Thursday, December 31, 2015

Cheers to a NEW BEGINNINGS!!

"If you ask me for my NEW YEAR resolution, it will be to find out who I am." Cyril Cusack
My NEW HOME - Unpacking in Progress

The last 2 weeks of 2015, my life has been flipped upside down.  I wasn't concerned about the chaos because I know that God has better plans for my life in 2016.  I been painting, packing, cleaning all at the same time and at times I just sat down and cried. I wanted to give up at the finish line but I had to go through this rough period at the end to finish the race.    I have been running on fumes but today I decided that I just had to take a break and enjoy the last page of 2015.

The last 5 years have been truly a struggle which have made me grown so much as a person.  I have found INNER PEACE and even if it took cutting some folks out of my life, I honestly had to in order to save my life.  I had a week off without the kids which allowed many quiet moments and reconnection on a stronger level with God.  Through deep soul searching, I had to ask myself a couple of times "Why are you HERE?" and "What is your PURPOSE?"

Amidst all the chaos, it felt amazing today to turn in my keys to an apartment at 1pm December 31, 2015.  I was so excited that I went to my complex to get my last mail and drove out so quickly forgetting to turn the keys in.  My kids and I busted out laughing and my daughter Arielle said, "WOW mommy, you are so happy to leave."

Life has a way of breaking us down to build us up for better and greater things.  The next few months will be spent decluttering my life and starting FRESH all over again.    I am truly excited about the journey and starting a NEW PAGE, CHAPTER, or a BOOK.  I have some many exciting and great things planned and I am so READY to EMBARK on this journey 2016.
Getting Ready to SET up my Studio/Planning area.

In closing, "your soul knows when its time to close a chapter so don't be afraid to start over." 
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Thankful

What are you THANKFUL for this HOLIDAY season? 

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” ~ Tecumseh 

 I am THANKFUL for:


1. LIFE - God has kept me so far in 2015 and I am happy to be alive. Every morning before I start my day the first thing that I do is meditate and pray in a quiet area in my home giving thanks for LIFE.  

2. TRIALS - My trials have proven how strong I am. Sometimes I wonder where does the strength comes from but only God knows.  

3. ADVERSITIES - I will continue to fight my way through life no matter what detours I may encounter along the way in 2016. 

4. CHILDREN - My pillar of strength and my rock. They keep me grounded and keep that smile on my face. They are more than my company, sidekick or children. They have taught me so much over the last 8 years.

5. FAMILY - Even though I may not be the perfect daughter, sister, aunt or niece, I have to say my family has taught me to stay strong no matter what storm I face. My family carried me through and helped me along the way after losing my best friend and dad.

6. FAITH - I hold on to my faith as when the times get tough, I can only cry out to my Heavenly Father. When sometimes I can only see my footprints in the sand, I know that my Heavenly Father is carrying me along the way.


7. FRIENDS - I have rekindled some great friendship along the way and I am proud to say my true friends have always been there for me. They have lifted me up during tough times even when it's only a text, email or call.

8. MY JOB - God knows that I am eternally grateful for having a JOB. I don't complain much anymore, I don't even fuss when things don't always go my way. With open hearts I teach my daily and I will continue to uplift and inspire each person I reach along the way.

9. A HOME - This is something I do not take for granted as I see so many homeless folks daily. I may not be living in a mansion but I am happy to have a clean bed to sleep in and a roof over my head.

10. PEACE - It can be hard when you are not at peace with yourself. Thank you Heavenly Father for perfect PEACE. It cannot be bought or sold, but when you do find it from within, the feeling is amazing. 

In closing...


“It isn’t what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.” ~ Author Unknown 

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Second Chances....



"Let Tomorrow be your second chance to prove that you are better than today and yesterday." -- Ritu Ghatourey





Have you ever missed an event, bus or train and was so upset. Then a few hours later, you heard of a tragedy that occurred at the event, on the bus or train. Isn't that enough to say, Thank You God for a second chance. Well, I think I have been given so many second chances but most importantly a second chance to live. I have had my scary moments in life. I remember having health issues and felt like Heaven wasn't ready for me yet so I will fight to live. My life has had its ups and downs but the most touching second chance I believe is giving birth to my son. I took the option that was presented to risk my life while carrying a life. Hospitalized 18 times, while being morphined up throughout the pregnancy was enough to know that my HEALTHY son Aiden is my miracle, my angel on earth and I knew I got pregnant for a reason. I have a purpose on earth and giving birth to 2 beautiful children is my purpose to live again..my SECOND chance.


My love life has never been an easy road. After getting 2 divorces (yes) to the same person I  married, I didn't know if I would ever open my heart up to give love a SECOND chance. I became so engraved in my career and kids that when love came my way, I would never give anyone a chance. I was a rock, a hard shell and refuse to give into all the charming words even if it was from the heart. I played hard to get even though at times I merely wanted to crumble and cry. I didn't want to get hurt again and vowed to remain single and focus on raising my kids.  It was that special conversation that I decided to open my heart and give love a SECOND chance.  Even though I will still proceed with caution, I am ready to love again and to share my life with someone special. God has been working on me and I have really grown in a positive way and have been able to learn to trust. My children often times share their desires for me to find love as they too deserve to see me happy. Most importantly, I have to put God first in every thing that I do because he has given me so many SECOND chances. 

2016 I am ready for you with arms wide open.  I plan to LIVE my dreams and enjoy every single moment. I plan to capture and develop the good times and learn and grow from the bad. I PLEDGE to live and enjoy every single day like it is my very last. I plan to be the best me in so many ways and PUSH on daily. Thanking God in advance for another GREAT CHANCE to live and be ME. 







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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Perfect FLAT TWIST anyone?

Perfect FLAT TWIST anyone?


Flat twists are a NEAT way to protect your hair while adding a little JAZZ.  They are similar to cornrows except you are using only 2 strands versus 3.  To create the perfect twist, the art is the grip, the amount of hair and the hand technique.  Follow the steps below and you will have the PERFECT TWIST to GO.


Items used: Curly Kids Hair Care
                    Curly Chic Products (Moisture in a Minute, Mane Moisturizer, Coconut Oil for Curls)


Brush: Smoothing and Detangling, Comb: Rat tail or regular comb and rubber bands 




Step 1: Section hair based on desired style or look using a rat tail or regular comb.  For this LOOK, hair was parted in two with a slant look.


Step 2:   From the section of the hair you parted, grab a small section of the hair dividing it into two equal parts. Start by twisting the 2 section ensuring that the hair is gripped properly.  See video  TUTORIAL below.







Step 3: Try to grip about the same amount of hair each time to PERFECT the twist.
It is important to hold the twist and not pull the hair by putting too much tension. As you twist the hair, gently grip and incorporate more hair from the section into the twist as you work towards the back.

 Secure at the end of the twist either braiding or with a small black rubber band.



Don't forget to add your Curly Chic Moisture in a minute and brush the hair for each section that you twist.

Step 4: Repeat steps 1 to 3 until you are complete. As you become more comfortable with your technique, you can section hair to create different versatile looks.


Complete the look or style by adding a flower or bow depending on the look that you plan to achieve. 



Thanks for stopping by and HOPE the video tutorial HELPS!!!  Don't forget to check out the Curly Chic Product line used to accomplish this look at: Curlykids Hair Care Website.
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