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I bring you greetings to introduce a new magazine called OUR STORY! It has been a lifelong dream to provide an entity where people who are doing great things can share their stories.
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Our story is the first of a series of the “MYStory” Publications. This is truly, near and dear to my heart. Has been for many, many years…and it’s finally here!!! It is my prayer that people smile when they read page to page, cover to cover of the many stories from engagement to wedding announcements, Lifelong marriages, Second Time Around stories, people expressing their Triumphant and Overcomer's stories, and their own personal stories of Success. You have no idea how excited I am and this is just the beginning!! I now employ you to take a moment and think about the stories that you would like to share with our community and beyond. After all… we all have a story.
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RELATIONSHIPS & WELLNESS Written By: Kelly Ragin Relationships & Lifestyles Empowerment Coach
DO RELATIONSHIPS AFFECT OUR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING? THE LOVEPRENUER
In a nutshell, relationships can either make you, or break you. But no matter the feat…it’s up to you just how much energy you give and how much you allow it to affect your wellbeing. Relationships come in many forms. In this forum, we’re going to discuss Man/Woman, Boy/Girl relationships. When we fall in love, or in DEEP LIKE, studies have shown that the “Being in Love” Feeling helps boost endorphins, and can truly be a good cure for; or close to it. It’s also an EXCELLENT chaser to depression. For many reasons, people fall into the slump of the “d”word. Usually, it is because of what the person feels he/she is missing. I recently read an article titled, “Hacking into your Happiness”. The article was referencing toxins and the chemical chemistry that our bodies make naturally. However, I would like to give an alternative perspective. Below is a list of reasons why people choose to commit or seek relationships. H-E-A-L-T-H-Y Relationships; that is. 1. Sense of belonging/ Feeling Needed I am a firm believer that, no matter what comes out of a person’s mouth, everyone wants to feel needed. It’s such a good feeling knowing that someone was desires what you have and own. Your very own personality! Once we love on ourselves, then Mr. or Mrs. “Right” will see that value through you. 2. Partnership Back in my Girl Scout Leader days, during outings, I would ALWAYS tell my troop… “OK! Buddy Up!”. Simply meaning—find your buddy, connect, and do not leave her side for this entire trip. Well, I would venture to say that in committed relationships, if we “Buddied UP” -
We could weather quite a few storms. Partnership brings about togetherness and the sense that you have a reliable source, outside of yourself. 3. Security/Stability Security. In addition, I’m not referring to the “Mall Cop”. But referring to that old adage question of – So, what do you have to bring to the table? When couples are dating, this question comes up…but not always discussed. It’s OK TO ASK! A friend and I have these discussions often. The consensus is that, we’ve denounced the old saying of “just meet me in the middle”. I prefer the saying… Just meet me at the starting line! Let’s BOTH bring something worthy to the front line. AND FINISH STRONG! 4. Stress Reducer I believe that we tend to worry less when we have a partner. After all, this means you have someone to share the load. You also have someone to whom you can vent or get FREE THERAPY! 5. Better Sexual health SEX. Not a bad word. Definitely has its benefits…. In many ways. Have fun learning them! 6. Spiritual connection Finally, having a cool connection is nice –but there is NOTHING like connecting spiritually. Sharing Faith in a higher source, outside of yourselves is vital. Starting your day together in prayer is especially special---as well as always having your own private prayer time. I have a quote for my home that I refer to regularly.
“OUR Faith in OUR GOD, are the wings, to OUR Love”.
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The answer to this one… EMPHATICALLY—Y.E.S! ABSOLUTELY!
Martez & Erica As two vibrant HBCU students, we were striving to begin our professional careers. However, that’s not the only goal we were seeking to achieve. We completed our academic careers miles apart and managed to keep in touch. Unknowingly, holding onto a bond which laid the foundation for the love we share today.
The true meaning of “Love at First Sight” was the moment Martez laid eyes on Erica at the 2011 John Deere Intern Conference. A few of us returned to the hotel from dinner and decided to hang out for a bit in the lobby. Martez and I shared a few glances from across the room. Suddenly, he approached me using that good ol’ Southern Charm. After a few laughs, we exchanged numbers and decided to continue our conversation in private. Throughout the duration of the conference, we spent our free time together and became better acquainted. From that moment going forward, we knew a flame had sparked between us!
Six years later and we’re still kicking it! Our friendship has matured, our relationship has flourished, and our bond is stronger than ever. This is only the beginning and on May 27, 2018, we’ll unite as one and continue our love story as The Waldon’s! Martez and Ericka will unite in Holy Matrimony in Atlanta, Georgia. May 2018
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Ironically, in June 2014, we were reunited by an email from a mutual friend. God gave us a second chance at love that we just couldn’t pass up! We then began to exchange instant messages, scheduled FaceTime dates which quickly turned into road trips and Delta SkyMiles!
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LOVE AT FIRST BITE Michael and Maria met 3 years ago at the Boston Park Plaza; a Boston icon which has been noted as part of the city’s heritage as the Boston Tea Party. This historic hotel offers charisma and has a lot of charm. It is also a well sought after wedding venue for many Bostonians. So, it seems befitting, that this beautiful couple would start their bond in this treasured destination. Michael was working as a new chef. Maria was already currently working in the same kitchen as a chef. As a newbie, he was instructed to take on some of her duties. He teasingly says, “She was always snooping around”. Maria rebuts “…well, he was not as friendly either”. Until one day, one of the servers said to Maria, “I have the perfect person for you to meet”. When she found out it was Michael, she was shocked —because she always thought he was somewhat, rude.
"2 CHEFS, ONE RECIEPE"
As they grew to know each other, Michael discovered that with Maria, he had hit a HOME RUN! Once Maria discovered that they had some of the same passions, dreams and goals…but mostly a love interest for FOOD, it became evident that he was the one. The pair would eat, sleep, and wake up talking about FOOD! Even on off days, food was their favorite subject. The library was also a favorite spot to connect as well.
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MICHAEL & MARIA
CONTINUED... While in the early days, the couple lived in 2 different cities. Michael lived in Detroit, by way of North Carolina. And Maria, resided in Boston. They would somehow find ways to meet up in the middle. They were both traveling chefs at one point, but it kept them apart. Maria is currently still a traveling chef. Michael is more stationary and works at a major hotel in downtown Atlanta. They ultimately decided to move to Atlanta together, to be closer and seal their bond. The hobbies that they share together are:
Love of Family Movies The Park ….and ANYTHING they can do together, to always be together. Plans for the future? The couple hopes to work more together and travel. The chefs are planning a new brand, a podcast and strong possibilities of working with a new restaurant group. They have so much passion for each other, and for their love of cooking!
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They both slowly admitted that there is no current wedding date set…yet. But undeniably announced that there is truly, something cookin’ in the kitchen…and for us to stay tuned!
Love & Marriage Written by Larraine Forrester
Love and Marriage are both very complicated. In love we find our greatest joy and our greatest disappointments. When seeking to enjoy a loving relationship it’s best to remember the golden rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. To love truly takes sacrifice, patience and commitment.
1. DO exercise patience with one another. 2. DO show kindness towards one another. 3. Don’t be envious of one another. 4. Don’t put your mate down to lift yourself up. 5. Don’t act as though you’re better than your mate. 6. Do respect yourself and your mate. 7. Don’t be selfish. 8. Don’t allow yourself to fly off the handle easily. 9. Don’t keep records of wrongs. 10. Don’t delight when your mate falls. 11. Do always encourage one another. 12. Do always protect one another. 13. Do trust God, not your mate nor your self. 14. Do always hope for the best. 15. Don’t give up on Love nor Marriage!
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If you desire true love you should be willing to give it. True love is not giving gifts, being physically intimate, spending time together, laughing or talking a lot. You’ll enjoy Love & Marriage more if you live by the following Do’s and Don’ts:
TIME AROUND “"SOMETIMES LOVE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE, CAUSE TIME WASN’T READY FOR THE FIRST ONE.”
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BLANCHE RECALLS THEIR LOVE STORY:
Blanche recalls their love story:
So, since it was my idea to move to the wonderful South, I purchased my first home solo, moved in and enjoyed living the single life. I still thought it would be interesting to see if I could reconnect with Mr. “Choco–Latte”. Mr. Brown and I connected and started dating in 1996. As the saying goes, “and the rest is history!” It was fun, a world wind of winning and dinning. Trips to Charleston, Europe, and house parties at his cousins’ home. It was bliss. So needless to say, we took the next step. We made a decision to try our hand at living together. We decided to get married after one year of living together ….and off to Vegas we went! Just the two of us. After a few years of marriage, the marriage dissolved. We both moved on, as we learned that one must “keep it moving”.
Well, moving along for 20 years proved to be somewhat of a challenge. The dating scene wasn’t working for me. Men I dated were either intimidated, financially unstable and then there were a few with too much baggage for me to endure the long haul. Mr. Tim, however, always inquired of me with my friends of 20 years. He would drop hints of interest. They would always respond, “oh she’s doing just fine. She is still travelling, being the social butterfly, giving house parties and enjoying her life.” Twenty years later – I received a call from his cousin. She informed me that he asked about me. She made it a point to mention that he informed her that he was never happy with any other woman but you. I asked her to give him my number. To my surprise, he lived 10 minutes from my home and had lived there for the past 2-1/2 years. How ironic. I never saw him! Not even at the gas station, the grocery store or any local restaurants in the area. Amazing! 20 years later. Déjà vu. We’re talking, going out to dinner, travelling and having fun just like old times. He and I still had a fire for one another. So, a year later….plans were underway to exchange wedding vows once again. This time it will be different. We’re both in our 60’s. Enough with the unsuccessful relationships that end up nowhere… but out of my life. Encore! Back to Vegas, and now I am yet again, Mrs. B. Advice from the newlyweds: Should you feel the need to release it; If it is true love and it returns; it was meant to be. Enjoy your life. We only have one life and we are all just passing through. Do what God has planned for you, and know life is for the living…be happy…come out of your head….and remember, no one is perfect, including YOU. Mr. & Mrs. Brown
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“In 1991, I moved from California to Georgia. This was a new and exciting time for me. It was quite a long drive; not to mention that my car didn’t have any air condition. But I was determined to buy me a new car. Once arriving at the dealership, I saw him. There he was, this smooth talking, good looking to the eye “choc-o-latte” man offering to assist me in buying the perfect car. He was pleasant, gave me a good deal and said I reminded him of his favorite cousin.
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Now that the nuptials are over, it’s time for relaxation and adventure. Couples spend numerous months, days, and hours planning and stressing over their perfect day. The honeymoon should be the icing on the cake. Here are 5 teasers for the perfect ending to the perfect day. In search of the cream of the crop for honeymoon resorts and destinations, the MyStory team chose their top picks. Enjoy the view!
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Our Story is a wedding/engagement announcement magazine. It has been a lifelong dream to provide an entity where people who are doing great...
Published on Feb 13, 2018
Our Story is a wedding/engagement announcement magazine. It has been a lifelong dream to provide an entity where people who are doing great...