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

On the right path

A year ago, I wanted to quit my job. Although I love what I do, it was no longer fulfilling to me. My energy went from a ten to a 4, and I started to question what was I doing “this” for. However, because of the nature of my job and the fact that so many people depend on me and rely upon my energy to get them going, I kept going. But, my love for something else kept me going after it. Therefore, I applied for job, after job after job. Although I didn’t expect to get all of them, I did think I had at least one in the bag. However, the only thing that was in my bag, was the ever growing letters of denial I had received.

“Are you serious”? Is what I kept asking, because there wasn’t a shadow of a doubt, that I wasn’t going to get one offer. After all, how could I not, when I was more than qualified. I was so upset and hurt, to say the least, because I just knew I was on my way out. But, I couldn’t leave, because God needed me to stay. Not just for my students, but for the person who was on their way to me. Unaware of any of this, I still fought to leave. Besides, I felt I had done my due diligence and it was time to head in a different direction. Sad to say, the only direction I was headed to, was back into my office. I felt defeated! So, I just resigned to the idea that I must be there for a reason.

Many months ago, I met this individual who is in a really bad situation. Regrettably, this person had taken a few wrong turns too many, and ended up in a place I’m sure no one would want to be. After getting to know this individual on a more deeper level, I saw the guilt, hurt and pain, not only as remorse for what was done, but what was done to said individual. Not knowing what else to do, I immediately went into counsel mode. Although what this person had done was senseless, after a couple of months of talking, it all made sense to me. The reason I couldn’t flee, was because this person needed me!

Had I left when I did, we would’ve never crossed paths, and I wouldn’t have positively impacted this individual, let alone changed their life for the better. Ultimately, they didn’t know better existed or how to do anything right, because for the majority of their life, all they knew and did was wrong. And damn wrong at that! As a result of the crossing of our paths, I’ve gained a life-long friend and someone who has helped me to recognized some things in myself, that I thought I had confronted and resolved. Sometimes I question, “What would’ve happened had I left”?

I’m sure I will never know, but one thing that I do know, God knows exactly what He’s doing. Just because you see an open path, doesn’t mean you’re supposed to take it. You may be in a similar situation as I was. You are trying your best to get out, because your next best thing is waiting for you down the road. However, God can see further down the road, while our sight is limited to what’s in front of us. In other words, we can’t see what He can. There maybe something down the line that could potentially hurt you or put you in a place far worse than the one you’re in. I know you want to leave, but be still, because you are on the right path! When the time comes, He’ll move you!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Every step counts

There’s nothing more aggravating than trying to assemble something, that’s come with a thousand and one pieces. We all dread reading the ever confusing thick “white booklet”, also known as the instructions. Before we even allow ourselves the chance to fully read it, let alone follow it, we quickly try to do it on our own. “I got this”, we say. Well, a migraine and a few hours later, we’re elated and proud of ourselves for completing the assembly. As we try to put it to use, we realize it’s not working. We’re dumbfounded, because we know for a fact we did everything right, so we’re not sure where we went wrong. Although we’d like to think we dotted every “i” and crossed all t’s, we forgot one very important thing…. to follow all the steps. Because of our impatience and urgency for wanting things now (and I’m talking right now), we’ll skip steps 2-5 to get to 6, when 2-5 are most critical to us. It’s during these steps that we learn what we need to complete the process.

Do you often find yourself hurrying to the next phase, by jumping over steps, because you simply can’t wait? Don’t worry, we’re in this thing together! Take a marriage for example. Typically, before you marry, you go through the dating phase. Here, you learn each other, and share your likes, dislikes, etc. Next, (if all goes well) you meet what could possibly be your best friend or your worst enemy, “the family”. At this point, you’re about to determine if you’re going to run to the altar or for your life. LOL! All jokes aside, this step is important, because if you’re planning a future with someone, you want to know what you’re getting yourself into. Once you pass this step, it’s smooth sailing…until you encounter a riptide: living together. This is important for a lot of people, because they want to know if they are able to co-live with their partner, if they’re clean, leave the seat up, and so forth. In other words, do I really want to get married to you!

Lastly, you’ve made it to the homestretch, the final step, marriage. Do understand that although a lot of people will make it here, they won’t stay. When they skipped steps 2-5, they failed to get what’s required to not only help them reach step 6, but to stay there. In most cases, this doesn’t apply to everybody, because I’m sure there are plenty of couples who went straight from the first date to the courthouse. Although this is particularly not about marriage, and is probably not a good analogy, I can only hope you see what I’m trying to convey: have patience! It’s so easy to become antsy and want to rush to see what’s next. So much so, you end up skipping the line, when you needed to wait your turn. Remember, every step counts, so please take your time and wait!  

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue