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Scents for the Holidays

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With the holidays approaching, there is nothing better than the scents to bring in the season. I love this time of year, and I love the holiday smells that come with it.

I have created a list of my favorite smells for the holidays. These also make great Christmas gifts as well.

First, I will share a little something with you that I use at home. I take orange peels, cinnamon, and cranberries and boil them in about a cup of water on low. I’m not sure what goes on in that little pot, but it makes the house smell AMAZING. It’s a must try!!

Yankee Candle Cinnamon – this candle really puts off a fabulous smell of cinnamon. The smell lasts and it also work well even if you don’t burn it.

Yankee Candle Pine – this smell is just like a fresh cut Christmas tree. It makes the house smell like a Christmas tree. lol. I love this smell because it blends well with the other holiday smells I have.

Yankee Candle Peppermint Bark – I am a huge fan of peppermint, mainly because it helps with my allergies. This candle smells even when not lit.

Cinnamon Broom – now this broom works great. Ladies and gents, this will be a broom you’ll never use for cleaning. LOL! You can use it for decoration by the fireplace. The fragrance of cinnamon and fall leap in the air. Although, I don’t think this last longer than 2 to 3 weeks. I usually have to swap it out in the middle of December.

Glade Wax Melts Holiday Collection – this collection is great if you have warmers in the house. This link is even cheaper than what’s in the stores. I use warmers over candles only because I leave them on when I leave my home. Candles should always be turned off when you leave.

Holiday Oils – I don’t use oils, but my mom does. She adds these oils in her warmer, and her home smells awesome for the holidays.

Potpurri – I am not sure if anyone still uses potpourri, but this holiday blend works well. I use this as a decorating piece. Remember to keep it away from little ones. I put this in a cute bowl to make a centerpiece or put in on the fire mantle.

Scentsy Sugar Cookie – scentsy has the best holiday waxes, the sugar cookie smells great. It makes your home smell like you’ve been in the kitchen baking cookies.

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The holidays are my favorite time of year, its a great time to get together and spend more time with my family and friends. I enjoy this time of the season, because watching the happiness and joy everyone has makes me even happier.

Be blessed.

 

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13.1 – Jesus and I

This past weekend I completed my first half marathon. For me this was a huge accomplishment because I kept wanting to but never quite got around to doing so.

I signed up the previous year, but some how talked myself out of it. This year was the year I would complete this obstacle.

I call it an obstacle because well, I couldn’t seem to get over the fear of one, not completing this and two, what if I hurt myself?

Running is something I really enjoyed doing. I have completed many 5k races and have completed some 10k but never a half marathon. Running helped me to relax. It helped the stress of life and it helped me lose weight, with over the years this has been a huge struggle for me to do.

My younger sister Danielle, started running and well, this is something she is rather good at. I know you’re thinking, how can you not be good at running right? Well she runs with a purpose, she has passion for running. She makes running look so simple, and at one point I am sure I did, however with age it seemed to get harder for me to continue with it.

Danielle works hard, she has is part of a run club, and she continues to push herself. I’m sure she doesn’t feel like running on some days, but she makes herself go.

This really motivated me to get my butt up and do this race.

Training for this race was not easy. With work, and family and not wanting to miss anything, I tried to get out there and do what I could. Whether it was Zumba Fitnesswalking dvdsTurbo Fire,I had to do something to get myself in shape.

Well it was race day, and I was super happy about it, only because I knew that after that day, I would have accomplished this race and it would be over. Plus I did work out but I was thinking, today is the day you will do this!!

I ran the first 7 miles, almost 8, then my right leg and foot started giving me huge issues. I even stopped to take a picture of a sign someone had did for my sister, because it would at least give my leg and foot some kind of rest.IMG_2466

Now you may think hey, you did a good job, you ran about 7 miles, well you’re right however being there and doing it was what I was experiencing and felt like geez, I can’t do anymore. I still had 6 miles to go.

There was a gap between me and the runners behind me. I even thought I was lost for while, because I couldn’t find signs where the race was. It was purely mental at this point. I think I even thought about quitting a couple times too, well maybe even more than that.

As I was running, I saw a bunch of crosses in yards along the route, they read, “Jesus is the Lord” Every time I passed a sign, I made the sign of the cross. I was in so much pain and I still had 5 miles to go. I can’t even tell you how many Our Fathers and Hail Mary prayers I said. It was a lot. I prayed and prayed!

Then one thing I remember, with Christ I can do anything. This was the anything I was about to do.

Doing so many Turbo Fire workouts, I could hear Chalene Johnson say, “you are not tired.” I was like yes, yes I am tired. LOL! But I knew I have never quit anything in my life. I wasn’t about to start now. Plus my parents were there, if you know me, you know disappointing them would be a huge hurt to my heart.

I wore an army shirt for my niece Aly since this was on Veteran’s Day, and got a lot of compliments, so many, that I was stopped during the race to ask who was in the army and heard a couple stories.

Also the photographer who was taking pictures actually asked me did I have a twin? I said well my sister is in the race but I’m sure she is way up there, she is a runner. The photographer then proceeded to find the picture of her and said ,”is that her?” Yes ma’am that is my beautiful sister. She said oh my God y’all look like twins. (by the way, my sister hates that and thinks she looks nothing like me)

I will say the last few miles did seem to go by pretty fast after that.

The pain continued but I had to push myself in order to get through.

The last couple miles had two, what seemed to be HUGE hills, slopes, whatever you’d like to call them, walking down caused so much pain to my foot, and then having to walk up caused even more pain.

My son and best friend Regina were waiting and walked with me the last half mile or so, pushing me along.

Then I could hear the music, and see the finish line. FINALLY!

I ran the last .10 of the race because I was ready to be over with it, and I knew I needed to finish as strong as I could or I wouldn’t forgive myself. I have always been an athlete, love sports all my life, and very good at them, but this race has to be the absolute hardest sport I have ever done.

The race takes a toll on you body and mental state. Focusing on the race is the key and continuing to push your body more than it ever has can really exhaust you.

I learned one important thing about this race, God will never lead you into the

IMG_2503something and not be right there with you. There is a statue in Carthage, TX that we passed going to Louisiana that night. I kept this to myself along the ride, however my thoughts were Thank You Jesus.

I pushed myself more than I ever have, and I know that Jesus was right there cheering me on. I can’t express enough how blessed I truly am to have him on my side every day.

 

Well as I said, my younger sister finished way before me. She has trained and trained and she loves what she does. I watched her run her first half marathon a few years ago, and never understood how happy she was when the race was over until this day. I admire her heart for running, she is truly a gem.

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Family and friends mean the most to me and I was glad to see my parents, my son, best friend, brother in law, Kristi and Miss Kenzie waiting for me to finally finish.

Looking back to last weekend, I was hurting, my body hurt, my legs hurts, it hurt to breath, but today, everything is back to normal. I did it!

THANK YOU JESUS!

Focus on the Goal

Blogging has become a fantastic hobby for me. I have to say I absolutely enjoy writing and sharing my truths.

I read a lot of blogs and I can see so much potential in the writers. I know for me when I get the notification that someone has read my blog or commented makes me smile. I enjoy reading the comments under each post. I can say, I love engaging with people whom I never met and discuss their views and opinions about my writing.

However, we do have those days where we have very little traffic and no one seems to care what you write.

REMEMBER WHY YOU STARTED!

Every now and then, check yourself. Ask yourself, why did I do this? Why did I start to write and why did I want the world to read my writings?

I can tell you for me, I started because I wanted to share what I have learned, overcome, pushed through, and prove to myself that yes, you do have a purpose.  There is a reason that God has you here on earth.

It feels absolutely amazing to see the comments that I receive about my blog and I really enjoy talking about Jesus and talking about how he has changed my life. Thats my niche, what’s yours? What’s your passion?

I recently had a conversation on Instagram with a female who asked how my christian blog was doing, and she had concerns about not having enough content.

One, the fact that she asked me had me all in my feels, I was so stoked, I was like OMG you asked me, but then I told her the philosophy I use “Ask God what to write about.” I feel as though if I talked to God about what he wants me to write, writing should be pretty easy. I mean who better to spread his truths but the man himself, and he can use my writings to do so.

The point of this post is to remind each and every blogger, focus on your goal. Why did you start? What do you want from this?

Yes you will have people follow and unfollow, comments will flow in and then it will be dry. You’ll have high numbers and low numbers, but focus on your goal and keep that in the front of your mind every time you begin to out your thoughts on paper.

Keep writing, someone wants and needs to read your work!

BE BLESSED!

Enjoying your singleness

Oh the single life, the way things are looking for me, I think I’ll be single with my puppy Reggie until the end of time. LOL! No, that’s not actually what I think, but I used to.

Being the only “single” person in a group full of taken ladies can be somewhat discouraging. I say that because well, that is always me.

For a long time now, I have been single. Well my heart and mind were not, but in reality, yes I was. You see, making choices to fulfill the needs of the flesh, really aren’t the best way to go about life. You definitely shouldn’t your emotions or flesh to make any kind decisions.

When we try to satisfy our flesh, we end up making the wrong decisions, and doing things we shouldn’t be doing.

At times it is super frustrating. I see guys in relationships that are there just for the companionship and afraid of being alone. I see women who rush things just so they can “have a man” and be married. I told myself that was something I would not be doing. Although, I too fell in the trap.

Over the years I have allowed my flesh to take over what I know what is right and man, did the bad decision making follow. We all say that having someone accept us for who we are doesn’t really bother us if they don’t, however when you’re at an all time low, and no one is there, what other people think can take a toll on your heart.

Being single can be the absolute best time of your life. IMG_2440

It’s a time to find yourself. It’s a time of figure who you really are. When we get into relationships too soon, all sorts of chaos can happen. If you truly do not know a person, you will soon begin to see that real person, and you may not be too “into” that person after you see the real them.

Ladies and gents, the thing about being single is, you are free to make your own decisions, do what you want and how you want to do it. Whether you want to tolerate someone or if you don’t. Whether you want to spend more time with someone or not.

Being single allows you to figure out the real person you want to become. Learning who you are is a huge part of all of this. Let Jesus help you to figure out who you are.

Ask Jesus daily, how can I be a better person, ask him how he can show you. Being single is not torture, its a season that you need in order to grow. To grow in your faith, in life and to become a better person. Enjoy life the way God wants you to.

Being in a relationship is great! However, give yourself time to take care of you before anyone is added to the equation.

My favorite saying is, “if you aren’t happy with you, how can you be happy with anyone else.” MAN will not fulfill that need, only Jesus can!!

Jesus us always there to listen, to heal, to forgive, and to help you get past your short coming.

Trust in Him, and Him alone.

 

 

When God Says No

Too often when things don’t go our way, or we didn’t get something we think we deserved, we are quick to get upset and blame God.

We harp on the why nots and how come or how could he? The truth is that No that you received was actually a blessing.

We live in a world where everything is at our fingertips. With a touch of a button, you can turn on your car, post to thousands of people, fast gratification is what is in now.

In case you didn’t know, God doesn’t work like that. He never gives you anything before you are ready. When you ask God for something, are you actually ready to receive it?

Seriously, ask yourself:

I want a husband, are you ready to have a husband?

I want a new car, can you afford a new car?

I want a baby, are you ready to put yourself aside for your child?

I want a bigger house, are you taking care of the smaller house you’re in?

How come things can’t change, are you changing anything about your life to make this happen?

You see, when we ask God for things, are we really ready to receive them?

I came across a post on Facebook and it read, ” I wish God would sit down and just tell me what he wants me to do.” My response to that was, if he did, would you actually do it? Or since you know what he wants and will give you, will you continue to do your own thing?

When God would tell me no, I used to get so upset. So upset that it would steal my joy, my laughter, my outlook on the rest of my life. I actually would get mad at God. I look back now and think THANK YOU!! It was all immaturity.

I say that because if I had honestly gotten what I wanted then, I wouldn’t have even known what to do with it. If he had given me that boyfriend, that job, that extra car I thought I wanted, I’d be sad with a low income and an extra payment thinking to myself, how did I get here. Seriously, I asked for it.

Remember God does things in his timing, not ours. HE works on his time table. When HE feels you are ready, you will receive it, and not a moment sooner.

So until he is ready for you to have what you think you want, enjoy your singleness, enjoy your marriage, enjoy what you have going on right now. Enjoy your friendships, your free time. Those things are really a blessing. To be able to look at life on the more positive I haves instead of the negative I don’t have, that’s a real blessing.

Enjoy your moment now, and ask God what can you do for him, life will change and only for the better.

Be blessed.

Recognizing Great People – 1

With all the things are going on in the world, it just seems right to recognize the great people who continue to help and give with out asking for anything in return.

The next few weeks I will feature a person who carries these qualities and continues to give without asking for praise or anything in return. They are selfless and have a huge heart.

Today’s post is to recognize April Adams, the owner of Sweet Cheeks Salon and Boutique located in Rosenberg, TX.

April is a wife, and the mother of 3 beautiful children, works a full time job at her hair salon. I have known her for almost 35 plus years. She also happens to be my best friends sister. I talked with April at my last hair appointment, and we discussed a few things that really made me want to write about her.

Here is her story: IMG_2122

I met April through my best friend Misty. I can say that I never really knew too much about her, other than her being my best friend’s sister. We grew up in a small town named Wharton, where everyone knows everyone. Never would I have thought she would be the person who would my beautician.

April has really worked hard for her family, and she continues to do so today. She has really changed into a God fearing, hard working mom. Who puts her children and others before her and continues to give without asking. She is a helper in her community and she continues to strive to please God.

J&C: Why did you decide to do hair?

April: I wanted to spend more time with my children and make my own schedule. I did not want to work 6 days a week, I wanted to watch my children grow up.

J&C: What have you learned?

April:  I have learned to be more humble and that money means nothing when you love what you do. I know with every job, God puts you there for a special purpose; I feel like every time I get a new client, it’s God’s work and love reflecting back towards me.

J&C: What impact has it caused on your life?

April: I am happier with my life as a whole, my kids are happy. I get to spend more quality time with my spouse, my children and I continue to try spread God’s love. It makes my heart happy to serve others and put their needs first when their in my chair.

J&C: How was starting your own business beneficial?

April: Starting was very scary and that’s when I found my true relationship with God. I found out that he is always with me, like he has written my book way before I ever even thought of it.  I also owe a huge thanks to my spouse for secretly signing me up for hair school. One day, after getting laid off of work and pregnant with our third child, he looked at me and said, “I made a appointment for you, I’m just saying just try it out” The rest is history. Thank you God for seeing more than I ever could.

April does amazing work. I can’t tell you the many times that I have gone to her and she has worked her magic with my locks.

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To recognize the talent that God has given you, and to use that talent for God is simply amazing.

If you’re in the area, stop by and see April at her Salon, she always has coffee.

Sweet Cheeks Salon*1100 6th St.*Rosenberg, TX*77471

 

 

10 day Fast from Negative Thinking

So beginning tomorrow, I am starting a 10 day fast from negative thinking. For me this is such a big deal because it is so easy to think of negative over positive. I haven’t quite understood why though?

I try to do this before Thanksgiving because it puts me in such a better mood. I’m not one of those people who dread the holidays. I love the holidays! Family and friends gathering together. I love to give so I do a lot more giving this time a year.

I was the absolute worst thinker. I trained my brain to see my problems not my blessings, and man was that a difficult habit to break. Constantly reminding yourself of how to focus on the bad luck or the bad turn out, that takes a toll on your emotions, your thoughts, and your decision making. Although at the time I didn’t see that. Feeling sorry for myself seemed much easier to do at the time.

Now don’t get me wrong, I believe everything happens the way God intends it to, but I also believe that I have a choice on how I respond to it. I would always respond negatively whether it was in my favor or not. Yeah, what a horrible way to be.

Now I have a grasp on my thoughts and words, and I have a stronger relationship with God and this has what has continued to help me change my thinking to seeing the good in everything.

Here are some quick tip on how I prepare for my 10 days.

  • Prayer. I pray more than I usually do. I stay in contact with God through out the day and when something negative comes to mind, I quickly pray it away. This is my way of staying ready.
  • Journaling. This is one of the best journaling books I have come across. It promotes positive thinking and shows you what you should focus on. I enjoy journaling because it gives me a chance to reflect on what I’ve done.
  • Documentation. You have to document the bad and the good. The most effective way to be sure this works is to document it all. Note what negative or not so pleasant thought that crossed your mind, and what you did to get rid of it.
  • Exercise. I put in a little more exercise to push myself to a better me. I find that when I am healthy and feel great, it is much easier to think positive. I am currently training for a half marathon so the exercise this time is definitely there.
  • List my blessings. Make a list of all your blessings, and when you feel your self getting to a point where your thoughts aren’t going in a positive way, pull that list our and remind yourself of how blessed you truly are.

I hope a few of you will try this 10 day challenge and let me know how it helped you. I also encourage you all to go past the 10 days as well. Positive over negative is always the best way to go.

Blessings.