June 2018

Happy Summer!

SummerThere’s a lot going on this month. The last days of school are quickly approaching, and many of you, including my daughter, will be graduating high school and starting college in the Fall. I remember the day she started kindergarten. I nervously held her hand while we waited for the bus. I helped her on the bus, set her backpack on the seat next to her and gave her my mommy lecture. As I kissed her for the millionth time, the bus driver threw me off the bus. “I can’t move the bus until you get off,” she said tartly. The children chuckled as I slinked my way down the steps.

Father’s Day is June 17. My dad impacted my life in so many ways; he inspired my love of books and reading, and most importantly, he taught me how a man is supposed to treat me. But, his biggest impact was being there. We went through some tough times as a family, but dad never left. Unfortunately, too many fathers choose not to be a part of their children’s lives. Taking care of our children goes beyond providing a roof over their heads, putting food in their bellies and clothes on their backs. The real child support is about loving, teaching and nurturing their hearts, minds and souls. A big hand to hard-working dads who appreciate the importance of being there.

With six months until the end of the year, how are you doing with your 2018 goals? Are you making progress? Have you experienced setbacks? If one of your goals is healthier eating, I’ve found a resource for you. Check out the USDA’s ChooseMyPlate.gov website. You will find a wealth of information and useful tools geared towards providing healthy eating solutions and inspiration to get you moving. Don’t forget our walking plan. These sunny days are perfect for taking a walk.

Last month, I told you to be on the lookout for the new series, What is Art? Each month, I’ll profile an artist who shows their creativity in various ways. Look for the interviews and pictures in Lemon and Honey. Also, this month you’ll meet the fictional ladies of G.O.I.N.G. (Goal-Oriented, Independent, Networking Group). These ladies of various ages, ethnic and economic backgrounds, come together to make a real difference in their community. I’m sure you’ll enjoy getting to know Grace, Faith, Lily, Sanaa and Fathia.

Wishing you sunny days,

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