Musical Affirmation: 11/17/2016

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Alternate Title:  That time we became Black Belts

Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas (Released 1974)

Just a fun song!

When I was little I remember doing my faux ‘Kung Fu’ routine all over the house to this jam!

Who knew that I’d actually go on to earn my Black Belt?

I sure’s hell didn’t!

But life happened… and I later gave birth to a son who was interested in martial arts.

One day, unbeknownst to me, my Dad signed him up for Taekwondo class, informed me of his actions, said his goodbyes and promptly went the hell back home to Alabama!

WTF?

Homeboy stuck me with a new project.

Thanks Daddy!

And so it went—-me taking Sir R to weekly Taekwondo practice.

One day, my son’s instructor challenged me to start taking the adult classes that he held at night.

It is important to note that, during those days, Lady G did not back away from a challenge.

Needless to say, I started attending and it was on!

You see, my instructor was very crafty.

Shortly after we started, he went ahead and ordered our Black belts and put them on display.

Everyday when my son and I went to practice we could see our Black belt high up on a wall for the entire galaxy to see!

I’ll be damned if I wasn’t gonna get that thing!

And so…

About 3 years later we were there!

In fact, my son and I were this instructor’s first mother and son First degree Black Belts!

Sir R was 9 years old.

YAAASSSS!

We stepped up to the plate baby!

Which brings me to today’s affirmation:

My word is bond!  Whatever I choose to do, I WILL do!

Just don’t hurt nobody in the process!

LOL!!!

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Here’s Carl….

Video Credit:  Netter 11

I’d love to hear about a time when you had to rise to a challenge!

Holler at me in comments!

Lady G 😘💋

 

 

Dragon’s Loyalty Award

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Updated 5/22/2016 at 10:22am EST

First, let me say that I am so honored to have received so much blogger love! If I had known that my fellow bloggers were going to be this supportive, I would have started making contact with them minutes after I created this spot.  That’s real talk folks!

Now that I’ve said that, I’d like to thank Nazmin from Nas-tastic for nominating me for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award.  I love Nazmin’s blog and I have been following her from the start.  She’s a millennial so she always has something witty, insightful and fresh to talk about.  Be sure to check her out.  Thanks again Nazmin!

And so…

Best believe that there are rules and here they are:

1. Display the award on your blog.
2. Announce your win with a post and link back to the nominator.
3. Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award.
4. Link your awardees in the post.
5. Write 7 interesting things about you.

So, let’s go…

Seven interesting things about me

  1. I have a first degree black belt in Taekwondo; my son and I did this together.  Nope, I don’t still do it –so don’t even ask. But with that said, I can still do a jump front kick that will wreck your grill 🙂
  2. I have a B.S. degree in Political Science but I hate politics!  Here’s the thing, most people think that my degree indicates that I spent four years studying politicians and elections–WRONG.  Actually, I spent four years studying how the whole political process (nationally and internationally) really works.  There’s a helluva difference!  That’s why I know political bullshit when I hear it!
  3. I also have a M. Ed. in Health Education.  Most of my work experience lies here and in Health Information Technology.  That said, I got you!  I can coach you back to health and I can teach your provider how to use his or her brand spanking new Electronic Health Record System.
  4. I was Homecoming Queen in high school!  Stop laughing, I am not kidding you!
  5. I was in the first group of students at my high school to take Advanced Placement English.  I was the ONLY black kid in my class for the whole two years that we did it.  During that time we studied British/European and American Literature.  That’s why I have a penchant for saying things like, “My poor dog Sheppy shuffled off this mortal coil.”  For those of you who don’t do the Shakespeare thing that means he DIED!  ROTFLMAO.  By the way, George Orwell’s Animal Farm is one of my favorites–  the anthem “Beasts of England” kills me!  It just does!
  6. I am a Supersoul Sunday kinda girl so I love me some Marianne, Deepak, Eckhart and Liz Gilbert.  Guys, I am a seeker; that’s why I named the blog “Seek the best.”  I realize that people who don’t read the tagline may find the name off-putting; they think that I am implying that this is the best blog.  Nope, that’s not at all what I am saying.
  7. My brother (my whole sibling) had a DNA ancestry test done and our ethnic background is so varied that it is almost laughable.  Let’s just say that , like most black folks in America, I have ancestors all over Western Africa and Central/Northern Europe.  Bearing this in mind, my ‘bucket list’ includes visiting every country where I had an ancestor.  That means I’ll be going from Cameroon to Scandinavia!  How ’bout that!  Now please don’t ask me how I plan to do this; I am just going to put it out there into the Universe and see what happens!

Nominees?  Ok, here’s the tricky part!  I love a lot of bloggers but most of the bloggers that I follow are waaaaaaay more established than I am.  That said, they have tons of followers and have probably already received this award.  No matter, I am going to nominate these six guys anyway and see what happens!

 

Ron Brown

Tikeetha T

SD Gates

Chevvy’s Studio

T. Wayne

Lennon Carlyle

 

By the way, I forgot to list GeoGee of the GeoGee Experience.  Charge it to my head and not my heart!  G is in a class all by himself kids!  I am calling you out Geo because I’ve nominated you twice!  Do this one so that we can learn more about you!

 

Thanks again Nazmin!

 

 

Five Facts

 

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I hate to admit it, but I love poking around on the internet. I usually like searching for ‘how to’ articles; best believe you can learn how to clone a wombat if you troll the interwebs long enough.

At any rate, every so often, while surfing the net, I’ll find myself landing on one of those ‘five facts’ articles.  You know the ones where the writer reveals new and intriguing tidbits about someone famous. Well I don’t know about you, but whenever I read one of those things, I have to catch myself before I start following the article’s hyperlinks to virtual web hell.

Either way, ‘five facts’ articles are usually quite interesting; therefore, I have decided to post my own version here.  As a bonus, I have also included a few applicable lessons with each fact.  Rest assured my loves, you don’t need to worry about getting lost as there are no hyperlinks to maneuver–embedded or otherwise. I simply refuse to connect you to the history of all of my years, my tears and my fears (Nod to Jerome from Martin Lawrence). Trust me; you don’t want to go there! So, without further delay, I present:

Five Facts about Me

I used to date Ernie from Sesame Street

Okay, let me explain! When I was in second grade, Ernie and his friend Bert came to our school to perform.  During the performance, Ernie revealed that his girlfriend, Gwin, was in the audience and he asked that I  stand up.  When I stood up you could hear all of the kids yell “Ooh-wee, Gwin goes with Ernie!” Yeah I was completely surprised myself.  Suffice it to say I was the envy of the playground set! Sorry, but out of respect for Ernie I cannot comment any further on our relationship.

 Lesson:  Expect good things to catch you by surprise!

I once was a budding violinist

As a youngster, I took violin lessons for about two years and I briefly played in the All County Orchestra.  However, being the wise young lady that I was, I quit playing violin so that I could be a majorette in the marching band. Who says that I didn’t have my priorities straight?

Friends, I know that there are thousands of professional violinists in this world but I got no idea how many professional majorettes there are. Imagine the doors that might have opened for me had I continued playing violin?

 Lesson: Don’t quit shit so fast; you never know where it could lead. Other lesson, there are no mistakes- so let it go Gwin!

 I am a 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo

When I was in my early 30’s, my son and I became 1st Degree Black Belts in Taekwondo. Friends, from the moment that I put on the White Belt, I knew that I would become a Black Belt. You see, by now, I had learned my lesson on quitting and I was hell-bent on sticking with it!  By the way, the 1st Degree Black Belt is really just the beginning of another longer journey.  I didn’t quit, I simply opted not to continue 🙂

Lesson:  Even you can break a board if you practice and do not QUIT!

I am addicted to 1960’s and 1970’s Sitcoms and Cartoons

I can spend hours on end watching “Bewitched,” “Twilight Zone,” “The Peanuts,” and “Sanford and Son.”  Please don’t challenge my knowledge on any of these because it could get ugly!  By the way, as a die-hard Bewitched fan, I must affirm my devotion to the original Darrin, Dick York!

In addition, please note that if it is Halloween, I AM watching Linus as he waits in vain for that damn Great Pumpkin! Like Sally, I plan to wait with him until one of us dies!

As for the Twilight Zone, Mr. Garrity and the Graves is a MUST!

Lesson:  Fred G. Sanford is a freaking genius!  Listen to him carefully and learn!

I make a mean chili!

There’s no way that I can convince you that this is true so you’ll just have to come to dinner and see for yourself.  By the way, if you do come over, BRING COCKTAILS!

Lesson:  Always bring something good to the table!

I hope that you have enjoyed reading five facts about me.  Why don’t you tell me something interesting about you?