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#iamthankful: This Week I Want To Thank 3 People For…

I am so excited in a few short days we get to celebrate Thanksgiving. In honor of this month I want to Thank 3 people for life, love, and happiness.

Georgia Beverly, my mom. I want to thank you for giving me life! Life begins in the womb, and if it was not for you being that vessel that brought me forth to live this life, I would not be here. I also like to thank you for being the example of how to live a full and complete life to the fullest. So no only did you give me life, you have been instrumental in helping me live my life. I am thankful for you.

My beautiful kids. Words can not really explain real, true, authentic love. I want to thank my kids for teaching me the real true essence of unconditional love. Love that has no boundaries, love that has no time or space, love that covers all things said and unsaid.

June Wells Baker, a friend I met over 15 years ago. We do not see each other, we do not hang out, or even talk very often, but I am  thankful for her and here is why. No matter what time of day or night I login to  my Facebook account I know that I can go to June’s page and find something that will make me happy. June has always been a happy jovial person and her happiness and fun loving personality bring me joy and happiness. We used to work in Labor and Delivery together during the night shift, and some nights I would laugh until my stomached cramped with June and some of my other co-workers. I want to thank June for being the reason that I laugh and smile many days.

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18


Love and Blessing!





Serve Before Being Served


How can I help someone less fortunate on Thanksgiving?

November is normally the month where most people will spend time sharing the things they are thankful for. I believe this is why this is my favorite month of the year. I tend to take a somewhat different approach. Each day during my devotional time I ask God to use me to help at least one person. It is deeply planted within my fiber to serve others.  As I reflect on the month at hand and brainstorm ways I can help someone less fortunate on Thanksgiving, I came up with one idea that I have pondered for years. This year I am going to volunteer to feed the homeless on Thanksgiving Day. This will give me an opportunity to serve someone else before I serve myself a big plate of food, fun, and laughter with my family.  This may not save the world, but it will be a way to give back and to show my gratitude and thanks to God for choosing me to live such a vibrant and fruitful life.


Happy Serving!


#iamthankful: What I Am Most Thankful For In My Business In 2014


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The Three Cs of my thankfulness in 2014




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Love and Blessing!






#SocialChallenge Day 18: What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?

The Most Difficult Thing to Forgive

For me, the most difficult thing to forgive has been for me to forgive myself. I know I am not perfect, but I hold myself up to high standards. I may not always reach them and therefore, get down on myself for not attaining my goals that I have set, or for not being the mom I know I can be, or for not being the wife I need to be or for not keeping the house as tidy as it should be. It is not for lack of trying, but sometimes, life just happens and you don’t end up getting to the point you want to be at when you want to be there. Can you relate?

So I must forgive myself for being distracted. I must forgive myself for being impatient. I must forgive myself for being selfish sometimes. I must forgive myself for not putting in more hours to meet the goals I have dreamed up. I must forgive myself for not accomplishing what I wanted to accomplish each day.

I feel like we can sometimes beat ourselves up so much about what we did not get done. Almost to the point where we don’t see all that we HAVE done! But it is not on our time in which we are working. God has a plan for us, so we must forgive ourselves for any shortcomings and give our worries and troubles and feelings of self-doubt to God so he can guide us and help us through our struggles.


Do you find it hard to forgive yourself?

#SocialChallenge Day 4: 10 things I would tell myself at 16

10 things to tell myself when I was 16.

This is a great topic since I am almost 38 now and boy have I learned somethings

  1. To have a deep compassionate relationship with Christ. Allow him to lead and guide me through everything and allow him to be where my worth is founded and grounded.
  2. To not wear my emotions on my shoulders.  Sometimes I let things or people to hurt me or allow them to cause me to feel or act a certain way because I easily let my emotions run wild.
  3. The friends that you think aren’t true at all and will leave you when you need them the most.  So, seek those who will stand in the gap for you in prayer because those are the true friends.
  4. There are going to be rough challenges in the future but praise him anyways. The things that God allows us to go through are the exact things he brings us through to mold and shape us into the warriors we need to be. Strength isn’t given it’s earned.
  5. Life isn’t forever.  People are here for only a period of time so make sure you experience life with that person because you never know when their time is up.
  6. Get a full education.  I know you hate school but it is the ONE thing that can help you be independent and be able to provide for yourself without needing a man to do it.
  7. Go to Prom.  It’s a night that you should experience with your friends and classmates.
  8. Plan a wedding and have it.  Never deprive yourself of the wedding you deserve.
  9. Don’t dwell on what you can’t change. Life happens and mistakes are made.  However, you cannot change them but you can learn from them.
  10. Always remember you are beautiful and skinny. Never think you are over weight and you aren’t beautiful just because a boy doesn’t like you the way you want them too. Don’t let others thoughts or actions define you or change you. Live for you!

#Social Challenge 3: My relationship with my parents

tarabuck_3daythree3_socialchallengeMy Relationship with My Parents…

I grew up in a loving home with both parents! And three siblings, a dog, a ranch, attending church occasionally and attending public school and lots of great family holiday get togethers..so fortunately, very lucky!

My parents were married 50 years when we lost my mother and then my father passed a couple of years later.  Both parents were very hard workers and taught me many great lessons in life, one is that you have to be totally responsible for your actions and be totally responsible for yourself financially as well.  Hard work pays off!

I am a total product of a mixture of them both. I followed my mothers footprints and became a physical educator and teacher.  I spent many hours with my dad, riding horses, working the ranch and learning all about the school of hard knocks..I miss them both very much and will always be thankful for the things they provided for me and the things they taught me about life.

#SocialChallenge: Day 3- My Relationship With My Parents

tarabuck_3daythree3_socialchallengeRichard Pryor, Bernie Mack, Eddie Murphy you name them, it matters not! Why? Because my mother is by far the funniest person I have ever met hands down. She missed her calling to become a comedian for sure.  Growing up she was balanced and stable, teaching us to be independent and self sufficient. She took great care of us and showed us by the way she managed our household how resilience stamps out complaining. I can not recall my mother ever complaining, she just took care of us in amazing ways. Today she is one of my best friends that I still rely on for guidance and direction. I love her beyond the spoken word. She is my SHERO!


Have you ever seen a sheep dressed in a lions clothes? Well I have. My father, has a fierce bark, but a heart of pure flesh and gold. He come across as the fussy, rough and tough guy, but is the guy that would give you his last. Growing up he did not always make the best decisions, and it cost or family alot of the years, and still today. But at the end of the day, his voice of reason still echos in my ear on a daily basis. Some of the greatest lessons in life I learned from my dad. He encouraged me to always be my best, to not worry what anyone says or thinks. He encouraged me to build and purchase my first home at the age of 23. He told me that leaving a bad relationship is not always taboo, follow my heart. Although my dad is no longer able to take care of himself, his intellect and snap has not changed. He still helps me with small issues around my house or with my car with sound advice. I love him beyond words. He is the reason I can hold my head up and keep pushing despite all the odds.

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