THANK YOU BRENDA & A NEW CLASS

Good morning

I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you to Brenda of Becoming HIS Tapestry for her recent post. You all should definitely check out her site for a good read. I enjoy it, and you will too.

This goes back to my last post for thanking you all for following me, reading my posts, and engaging with me through the comments. Click here to check it out. It’s helping me stay consistent with blogging and wanting to share with you all the things I learned, new things that I’m working on and trying out, and just wanting to let you all in the loop on how I live my life while managing my mental illness.

Speaking of trying new things, my next class talks about visual communication, which means I’m going to learn how to record videos. I remember telling you all in the past that the world of YouTube intrigued me into wanting to start vlogging. Maybe this is a sign that it’s time for me to learn so I can use different platforms to share “The Gabby Diaries.”

Only one problem…. I’m a little shy when it comes to recording myself on video. 😬😳😬😳😬

I guess this class also means I need to try and get over my stage fright. Wish me luck, I start my new class next week, but it’s crunch time now. Week 5 of Media Writing for Communication, and I have to work on my final paper. 😳

Again, thank you Brenda for joining me on this journey. Today is Day 5 so I’ll be back with another post later on today.

Until next time…

❤️

MENTAL HEALTH & FRIENDS- UPDATE

Good morning

Just talked to my friend, Jasmine. Long story short, she is doing fine. She has a sprained wrist, but she is ok. We talked for a while about what happened, and how she’s ready to get a new car.

I was glad to know that she was ok. She made me smile when she said it felt good to know other people were caring and thinking about her.

That’s why I love y’all. Even though we don’t talk everyday, the fact that we still take time to think about each other and talk to each other is what really matters.”

Even though we’re all busy, we are a family. Later on today, I have to check on Mary and her sister to make sure they’re doing alright. It’s a lot going on in the world that we can’t be isolated for long periods of time. We need to continue to stay connected.

That’s what helps us get through these hard times. 😊

Ok, time for me to get back to work.

Until next time…

❤️

GOD WAS TRYING TO SPEAK TO ME

Good morning

Today’s post will start with this question:

Do you guys ever wake up in the middle of the night and have a hard time falling back asleep and can never figure out why?

Well, this was one of those moments, and after that, today may be a slow day for me to focus on work. Let’s rewind back to last Monday. I had received news from my mom that my friend Mary, and her sister Stephanie, just lost their mother the previous evening. Then, this past Monday, my friend Jasmine informed me that our friends Whitney and Kim had lost their mother Sunday night. And finally, I woke up this morning to a sea of text messages from both Jasmine and Paris that Jasmine had gotten into a car accident early this morning.

Here’s the crazy part, the hours that the accident occurred, were the same hours that I was up battling an upset stomach and sinus issues. From 12AM until 4AM, I was up, drinking tea, watching Coffee and Bible Time, all the while asking myself:

“Why can’t I go back to sleep?”

When I read the text, I sat down and started to put it all together. Maybe God was trying to tell me that something wasn’t right and I didn’t listen. And after being hit with bad news back to back, my mind was starting to think negatively. That’s when I opened the Bible app and today’s reading helped give me clarity:

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NASB‬‬
https://www.bible.com/100/php.4.8.nasb

Instead of going into panic and worry, I should have trusted Him to know that she was ok, and that she’s going to be ok. I should have trusted Him to know that even though everyone was going through a rough time, God was going to help them get through it. I guess all the bad news clouded my mind and caused me to switch my way of thinking, that I forgot that if I focus on good things and trust in the Lord, I have nothing to worry about.

Don’t worry, she is fine. She’s going to Urgent Care to get checked out. I’ll keep you guys posted. But it’s amazing how God works and you don’t realize it sometimes.

Until next time…

❤️

MENTAL HEALTH & FRIENDS

Good morning

This weekend, I’ve spent most of my time talking to my friends, checking up on them, as well as checking in to let them know that I’m ok. Out of my group of friends, only three of them understand that I have a busy schedule due to work and school. And I understand they have busy schedules as well.

However, the last friend, feels that I have been avoiding him because I haven’t been calling him as much. If I can’t call him, I do try to text him. Now, he’s made the decision that texting doesn’t work for him anymore.

I guess he was trying to make me feel upset because he was making more of an effort to call me and I wasn’t due to my schedule. It took my friend, Jared to remind me to not let the little things stress me out:

“If he doesn’t understand that you are doing all of this to better yourself, achieve your goals, and turn those goals into a vision of helping others, than he doesn’t get it. Don’t let his negative energy drain you. I’m so proud of you, keep doing your best to pursue your dreams.”

In the past, people that I would call my friends would either take advantage of me or would always think negative about ideas that I had, to the point I would be scared to take the risk. Now, I have a close-knit circle of friends that not only inspire me, but I also inspire and encourage them to pursue their dreams and become better versions of themselves.

I write all of this to say, people will reveal to you if they’re your true friends or not. If so, hang onto them and help each other grow and win together. If not, get out of that toxic relationship before it starts to consume you, physically and mentally.

Well, back to creating and brainstorming. I’ll shall return.

Until later…

💖

MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: JAN./FEB. 2020

Good evening 🌙

We are now in the third month of 2020. Now, we ask the questions:

  • Where have I been?
  • How have I been?
  • What is going on in my life?

It’s update time!

Let’s start back in January, shall we?

JAN. 2020:

  • January 1st through January 7th: I started the week, fighting off seasonal allergies. Unfortunately, it’s normal for me since I have chronic sinusitis. I rang in the New Year with Mom, in front of the television, eating chili dip, and googling over adorable labrador puppies that were just born. Thank you, Life With Labradors, on YouTube. I am forever grateful to you. Then, I turned 29 on January 2nd. Dad and I spent the day watching documentaries on Netflix, the classics on Disney+, and had a pizza party and a Starbucks tea with Mom and my brother. The rest of the week, my sinuses were clearing, my health was getting better, and I preparing to start back to work.
  • January 8th through January 31st: Once my health was back on track, I was preparing for a new chapter in my life. I was starting online classes at Ashford University to pursue my BA in Communication Studies. I ended the month, celebrating both my birthday and my friend’s birthday with a Girls’ Night Out at Krab Kingz, and we continued our adventure to Hotbox Cookies and Insomnia Cookies. We finished the night on a good note with laughs, giggles, plans, and goals for the remainder of this year and the new year to come.

FEB. 2020:

  • February 1st through February 14th: Took a trip to MetroPCS to have Mom switched back, and had to put my ZTE phone to rest, and turned to another phone, the Alcatel 3v. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! At this point, I aced my first course, and now going through my next class: An Introduction to Communication 101.
  • February 15th through February 29th: I took this time to reflect on my health- mentally, physically, spiritually. I’ve also been reflecting on my performance at work, as well as my performance in school. I’m brainstorming and outlining the passions and goals that I want to accomplish this year and in the next five years. I made this weekend the final weekend that I indulge in my bad habits, and start working on healthier habits for myself.

So how can I sum up 2020 so far? January was my month of healing and preparation. February was my month of reflecting, learning, and growing. My word for the year is BALANCE; I think it’s going to be my word for this year, and maybe a little longer. Because I have a mental illness, I remember that giving myself some form of structure helped me stay more motivated and healthier in the past. I’m now at a place where I’m trying to balance things in my life so that I’m more productive and managing my time wisely so that I have enough time to do what I need to do.

We’re now entering spring, which is a time of new beginnings, a fresh start, and warmer weather, which can help me start to get out of these winter blues. So, where have I been? Mostly work, home, and online school. How have I been? I was in a funk, but I’m taking things one day at a time. What projects are coming up in the future? I’m a creative Capricorn, brainstorming, editing, and making boss moves.

Until next time