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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New Week Motivation

Hello, Smiling Faces!

It’s the start of a new week!  What bold decision is it time to make? Some decisions in life are tough. Some choices will not be poplar. Be bold and courageous in your decisions.

Pray. Pray. Pray some more. Don’t worry about what others may think. Do what you know is right.

Always SMILE…

Sherill

 

 

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Be Your Authentic Self

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy Labor Day! Hopefully, you are enjoying your day with some much needed rest and relaxation.

In a world full of competition, being authentic is key! There is only one YOU. It requires courage and strength. There are millions of like-minded individuals with similar interests, but your execution will be different. Your delivery will be different. Your niche and creativity will be different. You can’t copy your neighbor’s vision and be successful. God ordained each of us with unique skills, gifts, talents, purpose, and vision. Don’t be disappointed in the delay of God’s timing with your goals and dreams. There is an appointed time for each season.

Have you discovered who you are? What is your why? Your intuition will lead to what is right or wrong for you. It will lead you to a grateful and thankful life. Be authentic in your choices. Don’t do what everyone else is doing. To leave an impression on people we meet, we must first leave an impression on ourselves. How do you feel about yourself? Whatever we plant in our minds, we will focus on in our thoughts. Embrace genuine connections and self-imperfections. Connect with like-minded people that will support and encourage you. We all have difficult times and need positive energy around us. We are not meant to do life alone.

Living from a place of authenticity, means being truly engaged in your thoughts and actions. Strive for excellence in all that you do. Be Fearlessly Authentic!

Here are a few ways to be “fearlessly” authentic:

– Think. Speak. Act Differently.

– Challenge Yourself.

– Love Yourself.

– Take Risks.

– Don’t Give Up.

Go after what you want – Authentically!

Always SMILE…

Sherill

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Man Monday Motivation

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy Man Monday! It’s the beginning of a new work week. Have you checked your Self-Esteem level lately? I know this is talked about heavily with women and youth, but it’s just as important for men.

From self-compassion, self-confidence, self-acceptance and self-love it’s important to understand how we view ourselves. Having a sense of self-worth means that you value yourself and you are worthy. Self-esteem is what we think, feel and believe about ourselves. It’s a driving force behind our confidence.  Women are viewed as been very “emotional” where men feel they have to be “stern” showing no emotions. This often leads to suppressing how you feel, which can affect your self-worth. It’s perfectly fine to show emotions and talk about your feelings. Self-esteem is something that needs to grow and be nurtured over time. Self-confidence, on the other hand, is more about how you feel about your abilities in different situations.

Are there certain situations that may be affecting your self-esteem? Dealing with challenging situations can alter and change your mood. What are the trigger points? Are you dealing with career concerns, relationships,  weight concerns, or anxiety?  Maybe it’s time to take a view of your lifestyle and make some needed changes. Too often we engage in activities or relationships that leave us feeling self-conscious, empty or terrible about ourselves. It’s time to focus on putting the time and effort on things that fuel your mind and spirit.

Whatever experiences you may have or currently going through, discover the root issue and seek out support. Spend time getting to know yourself. We all want to be accepted for who we are. But first, we must accept ourselves.

Always SMILE…

Sherill

 

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Back To School Inspiration

Hello, Smiling Faces!

School is back in session! For many students, going back to school can be a little scary, while others are eager to complete their senior year of high school. Instead of dreading those days or rushing to capture the cap and gown moments, create an atmosphere to enjoy every moment.  We have a Ninth Grader…High Schooler on our hands and boyyyyy…it’s hard to believe! Emotions are all over the place! I have been warned multiple times that picture taking will not be allowed this year. I will abide, but what happened to my toddler?! I may have to sneak a photo! (LOL)

As parents, we have to ensure we have our child’s best interest at heart. Most importantly, our participation and ability to listen and recognize their needs are important. Changing from a care-free summer to a structured school year environment, can be overwhelming to everyone involved. It’s important to have a routine that works for the family. Always attempt to avoid the chaos.

Below are a few tips to engage you and your child, towards a successful school year:

1. Plan ahead. Prepare each day ahead to engage in your child’s school work, homework, and activities. Make it clear that education is a top priority in your family. Nothing is more important than eliminating the chaos.

2. Bedtime is important. During the summer, children aren’t always on schedule. Proper rest is essential for a productive and healthy school year. Ensure that your child is on a routine to ensure adequate rest.

3. Communicate with teachers and administrators. Contact your child’s teacher at the start of the new school year. Get acquainted with them and engage in your child’s learning. Plan to keep track of your child’s progress, subjects, homework, and activities. If your child has an open house, be sure to attend. This will allow for a snapshot of the environment.

4. Volunteer. If possible, plan to volunteer in your child’s classroom at least periodically throughout the year. Participation in activities is a good way to develop a relationship with your child’s teachers and classmates.

5. Celebrate your child’s achievements. Be mindful of barriers your child has overcome throughout the year. Challenge your child to try new things. Get your child involved in after school activities and programs. Every child learn at a different pace and should be congratulated on their efforts.

If you are preparing for college, take the time to embrace your new journey. Learn as much as you can and embrace opportunities before you. Parents, always encourage your child to be open and honest with you at all times. Notice the signs that may be questionable, such as bullying or anger. Bullying is occurring more and more in rapid forms and is a huge concern. There are many programs and steps to take if you suspect your child is a victim of bullying.

As you prepare for the school year ahead, make sure you encounter some excitement and inspiration while supporting your child in the success of their future. Maintain a positive attitude and have a prosperous school year!

Always SMILE…

Sherill

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