Goodbye 2013…

I was planning to start from scratch on a very detailed and insightful post about lessons learned this year and new beginnings,but guess what? I got a little help! The daily prompt asked who would I choose to be next year..could be anyone even myself.While Beyonce’,Rihanna, and Jada Pinkett-Smith are all very tempting choices..I choose to be myself.Well, to clarify my new and improved self. I made this decision because I need a chance to be a better person.To live a life in a positive light,and covered by God’s grace.So, there are definitely some changes to be made if I can survive my apartment hunt that is (we’ll talk about it later) lol.I always make resolutions at the start of the year…I wonder what they were earlier this year? Well these goals for 2014 I will not forget.If I make the full-list now I will be over-whelmed by the extensive length of it.So how about goals for the first four months? Sounds perfect!

  1. Let go & let God (no more stressing about the future or past)
  2. Do something that’s intimidating fearlessly
  3. Start my online or home bakery
  4. Find a beautiful Jeep (I love riding high)
  5. Start an emergency fund
  6. Lose 30 pounds (perhaps more let me get that scale..)
  7. Gain more self-confidence
  8. Give to charity & volunteer
  9. Take this blog to a new level
  10. Find a job where my degree is not useless Lol
  11. Kick ass on my student loans re-payment (screw you interest)
  12. Be annoyingly happy
  13. Take absolutely no day for granted

.There it is! Thirteen goals in no particular order all in need of being accomplished.Not too much or too complicated.No pressure(that was a lie) :P.I hope that all of your lists are short & sweet.Don’t forget to have fun while meeting you goals. #2014MyYear #13GoalsOnDeck #HashTagsOnABlog #IDoThis #StudentLoanDestroyer #READY

This Morning’s Breakfast..!

First Waffles

I must say this was yummy! This was the result from my first time making home-made waffles.Well, semi-homemade (box mix). This time I simply added water, cinnamon sugar , butter, and an egg white to  the batter,and used sliced bananas as topping! I was hoping adding the egg white would ensure a thin crisper waffle,not so much!So next time I make this meal I will be on a quest for thin,crisp,and flavorful waffles. Oh yeah the eggs & sausage was good too :).

Bah Humbug!?

When I was a kid I loved Christmas! That’s why I always had my mom wrap my gifts a couple of weeks early, set them up so I could count them and try to guess what each one was.I think the largest amount of gifts I have ever received is forty (THANKS MOM). Lol, anyway that was years ago.Then one day my parents became interested in  becoming Jehovah’s Witnesses. At the time, they tried to explain to me what that meant..but all I heard was “We will no longer celebrate Christmas,birthdays,or Thanksgiving.” I was one horrified spoiled girl on that day. To say I was against it is an understatement..I was down right pissed. Luckily, they dropped their interests in time..celebrating birthdays and major holidays in grand fashion resumed until I moved out after high school. I thought the last of that Jehovah Witness talk in my life,boy was I wrong.

My last boyfriend was a Jehovah’s Witness. There was absolutely no pressure from him for me to become one,he knew a person had to make those choices alone.I became curious, no longer blinded by the promise of parties and material things, so I was able to explore.The reading materials basically said that these holidays are “of the world”,and God did not ask us to celebrate these man-made holidays.There were Bible verses listed to back up these statements. That stung! Then I thought about what these holidays mean for my family..Thanksgiving & Christmas are two times per year that I can almost guarantee a large amount of my family together and celebrating. I thought “Can this really be a bad thing? These are occasions to celebrate life”. This is my predicament: to celebrate or not to celebrate? It’s not about becoming a Jehovah’s Witness  really…it’s just about where I stand on this subject. If I decide to not celebrate holidays I will be the only person in my family not to do so. That will be weird,but if I make that choice so be it(yeah, I make it sound so easy). I’m glad I have you guys :]..it can be so hard to talk to people about Christianity especially other Christians lol! Some of us are afraid or ashamed to admit we have questions,others quickly label it as the Devil’s work.I believe that in order to grow you should ask questions,and grow with the answers. So I’ll be here Asking & Growing .

Wealth Factors

Ok, I know on my previous post I promised to write a piece about how the book titled The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place could improve your relationship with that long green stuff..I mean money by the way lol, but after some thinking I discovered a bigger lesson from the book. When I checked that book out of my college library I was beyond stressed financially and looking for some relief. Money was a big mean annoying issue…the lack of it at least. I thought the book would offer money-saving tips and maybe even a few clues to becoming a millionaire one day. That would make any book a best seller right? Lol, but I gained something so much better from this reading. Just check out the review I put in my journal shortly after I finished the book. “I thought it was going to be filled with budget plans and money-making tips, but it’s so much more than that! It’s a book that makes you focus and define your true definition of happiness. I must say, smart phones, designer bags, and skinny jeans are no where in my definition. I crave experiences more than materials. The experience of seeing this world, making someone smile, spending time with someone you love, reading the Bible, going to church, and loving yourself no matter what. That was a glimpse of what true happiness should be through my eyes.” Yeah this book made quite on impact on me! Lol. One of the exercises in the book was to create a list called “Wealth Factors” to sum it up..it’s a list of things you can do to better yourself , your relationships, and ultimately your life. It may sound like an intimidating list to make..but have faith in yourself if you truly want to change your life, or even just few quirks it’s more than possible. Ok, once you make it KEEP IT! This is coming from the girl who lost her wealth factor list under her bed for a couple of months..:/ Lol. Hey! I found it..it’s wrinkled…but I can read it! :). A few of my top factors were to lose weight, become healthy, volunteer, travel the world, be less fearful, and to have less stress in my life. I wrote this list merely months ago and I have already volunteered at a food pantry and found ways to relax and reduce stress as for fear?? I have nothing to fear but fear itself! Lol, Ok too far? I’m working on it though…but the the other top factors..weight loss? Traveling around the world? Well I had 3 Snickers bars today-Oh the guilt. It’s not my fault no annoying brats oops I mean cute little trick or treaters knocked on my door on Halloween night. Plus..two of the candy bars were fun sized..do I get a pass? The traveling around the world part? Hmm I traveled around the corner from my job and found a beauty supply store and a Chipotle Lol (yeah downtown Chicago rocks). I’m not worried I am going to get it together. Be fit and healthy as I tear the city of Atlanta up with my best friends next summer! :D. That’s my current wealth factor status..What’s going to be on your list?

Happy Sunday!! <3.

Psalm 92
New International Version

Psalm 92

 

It is good to praise the Lord
    and make music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning
    and your faithfulness at night,
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
    and the melody of the harp.

For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
    I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
How great are your works, Lord,
    how profound your thoughts!
Senseless people do not know,
    fools do not understand,
that though the wicked spring up like grass
    and all evildoers flourish,
    they will be destroyed forever.

But you, Lord, are forever exalted.

For surely your enemies, Lord,
    surely your enemies will perish;
    all evildoers will be scattered.
10 You have exalted my horn[b] like that of a wild ox;
    fine oils have been poured on me.
11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries;
    my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.

12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
    they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
13 planted in the house of the Lord,
    they will flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They will still bear fruit in old age,
    they will stay fresh and green,
15 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
    he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

*From- Biblegateway.com

Write It Out

Hello! It’s been way to long since I wrote something..my apologies! I love this space way too much to neglect it..so stick with me we’re going to go far kid ;]. Anyways..I been feelin’ some type of way. Just kidding I’m not going to be that vague lol. I have been feeling like I had way too many emotions bottled in, and that’s why I pulled out my lovely journal. I am a recovering serial journal keeper Lol…but, I plan on sticking with this journal until it’s filled up. After all writing is cathartic (even Oprah says so)! Most recently I made on entry based on faith and  releasing the past. Want to know one of my writing secrets?? Ok, I no longer date any of my journal entries. I just want to remember what I have felt, and how I have grown! Dates can cause you to measure your growth wrong..make you think you are growing too slow. Nonsense! You grow as a person every single day emotionally. I am currently working on a post about how to balance your relationship with money it will be featuring insight I gained by reading The Wealth Cure: Putting Money In Its Place by Hill Harper. Maybe you can stop by your local library or book store to pick it up. It’s a wonderful book! 🙂