Winsday Wisdom

–A Dream Team Wincapture_2018-05-15-20-18-16

You’ve heard the saying “team work makes the dream work.” I get the gist of the saying and the wisdom behind it. Ideally I don’t work with a team in my work role. It was recently, after a close  family member was forced to undergo a life-altering surgery that I paid close attention to this trending catchphrase.

Because her life is now changed forever and naturally being concerned for our loved one, my family started to discuss ways whereby we could  modify and help her transition into her new lifestyle.  From this, an ad hoc team was starting to knit its way together. One of us was concerned with the psychology behind such an onset, another was thinking of the physicality and aesthetics involving the situation. Yet another family member’s thoughts were occupied with the living accommodations and the challenges this would bring.

Although I perform daily as part of a team in other roles,  it comes as a second nature to do what has to be done and not given much thought. It was only when I was quiet and still that I started to reflect and process that what the other’s were thinking of I was not.  In dissecting the different personality traits, and mindfulness of others was like an “ah hah” moment and beautiful.  But in actually being prompted by this I am keenly aware and gratefully so to have had this experience and apply the adage to reality. Work the dream.

Stay peaceful,










Winsday Wisdom (way to win)

Capture+_2018-04-26-10-44-07Are we living our best life? As Jilly from Philly put it are we living our life like it’s golden?  Existing is not living,  tolerating less than we deserve is not cool. It’s not alright to stay stuck.  Get moving.

In recognizing our true value we must  dig deeper. It’s worth the effort to discover true worth, there’s more than meets the eye.

What gifts, talents and/or skills are in dormancy? 

Looking to win? God’s got you !  Psalm 115:14

Let’s focus, let’s win!


Gone Fishing….

180509_131952_COLLAGE-1.jpgBeen gone from the blog for awhile…. been gone fishing, fishing for my “real” life, God’s plan for my life (Jeremiah 29:11)! Growing up in church, I often heard my pastor say: “everybody has a purpose in life”, “we’re not here just to eat bacon and eggs!” Ha! He was right, not that I didn’t believe him then, you know when you’re young sometimes you think, you have all…. this time to spare when really, you don’t. In keeping it real, I’m just not about some aspects of my life anymore. What no longer serves me, I’m letting go! I’m reeling in what God has for me. I’m passionate about a few things, albeit passion is the fuel that will take you to the next level. But more important is PURPOSE.   

Now speaking  physically, I really did go fishing (hence the title). My first blog post was entitled “Firsts.” I can now add fishing to the list. This wasn’t on my bucket list but, it was on my hubs’ to teach me.  I’m now a fan, still finding the courage to bait that hook though!  Rehearsal is over. .Real life starts NOW!

Peace and Blessings…..…..It’s Wisdom Wednesday

Hey Loves…Happy New Year! Happy Black History Month! The Read Sea’s Wisdom Wednesday is back from hiatus. (Been working on other projects)….”MY HEART HAS FOUND ITS WINGS!” (a nod to the late Mr. Al Jarreau).

 Because I love blogging and I love You!

Think freely, Live boldly, live on purpose…

Knowing I can do this..rocking and loving my (fashion) representation of BHM( gifted from my niece..authentically from the Motherland).

“And He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:3 ( Bible KJV)

Be Blessed



Still Waiting?…A Quickie Guide


“If today were the last day of your life would you want to do what you are about to do today?” –Steve Jobs

In the words of Steve Harvey…”JUMP” as is  aptly titled his new book.  Are you living a life beyond breathing and mere existence? Are you a wisher, a dreamer, always hopeful? If you’re wanting, waiting, looking to lead and enjoy a fulfilled life:

Change Your Thinking

Get Off The Couch

Update Your Resume

Trust God

Help Somebody

Write It Down

Take A Leap Of Faith

Continue Moving Forward

Start Saving…Stop Spending

Take Risks

Think Big/Ask Big

Do Your Homework

Keep Positive

Let Go(d)

Be Still

Contribute…”When You Cease To Make A Contribution YOU Begin To Die!!”–Eleanor Roosevelt

Be Blessed,

Note:The message is first to the messenger
















About October Fourth

I have been so busy lately…I’m taking on new stuff…stuff  I’m passionate about.

But about October 4th….which was my anniversary, nineteen years and counting! We don’t get to hang out much these days due to our differing schedules…..sometimes hectic, whew! (scratching my head). But for two days we shut down everything (except our love for God)……we ate, strolled, watched more tv/movies than one should. We talked and talked and… talked (super important). We also took naps…who gets a chance to do that anymore!   Went to Starbucks….still paying for that one. But this girl deserves a “pumpkin spice” latte on her anniversary.

So being the music lovers that we are, we took in a bit of history…FIRST TIME EVER TO HIT THE STL …CORRINE BAILY RAE and ANDRA DAY. These two ladies brought it…never a dull moment.  Art form at its best….a wonderfully relaxing evening! And what a turn out for a weekday!

Getting to share in three loves in one day….the hubs, music and fall. No complaints here..just feelings of gratefulness.

Moral of the story: make time for who/what is important to you!


Love and Peace,







What I Like About Fall

The barely warm breezy days and cool crisp nights. I especially love when you no longer need air conditioning, making the pockets feel a lil’ light. It’s just something about Fall… opened windows allowing the cool of the day to come in. You reach for a light blanket or throw in the evening. If you’re anything like me… you love sleeping with the windows cracked, yet reaching for a heavier blanket (maybe a fan on light speed blowing indirectly)…my like a baby’s. It’s just something about Fall!

I’m in love…the colors are changing the scenery is new.  Mumm’s are displayed in golden, lavender, and coral hue.  Candy apples, sweet-n-salty popcorn, hayrides are all so cool but let’s not forget our attire is too. It’s time to layer in sweaters, jackets and  long sleeves…boots of all types including ones over-the-knees. Fall gives to new décor inspiration taking a cue from the changing leaves…Rustic, brown, yellow, orange and green.  I’m psyched to add these colors to my fall fashion looks but, brown sorry…I just blend every now and then.  It’s just something about fall…..THE MALL!!

Happy Harvest,

Love Jackie





Wisdom Wednesday

Married to Marriage: How God Prepared Me for Marriage

You get a wife, and you get a husband and you get a wife…everybody is getting marriieed!!..(channeling Oprah). In the world of car give-a-ways it’s all so simple to gift an entire audience a car. But in the world of marriage it does not work that way. God doesn’t just pass out spouses, but when He does, he’ll give you the gift who’s just right for you.

So next week I’ll celebrate nineteen years of marriage, woohoo! And although I thought I was ready, waiting, and upset with God before then, I WAS NOT READY! And it took God to tell me, otherwise no one could tell me that I wasn’t. We need to be prepared for marriage, it’s no play thing.  Premarital counseling is so important and necessary….it’s vital ladies and gentlemen. And there’s only so much we can prepare for…the rest is trial and error and trial…and error until you get it. And still we’re learning (each other).

Allow God to prepare you for your “Boaz” or  your “Ruth.”

Here’s how he prepared me:

Know who you are and whose you are..

Know what you can bring to a marriage (not finances)..

Love, love, love yourself..soul, mind, body and spirit..

Enjoy your single life..

After my instructions, I hardly thought about marriage. God allowed me to see just how much marriage entailed (whew). I learned fast to like love my single life.

Hope you enjoyed,

Love, Jackie





Wisdom Wednesday

Married to Marriage: Marriage is not a cadence

Marriage as a cadence…. a rhythmic flow of symmetry and balance knowing just what to expect next. Sounds nice… and easy like Sunday Morning!  I see marriage as more of a journey with highs and lows, synonymous of  peaks and valleys. Two people joined together, two different characters nudging for attention and individuality.  It’s only a natural occurrence, but to anticipate the needs of each other brings about harmony and peace even when life happens and things spin out of  control and you’re left feeling like you’re on the marriage rollercoaster.

I listened to the story of Cookie and Magic Johnson and how they decided to persevere through his announcement of being HIV positive 25 years ago.  Why… because she “loved” him. What really caught my attention was that she made the decision just after he shared the info with her to stay in the marriage. How was she able to choose so soon….the power of love and the power of prayer…two vital components of marriage.  Although it was his risqué behavior that resulted in his sickness..Love endures through circumstances.  And so it is after 25 years of marriage they still choose love and they’re celebrating by “Believing in Magic,” Cookie’s memoir. Not to be misunderstood, I’m sure it hasn’t been easy, but they made a decision that love would win.

What I took away from this story:

  1. They immediately prayed together “(the family that prays together stays together)”
  2. Through her encouragement he rekindled his relationship w/God (his help meet)
  3. They kept a positive attitude and educated themselves
  4. They were determined to get through the for “worse” and the “in sickness” part of the marriage vows