First Week As A Blogger…

Hello everyone and Happy Friday! 

This time last week I was still thinking about starting my blog. I really wanted to start one because I love to write and have been doing so since I was a little girl. I just didn’t know if I was ready to put my work out there for any and everyone to see. 

My husband encouraged me that morning as I fed our son saying, ” You can do it bae, you love to write, so why not?”  I looked at him and said, “Okay, I am going to start it today.” 

Well that was a week ago, a whole week!! (Yes, I am smiling while writing this 😁).  I’m super happy that I have decided to start my blog and share my writings with you all. Since I have started this journey and have become apart of this community, I have met some pretty dope people and have read some amazing work. 

I’m proud of myself for just going for it even though I was a little unsure at first. This just goes to show you that you can do anything you want to do and to not let your own self get in the way of you being great. 

Thanks to all of my supporters that are supporting me on this journey, I appreciate each and every one of you. Until next time…

-Toya 

The Liebster Award

*Smiling from ear to ear*

I am super duper excited to announce that betweenthelines2017blog has nominated me for The Liebster Award. This came as such an surprise to me because I just started my blog a week ago. So this is kind of like validation to me that I am doing the right thing. Thank you so much Claudia for the nomination, it is greatly appreciated 🙂

I would love for all of you to check out Claudia’s blog betweenthelines2017blog. I promise that you won’t be disappointed. She is a awesome writer and her blog speaks for itself. I can feel each and every word that she writes. Here is the link to her blog:

https://betweenthelines2017blog.wordpress.com/

The rules for the Liebster Award:

  1. Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award
  2. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  3. Nominate 11 blogs
  4. Notify them of the nomination
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer

Here is 11 random facts about me:

  1. I love the color red
  2. I eat chips after every meal
  3. I love vegetables
  4. I do not like parks
  5. I am not afraid of spiders
  6. I am afraid of dogs
  7. I love love
  8. I do not like socks
  9. I play the flute and a little piano
  10. I was in a marching band
  11. I graduated with honors from college.

Questions that Claudia, at the betweenthelines2017blog wanted me to answer: 

  1. What was the most vivid dream you remember?
  2. A symbol for love would be…
  3. If you could go back in time, what would you change in your life?
  4. As a child, your favorite hero was…
  5. What comforts you the most when you are sad?
  6. Your favorite poem is…
  7. If you could ask God (or any higher power) one question, this would be…
  8. What disappoints you the most in people?
  9. Your biggest wish is…
  10. Do you have a lucky charm?
  11. If you would write a book about yourself, the title would be…

My answers:

  1. My most vivid dream I remember is when I dreamed I was pregnant with my son before I knew I was pregnant.
  2. A symbol of love would be respect
  3. I wouldn’t change a thing, if I could go back in time
  4. As a child, my favorite hero was my Mom
  5. When I am sad talking to my husband comforts me most
  6. My favorite poem is Love After Love by Derek Walcott
  7. I would ask God to continue to watch over myself and my loved ones
  8. Not doing what you say you’re going to do, disappoints me the most in people
  9. My biggest wish is to become a bestselling author
  10. No lucky charm
  11. The title of the book about myself would be, “Life With LaToya”

My nominees for the Liebster Award are:

  1. https://gracebey.wordpress.com/
  2. https://stellascreativity.wordpress.com/
  3. https://tashneevmavee.wordpress.com/
  4. https://athomaspointofview.com/
  5. https://ashleygulley.com/
  6. https://thatafricangurl.wordpress.com/
  7. https://kwoted.wordpress.com/
  8. https://pritu555.wordpress.com/
  9. https://idlejabber.wordpress.com/
  10. https://learningtobefearless.org/
  11. http://folkloreandliteracy.com/

My question for you, awesome bloggers, are:

  1. What is your favorite color?
  2. If you could change anything in the world, it would be…
  3. Do you believe in love?
  4. What do you love most about blogging?
  5. What is your favorite childhood memory?
  6. Besides writing, what is something you like to do for fun?
  7. What is you favorite book?
  8. Who is your favorite author?
  9. If you could tell you younger self anything, it would be….
  10. Do you prefer summer or winter?
  11. A quote that you live by is…

 

Thanks everyone for your support and to all of the nominees, if you do not want to participate I understand. You guys are still great to me.

 

Mid-Week Motivation 

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday! 

It’s the middle of the week and I know that a number of you guys are counting down the days until the weekend. I hope that everyone’s week is going great thus far and is filled with great possibilities and blessings. 

I just want to remind each and everyone of you that is reading this to stay focused on the goals that you set for this week. Also, I want you all to remain positive. I know that the work/school week can get hectic but just keep going and to try to keep a smile on your face. 

I hope this little mid-week motivation keeps you all going for the rest of the week. Until next time… 

-Toya 

Stop Dreading Mondays!!! 

Hello everyone!! Happy Monday!! 

I hope that everyone had a great, fun filled weekend. Even if that means that you did absolutely nothing but relax. Now that the weekend is over, for most adults, it means that it’s time to start the busy work week. 

As I stroll on my social media this morning, I notice that a lot of my virtual friends are making post similar to this… 

Which got me to thinking. Why does everyone hate Monday? Why is this day dreaded most by people? Well, I’m here to tell you to STOP DREADING MONDAYS!!! Yep, you read right!

In my opinion, Mondays bring so much to the start of the week. I look at it as an time to start fresh or to start a project that you always wanted to. Maybe start reading that book that has been collecting dust on your coffee table or start going to the gym. 

For me, Mondays bring new opportunities for the rest of the week. It also has the opportunity to bring new blessings and new adventures. I think that with starting the week off with a positive mindset that positivity will follow you throughout the week.  

So instead of waking up on a Monday dreading the week to come, wake up and say, “Oh hey Monday, I’ve been waiting for you!” 

Please leave comments below letting me know how you spend your Mondays. Until next time…

-Toya 

*Picture taken from Google. 

Short Story Sunday: The Channing Hall Boys: Part 1

Justin 

Just sitting back listening to the music and enjoying the weather at my going away party. Everybody from the neighborhood, my friends and family came out to show mad love on this Saturday. My Moms had the grill going as she stood and laughed and joked with her friends. I could hear her saying, “My son made it y’all, he’s going to college!” I couldn’t help but smile as I thought about the long road to get to this day and to just think that in less then 48 hours my two best friends and I were leaving the rough streets of New York behind and traveling to Georgia to college to make something of ourselves. Myself, Sammie, and Dove all made a vow that no matter what we would graduate college and become the best men that we could. Growing up in the neighborhood that we did, you didn’t see black boys going to college too often, so you could only imagine how excited everyone was once they found out that we all had made it. 

“Don’t forget about me man, I’m proud of you man!”  I turned as I seen Dove’s cousin Boo shout to him as he headed my way. “What’s up Dove, my man!”, I stated. He looked at me with a grin on his face and said ” Yoo, you see how Tasha looking over there, mannn.”  I couldn’t help but laugh. He was the one out of the group that chased the ladies the most. ” You thinking about Tasha when we are on our way to college. Bigger and better things bro.”  I told him still laughing. He shook his head and started walking towards Tasha. 

My Mom started to yell for everyone to move towards the porch because she had an announcement to make. I started to walk towards the porch as my eyes connected with my mother’s. I knew she was proud of me but I also knew she was more proud of herself. And she deserved to be. After having me at a young age and working hard to provide for me, she had been told more times to count that she could not raise a boy by herself and that she was not in the position to give me a proper life. So, I knew how she felt now that she had raised me to become the man I am today and is getting ready to send me off to college, when everyone had thought that it was impossible. 

I seen my other best friend Sammie, and his girlfriend Rachel sitting off to the side not looking too happy. I knew that with him going away to college it had caused some tension between them and I hoped that they would figure it out because I like them together. They had been together since freshman year of high school and I knew that they loved each other.  

My mother called me up to stand next to her as she addressed everyone at my party with tears in her eyes. By the time she finished telling everyone how proud she was of me and about the hard road that lead to this very moment, there was not a dry eye around us. Even I shed a few tears.  

**Thanks everyone for reading the first part of this story. Be on the lookout for Part 2 coming next Sunday. Also, remember to comment so that I can interact with you all. Until next time… 

-Toya

Introducing My New Series : Short Story Sunday 

Hello everyone! 

I would like to introduce you all to my new series, Short Story Sunday. So basically I will post a short story or an continuation of a story that I am working on each Sunday. I look forward to sharing my work with you all and I also want to say thank you to everyone that had shown me love so far! 

Tomorrow I will start the series off with a story I am currently working on called ” The Channing Hall Boys”. I hope that you all enjoy reading it as much as I am enjoying writing it. Enjoy your Saturday guys! 

-Toya 

Welcome To My Blog!!

Hello everyone!! My name is LaToya but you all can call me Toya :). This is my first blog every but I have had a passion for writing since I was a little girl. Okay, so a little about me…I am 27 years young (haha), I am married to my wonderful husband of five years and we have a handsome little boy who is turning one at the end of the month. I can not believe that we are about to have a one year old. You would think that I have everything planned for his birthday already, right? But…I don’t, I cant decide what will be perfect enough for our little guy, but more about that later. So yea, as I was saying, I love to write, read, and take pictures. Today I went to the library (I know the library!) and got a few books and have started reading a book by the name of “The Neighbor” by Lisa Gardner. So far so good. I will definitely keep you guys updated with that. With this blog I want to share my life with you guys ( such as my family, being a first time Mom, being young and married, etc) and the little successes and fails that come with my life. I hope to keep you guys entertained enough to keep coming back and reading more. Please comment and like so that I can interact with you guys. I look forward to seeing you in my next post 🙂

-Toya