Our mind is like a gym.
Positive thoughts and practices are the
weights that keep us sharp and toned.
Positive thoughts and practices are the
weights that keep us sharp and toned.
Whew! It’s only the beginning of February and God has filled my year with amazing opportunities thus far.
I had the pleasure of being invited to speak to the students of Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas.
There's just something about an HBCU (Historically Black College/University) that makes me feel right at home when I step on campus. :)
When discussing social media, I came to them from a “big sister” aspect by sharing tips on how to build your influence, protect your brand, marketing, do's and don'ts. I was able to share advice about what I’ve learned during my journey so far and about things that I wish I’d known earlier in my journey.
Unfortunately, there’s no curriculum for how to become an influencer like there is in school. In school, you know what classes you have to take and what you need to learn in order to earn that degree. So even though I still have a way to go on my influencer journey, I’m always willing to turn around and reach out a hand to those that come after me.
We had great conversation. I saw pens writing and heads nodding which made me happy and, of course we interacted with some group activities, prize giveaways, and shared a lot of laughter!
1) I’m proud of myself for being confident in my journey and where I am as an influencer. That negative Nancy tried her best to creep in by making me think I wasn’t a “big enough” influencer to give advice because my followers aren’t 50k and above…YET:) But I kindly MUTED her and reminded myself that God chose me for this opportunity and hearing from influencers at various levels is a great thing.
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” - Never compare yourself
2) Knowing that If God brought me to it, He’ll see me through it.” That was literally the sermon I listened to and live streamed from my church right before I started my travel. SO.ON.TIME.
What God had for you is for YOU! He makes no mistakes.
To the JCC students:
Thank you for showing up and being open and receptive to the tips I’ve learned through my journey of being an influencer. Y'all had me laughing when evaluating your social media pages lol! Everyone in that room has an individual gift that the world is eager to see and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for each of you.
To my prophyte, Tessie, thank you for inviting me and trusting me to speak to your students. I’m grateful.
Hmmmmmmm. I feel a College Tour in my near future. Who’s next!
What's Your ONE WORD for the Year?
This past weekend, I traveled to an event that encompassed the total purpose of what my word of the year is and why I chose it.
I’m sure you know how important the start of your day is each morning. The first 20 minutes are essential to the flow of your day.
I feel the same way about the beginning of my year. The start of my year sets the pace and atmosphere for the rest my year. I’m not talking about unexpected things that we have no control over; that’s just life. I’m talking about the intentional things we do at the start of the year.
Many of us have caught onto doing vision boards which I am SO happy has become a “trendy” thing to do. I love when positive things become trendy. That’s the only time I don’t mind being like everyone else! Lol.
I too did a vision board this year, but I did something new as well. I attended Tasha Chen’s “The MANIFESTING Event” – Where money and success get manifested.
This was my first time going. Now, I know Tasha, I’ve attended an event of hers previously and have had multiple encounters with her, and LOVE her spirit. She knows her purpose and she walks confidently in it to help others.
However, I still didn’t quite know what to expect from the big event. The events I’ve attended of hers have been more of a small group and intimate setting.
I go the event with a semi open mind (I’m working on myself) and am ready for a good weekend.
Good? My weekend was GREAT.
I learned so much and could sit here and type for hours, but my biggest take away is being reminded that it’s all about the mindset.
It’s about the words we say, getting out of our comfort zone, living in alignment with our values, and manifesting the life of our dreams.
To be honest, it was a scary weekend…but in a great way. I dusted off some “shelf dreams” that I’d put to the side because they scared the $#!@ out of me!!! LOL!
But it felt SO good to be in a room where there were no limiting beliefs and when sharing our goals with each other, they weren’t judged or laughed at because a person couldn’t see the “how” of how it was going to happen.
I was reminded to:
TRUST, ALLOW, AND DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE HOW!
Going in to the weekend, I was still mulling over a few words but after this past weekend’s clarity, my word of the year is….
MANIFEST. I am a MASTER MANIFESTOR.
As a master manifestor, I will:
-Be mindful of my words
- Control my thoughts
- Remain focused
Now, don’t just think because I’ve decided to be a master manifestor, that fairy dust will fall over me and it will happen (that would be cool though, lol!).
No, this is a DAILY practice. I know that change is possible, but focus is required.
This year, I am manifesting all my goals and desires. I’m walking into each day as if IT IS SO and staying in a mindset of GRATITUDE (so important) for all that has been manifested!!!
So join me! Comment your word down below, and let’s commit to remaining focused throughout the year as we truly embody our word of the year. Continue to be great!
p.s- Thank you Tasha and Diane for putting together such a phenomenal event. I’m grateful.
I Think I've Found The One..:)
Have you ever had that feeling where you think to yourself…this might be the one?! After all of the ups and the downs, the good and the bad, you don’t regret any of that because those past experiences helped make you who you are and was preparing you for “the one”? That’s how I feel!
Ok, be my best friend for a moment and let me talk this through.
I mean, could this really be the one? The relationship is at its beginning stages, but it’s going so well.
I’ve been smiling non-stop and the opportunities and places we’ve gone already this year have been mind-blowing! I don’t want to speak too soon, but I’m going to say it anyway! I’m going to speak it into existence with confidence and believe that this is the one!
2019 IS THE ONE!!! THIS IS MY YEARRRR!!!
I know I know! Thank you! I can feel your excitement through the screen that I finally found the one lol!
2018 left an indelible mark on me and will be a year that I will never forget. However, I feel that 2019 is a monumental year for me.
Yes, I’m a very goal-oriented person and have my vision board, affirmations, and new goals for the year, but I’m putting 2019 in God’s hands like never before.
Being the goal-oriented person that I am, I can sometimes (a lot of times) try and figure out “how” am I going to achieve this goal and “how” am I going to get to this place, but I have to remind myself daily to leave the “how” in His hands. That’s not my job to worry about. There’s this picture I have as my screensaver and it pretty much sums up my “mood” for this year:
That’s this year’s motto. Now, 2019 isn’t just my year, it can be yours too! So if you’re ready to claim 2019 as yours, then raise your glass with me, and toast to a monumental 2019! Cheerssssss!
Happy New Year and I’ll see you at the top:)
Today was a Day.
Today was a DAY. I contemplated whether or not to write this post because I like to keep what I put on my platforms positive and inspiring. However, I realized that it may be even more inspiring to show strength in my vulnerability (took me a long time to say that) and show people that every day isn’t photo shoots and smiles.
Back story: The day before yesterday, I got a new phone at an AH--MAZING price. There was a great deal going on, and I partook in it. At the end of that night, I was in bed, following my nightly routine which is putting things in my notes that need to be done for tomorrow. I do that so my mind can rest and I won’t try to remember everything that needs to be done in my sleep. I sleep much better.
Well, as I pull up my notes in my phone, nothing is there...NOTHING. I have a specific “To-Do” note category and I saw nothing. When getting a new phone, everything is supposed to be transferred from the old to the new. Welp, that wasn’t the case.
Let me put things into perspective for you so you can understand how TRAGIC this was/is for me.
Within my notes contained many blog post ideas, notes for my future book, poems that randomly pop in my head and so much soooo more. All my notes from 2018 were gone.
G O N E.
To answer the question that you might be asking yourself, yes, of course I write things down. I sometimes consider myself an analog girl living in a digital world. However, these notes were accumulated from times that I’m out and about with no notebook, so I resort to technology and jot down my thoughts. Thoughts that are now gone (A thug tear just rolled down my face).
But wait, there’s more. Driving is therapeutic to me, especially when I’m traveling. So I use my voice recorder to record my ideas. Amazingggg ideas that are now…guess what…GONE.
Fury doesn’t even explain the amount of frustration and whirlwind of emotions that I felt. I could barely sleep. Before I went to bed, I set my alarm clock to call the store as soon as they opened to get assistance in resolving this issue. I ended up going to the store and after over an hour of being in there (I had a great person helping me), there wasn’t a solution. My phones content wasn’t properly transferred and I lost a lot.
Needless to say, I it wasn’t a happy day, but in the midst of my sulk, I asked God to please restore it all. All of the ideas that He placed in my mind and heart. Yes, losing it all was discouraging, but after praying, peace entered my body and although I don’t know the “how,” I know that He has my back and has it all under control. I then put positive energy and thoughts out knowing that it would all find its way back to me.
I said all this to show an example of how it’s okay and real that every day isn’t all chipper and joy. The things we endure in life aren’t always easy, but when you have a Father who’s in control of it all, that weight somehow gets lifted off of your shoulder and He handles it from there. It’s the best life.
I’m not sure what you have to endure or experience, but know that you’re not alone. Keep positive energy in and around you, and if you haven’t already, give God a try. He’s my bestie and I’m willing to share Him.
So, I’ve been in this relationship for some time now.
To be honest,
it’s one of the longest relationships I’ve been in. We met some years ago & we’ve been pretty inseparable ever since.
C.D. is dependable, very intelligent, never afraid to hold my hand, and has gained my trust so much that he has my password.
While he holds those qualities, he also has flaws that have been outweighing the good. He’s selfish, & always wanting my time…has separation anxiety and can’t be away from me too long. However, he really knows my needs, and that’s how he’s kept me.
His full name is Cellular Device and he knows I’m ready for a break!
Sometimes I get so caught up, I feel like I’ve lost a lot of my day and my intellect is slowly slipping away. I’ve been ready for this break for a while now, but today’s case took the cake:
I spent so much time taking pictures of a book I was about to read that I barely had time to read it in the short span of time I had.
C.D., you no longer have access to my free time. We are now strictly business, no pleasure. I’m dedicating time with other love interests: Books, podcasts, people, and most of all, myself.
So cheers to new beginnings, positive change and better use of my time. C.D. it’s over!
* If you have book or podcast suggestions, leave them below! *
Here’s a few words dedicated to the “more” that I’ll gain spending less time with you.
Ready to create more.
Open minds more.
Design & break molds more.
READY FOR MORE.
It's all about the mindset...
"I don't fix problems, I fix my thinking.." - Louise L. Hay
I can't tell you the exact day I realized the way to win in life was all about the mindset,
and when that light bulb came on, I haven't turned the lights off since.
Changing your mindset makes life so much easier.
Mindset + Gratitude.
If you have an understanding of those two words above, and make them a daily practice, success will grasp onto you where ever you go! I promise!
Try it out today.
If you're sitting in traffic and feel yourself getting pissed off, change your mindset and turn on that gratitude.
Now, you're thoughts are just being grateful for having a good working car with gas to sit in traffic with!
Shift that thinking. It makes a world of difference.
I'm not saying it'll be easy all the time! It's definitely a daily practice, and it's worth it.
is really just here to keep each of us encouraged.
Come here when you need that encouraging friend, I got you boo.