‘Becoming’ Documentary

Allow me to preface this review by saying, I haven’t read the ‘Becoming’ book as of yet. For whatever reason, when all the buzz surrounded it, I just wasn’t interested and said I would read it later.

I recently had the opportunity to watch the documentary of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s book tour “Becoming” and I was thoroughly impressed. I cried through a little under half of the 1 1/2 hours and I can barely tell you why.

What stood out most to me was Michelle’s heart. She seems to truly care for young people and how they persevere through their lives. As staff in the education field, my heart has always been heavy for the next generations. The younger people that will one day be the world’s leaders.

The documentary started off talking about Michelle’s life. She talked about how her high school counselor told her that attending Princeton was “too big of a dream for her”. That broke my heart. How can you limit a child before they even get out in the world?

To limit the amount of spoilers I want to give, I will just say that you should take time out of a day and give this documentary your undivided attention. I believe that you will be pleasantly surprised from what you learn and how well this documentary was put together.

You will not be disappointed!!!

Quarantine Breakup

So, I realize that the title seems a bit dramatic but trust me, the story is less than such. The breakup story is so subpar that I prefer to not divulge in the nitty gritty details.

I was technically in a relationship for the last month and a half. Things were progressively “improving” but nowhere near great. In the beginning of a new relationship there should be nothing but rainbows and butterflies, but most times, my heart didn’t flutter. I really liked him and wanted everything to work but my discernment and intuition just wouldn’t allow me to turn a blind eye to some of his actions and words.

Long story short, we didn’t make it…

Now on to the purpose of this post… Me! I learned so much during this time such as: I enjoy being in a relationship, I can actually be domestic (go figure), I am able to stay in the house for at least 5 days at a time, I got some GREAT friends, God always has my back and I am worthy.

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I do long for the day when my husband will walk into our home and I am able to present him with a new recipe I tried from Pinterest. The great news is that I still know my worth and I am not willing to make that happen with just anybody. I desire a man who has integrity and loyalty, is faithful, follows Jesus, knows how to lead and is 100% comfortable being the man God created him to be.

To me, this doesn’t seem like a lot to ask but it has been a journey! Eight years of being presented with less than ideal situations and being expected to “just deal with it”. I have learned a lot concerning myself and how I operate with others over these years. This last “relationship” was a huge deal for me, because I haven’t allowed myself to get that far with anyone in a ridiculously long time.

I left that situation whole, happier and with a deeper appreciation for God! God will never allow His children to stray so far that He can’t reach them. I am at peace, and I pray that you are spending the rest of your good quarantine days attaining perfect peace as well!

Have you had any life changes since the quarantine? How are you handling life now? I would love to hear in the comments below:

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I Lost 4 Pounds!

Before I can tell you why this is such great news, I must give you the short backstory:

I gained 57 pounds over the past two years.

Yes! You read the correctly, I gained a whole heap of weight around my stomach, back, arms and thighs! Prior to the weight crawling back to my chin, I had a personal trainer and lost the 56.6 pounds that is currently staring me in the face today.

How did this happen you ask?

I would like to say, “I don’t know” but that would be a complete lie. I stopped going to my trainer (I still love him but I have no regrets about leaving) and I started eating foods that I hadn’t consistently eaten in years like pizza, cereal, white bread and pies. Of course, it isn’t that plain and simple. There are other contributing factors such as bouts of depression and stress from work that can made my hormones all out of whack, but ultimately (for me) it was the lack of exercise and the increase in wrong foods.

Fast forward to today.

It is Thursday, May 21st and I am 4 pounds closer to my first goal weight! I am four pounds closer to fitting into my jeans from last year. I am four pounds closer to falling back in love with my body again!

Last week, I mentally prepared myself to eat well and exercise at least three times. I have not consistently worked out in over a year and a half and it is tough getting back into it, but I am thankful to have family (my sister) and friends (my colleague) to help me get back in the groove of things! I “hired” my sister to train/workout with me three days a week (M, T, Th) and work out with my colleague 1-2 days per week.

My first official ‘Day 1’ was Monday, May 11th. Before the date, I did a clean sweep through my pantry and cabinets. I finally threw away a box of pancakes that I should have left at the store, put the boxes of cereal in the trash and got rid of any thing that would wreck havoc on my weight loss goals!

I set a goal of losing 5 pounds the first week.

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I have a lot of weight to lose so this is not considered extreme and it’s completely doable. I worked out five days last week and came out just one-pound shy of my week’s goal. Prior to my new mindset, I would have been extremely hard on myself for missing the mark but the new Malisa is extremely proud of herself!

I made a new goal of 3 pounds for this week. It may be tough because it is supposed to rain almost everyday this week and we workout outside but it is still possible.

What measures do you take to meet your personal weight loss goals? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below.

Welcome to Makings of Malisa

Hello! I am so glad that you decided to stop by and get to know what Makings of Malisa is all about! I hope that you find the time to engage and that we can learn from each other.

Now, let’s get the pronunciation of my name correct…

My name is Ma-Lisa.

I have no clue why my parents had to be so difficult but for some reason my name gives most people the hardest time. People call me Melissa (I hate this by the way), MY-Lisa (oddly, I kind of like this one), Mar-Lisa (I am still searching for the “r”. Let me know when you find it) and the list goes on!

When I meet someone who pronounces my first name correctly from reading it, I instantly love them for life!


I am a writer to my core. I pick up writing and put it down often but like that old boyfriend who didn’t treat you right the first time, writing just keeps coming back to my heart. Writing (and dancing) is my ‘Happy Place’. It gives me a fuzzy little feeling that is probably the equivalent of wearing a Snuggy while drinking a cappuccino, walking on the beach with your significant other, or a kid waiting on Santa. I hope you get my point.

Writing is Life. Writing is Peace. Writing is Joy!

I plan to use this blog to talk about life, goals and everything in between.

About me – I am…
A Disciple of Christ
Far from Perfect
In Love with People
Not too Fond of Animals
Currently Single
Super Dope
Goal Oriented
Kinda Sappy
Mostly Happy

So this is enough about me for now. If you want to know more than please subscribe! I can confidently say that our quality of life will increase with each post. I hope that you take the time to engage and we can all learn from each other.

Don’t be shy… tell me a little bit about yourself in the comments below!