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5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM





According to Forbes Magazine I’m not behaving like a successful person. In an article recently, 5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM they rattled on about the things you should do in the mornings before work that could lead to a successful and healthy lifestyle. I’m just going to list them 5 things below but they go into more detail in the article.

1-Exercise
2-Map Out Your Day
3-Eat A Healthy Breakfast
4-Visualization
5-Make Your Day Top Heavy

The first problem I have with this whole thing is the fact that I barely get up in time to make it to work by 9am. I am a night owl have always been a night owl and love being a night owl. The only reason why being a night owl is an issue for me is because I’ve always had freaking DAY jobs! ugh! I set my clock 20 minutes before I’m supposed to get up because my intentions are to spend that time praying and become alert. Well let’s just say I haven’t stuck to that routine in over a year. I do have to admit that when I was following that routine I felt much better starting my day.

I don’t exercise at all asides from walking daily. In New York, you can do a lot of walking without even trying to. I love to walk. Absolutely….in nice walking weather of course. I actually have a walking exercise DVD that I should start back using. I plan to but I know it won’t be before 8 AM during the week!

I barely eat breakfast because I normally wait until I get to work. Sometimes as soon as I walk in the door my boss has me running around fetching stuff for him that by the time I’m able to think straight it’s already 10 or 11am. I normally eat fruit sometimes I may grab a muffin sometimes it’s nothing sometimes it’s junkfood….for awhile I was doing green smoothies but I realized that they should be drunk at home vs. traveling with it 40 minutes after making it to drink at work. The flavor wasn’t the greatest by then so I 86’d that idea. I love green smoothies though but I would either have to drink them before coming to work or drink them when I get home from work.

I don’t map out my day because let’s face it…my day is so routine I really don’t need to map it out. Get up, go to work, run errands, go home. Rinse and repeat Monday through Friday.

Visualization…I normally do this at night before bed or during my commute to work, or while I’m walking from the train to work, or while I’m at work when I’m just sitting in my boss’ office while he’s sorting through papers on his desk. LOL I love to pretend that I’m somewhere other than where I am. Sometimes when I’m walking to work I pretend that I’m only up that early because I have a business meeting with Tyler Perry to discuss turning one of my books into a movie. LOL hey faith it til you make it, right? 🙂

Number 5 doesn’t apply to me. 

If you are a morning person more power to you…if you are a night owl like me…and you want to do the things listed in that article in hopes of being more productive and successful then I’m sure you can train your body to be a morning person. We can train our minds and bodies to do just about anything we want by creating those habits. I for one would much rather create the work environment that corresponds to my body’s natural way of being. And naturally my body loves sleeping in without an alarm clock so…what does that tell you…I need to create a work environment where I get up on my own schedule and allow my body to get up organically. THAT my friend will help me to be more productive and successful because I’m not being forced to behave in a way that my body naturally disagrees with. IMO.

Go read the article: 

5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM


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National Poetry Month Challenge: Face To Face

Alright my people!!! The last day of April has arrived!! Wow…time is flying by…geez!!

Anyhoo…I enjoyed sharing my poems with you these past 30 days! I love writing poetry and I really need to do it more often especially since I have a third poetry book that I want to publish!

Without further adieu here is Poem 30!!

Stay Blessed….Stay Tuned!


FACE TO FACE

Face me in the day
Love is your reflection

Convincing are the words you speak

As you tell your needs of affection

Stronger than all

Is my belief that you truly care

Face to face, in your features

I see the happiness you aspire to share

Face me in anger

To reflect the thoughts in your head

Speaking fearful words, not in truth

Trying to recapture my heart with lies instead

Face to face, in your features

I can read your intense desperation

Rekindling the love is your mind set

Read me to learn I need patience

One face hides behind a mask

The secret face I desire not

Deepening the wounds I have given

Making you release the pain you got

Reflecting in your face is a grin

A grin of revenge seen to my eye

Your planned actions I don’t know

For your face gives no definite reply



Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Blues of A Sister

National Poetry Month Challenge: Is It Love…

Hey Peeps!! 

Here is poem 29! You ever been in a situation where you know you should leave but for whatever reason your desire for your relationship to go RIGHT outweighs your desire for a GREAT relationship…..what keeps you there? Most of the time we think its love but in actuality…it’s FEAR!

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IS IT LOVE THAT KEEPS ME HERE?

I sit here wondering
What is wrong with me?

I know what you’re doing

Still whatever you say I believe


Late at night when you come home

I smell the scent of another woman’s perfume

Still I say nothing, pretending to be sleep

Watching you slowly sneak into the room


I don’t know why it never worries me

When you forget my birthday or our anniversary

Some people would say that there’s another woman

And I’d say, “He’s just a forgetful person”


But in the back of my mind I know what’s going on

I know it’s true what they say

Is it love that keeps me here?

Night after night, day after day


Putting up with your games

Thinking nothing has changed

But I know your love is gone

It’s probably best if I move on


Is it love that keeps me here?

By your side through thick and thin

Still being with you

Whether you lose or win


As I think about all the things you’ve done to me

All the names I’ve been called

What is keeping me here?

It’s not love at all



Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Blues of A Sister

What’s Your Ideal Lifestyle?!

Other than living in perfect health with my family and close friends by my side….my ULTIMATE goals in life boil down to these top 3:

1) Financial Freedom! Money is never an issue!

2) Travel the world whenever and wherever without any financial or time restraints!

3) Never wake up to an alarm clock unless it’s for important meetings or to catch my flight!


It’s not impossible because I know people, not personally, that had the same exact three goals and they have accomplished all three!

I’m just waiting on my day!

The key to reaching these goals……………………..I’ll report back on that one once I have reached them ha!

But I can tell you that I plan to embrace the process, embrace the small beginnings, perfect my gift, and FULLY COMMIT to making it happen! I have to give 120% and make the right decisions, smart decisions, and whatever sacrifices are necessary because I refuse to live in mediocrity when I know I was born for GREATNESS!!

Stay Encouraged

Stay Blessed…..Stay Tuned!

National Poetry Month Challenge: Never-Ending Pain



Heya!!! Poem 28!!!

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NEVER-ENDING PAIN

It was a nightmare in disguise
The desire for love blinded my eyes

The immediate attraction took me by surprise

My heart was bound to be broken but I didn’t realize

My eyes were deceived

Many lies believed

A lot of pain received

My mind has not been relieved

I got hurt in your game

My feelings for you are not the same

I hate the sound of your name

Your wild heart I could not tame

Your feelings were mistaken

A lot of emotions faken

My love was taken

From a nightmare I have awaken


Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Blues of A Sister

National Poetry Month Challenge: Unexpected Twist


Hey Peeps!

Poem 27!! The month is almost over!!!

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UNEXPECTED TWIST

It was my pleasure to be with him that night
He held me in his arms, so close, so tight

He showed me off to his friends like I was his trophy

I thought this was the start of a relationship with me

That night I felt so loved I didn’t want it to end

But he knew what he was doing and so did his friends

He was in love, was the impression he gave me

To my surprise, he had tricks up his sleeve


No warnings, no signs, to help me along the way

To see through his game, find no truth in what he had to say

It was all a big front; he had no real intentions to be with me

I didn’t give him what he wanted, so he felt he had to leave

He had one thing on his mind; but he said he had changed

I walked into his lies, fooled by his game

He didn’t seem to care, that I got hurt by this

I never thought it would come from him, an unexpected twist



Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Blues of A Sister

National Poetry Month Challenge: Intoxicated



Hey Peeps!!! T. G. I. F!!!

It’s time to get wasted!!! 

Wasted on love that is…hahahaha!

Enjoy!

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Intoxicated


I’m so intoxicated

Intoxicated by your love

Mesmerized…electrified

Intoxicated by your love


I want to free my heart

Loosen the chains

Penetrated deep into my soul

Release me, let the love drain


My scream turns into a whisper

As I try to say no

I’m held captive by your love

It hurt so good, how can I let go?


I’m so intoxicated

Intoxicated by your love

I breathe you…I am you

How can I give this up?


Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Life’s Journey

National Poetry Month Challenge: I’m Through

Hey Peeps!!

This is the poem that I did as my monologue for Tyler Perry’s Talent Search last year!!!

You can check out the video that I submitted as well!



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I’m Through

Take your claim, get back your freedom

Take your memories, I don’t need’em

Wipe away the tears, erase all your lies

Take back the excuses and the reasons why

Release me from your bondage and your drama

I need to be me, not compared to your mama

Keep your empty promises and your lonely nights

Give back my strength to walk away instead of fight

Give back my friends that you ran away from me

Give back my worth and my self-esteem

Take your unfaithfulness and your blame

Keep your immaturity and your mind games

Take your pain, take your disrespect

Keep your “I love you” as I live with my regrets

Tomorrow will be the day I begin my existence without you

It’s over, it’s finished, finally, I’M THROUGH!


Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Life’s Journey


National Poetry Month Challenge: Once In My Life

Hey Peeps!

Poem 24!! Enjoy!!

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Once In My Life


Once in my life I was afraid

You could not say anything worth believing

My ears were open, my eyes close

All things said I thought to be deceiving

My heart was crushed once

At that moment I became cold

I started living my life very cautiously

Fearing to feel and my fear grew bold

I wanted to be with many souls

I needed to have back up plans

I desired to experience it all

I was your “woman” but I had no “man”

I wanted the cares and attention

But hurt had me afraid from the start

I was crushed early in my life

Which placed a deep bruise on my heart

As I grew my way of thinking started to change

My eyes opened and I began to see

That being afraid hurt me more than taking chances

So I judge each one as individuals and enter each openly
There may be many souls to break my heart

But I allow every break to strengthen me

Because you’ll need my whole heart
To bond with my soul completely


Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Life’s Journey

National Poetry Month Challenge: The Invitation


Hey Peeps!! Happy Tuesday!!
Poem 23!


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The Invitation

Would you think I’m crazy to want to know you beyond the flesh?
I want to get to know you from the inside

I want to know what makes you think the thoughts you think

Can I get to know you, the you, one often tries to hide?

Let’s get passed the impressions

And start off as being friends

Forget the materials you got

Let me know what you possess within

Let me get to know your inner being

Get so close our two hearts become a single

I want to feel your deepest feelings

Make your body shiver in places you never thought could tingle

And this is just from conversation alone

I want to understand the feelings in your heart just by speaking

Explore your desires, pleasures, and needs

I want to explore your being, very passionately

Let me caress your heart with my friendly words

I know you want this, your eyes don’t deny it

I want to get to know your intimate side

So…Am I Invited?


Copyright © 2012 by Yolanda Allen. All rights reserved worldwide. Poem from book Life’s Journey