Backseat riding

“I’m sitting in the back”, is the first thing I love to yell when I’m about to go somewhere, specifically on a road trip. I absolutely hate driving, especially if the ride is more than two hours, so I try to limit my time in the driver’s seat as much as possible. Besides, I enjoy site seeing and allow my mind to escape, whereas I’d have to be present, if I were driving. On the contrary, I’ve always been the “take charge” kind of girl, so relinquishing control can be a bit scary, because “I know what to do”, as opposed to wondering if someone else does. Then too, I’m so used to being in control and taking the lead, so it can be hard trusting others, which is another issue in and of itself, that I have to work on.

Nonetheless, this unhealthy behavior has caused me to be overbearing and quite obsessive at times, because I just don’t know when to let someone else “take the wheel”. I’ll be very honest, I love being in control, but I’ve become so tired and drained. I’m beyond overwhelmed and juggling is something I’m no longer good at, or pretend to be, at least. I understand that I can’t do it all, even if I want to (and yes, I really want to). It pains me to say (and type), but I’ve realized it’s time for me to become a passenger, and allow someone else the opportunity to “drive”. It’s not to say that I won’t lead again, but sometimes, it’s good to let someone else do it. I don’t need to always be in control, for things to go right. I’ve just got to trust that they will.

And I TRUST that God will make things right! Do you?

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Who are you?

You’re a liar, thief, cheat, and so much more, I honestly don’t know where to begin

Since I don’t have anything nice to say about you, I’m no longer going to play pretend

Sometimes, I wish you were more like her, because she’s so successful and incredibly smart

You’re a failure and have nothing going for yourself, because you always quit before you start

The picture above is so ugly, yet it’s hanging in your home. As each day passes, the painting becomes more and more real. After looking at it for so long, you notice it starts to resemble you. Rather than take it down, it continues to hang, because you’ve accepted the image to be true.

If people know they can get to you, they’ll destroy you everytime. But, tell yourself, “They can think what they want, because those are their feelings, not mine! Words have power, consequences, bring pain, but most importantly, they are weapons too! People are going to talk, and when they do, let them. Remember, everyone is going to have an opinion and have something to say about you, but who do you say you are?

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

If tomorrow never comes

Do it now, because tomorrow is not guaranteed

Apologize today, because tomorrow is not promised

Live for the moment, because tomorrow you might not see

Don’t wait until tomorrow, because tomorrow may never come

I’m quite guilty of saying, “I have all the time in the world”, or, “I can always do it tomorrow”, when I want to forgo doing something. I’ll procrastinate and make every excuse possible, knowing very well, I could possibly not make it to tomorrow. However, because of the severity of things happening in the world, I now know that I shouldn’t take anyone or anything for granted, especially time. I know you may be overwhelmed or have your plate full with so many things you are doing, but I don’t care how busy you get, “Don’t put off the things you can do today for tomorrow”! Do it NOW!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

It’s not over

When you feel yourself slip, tighten up your grip

If you want to reach the top, keep going, you mustn’t stop

When things get rough, you don’t have the option to give up

You’ve been running a race for quite some time, but keep pushing until you cross the finish line

It’s easy to throw in the towel, when things aren’t going your way, but success takes time and doesn’t happen in a day

You want to be twenty steps ahead, yet you keep getting knocked back to one, but no matter how many setbacks you encounter, it’s not over until you’re done

To all my “quitters”, stop quitting! You’ll be amazed at how far you get or how much you can accomplish, if only you continue on! Things will be hard, but they’ll get easier with time!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Climbing Mount Everest

The top can look pretty intimidating when you’re at the bottom. Just thinking about going up has your stomach in a knot, because you do not want to fall……again! Do you climb up or not, is the question you keep asking, because the last time you did, you regretted it. However, the only thing you’d regret is not going after what you want, because you allowed fear to convince you to come down! Dammit! Just when you thought “this is it”, turns out “it” was not enough to send you up! We all have been scared at some point or another in our lives. We’ve gone over the “what ifs” time and time again, and rather than try to succeed, we simply fail to start. But, one day, you’re going to muster up enough courage and strength to reach your peak, and when you do, you’ll look down and be glad that you did!

What’s your “Mount Everest”, and why are you so afraid to climb?

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Going overboard

Sometimes, it’s not the anchor that slows your boat down, but the people that’s on it. You’ll never reach your destination, because you’ve got too much weight on deck. As much as it pains you, you’ve got to start throwing people overboard. I know you want them to sail with you, but not everyone is meant to go on your voyage. Either lighten your load, or prepare to swim!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

I’m doing just fine

I’m alive and well, doing amazingly swell

My life is so wonderful, and people are mad as HELL

I’m blessed beyond measure, and it’s all because of Him

If the shoe was on the other foot, I’d be happy for them

God has changed my life and brought to pass some of my wildest dreams

He’s allowed my cup to runneth over, with some pretty amazing things

As expected, not everyone is a fan of God’s work in my life

So they immediately start drama, but I’m not looking to fight

It’s a shame people don’t want to see me winning

But if they think my blessings are over, this is only the beginning

If you want to come up, pray to God, but don’t covet what’s mine

This is not a moment to brag, but to let you know I’m doing JUST fine!

Thank you to all my faithful and supportive NOTE takers! I’ve been away for a week, pretty much enjoying the fruits of my labor. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my Youtube channel, with the same namesake, and tell a friend to tell a friend!

Until next time!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Fed Up!

We are tired!

We are exhausted!

We are people too, and we WILL be heard!

My life MATTERS! The color of my skin should NOT!

We need justice, and it’s going to take more than “just us” to do it!

There is strength in numbers, but there is POWER in actions!

EVERYBODY plays a part in this….don’t allow silence to stop you from doing yours!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Hungry for more

I’m exhausted! I’m juggling working full-time, running this blog, creating content for my YouTube channel, writing life-changing books and trying my damn best to stay sane all at once! Although I know I have a lot going on, I still feel like I have so much more to do. I guess you can say I’m a go-getter or overachiever, although both would be an understatement. However, despite my tiredness, I still continue on. I have too, because if I don’t, I’ll only wonder what “could’ve of happened”, had I decided to keep going.

When I wrote poetry, “my more” was to write books. When I started to write books, my more was to inspire and help others through my blog. When I started this blog, my more was to become a motivational speaker. When I started public speaking, I wanted to reach “more” people, so I created my YouTube channel. I don’t know what’s next for me, but whatever it is, I’m sure I’ll still be hungry for more!

You don’t have to have the tenacity like me, but if you know there’s something more that you can do, then why aren’t you doing it? Stop settling, because you feel good being “comfortable”. Get up and keep on moving!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Going the extra mile

I did it! I finally joined the Youtube world! My channel, Notes by La’Rue, is an extension of this blog, with the same agenda: to motivate, bring hope and inspire. Hopefully, me going the extra mile will encourage you to do the same. I’ll be perfectly honest, I don’t care how courageous I am, I still have moments of fear. However, I’m learning to get over mine, so I can help others overcome theirs! I stopped sabotaging myself, and started pushing myself to do more, because I know there’s so much more to be done. If you know you’ve still got work to do, you won’t offer any more excuses, you’ll stop being lazy and quit second guessing yourself! Whatever you want to do in life, stop questioning it and just DO IT! By the way, don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel: Notes by La’Rue! You’ll be glad that you did, and so will I!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue