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5 scriptures to cultivate a grateful heart in a challenging season

When you are in a challenging season, being able to cultivate a grateful heart can seem almost impossible. Sometimes life is hard and keeping the right perspective can seem just out of reach. There have been several seasons when life wasn't going the way I planned. I was often frustrated, disappointed, and, at times, just angry.  I've sat on the side of my bed, crying, full of questions. Why is this happening to me?   How many times do I have to go through this? When will th[...]

Black Women-Owned businesses to support

Supporting Black women-owned businesses has always been a priority for our business and our family. We intentionally BUY from Black-owned companies, small businesses, and female-owned brands regularly. We understand we must be intentional in where we spend our money. Buying and supporting Black-owned businesses is more than getting a quality product. When we place our money back into Black-owned businesses, we create sustainability in their communities and strengthen our economy. Putting your money in[...]

Quitting isn’t an option: 3 strategies to help you stay committed to your purpose

I was going to quit. Two years ago. One year ago. Every October, it seems I found myself here-contemplating walking away from writing, walking away from blogging, walking away from my calling. Fear would begin to bubble up in my heart. Doubt would creep into my mind. What was I doing? Who was I?   Every insecurity I had about myself would come flooding to the top bringing all sorts of reasons I should walk away. All the reasons except one—God. Who I am, my story, my voice, and my gift[...]

Time for a change: 3 subtle signs you might be a toxic person (+ what to do about it)

Growing up, I learned heard quite a bit about being careful not to allow toxic friendships and relationships in my life. You know those people who make you feel you are less than, leave you feeling yucky, and completely drained whenever you are around them. Growing up, I learned heard quite a bit about being careful not to allow toxic friendships and relationships in my life. You know those people who make you feel you are less than, leave you feeling yucky, and completely drained whenever you are around th[...]

Speak Kind: 3 phrases we need to tell ourselves every day

Focusing on speaking words of love and life to my husband, my children, and others come rather easily for me. I want them to know, through my words and actions, they are loved and valued. Unfortunately, the same amount of effort I put into speaking words of encouragement to others is sometimes lost on me. I see my flaws. I see the moments I missed. I see the 7 pounds I gained. I see correspondence I meant to mail. All those words of kindness go out the door and I start feeling like a failure. Do you relate[...]