Where have I been?

The first rule of blogging is consistency.

I blew the first rule so I will make up for my lengthy absence by filling my blog pages with relevant and regular content that ranges from the public’s right to know via the free press to lessons learned on the campus of Florida A&M University. That range may seem to violate another blog helpful hint and that is to keep the blog topics much more narrow.

However, the beauty of blogging is that is one’s preference as to what to write for the desired audience. My primary audience remains college students, especially multimedia majors, their parents and guardians and colleagues engaged in higher education and communications areas.  There are several other curious souls who are populated by former college classmates, family, friends around the globe and the curious.

I will kick off my return to my blog site with a summary of what my primary focus has been regarding my life over the last two years. It has been my physical, mental and spiritual health.  A year ago, I made up my mind to kick my addiction to sugar and all foods that are “bad” for me.  I just completed my annual physical exam and the results from the lab tests, heart check and related reviews are fantastic. My weight is down more than 60 pounds. It was important for me to move away from the negative eating habits that were leading me to the unhealthy path of diabetes. The benefit is that I feel better in all aspects.

I constantly work on my mental and spiritual health. Thanks to great foundational teachings from the spiritual leaders at Atlanta’s Hillside Chapel & Truth Center and The Word of Truth Christian Center, I’ve spent the last 30 years being deliberate about this important area of my life. The results are still coming in as I have great “teachers” encouraging me to pray without ceasing, meditate more and be still. I don’t always get it right, yet I know how and where to go to receive the guidance to turn around.

I have to shout out the meditations delivered by Oprah and Deepak.  The words of T.D. Jakes, Jr., the writings of the late Og Mandino and Florence Shinn, and the countless hours of great messages delivered to me from my favorites Dr. Barbara King, Iyanla Vanzant, Apostle Leon Hollinshed, Pastor Lee Johnson,  Na’im Akbar, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Phil, Louise Hay, Rev. Michael Beckwith and so many more. I read everything that brings encouragement so that I may transfer most of my learnings and beliefs to the students enrolled in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, Florida A&M University.

So let the renewed blogging journey begin. Stay tuned for exciting stuff that is will not be neatly categorized by topics, people, places and things.

Yes, I am not taking my own advice that I have given my new student bloggers. I know.