Sunday, June 17, 2018

RECONCILE TO GREATNESS





Happy Sunday! I pray you had a beautiful and productive week. On this particular day,  I went to a community event and I connected with some awesome new people.  I believe at least one or two new relationships will be formed from that event. New relationships are definitely important because it allows us to connect with others outside of our comfort zone. Ultimately, with the purpose of forming new relationships that are in line with God's purpose and plan for our life. However, in my opinion holding tight to past relationships are equally important as well and it's always a great day to reconcile a broken one.

There was a time when I would have easily made excuses and given up on failed relationship with others. Those excuses  prevented me from allowing God to use me for his will. The Bible says,  " to understand love you must realize that Christ gave his life for us and we must give up our lives for other believers." This resonated in my spirit and how I am led to deal with and reconcile broken relationships. I realized that sometimes I have to give up on what I feel about the situation and give into what God desires to resolve it.

In conclusion, reconciliation like everything else in this world requires pray, effort and hard work. ...and not avoidance:) The result of it all is you uphold the position as a peace maker for God. Is this process easy? ...definitely not but loving and getting along with the deserving as well as the undeserving is spiritual maturity!










As always, thank you for reading and have a blessed new week.

Muse tie front dress....similar sold here
Marc Jacobs sunglasses....sold here

Sunday, June 10, 2018

JOY IS REAL









 Happy Sunday! I pray you had a beautiful weekend! The most important decision we can make each morning is to live out our day in the most positive and loving way. If this decision is not made then various situations throughout the day will control you instead of you controlling it. It's inevitable that things will always try to distract you but it can never defeat you. Most often people lose the battle of joy during unfortunate situations because:

1. Constantly worrying if anything could have been done to change the situation! Well most things that happen in life we have no control over preventing just control over how we proceed through it. In addition, worrying about the past causes stress. I just believe if you know how to stress then you know how to focus on having a more positive motivating present life. Instead of focusing on a constant state of worry remain in a constant state of positive thoughts and actions.

2.  LOW FAITH!  That's why is so important to build your faith everyday while things are going well for you. Therefore when situations arise that attack your joy it won't be strong enough to  take the very thing you need to survive which is your internal strength. 

3. Last they don't believe that the situation will end.  They get hung up on how long they are going through it verses focusing on the main point that with faith they will get through it. I believe there's an end to all unpleasant situations and there's a limit on the time that God will allow things to happen. The greatest success book written ever says "for when I am weak then I am strong."  Therefore you are equipped to overcome any situation and have joy in the process!

 Remember that joy is real and happiness will always heal. Thank you as always for your support and have a wonderful new week ahead!


Trina Turk skirt.....sold here
G by Gottex Mock neck top.....similar sold here
Aquazzura lace up heels....sold here

Sunday, June 3, 2018

SUMMER WHITE & RUFFLES



Happy Sunday! I pray you had a wonderful weekend.  I wore this outfit to brunch with some of my sisters in Christ from Bible study.  We take a four month break from our studies every summer then we assemble back together from September to May of the following year.  Therefore, I don't have time to read any other books outside of the Bible until my summer months. Our summer gatherings are so special because it is a time to share what we are doing with our free time and how we are upholding our commitments to stay in God's word daily. Most importantly it is a time to encourage each other to remain in faith!

My favorite way to wear this white skirt is with my white blazer and a camisole top. However, due to the extreme warm weather and humid days I've been pairing it with my sleeveless no fuss tops.  I love this top because it gives a hint of shoulder and the ruffles layer the outfit in a soft feminine way. ...also this bag has been my pop of color for the past two summers and it compliments my summer looks perfectly.







Thank you so much for reading and have a blessed new week


Wayf one shoulder top...similar sold here
Versace sunglasses....sold here
Antonio Melani pencil skirt.....sold here
Furla satchel...sold here

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

SMALL CAN LEAD TO BIG



Happy Wednesday! When I last organized my closet I found this dress and instantly knew it would be in my spring/summer wardrobe. I plan to transition it into my autumn wardrobe as well. I have mentioned this before but a simple task like organizing my closet saves me money. Most importantly it has given me back one of God's greatest gift which is more time. I no longer spend time worrying over what I will wear or how it fits. My closet is only filled with items I love and I actually wear. Honestly, it took some time to curate a wardrobe that fit my personal style philosophy. ...but it was worth the time and effort.

Furthermore, I desired changes in all areas of my life many years ago and God led me to get organized first. A small task like organizing not only decluttered my thoughts but it allowed space for areas I needed to grow in. As the greatest success book written says, " when you are faithful in the little things you will be faithful in larger ones." Therefore something this small as getting organized led to a huge impact on my thought life, my heart and my actions.

In closing, I had to believe in order to receive. I had to be willing to follow and see the process through which required trusting that God was ultimately in charge. I then had to manage any distractions that were trying to prevent me from getting organized. Finally, I had to implement steps that would be prevent me from returning back to a cluttered life where I was not in tune with God's plan and purpose for my life.












As always, thank you for reading and have a blessed rest of the week.

Ralph Lauren maxi dress....sold here
Nude platform slingback heels......sold here


Thursday, May 24, 2018

CAT EYE, STUDS & HAPPY VIBES



 Happy Thursday!  I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!  Well I wanted to close this week the way I start every week on a happy and positive note. Therefore sharing a few happy tips:

1.  Never allow people or things to steal your joy. Don't focus on the things you lack in life. Instead focus on the abundance of things that you are currently blessed with. Basically have an attitude of gratitude at all times!

2.  Recognize your self-worth! Our decisions are made depending on how we feel about ourselves. Therefore,  it's imperative that you understand how special you are and that your life has a purpose. When you understand your purpose your life becomes much happier and fuller.

3.  Be careful of  the people that  you are around. Negativity is so contagious however on a better note being positive is contagious as well. Overcome negativity with positive thoughts and actions. 

4.  Never tie your happiness to the promises of a future event happening. That will only disappoint you trying to delay your happiness until something in your life happens. If you are thinking " I will be happy when....." then that type of thinking never finds happiness. Happiness is " I am happy in this present moment." Remember happiness is all around you everyday you just have to choose to believe it!

5.   Do not compare yourself and your journey in life to anyone else's journey. It's too time consuming to worry about what others are doing and it will drain your happiness. Now, you must be happy for others and their success because that will protect your heart from any negative emotions. However  seek your own happiness through the journey you are purposely driven to take.

6 .  Last, make sure you are building your faith everyday. When your faith is strong you can rise above anything and most importantly you are better equipped to deal with life in the most positive and stress free way.













 Thank you for reading and as always I appreciate your love and support! Have a blessed weekend!



X by Gottex mock neck top...similar on sale here
Antonio Melani skirt........similar sold here
Michael Kors Hutton sandals
Vera Wang cat eye sunglasses similar here


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

GETTING MOTIVATED






Happy new day!  I pray you are having a wonderful week! There's so much that happens in a day that will try to steal your joy. In addition, the enemy is always looking for direct access into an unguarded part of our lives. A way to guard our lives is with motivation. For me, motivation involves moving with a purpose. ..and purpose comes only from God. In the greatest success book written ever it says, " I knew you even before I formed you in your mother's womb." Therefore, whether your life was planned or not by your parents, God planned it with a purpose. I have found a few simple ways to stay motivated.

Clarity

 A clear goal is a clear path to success.  I remember leading a group many years ago. One day I asked everyone what did they want to accomplish before the end of the year. Honestly,  most of them could not answer that question clearly. I understood a few things in that moment. If only people knew what they truly wanted then maybe they had a shot at achieving it. I also understood that weak goals and desires would never produce strong results.

Write it out

 If you are a consistent reader of my blog then you know I had to mention writing it out. Our chances of success are increased by writing things down. Those words have to be kept in front of your eyes and must be used to motivate and transform you. The same way we use the word of God to transform us in our daily lives.

Alternative

 Last, but definitely not least is to consider the alternative. I mentioned on a previous blog post on eliminating excuses that basically staying motivated requires an alternative way of thinking. For example, if you don't go after your goal or purpose in life then how will life this same time next year look for you. This is not to create fear in yourself because we were not given a spirit of fear. It is the complete opposite! It is to motivate you to live a life of faith and with much purpose!

 As always thank you for reading and I pray you have a wonderful day!
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Polo Ralph Lauren tee shirt...sold here
Ann Taylor pencil skirt.....sold here
Tom Ford python heels...sold here





Thursday, May 17, 2018

LEADERSHIP IS EVERYTHING




Happy Thursday!  I hope you're having a great week! I'm super excited about my next leadership conference.  Sometimes leadership is forced upon us and sometimes it is freely accepted.  Most people have been in a position to lead either at work, in their community, or in their family, etc.  Therefore,  understanding leadership is very important in order to lead successfully. I have always accepted the responsibility to lead  because I believe that's just part of God's plan and purpose for my life. I know that being a great leader requires that I am accountable, know when to seek wise counsel, and I must remain teachable.  I'm always looking for areas to grow my leadership. Therefore, when a leadership conference, podcast or book on leadership is available then I'm all in!!  I do believe all of those things are great when it comes to growing your leadership; however, I believe certain leadership attributes can never be taught. They must be caught!!   I feel everything about leadership cannot come from a speaker or book. It's natural and it must come from the heart.

 For example, anytime I'm in the presence of people I always say happy monday, tues, wed, etc.  This is apart of my gift that God has given me. It is genuine and I use it to encourage others. I understand that it doesn't take a lot to encourage just a little effort. I encourage so much to the point I do not even think about it. It comes so natural and it flows from my heart. Basically leadership is about intuition which I don't feel can be taught.  I feel it is caught when you are  walking in your plan and purpose for your life.

 I can write pages and pages on leadership. However, if I'm to sum it up I would say that leadership comes with responsibility. The responsibility to first and foremost lead yourself in thoughts and actions. ...then you are capable of leading those that follow your leadership and cause a positive chain reaction.


 As always,  thank you so much for reading and I pray you have a wonderful rest of the week!

Dress: Michael Kors
sandals: Schutz
Bag: Ralph Lauren