Goodie Goodie Gum Drops!!

I get inspired to write from the least obvious of things, I was driving home today from work and before I pulled off, I whipped out an old mixed CD I made and on came Ciara’s song “My Goodies,” I was jamming all the way home!  I think I must’ve played that song twice before getting out the car.  So now I’m home and thinking of a post to write and the song popped back into my head hence the title for my post! LOL

I have this cool app on my iPhone called Soundhound and you can find any song that comes on the radio and most of the time the lyrics are available as well. Now I know all the words to the song but for some reason while I was at the red light I was reading the lyrics as I sang along. One of the main lines that Ciara drives home in the song is “I know you want the goodies… if you’re looking for the goodies keep on looking ’cause they stay in the jar…” then I got to thinking, what should a man have to do before being eligible to get the goodies from a girl’s cookie jar? He’d really have to be worth it, right? I mean your goodies are far too valuable than to go offering them to just anybody so what should you know about him before you deem him eligible to give him the goods??

Now I know there’s this semi truthful myth that a woman knows if she is going to sleep with a man within 5 minutes of meeting him.  I think that a woman can definitely tell within a few minutes of meeting a man if there are vibes that could make her quickly think “yeah… it could happen” but I think that thought is so superficial because it’s based off of nothing but physical attraction!  Your “goods” are worth more than a 5 minute once over so I would think even with the thought in the back of your mind that he doesn’t have to try so hard that you should still make him earn it.  And for your own safe keeping you need to find out what this guy is all about!

I’m not going to tell you ladies to implement a specific timeframe but I think that women really ought to start “guarding their grill” and making dudes “knuckle up” so to speak.  Give more value to yourself and what you possess because I can guarantee if you look back at your past you might notice that there’s a pattern of you saying, “if I had known this would happen I would not have done it!” or “if I had known this about him, then I wouldn’t have bothered!” Save yourself the IF and find out what the problem or if there is a problem BEFORE you sleep with him.

So here goes my incomplete list of what I MUST KNOW about him before I seriously considered giving him ANYTHING:

  1. Full Name
  2. Does he have any children? How many? What are their ages? Where are their mothers?
  3. Where does he live? Is he living at home with his parents? I must have visited in the home several times during different hours of the day and different days of the week. (cause you never know, dudes think they are slick)
  4. Does he have a job? Benefits? What’s his professional plan?
  5. What does he want for himself? In the next 6 months, year, 5 years?
  6. When was his last relationship? Why did it dissolve? Assess whether his reasons were pointing the finger solely at her or did he accept responsibility for his part?
  7. What are his intentions for me? Is this casual? Is he looking for something serious?
  8. Does he want to get married?
  9. What are his religious/Spiritual beliefs?
  10. Has he been hurt before? By whom? How long ago? Has he healed?
  11. What’s his relationship like with his family? Did he grow up with both parents? What was their relationship like? How does he treat his mother and his sisters, if he has any?
  12. What are his friends like? Do you trust the friends? Are they guys that you would introduce to one of your girlfriends?
  13. How does he handle himself in tough situations? Can he communicate his feelings well?

There are so many pertinent questions and things to find out from a man before giving yourself to him.  I know some of the things that I mentioned are like really?? Yes really, you’d be surprised how many times you have jumped in the bed before knowing simple things about the man, then you want to ask questions afterwards.  Nope, that’s not the way to handle that!

There are a few things that he must do to be deemed acceptable to drink from my cup:

  1. He must court me meaning he must woo me, sweep me off my feet and actually date me.  That means out to restaurants and events outside of the home.  He must show interest in learning about me and what it takes to make and keep me happy.
  2. He must be sincere honest, true to his word, consistent and just a good person.
  3. He must share in the same beliefs that I have and he must want the same things from life that I do.

Being that these are some pretty deep things that I feel one must know before taking the plunge you can get a sense that the time frame isn’t 2 weeks.  I know that you are all grown women and have your own needs however I encourage you to satisfy yourself mentally by getting to know him before you give in to temptation.  Try it out and tell me how it goes.  What are some things that I didn’t mention that you think are good things to know before giving up the goodies?

Happy Dating!

MzCeo

And coming to the stage is…

Hey there J Spot!

I have some exciting news about my recent endeavors.  I know that most of you know me just by my blog but I’ve never really divulged my other talents.  My creativity started with music.  After stepping away for a while to focus on family and creating a life for my family I’m back at focusing on my music with an emphasis on the lyrical aspect.  When I was younger I wanted to be the star on the stage performing but now I am more interested in songwriting and creating good music.   

I have created a publishing company, Zarinah Music Group and have just released my very first single, entitled Escape, written and performed by yours truly that you can purchase everywhere you purchase music online including iTunes and Cdbaby!  Please support me in my venture to pursue my dreams.  You can find me on Twitter @iamZarinah on Facebook at http://therealjspot.wordpress.com/wp-admin/www.facebook.com/Zarinah-music-group/187943247934488 and on my website www.zarinahmusicgroup.com

Click below to download and purchase my single Escape! I’ll be back with a new article on love and relationships soon!  Let’s gooooooo!
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DATING LIMBO… GET ME OUT OF HERE!!

Have you ever been in a long term relationship, one that you thought that you would be in for the rest of your life and then that dream crashed and burned and you were thrust back into the dating world and don’t know what to do or where to start?

At some point after you dry your tears and mend your broken heart you will have to face the inevitable and begin to get back out there and date.  As most women do when we shed dead weight, we get a new hair-do, try out some new makeup, buy a new wardrobe and even shed a few pounds in preparation to meet the next Mr. Right.  Once all that is done, it’s back to kissing frogs and hoping that one of them will reveal their true identity as a prince!

From experience I know that the dating game isn’t very fun… I mean I guess that it can be eventually once you get into the groove of things, but from one serial monogomer to another you get tired of the “first dates”, the awkward moments of silence and trying to figure out if they like you or not, or even more importantly if you like them!  And what about this whole internet dating craze??? I know it’s not “new” but the ability to hide behind a computer screen and make yourself appear however you want to appear is an even scarier thought!  How do you know that this person really looks like the pictures on their profile? How do you know if that person really works where they say they work or drive what they say they drive or doesn’t really live at home rent free in his mom’s basement????? GASP!!

In my humble opinion dating SUCKS!  That is until you finally meet someone who’s worth all the frogs you had to kiss in order to get him… that’s when you look forward to going on a date and having flirty conversation and making a connection with someone.  I guess when dating you have to take risks, go out with someone that you may not normally go out with, try to meet someone where you may not normally frequent.  I come from a world of sales, and our motto is the more no’s you get the closer you are to getting a yes!  So just because you’ve had a a few too many “first dates” continue to be open minded and keep in the back of you head that you are that much closer to meeting he who was made perfect for you!

Happy Dating!

MzCeo

BOY MEETS GIRL AND GIRL MEETS BOY: A LOVE STORY

One day almost 11 years ago while at school, I was standing outside chatting with some friends.  Along came a guy who was entering into the building.  I looked at him and he at me and I was instantly attracted, however I kept my conversing with my friends, thinking nothing of it.  Then all of a sudden I heard an “excuse me, excuse me…” coming from the direction he had walked, I turned around only to find the guy who had just walked by trying to get my attention.  “Yes,” I answered and do you know what his opening line was? “You know you shouldn’t be smoking right?” I said “excuse me?” He had no problem repeating himself with a smile on his face, he said “smoking stunts your growth!” I laughed a flirty laugh and said “well I’m 5′ and I think I’ve stopped growing some time ago so if I shouldn’t be smoking, I think there are other reasons you could have come up with!” He laughed it off and asked if I could come inside out of the cold and have  conversation with him and I obliged.

Five minutes into our conversation, I knew there was something different about him, than any other guy I had ever met but I wasn’t quite sure what it was yet.  When it was time for me to go to class he asked if he could walk with me, so that we could finish our conversation and he carried my things.  While watching his lips move and hearing him speak I wasn’t really listening instead I was thinking to myself… “he is really a nice guy and sooo cute!” When we got to my class we realized that we hadn’t exchanged numbers but class was getting ready to start so he said he would come back at the end of class so that we could do so.  Instead of concentrating on my work I was stuck thinking about him and how we had the best conversation that seemed like it was hours but really it was only a few minutes and I anxiously waited for class to be over to see if he’d really show back up… and HE DID!  He came in my class with his number already written down and asked me for mine. Once again he was a gentleman and helped me with my books and walked me to my car.  The next day was a Friday and he asked if we could hang out and of course I said YES!

Needless to say after a few dates and really getting to know this man I realized what it was about him that was so different from any other guy I had previously dated.  He was actually a man and not a boy!  He was established, confident, had a military career, intelligent, owned property and did I mention that he was CUTE? He was nearly everything on my list of wants and needs wrapped in a beautiful package of a man and most of all there were characteristics of him that reminded me of my best friend, my father.  How could I not fall hopelessly in love with him?

Through the years, like any relationship we’ve had our struggles but it’s only made us stronger.  In him, I have found a comfortable place that is so secure there is no place I’d rather be.  Nearly 8 months ago he popped the question after spending a relaxing day together.  We had gone to my parents’ house to pick up our son and when we were just enjoying each other’s company he whipped out a little black box and the room was silent as we weren’t quite sure what was happening.  Then my father yells out “HOLD IT!” ran and got the camera and then signaled for him to proceed.  By this time my mom and I were in tears and he got down on one knee and asked for my hand in marriage in front of my three most special people in the world to me my Mom, Dad and Son and through all of my tears I managed to get out a YES!  To think I met my future husband in the very same place my mother met my father, over 35 years ago.  We attended the same University my parents did and met in a similar way, except my mom wasn’t smoking! LOL Needless to say, if we’re taking a cue from my parents we have a long, happy, blessed and successful marriage ahead of us!  AND I no longer smoke and I am the happiest girl ever!

Just the other day, we entered into The Ultimate Wedding Contest, to win a dream wedding package sponsored by Crate and Barrel and after sharing in our story we ask you to please vote.  You only need to vote once and pass this love story on.  My prayer is that as you pass this on and share in our love that the man or woman who God has for you manifests as your heart desires and that you will be happy, blessed and prosperous in every area of your lives.  To the involved and/ married couples that are voting for us and passing this on, my prayer is that your marriage is blessed, fruitful and that your relationship be an example to others.  God created marriage and so it is good!

We love you for your votes!

Click the link below:

http://www.ultimateweddingcontest.com/entry/142618

Thank you!

MzCeo (soon2bMrs.B)

LEAVING YOU…

I was listening to Kandi’s new song “Leave U” and the words started to sing to me and get me to thinking how often it is that we jeopardize our relationships once we get comfortable in them.  It’s so common that as we settle into our relationships that we find ourselves forgetting to do the things that we used to do when we first got together.  Relationships are as much about the little things as they are about the big things.  It’s easy to remember a birthday or some other symbolic holiday, but what about the little things that we appreciated so much about eachother that get lost in the daily grind?

Little things that you used to do for your man like come to bed without the scarf and baggy t-shirt, or the back rub you would give him when he got home from work.  Remember when you would stay up and wait for him to get home so that you can listen to him tell you about his day? Or how you would make his favorite meal for him just because.  How about when you would wash his hair and massage his scalp? There are certain things that you did for him that you may not be doing anymore now that you “have” him. Little do you know those very things were the things he fell in love with and craves for.

Guys,think about the things you did for her that you may not be paying so much attention to anymore.  When was the last time you took your girl on a spontaneous day trip like you used to while you were dating? Or when was the last time you held hands and walked and spent time enjoying each other? Whatever those “little things” are that aren’t being done now seem so significant when you don’t have them anymore.

Have you ever gotten to a place like in Kandi’s song and say to yourself, “I’m going to leave you for someone who is doing all of the things you USED to do?”

The truth is the things you did to get him/her are the things you need to continue to do in order to keep him/her.  When you start off a relationship you always put your best foot forward, however you don’t want to start off the relationship by setting the bar so high that it’s impossible for you to maintain.  It’s natural as things come up in life you get preoccupied with work, family and other personal obligations, but it’s a dangerous road to go down where you neglect to do the things that you did previously without regard and think that the person is just going to stay although they are completely unfulfilled.  They may stick it out for a while, however they are only trying to hold on long enough to give you a chance to get back to where you were…. if that place isn’t anywhere on the horizon you can kiss your relationship goodbye.

It’s such a mistake to let life and all of its obstacles take over so much so that you aren’t tending to home.  It needs to be a main priority for the two of you to get together, spend some quality time and it just be you, no matter what is going on outside.  That time that you spend with you other half should only be about the love that you have and reconnecting with that person.

A FEW IDEAS TO JUMP START YOUR RELATIONSHIP:

  • Have a set date night Date night doesn’t have to always be about going out to a restaurant and spending money.  You can create an intimate setting at home where one of you cook or you can make it fun and cook a meal together.  Set the candles, play some soft music and turnoff all distractions so that it’s just the two of you enjoying one another’s company.
  • Get a massage together Massages are such stress relievers that it can truly help you to leave all the outside cares behind and enjoy the peace and quiet of just being in each other’s company.  You can take a trip to a day spa or inquire about a masseuse coming to your home for a reasonable price.  I know it’s a recession so buy a massage kit and give each other massages, that works just as well and is also very sensual.
  • Get a book of any genre that you both like and take turns reading it to each other.  A sexy story never hurts.
  • Compliment each other regularly.  Tell each other how much you appreciate the things they do, or remind them how beautiful or handsome you think they are.

There are tons of things that you can do together to keep the flame glowing but the point is you have to put forth the effort.  The easiest thing to do that you know either one of you would appreciate is continue doing all of the things that you used to do and always find time to reconnect.  I believe this is crucial to long-lasting and satisfying relationships.

I hope that some of these ideas are used and works for you… I’m about to get started planning my next “date night” now!

Happy Dating,

MzCeo

SHOULD MARRIED MEN/WOMEN HAVE SINGLE FRIENDS?

What are your thoughts about this? A few weeks ago I was watching something on tv where someone was about to get married and her friend who had been married before asked her, why was she still hanging out with unmarried friends.  I tend to think that your friend is your friend married or single and if for someone reason your marriage would see its demise or if you were to fall on hard times 9 times out of 10 that friend will be there to help you pick up the pieces.   So why should it be ok to just throw them away?

When you become a couple, it is common that you will not hang out with you single friends as often because you are spending time nurturing your relationship.  Your single friends should respect that, of course there are those friends who don’t always understand and feel some type of way about you not being able to hang out as often, but also you have to understand their feelings.  They may feel that way because you are doing things and making new friends with other couples and hanging out in groups and they may feel left out.  Being married or involved doesn’t mean you throw your single friends away and swap them out for a new model… you just enlarge your circle of friends.

I do think that there is a problem with seeking advice on your marriage from single friends.  Reason being is because you don’t know where their advice is coming from.  Yes, they are your friends but that doesn’t mean that everything they tell you is coming from a good place.  Your friends could have had bad relationships and have a jaded view of marriage, there could be underlying jealousy and could give you advice where consciously or unconsciously is not the best for you and your situation.  I am a firm believer that when you are in a relationship that you would like to work, you need to keep you circle of friends positive.  You can’t hang out with the cheated on girlfriend telling you all men are dogs and soon as your man does something she’s telling you that your man is cheating too.  You can’t hang out with the “I HATE ALL MEN” crew and expect to get good sound advice when you have an issue arise.

It would make better sense for you and the security of your relationship to have positive people in your corner for you to turn to and perhaps seek advice if need be. I think as long as you keep your circle positive regardless of if they are single or married that is the key to all healthy relationships.  A negative person is like cancer and spreads like wild fire of which if you decide to stay are doomed.

TRUTH HURTS COUNTDOWN: REAL TALK SESSION

Hey J Spot! Yes I know it’s been a while since I’ve put up new posts, but I’ve been posting some TRUTHS on Facebook and some of them hit home with my Facebook Fam so I decided to post them here and get your thoughts, or just give you something to think about. So get ready for the countdown to the number one Truth in Relationships.

# 12. Don’t ask questions you really don’t want to hear the answer to… If you do, be prepared to deal with the truth whether it’s GOOD or BAD!

#11. Looks can be deceiving… after you find something that you like stop looking, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. (This rule applies to everything in life.)

#10. Rule of thumb: Don’t jump the gun… just like you should wait for him to say I love you first, don’t change your FB status to “in a relationship: while his still says “single” let him make the first move towards a relationship!

#9. “Witholding from him” in order to teach him a lesson only opens the door to temptation. Keep in mind tht what you won’t do… the next one will!

#8. If a relationship feels like too much work after the first month, it’ll be 10 times harder a year from now. Learn how to cut your losses…

BONUS: Keep it spicy! There’s nothing more boring that predictability! Think outside the box!

#7.  Yes men love an independent girl but that doesn’t mean to act aloof.  Still show him you care and that you have his back!

#6.  Men appreciate a woman’s independence. It turns a guy off to think that they are responsible for your day-to-day happiness. Keep regular dates with your girlfriends or take up a hobby. Moral of the story: KEEP YOUR OWN IDENTITY!

#5.  When a man likes you he will pursue you… Turning the tables around and openly pursuing a man although initially flattering can soon come off desperate and loose and leaves you open to be treated… well, “desperate and loose!”

BONUS: Learn to cook… Cooking breakfast or dinner doesn’t set us back 50yrs! Being domesticated as well as an intelligent business savvy woman only elevates your game!!!

#4.  Check out his friends… If they aren’t about anything 9 times out of 10 neither is he…

BONUS: Infidelity is not inevitable, but fidelity is a gift you give to somebody that you have to work hard at continuing to give…

#3.  If a man breaks up with you out of the blue, the out-of-the-blue part is really only on your end.

#2.   Ladies you CANNOT change him!!! If you look at him as a project he’ll never live up to your expectations… Either love him for who he is right at this moment or leave him alone…

And FINALLY TRUTH #1:

Don’t be tired of fake men be tired of you falling for fake men… There are some good guys out there but you are not doing a good job of weeding through the bad ones to get to the good ones!  Readjust your goggles and see with clear vision!

Thanks for reading!

MzCeo

 

 

 

CAN MEN AND WOMEN REALLY JUST BE FRIENDS???

Hmm… I suppose so to a certain extent, but I am prone to believing that although we can claim to be friends, given the right situation at the right time, anything can happen. The truth is opposites attract right, so for all intensive purposes that means men are attracted to women and women to men. Not every woman may be attracted to a man in a sexual way and the same with a man, he may not only be attracted to a woman in a sexual way, but there is obviously something about her that he likes or else they wouldn’t be friends, would you agree? Same with a woman liking a man, it may not be sexual but he may stimulate her mentally or is funny or something about his personality that she likes or else again I ask why would they even be friends?

So to answer my question, can a man and a woman be friends… only to a certain degree. I believe because of the initial attraction that drew you together to even become friends given the right mix of ingredients, i.e. in a weakened state of loneliness, drinks, or a state of realization that you just happen to like this person and they are more than just a friend to you, that the relationship can have the potential to go beyond friendship at some point. Will everyone act on this? No because to some people it’s not worth ruining a friendship if the relationship turns sour, but to some people they figure hey let’s give it a try it’s the best of both worlds and we’re adult enough to try and maintain a friendship after if things don’t work out.

I think where things get sticky is if these “friends” are in relationships with other people. Let’s say he has a girl and she has a man. Is it important to consider how your mate may feel about this relationship/friendship you have with this person of the opposite sex? Yes if you truly care about that person. I know some people are like hey they were my friend before the relationship and they’ll be my friend after and you’re right but at the same time, your friend should respect your relationship. If the girl or guy in your life is reasonably uncomfortable with your friendship and you’re trying to make this serious, then ask your friend to respect that and maybe it’s not cool to call all times of the night or every five minutes. Also, it might be wise to introduce eachother so that way it’s all out in the open and the mate doesn’t feel as intimidated. I think there are ways to handling the opposite sex pro’s and con’s but in most situations they aren’t handled properly and one thing leads to another and things get really messy.

So don’t let go of your friends of the opposite sex just because you have a relationship, after all your friends are your friends and will always have your back. But have an agreement with your friends that you all understand that you’re in a relationship and that should be respected, so if ever comes a time where your significant other has concerns that are reasonable there won’t be any hard feelings if you have to say would you mind falling back a bit. Are you to do that for everyone, no? But for the relationships that are worth it and you’re really trying to work on I say why not!

Happy Dating J Spot Fam!

MzCeo

DO YOU HEAR THE WORDS THAT ARE COMIN’ OUTTA MY MOUTH???

DO YOU HEAR THE WORDS THAT ARE COMIN’ OUTTA MY MOUTH???

That line that Chris Tucker made famous several years ago in the movie Rush Hour, is still funny when I think of how he said it, but sometimes you find yourself either asking or wanting to ask someone just like he did, “DO YOU HEAR THE WORDS THAT ARE COMING OUTTA MY MOUTH?!?” Because the truth is a lot of times people suffer from selective hearing and only hear what they want, rather than listening to exactly what you are trying to say!

Parents, how many times do you say this to your children during the course of the day? It’s like with children, they rarely hear exactly what you tell them. You can look them in the eyes and have total silence in the background, tell them to do something and half of what you said will get accomplished. Then when you ask what happened they’ll say “oh I thought you said…” and rattle off something that was somewhat true! Well maybe that’s just in my house! LOL

Fellas, how many times have you found yourself in a situation where there is a woman who you’ve kicked it with and maybe she is ready for more than you are at the time and of course she’s shooting you signs and maybe is even bold enough to come right out and tell you her thoughts and asks you yours. Since she was so upfront, you respected that and you decided to be upfront as well so that you didn’t lead her on. You confessed that you liked her but you weren’t quite ready for what she was ready for. She looked at you for a moment, you thought that she followed but in the coming weeks, she proceeded in such a manner that you wondered if she had actually heard the words that were coming from out of your mouth! What happened there? Did she really not hear you or was she just determined to make you feel the same way she felt whether you liked it or not!?! It makes you wonder sometimes.

Ladies, we all know that we’ve done this at some point in our lives. It’s like there is literally a disconnect from what’s coming out of his mouth and what is going into our ears! Is it like in that movie, “He’s Just not that into you” that our girlfriends always have a way of telling us a little story of how they know of a great relationship that came about after a guy said something similar and now they live happily ever after? That can’t be it, or can it? The problem with that is that we start to believe what we want to believe rather than what is truth. We continue to act as if this man is feeling one way about us and when he finally says, “do you hear the words that are coming out of my mouth??” we’re shocked and appalled! If a man shows you his true colors believe him, don’t try and paint yourself a new picture!

Furthermore we have to listen not just when he tells us that he’s not ready for what we are. We have to pay attention to who he is PERIOD! We have to stop getting sucked in because we see a “project” that we can take on and we can mold him into this great man because it’ll just suck you dry! If a man shows you that he’s irresponsible, believe it! Take him for what he is or don’t take him at all. If he shows himself as a cheater, believe it! Don’t think after the ring that magically his cheating tendencies will stop because they won’t, it’ll only become worse! If he’s not taking care of the child(ren) that he currently has, don’t fool yourself into thinking that if you have a baby with him that he’ll take care of yours, it just won’t happen! I know sometimes we can’t help ourselves, but we have just got to start believing what we see. Yes a man can have potential and we can have faith, but with that there also must be action on his part. Someone can have all the potential of the world but if they do not act on that potential what good is it?

Just some food for thought…

Love Live Life,

MzCeo

SHE’S GOT KIDS

Let’s face it, men parent differently from women.  And men have a special relationship with their daughters as do moms with our sons.  I believe that’s why God intended for there to be two parents in the home.  There’s some things that only a man can teach a man and a woman can teach a woman.  There are also only some things that only a mother could teach her son and a father can teach his daughter.  All of us have our own styles of teaching and parenting.  Men tend to be more hard on their boys and soft as pie with their daughters while moms are the exact opposite we tend to be a little tougher with our girls but are total pushovers for our boys… but in general, fathers are the disciplinarians of the household, while the mothers can get the same thing accomplished but has a softer way of doing things.  Unless the mother is playing both roles, then she has to learn very quickly how to get rough when she needs to especially if she has boys.  For the single dads out there, they have to also compensate for the lack of estrogen, if there is no mom involved and have to learn quick how to nurture because that’s one of the main things that we bring to the table.

Raising children is hard enough when their your own flesh and blood, but sometimes it can be even harder when they aren’t.  The reason I bring this up is because the truth is, it’s becoming more and more of a rarity find to find a man without children, you’re shocked enough if you were to find out that they ONLY have one!  As well as it’s hard to come across a woman with out one or more child.  I think nowadays, we’re more surprised if someone doesn’t have children rather than to find out that they do.  We all have a past and our children are just the blessings that come from those past situations.  I think what issues we sometimes face in blending a family is understanding that there are going to be differences in the way we parent.  I mean we come from different families and the way we were brought up may not necessarily be the same as our counterparts, so they would have picked up on somethings differently than us, correct?

With that being said… as with relationships, communication is absolutely key when it comes to raising children especially when they are not biologically yours.  The reason I stress the fact that communication is so important, is because it’s hard enough dealing with the ups and downs of a relationship as it is, throw some kids in the mix, yours or not and it is bound to be a few mountains to climb.  I remember Lyfe Jennings wrote a song called “She’s got kids,” he lets you in on some hesitation a man may face when getting involved with a woman who has children and ladies, don’t get offended, because I’m sure we’ve all had times where maybe we thought twice about dealing with a man because they had children.  It may not have been for the same reasons that Lyfe sings about but, he has confessed some real feelings that someone may have before considering a serious relationship.  The song reads like this:

“I know a lot of women gonna hate it
but, somebody’s gotta say it
And so I nominated myself to deliver the news
that its hard for a man to choose a lady
that already got a baby
Although his feelings may be strong
Having kids that don’t belong to him
holding on to him somehow seems wrong to him
Exposing them to a man who may one day decide
he’s tired of the family life
And now he’s gotta tell that little girl a goodbye lie
when he’s the only Dad she’s ever had in her life
I don’t wanna take that chance please don’t take offense
it’s just the thought of hurting somebody that was innocent

[Chorus:]
She got kids
And I don’t know if I’m ready to give
Them the things that they need to live
‘Cause if we become more than just friends what I do for her I gotta do for them kids
She got kids
And I just wanna make sure this is
more than just some sexual trip
See all I wanna do is prevent those kids from getting hurt again

Most men think it but they’ll never say it
but what if ya’ll had another baby
And he’s accused of choosing favorites, and they’re right
Would he be wrong for loving his own flesh and blood a little more
Is he being human or only being immature
who’s to say
that’s why it’s better just to wait
take love day to day
and let love spread its own wings
and if it wants to fly away or if it decides to stay
it wont be because of any unrealistic expectations ya’ll done made
and he wont have to pray that little girl ain’t awake
when he tiptoe out the door so he won’t have to explain
I don’t wanna take that chance please don’t take offense
I just don’t need that kinda drama on my conscience”

These are things things we really do need to think about prior to getting in a relationship with someone who already has children… take our time introducing the kids, but not too long that you already like this person and are going to try and push him/her on the kids… like them enough to trust them but not enough as to where if thing didn’t work out you’d be upset.  Let the relationship evolve on it’s own, stop rushing into things with someone and if you do make across the threshold into relationship territory, keep the waves of communication open between the parents and the children, constantly working on the relationship.  It won’t always be easy but it’ll definitely be rewarding.

Love Live Life,

MzCeo

THE YEAR OF THE GENTLEMAN…

Alright fellas, we have had it!! What is up with you guys being so disrespectful!  Nowadays it seems like two minutes into an introduction with a guy and he’s already steering the conversation to sex with slick comments!  And then when you call him on it, he says something like, “I was just tryna see where your head was” Hmph… Are you kidding me??? Because if I was down, you wouldn’t have been trying to see where my head was!  Why are men seemingly totally comfortable speaking to us this way? Are we women lowering our standards that much that we accept this kind of behavior? Is that why they feel it is ok to talk to us that way or are these men bred to be awfully bold? I think we have to take the blame on this, at least the women that are accepting this behavior need to, because they are the ones who are making it bad for all of the rest of us.

Thank God I’m out of the rat race, however this is for my girls that are still out there trying to find Mr. Right, but first have to weed through all the nonsense!

And guys why in this day and age are you so quick to talk about sex with all that’s out there, sex isn’t just sex anymore…. those days of “free love” are long gone!  These days we have got to be more discerning about who we date and what we do with these people don’t you think? Not everyone deserves a cookie for your cookie jar.  I know there’s a double standard when it comes to men and women and their sexuality, men the more you bed the more manly you are considered, but even you could learn to slow it down because you being so quick to “take her down” could leave you with more than you bargained for.  Ladies, I know we’re in the year of 2010 and you feel all liberated and think that you can do anything a man does, but there are some things that we were taught that defines a lady that shouldn’t be tossed to the side.  We need to stop being so quick to give it up because he’s cute or has a slick tongue because we’re getting left with the short end of the stick.  STD’s take longer to manifest in a woman because our organs are internal therefore can do much more harm to us than to a man, so let’s stop giving ourselves a bad name.

Back to you “men” I know when you’re still young you are out there trying to sow your wild oats, and when you finally bump into Mrs. Right you’ll most likely calm down… but what happens when Mrs. Right considers you Mr. Wrong because of your past, wouldn’t that just be unfortunate? I know I’m not going to stop every guy from being just who they are by reading this article, but I do hope that some smart guy out there will think twice before being so slick with the tongue.  I mean you are who you attract, so if you want to attract a good woman, then you in turn have to be a good man… and ladies the same rule works for you, if you want to attract a good man, you have to be a good woman! Do your homework, know what it is a man expects from a woman and be prepared to do that.  Some of us ladies are too independent for our own good, we don’t want to cook and don’t know how, we don’t want to clean and we don’t want to nurture or be attentive… I’m sorry ladies… I don’t know not one man who would be ok with that for long… there’s only so much you can do in the bedroom that will keep his attention.  Learn to take care of your men as well as be that business woman you have to be a triple threat, beauty, brains and well booty! lol

So as I beg for the real men, the gentleman to stand to their feet… I ask of you real women to stand up.  That’s the only way you’ll ever find eachother.

Happy Dating,

MzCeo

CAN I GET A LIL’ QT?

CALLING ALL MEN!! CALLING ALL MEN!! PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT……………… (ladies you can continue reading too!)

We love our men don’t we ladies? It’s so hard to find a good man and when we get him we want to spend all of our time with him.  Men who were raised well, were taught from an early age to be protectors and providers for their families.  Men are often taught you are not a “real man” unless you can take care of you and yours.  So when a man finally finds the right woman they put their all into doing just that!  A man will do anything for the woman that he loves.  Even if that means taking a job that he knows is beneath him just to make enough to put food on the table.

Men also have pride and a man who is real and loves his woman, wouldn’t want to see her struggling, not if he could help it.  He’s going to do everything he can to make her load just a little bit lighter.  But I think sometimes in a man’s quest to be the best that he can be for his family he needs to find balance between work and home.  We love you and of course we want to see you and still spend quality time with you but sometimes life can get in the way of that.

We ladies understand you work hard at your jobs and that your tired when you get home, but think about the lady you love who’s been waiting to see you all day.  Work is stressful when you’re putting in those 12-16hr days but don’t forget the lady who sat up way past sleepy to be awake to greet you at the door.  We understand on your weekends, there are so many things that you need to take care of but don’t forget about the woman who’s waiting for those days off just as much as you are so that she can have more than 20 minutes a day with you to have a little quality time.  What seems to sometimes be the case is that when you get free time, some of you are attending to your friends and your own needs instead of the woman that sits by patiently waiting for you.  What I’ve noticed is that you’re devoting that time to friends (which is cool) but give her the time she needs first, so that your home is in tact, otherwise your family life could be coming a loose at the seams without you even knowing.

Ladies and Gentlemen we have got to find a balance!  Do you really need to take that overtime tonight? Or can they survive without you so that you can get home at a decent hour to eat dinner with the family and give your love a bedtime story of her own? When you do have that overdue day off, can you muster up just a little energy to take drop off the kids and have a date nite with just you two? Or can you make it a point to have family day where everyone can get their fair share of you?

The problem is, is that a man’s mentality says that taking care of home, is solely based on being the provider and the protector and not always enough emphasis on the other side of the spectrum.  A woman loves a man who is secure mentally, physically and financially but she also needs her mind attended to as well as her heart.  Think of how much she loves you, can’t you see why it would be hard on her to not be able to be with you how she would like?  A word to the wise, don’t let life get in the way of love.  Pay attention to your family, because keeping your home happy takes more than just making sure bills are paid.  Although, we appreciate that part of you, we just want a little QT too…

Love Live Life,

MzCeo

HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU!!

Dr. Phil says “Ladies if a man wants you there’s NOTHING you can do to keep him away and if he doesn’t want you there’s NOTHING you can do to make him stay!!” Those words are very true… I also consider my mother to be very wise and she would say something similar to me when we would have our mother-daughter heart to hearts.  If she saw me as the one who was chasing a guy she would say something like, “when a guy cares he’ll come to you.”  Sometimes, I’d wave her off as if to say, ok Mom I got it, and make excuses for myself and/or him, with whatever sounded good at the time, but I wasn’t fooling her.  I was fooling myself.  It took me a while to finally wise up and take heed to what my mother had been telling me all along.

Thank God I’ve seen the light and I can testify to what her and Dr. Phil has said, and it is the TRUTH!!

I’ve never been the kind of girl to approach a guy, not saying there’s anything wrong with girls who do… I’m just not the woman who does.  I’ve always been a firm believer in that men love to chase.  I think it is in a man’s nature to be a hunter and they enjoy the kill more, if he thinks it has the chance of getting way, why else would it be exciting to him if it were as simple as being handed to him already prepared on his plate?  But, there are times where I can remember being young and in love, lust or whatever you want to call it and once he did catch me, somehow the tables were turned and I seemed to be doing a little chase game of my own.  What I mean by that is, I would always be available when he called or I always wanted to be with him and he would sometimes be the one with plans and then I’d feel like I was a hunter and he had the chance of getting away, only it wasn’t exciting to me.  That’s because women weren’t built to hunt, so many of us will never get off on “hunting” for a man.  For us it gets old and we’re just ready to find him quickly so we can settle down.  It wasn’t until I was older and started to understand relationships that I realized I shouldn’t always be available when he calls.  Even if I didn’t exactly have plans, I should schedule some me time and enjoy it!  I had to learn that I didn’t have to jump as soon as he said so, that’s not what men find exciting.  That is a mistake I think a lot of women make, both young and old.  We’re brought up to cater to our man, but at the same time we have to keep in mind of how a man thinks and what they like.  What it takes to get them is what it takes to keep them.  Yes, I’m sure some men like a woman who will do anything he tells her to do, but after a while that can become boring, eventually he’s gonna want a woman who can give him a run for his money.  Truth is, they like some spice in their lives and we all have the spice that they need.

However, what I felt was truly insightful of what my mother taught me was how to recognize whether a man was about me or not.  Basically, it was just like Dr. Phil’s saying, if he wants you he’ll come around and you won’t have to beg him or reason with him to see you… he’ll just be there because he wants to be.  If you find yourself constantly asking him to see you and spend time, odds are your relationship has run its course, or as harsh as it may sound, he’s just not that into you.  Truth is ladies, no matter how busy a man may be, when a man wants you he’ll make time when there isn’t any.  That’s the difference between a man that’s really into you and one that only enjoys your company when it best suits him.

Don’t let your time, heart or mind be taken advantage of.  If you feel that something isn’t right, it probably isn’t and that’s ok because not every man is supposed to be your mate.  There’s someone out there just for you, so cut your losses and move on, because the person for you may just be waiting for you to be freed from your current situation!

Happy Dating xoxox

MzCeo

THE WAIT IS OVER… I’M BAAAAACK!!!

Sorry for being M.I.A for a while, I had some housekeeping to do.  Now that I semi have that under control I can concentrate on all of you!  So I just want to jump right back into what we left off with love, lies and life… those are a constant theme woven into these many articles so let’s talk about it!!

Men I’d like to holla at you first!  What’s going on in the world, have all the “gentlemen” fallen off the face of the Earth or are they just hiding under a rock? I know there still has to be some successful, properly raised gentlemen out there that haven’t been snatched up!  I mean I’m not looking for one.  But this is for my ladies that have to weed through all the nonsense in order to get a decent conversation!  It seems like the men that are bold enough to approach women think they have to right to speak about inappropriate things at inappropriate times.  Like 2 seconds into a conversation a guy is totally comfortable transitioning the conversation into sex somehow… But when she checks him on it, he’s like “oh nah I was just playing, I just wanted to see where your head was girl!” LOL yeah right!  The truth is had she not checked him and went along with it, he would have been down for whatever she wanted to do!

My plea to the gentleman out there please make a comeback in 2010 we need you.  These jokers out here are just losing their minds, thinking it’s ok to talk to us any kind of way.  And what about having respect for the people who are in relationships, this goes both ways, cause men can be dirty when it comes to this, but SO CAN WOMEN!  Let’s not try to be anyone’s girlfriend or boyfriend #2!  Let’s stop trying to act out these songs and start having respect for men and women who have committed to someone and is trying to make it work.  What do you get out of being a home wrecker anyway? All the holidays and free time will be spent with his girl anyway, you’ll just be a side piece… insignificant… it’s not worth it.  Set the bar higher ladies!

With that being said, all of you women that have found love and you appreciate what your man does, let him know it!  If he gets up every morning even when he doesn’t want to, to go to a job and bring back that check home to you… tell him you appreciate him.  If he supports you mentally tell him.  If he puts it down in the bedroom ladies tell him!  We have got to let our men know that we acknowledge what they do and what they bring to our lives, because if we don’t I’m sure there’s someone on the sidelines waiting for a good man to fall overboard, with the shortage of “good men” out here.  Don’t let it be yours!  Stop taking these men for granted and tell them you care!  Compliments always sound good, especially when they’re not given out often.  So make his day and tell him what a good man he is to you.

Ok I think I’ve gotten most of what I wanted to say off my chest!

Happy dating xoxo

MzCeo

MATERIAL GIRL IN A MATERIAL WORLD

Would you consider yourself to be a high maintenance diva? I was watching “Good Hair” the documentary movie by Chris Rock that confronts an ongoing issue in the black community and it made some points not only regarding our hair texture but the amount of money that we as African American women spend on our hair.  Chris [Rock] also asked men in the documentary, if they can are turned off by the high priced hair dues that we expect to be maintained, because they know they’ll be asked to foot the bill and surprisingly the men said yes!  They can look at a woman see her hair and how well she’s put together and say, “I can’t afford her” or “she’s out of my league.”  I’m curious if we are consciously displaying that message therefore only wanting the high-rollers or are we not aware that a man may decide to pass on introducing himself because he is tallying up all of the bills that he’ll accrue during the course of the relationship due to our hair, nails, and shopping expenditures?

My thoughts are, especially as an independent career woman, I do love to get my hair done and when I add a weave I do buy expensive hair, because it is an investment in my appearance and how I expect to be perceived, I also dress in designer clothes because those are things that I like to purchase for myself, however I’ve never expected a man to come into my life and maintain that in which I was fully capable of maintaining for myself.  Now if he would like to do something nice and treat me to a pampering session including hair and nails it’s fully appreciated but I don’t expect him to do those things.  I kind of felt out of the loop to the type of women that Chris Rock and the other nameless gentlemen were referring to in the film.  The women they spoke of expected their men to pay for their $1000 weaves and hair units.  It was taken even a step further with the discussion of animosity between African American men and women, because women expected so much from these everyday Joe’s.  One guy said that may be part of the reason he favored women outside his race because they cost of their hair upkeep wasn’t nearly as expensive as a weave loving Black woman!

Though the movie was very comical at times it raised some interesting point of views regarding men and how they look at us women.  Do you feel that you are to expect a man to maintain your upkeep and that’s part of the package of dating you? Or do you see it as a bonus if he offers? Also, how can we keep up our appearance and the things that make us happy and feel attractive but balance it so that a man can still see us as approachable? I mean really, how many men have we scared off by our display of designer labels? You could be letting some good honest and relationship worthy men pass you by because you’re so caught up in your material world, being a material girl.

NOT JUST ANOTHER VALENTINE’S DAY BLOG…

So it’s that time of year again and I was thinking, “hmm what can I talk about for my Valentine’s Day post?” I really didn’t want to do the let’s not make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day kind of article because the truth is, eventhough it’s a made up holiday it is a special day for couples, maybe more so for women than for men but it is still a special day.  We do enjoy special days and romantic gestures throughout the year, but this is the one special day that is deemed a day of romance.

It’s funny I was talking to a good guy friend of mine just a few moments ago and he confessed that this year he tried to talk his wife of 10yrs out of Valentine’s Day with excuses like, “What haven’t we done already?” or “Babe, don’t you know that Valentine’s Day isn’t really a holiday? It was made up by some guy named St. Valentine!”  Of course she wasn’t having it and me as a woman was totally on her side!  What is funny is as I browse through Facebook and Twitter statuses, a lot of men are thinking the same thing!!  Which leads me to ask myself, whatever happened to romance? Why does it always have to be about money? Where has the creativity gone when it comes to doing something special for the person that you love? Is it that hard to put some thought behind a gift or to create a special night? As with any special day, it’s marked on the calendar and it never changes, so “money” really shouldn’t be a factor, putting aside some extra coins on the regular basis in your “special occasions account” should be a something that you should practice especially if you’re in a long-term relationship.  You have all year to prepare and plan for these days but a lot of men like to wait until the last minute to decide what if anything they plan to do.

So for the last minute shoppers and the creatively challenged men out there I have decided to give away a few ideas for gifts and enjoyment for the approaching holiday, in no particular order:

  • It doesn’t always have to be about just “sex” think outside the box, swing by the bookstore and pick up a book on the art of massage and set the mood for some serious intense lovemaking… You may also want to try and read up on the art of Tantra, which is a spiritual science, which means it is also mystical, in its interconnectedness, the holistic wisdom link between ourselves and the universe we inhabit.  From Tantra is a practice called Tantric sex which is a meditative, spontaneous and intimate lovemaking to prolong the act of making love and to channel, rather than dissipate potent orgasmic energies moving through you, thereby raising the level of your consciousness. Tantra transports your sexuality from the plane of doing to the place of being. There is no goal in Tantric sex, only the present moment of perfect and harmonious union. Tantra teaches you to revere your sexual partner and to transform the act of sex into a sacrament of love.
  • Don’t just buy her a piece of lingerie but maybe some edible body paint and massage oil.  Eventhough the end result is sex, the mental and physical stimulation leading up to “the act” is what will make it a night to remember… Far too often is your lovemaking just “the usual” even if it’s “good” try something different.
  • While you are at the bookstore, pick up some kiss me coupons or maybe some sexy sticky notes where you and her can play some after hour games with eachother.
  • Dinner is always appreciated but if you don’t feel like dealing with the crowd and the jacked up prices, turn to the pros look on Food Network or Allrecipes.com and pick a quick simple romantic dinner that you both can enjoy.  You can either plan to prepare it together and have fun tasting together, or prepare it all by yourself and set a beautiful candlelit table for two so that you can enjoy.  Don’t forget a sexy desert and cocktail!
  • Why not try a bath for two? If your tub can accomodate you both try it! Find a babysitter or put the kiddies to bed early.  Turn the lights down or off.  Light the candles fill the tub with warm water add some rose pedals, cut up pieces os fruit i.e. strawberries, blueberries and mango, bring up two glasses of champagne topped with the same fruit and put in Sade’s greatest hits or something similar and set it off.
  • Speaking of music, go on your computer and hand select some of your personal favorite slow jams and slow dance with her in your bedroom while just talking or simply looking into her eyes.
  • All women no matter how reserved and shy wouldn’t mind knowing how to work the pole for her special guy.  I mean c’mon we’d much rather have you make it rain for us than going to spend money on someone else, so why don’t you take the time to look up pole dancing instructors, or pole dancing workout classes and have her put on a show for you?
  • Or we enjoy the male body as well!  So why don’t you put on a little sexy show for her?
  • When all else fails how about a taking a trip down memory lane? Put together a little collage of pictures and trinkets of things that you have enjoyed together to remind her of how you two got to where you are and that being with her you hold all the same memories as dear to you as she does.

I hope that you have as much fun on Valentine’s Day as I plan too and may your Valentine’s Night be sweet, sexy and sultry!

Edible Kisses! xoxo

KNOWING WHEN TO LET GO…

Hi all!! Sorry for the neglect guys and gals, I’ve been extremely busy studying for my test that I need to take for my new job… so I hope that you accept my sincerest apology.  Moving on…

*Singing* It’s so hard to say good-bye to yesterday…. remember that song that Boyz II Men sang?

How do I say goodbye to what we had

The Good times that made us laugh

Outweigh the bad

I thought we’d get to see forever

But forever has gone away

It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday

The lyrics to that song are so true.  How many times do we get in a relationship where we think things are so good, but then things happen and we are saying goodbye to yesterday? Or how about their other song End of The Road?

Although we’ve come to the end of the road

Still I can’t let go

It’s unnatural you belong to me I belong to you…

Do you ever think that you know deep down inside whether or not a relationship is good for you? Eventhough you may want it to be right so bad, do you ever ask yourself ‘is this the relationship for me’? I think that if we were truthful with ourselves enough that we possibly could decide if the relationship was right for us or not.  The mistake that we make is that too many times, we force-feed ourselves relationships, perhaps because we just want one or we’re so infatuated with that person that we pray for it to be right and it isn’t.  Once we’re already involved we deal with the ups and downs and pass it off as if that’s just the breaks of being in a relationship, not stopping to see that maybe some of the things that we are going through are things that we’ve brought on ourselves and had we not pressed the issue with this person, then maybe you wouldn’t go through certain things.

I am a firm believer that with every action there is a reaction as well as everything happens for a reason. When ladies reach a certain age we start getting the “itch” the “wedding itch” and the “baby itch” and when we don’t have those things, we start looking for prospects.  In that process of narrowing down prospects that we would consider marriage and children with we look at our immediate resources, someone from our past, people we’re currently dating and maybe even our co-workers or maybe friends to hook us up.  In that group, we weed out the good from the bad and hone in on our prey.  And sometimes we get so caught up in our search to satisfy that “itch” that we pick what we think is right but in fact if we were really paying attention, we’d realize that it really wasn’t.

I think that we women have to start slowing down and really pay attention to what’s happening with us.  We can’t let our biological clocks dictate who we end up with.  Just because we think we should be married with children by a certain age doesn’t mean that life is actually going to work out that way.  In our day and age when women are just as busy as the men, and putting their careers before they decide on starting a family, marriage and children seem to come a lot later than the old days.  But ladies, once we have reached where we want to be in life, and we start that pursuit of finding the best suited man, give yourself time to really test a person and make sure that what you want is what you get.  Sometimes the best gifts aren’t always in the prettiest wrapping paper.  Have you ever reached into a box of chocolates and you bite in it to find that it wasn’t filled with chewy caramel and nuts like you wanted, but it was a bitter chocolate with something not so good in the middle? Don’t let that be the tale of your love life.

When you do find yourself in a situation where you’ve bitten into that bitter-sweet chocolate, what do you do? How long do you deal with the problems or do you decide that it’s time to let go? That’s a whole new can of worms because not only have you sold yourself this dream, but you’ve already convinced all of your friends and family that he is the perfect guy for you, to go back and have to repeatedly explain how once thought to believe a perfect relationship has gone sour could be enough for you to want to stay in the relationship just to bypass that part!  What you must always do is understand that love is a choice, the easiest thing is the walk away, it takes real courage to work things out, however, if you were never meant to be with that person in the first place, you have to consider what’s best for you first and foremost and if he no longer fits into your plans, then go ahead and let it go.  Don’t be a prisoner to your bad decisions know when to work on your relationship and also know when to just let it go….

NO MORE DRAMA!!

Baby momma go ‘head!! Get it over it move on!

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Why is it that when a man actually decides to move on with his life and finds himself a good thing, the ex wants to come with all the rah-rah? What’s with us women? Even if we don’t want him anymore, we are always trying to be territorial when the new woman poses a threat.  Not all women want to take your baby daddies and run!  They might genuinely care about him and your child.  Could it be possible that they really don’t want to take your child and X you completely out of the picture? Ever thought of that? The new woman really just wants to go on with her life and mind her own business.  BUT some of us baby momma’s make it all about the next woman.  Why do we do this to ourselves?

The truth of the matter is, if we really cared about our men while we had them then maybe they wouldn’t be on someone else’s arm right? Ladies, let’s not wait until after the relationship is over to step up and try to claim first dibs.  I understand we want to make sure that our children remain priority in their dad’s eyes, however you have to trust that if you have a good man as a father to your child, that the child you made together will always have a special place in his heart no matter what woman is in his life.  And if he turns out to be  a deadbeat FUGG him!

I have a child and I am no longer with his dad…  What we had is over and I’d give applause to the next woman.  I mean I’d make it clear to him that we have a child and he should come first but I’m not going to try to sabotage their relationship or anything shady like that just for kicks!  Some women do just that…

For instance, I know someone who was in a bad marriage  in fact,she cheated on him the entire time.  Well he’s moved on to a great relationship they are purchasing a home together, his daughter likes the woman and the ex-wife is starting to feel some type of way.  It seems that now, she’s requesting more money, I guess assuming he must have more than she thought he did if he’s now able to buy a brand new home.  Or maybe she’s just asking for more money because she wants to make sure that all of his money is spent and that he has none left for the new woman and child in his life.  Whatever the case, it’s trifling.  Why try to start chaos in that man’s life, just because he found a life after her? Women can be so catty.  We have to do better!  If the relationship didn’t work out while you had him… at least let go enough to let him go on with his life and be happy.  He’ll still love his child!

The truth is it’s not just about the child. It’s about the fact that we still have love for these men that we bore children with and to actually see them move on with other women does something to us and we get protective.  We try to make it about the kids, and say things like “Oh you spending money on her & that needs to go to your child” or try to make it seem that because of the dad’s new relationship there is an issue with the child and the new girlfriend/wife and the truth is that is so whack!  I can honestly say that when my son’s father had his first relationship after me, it did bother me because I had been through so much with him.  But then I looked at it like, we weren’t meant to be in the first place.  So I quickly got over the twinge of hurt that I felt and I never did anything to put any pressure or stress on him and his new relationship.  I let him know that I still expected him to be an active dad in his son’s life, but I wasn’t making up things to argue about just because I was feeling some type of way about him.

Not that you asked, but my opinion is we have to do better, or else we’re not just hurting the dads but we’re also affecting the children and their relationships with their dads and perhaps their future relationships.

Well enough of my tirade.  If you are a baby’s momma or the new woman in your man’s life and she’s purposely starting things in your life sound off!  I’d love to hear from you.

IF I COULD DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN…

Today I asked a question on Facebook “Would you seriously consider being with a person who has an ex’s name tattooed somewhere on their body? Also before you consider marrying someone or consider something serious would you ask that the tattoo be removed or covered up?”

Have you ever considered that? I know a few people with tattoos, including myself.  A lot of them have names of significant people in their lives, whether it be their mother’s name or their children’s name or even a girlfriend or boyfriend’s name.  I’m sure when one considers a tattoo of someone else’s name they wonder if it’s a good idea, but there are many reasons one goes along with it, despite the odds of if they’d be together forever.

Personally, I have a tattoo of my son’s father’s name on my arm…  I know, I know, I know already, you all are probably shaking your heads at the computer screen asking why the heck did I do that???? LOL In my defense, I was 18 years old when I made that decision, I was also very much in love and figured that because we had a child together we’d be together forever and worst case scenario if we didn’t, he was a very significant person in my life and would always be.  It’s funny how we rationalize things because I can specifically remember chatting with my friends before we were old enough to get tattoos and I said that I’d never get a dude’s name tatted on me.  I just thought that was completely out of the picture! But being that he wasn’t just a boyfriend and we actually had a child together, I figured well it isn’t just any guy and I went through with it.  Since then my son’s father and I have separated and involved in new situations and my tattoo hasn’t really bothered me or anyone that I was seeing.  I looked at it as a part of me and my life.  Hey it is what it is right? Well, for the past year or so, I’ve been ready to part with the fading artwork on my arm and get it removed.

For me my decision to get my tattoo removed initially came from me working in corporate America.  At least once per year we go down to a convention that is a black tie affair and sometimes I feel awkward with such a big tattoo on my arm.  Or when I walk into a meeting with a short sleeved shirt and my tattoo is showing and you see the eyes looking at it.  Although the boardroom is changing, it’s still looked at as unprofessional to most.  I also am now involved in a serious relationship and we are considering marriage, I don’t want to have to worry about cover up makeup on my arm and getting it on someone or my dress that would be the worst!  Lastly, my beau isn’t comfortable with the tattoo.  We’ve been together for years and he’s never mentioned my tattoo before, and now that we’re thinking of marriage he’d prefer that it be gone and I guess eventhough my first thought was well it’s there, it’s been there for as long as I’ve known you, I can only respect that he doesn’t want his wife to have another man’s name tattooed anywhere on her body.

So what do you think? Do you have any tattoo regret?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! RESOLUTIONS 2010 HANDBOOK

Wow!  Here we are in the year of 2010, if you had asked me when I was a child what I had imagined for the year of 2010 to look like, I probably would’ve thought of something like the Jetsons but so much has stayed the same, yet so much has changed.  Each year I usually try to make resolutions, most of which I really try to stick but some of the time they seem to get lost in the sauce.  This year I initially decided not to actually write resolutions but then I came across this and had to steal them as my own.    So I hope that you will pardon the late New Years Resolution and pass on and share with all your friends and family!

RESOLUTION HANDBOOK 2010

Health:

1.       Drink plenty of water.

2.       Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.

3.       Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants..

4.       Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy

5.       Make time to pray.

6.       Play more games

7.       Read more books than you did in 2009 .

8.       Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day

9.       Sleep for 7 hours.

10.    Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

Personality:

11.    Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about..

12.    Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

13.    Don’t over do. Keep your limits.

14.    Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

15.    Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.

16.    Dream more while you are awake

17.    Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..

18.    Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.

19.    Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.

20.    Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.

21.    No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

22.    Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn.  Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

23.    Smile and laugh more.

24.    You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree…

Society:

25.    Call your family often.

26.    Each day give something good to others.

27.    Forgive everyone for everything..

28.    Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of  6.

29.    Try to make at least three people smile each day.

30.    What other people think of you is none of your business.

31.    Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

Life:

32.    Do the right thing!

33.    Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

34.    GOD heals everything.

35.    However good or bad a situation is, it will change..

36.    No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

37.    The best is yet to come..

38.    When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.

39.    Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Last but not the least:

40.    Please Forward this to everyone you care about, I just did.

THE ART OF CONVERSATION

Conversation:

1. informal interchange of thoughts, information, etc., by spoken words; oral communication between persons; talk; colloquy.

2. an instance of this.

3. association or social intercourse; intimate acquaintance.

I started this article out this way because I don’t know if a lot of people know what a conversation is, or rather they don’t understand the rules of a conversation.  Being able to communicate is key in any area of your life.  Employers prefer to hire someone who can communicate effectively, lovers expects someone to be able to share with them how they feel, and people who you encounter on a day-to-day basis expect that they are able to talk to you and you to them so that they can get to know you, learn something new and discover if they even like you and so on.  In whatever way you’d like to look at it wouldn’t you agree that speaking well and being able to communicate effectively is important? In fact, I believe that conversations are the ideal form of communication in some respects, because they allow people with different views on a topic to learn from each other.  If we all looked at conversations as an opportunity to learn from eachother maybe it would help us to look at it in a more positive light, even if it were a conversation that you weren’t looking forward to having.

A lot of times in relationships there are conversations that aren’t necessarily wanted but may perhaps be needed depending on what has to be said.  When the conversation gets heated it becomes an argument, an oral disagreement; verbal opposition; contention; altercation, but nonetheless it is still a conversation with the opportunity to learn something.  In a conversation, I believe that there ought to be rules so that all points can be heard especially, if it is a conversation between lovers.  This is particularly important because when in love you want to do what pleases the other, even if it takes you out of your element.  Love is not simply an emotion, it is a choice that you make and in making the choice to love someone, you are also making the decision to work through the good times and the bad times.  So eventhough you may love everything that he or she does now, when the euphoria wears off and the rose-colored glasses are replaced with clear vision your decision to love this person in good times and in bad is going to require work, patience, perseverance, listening skills and the “art of conversation.”

There are rules to having an effective conversation.  First, it takes two willing participants, sometimes one can have a conversation with himself, but usually it takes two or more.  A conversation also requires listening skills.  This is a very important element of conversation and the reason why you need to be able to listen is because the purpose of a conversation is to ultimately learn something.  So we need to be quiet and really hear what a person is trying to say.  Listening isn’t just being quiet while the other person is talking, it  also involves clearing your mind and really focusing on learning what is the other person’s point of view.  In listening, especially in a heated conversation, you will learn that a lot of the time it can eliminate what could turn out to be an argument over something you thought that person was trying to say.

Example: Two people are having a conversation about something.  One person is talking and while the other person is listening they think they know where the conversation is going, so they STOP listening and prepare their argument in their head.  NOTE: Before the person even finished speaking the “listener” had already determined they knew where this was going, stopped listening and instead prepared what it was they were going to say, based ONLY on what they thought the other person was trying to say.  Often times when someone does this, not only do they cut off the listening they “butt-in” or interject their thoughts, opinions or judgements before the speaker is even done speaking!  Hence, because the person hasn’t been able to finish and assumptions of what was being said has already been made, it is now grounds for an argument to spark.  Perhaps, if the person listened and was patient enough to hear the person out completely, they might have discovered that eventhough it sounded as if he/she was going to say one thing they actually said another…  Guess what, argument eliminated!

Hearing someone out is definitely a skill to be acquired because not all of us happen to be blessed with the gift to listen.  Instead, we think we’re listening when in fact, we listen up until a certain point then we automatically prepare what we have to say in rebuttal, failing to pay attention to all that has been said.  Sometimes listening doesn’t even require a response, at least not initially.  Someone could confide in you about how they feel about something, but not always because they want to hear your opinion or your judgement of them, but simply because they want someone to listen.  Think about it, how many times have you just wanted to talk or vent or simply express how you feel? Were you always looking to hear someone’s opinion about how you felt? Did you always want to be judged based on how you were feeling? Usually when you are looking for an opinion you ask for it, right? So remember listening doesn’t require talking, thinking or judging.

Conversation has four basic maxims.  The maxims are of quality, quantity, relation and manner.  Quality, you want to make sure that what you’re contributing is to your knowledge truthful.  The person who is listening to what you are saying is expecting to hear facts, they are not expecting you to purposely be throwing out untruths.  If you don’t have enough information on the topic it’s best that you leave it alone until you do.  Quantity, make sure that you are giving all of the necessary information that is required but also make sure that you are not giving more information than which is required.  We only need to say enough to get our point across.  We also need to keep in mind that if we don’t say all that is necessary, then the other person will not know enough to be able to speak on the conversation accurately.  How many times has someone given you part of the story or maybe thought they were giving you enough details but got upset with you when you didn’t get it? It becomes apparent that they have either not given us all the information or we just weren’t exercising good listening skills.  Maybe we only heard what we wanted and then prepared our rebuttal? Relation, make sure what you’re saying has relevance to the topic being discussed.  Sometimes a person will stop listening if you aren’t staying on topic and it can be hard to reel them back in to the conversation again.  Manner, means that you should be direct and clear, avoiding ambiguity and vagueness.  In a conversation where you are trying to share thoughts, facts and opinions, you shouldn’t leave things to be the listener to figure out what you mean.  You need to be clear so that your point, not what they think your point is, can come across, unless that is your intention.

These are rules, not of which has to be followed to the “tee” but ones that should be thought of and considered if you really would like to be able to communicate effectively with the people who matter.  Learning to communicate effectively with the one you love can breathe new life into a sometimes dead situation.

Happy dating,

MzCeo

BAD SANTA!!

So now that Christmas has passed are you looking at your gift that your beau bought and wondering why did they even bother? Do you feel slighted by the gift you received compared to what you purchased for them? A lot of people right now are really impressed with their Christmas gifts, some lucky girls and guys became engaged, or received iPods, iPhones, MacBooks, DJ Hero or some other pricey or not so pricey gift that was just what they wanted.  But there are a few people out there with impersonal gifts such as socks, ugly pajamas or something else that you would give to a co-worker or perhaps a person that you didn’t really care for… baa-humbug!!  Is there a meaning to the type of gifts that we get or give?

I had a friend tell me about a time where one Christmas he busted his butt to get his girlfriend the perfect gift that she wanted and in turn he thought he received the gift that he wanted, a men’s Coach belt, but when he went to the Coach Store in Short Hills Mall, the sales person was embarrassed to tell him that the belt he was trying to exchange was a fake and had NOT been purchased at their store!  Wowzers, what a way to show someone that you care!  Well, maybe she didn’t have the funds to purchase a real belt, does that mean she didn’t care?  Or perhaps she cared so much that instead of letting him down and not get what he wanted, she purchased a knock off to make him happy? That may be a stretch but… I’ll leave it up to you all to come up with your own conclusions about what you think.  Nevertheless, the poor guy who received this gift definitely got the short end of the shaft.  SMH.

The truth of the matter is that though the holiday is not simply about giving gifts alone, it to some people still holds some spiritual value, but who are we kidding? We love the gifts and we all want to receive something nice so that we can brag to all of friends about what our spouses bought for us (especially us girls).  What are you going to tell your friends when you find out the purse you think you man bought you is a phony??

Taking the chance to skate by on giving cheesy gifts can put a quick halt to your relationship!  I mean wouldn’t you want to dump the sleaze ball who passed off a fake Gucci bag as an expression of love when they really just bought it off some street vendor for $20 bucks? It wouldn’t have been that he couldn’t afford to purchase the bag, but that he lied…  So was Santa nice to you this year or do you wish he had kept his gifts to himself??

JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS…

I absolutely love this time of year don’t you? It makes me reflect on what the true meaning of the holiday is and truly value where I am as opposed to where I was.  And let’s not forget about the GIFTS, so I figured by now you should be done with all of your Christmas shopping unless you are a MAJOR PROCRASTINATOR like some people I know, and in it being the season to give I was curious what would be acceptable or unacceptable amounts to spend on a person in a new relationship?

Not that you shouldn’t spend your money how you see fit, and that if you happen to come across a gift that you think he/she would appreciate then you shouldn’t get it… what I’m more curious about it is, can you spend too much too soon in a relationship? I asked a similar question on Facebook, as I’ve been posting blog ideas lately, and I got some mixed responses from my crew this go ’round.  I actually got the responses that I thought I would’ve heard from the men, from the women and vice versa!

My guy friend said, “You can’t put a price on that, just get them something you think they would like… you can’t always live your life by rules and regulations.”  Whereas my ladies were actually throwing out numbers on how much they think someone should spend.  I heard anywhere from $50-$200, as suitable to spend on a new beau.  I see both sides of the coin on this.  Of course, you want to get something for the person you are with that is thoughtful, sentimental, meaningful and practical but you also want to be conscientious of how much you are spending.  Like my friend who actually suggested the post said, “I just think buying a Movado for someone within the first few months of a relationship is a bit much!”  Another girl pal of mine broke it down in a way I kind of liked she said, “I have been seeing someone since the beginning of November and have been seeing him almost every day since. I spent about $160 on 4 items-I think that is about right.  No way would I spend more than 200, maybe 250.  Now if we were casually dating I would spend between $50 and $100.  And if I had met him the beginning of this month I would have given him a gift card, $50 and under…” This makes sense to me, I remember a guy that I was casually dating, he and I had decided to exchange gifts that year and we hardly spent anything it was all in the thought that counted, I purchased some Axe Body Wash in several fragrances and he purchased a book.  Great gifts that were thoughtful, practical and inexpensive!

Think about it, purchasing a gift too expensive could also send signals to the person that you may or may not want to send.  A gift that is expensive could either send a message that you want to get serious or that you already are serious.  What if you purchase a gift that screams serious relationship, but the person isn’t “there” yet to receive such a gift? Or what if you don’t spend enough on your gift and the person thought you had reached a new level in your relationship that warranted something more personal, and more special? Now they think that the feelings aren’t mutual.  That’s why it’s so important to pick the right gift.

So here is a list of items that I have compiled as some great gifts to give in a new relationship:

  • Perfume/ Cologne- find out their favorite scent and wow them with a new bottle, it’ll show that you pay attention to detail
  • A book/ magazine subscription- there are so many great reads out there why not surprise them with a great book or a year subscription to Sports Illustrated or Cosmopolitan or something they you think they would enjoy.
  • A shirt/blouse/tie- clothes can sometimes be tricky, especially for someone who you are new with.  But if you have a good eye for style and have recognized what they like, why not spring for a nice top that can either be for work or for casual lounging on the weekend?
  • iTunes card- Who’s not into music? Give them a gift card to iTunes so that they can stock up on the latest music.
  • Gift card- You are just getting to know this person, and there is still so much left to learn, why not give them a gift card, so that they can apply it towards something they’d choose?

Good luck to all and if you haven’t bought all of your gifts yet, aren’t you glad you read this post first??? :-)

Happy Holidays,

MzCeo xoxo

I THINK I’M JEALOUS OF YOUR GIRLFRIEND…

QUESTION: How do you eliminate jealousy in a relationship?

Many believe that you can’t, it’s just a fact of life and we have to learn how not to let it get the best of us.  I suppose that is true, and one, regardless of how secure they are, in the right situation jealousy can rear it’s ugly head.  So I was lead to poll my FB family once again and ask the public how they feel about jealousy and in turn I learned that it all boils down to security.  Well, how do you make your partner feel secure? One FB’er said, “Make sure you treat your partner like number one ALL the time…be genuine with it as well.”  I happen to agree positive reinforcement always helps.  Men, let your woman know how sexy she is to you, tell her how much you love her, how beautiful she is.  That way even if a woman walks in the room that even she can admit is beautiful, she wouldn’t feel threatened.  Believe it or not ladies, you have to do the same thing for your man.  Our men want to know that they still turn us on.  They want to know that what they put on looks good on them.  They want to know that we still find them sexy and attractive.  You don’t want to send your man out the house, looking for praise from another woman, because you know another woman will be quick to give it, trust and believe!!!

Another said, “Stay off FB and MySpace!” This then took our conversation off in a whole new direction.  Now that everyone is on the internet, it takes cheating, flirting and dating to a whole new level.  These social networks that we all belong to makes, hooking up with “new or old friends” super easy and convenient and can put your relationship in jeopardy.  A lot of the feedback I received is “do not friend your mate on social networking sites!!”  Reason being is because one can find themselves getting unusually jealous if someone of the opposite sex comments on our man’s or woman’s pictures or posts a little more often than we would like! One of my FB friends admits, “Girl I definitely agree that FB can mess a relationship up!  No matter how much your significant other tells you it’s nothing, it becomes hard to not feel some kind of way when you see other females commenting on their status and photos.”  She also goes on to say, “I have gotten into numerous disagreements with my man regarding compliments girls have left.  Now a lot of people who know us, know we’re together and I found myself at times making sure I wrote, “Hey baby” on his wall or comment after these women who want him! Girls are a mess because they don’t even care that he’s involved!  At the end of the day he loves the attention and I find myself being inspector gadget and telling him to put these girls in their place!  Unfortunately men see things completely different and find no harm in comments on FB, when us women want to “f” something up!”

I had another FB friend say, “My husband and I aren’t friends on any site…  I’m sure I’d see something I don’t approve of that he thinks is innocent…  It can create unnecessary jealousy between couples, one person might see their significant other complimenting a photo of a person of the opposite sex and they might get upset because their significant other doesn’t compliment them often, or they think too much conversation is taking place.”  All good reasons that we concluded that it probably isn’t a great idea to have social networking pages if the other mate isn’t comfortable.  Or if you do agree to have a page, don’t friend the person you’re with, spare them the embarrassment or the anxiety of searching out these men and woman that you are friends with.  I do have to admit, I know quite a few couples that have been successful at friending eachother and maintaining their sanity and relationships.  I think that it is primarily because they all know eachother’s friends.  If there is someone that they think is going to cause problems such as an ex or an old crush they simply don’t friend them, because it’s not worth it.

Jealousy is never a fun or healthy situation to deal with, but we can try to ease it when it does happen.  Always, always, always reassure your mate of how you feel about them both physically and emotionally.  Give them the attention that they seek, so that way they’re not searching for attention from others.  You want to saturate them with attention and compliments so much so, that it’s not a shock or so much of a surprise to hear it from a stranger because they hear it so much from you at home.

If you are experiencing that social networking sites are making unnecessary ripples in your pond, communicate with eachother how you feel.  If you already are friends on eachother’s page, maybe it is best to come to an agreement of sorts, not to friend ex’s or old crushes that are possibly interested in hooking up again.  Also, it may not be a good idea to friend someone who you think isn’t going to have respect for your relationship.  If you do have a friend that tends to step out of line with suggestive comments agree to take immediate action to straighten them out, or delete them from your page.  If you aren’t friends with eachother and maybe concerned about why, don’t be, if you trust the person you’re with trust that they will not disrespect you and take social networking too far.

Good luck and happy dating!

Singing “I think I’m jealous of your girlfriend”

MzCeo

IS IT ME OR HAS DATING TAKEN A WRONG TURN?

I remember back in the day it seemed that men were much more aggressive when it came to approaching a woman they saw and liked from across the room.  I mean, men would actually approach you and offer to buy you a drink!  Nowadays, it seems like the men play the bar, look but don’t speak… WHAT’S UP WITH THAT? Now, I’m off the market but this goes out to all my single ladies out there that are wondering “Is it me or has dating changed?”

Yesterday, my bestie took me out to hang out for my birthday and we went to this nice spot in Teaneck, NJ.  It was a decent sized crowd, not too many men and not too many women.  There may have been a few couples, but for the most part it looked like an ample amount of “fish in the sea” or “fresh meat” out there to be had.  I like to watch men and women interact, because I want to see what it takes.  Is it what she wears that has the men looking? Is it the girl who flirts with all the guys that gets the most attention? Is it the girl who is cute but kinda plays the back that gets the guy or is there really no rhyme or reason to the dating madness?

What I saw was really kinda sad.  It resembled what you would think of at a school dance.  Guys hanging with their boys and the girls hanging amongst themselves.  Now the room wasn’t divided and there were some people mingling.  But it seemed they only spoke to people that they knew.  I really didn’t see too many people approaching eachother at all.  As the night progressed and more people came, there were more people letting their guard down and dancing on the floor, but for the most part it reminded me of a question that my girlfriends and I often chatted about after a night out… “what happened to the dating scene?” “where did all the men who approach women go?” OR “is it us?”

I often think that because the roles for men and women have changed so much over time, we’re all confused in how we’re supposed to behave with eachother.  Women are more independent and self-sufficient therefore making them more bold and aggressive and are asking men out.  Women also are more “out there” then we used to be therefore we sometimes throw ourselves at men, making it easy for them.  I think that they have become spoiled and often wait for the women to approach, that way they don’t have to worry about getting rejected or embarrassed if she’s not interested.  But I thought, men liked to chase?  Men were hunters once upon a time.  Now it seems like the tables have turned.  But I polled some of my guy friends on Facebook and these were some of the responses I got to my question:

POLL: FB Men I have a 2 part question. It seems like the men today have changed. Men used to be more aggressive when approaching a woman. Now it seems if you go out the men play the bar and watch from a distance… What makes a woman unapproachable? What signs or signals should a woman give in order to make you feel comfortable to approach her?

Guy:  It’s not women being unapproachable, it’s the fear of rejection, not wanting to be embarrassed by getting shut down

Guy:  From what I’ve seen yeah, I don’t really have issues with approaching women, I just do…never been brushed off… Guess I’m lucky

Me: So what should a woman do to give a signal to a guy that it’s ok to come and talk to her, besides just approaching him. Is there anything women can do?

Guy:  For me it’s eye contact, a smile

Guy:  when a woman is asking everybody for a drink that can be the reason [men don't approach] and we are in a recession… but women should maybe smile more thats a sign

Guy:  I partly agree with being the shut down thing. But I think men play the back and watch more so than just jumping. When I go out I’m attempting to make a decent pick. I don’t wanna end up with the whore of the club. I lay back and find the one who is the most attractive.  To me it’s a combo of looks, how she dressed, how she moves when she dances and even what she drinks or if she smokes. I prefer some type of eye contact be made and do it a little old school, but I will approach her.  Some women need to stop looking so dayum mean when they know a guy is checking for them.  Unfortunately I’m sure some of my counter parts have ruined things and have been disrespectful but woman need to remember all men are not alike!.

So ladies, I know that it’s not just my girlfriends and me that are asking ourselves these kinds of questions and now you have some honest feedback from the fellas.  It’s not that they are intimidated, it’s just they have their pride and who wants to be embarrassed in front of their boys?!  Although, if a man doesn’t approach you because of fear of rejection, then maybe he’s not worth it anyway.  However, one guy also says he takes his time to scope out the scene because he’s looking for QUALITY!  That’s a very good reason for a man to take his time and something that we should look at as well.  Check out the men who are checking for you and if they are pouncing on everything that is in a tight skirt maybe you don’t want him!  Maybe we could help the guys out a bit and smile and look their way a little more.  It gives them a little motivation to think they actually have a chance.  And ladies, don’t make it all about the drink that you’ll ask him to buy for you AND your girlfriends… we are in a recession and everyone is on a budget SO maybe a more classy and sophisticated way to get a guys attention (and let him know you’re not just trying to get a free drink) is to send him a drink… see what happens.

GET CREATIVE: CHEAP DATE IDEAS FOR THE ONES YOU LOVE!!

For all those like me ,whose birthday is sandwiched between two major holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas we have to be a little sympathetic to our loved ones wallets.  I thought now would be a great time to come up with a few creative, inexpensive and thoughtful gifts that you might love that won’t break the bank!

I thought these were some fun yet romantic cheap date options (Listed in no particular order):

  1. Find a nice quaint restaurant about an hour away.  During the ride stop and take cute and funny face pictures together or even pictures of the scenery, hopefully you can catch the sunset.  (Kill two birds with one stone) use the pictures you take from this date to make a collage and present on a future date!
  2. How about a picnic in the living room or if it’s nice out in your backyard?  Do the usual, pack up sandwiches, snacks and a bottle of wine and don’t forget the candles.  That always makes it more special.
  3. Go to a park and bring your favorite book of poetry and read to a few prose to each other.
  4. Find a wine tasting in your area, enjoy eachothers company and casual conversation.
  5. Go see his/her favorite exhibit at the local museum.
  6. The MOVIES! Although the prices for movies have definitely gone up over the years still taking in a matinée or a regular show are still great cheap date ideas.  Pass on the snacks and find an intimate shop to take in a meal.
  7. Take a horse drawn carriage ride.
  8. Go to the local botanical nursery and get her a handful of her favorite flowers to take home.
  9. Take a walk around the park and stop to take in the scenery.  (Passer-by’s, birds,animals,children, etc.)  And last but not least…
  10. Find a specialty gourmet shop where they will let you come in back to make you own treat i.e. ColdStone Creamery

ENJOY! And happy dating!

xoxo

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!

Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday dear Me…. Happy Birthday to me!! Yeaaaah!  My birthday usually falls the week after or the week of Thanksgiving.  This year, is different for me in many respects than any other year for me.  This year I’ve experienced a lot of accomplishments and a few bumps in the road.  But despite the obstacles that come my way, I am continually blessed!

I have a family who loves me dearly and supports me in my every move.  I have a beautiful brand new home to call my very own.  I have friends that care about my well-being and I have a comforter in someone who is the ULTIMATE friend and that is my Lord.  So on this birthday, forgetting about what ever trials may come my way, I know that there are only stumbling blocks and things that I will use to make me bigger, better and stronger.

In my 29th year of life, I plan to do things better than the year before, I plan to execute things better than I ever have before and all those things that try to get in my way, so help me will only be things to make me smile and look forward to the things to come.  So I’m singing… “happy birthday to me… happy birthday to me… happy birthday to meeee… happy birthday to me!”

IS YOUR CHEATING THE SAME AS MY CHEATING?

cheating_couple_in_bedA liar is a liar and a cheat is a cheat!  They go hand in hand and when a person is in the wrong, especially when they are caught, they always try to talk their way around what defines things, so they can make an escape.  Well let’s put everything on the table and discuss some things so that we’ll all be clear on what constitutes cheating… Continue reading

WHO NEEDS FLOWERS WHEN YOU COULD GIVE ORAL SEX?!?

cute-guy-and-flowersWell Gabby, as in Gabrielle Union, said it best in an article on Bossip.com and I think I kind of agree.  I mean, I love flowers just as much as the next girl but I’d take a little oral anyday and hey it’s free!  I mean let’s have some fun with this.  We’re in a recession, and we have to be more creative with our love lives.  The way I see it is if we can’t go out for dinner as often as we  like because funds are tight, gimme a little “head play” and we’ll call it even.  Or let’s say an unexpected bill came up when you were making plans for your hunny’s birthday and now those plans have been pushed back until next week? I’d be a more sympathetic if you were a little extra attentive in the foreplay department, gimme a little cunnilingus and we are A-OK! LOL!!!

A little oral play can just change someone’s whole mood, don’t you agree? The next time you and your beau are about to get in an arguement, just stop what your doing, drop to your knees and I’m sure his whole mood will change!  He’ll forget all about whatever it was that you did and all will be well!

Any takers?

RECIPROCITY, WHAT IS THE MEANING?

blackloveSo ladies, all of us want to be treated good, correct? We always think that we are the best thing since sliced bread so whoever is ready to step up to the plate better recognize, right? Well, have you ever thought that the person that you are considering also thinks that they are a “good catch” and wants to be treated like gold just as much as you? Do you think that just because you think you are so good that it’s ok to not show your prospective boyfriend that you know how to give love as well as receive? Do you think that you can consider showing someone who is your prospective mate that you know how to pamper them and make them feel special?

My point in asking these questions are simply to get you to realize that maybe we ought to be trying to do right by eachother instead of just expecting or wanting someone to solely do right by us.  As the saying goes, “Love is a two-way street” and if we don’t think of it as being reciprocal then we could possibly lose that love interest, just because we aren’t willing to put in the effort it takes to make one see that you are just as willing to love and to care as they are.  No one wants to feel like they are alone in a relationship or else what is the benefit of being in a relationship if it isn’t companionship? It certainly isn’t economical to be in a relationship where your mate is expecting you to take them out on dates and buy gifts for special occasions and so on.  Is it for the mere act of sex? Certainly not, when you don’t need to have the strings of commitment and expectations that a relationship also requires.  If you want to be loved then we have to start doing some lovin’!

After having several conversations with some men friends of mine, I’ve learned that a man also wants to be courted in a relationship.  He understands that a lady wants to be wooed but he would also like some effort to be given to peak his interest as well.  I’ve discovered that men also like little romantic gestures, or any kind of inkling of what kind of woman you would be to him, if you were his wife.  I also find that men are feeling cheated after they have courted and wooed a woman to where she’s all smitten only to find out that she really isn’t the woman he thought or hoped that she were.  They’d much rather know what they were getting on the front end rather than be surprised by the awful truth later down the line.  Ladies, I have to say I don’t blame them!  Don’t you expect that when a man is interested that he knows how to come correct or not come at all? For the most part he’s showing you his hand, he’s making it clear the kind of man he can be to you, should your relationship bring out the best of him.  But if you aren’t reciprocating then how can he determine if you are the right person for him? We always expect a man to be vulnerable and put himself out there but we have to also appease him so that he’ll want to keep doing it.  If we don’t reward him for his good work with our own affection then he’ll soon give up and find someone who is willing to give him some love in return…

So my suggesting for this lesson in love is, let’s stop playing mind games with our men if we’re into them let’s express it.

WILL YOU STAY IF THE LOVIN’ IS GOOD? BE HONEST!

black-couple-embraceC’mon…. just keep it real!  Are you likely to stay just a bit longer in a relationship that you know full well is not good for you just because the sex is good? I think if we all haven’t done it… we’ve considered it… at least before we had some sense knocked into us!  I mean for women when we have sex with someone after a while we become attached to that person.  We’d often put up with a situation rather than find someone else to be comfortable with and sleep with.  But sex for women is also mental and emotional so if we aren’t stimulated in those areas as well as physically then, it’s really just plain sex nothing explosive is going to happen if our heads aren’t into it no matter how many tricks he’s pulling out of his sleeve!  So is it even worth trying to hold on to a relationship if you aren’t happy just because the sex is good?

And what’s with people deciding to break up but agree to continue to “service” eachother until they find another partner? How do we do that to ourselves? Women I can’t see it being ok with us and us not hanging ourselves with our own rope.  If we agree to continue to have sex with someone we must obviously still have feelings for that person otherwise the thought would somewhat repulse us!  Maybe those that do agree to the “service warranty package” are secretly hoping that they can put it on Mr. Man so good that he’ll remember all the good times and reconsider a relationship and that’s servicing under false pretenses and basically setting yourself up for failure!  If you really want a relationship you should say so.  If he just isn’t that into you to give you one, then you should consider more of yourself and just move on rather than give yourself sexually to a man who doesn’t want to be in a relationship with you as if that’s all you’re worth.

I’ve thought about staying in a relationship just because physically we clicked more than any other way… then I realized that the more we didn’t connect anywhere else besides the bed the less the thought became appealing and I closed all doors to that relationship and just let things be.  If you know something is just not right in your relationship and there’s nothing that you can do to make it right… just let things be over.  Not everything is meant to last.  Some people come into your life only for a season and our job is learning to decipher seasonal from full-time workers.  Also, remember that not every employee is entitled to a benefits package until after they have put in some work to prove themselves.  If we made them wait longer, maybe we’d have figured out who worth it without having to consider foregoing one for the other!

A WARNING TO MY LADIES:

Women do we really let ourselves go after we get in a relationship?

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Well I’m sorry to say, that is exactly what a lot of men are thinking about us!  They think that once we get comfortable in a relationship that we start to fall off, we gain weight, we stop looking as good, we stop doing all the things that we did for our men in order to get them and start to come out the bathroom at night ready for bed in tattered, dingy t-shirts, scarves  and cold cream! LADIES: NO MAN WANTS TO SEE THAT!!

I understand that we get comfortable and we do have our daily regimen to maintain, but they didn’t see that before and now all of a sudden we’re throwing the ugly card at them and they are quite frankly SCARED!  Those poor men don’t know what to think about us.  We do a total transformation on them and they just can’t take it!  We have got to keep the visual consistent for them.  Men are truly visual beings and when things start to change visually they start to get that “itch”.  So, we have to learn how to keep our secrets to ourselves!  Yes there comes a time in every relationship where both man and women are so secure that we relax and break out the sweats and dirty tee’s every now and then, but let’s not make it an every day/ every night thing.  Because Johnny doesn’t like it, not one little bit!

Trust me ladies I have your back!  I can hear you screaming at the screen “MEN LET THEMSELVES GO TOO!!” and I absolutely agree, they most surely do.  They get all scruffy on us, they gain weight, lose hair (not that they can help it), don’t shower but we love them unconditionally!  Yes it isn’t fair I know! The truth of the matter is women aren’t as visual as men, we’re emotional creatures and though they get comfortable and their waists start to expand… we love them in spite of it all.

Here are a few tips to keeping up the visual for your man:

  • Instead of doing your monthly homemade facial concoction, splurge and go to a salon and get it done, that way he doesn’t see it and you can come back from spending some “me” time feeling refreshed and looking radiant.  (If you can’t visit a day spa/salon, send him out with the boys one night and reserve the evening to pamper yourself at home again keeping it out of sight for him)
  • Keep it sexy- wear something that is both comfy and visually pleasing.  Try some boyshorts and a matching tank top to wear to bed. (See Victoria’s Secret)
  • Nix the scarf and tying up your hair at night, at least while he’s still awake, tie it up after he’s gone to sleep and when you wake up in the morning to make him breakfast, snatch the scarf off and freshen up before he even knows you had it on.  And if he’s making you breakfast that day, just snatch scarf off before he gets up.
  • Gotta keep it tight- frequent the gym at least 3 times a week.  Or work out at home.  Maybe if he sees you taking care of yourself and caring about your body it’ll motivate him to keep up with his own looks, he wouldn’t want guys to wonder how the he ended up with you (use his ego for your benefit as well!)
  • And last but certainly not least, always always always start the relationship off being real.  Be who you are at ALL times so that when you do get comfortable he knows exactly what he’s got and loves you truly just for you!!

Happy Dating Ladies!

ROCK THE VOTE!!

Hello all, I have entered my son into the Gap Casting Call Contest 2009 and we need your help to win!  All I need for you to do is click on the link below, register and vote and then Keep on Voting until you can vote no more! LOL Votes are limited to once daily.  I hope that you can spread the love and invite your friends and family to vote as well. Let’s Go people! ROCK THE VOTE!!

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BOOMERANG

Watch this clip:

What are your thoughts of this? I was watching this movie this morning and my mind started to wander and I thought, how many times does situations like this happen in relationships? How often are we finding ourselves in situations that we shouldn’t be in, only to regret that we’ve jeopardized what could’ve been the best thing in our lives?  For all of you who have never seen this movie, Marcus Graham, played by Eddie Murphy, is a player that has had more than his fair share of women; but none of them has seemed to measure up to his expectation of perfection, until finally he comes across Jacqueline Broyer, played by Robin Givens.  She was basically Marcus in the form of a woman and she was his ultimate match.  She also was the first one to make Marcus finally want to change his ways and settle down.

Now let’s see if we can learn something from that synopsis.  The woman that Marcus considered was the woman who was confident, gave him chase and didn’t just jump at his beckoned call, as did every other woman he knew.  She was intelligent, beautiful and she was the one who called the shots.  {Ladies are you paying attention??? You do not have to be so quick to give it up, or be available everytime he calls you.  Give him some chase.  Men enjoy it, it’s in their nature.  It’ll peak his interest and make him wonder what you have that he hasn’t already had.}

By this time, the shoe was completely on the other foot and everything that Marcus had done to a woman, was being done to him 10 fold!  Finally he broke the relationship off, and news spread like wildfire around the office, that first knew him as a suave player, that Jacqueline had him “WHOOPED!”  Angela, played by Halle Berry, was his close friend and she had made it her duty to help him heal his broken heart and as fate would have it, they developed feelings and started a relationship with eachother.  The scene you just watched was the culmination of what happened after Marcus let the heat of the moment get the best of him.

My question is, how often have you found yourself in a similar situation, whether you were the player or the playee? Did the “boomerang effect” ever sneak up on you? What did you learn from it? I’m curious to hear how your situations have turned out.

Sound off…

TO SNOOP OR NOT TO SNOOP… THAT IS THE QUESTION

areyouasnoop13I was reading through some of my facebook friends statuses and there was a status that had gotten quite a bit of responses and so since it was such an intriguing yet common and simple topic I decided to open it up to the blogosphere and see what happened.  The status asked “why do men and women snoop? What are we looking for? Are we trying to sabotage our relationships?

In the comments that I saw, a lot of women posted things such as “better safe than sorry” or “I’d rather know now, than later” while men posted comments like “don’t ask a question you really don’t want the answer to” or “don’t look for something you may not be able to handle”.   My question is, if you do feel you have to snoop on your partner what do you think it really says about you or furthermore your relationship?

Is it really a relationship that you need to be in if you feel that you can’t trust the person? Are you too insecure with yourself that you don’t think someone could actually be faithful to you? And the way I see it is, if you have a gut feeling that your partner is cheating, confront the situation head on don’t hide behind snooping…

So I’m gonna ask you the question like the facebook status read: “Why do men and women snoop on eachother? What are we looking for? Are we trying to sabotage our relationship?”

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?

what did you expectDo you think it’s the labels that we put on eachother in relationships, i.e (boyfriend/ girlfriend, just-a-friend, wife/husband),that is what makes the dynamics of the relationship change? Or is it the expectations that we have of eachother, once we attach those labels, that can cause the relationship to change?

I happen to think that it is the latter.  I think that when two people just consider themselves as friends and dating there aren’t many expectations for eachother.  At this point in the relationship, they are just feeling eachother out to see if it can turn into anything.  Often times in a new relationship one will say to the other ” I never did that before, or you didn’t have a problem with that before!” or maybe something else to imply that the other person has changed.  I don’t think that it’s that the person that has changed, I think that the situation has changed.  BEFORE, you were simply my friend that I dated and NOW, you’re my companion.  I think  it’s natural to expect for the dynamics to change just a bit on both ends, don’t you think?

If we’ve transitioned from “just-a-friend” to “boyfriend/girlfriend” I don’t expect you to continue to see other people, right? I also may expect you to think more of me and start doing more for me now that we are exclusive.  Also, when the relationship transitions again to the next level of marriage well then I’ll have even more expectations of what my husband should be.  I think that as long as they are realistic and are true to my significant other’s personality then it’s ok.  But if I’m expecting him to be the complete opposite of what he was when I met him then label me “Boo- Boo the Fool!”

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I think that is a lot of what may be the problem with us women when we get into relationships.  Often times we fall in love with the possibilities of what this man could be instead of paying closer attention to what he really is!  You also have to be mindful not to fall in the trap of wanting more for him than he wants for himself.  Make sure that he has his own dreams, aspirations and goals THAT HE IS WORKING TOWARDS, (verb, action word ladies, make sure that he is presently, actively working towards his goal) and that it’s not just that you’re impressed with the things that you think and suggested that he would be good at doing.  It’s wonderful to notice potential in your man, but it’s not so wonderful to try and mold him to be your perfect man.  You have to first be willing and able to accept him completely for who he is at this very moment right here and now.  If you can’t, then you might as well move on.  If you can look at him and be ok if he never changes according to your expectations of him then maybe it really is love and it’s worth a shot. 

We all grow and evolve and as our relationships change from one level to the next, I do believe that there are expectations of both sexes but I also believe, that you shouldn’t set expectations for him or her that they could never reach.  If it were never in their personalities to cook you breakfast every morning, just because you now, live together or have gotten married doesn’t mean that it’ll start. 

Moral of the story is, don’t be afraid to expect something from your partner, don’t be afraid to label eachother.  If you aren’t cool with  being his girlfriend for the rest of your life, it’s ok.  Just realize that it may not be worth it to pressure him because it may backfire, maybe it’s time to consider someone else, who is more interested in making you their wife!

THAT’S IT! WE’RE SHACKING UP!!

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After a year or so of dating you’ve come to a point where you and your mate decide that you would like to take your relationship a step further and so you decide to think about moving in together.  What are all the thoughts that go through your mind in making that decision? Of course you want to be making the right decision so that it doesn’t result in a split down the middle of the relationship and anything that you purchased together.  But what are the concerns? Do you have to deal with a moral battle and question if it’s right or wrong? Do you wonder about the finances and how you’re going to handle that? Do you think that things will just be perfect by just being together?

I’m sure that when making a decision to share space and finances with someone, whether they are your spouse or spouse- to- be, it can be a somewhat stressful situation in relinquishing some control.  Being an individual, you have your own money and your own things to do with them what you will.  In a couple, sharing expenses, you have to think about everyone involved.  Also, being an individual you have your own way of cleaning and taking care of business.  Living with someone, you have to figure out a way to accomplish the same goal, whether it’s doing laundry, keeping house or paying bills.  How do you resolve those issues? Do you talk about how you are going to address these issues prior to actually moving in?

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How many of you out there that have lived with someone before? What do you have to say about your experience? Would you do it again? Why or why not? I encourage your responses you may see your posts in a later article.

Let’s talk about it people!

STOP SPYING ON MY TWITTER!!!

It’s becoming more and more apparent that with all of the social networking that is available to us, with just a few clicks of a button on either our MacBooks or our iPhones, that spying on our mate is what’s getting a lot of our relationships into trouble.  The truth of the matter is that with such sites like Twitter and Facebook, most of your messages are out there for everyone to read and comment on.  It seems that “pics of the past” come back to haunt you as friends tag you and make it available for anyone else who is your friend to view, EVEN IF THEY AREN’T FRIENDS WITH THE PERSON WHO POSTED IT!  This can be a bit messy, especially if you are found in an uncompromising position!

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The jelous boyfriend or girlfriend is easily set off as  he/she constantly browses you and your friends profiles and possibly even adds your friends as their own friend to get both sides of the conversation!  This could be a very dangerous situation and could turn a good relationship bad very quickly.  Where do the lines get drawn on invading personal space?  It’s also easier for someone who you don’t want checking up on you to do that with these social networking sites, we update our status to indicate our every move.  It’s getting to the point where these so called stalkers are signing up for dummy accounts friending you and watching what you do and who you’re talking to.  Has your significant other asked you some pretty weird questions lately pertaining to your Facebook or Twitter accounts? I’m not saying… but I’m just saying! 

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The best way to handle this I suppose is to make sure that your nose is clean at all times.  If there is an ex that is your friend and leaves some pretty suggestive notes on your wall or posts some pictures from the past and asks you “remember when?”, then maybe instead of laughing it off you should confront and explain that those types of pictures or comments aren’t appropriate and please stop or else you’ll have to stop being friends.  If your signicant other doesn’t allow you to acknowledge and work through the obvious unacceptable online behavior, maybe you two should discuss what’s really going on and come to some kind of conclusion.      

Social networking can indeed be fun and addictive.  But let’s not let it ruin the things that are important in life and that is one on one human relations.  If there’s a ghost from your past haunting your present and perhaps your future, let it go! It’s not worth it!

Will We Ever Get Married????

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How long will you wait before he proposes and would you ever consider proposing to him yourself?

How many ladies have asked themselves this question and seriously considered it? I know most of us have always dreamed of the perfect man, and the perfect proposal, but a lot of us “millenium women” are taking matters into our own hands and popping the question themselves! Are you one of them?

How long are you willing to wait before your man proposes? A Facebook friend “Romance is Served” asked this question to all of his friends last week and both men and women responded.  It seemed that it was a common trend that the women said 2yrs.  It was somewhat surprising that some of the men said it didn’t take them that long to realize that the woman they were with were Mrs. Right.  Now that I think of it, this falls in line with Steve Harvey’s book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.  In the book Steve says a man knows when he’s met Mrs. Right, but it’s the woman who ultimately has control on how long it’ll take him to propose.  A man knows if you’re a keeper or a throw away, it doesn’t take him long to figure you out.  We have to utimately set the expectation with our men about what we would like and fill him in on that plan and if he’s down for the ride he’ll let us know.  Steve says if he’s not with that plan then he’ll walk away and we the women will be better off for it.

Personally, I think that I would wait 2yrs for a proposal, if the relationship didn’t look like where I wanted to go in that time, I would bring up  my thoughts (not that it would be my first time saying so) and see if we could be on the same page, if we couldn’t I’d walk away.  I would never want to stay in a relationship just because it was convenient or comfortable, especially if what he wanted was just to shack up and what I wanted was to make it official.  One year to get the niceties out of the way, one year to really look at that person as a potential husband and then assess the relationship, see if it’s worth pursuing, otherwise decide that if it’s not going where we want it to go cut our losses.  I really am just nervous of wasting precious time.  Life is too short, I’d rather spend less time on the nonsense and more time on the things that make me happy.

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

Have you ever wondered how a man thinks? And why it’s so different from the way we women think? How can two people of the same species be so different and find it so hard to communicate? Well finally there is a man who has broken the “Playas Rule #1″ and has let us women in on a few key secrets that make up a man and ways to understand them. 

For the last few days, whenever I’ve had the extra time, usually before bed, I’ve been reading Steve Harvey’s handbook “Act like a Lady, Think like a Man.”   In this book, Steve has laid out some common sense, practical skill sets when dealing with a man, whether you are trying to find one, keep one or just learn about them for future reference.  In his book, he has chapters named “What Drives Men,”  “The Three Things Every Man Needs: Support, Loyalty and the Cookie,” “First Things First, He Wants to Sleep with You,” and so on…

I found this book to be very interesting because a lot of the “secrets” most of us know but most of us forget them or take it  for granted.  It was nice to read a book geared towards women, written by a man.  A lot of books geared towards women are written by women who proclaim to know a lot about men, and they may know a wealth of information but there is nothing like the upfront, in your face, hardcore truth of a man’s perspective! 

While reading this book, I found that there are some things that were right on the money, for example, there is a chapter that talks about getting your man to marry you.  Basically, he’s saying it’s nothing wrong to set the course in a relationship, tell him what you expect and stick to it.  Lay it out there on the line that you don’t want to play games and that what you want is a meaningful relationship.  Steve says that you should tell him of your plan:  If it’s two years from now you would like to be married, don’t let him propose and then never set a date and you turn out engaged for 5-10yrs, knowing full well in his mind he never intends to marry you.  The engagement was just to keep your mouth shut and buy him some more time! 

This is great  info!  Why is it that we have a hard time telling a man what we expect? I’m all about setting the correct expectations.  I try to do it everyday in my work life so.  So why when it comes to our personal lives and our hearts, do we get “scared” when it’s time to tell a man how we feel and what we expect?

IT’S BECAUSE WE’RE SCARED THAT WE’RE GOING TO SCARE HIM AWAY!!!

That’s such a poor excuse for not being the driver to our own destiny.  If by telling a man what you expect scares him away, then he wasn’t the man for you and at least you didn’t waste your time.  Why be concerned with a man who wasn’t for you in the first place? If he leaves because he wants to play, let him.  You don’t want him.  You want the man who is after what you are after, and I do believe that they are out there.  We just probably aren’t giving them the time of day, because we’re too stuck on the ones who aren’t even worth it!

From this book, Steve has reminded me that a man’s driving goal when, they find the right woman, is to be her problem solver.  If we have a problem and take it to our man, if he cares he’ll try to figure out a solution.  If we don’t have money to cover all of this months bills, if he cares, he’ll try his best to give you what he has, even if that means he’s broke.  If we have car trouble he’ll try his best to fix it, find someone to fix it or if he doesn’t have the means at least he’ll use his car to take you where ever you need. 

I’ve also learned that the way men were raised, which is to be a provider and a protector, plays a very important role in how they interact with women as adults.  A man is taught to have a job and keep one so that he can one day support his family.  Until a man finds his career (no matter what that career choice is) he can’t focus on a serious relationship.  If your man hasn’t found himself then you have to go on and allow that man to find himself so that he can be happy with himself most importantly and then find happiness in you.  When he doesn’t have all of that in place, he can’t really focus on a life with you, because how will he support you? (that very question will weigh heavily on his mind until he’s found a way).

Basically, this book is a plain spoken, well put together truths of the male psyche .  If you are unsure about someone that you’re dating. Read the book.  I’m sure it’ll remind you of some things that you already know…

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BOYFRIEND #2? MAYBE WE JUST NEED AN EPIPHANY!

How many out there have heard that new song, Boyfriend #2 by Pleasure P formally of “Pretty Ricky”? He sings a hot song entitled Boyfriend #2.  Here’s the video for all of you who haven’t seen:

So what do you think? Ladies how many of you out there have what Pleasure P has tagged as a boyfriend #2? Is there a side piece that you call when your man isn’t doing the right thing? Or when he’s not spending QT? Who are you calling? Is it a friend that turned into a friend with benefits? 

Guys what about you? How do you feel about being a boyfriend #2? Is she your girlfriend #2? Would you consider wifing her up if the opportunity presented itself? Does it bother you at all that she has a main dude and you just fill in from time to time or do you like the line that Pleasure P says “don’t mind being number 2 cause there’s a lot of room to grow?” 

What’s funny to me is that I’m actually dissecting this song but the reason why I found reason to do so is because I think the topic is very prevalent to our dating society.  There is a such thing as a boyfriend/girlfriend #2.  He or she does exist so ladies and gents that may not be treating your significant others right then you better be on the lookout, there’s always someone waiting in the wings ready to fill in your spot!

Songs such as this has been on the radio for sometime.  I was listening to a throwback by Xscape, “My Little Secret” and that song contains lyrics like “you’re my little secret and that’s how we should keep it, it’s on everybody’s mind about you and I they think so but they don’t really wanna know… I like being in the room with you and your girlfriend the fact that she don’t know, that really turns me on, she’ll never guess in a million years that we got a thing going on…” 

My thing is do we really need a boyfriend/girlfriend number 2? If your beau isn’t doing right by you, and you’ve given your all trying to tell him/her what they are doing wrong before you are pushed into the arms of boyfriend/girlfriend number 2 then maybe we should pop in a little Chrisette Michelle and listen to her new single “Epiphany.”

*singing “well I think I’m just about over being your girlfriend, I’m leaving I’m leaving…”*

DATING WITH CHILDREN

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How many of you know that dating with children can be hard to do? It can be hard whether you are single and dating a man or woman with children, it’s hard if you are on the other end of the spectrum and you are the single parent but the person you’re seeing doesn’t and/or may not understand that you can’t always spend nights out or they may not be able to stay over whenever they’d like.  It can be difficult trying to explain why you can’t be as spontaneous as you would like, while hoping that the guy/girl that you’re interested in understands and is still interested in your despite you lack of freedom at times.  Also as a single parent, both single dads and moms alike, how many of you agree that the potential mate doesn’t have to just impress you and win your heart, but it’s even more important to win the heart of your child(ren)? Ironically enough, it can even get difficult among two single parents trying to make it happen.  It seems to me that either way you look at it, “Dating with children” is just plain hard.

For the single person dating a single parent partner, first and foremost you have to consider all factors before making things official.  I say this because most good parents will not allow you to meet their child(ren) until they are certain of you, and it is a major breakthrough to the next level of your relationship if they do.  If the relationship ever fell apart, though you may not be biologically this child’s parent, they have become close to you and bonded with you.  Walking away from your mate also involves walking away from the child(ren) after such a connection takes place.  In some cases, this can take a toll on him or her.  If you don’t think that you can step up in the place of the absentee parent when necessary and support the person you’re with, then maybe you should keep the relationship casual and let it be known that you aren’t comfortable being considered for that role.  

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You also have to be understanding to the fact that his or her responsibilities lie with the child first.  If you have some attention issues and need everything to be about you all the time, leave the parent alone and date a single person! Have you ever heard of a mate getting jealous of the time and affection a he or she may give to their child instead of them? I have, and at the first glimpse of that tendency I’d send his butt packing!  As a single parent, my son comes first, any man that I consider to be a life partner with me, has to understand that, respect that and expect that.  We are a package deal, you can not have one without the other.  If you don’t like our two for one special that’s perfectly fine but just know that I am not the one!   

Before dating a person with a child understand that this person can’t hang out until all hours of the night with you and you may not be allowed to come to their house for a while.  You may not be able to call them at 4:45 Friday afternoon and say “baby I got us two tickets to paradise for the weekend, what do you say?” without hearing some hesitation in his/her voice because he/she is uncertain of if they are going to be able to get a babysitter.  You can’t say to him or her “shut your phone off, I just want it to be about us with no interruptions…” because you might get a response like, “uh uh, what if there’s an emergency and I’m not able to be reached??” said with a look like “don’t you get it!?!”  If this isn’t something you bargained for then don’t even bother, no matter how tempting the person is, otherwise you’ll be setting yourself and the potential beau up for unnecessary headaches!

Probably one of the MOST important things to know when dating a parent is that their child(ren) is their world.  To get to his/her heart is through their child(ren).  It has to be a genuine love and respect for the child.  If it isn’t the child can sense it and so can the parent.  It’s sad but true how there are instances where a woman can be so desperate for a man, that despite the signs, she forces her child to like him.  Even worst when she then closes her eyes to the fact that he doesn’t really like the child, has no respect for either of them and leaves the door open for anything to happen.  You have to know that if the child has a valid reason for not liking you, a good parent would consider their thoughts and opinions before considering you and 9 times out of 10 if the baby doesn’t like you, you’ll be out the door before you know it!  So if you really aren’t into kids, don’t front just leave well enough alone.

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Parents dating single people… need I say more? It can work provided the single person knows the rules and respects the rules of the relationship.  But I’ve found that even being a single parent, dating a single parent or a person with child can also be intimidating.  I say that because as a parent you realize how crucial it is to make a good impression on the child and get the child to genuinely like you because you already know that this can have a direct affect on how your relationship will or won’t evolve.  Depending on how much you like the person, you rack your brain all day leading up until the day that you finally meet, trying to remember all the things that he/she likes so you can find commonality and you’re just praying that you say and do all the right things. It can be stressful!  

I think the age of the child can also be intimidating.  Starting a relationship with someone who has a fairly young child can be far less intimidating then starting a relationship with someone who’s child(ren) is pre-teen or a teenager.  At that age, their harmones are in full swing and they can be a little defiant, they may act out just trying to see who’s boss with the parent.  There can be all sorts of little power plays that the kid may do just to see if they can get it off.  At that age that it can throw you for a loop and depending on how intense and how much the parent let’s the child get away with, there may be days that make you want to throw in the towel!  

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Dating a person with children can be a beautiful thing if you just have such a love for the person that you love their child as an extension of them.  Sure once the children realize that mom or dad is really serious and considering taking things further, there may be some bumpy days and a little power play, but all it takes is a little assurance of the parent to child, that no matter how much mommy or daddy loves this other person it could never replace the love that you have for them and that they will always be your favorite person.  Once they understand that you’re not replacing them but just adding to your family, they’ll stop the act and receive them in open arms, they do ultimately want to see their parent happy.  So though, there is an unwritten protocol for dating a person with a child and there are things to seriously consider prior to taking things to the next level once you have taken the leap and gotten over the initial stress of it all, it can be a beautiful thing.

A MAN CAN GET SCORNED TOO!

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Usually when people talk about someone being scorned or carrying around baggage, they’re usually referring to a woman being scorned, i.e “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” however, have you ever wondered how a man turned out the way he did? Have you ever wondered how a guy that had so much potential to be a great man, boyfriend, or husband always fell short and had some kind of insecurity issue? Ever wonder maybe what could’ve happened in his past that turned him this way? Or maybe what happened that he turned into such a dog or male whore? Is it just instinct for him to be a total player or did some girl break his heart and ever since then he built up a guard stronger than the great wall of China?!? Trust me it happens!  Women aren’t the only ones who carry baggage from relationship to relationship.  Men do the same thing, they aren’t immune to hurt like some of us think!  They have feelings too, eventhough they may have a different form of communication and don’t always  show their feelings in the same way that us women do.  Men process emotions differently than women, and when they do get hurt it can sometimes be too much for him to process and so the best way to cope is to shut that part of himself down and not deal with the pain.  Think about it, how many men you know go around wearing their heart on their sleeve? Not too many, this is because men are brought up to be “manly men” they are raised to show power and authority (tears and emotions are not seen as “manly” but as “girly”) because of this being ingrained in the very roots of their being, it takes a lot for him to let his guard down, that when he does and the woman he trusted breaks his heart, he is apt to swear off women for all eternity.  Only if he is willing and a suitable candidate comes along, will a “Good Guy Gone Bad” consider leaving his doggish ways behind. 

I have a very good friend of mine, who happens to be very attractive, intelligent, articulate, educated and all around good guy that any woman would love to have but happens to have some issues.  Have you ever seen a guy that was ALL of THAT and you wondered, why he may have been single and why some woman hadn’t scooped him up yet, or maybe after getting to know him a little better, you’re saying to yourself, “oh I see why…” not to say that he is THAT guy, but he does have some emotional scar tissue that he needs to get surgically removed so that he can just move on with his life, with the right woman who is willing to love him and not hurt him, but his previous poor judgement in women, has left him scorned. 

A bad marriage and a string of sour relationships with not so worthy girls has left him skeptical of any new relationships that presents itself.  I can see him sometimes waiting for things to happen, just so he can say to himself, “see told you so, woman aint sh%t!”  That’s not a good place to be in when all you really want to do is be happy with someone who is deserving.  And it’s hardly fair to the innocent woman who is just trying to love this guy.

On the other hand, I have another guy friend who is also going through a divorce but he is a little more resillient in the fact that he isn’t leaving his marriage scarred to the core but more aware and now, knows what to expect.  He’s another typical nice guy, but I don’t expect him to try and wife someone up quickly.  I presume that he’ll play the field,  see if he’s still got it and go on the dog trail for a while before bringing it back home to wife up some lucky lady in the future. 

So ladies, what do you do when you come across a guy that you really do love, but he has some issues with women, at the time you meet him? Do you ride it out and really try to prove to him your worthiness (I would only consider this is he weren’t a man whore, but just had some committment issues)? Or do you let him go, because his insecurities aren’t your problem and are too much to bare? Well the decision is yours of course, all of our actions have a consequence. 

The man I claim, when I met him he was confident in himself, or so I thought for a while, but there were some underlying issues that had surfaced.  At first, I couldn’t deal.  Thought that if he couldn’t handle a little bit of pain like I could then maybe he wasn’t  strong enough for me.  Time apart without cease of feelings and chemistry continually brought us back together and now…. guess what I learned? Love is enough to heal all wounds, well…. love coupled with time and patience is all I had to add to the recipe for a happy ending.

HOW CAN U MOVE FORWARD IF U’RE SO FOCUSED ON THE PAST?

upset_couple1Well you know me, I like to blog about things that I may have gone through personally or someone close to me has gone through and I try to write about it globally so that we all can converse and grow from the things that we go through emotionally and in relationships. Well this is one of those topics!  What I wanted to touch on today was, how can you move forward if you are so focused on what’s happened in the past?

How many of you have been in a situation where you’re in a relationship or some kind of situation with a person that you care about, no one is perfect so of course she makes mistakes and he makes mistakes.  But whatever you did, no matter how big or small, keeps getting brought up? How can you move on? How can you move past those things and bring your relationship to a higher level?

Let’s put this to a few different scenarios and see how things play out.  Ladies this is for you: What happens if you’re in a relationship and say it’s just not moving or progressing as you think that it should.  You’re spending a lot of time together, you’re doing what lovers do.  But no commitment.  You try to express what you’re feeling and what you need in order for you to remain involved, yet and still not what you want to hear.  What do you do? Some women at this point, may be willing to stay and wait around but some women may not.  For those women who choose to not stay but decide that it’s time to move on, you go on and start back out dating.  As fate would have it, you run back into the guy you left who had commitment issues.  You still love this guy, in fact you never stopped loving him, maybe you just felt you had to prove a point, that you weren’t always gonna be at his disposal.  He accepts you back into his life, but it seems that whenever there is a difficult time in the relationship that it’s ok to remind you of how you walked away, no matter how justified your decision to leave was.  He can’t get past it.  What do you do? How do you get him or help him to move on? Can you even help him move on? woman_upsetIn my opinion, I feel as though, if he allowed her back into his life, he should’ve considered the options.  He should’ve thought about if he was going to be able to handle all the feelings that would confront him for letting this person back into his life.  For him to bring up the past at every rough patch, shows me that he hasn’t truly forgiven her for the choices that she made.

First discovery: unforgiveness.

You can never be successful in any relationship (professional, romantic, etc.) that you have with anyone if you are unable to forgive.  Reason being, everyone will hurt you at some point.  It may not be intentional but we’re only human, which means we’re imperfect.  We’re not made to be perfect we should only strive to be.  So if you’re going to carry around all this unforgiveness for every person who has wronged you, you’re going to be walking around with a very heavy burden to bare.  I believe if you truly forgive someone, you may not forget what they did, but you don’t regurgitate every wrong that someone has done because you care about that person.  If you are trying to work past something, you leave things where they are and keep you head forward, never to look back.

Guys: What about if you were in a relationship with your lady for a while and one night you went out with friends, ran across an old fling, one thing lead to another and you ended up cheating on your girl.  To make things worst, she found out and every chance she gets she’s throwing things in your face, accusing you, telling you about all the opportunities that she had to cheat and so on.  You are genuinely sorry and remorseful for what you did and want to work things out.  You try to stay home, avoid hanging out with your boys, do nice things, buy her gifts and make special evenings but whenever there is a disagreement here she goes, running off at the mouth, accusing and insinuating and reminding you of what you did.  How does that make you feel? You kind of start to get discouraged, like wow I’m doing all this to make things work and she keeps talking about what happened!  It’s been like a year and you’ve been on the straight and narrow and she still continues to harp on the situation, when will she get over it?

First discovery:  unforgiveness

Second discovery:  no trust imageupsetmanTwo very important things here.  She hasn’t forgiven him for cheating on her.  She still hurts and reminds herself of what he did daily and whenever he does something she doesn’t like, she’s like a pot boiling over with pain and frustration and gives it to him every chance she gets.  In her mind that’s revenge for hurting her.  Also, most importantly there is no trust.  How can you maintain and grow a relationship without some level of trust or faith in that person? Once, she learns to forgive and not forget but let go, then she can start to trust him again.

In either case, both parties have to be willing right? Love is a two way street.  Each person has to be willing to take a chance with the other, they have to both be willing to trust and forgive and love eachother in spite of.  If you can’t take the good with the bad, then maybe you aren’t ready to be in a relationship at all.

My thing is, if you are in a relationship and there are things that may have hurt you, talk about it and if you decide that you still love this person after the fire dies out then move forward and look ahead to brighter days.  Any relationship worth it’s weight didn’t come easy.  It wasn’t always peaches & cream.  It’s seen it’s days of turmoil, and dysfunction it was their love and passion for eachother and the understanding that you have to have certain common element in order for things to work i.e.  trust, a forgiving heart, respect of one another and love.  That’s what allowed them to make it through.  A relationship with a person, where there has never been an argument, or any hurt probably won’t last when it finally does come up against stormy weather, because it won’t know how to weather the storm.

Next time you get in a disagreement and that person that you loved just a few minutes before says or does something to upset you and you want to remind them of what they did, why don’t you ask yourself, how can I move forward if I keep focusing on the past? If that doesn’t work, think about if the shoe was on the other foot, how would it feel if someone did that to you? Or if it’s too much to handle and you don’t think that you’ll ever get past it… LEAVE!

IS VALENTINE’S REALLY ALL IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE?

valentines-day-picI wanted to do a Valentine’s post because I think us women get so worked up over this man made holiday.  Is it really about this one day that you and your beau get to enjoy eachother and spend special time together or is this something that you and your significant other should be doing often? To me it’s not all about the candy and gifts, although gifts are nice, it’s more about what are you doing for me everyday to show that you care? What are you doing for me when I get home from work and you’re there first? What do you say to me to make me feel special? What do you give me regularly to let me know you care? It’s the little things that count in my eyes.  Not doing anything year round and then on that one day you try to make up for all of your lack of attention and TLC, doesn’t cut it.

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I went to the mall after work today, and there were so many men looking lost as they walked through Victoria Secrets or stores like Macy’s and Sephora looking for a special gift for their lady.  There were also couples holding hands and smiling in eachother’s faces as they walked and talked and enjoyed themselves after dinner.  Days like Valentine’s Day should be everyday.  Love will make you want to make the person that you’re with happy every day and buy things for that person just because.  Love will make you want to make that person happy and tell them that they are handsome or beautiful.  In order to get the most out of your relationship these things have to be done on a regular and consistent basis.

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So ladies, if your man doesn’t come home with some outrageously expensive gift next Valentine’s but he makes up for it in showing you just how much he adores you everyday, cut the brotha some slack.  Valentine’s day isn’t the only day that counts, it’s just the day that the world recognizes it.

LOVE AND BASKETBALL

black_couple_playfulHow random is the title for this article? LOL it kind of just popped into my head as I was thinking about what’s my next topic and I ran with it.  How many of you have seen that movie, Love and Basketball starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan? If you haven’t seen this movie, it is a must see.  It’s probably one of my all time favorite urban love stories.  What got me to thinking about the movie was the story line.  

In the movie, Sanaa plays a tomboy basketball star athlete that is best friends with Omar Epps who is a son of a pro basketball player and a popular star athlete himself.  When they were younger they went out but it didn’t last very long, as they got older they remained friends and she loved him from a far.  As the movie progresses we finally see this couple get together in college.  She was the female rookie star and he was the anticipated, breakout basketball star.  Where the love story starts to get serious is when “Q” played by Omar Epps finds out that his dad is cheating on his mother and gets another woman pregnant.  Q, distraught by this news, tries to confide in Monica [Sanaa] but she has to make curfew or else she wouldn’t get her long awaited chance to finally start in their next game.  Ultimately, because of her unwillingness to sit and listen, and his unwillingness to understand how important starting the game would be to her, he cheated and they broke up.

Years had gone by and she went off to play overseas and Q was drafted to the NBA.  As time passed their parents remained neighbors.  Monica finally returned back to the states after retiring her career in Europe to finding out that Q was engaged to be married.  Of course she never stopped loving him (or else it wouldn’t be much of a love story) and so at the climax of the movie, she decides to play him in a game of one-on-one for his heart.  If he won she’d leave him alone and if she won she would get his heart.  After some convincing of Q he agreed to the game and they both played their hearts out to the finish… Q won.  As Monica walked away, sweaty with tears in her eyes and a broken heart, he said “hey… double or nothing?” Which made me and probably every other girl who’s watched this movie break down in tears!  He loved her and wanted her just as much as she wanted him, which is what pretty much every girl wants to hear.  It was just the sweetest thing, but also very emotional.  I can just imagine how Sidney felt, loving a man for so long.  Sure she made a mistake and could’ve handled the situation back in college differently but so could he. 

Now this scenario isn’t the exact theme of my article but tell me how do you feel about fighting for a man? As in the movie, the other woman was oblivious to the fact that Sanaa was in love with her man and he still in love with her.  There was no direct competition between the two women, but what about Sanaa’s character? Would you have fought for your man, or the man that you thought you deserved? Would you have waited out while your “other half” dated and loved on other women when you thought all the while he should be just loving on you? Me, (in my former life) I didn’t consider myself much as a fighter when it comes to a situation like to this.  I feel if I come to a man after there has been mistakes on both parts that initially I might be moved to do what I had to do in order to prove my love, but after a while of him not being willing to see what I had to offer, I’m sure in no time I’d be over the whole situation.  Why? Because who likes to have their feelings hurt? Who likes to be let down? Certainly not me.  I do not believe in wasting time.  I feel that there are too many other things in this life to do, and why waste time on someone or something that isn’t concrete? Hey, if you can’t see what you have standing in front of you then your loss, right? 

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But even with my “time waits for no man” philosophy I have learned over the years that patience is a virtue.  It’s something that we all need to work on and me particularly.  I’ve always been the girl to have things come easily to her and didn’t ever have to wait very long for anything quite honestly.  So to wait for something, almost turns me off.  We live in an age of instant gratification and I am a direct product of that type of thinking.  I like it, I want it and I get it.  Just like that.  Whether that be men, material things, or other similar things.  As I’ve gotten older and gone through situations, I’ve learned that some things are worth sticking it out and fighting for, even when things get a little ugly. No, I still don’t believe in wasting time but I think that some things or some people for that instance are worth a little more time and consideration.  Picking up and leaving when times get hard can only show a person that if they were in a relationship with you that you may not be trustworthy with their feelings.  If when times get rough, and usually it will, your solution is running away from a situation, that only shows that in the future if you are given a chance at a relationship with your dream guy, you might just do what you know how to do best, run!  Sometimes it’s worth being a little bit vulnerable and sitting tight and waiting for things to come together. 

So if you are anything like me,  and are quick too protect your heart from any unwanted incidents take a moment and assess the situation carefully.  Read between the lines, and see if it is truly in your best interest to leave or stay.  Remember the saying, “good things come to those who wait…”

JUST INCASE YOU WANTED TO RELIVE A BIT OF HISTORY

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, ONE OF THE GREATEST ORATOR’S OF OUR TIME! PRAY FOR OUR PRESIDENT, IT’S GOING TO TAKE MORE THAN HUMAN STRENGTH TO ENDURE HIS TERMS AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.  IT IS GOING TO TAKE SUPERNATURAL WISDOM AND PROTECTION, GUIDANCE AND COVERING TO KEEP HIM.  IT’S ALSO GOING TO TAKE US TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE, SERVE WHERE WE ARE NEEDED, RECOGNIZE WHAT WE ARE CALLED TO BE AND BE JUST THAT.  

AMEN

BLACK LOVE AT IT’S FINEST!!!

This was the most beautiful sight to see.  Not only do we have an example through President Obama of what we can aspire to be, but we also have a show of Black Love at it’s Finest in one of the most classy couples of our day, Barack and Michelle.  I don’t know what brought me to tears more, the fact that I have witnessed history being made through Barack Obama being elected the first African American into the highest position of office in our country? Or the fact that we also have a positive example of LOVE.  So many people have grown up in broken households or dysfunctional households and never got to witness their parents look at eachother with respect and admiration.  There are so little examples of this within our community or being showed on television, that I’m sure it leads to breakdowns in the children’s lives that have had to grow up in that way.  I am ecstatic that not only do we have a well qualified, highly educated, motivational, positive, well respected man to run our country but we also have an example of family.  We have two beautiful, highly educated, highly successful black people that exude love and a respect for eachother that is so sweet.  In their success they’ve remained very much down to earth and in touch with reality.  From their love they are raising two beautiful girls that seems so respectful and well groomed that you can tell that Barack and Michelle’s relationship has much to do with the reason why their lives are so fulfilled and why Sasha and Malea will grow to be so successful, not just in their education and careers, but in their social lives as well.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MLK! NOW A DREAM REALIZED

WOW, who would’ve known that the words that he spoke  fourty five years ago would be so prevalent today.   It’s so amazing to me that today in our day and age, Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream will be realized in this day, 2009? What a pleasure and honor to be in this skinthat I’m in.  Enjoy today.  Enjoy this day that we live in.  Realize what a blessing we are able to witness and tell our children/grandchildren about.  We have to learn to take pride in ourselves and in our struggle and embrace where our ancestors have come from in order to allow us the lifestyle that we live today.  Let’s stop taking things for granted and make all of the ones who died for a reason, to not be in vain.  If we want change, it’s going to take more than a black president.  WE are going to have to help out in making his job easier and his burden lighter.  Let’s start by changing ourselves first.  Stand for a something, or else you’ll fall for anything.

 

Be blessed,

Daddy’s Girl aka MzCeo.

JUST BECAUSE HE’S CHRIST LIKE DOESN’T MAKE HIM MR. RIGHT

I want to welcome everyone back to The J Spot.  As I’m sure you’ve noticed I took a little break over the holidays, but now I’m back to talk, inform, share and converse if you will.  Over the break I was trying to decide what was going to be my next blog because I’ve been sitting on a few ideas for a while, but now that I’ve thought long and hard I feel I have been prompted to write this article.  I like the topic of this article so much that I hope to spring board this post into a literary piece which is as the above title states, Just because he’s Christ like doesn’t make him Mr. Right.

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I think in this article a lot of my Christian women would be able to relate and I say this because single Christian women of course go to church for the Word but a lot of times also in hopes to find their mate, their man, and to have this crazy insane fairytale romantic relationship that only God has ordained.  As women we all have a list of what we want our potential mate to have and a Christian woman usually has a list that looks similar to this:

1. Born Again

2. Educated

3. Goal Oriented 

4. Comes from a good family

5. Attentive and so on…

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As you pray over that list every night before bed, every brother you meet in church you’re wondering if he is the one, cause all you want and need is a Godly man in your life right? I feel you.  My question is, what if you meet a man who seemed to fit the bill, he’s attractive, articulate, intelligent and most of all he is Saved, Sanctified and Filled with the Holy Ghost but, months into the courting (that’s what we call it in the Lord) you start to notice character flaws that don’t necessarily go along with what you’re looking for, whatever those flaws may be they don’t seem to align to your picture of ending up living happily ever after, what do you do? Do you stay in the relationship because he’s a Christian brother and has potential and pray for God to change him into a better match for you or do you say, even though he is a Christian brother, I don’t think he’s right for me and move on? 

This is a hard one because I think first you should always consult the Lord in prayer regarding situations in your life but I also believe that some of us women in the church get so caught up with trying to find our husbands that we are scared to walk away from a relationship that we may want but may not necessarily be what God wants for us.  I think the idea of being a single person in the church is to use that time to be married to the Lord.  Let Him woo you and court you and allow for Him to show us what a man should be so that we can notice him when he does come along.  Most importantly we need to use our single time to allow for Him [God] to prepare us for that man that He’s made specifically for us.

I think that in a relationship that involves two people of course there are going to be some obstacles, why? Because we’re human.  People are going to sometimes butt heads whether they are a Christian couple or heathen.  My point is that if God makes a man for you knowing who you are long before you knew yourself, don’t you think He knows how to prepare a man for you? The man that He has for you is going to know how to come correct, with everything in order and not a hair out of place.  Loving that man is going to be easy.  He’s going to be humble and caring and all those little things that count he’ll be all that because he knows how a man is to love a woman especially a woman who he plans to make his wife.  

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Woman in the church get caught up on titles, he’s the deacon, he’s an elder, he’s an assistant pastor and so on, but does that make him right? Right for you I mean? Not necessarily.  Just because he’s Christ like doesn’t make him Mr. Right.

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