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Tis The Season!

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Greetings!

It is the holiday season and Christmas is just two weeks away! There is something about the holiday season that I absolutely love. Maybe it’s the holiday cheer, people’s good spirits, or just the reason for the season. It is a combination between the celebration of the birth of Jesus and Winter solstice. It is often during this time of the year we reflect, give thanks, as well as bring the year to a close, and open our hearts, minds, spirit, and soul for the new year. All things that come into being must first be born and we are reminded of that during Christmas and New Year. Often times as the weather starts to change, and it gets a little colder, the last thing that I want to do is venture out in the cold, but this year it feels different. Yes, it’s cold and the thought of staying indoors is so very enticing. However, I am consciously making the choice to venture out whether it is 10 degrees or 40 degrees. Prime example, just this past Sunday, I had my morning cup of tea on the patio, granted I had on sweats, a coat, and I was freezing my butt off, but I sat there and sipped my tea and enjoyed the cool air on my face. The point is that I am taking steps to consciously embrace what is and feel the aliveness in that moment, as should you. Granted this will not be an everyday occurrence but I am embracing it at the moment. 

Speaking of feeling the aliveness of the moment, Lady In Balance will host its’ annual workshop in the early part of Feb, 2018 and it is guaranteed to be an event that you will not want to miss! The primary focus of the workshop will be owning your power, embracing the good, bad, and flawed part of you unapologetically. Our Speakers this year are two of the most dynamic, beautiful on the inside and out,  plus a surprise guest who will be joining us! More to come on that later! Enjoy your holiday and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending” Carl Bard

Much Love,
Angela

 

Mess Into A Message

Monday, October 9th, 2017

The other day after my workout session, I decided to take a few moments and relax in the sauna. Usually the sauna is empty with only one or two people lounging around. There is an unspoken rule to keep the chatter down or chit chat to minimum. This day, when I entered the room, an older woman by the name of Carolyn who usually attends the morning session was sitting in the sauna quietly chatting with another young woman about her first job. I have to admit, I was not in the mood for talking and I was trying to maintain somewhat of a distant demeanor. However, there was something about this woman, her sincerity and genuine kind spirit, that I could not help but to soften up and be receptive to the conversation. I am not exactly sure how she began to share her story with me but somehow the conversation turned to when she got married. She had gotten married young, had children but unlike many women of her generation, she was the breadwinner of the family. Her husband stayed home with the kids, and Carolyn ran the families’ three convenience stores in the area. In essence the roles were reversed and Carolyn and her husband believed this was best, for both the marriage and their family. Their desire for a house in the mountains and away from the hustle and bustle, led them to the outskirts of Virginia, purchasing a beautiful house on the hill, overlooking breathtaking views of the mountains. It was there Carolyn set up shop, prepared the house for when the children got of school for the summer at which time, her husband and the kids would join her. That was the plan. Like everything else in life, plans change. Carolyn’s husband at the time, began an affair with her best friend, filed for divorce, and wind up gaining custody of the kids. Sadly, Carolyn was left to pick up the pieces of a broken marriage, heart, and life. As I sat there listening to her share her story, I wondered how she got through it. Mind you, I have been through a divorce and it was not easy. A person can only take so many blows to the heart, but she seemed to be a silent force of strength, inner joy, and resolve. I asked her how she managed to get through it, she turned to me and said “The one thing I have learned in life is that nothing is guaranteed, except God and Jesus. You can hold onto something but it can be taken away just like that. I just focused on God and thanked him for all that was in my life”. We never know what life is going to throw at us, the only thing that we can do is move forward and do the very best that we can. All too often, we have heard of women being emotionally, financially, and physically bankrupt after a divorce, breakup, or loss of a loved one.  Often, women are often left with an invisible scarlet letter on our chest, that never seems to quite go away. We are left to pick up the pieces, all the while still carrying the torch. I do not know how we do it, but it gets done. Through all the twists, turns, ups, and downs, the road leads to God.

As I sat there, I began to thank God for her testimony and for her courage to share this intimate part of her life with me. We never know what another person has gone through, to get to where they are in life. We need to lift up our sisters, mothers, aunts, friends, AND strangers.  Their journey may not be exactly like ours, but it’s their journey, struggle, triumph, and victory that can teach us how to be better and do better as people.

“Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, a victim into a victory” Unknown.

Embrace Being Out of Place

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Over the course of my life, I have often felt “out of place”.  It wasn’t that I was socially awkward, but I never really felt like I fit in even amongst my peers. Growing up as a child, I was somewhat quiet, except around those that I felt comfortable with and trusted. I could always discern and still can discern people who have good intentions and those who do not. As a child, I was too young to understand or even comprehend why I felt that way, or why a settle nudge would commence, as soon as someone walked in the room that caused the energy and good vibes to drain from the atmosphere. As I moved into my teen years, I wanted to fit in, so I ignored those feelings, which sometimes led to unfavorably consequences, lost friends, and bad decisions. As I got older and I started to become closer to God and the holy spirit, I began to understand what discernment was and how even as a child that was one of the gifts and ways the holy spirit speaks to us. It was by God’s love, self-love and acceptance, I began to not only embrace who I was and not feel so awkward.  Fast forward to today, I still feel out of place at times, however I am more comfortable in my skin and in knowing who I am. I recently met a woman, who shared her concern of not fitting in or feeling out of place at an event we both attended. My initial reaction was “Seriously, why? ”  Then, I realized, I’m not the only one who feels this way and I will not be the last. I have come to realize that everyone is in their own story, dealing with their own perspectives on life, and we are pretty much all out of place and misfits in some shape, form, or fashion, and that is okay. For me, being conscious and aware of these feelings, and embracing it is all good with me.  

Fitting in allows you to blend in with everyone else, but being different allows you to be yourself, to be unique and to be more creative” Sonya Parker

You Decide

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

There is no rhyme or reason as to why things happen in life. In a world that may appear to be chaotic, in the cosmos there is perfect order and a natural flow to any and everything. For example, a woman on one side of the world decides to defer college for a year to travel abroad, and at the exact same moment, a young man decides to remain home to help his parents and finish school. The two meet exactly 6 months later in Manarola, a small town in Italy, and they fall in-love. A woman in her late 30’s decides to have a mammogram early, only to discover that she has breast cancer. The doctor’s advise her that if she would have waited until she was 40, it would have been too late to save her. Each moment you decide, and make decisions about your life. You decide what time to get up in the morning, you decide what to eat, you decide which route to take home, you decide to do your best, you decide to give love, and you decide to trust God in the midst of all those decisions. At this moment, what are you deciding in your life? Are you deciding to remain small? Or have you decided to grow tall and be all that you can be? Do not allow the chaotic moments to thrust you into a shell, where you stop making decisions, living, and trusting God in the process. You hold the power. Decide and trust.

“It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.”Jim Rohn

Happy New Year!

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Happy New Year LIB Family! It is hard to believe that 2015 has come to a close and 2016 is here. As I reflect on the past year, I can say with complete honesty the year was bitter sweet. Bitter sweet in the sense that I experienced wonderful blessings in key areas of my life but encountered challenges in other areas, which caused some heartache and disappointment. It was in 2015, I graduated from the big girl panties and put on bloomers! Seriously, it was a year of tremendous gratitude and moments of tears. I made some decisions which caused me to grow both personally and professionally. As I leave 2015 behind, and move into 2016, I am conscious of the present moment, appreciating it, and owning who I am and living from a place of surrender, knowing that it all begins and ends with God. As the creator of what I believe to be an avenue to touch and inspire women around the world by sharing and expressing life’s trials, triumphs, and encouraging tidbits is what makes LIB so special. There are times when the rawness and realness of someone else’s journey can hit a core spot in someone’s heart, and resonate in another soul and move them. As we enter 2016, LIB will continue to inspire you with stories by women who value themselves and who are truly beautiful spiritual beings living life from a place of authenticity. We love you so much! Many, many, blessings to you in 2016!

 

To be nobody but myself-in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make me somebody else-means to fight the hardest battle any human can fight, and never stop fighting. – e.e. cummings

Divine Encounters

Friday, November 6th, 2015

A couple of weeks ago after a very long day, I decided to head over to the gym to work out. It was one of the rare occasions, I was by myself without the little kiddies. With the cares of the day still on my mind, I was eager to shake it off and get the energy moving in my body to relax and de-stress a bit. I checked in at the front desk, strolled into the locker room, put my bag on the bench, walked over to the sauna, and turned it on (nothing feels better than ending a workout relaxing in the sauna). I opened up my gym bag to change into my work out gear, and low and behold I had forgotten to pack my sneakers and workout pants! Noooo! Did I mention I really wanted a few minutes to myself? Going back home was not an option. If I was not going to exercise, I was going to enjoy some quiet time in the sauna. I removed my clothes, grabbed a towel, my kindle, and I headed to the sauna. The quiet space, heat, and silence felt so good that I immediately began to unwind. Five minutes had gone by and a young woman enters the sauna and we greet each other with a sincere “Hi” and I resume enjoying the peaceful solitude of the sauna. The young lady turns to me and asks me a question about the Holy Spirit and God and proceeds to pray with me, over me, and through me. Until this day, I still do not know who she was and I have not seen her again. That evening I walked into the gym fully expecting to work out, instead what I received was a divine encounter with one of Gods messengers encouraging me to keep going and to believe in the gifts and miracles of God in me. During a time in my life, when I feel a bit overwhelmed with family, relationships, and career and wondering about God’s plan, and this particular phase in life, I was encouraged by a complete stranger to press forward. With that being said, it is very easy to get caught up with life and the cares of the day and miss the everyday miracles and blessings. From one woman to another, be encouraged. I thank God for you, and the divine moments in life that remind us that God is and God lives and breathes in each of us. Be a blessing!

Gotta Love Perceptions

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

As you go through life and you experience life’s ups, downs, hills, and valleys, each experience has a way of staying with you, shaping you, and molding you into the person you are today. If you were born into a traditional family, where Mom stayed home, maintained the house,  and prepared dinner every night,  your expectation of what a  “Mother’s role” would be slightly different than someone who grew up in a single family household where their Mom had to work two jobs. The perceptions and views of what you believe to be true would differ dramatically. The older you get, and the more experiences you have in life, shapes how you perceive the world and shifts based on your life encounters. Take for example, an individual born and raised in NY, accustomed to the hustle and grind of city life, may migrate to the South and perceive the area as laid back and such a refreshing change. It is all about perception, how they view and see the world around them. I have been to New York countless times, and even though it may be a busy city, there is a special connection to the city that is unique to me.  The same is true in all different aspects of life for you, and for all of us. How we interact with people, relationships, and even God comes from our perceptions, and how we see the world around us. How are you perceiving the world around you? Are you looking at the world as a safe place? Are you looking at your life as half full or half empty? Have you allowed life’s ups and downs to change the way you see your life? Are you looking at life through God’s eyes or through the eyes of carnal man? These are questions that I have been asking myself and I am asking them to you. Do you need to change your perception on anything in your life? Are you seeing through God’s eyes of the Holy Spirit? Or are you seeing through eyes of man?!

 “Reality is what we take to be true.
What we take to be true is what we believe.
What we believe is based upon our perceptions.
What we perceive depends upon what we look for.
What we look for depends upon what we think.
What we think depends upon what we perceive.
What we perceive determines what we believe.
What we believe determines what we take to be true.
What we take to be true is our reality.” Gary Zukov

Keep It Real With Yourself

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

LIB is super excited to share one of the projects we are working on which involves inspirational affirmations for the woman who simply wants to just be! As we roll these out each month, feel free to share your favorite affirmations or quotes and who knows it may be featured in the next newsletter!

Keep It Real With Yourself

Have you ever found yourself questioning the plan and purpose of your life? You may find yourself asking this question, when life throws you a curveball or if you feel like no matter how persistent you, stumbling blocks get in the way, or something happens that completely takes you off course. You may wonder is God saying No? Not now? Or is it a sign you should give up and settle for the status quo? No doubt, I think we have all been there. It’s during these moments where you should stop and shift your focus to love and take an honest assessment of where you are in your thoughts, actions, and life at the moment. For example, What is the true reason why you want to have your own successful business? Is it because you truly want to be your own “Boss”, or do you want to create a legacy and utilize your gifts and talents to serve the world your way? Whatever reason it is, be honest with your intentions and come from an internal place of love and truth. Be real and honest with yourself. In the meantime, if that “something” continually calls your name. Answer the call, openly, honestly and with love. The doors may not open when you want them too, but eventually the light will shine, doors will open, and things will take off for you! Keep moving forward and embracing the process and journey.

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“Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward in the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence” Og Mandino”

JUSTBe Affirmation
I trust and believe that all is well and working out for my good.

Bet On YourSelf

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Touchdown!! These are the words that we hear when a team scores a “point” during football or kicks the ball into the field goal (is it obvious I’m not into football). At any rate, all bets are on a specific team to win, and each distinct play brings the team closer to winning or further from it. How does this compare to your life? Better yet, how does this compare to the choices that you have made about yourself? Each distinct choice that you have made whether it was big or small says “I’m betting on me” or “I am betting against me”. To put it in simple terms, you either believe in yourself and your dreams or you don’t. For once in your life bet on yourself and believe in you. A couple of years ago, when I fresh out of college, I had started consulting for a small company and during one of my meetings, one of the guys said to me “Remember to toot your own horn, and applaud your successes, because if you don’t, no one else will”. Well, betting on yourself is simply saying “Yes” to you, your dreams, and life. You only live once and it serves no one to play small and play against yourself, allowing life’s mishaps, and temporary setbacks to win.  To bet on “you” takes courage, “gusto”, and it involves risks but at the end of the day, you will be living life based on your terms, dreams, wants, and desires, instead of living someone else’s. It is time to bet on you, love.

“To be a champ, you have to believe in yourself, even when no one else does” Sugar Ray Robinson

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Happy New Year! For many individuals a new year means new beginnings, a time of change, transition, continual evolvement and transformation. All in all, as you begin this year, open your heart and mind to all the good things that are happening in this moment in your life and what will happen for you this year. As I reflect over 2013, it was definitely a year of blessings and huge adjustments. As I embark on 2014, there are a few key points that resonate with me that I would like to share with you. Enjoy!
Key Points for 2014
1 Do What Is Right For You
Take an honest assessment of your life, dreams, and goals and follow the path that you desire. It serves no one and hurts you if you go through life chasing someone else’s dream or competing against somebody else’s timeline. Travel your own path, and march to the sound of your own tune.

2.                Believe That You Can
The power to believe in yourself and to believe that anything is possible for you is absolutely essential to moving forward, upward, and on in life. Belief in yourself, coupled with faith and knowing that God desires the best for you in life, will give you the extra nudge to push harder, persist, and to put one foot in front of the other to be the best that you can be and to live on purpose and with purpose.

3.      Get rid of Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda
If you spend your life repeatedly telling yourself – “I shoulda, coulda, woulda” more than likely you never will“shoulda, coulda, woulda”. Time waits for no one, so if you waste your time dwelling on what you should have done in 2013, or what you would have done, etc, you will miss the opportunity to do what you have been talking about doing in 2014. Focus on what is important right now in your life. Focus on what you want to achieve right now in your life, set the intention and all else will fall in line. <br><br>

4. Let Go of Expectations
This is one of my personal favorites because it speaks the loudest to my heart. Be willing to let go of personal expectations of how you feel your life should be at this moment in time. Let go of what you thought or perceived your ideal life would look like at 25, 35, 45, or even 55 years of age. The truth is life happens. You have to be able to “Let go” and allow “God In”. What may look like chaos to you, may be order to God. What may look like imperfection to you, may be perfect to God. Trust that God has it all figured out and has already made the crooked places straight. Continue to move forward with plans, desires, dreams, and goals, but when “life happens” and unexpected events occur, simply trust the process and continue to move forward.

5. Take time for You
It is essential for you to take time for yourself this year. In order to build confidence, move forward on your own path, and let go, it is important to take time to cultivate, nourish, and tend to the relationship with the one and only – you. Fall in love with being you, the beautiful, magnificent, gift from God.
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“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” — Oprah Winfrey


 
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