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Month: May 2017 (page 2 of 3)

Every day I have these random moments of “Oh my god! I love my life!” and “I’m really out here living my dream!” It’s so surreal.

These moments both lift me up and keep me grounded. They are a constant reminder of how abundant the universe is, and how much more there is out there to grab hold of.

There is room and space for all of us. I am conscious of this, and it keeps me from worrying about what the next person is doing. My focus is on me, my goals, and my dreams, and that is where it should be.

I concentrate on my blessings and not the minor problems that pop up, and I never operate from a space of lack, because I know that as long as I am doing my part, the universe will continue to provide.

I wasn’t always in this space, so the personal growth is not lost on me.

I just keep reaching, ever higher, and ever evolving.

 

For Creatives Who Can’t Get Out of Bed In The Morning Because They Stay Up All Night Being Creative

Monique with a cup of coffee

i definitely am a coffee snob

Dear coffee: You complete me.

I didn’t get up as early as I would have liked this morning, but in my defense, I was up late working and plotting, so the coffee is going to get me through for right now.

The important thing is I have not wasted one moment this morning with procrastination. I am learning how much of a time thief procrastination is, and I’m determined to not let it rob me ever again.

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Your President Really Hates Poor People

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 19: Copies of President Trump’s FY’18 budget books are stacked, at the Government Publishing Office, on May 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s new budget proposal will be reveals that he really and truly hates poor people. It comes with major cuts to Medicaid and changes to anti-poverty programs that would allow states to limit a range of benefits for needy families, something that Congress has already been uneasy about.

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#FreeBresha: Bresha Meadows is Happy With Her Plea Deal

Bresha Meadows (WFMJ screenshot)

15-year-old Bresha Meadows accepted a plea deal at her court date on Monday which could see her home with her family in early 2018.

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Roger Moore, Popular For His Portrayal of British Spy James Bond, Dead at 89

Roger Moore in Octopussy

The Hollywood Reporter screenshot

Roger Moore, the handsome British actor who portrayed James Bond on film seven times, has died at the age of 89.

Moore’s children took to his official Twitter account on Tuesday to announce the death, saying, “With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”

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In Case You Missed It, Your President is Horribly Corrupt

US President Donald Trump Meets Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

The Washington Post is reporting that in his capacity as president, Donald Trump reportedly asked two high-ranking national intelligence officials in March to help him push back against the FBI investigation into possible connections between his presidential campaign and the Russian government.

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Today was good and productive, and brought along with it inspiration to keep motivated and moving along my path.

I love it when it feels like this.

I got things done, and I continue to get things done, and my need and desire to get even more things done propels me forward.

I keep reminding myself that I built this life, that I asked for it, that I spoke it into existence, and that I can sustain it by continuing to do what I do.

The best feeling in the world is knowing that you are doing what you love with a purpose.

It’s so important, and not everyone has that opportunity.

I promise to keep taking care of it.

19 Dead, 50 Injured in Explosion at UK Ariana Grande Concert, Police Treating It As a Terror Incident

AP Images

Police in England said 19 people are confirmed dead and 50 others were injured after an explosion occurred during an Ariana Grande concert Monday night at Manchester Arena.

ABC News reports that a representative from Grande’s record label confirmed that the 23-year-old singer was not injured in the incident.

Greater Manchester Police said on their official Twitter account, “This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise.”
From ABC:

Other social media accounts said at least one sudden loud noise was heard about 10:35 p.m. near bars at the arena where Grande was performing.

“A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena,” concertgoer Majid Khan, 22, told Britain’s Press Association. “It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit.”

According to ABC, the cause of the explosion is unknown, but social media posts showed people fleeing the from the venue.

 

I have so much going on right now.

This is a good thing.

I’ve been on back-to-back phone interviews since early this morning. The original reporting game is picking up for me.

It is amazing having wonderful and valued sources who keep feeding me tips on good stories. My portfolio and profile are growing, and it’s thanks to the many good people who trust me to tell their stories and the stories that are important to them.

This afternoon, I will be doing more phone interviews, writing news buzzes for The Root, finishing up a commentary piece and updating some of the stories I’ve already worked on.

This writer’s life is such a blessing of abundance. I cannot say it enough.

I am forever grateful that I was brave enough to make the choice to leave my day job last summer.

The investment in myself is paying off ten-fold.

 

Justice Department Appoints Special Counsel for Russia Probe

Robert Mueller, Former FBI Director

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 08: Robert S. Mueller III, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), speaks at the International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS) on August 8, 2013 in New York City. The ICCS, which is co-hosted by Fordham University and the FBI, is held every 18 months; more than 25 countries are represented at this year’s conference. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein signed an order Wednesday appointing former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to oversee the ongoing investigation into whether or not Trump associates and Russian officials coordinated last year to interfere in the U.S. Presidential Election.

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Mama’s Day is For the Mama’s Who Get Left Out of the Traditional Holiday

Breena Nuñez Forward Together Mama's Day Card

Breena Nuñez for Forward Together/Mamas Day

Today as people all over the country celebrate Mother’s Day the way it was popularized and capitalized on by Hallmark, there are many women who will unfairly be left out of the card and gift giving because they don’t fit the “traditional” idealized image of motherhood.

Mamas Day was created in 2011 by Forward Together to celebrate those women and include those who represent mamahood whether they gave birth to us or not.

“The Mamas Day campaign has always been about celebrating all the mamas in our lives … and motherhood broadly defined … our biological mamas, our chosen mamas.”

Read about Mamas Day on The Root.

Trump’s Staff Can’t Keep Their Stories Straight, So He Wants To End Press Briefings

(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

On Friday, your president threw a temper tantrum and threatened to end all White House press briefings for good because his staff has a hard time keeping their stories straight.

Trump made his comments after the reasons he gave for firing FBI Director James Comey during an NBC interview on Thursday were directly contradicted by statements made by others in the White House including Vice President Mike Pence, meaning the various explanations were at best misleading, and at worst, flat out lies.

Let’s be honest: no one really believes anything coming out of the mouths of this administration any longer. We are all just sitting around waiting for it to self-destruct.

Read  Trump Threatens to End White House Press Briefings Because His Staff Can’t Keep Their Stories Straight on The Root.

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