Let’s Do It!

Hello everyone.  I hope that you are well on your way to achieving greatness in your business, work, and all areas of your life.  Remember, you must strongly believe in yourself and that good thing which you want to accomplish.  You know– operate in Faith.

Everyday we must do something to take us closer to our goal.  First and foremost, we must be able to see it, then believe it in our mind.   Many years ago I use to tag this quote to the end of my correspondence and talk show, “If your mind can conceive it and you believe it; you can achieve it.  Don’t just think it, Be it!”.  If my memory is correct, I heard the great motivator, Les Brown pronounce that mantra to his audience and followers.  What does it mean in simple terms?  Put your faith in that vision/goal/self to work!  

Yes indeed, friends.  We must work, work, work, work, work.  It doesn’t matter if you are just starting, scaling, or going for the next level.  Every little step we take will move us closer to manifesting our vision.  Continue to practice and operate in Faith.  Let’s do it!  Also, remember to wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  Stay Safe.  Be well.  In Jesus Name. Amen.  And, so it is.

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The next show will be up this Saturday, January 16th, 2020 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out 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

Faith

Happy New Year, once again, everyone!  I trust that you are still full from all the love that you received from your family and friends over the holidays.  If nothing else, we can certainly be thankful for that, right?  Twenty-twenty (2020) has undoubtedly been a year to remember or forget depending on your experiences. 

Well, if you’ve been following my videos during the holidays, you heard me talk about Kwanzaa, an African-American cultural tradition, that begins the day after Christmas Day and ends on new year’s day.  The principle celebrated and practiced on the last day of Kwanzaa (the first day of the new year) is “faith”.  And, while it is referred to as a “principle” for Kwanzaa, biblically speaking, it is a spiritual power.  Faith, the ability to strongly believe in something that you hope for that has yet to happen or be seen. 

Faith comes from Christ.  For example, in our humanness, it is difficult to believe that there is a God.  If you’ve never owned a car or no one in your immediate circle has, it may be difficult to believe that you can own one. You cannot see or touch it.  However, Christ and the Holy Spirit has given us that ability to have faith and faith in God.  Faith, the ability to trust and believe that God will keep his promises to us.   Faith, in practice, is to strongly believe that all the good which you set out to achieve will manifest. 

Did you know every step you take towards achieving or reaching a goal, living a dream, it is faith in action?  Working towards earning a college/university degree?  Developing a new product, gadget, or idea?  Completing documents to launch your new business?  Improving your eating and exercise habits for better health?  Preparing yourself for Mr. or Mrs. Right?  Living a life pleasing to God?  Listen, you are practicing the spiritual power or discipline called Faith!

Friends, have strong faith this new year as you continue on the journey called life.  I’m cheering for you. Remember to wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  Stay Safe.  Be well.  Amen.  And, so it is.

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The next show will be up this Saturday, January 9th, 2021 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out 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

Flashlight. Nightlight. Spotlight. Floodlight. Sunlight…

Hey there everyone! 

Let your light shine!  Whether your light is that of a flashlight, candlelight, torchlight, searchlight, starlight, moonlight or the all encompassing sunlight; let it shine!    

If no other time of the year, tis the season my friends.  Let it shine.  Let it shine.  Let it shine.  Shine in Love, Theory, and Deed.  Your light will surely delight someone, enlighten someone, highlight someone, and even lighten someone’s load. 

Friends, as we let our light shine, 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 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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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

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!

(Side note:  Allow me to be the “quaesitum” for your business, product, brand or service by placing your logo on my website, sponsor the show or show segment, and be a guest on the show.  Click here for more information.)

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.

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Marilyn

Good Trouble!

The Honorable U. S. Congressman John R. Lewis was laid to rest today.  Friends, we all know that he was a legendary civil/human rights leader who dedicated his entire life to advocating for, protecting, as well as advancing the rights of blacks in America.

I know that I talked about and honored him along with Rev. C. T. Vivian a couple of weeks ago on the show but after viewing the televised service of Representative Lewis, I decided to emphasize one thing.  One of his famous quotes, “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.”

I gleaned something from all of the speakers at his service but Reverend James Lawson’s oratorical contribution to the service was particularly enlightening.  Inspiring.  Compelling.  Impactful.  Clarifying.  Find and view his video clip from the service to get re-educated and then go get in some “Good Trouble”.

If you are not sure what “Good Trouble” looks like, just take a good long look at John Lewis’ life.  His life was exemplary of Faith and Love in action which shook things up and caused “Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble”.  Groundbreaking legislation, laws, and policy were passed in the United States because of he prayed and then got to work.

Everyone, lets continue to carry the torch; baton; mantle of John R. Lewis, C. T. Vivian, Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Jr. and all the others who have fought to make the United States of America better, to make life for Blacks in America and people of color better. As we strive to live a Golden Life, let’s also get into some “Good Trouble”.  Amen.  And so it is!

Remember, the next show will broadcast later in the month of August.  However, 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 marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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Feel Better!

Friends, did you know that nature, God’s creation, has a tremendously positive effect on your health?

You can help regulate your blood sugar levels by as much as 45% just by watching the sunset 20 minutes each evening.  Researchers at the University of Connecticut revealed that the fresh air coupled with the beautiful view literally slows the adrenal glands production of cortisol which is a stress hormone.  Feel Better!

I love flowers!  I mean just gazing at them and smelling them causes me to feel pleasant.  Well, there’s a science behind it!  Britain’s University of Essex researchers found that just looking at colorful blooms for as little as 2 minutes will stimulate your brain’s frontal lobe causing it to release increased bursts of energizing beta waves which help us feel at least 35% better, sharper, focused.  Feel Better!

Do you have an upset stomach or just feeling queasy on a hot summer day?  Well, go hug a tree!  Or at the very least sit under one.  Why you ask?  According to British researchers, just stretching out under a shade tree for 10 minutes could ease your stomach troubles by 82%.  How?  Apparently the smell and sound of the rustling leaves have a soothing effect on the nervous system which causes any painful intestinal muscle spasms to stop.  Feel Better!

We all know that warm and fuzzy feeling we get when we hear and/or watch the rain fall, right?  Factor in the smell of a fresh rain fall and our moods can boost by 50% in just 15 minutes.  Scientists at Columbia University have found that rainstorms causes our brain neurons to release serotonin.  For those who don’t know, serotonin is a chemical that causes us to be well and happy.  Feel Better!

Hello!!!  Can you come outside to play?!!!  Friends, find a friend and go enjoy God’s gift to humans—nature.  Remember, our first earthly home was a beautiful garden.

Feel Better everyone.  And, remember, life really is—- Golden!!!  Amen.  And so it is!

Tune in this Saturday, July 25th, 2020 to the next broadcast on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  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 marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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Take Care of Yourself

Hey there.  I know that you all have heard the salutation or expression, “Take care of yourself” before, right?  But have you really taken it to heart?

You all, now, more than ever, we need to “take care of ourselves”.  We must be responsible for ourselves spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and physically.  I’ll share more about what that looks like on the next show.   Until then, “take care”.

Join me this Saturday, May 30th, 2020 on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  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 marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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Changes

Hello there my friends.  I apologize for the delay in getting this posted.  I got distracted with some other projects and dropped the ball on completing this one!  Anyway, here we are.  I hope that you have been experiencing a wonderful week.

Remember that beautiful song entitled, “Everything Must Change” that was written and sung by Bernard Ighner, and produced and released by Quincy Jones in the early 1970s?  Since then, many others have released their own rendition of it.  I particularly enjoy listening to George Benson’s version.  Hmmm.  Changes.

The appearance of the novel coronavirus has forced our world to change in incredible ways—

How we as humans interact and socialize;

How we move around in public spaces and places;

How we do business and work;

How we educate and learn.

Now, what some once said was impossible is now possible and in many cases, necessary.  Work from home is now common place; television network and local broadcasters broadcast from home; religious and worship services only stream online now; choirs, musical groups, and musicians sing together via video from their own respective homes.  Wow!  Changes.

Friends, undoubtedly in life in general, we will experience natural and unnatural, physical, business, work, relationship, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual changes.  The song mentioned above has a line in it that says “There are not many things in life you can be sure of except that rain falls from the sky and sun lights up the sky and hummingbirds do fly.”  Well, I beg to differ.  One other thing that does not and will not ever change is God and his love for his creations and children.  And, no matter what kind of change we experience in life/the world, he will always make it (change it) for our good/benefit!

Changes.  Oh boy!  I could go on about other kinds of “changes” but I’ll just leave this right here.  Have a safe and healthy Memorial Day Weekend everyone!

The next show date is set for Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  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 marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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This…

Hello everyone.  I hope that you all are doing well and staying safe.

Well, for me the last 4 weeks have been emotionally draining.  In the last week, my family and I funeralized and laid my father to rest.  He transitioned on Tuesday, April 14th, but due to the mayhem of COVID 19, we were not able to take care of all of this until just last week/weekend.   Also, we could not have a normal funeral service because only 10 people at a time could be with him; everyone had to wear protective gear (masks, gloves, etc.) as well as stay at least 6 feet apart.   It all seemed so impersonal—soo unlike my father.

For those of you who have been with me and the radio show for some time, you know that I have shared parts of my life over the years with you all.  One part that I shared was that my parents divorced when I was 8 or 9 years old.  As a result, me and my siblings were co-parented.  We lived with our mother but spent weekends, alternate holidays, and summers with my father.  Here’s much more…

My father was born on August 16, 1934 in Canton, MS to Florida B. and Wallace May Sr.  He was third youngest of twelve.  He attended Cameron St. High School and Alcorn State University.  He also served in the United States Military (as he was quick to point out, non-combative, just in communications) and was honorably discharged. My father received Christ at an early age although over the course of his life, you rarely found him in a church. However, you better know that he was a true believer. He was a dedicated member of the Elks Lodge most of his adult life. He worked for a furniture company in Canton, Mississippi before migrating to Chicago, Illinois to work for Ford Motor Company.  He was a Line Supervisor when he retired in 1998 after 30 years of service.  We still marvel at the fact that he never owned a car.  After retirement, he enjoyed travelling between Chicago, IL and Canton as well as other places in the United States.

He married twice in life.  First to my mother, then years later after another special relationship ended; he met and married his wife of the last 37 years of his life, Nervine.  He also loved his children (I’d like to think especially me, his shadow lol), grandchildren, and others. My father was a real man who cooked.  I remember enjoying his delicious breakfast and dinner meals. He also enjoyed working with his hands, as carpenter, gardener, and player of his imaginary piano. When I was younger, he told me that he could actually play the piano (just a little bit) at one point in his young life.  You see, his mother was a prolific pianist as were some of his sisters.  He loved singing too as well as listening to jazz.  His love for music was second to none.

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My father told us that when he was younger, one of his favorite past times was baseball so he played in and later coached a team for a time while still in Mississippi.  So fast forward to life in Chicago, every summer, he would often gather us and our friends along with other children in the neighborhood to take us to play softball.  We also enjoyed many skating trips too.

He had numerous friends and was instantaneously loved by all that he met, young and old.  Everyone enjoyed talking with him and just being in his company.   No, he was not a rocket scientist, supreme court justice, nor perfect- but we love him unconditionally as he is/was. This, is not easy.  We are grateful for the love memories and along with my mother and brother, will miss him so much.

Well, continue to stay safe and be well.

The next show date is planned for  Saturday, May 9th, 2020 on  https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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