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5 Things I’m Thankful For in 2015

      This year was going to end relatively quiet until the end of the year. October, my heath issues started, and in December, literally one week before Christmas, a family crisis had happen. So far things are looking positive for the family crisis, and only time will tell about my health issues. However, regardless of how we planned this year, and how it ended, I’m sure that it was completely different than what any of us had in mind. Yet I’m thankful. I know, how can you be thankful when it feels like your world is crumbling around you? Being thankful is the hardest and yet easiest things I can be at the moment. Hard because: yes, I do feel like my world is crumbling around me, and yet it’s the easiest thing to do because we easily forget it. So, this year I’m thankful for: 1. Family. When one family goes through a crisis, you can always depend on family to rally around you and give you support. When you feel like the issue that you’re facing is too large for you, its family that gives you the extra emotional support to help you get through the dark times. For my family, I’m very thankful. 2. Faith. Nothing is possible without faith. Nothing is impossible for God. When you don’t know how something is going to get done, all you have to do is ask God, “How do you plan on doing this? I know this is way bigger than me.” Without faith, we would be wondering how to get through our daily lives. When we...

5 Hair Lessons on Life

Yesterday, as I was latching, twisting, and pinning my dreadlocks down, I realize that I wasn’t doing anything that the hair gurus had been teaching. A long time ago, I know I would have; I would have hung on their every word. Run away from mineral oil? Check. Only use olive oil. Check. Buy expensive shampoos. Check. I did these things, thinking it was the best decision for me. So when I had a reaction to one of the shampoos and locking butter, I ignored it, thinking, “It’s the best, no way I’m reacting to it!” Over time we become product junkies. We keep buying different things fearing that we will be missing out on something better. We do this even when something we are using is working for us. But this fear of losing out is real. We can sense it when we debate with ourselves to go to a party, an event, or a social gathering. We don’t want to lose out on an experience, even if that experience doesn’t necessarily help us grow. My hair has taught me a few lessons on life so far. Let go and do what works.  It’s okay if everyone is doing it the “right way.” We have to let go of the idea of what is the right way, and wrong way.  Just because we are doing something differently, doesn’t always mean we are doing it wrong.  The right way for me may not be the right way for you. Just because we are doing something differently, doesn’t always mean we are doing it wrong. Click To Tweet Stop searching...
Importance of Letting Go

Importance of Letting Go

Earlier this week, we celebrated the beginning of Lent, and of course that means it is a great time to do a lot of reflective thinking, and refocus on the things that are important. Now, when I say the things that are important, I mean not only important to me, but to my family as well and my role in my family. No doubt, you know that I home school, I am a stay at home mom, and that job consists of everything under the sun. There are tons of things that I would love to do just for myself. To focus more on what it is that I want, and the things that just bring me joy. However, I know that at this stage in my life, there are things that require sacrifices on my part. And when I see one of my interests that takes up too much time away from my family, I have to reevaluate. I have to ask myself, is it something that I am doing that helps me be better at what I do, or is it only for my personal gain while leaving my family in the dust. My favorite post to do during the week, my vlog on Fridays has me questioning this. Wednesday I sat down in the car to record a video, while my mother watched my kids. I stopped mid video and asked myself, is this really what I want. No. It’s not. No other words screamed out louder to me than this.  I stopped, and got out of the car to be with those who I love the...
Friday’s Vlog on…: 6 Tips To Help You Start Your Vlog

Friday’s Vlog on…: 6 Tips To Help You Start Your Vlog

It’s Friday and it’s time for another video blog!  I love these, I really do look forward to them every week! This Friday I decided to share some tips that I use to help me make my vlogs.  I may be new at video blogging, but I hope this will help if you haven’t made a video yet, and you wanted to know where start, or what someone else is doing. In this video I talk about: Where I choose to make videos in my home, and some tips to hide the unsightly things 😉 Lighting, and how I make it work for me. Why I choose to stand in my videos vs sitting. Choose your editor that you are comfortable with using (and what is readily available)  While I’m not an expert editor, I’m working on it one video at a time 🙂 Be Yourself! Have fun with it! What are some tips or suggestions you can share to help someone start their video blog journey?...
The Gift of Saying Yes

The Gift of Saying Yes

Image working, doing your own thing and an angel appears to you. Getting over your initial fear, you listen and then you are told that you have been chosen to be the vessel that will carry the Savior of the world! Imagine being a young woman about to be married to a carpenter, and you never had relations with anyone.  You just wonder how can all this be possible! Then imagine saying “yes” to this task and never knowing what the future will hold. I remember my first positive pregnancy test, and even though i am married, it was still scary. This season of advent I think about this. How a simple yes changed the world forever. Everyday we are given a choice to say yes. It may not affect the whole world, but it does affect someone’s world. When someone asks something of you, think how easy it is to say no. Now think what changes you can make, and be a part of, just by saying yes. • Opening your heart to receive a new friend. • Donating your time to a local charity. • Reading a book to your child, even though you are really tired. • Going out your way to bring a care package to someone who is ill. • Calling a loved one on the phone just to say hi. Everyday we are invited to say, yes, but how many times do we actually say...

There is Freedom In…

    I am in LOVE with this time of year.  I love it so much.  For me, Fall is about freedom. Throughout the year I put [almost] impossible expectations on myself.  Telling myself that I must live to “my” expectations. But the problem was– it was hard for me to distinguish who’s expectations they were. For a few months, I have been blocked creatively.  I don’t know if it was due to all the changes that happened in my life this year (because believe me, there were a lot), and my mind was just tired of it all. Perhaps, writing wasn’t enough for me this time. I was blocked and stuck (and secretly miserable). Could it be homeschooling?  Or the perceived pressure I felt when my baby’s first birthday came a long. I don’t know. What I do know, is that when I was able to really dust off my camera, and take some pictures that I enjoyed– the pressure to produce was reduced and I was able to create. And I felt it again. I felt the simple joy of doing what it is that I like to do. I can feel this freedom surround me in the simple things that I do now. I am able to dance more, since I’ve finally found my rhythm in my schedule.  It’s not perfect, and I’m sure it won’t stay the same, but I’m going to sail this ship until I can’t sail it anymore.   Play is the work for children they say, but it is the work for this adult as well.  I can easily get caught...
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