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The Gifts of the Pandemic!

Y'all, we are in the home stretch of 2020! A year that for many of us started with plans, goals, and deadlines! Then suddenly it all came to a screeching stop! We were shocked, we’d never been here before, some were paralyzed with fear, others were seemingly unaffected. Well, here we are 9 months in- like we could have conceived and delivered a whole baby during this time—Yep! I ask you today what have you received or allowed to be delivered to or through you? I have been practicing gratitude for some time but during this time it has gone to a straight-up 2.0 status! God has shown himself strong as a peace giver, protector, provider, revealer, deliverer, and healer for my family! I am so grateful for all of it! It's God for me! This year has thrown some blows and I've let myself sit with and feel those emotions but I also take time to see the gifts that this year has given! The lens that you see things through is a game changer! I often find myself switching the lens by asking family, friends, and myself what gifts this year has brought into our lives.


Something that God reminds me of every year around this time is that I am an overcomer! So I keep my gloves on and stay in the ring because I am on my way to victory! Yes, 2020 is coming to a close, but it ain't over! And how we end 2020 is how we will enter 2021! So I am ending strong: smashing health goals, personal goals, and being present with God and fam! I would normally bring the year to a close with my end-of-the-year vision board party (which has moved to January and will be delivered virtually with a few good women. Send me an email if you'd like to attend.), but I have decided to end the year and dedicate this blog to gratitude!


I am thankful we are still standing despite setbacks, health issues, loss of loved ones, and certainly the sudden loss of normalcy. Here are some of the "gifts" I've allowed 2020 to deliver to and through me! I'd love to hear from you! So when you're done reading, please keep scrolling down to the very bottom of this page, show your girl some love and leave a comment regarding something you know was or is being delivered to/through you this year!


  1. Time to reveal: Time to sit together individually and as a family to have both fun and hard discussions of revelation, healing, and forgiveness, while sharing hopes and fears. Some people have put masks on, while others have taken them off if you know what I mean! This year has exposed and brought so much to the surface! It’s given us time (if we choose to take it) to look at the person looking back at us in the mirror. Time to evaluate the people and organizations we support and those that support us. The person you really are becomes apparent when you’re under pressure and this has been a time of ultimate pressure for many! Have you acknowledged that you need to and begun the work on your: self, prayer life, marriage, goals, parenting, friendships, health? Have you used this time to sit with and heal you or have you continued to distract yourself with the unlimited scroll of FaceBook or Instagram, worrying, constant news watching, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon prime, overeating, that toxic man/woman or other bad habits? Time is one of the most difficult things to manage, yet our lives are determined by how we use our time and who we spend it with!

  2. Increased technology IQ: I now know how to set up meetings and share screens! Although I sometimes can't deal with the thought of another virtual meeting these virtual gatherings are a whole thing now! Over Thanksgiving, I saw technology bring a level of connection and joy to our family! Quite honestly these virtual gatherings have served me well! I have participated in bible studies with women all over the U.S., I have and am sharing holidays with family members that I have never shared a holiday with or haven’t in a long time! I celebrated my birthday with a virtual wellness party and have attended countless other gatherings virtually! I am grateful to still be able to connect and not only hear the voices but see the faces of my loved ones!

  3. Daily family devotions: with everyone together we've had time every morning to pray with and encourage one another. Helped me to be present and refocus on the basics: faith family, home, and true friends.

  4. Rest and time to heal! Before the pandemic, many of us were running on empty if we are honest! We were working both inside and outside of our homes, attending school, running to sporting events, music & driving lessons, helping with homework, homeschooling, taking care of aging parents, volunteering, serving in our churches while simultaneously walking in unforgiveness, hiding trauma, grieving lost dreams, ignoring addictions ...struggling! How do we give something we don't have? This year let us give the gift of healing, hope, and a legacy of love!

  5. Homeschooling has become normalized-even for us Black folks in Minnesota! We've been homeschooling for 7 consecutive years but now most of the country is doing it in some capacity so now people aren't looking at us like we have horns growing out of our noses when we say we homeschool! Now we are prepared to give advice based on our lived experience!

To end this year healthier mentally and physically, closer to God and family is a gift. So wherever you are in the process, keep your gloves on and stay in the ring! I don’t know about you, but it’s definitely God for me!






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Tiffane Gayle
Tiffane Gayle
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Thank you so much Monique for sharing! I am truly sorry for the loss of your loved ones! I pray that each of your memories become a beautiful treasure! I am grateful for your blessings and pray there are many more on the horizon!

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Monique Thompkins
Monique Thompkins
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Thanks for always sharing these great nuggets with us. And especially for always giving us a glimpse into your thoughts and convictions.

So you ask - I ask you today what have you received or allowed to be delivered to or through you?

Thru the pandemic I have been gifted with alot.

  1. Husband home more, so just get to see him often and spend more QT together - Thank God for the travel restrictions his company has set.

  2. A reliable and supportive accountability partner - who pushes me and I push her to greatness.. Iron sharpens iron.

  3. New ideas being birthed, because now being more restricted to home and spend more with myself and have time to actually think.

  4. This…

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Tiffane Gayle
Tiffane Gayle
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Thank you so much for sharing your comments! I enjoy reading your perspectives! I can definitely identify!

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Love this! While this year has definitely been a challenge, I’m grateful to have more time at home even though working from home and doing distance learning has been tricky, I’ve been able to accomplish a lot of projects. Ironically what I realized though is that these projects can be an excuse to keep me from being more present with my family and God...I’m still working on that! Most importantly though I’ve learned to stop stressing about so much, especially those things (or people!) I can’t control, which is most things if we really think about it. One of my face masks says “faith over fear” so I have tried to remind myself of that each and every day. It’s…

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I loved this and you are so right. This year has rough but it truly has been an eye opener in so many different areas of my life. It has been super emotional but I know that this year has/is making me stronger. I found myself with with so much time on my hands at the beginning of this pandemic and for most of it I wanted to binge watch shows on Netflix and Hulu (I went through 202 episodes of Law & Order SVU in 3 like months) when in reality what I needed to do was deal with my past traumas and the unforgiveness I was holding in my heart but I didn’t want to think about all…

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