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Happy Hanukkah 🕎

Ok, so I’m sure you’re wondering what all of this Hanukkah talk is about. Allow me enlighten you.  Known as the Hanukkah miracle, the story is told that:

A tyrant king from Damascus had ruled over the Jews and forced them to worship Greek gods. Jewish rebels fought for their freedom for three years and, victorious, reclaimed the holy temple in Jerusalem. Now to rededicate the temple, they needed oil to light the menorah but they could only find enough to keep the flames burning for one night. And here’s the miracle: The oil lasted for eight days. In that time, they were able to make more oil and keep the eternal flame lit.

And so it is with us. What have you been fighting to reclaim? What has the enemy, life, situations, etc. taken from you that you need to go and take back? 2018 may have been the hardest, most difficult year for you, but isnt it amazing that we serve the God is restoration?

Trust me! I know what it is like to think you wont be able to make it another day, like you just CANT TAKE ONE MORE THING! Like God just wont let up on throwing you hit after hit, trial after trial, this after that. But let me encourage you on today to go into the enemies camp and take back what belongs to you!

Go tell depression, suicide, anxiety, stress, mental and physical abuse, lack or what it is that has been holding you down and holding you back to GO BACK TO HELL! You have got to fight for what is YOURS and no longer allow yourself to stay in the same place, accepting the same thing and being stuck!

Look at you! That ONE day you thought you wouldnt make it has turned into EIGHT! Look back to the day you said you couldn’t, now turn around and look how far you’ve come! It may be 8 seconds, 8 minutes, 8 hours, 8 days, 8 weeks, 8 months, or even 8 years, but YOU MADE IT! You are a miracle! And baby, they tell me 8 is the number for new beginnings **inserts a good shout right there**

You are more than a conqueror and the Bible tells us that we ALWAYS win! So why stay defeated? The battle is won, the victory belongs to you, and what God has promised you has already come to pass. You just have to go get it!

Your assignment for today is to LIGHT YOUR CANDLE! as a sign of victory over your situation! We are going into 2019 VICTORIOUS with everything that belongs to us!

Happy Hanukkah to you, here’s to your new beginning🎉

~Dee~💕

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Here’s To My New Beginning 🥂

Y’all I’m tired 😩 for the last three days I’ve been an intense conference that has literally changed my life.

Long days, late nights, homework assignments, and the list goes on, but I made it and I’m ready to conquer the world!

I’m headed to bed so I can get up to catch a flight in a few hours to head home (I miss my daughter) but will definitely give to the details of the conference.

Last thing, there’s something I need to tell you guys. So stay tuned.

Here’s To Your New Beginning 🎉

Dee💕

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I Will Have Whatever I Say

Good Morning,

This will be short and sweet on today because this conference is truly intense and I have to stay focus so I don’t miss a thing!…lol

My Instagram post today focused on holding on to the vision that God gave you in regards to whatever it is for your life. Be it about your business, marriage, life, family, finances, etc. Whatsoever it is, hold fast to it, it’s coming!

Your assingment today is to say this as often as you need to until it holds steadfast and unmovable in your spirit. Ready! Here we go:

My faith goes the distance. Daily, I continue to say what I see until I see what I say. I will say it, say it, say it, until I see it, see it, see it. I recognize that I have faith that moves mountains so I dont trip over rocks! My words have power and life so my success begins with me. I declare that I shall have whatsoever I say!

Here’s to New Beginnings!

Dee

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There’s Only One YOU!

Be Bold. Or Italic, Never Regular.

I’ts 12:24am and I just finished packing for my trip to Atlanta in a few hours to attend an intense training called P3 with Coach Robin Ware. This retreat is designed to Pray, Plan, and Prosper your way into entrepreneurship. For the next three days I will be learning what it takes to build my business, create and generate income, and create a product or service that will launch me into the next level. I’m really excited about this retreat and will definitely let you all in on some of the things I learn.

The quote for today has really struck a cord in me because it basically explains who I am. I’ve never been “regular” and I’ve always been ok with that. Our assignment for today is to write down one unique thing about yourself that sets you apart. What gift, what talent, what skill, what feature, what anything?!And then I want you to embrace it!

What’s amazing is that God created each of us to be different, and while we have role models, and people we want to be like and/or look up to, we each offer something uniquely different from the rest of the world. According to Google, as of 2017, there are 7.53 billion people in the world, yet here you are fearfully, wonderfully, and uniquely made.

I’m finally discovering who I am, embracing the possibilities, and learning to live, love and be free in it. You only have one life to live, live it being YOU, and I mean REALLY YOU!

Today, take the mask off.  Look at yourself in the mirror, give yourself a big smile and declare that from this day forward you will can Be Bold. Be Italic, BUT NEVER BE REGULAR! Are you ready? Let’s go! The world is waiting to see the real you.

Here’s to New Beginnings🎉

Dee💕

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Making Moves (In My Cardi B Voice)

Stop Waiting for Permission ~Ava Duvernay~

So what are you waiting for? How long have you been putting off that one thing you’ve been wanting to step out and do? Well today is the day that you start walking towards reaching your goals and moving into your future and destiny. 

Isreal Houghton penned a song with these words: “I’m not going back, I’m moving ahead. Here to declare to you my past is over, in you All things are new are made new, surrendered my life to Christ, I’m moving FORWARD!” 

Can you imagine what you will be able to accomplish if you would just take the first step? How far would you go if you knew that each step you took, took you to the possible, the imaginable, the very thing you’ve been saying you were going to do? I know for me, I wouldn’t stop until I had EVERYTHING that was promised to me.

What has God shown you? What has He promised you? What have you been believing Him for? And what has stopped you from going after it, believing Him for it, and trusting in His promises and His word? I get it, I mean man do I get it. The last few years have been, well, HELL FOR ME! I mean, have you ever had to endure the hardest days of your life with a smile on your face? I mean, have you ever questioned God as to why you? I mean, seriously, have you ever just been like, WTW (mine was not quite the W though…lol) Honestly, between you and me, I seriously had my days when I questioned and doubted God’s love for me…BUT….then I remember that He never promised it would always be easy. That there would be good days and bad days sometimes, but to never let the bad days change your mind (Oh wait, that was PJ Morton…lol) but you get my point!

God has promised that He will never leave you nor forsake you! And as you start your New Beginning and head in the direction towards your New Year, move forward with the rest of Isreal’s song in your mind, “You make all things new, and I will follow you forward!” Our assignment for today is to write down 3-5 fears that are holding you back from moving forward and 1 solution for overcoming each of them. I also want you to begin to search for scriptures or motivational sayings to help encourage  you as you continue to move forward.

We may not be like Cardi B, making money moves, but we are definitely  on our way to making moves. 

Here’s to your New Beginning!

Dee

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Making Your Dreams a Reality & Finishing What You’ve Started (or need to start)

“Anything is possible if you have enough nerve”

Ok, Ok, Ok….So, Im a couple of days late on keeping us motivated, but I guess turning 40 has me discovering I cant do things like I used to….lol #Ineededadaytorecover 🙂

So, have you been completing your assignments? If not, catch up because you’re going to have another one by the end of this post. By now you should have gotten a journal or at least a sheet of paper and have written down the following:

1.) What is the one thing you vow to do in your New Year that will push you to discover who you are? Remember, your New Year is just that, YOUR NEW YEAR! It can begin whenever you decide it should.  

2.) Take some time and see yourself in your New Beginning. What does it look like? What do you see yourself doing? What are you accomplishing? Where do you see yourself? The Bible tells us in Habakkuk 2:2 MSG this way, “Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. Ok, I’m going to come back to that because that just blessed me!

I’m not going to lie, sometimes it’s impossible to see yourself being past where you are because of what you are dealing with and facing in your meantime. We seriously allow what could be and should be, not be because we cant accept or see ourselves being there. Isn’t the mind an amazing thing? This is why the enemy likes to attack you there first because if he can get you to start thinking, he can get you to start believing whatever it is he’s saying. This is why God gives us in Philippians 4:8 things to think on (that’s another post all by itself) 

What are you dreaming about? And how and what are you doing to wake yourself up from dreaming and making it real? All I’m asking for in this next assignment is to write your vision. Once you have it written, submit it to God, find you an accountability partner and make up in your mind to make it happen. Struggling with where or how to begin? Do this, List 5 “purpose driven” things you enjoy doing (paid or for free) and then ask at least 10 people that you know (friends and family) to rank from 1-5 how well they think you ENJOY doing it. That should be a kick start into discovering your passion, motivation, drive, and your future. 

I’m looking forward to seeing you in your future and watching how you turn your dream into your reality. All you have to do is take the first step.

Here’s to New Beginnings!

Dee

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Living My Best Life (A Weekend ReCap in the Chi)

Sister-Friends
My Girl aka My Mom-Mae
The Sunshine of My Life
Happy Birthday to Me!
My Girls
Friends Turned Family
Forty and Foine!

To say I had a blast in Chicago for my birthday weekend was an understatement! I woke up Friday, had breakfast with my family and caught a plane to Chicago to meet up with my girls. Now, you wont get too much of the weekend details, but I’ll let you in on a few. Dubbed the 40 & Foine weekend….haaaaaa my friend Tina made up that theme…smh

Friday started with dinner at TAO (if you are ever near one, GO!) the food was amazing, drinks were phenomenal (from what I heard…lol) and the list goes on, it was an amazing experience I wont soon forget. We then headed over to the museum for another party that was taking place where we danced the night away to house music and lots of line dancing. We had  a blast!

The weekend continued with food, food, food, fun, shopping, and more food. I stopped and weighed myself Sunday night and I promise you I gained 5 pounds this past weekend. To know me is to know that I love to eat! And my friends made sure I didnt miss a meal…lol 

I did have my daughter with me to help me celebrate my weekend and so she kept me on my best behavior, but listen, that baby is like her mother, food, dancing, and drinks (well drinks for me) and we are good to go. Taking her with me was like taking my best friend, we had a blast, at least at the places she could go…lol

All in all, Chicago owes me NOTHING! All I wanted to do was bring in my 40’s with my friends and family and they all made sure that happened the week leading up to my birthday. I have the best circle of friends. The older I’m getting, the more I’m cherishing family and friendship. When you’re able to have both, count it as a blessing and thank God everyday for it. 

Here’s to New Beginnings

Dee

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Chicago Owes Me NOTHING!

Living My Life And Loving Every Minute Of It!

So this post will NOT be long. Mainly because I’ve been in Chicago all weekend celebrating my 40th birthday with my girls and as soon as I landed I had to hit the ground running and morphing from Queen of the Night to Super Mommy which entailed washing clothes, packing lunch, ironing uniforms, and whatever else this mom life requires of me….lol

So, I know I owe you a post, not only about fulfilling our dreams, but I think I’m going to also let you in on a little of my birthday weekend in Chicago 🙂 #dontjudgeme

So if you will excuse me for today, I promise I will make it up to you all on tomorrow, deal?

Here’s to New Beginnings!

Dee

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Less Fear, More Fun!

Life is short, do stuff that matters 

Discovering who you are is the most amazing thing that can ever happen to you. What I have always admired about my parents is that they never made us be what the church thought we should be as Preacher Kids, instead, they allowed us to be ourselves and to discover and find out in our own way who we were. 

What I have come to love about transitioning from my 20’s into my 30’s and now beginning my 40’s is how much I’ve discovered who I am and I’m excited about how much more I have to discover as I grow older, wiser, and more mature. To know me is to know that 🗣I’m just going to be me! Take it or leave it 🤷🏾‍♀️ every tattoo, piercing, hair style and the list goes on. 

I’ve been that person who’s tried to live up to the expectations of what others thought, lost myself trying to please others, tried to fit into a mold that just didn’t quite work for me. And then one day I made up in my mind to just 👏🏾 be 👏🏾 me and it became the most freeing, most satisfying, most gratifying thing I could have ever done for myself. 

You know the other thing that happened in my life that made me really start living? Having my daughter 💕 when I say she lives her best life, she lives her best life 😂 she’s taught me how to let go, live life, laugh hard and often and never have a bad day, even when I’m having a bad day! Her laugh is contagious and lights up my whole life! She’s the reason I’m free to really be me in these recent times. 

I’m saying all of the above to say this, it’s time out for not discovering and being who you are. It’s time out for allowing what you think others will say or feel about who you’re wanting to become. It’s time out for just being scared of whatever you think is out of the normal and out of the ordinary.

This is your New Year! Think outside of the box. It’s time to live your best life, laugh until you feel better, and love the life that you’re discovering. It’s time to stop fearing and start being free! 

Here’s your assignment, what is the one thing you vow to do in your New Year that will push you to discover who you are? Let’s remember that your New Year can start on any day and at any time. Find your voice, find yourself, find whatever it is you’ve lost about yourself over the years and bring it back to life (unless, you know, it was something that should have been lost and needs to stay lost 😂)

Let’s start our New Year off having more fun and less fear! 

Here’s To Your New Beginnings 🎉

~Dee~ 💕

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Here’s To Your New Beginning 🎉

“Sometimes you have to take destiny into your own hands” ~Mindy Kaling

What have you promised yourself you would do today that you keep putting off until tomorrow? I think we have all heard the saying that “Time waits for no one” but baaaabbbbyyyy let me be the first to admit that God has been kind to me and has legit stayed back the hand of time and for that I am thankful and grateful 🙌🏾

For years I made excuses, reasons, and whatever else I could come up with to keep putting off what I should have been doing a long time ago. Isn’t it amazing that you can see what everyone else is meant to be doing and you help them get there while ignoring your own purpose?  Or having everyone else know your purpose, but you just don’t or can’t see it so you just keep pushing it to the side praying it goes away?

Let me be the first to admit that I am the one who sees what everyone else is capable of, but I have a hard time seeing or accepting it in and for myself. Anyone else? Or y’all are just going to leave me out here alone? Ok, it’s cool. I’ll carry this one on my own but do me a favor and at least silently admit it to yourself…lol 

Ok, so now that we have that out of the way, let’s get down to business and figure out how to get ourselves off of the path we’re on and on to the path of our new beginning. Isaiah 43:19 in the Message translation says it this way, Forget about what’s happened, don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand new. I mean seriously, what more could you ever ask for?

Transparent moment? I turned 40 yesterday. Honestly, I couldn’t wait because for me it’s an opportunity for me to start a new chapter in my life fresh with blank pages to write, create, and tell a new story. I promise you, you don’t know my story, but the closer we become you will have the opportunity to hear about it as we continue on this journey of new beginnings. It’s Gods will and plan for your life to be able to start over, begin again, and have a fresh start with your own blank page to write your story. I’m grateful for everything I had to go through because it’s made me who I am today, but I’m excited for New Beginnings.

Ok, so are you ready for your assignment? Take some time this week and see yourself in your new beginning. What does it look like? What are you doing? What are you accomplishing? Where do you see yourself?  Get a journal or grab a piece of paper and begin to write your new beginning. You have nothing but blank pages to create your story. There’s no limit to what you can dream, think, or imagine. 

Let me leave you with this, Job 3:8 confirms it with this, Your future will be brighter by far than your past. I’m looking forward to hearing about and seeing you in your new beginnings. 

Cheers to your new beginning, you’re going to be amazing!

~Dee~ 💕

***Oh yeah, I guess I didn’t tell you what my new beginning consist of, huh? Guess you’ll have to check back on the next blog ☺️***