Posted in Picture Perfect

You are PICTURE PERFECT!

Morning NOTE takers! I’m still immersed in writing and finishing this New York Times Bestseller, but I’ve missed you! I don’t have a lot of time, but I wanted to make time to say, a lot of times, we have a tendency of seeing ourselves through someone else’s eyes. We can’t visualize or see anything good about us, so we expect others to see in us, what we can’t see for ourselves. Yet, what we fail to understand, is that people won’t always paint the perfect picture for us, because to them you might be “sketchy”.

Imagine someone has given you a “sketch” of what your life is supposed to look like, but when it’s nothing like the drawing, you experience hurt and disappointment. However, what you fail to realize is that, you are the “Picasso” of your life, and the portrait you paint, will always look better than the one they “sketch” for you! Remember, a sketch is a “rough or unfinished” drawing. Just think, if we stood on the opinions of others, our lives will always be “undone”. But, if we take the canvas and easel back, we’d be “complete”.

Keep “painting” until you finish your best Masterpiece…..YOU!

Until next time NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Posted in Mental Health Awareness

I AM YOU

6 months ago, I did what I felt at the time was best for you and what you desperately needed

But now you have me questioning if therapy was a big mistake

As you would have it, it wouldn’t be the first time you blame me

Sometimes, I feel as though you want to give up

But truth of the matter, I believe you may already have

I want you to be great, but no matter how many positive affirmations I give you

You follow up with a negative, as punishment for thinking you’re good,

Because you believe you’re anything but

Some days I hype you up like crazy, but eventually the cheers subside

Because you somehow convince me you’re nothing to “fuss over”

There’s nothing I want more than to love you

Not just you, but EVERYTHING there is about you

Your imperfections, good heart, even the things you say are “so bad”, I want to love them too

I’ve been trying to love you for years, but for some reason, you just won’t let me

You’ve given me what you feel are a million and one truths

But I see nothing but lies

You self-sabotage and call yourself names

And then get mad at me for not doing the same

I just don’t get you! You’re beautiful, gifted, successful and inspirational

Yet you say you have nothing to offer

Bullshit! In fact, everything you say and do, is complete bullshit!

You say you’re confident, yet you don’t have an ounce of self-esteem

You say, “I know who I am”, yet you’re struggling to make peace with who you are

You say you want to experience love, yet you can’t seem to show yourself any

You say you don’t see why people like you, appreciate you and look up to you

But, if I were you and didn’t think anything of myself, I wouldn’t be able to see it either

It’s amazing! I’ve never met a person who devalues themselves as much as you

Especially, when you are more valuable than ivory tusks and richer than 14kt gold!

What a joke! But, the sad thing is, self-hate is no laughing matter!

To be honest, I actually feel sorry for you, but because of YOUR pride, you won’t allow me to

I can’t imagine being a fraud and living a double life!

It’s exhausting, not to mention hard wearing a mask

You’ve got to be sure you wear the right one, know when to wear it and who to wear it around

Why can’t you just be yourself? I’m sorry, I forgot, you don’t like her

But, no matter how less you think of yourself, to me you’re the world!

Girl, you’ve got it going on, but the enemy has convinced you that you don’t

Needless to say, you ARE the enemy

I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m sick of you!  

You can’t even look at yourself in the mirror, without finding something to bitch about

If it sounds as though I’m upset, it’s probably because I am

You’re hurting us, and you don’t even realize it

Or, maybe it’s exactly what you wanted….speaking of want

Why do I want more for you than you want for yourself?

Why am I busting my ass for YOUR success, if you keep telling yourself you don’t deserve it?

Why am I having dreams, making goals and seeing visions

When you don’t see yourself achieving them?

Why am I even writing to you, when you already know what YOU are doing?

Why am I questioning your motives, but most important, why am I YOU?

Moral of MY STORY, just because I’m “shining”, doesn’t mean I’m not living in “darkness”. Check on those that are strong in your life, because sometimes, even they get weak!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Posted in Critical Thinking

Just checking in…

It’s okay to cross bridges, but before you get to the other side, think long and heavy if you’ll ever need to go back again! Remember, life isn’t always going to be a dry erase marker. Some things will be “permanent”. Be mindful of the way you talk to and treat people, because in the end, they’re going to be the very ones you need!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Posted in I'll be back

Bear with me

Good Afternoon NOTE takers! I am in the midst of writing yet another FABULOUS book, and it’s going to require a lot of my time and devotion. Anytime I write, I feel what I produce is my best creation, but by far, this one is IT ! As a result of my commitment to complete this book, you may experience a day or two (maybe three), without a post, but please bear with me!

Peace and blessings…..and until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Posted in Taking the high road

Walk….even if you’re alone!

I’m not a real big exercise enthusiast, but whenever I do work out, I’d rather walk more than anything. The gym bores me, but walking gives me clarity and peace of mind. I’m able to empty the mental garbage that has been dumped on me throughout the day, and process how well work may or may not have gone, without my thoughts trying to compete with the noisy machines or constant grunts of the weightlifters.

I used to have a walking buddy, but I now walk alone, because it’s what works best for me. At first, I missed the conversations we had, and the friendly competitions we often found ourselves in, by trying to see whose day was more worse than the other’s. However, the absence of chatter doesn’t bother me anymore, because I’m more in tune and attentive to what He is trying to say to me. My listening skills have sharpened and so have I.

A lot of times, you’re going to find yourself in situations that require you to “walk”. You’ve got to learn to “walk” away from negativity, and anything or anyone that is a threat to your peace of mind! Granted when you do make the decision to be the bigger person, you will be walking alone, because there aren’t many people who chose to take the high road. I used to be one of them, and always felt as though I “had to have the last say”.

However, now I’ve chosen to walk away from mess and all the negative thoughts that could harvest, as a result of me listening to garbage! Sometimes, it’s not easy, but it’s what’s best, not just for you, but the other person as well. Maybe by them seeing you not engage and instead choosing to walk, they’ll do the same!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Posted in The Right Time

Just “Ripe” (You’ve been planted) The Conclusion

Now is the time to reap the harvest! You have blossomed into what God has created you to be! You should be very appreciative that He made you “take the scenic” route, and didn’t allow you to take any shortcuts. Had you taken the “quick and easy” route, you may have not ended up at your final destination. There were many snares (people) set in place to create a diversion, because they know the power you possess. However, thanks be to Him for always keeping you on track!

I know you didn’t understand it, nor liked it, and probably questioned His reason for doing, but aren’t you glad He kept you? Just imagine what would’ve happened, had He “picked” you up well before the harvest. What do you believe you would’ve looked like? Do you suppose you would’ve been as strong as you are now? Better yet, would you have been able to endure people trying to plant weeds around you, so they can “kill” you off, well before you even sprout?

NOW do you understand why it simply wasn’t your time? Oh, but the time is now! You are just “ripe” (right), and God is about to “uproot” you, so the whole world can see what He has done! You were created on purpose, for a purpose, and all that you went through was a part of His purpose!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Posted in Arise!

The Emergence (You’ve been planted) Pt. IV

It’s exposure time! You’ve been planted, watered and nurtured, now it’s time for you to rise and start the process of becoming exactly what you were created to do….BLOSSOM! You’re in God’s garden, planted amongst some of His finest creations! Everyone is looking at you and admiring your beauty, because they’ve never seen anything like you before. You’re unique, radiant, beautiful to say the least, and you possess something no other flower has.

Sure, we’re all created in the likeness of His image, but your image is different. In fact, it’s so different, the rest of the flowers (people) are asking why their seed wasn’t as powerful as yours. Comparison and jealousy at its finest! However, because no two flowers are alike, they won’t ever look the same as you, let alone compete with your strength and ability to shine. There was a reason you were buried…..There was a reason you were hidden….There was a reason you had to go through this lengthy, yet necessary process. There was a reason for it ALL! He knew your worth, but I don’t think you did. Therefore, He had to give you time to make sure you grew into what He created you to be.

A lot of times we try to rush God, because we feel as though He’s taking too long to get us to where we want to be, when essentially, it’s not where He wants us to be. We adopt the “I’ll take it from here attitude”, and do what we feel is best for us, knowing very well, without Him, we’d get nowhere. As a result of our stubbornness, we become stagnant and then wonder why we’re stuck and can’t go any further. Because of His omniscience, He places us in a position of uncomfortableness, which leaves us with no choice but to trust Him. Keep following Him, and you’ll be amazed at your evolution!

Now that you’ve endured the darkness, grew in the midst of what seemed to be an unbearable and uncomfortable situation, you have arisen and are well on your way out. We see you, and what a beautiful site to see!

Until next my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Posted in Just a little while longer

Wait! You’re not finished yet! (You’ve been planted) Pt. III

“I see leaves”! Beautiful, shiny, waxy, bright green leaves! However, there are no petals attached. You’re almost out, but things aren’t quite “rosy” yet. You’ve made progress for sure, but something’s still missing….nurturing. You were given something very powerful, but because of your negligence, you can’t come to full term!

“But, I’ve watered it”? So you keep saying, but it’s going to take more than water for you to come to life. Have you ever considered your “growth” may be stagnant, as a result of your inattentiveness and lack of care? Like many others, I’m pretty sure you thought you were just going to drop a few specks of “water” on your seed, come back in a few days and expect to see flowers. Sorry, but growth doesn’t work like that!

You’ve got to go through a nurturing process, and if you don’t know anything about agriculture, understand this, water alone won’t cause anything to grow! Talk to your seed (yourself)…show it love and speak its existence, “into existence”. Come on now, you can’t expect Him to do all the work! Besides, He planted you, but if you don’t want to experience growth, a seed you shall remain!

It’s dark, you’re lonely and scared, probably frustrated too, but you’ve got to remain put! Just think, you started out as a tiny seed, now look how far you’ve come “from the ground” up! Your roots are strong, leaves have been established, but you’ve still got quite a ways to go. No doubt about it, you’re gonna bloom, but you’re still not ready yet! Stay grounded for just a little while longer…I promise you, you’re going to emerge soon!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Posted in H2O Required

Watering required (You’ve been planted) Pt. II

You’ve been hidden for quite some time, and His process is taking a little longer than you anticipated, and now you’re beyond ready to come out. However, you’ve still yet to evolve. There’s no visible change and it seems you’ve sunken down further than when you were buried. What…is….going….on? Though not 100% for certain, if I had to take a wild guess, your unwillingness to mature, is probably due to a lack of “water” (effort).

So, you thought because you were buried, you were just going to miraculously sprout up, with no “watering” involved? In fact, that’s why so many of us stay submerged for so long, because no one wants to put in the work needed to reach their full potential. God gave you the blueprint, but it’s up to you to build it! You can’t even go through the proper stages of photosynthesis, because you’re shunning yourself from the very “SON”light you need!

Growth is a process, but as long as you remain where you are, you’re never going to blossom! Use what you have to get what you want, but don’t expect to reap the harvest, when you are too lazy to water your own seed. Stop rushing and enjoy the process. I guarantee you, once it’s over and done, you’ll fully appreciate the reason He took His time to create you!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Posted in Created for Growth

Buried Seed (You’ve been planted) Pt. I

It’s dark, cold, wet and you don’t know where you are. You turn to your right, then left, but no matter which direction you go, you can’t escape the blackness that surrounds you. That clammy, gritty substance you feel, is a result of the soil you’ve been submerged in. Panic and anxiety creeps in, because you’re at the bottom of the ground, and you don’t see an opening in site.

Unsure of your circumstances, how you got there or why you’re there, you struggle for a way out, but as He would have it, you’re unable to move! You’re stuck, for how long, only He knows, so you might as well get used to your new home. I know you don’t like it, but in order for you to “sprout” out, you’ve got to endure these conditions for a little while.

Pep up…..things are not as bad as they seem, but once you emerge, you’ll know why He kept you hidden for so long! Besides, anything of value takes time, and by no means are you a “rushed job”. Don’t allow the length of the process, to keep you from growing! I’m no “Green Thumb”, but one thing I do know, once the seed has been planted, it’s up to you to water it and see that it matures!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue