Journaling Your Way Through It…

Hello, Smiling Faces!

We are officially in 2020! I was in my meditation zone this morning and thought to send some encouragement your way. Journaling is a way of life for me. Over the last couple of years, I participated in a few journaling challenges and hosted a few classes. I am actually participating in a challenge right now.

Many are jotting down goals and dreams to embark on this year.  There is POWER in your thoughts!  Journaling is more than just a diary.  It allows for reflection, channeling thoughts and ideas, or to simply be grateful. I journal ALL the time! I have so many journals that I call myself the Journaling Guru! A journal for every aspect of my life.

When you start to write, whether reflecting on where you want to be in five years or something you are trying to overcome, it allows for reflection. Most of the time, I am journaling on gratitude – although, I do have those journals for success moments, prayer time, goals and dreams. Be thankful on paper. It allows for you to see how blessed you are, when you may feel you are not on the right track. I journal highlights of my day, dreams bubbling in my mind, places to visit, family moments, friendships, milestones achieved and challenges that may come my way.

Do you like to journal? Most think of journaling as another task, project or homework assignment, but I view it as memorable experiences, expressing those difficult challenges, expressing gratitude and those AHA Moments! In most cases, you are giving up only around 20-30 minutes daily, (of that boring TV Show) to focus on YOU. I started journaling extensively, after my brother was murdered in 2013. It allowed for me to express in great detail my feelings.  They were all over the place. Sad times, angry moments  and memories we shared. Now, it is a way of life for me. One that I ENJOY, that changed MY LIFE!

Here are a few benefits of journaling:

1. Reduce Stress.  Free yourself from emotional stress and self-doubt. Write yourself a letter.

2. Creativity. When you start to journal, you start writing what you feel, or may even spark a creative task you may be considering. Take note of the thoughts you encounter on a daily basis.

3. Know Yourself Better. By writing, this allows for you to know what makes you feel happy and confident. You will also become more aware on what matters most. Self-Reflection is good.

4. Increase Your Writing Skills. The best way to improve your writing, is to write.

5. Stay Organized/Achieve Your Goals.  Planning to Paper is key.  Write down your ambitions and aspirations, so you can monitor your progress and motivate yourself.

So, my challenge to you is to purchase a journal today. If you are new to journaling, start by journaling twice a week. There are many colors, inspirational sayings, and prices to fit any budget. Much cheaper than a pair of shoes! Start today and enjoy journaling to a new way of life!

Always SMILE…

Sherill

 

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Happy New Year, 2020!

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Wow! We are hours away from a new decade! Let that soak in while taking a moment to reflect. We have so much to be thankful for!

2020 is here and the #2020Vision hashtag is in full force on Social Media platforms. I am super excited to welcome what lies ahead! Don’t limit yourself. Improve yourself. Try to be a better person. Build healthy relationships and friendships. Take care of YOU! I feel this year will be a year of new experiences; experiences and opportunities that will leave you speechless. I am speaking it in existence and it’s already on my 2020 Vision Board.

What goals did you accomplish in 2019? Were there in barriers preventing you from reaching those goals? Take notice in what you didn’t accomplish and why. Make the necessary adjustments or improvements to ensure you reach your 2020 goals. As you begin finalizing your goals, prioritize one or two goals to start the year. Seek out a trusted mentor or person that can hold you accountable.

Thank You for subscribing/reading my blog, posting your feedback and supporting my business! We all have a new slate to start this new decade off strong! Be Intentional!

Happy New Year, 2020!

Always SMILE…

Sherill

 

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It’s Time to Recharge for 2020!

Hello, Smiling Faces!

I missed you guys! I have been away for a short time, but let me tell you, it was the BEST and so necessary! How often do you hit the reset button? I meannnn… to truly hit the reset button with a recharge? Well… I did!

It’s okay to step away and be in a quiet space, to gather your thoughts and reflect. I took the time to do just that prior to my birthday, and truth be told, I didn’t think I could.  I was off Social Media for 30 days! I’ve stepped away for a week or so in the past, but not for that length of time. I was focused on rejuvenating myself, time with family…and ohhhh doing some bucket list stuff! I truly enjoyed celebrating my birthday with family and friends, with the phone placed to the side. I enjoyed  memorable moments, without the rush of a photo moment!

Thirty days away from Social Media is not a long time, but hey, let’s be honest. I love pictures, posting inspirational quotes and following those that inspire me and give me a good laugh every once in awhile. I needed to work on my Inner-Self. Some serious Self-Care and still in that mode. I did receive calls and messages checking on me. I guess I was missed. Thank You!

With so much going on from personal, professional and business aspects of life, I needed to step away to just be quiet and focus on a few things. My battery was running on fumes. Not that I was “busy” but doing “productive” things, where I was spending too much time on Social Media platforms and losing focus on what was important. Be mindful of how you feed your soul. I will continue to take these breaks and you should as well.

Some of you are dealing with a dead battery. You have allowed your dreams to be dead based on fear, insecurities, negative outlook on life, comparing yourself to others or not making yourself a priority.  You wake up every day with a dull, sluggish attitude. You rarely smile, laugh, say something positive or you have lost your will to be happy. I knew if I wanted change for my life, I had to look in the mirror and MOVE. Move with goals, prayers, motivation, dedication and the will to NOT GIVE UP! I needed a Sherill Break!

Where and what are your priorities? Taking care of you is not selfish; it is vital for your well-being and success. Some of you may have families, taking care of loved ones, working two full-time jobs to pay for school, or just stuck in a negative situation. Taking care of you will strengthen your attention to be a better person for yourself and those around you.

Christmas is a week away! Most people will be off from work or school enjoying some off days during the holidays. This is a perfect time to step away and recharge. Trust me, I will be doing this as well!

Here are a few tips to begin your recharge:

  1. Breath: Take a deep breath. Relax.
  2. Reflect: Reflect on 2019. What achievements or milestones did you reach? Don’t rush to perrrfffectttt 2020.
  3. Imagine: Look at everything with an open mind. Avoid being judgemental or critical. Possibilities are everywhere. Be Intentional.
  4. Share: Spend time with family and friends. Disconnect from your phone and enjoy each moment.
  5. Be THANKFUL. We all have so much to be thankful for.

Happy Holidays and Many Blessings for 2020! I have a few things on radar to share very soon! It’s going to be an AWESOME 2020!

Always SMILE…

Sherill

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We have so much to be grateful and thankful for. Wishing you a harvest of blessings, good health, peace and prosperity. I would like to take a moment, to let you know how thankful I am for having you as a subscriber to my blog. THANK YOU for supporting me and my business.

Many blessings to you and your family!

Always SMILE…

Sherill

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Happy November

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy November! Did I just say that?! It’s hard to believe that we are almost at the end of the year. Well… hold on a second! It’s MY BIRTHDAY MONTH! Yes, November 15th is a special day! Where are my SCORPIOSsssss?!

For many, the month of November fills us with gratitude and the beginning of the holiday season. A perfect time to reflect as we begin to focus on the upcoming year, but don’t move so fast; take some time to reflect on those things you are most grateful for. What have you accomplished thus far? What opportunity or risk did you take? Truth be told, you still have time to make a huge investment in yourself.

As I reflect, I made the commitment to begin Life Leadership at my local church. It’s a year long leadership program. Man, oh man, what an investment! Two months in and I am so overwhelmed by the goodness of God, in so many areas of my life. I am learning so much about myself  (the good and the not so good). But, let’s be honest we are not perfect. I am being stretched in my purpose and checking myself at the same time. This is by far, the best investment in myself this year!  It is so humbling building a strong, sprirtual, leadership foundation in so many areas of my life. I am learning and growing on a daily basis – shaping my perspective, priorities, purpose and passion while building strong relationships and serving others.

I appreciate you, my readers, for following and reading my blog. As we embrace this month, preparing to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, always remember you don’t need a special day to make memories, extend love or grace.  Make every day a day of being thankful and grateful.

Always SMILE…

Sherill

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You Choose – Man Monday Motivation

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy Monday!

Hope your morning is off to a great start!

How are you choosing the meaningful moments? It’s Man Monday Motivation, but this blog post is for everyone. We should value the moments and things that are timeless. How are you spending your time? What is truly important to you? The truth is there are so many distractions coming at us, but how often do we actually stop to think about things in our lives that we truly value the most.  We often go through seasons that may demand a higher version of ourselves and must prioritize, but don’t lose focus on what matters most.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself below.  Think about where you are now and where you may need to shift your focus.

1. What legacy are you leaving behind?

2. What area of your life do you neglect the most?

3. Where do you spend your time?

If you had one day left to live, how would you spend it? Would you truly be happy with how you lived your life thus far? Don’t let life pass you by. Don’t wait for tomorrow to make a difference, impact someone or step out on faith to pursue your dreams.

Have a wonderful, blessed week!

Always SMILE…

Sherill

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Bloom Where You Are Planted

Hello, Smiling Faces!

We are hours away from October! Bloom where you are planted!

Throughout life, you will endure seasons of change. I don’t mean the seasons of Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, but seasons of hardships, disappointments, good times, bad times, life and death.

Just like the seasons change with the weather; seasons of our lives come and go. They are filled with life changing moments. I’ve endured seasons of life, where I felt nothing was working. I had to let go and bloom where I was planted. We can make all the plans, but God’s path is perfect. I am truly experiencing this and honestly, it’s challenging, but embracing each moment. It’s like a whollleeee new path of opportunities, challenges and new endeavors, I couldn’t have imagined. Career life is blossoming and challenging….so is my business life, but balancing life with family and personal obligations are keeping me grounded.  In August, I started Life Leadership through my local church, which is a year long leadership program, I am committed to completing. The stretching, I feel it, but God’s timing is perfect.

All of these seasons are necessary for my growth. Necessary for life lessons, new opportunities, a test with a testimony. Timing is everything. Your timing is not God’s timing.

With the seasons of change; expect to grow, lose a few friends, be talked about, hated, liked and ignored, but it is all part of the process. Don’t change who you are to fit in with the crowd. God will set you apart when it is time for his business to be done. He has a mission and a vision for you to carry out. We all were born with a purpose and a vision. There will be new beginnings and heartfelt endings. Let GO and Let God.

Here are a couple of suggestions to handling the season you are in:

  • Embrace Your Season. It is essential that you embrace the season you are in. It is necessary for your future. Whether it is challenging or wonderful, there is a lesson to be learned. There is a “message” in the “meantime” of life. Embrace it and learn from it, enjoy it and praise it. Every season is ordained by God. For everything, there is a reason and a season. A season of ball games, childhood, adulthood and parenthood.
  • Endure Your Season. Don’t Give Up. Get a vision of life while embracing your season. Endurance is the key. It’s courage being deposited over and over again. Hard times and good times, those opportunities to endure the process. The most meaningful season in our lives can not be given a day or time stamp. Seasons of plenty and seasons of despair. God will give you direction for your life.

Find joy and inspiration in your life. Inspiration brings hope and desire, which also bring positivity.

Always SMILE…

Sherill

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