Angelia Vernon Menchan

Angelia Vernon Menchan is an author, publisher and public speaker who owns two publishing companies, MAMM Productions and Honorable Menchan Media. Mrs. Menchan is also a Budget Officer and former Job Corps Counselor. To date she has published twenty-three books of her own work, both fiction and non-fiction and more than eighty ebook novellas on amazon.com. You can access her bibliography on www.amazon.com search words: Angelia Vernon Menchan




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Phone numbers: 904 714 2272 904 303 2679

Monday, February 22, 2010

SELF_ISH

Okay, confession time… One of the hardest things in the world for me was to be about me,
To just do me and what I want to do, there I said it, used to think it was because I was the oldest child, well, umm found out that isn’t necessarily so, some first children have no issue with it at all…
I will say that I have gotten better at it, for years I denied myself anything that would be considered frivolous, well almost anything, I always purchased books…but other things I felt as though it were wrong to do, even when I could afford it, didn’t buy clothes for myself without buying something for the kids or my man, made me feel virtuous and less selfish…never had a manicure or pedicure until a few years ago, seemed a waste of good money, though I wanted to, and guess what could afford it, just didn’t do it, would gift other folks extravagantly and be miserly with me…ummph ummph ummph!
Then gradually, something shifted, I changed, my spirit changed and I realized that it was okay to do for me, after all, my tithes were paid, my bills were paid, I invested in my 401K, my kids were grown, so what in the world was wrong with doing for me and where oh where did that come from…
Then I realized it came from a lot of different places, mostly fear, I had spent a great deal of my time, watching people and one thing I never wanted to be was ‘stereotypical’. I never wanted to be the sister who didn’t have anything to show but how she looked and what she wore, so I avoided that, was frugal and conservative…because believe you me, I knew so many who bought into, ‘Fake it till you make it, look good no matter what…’ also, there was the people I allowed in my head, ‘You don’t need that, or this or the other…’ Never questioned why they felt like that, just accepted it…and one of my biggest fears was to have those I love disapprove of my in some way…didn’t show it, I was a cool as a popsicle in an igloo, but it was still true, because you do know don’t you, that just because folk can’t see, it doesn’t mean it ain’t real…
But gradually, the closer I got to God and the more I learned about the Word and my spirit flourished, I realized it was just as sinful to not take care of myself as it was to not do for others…so I stopped trying to hide, and pretend I didn’t care about things…that I did, I decided that as long as God was pleased with me and my house was in order, I could do things I love, and that there was no harm in taking good care of the one who took care of others…ME~
BE PEACE~
Angelia
www.angeliamenchan.com

5 comments:

Shelia G said...

What's that saying, "When mama is happy, everybody's happy."

As women, some of us are so used to giving to others,that we neglect ourselves.

I was guilty of the same thing. I listened to people and not realizing that during that time I could afford this and that and some of those people just didn't want me to have it.

They never knew that I've always been frugal (got that from my mama). I love nice things. If you see me wearing nice things, you can guarantee that I didn't pay full price for it. The only thing I pay full price for is my perfume (and even then it's part of a gift set...thank God for the internet and internet deals...smile).

There's a huge difference between being self-ish and being selfish.

Angelia... said...

Sister Shelia,
I knew you would get it, I have been saving all my life and denying myself, wanted my older years to be nice and they are~ we get there when we get there~

Smooches~
angelia

'Cilla said...

Wow... Angelia .. we are sooo similar. I still do my own manicure and pedicure. Always making sure that Man-child is first. I realized this past Christmas that he doesn't always appreciate the extent that I go through to make sure he has the things he wants/needs. So, I treated myself to something big. His eyes got real wide - "where is my stuff" - it felt good.

Imma do better :-) for ME !!

Dera Williams said...

You have sacrificed enough, raised your family. Remember that song by Diana Ross? I'm Coming Out.

Angelia... said...

'Cilla,
you betta do betta, and Dera I REALLY appreciate you saying that!