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Good Morning Monday

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on February 12, 2017 at 10:53 pm


Qui-1-28-16Good Morning Monday
, how did you sleep last night?
I slept snug as a bug  in a rug rolled up real tight.

Not that I asked a bug sleeping snugged in a rug – just how “that” felt,
but I promise I slept like a baby, after my knees knelt.

I’m a praying child and I feel better when I do it.
I always go to God before reaching point #ScrewIt.

How do you do it? Approach the unknown.
It’s good to map that stuff out before you’re too grown.

The unknown is anything that you do not know about.
I like to prepare before hand – the in’s and the out’s,

so I have.
This morning I awoke with a belly’s laugh.

All is well in my familial camp.
Today I’m hyped – Today I’m amp’d.

Good Morning Monday! I ain’t talked to you since Wednesday.
I believe I was on that #ChildhoodFriendship play

and yay! Things for me just got progressively better.
I spent the weekend in Texas and indulged in the unstable weather.beating-heart

I spent time with family and ate quite a bit.
Remember it was there in Texas where I got a little #Thick. 😀

Aw shick! I can’t deny the food in the DFW hood,
From Zaxby’s to CROWNS BBQ, good Lawd – it’s so good.

I’m sure I put on a few,
but now that I’m back in A-Z, I know what to do.

There’s no Zaxby’s in Arizona and very little food seasoning,
there’s no CROWNS BBQ and for that – there’s no good reasoning

to eat myself silly in the Southwest, from an Arizonan plate.
So Good Morning Monday, it’s a fine day for dropping weight.

I’m thrilled today beacause it’s good to be back!
I missed you baby – you gotta believe that.

I accomplished so much – it was hardly play and mostly work.
Tho I did find time to ham it up, cut the fool and twerk.

It was all fun, but that was last weekend.
It’s time to reset and mornings are a great begin.

I love a fresh start and I love what WE’VE got,
Good Morning Monday it’s good to be back in your slot.
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Yesterdays Hopscotch

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on February 9, 2017 at 4:56 am
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XO #ChildhoodFriendships

#TheHump wasn’t that high yesterday,
I spent a lot time outside; I went out to play.

I met a girlfriend in the leisure yard,
we spent hours on memories, they came fast & hard.

We spent hours on projecting and forecasting tomorrow.
Post 6-hours of hanging out our parting bore a little sorrow.

Because as much as we like hanging out and having fun
to do this long term? Time we’ve set aside equals none.

She promises she’ll do better, and I said the same.
In two different states we reside but the love remains

as tight as it ever was, for she is a girlfriend my childhood.
Just to know she’s doing well and is happy – does my heart good.

I didn’t learn too much new 411 that I didn’t already know:
besides she’s still living sangle and she’s still moving slow. 😀

I love that about her, yo! She moves slow and I move fast.
It’s been 35-years of consistency and our relationship still lasts.

She’s raising 3 kids with 1 in elementary.
When she can’t get away she lives vicariously through me.

She colleged long and started a family later.
I questioned my timing then, but now I feel I did myself a favor

by having my kids young (foregoing party time) I felt quite giving
today that time has been given back and I’ve no need for babysitting.

We’re living in two different acts of life – we are both the same age
but because I had children at 19, mine are on a grown page.

I now act as if I’m 19 because I’ve no kids in the house,
I’ve taken to travel like I’m paid to. I travel about.

Life is good, though as I mature,
I realize great relationships are an aging cure.

No matter your age, your childhood friends remain
the people they were when you first met — we met in 7th grade.

Yesterday we did behave while having girl time: we shopped and dined,
But not a minute before I got her tipsy off those orange juice mimosa’s of mine.

We finished up our playful eve
at a spa doing foot reflexology.

I tell you child,
a little Asian lady drove me wild.

It was only for 30-minutes
but she put every skill she had in it.

Woo! I enjoyed her plenty.
I was enamored, I tipped her $20.

She happily accepted and duly split the fee
with the masseuse that did my girlfriends feet.

Ooo wee.
What an awesome treat.

When was the last time you stepped away from the social fringe
and hung out with a real and true childhood friend?

For me, I am finding that I value them more and am hanging out more often.
Perhaps as you age in wisdom and grace, your heart for appreciation softens.

I’m an introspective person and time well invested speaks volumes to me,
I’m Qui
Hanging out with great friends, starting things up again – I’m excited about WE.

Life is great!
Go outside and play.

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Or stay in and get old.
You have been told.

Mondays Barriales & Aerials

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on February 6, 2017 at 7:31 am

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Oh my goodness gracious let me do break it down
I was in A-Z all last week though I feel like I’ve been out of town.

Let’s start with Atlanta, I ain’t dropped in in a minute
But Married To Medicine & RHOA have called me back in it.

I’m not much for taking medicine – I just don’t like to do it.
Though my love for the forementioned Bravo show proves I’m married to it. 😀

There’s Dr. Jackie, Dr. Simone, Dr. Heavenly, Mariah, Lisa Nicole, Toya and Quad.
As for how much #Illness accumulates therein? My God! There is a lot.

It’s addictive and I don’t want to stop,
The husbands are accommodating and the wives are hot!

quad-greg-mtm-2017Dr. Greg is Quad‘s man and I love his energy
I also have a soft spot for a Toyas Dr. Eugene.

These men appear soft spoken but aren’t shy in saying what they mean.
I’m also quite cut for Dr. Jackie & Simone’s betrothed C’s.

Curtis and Cecil — we don’t hear from them as much.
Curtis is Jackie’s sweetheart and Cecil is Simone’s 20-year love.

Yes child, Simone and Cecil did a 20-year wedded bliss shout
In Hawaii and invited all of their cast mates out.

There was drama in the arrive or should I say the lack of,
2 of the women arrived alone without their long time loves.

The two were Dr. Jackie and Lisa Nicole.
One stabilizes the group and one is quite cold.

Well that’s my opinion.
Lisa is cute but can be a little minion.

Who isn’t a little tricky from time to time?
Well more often than not Lisa is ISO #AShine!

And it’s thirsty looking but then there are those peaches in glam pearls
Just down the Atlanta road – those RHOA girls.

They are not MD’d but could use one indeed,
perhaps some Xanax, snacks, liq or weed?

kenya-moore-2017.jpgBut the deeds done by Kenya (Ms. Drama Queen Forever) Moore
screams we need more doctors making rounds on a door-2-door score.

Makes me want to reach back to Fridays #MTM
and  ask Dr. Eugene to send Dr. [Psychiatrist] Greg and ‘nem.

Remember Toya’s husband (Eugene) had that Dr. house call service?
I wonder if that has anything to do with their troubles with the IRS?

Well it seems on RHOA that all is okay
Though I’m a little concerned with Porsha’s plate.

She wants to have a child and that’s okay
But she’s so pretty and the day is late

Porsha is on the look for a qualified mate.
Todd Stewart won the spot but can he make the grade?

porsha-stewart-todd-2017Porsha usually looks “thirsty” during the show as she presses forward a “specific mingle.”
It leaves the viewer with little to wonder about when trying to comprehend why she’s single.

She’s one of my favorite cast members – I mean truly.
She’s degreed, successful & carefree not to mention a flawless beauty.

God bless the women of melanin – there’s sooo much booty.
I watch a lot of shows but lean hard towards those Southern cuties.

It could be their accents that I feel connects us.
I too am a southern belle — I’m from Fort Worth,Texas.

All the same I remain tuned-in because their story lines can’t be beat.
As well as their hair, lashes, nails, big pouty lips and #PrettyShoe feet.

Ooo Wee I absolutely feel kindred to their spirits indeed.
Yes sir and yes ma’am – I’m digging BravoTv.

It’s “THAT” season
And these two shows are the reason

That I keep (BravoTV) tuning in.
They’re the reasons why I’m
mentioning it to friends…

I like chocolate and skin of deep melanin.
Reminds me a lot of me and my kin.
It’s good to see my hood on #WIN.

So while I’m in Arizona I am up to date on all of the tea,
I’m a Qui
Happy Monday baby, I’m that Southern lady staying connected thru BravoTV.

Ps – Mariah and Phaedra are a little too much for me. Ooo!
But their make-up is always fresh, on fleek and absolutely FABU!!

Qui Kisses

Muah!
Southern Hoods: I Love You!

Sex Appeal is real

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on February 1, 2017 at 6:27 am

Confession is Qui

I saw a 2017 Tesla flipping suicide doors…
I stood at attention; I want to know more.

I’m turned on by gadgets and learning things that I do not know.
Thus I admit I’m turned on by Tesla’s entrance and exit m.o.

Sex Appeal is real, yo! It can be quite consuming.
I always get a nipple perk when Spring is close and flowers are blooming.

Spring is closer today than it was in December
and the botany blooms at Costco are prettier than I remember.

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More exotic for sure.
Spring may be a cure.

Surely she’ll bring something fresh.
Anything less ORANGE toned… would be best.

I confess I’m an easy turn on – it doesn’t take much.
I’m into love, hugs, encouragement and human touch.

Sex Appeal is real and is rarely out too far.
One way to start the party up, unveil some new art.

I approach each hump like I’m smart, I analyze and then I play,
I’m Qui
Turned on with ease as Sex Appeal is real on this HumpDay.

I’m yielding and I’m receiving.
Vibes of appeal trump seething.

Attracted to the good of…


Get out of the woods

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on January 30, 2017 at 7:40 am

the-woodsOne day when I was in 7th grade –
Going to Forest Oak Middle – where adolescents behave,

I was a walker to school and I’d arisen a little late.
Needed to arrive at school on time to keep admin trouble off my plate.

I distinctly remember cutting across a large field
That nearly confirmed Jason and Freddy Krueger were real.

It’s was a very risky feel but had I been late in time
A letter was coming home and Moms would be in my behind.

So I forged ahead in my girl shoes named CANDIE,
With blades of grass between my toes I arrived quick and felt dandy.

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I don’t think they’re #AllTerrain shoes… but they brought me through.

And there across the forested brush was my middle school.
I saw the social clicks: the populars, the jocks and the fools.

Just slightly forward of all of the clicks – towards the curb,
I saw my beloved crew, a pack of Honor Nerds.

And in that pack true concern was active,
I was spotted crowning the forest by Katrinna Mathis!

This was my best girlfriend from the Forest Hill hood,
She yelled out: “Oh God Qui – Get out of the woods!”

GET OUT OF THE WOODS? I suppose it’s the right call.
However I made it to school in record time with no stall.

My feet were a mess – I was delivered by “the walk.”
When traipsing through the woods – I’m focused; rarely balk.

Sometimes life is hairy and sometimes you’re the captain.
I challenge you to rise to the occasion – and forfeit saving cute fashions.

Forego the extras, the boo-boo, the ungroomed -ish…
And find your way through it all. I believe YOU’VE GOT THIS.

I had THAT – the day KAT saw me coming out of he woods.
Though being cared for, if I wasn’t prepared for — my best friends acknowledgment was good!

She didn’t want me out there! She didn’t want me lost.
I’m Qui
Encouraging you on your journey. Be the captain. Walk #TheWalk.

Pray for and Exercise

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On that flight from Dallas

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on January 29, 2017 at 7:12 am
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ABOUT My immediate neighbors in the air…

I’ll be quick and make this short
I sat in row 1 in the middle of two sports.

Both were of senior age but not together.
All of us on our way to enjoy the Phoenix weather.

The lady to my left was fighting Parkinson‘s — HARD.
At times, uncontrollably – for her, I prayed to the Lord.

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She was sweet as pie and told me how much she loves her grands and 3-month old great grand.
Though even sweeter tales came via the right from the senior man.

This was only his first flight since being shipped out to Vietnam.braided-qui-red-lips
His outer appearance was aged though he bore youthful charm.

He complimented my hair. I’m wearing micro braids.
He talked to me like we were old friends. I dig his way.

He’s been married for 42-years and is a proud snow bird.
He usually lives in Kansas but WINTER IN PHX – is #WORD.

He went to Dallas because his sister passed still he remained strong.
He’s got Hawaii plans – he plans to live long.vietnam-soldier-of-peace

I love that. We should all love life with no fear.
Had his father seen 2017, he’d have been married 70 years.

His father and mother were married for 69 years! What you say!?

The day for him is young, for his 50th wed anniversary – he plans to play.

That’s when he wants to go to Hawaii.
I yielded to his zest. Yes – nothing could stop me.

He’s in his mid 60’s and making plans like he’s 30.
If you are younger and doing less – you’re living dirty!

Now I don’t usually talk on flights because my voice carries.
When I do, the tales I tell, the public – near, naturally marries.

That means FOLKS FOR MILES seem to hear me and respond,
I’m Qui
And Dallas was good to me especially the #ReturnFlightBond.

Cleaning Up

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement, weightloss on January 27, 2017 at 3:53 am

cleaning-mop-mickeyOkay, the days are coming and going fast
I’m always in search of something “to last.”

Perhaps a lovely moment I don’t want to pass
I want to #DoIT slow, #EatClean and #BurnFat.

So I’m doing that! Today is (again) day one.
Holiday eating was good, the endless cookies were fun.

But this arse of mine – in width needs to run.
The junk food and I, again have reached DONE.

We all have a relationship with food and it is a give and take.
You can have it deep fried, freeze dried, pan seared or baked.

Pan seared and baked are better options as Spring is set to arrive.
So knowing there’ll be more of my skin showing I’ll do this right.

No fat, no sugar and absolutely no carbs.
My thoughts: focused. My help from the Lord.

Good health is a detoxers reward.
Eating clean isn’t easy – nor is it too hard.

In 2014 I dropped 30 pounds from just dropping fast food.
I’ve enjoyed a drive thru or two since then and find myself in the mood

To detox again, though I’ve gained nothing on the lost 30.
I’m eating clean again because Oct-Dec doc’d me eating dirty.

Today is Day 1. of my 2017 clean up.
Care to join me in the detox cut?

Care to shape up your gut and your butt?
Go clean, no candy, cakes or ice cream – Give it up!

Yep, #ScrewIt, let’s do it. Let’s polish up for Spring with no rut,
I’m Qui
Looking for a finer she – I’m committed to Cleaning Up.

Hand me that lettuce….

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Usher yourself into it.

Post that round trip flight…

In Communication, Self Improvement, Travel on January 25, 2017 at 7:35 am

life-is-a-box-crayonsIt’s good to be back! I’ve had fun – I have.
I flew out to Dallas and had a Fam blast!

I did fly coach but it felt like first class.
Solo: I handled my business and I busted my ass.

Once I got to the DFW my car rental and hotel were ready.
I with my laptop, a mop and creative energy was steady.

So much happened that all of my tools and skills were on deck.
I was pretty deep off in the woods though strong was my connect.

CLo came through – Mr. Logistics doesn’t play.
CLo is Carlos Ramierez of Choice Valet.

Stephanie came through and then the two of us #CameUp.
She’s my HS alumni living in the Dalworthington cut.

Joe G turned out and brought CJ with him.
CJ is that unbiased beacon when things get dim.

Joe G is my rock, my baby brother, my go-to guy.
The love in the DF-Dub always gets me high.

I’m elevated, I’m happy and it’s good to be home.
I learned so much in Dallas – increased the size of my dome.

From Arizona to Cali, to Dallas and New York:
I have a thing going on between my arrive and depart.

I was in town because Healthcare Workers could not deny
That my dads health is in the last stages (prostate cancer) & he may die.

I was encouraged and didn’t cry but took a flight out
I showed up in person to see what the “hoopla” was about.

Dads homestead was a wreck – there’s no room for any border.
My dear old dad’s square footaged pad was decorated by a hoarder.

Me? Besides a little OCD, I think cleaning is quite therapeutic.
So when I saw the periodical fuss and tinsels of dust – to clean up? I couldn’t refuse it.

It was a HGTV scene to be seen – how I transformed that place.
I hired a young male team, strong and lean – then we put a smile on Dads face.

I restored that place.

Suddenly dad sat up, smiled, and started thanking me a bit.
Then he reverted to his usual self and started talking cash -ish. 😀

It was good to have his spirit back. Helping him did a lot for me,
I’m Qui
That blush invoking she, that flight to Dallas did a world of good for me.
Ooo Wee.

Post that round trip flight…
Fam: I’m feeling alright.
🤗

Blush

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on January 23, 2017 at 5:14 am

blush-champagneIf your face is perfectly pitched and then becomes a bit flushed,
whether for good or bad – we call it a blush.

Today I am blushed and it shows past my red/brown melanin.
There’s a cherry noir rouge at the cheeks of my skin.

This day is still early though my happiness didn’t just begin.
I’ve been #PayingItForward to no end – heck I’m on a philanthropy binge.

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and I LOVE IT!
If feeling good was tangible thing –
I’d )))HUG((( it.

I’m feeling it right now and passing to you– in a rush!
There’s no time to not let your little light shine or exhibit a little blush.

Do that thing that makes you happy, then do it again and again.
Go out and speak to a stranger – go out and help a dear friend.

Monday is perfect to start all over again.qui-love-jan22-2017
Make it an opportunistic begin.

The thing that makes me blush is seeing others that I lift up #Smile.
It is nothing out my energetic spill to help someone to easier cross a mile.

Ooo wee and good morning. Good Lawd, I shall not hush,
Today is Monday baby and I’m about that proactive blush.

What about you, what have you got up for today and such?
I’m Qui
This day is about WE. Upgrade your character – add some blush.

Word of the day…

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on January 20, 2017 at 1:12 am

word-counter-sign.jpgI rarely have a WORD to say – in fact,
most times I open my mouth there’s a paragraph.

So A WORD? I may not have one in singular,
but if I had to grab one, I might grab: STAR.

I’m feeling like a STAR today.
The wind in my hair – I’m prime for some play.

It’s Friday, an #ImAliveDay and I really can’t argue.
There’s nothing going on that could effect my song;
my stardom time is due.
Yours too.

So do join me today in celebrating yourself.
Grab your shades and scarf and exhibit top shelf.

Why? Because you should and you absolutely can.
If you don’t celebrate you – then who will man?

In the midst of all of that, I’ve had an eureka; an ooo wee!
I’ve come up with another WORD! The word is: ME.

When you say that word it is always in reference to you.
So no, I don’t have A WORD today, more like a paragraph or two.

The weekend is upon you, stay up and celebrate your good.
I’m Qui
and this is a good time to reconnect with good folks in your hood.

We’re all STARS. Let’s constellate!
Another WORD OF THE DAY has to be #RELATE.

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