Goals are meant to be Broken

September will be my month for sure!

Every month I set goals for myself, and I strive to break each and everyone of them. However there are times when things happen and I can’t. I never allow a goal I didn’t reach hold me back from breaking my other goals.

I usually write them out and leave it on my desk so there is a daily reminder for me.

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I look at them throughout the month to keep myself on track and it also helps me not lose focus on my goals.

Goals are a great way to keep yourself accountable for your work. I usually try to keep my goals at a reach so that I do not get discouraged.

If you set unrealistic goals you are more likely to just stop and not want to do it any longer.

I put my goals just far enough out of reach that I have to put work into them. If my goal is too easy, then it wouldn’t help me to keep pushing towards my ultimate goal.

These small goals are just the minimum, I am using these small goals to get me to the big goal.

YOU MUST START CELEBRATING SMALL WINS TO REACH BIG GOALS! 

Breaking goals is a passion for me. I have a very competitive spirit, I always have since I was younger. I have been working on my blogging and I am still having difficulty with it, but I am trying and that makes me feel great. It is a goal that I will attain and break through. Blogging is something I know I can conquer and overcome.IMG_1430

I know very well what I am capable of and I know that with hard work and dedication I will get there.

Comparing yourself to others is the absolute worse thing you could do to yourself.

I find myself at times envying those blogs that seem to have it all together, but they were once where I was and they overcame this so why can I? Why can’t you?

I have lots of ideas, but putting them on paper is another story.

For the month of September, I have decided to try something different. I am taking my goals with me. We will be on the move! I am very much into bullet journaling, so I have created a page just for my September Goals.

I have to stay the course and work towards what I need to. Distractions and set backs will not be in my future this month.

One of my goal is to grow my audience for this blog, so my focus right now is getting those to follow my social medias: facebookinstagram, and twitter. Please follow me and I will follow you back. Just mention that you read this blog.

My layout for my goals for September looks something like this:

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Having this baby in my hands for the month and looking at it every time I open my journal will keep me on track, and will definitely help with keeping my eyes on my goals.

I love organization and I love to know what exactly I need to do. This allows me to do both, look at what I need and work to get to where I need to be.

I have a few things going on this month but its not something I can’t do or handle. I also have a few more ideas for my journal but I will have to save them for next month, I don’t want to over do it and lose hope.

How do you track your goals? Do you reward yourself for crushing those goals?

I reward my small victories with an extra coffee, or a new pen. Those bigger goals I accomplish I may treat myself to an extra dessert or a new shirt. Depending on the accomplishment, that is how I reward myself.

This month I hope all you goal setters are breaking through and crushing them.

Reward yourself with a cup of coffee when you do. 🙂

~Blessings

 

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Morning Prayer

How do you start your morning?

When your eyes open, what do you do first?

Grab your phone? Go make coffee?

Every morning when I open my eyes, I say “Thank you”

I am so thankful that God allowed me to wake up, which means I have a purpose for today. Someone needs me!

When I awake, I used to just get up and go on about my day, not really thinking much of anything, I would do my daily routine, coffee, read, hair, make up and out the door.

Over the years my routine has changed a lot.

Life happens and you realize how much more you need Jesus in your life. I have learned the no matter what the day may bring,  I have Jesus right there beside me to guide me through my day.

And you know what I have found, my day is more productive, my attitude is far better than it used to be and I have the patience with people I never have had before.

I am more peaceful and worry free. That’s right, worry free.

No, I am not rich, nor do I have a lot, however, I have learned to accept what God has blessed me with and I know what I have is a true blessing. I have learned that material things can always be replaced, but the Love I have for God and how he Loves me is a bond that can not be broken.

By starting each day talking with God, and asking him what he would like me to do for him today makes a world of difference.

Allowing God to work in your life from the start of the day, until you lay your head down at night, will open so much more for yourself and your relationship with God.

Today, before you even reach for your phone, talk with God and ask him what he would like for you to do today.

Blessings.

 

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!

Late night talks with God

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and can't seem to go back to sleep? Has something been on your mind and you can't seem to figure it out or the thoughts just won't let you rest?

I have gotten in the habit of thinking this is the time to talk to God.
I mean to really talk to God.

I used to get really mad and upset when I couldn't go back to sleep. I would toss and turn, think about work or what I have on my to-do list to complete. Then get even more upset because if I don't go back to sleep, then I'll be tired, I won't be productive, I'll have a bad attitude. The upcoming day will be horrible if I don't get back to sleep.

Has that ever been you?

God wants to be in all parts of your life. He wants you to talk to him about your good times and bad. He wants you to lean on him for guidance and to trust in him. When I can't go to sleep or go back to sleep, I PRAY.

God may feel this is the best time to get my attention and this maybe the only time to get my full attention. No, my life isn't so busy that I don't talk to God through out my day, however there are things that bother me that I can't really share with anyone but God and this maybe the only time I can really sit and chat with him. To open my heart and open my ears to really hear from him.

When life was going in all directions for me, I was emotional, felt sorry for myself, felt betrayed, I was asking why me? Why me?

Turns out, that "why me?" was a blessing in disguise. I prayed and prayed, it took a while to understand it, however here I am telling you to take full advantage of God's late night talks because this is the time he knows you're really listening. So what if you're tired, God knows you'll be able to handle the day with lack of sleep if you keep him beside you. He is always with you.

Next time you can't seem to sleep or you're waken in the middle of the night, talk to God, he is always listening.

Be blessed.

Make time for God

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Have you ever been so busy, that you forget to pray? Or maybe that you forget to even just take a few minutes for you? Well it’s time to change that. We have to make time for God to get through this chaotic life. I know over the years I have really tried to keep up with my prayer journal or my morning readings but then life happens; my son is late for school, I woke up late for work, and if you’re like me when my day starts off late, I feel like I am trying to catch up all day long.

Here are a few things to consider when scheduling time with God:

  1. Schedule the time in. Yes, make it that intentional. Write it down in your calendar with the time too. If you schedule the time, you’ll be more likely and willing to spend that time with him. Set the alarm on your phone as well. That always helps too.
  2. Keep your time with God. Have you ever been stood up? Like your date never showed or tried to call and let you know what happen? Well that feeling, I imagine is how God would feel if you didn’t keep your “date” with him. He knows that things happen, but however just forgetting about the “date time” then we are standing him up. Yes, that’s a bit dramatic, however I like to think that if we are able to keep time for anything else, why not keep the time with God. It really is that important.
  3. God is your BFF. I had a talk with one of my friends, and I explained to her that you speak to God like he is your bff. He wants to hear about you day, what you did, how you did it, your good and bad choices. God cares deeply about what you do and how you do it. Since we are made in his image, why wouldn’t God want to know all about how your day was.
  4. Your prayers don’t have to be long. I have gotten in the habit of saying small prayers through out my day. I find it a lot easier to get through a bad day this way. So if the day is good, I really have no problem talking to God about my excitement. A prayer is a prayer whether it’s long or short. Either way, God is very willing to hear everything you have to say.
  5. You will never be an inconvenience to God. Some people think the sometimes they are asking for too much, or when they pray it’s always an issue. That is farthest from the truth. God enjoys hearing everything about you and what you have going on in your life. He cares about your choices and he cares about you.

Spending time with God daily is the most important decision you can make. He will always listen and he always has time for you. I encourage everyone to try it and see how it changes your attitude towards life’s challenges. Don’t tell God how big your challenge is, tell your challenges how big your God is.

Be blessed.

Time for Change

Have you ever had life planned out. I mean like really planned out. Where you’ll live, where you’ll work, retirement, marriage, etc. Well I did! I had it all planned out, but you know I forgot one very important thing, something I didn’t give a second thought to…

GOD! I forgot to ask GOD about my plans.

You see the problem with planning your own life is if you don’t take God with you, you’re pretty much riding solo on this trip with no directions, no GPS, no google maps, no Waze, (coolest app ever, it tells you where the cops are) I don’t know about you but I do need a navigator to watch my steps, lend a helping hand and clarity. What better person to watch your steps/direction than God? A friend once told me, “if you put something before God, he will take it away from you.” Now at the time I knew what he meant but I really didn’t feel what he meant until recently. God really changed my world all around, and although I can say I have know clue what I’m doing or where I’m going, I’m so glad that God is my navigator.

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

This bible verse has never felt so real to me. My favorite bible verses are from the book of Proverbs 3:5-6, believe me I honestly thought I trusted the Lord, but I didn’t trust him enough to keep him first before all things, including my life. When God decided that my life needed a change, I was not ready. I was taken out of my comfort zone, was tugged, pushed, being pruned was even another example thrown at me and the devil had no problem trying to remind me that I was completely lost. BUT GOD!

I can tell you that life is not easy, nor did God every promise that it would be, however he did say he would never leave you or forsake you. He loves you unconditionally and if all you have is God then you have more than enough. Continue to pray and push forward through whatever obstacles you may have in front of you. Rest in the fact that God is right there with you, navigating and watching your steps. You can get through this, and watch how much happier and blessed you are once the change is complete.

Be blessed.

Study these Bible verses, write them down in a journal, memorize them; they will help you to keep a strong, spiritual relationship with God through times of change.

Jeremiah 29:11
Proverbs 3:5-6
Hebrews 13:5
Deuteronomy 31:6

Jesus and Coffee

Jesus and Coffee, my two favorites in the world. I have a son and a dog, those are my favorites too, however they are a lot more complicated than Jesus and coffee. I decided to start this “new” blog because the old name I was using just wasn’t doing it for me. Salty Sheala was a name one of my old co-workers gave me. It stuck so I used it for my old blog, saltysheala.com. Salt of the earth, that’s how I took it and she drew some amazing pictures for me too. Well that chapter in the book of life is now over. I decided to become a stay at home mom, and created a new blog.

I was watching a you tube channel of Heather Lindsey, not sure if you know her, but she is an awesome preacher. She said that other people needed to hear my story so that they know they’re not alone. Believe me when I tell you, you are never alone. Jesus is always with you. I hope you find my blog helpful and to the person reading this, I pray that you are blessed.