Goals & Resources 9/30–10/6: African American Literary Award Edition

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Well, at the beginning of this month I set a few goals. One of which I missed by just a little bit. I set out to drop 5 pounds but only lost 3. Go figure. Smile Either way I’m 3 pounds lighter than I was last month this time. Go me.

I’m also an award winning author thanks to ReShonda Tate Billingsley for allowing me and 21 other young women to share their stories in The Motherhood Diaries. The compilation won Best Anthology at the African American Literary Awards. Pretty exciting, huh?

58194_509179615825091_186980939_aThere have been so many changes in my life—both good and bad—that have made me realize even more that time is promised to no one. You have to be diligent in your pursuits and love the people around you with all your might. 


  • I will lose 10 pounds by the end of the month.
  • I will complete “The Lonely Gift” by the end of October so that I can release it in time for Thanksgiving.
  • Continue reading “The Resolution for Women” so that I complete it by the end of October.
  • Write a Wifey Wednesday blog post this week.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you or someone you love is being abused, please get help. No one should be abused under any circumstance. It is not your fault.

Author Rhonda McKnight wrote, "If you don’t kill the adverbs they’ll have babies." Of course we don’t want to kill the wrong so I found a list of 100 adverbs that also explains the difference between adverbs and adjectives.

One of the main characters in “The Lonely Gift” is of Irish descent. While researching Irish folklore and heritage I came across a sweet Irish Blessing that I want to leave with you.

May the blessing of light be on you—
light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine on you
and warm your heart
till it glows like a great peat fire.

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Makasha Dorsey is an award-winning author, motivational speaker and public relations professional. Her personal essay Diary of an Aspie Mom is included in The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster). She blogs about being a writer, mother, wife, woman and Christian over at a wife in progress and has written for Absolute Write, The Midwest Book Review, Snaps1000Words, The Daily Times Leader, and ModVive Magazine. You can purchase a copy of her book First Family Secrets on Amazon.com.

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