“A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot” – Joe Vitale
Hey guys! I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to clock in a new year and get a new chance at a fresh start! As with every year, 2016 had its highs and its lows but from what I’ve noticed on social media, it seems this time around that the lows surpassed the highs for a lot of people. I personally feel that I attended one too many funerals, especially that of a 10 month old baby – which forever changed my outlook on life! I certainly don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer but I’m just glad that 2016 will now be a thing of the past.
In this last post of the year, I am sharing my post popular looks of the year. I am so thankful for all the lessons I’ve learned that led to my growth as a woman, i.e. Being so comfortable in my adulthood that I now know I have the right to say no to things I don’t want to do without owing anyone an explanation. I’ve also learned that I only have control over my actions and I cannot expect others to react how I would have reacted if I were in their shoes. Lastly, I learned that being kind to unkind people leaves me with a clear conscience. I will never say “such and such made me do this” for I am the master of me and I hold myself accountable for my actions. No one’s actions should cause me to lose control of my reaction. I choose to continue to grow and always answer negativity with positivity.
The one thing I already knew that came in handy in 2016 was listening to my instincts; I just felt like going to Haiti last minute to surprise some of my favs and I had the time of my life, laughing with them. Marc (or Jean as we called him) made the surprise possible. He made this my BEST trip to Haiti since I moved to the US 14 years ago! I was so thankful for that and made a mental note to bring him a nice gift the next time I went to Haiti.
Then reality hit like a ton of bricks and we soon discovered we wouldn’t have a “next time” in Haiti with him. We got the call bright and early the morning of October 2nd. Cancer did it again and took another angel from this earth but knowing that he is no longer suffering brings us peace. I continue to pray that God will comfort his mother and those closest to him. 2015 took my grandmother and 2016 took Jean. I pray that my 2017 recap post will not end in an obituary but if it does, I pray even more that I will not have any regrets for as I encourage you to do, I strive to live colorfully every. single. day.
RIP Marc ~ You are so missed!
Happy 2017 to you all and cheers to a happier, healthier, richer and more stylish and colorfull year ahead! Stay blessed 🙂
As everyone is gearing up for the new year, traveling more is – year after year -one of those resolutions (like going to the gym) that sounds good in theory but that can also be hard to bring to pass. I am by no means a travel expert but over the past decade, I not only traveled within the states but I’ve also visited about 10 islands, traveled to Aruba in 2014, the Virgin Islands in 2015 and more recently to Haiti and Dubai this year. As we speak, I am planning my travels for 2017 and thought I’d share with you guys some tips to help you achieve your travel goals without breaking the bank. I’ll leave the gym pep talk to the professionals but here are my tips for making your wanderlust dreams a reality so you can sit pretty like this in Dubai or anywhere else you choose 🙂
“Change is unavoidable, but growth is optional. Keep changing, keep learning, keep growing daily.” – Neil Vermillion
I cannot believe Thanksgiving is a week away! Tonight, my girls at church are putting together an early Thanksgiving potluck dinner. One thing I love about Thanksgiving is that it reminds us all to be grateful for everything we have and don’t have, for everything we do and don’t do, for the people in our lives and our many blessings we take for granted. I actually want to start a daily gratitude journal because I strongly believe that having an attitude of gratefulness is the easiest way to bring even more blessings into our lives. Continue reading “How to layer your jackets | With change comes growth”
“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” Robert Schuller
I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.” – Mother Teresa
Two years ago, November 1st, 2014, I looked in the mirror and cut one strand of my permed ends. And another. Then another. Though unplanned, breaking up with relaxers and learning to take care of my natural hair has been a decision I will never regret making. Continue reading “Let’s talk hair: 5 affordable, low maintenance crochet braid styles you should try!”
“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. ” – Ann Landers
“But dear, don’t be afraid of love it’s only magic.” ― Robert M. Drake
“Be patient when it seems things are not going right and may never be right again. Accept that what is yours will come to you in the right way at the right moment.” – Iyanla Vanzant
“Listening is an art that requires attention over talent, spirit over ego, others over self.” – Dean Jackson
Someone asked me how I was doing the other day. As we typically do when we hear that question, I typed “I’m well, thank you.” But considering the fact that I was dealing with a family death, I thought about it, erased my reply and replaced it with “I’m coping with a loss but I’m hanging in there.” You see, just as many of us respond on autopilot when asked how we are doing, we also tend to “hear” on autopilot without truly listening.
“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” Joseph Campbell