Just so you'll know

Anything is possible………………………………………………………..even if it doesn’t look like it

Just because you see dark clouds…………………………..doesn’t mean you should expect rain

People will purposely turn you away…………………………..not knowing it’s in the right direction

Those you love will try to hold you back……………………….but you’ve got to be brave and just let go

I can’t tell you that tough times won’t come……………………………….but I can say they won’t always last

It doesn’t matter who finishes first………………………………………………………………as long as you cross the line

It may take years before you see progress………………………………………………but it only takes a minute to start

If your dreams have yet to come true……………………………………..it’s only because you’re still sleeping on them

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

You just gotta love it

As I was sitting in Starbucks writing on Sunday, one of my favorite Barista’s approached me and commented on my hair. For those of you who don’t know, I’m natural (no chemicals). She stated, “Oh my gosh, you took your braids out. I like your lil (little) afro”. I, however, wasn’t so enthused. I don’t necessarily love my hair, particularly the texture, because it can be a little “rough” at times. Clearly out of my comfort zone and slightly ashamed, she asked, “What? You don’t like your afro”? I replied, “No. I hate my hair, because I want it to be curly and it’s not”. “Oh wow”, was her reply, while looking shocked and slightly disturbed all at once.

She said, “Deetra, everybody’s hair is not going to be the same. However, you just gotta love yours the way it is”. She reiterated again, “You just gotta love it”, before smiling and walking away. I’m not going to lie, it made me feel bad, because one of the things that embodies me, actually bothered me. Even still, that night I went to bed checking the delivery date for a wig I had ordered hours earlier, because I was sure people at church and work, wouldn’t accept my natural hair too well. By morning, I remember getting ready for the day, while looking in the mirror trying to determine if I should wear a cap, or my hair as it is.

Then I realized, if I continue to conceal who I am, because I worry (constantly) about others opinion of me, then I was essentially saying, I valued their thoughts of me more, than I did my own. Having said that, I have been wig-less and weave-less for the past few days, and although I am slightly still uncomfortable, I realize that I’ve just gotta love it, regardless if others do or not. I am who I am because of God! Everything He does is intentional, and although I don’t have straight hair, I’m thankful that He made me and grateful for the hair He gave me! It’s mine, and I will LOVE it!

Be who you are! The only acceptance you need, is that of yourself!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Temporary Showers

Last night it rained

The showers were sudden and unexpected, because I hadn’t seen a dark cloud in sight

I immediately went for “cover”, even though I could still feel the water hit my face

My cries thundered and there was nothing I could do to calm them

I tossed and turned and fought with sleep to come sooner, but even it failed to bring me rest

The downpour was heavy and lasted for what seemed like forever

But, before I could silence it, He had already quieted the storm

You’ll have your moments to cry and your share of storms to weather. It’ll feel as if your gloomy days outweigh your clear skies, but regardless of how bad they get, the rage is only for a little while. Don’t make a temporary situation last forever, just because you can’t see through the dark clouds. Eventually, they’ll disappear and so will the storm!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Time's up

You’ve put off all year long the things you wanted to do, places you’ve always wanted to go, goals you set out to reach and dreams you wanted to make a reality, yet you didn’t accomplish any at all. You’ve waited for what you felt is the right time, or when you actually had the time, knowing all along you’ve had ample the amount, to do what was needed. Now, all you can do is sit and make new year’s resolutions to accomplish what you were supposed to have done this year, for next year. Thus, the cycle repeats itself, and unless you change, your situation doesn’t. You have 31 days left to get started….on your mark, get set, GO!

Don’t put off the things you can do today for tomorrow. Remember, time waits for no one.

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

All, but not enough

Margaret has a six-figure paying job, but for her, it’s not enough.

She has the car and house of her dreams, however, it’s not enough.

She gets to travel around the world at the expense of others, yet it’s still not enough.

She has power and people at her beck and call, but clearly it’s not enough.

Margaret appears to have it all, but it’s just not good enough!

Can you tell what Margaret is missing? Although she has everything others would possibly want and more, the one thing Margaret doesn’t have is happiness. She thought money was the answer, but it only created more problems. She figured once she had the car and house of her dreams that she’d be content, but not even it could soothe her pain. By traveling all around the world, she was able to live a full life, but deep down inside she still remained empty. She sits in a high position and people are at her disposal, yet she can’t make the misery go away.

It doesn’t matter someone’s finances, status or position in life, if they lack happiness, they’ll never be sufficient. Sometimes we think we can determine the state of one’s happiness, based upon outward appearances, but it’s the things that we can’t see that would give us the true picture. People can play pretend with the world, but can’t be real with themselves. However, just because someone shows you how bright their life is, doesn’t mean things are always lit.

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Reigning without a throne

The enemy has all the power, but when it’s time to use it, he/she possesses none. Although they’re in control, they lack the authority to do anything. Their threats are strong and lethal, but without exertion, they’re harmless. They will use their position to invoke fear, but you’re in no position to be afraid. It doesn’t matter how high up they sit or how “low” they think you are, don’t give anyone permission to make you feel subservient. The enemy will often make you feel unimportant and try to reign over your life, mind, finances and other things of value to you, but without your command, he/she is unable to rule! Stop giving away your power, and use it against them!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

The Manifestation

For the year 2018, I was living in “expectancy”……..

For the year 2019, I declared that I was “expecting” more…….

For the year 2020, all of my EXPECTATIONS will be met!

The past two years have been the most memorable ones of my life! I’ve grown more, cried a whole lot, stepped outside of my box and have been blessed tremendously! I’ve fasted and prayed for certain things to happen, and God brought them to pass. Although I was consistent with my prayers and manifesting, my faith wavered and my hope made very few appearances. However, through it all, God remained faithful even when I was not. I was upset at myself, to say the least, because when I worry or have doubt, it’s my way of telling God, “I trust you, but”…….

This year has taught me so much, and if I don’t get anything else from it, one thing I will always know, is that you have to speak things into manifestation, and believe what you are saying! When I told myself how blessed I was and the things I was praying for would come to pass, they did. When I told myself that I’d never have any more that what I have, I was stagnant and couldn’t seem to progress. However, I started speaking positive affirmations over my life, and not only believed in them, but trusted in Him!

There have been many years I’ve gone without, but this year has made up for my losses in more ways than one. I’m happier more, even on the days my depression tries to convince me to be sad, but I can’t, because I don’t have a reason to. We are a little over a month away from the new year, and although I don’t make NY’s resolution, the lens in which I will see my many, many blessings from, will be the biggest resolution I’ve ever looked through. Last year was good, this year was better, but next year will my BEST! That is my manifestation, what’s yours?

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue