Monday, November 10, 2008

Happy Monday!

At first I thought nothing much was going on this morning and I wouldn't have anything worthy to blog about today. I wanted to shout out a blog I came across that I found interesting and I was going to leave it at that.

But then I got an email this morning from my friend and coworker Liz Jackson that inspired me so much that I decided to dedicate my post to her today, with her permission.

But first - the blog that I wanted you all to check out is called "Ask the Black Man." It's basically an advice blog from a black man's perspective. It's pretty straight and to the point. If you have any questions you'd like the "Black Man" to answer, then visit his page and ask away!

Now, Liz.

She posted a video blog on YouTube that she will update at least weekly. She's on a quest to lose weight and get healthy. She feels that by chronicling her weight loss on YouTube, this will hold her accountable and keep her motivated - and I think it's a great idea! We all need to support and motivate each other in all our endeavors, and getting healthy is something I think we all can relate to in one way or another. Here is her first post.

Liz is a beautiful, intelligent woman with a great personality and amazing strength. I am proud to be her friend in this quest, and I plan on supporting her by doing this with her. It takes a lot of courage to do what she's doing. Many of us hide behind our fear which causes us not to act. We may be afraid to love because we might get hurt. We may be afraid to dream because we think we'll fail. We may be afraid to ask for help for fear of appearing weak. But your fear can either hinder you, or embolden you to take hold of your life.

Fear can be your call to faith. Liz's quest is going to thoroughly put faith to the test. Fear is very real and present in all our lives in some way, and if we let it persist, it can overwhelm us. But when you get to the place where you feel you have no place to turn, surrender to it and open up to what God has in store for you. Give in and know that He will give you what you need to accomplish all your goals. Once we yield to that truth, the fear that blanketed us, that blinded our vision, will begin to lift, revealing a world of light and abundant health and opportunity.

Liz is blessed to have such family and friends that she feels safe to reveal her hopes, her vulnerabilities and her victories to all of us. She is choosing faith and courage over fear - making a conscious decision to be an active participant in her own life. We tend to avoid the things we are afraid of because we think there will be dire consequences if we confront them. But the only dire consequences we'll suffer from in our lives come from avoiding the very things we need to discover and conquer. We have to learn to be more open and accepting of the things we're afraid of, whether it's exploring our emotions, beginning a workout regimen or balancing a checkbook. Acceptance is simply a willingness to look at, confront and understand something instead of pushing it away. She is living and acting in the present with the understanding that no matter the obstacle or the circumstance, in the presence of encouragement, support, love and GOD, fear is powerless!

Go Liz! Greater than fear is love, and I love and support you!



Anonymous said...

Dang! YouTube always puts the worst pic they can find as the main image!! lol

Thanks so much for those words of encouragement Brooke!! With the love and support of my friends, I know I'll do it this time!


Brooke said...

Yes we can and yes we will!

Yeah, YouTube be trippin like that :-) but once you click on it, your beautiful face appears, so no worries!

We're going to do this together!

Anonymous said...

I just want to say GO LIZ GO LIZ GO LIZ! LMAO

Keefe said...


I don't know you. But my hat is off to you. It takes a lot of guts to post your efforts online for the world to see. You're grabbing the bull by the horns and you are taking charge. Few people can display the form of bravery you are exhibiting.

In my best Tony Little voice: "YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!" Oh yeah, I saved 15% on my auto insurance by switching to GEICO.

Final thought. How about them Giants!

Dre Lew said...

Hi Liz,

What courage it takes to start and also to put the real emotions on blast !!! But a plan always takes time, but most important is day 1. Congrats on your day one…don’t ever worry about how you got to where you are , but take the energy to where you are going and headed. But taking charge the way you have is to say let’s get started.

Much success to you ~ I think you have a great attitude and with that you make it!!!

One of my major motivation is attitude...chec this out ~

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than
successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a
church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday
regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We
cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our Attitudes.

Tell me, What attitude will you have when a storm of life hits you?

I look forward to your updates!!!


Anonymous said...

This is a really touching and inspirational blog.


You are a soldier with a ton of courage. I have no doubt in my mind yu will reach your goal! You have already fought half the battle in acknowledging your fear and what you want. Now it's all about vision and execution. Keep a vivid picture in your mind of what you want to look like and your reality, power of intention, will power, and divine will will work its magic. The mind is a powerful tool in which I am sure you already know.
Please keep us posted on you journey.
Brooke-Kudos also to you for helping her as well!

Lena said...

First - thanks for the link to "Ask the Black Man" blog - I'll be checking that out regularly - I'm even thinking of a few questions I could ask.

More power to Liz for posting her weight loss experience for all the world to see. I maybe tempted to blog about weight but I don't even have a headshot up on my blog so I can hide in anonymity! Go Liz!

Brooke said...

I agree Rene, the mind IS a powerful tool. Perception is reality. We can create the world we live in in our minds and project it outward to construct the result we want. First we just have to have faith and believe it possible.

Lena, don't hide! Show your beautiful self!

Anonymous said...

Thanks to everyon for all of your encouraging words. I started out this morning changing the little things...I actually ate breakfast and I can't tell you the last time I did that!!

Baby step number 1 is almost complete...

Brooke said...

Baby steps lead to BIG steps! I'm so proud of you!

Brooke said...

Thank you so much for the support!

. said...

Liz - You have a lot of courage and that's a beautiful thing :-) Good luck!

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