Monday Motivation: Write The Vision

Monday Motivation: Write The Vision

Hey guys,

Short post today as I am currently in “pack for Mexico” mode. I recently was reminded of a song called “Write the Vision” by Patrick Love. 

Let me take you back in time to Inglewood California, December 4th 1999. My dear awesome cousin Michelle Harris- Collins ( fellow blogger, author, motivational speaker, super mom and wonder woman 🙂 ) was standing at the back of a church getting ready to walk towards her groom. Before she made her way down the aisle, her wedding choir ( yes wedding choir :P) led by my friend Nadia Goode ( nee Blake) rendered a few songs. This song was one of them. I didn’t understand the importance of the song or the its correlating scripture at the time ( I was 14 years old) but as I grew up that song followed me.

It became evident to me that If I wanted my dreams and aspirations to come true, I first had to submit myself over to God completely. I had to stop living life on my own. Once I did that, the next step was to tell God my vision… Okay.. did that. But still nothing was happening. Again, this song kept coming back to me. ” Write the vision and make it plain…” I decided to study this song a little more in- depth.
The lyrics to the song are as follows:

Write the vision, make it plain;
that they may run and not faint.
Though the vision is only for awhile,
it shall speak and not lie.
For if the Lord said it,
you can count on it;

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He will do just what He said.

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It is so,
yes it so;
He will do just what He said.

Write the vision and make it plain… Literally tell God what it is you desire to do.
For if the Lord says it you can count on it, He will do just what He said…  God has never made a mistake. If he has purposed for your vision to come to fruition you better believe it will come to pass. You may not see how, but just wait on it!

However, ( and this something I have to constantly remind myself) “faith without works is dead!” (James 2: 26 reads: For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.) Hence, the onset of this blog and the projects that are soon to follow 🙂  I had to get my butt in gear guys! ( keep me in prayer y’all 🙂 )

As the year draws to a close, I have purposed within myself to write my vision and make it plain! God has shown me that the path I am on is where He wants me to go and I’m excited for where He is taking me! I hope you all will stick around with me and be a continued part of my journey!

One last thing before I go. My friend Charm ( misscharmise on Youtube, Instagram etc.. and  missCharmsie.com) fellow blogger, vlogger, businesswoman extraordinaire 🙂 made a video about two years ago about making a vision board. A vision board is basically a scrapbook project where you make a “visual declaration of what you want for your life” .So I jumped on the bandwagon and have been making them ever since. Its always good to have a visual reminder of what you are trying to achieve for motivation! After my return from Mexico, before I head off on another mini vacay, I am going to spend some time working on my 2016 vision board. I’ll share in the new year! ( I’ll link Charms vision board video down below)  I think it’s so funny that the thing that actually gave me the kick to actually begin this blogging journey, was a tank top with the words “Love Them Anyway” that I actually purchased from one of her business ventures :www.global-warming.ca/. Coincidence? Nah… destiny! So I guess I’ve got to say thanks Charm!! xo

The scripture that coincides with this song is  Habakkuk 2:2-3

Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,It will not tarry.

The song that started it all:

Have a wonderful Monday!

xoxo

Monday Motivation: Spring Cleaning… Your Closet and Your Life!!

Monday Motivation: Spring Cleaning… Your Closet and Your Life!!
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Procrastination is the root of all evil LOL

So…. there is something that I learned about myself this weekend… I….am…. a…..HOARDER! I don’t get rid of anything,at any point.. EVER. This past weekend I decided that I was going to “spring clean” my closets and get ready for the approaching spring . Although today was -10 degrees Celsius ( or 14 degrees Fahrenheit) I had a pretty free weekend and wanted to tackle it.

I set off with every intention of just reorganizing and re-arranging my closets ( I have 2 lol) and making them neater, however my cousin ( Shout out to PL) had other intentions! She was determined to make me make hard decisions and clear out the clutter. To make a long story short, my closets are now lighter and by lighter I mean 26 pairs of pants ( yes 26) and FIVE GARBAGE BAGS FULL lighter 😦 .

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You would think this task would be easy,but it was actually very difficult for me. I mean let me be totally honest, I had some clothes in there from high school ( RIP purple sweater lol) and clothes so old that they have been in and out of fashion twice( lol) Why did I find it so hard to let them go?

I’ve realized that I haven’t done a proper spring clean in years and that my closet was a pretty clear representation of my life over the past few years full; of beautiful things yet cluttered and busy and unclear. In the past five years I’ve gone through so many life changes. As you get older, and schedules become busier,it becomes easier to push things aside and use the quintessential quote, ” I’ll get to that later” ( procrastination is the devil lol) But what if tomorrow never comes? Why put off until tomorrow what you can accomplish today!

Spring cleaning to me is not only the physical “clean your closet” cleaning, but it also refers to your inner self! Let’s go through some tips that have helped me inner and outer spring clean. Let’s start with the easier of the two: the outer.

How to Spring Clean outwardly:

  • Set aside uninterrupted time
  • Have a clear  goal of what you want to accomplish ( what is it that you want to get rid of/organize?)
  • What are you going to do with the stuff once have purged it? Are you going to donate it? Have a garage sale? Give it them to friends and family?
  • Make sure that once you have decided what you are going to keep, start anew  by putting things in order, neatly and with purpose!
  • Put a plan in motion to ensure that things ever get back to the cluttered state that they were  before ( get proper storage, label things etc…)

How to Spring Clean inwardly:

Everything done outwardly is a direct reflection of what is happening inwardly so take some time to reflect.

  • Clear out negativity: take time to purge your mind and life of all things that hinder positive energy. That includes people. No I don’t mean that stupid  ( yes stupid) quote people put on Facebook ( mind you I have been guilty of this in my early Facebook days..) ” If you’re reading this you’ve made the cut” Ugh… instead of putting this meaningless quote on social media, why not take the time to really take stock of who you are surrounding yourself with and make sure they are people who will uplift you and keep your life light!
  • Reflect,Refocus and Revisit : Reflect on where your life is. Refocus on your goals and Revisit your plan to achieve your goals
  • Declutter your life. Make time for the things and people you love. That may mean cutting back on some of your commitments, changing up your routines and not allowing yourself to get burnt out. Take time out for you! (Yes JM this point is for you! 🙂  )

There is one more area of life that I like to “spring clean”, and that is my spiritual life. Sometimes as Christians we allow our life to become cluttered  with things that distract us from a relationship with Christ. Here are steps I take to help me out in this area

  • Set aside CLEAR time to build your relationship. Set an alarm to serve as a physical reminder of what you need to accomplish ( ie: bible study, prayer,service/ministry)
  • Put aside things that hinder you from doing so ( I.e. watch less TV… less idle activity…)
  • Find your inner peace. Let go of anything ( or anyone) what causes your mind to wander from and/or inhibit your spiritual goals
  • Defeat that evil guise called PROCRASTINATION!!!!!! Like Nike says “Just do It!”

Spring cleaning sometimes causes you to reflect deeply on who you are as a person and as I was cleaning this weekend only one song kept resounding in my spirit. It’s called ” I Know who I Am” By Sinach!  The lyrics read:( paraphrased) http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/sinach/iknowwhoiam.html

“I Know Who I Am”

We are a chosen generation
Called forth to show His excellence
All I require for life, God has given me
And I know who I am

I know who God says I am
What He says I am
Where He says I’m at
I know who I am

I’m walking in power,
I’m walking miracles
I live a life of favor,
‘Cause I know who I am

Take a look at me, I’m a wonder
It doesn’t matter what you see now
Can you see His glory?
‘Cause I know who I am

These are the steps I have been taking throughout my spring cleaning season! What are you Spring Cleaning this year?

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success!

xoxo

Wednesday Weekly Reads: More Like What I Watched… :)

Wednesday Weekly Reads: More Like What I Watched… :)

Okay, I am well aware that it is Thursday( sorry for the delay),but the likelihood of me getting up out of my bed yesterday evening to blog was zero percent! I’m still over here under the weather and with the constant change in weather its been making my migraines go into to overdrive, which has made it difficult to focus on much of anything!

I did however manage to get through “The Pearl That Broke Its Shell”  by Nadia Hashimi and was very pleased! This was another fantastic read! This book really brings to light the battle that women in the Eastern Hemisphere have to deal with. Many of their social freedoms are non-existent.The fact that families who are not “blessed” with a son in their family are viewed as “lesser than” worthy. The right to vote, the right to choose who to love, the right to education, the right to an opinion all deemed as not important freedoms for a woman to possess.This book uses two different protagonists ( Shekiba and Rahima) to show the fight that women have fought and are still fighting for change. Again,a great read! 4.5 out of 5 stars!

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4.5 out of 5 stars…

Next, I am currently finishing up “Jesus Is” by Judah Smith! I really like Judah’s writing style. I enjoy the fact that he brings the gospel to the pages in a way that is relatable to those who are just getting started on their spiritual walk, those who are well grounded in their faith are those in-between! His witty banter makes this a quick and enjoyable read! I hope to finish this book by Sunday.jesus-is-find-a-new-way-to-be-human

Okay, that’s all I read this week. One,because of my migraines and two, because Netflix has taken over my life! LOL.:) This week I watched a number of things on Netflix.

  • The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: A Netflix original series! Such a funny show! I watched the entire season ( hangs head in shame lol)

The series follows 29-year old Kimmy Schmidt as she adjusts to life in New York City after her rescue from an Indiana doomsday cult. The pilot opens with her rescue from the cult’s underground bunker, where Kimmy and three other women were held by the Reverend for fifteen years. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unbreakable_Kimmy_Schmidt) This series stars Ellie Kemper ( The Office,Bridesmaids,21 Jump Street) and is written and produced by Tina Fey(hilarious) and Robert Carlock. If you are looking for a good laugh check out this gem!kimmy

  • I also watched “It’s a Girl” a documentary by Evan Grae Davis: This documentary targets the cultural traditions that support female “gendercide” and violence toward women in India and China. This documentary really shed light on the plight people in countries like China face with their “One Child” law and in India where female children are viewed as a burden and women are encouraged to abort them during gestation or kill or abandon them if born. So sad. A real insightful documentary. flyer-11inx17in-h-front
  • Then i watched old episodes of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, “Grey’s Anatomy” and probably every single vlogger on YouTube 🙂

This week I Plan to get back on the reading train, but the fact that I just found “A Different World” on Netflix may prove to be a detriment to my reading goals! I purchased a few books this week.

I picked up “Life Is” by Judah Smith which is a follow-up to the book I’m currently reading ( Jesus Is) I’m super excited to read this one. Amazon describes this book as follows :

Judah Smith believes Jesus shows us how to live life to the fullest. In this follow-up to his New York Times and USA Today bestseller Jesus Is ____, Judah completes the new sentence again and again, revealing how 

·      Life is to be loved and to love.

·      Life is to trust God in every moment.

·      Life is to be at peace with God and yourself.

·      Life is to enjoy God.

Judah writes as a friend, welcoming new believers, lifelong followers of Jesus, and even the merely curious. He shows us the love of God that defies human logic and the life that God intends for us to have in the here and now. With excitement and humor, Judah looks at the stories in the Bible from his unique angle and shows how life is all about loving God and loving others.

I also purchased ” Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings. Amazon describes this book as follows:

Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world. 
 
Barely out of her own tumultuous childhood, Michelle was estranged from her family and fighting for custody of her young son when she disappeared. Local police believed she had run away, so they removed her from the missing persons lists fifteen months after she vanished. Castro tormented her with these facts, reminding her that no one was looking for her, that the outside world had forgotten her. But Michelle would not be broken.
 
In Finding Me, Michelle will reveal the heartbreaking details of her story, including the thoughts and prayers that helped her find courage to endure her unimaginable circumstances and now build a life worth living. By sharing both her past and her efforts to create a future, Michelle becomes a voice for the voiceless and a powerful symbol of hope for the thousands of children and young adults who go missing every year   (http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Me-Reclaimed-Cleveland-Kidnappings/dp/1602862796/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426815006&sr=1-3&keywords=michelle+knight)

Lastly, I purchased “Keep Quiet” by Lisa Scottoline. I enjoyed some of her previous novels and this one was on sale for 40% off so i figured why not. This appears to be a mystery novel. I don’t really know anything about this story. I’m just banking on the fact that Lisa is a great author and I’ll probably enjoy anything she puts out!

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This week I want to finish “Jesus Is” and perhaps read “Finding Me“. Those are my very realistic goals for this week! 🙂 Happy reading ya’ll! xoxo