It’s been a while since I’ve written anything on my blog and to be completely honest, I haven’t had the desire to. I haven’t been able to focus on creating quality content because of all the life changes that has been happening recently. To be honest, it feels as if I’m in the season of my life where God is calling me to walk down a path that I’m not too comfortable going down. The thought of trying something outside of my comfort zone has never sat well with me so I don’t have peace about it at all. However, during one of my self-reflection moments where I attempted to understand why I sometimes fail to take the next step forward, God spoke to me and made me aware of something that I’ve been doing wrong for far too long. Read More
A wise woman once said to me, “nothing comes from nothing”. And as someone who took some of the most thought provoking classes back in school, it took some time for those powerful words to truly land.
If you’ve ever gone to the Lakewood young adult service every Sunday evening, you’ve probably heard the saying “grow where you’re planted” a multiple of times. I’ve actually seen it on a couple of social media posts within the past year. But it has never resonated on me like it has now. In order for something to grow, a seed must have first been planted. But what does that seed look like in your current situation?
What minor investment can you make now that will eventually lead you to something bigger? Do you have to learn to cultivate your talents? Do you have to go back to school and complete a certain degree plan? Do you have to go and make a certain purchase? Whatever it is, it’s time to do it.
Half of the year is almost gone and I would hate for the end of the year to sneak up on us as we’re still trying to decide if we should plant our seed or not. But planting your seed without watering it or nurturing it is just as bad as not planting it at all. After you make the initial investment in yourself, keep going. After you get admittance into that program, do your best to take advantage of every internship, alumni or organization that has the potential to propel you further. After you invest in that camera, go and take some photograph classes or look up some YouTube videos. Learn everything you can about not only the camera, but also about the art of lighting and subject placement. Don’t just take a leap of faith and apply for that job. Make sure you do the research necessary to perform well during the interview. Plan your outfit out the day before and spend some time going through some self affirmations because confidence can be heard, seen and felt.
This June and from here on out, I’m going to make the conscious efforts to plant the right seeds. I’m going to make sure the soil is able to grow my seed and will put in the work needed to nurture it until a harvest comes from it. Will you do the same? How about you? Will you decide to live proactively and play a big part in creating the life you’ve always dreamed of living. Are you willing to drop the seed into the ground and wait to see the fruits of your labor? Key word wait. Because seeds don’t grow over night. You didn’t even grow overnight. Give your “seed” some grace and take care of it until it’s fit to blossom. 😊
Until next time,
This concert was everything! Leave it to Lakewood to know what their community needs. I honestly needed some relief and I’m glad I got it in such a hugely intimate setting. Hurricane Harvey really did a number on Houston but by God’s grace we’re coming back stronger than ever! Read More
Do you see students refrain from applying to medical school because there are “too many” doctors? Or do you see a decline in engineers because the market is “too saturated”? If the answer is no, then why isn’t that the case when someone wants to start a blog or a youtube channel? If you added up all the bloggers and vloggers in the world, would it add up to the amount of nurses there are? Read More
For some odd reason, I seem to have my deepest thoughts in waiting rooms. Whether it’s waiting to see a doctor or employer, my mind seems to run the most whenever I’m forced to sit down and wait. Today I sat and scrolled through Instagram and realized something. Read More
You are the lamp and your foundation is the lamp post. What do you believe in? What is it that only you can contribute to this world? But why should you ask yourself these questions you might ask, because you are not like anyone else. From the intricate traits that make up your personality down to the finger prints that identify you, everything about you is unique… but it comes with a burden. Read More
I’ve been trying to enter the color game for some months now but I’ve always been scared to in fear of looking “ghetto”. As African American women, we are told that our skin is too dark for certain hair colors but in 2017, influencers alike are proving that to be false. After some time, here’s how I found a color that compliments my skin tone. Read More
Oh another year, another opportunity. Most people don’t know this but my birthday secretly gives me anxiety. Whether it’s trying to plan an amazing celebration or just scrutinizing my progress since my last birthday, I never fail to be on edge this time of year. But I’m changing that now.
You’d think that since I was the epitome of optimism during the storm that now that the storm is over, the optimism would still be there. But nope, it started to dwindle.
To explain my current state of being, I’m going to refer to the story of the mustard seed. To better clarify, in the bible, Jesus stated that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed then you can tell a mountain to move and it will move. Bringing it back to me, it feels like I’ve been walking this walk with my mustard seed of faith in my hand. Sometimes my grip is tight around it but sometimes my grip is lose enough for it to fall between my fingers.
But as I was thinking of the current state of things, I chunked my seed. It felt like nothing was working out. Reality was setting in and things were falling through the cracks. So I started getting frustrated with God. Then of course, that led to me remembering the plans I had for my life and how nothing was going as planned. Life didn’t make sense. I couldn’t remember why I was even writing or blogging. I felt so discouraged. I started remembering all the motivational posts I would see on Instagram and it all seemed to be lies. Posts like, “If God is making you wait, be prepared to receive more than you were asking for”, sounded like pure trash. Just to be honest.
But thankfully that mindset didn’t last long. After getting some sleep, I woke up in the morning feeling a little better. Well, better enough to desire to go and find my mustard seed lol. As I laid in bed, I remembered how bad I had felt the day before. I had no desire to do much anymore or even continue blogging. I just wanted to sit quietly and work as the days passed by. But God would not let that be my life.
For some reason, no matter how hard I tried to ignore the desires God had placed in my heart regarding my life, I couldn’t shake it. Instead the fire was re-ignited. I was reminded of how horrible I would feel if I looked back on this point in my life and how I had let it go to waste. Then I started realizing how blessed I was and how the enemy just wanted me to stay down so I would never walk the path that God designed for me.
So as I walk into September, I’m clutching my mustard seed tighter than ever. I’m reminded of the saying “the dream won’t work unless you do”. I’m gathering my supplies and making plans on how to fully get the best of what this month has to offer. This month will be the match that lights up the rest of my year. The lies of the enemy can’t hold me down unless I let it. Instead of getting frustrated at the little things that are disguised as big things, I’m learning to step back and look at the bigger picture.
But the biggest lesson I’ve learned from all of this is that being optimistic takes work. Don’t ever think that people are born happy, it’s a choice that is made each and everyday and I’m choosing to make that choice. I’m hoping to see the fruits of optimism and positivity by the end of this month. I’m willing to do the work that’s needed to rebuild. September is already here which means the year is almost over. But with God as my strength, there’s definitely time to build.
It’s time to make real plans! New months come with new attitudes and new attitudes bring new blessings. It’s time to have tangible results. It’s time to be proud of ourselves and the way we were created. It’s time to accept the fact that our lives are worth more than we could ever think or imagine. It’s time to rise up and draw the blueprints that will help us to bring about the life we’ve always wanted!
Purity is a topic that I hardly ever talk about. I always think to myself, ” isn’t purity related to perfection? If it is, then doesn’t that mean that there is no one of us that is really pure? If this is true, then why do we even need to talk about it anymore? But why am I even talking about this now? Why is purity all of a sudden relevant?” Read More