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Vacation from Life

The last time I blogged, I asked myself why was I afraid of change.
I just got back from Miami yesterday, and I must say that was a well needed vacation! I had the chance to clear my mind and re-evaluate my life and my life choices. It’s something about laying on the beach in the sun that makes everything worth living for exciting and achievable.
I often say that life is short, and we must live it to the fullest according to God’s will for our life. I refuse to believe that God wants us to settle in life and to be miserable.
Did you know about 6.7% of the U.S population age 18 and older suffers from depression? That’s about 14.8 million people.  I’m going to let that simmer in your minds for a moment.
To be honest, I suffered from depression at one point in my life, and I had to leave to Guam to escape my depression. It was my freshmen year in college, and I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. I hated the way I looked, felt, and just everything around me.  When I went to Guam for a few months, God saved me. He opened my eyes to whole another world I knew nothing about.
I believe people in America are depressed, because we tend to settle in life. We also deal with the pressure from society to be something that we’re not to prove to people we’re somebody. In reality, if we just embraced our true selves and learned to truly love who God made us to be, we would be a lot happier (that’s my opinion of course, and it’s not to say my way of thinking is right).
While in Miami, I realized that I’m blessed, but I’m not entirely happy with my life. That sounds crazy I know, but let me explain. I’m blessed because, I have a job, a apartment, people who love and care about me, I’m alive, and I’m healthy. While I’m thankful for all that God has blessed me with, I know I’m not living out my full potential and dreams. I realized I was setting in life.
Settling to me is giving up on what’s in your heart and just accepting things for the way that they are, and not challenging yourself to do better. That’s what I’ve done when I got out of college. I know it takes time for my businesses to prosper and you have to start somewhere in life. But there is a difference between starting from the bottom and giving up on yourself. It’s easier to give up and to take the easier route, then to keep pushing through the tough times.
Going away for three days helped me realize that the reason why I’m afraid of change is because I’m afraid to fail. Failure is what holds me back and not knowing what will happen. Not trusting God and taking those steps to make my dreams a reality is actually worse than failing. I’ve failed at numerous of things growing up and it made me into a better person today. But as an adult, I’ve stopped taking chances.
I’m writing this Blog Post today to let everyone know that failure is going to happen. No matter what we try in life we will fail, and that’s okay. With every failure comes success. I was reading one of Joyce Meyers’ books, and she said life is supposed to be an adventure. God intended life to be an adventure and unpredictable. How boring would it be if God showed us every aspect of our life and what was going to happen while we are alive? Isn’t life supposed to be filled with surprises, heartbreak, good and bad times?
I don’t know about you, but I made a promise to myself. I promised myself to never give up on myself and to make my dreams a reality!
I challenge you to evaluate your life, your dreams and goals, and go after it! No matter if someone supports you or not. All you need is Gods’ support and faith. Everything else will fall into place!

 

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Better Version of You

I know we all see numerous of ads talking about how to lose weight, how to get a big booty, how to obtain abs, how to eat healthy, what and what not to wear, and the list goes on.
I’m guilty of trying new diets that promises to give me that slim look that I oh so badly crave. In reality, I put on double the amount of weight. Going to the doctor and being told that I’m between obese and overweight was heartbreaking. Especially when you thought you were doing everything right to lose weight.
I slowly but surely started comparing myself to the people that I seen on TV and social media websites. I even asked God why he made me this way.  One day, I was reading a chapter out of the bible and it talked about how God created all of us differently, and that he didn’t make any mistake when he created us.
I started evaluating my eating habits and the kind of food I put into my body. I also started figuring out that stress causes me to gain a lot of weight, so I had to figure out ways to not stress.  I stopped eating pork and I started eating breakfast in the morning, and more fruits and vegetables. I do a lot of walking when I can and I started detoxing with fruit.
As time went on, I noticed that I was losing weight, and that I would eventually reach my target goal in no time.
The reason I’m writing this post is because, we often compare ourselves to other people. We look a what others have and what they look like, and we talk ourselves into believing that we are less than. When in reality, that’s not true. God made every single living being different for a reason, and we shouldn’t compare ourselves to each other. If losing weight is something we desire, then maybe we should take a look at our eating habits, exercise at least 30 minutes a day, and drink plenty of water.
Sometimes we need to realize DNA plays a huge factor in what we will look like when we lose the weight. Not everyone is designed to be a size two. We need to learn to be happy with the way God created us to be and stop looking at who God created someone else to be. I will admit, it took me a while to be happy with the way I look. But when I read that chapter in the bible, it opened my eyes. I no longer crave to be or look like someone else. I only aspire to be myself!
My challenge to you all is to compliment yourself when you first wake up in the morning and tell yourself you’re going to be a better version of yourself everyday!

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Motivational Mood Day

I know the title of my blog may be a tad bit dramatic lol. However, we can all admit most Monday’s are not so pleasant. We have to go back to our jobs from our two day weekend. When in actually, it’s really a one day weekend, because we stay in the house on Sunday to get ready for work on Monday. So we’re really only enjoying Saturday (and that’s if you don’t work the weekends).
I decided to call today motivational mood day, because I’m personally moody every Monday lol. We tend to take a break from work-life on Saturday and Sunday, and when Monday comes around we’re irritated.  I think it’s partly because we didn’t have enough time to enjoy our weekend or we weren’t able to get around to the things that we wanted to take care of.
I’m writing to say, don’t let the funk of Monday’s get you down. This is a new week to set personal goals and to do that thing you didn’t do last week. If your goal is to lose 5 pounds by the end of the month. Start Monday off by eating breakfast, and drinking about a half gallon of water throughout the day. Instead of taking the elevator, take the steps. Take it one day at a time and one step at a time, and you’ll eventually see the 5 pounds come off.
I know I like to set work goals for myself daily. We have surveys that our customers fill out everyday, and I aim to get at least all 5’s on my surveys.  I ask God for knowledge in the morning and how I can improve my skills to assist my customers.
I recommend saying a prayer at the beginning of your week and allow God to help you reach the goals you set. Here is something along the lines I ask God in the morning:  Lord, I would like to first thank you for allowing me to see another day. I know the next day isn’t promised to the next person, and I am grateful to be alive today. You said ask for guidance and when I lack the knowledge you would fill me with all of the tools I need to fulfill my obligations. I ask that you give me the strength and the right words to assist my customers with their concerns. I ask that whatever you have planned for me today, that I fulfill that purpose. In Jesus name, Amen.
That is just something along the lines of how my prayer goes in the morning. I’m here to tell you that whatever you want to accomplish this week or next week, don’t give up! Don’t let anyone tell you cannot do something, because God says other wise. Even if you cannot see the end of the road or the end of the week, just keep going. I promise you hard work pays off.
I’ll leave you with this. Would you rather sit around and make excuses for the reason why you’re not reaching your goals (fitness, health, work, personal goals, etc.) and let life pass you by, or do you want to stop making excuses and go after what God has for you? You only get one life to live, so make it count!

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Motivational Monday

Good afternoon everyone!
Today is Monday, and I recently started “Motivational Monday”.  If you’re anything like me, Monday is my chance to start fresh! A new week is like a new beginning for me, and I like to set goals for the entire week and sometimes the entire month.
I cannot remember the name of the song (I can be very forgetful at times), but this one particular verse stuck out to me. “Everybody dies, but not everybody lives”, by Drake. It’s a given fact that everyone is going to die some day, but not everyone lives the life they are given.
I often ask myself, if God gave me three days to live, what would I do with that time. I can ensure you it wouldn’t be working a 9-5. I would spend time with my family and travel. If I wouldn’t settle in life with just going to work when I have three days to live, then why would I settle in life with everyday that God allows me to live?
I’m not going to go on one of my tangents today, but I ask you all this. What are your goals for 2016? What are your long and short term goals for your life? What are you doing to make your dreams and goals a reality? Are you praying and asking God for direction? Are you taking steps our on faith?
I know those are a lot of questions, but it’s something to think about. If you’re like most people, you made an New Years resolution for 2016. And if you’re like most people you stopped going after those things the second week in January. There isn’t a way to know what will happen or how things will turn out. You just have to pray and take action. You have to allow God to be in control of your destination (I can ensure you that his plan is ten times better than ours).
If plan A didn’t workout, that’s okay. There are 25 more letters in the Alphabet. You don’t want to become the person who tells their family and friends “I could’ve been, but I gave up”. I promise you, giving up is way worse than failing!
Don’t give up on your New Years resolution or your dreams (goals) because it’s not going the way that you think it should go. If you keep pushing through the tough times, you’ll soon reap the benefits.
In the words of Marta, never give up. Be confident in what you do. There may be tough times, but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds.

 

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Flashback

I graduated high school in the year of 2011. It’s been exactly 5 years since I left high school and all of the emptiness behind. Instead of me doing my typical blog, I wanted to do things differently today. I located one of my poems I wrote in high school and I wanted to share it with you.
I will admit, I was in a dark place in high school. So just bare with the poem.
The sole purpose of my blog is to help people go after their dreams or goals in life, and to get the life God intended them to have.
I decided to do a flashback for today’s blog post.
The After Life
Your move-less body just lays there.
Your cold and for some odd reason you cannot get warm.
You’re watching on the outside as the ones who caused you pain pretend they gave a damn about you.
And the ones who cared the most, just stare with this look.
As if they cannot go on.
You begin to yell, but no one hears you.
As your body is being put into the ground.
And prayers are being said.
Along with all of the goodbyes.
Your soul begins to move on, but gravity won’t let you.
Death isn’t the worst part.
It’s knowing that your loved ones will move on.
What’s the point in dying?
If everything you ever did,
if everyone you ever loved,
if everything you every were,
will be forgotten at the end of the day.
Dying isn’t the worse part.
It’s being forgotten.
Although, I wrote this 5 years ago, I’m no longer afraid of death. When I decided to give my life over to Christ, the fear of death disappeared. I now know when I die, I’ll be going to a much better place.
However, there is something everyone must know. People may forget your name, where you live, your phone number, maybe even what you look like. But people will never forget the way you made them feel and how you impacted their lives. I encourage everyone to make a difference in the world. It’s time to get back to loving and caring about one another, and stop the hatred.