Downtime (Rest and Restore)

I’ll be the first to admit that I lack the will power to be at a standstill for an extended period of time. Life is very busy and hectic at times. I’m a wife, a mother of 3 and I work full time. There is always something to do during the week with balancing work, school, household duties and extra-circular activities. Most days are 18-hour days with a minimum amount of sleep. I’ve always been the type of individual that doesn’t require much sleep so 5-6 hours a day works well. However, there are days where I am physically and emotionally drained with the day to day activities. A lot of times we focus so much on completing tasks and taking care of our families that we neglect ourselves by not getting the proper rest to restore our mind and body. It is imperative to take a step back to prioritize our own self-care. A fresh and well rested mind inspires you to want to accomplish even more which will only end up being beneficial. Just like we make the time to catch up on the latest news via social media we should allocate the time to get in tune with ourselves. Think about a time where you were agitated and bothered by the slightest things. Lack of rest and restoration influences our mood and energy. The next time you wake up in the morning, instead of grabbing your phone, take 10 minutes to relax in complete silence before starting your day. At the end of the day dedicate at least 15-20 minutes to decompress from all the events of the day. My goal is to accomplish this at least once a day but honestly most days I fail with being consistent. I am continuously a work in progress when it comes to taking the time out for myself. One of my goals for the new year is having ME time at least once a month. Remember that our families depend on us but in order for us to be healthy and fully available we must take care of ourselves first. 

Live In The Moment

Sometimes we dwell on the past and things we can’t change a little too much. Instead of living in the moment we’re too busy looking back and looking ahead. Yes it’s imperative that we prepare for our future but let’s not wish our lives away in the process. We must learn to bask in every moment we’re given with that thought process that it can end at any given moment. Let’s all start by being appreciative for TODAY!

Embrace Your Imperfections

Living in an imperfect world we all strive to be “perfect” in a sense. Sometimes we critique the smallest things that can lead us to think that we are not doing enough. The problem with us being our biggest critic is that we view the world in the eyes of others and the picture society paints for us therefore, perception becomes everything. Every day that you’re living will be a day to strive towards improvement. The process of growing as an individual will be a lifelong battle. The ultimate satisfaction comes from documenting your progress along the way so that you can appreciate just how far you’ve come. The baby steps we often take for granted are always a step in the right direction whether we are in acceptance of it or not. Embrace your flaws and all of your shortcomings as they are the makings of you. Most importantly, learn to disregard judgement from yourself and others. How can you prosper if you continue to speak negativity into existence? So do away with it. You can and you will get to where you want to be. All you have to do is continue putting in the work and believe.

Fake Love

Always be cautious of the people you have in your inner circle and who you associate yourself with. Jealously and greed can come in the form of a supporter. Fake love often isn’t disguised it can be detected in plain sight. When the love is real it comes natural and is rarely forced. People will publicly root for you then prey on your downfall out of your presence. Whenever you focus on bettering yourself the enemy becomes busy in attempt to self destruct the things you’ve worked so hard for. As long as your team is sincere there is nothing or no one that can stop your movement.

Are You Thirsty Enough?

The term “thirsty” is often associated with individuals seeking attention by going out of their way to make their presence known. Im sure we’ve all encountered someone that fits this description. However, instead of being thirsty for attention, I would advise you to be thirsty for all the things that will add value to your life.

Be thirsty for success. Be thirsty to put you and your family in a better position. Be thirsty about creating a legacy that will generate endless possibilities for the years to come. Be thirsty for god’s grace. Be thirsty for the strength and courage to face the ways of the world on a daily basis. Be thirsty for knowledge, patience and understanding. Be thirsty for stability and consistency. Be thirsty for self love and self care. Be thirsty for new opportunities and development. Be thirsty for a overall better version of yourself.

At this point you get the picture as the list can go on and on.The sole purpose of this message is for us to focus, put our time, energy and effort into becoming more efficient as a person. Most importantly to do away with wasting time on anything that mentally drains you or place a strain in your life. Take advantage of all the available resources around you to expand your brand then allow your accomplishments to quench your thirst.

Cheers to 2019!!!

It’s a year new which means for some of us new goals and new opportunities. If you want to set goals for the new year then DO IT. Don’t allow anyone criticize you about wanting to better yourself going into the new year. Forget their opinions and DO YOU.

Develop a vision, create a game plan then execute to turn that vision into a reality. Become a student of your craft to gain as much knowledge as you possibly can then push yourself until you can’t push anymore. Stay hungry for growth then watch all of your hard work manifest and surpass your wildest imagination . If you don’t believe in yourself then who will? Stop allowing other people to put their fear off on your dreams and aspirations. God will put you in the position but it’s up to you to put in the work and ignore the negativity.

Things will never go the exact way you want them to, However don’t allow that to discourage you and keep you from going after whatever it is you want to accomplish. Put in the work, keep the faith. Best believe everything will work out just how it’s supposed to in the end. 2019 lets shift our focus, leave the fear behind and invest in ourselves. Time waits for no one so take advantage of it while you still can. LETS GO!

Reflections of 2018

For the last few years, at the end of each year I sit down and create a vision board. The vision board consist of graphical images based on the things I would like to accomplish for the upcoming year. While I admit I did not accomplish everything on my vision board, I accomplished the majority of them. Some things are repeats that I’ve once again failed to achieve. When I think about those “carryovers,” I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s simply from the failure to try. Failure to put forth the effort to at least get the process started. It’s a difference when you can acknowledge your shortcomings versus making excuses. So that’s my truth.

The biggest goal was to live life without fear and travel more. I wanted to go after all the things I’ve been putting on the back burner for years. First up was a trip out of the states. For our 10th year wedding anniversary my husband and I went to Bermuda. Oh the beauty we were surrounded by was surreal and such a wonderful experience.

BERMUDA

Taking in my surroundings 
Grotto Bay Resort 

Crystal Caves 
View from our room
Cave Spa. The massages were great!

TORONTO CANADA 

Next up was my 1st visit to Toronto Canada. Although it was a business trip for work I was still able to explore the city. 

Views from the top of the CN Tower

CN Tower 

NEW YORK CITY

My favorite trip of the year easily was New York City. I’ve envisioned visiting NY every since high school, however when 9/11 hit I vowed to never visit. Well since I was on my “yolo” vibe all year I finally put the fear to the side and went for it.  

One World Trade Center 

Empire State Building
Statue of Liberty 
Times Square
View at the top of the Empire State Building 

So there you have it my travel highlights. 

BLOG

I’ve been in love with writing for as long as I can remember. I’ve written a collection of poems and songs over the years. The difference in back then and now is my desire to share my writing which is why I created this blog. I wanted a platform where I could share my thoughts and views. I am happy with my growth since going live last month. Going into the new year my plan is to grow a larger audience and connect with more people.

Biggest Lesson Learned

One of my biggest lessons learned this year is that despite our circumstances we have the power to conquer and overcome. This was simply more of a realization and acceptance more than anything for me. I’ve learned to embrace and accept the things that I can not change while continuing to work towards self improvement.

A Special Thank You

I just want to give a special thank you for all of you who have taken the time out to visit my page, read a post and leave a comment. The love is greatly appreciated. With that being said I would like to wish each and everyone of you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.