馃挜On Sale Now馃挜

馃挜Super excited to announce my 2nd journal from the Girl, Cast Your Cares Series is available for purchase馃憦馃従

馃挜Girl, Cast Your Cares Affirmation and Prayer Journal is filled with colorful pages of affirmations, scriptures, and tons of writing space to reflect on your thoughts and to manifest your dream life.

馃挜And if you need help learning how to journal, want to know the importance of journaling, then join me August 31st- September 1st for a 3-Day MasterClass via Zoom: signup to be added to the list here馃憞馃従

https://mailchi.mp/e4340ed43dda/the-importance-of-journaling-3-day-masterclass

Or head straight over to Amazon to make your purchase馃憞馃従

Girl, Cast Your Cares Affirmation and Prayer Journal https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09CRLX3HV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_HAE8B6STJR9Y12B27JWK

Thanks in advance馃挄

Take a peek 馃憖 inside…

Would love to see you in my class,

Also, don’t forget to check out this week’s podcast episode馃憞馃従

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/girl-your-journey-starts-here-podcast/id1450758610?i=1000532623977

Wellness Wednesday Tips馃憞馃従

馃憠馃従Work, family, financial challenges, Covid-19, and all the other stressors in the world can really take a toll on one鈥檚 emotional wellness. It鈥檚 not easy to be happy and enjoy life if your emotional health isn鈥檛 at a high level. While many of life鈥檚 ups and downs are beyond our control, there are a lot of things that are within our control.

馃憠馃従 There are several things you can do to increase your emotional wellness that won鈥檛 cost a penny or require a lot of time.

Practice these strategies and positively affect your emotional wellness:馃憞馃従

1锔忊儯 Move more.
Your brain and your body are connected. You feel your emotions in your body. If you move around more, your body will be healthier and better calibrated to your environment. Sitting around too much increases the likelihood of feeling stressed or depressed.

2锔忊儯 Address any financial challenges you鈥檙e facing.
There are only three basic strategies for addressing financial challenges: Worry about them, ignore them, or address them.

Find a solution to your financial woes and begin working on it. The other options only result in stress and misery either today or in the future.

3锔忊儯 Get enough sleep.
Your brain and body are a mess if you鈥檙e not getting enough sleep. Find a sleep schedule that works for you and stick to it. Everyone has different sleep requirements.

4锔忊儯 Let go of expectations and focus on gratitude.
Misery largely results from unmet expectations. Spend some time each day focusing on gratitude rather than being annoyed that life, you, or others, have failed to meet your expectations.

5锔忊儯 Limit your obligations.
A simple and meaningful life is the best option for most people. Keep your life simple by avoiding optional obligations that don鈥檛 add anything to your life.

鈻笍When your emotional health is high, you have a solid foundation for enjoying many other aspects of life. Review the tips above 鈽濓笍馃従and pick one to implement today.

Happy Wednesday,

Sunday Self~Care Tips

Sunday isn’t the only day for Self-Care; this is actually something you should be practicing daily. There are weeks I often forget this, and my mind, body, & spirit will become weary.

So let’s look at some ways you can start practicing self-care! 馃憞馃従

鉁达笍Take Care Of Your Spirit:
Prayer and Meditation often go hand in hand; I usually do this every morning 馃寘 reading scriptures and meditating on His word! This is also an excellent time to practice mantras and do a little journaling.

鉁达笍Take A Social Media Break:
I’m usually on social media for business, but often there are times that I will take a break and shut my phone 馃摫 off for a few hours! Trust me; you’re not missing anything! This gives you a chance to read 馃摉 or be creative.

鉁达笍Take Care Of Your Body:
馃棧LISTEN TO YOUR BODY; if you are not sleeping, running on E, you need to rest 馃泴!
Not sleeping can cause all kinds of problems; your body wasn’t meant to do it all! Set boundaries with yourself and say NO! And don’t forget to make the necessary doctor appointments!

鉁达笍Take A Break If You Need To:
If you want to sleep all day, do it! If you want to curl up with a good book and not fold the laundry, it’s ok! Taking a break can actually be really helpful; it gives you a chance to recharge and refresh! Remember, let go of the guilt over taking care of yourself! (Go listen to Friday鈥檚 Podcast Episode about this topic)

馃憠馃従 It鈥檚 essential to your well-being that you consistently take the time, even in small and simple ways, to support and care for yourself.

What are some ways you practice Self-Care? How often do you get around to doing so?

XoXo

Monday Motivation馃憞馃従 6 Ways To Conquer Lack of Motivation

馃榿Happy Monday, guys, and gals…hope this new week finds you well!! If you lack motivation to get anything today, I hope these little tips will help kick you into motion!!!

Ugggh, is it Monday again馃槱

Remember, you don’t have to see it as a drag, but if you lack motivation, use these tips to help move you along this week:馃憞馃従

鉁达笍 PRACTICE POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS:
Y’all know I love 馃挓 me some affirmations, be positive and as realistic as you can possible. Negative talking will sway you away from your goals. Speak positive affirmations as a way to boost your mood. Remember words used properly are a powerful force.

鉁达笍MAKE AND WRITE A PLAN:
When you take time to plan, you allow yourself to process the beginning and the end in your mind. This can spark ideas, and improve productivity, and ensure a great outcome you can be proud of! Once you have a written agenda, you are going to be motivated.

鉁达笍CELEBRATE YOUR MILESTONES:
Whether big or small, celebrate your accomplishments at every milestone you reach. Rewarding yourself has a way of keeping you motivated; who doesn’t like a reward 馃し馃徑鈥嶁檧锔

鉁达笍LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES AND LET IT GO:
Everybody in this world 馃寧 makes mistakes. The key 馃攽 is to learn from them and keep them moving. Avoid sulking about your past or regretting it.

鉁达笍BUILD A SUPPORT TEAM:
There鈥檚 a saying, 鈥測ou are the sum of your five closest friends.鈥 Having the right friends around you can make a huge difference in your success! Having accountability partners will keep you motivated and on the right track.

鉁达笍GO OVER YOUR VICTORIES AGAIN:
Very often, we forget how far we have come and all that we have accomplished. Take time to go over your achievements, and remind yourself constantly that you are a WINNER!

It’s a new month and a new week; make sure you stay on top if your goals and continue to stay motivated for success!!

Have an awesome week!

Affirmation of the Day

Happy Monday

Hey there, hope each of you enjoyed the weekend! I did nothing of importance, just laid around catching up on my DVR recordings!!

It was a bit rainy 鈽 here, so staying in was kind of nice!!

Well, to my post for today, while I was sitting around, I had an interesting call with one of my good friends, and it was all about self-doubt!

See, we both are in the t-shirt business, and both are pretty crafty, her more than me! But we were commenting on all the talented women we see in our crafting FB group!

Then this got me to thinking that there are tons of us who suffer from self-doubt, so this week, I have decided to dedicate the next few days to help my clients and followers overcome this ugly habit!!

If you are one of these people, let’s look at what would happen if you let that ugly thought go!!

鈥楽elf-doubt means to lack faith or confidence in oneself鈥

Believing in yourself (or not) literally makes or breaks your success or healing in life.

But have you ever wonder what would happen if you lost those limiting beliefs鈦夛笍馃

Here are 5锔忊儯 things that happen when you do away with Self-Doubt 猡碉笍

鈻笍YOU BEGIN TO BELIEVE IN YOUR GOALS:
Believing in yourself means you have confidence in your ability to achieve your goals

鈻笍YOU BEGIN TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITIES:
Believing in yourself makes you take ownership of your behavior and situations

鈻笍YOU HAVE NEW FOUND CONFIDENCE:
Believing in yourself encourages you to be kinder to yourself, and you begin to show up for yourself

鈻笍YOU BECOME MORE POSITIVE:
A positive attitude lets you dream the impossible things, which leads you to a positive result more often than not.

鈻笍YOU TAKE MORE RISK
You are now able to do the things you have wanted to do, but we’re afraid of

When you start to believe in yourself, so many amazing things happen, and you become unstoppable 馃挭馃従

Transformation/Biz Coach
Affirmation of the Day

馃憠馃従If you would like to track your self-doubt to better understand it, here’s a Free Printable:猡碉笍

Self-Doubt Worksheet

Also, if you would like to checkout my tees 馃憵http://www.teeztoinspire.com

Tuesday Tips: 3 Powerful Ways To Healing Yourself

Healing yourself is a job for you; no one can do this for you! I had to learn this the hard way; as much as we want our loved ones to be by our side during this time, they can’t!!

Here are 3锔忊儯 powerful things you can do right now猡碉笍

鈻笍FORGIVE YOURSELF:
It is time to let it go. Forgive all parts of yourself to be whole and perfect. Forgive yourself for any past mistakes or shortcomings; forgive the child within for being afraid; forgive the teenager that spoke words of anger; forgive the young adult for not being a risk taker. Forgive others in the past. Forgive your parents, your siblings and relatives. Let go of all grudges. Forgiveness is about coming to peace within yourself鈥
(this was a hard one for me)馃槱

鈻笍 STAY IN THE PRESENT:
Live in the now. The past is gone. You can never go back and make it right. You can never re-live a life that was yesterday. Live positively in the present moment, no matter what is occurring. It is All right and perfect. Do not look ahead and dread what may come. Our mind creates a lot of chatter and makes us afraid in order to keep us safe. Tell your mind “Thanks for sharing” and affirm “I am here, I am present”. You are always at choice, and you know how to make this day beautiful鈥

鈻笍 LOVE YOURSELF BOO 鉂わ笍
Love yourself and use positive words of encouragement. Compliment strangers and make others smile. Speak from a loving heart and shine with joy. Remember, talk to yourself like you talk to your best friend who needs uplifting. Putting YOU first is a must if you are going to take care of others鈥

You won’t heal overnight, just be patient with yourself; you will get there!!

You got this馃憦馃従

Happy Fourth of July & Self-Care Sunday 馃嚭馃嚫

Pic Courtesy of My Sorority

Happy Fourth, just dropping in to say Hi…. Do you have any plans? Not me I’m just resting and watching Crime Shows, which are my fav, plus it’s a form of Self-Care for me just to do nothing!

I call it Boring Self-Care; yes there is such a thing!鈽猴笍

So I actually have been doing this for a while but didn’t know it was an actual thing which excites me!

Usually when we think about self-care we鈥檙e often provided with extravagant examples of pampering鈥攆ull body massages, day trips to the beach, fancy 4-course meals, and monthly mani-pedi appointments complete with champagne.

But sometimes, self-care is kind of boring鈥︷煠佛煆解嶁檧锔

When we鈥檙e stuck in a rut or so depressed we can barely get out of bed, just simple things like brushing our teeth, washing our clothes, eating 3 full meals can be very daunting! Trust me , I’ve been there!

Now while all those fancy things are ok, Boring Self-Care can actually make you feel just as good!! Those of you know that the housekeeper in me loves a clean home, but believe it or not, I sometimes let a lot of things get out of hand when my depression takes over.

So don’t get discourage you are not alone, and enjoying Boring Self-Care can actually be just as beneficial to you as well!

Here are few things you can do today if taking a bubble bath 馃泚 isn’t in the cards for you:

鈻笍FOLD LAUNDRY: Yes,馃槱I know we all hate this, especially if you have kids. The loads can be massive, but I promise you will find some comfort in getting this done!! It will give you a sense of accomplishment and keeps you organized

鈻笍CHANGE BED LINEN: There is nothing like fresh, clean sheets on your bed. After you finally muster up enough strength to shower, put those clean sheets on the bed, and even spray them with a lavender resting spray to hel you relax

鈻笍CLEAN YOUR KITCHEN: Cleaning your kitchen is pretty important; it helps to keep the bacteria down, which can also keep you from getting sick! Just a good scrub down at least once a month; yes, cleaning is therapeutic

鈻笍CLEAN YOUR TOILET: Just like with your kitchen keeping your bathrooms 馃毥 clean can prevent germs and also give you a sense of accomplishment; I know this sounds crazy, but when your house is clean, it takes one thing off your list of things to worry about which will calm your anxiety.

And there you have it, Boring Self-Care鈥ope, it isn’t glamorous, but necessary!!!

鈻笍What does Self-Care look like to you?

However it looks, I hope it’s a good one!!

馃専Also, catch my new podcast episode right here: Girl, Your Journey Starts Here

3 Things To Do Before Bed To Prepare For The Week Ahead猡碉笍

Happy Sunday; it’s been a while; life has been very hectic for me, and I have had some major curveballs thrown my way…but I’m still standing!

Hope each of you are well, and I promise to give you all the deets in my upcoming podcast and blog post!!!

Also, I got to play Gigi for 2 weeks straight! Yes, my sweet grandbaby visited all the way from El Paso, TX, and it was a blast! He celebrated his 4th birthday 馃帀 here in South Carolina.

I absolutely enjoyed every minute of him馃挋

While, you are enjoying this cute pic of my cool 馃槑 grandbaby, here are the 3 tips to help you prepare for the week! Promise not stay away so long, have a fabulous Sunday night!!

Now, that Sunday is almost behind us鈥ere are 3锔忊儯 things you can do to prepare your mind for a fabulous week ahead!

馃洂PRAY FOR A GOOD WEEK:
I absolutely recommend this step, talk to God, ask him to open doors, to create paths in your life and on your healing journey! You might not see the changes right away, but at least He knows your heart’s desires!

馃摑JOURNAL YOUR INTENTIONS:
I don’t care how depressed you are; get up every day with the intent on not giving up. Journal your hopes, your dreams, and the steps you need to take to get there!!!

馃DO SOMETHING YOU鈥橵E BEEN PUTTING OFF:
Every week you make excuses; let this be the week you STOP THAT! Start that business, seek help, write your book, or even start that diet!!!
You can dream of a better life, but not put in the work!!!

You owe it to yourself, to be better this week!!

It’s Podcast Friday 馃帣

馃帣Do you feel like your life’s a mess and the weight of the world is on your shoulders?
Do you find it hard to stay motivated and productive when this happens, and at this moment you are ready to run and hide.
When this happens, suddenly, nothing really matters.
Wellllll, I have good news, you don’t have to stay this way! It is possible to get up and get your mojo back!
Tune in to this week’s episode and learn how I managed to stay motivated while my life is full of chaos!!

Listen 馃憘馃従 Here猡碉笍

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/girl-your-journey-starts-here-podcast/id1450758610

https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yYmFjMjA4L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz

Enjoy

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馃毇STOP THE STIGMA

馃挌Pretty powerful, right? But sadly true, just because you don’t see our suffering doesn’t mean we’re not hurting!! As we come to the end of Mental Health Awareness Month, 锟 remember that mental illness is just as important as physical health.

We don’t need your silence; we need your support and understanding. Get educated, ask questions, but don’t dismiss us!

If you know someone who’s suffering, reach out to them, send cards, words of encouragement鈥ecause we fight battles you will never understand!

馃毇 STOP THE STIGMA
馃挌
Lady O
Mental Health Advocate
http://www.rethinkstigma.org

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