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  • 43 Birthday Lessons

    I am 43 yall!!!!! I can not believe it. When I was younger, I remember looking at people when they said they were 40 somethin' and giving them the sympathy smile. Yet, here I am! Yes, 43 is definitely older and with age comes wisdom. I have learned so much, grown so much, and been stretched in more ways than one. Here are 43 lessons I've learned along the way: Enjoy life right now, you are the youngest you will ever be. Love yourself way more than others both in thoughts and in action. Let go of control, you are only disappointing yourself. Be comfortable sitting with your emotions until you can process them and speak clearly. Have compassion for others and try to listen and understand. Forgive yourself. You did the best you could at the time. Research shows that 90% of illness and disease are stress related. Let it go! Show grace to others; you would the same energy reciprocated to you. Be a critical thinker, not critical of others. The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will. Find your core values; you may waiver but will always come back to them. Take care of your physical and mental health. Both need healthy workouts in order to work properly. Do not let the pain others have caused you diminish your heart or belief in yourself. Enjoy the moment; it will be over when you wake up. Get out of your own head. If you always do what you've always done, you'll always be what you've always been. Peace arrives when you cannot change the things you have no control over. Count your blessings; it shifts your perspective. It's okay to ask for help. Love yourself the way you wish someone else did. Some days you will conquer the world and other days you will only manage to take a shower; both are enough. You don't have to be the best in order to matter. Your healing is your own responsibility. Speaking your truth is your responsibility as well. Learn to repair and not to run away. Strong relationship skills consist of being a good listener, validator, good eye contact, using kind words, and demonstrating physical connections i.e. a hug, kiss, back rub. This is not just a romantic relationship, remember that. Stop avoiding conflict. Things will never get better if the person is unaware. Choose clarity. Remember your feelings are valid, but so are the other person's feelings. Heal from trauma. Heal from trauma. Heal from trauma. Your entire life can change in a year. Love yourself enough to know you deserve more, be brave enough to demand more, and be disciplined and consistent enough to work for more. You will never forget a person who came to you with a torch in the dark. Thank them and remember those are your peeps. Remind yourself how blessed you are to be alive! Health is wealth! You don't need permission to change. You can't talk to everyone about everything. Authenticity equals freedom. Freely be who you are and live in that truth! You will never find your passion in others. It comes from within. If not now, when? If you learn to love your scars, they will love you back and serve your best interests. Believe in your flyness, conquer your shyness. Not all storms come to disrupt your life; some come to clear your path. It's okay to take a break, but not okay to quit. You are worthy!!! Worthy of your dreams, success, and abundance. Love your God with all your mind, all your heart, and all your soul. Sometimes God will be all you have. Pray and hold on tight to your best friend; it's a love like no other. What I'm reading..... "People Can't Drive You Crazy If you Don't Give Them The Keys," by Mike Bechtle. What I'm Cooking..... Nothing today because it's my birthday, but I will have a smoothie. Check out my smoothie recipe under wellness. What I'm thinking..... I have the greatest friends and hubby in the world. We always get together and celebrate like we are still forever young. However, we are reminded the next day just how old we really are! What I'm loving..... I'm loving me a little more today. I can look back and hug myself on where I was a year ago and where I am today. Celebrate the little things and keep moving forward. What I'm praying..... for God to continue to reveal himself to me and show me exactly what it is He wants me to do in this next journey around the sun. I'm ready! Thank you all for celebrating this last year with me and supporting me! All of you words of encouragement, questions, kindness, and love are truly appreciated!! Enjoy your Memorial day. I will be celebrating both! Be safe and have fun!

  • Mother's Day

    Mother's Day is a day with so many incredibly complicated layers to it. There are those that may not have known their mother but are now mothers themselves. Those that have lost a child whether it be in the womb or while on this Earth. Mother's day may be about celebrating a grandmother, God mother or even an adopted mother. Mother's day may be tough for those that have recently lost a mother. Whatever the case may be I've realized how much women endure in their lives. The resilience, love, and strength of a woman are more than often overlooked. With all of the losses in our lives women still find a way to love so deep. We are the heartbeats of our family, the nurturer, encourager, care taker, creative, affectionate being that loves everyone and makes them feel like everything is okay. Wherever you all are this Sunday, I hope you feel like it's okay. I hope you are loved, shown affection, cared for, and encouraged. I hope you get back a glimpse of what we as women have given for centuries upon centuries. I hope you sit back, relax and feel as special as you have made others feel. We ALL deserve it. Every single one of us. Your joy is just as important as others. I see us all working our butts off and trying to figure it out together even though at times we may feel alone and exhausted. That's what we do, we figure it out right?! This is true, but not this Sunday. This is your day to sit back and enjoy the show. Don't you dare lift a finger! While you are sitting there I want you all to know that I see you. Whether you have lost a mother or a baby, I give you your flowers today. If you are estranged from your mother or never knew your mother, I give you your flowers today. For those who can't conceive, I give you your flowers today. We are all worthy of being shown the love we so freely give. If you are sad today, I am sending you a virtual hug. I am praying for and sending love to all women because although our stories are different we all deserve to be loved. So walk on up on this virtual stage, receive your flowers and take a bow! On this day relax and reflect. Take it all in and then get ready to rock and roll on Monday! However, don't forget every now and then to take a break and smell your flowers to remind yourself of the amazing person you truly are. Happy Mother's Day Queen!!!

  • Investing in You

    Have you ever felt bad for taking time for you? You hide in the bathroom hoping no one bothers you for maybe an extra 5 minutes. When you pull up to the house you just sit there because you need a moment and know you will not get it once you walk through those doors? Ladies, we have ALL been there. So let’s talk about it. Why do we feel bad for realizing that we need a break? Rest is vital to any human body and I'm sure you've heard that investing in yourself is one of the BEST return on investments you could ever make. In the past I've found it hard investing in myself. The mom guilt would always kick in when I chose to prioritize myself. However, I realize that where I invest my time, energy and space ends up directly impacting my well-being and those around me. ⁠ ⁠ By taking time for myself, to regroup, reconnect and recenter, I am replenishing myself- which means I am paving the way to a brighter future ⁠for everyone I come in contact with. Sometimes I have to remind myself, even God rested on the Sabbath. ;) ⁠ Here are 3 simple investments I’m making this year that have already had a big impact: ⁠ Explain to the family my plans so that we are all on board as a team. This time around I shouldn't feel guilt because everyone knows that to expect. Asking for help from my family i.e., chores, in the moment, or whenever I need help. After all, we are a team right?! ⁠Regular scheduled time off on a specific day that everyone is aware of. Get a facial, a massage, or even trying out some new skin care products! Yes, moms deserve time off! I call it Self Care Sunday!!! In the spirit of Self Care Sunday, I teamed up with Nordstrom and they are giving away a Self Care Package of Kiehl's skin care to one lucky follower!! (Don't worry, there will be many more in the future.) You will receive face wash, toner, cleansing mask, facial cream, hand salve, and finally my favorite lotion ever (Creme de Corps.) Just comment below and then, go to my Instagram post on Skin Care today, comment and use #ABGiveaway and #Kiehls in your comment. Good luck!! Winner will be announced on my story this week. ⁠Remember, you matter most and we are all in this together!! You will be amazed at how investing in you increases your productivity, self esteem and ability to love and care for others in a healthy way! Let's keep encouraging and uplifting one another! Happy Self Care Sunday!

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