A. (Dailey) Branch

I dedicate this blog to my great-grandmother,  Mittie Dailey, who will be 108 this year.  Initially I created this for a school assignment, but now that I graduated, I have decided to use this blog as my way to release my daily thoughts, vent my daily frustrations, offer random advice and share comical insights.

The title A. Dailey Branch represents myself and Ms. Dailey. I see a lot of her in me and I aim to become more like her everyday. She is a strong, God-fearing Proverbs 31 woman.  She has taught me to love, fear and respect God in all things.  She taught me to strive for the best and encouraged me to further my education. As I mentioned earlier, she is 108 years old, yet she is as spunky and vibrant as ever.

Meet Mittie:

Meet Mittie

I believe this blog is a good way to honor the matriarch of my family.

Feel free to offer comments, release your daily thoughts, vent your daily frustrations, offer feedback, or share comical observations and insights.

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Guess Who’s Back???

I took a brief hiatus from the blogging world, but “I’m baaaaccck”. 

After graduating from The University of North Texas (UNT)   and spending the summer months searching for a full-time gig, I finally landed a permanent position as a Relocation Consultant.


You’re probably wondering WTHeck that means.  I manage the home sale process through marketing and sale/acquisition of the property using effective coordination of suppliers, agents, and brokers.  (basically, I assist companies and individuals with employee relocation and individual moving needs).

So here I am starting my new career path, exploring the unknown, balancing work, home and my overall health and wellness. Follow me on another road trip (this time to the top),  Leggo!!!




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Out with the old, In with the new…

The beginning of a new journey

Well I finally did it!! I finally graduated.  This has been a long and mentally draining road trip.  I was so bogged down with assignments, projects, exams,  and not to mention my domestic responsibilities; that my blogging activity became more of a chore and I in turn neglected my passion for writing.


I have learned so much about myself, my family, true friends, and even my enemies (bka frenemies).  In my Technical Communication class I took on a leadership role for a major project (which I was terrified about at first).  I had no idea how my team members would perceive me.  I mean, would they accept me? Would they respect me as their Team Lead?  I was too close to graduation to deal with any unnecessary drama.  However, it turns out I am much better at delegating and coordinating tasks/events than I  thought.  I got excellent reviews from my team and my professor about my leadership skills.


With that said I have decided to begin my new journey helping others.

Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.”

I have learned a great deal about the art of personal branding and what it takes to achieve excellence from my professors at UNT.


Here are the top three lessons that I learned from my classes and life:

  1.  Anything worth having is worth working hard for.
  2. Networking is the foundation for building a solid career.
  3. Discovering what you are most passionate about will make your career more worthwhile and fulfilling.

My appetite for writing has been my driving force behind every course I have taken throughout my college career.  One of my favorite quotes comes from:

Ernest Hemingway, “…the writer must write what he has to say, not to speak it…”

I believe in this statement because I live it.   I am a master in the written and spoken word.

As a technical writer, my highest goal is to achieve excellence in every grant, manual,  website, novel or poem I create and/or edit. Through my professional and academic experience I have also learned to develop, communicate and add processes that cut redundancy, improve accuracy and meet organizational objectives.  I now plan on using these same skills to help people meet their personal and career goals.

I must admit I don’t know where or how to begin this journey and I’m a little apprehensive and nervous, but just as God was there with me along my road trip to graduation; He will guide and direct me thru my next journey in life.

So fasten your seat belts, I have a feeling it’s going to be an interesting ride!

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Festival Hopping

Festival Hopping

Long skirt

Paper hat

Oliver people

Pink headphone

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Once Diabetes Attacks…

Fighting Childhood Obesity

photo by dreamstime.com

photo by dreamstime.com

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children and adolescents; about 151,000 people below the age of 20 years have diabetes.”  Several decades ago if a child walked into the doctor’s office with a hemoglobin/A1C level over 6.5%, the doctor would immediately diagnose
Juvenile-onset diabetes (also known as type I diabetes).  However, in today’s society that’s not the case.  Children are increasingly being diagnosed with Type II diabetes or adult-onset diabetes.

Why is this?

Diet and exercise are the keys to the prevention of Type II diabetes.  Yet, we live in microwave society where those two words are tantamount to curse words for many Americans. Unfortunately for people like me living with Type I diabetes we will have to take insulin injections for the rest of our lives.

Kids should be able to enjoy being kids without living the daily injection lifestyle. 

Nonetheless, the reality is we live in a world, where school lunches consist of French fries and hamburgers with very little fruits and veggies. Physical Education (P.E) class is more like a social hour; and exercise has been dumbed down to using two thumbs.

In 2010, the First Lady, Michelle Obama, launched The Let’s Move campaign to combat the epidemic of childhood obesity. The White House press office reported that, “One third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives; many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. A recent study put the health care costs of obesity-related diseases at $147 billion per year.”

This is a sample lunch menu from Lewisville Independent School District.  There are very little fruits and vegetables on the menu. The salads are so saturated with other additives that they are counterproductive.  Also, the breakfast selections are loaded with sugar and carbohydrates.

This is a sample lunch menu from Lewisville Independent School District. There are very little fruits and vegetables on the menu. The salads are so saturated with other additives that they are counterproductive. Also, the breakfast selections are loaded with sugar and carbohydrates.

Diabetes Defined?

According to diabeteswellness.net, “diabetes is a defect in the body’s ability to convert glucose (sugar) to energy. Glucose is the main source of fuel for our body. Glucose is transferred to the blood and is used by the cells for energy. In order for glucose to be transferred from the blood into the cells, the hormone – insulin is needed. Insulin is produced in the pancreas.”

“In individuals with diabetes, this process is impaired. Diabetes develops when the pancreas fails to produce sufficient quantities of insulin – Type 1(Juvenile Diabetes, Insulin-Dependent) diabetes or the insulin produced is defective and cannot move glucose into the cells – Type 2 (Adult-Onset) diabetes

When a child is not getting the “fuel” they need from glucose, it affects their mind as well as their body.  Their minds cannot perform at their highest levels.  Parents and teachers need to be informed and equipped with toolkits to help keep our kids healthy.

Discover how to save our kids’ future – 3 ways to help our children reach their fullest potential and prevent childhood obesity!

1. Educate your family and friends about how to recognize diabetes in children.  The most common triggers to watch out for are:

  • Increased thirstiness
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Being sleepy or always lethargic
  • Fruity smelling odor on the breathe

2. Volunteer:

  • Donate healthy snacks and/or meals to your local schools.
  • Follow the first lady, Michelle Obama’s example.  Plant a garden for your local school district.
  • Host a fitness class at an elementary school.  Whether it’s yoga, jump rope for heart or teaching kids how to hula hoop, kids will enjoy the fun activities and probably won’t notice the hidden fitness agenda.

3. Support nutritious snacks in schools:

Write a letter to the U.S Department of Agriculture to ensure the foods and beverages that students purchase at school are of the healthiest quality.  “…make sure they are healthy snacks!!!”

For more information on preventing diabetes and fighting childhood obesity go to www.letsmove.org or www.jdrf.org.


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Counting My Blessings

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing…”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Over the weekend and today I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on His goodness and just being thankful.  My husband just returned from a two-week business trip in  Kolkata, India (FYI, the next time I WILL be tagging along).


Seeing the pictures (I will post his mini-documentary in another post) and hearing about the things he saw and experienced was humbling for me.  There’s nothing like visiting or seeing an undeveloped country to put things in perspective.

So today’s blog I’m want to share what I’m thankful for:

Word of the day: Thanksgiving

1. Being alive, and healthy

2. For my family: mi familia es muy importante para mí

3. For the sacrifices that people like Martin Luther King Jr. made so that I could have the right to vote in the election

4. I’m thankful that President Obama and the First Lady were able to walk down the street safely without anyone acting crazy (with the exception of Al Roker’s shenanigans).


Al Roker chasing down the President, to get the first interview. This guy is nuts, but gotta love it!!!

5. I’m thankful that Al didn’t get tasered by secret service. lol 🙂

6. I’m thankful that I am going to graduate in May 2013!!!!

7. A special shout-out to a friend, known on Facebook as Michael Bentley. He had the opportunity to attend the inauguration ceremony.  I wish I could have been there, but I’m thankful that he and a million other people were able to witness history in the making.

line at presidential inaug2013

photo by Michael

Inauguration invitation

photo by Michael



“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:5-7

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Friday’s Thought’s

I made it through week one.  My classes don’t seem like they are going to be too difficult (I may have to retract that statement later in the semester though, but we’ll see).  I turned in my graduation application to the dean’s office today…HOOORAAY!!!  I feel like “Baby-steps” to graduation but I want to be like “Go-go gadget” graduation.

Next Step...Cap & Gown.

Next Step…Cap & Gown.

I really don’t have much to say on today’s blog, but since I did not post yesterday I had to make sure I posted something today.  Oh, wait I had something like an epiphany yesterday (well maybe not an epiphany, but you know what I mean).  As I progress towards graduation, it’s time to step up the wardrobe game.  From this moment on I pledge to limit my college hoodies and flip-flops to only weekend errand runs.

What not to wear to class...well only on Friday's. ;)

What not to wear to class…well only on Friday’s. 😉

Word of the day: Professionalism

If you want to be the best, you must dress for success!!!

That’s all for now!! Good night!!!

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