Category Archives: Mind Body Spirit

Mustard Seed – Keeping Faith

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Matthew 13:31-32

31 “He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed,which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

Matthew 17:15-20

15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” 17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Hey Everyone,

I don’t know if anyone has noticed but I have been hash tagging mustard seed for years particularly when it comes to track. I feel like I’ve always been an underdog and my faith in God has had me do unbelievable things especially in the track world. When I was a child, my father always told me all I needed was the faith of a mustard seed. He even showed me one once. My father is deeply religious and instilled many things in me that I cherish now in adulthood. And this mustard seed faith is just one of many that I have always kept close. Continue reading Mustard Seed – Keeping Faith

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Staying Prayed Up

Hey All,

I hope everyone is doing well. As the outdoor season approaches I wanted to give you all an update on how my training is going and give a few tips and advice. And let you all know that my blog is currently going through some changes! It is now Hurdlingthroughlife.com and I will be posting multiple times per week. Some posts will be updates on me and track, others will be informational about hurdles and track, there will be workout tips and health tips post, advice posts and Q&A post (so send me questions!!!) and of course Feature Fridays will continue!

I also wanted to let you guys know that I am working on a Spoken Word Poetry Chapbook that I will be having per-sale for very soon!!! I am currently looking for an illustrator and working on the book cover so it is almost complete! The proceeds will go to my Road to Rio journey! If you want to check out one of the poems that will be in the book click here! Continue reading Staying Prayed Up

A Tribute to Black History Month: Roots

In honor of Black History Month. Here is a piece from my upcoming Spoken Word Book!!  I’ll be pre-selling the book soon and the proceeds will go towards my journey to Rio! I hope you enjoy! Comment, Share, And Like!

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Roots

Weak?
Because I am a woman?
Because I am black?
Because you think strength is something that I lack?

The blood in my veins are those of slaves,
The color of my skin is a mixed pigment of all of them,
From the naps on my head to the soles of my feet,
They all make up a part of me. Continue reading A Tribute to Black History Month: Roots

A Warm Winter

We go through different seasons in our lives but these seasons don’t follow the traditional weather seasons that we have each year. Often times a life season can be very different from the weather season that we are in. And sometimes our life seasons can span weeks, months, or even years. And often our seasons do not go in order of the weather seasons. I am currently experiencing a very cold winter season in the middle of summer. Continue reading A Warm Winter

7 Weeks of Transformation

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Hello everyone!

I hope everyone enjoyed Super Bowl Sunday! Unfortunately, after a full weekend of class (8:30 until about 5), I was too tired to go out and watch the Super Bowl. I started watching it at home but fell asleep :/ At least I didn’t miss anything or so I heard.

Recently, while looking at my life goals and aspirations I realized while I am working on major goals (getting my MBA, pursuing a track career, building my relationship with God, etc) there are still other goals that I have not been putting any effort in (learning guitar and Spanish, volunteering, reading more). So, I have decided to take 7 weeks to begin a transformation.

I’ve always had an idea of the kind of woman I want to be, as I get older I am becoming closer to that woman. Even though I am closer I think I need a push or a jump start. I feel as if I’ve been pretty stagnant and am starting to find comfort in where I am. So, I am going to give myself that push.

You are probably wondering what exactly “7 weeks of transformation” means, obviously, I can’t completely transform into the person I want to be in 7 weeks. I’ll probably never transform completely into the person I want to be because that’s what life is about and the person I want to be will continue to change as I grow and life brings changes. What my transformation means is that I’m going to take the next 7 weeks to focus on me, my goals and aspirations. It means I am going to commit myself to working on things that I have been putting off for no apparent reason. Things that I may be mastering now if I’d started back when I decided I wanted to learn/ do them.

So, basically I’m taking 7 weeks for myself and my future self to work on things I haven’t been able to get around to, put off, or kept leaving for tomorrow. 😀

Body Maintenance

This week I learned the importance of body maintenance. I’ve had an This week I learned the importance of body maintenance. I’ve had an extremely busy schedule the past two months taking two business classes, coaching a cross country team, working 20 hours a week, and training myself (practicing, weight room, physio treatment) not to mention I made a trip home for a few days in October. Needless to say I’ve been exhausted. With my crazy schedule I was finding myself not warming up properly (sometimes not at all), I only received one deep tissue massage and cooling down mainly consisted of me jogging to my car. The last few weeks I’d been having cramping in my calves and my lower back was spasming causing my groin to hurt. I changed my schedule and it became in effect this week. I had come to the conclusion I couldn’t last much longer on the schedule that I had with this change came extra time that was definitely needed. I started properly warming upand cooling down and doing the exercises my physio gave me again. I had time yesterday to really, really stretch and roll out on a foam roller. What a difference! I feel a thousand times better. When I rolled out with the foam roller I discovered my calves have a hand full of knots in them which is likely the source of the cramping and with them not being properly warmed up the situation was only becoming worse.extremely busy schedule the past two months taking two business classes, coaching a cross country team, working 20 hours a week, and training myself (practicing, weigd. With my crazy schedule I was finding myself not warming up properly (sometimes not at all), I only received one deep tissue massage and cooling down mainly consisted of me jogging to my car. The last few weeks I’d been having cramping in my calves and my lower back was spasming causing my groin to hurt. I changed my schedule and it became in effect this week. I had come to the conclusion I couldn’t last much longer on the schedule that I had with this change came extra time that was definitely needed. I started properly warming up and cooling down and doing the exercises my physio gave me again. I had time yesterday to really, really stretch and roll out on a foam roller. What a difference! I feel a thousand times better. When I rolled out with the foam roller I discovered my calves have a hand full of knots in them which is likely the source of the cramping and with them not being properly warmed up the situation was only becoming worse.

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This week I learned a valuable lesson that I sub-consciously already knew, Body Maintenance is extremely important! I think I’m going to try to find time to go to yoga classes once a week and I’m going to attempt to stretch daily. I’m going to make properly warming up and cooling down a priority. It is better to take your time and be healthy.