Missed Opportunities.

Yesterday was not a good day for me. It was Monday, I did not get enough sleep, and I was not feeling well. All of that combined with the fact that I just really did not want to go to work, instantly put me in a mood yesterday. So, I went throughout my day not really wanting to entertain anyone, in my own little zone, doing my own thing. I didn’t really have an attitude, I just was not particularly receptive to anyone or any non-work related conversations. So again, I go through my day, get off, go home, preparing to lay down for bed when this thought came barreling into the forefront of my thinking,

“How many opportunities did you miss out on today because of your “mood”?”

That one thought halted EVERYTHING. I went back and traced my day out mentally and although I could not find a particular moment where an opportunity presented itself, I do see moments where I could have definitely worked on my writing. All throughout the day I had ideas of topics, how to word things, and content that would pop into my head, and instead of taking the time to develop those thoughts, I told myself, “I’m not in the mood.” How incredibly foolish and immature of me. Here I am saying just how much I desire to walk in purpose but allowing how I feel to dictate to me what  I do. I had at least 8 hours yesterday to develop myself and I forfeited that time to a “mood.”

How many times have you did the same? Failed to take another step forward that day because, well, you just didn’t feel like it? What opportunity was missed because of it? What blessing was sitting there waiting for you at the very next step? We like to say that “What God has for me is for me,” but if we are not prepared for it, it won’t be. We’re praying for it but we are not prepared to receive it. We are praying for doors of opportunities to be opened but are not ready to walk through them if it is not at the right moment depending upon how we are feeling that day. Had an opportunity presented itself to me yesterday, I would have missed it. There’s no doubt in my mind. But, now that I am aware of that, I am taking steps rewire my thinking in order to ensure that I am able to recognize when a “mood” is about to cause me to forfeit destiny.

Don’t let opportunity pass you by today. Don’t allow a mood to dictate what you are going to do. Be proactive and make the decision to take a step forward despite how you feel.

Peace & Blessings.

Be Encouraged.

Have you encouraged someone today? If you have, how did it make you feel? If you haven’t, I encourage you to do so. You never really know how close someone is to giving up. That small moment that you take to speak life into someone else could be what keeps them from forfeiting their dream.

I’m a very observant person and I do a lot of people watching. I tend to spend a lot of time alone going to the movies, restaurants, the park, and many other places and if I am not engrossed in a book or lost in thought, I take a moment to put my phone down, and just watch. I take in how people move, how they respond to the elements around them, how they talk, if they smile, if they seem approachable, their disposition, and if I can tell just who that person is just by observing. As I’m sitting, I’ll find someone to focus on and I always ask myself, ” I wonder what God created them to do?” “What is their story?” “Are they operating in their purpose?” and if not, “Why not?” I will sit there and try to answer all these questions and build this life for this person where in the end they are living such a fulfilled and happy life. I know that if the subject of my observation ever locked eyes with me they would probably think I was weird because I realize that as I get to the end of their fictitious life, I am smiling. I’m smiling because they did it! They have accomplished what was in their hearts to accomplish and they are leaving this life completely emptied out because they have deposited their gifts into the world to benefit all that will come after them.

I am so intrigued with destiny and purpose because for so long I did not know why I was here. I struggled for years after high school because I was never taught how to take the time out to discover what I was passionate about and how to flow in that. For a few years, it was all about trying to survive and grasping at things to fill me that ultimately  turned out to leave me even more empty than before. So that eventually led to depression. But it was strange because I could see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I just could not figure out how to get there. It’s like seeing hope, faith, peace, joy, and fulfillment, but feeling as if you will never be able to obtain it. It frustrates you and, if you are not careful, can make you angry. Nothing good can be produced out of anger.

So now, because I have gone through that, it is easy to see when someone is in that place in life. I have been on the sidelines rooting people on from a distance because I know how it feels to feel like you are not going to make it. I now know that although that is admirable and the intention behind that is good, that benefits no one. Why do you think life coaches and motivational speakers are as prevalent today as they are? Because sometimes all people need is for someone to tell them that they can do it. People need to feel like someone is on their side and that they are not in this thing alone. No, you should not build your life on if someone says “job well done” or not. But it surely makes it a little bit easier to keep going when it is said. You never know how mountainous that cloud of doubt in someone’s life is. And that moment that you take to speak an encouraging word to that person could be the penetrating force that allows some light in.

I am purposing and challenging myself now to speak life to people when I sense that someone may need a little extra motivation. There are some amazing gifts and talents locked up in people and I think that it is time that they are unlocked. We need them, and we NEED you. I encourage you to encourage others and speak life from this day forward.

Peace & Blessings.

Bedtime Thoughts. 

I’m currently preparing to call it a night and as usual I’m having full dialogues and conversations in my head. Playing out scenes and scenarios that would never happen but it helps to excerise my imagination so I’ll let it play until I fall asleep.

As I’m laying out clothes for tomorrow’s workday I have this thought that interrupts all my other thoughts…

“It’s not me doubting God, it’s me doubting myself in Him. I have this deep inner knowing that He is the one true living God, so that’s not in question. The wavering in faith and all of the doubts that I often times have is in the fact that He, being all that He is, wants me. Fully and completely. Messed up, flawed, and all. Me. I KNOW that He can do all things but can He do them through me?”

I don’t know. I tell myself, “even me, Lord, even me. I know that you can use even me.” but do I really believe it? Not really. Maybe in a moment of excitement and zeal. But, once that moment fades…

Maybe one day I’ll really see that even me.

Yet and Still, Life is Good.

Goodnight✨

Are You Happy?

I firmly believe that the album, Losing My Religion by Kirk Franklin was written just for me. From the beginning to the end, he sings and writes what my heart has been crying for years. With every riff, every high note, and every melodic crescendo, it’s as if I’ve been cracked open and every hurt, fear, and moments of doubt have been poured out and intricately woven into these beautiful ballads of faith. When I listen to it, I imagine that all of those tears that I have cried over the years are being used in this beautiful watercolor painting that details the journey that I have been on. It tells of many highs and many lows and there are a lot of grey areas. At some points you see me walking, at others you see me just standing. There are even points where you see me crawling and the colors take on a dark tint marking the depression and anxiety that I have felt at certain times. Then, the colors start to brighten and the hues start to deepen and you will see me get up. I start walking again but there is still some grey up above. But that grey starts to dissipate when “Wanna Be Happy?” begins to play. It is that song that marks a very pivotal moment in my life. It is that song that you will see me standing at a fork in  the road very unsure of which way to go, doubting my ability to make decisions, and too afraid to even take a step forward. But, it was as if that song started to clear the fog and the tears that rolled down my face as it played washed the scales away from my eyes and I could see clearly.

This year on January 7th, I turned 25. And for my birthday I made the confession that I was going to walk in all that I was purposed to walk in. That I would become the woman that I dreamed of becoming and be who I am, unapologetically. What I did not know was that in order to do that, I would have to deal with secrets that I had been keeping, decisions that I had been making, and wounds that ran deep. I thought that I would be able to just start from that moment forward and build from there. But I quickly learned that it would be impossible for me to even come close to fulfilling my purpose if I didn’t deal with it all. And the very first thing that I had to deal with was the fact that I was a hypocrite.

I had been involved in a relationship with this guy for a while last year and got caught up. I’m talking ALL the way up. To this day I still don’t know where he came from or how he got here. All I know is that he was fine. I’m talking FINE. The fact that he was only 5’10 did not matter when I looked at the fact that he was chocolate, had a beautiful smile, lived in the gym, was African, and his native language was French. I was like, “YAAAASSSS!!” And then to top it off, in the beginning, he always “prayed” for me. (I learned later that he was really PREYING not PRAYING. Big difference.) He even cooked for me and he is the reason why I now love plantains and Afro-Pop as much as I do. All of that should have been indications that he was the devil lol. He was just TOO perfect. For the longest I was looking for hints of flaws and could not find a thing. Nothing. He always smelled good, looked good, and felt good. I should’ve known better lol.

As I think back and replay the relationship in my head, I can clearly see what was there all along. But more importantly, I can see how the relationship seemed to suck the life out of me. I see the decline spiritually and how I went from being in such a wonderful place in God to where I was trying to do everything I could to stay out of His presence yet seem like I had it all together in front of people because I did not want to be exposed. The relationship was parasitic and I had gotten so deep into it that the only way for me to get was exposure.

My father had been hinting for a few months that he felt like something was off with me but he just couldn’t figure it out. He had expressed his concern with the relationship but of course I played it down like it was under control. The whole time I was in the valley of decision about ending things but every time I tried to, Mr. Him would do something to make me second guess my decision. Honey, he was smooth. It’s like he could sense when I was about to walk. The conviction would be so real and it felt like there was such a weight on my soul. But Mr. Him and his charming self could charm the pants off of me. Literally. Let me stop here and say this… Ladies, you cannot. CAN. NOT. walk in purpose tied to a parasite, double minded, and dang near schizophrenic because you are laying down with a man (illegally because you’re not married) and in doing so, taking on his personality, who he is, and his being. It’s impossible. You’ll end up spending valuable time sifting through what is you and what came from him. It’s even worse when you already do not know who you are and now you have these foreign beliefs and perspectives deposited in you and you have to fight just to keep yourself together.  There is a reason why you should not have sex before marriage. But that’s for another time and day.

So, eventually I ended things with Mr. Him after a month or two of going back and forth. We just stopped talking. It went from talking everyday, all day to one day not a single call or message. And I can honestly say that I have not thought twice about it. I was quite happy actually. But the exposure I mentioned earlier did not happen until after the relationship was over. One day I was supposed to go somewhere with my family and instead of just saying that I did not want to go, I lied and said I was going somewhere else. Why? I don’t know. But I did. My dad knew that I had lied and knew that I had been lying about my previous relationship for a while and the next morning confronted me about it. It was the best thing that could’ve happened to me. I was upset that he had told me how much I had hurt him, but I was even more relieved to have everything out in the open. Even though I was not the one who brought the truth out, I was able to take the moment to be honest about things. It was then that I realized that healing can come from exposure. It was as if that weight that was on my soul had been lifted and I could now start pulling off the layers to start discovering and revealing who I am. It opened the door to a lot of deep rooted insecurities that I had and it forced me to deal with things that I had suppressed for so long. Dealing with them did not feel good whatsoever but it freed me.

I spent a lot of nights by myself replaying past events from years ago and analyzing decisions that I have made I realized that where I am in life is a direct result of those decisions. Whether good or bad, it is on me.

A lot of times as Christians, we want to blame our problems and issues on other people and the Devil when in reality it’s not them, it’s us. Me. You. But we don’t want to hear that. We can get so spiritual and say that, “the Devil is busy” when he was not even thinking about you that day! We have made him the scapegoat when things go awry in our lives and it has paralyzed us from being able to take responsibility for our actions and in turn has turned us into one of the most irresponsible group of people because we can’t even be honest and say that many of the things that have happened in our lives are direct results of the decisions that we have made. I’m not talking about things that are out of our control, but things that you have direct control over. Things that you can actually do something about and we choose not to. Things that you KNOW what the end results will be yet choose to continue to do them. I was one of those people. I was the worst kind because I knew better. I was a fraud and a hypocrite and I was not happy. My soul was split in two and I felt like I was going crazy. But that moment of exposure brought an end to it all and I’m honestly not the same person that I was just 5 months ago.

I know most people will say that 5 months is not a long time and there is no way that someone can have a complete change of heart and mindset but I would say that it can if they make a decision. All it takes is one moment with God. I have been saved for many years and for all these years I have been “trying to live holy” and I have been failing miserably. But one moment with God did what I had been trying to do for years.

“I just wanna be happy
But if I keep on doing the things
That keep on bringing me pain
There’s no one else I can blame
If I’m not happy
Wasted time but now I can see
The biggest enemy it was me
So I’m not happy”

It was this song, this verse that led to a lot of sobs and snot bubbles because it broke me down. It put it all back on me. I was abusing Grace and had the nerve to blame the devil for it. For that, I thank God for Mercy. For not giving me what I definitely deserved. And I thank Grace for allowing me another opportunity to make a decision. How many of you are ONE decision away from beginning to walk in purpose?

This post is way longer than I intended and being posted later than I originally planned but I just wanted to make sure I was being honest about things and honestly it was a struggle because no one wants to admit these sort of things. But nevertheless, I pray  it blesses you. Peace and Blessings.

Remember, no matter what, Life is good…