Take me baccckkk!

 

 

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I find that too often I grow consumed with the struggles and routine of everyday life. Work, school, sleep. Work, school, sleep. [repeat]. Doing this day in and day out has left me feeling completely stressed, overwhelmed, and drained. I’ve never felt so emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted in my life.

However, despite all this, I am more than grateful that after months of booking, cancelling, and re-booking, I was finally able to go to Cancun for vacation. It was exactly what I needed – the PERFECT combination of fun and relaxation.  I honestly don’t remember the last time I felt this at ease.

I love this picture because I look so happy and at peace. I didn’t let anything get in the way of me having a good time [not me getting scammed out of money, eating bad food, or some of the weak drinks I had lol]. None of it mattered because I was high on life.

But, I realized that I have to stop waiting for a vacation to live my best life. I need to find ways to hold on to how I felt at this moment in this picture. I need to find ways to make sure I am doing what it takes to keep me this happy everyday. I really need to work on ensuring that everyday I am doing something to take better care of myself.

I am holding on to this picture so that I can continue to take myself back to the happiness I felt on this day!

 

 

My GOSPEL Playlist

Looking for some inspiration or some encouragement? My “Go To” Gospel Playlist is what helps me just about everyday. These are some of my favorite gospel songs that give me the extra motivation I need to make it through my days. I hope these songs will help you too!

To listen to the other songs on my playlist visit this link:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/my-go-to/pl.u-vxy69qXIvvNjRj

 

2018 goals

Happy New Year!

I finally took time to write out all of my goals for this year and just want to share what they are…

  1. Pray. This year I want to strengthen my prayer life. I want for praying to become a habit for me. I want to learn to pray before, during, and after every situation I am faced with.
  2. Start each day early and slow. I noticed that when I wake up earlier in the mornings, I have more time to slowly get into my day. I have grown to appreciate having time to meditate, pray, and journal in the mornings. This makes a HUGE difference in how my day goes.
  3. Go to bed earlier. I know that if I plan to wake up earlier, I will have to go to sleep earlier.
  4. Blog. Blogging is still very new to me,  but this year I want to become more creative and consistent with it.
  5. Attend church regularly. Last year I made a lot of excuses for why I wasn’t in church like I should’ve been, but this year I want to push myself to attend more often.
  6. Exercise.  Last year I found a rhythm in my schedule that made it easier to incorporate regular exercise. This year I want to push myself to keep up with it.
  7. Conscious eating. I don’t like saying that I’m going to cut a lot of stuff out or go on a diet because that  never works for me. But I have noticed that certain foods don’t agree with my body anymore. So, this year I will pay more attention to that and be a lot more conscious of what I’m eating and how much I’m eating.
  8. New experiences. I want this year to be filled with new experiences and in order to do that I’m willing to push myself  out of my comfort zone. I want to meet new people, join new organizations, travel to new places, eat at new restaurants, explore new hobbies, etc.
  9. Learn new scriptures. I have a wall in my room filled with all of my favorite scriptures. This year I want to learn new scriptures that I can add to my wall.
  10. Save more money. Last year I was able to reach my goal in how much I aimed to save by the end of the year. This year, I set a new goal amount that I plan to reach by the end of this year.
  11. Continue practicing self-care. I have grown to appreciate even the small things that make me happy like getting some good sleep, taking a hot bath, eating good food, getting my nails and hair done, etc. This year I want to make a grander effort to continue making myself happy.

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My 31 Day Challenge

Lately I’ve been really stressed and overwhelmed. And even with getting enough sleep and taking my vitamins, my energy levels have been low. Instead of embracing the obstacles that God has helped me to overcome, I’ve allowed my circumstances to get the best of me. My stress has been showing in how I look, how I feel, and in how I talk. One of my friends recently asked me “Is anything positive going on for you right now?” At first I was salty because I just wanted to complain lol. But I’m happy she woke me up because I didn’t realize how negative I’ve been sounding.

So, I decided to start a 31 Day Challenge. For the next month I will re-dedicate myself to speaking positive over my life and situations, reclaiming God’s purpose for my life, and re-activating my faith to accomplish all things God has encouraged me to do.

Whenever I’m feeling unmotivated or really stressed, one of my favorite/go-to devotionals is “I DECLARE” by Joel Osteen. I bought this book about 4 or 5 years ago, but always find my way back to it. It’s broken into thirty-one day-by-day sections. The readings for each day are short (making it easy for me to read) but are so powerful and inspiring. There are also short stories behind each day’s declaration that helps to make the declaration more real.

Here is Day One; I hope this speaks to you in the same ways it speaks to me!

 

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