This year has been a rough ride. Pandemic, divorce, teenagers – it was a lot to get through. But, I am in the midst of an arduous journey back to my SELF. For over 20 years, I was engulfed within someone else's world, barely able to squeeze a bit of my true self out through the cracks in the fragile system that encapsulated my home, family, and life. But now, I am moving forward. I am unlearning the comorbid behaviors that dominated my life and reaching deep to regain my existence as I need it to be for a peaceful, uninhibited, and self-expressed life. So without further ado, welcome back to Morning Beans! Believe in Your Reality Suspension of disbelief. Let's talk about dragons. (Those of you who were staunch followers may remember my love of these fantastical, multicolored scaled beasts.) I believe in the power of the mighty dragon. We all have a bit of dragon within, a few unparalleled lines of the mysticism that is... dragons. Our TRUE selves are like dragons. Fierce, magical, in some cases legendary. We are all capable of being charming, elusive, and untamed, born with unrivaled beauty. Just think of those magnificent scales,…

Upgrade for A Positive Life

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Sometimes, we all need a little boost. Something to improve our quality of life or our situation, but unlike updating your hard drive, the process is a bit more intensive. Or maybe it just seems that way. As sentient beings, we are always on the lookout for ways to improve ourselves. It's kind of a…
Categories: Awareness, Motivational / Inspirational
Tags: Awareness, Confidence, Motivation, Self-worth

Finding Your Purpose

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“You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.” ―Margaret Young Most of us want to be successful, if not in monetary terms, then by our own definitions. Those of us who teach (and have side hustles) want to feel a sense…
Categories: Motivational / Inspirational
Tags: Confidence, Happiness, Motivation, Self Care

Jamaican Me Crazy

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Hello peeps, and Happy Monday! "Wah gwaan widyuh todeh? Everything criss?"*Nope, I didn't step off another planet – just greeting my lovelies in patois. This post literally wrote itself after an odd exchange with my work colleagues. But more on that in a few. This has been a pretty good week. The sun is out,…
Categories: Daily-Grind, Work/Life Balance
Tags: Appreciation, Humor, Jamaica, Patois, Work

Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest by T.M.Brown

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Summary: When Theo and Liddy Phillips retired to the small Georgia town of Shiloh, they expected a quieter, more relaxed life. When Theo becomes the investigative reporter for the local Sentinel, he discovers that small towns can be just as dangerous as big cities for people devoted to seeking the truth. Having narrowly escaped a brush…
Categories: Book Reviews
Tags: Book Review, Purgatory, Shiloh Trilogy, T.M.Brown

How Quarantine Changed How I Think About My Goals

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Hey there peeps! I hope you all had a good week and are recharged for this one! Doesn’t it seem like New Year’s and all those plans you were thinking of was about a zillion moons ago? All the dreams, the wants, the little tweaks for 2020…So much has changed, and then again, not really.…
Categories: Awareness, Motivational / Inspirational
Tags: Goals, Motivation, Resolutions, Self Improvement

Going the Distance: Cool Beans or Junky Java?

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"Hello, hello,hello….is anybody out there?" Pink Floyd had the right idea. It's been much longer than I thought, but now it's time to resurrect this blog. The beans are grinding, the water poured, and my freshly brewed views are steeping along with my umpteenth cup of java juice.So, where have I been? Let's see, jumping…
Categories: Daily-Grind, Journal / Gripes, Work/Life Balance
Tags: Distance Learning, Morning Beans

7 Ways to Boost that A.M. Brew

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Hi! And welcome back! It’s been a tough year, but MBB is ready to roll. I had to get the hang of the classroom again, but now that summer is here (WOOHOO!) and almost gone (BOOHOO!) I am prepared to write, write, write. Ten years was a long break from teaching, but, like many things…
Categories: Cool Beans
Tags: Benefits, Coffee, Healthy, Morning

Why Attitude is your Secret Ingredient

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And…I’m back. I find that I need more breaks between posts lately, and I humbly beg forgiveness. It’s been a busy couple of months, and all my stuff has fallen to the wayside because of my new job. Yes, you read that correctly, new job. And hence, this post sort of formed itself. As we…
Categories: Awareness
Tags: Attitude, Happiness, Mindset, Positive Attitude, Success

Build Your Anxiety Immunity

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Anxiety is contagious. No, it’s true. Just think about it for a quick NY minute. Have you ever had a conversation with a friend who is under pressure? Career, relationship, kids, the dressing room at Loehmann’s? You realize when you hang up or leave the coffee shop that your neck feels a bit tense, and…
Categories: Awareness
Tags: Anxiety, Healthy Attitude, Immunity, Mental Health

Lessons from the Menagerie

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We all have pre-recorded messages playing in our heads, from long ago. Often the messages are less than approving. Think back to your childhood peeps. “Watch where you’re going, Don’t put that in your mouth, etc.” Many of them percolate in our brains before our conscious memories manifest. They are buried somewhere in our minds…
Categories: Journal / Gripes, Motivational / Inspirational
Tags: Acceptance, Forgiveness, Happiness, Love, Pets, Self Love, Unconditional Love