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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

Take The High Road

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Have you ever had someone betray your trust, talk behind your back, or wrong you in anyway? At one time or another, we have all have had someone do or say something that went against what we would consider “loyal” or “nice”. Was it a friend, co-worker, partner, or spouse? Your initial reaction may have been to confront the individual, curse, or completely drag their name through the mud. An eye for an eye, right? Not necessarily.  Have you ever heard of the term “take the high road”? If someone hurts you, puts a dagger in your back, or betrays you, in many cases, it’s best to let that individual bring themselves down vs. you seeking revenge. Someone once said “In the long run the person who wronged you, or talked about you, has undoubtedly done it to other people – and the negative energy they have expelled will come around full circle”. Bottom line, keep doing the right thing and life will work out for you and your integrity will be intact.  Lastly, remember you cannot control the actions of other people, or what people say, but you can control how you respond to it.  Make it a daily habit to “take the high” road, stay focused, and keep away from people with toxic thoughts and negative energy.

 

Don’t follow society’s values like sheep. You know if something is ethical by considering if you’d like it done unto you.

 

Woman of Strength – IDA B. Wells

Monday, February 27th, 2012

As February and Black History Months concludes, LIB would like to take a moment and salute one of many, African American women who made  a difference, Ms. Ida B. Wells.  Ms. Wells, a civil rights pioneer, woman’s rights activists, anti-lynching crusader, journalist, and co-founder of the NAACP. Ms. Wells wrote and exposed lynching in the United States, showing how it was often a way to control or punish blacks who competed with whites. She was active in the women’s rights and the women’s suffrage movement. For more than 40 years, Ida B. Wells was one of the most fearless and respected women in the United States. Ida B. Wells was one of the most articulate women of her time, day, and season. Her writings often evoked passion, fury, and the need for change and justice for African Americans and women.  She was a religious woman and read the Bible on a regular basis. It was said that once after giving birth to her second child, Ms. Wells was often conflicted between balancing her family and career. Yet, Ms. Wells persisted and did what she could at that stage in her life.  Ida B. Wells was a woman of distinction, armed with the values, dedication, and drive for life, equal rights, and family.

Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.  ~William James

 

The Power of Community: elements

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Where do I begin to share the power of community? The power of community involves people coming together to encourage, support, and lift up one another. Growing up, I was somewhat shy, enjoyed singing, writing, and I enjoyed playing basketball. As I got into my teenage years, the idea of sweating did not appeal to me, so I pretty much hung up the idea of any type of physical activity. At any rate, it was not until I had my second child that I decided I better hit the gym to 1) Decrease my chances of getting post-partum depression and 2) lose the baby fat. Plus, I wanted to feel better about myself. It was around this time, I joined then “Womenfit”, now elements, that I absolutely fell in love with the club, members, and overall environment. There is nothing more powerful, inspiring, and uplifting, than being around other women who share a common goal, which is improving their overall well-being in body and spirit. Months after joining the club, and after giving birth to my daughter,  going through a separation and divorce. This was by far the most challenging time in my life, but I got through it. It was during this time, I witnessed first-hand the power of community, and having a strong support network. I remember faithfully going to the club and working out, and being completely encouraged and supported by many of the members and instructors at the club. Two close instructors and friends, offered encouraging words and reassurances that things will get better, which they did.  Fast forward to 2012, the power of community is still at work in this place and it is absolutely amazing. I cannot express enough how much I value and appreciate the women of elements. Lastly, did i mention the club is women only? That should tell you something 🙂 We ROCK!   

 

A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living” Rudolf Steiner


 
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