Motivational Nugget

Here’s a little Motivational Nugget for you all today. Literally the shortest post ever too.

Allow 2018 to be the year you deny any hindrances in your life and refuse distractions.  What that means is one, if you know someone or something is hindering you, let it go. Secondly, we all get distracted in some ways. You can read a book and become distracted by the television. Put your guard up and refuse to allow distractions in your life.

It’s nothing worse than obvious obstacles clouding your space and time resulting in your craft being on hold.

Yesterday, I asked a few questions to ask yourself and to answer them truthfully. It can be a hard pill to swallow when you really learn your answer. Trust me I know. But, what is beautiful is that, that one little step can be your moment of breakthrough.

Sometimes we don’t recognize how many layers of burdens, dead weight and stress is upon us. Some people carry it forever. I’m not in this game to carry that around forever. If you know that it is weighing you down, how can you eliminate it? Allow yourself to be alleviated from the pain of it all. It’s nothing like a creative mind forever trapped.

That’s a set up for a disaster. People can be ticking time bombs when healing hasn’t taken place spiritually and mentally.

As a motivational nugget, here is my simple advice. Take some time away. Whether you have a little serene hideaway or the basement to your own home, get away for a bit. You are not wrong for needing space. IT IS OK. While you are in that space, focus and let everything out. If you like to have your one on one talk with God, gone and talk your head off. You are doing this for YOU. Because once YOU heals, then you will see things with a better eye and your judgement will be clearer.

Let me know how that works for you.

Thats my quick motivational nugget for you. Come back tomorrow for more! 😘

Work Hard Play Hard

Work Hard Play Hard

It’s easy to say those four words, but is it easy to do? No, not really. I promise I’m tired of life hitting me. I mean if I could talk to life itself I would say

I’m so serious y’all. In my mind, I’m like “bro calm down” because it has a habit of creeping up and putting me on my arse. No lie.

TODAY WASN’T MY DAY!

I’m not saying it like it was a disaster, but my frustration levels and worrying crept up pretty high. There were a million and one thoughts flooding my mind and anxiety was knocking at my door.

NOT TODAY SATAN

Why in the world did I even title this post “Work Hard Play Hard?” Um, because one, it was the first main thought that came to mind. Two, because this is what YOU need to learn to do.

I can sit and tell you all about me and what I did wrong blah blah blah. But, what I haven’t done is tell you what you might have done that wasn’t so savory. Catch me now. I’m not saying you did anything wrong. But, how are you working hard in order to play hard? Get this…

I’m in Priiincesss’s Consistency Group

If you want to join, click here

Like I was saying, I’m in this consistency group and it’s so many talented individuals in there. Everyone has their own personal goal and a different drive. The thing in common is we all want one thing. To be the greatest we can be.

When I first started blogging…

LOL 😂

I definitely did not remain consistent with my art. The new focus along with being consistent is being disciplined. Those two things are like the most important to have if you want to be great. I bring this up because not too long ago, I couldn’t answer the question I just asked you all.

And being consistent and disciplined doesn’t even have to be about blogging. If you are consistent and disciplined at a burger joint you’re working at…well, most chances are you’ll reap the benefits and get promoted.

So, again, what are you doing to work hard play hard?

Come up with an approach

How are you going to tackle your schedule?

My weakness is time management. That will be tackled with better organization

How will you combat lack of time management ?

Since I have an agenda now, I’ll be using that to schedule everything I should be doing. It will become my daily routine

What do you feel is holding you back?

I recognize the more cluttered I am in my life, the more I lack discipline and consistency. By the way, you know I heard a saying how creative minds are the messiest people. Why can’t creative minds be some of the neatest people? I find that to be true. Kind of.

As a creative, there are so many things that I want to do and COULD do if I remained consistent and disciplined. Does it seem like you’re doing a few things wrong like me? Does this sound like you? Yes? Ok great! Lets try this. I answered a few of these questions, but it’s really for you to answer yourself. Be raw with the response and let go of the baggage. (Recommended to me by the way)

  1. Create a routine
  2. State affirmations to yourself (optional)
  3. Get an organizer!
  4. Schedule what you need to do
  5. FOLLOW THAT SCHEDULE!
  6. Declutter your space
  7. FOCUS
  8. Study your craft
  9. Practice makes perfect
  10. Repeat ALL DAY EVERYDAY

I’ve challenged myself with a 21 Day Challenge of Blogging and Fasting and now I’ll add this one. I’ll do it with you and we can hold each other accountable. That’s my piece. It’s late so goodbye and I’m out ✌🏽

Day 5

It’s Day 5!

I had to add a little humor to this post. Although I’m very excited to continue this challenge, it is also very tiring and draining. I’m still in the beginning stages but yet time is flying I tell you.

This will be another short, sweet and to the point segment.

I want to cover a delicate topic. How good is your prayer life? I mean, the type of prayer you are consistent with. Most people struggle with this throughout their life. The reason I know this is because I too struggle. There was a point in time where I did have a steady moment with God. I was much younger with a lot more faith. After life hit me a few times, I can admit, my faith dwindled a bit. Discouragement was my drug.

So, if I was addicted to being discouraged, do you think I really wanted to pray? I mean, those were some of the hardest times.

I’m sure many people struggle with praying during their hardest moments in life. We ARE human you know.

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The reason I’m covering this though is because I still feel like this is a tender spot for me. It feels good to accomplish even a few days of fasting, but I think I will feel even better once my CONSISTENT prayer life kicks in.

As I’ve talked about fasting and how the focus should not be on food, I saw a post on Instagram that was on point. It was right in line with my thoughts on having a proper mindset when moving forward. Read it here 👇🏽

With consistent praying and a clear mind, you become healthier with your relationship with God mentally and spiritually.

Let’s define prayer really quick with two definitions before I conclude.

Definition 1

Prayer
prer/Submit
noun
noun: prayer; plural noun: prayers
a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship.
“I’ll say a prayer for him”
synonyms: invocation, intercession, devotion; archaicorison
“the priest’s murmured prayers”
a religious service, especially a regular one, at which people gather in order to pray together.
“500 people were detained as they attended Friday prayers”
an earnest hope or wish.
“it is our prayer that the current progress on human rights will be sustained”

Definition 2

transitive verb
1 : entreat, implore —often used as a function word in introducing a question, request, or plea pray be careful
2 : to get or bring by praying
intransitive verb
1 : to make a request in a humble manner
2 : to address God or a god with adoration, confession, supplication, or thanksgiving

Prayer isn’t something you just do on your own time and when you’re going through. You should pray as often as you can. There is too much to not be thankful for that it’s literally a reason a million reasons to pray. Maybe I over exaggerated that number but you get the gist of it. Welp, I have another goal alongside this challenge I need to complete. I ACCEPT ANOTHER CHALLENGE

I hope you’ve been encouraged! Be blessed, stay peaceful and know the battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s. You’ve got this! Day 5, you’ve been good to me.

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Day 4

Give it up for DAY 4! What is up you guys?! I tell you, today was just a good day. It was chill and the vibe was perfectly set. What more could a girl ask for? I don’t have much to cover, but I can sprinkle a little encouragement.

So, you all know the 21 Day Challenge I’m doing. Great because I’ve talked about this every single day. But, I tell you, it’s going so good for me. It’s like I got a jolt of energy and felt so determined to complete this.

Have you ever had one of those moments where you can feel it in your heart that you’re doing the right thing?

I JUST FEEL GREAT! So my answer is yes to the question.

You know, it’s easy to have this, that, and the third happen for you but when it is meant to happen, it’s a different tone set. That is exactly how I feel. All throughout my body, I feel rejuvenated, happy and destined for greatness. No, I’m not daydreaming and making myself believe something unreal. I actually made up my mind to fulfill a task from beginning to end. Honestly, I know this challenge was meant to occur too because I tried everyone else’s recommendations on how to be great but it just didn’t work. In my heart I was hoping it would work until I thought “maybe this isn’t what God has planned.”

Earlier today, I actually had a little personal time of prayer too!

I think my excitement is so strong because I’m doing things I either failed at or had no interest in completing. In prior years, part of me knew that I should at least do a little something something when it came to my prayer life and fasting but the motivation was so lacking. So, this is kinda a big deal. I’m really encouraged to continue this too because I have people watching and waiting to see how it went too! Absolutely amazing how you set out to do something and you get the attention of the world.

The happiness that I have, you can experience too. No you don’t have to do exactly what I’m doing. In this time of my life, this is what I am supposed to be doing. You should ask yourself though, deep down, what will truly make you happy? After you ask yourself, think long and hard. Next, WRITE IT DOWN. Third, if you’re like me, pray over it and be reminded everyday! Do not allow anything from the outside deter you from your goal.

The enemy likes nothing better than a job undone. Whether it’s a person wishing on your downfall or a remark made by a friend/coworker/colleague, do not leave things undone. As long as you continue pushing with the right mindset and keep the right hand oblivious to the left hand, you are headed on your way. I’m rooting for you just like you’re rooting for me!

This was a short and sweet post just to say, hey, things are going good. Be encouraged and stay positive! Your better days are coming.

Oh! I did something else too! I did my hair. Ok now that’s it. Be back tomorrow for more word treats💕

Mindset

What does a made up mind do for you? Do you feel successful when you’ve made up your mind? Do you feel like you are getting somewhere? Well, far too many times, we as humans do not have our minds made up and we fail. But, it’s about a mindset change.

I’ve decided to dive right into the subject while my creativity is flowing right now. So I went to bible study last night and man was Pastor Harold on fire. As I’ve told you all about the 21 day fast and challenge, we’ve continued the teachings on fasting. I took down a few notes but what really stuck out to me is how much your mind is intertwined with everything. The mind is  powerful place that people cannot tap into and only you know what you are thinking.

Mindset: A Made Up Mind

The service reall spoke to me y’all. Reason being is because I am determined to get these 21 days down pack, but I’ve been teeter tottering. I did make up my mind to do the Daniel fast, but I did not hold strictly to the requirements. Instead, I was still making the fast work for “ME.” Usually with fasting, you give up SOMETHING. I mean, I thought I gave up something until I realized that actually, I didn’t do jack. Listen though. I am doing good keeping away from the normal foods and old diet and all, but, I’m still falling prey to what I want… just at a later time.

Let’s think on this

When it comes to fasting, the focus of it is not all around you. See, “you” get put aside because you are seeking to reach something far greater right? Ok, so if you put yourself aside, do you believe you will be thinking about your next meal or when you can go back to doing what you’re fasting from? No, but only if you have your mind made up to change.

Pastor Harold said something pretty significant that I jotted down which was

“Any mind that is a double mind is unstable.”

As I was listening to the sermon, I promise I was convicted. In my previous posts, I have been giving you all tidbits about the day, challenges and accomplishments. Whoop Dee do. But, I hadn’t truly made up my mind to be truthful to my word. It’s not that I’m not doing what I said I would do, but I haven’t pushed through with this challenge WHOLE HEARTEDLY. It’s still a few things I wasn’t trying to give up. It was my stubbornness.

But, earlier on in the day, I must say it went by much better. For it to be day 3 already, I can feel a difference. After tonight’s service though, my mindset definitely will experience a greater difference. While I try to provide some transparency, I need you to understand that this is no walk in the park for me. It’s not like I’m going to have a blog post saying I did everything right and I didn’t crave this or that. I’m human. It’s normal. What I can have is a blog post saying is that I didn’t succumb to my fleshly desires.

If you feel like you would struggle with this, ask yourself the question “what is holding you back?” How tightly wired is your mindset to refuse the peace you could gain? I bring up mindset constantly because it really is a huge substance to get through this all. Think like this, If a person believes they’re broke, then they will remain broke. If a person believes they’re wealthy, then they will achieve wealth. It doesn’t have to be in the form of money. As long as you don’t limit yourself to thinking only about you and your circumstances, you won’t see much growth. You are stronger than you believe.

I’m cutting this post now. I believe it is very self explanatory. Change your mindset around and focus on things greater than yourself. Start incorporating others into your affirmations and believe that it will come to pass. When you can genuinely be happy for the blessings someone has been given, that is already a step towards a mindset change. Trust in yourself. You CAN do it.