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Mango and Life

Mango is a delicious fruit, filled with juicy sweetness to burst into your mouth a refreshing, satisfying taste. Life is a delicious journey with juicy, fun adventures to create similar emotions. But have you ever attempted to cut a Mango in half?

As I approached the beautiful fruit, my mind imagined the sweet flavor of the yellowish juicy fruit with some yummy cottage cheese. Combining the two to create one of the most wonderful dishes ever to be experienced. My taste buds were tingling as I reflected back to our visit with mom and dad (Drake), in Kauai.

We would gather Papayas from Ray’s garden, gently slice it open, long ways to gently scoop out the seeds, replace them with a scoop of cottage cheese and Wala! The best breakfast ever imaginable!

Pause…did you know that Papaya seeds are much easier to slice than a mango seed? I was not prepared for my next adventure. In my mind, I thought the two fruits were so similar that as I began inching my way around the Mango, I realized this is not the same situation!

First I created a fine line all the way around. Repeated the motion as I pierced the knife a little deeper into the fruit. Until I came to a point where my knife was not going any deeper. Without realizing the severity of the strong casing holding the Mango seed, I began to gouge at the center. As my fury escalated I felt my fingers squishing the outside (best) portion of the fruit. Juices are now streaming down my fingers attempting to reach my elbows. I am furious with this stupid seed. I peel back the skin portion, pause to lick my fingers, in order to get a better grip. Continuing to tug, stab and rip at the outer casing of the seed. I finally have one half of the fruit in one piece on my plate.

I felt satisfied, but the emotion of satisfaction only lasted for a fleeting moment. Although I was pleased to have something similar to my favorite breakfast in Hawaii; my attention was quickly diverted back to the stubborn casing around the seed.

Instead of enjoying the fruit with the cottage cheese created as beautiful as, I DESIRED! I…picked up the other half, which was still plagued with this white fiber-like casing, which holds the seed and begin to dig.

At this point, I am determined to remove all parts of this PIT! I begin to gently slice around the underneath of it. I carefully lift it up only to find there are still some attached. I begin to surgically cut more restraints to accomplish the task. My focus is fixed on the removal of the entire middle.

Not to save the delicious fruit, no that is not of any concern to me. Finally! TA DAAAA!!! I am holding the seed in my hand, along with its white fiber-like casing. Yes, I feel AMAZING! Thank you! Thank you very much!

Continuing to feel accomplished I take pictures, create a short video which I have included and begin to eat my breakfast. Only to have my attention diverted once again.


My thoughts were, “Why did I have to remove this ugly, not enjoyable seed with its outside covering? None of this is the sweet portion or what I started out desiring when I began creating this dish.”

Next, I began to pick at my dish, I had actually created. “This isn’t like the Papaya. I don’t know if I like this. I am bummed. All that work and for what?”

My solution became simple, I just took a long way around to find it. In the end I cut the fruit into chunks and mixed it in with the cottage cheese. It was not the same taste, but its differences illuminated and isolated a different, yet equal flavor.

Does everyone else do this? Do you squeeze the sweetness out because you are obsessed with the pit? I didn’t plan to write about my breakfast, but the evolvement has been savory!

As I compare life to a mango…I wonder how many sweet-savory moments have I celebrated for only a moment because I was so obsessed with the flavorless pit or downfall. I was overtaken by the what ifs. So I had to delve in deeper and deeper until I found the root of all answers. The seed! The who, what, when, where and how this delicious fruit can to be so MAGNIFICENT! Instead of just enjoying the fruit. (I get it! Do you?)

But did I have to dig deeper and deeper to enjoy the fruit? No, I didn’t have to see, touch or taste the pit to know it wasn’t the best portion.

Are you digging for the seed? Or are you enjoying the fruit?




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Need your help!

Here it goes, Lights, Camera and Action! Livelove’s YouTube channel is about to go Crazy! I get so excited every time I think about it. However, I have a few issues, that I could honestly, use your help with. As a new on-line business, with a mission, that contains a great deal of LOVE, for YOU…I am struggling with a few decisions. Therefore, I wondered if you would like to be a part of the ‘decision’ making process. If so, continue to read and participate, if not we will catch you later (you might want to skip over reading the rest of this one). If you already know about Livelove and are interested in having an input, as our family (business) grows and brands themselves, then skip down to number five.



  1. We have the business registered and services in place.
  2. Trademark for Freddy the Pink Flamingo, is all completed (those of you who helped choose him, Thank you).
  3.  Slogan is being registered as we speak.
  4. Services: One on one coaching, professional motivational workshops, for those companies who need extra help with company moral and team work. A new e-book and audible book with the Happy Curriculum embedded into the series, to allow you to learn and enjoy, at your own pace, is almost completed. Educational Seminar for school districts to educate the children, on choosing life/living, rather than suicide. Some exciting new items will be available shortly :).
  5. So what am I missing? Your input on all of this! To be exact…
    • Where would you like to attend a ‘How to’ ‘Be Happy’ seminar/workshop? Is there a preferable location for example? Would you sign up to attend a Livelove seminar in Kauai, Outer Banks North Carolina, Los Angeles? Texas? Or Kansas City? Or in another country? Maybe Italy? or Mexico? You tell me, list it in the comments on Facebook, WordPress, messenger or email us… I want to know where you would like for our event planning specialist to begin focusing?
    • Last but not least…Do you like our newest member to Livelove LLC? The only problem is she is nameless, for now. Therefore, I did a mini photo shoot for you! She will be creating educational videos for our ‘kiddos’ who are watching Livelove!
    • This is your chance to give a thumbs up or down to _______________, our newest member. Again you can comment on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, messenger, email us at, or check into our website and leave us a message.
    • Questions to answer:
      • What should her name be? I have Momma Teena, Pinky, Pinkalicious (this one scares me a bit, sounds a little umm, IDK), or my middle name is Gay after my aunt, I could use her name which means ‘happy’. Or, you provide suggestions.
      • Do you like the pink hair? For educational videos?
      • Glasses? or no glasses?
      • Type of outfit she should have made? (If you didn’t know Physical Fit Flower the Clown was me, but I had to move away from being a white face clown, too many horror films 😦 .
      • How long of videos do you prefer? Five minutes, fifteen or twenty-five…we realize when guest are on the show, they may be over twenty-five, but regularly? (Educational Videos, songs, how to’s, interesting journeys, and much more)
      • Do you think we should post once a day, week bi-weekly or monthly?
  6. Anything else you can think of or suggest for us to help you, let us know!

Livelove is super excited to share with you in 2018! Looking forward to meeting you in person! I will announce her name as soon as we know the final decision.

God Bless!





What on Earth, is Happy Coaching?

This question comes up, almost daily. I guess the easiest way to explain it is to tell you what it is not! It is not the ‘normal’ coaching, as you would expect from a life or business coach. It does not fall under the genre of health. It is not time consuming and requires little to no effort on your part. What is it?

Happy Coaching is a simple, beneficial, time manageable, interesting and extremely different way to help YOU ‘Be Happy.’ Not my style or my perception of being happy. But rather your own. The entire program is NOT based on a single model, that you need to squeeze into it, similar to a pair of jeans you bought twenty years ago and need to give to Goodwill.

Why do I describe it as simple? Because it is. It is based on you, your goals, desires and outcomes. The best part is, you decide what you want or feel you need to ‘be more happy’ about. For example: You may have plenty of income, but, dag on, your relationships are crappy. Happy Coaching will help you with that. Or maybe you are a parent and you feel your middle school child is needing a little outside help, but you don’t think they need a counselor, psychologist or another type of more serious consultation. Happy Coaching can and will help you. Or maybe it is about MONEY, Can this coaching system help you with this? Yes.

Originally, no one under 18 would be allowed to receive this service. However, Livelove’s team decided that was silly. You might ask why we would or would not accept teenagers? It seemed to be too much liability. Guess what? That is ridiculous. This program does not delve into the icky past nor is it to replace a counselor, who is dealing with much more serious issues. Therefore, a new plan has been created. Since this is message based, all messages will be recorded, printed and filed. As well as the legal guardian will receive duplicates of everything sent! So… Yayayayaya we are now offering Happy Coaching to teenagers as well!

Please understand, I could hire a big marketing company to explain, how you are receiving a deal because it’s not two hundred and ninety nine dollars, but for today only it is one ninety-nine. But I truly don’t want to ever have to do all of that. I know there is a time a place for all of that. And I have studied simple sells techniques for years. I do realize it is an actual craft to market and sell a product. I just don’t want Livelove to be known as that. This company was built on Living life with as much love as you possibly can have! Not buy this, or your life will be incomplete! Nope, I don’t like those marketing strategies, for me.

Therefore, plain and simple…Happy Coaching has a low cost. It is simple and fun. It is also based upon, yes you guessed it, YOUR Needs and how much you can pay. You think I will stay in business long? You bet I will because I am following my heart, are you?

I will be posting five free messages Monday thru Friday Jan. 8th – 12th. It will be sample messages, I have already sent or there just might be some new ones for my readers :)! So stay tuned until next week to see if Happy Coaching is something for you in 2018!




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What will they say about you?

Mom, Jamie and I participated in the Madison tour of homes last night. It was a spectacular evening! We viewed some of the most beautiful homes, museums and this year we were allowed to view a new portion of the Lanier Mansion! (If you have toured it before, go back the new addition is simply fantastic).

Anywhooooo, as we read note cards under pictures in the Historical Society, I began to think, (Yes, again).

Actually, I was appalled at several and I wondered, how will others describe me, when I am gone. Will I be remembered and if so for what?

Let me give you a quick example. This ladies picture hung on the wall (not her best either) and the short paragraph explained how she had been married four times and it was said she had a relationship with a famous writer, who was from this area.

Wait a minute!!! The only reason she was recognized is because she apparently was a tramp and slept with a famous person? Not married to him nor has done anything exceptional.

Remember, I am not saying ‘bad’ things about anyone it’s what her ‘legacy’ was.

Hmmmm…Stop and think what would people say about you? Next year, or one hundred years from now?

In Leader in Me training, #FranklinConvey said, “What would people say to or about you on your 80th birthday.”

Please don’t mistaken living to leave a legacy for living to please others or worry what others think! Not the same thing!!!!!

It’s not that any of us needs to be PERFECT! Or continually worry what others think or say about you or your beliefs.

The difference is a Legacy is big enough to drown out any cruddy down falls you may have. Everyone has them, but people that choose to have big legacies seem to have limited downfalls, after death, okay if it is a positive one. In other words if you are following that strong tug that pulls at your heart to do, be or have anything; or maybe you have committed your entire life to educating others, healing those in need, or whatever it is you choose, as long as you are following how good it feels, you are fine.

However, if you look over the past week and think if I was gone tomorrow, what would (whoever is important to you) say about me? And you don’t like the note card that might hang below your name…It is time to change!

It is time to rewrite your story. Begin setting those wrongs right and following your heart.

I was asked last night, “How do I?”

It doesn’t matter how!! Once again no one has ever known how they were to accomplish anything. They did know what they wanted to accomplish and they did have a why! However, how is left up to you and the universe.

Let me ask you something? If you pray a little or a lot, do you tell God or ask God to show you how? Or do you tell him how to answer your prayers?

Probably not! If we all knew how we were going to accomplish something don’t you think we would skip the journey? Or maybe even the prayer?

(I can honestly say that after December 8th, 2016, I will never question how again. Even when I slip backwards into that old stinking thinking, I won’t question how!)

Begin this moment to think what you want the important people in your life to remember you as! Then begin the journey to develop that spectacular you and note card under your name!

It may be only your family, you care about what they speak of you after you have departed or maybe you want more. Employees, friends or hey if you are Donald Trump, the entire world. I don’t care who it is. I know some of the things I want to be said about me and some I have accomplished, yet others I am continuing to explore. But one thing is for sure, I always want to be thought of as ‘sunshine’ and ‘laughter’.

I don’t care if someone reports how many college degrees I have had or speaks of how many careers I explored. However, I do care how I made them feel, when they encountered my spirit here on Earth. Do you?

What is your legacy? Do you have one? What footprint have you left, if today was your last?

God Loves You No Matter What!!!!!

Don’t forget to email us at if you want to come celebrate with us! It will be the one year mark for my life changing event and I am super excited to share with you some of the life lessons I have gained.

We are only charging twenty dollars per person, now!!! Not because we had to, but because we are only accepting cash or check for this (technical difficulties with accepting credit cards, so this is easier lol. I keep reminding myself this is all apart of the journey!!).

It begins at 7 and continues until you are tired lol.


Ohhh and come as you would like to be in 2020! I will explain in a later posting!




Really? Are you joking?



I know I have posted two already, but just one more and I will be done, for today! Okay? Sounds good to me!

This is a little heartfelt story that most of you could not imagine.

I have a confession to make. Me, Teena Drake, has video fright. I don’t know why this is the craziest thing! I am working on it, but I know I am struggling because of my actions from today.

In the beginning of the day, once I realized my trip of ten hours had been delayed, I planned to write a little bit. I might create one post, but it is time to ramp up my game. Ugh! The truth hurts sometimes. However, as I was researching for a post from my mother, it became more and more clear as to why my ‘traffic’ is limited on my website. I mean, I almost drowned in the sea of postings, rhymes, words, images. Then the thought to follow more bloggers came to mind and I decided to search. I felt like Mr. Wiggles and Mr. Waggles walking up the hill and down the hill, up the hill and down the hill.Until I reach the top to find it was not as clear as what my final destination, really was.

Anywhooooo, I continued to search for The Mind of Kitty blog and for new ones I would enjoy. (Pause, big deep breath in and now exhale), Nothing! I found nothing. By the time I was finished I couldn’t even find my own blog. This is not to blame any of the websites. Heck, I am amazed at all of your potentials…( I am saying that to the website developers). However, tell that to the ninety percent of social media readers/watchers; what is it called? It is not television viewers, not really texters, millennials? Noooo because they were all ages and all walks of life. I guess ‘societers’. Yes, I made that word up. They do not care nor have time to search for one person, let alone have time to read it all. That’s when I realized it is not that people don’t read blogs and enjoy them, but rather they really don’t have time. I mean once I read 7 different bloggers my day was half over. Hence, another reason I  know I am struggling with making videos.

Why? Because like I said before, once I realized the trip was off, I took my shower and dressed for work. Then I continued to find one excuse after another. I set up the tri-pod- that is all I did, I put on makeup, fixed my hair ten times… then it was time for a snack, shew I was starved. Excuse after excuse. Well, it is getting dark so Eric may be home soon. Darn, I missed my chance again.

I have literally cleaned the house, washed all dishes, started the laundry, packed and unpacked again. Finally, I realized it and couldn’t risk blogging about it! Someone asked me, “What about speaking to large groups?”

I have no problem and the larger the group the better, but that video camera and I (pause, big inhale and exhale) we are going to come to an agreement. Until then I want to apologize if I become too wordy and you just wanted to know the message or if there was one. Therefore, I am completing this post with a promise!!!!! (I am smiling really big and so excited to type my promise…), “Oh, are you still waiting for me?”

I Promise, from now on I will no longer waste your time! I will incorporate a Highlighted words somewhere at the top of the post and in the excerpt that says, “This contains a message for you to improve your life for the best.”

Okay, it might just say this is important in bold letters! However, I promise if it is me, Teena Drake, just writing funny thoughts in my head, I will let you know! 

Shew! I hope that helped you, it made me feel a great deal better. One more thing, once I see my friend at Kentuckiana News and she shakes the fears away from me, I will keep my video blogs short and sweet, yet uplifting and educational. We have so many great things to share with you. I am excited to be living and of course, writing.

I know life gets messy and that is okay. We would be bored without a couple or more messes in our lives.

If you are still reading this blog until the end, pssst I have something to tell you…

Follow me, if you want.

THANK YOU!!!!!! From the bottom of my heart, I wish nothing more than for something I write, helps another. If only in laughter or illuminating a thought. Whether you agree with me or disagree, it is still stimulating you to take action and quit sitting and waiting for life to happen to or for you! Wow, that was refreshing! 





Livelove is…

As we work on going live and worldwide, with Livelove, I have become enamored with what it is, what our company will bring to you and all of my lifelong dreams, becoming reality, I am speechless. It has been a long time coming and hopefully this little blog will provide you with some insight on the how’s, why’s and whatever else you need/want to know.

What is Livelove? Livelove is a company that began as a vision in my head, many years ago. I am talking YEARS! However, the organization, LLC and legal aspects have been this year and we plan to have our first public launch the first of December 2017!!! “Okay, Teena, what is it?”

Livelove is a company that has the soul purpose of helping others find their own happiness! In a nut shell! Yes, it is true I now realize from the first let down in my life, to the beginning of a lifetime of triumphs, my life has brought me to this fantastic point.

My lifetime partner continues to ask me, “What are you offering companies or what does your company have to offer in business expertise?”

Although, I appear to become aggitated with his million questions, I do realize he is only trying to make me think! Also, he is almost always right, but please do not tell him I said that!

What does Livelove offer? I have written the intro at least fifty times. I, being a passionate writer, I struggle with being too wordy or descriptive. Therefore, here I go again! Our company has what YOU, YOUR ORGANIZATION, YOU-as an employer, employee, YOU-AS religious/faith based, YOU- as an entrepreneur, YOU- as a lover, mother/father and friend; the much needed tools to find, keep and live your own happiness for the rest of your days!!!

What?!?!?! Yes, it is true! In actuality anyone and anywhere in the world can and will benefit, if you choose, from Livelove!

We are creating a 2018 calendar, right now, on where we will be throughout the country. Our workshops…will improve your skills in personal and business relationships, increase your sales, help you grow your business and have fun while you are doing it. You know what that means? Help you increase your income!!!! That would be nice, wouldn’t it?

I do not want this to sound like an advertisement, remember I love my readers and only want to share with you because I do love you!

HOWEVER, the vibration of complete and total excitement could almost make these words jump off this blog and come to life.

Sooo, Livelove has workshops to offer that are fun, exciting and life changing. Still doesn’t help my husband, hee hee! Or does it? You see, this began way back when I was Physical Fit Flower the Clown! Or did it begin with my years of being top sales representative? Or was it? It doesn’t matter!!!

Livelove is what your company wants to improve the lives of your co-workers, lead managers, sales reps., business managers and even investors! Once they have had a glimpse of living in this manner life at work will never be the same! (Much better).

Okay, now you know, kind of what our company is about! You might ask, “But, is that it? You offer workshops? You do realize as businesses, we have a plethora of speakers and services to choose from, that have the same claim?” (Yes, this is true, which is fine! Let me know about them, we might hire them very soon!)

Livelove is evolving to much more than my tiny little thoughts, visions, or dreams. We are a company that is here to help you, “Livelove & Carry On!” With an adorable logo, letterhead, and soon to be Live website (by RDT services), our company is almost complete! But trust me it hasnt been snap and all this business is open, but that topi. Is another blog.

In addition to our own workshops in 2018, your company hiring us to provide you with a workshop; we offer happy coaching, advertising (for you) and products for you to purchase.

Happy Coaching, may sound cliche, but It stuck! No matter how many times my associates and I discussed it, the title ‘Happy Coaching’ kept coming up!

This type of coaching is just what the name is! It is a more personalized, extension of our workshops. It has improved the lives of many, already!!! Our plan is to continually expand and improve this program. My only negative about this section is the space will be limited, until I can train and hire more coaches. However, I never fear those downfalls because I know those people will appear on a need by need bases!

The benefits of this coaching is not to relive all the crud you have been through and investigate why! Rather it is to find your inner peace, love, joy and happiness! Best of all it is individually created to work with your thoughts and emotions, not a cookie cutter mentality of what works best for one is for all.

As for shopping…at this moment, you can purchase my book however, all of our products we offer will be carefully chosen to ensure it enhances your life in one way or another. For example: (before Christmas) we will have pink (especially made for us) foam/soap balls. We also have several authors/new books or information to feature and much much more.

The most important information you need to know about our Livelove shop, is it will vary all the time and it is products for You ( to enrich your life).

As you know when I am writing all time stands still. However, life does not.

Therefore, as we evolve and grow, keep following so you can help us help you very soon!

Thank you to my family, friends, Bridging the Gap Productions, RDT Business Solutions and you the special most dear to my heart READER! Thank you for allowing me to spill my inner thoughts, for your much needed support and for all your love!!! God bless!

Livelove & Carry On (it’s our new slogan, like it?)

Continue to hate it, but this was a little bit better, but there must be a better way!

Purchasing a car sucks! I have been here for 3 hours, I know right, this is crazy. I have a great sales representative,  but if I were to be super honest, I just think the entire automobile industry and the purchasing of a car, is as bad as going to the dentist and receiving a root canal. 

I mean let’s think about it! You spend a fortune buying a car, it takes damn near all day. Also you are continually being repremanded for driving too much and putting miles on your car. Why do we purchase a car? In reality you buy it to drive it. However, no matter what I walk away feeling like crap and need a nap. Similar to a root canal. I will continue to say it, “There must be a better way!” 

This time I wrote a letter stating what I wanted and moved forward. I am not excited about the past three hours. Instead I am wore out, my friendly disposition is swiftly changing. Just take my money and let me sign my life away. If you are reading this please allow me to apologize. I am trying to grab a feel good vibration. I guess I can share with you the letter I wrote to give to the dealer, so we were on the same playing field. (I will include the letter on my next post)

I must take a moment to shout out Rob Mac, at the Kia store in Louisville Kentucky. Although my sweet disposition was quickly diminshing because of the three hour wait; he did fill all my expectations from my letter. He was amazing! He was honest, kind, caring, provided me with options and he has many years of experience. Therefore, if you must proceed to purchase a vehicle in Kentucky, he is your man. He continually let me ramble, he answered any question and although the ‘paper work’ took forever for me to purchase my car from a lease, he was an amazing representative. (Please tell him I sent you, if you decide to search him out.

A little word of advice only lease a car if you live in a metropolitan area. If you live in a rural area look at your sales representative and say at the end of this lease (maybe before the lease up) I will have over 75000 miles on it and if and when they respond witb, “That is not a problem.”

Simply request, “Type it up and give it to me to have notarized.”

Next, file it with your paper work because unless you live  only 15 miles from work and you have one child, this is not the deal for you.

For example: You would drive 31200 miles in a four year time period, transporting yourself, to and from work, driving 30 miles a day, only 5 days a week. That provides you with approximately 16800 miles to ‘play with’ spread out over four years. Which leaves you with 4200 miles each year. Therefore, be careful how many sports events you allow your children to be in, don’t forget you need to purchase a rental car for those fast break get away weekends, but you couldn’t drive your car because it might add an extra 1000 miles to the mileage which will in turn create a great deal of turmoil later on. What? Did you guys read that last paragraph? That was crazy!! I still question why insurance companies allow this new insurance which is entitled Gap insurance.

The title Gap insurance, which I recently learned is required with a lease, should give us a clue as to how ridiculous, the leasing of an automobile, is for many consumers. But especially those who choose to live away from a metropolitan area. 

Okay I am done discussing this. It turned out terrific. Yes, I owe to much on my car now, yes I still have too many miles on my car, but I have enjoyed every mile and will continue to drive. Open the sun roof, turn up the radio and let it fly! The only difference is now ‘Fancy’ is now mine and I have less limitations. 

I am sorry if this was a bit on the negative side. I truly want this message to assist consumers. It is fine if you tool around town, for you to Lease an automobile, but if you live more than 15 miles from work or play, my advice to you is, buy your car!

Have a blessed day!!!