Overnight Success

Often times, we want instant success, fame, wealth, health, etc. We forget, that it took us a long time to get into the debt we’re in or cause the poor health we have. The same time it took to get into that mess, could potentially be how long it takes you to get out of it. The good news is, it’s never too late to start.

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This building wasn’t built overnight. It took time, effort, and precision. The more we make right decisions on a day by day basis, the quicker we’ll reach our goal. Choosing the salad over the hamburger or the extra half hour of sleep each night will add up. Choosing to not buy something because you can’t pay the bill at the end of the month will not only keep your bank account larger, but it’ll also create discipline. Few good things comes instantaneously – however, when those good things finally arrive, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you worked for it, fought for it, and waited patiently for it.

As someone once said, “Live the way people won’t, so you can live the way others can’t.”

Here’s to wishing you the best Friday and a life well lived, friend. =)

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Until My Last Breath

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I stood there, close to a street corner, with beads of sweat forming and dripping down my back. Mass quantities of people were flooding across the street. Once they reached my “zone”, we tried to get their attention. Not everyone wanted what we were offering. Some were happy to take it and others rejected it quickly.

As I stood there holding my flyers, advertising a race to fight sex trafficking, I wiped sweat from my brow. It was over 90 degrees and humid. While my heart completely believed in what I was doing, my body screamed “Go back to where it’s comfortable and cool.” Suddenly, it was like the world around me turned to slow motion. I stared about 40 feet away towards the street corner and I heard the Lord lovingly remind me, “Somewhere, there is a girl on a street corner for a very different reason right now. She’s not there by choice. She’s standing there, uncomfortable and sweating too. But people will take what she’s offering. This sacrifice you’re making is to end that.”

The Lord tends to speak to me in a way that is both loving and earth shaking. Here I am feeling uncomfortable for a temporary moment, forgetting how many young girls (and boys) are forced to do this every day, for reasons that some of our minds can’t even comprehend.

Dear God – how did we get to be such a selfish people?

The world is fine until we’re uncomfortable. Nothing needs to change unless our comfort level has digressed. Is this the kind of people we really want to be? Are we such a selfish people that no other life but our own matters?

We live with so much freedom that it’s almost impossible to comprehend that people are still in slavery in this world. It doesn’t just happen in a third world country. It happens in America. It happens in your own backyard. Will we be passive and allow the robber to take our precious belongings? Or will we fight back and say, “No! You can’t take my daughters and sons. You can’t have my brothers and sisters. We will fight until our dying breath to rescue each and every mother, daughter, son, and child.”

That is the cry of my heart, reader. Until my dying breath, I will not stop. Injustice has hidden under its dark cape too long. Too many have been wounded and too many haven’t been rescued until it’s too late. It’s time to speak up, to fight, and let justice prevail. Slavery isn’t dead – but neither am I – and I will continue to fight until my dying day.

One person can make a difference.

Together, we can change the world.

 

I Have Decided

I have decided:

  • I will not hold on to things that harm me
  • I will not cry over chapters of life that have ended
  • I will not miss the “good times” and in turn miss the “great times” happening right now

I will:

  • Love others as Christ loved me
  • Forgive and let go
  • Smile and breathe because every day is a new start
  • Thank God that He brings lifelong friendships into our paths to see us through the good and the bad
  • Live my life in such a way that is worth Christ dying for

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I’m ready to start living life to the fullest. Goodbye to the baggage and the hurts. Life isn’t slowing down and I’m done trying to play catch up. I’m letting go of the bags that have weighed me down and I’m ready to fly.

It’s time to start living!

Sail Away

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain

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Give in to it reader. Sail away and let the adventures begin. Your life was never meant to be one of mediocrity. Let your hair down and let the wind blow – it’s time to pursue our dreams.

I’m Not Sorry

“I’m sorry” is a phrase that typically comes out of every woman’s mouth when someone else should be apologizing.

How many times have you apologized to the man who bumped into you at the supermarket or that time someone came down the aisle and you moved for them? How many times do we apologize to our bosses when they give a different idea than ours or when we reach across someone for an item.

I have a question that begs to be asked: Why are we sorry?

We are not at fault for the man who bumped into US in the supermarket. We are not at fault for looking at cosmetics at the same time someone else needs to get through. We are not at fault for having different opinions than our bosses – that’s why they hired us!

Why then do we always feel the need to apologize? Is it because society has taught us that we are the weaker being who is always at fault? Has the media told us that regardless of what someone does to us, it’s because of something we did to cause that action?

Oh so often do I resort to those two words, “I’m sorry” when I think I’m being polite. Often do I say “I’m sorry” even though I’m not at fault, simply to make the other person feel better. However, I’ve come to the realization that those two words ought only to be used when I am actually at fault. Otherwise, I’m not sorry.

I’m not sorry sir that you weren’t aware of your surroundings and almost knocked me over at the store today. I’m not sorry ma’am that I like the same cosmetics as you. I’ll politely move and say “have a great day”, but I won’t apologize for being in the same place as you. To those of you who have overpowering bosses, they should be thanking you for giving them a different perspective. You shouldn’t feel the need to apologize because of a different idea. If you were always agreeing, they wouldn’t need you!

Ladies – It’s time we realize that we have a voice and a powerful one at that. Stop apologizing when you’ve done nothing wrong. Stop thinking you are a lesser being and thus, thinking everything must be your fault.

And to any man who disagrees that women are a “lesser” being – try giving birth. I think that’ll even out the playing fields.

We all have different qualities and characteristics that make us need each other, and that’s not a bad thing! However, when we’re training our female generations to apologize for things that are not their fault, we teach them that they are the victim and that they are always the cause for the problem.

They are not. We are not. You are not.

I’m not sorry and that’s okay.

23 Birthdays

Recently I had a birthday and decided that I would enjoy every moment possible of being twenty-three. This year will be one to remember for years to come, so I also decided to blog my way through twenty-three.

So many things happened while I was twenty-two, many amazing-beyond-belief things and some not so good things. Through it all, I learned how to trust God more and how to experience God in a way I never have before.

Now that I’m twenty-three, I plan to use those tools I learned when I was twenty-two, to experience the best year yet. Many have prayed that over me, and I fully receive it.

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If you recently celebrated a birthday – Happy Birthday to you! I hope whoever you are and wherever you hope to be, that God blesses you abundantly this year.

Here’s to the best year yet!

Belated Independence Day

What a wonderful weekend this was!

July 4th was somewhat rained out, so on July 5th the festivities began.

It began with coffee in one of my favorite mugs:

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Then a beach day with the girls:

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Then I had a delicious BBQ with my family – food ranging from hot dogs and corn on the cob, to macaroni salad and freshly grilled veggies. YUM!

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Then we enjoyed some awesome fireworks at a nearby bay. It was beautiful and the people I was with made it even better. We laughed until we nearly cried. It was SO refreshing in so many ways. God is so good!

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I hope your Independence Day (whether celebrated on the 4th or 5th) was as wonderful as mine! I went to bed feeling like I had won the lottery (only better…because I didn’t have to pay taxes on my day haha).

Have a great one reader!

Happy Birthday America

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Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light. What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming.
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, o’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming.
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Happy birthday America. Remain humble before the Lord God and you will continue to be great.

Chin Up Buttercup

Memories are a wonderful thing, reader. But sometimes, you need to let go of those memories in order to pursue your desired future. You’ll never forget those memories, but at times, one needs to let go of living in those memories, in order to experience what the future has in store.

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 3.36.00 PMStepping into the unknown can be an ominous thing, but it’s oh-so wonderful when we’re set free of the past and gain the opportunity to grab hold of our future.

What steps do you need to take to move forward? It’s time to say goodbye to the past and allow ourselves to move toward the destiny prepared for us.

I’m about to step forward – join me?

The Adventure of a Lifetime

Hello there!

If you’re stopping by this blog, it’s either because you’re a follower of my previous blogs, or you’ve found me through other means. Either way, I’m glad you’ve stopped by!

Screen shot 2014-07-01 at 9.06.55 PMI’m a somewhat quirky woman (as you can tell from this photo) who is looking to make a difference in my corner of the world. I’ve got big dreams and high aspirations. Whether I make a difference by sharing encouraging words or give you a laugh due to one of my hilarious mishaps, I’ll be glad to have brightened your corner of the world in some way.

Life is always one step away from an adventure of a lifetime – and I’m ready to get onboard to experience it.

See you soon!