Women Crushing Wednesday

Oprah

I got tired of see half naked women in the #WCW tag, and wanted to add a woman that could probably start her own country if it so pleased her.  I find her incredibly inspiring, and feel that any one of us can achieve any and all the things we desire with hard work.  I hope to meet her one day!

Topical Tuesday – Thinking of Spring Cleaning?

I know this time of year we are busy wrapping up the school year, trying our best to get our lawns in shape, and working hard to clean out all the old junk in our homes.  We are used to giving away old clothes, and out dated electronics in some cases too for all new upgrades.  What about in our pantry?  American’s over-consume a lot of things, but our waste of food seems to be the worst.  I invite you to look through your pantry especially and donate anything that has not yet expired that you know you or your family will not consume before its expiration date.  There are many food banks that desperately need items to help in your community.  There are many families that can not afford to put not only a health meal on the table, but enough that everyone gets enough to eat.  Many children go to bed starving, even in some middle class neighborhoods.

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Thankful Thursday – Powerful Leaders

michelle-obama

This weeks Thankful Thursday is an appreciation I have for Michelle Obama(Don’t worry, this won’t get political).  You don’t have to agree with her politics or who she is married to, but it’s important to recognize strong, intelligent women who aren’t the “standard” that is all over the media.  It’s important to every little girl growing up to not only see this but also let them know they too can get an education and aspire to be something great – no matter what that great thing is because they are just as special.

I hope you have a beautiful Thursday!

The Newness of it All

The air is always too thick around here during the rush of activity during back to school week.  It’s too humid, too warm still and so many leftover memories from Summer makes you wish we had another few weeks to lie on the beach.  All good things should be cherished, remembered and eventually have to come to an end.  Today marks the first day of school for some.  That first day is always filled with anxiety especially if they are taking the bus for the first time.  New friends, new teachers, and new challenges that will shape them through the year and teach them growth.

With the ease that popular culture has in reaching our youth today (and some adults), I think it is important to remember that during our time of growth, we remember to keep our feet firmly on the ground and remember what is important.

Put God first and pray each day.

I don’t believe in shoving God or religion down anyone’s throat because it defeats the entire purpose.  Just know that in times of trouble and especially since this is a new start for so many of you, prayer can move mountains and calm seas (literally and figuratively actually).  If you struggle with accepting that, I completely understand.  There are so many things in life that make us question everything.  What is real?  Why is my life the way it is?   Why can’t I find that answer on Google?  Start slow, study often and let the word come to you.  Take that with you this year and as you grow older.  Empower yourself through faith not fear.

I encourage you to do well in all aspects and remember that roadblocks are keys to finding success.  I’m sure this year will fly by and what will you have to show for it?

 

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Back to School Stress

I encourage you to stay focused on your education.  Worrying about what is on your back versus the degree hanging on your wall is completely pointless.  Yes, it is fun to look good but it is also fun to stretch your mind and ascend to higher levels of education.  Some career paths demand you to be a full time employee and part time student and it’s important to maintain it.

Stay Organized:  I can not stress this enough!  If you are not the type then take some time and meet with those who are.  Buying endless calenders isn’t worth your time if you aren’t going to use it.  Since we live in an age with smart phones and tablets are becoming more inexpensive, get one.  Program it with your daily life schedule and make a habit to keep a paper copy just in case your technological best friend dies on you.  Getting into a good routine will help you in the long run.

Set realistic goals:  I am a firm believer that at any age you can start over.  There was a woman who in her 80s wanted to go to law school did.  Just because your current career path, job or lifestyle causes setbacks, find the core issues and rise above them.  It is possible and you are capable!

Carve out me time:  It is important that you remember how much you mean to the world.  To live a life that is full of stress and frustration harms the very being you are.  Whether you take time each day to unwind or do something special each week for yourself – do it and maintain it.

Remember to have fun:  It’s that simple.  Whether you need to hop on Tumblr during your lunch break or you need to watch Golden Girls each night before bed (I know, I do) stick it in your routine like you would add lemon zest.  Sprinkle in some fun to take the edge off.  It works better than coffee (almost, anyway).

At the beginning of the year you are worried about having the right “look” but come midterms before Thanksgiving, you will be headed to class in somewhat clean sweatpants and Ugg like boots with 3 pencils in your hair.  It’s a reality of school and life so just remember to shower and stay focused on studying.

Have a great year!