All You Have To Do Is Give Your Best Effort

Danny's iphone 022One of the early lessons we all learn is we will not always come out on top.  Your team is not always going to win.  Your best efforts are not always good enough to earn the first place trophy.   Your hard work is not always going to result in a promotion.  But that shouldn't deter each of us from giving our absolute best effort.

I am extremely competitive when it comes to succeeding and use other people's success to drive me to do better.  I have determined to be satisfied with failing as long as I know I gave my best effort.  I'm not sure I can ask more of myself than that.  The question I ask myself is 'did you give your all?' and if the answer is 'yes' then I am satisfied.  If my answer is 'no' then I return to the drawing board and figure out how I could have performed better.

Ultimately the only person who will know if you gave your all is you.  Identify your weaknesses, improve upon your effort and move forward.  That's what I try to do; that's all I can do.

Featured Blog…East Coast Approach!

East Coast Approach

I started out strong. Just over eight months ago.  I was blogging often, having a fairly clear, concise point with each post.  The feedback I got was amazing.  People told me that what I was writing was relatable and how they looked forward to my posts. But, as the weeks went on, I found myself blogging less and less and less.  At one point going more than a month without posting a single thing.

I would still go to WordPress almost every day.  Just under the “Reader” tab.  I would scroll through my saved categories, spending a majority of my time under “Blogging”.   A common post I’d see would fall along the lines of “So, I haven’t posted in a while.” or “Things have been really hectic lately and I haven’t logged in”.  Listen, I get it. I do.  Life gets busy and things come up.  But I couldn’t help but wonder…  Were they really too busy for days…

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It must be something in the stars, the past couple of weeks I’ve talked to a few people that seem to be down in their luck. Some people blame something else, like …

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Essential Oils 101

Essential Living with Dakota

It probably hasn’t taken you long to realize I’m a huge essential oils enthusiast. I’m not quite sure why it took me so long to commit to a chemical-free life or why I didn’t start my oily journey sooner, but I’m sure if I had started earlier it wouldn’t have led me to where I am today.

It scares me the number of toxic chemicals that are still approved for use in commercial products in the Unites States that have been banned in other parts of the world. Endocrine disruptors, hormone disruptors, reproductive disruptors, cancer and more have all been linked to chemicals that are commonly found in the cupboards of our homes. Less than a quarter of the chemicals in thousands of common household products have been subjected to a full safety investigation. Products that we use on ourselves, our kids, our pets every day. Make-up. Sunscreen. Lotion. Insect…

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a trusting submission

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Suffering is a harsh and brutal word; and it’s a part of our world in more ways than one. It has many faces- the agonizing, or the one that makes your body quiver with pain and mind spin in an endless maze, unsure of how to go on; the subtle, or the quiet one that thrives in hidden corners, slowly unraveling your heart; the sudden, or that moment of utter disbelief, where it takes quite an effort to figure out reality, and where your breath went.

How do you handle those seconds, and how do you explain them to someone else-

One of the hardest questions to answer about God’s character, is the copious amount of pain flourishing in this life. Most would say, there is no magic answer; that there is no “key” to living that makes it all go away. I will be one that disagrees.

As I…

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Sunrise Sermon: Safe In His Arms

Two Are Better Than One

This past week, I was reminded of my time in Middle Tennessee. I remember all of the wonderful friends I made there and the children I was blessed to teach. I remember reading a book with my students called Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. The main character in this novel was Okonkwo, and he was known as the King of Yams in his heyday. He had several wives and children and the means to care for them. At some point, however, Okonkwo fell on hard times and lost everything except his life. He grieved the loss of his wealth and seemed inconsolable as he traveled back to his mother’s home. One of his uncles reminded him that he wasn’t the greatest sufferer. That’s tough love for a guy who has just lost everything, but sometimes tough love is exactly what we need to put things in perspective and to…

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Just Saying 02.07

Blog of a Mad Black Woman

To be the best, you must be able to handle the worst.

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Share Your Favorite Blogger!


So I want to do something different which is to share the link of a blogger you enjoy following that you think others would enjoy also.  It seems to be working nicely so I’m going to continue the post via the link below.

Be sure to visit the other links and meet some great bloggers.  I’ll also be running the standard Meet and Greet this weekend so check that out as well.

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With God, all things are possible!

Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

I have forgotten this the last few months.

I am well! (I have to quit blaming my bipolar and other health conditions for everything that isn’t right with my world).

I am healthy!

I am prosperous! (I have a roof over my head and food in my stomach).

I am God and he is me! (God sees all and will take care of me).

I have been reading Dr. Wayne Dyer (or actually watching him on youtube). He is religious, believes deeply in God and believes in the Law of Attraction.

What we think we are, we are. Spend all your time feeling sorry for yourself and you will draw the pain and sorrows to you.

Rejoice in life!

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

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