Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Humility Goes Along Way

I have spent the first half of my 20's being an egotistical snob and I am spending the second half making up for it [Humility does go a long way, doesn't it now?] First of many thing is my engagement has taught me that the world is not made up of only me [how I wish it did, though *wink*]. Secondly, failures and disappointments have taught me to keep moving. Nothing is about to stop just because I am having a bad day! [Dammit, why did I always believe I was a princess, then?] Thirdly, life has taught me - 'to each their own' ... in everything! If you don't help yourself, no one else is about to either.

I would like to share some inspirational words courtesy of Iyanla Vanzant.

"Loving yourself has nothing to do with being selfish, self-centered or self-engrossed. It means that you accept yourself for what you are. Loving yourself means that you accept responsibility for your own development, growth and happiness. When you love yourself, you pave the way for all you want and need to come to you at the right time in the perfect way".

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lady Of Leisure [Part 2] - Watch God Work 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

I think my single biggest obstacle of achieving everything I image in life are my feelings [emotions].  Seriously, if I take a moment to reflect on why I have [or have not] achieved something, I can make a clear connection to my emotions.  Sometimes, my feelings drive me to being relentless until the outcome is mine. Other times, I don't feel like taking any action and suffer the consequences. 

Either way, I'm realizing how critical it is to become someone who is fully in control of my emotions because I KNOW THAT EMOTION IS A PRECURSOR TO ACTION.  Without the right emotion, I won't take action. Too often I toggle back and forth between being fully motivated to conquer the world and feeling like doing absolutely nothing.  Then there are the times when I'm taking a ton of action and don't see the results then suddenly lose the motivation to keep going.

Ideally, I would like to face each day, each task, with a consistent sense of resolve.  Knowing that I made a promise to myself and not wavering, or backtracking simply because I know longer feel like it. I want to be the person who hears the internal voice and totally disregards it. The person who works out even though they don't "feel like it." The person who writes every day.  The person who works on their passion seven days a week without [yet] seeing one cent of profit.

The voice will never go away.  Let's all agree on that.  It's not about making the voice disappear.  The greater victory is in how to DO WHAT IS NEEDED TO BE DONE REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE VOICE IS TELLING YOU.

I've been blessed with the platform to accomplish everything my heart desires, while still supporting my husband and his dreams full time. I have a list of goals to accomplish our first year of marriage. 

"Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others" - 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pathway To Purpose - Believe In Yourself

Why is it that we are afraid to do things, take risk and move forward in life when we know in our hearts that it will be to our benefit. Is it because we are comfortable where we are or maybe we scared of what others may think? Whatever the reasoning, it might be the very thing that’s holding you back from greatness. I believe most of us are destined for greatness. There are times when I dream about ideas I’d like to accomplish and then I fail to take the proper steps to execute. Even if I know the idea alone is awesome. It all boils down to the fear that what we believe in so deeply, might not be perceived the same by others and of course failure.

It also takes a small team to help you with the process of pursuing your dream, you just have to take the first step. I was watching Sharon Stone on Oprah’s life class and she said something that stood out to me, “LET LIFE HAPPEN”!

She went on to say why admired Magic Johnson so much. She said it was because he knew he needed his team to win and he also trusted them. She called it the no look pass and that is what attributed to them winning many championships over time. 

See we have to love ourself first then learn to be able to trust someone wholeheartedly; once that takes places, your other teammate can feel it and you all become in sync. Others will know you’re confident and mean business. Once you have that person in your life, you’ll be able to move forward without fear and start conquering the game of life.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Life As A Lady Of Leisure...

I first and foremost would like to apologize for my lack of blogging. As many of you can understand; the closer your wedding approaches, the less time you have for anything else. I will begin this blog by recapping my wedding, honeymoon and then talking about my future plans.

The week before and on my actually wedding are moments I will cherish with me forever. Not many people are fortunate enough to say that their parents and stepparents get along, but this girl can! Imagine both parents, stepparents and siblings in one mini-van running around a city completing wedding task. I WAS HAVING THE TIME OF MY LIFE! We all laughed and cracked jokes on one another like one big happy family. I am sure Charlotte is sick of all of us but we don't care. Next time the city will prepare for all of us at once.

On my actual wedding day, I can say the schedule I created went exactly as planned. All the last minute changes came together so perfectly. Not one thing interfered with timing. My special day was absolutely magical. I couldn't have dreamed of anything better. All the feedback Omar and I received from our guest let us know they felt the same way too. It was something out of a fairytale. 

To my parents,
"I would like to thank you so much for giving me the wedding of my dreams. Not only financially but through your support and hard-work. I couldn't have pulled off something so beautiful if it was for your constant sacrifice of time and patience. The four of you played a major role in the success of giving your daughter away and I will be forever thankful of that. You can now rest as I am in good hands."


My honeymoon was a week of a lifetime. It started with a sixteen hour drive halfway across the country with my new husband. He did all the driving and I did all the sleeping lol. We were driving all of our gifts and purchases back home (down fall of having an out of state wedding). During our riding we became rappers, I learned how to read a map (in greater detail don't try to play me), discussed our year/five year plan, goals and personal life. We decided to spend the night in Baton Rough after a 11 hour drive time. THE HOTEL WAS AMAZING! One of the best rooms I've ever stayed in. They also had the best breakfast buffet. This girl loves to eat!

Once arriving back home in Houston; we had enough time to shop for honeymoon attire, whataburger, some house maintenance, one hour of tv, unpack to repack and a nap before our flight at 7AM. We were off to Punta Cuna as husband and wife. I won't give you blow by blow but I will say even though I was sick most of the time I HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE. I fought through my sickness in order to enjoy every activity we had planned. I promised my husband that I would be open minded and that I was. We swam with sharks, sting-rays and dolphins, we zip lined a crossed mountains and jumped off rocks into an ice cold cave filled with water. I don't think it gets any more open minded for an individual in one week. Again is was all a fun and memorable week. 

We concluded our honeymoon in Miami. We enjoyed the day of South Beach and American food. I think we turned into mermaids all the water we endured this week. 

I can honestly say this is only the beginning. This blog is already long than I would have hoped; therefore, I will focus on my future plans next blog. Just prepare yourself for our takeover!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Protect Your Friend Space - Comfortable In Your Own Skin

I spend most of my time with my family and really don’t have time for anything else. However, I love having intellectual conversations with woman because let’s face it, men don’t understand us at times. I ONLY spend time with women who don’t like to gossip about others, compete with me and strongly believe in God. I definitely can’t deal with a woman who’s temperamental. I’ve also learned that feeling comfortable and being accepted by women you surround yourself with, leads to confidence and peace within. This is why I choose very carefully whom I give my time too and where it’s spent. I’ve worked too hard on myself; therefore, I can’t afford to go backwards. I am finally a woman that is comfortable in her skin.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Staring Fear In The Face: My Decision To Resign - 15 Days Until I Say "I Do"

As many of you have read on my social media sites, I’ve officially gave my resignation letter to my current employer. After being employed with TH Hill for the past three years it was a tough decision to make. TH Hill is one of the leading oil and gas inspection companies in Houston. Within three years, I was promoted twice and working towards another. I knew continuing down this path would open up an endless amount of opportunities. With no regrets I am willing to walk away from all that. I believe God has something greater in store for me.
I’ve been BLESSED with the chance to walk away from a promising career path and start a journey of passion. Doing something I absolutely love and will not seem like work. My future husband asked me to spend the first couple years of marriage with him abroad. While overseas I will further my education and start our nonprofit organization; which has always been a dream of mine. I will work diligently as a wife, student and business owner. I will not allow this opportunity to go to waste. I will change the mind of many women; that because I am a stay at home wife, doesn’t me I am worthless. I will prove to doubters that depending on my husband financial does not make me any less of an independent woman. I will encourage others to step out on faith because every opportunity will be covered in fear and risk. I will show the world that Jelicia Morrison Reed isn’t your average woman.
My future husband and I will spend our first year of marriage in Hiroshima, Japan.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Won't He Do It - Closing On Our First Home

Thursday, June 12, 2014
A Day I Will Never Forget! One For Our History Book!
Today, Omar and I closed on our first home. HOW EXCITING! Words cannot describe the feeling of having something to call our own. I've had the privilege of designing every aspect of our home; whether it was flooring, tile, granite, lighting or paint colors.
Last summer while paying $1250 for a two bedroom apartment, we discussed purchasing a home. We decided to do our research. I immediately knew I wanted to live in the Cypress area. It's an up and coming area that's very family orientated and has one of the best school districts in Houston. Our apartment was right outside of the suburb; therefore; we were very familiar with its surroundings. Also, my job is on the board of Cypress and Houston, so my commute to work would be less than fifteen miles roundtrip. We begin spending our weekends visiting different neighborhoods.
We had a wish list;
1: It must be a two story house
2: Master bedroom must be upstairs - future child(ren) planning
3: There must be an island in the kitchen - omar was admitted about this
4: At least three bedrooms with a office or 4 bedrooms
5: It has to have a game room area
6: It must be within ten minutes of my brother's home
Honestly, most of the items come standard in Texas homes. Finding a master bedroom upstairs was the hardest item on our wish list. Most individuals don't mind being separated from their of age children. Since we haven't started our family yet, I refuse to walk up and down stairs in the middle of the night. With that in mind we had to turn down many of neighborhoods. A master upstairs just wasn't common. By the end of the summer we were engaged, knew how much we were willing to spend, a reasonable wish list but still without the perfect home.
That's when we made the tough decision for me to stay back in America to finish up school, continue working, wedding planning and search for the perfect home, while Omar traveled to Japan. TALK ABOUT A PLATE FULL. I decided to move back home with my parents to save money and relied heavily on my brother to spend his weekends house hunting with me. Early December, I found the perfect home in the most amazing subdivision. It had everything on our wish list. A little further into Cypress than we ideally wanted to be but that was one compromise I didn't mind settling for.
Without seeing the house, floor plan or neighborhood, Omar trusted my information and opinion. We began our house buying process in January. Throughout all of the paperwork and meetings, my mom never missed a beat. With Omar being away, she knew it would be a lot for me to take on by myself. She showed up for every appointment I had. Omar attended some via facetime lol. Five months later I am so honored to say we are homeowners.
The Building Of Reed Headquarters
Yes, I did visit our future home every week lol.

Omar's Favorite Part Of The Home