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Happy Friday! Today, I felt compelled to write about why I chose,  get healthy and live happier as my tagline.

Have you noticed my new logo? It says, “Get Healthy” under my name. Here’s the back story behind the logo.

Why I Chose Get Healthy

A few years ago, I reconnected with one of my best friends from high school. She sent me a friend invite on Facebook, but I didn’t recognize who she was.

After, realizing who she was, I accepted her friend invite. I recall her sending me a message and asking me what kind of work I do.

She messaged me saying, “I support you and what you are doing.” No one has ever said that to me other than my husband and another close friend.

She posted on Facebook, “Anybody wants to get healthy? Come on and get healthy with me.” She was working hard on improving her health.

I got a phone call in August about 3 ½ – 4 years ago that my friend had passed away, unexpectedly; she was only 43 years old.

After the shock wore off, I reflected on how excited and motivated my high school friend and classmate was to “get healthy.”

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Do what feels right for you and stand in it.

Do Whatever Feels Good to Your Soul

For almost four years, I wanted to use, “Get Healthy” but chose not to use it because it’s too broad; it’s not specific.

It didn’t dawn on me until I watched Mitch Mitchell’s video, “It’s Your Business, Do Your Own Thing” about focusing on one thing and being niche specific.

Mitch mentions in his video that he’s good at a lot of things, but doesn’t want to do just one thing.

Although I understand the logic of being niche specific and concentrating on one thing, it is not something that I am content with doing.

I kept, “Get Healthy” tucked away and tried forgetting it, but I just couldn’t let it go.

When I decided to put, “Get Healthy” in my logo, my soul felt good, and I am now at peace.

Whenever something feels right for you to do, but others say, “I wouldn’t do that if I were you,” be strong enough to go against the grain and do your own thing.

Walk by faith and not by sight!

 

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focusWe are coming to the close of 2018, and I need to focus in 2019. I am not making any resolutions this year. Instead, I have chosen a word for 2019.

If you are on my mailing list, then you know that I got off track this year. I got distracted, and as a result, I wasted a lot of time, but I learned valuable lessons.

What is Focus?

Focus means a center of activity, attraction, or attention. It is imperative that I have focus and so far, I am doing reasonably well, considering 2019 is not officially here.

Allowing Emotions to Lead the Way

In 2018, I let my emotions lead the way. Here is one example of what I mean.

Some of you know I created YouTube Channel, it was somewhat political, and I had a little over 1,000 subscribers (I deleted the channel). I still have my blog and plan to start writing daily there in 2019.

But here’s what happened, I created the channel out of emotions without ever taking the time to think about it; I just did it.

Months later, I realized that I did not enjoy creating content for that channel. It was a source of anxiety and stress, and I had to let it go.

If I had kept still and prayed, I would have never created that YouTube channel.

The lesson I learned from all of this, is never to make a quick decision, based on emotions.

Why I Chose Focus as my Word for 2019

It is simple; I need the word focus in my life. Last year, I made a quick decision to create a YouTube channel, but that’s not the only thing I did in 2018 that was a huge distraction.

The experience taught me a lot. I guess sometimes we have to get hit hard to get back on the right path.

Final Words

I carry focus into 2019 and apply it to every area of my life because I so desperately need it.

As you reflect on 2018, think about the word you are carrying into 2019. Write (your vision) it down and make it plain (Habakkuk 2:2).

Let the word you choose for 2019 be, your motto and make it stick.

What is your word for 2019? Do share!

Until next time,

New Year Blessings to you!

P.S. This is my last blog post for 2018. I will return to regular postings on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. See you then!

life lessonsHas there been a time in your life when you had to deal with something, but all you could do is keep going? Well, today, I want you to know my story.

Those of you who follow my blog know that I am a private person. Today, I am transparent. If you live long enough, you will experience things in life that will knock the wind out of your sail; leaving you with lots of questions.

Lately, I am spending time with my family and doing things that matter. One of the main reasons is because of my daughter.

My daughter had her annual checkup. Her doctor referred her to the Children’s Health Care of Atlanta (Cancer and Blood Disorders) for further testing.

I had a lot of what-ifs that filled my thoughts, but all I could do was pray and not worry.

What I Did When Life Got Tough

I cried. Crying helped me relieve the tension. And then I confided in a few people who I trust.

I also fasted and prayed that everything would be well with my daughter.

One of the most important things I did was ask God to give me more patience with my daughter and for Him to help me be a better mother.

I stepped away from spending unnecessary amounts of time on the internet and social media.

Living life and sharing it with those we love is one of the most important things we can ever do.

I will never get the time back that I wasted online. However, the time I spend with family and close friends means more than words can describe; it is time I will always treasure.

What I Learned When Life Got Tough

I learned some lessons, and here they are:

  1. I learned more about others. Tough times bring out the best and the worse in people. It is during these times when we learn who cares. Actions honestly speak louder than words. These days, I watch the actions of people more than I listen to their words.
  2. Focused on my relationship with God. The experience brought me closer to God and taught me to trust Him even more. My relationship with God is more important than any earthly relationship and trusting God is the key to getting through life.
  3. Time is valuable. Time is precious, and when it is gone, it is gone. That is why it is so important to spend time wisely and make every second of every minute count. Especially with the ones we love and cherish.
  4. Be gentle with everyone. Be mindful of the words you say to others.  It is so important that the words we say whether spoken or written, uplift, inspire and bring joy to others. Because we never know the battle the next person is fighting.

Final Words

The hematologist gave my daughter a clean bill of health. I am thankful that she is doing well and for the lessons, I learned throughout the entire experience.

I shared a few lessons I learned, but you know there is more, but I chose the most important ones of all.

The experience I had with my daughter helped me do what I needed to do to keep going. I looked within, and I am so glad I did.

Life isn’t life until you live it.

Take care of you!