Random: Smile

12.30.2014



This is so random.  But this picture always makes me smile.

Make it a great day and don't forget to smile.

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Won't He Do It: Church

12.30.2014

For some time now I've been looking for a church to call home.  Not only have I been looking, but I have also been prying about it. I've visited a few churches and looked into a few before I actually went. Sometime you don't know what your walking into. If I hadn't heard of the church before hand as far as being invited or knowing someone already who went there, yes I did a little research. I didn't want any surprises.

Praise Him by Lawrence Childress


Half way through the year I just handed it over to God. And for that time I remained without a church to go to.  But in true God form, he lead me to a church.  And in true God form, He let me know that He hadn't forgot about me.  I really enjoy this church. And love the way the pastor gets deep into the word using the bible.  Not just a sermon that makes you feel good.   Hallelujah! Won't He do it!

What has God been up to in your life?  I'd love to hear about it.

Til next time

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Bah humbug attitude I rebuke thee

12.14.2014

Well I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season. For me the days have just been flying by without a care.  Wasn't it just Thanksgiving. Well yesterday in a attempt to get into the holiday spirit I put up the Christmas tree.  Or should I say the Christmas tree is now up so it feels a little more like Christmas.  Cause to be truthful I had no part in putting it together or decorating it.  In another attempt, I purchased a gift for my little nephew.  I hope he enjoys it but I have to say that buying it and thinking about whether he will like it or not didn't help what seems to be my bah humbug attitude. 

Maybe it's the 70 degree weather or the commercializing of Christmas that got my attitude all bah humbug.  Whatever the cause my be, bah humbug attitude I rebuke thee.  Yes, rebuke.  The more I think about it the more I see that everything that has me feeling this way is a ploy.


You see for me to bah humbug Christmas would be me also saying bah humbug to the birth of Jesus Christ.  The real reason for the season.  So no I don't want to get caught up in buying gifts that I can give any time of year. And yes I would prefer it to be cold outside, but all that is just the worlds criteria for Christmas.  I have to remember that I'm not of this world.  So Christmas for me should not be celebrated as the world celebrates it.  


Just from writing this post I feel the bah humbug attitude being lifted.  And an attitude of joy, peace, and thanksgiving being but in its place.  Thank you Jesus

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

Til next time

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The Struggle

12.11.2014

Finely, finely got around to doing this.  Y'all from all the problems of the world to trying to take pics of yourself. The struggle is real.  This was an all morning event.  And I still didn't get the shot I wanted.  I need a camera man. lol.   



Shirt: Be Still Clothing 
Pants: Walmart 
Shoes: Thrifted 
Jewelry: By Faith Accessories

But all in all I had fun and I know the more I do it the better I'll get. I took about a dozen shots with a tripod and a timer.  I had to set the timer, get in view and pose all in 10 secs.  Before long I'll be a pro.

Til' next time

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It's about me Friday

11.28.2014

Ok so today across the U.S. some and some not are taking part in Black Friday.  A day full of shopping and bargain hunting.  Some even stand in lines hours before the store opens to get the best price on whatever is on there holiday list. 

Me personally have never partaken in these events, but I've heard stories. And some people should be ashamed for acting that way.  For me over the last few years Black Friday has been me in front of the computer picking up a few things that I've been wanting and putting off, for no other reason than having more important things to do with my money.  So when Black Friday comes around it's all about me, most of the time.  And this year was no different and I wanted to share what I swooped up.

http://puffcuffhairclamp.com

First up is the Puff Cuff.  I'm at the point now that I can't even wear a puff.  All the usual methods of achieving a puff just don't work for me anymore.  So hopefully the Puff Cuff changes that and I'm able to rock my puffs again. Fingers crossed.


Next up, it's not only about spending money on myself but also investing in my vision and dreams.  I've been dabbling in my own business for a while now.  And I've made up my mind to do it seriously. So I invested in having my dream come to fruition by purchasing a consultation to get my dream on the right track.

http://www.bestillclothingco.com

Lastly, when I saw the message on this shirt I had to have it.  I'm a big believer that prayer changes things.  It also ties into something that I have up my sleeve for the blog.  So I can't wait to get this in the mail.

Well that's it. I didn't go over board. And it was fun surfing the net and going through all the sales.

Til next time


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This Very Moment & Happy Thanksgiving

11.26.2014

I had to catch myself.  It's Thanksgiving and I have a lot to be thankful for. But I've been so excited about after Thanksgiving day that I almost forgot to live in the moment. I am so thankful for my family and the simple things that are taken for granted by so many.  Things like, having food, having a roof over my head and clothes on my back, etc.  This year will soon be over and I don't want to make it a habit of not being thankful for every second, every minute, every hour, and every day that the good Lord allows me.  This is another day the Lord has allowed and I will be present in it. 

I am currently up making turkey and other things.  This is my first turkey that I'm making on my own and my fingers are crossed that it turns out ok.  I'm writing this post realizing that I haven't posted in a few days.  I'm not off course with the 30Layers30Days I just haven't been posting my thoughts here. So even though I'm very sleepy, I'm in this very moment.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Til next time

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30Days30Layers Day 17: Apologies

11.18.2014

-  DAY 17 -



What do you need to stop apologizing for?  
Your personality?
Your perspective?
Your needs?
Your boundaries?
Your dreams?
The person you love?

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For being a nice, God fearing, love to shop, non-confrontational, see the good in everyone type of woman. 



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30Days30Layers Day 16: Where You Are

11.18.2014

-  DAY 16  -



What is the best part of being where you are in your life right now, at this very minute?   All worries aside.  What is making you happy? What is going right? What simple things are you grateful for?


The best part at the very minute is being home and available to my son if he needs me.  Right know what is making me happy is focusing on what is good.  What is going right is I now see a way where I didn't before. Simple things I am grateful for are air and water.

Til next time


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30Layers30Days Day 15: Secret Indulgence

11.18.2014


-  DAY 15 -


When you want to make yourself feel better, what can you do for yourself or give yourself that no one else can give you?
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When I want to make myself feel better I find myself doing thing that I've been putting off doing for myself.  It can be something like getting my eyebrows waxed so that I feel prettier.  Or take some time alone to read a book that I've been putting off.  I'll also spend time with people in my life that make me feel good about myself.

Til next time

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30Layers30Days Day 14: Love Language

11.18.2014

-  DAY 14  -




What are your favorite ways to give and receive love?

Words of Affirmation
Acts of Service
Quality Time
Physical Touch
Gift Giving
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When it comes to giving love I'm like Oprah giving away cars. lol. You get a gift, and you get a gift everybody gets a gift.  With that being said you would think that Christmas was my most favorite time of the year. Ummm nope, not at all. And maybe I'll tell you why in another post.  

Til next time

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30Layers30Days Day 13: Irregular

11.18.2014

-  DAY 13  -

Many of us have developed the habit of not expressing ourselves creatively for fear that we won't be understood.  We harbor feelings of being weird, irregular -- even unacceptable.  

Our inner critics reject us before anyone else can. So the question is, what does your mind say when you are beating yourself up?  What does your mind tell you is 'wrong' with you? 

Whatever your answer is, keep in mind that any 'irregularities' you perceive in yourself are just preferences you have that may be outside of the 'norm' -- whatever that is. They are part of what makes you, you.  These things will actually make you more powerful if you learn to love, understand and accept them.

Maybe not so funny, but when I beat myself up with words there is a voice similar to my mothers.  Although my mother is a very loving and encouraging woman, her tone of voice when you've done something wrong sticks with you. And a voice very similar is what I hear in my head. 

I feel irregular all the time and have since I was young.  My mind would tell me that I was too tall, too skinny, too quite for a girl my age.  These irregularities over the years have fallen to the wayside only to be replaced with others. But now I know better than to let them get me down.


Til next time

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Walking it out

11.14.2014


It's becoming clear to me that I don't need to know it all. The when, why or how. I just need to take those first steps, trust, and believe and everything else falls into place. And before I know it those first steps turn into more steps. And before I know it I'm not stepping timidly, but walking boldly knowing and believing.

Yes, God is good.

Til next time

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30Layers30Days Day 10: Tell All

11.10.2014

-  DAY 10 -




Does this sound like you:

You don't think you're creative.

You love to create, but you don't think you are particularly talented.

You don't want the people in your life to judge your creative vulnerability, so you hide it.  

If you were not concerned about these things and felt free to explore and express yourself freely, what would you do?   What would you create?  What story would you tell and how would you tell it?


I don't think this sounds like me.  I throw caution to the wind when I create, not caring what others may think.  The release is for me not them.


Til next time

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30days30Layers Day 9: Enough is Enough

11.10.2014

- DAY 9 -




Where do you go or what do you do to escape from the world and recharge?  What creative activities remind you of who you are and what is important to you?


It may sound corny but I just read. I read about someone else's life that is nothing like my own and from a place that I've never been.  I paint or make up a short story to remind myself of who I am and what is important to me.  Some time I share them with you all. Check out my creative mind post.

Til next time

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30Layers30Days Day 8: Inner World

11.10.2014

- DAY 8 -


To what extent do you find yourself preoccupied with your own thoughts and challenged to share your inner world with others?  Also, how do you preserve your need for solitude and still make room for the people you love?

I may give a glimpse, but if I gave away to much where would I go when I want to be alone.

Til next time

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30Layers30Days DAY 7: SAPIOSEXUAL

11.07.2014

- DAY 7 -

Sapiosexual: One who is attracted to or aroused by intelligence in others.


What non-physical qualities are most attractive to you?  I'm not just talking about sexual attraction.  In general, what qualities do you notice in others that draw you in and attract you to that person?

Humorous - Non judgmental - Caring - Honest - Inspiring - Supportive - Creative - Genuine - Strong



Til next time

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30Layers30Days DAY 6: SMOTHERED

11.07.2014

- DAY 6 -

Our lives are full of demands.

We are often more occupied with what other people need from us and what we are expected to do, than we are with what we need for ourselves -- to the extent that we feel guilty for taking time and energy for ourselves. 

What people and things are making it hard for you to breathe right now?


Wow! As far as people, I believe myself. I'm smothering myself.  I have so much time to myself during the day and most of the time is spent alone.  Wow! I often feel overwhelmed with my thoughts and dreams for myself and family, and doing everything I know to bring my dreams to reality.

I keep saying wow because it's like I just had an epiphany, wow.  As far as things, I believe it's my trying to stay busy. But there is so much that I would like to accomplish that I'm not accomplishing much at all, due to my lack of organizing.  It's clear that some things need to change.

Til next time

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30Days30Layers Challenge Day 5: Listen To Me

11.05.2014

- DAY 5 -


If you normally struggle to speak your mind, what kind of things motivate you to speak up?  What makes your inhibitions go out the window and your truth come pouring out?

If you don't normally struggle with speaking your mind, what kind of things cause you to clam up and hold your feelings in? 

By nature I'm a quiet soul and I tend to hold a lot inside.  When I'm most confident that what I have to say is useful and needed I say it. Although some time I've held on to it for so long that I can't hold it inside anymore and it just comes out however it may. 

Til next time
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30Days30Layers Challenge Day 4: Super SuperPowers

11.04.2014

- DAY 4 -



When viewed with love and courage, the things that we feel the most self-conscious about are often our greatest strengths.
 

What superpowers are you hiding?

WHAT SUPERPOWERS ARE YOU HIDING?  I've been thinking about this all day since she posted it earlier.  And I'm coming up blank. I got nothing for you. And I don't know if that is a good or bad thing. Maybe I'm not digging deep enough, but there is nothing that I'm self-conscious about that I see as a strength.  I could say my voice. I don't talk a lot but when I do it seems that I capture others attention. Other than that I got nothing.


How about you all do you have any superpowers that your hiding?

Til next time
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30Layers30Days Challenge Day 2

11.02.2014

- DAY 2 I Want- 


I want to be a voice for

____________.


I want to be a creator of

____________.


I want to be invested in

____________.


I want to be a representation of 

____________.


I WANT  TO BE A VOICE FOR
my heart. Authentic and truthful.

I WANT TO BE A CREATOR OF
a beautiful inside out confident woman that is me.

I WANT TO BE INVESTED IN
being all that I am called to be.

I WANT TO BE A REPRESENTATION OF
what my maker had in mind as he formed me in my mothers womb.



Til next time

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#30Layers30Days November challenge Day 1

11.01.2014

This month I will be participating in GG Renee's challenge. Her blog is All The Many Layers and she is awesome! There is more than one way to participate so I may choose to post here some days and some days not. Just thought it would be fun to dig a little deeper into myself, so here is day one.

- DAY 1 I AM -

I am moving away from
 ____________.


I am moving against
  ____________.  


I am moving with 
 ____________.

I am moving toward 
 ____________.




I AM MOVING AWAY FROM 
being comfortable. I'm ready to shake things up and move forward in a positive light.

I AM MOVING AGAINST
fear.  If it scares me I will do it afraid.

I AM MOVING WITH
an open mind. Everything isn't as it seems.

I AM MOVING TOWARD
being. I am here to live so just getting by is off the table.



Til next time
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Verse of the week 10/27/14

10.28.2014

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?
(Psalm 27:1)

Now go forth and be fearless, have a blessed week.

Til next time
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When Your Afraid

10.22.2014

When your afraid know that God is a protector.  I just happen to be listening to a new gospel song and one of the lyrics was "Don't be afraid of the terror by night, or the arrows by day" and like boom. Shannita you haven't posted a verse for the week. And then like boom, one of my favorite Psalms came to remembrance from the song. Psalms 91 is a great comfort for when your fearful.  Its a great assurance of His love and protection.

Psalms 91 (NIV)
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

Til next time

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Rise

10.16.2014



I rise facing my fear
I rise not letting it stop me
I rise looking at whats real
I rise looking it eye to eye
I rise in the morning with joy
I rise for God is with me
I rise and keep on rising
                         
                          - - BeULuv

Til next time

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Verse Of The Week 10/13/20014

10.13.2014


Powerful verse, on my speed dial of verses to meditate on when I'm feeling fearful.

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Get It Done: Bucket List

10.09.2014

With the new season comes a list of things that I want to do. Some big some little, some may take longer to get accomplished than others. Here is my fall bucket list.


Fall sewing- I have a few things in mind. I got too busy for my Sew Happy challenge over the summer.
Pick Pumpkins with family- Did this one year and been meaning to do it again.
Invest in business knowledge- I want to invest more in knowledge rather than just stuff. 
Professional photos- I would like to have some professional pictures taken of myself.
Complete a bible study and get back into the word- I got the bible study taken care of I found one online. Still need to make it a habit to read my bible everyday.
Upgrade my business website- I want it to be the best it can be.
Complete a business consultation- Again I want it to be the best it can be.


I'm excited to get moving on checking things off.

Til next time

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How Fear Moved Me

10.08.2014

I had finally landed a job in my field of study and was coming to the realization that it wasn't for me.  There was no sign of reconciliation between the man I thought I would marry and myself. At home things where out of sync. The kids where acting crazy. I felt alone with everything that I was going through.

During this time I was trying my legs as a new christian. Little did I know I was trying to walk when I should have been crawling. I went to church and I praised The Lord. I gave my ten percent and attended bible study.  But when I was tested I failed miserably, at least then in my eyes. With everything that I had going on at the time my world was crashing in on me.  I thought I had faith enough to handle it but, I became fearful. Fight or flight kicked in. What to do?



I chose flight. Not prayer. Not faith that things would get better, but flight.  All the way to Arizona.  See what I mean by fear being a catapult.  A change in environment and people may do me and the kids good, I thought.  So I planned as far as letting my family know that I was coming, and saving money so that I would have a cushion til I found a job.  When the day came I loaded up the kids and onto AZ we went. What is usually a 2-3 day trip by car took me 1 day.

We arrived safely. Arizona was a whole new world. And I can't say that life has been coming up roses every since, it still has it's thorns. And although I have no regrets about my decision to move to another state.  I'm pretty sure things would have been different if my faith was a little bit stronger then. But what I didn't know then I know now.  My faith is stronger along with my ability to face my fears instead of running and hiding.

The funny thing I've learned about life and fear, is that the things you fear and run from will continue to pop up in life until you face it and deal with. And once you've done that, that thing may continue to pop up. But you know what? Your not afraid anymore.

Til' next time

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Verse of the Week

10.06.2014

This month I'm dealing with fear. Facing it, overcoming it, recognizing it, and the best fear to live with. Fear is a funny thing. It can paralyze you. It can catapult you. It can bring about change. Or hold you back.

I have experienced fear as I'm sure we all have in some shape or form. With this month being October (Holloween, being scared, fear) I want to address fear.  Look it straight in the face and expose it for what it really is.  So join me and til next time.


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All I Want For Fall

10.04.2014

All I Want For Fall
Living in the desert dosen't call for much during the Fall and Winter months. Although it can get quit nippy. Here is my list of Fall wants.

1. A real cute bootie. I've noticed that they seem to be missing from my wardrobe.
2. Boot toppers. I like the cozy look.
3. A plaid shirt. I haven't rocked anything plaid in years.
4. Sweat shirts. This may be part of my fall sewing.
5. Knit headbands. Because my ears get cold.

What are some of your wants for Fall?

Til next time

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One of Those Bloggers

10.02.2014

So I only posted once last month. And was ghost for a few months before that. What can I say my blogging these days has been very inconsistent. So inconsistent that I've deemed myself "one of those bloggers" haha.

You know the ones. You know, the inconsistent ones. The ones that go on hiatus every other month, and when they return feel the need to explain why.  The ones that you hang in there with because you know they will be back eventually.  One of those.



Well what can I say. All I can do is do. And do what you ask? Do better. That's all I can do. So with the help of my hand dandy blog planner. I'm planning on doing better and not just saying I'll do better.


I'm really loving this. I can finish out the year and start over again for next. And by doing this I now have an idea of a great place to take this blog. It won't just be about me. Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!

So the saga continues, and I want to thank you all for hanging in there with me.

If you blog and would like a blog planner this is where I found the one I'm using.

Til next time

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New Month New Season

10.01.2014



It's a new month and a new season. A great time for change.
 
I love fall. Fall is all about change. The leaves change, the weather changes, and depending on where you live the time changes.  Change, change, change.  And I welcome it. It all falls into my plan to change things up in my life. Yup, little by little, step by step, day by day. Things will be changing.
 
So this month in celebration of October I plan on doing things scared. Not letting my negative thoughts, feelings, or emotions get in the way of what I want to do.  This may sound easier said than done and your right.

Til next time,









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Hello We Meet Again September

9.01.2014



Hello September, so we meet again.  Excited to see what benevolence this month holds.  Yes, great things will happen this month.

Til next time,

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