The Audacity of the Cookie

When Jewels was 18 months old, she woke me up early one morning, leaned in so her cherub-like face was an inch from mine, furrowed her little brow and said one word…


She did not ask:
May I have a cookie? Do we have cookies in the house? Can we go buy cookies if we don’t have them? Do I need to eat “strong food” before the cookie? Am I worthy to receive a cookie?


At less than 2 years old, around 6AM, with a limited vocabulary, #mySHINE decided within herself:



NO, she didn’t get a cookie at 6AM. SHE GOT IT AT 6PM, AFTER HER DINNER!

I made it my business to give her a cookie and remind her “This is the cookie you asked for this morning.” I so admired her AUDACITY and COURAGE to ask and her total resounding BELIEF SHE COULD HAVE IT!

So even the NO she received at 6AM was really only a “NOT NOW.” It did not mean (and rarely means in life) NOT EVER!

I pray she never loses her courage to ask for what she wants out of life. I pray all of us take courage from her example.

Ask, and ask, and ask, and ask, and ask, and it shall be given you…


Excuses Are Not Reasons

George Washington Carver

What happened TO him: Born into slavery, Orphaned, Former Slave

What happened THROUGH him: Inventor, Botanist, Agriculturist, Professor, Founder of Tuskegee Institute

His 8 Essential Virtues (Instructed to his students)
• Be clean both inside and out.
• Neither look up to the rich nor down on the poor.
• Lose, if need be, without squealing.
• Win without bragging.
• Always be considerate of women, children, and older people.
• Be too brave to lie.
• Be too generous to cheat.
• Take your share of the world and let others take theirs.

Proof positive that if you have the DESIRE to succeed, what happens TO you will never out shine what can happen THROUGH you.

There may be EXCUSES for why you cannot do it but there are no REASONS.

#TFTBN + #BattenVEDA + #YouTube

Last year in April, it was suggested to me by James at Rugged Tribe Entertainment that I join VEDA. “VEDA” stands for “Vlog Every Day in April (or August). He is talented young filmmaker (Peep Rugged Tribe Entertainment’s Channel) so when he said I should, I thought, “Why the heck not?!?”

So… I’m back at it again. I love making the videos because it is closer to you and I having a conversation. You get the facial expressions. You get the inflection of my voice. You get me. We get to be “peoples”. 🙂

(You also get to hear all the words and concepts I make up for fun that would not be included, per say, in something I write.)

But this April, two things are new! First, I am working with the prompts presented by the crew at BattenHall. I want to go “all in” on the value of what they do. It is one thing to get a “drive by” visit on your blog or website or vlog. It is another thing to communicate your brand effectively to establish consumer loyalty and keep them coming back to you faithfully… THAT is what they do!

Second, I am not going to post a video here every single day in April. Last year, anything that I wrote during VEDA (and I did write) was lost between the videos. I suppose I could separate content pages but… that sounds a lot like a project best suited to another day!

Not “never”… just “not now”.

I did want to drop one link to the playlist for the all the videos done this month. So if you don’t want to go to TFTBN YouTube Channel then you can watch the video below and they will all automatically play for you!

Watch. Laugh. Tell me what you think.


Now… Stop Looking at Me and Go Write Something!

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