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Getting Back to the Blog and the Basics


What’s up everybody! I MISSED YA’LL!!!

I’m finally back on the blog after a wonderful summer vacation and adventurous start to the school year.

As usual, I took the summer off, worked on summer projects and spent some time in the ATL with my family.   But what made this year different was that I drove — by myself.

There were a few friends that were trying to go with me and/or volunteer their friends to keep me company.  No thanks.  This was destined to be a trip for Thelma without Louise…and no driving off of cliffs.  I wanted to be by myself, clear my head and just do my thing.  So I gassed up the truck, hit 95 South and got the party started.

The drive wasn’t that bad. Now, I am not that “gangsta” so I didn’t drive straight through.  I split the trip into two days, people with dogsstopping at my girlfriend Donetta’s in VA and my brother-in law Cecil and nephew Josh in NC.  Those stops were trips in themselves. The visit with my parents included the usual shenanigans that involve me and my sister running the streets, eating delicious of food and lots of working out to counteract all the eating.  We were celebrating my sister’s birthday and we ran into these folks in the pic to the right.  They have a club that meets monthly and bring their dogs.  There is usually more of them…

Click here to see the rest of the pics from the trip.

Now back to reality…

So now that I’m back it’s time to get back to real life and to a topic that I’ve been avoiding sharing with you.  So since I keep preaching about keeping it moving and staying focused despite the dramas of life…here goes.

I’ve been going through a divorce for about a year and half. Some of you knew that, but most don’t.

I’ve been debating as to if I was going to share this and if so how and when. It’s been marinating over the last six months or so and I have thought about it from every angle.  At some point you get “analysis paralysis” and just need to make a decision. So here we are.


The pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities, and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”  Harry Truman

Why I am doing this now and why now

I’ve been feeling that I’m not being true to myself.  This issue has affected my writing and that is what swayed me to make the decision to “come out of the closet” so to speak. I have a lot of stuff to write about but can’t really post it because you didn’t know about the divorce. It just wouldn’t have made sense. This is the main reasons that I have had a few seasons where these long gaps of time between posts. I was just in a funk and wasn’t inspired.
Now let me clarify by saying that I’m not going to use this platform to put anyone on blast or air my dirty laundry. That’s just tacky and I wasn’t raised that way. Additionally, there are children, in-laws and friends wrapped up in this and in no way to do I want to hurt or embarrass them.  But at the same time, I need to share these experiences.


You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. —Ken Kesey

For my subscribers, don’t worry I haven’t changed the focus of the blog to divorce.  I will still do the balanced range of quirky posts that I’ve been doing–I’m just adding a new topic. Through the process of “going through the divorce” I had some of the scariest, bizarre and funniest experiences.  I have met some really cool people, experienced new things and had to learn to endure some things I never thought I would have to. So therefore I have new content with more depth. And most of all, I need to let you know how I kept it moving and encourage others to do the same!
I leave you with words from one of my favorites, “Still I Rise,” by Dr. Maya Angelou.  Enjoy and be encouraged!
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  1. Stania

    You are brave and inspiring. Keep up the good work!

    1. Nichole Renee

      Thanks Stania! I plan on it!

  2. Mom

    It’s all good. Keep standing and keep it moving!

    1. Nichole Renee

      Thanks Mom! Buckle your seatbelt…

  3. Keisha

    Glad you are back…just want to send you a big (((((HUG))))))).

  4. Danielle

    Hey there, I am along for the ride, nice blog. Staying tuned :-)

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