Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I just wanted to get on here and give you all a holly, jolly shout out. I pray that by now you’ve opened your gifts (and are pleased and happy with them) and that you are doing like I am and enjoying time being spent with my family.

Each year, the kids get up at the crack of dawn, we open gifts, my mom makes a huge breakfast, we hang out and then the rest of our family joins us around 3pm for dinner and our family gift exchange.

It’s been a good day. Seeing the smile on my daughters face was worth it. And being able to be up from my surgery and sit around with my family was even better.

So here’s to you and yours! I pray your day has been just as amazing as mine. Continue to enjoy your family, and even if you’re alone, continue to enjoy the time you have to yourself on today. Everyday is a gift, let’s be thankful we all were able to open it today!

Love you all lots and more!

~Dee~

You’re Worth It

So as you know, yesterday I launched my business and made this blog official. Honestly, it didn’t take as well as I wanted it to, but listen didn’t we just discuss about not despising the day of small beginnings? Yeah, so let me go back and read that post and encourage myself….lol

Today, I want to encourage you to invest in yourself. I thought about this as I was preparing my launch and getting things in order. I was so determined to make this happen for myself that when I received my first payment from a contract, I took it and used it to pay for everything I would need to do from purchasing the domain names for my business and my blog, paying to have my business website built, purchasing custom emails for a more professional look and feel and even paying for some programs to be able to have clients request and pay for services. I felt like entering my card number was never ending…lol

But I knew I was worth it. I knew what I was doing was worth it, and I know for a fact that what I have initially invested in myself will reap a ten fold harvest in due season. And so it is with you, you have to be willing to invest in yourself just like you would invest in someone else starting their endeavor. Aren’t you worth it? Don’t you deserve it? I would think so, so do it! 

Your assignment for today is to figure out how much it would cost to initially invest in yourself. For me, it was my first $200.00 I made for my business. For you it may be less, but be willing to figure it out. As you know, I am always here to answer any questions you may have and sharing with you which companies I used to invest in myself. You can reach me by texting DailyDose to 22828.

Listen, I am so excited about you and your future! I have a goal in mind that I want to do for beginning entrepreneurs so stay tuned for that information. In the meantime, Be Willing To Invest In Yourself!  After all, if you don’t believe in YOU, no one else will. And YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Here’s to Your New Beginning!

~Dee~

Drum Roll Please…..

Today is the day! I am so excited!  And because you all have been with me since the beginning of all of this, I am givng you a sneak peek and view into my future.

Allow me to introduce you to TheBaileyGrayAgency. Head on over to our website http://www.thebaileygrayagency.com to learn more about who we are. Then be the first to visit our Instagram page, thebaileygrayagency and like our Facebook page located under my name, dioneshaclarke, manages, and click on thebaileygrayagency. Make sure you like the pages, share them, click the contact us button (on FB) and make yourself at home.

Once you’re finished over there, head on over to the new Instagram page for ADailyDoseOfDee and connect with us by doing what the first post says. There’s also a Facebook like page (same instructions as above, just click the dailydoseofdee link) Click the Sign up button to stay connected (if you didnt do what IG said…lol)

But wait! There’s more! But I’ll make that announcement with the person I’m collaborating with on that project.

So, listen, since you all are getting a sneak peek before the lauch, would you please give me your thoughts, views, opinions, and let me know if you see any errors on the pages, emails, anything! I will only have one hour to fix it before it launches live. So I would appreciate your help.

Yay for me! Yay for you! Yay for us! Your assignment for today is to launch out into the deep. Do ONE thing today that will set you in motion for your strong finish. As a matter of fact, email me and let me know what your one thing is going to be. I cant wait to hear from you.

Here’s to Your New Beginning and Your Open Door!

~Dee~

You Cant Give Up Now!

Ya’ll let me tell you how yesterday just wasn’t a good recovery day for me. I mean I can’t even explain the feeling my body had. I could not do anything yesterday, but lay in bed and not move. Now, while my body didn’t want to cooperate, my mind was going a million miles an hour and I couldn’t find the energy or strength to do it. And so I listened to my body and rested yesterday.

But somewhere, late evening, I felt my strength coming back and I sat up, grabbed my laptop and went to work. You see, I’m the type of person who will burn the midnight oil making sure my “to do”list is complete and boy do I have a list to complete. My goal before the end of the year is to have my business up and running and my blog fully functional and that required time, effort, and lots of hours. The ambition I have to finish 2018 strong so I can start 2019 focused on its goal is what keeps me going. As a matter of fact, my goal is to give you all the first look into what’s been brewing behind the scenes for the last few weeks. After all, you have been so supportive reading my blog and following my progress so you will get the first look before I go live.

And so today your assignment is based on this scripture; Hebrews 10:35-36. “So don’t throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to preserve so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” Do you see that? Be confident in what you have started, what you want you start, and what you have been or want to do. Because if you can finish what you’ve started your reward is promised. And that reward can be a new client, an open door for an amazing opportunity, the closing on your home, an answered prayer. Whatever you’ve been focused on and determined to start or complete, I promise you, your hard work is getting ready to pay off. 

Today, get your journal or whatever you’ve been doing your assignments on and write in big letters, I WILL FINISH! And then be confident in this very thing! Ambition is not only the new black, Ambition is the new goal. And Ambition+Focus=A Strong Finish!

Here’s to you finishing strong!

~Dee~

Ready, Set, GO!

Ok, so hopefully you took the time to write out the habits you’re going to begin and end. And you have written at least 5 affirmations to get you started with changing your thought patterns about your self and your life. If not, please go and read the blog from yesterday. As a matter of fact, if this is your first time reading my blog, please go back and start from the beginning so you can get caught up on all of the assignments we’ve had to do. I promise you it will be life changing. 

So, ok if you’ve made your way from my IG or FB post to this blog, I promised you I would share with you my small beginning that is on its way to being BIG! I recently stepped out on faith and not only started this blog, but also started my business. I didn’t know how I would build my clientele or even start to make an income from it, but I knew it was what I wanted to do and had been putting off for quite some time. I attended this 3-day conference that totally changed my life, and it made me take the first step to just start what seemed small to me, but I knew deep down had the possibility of becoming BIG! 

Now, prior to me going to this conference, I had gone to Chicago for my birthday, and had the opportunity to attend Pastor John Hannah’s church. It was during that service and his message that he spoke these words, “It’s your time and your turn” and then as a confirmation to what I was already proclaiming for 2019, he said, “2019 will be the year of open doors”! The way I found a corner of that church and gave God praise…lol 

Fast forward to attending the conference (which I suggest for anyone wanting to be an entrepreneur) I sat, I listened, I learned. I completed my assignments, worked at stretching my mind to think beyond where I was to where I wanted to be and after 3 intense days of this conference, I emerged ready to conquer the world. One of the assignments we had to go was a money tree assignment. It was in this assignment that we had to draw a tree with branches, write on each branch the things we wanted to do, and then we were given $100.00 bills to put next to the things we thought we could make our first $100.00 off. That was truly inspiring. And it allowed me focus like a laser on the one business venture I could get an income from.

So, here’s where it gets, as my dad would say, gooder…lol I left from there, launched my agency and waited. I didn’t have to wait long though. I received a call from a high profile person looking for someone who offered the services I did. We talked through the details of what they would need and just like that, I got my first client and my first not $100.00, but $200.00 dollars. But wait, there’s more! I came home, buckled down and began to write the vision for what I wanted for my agency. I wrote the specific amount that I wanted to bring in monthly for my business. I wrote that on a Monday, on Tuesday, I received a call from that same client saying that they wanted and needed to use my agency for some additional services for their company and quoted me the same amount I had just written down the day before! It totally blew my mind because here I was trying to add 4 more clients to accomplish that amount and this ONE client just offered to pay my agency THAT amount! But it doesn’t stop there, my goal now is to still increase my clientele base in order to double my monthly income for my business.

All I am saying is this! No matter what season you are in, it’s never too late. Take it from me. All I could do was believe that what I wanted to do would eventually manifest itself and come to fruition. I stepped out on faith, believed in myself and what I was doing, and took the first step of faith towards my goals. Do me a favor, believe in what you’re trying to do. Little becomes much and starting small will alway turn into something big if you’re willing to do the work to make it happen. Faith in God+Belief in yourself+Work=Results. Your assignment for today is to go back, look at that one thing you have thought about starting, or started and then stopped, or may even be doing at this moment, but it hasn’t gone the way you had hoped and planned and speak life into it. Get into agreement with me that 2019 is the year of open doors! And you know what?  Your door is waiting. 

The scripture focus for today on IG and FB was Zechariah 4:10, Do not despise the day of small beginnings! Your greater, best, better, big is closer than you think, all you have to do is step out and start. 

Here’s to Your New Beginning!

~Dee~

21 days to a better you challenge

Ok, so we actually only have 20 days, but you get the point. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. With these last 20 days we have left in 2018 (that seems impossible) your assignment for today is to list the habits, both good and bad that you’re going to take the next 20 days getting rid of and developing. 

For me, I am going to get back into the habit of reading my Bible more (don’t judge) and making my prayer life stronger (again, don’t judge) 🤦🏾‍♀️ God and I have an understanding and a relationship only we understand 😂 but He loves me so much that He just keeps working with and loving on me. 

I must admit that at some point this year, I just decided that I was going to get my life together. I mean you all seriously have no idea how raggedy my life was. Financially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. I can’t say when I had my “AHA” moment, but the day I had it, my life changed and I began to take and make the necessary steps to get on track. Now, you talk about 21 days to develop a new habit? OMG! It was a major shock for me. Financially I had to give up all of my credit cards, debit card, and reward cards, turn over every piece of income I had coming in, and basically had to learn how to budget with whatever I earned from my part time job (which was basically pennies) It was the hardest thing I ever had to do, but turning 40 really made me think about my life and where it was versus where I wanted it to be. And so since September, I have cried, I have begged, I have pouted and had major attitudes, but the other day I was allowed to look in my account, and let’s just say I smiled because the sacrifice has definitely paid off.

I also had to change the way I spoke over and into my life. And so I wrote down about 15 affirmations that I began to say every single day. I let go of all of the negative stuff I was holding. The hurt and pain I had suffered, as well as the choices and decisions that had gotten me to where I was. Take it from me, it’s just not worth losing and giving people power by allowing them to occupy space that could be used to build yourself up and grow into the person God has created you to be. I LET IT ALL GO! and began to speak what God and His word said about me over my life. I’m telling you it makes a difference. So now you have another assignment. Write out at least 5 affirmations that you will speak over yourself the next 20 days. One of mine for instance is Im walking in the steps ordered for me, and those steps will lead me to my destiny.

I don’t know why Im all the way left today on this topic today, but I really want you all to understand the power of creating positive habits that will totally change your life. It’s a game changer, and I’m only speaking from what I know for myself! I have so much to share with you all going into 2019! and I am so excited about it I’m about to burst! So you have your assignments for today, right? And we aren’t going to waste another day developing our good habits and getting rid of the old ones, right? Ok, I’m trusting that that’s what you’re going to do. Feel free to email me and share your new habits. I’m so excited to hear about them. My declaration over my life for 2019  is Open Doors and God is already opening some amazing ones for me 🙌🏾

Here’s to your New Beginning🎉

~Dee~💕

Or so my daughter thinks

Good morning, family. I know it’s been a couple of days, but I have legit been trying to recover. Everyone seems to understand that except that five year old daughter of mine…lol

Since my surgery, I have done my best, pain and all to get up, help her get ready for school, make breakfast, cheer, gymnastics or whatever else her schedule demands with a smile on my face. Our infamous morning songs and affirmations, and whatever it is she needs in order to keep her life as normal as possible.

Now, don’t get me wrong, my mother has been on it since day one. Doing her best to help me help myself as I attempt to help my child. This morning though, I had to explain to London exactly how I had been feeling. She has recently been responding with somewhat of an attitude when she asks me to do something and her Nonnie replies on my behalf with “I’ll do it”. Her response is, “why do you always say that when I ask my mom to do something for me? She can do it!”

Now anyone who knows my child, knows she has the biggest heart ever. She never wants to see anyone hurt, sad, or down especially her mother….lol. She’s never known me to “be down” because she wakes up motivating and encouraging me and I get up and make it happen, pain and all.

But this morning, I had to tell her that while she looks at mommy has her superwoman who can go and do no matter how I feel, that this time around, mommy was actually down for the count, and that I needed her to cooperate with her Nonnie in helping us help her. Do you know she had the nerve to look at me and say, “but are you doing it?” 😂😂😂 all I could do is look and say, yes, but…she said no buts, you’re fine! 😂😂😂 (and this is why we call her Respusha from Norbit)

And so it is with us. We may find ourselves going and doing not knowing that we may need to step back, take a break, reassess and re-evaluate our lives. We have to be honest enough with ourselves to say, hey, I’m doing too much and I need help or I need to stop and do something for myself . As mothers, fathers, entrepreneurs, employees, or whatever role we find ourselves in we often put ourselves, our feelings, our emotions, our anything on the back burner in order to accommodate and do and be for everyone else….smh

Your assignment for today is to add a “me” day at least once a month into your 2019 goals. Take time for you. Do something for yourself. And don’t allow whomever or whatever your “Respusha” is stop you from doing it.

Yes! this girl (or guy) can, but let’s learn to be honest enough with ourselves and others when we simply just can’t.

Here’s to your New Beginning 🎉 I hope it includes some YOU time.

~Dee~💕

Embracing Our Scars

I had a very restless night. I’m sure my body is beginning to adjust to the changes that have been made. I haven’t slept a full night, my insomnia is on 100%, my body stays hot and overheated, and all of that extra air they had to put in me is still in me causing the worst discomfort known to man 😂 all in all, I’m managing (and the Percocet is helping me manage it a tab bit easier…lol)

I looked in the mirror this morning and counted all of my scars. Before my hysterectomy, in March of 2017, I walked around for about 2 weeks not really being able to breathe (now to my defense, I have asthma so I assumed it was the weather change, etc) any-who, come to find out, I had a fully collapsed lung 😩 and so into emergency surgery I went. Two days later, another surgery to try and repair my lung. That left me with four scars. As of Tuesday, I gained four more. A total of eight scars in a matter of one years time.

And so it is with life, we go through some hellish stuff that leaves us with scars. Some of us with one, some of us with ten, many of us with more. But I can definitely say 🗣I don’t look like what I’ve been through 🙌🏾 and neither do you! We have survived! We made it! And we have been left here to tell our story! I promise you the enemy knows we have something inside of us that this world needs, which is why he just keeps trying to steal, kill, and destroy, but God says I have come so that you may have LIFE and that more abundantly!

Your assignment for today is to count your scars, but instead of counting them as a sign of defeat, count them like you count your blessings! One by one seeing everything God has done! Today, we embrace our scars, allowing them to remind us that we’re survivors, warriors, conquerors of all things! We count them allowing them to remind us that WE ALWAYS WIN!

Here’s to your New Beginning 🎉

~Dee~💕

It Is Well….

Hey y’all! I made it through surgery 🎉 so let me say thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement. The prayers of the righteous definitely availed and covered because I ran into some complications last night, but the devil is a liar and in spite of the diagnosis I’m still victorious!

***So this will be a little graphic***

So when I got back to my room, they gave me dinner since I hadn’t eaten since Monday. I proceed to eat my dinner and no sooner than I eat, it comes back up, but it comes back up full of blood 🤨 and I mean 500ML of blood. But my greedy butt kept eating 😂 and ended up throwing up again, this time it was 900ml of blood 🤦🏾‍♀️.

It was a rough night that turned into a even crazier morning as it turns out that I’m bleeding internally from somewhere and my hemoglobin levels are extremely low. The next step would be a blood transfusion. BUT I serve a prayer hearing and a prayer answering God who is a healer, and that is what I’m resting on, but whatever my lot, it’s taught me to say it is indeed well with my soul.

And so, let me encourage you by saying this. No matter what you’re facing, no matter what you’re going through or dealing with let’s remember that we serve a Jehovah. And whatever Jehovah you need Him to be, He’ll be just that; Jehovah Jireh-The Lord will provide. Jehovah Rapha-The Lord that healeth. Jehovah Nissi-The Lord our Banner. Jehovah Shalom-The Lord our peace. Jehovah Ra-ah-The Lord is the Way, my Shepard. Jehovah Tsidkenu-The Lord our righteousness. Jehovah Shammah-The Lord is the light, ever present.

Your assignment for today is to write down and stand on whatever name of God you need in order to make it through and in your situation. He’s everything you need and so much more. For me, today I’m standing on the name Rapha 🙌🏾 and believing He will do it and then some!

Here’s to your New Beginning🎉

~Dee~💕

I’ll be home for Christmas

Hey there! By the time this blog posts, I will be in surgery. Do me a favor and send a prayer up for me please? I will be down for the next 6 weeks which gives me loads of time to do some things I need to do in order to launch a few things the first of the year. Yay me!!

Anywho, I’m going in today to have a hysterectomy. This has been a long time coming. I have suffered with reproductive issues for as long as I can remember. My cycle has always been wacky, and I have always bled heavy and cramped badly. I have endometriosis, fibroids, cysts, and anything else you could possible have. I have had surgeries, been on every type of birth control, and even had an eptoic pregnancy that caused my left tube to burst and nearly kill me in the process. With that, I lost a child and a tube.

And so today, I’m going in to have it all removed and taken out. My ObGyn and my primary care doctors both asked if I was ok and ready for this. My answer, uh, yes! Im 40, I wont be having anymore kids, and I’d rather menopause early instead of dealing with cramps, bleeding, and outrageous hormones. I know for some women, its not an option. It’s a hard choice for most women to make, especially those who want to have children. I get it. I know women who have had to have it, and not all cases were ones that they accpeted it or understood it.

So as the end of the year is drawing near, let’s remember those who have suffered loss. For me, today, I lose the very thing that makes me a women. That’s a hard pill to swallow, that what is suppose to receive and give life is gone. Your loss may not be my loss, but we have all lost something and so today, whatever that something is, we bury it. We allow it to rest in peace so that we can have closure and peace of our own. We forgive it, we let it go. We no longer allow it to control our lives, invade our space, cloud our minds, or continue to steal our joy. We loved it, but it’s time to let it go.

Today, we speak joy back, peace back, love back. Today, we wipe the tears from our eyes, and no longer cry over the things we can’t go back and change. Today we declare that we will LIVE and NOT DIE! Today, we hold our heads up, plant our feet firmly to the ground, raise our fist in the air and crown ourselves an overcomer! We refuse to be defeated, we refuse to let that thing that has died allow us to carry the weight of it any longer. WE ARE FREE! And we walk in that freedom victrious.

Love yourself enough to Let Go! Leave it, dont look back. For what’s in front of it is better than what you are leaving behind. Im so excited about your future, it’s going to be O-M-G-Uh-Mazing! Your assignment today is to write down what you’re going to leave behind and let go of in 2018. And then write yourself a list of what you are going to look forward to in 2019 🥳

Here’s to your new beginning🎉

~Dee~💕