Wednesday, December 31, 2014
As I sit here reflecting on 2014, I smile with contentment. I remember all the beautiful things that has happened this year and with all the people I was able to share it with. My Instagram has documented everything that has happened. I started the New Year in New York and ended it across the country in California. In between that time I have received a raise, spent 2 weeks in Miami, coordinated my friends wedding, drove to New Orleans for Essence Fest, quit my job, drove across the country, moved to California, surfed (well, more like saw my life flash before my eyes when the wave attacked, ok it hit the shore and I don't know how to swim) and is currently living one of my many dreams by going to culinary school. Whew! That was a lot! and all that by the Grace of God. It wasn't easy, but it was done and well worth it.
So now as 2015 beckons us to move forward, I am charged to continue to pursue my dreams and live each day to the fullest. Without limits, and conquering fears. Below is 15 things, goals, plans, resolutions, whatever people are calling them these days that I hope to accomplish in the New Year:
1. Learn French
2. Learn Spanish
3. Devotion with God Daily
4. Workout at least 3x a week
5. Learn to swim
6. Blog more consistently
7. Be curious
8. Eat Healthier
9. Do 5 5k's
10. Draft of my cookbook
11. Send out Snail Mail
12. Actively say Thank you
13. Less Social Media
15. Be more money conscience
Well good folks of this universe, there you have it. My 2015 "15 List" Feel free to keep me accountable. Above all things on this list, if I don't achieve anything else, I do hope and pray that I get and remain at the feet of Jesus, because honestly without Him none of this is possible.
With love and grace,
Happy New Year.......
Sunday, August 10, 2014
I know, I know, I know, long time no write, but hopefully that will change. I have so much to tell you. So much has happened and I can't wait to tell you. If you follow me on Instagram, them most likely you already know. First, let's start with my YouTube channel, I've had one for a while, but I'm trying to be consistent now. Check out my Vlog below or on YouTube.
Monday, June 2, 2014
I'm in Miami writing this post and I have so much to update you on. So much to show you! This trip has been my best trip ever and I needed it so much. Considering we had a HORRIBLE winter in NYC this year, I couldn't wait to get get on the beach and get some well needed vitamin D. This post will be a short one as I just wanted to say hello.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Okay, several deep breaths. I've been thrown off course more so than ever for the last couple of months. Many things have happened towards the end of last year and honestly I'm not one to dwell on situations. Saying that, it also means that I am not one to always confront situations, because I rather them be left alone. But of course that's not always wise. I've allowed my world to become greater than God. Allowed it to sour my mood and control my emotions. I've also been denying and covering it up with hurt smiles and angry laughs. Nothing really genuine. I've been walking around as if everything is okay, as if all is well with me. I'm tired. Tired of it all. As soon as I completed that thought, the verse gets pushed in the forefront of my mind "Come to me and I will give you rest". No one but God. No one but Jesus. NO ONE.
I've been walking around praying scared prayers, timidly coming to the Father. Pushing away what I know I need. For what!? Like some BIG BANG is going happen to simply change the situation 360. Not saying that it can't, because God is God and He does what He pleases.
" Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." -Hebrew 4:16It's all a process, a season, a "through" that we all have to endure. The thing is with me, is that I know better. I truly do, I've been in that place where I've walked with God hand in hand and His voice is what lead me in the directions. Then what happens is I get in my own way. I get stubborn and tell God, oh I got it, I'll call you when it's that one thing that I can't push. But see, it's all wrong. God is an all inclusive God. He's the first, the last, the in-between, all over God. In being real, I don't think I do it on purpose, but I do let my environment and my situation dictate and remove me from the hands of God at times. Instead of telling my problem that my God is greater than it and that I will overcome it, I skedaddle to a little "me" corner and let it consume me.
I created the image above to remind myself that God is the center of my life. He's the giver of my heartbeat. The one that allows me to wake up every morning with His grace and mercy washing over me EVERY day. It represents that in all those categories that He has precedence. He is there all throughout, not only in the beginning, but also at the end.
At any point when one thing feels like it is weighing you down, try and inspect the position that it is in your life. Is work stressful? Is God at your job? Are you seeking Him in your right now season? Are you praying for God's Will fro each relationship, your family, each situation? Not only are we seeking, but are we simply getting in His presence? God likes it when we are all up in His face. Jesus being at the center of my life, gives me that balance. Not saying that some days one thing won't be heavier than the next, but you should always know that when you go back to your center or keep God at the center entering every situation there's that balance. He's that balance that keeps your tongue from ripping your fellow sister or brother into tomorrow. He's that balance that keeps you from going over the edge. Thank God there's no limit with Him. There is only freedom.
I'm grateful for the chance to be able to write this, as it has been somewhat heavy on my heart. I know I haven't been where I needed to be, so I thank God for taking me back every time. Life happens to us everyday, just remember that God is greater and is with us through life happening. So what are we choosing to let happen to us?
With Love and Blessings,