RELAX! Daily Devotional

Devotional
I have begun a new nightly/daily routine. The pictured devotional was given to me from my Daddy (with a lovely quote from my Grandma inside), the journal is from my Mommy 🙂
I took a moment to read this morning and I am ready for the day! Hence, I decided to share with you all!
 
Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way! Jude 1:2 MSG
Hard work should be punctuated by rest and relaxation. So if you are overworked, overcommitted, or underinspired, give yourself a much-needed break. You deserve time to rest, relax, and to recharge your batteries. Do yourself and the world a favor: carve out the time you need to restore your energy, your optimism, your perspective, and your faith. ~From my daily devotional, I share with you the Word and these words.
This devotional is on time! I take the time out for everything and everyone else but myself! How can I live in His word and my mind and heart is cloudy? How can I raise up His child and I am exhausted beyond belief?
Something will fall behind…We must take time out for ourselves! It will allow us to be closer to God, more present with our loved ones and simply happier!
Are you relaxed? How do you prepare for your day?

Traveling with a Toddler

I believe that it is important to explore our world through different means such as literature, music, art but especially through travel. I’d like to start a tradition of traveling with my family at least once a year. I, unfortunately, have only traveled outside of the United States about 6 times in my life and it was in the earlier part of my childhood and teenage years.

The last decade of my life, happened to be my entry into adulthood and while I spent my time working, contributing to my community and acquiring higher degrees, the exploratory element was at a standstill.

Hubby and I would like to enjoy our days off trekking across the country and abroad with our daughter. This is something we look forward to and fear…simultaneously (is this even possible?)

For a couple that struggles with a Target meltdown (almost every single time! what is it about target and toddlers??), how will the experience be traveling at this age?

Well…we hope to share these experiences in this section. Hopefully you don’t read about us in the international news…

*Headline* Toddler Takes Down the Eiffel Tower single-handedly, Parents pictured below *insert bad picture*

 

Where have you traveled with your little one? How was the experience?

Bringing in the New Year…the ‘traditional’ southern way

On our table tonight (my last carnivorous meal!) we will have a traditional southern New Years dinner: BBQ ribs, collard greens, black eyed peas and corn bread…yummy! Even on her way to an overnight shift, my mom made sure to prepare a pot of collard greens and black eyed peas.

Along with some bubbly we will bring in the new year with our pj’s on, prayer on our tongues and full bellies.

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New Year’s Eve 2014! Bubbly!

 

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New Year’s Eve 2014! Our pork of choice was fried chops.

So what is the meaning behind this meal?

  • Pork represents health and continued prosperity
  • Greens (collards, mustard, turnip, cabbage) represents the present paper money
  • Black eyed peas (or any other field peas) represents good fortune or coins
  • Cornbread represents gold

 

All together the meal represents financial prosperity, good luck and good health in the coming new year for everyone who partakes in the meal.

Whether we truly believe it or not, this is how previous generations in my family did it, how I brought in the new year each year with my family and I plan to continue it with mine.

 

How do you bring in the new year?

Who do YOU love? New Years Eve – Part I

I’m not big on resolutions but I do like to take the time throughout the year to re-evaluate where I believe I fall short.

Growing up I was an avid reader, I find myself not taking the time out to read outside of work or school. This will change. Parents are encouraged to read to their children, but what about ourselves?

Which goes to my next point:

Sometimes I forget that I am a person outside of my daily roles:

Wife, mother, daughter, sister,  friend, employee…

It’s all too easy to get caught up in everyone else and lose the person you’ve known all your life, the person that means the absolute most…YOU!

I’m dedicating the next five months to…ME! My birthday is on May 16th (Go Taurus!) and I want to be happier, healthier…more sane!

I’m going to give myself a goal of at least an hour of ‘me time’ every day. It will allow me to be a little more even keeled (hopefully!). I will lean on but not limit my cleanse to:

  • Food (Vegetarianism)
  • Health (Multi-Vitamins, Daily Workouts, Hydration)
  • Spirituality (Meditation, Reflection, Dedication)
  • Entertainment (Reading, Cultural Performances)

My goal is to take note on how I look and feel during this period and after 137 days I’ll post an update–with the nitty gritty…grrr!!!!

 

Who’s with me?