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Keep Your Promises To Yourself

Posted in Inspiration
on February 6, 2017

I have found that the promises that are the most important are the one’s we make to ourselves. I believe that you should keep your word to everyone, but most people tend to break their promises to themselves much easier than if someone else is involved. When we’re dealing with others there is a sense of true accountability and that is the same level of commitment we should have towards ourselves.

So many times I promised myself I would go to the gym more, or dress up more or read certain books. Then a series of events somehow throws my momentum off and I let that commitment to myself go. I think “hey, it’s just me, so no one will know.” But our minds are always keeping score. Self esteem and confidence are directly connected to our overall well-being and if we can’t be trusted to keep a promise to ourselves, what else can’t we be trusted with? Before you can move to the next level, you have to conquer the level before it….right?

These days I take the promises I make to myself much more seriously because I understand that life is not a dress rehearsal and no one becomes successful by accident. We must force accountability on ourselves if we ever plan to change. The only sustainable model for lasting change is to make our new habits apart of our daily lives.

How do you keep yourself accountable to yourself?

 

Be Open + Strategic + Resourceful

Posted in Inspiration
on January 30, 2017

January has been a long month for me and it’s still not over! Firstly, I decided to stop talking on the phone altogether unless it was business related. Drastic? Maybe so for some, but I’ve read in several books that truly successful people don’t talk on the phone much. Unless you’re negotiating business deals or working, I don’t see the reason to fill your time with empty conversations. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against all conversations, only the unproductive ones.

When I do speak, I want it to mean something. Talking on the phone can also open the door to gossip and I simply don’t want to participate. I can honestly say that January has been a positive and productive month. Here are some of the things that helped me along the way.

Be Open, Be Strategic, Be Resourceful

Imagine someone taking you to a room filled with 100 people and telling you that you couldn’t leave without giving them $100 dollars. You were also advised that you couldn’t use any of your own money. What would you do?

Would you ask every person in the room for a dollar? Maybe you’d ask one person for the entire $100 dollars. Or maybe you’d ask two people for $50 dollars, or maybe four people for $25 dollars. The possibilities and combinations are endless!

In the same way, there are many ways to accomplish a goal. Don’t be so quick to give up after the 1st or even the 50th “no.” Fortune favors the bold and one “yes,” could change your life! Think critically and know there is always someone who needs your talent or product. You just have to find them. Be open, strategic and resourceful.

Inspirational Teaching

I listen to inspirational teaching every single day. When I don’t, I can feel myself becoming more pessimistic in my outlook and view. I know these are tough times but the only way to empower yourself is to keep your mind in a positive space.

Your energy should be used wisely and there are some issues that after you’re finished being mad and pulling out your hair, will still be waiting on you. Be smart about what you look at on television or what you listen to. Be careful where you invest your energy.

Say It Loud

I had my children to write out an “I Am,” list and put them up in their rooms. They recite this list before they go to school each day. These don’t have to be attributes that they currently possess, but traits they aspire to have or believe about themselves. You believe your voice more than anyone else’s, so why not tell yourself good things like:

  • I am Talented
  • I am Capable
  • I am Creative
  • I Am Beautiful
  • I Am Intelligent

Say this list out loud each day and I promise that you will feel your spirit lift. Although simple, if you’re consistent with it, you’ll start to believe what you say about yourself and who knows what wonderful things could occur as a result.

Get Active + Exercise

There’s no denying that exercise makes me feel more focused and clear minded. Exercise fights depression, anxiety and lethargy among other things. You don’t have to do anything too vigorous, start small and work your way up. The key is to develop good habits, so even when you feel like giving up, you decide to go for a walk any way. Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do.

This month has been amazing and I’m  thankful for it.  But it didn’t happen by itself, I had to create an environment that was conducive to my growth and goals.

I’ve learned to stop doing what doesn’t work and try a new way. Taking on this attitude has allowed me to find new copywriting clients and just feel good about myself as a whole. I don’t want to disrespect the gift of time by squandering it on things that don’t matter. Take those things that matter most and make them a priority.

 

I wish you much joy, productivity and success in all your endeavors!

 

the best is yet to come + free planner printable

Posted in Inspiration
on January 9, 2017

As I look in the mirror at the creases under my eyes, I can tangibly see the effects of time. I see that those invisible hours are passing me by whether I decide to use them or not. Youth doesn’t have any respect for time, but the realization of wasted time is like being jolted awake from a peaceful slumber. You’re going through the motions of everyday life, but deep inside you know that you can do more, that you’re capable of much more. Mediocrity feels like an ill fitting garment on me, obtuse and completely awkward.

But there’s a silver lining. I have time to make some changes. I can become more productive and make steps towards the dreams I want to see in the sun. These are some of the questions I asked myself:

  • What shows am I watching on TV and Youtube?
  • Who am I talking to or getting advice from?
  • What’s my daily routine like?
  • What are those comfortable things that lulled me to my wakened “sleep,” state?
  • Are my inner thoughts towards myself compassionate?

I no longer desire to be loyal to dysfunction.


One sided relationships and interactions that leave me feeling depleted  have to go.


Negative and bitter people have to go.


I thought about what I could accomplish if I stopped listening or participating in any form of gossip. I thought about what I could do with my time if I was truly focused. An average life sparked by glimpses of brilliance is not enough for me. And it’s not enough for you either. I honestly believe that everyone is a genius, but everyone doesn’t take the time to discover what really makes them special. There’s a difference between having money and living in your purpose. I know people with 6 figure salaries who still feel lost.

I wanted to share a free daily planner printable with you to spark your creativity and awaken you to your possibilities. I honestly believe that it’s not about being successful, it’s whether you had the confidence to take a chance on yourself despite the possibility of failure. Here are few things I’ve done in the last few weeks from being more cognizant of my time.

  • I took two online photography classes on Brit + Co.
  • Read “Mama,” by Toni Morrison (Great read for pleasure)
  • Started reading Joel Osteen’s “Think Better, Live Better.”
  • Rereading “Unmerited Favor,” by Joseph Prince
  • Participating in more fun and educational activities with my children
  • Expanded my copywriting business with new clients
  • Designed my son Drew’s room and painted his dresser

These are the types of things that keep me inspired, especially taking the classes! Learning a new skill is so exciting! I think I’m hooked!

Grab Your Free Printable Here and start keeping track of your activities and goals.  You need to know that your best days are in front of you! Oh and please be gently with yourself. If you don’t get everything done, just carry it over to the next day. I also label some things with an asterisk (*)which means it’s important and others with “cw,” which means it can wait.

Cheers to healthy, peaceful and productive days!

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

 

Get Into It: Pineapple Themed Accessories

Posted in Fashion, Inspiration
on July 15, 2016

 

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I know I’m not alone in my affinity for pineapples. Everywhere I look there’s pineapple shorts, shirts, bracelets and leggings. The list goes on and on. It’s not hard to understand why folks love pineapples so much, seeing as they have cool spiky green tops with bright yellow (and yummy) fruit inside. When it comes to cute fruits, pineapples are right there at the top of the list. There’s even a pineapple quote on Pinterest that I really love.” Be a Pineapple: Stand Tall Wear A Crown and Be Sweet On The Inside.” Those are great words to live by and without further ado, here are my top pineapple picks!

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This Tassel Pineapple Bracelet from Etsy Shop Hello Love Kalia features colorful pastel and tan beads accompanied by a mint green fluffy tassel and the cutest pineapple charm. You can customize it by adding your name. These bracelets are made for kids but I don’t see why I can’t wear one too! I think I’ll get one for Chloe and I! How adorable, right?!

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You need somewhere to put your lipgloss, phone and credit cards and this Pineapple Print Clutch answers the call.  A delightful pink pineapple graphic helps you channel your laid back beach style whether you’re near or far. Super cute!

This Geometric Pineapple Watercolor Painting would look amazing anywhere you want to inject a little bit of color and personality. Art prints are a cost effective way to bring your space together and show your artsy side!

Talbots scores big with this Pineapple Charm Belt that elevates a plain tee shirt and jeans to a chic ensemble. What’s not to love above that gold pineapple charm that adds effortless elegance?

J.Crew has always known how to strike the perfect balance between comfy and chic and this Ratti Pineapple Mini Skirt is no exception. Dark blue is the backdrop for these dainty pineapples to dance on. This skirt can be dressed up or down depending on how you’re feeling.

Pineapples.

Get into it.

But only if you’re not already into it.

In that case, carry on.

Do you already own pineapple themed clothing or jewelry? I’d love to hear about it. Drop your comments below!

dressing up to feel fabulous!

Posted in Home, Inspiration, Life
on May 10, 2016
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Everyday I walk my daughter to school and I also walk to get her in the evening. Well, I drive on rainy days or if I’m short on time because her school is very close. Whenever I walk, I see other parents, many around my same age or older, walking their children to school as well. Most people wear very relaxed clothes. It’s not uncommon to see mom’s in jeans and a loose tee shirt, jogging pants or even gym clothes and shades….can’t forget the shades. I’m the queen of comfortable, from clothing to shoes, opting for a nice wedge or flat vs. a stiletto heel. However, I didn’t want to fall into the deception that stylish equals uncomfortable. It’s simply not true. A long flowy dress is probably one of the most comfortable things to wear. You just slip it over your head and you’re good to go!
I work from home and I noticed that I was wearing jogging pants all the time or even jeans and a tee shirt. Don’t get me wrong, jeans and a tee shirt can be dressed up, but I’m not talking about when you add a statement necklace, bracelets and cute shoes. I’m talking about the jeans you always wear with one of your regular ole tee shirts. So I got to thinking about how I want to feel when I’m out and how much better my day goes when I put a little extra effort into the way I look. It’s almost like dressing well creates a confidence force field around you, making you walk taller and smile more! I decided to dress up a few more days in the week. Wouldn’t you know that people actually respond to you differently when you’re dressed nicer? Studies have shown that people view others who dress well as more successful.
Recently, I did a photoshoot and it was so fun to dress up and have my makeup done by a professional makeup artist. Years ago, I wouldn’t have even thought to hire anyone, I would have just did my own makeup and hoped it looked ok. I actually think it’s a great idea to do a photoshoot every once in a while. Sometimes we forget how special and beautiful we are and there’s nothing like tangible proof to give you a boost of confidence on your down days. Although you may get a few looks because you don’t have on the regular “mom uniform,” atlleast it’s something that you can feel good about. And you don’t need a reason to look nice.
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Loving and valuing yourself is something that you don’t want lose sight of. Yes, you are a mother and yes you are a wife…..but you’re also YOU! I’m not going to wait for a special occasion to look nice. Everyday we’re alive is a cause to celebrate and be thankful. Please don’t think I’m going to be walking around in ball gowns to Chloe’s school, but I am going to try a little harder and be more cognizant of how I’m presenting myself
What things have you found give you a boost of confidence?
Chat soon!
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