Back to being Momma Sutton-Brown

Just finished cooking for my teammates, and since there are no left over’s I guess that means I put my foot in it 🙂 … “Delicious she says” as she places her plate in the sink. Now I’m not about to come out with a cook book or anything, but I will say that I can hold my own in the kitchen 🙂

So Valentines Day is this weekend, and since I won’t have anyone here in Turkey to celebrate with I think I may just have to cook again and celebrate with my teammates. No it’s definitely not the same, I would rather have my man with me, but at least they will get a home cooked meal outta it. LOL… I’m not a big fan of Valentine day anyhow cause it caters 2 couples and make single people feel like they are invisible … Personally we should not have just 1 day outta the year where we prove our love to the one we love. I can only speak for myself, BUT I want to feel loved ALL the time. Every day, every hour, every minute.

Love

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Reflection

Sitting on my couch I reflect today on the intelligent and strong black leaders that have graced our planet.

I am free today because of those before me. I am strong because of the examples that were set by many, but one in particular, Harriet Tubman. Tubman is probably the most well-known of all the Underground Railroad’s “conductors.” She married a free black man when she was 25. He would not join her in her desire to escape from freedom so she escaped in 1849 by herself. And I love that! Know what you want and go get it despite what others say or do. One must be accountable for making their dream a reality.

We need to spend more time focusing on those who have made a difference in our spheres of life and less time on those who can dunk, catch or throw a ball. A few hours of entertainment is great pastime, however if it stops there, then in the grand scheme of things it’s impact is minimal, if any at all. Now using one’s own talent and strength for positive endeavors is EXTRAordinary. Risking one’s life for others, freeing over 300 slaves is amazing to me. It’s the ultimate selflessness. Harriet Tubman is one of THOSE people, THOSE people who we should look up to, because despite physical hardship and lack of education she took freedom into her own hands and made it her mission to be free from slavery and to help others .… She had a driven sense of purpose. And life is about just that, helping those in need. Personally I feel like I am not successful if those around me are struggling. And that is why Tubman has been such a strong and important influence on my life. She was an extraordinary strong black woman who had a vision and made others believe in her dreams. FREEDOM. She was physically and mentally tough, and maintained great strategy and planning .

I dare you to dream. What a beautiful thing it is to have opportunities to choose what we would like to do, who we would like to be, and what we should have in life. Accountability to accept that we are our own Harriet Tubman, with the ability to strategically plan our future, despite the obstacles that may come our way. Harriet did not believe that the road would provide a smooth ride therefore, she planned for surprises and ways to overcome them. Let us take the time to differentiate between our wants and needs, then find your inspiration, be it one of our past influences, role model, family or friend. Remember to stay positive, we must seek out those who are positive. To my sisters out there, remember that we are strong black women who have taken care of and guided families for generations. Take the time to reflect on who you are, Harriet did not start this movement to freedom in vain.

We definitely need more women like Harriet Tubman in this day and age.

Thankful and Appreciative

So I’m not sure how I’m feeling about my birthday coming up. Yes the big 32. Living the ‘basketball life’ demands a certain schedule and time commitment that makes it difficult to spend time pursuing other activities and spending time with loved ones, so there are some things that I have been unable to do thus far, which I would have wanted. However, as I reflect and think about all that I have accomplished in the 32 yrs I’ve been on this earth, I am so thankful and appreciative of all that I have experienced to date. I’m so grateful to be in a position where I have the means to do many of the things that I want as well as the liberty of making decisions for myself, which can easily be taken for granted when growing up and living in countries where people have freedom of expression. It is said that 30’s is the new 20’s. Not for me though…I mean, I am still and will always be young at heart, but for me it seems that 30’s is the new 40’s or even 60’s. I say this because I have become so much wiser in the little time that I have spent thus far being a 30-something, that I sometimes feel a bit wise beyond my years. I have found that reflecting on the small details of life has brought me wisdom. By details, I don’t mean the houses, the cars, the cloths, I mean the ones that really count like quality time with loved ones, an unexpected card, giving back to the community, and giving someone a genuine compliment. So I welcome this new upcoming year, one in which I will continue to grow as an individual both on and off the court.

Cheers!