of others.  Let’s call the creative thoughts, gifts or talents– seeds.  Your seed is anything that God has gifted you that can be traded for something else—that “something” can be tangible or intangible.  Does your seed make your life or the life of others’ better/easier?  Does your seed cause others to smile?  Does your seed help someone else discover their seed(s)?   You know, we would not have been instructed to “Be Fruitful” if we had not been supplied with the seed(s) to do so.  By the way, the seed(s) that come from God bring about positive productivity.

Friends, what are your seed(s)?  I know that this question may not apply to some of you because you have discovered yours and are now thriving.  However, this blog may inspire you to help someone else on their journey to self-sufficiency (and I use this term loosely because we are all inter-dependent).  I choose to “Be Fruitful” and to help others discover the precious seed(s) that God deposited in them so that they can live productive lives.   Be fruitful my friends!  Amen.  And, so it is!

[Side Note:  Speaking of seeds.  It is time to start planning for next Spring’s flower garden.  I think that I will have another tulip garden.  How will you beautify your yard?  Get your perennial seeds in the ground now by clicking here.]  #Ad

The show will return for a new season right after Labor Day!  In the meantime, check out older shows here 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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Stay Up!

Stay Up!

 

Friends, it has taken a couple days for me to get this blog done.  I went back and forth on what the topic should be and finally decided to address the elephant in the room.  How do you “stay up” in a down world?  I asked that question because recently I have been bombarded with bad, sad stories.  People are suffering all over this country and many are being told that they cannot be helped!  So, again, I ask, how do you stay up in what appears to be a down world?

First and foremost, you must remain positive!  Despite the bad reports about how bad things are, know that its just half the story.  Dig deep and focus on the good in the world, in your community, in your life.  Do not, I repeat, do not internalize the negativity.  Keep positive uplifting, encouraging, forward moving people around you.

Secondly, do not allow yourself to succumb to fear.  Remember, God did not give “his people” the spirit of fear so fear has no place in your life!  Have you already allowed fear and worry to creep in?  Well, replace that fear with your faith and get to work.  Why do I say get to work?

Here it is.  The work will be whatever it takes to make your situation better and, prayer precedes it.  Yes.  Here I go again,  Pray and believe!  Command your day!  Ask God to order your steps. Speaking of steps, step up your job search or business plan.  Reach out to others for assistance.  While waiting for your job/business opportunity/assistance, search yourself.  What other gifts, talents, or skill-sets do you have that you can put to work right now to bring on productivity?  We all have something! Also, schedule your days so that you can stay on track.  And, know the difference between being busy and being productive.

I realize that it is getting real for some.  However, you all, the choice is ours.  Are we going to “stay up” or are we going to allow the current negative state of things bring us down?  I choose “up”!  And I choose to be the person that will keep you “up” because I know that God wants to, has, and continues to Bless.  Be Blessed my friends and Stay Up!  Amen.  And so it is!

Note that the show will return for a new season right after Labor Day!  Remember that you can always visit https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety to view older shows.  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; and take a look at the all new marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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