Protect Your Energy

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy Saturday!

Hope you are doing well. Wow! We are in the eighth week of quarantine. For many states, including Tennessee; restaurants and businesses are are starting to open up gradually,  in the Phase 1 Stage. For me, I am holding off a little while longer in participating. Especially, as it relates to inside restaurant dining and personal care services.  I am supporting small businesses and volunteering safely during this time. Family time, reading, journaling and self-care are important…including exercise. I need it for my mental health!

This season of COVID-19, is bringing to light many things; as well as finding ways to master my mindset and protecting my energy. My prayers and thoughts to those that are experiencing grief, passing of loved ones, job loss and pain. I’m quickly learning to embrace the stillness and enjoying the small moments.  Less is truly more and experiencing this in a positive way. I can’t believe I will be celebrating 5 years in business soon! I am in the midst of business rebranding, including my website and excited to share some things soon!

What positive changes are you embracing? Protecting your energy is so crucial. There are so many changes and developments we have experienced over the last few months. It’s overwhelming.  You are probably wondering, “How do I protect my energy from negative things,  people and situations?” Keep in mind, that it may not always be people; but what you invite into your personal space,  like the news or social media. This will have a negative impact, just as you experience someone with positive energy. We should be aware of the negative triggers. It could be your co-worker, a family member, friend, or environment. If you are invited to a drama-filled environment, politely decline. Why subject yourself to a negative environment? When we are negatively impacted by someone else’s energy, we often lose our internal connection. Our emotions rise and we begin to feel anxiety or energy deprived. STOP IT. Take back your control and breathe.

Here are a few ways to protect your energy:

1. It’s okay to say no. You do not have to explain why, simply say no.

2. Be true to who you are.

3. Give yourself permission to set boundaries.

4. Release negative ties to others.

5. Be Intentional.

You cannot always control what happens to you, but you can control how you respond.

Be safe!

Always SMILE…


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Inside Inspiration

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy Wednesday! I hope you are doing well during these challenging times. I don’t think any of us could have predicted we would be here four months into 2020. Here we are and we must do our part in practicing Social Distancing…more like Physical Distancing.

So how are things going for you? I’ve been taking each day as it comes. This is truly a time for us to connect on a different level during this crisis. Easter will be different this year, but not in our hearts. Many churches are offering online services and incorporating an Easter theme. I am limiting my intake of news overload for sure. Although, everywhere you turn there is something daily to avoid. Staying inside is the best option, but if you have to leave your home take the necessary precautions.

How are you managing while practicing Social Distancing? Most states have mandated orders to remain inside. Make sure during this time you guard your heart, mind and soul. It’s easy to find yourself stressed and under pressure. Many external outlets and favorite restaurants are closed. Socializing with family and friends at events are paused. The gyms are closed, but I am not letting my exercise regimen take a backseat. I am running outside a few days a week, incorporating home weights and managed to find an upbeat fitness regimen (daily) that is LIVE on Instagram – and boy it’s a good one!

Here are a few inspirational tips below. Try incorporating these to alleviate added stress and tension during these challenging times.

1. Pray.
2. Board games with family.
3. Take a leisure walk outside. No large gatherings.
4. Listen to music – dance!
5. Journal.
6. Listen to your favorite podcast.
7. Write down three things daily you are grateful for.
8. Read a book.
9. Try a new recipe.
10. Try something new.

Reach out to close family and friends that you don’t speak with often. We are in this together. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Always SMILE…


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Pray & Live

Hello, Smiling Faces!

In the midst of this unpredictable season, I hope each of you are doing great. So much is going on surrouding COVID-19, but we all must remain prayerful, first. Take the necessary precautions and educate yourself.  Schools are closed, events/vacations are canceled and fear is growing rapidly, but take each day to support and encourage those around you. Let’s pray for the healthcare workers around the world.

Doing this time, I am taking the opportunity to enjoy my family a little bit more. In-house quality time is important, while we all are being mindful. Maybe you have a project underway that you can focus more time on. Have you been pondering over starting a blog, researching a special project or adding a new business product? Get a jump on it and get to writing. I am also taking my own advice.

I follow and read a lot of articles from individuals that inspire me. Allow me to share the below from Valorie Burton –  life coach, author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur:

“I want to reassure you that in times like these, it is normal to feel fear. Our stressors create thoughts, and those thoughts form our reactions. So if your reaction to what you’ve seen and heard about coronavirus have produced thoughts of danger, fear may be the natural response, meaning it’s important to pay attention to what you’re saying to yourself about what’s been going on. And again, while it is normal to feel fear, we are not to operate out of a spirit of fear.

So how do we manage our fears and mitigate the spread of them? I think these three things will help:

1) You have an internal locus of control, meaning there are some things you can control in order to take care of yourself, your loved ones, and do your part to keep them as healthy as possible. Ask yourself: What steps can I take to prioritize my health, the health of my family, and community?

2) There is also an external locus of control – these are things that are beyond your control. If your sole focus is on the external, you can feel hopeless and helpless. What you must focus on is what you can do. Ask yourself: What have I been anxious about that I cannot control?

3) Most importantly, it is important that what you can’t control, you trust God with. Go to Scripture and seek what God says about fear and about anxiety. Ask yourself: What worries do I need to surrender to God?

Philippians 4:6 tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

It’s so simple, yet so profound. Control what you can, and trust God with what you can’t.

So take a breath and pray. Let God know what your concerns are, and then do what you can do. Accept that there will be changes for a while to how our world operates, and make a plan to adjust as best you can. You are resilient, and resilient people make a plan B.”

You Got This!

Always SMILE…





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Happy Tuesday

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy Tuesday! It’s lunchtime somewhere and while pondering over a few things, I decided to write a blog post. Do you find yourself pondering over that “one thing” you need to move on? Are you taking charge of those things that are important? It’s normal to feel like you could be doing more when it comes to self-improvement, but don’t be so hard on yourself.

Self-improvement almost always starts with self-awareness and the ability to transform habits. I am discovering that when it comes to actually getting things done and making progress in the areas that are important to you, there is a much better way to do things.

I’m very passionate about personal growth. There is nothing more meaningful than to pursue a life of meaningful and betterment. Make the best of your life and appreciate each day. Live on purpose. Overcome your fears. Let’s talk about fears…we all have them. Recognize that your fears reflect areas where you can grow.

Below are a few tips on how to take charge NOW:

1. Make a list of what you are avoiding and the reasons why.

2. Let go of YOUR expectations. Opportunities may be at your fingertips.

3. Take Responsibility.

4. Live Life.

5. Focus on executing FAITH over FEAR.

FEAR is the biggest drawback for not taking charge of your life. Your goals and dreams will remain stagnant, if you do not take charge NOW!

Always SMILE…


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Invest in YOU

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy February Eve! Wow…January went by pretty swiftly! How are things going for you? Are you still on track with your goals? I am speaking of those goals where you invest in yourself. It’s great to have goals to better the lives of others, but make sure you don’t forget about yourself. It’s good to have  short-term and long-term goals, but make sure you spend time enjoying each day and moment. Tomorrow is not promised.

Think back over the last couple of days and write down all the things you’ve done. Meetings, calls, planning, responding to requests, family time, friendship gatherings, Social Media, etc. When you look at the list, what does it reveal to you? Where are you spending your time? If you don’t value yourself, you won’t value your time. Don’t allow for your time to be at the mercy of everything and everyone. Your life is precious and each day is a gift. Be intentional about your day.

Choosing the meaningful is creating a life in which you are fully present and able to use your time in many ways. This makes your life joyful and purposeful. Life is about making and impact on those around you.  Choose your time wisely!

Always SMILE…



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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…



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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…



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