Wednesday, August 29, 2018

CURRENT SEASON OF JOY



Happy Wednesday! I hope you are having a great week! I am weeks away from starting my 9th year of bible study. A few of us always stay in constant contact throughout the summer break. However, I am super excited to be back  in fellowship with hundreds of sisters in Christ as we learn and mature in God's word.

Even though I am excited for what lies ahead this 9th year, I am super excited for what is happening in my life now! My prayer is to never be so future focused that I miss the good that is presently available today.

 As I went shopping yesterday, I saw so many stores preparing to display their autumn merchandise. Now, I understand it is all about profits for the company and getting their customers to focus their time and money on a new season. However, it mentally shifts the present focus of most people who do not understand how to prepare for tomorrow yet still live for today.

It all sums up to a choice! The choice is to shift everything into the hopes of a new season or flourish fully in the season you are currently planted in. It doesn't matter whether your current season is in drought or it is a good harvest. God promises joy in all seasons and all circumstances. Therefore, why not live it fully engaged, learning what God needs you to know, and with pure joy allow your season to help you grow.

As always thank you for reading and I appreciate your kind words. Have a blessed rest of the week!








Tahari ASL dress...sold Here



Monday, August 27, 2018

MONDAY MOVES: ALL IN







Happy new week! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I plan to do a separate post on this comfy jumpsuit but today is about making Monday Moves!! As mentioned last week Monday is a wonderful opportunity to get your week off to a fresh and fast start! ...but you have to be all in or nothing will change in your day, week, month or life. For me, I understood many years ago that in terms of my faith I had to be "all in." For you, it may be some other area of your life. Either way you can only experience the success of true joy when you are all in and fully engaged.

How does it look when you are fully engaged and all in?

You have an attitude of the upmost gratitude. Regardless of your circumstances you are grateful because you know God is teaching and growing you.

You eliminate all excuses! As mentioned last week, you use your AM hours to get ahead and take charge of your day! Basically you understand that you have to find a way to win and that may require some stretching and sacrificing to do it.

You grow one day at a time. My faith did not grow overnight it grew daily by implementing habits that I committed to do each day.

You focus your attention on what matters. God says, " don't worry about tomorrow". Basically we can never control tomorrow but we can control how we respond to life today.

Last, when you are "all in" you never ever give up. Remember God never forsakes us. Now, he may get a little quiet but he is always there for us. That is the greatest comfort and biggest reason ever to continue fighting for more!

As always, thank you for reading and have a blessed day!

Lauren Ralph Lauren jumpsuit....sold Here





Friday, August 24, 2018

FASHION FRIDAY




Happy Friday! I pray you are having a great week!  This is a midi dress but since I am short it fits like a maxi:) However, I decided not to hem it and wear it as is. I currently own two maxi dresses but I decided to add this one for several reasons. 1) It hits at my ankle unlike the other two dresses below. This allows my heels to be displayed. 2) This dress also comes with a sash which allows me to define my waist or wear it loosely. 3) Last, the print and color is perfect for all seasons. That is exactly what I look for in my clothing to be able to wear it year round. Not to mention, I can layer it into our autumn season quite easily.




Most importantly, I did not want to duplicate a dress I already owned. Therefore, to assist in my new dress purchase I used my Amazon Echo look. I took side by side pics of the maxi dresses I currently owned. It allowed me to see all the features of both dresses in comparison to the new one perfectly. Now, I have three maxi dresses that I adore. If I find a solid color that I love then I will definitely remove one of these dresses from my wardrobe. As mentioned before, an uncluttered space creates an uncluttered life.

Well, thanks for reading and have a blessed weekend!

Dress 1: Lauren Ralph Lauren
Dress 2: Ralph Lauren
Dress 3: Michael Kors

Monday, August 20, 2018

AM ROUTINE...





Happy Monday! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! I pray you are excited about getting your Monday off to a fresh and fast start! The key to me getting my day off  to a fresh start is taking advantage of my early morning hours. Is waking up early easy? No, if it was then everyone would be doing it right:) However, I am so grateful because the price I pay to wake up early is worth the reward I receive in my daily life! I wanted to quickly share a few things I achieve in my morning hours.

 I just believe God did not design our bodies to be idle. Therefore, I feel most inspired to workout in my morning hours. It is amazing how a few minutes of consistent exercise gives me that energy to live out my day in a healthy confident way! Remember health is wealth:)

 If we are not growing for the best then we are dying and settling for less. Therefore, my routine includes things that build my faith like prayer, reading and journaling. I love to maximize my time by listening to faith building messages while working out. Prayer is my connection to God. Remember God is so much bigger than our circumstances! I know I mention this alot but journaling allows clutter a path to move out and gives access for clarity to move in. This routine does  not take take a long time to accomplish, it just requires desire, discipline and will power to change.

Your routine may look different than mine but I encourage you to just take action now. Set goals and work hard towards achieving those goals while managing distractions. I truly feel nothing in our life changes until we change first.

As always, thank you for reading and have a blessed day!

Ralph Lauren raceback leather dress
Jimmy Choo sandals
Coach carriage handbag


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!




Happy Wednesday! Hope you are having a wonderful week! There is something truly amazing about having a positive attitude. Life and its circumstances will always change but a positive attitude must remain the same. When you override undeserving emotions and replace it with the discpline to have a positive outlook then the world just seems to respond back. Basically you get what you give! Even if you don't get back positive reactions you still must keep blessing the world with your positive attitude and actions. The Bible says," it is always better to give than to receive." ...plus giving positive vibes even when it is not received will take your life of positivity to an entire different level. The level at which God gives to us as undeserving believers.

Now, is it easy to have a positive attitude? No, but it is essential.  It takes daily work and you have to push through. .... sometimes through the hurt. However, God can strengthen us to do all things!

Well, I am off to speak to a room full of parents embarking on a new journey  with their children. I pray that you have a blessed day and thank you so much for your kind words and support!

God bless
Tiff









Michael Kors dress& sandals
Coach wallet

Monday, August 13, 2018

MONDAY MOVES



Happy Monday! I pray that you had a beautiful weekend. Mondays are great days to make major moves! It is that time of the week where you get things off to a fresh and hopefully fast start. My blog is centered around three main points FAITH, FASHION, and FINANCES. Therefore, today is about how you can make Monday Moves in those three areas.

FAITH! It only takes 5 minutes to begin your faith journey. You can read, journal or listen to faith building messages. Just get it in so you can win! Life outside of your home can be cruel but with faith you be assured that you can conquer anything.

FASHION! Keep it simple. Today's look was achieved with simple and classic basics! If you add a blazer then it instantly becomes a sophiscated casual look.  Either way just keep it simple, start with the basics and allow your creativity to build from there

FINANCES! Make one positive money move today that may influence your financial situation tomorrow. For example, set short term and long term financial goals and develop an action plan to achieve it. It is amazing how with desire words on paper can transform you.

As you can see, it does not require much to make Monday moves. ..just a positive attitude, a plan and commitment to make it happen. Thank you for reading and have a blessed new week!

MissMe jeans...sold Here
Coach whiplash tote...similar sold Here
Ann Taylor color block heels...similar sold Here

Saturday, August 11, 2018

A LITTLE SHOE TALK




Happy new day! I pray you are having an amazing week! My top fashion items are heels. I wear heels almost everywhere except for the beach and when I work out. Well, like anything that you invest time and resources into there must be checks and balances. If not, it can lead to a situation that is out of control.  My shoe collection has been getting so big that I was adding more shelving into my closet. After realizing I was wearing more than I could possibly enjoy I decided to take a minimalist approach. Basically the same approach I apply to my clothing which is to not be wasteful with the things I am blessed with. This all led to a few shoe rules:

1) If I am not  grabbing to wear it consistently then I remove it from my closet. I know we live in a world that says more equals more. However, I do believe you can have more with less and still be best dressed:)

2) I only purchase a shoe if it will compliment my current wardrobe. There is no room for impulse buying with this rule. It requires that I put careful thought and time into what shoes I add to my collection.  ..and no more purchasing shoes for a future special occasion. Why? Glad you asked:) Everyday is a special occasion for me even going to the grocery store with my fancy heels!

3) I properly store and care for my shoes. This rule is so imperative to extending the life of my shoes. I always research how to care for my shoes before wearing and after.  Anything out of my control I entrust a skilled cobbler to handle. I have found it has been helpful to resole before I even start wearing my more expensive heels. This process in the long term saves me money and time.

This journey is a work in process and I am pretty sure I will incorporate other rules. I am just grateful I realized I needed to make a change before my space became cluttered. I am sticking to what I said at the beginning 2018., "a clutteted space creates a cluttered thought life." Once clutter goes out clarity has space to move in. We all know having a clear and concise thoughtlife is everything!

As always, thank you for your love and support! Have a blessed day!

Shoes: Gianvito Rossi heels....sold Here
Bag: Furla metropolis satchel....sold Here



Thursday, August 9, 2018

THE TIME IS NOW!




Happy Thursday! I pray you are having an awesome week! I can not believe we are almost at the end of summer. It is just evidence of how fast time flies and what we do with that time really matters. If you have set goals for yourself for 2018 then I encourage you to fight for those goals because the time is NOW! Remember small steps are better than no steps at all. In a world full of competition remember do not compare. You can never compare yourself or your journey to anyone because we each have something unique that God created in us.

Remember, one of the biggest distractions can be focusing on the time that has passed. Especially if that time has not been pleasant. However, what is more important than the time you may have lost is giving gratitude for the time you have left to live out your goals and purpose in life. ...and to do it with love. I remember reading in the greatest success book written ever to, "let love be your greatest aim." I just believe when you truly love God you will know how to live a purposeful life loving others.

Last, never ever give up! I'm pretty sure every great leader had a reason to give up but their purpose to keep going was even bigger. Therefore, I encourage you to find your purpose. When you find it I can promise you will fight through anything to achieve it. Will it be easy? ...probably not? However, God equips us with what we need to complete our journey!
Therefore, believe it then seize it!

As always, thank you for your love and support. Have a blessed weekend!

Tiff

Ralph Lauren top & purse
Antonio Melani skirt




Monday, August 6, 2018

SEASON TO SEASON



 Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I am so excited about this week. I plan to become more intentional about my prayer life and deepening my connection with God. I often get asked, "whats the key to a long and successful marriage?"  My response is always constant loving communication. Our spiritual life needs that type of communication as well. Therefore, my prayers and meditation has become that bridge that connects me to building a strong relationship with God.

I noticed that last week I wore three black dresses.  Seriously, I can minimize my closet wardrobe to only one of these dresses because each serve the same purpose for me and most importantly my wardrobe items can always be worn season to season. I am currently satisfied, value and love my minimal collection of black dresses.  I have become more intentional about wearing everything in my closet so I know I will continue getting a lot of wears out of these black dresses.





Have a blessed new week and thank you so much for stopping by!

Vince Camuto dress sold here
Michael Kors dress sold in multiple colors Here






Friday, August 3, 2018

FINANCIAL PEACE




1 state lace up dress... (sold here)

Nina metallic caged sandals..(similar Here)

Coach whiplash tote.. (similar sold Here)

Versace sunglasses. ...(sold Here)





Happy Friday! I pray you are having a wonderful week. I wanted to share a system you can use to allocate your money as a way to create financial peace. This system consists of three types of accounts that will simplify your financial journey and put you into position to weather any financial crisis or storm.

1. Everyday life account. This is where your salary or business income is deposited and it is mainly used to pay for everyday bills and expenses. Any extra will go towards funding the other two accounts. If there is no extra or you seem to be coming up short then I would suggest creating a spending plan/budget that you can live by. In addition, you may have to create ways to earn additional income.  Either way, this account should be fully funded and sufficient to meet everyday life expenses.

2. Emergency account. I think depending on who you ask you may get different answers as to how much should be in an emergency account. Basically, it depends on your lifestyle. However, the goal is to have enough to cover those unexpected expenses without having to use a credit card or fall victim to the debt trap. I have mentioned before that credit cards are fine if you can pay them off right away without incurring interest. When you pay interest to lenders you are taking away from your opportunity to earn interest and investing towards your financial independence.

3. Future Savings account. The remainder goes into this account once the everyday life account and the emergency account is fully funded. Again, the beholder determines how it is used. Mainly, it is a stock pile account for all the extra cash. It can be used to fund future investments in shares, businesses, or any future goals you may have.

Remember, the journey may not be easy but financial peace will make it all worth it.  Most importantly,  God has given us the tools we need to have peace in all areas of our life.






Have a blessed weekend! Thank you for reading!

Tiff