Hey! I wanted to share with you all something that happened to me last week. It touched my soul. It reminded me how quickly God can change a situation and how He always has our back. I hope my story serves as a reminder of how quickly God can change a situation.
The other day I was in my kitchen peeling a potato (so random), and I thought to myself “I prayed for this.” It’s something about realizing you are living an answered prayer that is humbling. You can see God’s grace working in your life. And me having this “I prayed for” moment was especially important. I was dealing with feelings of overwhelm. The list of things we have to do to our newly purchased was just a tad bit (lies! It was a lot longer) longer than the funds we have. I was also feeling down because earlier this month I was diagnosed with tendinitis in my finger and ordered not to do much with my hands (I probably shouldn’t be typing this). So, I was basically knee deep in a pity party when God showed me that I have so much to be grateful for. Because of that moment, I started to think about the few things, outside of my family, that brought me joy and that I am grateful for this month.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the New Year and how often this can be a discouraging time, especially if you have big goals. It’s easy to feel like you aren’t doing enough. Sometimes it is difficult to see how your day to day actions impact your larger goals. We know we should be doing these small things. Sending the emails. Doing the research. Creating the content. But when results aren’t immediately seen, some people like to turn around or throw in the towel. I just want us to keep going. To not expect every day to be filled with big breaks, and for us to honor the small things that help us achieve our big goals.
Fresh start. Clean slate. New Beginnings.
In the New Year, lots of people are looking to leave the old behind and start anew. Rather it is a spiritual, health or mental cleanse, I think it’s a great to complete a cleanse in order to go into the New Year lighter and focused. For me, a cleanse shows me how strong I truly am. I completed THIS juice fast once and felt like a boss after those 3 days were over. I was ready to take over the world. And isn’t that how you want to feel at the top of the year….like a boss.
For many of us, self-care seems selfish. How dare we take a time out of our day for ourselves. This is especially hard if we have spent the majority of our lives caring for others. We often think that things just won’t get done if we take a break. But sometimes we need to take a break to make sure things are doing to the best of our abilities. It’s very easy to neglect ourselves, but I think it’s important that we take time daily to make sure that we are loving to ourselves…even if it’s just a few minutes.
This past Friday I celebrated my 33rd Birthday! I received some of the sweetest messages and calls from my family and friends. My husband and kids made my day amazing. Everything was just simple and sweet. I felt so loved.I’m excited about 33, but thought I would share my biggest lesson of 32 in hopes that it would be of help to you as well.
Often times limitations can be seen as the enemy. They hold us back. They weigh us down. They make it difficult for us to achieve our goals. But I believe there is beauty in what our limitations can teach us about ourselves and God’s love for us.
This post is one of my first post after some time away. Life got in the way, and after life got out the way summer break for the kiddos happened. Between trips to the playground and making, what feels like, a million snacks a day, it’s been a bit difficult to sit and write. But I’m back, and I missed it sooooo much! I truly enjoy writing about God, goals, and self-development. Most, if not all the things I write on Love, Jenell are things I’ve personally overcome or currently battling. So, this space is very special to me.
From Black love to romantic love, love is everywhere during the month of February. However, self-love is often forgotten. Practicing self-love is not simply about putting on makeup or marveling at yourself in the mirror, but, for me, self-love is about caring and loving yourself enough to actively practice behaviors that have a positive impact on your life. It’s all about being mindful of what you think, do and say and how those things positively or negatively impact your life.
I think we can all admit that sometimes with the hustle and bustle of life we can forget to take care of ourselves. We can get so caught up in doing for others that doing things for ourselves may seem selfish. The realities of work, motherhood or entrepreneurship start to consume the little free time we do have. Here’s the thing though, we need me time. We need time to relax and fill ourselves up. Like the saying goes, we cannot pour from an empty cup. We have to be 100 percent in order to show up as the best version of ourselves. I want my family and friends to get the full-Jenell, not the one who is giving and loving out of a deficit. So, just like we schedule in meetings and events, it’s important that we are scheduling in me time and doing things our bodies and minds NEED to feel recharged and ready to take on the world like a BOSS.