Do your thing!

What’s something that you absolutely can’t live without? Before you respond, necessitites is not the answer (well, at least in this case)! This “thing”, whatever it is, is something your mind won’t let go of. You eat, sleep and breathe it! It brings you so much joy and you just can’t fathom what your life would look like, if it wasn’t in it. If you haven’t figured out by now, that “thing” is your purpose, and writing to bring hope, motivation and encouragement, is mine. It may not bring me riches or change my socioeconomic satus, but it does bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart, to know the positive impact my words have on people. Maybe you’re in a position that is not pleasing or fulfilling to you, but you do it anyway, because it pays the bills and puts food on the table. We all have to live, right? I totally understand, and by no means am I insinuating that you quit your job, especially when you have responsibilities. However, I am implying that you find your purpose and do your (damn) thing! Don’t live the rest of your life miserable or enslaved to a “job”, when your purpose is your “career”!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Taking it back

You have something that belongs to me. I’m not sure why you took it, when it wasn’t yours to begin with. However, I need it back! It’s been gone for so long, that I forgot what it felt like. I’ve become so weak, because it held all my strength. No matter what I was going through, it always reminded me that everything was going to be okay. To be honest, I didn’t know that I could miss something so much, until I was without it. I’ve lost my mind, because I no longer have peace of mind. So, hand it over, because I’m taking it back!

Stop letting thieves steal from you. You saw what it did to your “joy”.

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Robbing Joy

Three years ago, I was held hostage and I thought of all the things I had to lose

I wanted to escape and run for it, but I was afraid to make any sudden moves

I was nervous, scared and terrified, because I thought my life was done

Little did I know it was far from over, and things had only just begun

My days went from sunny and bright, and darkness slowly seeped in

I didn’t understand the sudden sadness, no matter how hard I tried to comprehend

For months my mood was dangerously low and I couldn’t get out of that rut

I tried all I could to feel better, but there was no way I could pull myself up

I was down for a very long time, which was all apart of it’s ploy

I lost myself when comparison came, and robbed me of my joy

We all know that “comparison is the thief of joy”, so guard yours at all times! It’s so easy for us to compare our lives to someone else’s. We can be the happiest person in the world, and then money, status, or someone’s relationship will cause it all to change. Suddenly, our contentment cease to exist and what we have no longer looks good to us, so we start to lust after things that was not meant for us. However, if God intended for you to have what your neighbor does, don’t you think He would’ve blessed you with the same? You have exactly what you need, and I’m sure it’s more than enough. “Be appreciative of what you have, before it becomes what you had” (church sign).

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Unforgettable

I remember when I used to pray and cry for the things that I now have. I didn’t know where they were coming from or when I’d get them, but I always knew who was going to give it to me. #blessed

I remember the numerous evictions and being homeless and staying in hotels. Now, I’m trying to decide if I want to stay in an apartment or just buy a house. #appreciative

I remember what it’s like to go to bed hungry, because of very little food or none at all. Now, my struggle is no longer not having anything to eat, but knowing when to stop! #grateful

I remember using an old shopping cart from the community grocery store to push our dirty clothes to the laundromat, down the street. Now, I just go to my room and push my hamper down the hall to the laundry room. #thankful

I remember not having any clothes to wear or re-washing the shirt I had worn just the previous day, so that I could have something to wear to school. Now, I stand in my closet for 30 minutes to an hour or so, thumbing through, trying to find something to wear (only to change again, and again and again). #options

I remember when I thought I’d never be able to talk about my struggles. Yet, here I am trying to help you get through yours. #hopeful

Although I’ve been through a lot, I will never take for granted what God has done for me and how far He has brought me. You’re struggling now, but very soon, you’ll be sharing your unforgettable story!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Be good to me

“What you tell yourself everyday, will either lift you up or tear you down”~ @journeystrength

I LOVE me! That’s a huge accomplishment for me, because it hasn’t always been that way. There were so many years I went searching for love, because I couldn’t give myself any. I began looking to others to build me up, increase my self-esteem and give me a pat on the back, but the only thing I got was repetitive disappointment. After continual upsets, I promised myself, I’d “be good to me”, instead of relying on someone else to do it. The days of my self-sabotage decreased and my self-esteem soared. I stopped talking down to myself, and picked myself up, with showers of kudos and praise. Ultimately, I felt good, when I felt good about me!

Are you not “feeling” you? Don’t quite think you look your best? Are you still saying, “I’ll be so glad when I lose this weight, so I can……” So you can what? Finally live your life? In the amount of time it will take you to lose weight, you will have already wasted too much time, and missed out on a lot. Remember, you set the tone for how you feel, and if you don’t feel good about you, then you can’t expect someone else to!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Are you really “living your best life”?

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined. ~Thoreau

I get so tired of the overused expression, “I’m living my best life”, when what I see is anything but “best”. People have a tendency of putting on a façade, to give others the impression that they are having the time of their lives, when they wish they lived the life they pretend to lead.

Monthly trips, new “fits” (clothes) and a different MCM or WCW (Man Crush Monday or Woman Crush Wednesday), and none of it can still make you happy or probably ever will, because you’re too busy living your life for others or to appease them, to say the least.

But, what for? What do you owe them, and why do you to pay them back with your “happiness”? You shouldn’t compromise who you are or your joy, just so someone can click “like”, “share” or label you as “goals”. The sad thing is, they’re striving to be like you, when even you don’ t know who the hell you are. How can you, when you’ve put on a façade for so long?

Are you really “living your best life”? “The life you’ve imagined”? Or, the one others imagined you to have? You’re still trying to please people and keep your “image” going, when you’re falling apart at the d*mn seams. You can’t even stitch yourself together, because you’ve got to upload the next “lie” (insert emoji eye roll). #byefelicia

When you finally decide to establish the life you want for yourself and go after your dreams, only then will you be “living your best life”. However, you’ve got to be prepared that your “real life” will probably be ridiculed, go “unliked” and may even be deemed boring, but who cares? It’s yours! Don’t waste another minute trying to be someone else’s “goals” when you haven’t even accomplished yours!

Don’t misconstrue your truth to keep up with the demands of your lie! Be who you are, do what you want to do, and only then, will you be “living your best life”!

Until next time my Note takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

G.O.A.L for 2019

Happy New Year, everyone! Wishing all of God’s eternal blessings upon you! I don’t have a post today, other than to let each and everyone of you know, it’s time to Get Out And Live (G.O.A.L.) for 2019! No more being stressed, depressed or worried about the things you don’t have. Be grateful for the things you do have, and whatever you stand in need of, put in the WORK until you get it!

Sometimes, we are so caught up in materialistic things and wanting what others have, that we miss out on opportunities….opportunities we would’ve seen, had we not been so focused on others. Money comes and goes, but don’t allow your happiness to follow it! Be you, but most importantly, be PROUD of you! It’s a brand new year, make it a GREAT one!

Until next time my Note takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue