How Blogging Helped Change My Life


That's why I can say yeah--I think I'm happy now! ~ from my first blog post  16 Oct 2011

And the next few years went a little something like this:
Yeah! I THINK I’m….happy.
Yeah? I think I’m happy?
Yeah! I THINK I’m happy.
Yeah! I think I’m happy! Yeah! …Happy!

LOL!  It’s been an insightful and, at times, surprising exploration of happiness. Some of you have joined in and helped others and me with your thoughts and stories. Many thanks to you and to everyone for being here!

This blog has been a testament to self-exploration—it’s good for the soul. It’s been proof as to why we need to ask ourselves the uncomfortable and probing questions about how we live and view our lives.  No one’s going to do it for you. 

Well, I’ve asked, contemplated, laughed, cried, wondered, and came to a realization. 




Happiness is being in relationship with God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. Happiness is enjoying the bountiful blessings of this earth that our Heavenly Father has created for us. Happiness, for me, now includes enjoying a more fit life, cooking and finding new and interesting ingredients to sample!  After all, God did say that:  

“Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. ~Gen 1:28-31

And on that note, I invite you to continue blogging along with me into a new chapter:



Friends, I'm so excited! I will keep you updated about the changes and transitions. To my current followers, you will receive updates automatically. Everyone else, please join us by subscribing via the options provided to the right (bloglovin, email, your Google account) and at the bottom of the page (NetworkBlogs or Google+).

Ok guys, get ready to feast!  Oh, as always, I want your input!  What are some topics you’d like to discuss related to faith, food and fitness? Comment below! Email (politejourney@gmail.com) or Facebook me! But please let me know!  :-)



Launching August 2014:
Feasting on the Divine 
~ Nourish Your Body & Soul~
~ faith, food & fitness ~

Be blessed~*

As Long As I Live...



I love the Lord, because He hath heard 
my voice and supplications.
Because He hath inclined His ear unto me, 
therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live.
Psalm 116:1-2




1 Down! 11 More to Go!


Time to check in! How are you progressing on your New Year’s resolutions so far? It’s 30 days later. What have you accomplished? How do you ensure you stay committed to your resolutions/goals?

I realized that I need visual reminders. I have my overall life goals, and I pray every day to stay in God’s will and plan for me. Plus, I'm tried something different this year—developing a monthly plan. Each month I’m going to develop smaller objectives that will lead to the successful manifestation of my bigger goals. I also have a book of the month to complete that will enrich my spiritual, personal and professional development.

Wow! What a difference! I’m more excited, inspired, engaged, and feeling accomplished. I really didn’t set any resolutions. Just promised myself to keep making healthy and positive choices while seeking God’s guidance in all that I do. 

So how am I doing so far? According to my doctor's visit a couple of weeks ago, I'm still dropping pounds and inches thankfully.  I've working on some professional development courses, and I'm completing my study of My Money Grows on Trees by Zari Banks

Sound off!  How is 2014 going for you?


My My! You're Looking Good!


Believe it or not, yesterday was National Compliment Someone Day. According to what I’ve read, the idea is to say something nice about at least 5 people. You can find more information here 

A compliment is a simple way to bring a bit of happy to someone else. However, when you lift someone’s spirit, you’re enriching your spirit as well. Who knows? You may be the one positive voice that makes a difference in a friend's, family member's, coworker's or stranger's day!  



Why should it be a one-day event? Let's uplift and encourage purposely the whole weekend! Don’t stop at 5!  

Feel free to share your experience. I’ll be sure to post about my “compliment spree” as well. 

*Update* 
It was a great weekend and a wonderful week of spreading encouragement! You really do feel little warm fuzzies as you see a smile spread across someone's face or witness a spark of confidence. 

When I was in grad school, I remember hearing a quote--"Be the person you wish you knew as a child." These words helped change my perspective and influenced the type of counselor I wanted to be--one who encouraged and empowered people to reach their full potential. 

Food Nirvana



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“I get way too much happiness from good food." ~ Elizabeth Olsen

Lizzie Olsen, you’re preaching to the choir. Friends, from my pictures, you can see that obviously I had plenty of moments where I was downright ecstatic about food! LOL Laughing now, but please know I’ve learned my lesson. 

I still get way too much happiness from good food. I’m a foodie. Yes, I know some people have an aversion to that term, but it’s redefined my experience with food. I’m constantly exploring different cooking styles, how to use fresh herbs and diverse ingredients in food prep. Who knew delicious chicken didn’t have to swim in hot grease? Matter of fact, I very rarely fry anything (can’t think of the last time…hmm). And ground turkey in tacos? Yum! 

Was someone thinking kitchen gadgets? Glad you thought of it! Confess. You know gadgets make cooking fun. What’s your favorite? I love my garlic press, handheld grater, and kitchen shears. My next purchase may be a butcher's block table. 

The moral of the story: In the past, I got way too much happiness from what I thought was good food, and I still indulge from time to time. I’m a W-I-P. Today, I get way too much happiness from eating good-for-me food and discovering new and healthy ways to expand my palette.


Would love to hear from my other foodies and gadget lovers out there!  Share your story about how you've changed your "relationship" with food.

When I Grow Up...


It’s amazing how our dreams change as we grow older. Of course, life experiences shape them. Our exposure to our immediate environment, social outlets, and personal values inform our dreams and fluctuate over time. For most of us, in our youth, our circle of influence was small—family, church, school, and community.

My parents were avid readers. Therefore, I realized early that books opened the door to a reality outside my circle. And yes I visited it quite often! Loved libraries and I still do! So, my dreams included being the first female football coach, driving a semi, and becoming an archaeologist, a doctor, or engineer. I know my family is LOL about the football coach dream! A touchdown and a field goal are the only two things I’m sure about in football. LOL *side note* I still wouldn’t mind going on an archaeological dig one day. 



But my oh my, how the world has changed! Now, children’s circle of influence includes access to the WORLD.  Thanks to social media and the rampant popularity of reality TV, fortunately and sometimes unfortunately, today's youth realize many opportunities are available. Even happiness has a brand new meaning. It’s now a  main factor in career decisions--such a paradigm shift from how people in my Mother's and grandparents' generations made career choices.

Well I "googled" and "binged" and came across these articles about children’s career dreams. You may find them quite interesting:

What Children REALLY Want To Be When They Grow Up

Studies Show That Children Just Want to Be Famous

Parents, what do your children want to be when they grow up? Did their choices surprise you? 

Wordless Wednesday ~ Founding Fathers




by David C. Behrens



Monday's Mantra

This Week's Mantra:



*~I will find a reason every day to be grateful.~*

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Please join in by declaring a mantra that will prepare you for the week ahead. I look forward to reading your mantras. Feel free to share in the comments below.

Wordless Wednesday ~ Love



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Grateful & Paying It Forward



When you've been blessed, pass it on! (Thanks Ms. LaBelle!) 


From November 18-22, please visit Amazon.com to download your gift copy of After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey. You may share the link with your family, friends, coworkers and on your social media networks.  amazon.com/author/trinkapolite


After the Sixth Day tells the story of one spirit living in a world that it's trying to understand. At some point on the journey, a longing is awakened for another world that feels both familiar and unknown. This story is uniquely told through poetry and prose with sincere and powerful emotion. The "notes" reveal what we all soon realize; through interaction with the world, the spirit is tested, awakened and strengthened.

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So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. {Genesis 1:27,31 NKJV}



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Monday's Mantra

This Week's Mantra:




*~Every day is a gift.~*


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Please join in by declaring a mantra that will prepare you for the week ahead. I look forward to reading your mantras. Feel free to share in the comments below.

Wordless Wednesday ~ Full Moon







Monday's Mantra

This Week's Mantra:


*~I am defined by God's truth not my circumstances.~*

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Please join in by declaring a mantra that will prepare you for the week ahead. I look forward to reading your mantras. Feel free to share in the comments below.

Wordless Wednesday ~ The Color Purple





Monday's Mantra

This Week's Mantra:




*~I am actively becoming a better me.~*

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Please join in by declaring a mantra that will prepare you for the week ahead. I look forward to reading your mantras. Feel free to share in the comments below.