Down goes Mommy

So today when I stepped outside, I tripped on a stupid rock and before I knew it I was laying flat on my back and my children circling around me. In the biggest panic was McRush and #1. As they ran to my aid, I pleaded with them to just lay there for a moment, They obliged nervously. I just needed a moment for the pain to subside. Ironically all I could think about was the fact that I was laying my freshly washed and detangled fro on the ground filled with rocks and dirt.

I have a high tolerance for pain, clearly being pregnant with child number 10, so I felt discomfort but nothing major.

McRush and #1 pulled me up and I went in the house to sit down. I carried on with my day as usual, because well, that’s what I do best. Keep pushing.

Well, hours later, my back is stiff and my hip is sore. I believe I slightly twisted my ankle and my wrist so I am miserable. To add insult to injury, I feel a cold coming on and I am out of sea moss. Oh, le sigh.

I had planned or working into the morning hours on a couple projects but I am so drained right now. And what’s best is the RushBunch are wide awake. I put on a movie on netflix in my room and they are camping out on the floor tonight. McRush is working tonight. Had I told him I was in pain, he probably would have called off but I think I got this under control. I am blogging then going to bed.

Today we met with a lovely homeschooling Mama and her crew! It was awesome meeting her and hopefully we can collaborate later down the road to do some field trips and swap tricks and tips. I also took that time to bask in the glow of the sun. Unfortunately I only turned grey but I did reap two hour of vitamin D and boosted my melanin magic. AYYYYYYY!

Oh, I know some of you reading are concerned about #10 but rest assured, I have mastered falling while pregnant and he is is moving about like crazy. Thank you for your concerns.

-Rush

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Homeschool, sometimes its like that.

Hello iRush family!

It is the final trimester of this pregnancy and everyday I feel it a little more than yesterday but thank goodness for the desire to be great!

So, I have chosen to take a step back, just a little, from homeschooling on such a rigorous schedule. At this point, I teach if I teach and I don’t if I don’t.  Now before you jump on this bandwagon, please note that the RushBunch homeschools year round despite the required 180 days a year so we can afford to skip around. However, just because I am not teaching does not mean that they are not learning. We will oftentimes use the group or montessori method. In group I pair an older child with one or two younger children and let them do an hour worth of various review assignments. In the montessori method my eldest child will teach the class. This semester he opted for science. 

In addition, this year I chose to do binders. Everyone has their own review binder and can go into the binder and pick a subject they wish to work on. For the littles, they have writable work. Basically, I printed out some review work for them and laminated it. I punched holes in it and placed it in a bindet. They can then get a dry erase marker and mark it up and erase it after it is checked. 

We also invested in very affordable iRulu tablets for everyone and though it was a very tedious task, we downloaded age appropriate games and schoolwork for each of them on their own tablets. 

My 11th grader we decided to focus on SAT prep instead of 11th grade work. In addition to the many websites including Khan Academy, I downloaded the SAT prep test and laminated each page for him to work on. He can grab a section, math, science, reading, etc., and practice as much as he needs to. Only I have the key so I do check his work. 

I believe most of you know that one of my children had an IEP in school due to the strength of his [forced] ADHD medication that caused short term memory loss. Well, there is a bimder for that work as well. In addition to tablet work to keep the brain thinking and processing. 
Work was hectic for the majority of this month. Rush Consulting Firm picked up sseveral new clients who posed a challenge to my knowledge. I appreciate these clients most because they push me to continuously grow and learn.

Now it is the end of the month and I am feeling the wind down. But that will not last long because I am hosting an event on the 10th of October plus I am holding  a business business building workshop on Friday the 13th. I am super excited because I lowered my rates for those who really just want to get their business up and running and we will get it all done THAT day! Like, they will literally leave the workshop as a legitimate business owner!

I am so very excited for the success to come for both my RushBunch family and my iRush family. 

-Rush

http://www.RushConsultingFirm.com 

Facebook Battles Part 1…. The Slap

Here is another conversation I wound up in because clearly I am glutton for punishment. Your Thoughts?

Scenario: You get a call from school that your 5yr old son hit a little girl in the face, whats your disciplinary move?

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Maisha Rush Children fight. They’ll be friends the next day. I would ask questions. Did she hit you? If not we will discuss how hitting someone is only for defending yourself in a situation of physical abuse. Our urge to discipline leads to anger which leads to abuse (from the child to adult) we need to start using these opportunities to TALK.

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Jonny Graham Say it was just his response to something other than her striking him?

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Maisha Rush Ask him why he felt compelled to hit her. Did what she did make him mad? If so, ask him why. Then ask him how he thinks he could have better handled it. Let him work it out so you are teaching AND guiding him to make better decisions. Problem solving.

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Jonny Graham If that works for you I’m all for it, I will handle it the same but the difference is the palm of the hand he used gone feel the way that lil girl face felt, thats just me though.

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Lisa BestGroup Admin The little girl could have spit in his damn face. You just enjoy beating the fuck out of your seeds. Just looking for a reason. You are brainwashed and your children will hate you😡

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Maisha Rush We love playing master and slave. Being a parent is about nurturing, encouraging, uplifting, communicating, and most importantly showing our love through our actions. I have 9 with one on the way which means I have many personalities to deal with and one thing I know is that the aforementioned parental attributes work on them all equally.

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Maisha Rush You are NOT disciplining him, you are teaching him (with your actions) to not stand up for himself, to not demand he be respected regardless of race gender or religion. These,king are the very attributes that are making our children and young generation cowardice and walking targets to being treated any way because they feel like it is a bad thing to stand up for themselves and be respected.

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Maisha Rush Break the cycle.

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Jonny Graham If he did this in response to anything other than a physical attack on him, he is the agressor and I dont uphold children in their wrong, the lesson I teach is keep your hands to yourself, and if you dish it you got to be able to take it. I realize that its not always the other person started it, and when I find out I handle it, and that doesnt make me abusive because in the meantime and between time I provide his every want and need, children dont do what they want to do, only what is allowed with me, somebody dont like it come take em to your house and raise em, I turned out just fine and so did my children, who are Grown and one has a child of her own.

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Lisa BestGroup Admin You did not turn out fine. You are a child abuser with a closed mine . I feel sick for your children

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Maisha Rush I have [10] whats one more. You asked my opinion, I gave it. A parent should feel some type of pain, anger, remorse, or regret when succumbing to hitting their child as if to ponder, there has to be a better way. Abuse begat abuse. Some of the most abused children are best “taken care of” that does not negate the abuse.

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Jonny Graham Why are you so full of hate, you don’t know me , why do you attack ME so cavaleirly, everybody entitlted to theyre own opinion, you dont have to agree but damn, at least respect it, if you suppose to be for your people, all I’m speaking is the lack of discipline that children are receiving is the reason we are loosing them early , and we need to get back to that but you calling your own people coons and all this instead of trying to shed some of this light you have that illuminates these black men and women to be coons in your eyes.

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Jonny Graham Yall do know that they just made that a law not long ago in the 90’s, you got your ass tore up at school too, you cant sheild kids from all pain and I dont care how perfect you think you are as a parent you’ll never raise the perfect person, we come here flawed, I really dont see no young people growing up wanting to be nothing anymore but rappers, drug addicts gang members, and ball players, being a part of a big distraction pool for the powers that be, Me and most all the people I grew up with are Business Professionals and Owners but we came from the Ghetto slum and got ass whippings though…

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Lisa BestGroup Admin I hate coons and closed mined child abusers

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Jonny Graham Dont be what you hate.

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Briana Abbott Beat his ass cause your growing a man not a pussy……no man should put his hands on a woman

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Lisa BestGroup Admin Far from it, however I’ll call a duck a duck.

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Lisa BestGroup Admin Bye Briana Abbott adults talking. We are speaking on children not grown men, slaves.

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Briana Abbott Lol…..oh your hot about that let me exit stage left lmao….👀👀👀👈👈

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Briana Abbott Oops 😂😂😂😅

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Maisha Rush Perfection is a fallacy. The only perfection you can attain is when you are being and doing your best. No one in their right mind can believe they are raising perfection. I never said that. I homeschool my children and my three oldest already own their own businesses because of the mindset I approach them with and teach them. I not only run my own business but teach other reflections to do the same. None of my children want to be anything mainstream as you mentioned. Its a mindset. You are teaching him that hitting IS appropriate. You call it discipline and so does he. He disciplined her for whatever he felt she did wrong. Just think about it King. I am not saying that no child needs their but popped from time to time but I implore you to talk it out. Life is about learning lessons not being beaten into submission. Haven’t we endured enough of that? You don’t want your child to do something because you are making them do it. You want them to do it because they have the wherewithal to assess the situation and do it because he should. That’s perfection.

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Maisha Rush Lmbo Briana Abbott RUN GIRL!

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Lisa BestGroup Admin Says a wonderful mother of 10 and she homeschools all of them without beating them💯💯💯

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Jonny Graham Children most times dont know that they should or shouldn’t do something and if its something that is important enough yes Ill make them do it till they understand how important it is and do it on theyre own. You cant reasonably expect all children to be the kind you can talk to all the time , children whose parents dont half ass watch em end up being around and seeing different things and if they go to school they are exposed to alot of other kids whose parents are loose and slack and before you know youre dealing with behaviors that he or she may be mimicking, I dont beat children ass for Everything , like some trying to assume, but a switch is on the menu because I must maintain control because he is my responsibility, and they need to know that they need to conduct themselves like they got some home training and if you buck me I want ass. for at least 18yrs he get a free ride on me , when you grown leave , while you here, I run it. You’ll never have me round here trying to beg and negotiate with no kid of mine. You just need to do what you instructed until I feel you are old enough and learned enough to be given some freedom privileges
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-Rush

FaceBook Battles Part 2 CHILD SUPPORT

So Occasionally I find myself in the middle of a war of opinions on Facebook. I use the word opinions very loosely because sometimes people’s opinions quickly turn into facts when they feel defeated. Sometimes I am at a lost of understanding how they come to the conclusions that they do but I imagine they feel the same about me. Because I have no desire to pay anyone for posting their name in my blog (not that I have to because its Facebook, thus public property) I will remove the name and their picture, but I am sure someone will try especially knowing the mindset of some people I converse with in these posts. Below is the conversation. I really would like your feedback, not so much who is wrong and who is right, because remember, everyone has a right to their own opinion, but just to see where people stand on this very controversial topic, Child Support.

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Maisha Rush Its hers. Child support is meant to financially co parent in the absence of one or both parents. She did it all, its her back pay. Why would it be his? What did the child do to “deserve” it? She should use it to help him secure himself but that is not an obligation just a grand gesture.

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Jessica Reid That’s like saying what did she do but let a bum nut in her. If dude was in the child’s life, it wouldn’t be “her” money

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Zanobia Rhodes EXACTLY!!!!

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Maisha Rush Thats cool. Was just answering what I thought. I do not debate with Queens.

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Jessica Reid Just responding to your thought since it was public

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Maisha Rush I asked my son because yall got me rethinking this. He said its would be mine BUT he would expect. Lil somrthin’ (lol) to which I responded. Logically any good mother would be sure her son is taken care of and probably end up with about 10 grand in the end (if that). His answer surprised me because he is only 17 but I can dig it. Lol

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Jessica Reid But it’s his decision to make since it’s his but ok

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Awesum Ikilla It’s not his that’s why the check isn’t in his name

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Jessica Reid But it’s for his behalf. Y’all acting like y’all doing something that you wouldn’t do if the father was there

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Awesum Ikilla You are doing a lot of something you wouldn’t be doing since the father isn’t there. At the end of the day a child is the product of 2 people and having one is a life commitment. Yes you’re going to have to take care of the child regardless but it shouldn’t be on your own so the money is the other half of help you were entitled to but didn’t get due to the separation. Too many think the mother is owed nothing but the reality of the situation is she does deserve it because the man shouldn’t have left her to do it on her own. The child’s existence is important but the child ain’t paying no bills putting in work.

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Jessica Reid Would you not take care of the child if dad was there? The fact that you feel like you’re “owed” something, that’s your kid!

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Awesum Ikilla It’s child support not child inheritance

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Jessica Reid Which isn’t owed to you!

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Awesum Ikilla As a mother receiving child support I have to say YES I am owed. The kids aren’t solely my own and they do come with extra expenses which I shouldn’t be solely responsible for. So please tell me more how I’m not owed the money I went to the court and was ordered to receive.

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Maisha Rush The. Money. Was. Never. The. Childs. It is FOR the child.

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Jessica Reid Your child is owed that money. You aren’t doing a thing that you wouldn’t do if the other parent wasn’t there. You would still be figuring out activities, day care and other expenses for the child. If you feel owed, close your damn legs

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Jessica Reid The. Money. Was. Never. For. You

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Jessica Reid See last statement

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Maisha Rush Yes SUPPORT.

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Jessica Reid Ok the child is now 24. If you still need support when the child’s 24, I suggest you do better in life and stop acting like a debt collector to your child. You’re acting like your child owes you something because you decided to be with a bum

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Maisha Rush At 24 his behind is grown and gone! That support you were supposed to give…… yeah. I did it all. Pay me for the labors you were meant to endure WITH me but left me to do it alone as if this were only MY child.

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Jessica Reid Pay you for the labor that you would’ve been doing anyways. Basically, because you just had to let a nigga nut, your child has to pay for it?

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Maisha Rush Hahahaha. Not actually birth labor sis, I.meant the labor of raising a child ALONE. Of course you went through labor alone. Smh. Some things you would not have been doing ALONE had he been there. It is much more labor intensive to do it alone than it is with the other parent that is why child support is implemented because this is a fact.

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Jessica Reid Labor, actual work you would’ve done with the child. Again, you your child’s debt collector because you decided to procreate with a bum? I’m still waiting to see what things you wouldn’t have done if the father was there. Would junior not have activities that you and he paid for? Would you not pay for food, shelter or clothes for your child if dad was there?

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Maisha Rush The struggle queen. We are talking about the struggle. If this were not a known fact then child support would never have been implemented. Maybe you couldn’t afford to have a good roof over their heads because you struggled doing it alone. With my first child I was homeless twice while his father was living it up in his five bedroom home. I had to beg foe food on the corner. I starved for a year, literally. I was given hand me downs from time to time, slept in shelters. It was a struggle. He didn’t care. I had my lights turned off because my son needed uniforms for school and supplies, and food. THAT is where the support should have eased the labor. These are the things child support are supposed to help with. I got fired from a job for taking off too many times for school meetings/functions/registration or because he was sick. THAT is where that support should help. THAT is the purpose of child support. And still going without because you, as a parent continue still to pay college tuition, graduations, etc. That’s is what I meant by “back pay” and easing labor pains.

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Jessica Reid Again, if dad was there, you along with dad would be providing food, home, clothing, etc. If you want back pay from being an adult, I suggest you go back to your mama’s coochie

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Maisha Rush I don’t need a violin sis. I’m good. You asked for examples. I gave them. Smh. Why? Through my struggles I own businesses and never have to stoop to demeaning and attempting to belittle someone who answers questions and tells their story. That’s not what this was about. It was a conversation between grown people with opinions. Sometimes petty isn’t called for. I don’t want or need back pay.

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Jessica Reid Obviously you did because you’re stating things you would’ve done anyway, tying it to a sob story to elicit sympathy. Don’t talk about how you don’t need nor want back pay now because you’re in your feelings. If your child is 24 and you still talking about needing back pay for being an adult and taking care of your responsibilities, you need to go back into your mama’s coochie

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Maisha Rush I was answering the question.

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Awesum Ikilla The problem with your mindset Jessica is that your mentality is taking the mother for granted. It’s the attitude that deadbeats adopt to not feel guilty for their faults on failing to uphold an obligation. It’s immature from my viewpoint and kind of immoral. Your opinion is literally the opposite of the law for a reason maybe you should rethink with some consideration it’s the only way you’ll really get the big picture.

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Jessica Reid How? Again what exactly are you not doing as a mother or an adult that you now have to do because dad isn’t in the picture? Are you not feeding your child? Clothing them? Providing shelter? If a man said this in regards to a deadbeat mother, y’all would be up in arms.

If you need back pay for being an adult and taking care of your responsibilities, your parents should’ve swallowed you

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Awesum Ikilla Example 1 Daycare 1500 month with 2 parents that’s 750 each …. but you’re single your other half just failed to support you.
Example 2 you’re offered a job making 50k working the night shift. But WAIT there’s nobody home with Jon Jon at night because you are alone raising him so instead you take the 25k 9-5 that works with his school schedule you just lost out on 25k because you have no support for the child it took 2 to make. … meanwhile Reggie your baby daddy is making 80k a year with 2 jobs he has time for becuz he left the kid with you cuz fuck it you gotta be a mom regardless.
Example 3 Kiki wants to be a cheerleader it’s 400 sign up 50 in gas a week to get her there( I’m not even going to mention finding the time) you are single so you are paying the 400 plus 200 a month in gas alone that’s 600. 600/2=300 but Wait you was going to be a mom anyway so let’s not talk about the possible 700 that could’ve gone else where girl Bye !

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Awesum Ikilla Give me my back pay and let the little child less, or new girlfriend, or dick riders, or deadbeats or whoever think whatever they want

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Jessica Reid So basically you want to be paid for being an adult? You a basic bitch

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Jessica Reid And side note: if you’re giving up a job making $50K because of lack of a sitter, you’re stupid

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Awesum Ikilla its not stupid single parent struggles are real

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Awesum Ikilla and its not getting paid for being an adult its back pay for the part that shouldve been contributed girl you are wrong just stop. your argument has been surpassed by scholars who have created laws to protect the right people from the habits of the wrong doers.

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Jessica Reid No, you’re stupid if you can’t take a $50K job because of lack of sitter. If you’re making $50K and cannot find a sitter, you ain’t trying. Basic ass

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Awesum Ikilla say you have a roomate rent is 1000 both of y’all are on the lease yall agreed on 50/50 if you end up paying the 1000 every month while your roommate stayed for free you better go to court and get them to pay their half to you. According to your motto your roommate would be in court arguing that you was staying there anyway so why do you think you should get paid for being an adult and the time has already passed so whats the point just move on with your life.

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Awesum Ikilla who do you know thats going to come to your house from 12-6 am to watch your child since you are so smart and sure about possible scenarios? when will they start and can you trust them with your child are they reliable when will they get paid? can you afford them and your bills?…. Girl its so much more whedoing things on your own and that’s why they have child support.

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Maisha Rush Queen, let it go Awesum Ikilla
Now, please note how I should have stopped conversing with this young lady long ago as I said I would in the very beginning…. Shame on me for not listening to my wiser self.
I would like to know your thoughts on the matter.
-Rush

Quickie

This is just a quick blog to show some iRush, okay just me, transparency. 

I know I motivate and encourage you guys often, don’t deny it, I see you beaming after reading my posts! 

I try to motivate you just because we all need it every now and again, I do to. What I want you to know though is that motivation is great because it gets you pumped and feeling like you can move mountains (because you can) but motivation is nothing if you allow your fears to set in. At the very moment that fear tries to poke its head you must do two things.

First you push back with how great you are, the accomplishments you have made, and the many obstacles you have overcome by not succumbing to fear. Next you need to address that fear, head on, NOW. Do not put it off. Ask yourself, “what am I afraid of?”.

Today, like any other day I sought to collaborate with a very well know company to assist in pushing [the] agenda for building small businesses. I was quickly overcome by fear. Not fear that they would reject me, fear that they would accept me! How crazy is that! 

That is oftentimes what I speak to my clients about: their fear of success. 

How did this hit me now! Me?! 

Well, I reminded myself of how great I am (yes cocky confidence is definitely needed to overcome fear). I oushed myself to believe I am worth this, Rush Consulting Firm is worth this. I mean this is what I am working towards right! Well in taking a deep breath and facing this fear, I realized that my problem was because I did not feel like I am prepared enough for that yes. What this made me do was look over, rather comb over all of my processes, prices, and business plan to be SURE I was ready. Then I proceeded, after a few tweeks of course. And now the collaboration I was so fearful of is mine. What’s best is I was more than readily prepared.

Tear down your fears and build up your business.

-Rush

No one Can steal my Joy

So I am minding my business, like literally, minding Rush Consulting Firm and every time I turn around someone is commenting or staring, or in some other way attempting to drain my positive energy or otherwise dampen my spirits.

Well, here is the problem with that; I learned long ago that my peace is mine. The only way someone can take it is if I give it to them.

There is so much going on in the world that you really have to be grateful for where you are right now. No matter where you are right now. If you have a hard time doing that, remember that where you are right now is probably not your lowest. We have to learn how to trust ourselves more. Stay calm in time if troubles and keep pushing, it only gets worse if you stop.

I love what I do and oftentimes I do it for free, I catch a hard time for that because people will pay for anything now days. But, I have a hard time charging to motivate someone who just needs a listening ear. Because of this, I sometimes struggle with my own finances, hell, I still don’t have living room furniture. But  I am happy.

I remember going through hard times and all I ever wanted was to be happy. Sure with a family my size, 9 children and one on the way, money is great. But my children want for nothing and all of my bills are paid. Anything extra is, well, extra.

I am not one to fake for the cameras, shoot half the time I won’t get in front of one because I don’t feel like faking for the camera. I like to be real and from the heart. My clients usually make me cry because I see me in them. They make me meditate and pray for them. They keep me on my toes. So while I am supplying them with a service, they are supplying me with the joy of doing what I love, and thats being there.

I wish I had me a me when I was going through because I assure you, I would be conquering the world. But if that were so, I wouldn’t  be where I am today having the ability to do what I do now for so many people who need it.

This boat of life, I tell you, Its something else. You ride the waves and enjoy the ripples. You absorb the calm and bask in the sun.

As a black woman, I find no greater comfort than being there for Reflections. Its something so…. God given.

-Rush