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Currently Reading… ‘What Is Your ONE Sentence?’

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I’ve been needed this because Lord knows I can be long-winded! I am on my second book of the year and am focusing on career-based books this first quarter. To be honest, I’ve been in my Bible so heavy that I’ve already fallen off of my “one book a week” track. It’s ok, God knows my heart. Between reading books, my Bible, listening to podcasts, sermons, and affirmations, there seriously aren’t enough hours in the day! My ears stay listening to something and eyes stay reading something! I’m looking forward to gaining nuggets of wisdom from this book!

Categories: Advice, Books, Knowledge

International Women’s March, 1/21/17

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“Here’s to strong women: may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”

Categories: Places

Words of Wisdom

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“Where He leads, He feeds. Where He guides, He provides.”

These words that have gotten me through some of the most challenging moments of my life. You know, those times where you wonder, “How did I even end up here?” Things aren’t going the way you had them planned them out to be in your head. Yes, you prayed. Yes, you fasted. Yes, you took a leap of faith… time and time again. You did things the “right” way. But you’re still not seeing the fruits of your harvest. You’ve planted all of these seeds, years and years and years of planting seeds, and you’re so sure harvest season is upon you. And then… nothing.

As I type this, I want to let you know that I, too, am going through it. I am still being a diligent and obedient child of God and doing what I know I am supposed to be doing. He hasn’t showed me my next step, so I am going to continue to do the last thing He told me to do. Since I was 17, I have moved to 6 major cities… most of which without any money in my bank account. One thing I know for sure, is that I never missed a meal, never starved to death, never missed paying rent or utilities, nor did I incur late fees, and thankfully, never got evicted. I might’ve come close, but as God would have it, He has a way of showing up right in the nick of time.

Where He has led me, He has fed me, and where He has guided me, He has provided for me. As I sit here overthinking, trying to figure out how to make my next move my best move, I have to reel myself back in and take solace in knowing that what I have prayed for will come to pass. There’s something about knowing you will receive what you ask for (as long as it is in His Will). There’s also something about praying as though you have already received it. I pray several times a day that He keeps me in Divine Alignment with those that will take me to the next level in my life, or with those whom I am meant to take to the next level in their life. And He does just that. He keeps me plugged in with exactly who I need to be plugged in with. The stories that I have is an entirely different post in itself. So until then, keep on keeping on and keep the faith and hope alive. It will all work out in the end. It always does.

President Obama’s Farewell Address

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This photo is blurry af but I could care less. I was there!!! I literally cannot make this stuff up!!! I woke up this morning to the wildest thing. (The) UNIVERSE sent me an email saying The White House purchased both, my & my guest’s tickets to President Obama’s Farewell Address at the McCormick Place tonight! 🙌🏽 Is this real life?! Of course, my guest-by-default was my lil bro. He gets all the perks – games, concerts, presidential events, you name it. This was such an amazing moment, we were so blessed to be in the building! Come to find out, this was even more special for lil bro because he was a part of the festivities at Grant Park the night Obama won in November 2008. I am truly going to miss this man, the First Family, and everything they embodied and stood for. Enjoying these last few days with him in office before everything goes straight to hell. 

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Categories: News, People, Places

Decisions Determine Destiny

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Can we talk about the lost art of delayed gratification?! Unfortunately, this is a foreign concept to a majority of people. I had touched on it in a conversation with someone recently and I was asked to repeat myself, so I did, and this person started laughing. I immediately asked what was so funny, to which they replied, “Nothing’s funny. It’s amazing you said that because you don’t hear people talk about delayed gratification. I cannot tell you the last time I heard someone use that particular phrase.”

People are so caught up with what they want now, now, now, “in this moment,” spending their checks to buy some “thing” to fill a current void or gap, only for that void to still be there until the next time they feed it with another material “thing.” They do this with people, too; they’d rather have Mr./Ms. Right Now vs. Mr./Ms Right. ‘Instant Gratification’ is a vicious cycle than can have a stronghold on you for years, decades, even a lifetime; a cycle you can pass down to generations if you aren’t conscious and aware. I’ve been there before and I can genuinely say… WAIT ON IT! Hold out for God’s best in ALL areas of your life. It’s perfectly fine to go without (for now) than to go with some “thing” or some “one” that’s only there for the moment. 

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Just Landed In… Sweet Home Chicago

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No matter how far my travels may take me, there is no sweeter feeling than landing in my hometown of Chicago. That is, until I actually got off the plane this morning and the frigid negative degree temperatures slapped me in my face and I thought to myself, “Why do people choose to live in such miserable conditions?!” I can only tolerate Chicago between Memorial Day Weekend & Labor Day Weekend.

Categories: Places, Travel

True Friends Are Always Together In Spirit

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All of my close friends are scattered around the globe. It’s definitely bittersweet – bitter because I can’t see them as often as I would like to, and sweet because I can always visit them in their respective city/country. I cannot wait for the day where all of us can be in one room at the same time and honestly, there are two times I know this will likely happen – my wedding day and my funeral.

I know for a fact I am a great friend and I take great pride in that. While we’re here on earth, I know I make a true effort to let my close friends know I love them, I appreciate them, be there for them, and truly take the time to enjoy them while I’m in their presence. I don’t come from a large family, so my friends are for sure the family I have chosen for myself. I travel so much, who knows when the next time I’m going to see them is. I thank God for advanced technology, especially FaceTime. One of my most favorite things to do is to be able to call up one of my girlfriends who may live on the other side of the country and have Bible Study via FaceTime.

This particular quote spoke directly to my Spirit. We all have friends that though we may not speak to on a daily basis, we can pick up right where we left off when we do speak to one another. Very recently, a close girlfriend of mine went through a heartbreaking situation. To be honest, we hadn’t physically seen each other in years, but always kept in touch via social media. However, when her husband passed, I showed up and stayed with her for a week, and we literally picked up right where we left off. It’s something I can’t fully describe, but I know for a fact that no matter how near or far, true friends are always together in Spirit.

Categories: People, Places, Spiritual, Thoughts