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.
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.
I cannot believe that the year is about to be over! Where did 2016 go?
As it begins to get a bit colder in Philly, my motivation has dwindled. Sitting on the couch and watching Queen Sugar often wins over doing any type of work. Sad, right? But recently I’ve been getting back in the groove and trying not to wait until 2017 to be motivated again.
Have you ever been in an orientation or a class and the speaker asks everyone to look to their left and right, and they then let the audience know that one of these people won’t be here at the end of the program or school year? The truth is people throw in the towel every day. For some people, it’s difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And for some people, God has given you a dream and shown you the vision he has for your life and you know exactly what the end should look like. However, discouragement begins to creep in when the present and the future look vastly different. You have seen the vision and you are working towards it, but the present isn’t bearing any fruit. When the present doesn’t look how you imagine it would, you may want to quit. You may begin to question if you are in the right place or making the right decisions. You may question God and ask him why things aren’t easier. And some people may quit. If you are in the space of question where you are and where you want to be, I pray that you hold on to the end.
Taking time before you face the world and the demands life has on you to focus on peace and good things can set the tone for your day. So, let peace in before you let the world in. Before you grab your phone to check social media or emails, take some time to yourself to focus on things that bring you joy and encourage growth.
I can’t believe it’s October already. Where did the time go? With only a quarter of the year left, I’ve been thinking about how I can best prepare for next year and the things that can be accomplished in the 4th quarter of this year.