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  • Daily Self Care

    School’s back in, let the daily self care begin! Let’s be honest, 2020 and 2021 have been an adjustment. We ALL learned how to slow down, to spend more time with family, and to have important and meaningful conversations. We learned to go on walks, be more patient, show empathy, open up our eyes to what’s really going on outside our homes, to speak up and to take action. There is one more aspect that has been so pertinent to my growth on all levels and that is self care. I had to become more intentional in how I showed up for myself. Initially, I dedicated Sundays to highlight the importance of self care. However, this fall, I have created more self care goals. One of those goals is taking a daily self care approach and allot at least 30 minutes of “me“ time a day. It could be meditating in the morning before the day begins, telling myself what I love about me, reading a daily devotional and praying, going on a walk, or just being still. Whether you enjoy exercising, journaling, or even finding a group class, do what works for you daily. It doesn’t have to look the same each day. Your needs may change. You just have to be intentional in filling up your cup every single day. Remember, you can not pour from an empty cup. Fill up and remind yourself of how amazing you are. Don’t get caught in the hustle and bustle. Step up, give yourself a time out, and pour into yourself. It helps you realign with your purpose, your passions, and allows you to show up in ways you never knew were possible. Here are my 5 tips for building a daily self care routine: 1. Do something for you first thing in the morning. Whether it’s a workout, meditation or both. 💪🏾 How you start your day sets the tone for not just you but your family as well. 2. Do a daily affirmation or gratitude list. Start with 3 things and build from there. 🙏🏾 3. Be careful with what you consume. This could be anything from food, to negative thoughts, to social media. 🤳🏾 4. Give yourself time to be still. Reflecting and allowing yourself to “just be“ allows you to reset or regroup for the rest of the day. 🧘🏽‍♀️ 5. Take it one day at a time. Be flexible in what you choose. Listen to yourself and what your body is telling you. 👂🏾 Your daily needs may vary. Xo, Atoya Burleson

  • 12 Lessons I've Learned this Year

    Happy 1 year Anniversary to me!! 🥳 12 months ago, I decided to venture out and start the Atoya Burleson Brand to share all the things I love with others. As time went on, I began finding out what others love about me and it has been so encouraging! Here are 12 lessons I've learned during the last 12 months: Just do it!! It won't be perfect, but who is? 😉 Don't be afraid to ask! Channel your inner child, they never stop asking questions. Funny how we lose that as we get older? 👧🏽 It's okay to embarrass yourself. I've made plenty of mistakes along the way. Sometimes they make funny stories or teach lessons. What I learned was many people can relate and that's all that matters. 😂 To ALWAYS be myself. Express myself, be organically me and I will have organic people around me! ☀️ To value every single person who takes the time to stop by or comment. It is you that keeps me going. You are my fuel to drive this buggy and I appreciate EACH and EVERY one of you! ♥️ Nobody has it all figured out. But if I can help one mama, encourage someone, or make them smile; that's all that matters. We are ALL we have! 🤗 Use others as a great source of inspiration. I have found myself following and learning from other people and even reaching out to them to thank them for sharing. It also fuels me and I don't take them for granted either. 🙏🏾 People follow people and not just a blog. Blogs are great, but genuine connection is gold! 💛 To chase my dreams!! YOLO! It's okay to pivot and change the course of your life. As life changes, so do we. Sometimes making that sharp left changes the trajectory of your life for the better. ;) 🔝 At times, you will second guess yourself and that's okay. Let that thought run in and out of your mind. Don't freeze. Push through! The other side is waiting for you! 😘 It's okay to start from scratch. I started this website and blogging journey without an ounce of knowledge. I did some research, asked a lot of questions, and I am still doing the same. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you NEVER stop learning. 🤓 From the ups and downs during the pandemic, seeing the world turned upside down from George Floyd, watching an unbelievable presidential race, planning a revamp of my podcast, my husband changing jobs, and my son breaking his wrist, what I've learned was to BE STILL. To trust God, to grab those lemons and add some sugar, to think positive, to pray, keep pushing and NEVER EVER let anyone steal your joy. ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ Thank you for all the love and support! Cheers to year one and looking forward to many more years with you!! 🍾🥂👏🏾

  • Spiritual Self Care

    This blog is important for every mama in the world. A few weeks ago, my son Nathaniel (Nate) had a horrific wrist break. He broke both bones in his wrist and one of the bones broke through the bottom of the skin. It is a day I will never forget. It was a Wednesday in June. My husband and I were touring a school for my daughter Mia, when I received a phone call from my second son Nehemiah, who was also at the same football camp. In my mind I thought this camp was just a simple no contact camp where they would be conditioning, catching balls, and having fun. When I saw Nehemiah calling, I thought he may have left his lunch, so of course I answer the phone. "Hey son." "Mom, Nate broke his wrist!" You need to come now!" I could hear the panic in his voice. Nehemiah is always calm, cool, and collected so I knew it had to be serious. "Okay, I'm on my way." We ended the school tour, rushed to the car with my daughter Mia and drove as quickly as possible to the school. My mind is racing a hundred miles a minute. We pull up and Nate has this horrific look on his face. My husband hops out and helps Nate into the car. He is in agonizing pain. We take off to the emergency room and every pot hole or bump that we hit Nate could feel. He is yelling and grimacing in pain. The two bones were hitting each other and the nerve endings were going crazy. I'm looking at him shrieking, my daughter was in the backseat with her hands over her ears, and my husband is trying to drive as quickly and safely as possible while avoiding potholes. All the yelling was so heartbreaking because there was nothing I could say or do that could make him feel better. Believe me when I say I tried. It was the most agonizing 22 minute drive of my life. We get to the hospital and believe it or not we waited four times longer for them to get him meds. They misspelled his name on his wrist band. They told us the lady put Daniel instead of Nathaniel in the computer, so they couldn't give him the medication until they corrected his name and resent it to the pharmacy. My son begins yelling, "I'm Daniel! I'll be Daniel please!! Just give me something!" I wanted to run up to the pharmacy myself. The slow snail pace of the emergency room made my blood boil. Trust me when I say it was definitely not like the television show HOUSE or Grey's Anatomy where everything is fast paced and being resolved quickly and it was driving me crazy! They decided they needed to cut the rubber bracelets off my son's wrist because they obviously couldn't slide them off. That's when we noticed the blood on the rubber bracelets. No one told us the bone had broken through the skin. I was mortified! My son asked me if the bone was poking through and I knew he was already in so much pain, so I just told him no and that it was turf burn and was bleeding a little. He couldn't move his arm to see it (thank God), so he just said okay and I saw him relax a little. I walked out and went to the restroom and tears began streaming down my face. I couldn't hold it in any longer. It was all too much. I knew I had to stay calm for him, but to see my son's bone protruding through his skin like that was so gut wrenching. I was so angry that I couldn't help him. I was so upset that the the coaches didn't protect him. I was so mad that the trainers didn't call 911 or tell us the severity of this break. I was so annoyed that the nurses were moving like snails. I felt so much rage and helplessness inside. I had been through this so many times with my husband when he played in the NFL, but it just hit different with my son. I just couldn't take another hospital surgery. In that moment God told me to pray. And so I did. I prayed in that bathroom for a while. My body calmed a bit and I was able to gather myself. My daughter came in and we hugged. It was a very long embrace for the both of us. I hadn't even thought about all that she was going through witnessing this. I told her I loved her and I knew this was a lot for her and I appreciate her being here to support her brother. We prayed together and were both able to walk out with a little more peace. As I opened the bathroom door, I could see a little clearer and was able to just focus on my son and trust GOD. A little later the doctor that we asked for showed up. She examined Nate and told us he would have to have surgery that evening. He was able to get medication and they moved him to a room until the procedure could take place. The surgery lasted two hours. I prayed and I prayed and I prayed. Nate had a plate and screws on the left side of his wrist, a plate and screws on the right side of his wrist, and also they had to clean the football rubber out of the wound where the bone broke through the bottom of his wrist and stitch that up as well. Yes, had 3 sets of stitches in his wrist. It was so hard to see. However, I was extremely grateful that surgery was a success and he was on the mend. He had to stay overnight at the hospital because the surgery procedure happened so late. The next evening we were finally able to pack up and head home. For that I was grateful. God has shown me a few things from this traumatic experience. Continually pray for your kids. There will be some things that happen when you aren't there. Cover them in DAILY in prayer. Lay hands on your children and pray for them so that they feel God's anointing and understand the power of prayer. Self Care is also spiritual. We focus on the mental and physical, however, I now realize it is just as important if not more important to practice spiritual self care. Here's some ideas that may help inspire you: Sitting still in a room and meditating in silence. Silence allows us to filter out all the excess noise and dive within. Journaling. This has helped me get my feelings out many times and move forward in clarity. Cleansing your space. Sometimes our environments can get stagnant and filled with old energies. When your soul is at a stagnant place you may feel overwhelmed. Take a moment and cleanse your space. Out with the old, in with the new. Taking a walk outside and talking to God or sometimes just listening for God. He will answer us if we slow down and take the time to listen. Reading the word. It reminds us of God's character and provides revelation of himself to his people. Regardless of what God went through he had an unchanging, faithful, gracious, and loving character. (I definitely have a long way to go.) Haha! Sometimes it's difficult to see the bigger picture when we are in it! However, reading the word puts everything into perspective and helps remind us to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. I hope this Spiritual Self Care Sunday helped you in some capacity. This story was difficult to put into words but so necessary. I pray that it helps realign or remind you of the importance of feeding your spirit. May it prepare you for the unexpected and remind you that although there may be things that are out of your control God is superseding on behalf of you and your family when you remember to pray. God Bless you and your family and have a phenomenal self care Sunday!

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