Sunday Family Funday 


Hello everyone and Happy Sunday 🙂 

I hope that you all are having a wonderful day on this beautiful Sunday. 

Before I became a mother, I would spend my Sunday’s getting ready for the work week. Now as a mother, we use Sunday’s as family days. We usually do something fun, whether we spend it at home or go out as a family. 

Today we decided to use this Sunday to take our son to the park and then out for ice cream. Days like this just makes my heart smile because I really enjoying watching my son have such a fun time playing. 


I encourage everyone  to take one day out of the week to have family time. Not only is it a great way to spend time with each other but it also creates lasting memories. And gives us a time to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the week and to just enjoying the time with the ones you love most. 

Not a parent? No problem! Take a day to spend with your parents and/or your siblings. Do something that will rejuvenate you for the rest of the busy work week. 


Parent or not, just take time to do something with the people you care about that makes you feel good and warms your heart. Life is too short to not take time out of our busy lives to spend time with loved ones. Make sure to comment below and let me know how you like to spend family days!

Until next time…stay positive! 

-Toya

Short Story Sunday-The Channing Hall Boys:Part 3


Dove 

Putting back on my clothes,I looked back at Tasha’s naked body laying in bed sound asleep. I couldn’t help but smile to myself. I was known amongst my two best friends as the ladies man. All the girls from around the way wanted to get with me and I couldn’t blame them. Standing 6 feet tall, dark complexion, muscles and dread, ask any girl and I bet she would tell you that I was the man. I could wake Tashe up and let her know that I was leaving but nope I was good on all that. 

I left her house and walked to my house where I lived with my aunt. Today had been a great day. I had celebrated the last days of being in the hood with my family before it was time for me to head off to college with my two best friends. I’m not going to lie, I thought that I wasn’t going to graduate from high school. But Sammie and Justin helped me to get my grades together to make sure that I was going to college with them.

I lived in the projects with my Aunt Jewel who I loved dearly. She had took me in when both of my parents decided that drugs and alcohol was way more important them being a parent to me. When I walked in the house I noticed that Aunt Jewel was on the couch as th nightly news watched her sleep under her blanket. I walked to my room and pulled my phone out of my pocket and laid across the bed. I had ten missed calls and five text message from Tasha. I looked at them and shook my head and pulled up my Facebook app instead of reading one text from her. 

I mean Tasha was cool and all but I don’t know why she was blowing my phone up. I wasn’t looking for a relationship and what had took place at her house a couple of hours ago was just that, nothing more. 

On Facebook, I noticed that I had a message from this other cutie, Maria, that I definitely wanted to get up with before I left for school. She was in my inbox telling me how proud she was of me and that she wanted me to come over so she can show me exactly how proud she was. Without a thought, I messaged her back and told her I was on my way. I mean, she was fine and I really want to see how proud she was of me. I laughed to myself as I got my things together and walked to her house. 

When I arrived she was there standing, waiting, in barely nothing. I reached in my pocket to pull out a condom. She took it out my hand and said, “Ohh baby, you don’t need that. I’m on the pill.” 

I dropped the condom on the floor and proceeded to let Maria congratulate me on all my accomplishments. 

That Healthy Lifestyle 

Hello Everyone and Happy Tuesday 🙂

It is almost a year since I had my son and I have been trying to get healthy for about six months now. I have changed my diet and I try to go to the gym at least 3-4 times a weeek. Yes, I said try (haha).  Sometimes when I wake up I would much rather stay home and play with my son then go to the gym to sweat. (I know 🙄) 

So far, I have lost some weight but I am still not where I want to be. Which brings me to my question. Why is getting healthy so hard? Or maybe, it is not hard at all and it is just me. 

I am fine with eating healthy and I don’t mind working out, really I don’t. For me it’s more about staying consistent. I can do good for a week or so and then I just slip back into my old habits. 

I guess I really need to change my outlook and mindset on the whole “getting healthy” thing. Then maybe, I will be able to commit to this journey for more than two weeks. 

Now as I write this, I realize that I really want this for myself and that I need to make the necessary changes in order to see the results that I want to see. I believe doing something, like getting healthy, is a mind thing and if I put my mind to it I can achieve because healthier is better. So with that being said I’m committing to this healthy lifestyle and I’m definitely going to keep you guys posted on my progress. 

Until next time…stay positive 

-Toya 

Short Story Sunday: The Channing Hall Boys: Part 2 

Sammie 

“I really don’t want you to go,” my girlfriend Rachel said to me. I really didn’t know what to tell her. I mean we have been talking about this since I received my acceptance letter. And to be real, I really didn’t understand why she was acting like this since she was the one who encouraged me the most to keep up my grade so that I could get into the college I wanted to go. I guess she thought that I was going to go to a college in New York. I looked at her and shook my head. She really didn’t understand. 

I looked back at the crowd as my best friend’s mother finished giving her speech. I was so happy and excited that all of my best friends had graduated high school and were now headed to the same college. We had found out a week earlier that we would all be staying in the same dorm, Channing Hall together. I thought that was great because we had made a vow that we would help each other and do what it took to graduate college and make something of ourselves. 

“Y’all good over here,” Dove said as him and Justin came over to where me and Rachel were standing. I have them the “I’ll tell you later look” but said out loud, “yea, we’re straight, but what’s going on with y’all.” 

Dove looked at us with a grin and said, “I’m going to catch up with y’all later. Tasha invited me back to her house.” We all laughed at him. “Don’t do nothing I wouldn’t do,” Justin said as Dove walked over to Tasha and she led him to towards her house. 

It was a great day. The neighborhood was out along with our friends and family to celebrate us leaving for college soon. Growing up in the projects like we did, you didn’t see that often so everybody and they Momma was proud of us. 

I glanced back at Rachel and seen that she still looked mad and turned to Justin and said, “I’m going to walk her home, I’ll hit you up later.”

As we walked to house in silence, I began to think. I just had the feeling that this just wasn’t going to work. I was going away to college and she was acting like it was the end of the world. For the last couple of weeks instead of  enjoying our summer together like we planned, she was always acting mad. It’s like she didn’t want me to better myself. 

She just didn’t understand that I was doing this for us, to make sure that we would be good for the rest of our lives. She was turning into somebody that I didn’t want to be around and I didn’t know if I wanted this relationship anymore. 

I couldn’t even enjoy the party that was suppose to be celebrating me and my friends because we were arguing. I really didn’t have time for her negative attitude anymore. 

When we reached her front door, I stopped her before we could go in. I turned to her and said, “Look, we gotta talk”. She replied, ” Yea, I really got to talk to you too.” 

I stayed quiet as I waited for Racher to start. I figured if I let her tell me that this relationship was over first I wouldn’t feel too bad for breaking up with her. 

She took a deep breath and then looked at me in my eyes and said, ” Um..I know I’ve been acting crazy lately Sammie. It’s because I’m scared…um…Sammie I’m…I’m pregnant.” 

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