Tag Archive | Excuses

Yippee! Yes I Can! – Personal

Today, I am thankful for the fact that I passed my Karate-do grading test, graduating from novice white to yellow belt. Yes!

As an overweight mom in her early forties, I found every reason under the blue sky to discourage myself from taking Karate classes – I used my age, my weight, time and every excusable excuse – but the desire in me was stronger than my excuses.picsart_09-21-05-08-501

I felt that I would be out of place and yes I’m still out of place – the only mama in the crowd of young children and men.

I told myself that my painful knees wouldn’t take it and would probably break.

Somedays, I felt too lazy to go for the night class and each day I had a class, I literally had to ask for the grace to survive it and I bought knee braces.

I knew within me that sticking to it was not going to be easy, but it would be far more empowering as against standing by the sidelines and watching others.

My children encouraged me and became my private coach at home even as I bungled all my moves 🙂

Yes, I burst into tears when I did my test and passed my katas to the cheer of everyone around – I can get emotional.

No, I didn’t tear my dojo pants as I feared I would and made sure I wore nice unmentionables just in case 😉

My heart felt full last night when I received my grading certificate.

I don’t care that I might be the elephant in the house entertaining others with my trundling moves, but you know what, I said I would do it, I had to ask for grace each day to do it and I did it 🙂

I’m sharing this post to encourage those who have things they want to do, but for some excuses are not able to.

Each day grace and gratitude take me higher; get your thankful suit on.

There are several gratitude/thankful platforms in the blogosphere that you can tune into and get your ithankful going on. I can’t express in words the enormity of Joy and fulfillment that comes from having a heart of gratitude. Please check out Maria’s blog, Colline’s blog and Bernadette’s for thankful/gratitude challenges.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

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All the excuses – Stream of Consciousness Saturday.

Excellent excuses have become expedient to cook up these days in my mind more than anything else. I’ve used the great excuse of Summer vacation as an escapade to slack on my writing project and building my second blog. SoCS badge 2015

Excuses of being busier than my 24 hours have been quite easy to conjure that each day I defer another exercise session for the next day and the next day and the next day while eating all the sugary, buttery popcorns as well as hot-dogs.  Yeesh!! No more excuses!

I won’t lie that I haven’t enjoyed all the exceptional extra-curricular timeouts with the children, but at the same time, I have a little voice nagging in my head and pointing indicting fingers at me. My muses are mad and I won’t be surprised if they choose to pack their bags and go on a long vacation as well to teach me a lesson.

I am trying to examine and extricate my mind from the sluggish bind that it’s been in for a while and make some sensible plan on how to approach my personal projects before the children resume school in a couple of weeks and the mad exhausting rush of a busy life catches on.

Do have an excellent weekend and thank you Linda, for the ‘ex’ prompt. It’s made me say what’s been dancing around on my mind on how to exterminate all the excuses that I’ve latched on to.


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Midnight Motivation and Musings # 60…


It’s often interesting how we keep putting off things that our heart is set on doing as we wait for the right time to arrive.

When is the right time? How do we identify it? Will it come knocking on our door to announce it’s arrival? Will it ever arrive?

Some say it’s when they’ve got enough money set aside, some say that they are waiting for the children to grow up and there are yet many more excuses.

The whole glaring truth is that there will never be the right time except we make it happen. Excuses will always be bountiful and they cost several dozens for nothing, however, the cost of using excuses can be quite expensive.

Let’s start seeking that right time today. Today is it.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha