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


Monday, June 2, 2014

Dream Bigger: Imagination - 2 Months Until I Say "I DO"


Imagination – the act of creating pictures of what is actually not present.

 Yesterday, Pastor Johnson preached a sermon on “Changing Your Life By Changing Your Mind” [referencing Jeremiah 1:5]. To summarizes the teaching, Pastor J was challenging people to dream bigger.

 “Your imagination impacts your mentality”.
 Regarding this particular sermon, my friend reference the story she heard my aunt and little sister discuss at my bridal shower. Growing up, I use to annoy my little sister with the same speech every night before we went to sleep, “when I am 25 years old I will marry a basketball player”. My sister would tell me to shut up but that’s what I dreamed about. I felt that is what I called into my existence.

 My friend shared with me yesterday “Often times, people are scared to dream big because of the work that it takes to dream big. Many people, throughout the course of their life give up their dreams for friends, family members, children or even spouses. Contrary to popular belief, many of my friends have shared their dreams  with me, and quite frankly they all pretty average. Dreaming takes work, and it takes courage to see visions or ideas that may scare you”. However, as a dreamer, I always encourage my friends to think about things that are not immediately attainable or easily accessible. Dreaming requires you to go above and beyond your surroundings and local environment. It also requires you to challenge yourself to see above and beyond what you think is for you, but see God to see what his magnificent, mind blowing plans are for you.
 No matter where you are in life, you can always dream. It does not cost you anything of monetary value to dream. However, it does cost internal strength to muster up a Dream so unfathomable that you sit in a daze thinking “How could this ever come to pass”.  The closing remark of the sermon was one that I will take with me forever “If your dreams aren’t big enough, GET YOU SOME NEW IMAGES. Because what you see is what you get. So if you see nothing, YOU GET NOTHING!”
 Exactly two months from now, at the age of 25, I will married the man of my dreams, who just happens to be a basketball player.



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Heart of A Lion ...

Life has been pretty smooth lately. I’m allowing myself to say that out loud, without thinking something has to go wrong. My focus and determination has been so on point. God has sent the right people to work with me which has caused me to flourish. It still doesn’t mean someone else isn’t having it rough at the moment. I write about a plethora of things, which isn’t necessarily what I  am going through at that moment. I’ll get an email from one of my readers which will allow me to try to encourage them with my story.
I feel like I put myself out there and can be BEYOND vulnerable which helps a lot of people. I truly believe that’s my gift in life, allowing myself to be so open. I don’t mind sharing an experience in order to aid someone, no matter the cost. In spite of the negativity it may bring, this gift has blessed me tremendously! It also allows people who I don’t even know to complement me genuinely and in return bless me.
Remember when you’re on a path of pursuing your goals, following your passion and following God’s lead, there will always be distractions, trails and disappointment. Just look at it as a bump in the road in order for you to get to your destination.  If you aren’t stumbling, then you aren’t doing what you’re supposed to do because the devil already has you in the palm of his hands. The devil only uses people to fool with those who do great.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Unconditional, Unconditionally, I Will Love You Unconditionally…

Journal Entry: Thursday, May 8, 2014
 “Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life" – via Proverbs 31:11-12
Daily I pray for my future husband. I pray God protects his mind, body and heart. I also pray for God to mold me into the woman and wife that my husband will need.
I feel like God has me on an operation table daily when I sit at His feet and spend time with Him in prayer about this area of my life. He cuts out pieces of me that need improvement. He is getting rid of the pride, selfishness and “it’s all about Jelicia” syndrome. He is then replacing those negative things with humility, selflessness and showing me how to really and I mean really love like Christ loves the church.
I am a work in progress but I want my first marriage to be my only marriage. So daily I die to myself and pray to be made in the image of Christ and to love my future king hard; to have his back right or wrong, to rock with him in the good, the bad, the broke, the hot mess, the rich etc. I pray I would be his biggest fan, his cheerleader and his queen.
I just want a chance to be a loving supportive wife to my future husband. I don’t know what God’s plan is for us, but I trust Him to know what is right. Dear God, I pray to you for strength, wisdom, and above all patience towards my husband. I pray to you to guide and lead us in the direction You intend for us. I pray to you God to keep my husband safe and healthy. In Your holy name I pray, Amen.
“Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together” – via Matthew 19:6

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Balance of Power ...

People associate power couples with only entrepreneurs or entertainers. I would never knock any one to make myself look more appealing, so when I say this I say it with the up most respect, “there are more ways to become a power couple than Barack & Michelle Obama, Sean & Beyonce Carter, or Will & Jada Smith”. There is life outside of what you see on TV, so turn it off and educate yourself. 

Last night Omar expressed how proud he was in my success with school, which intern motivated him to work towards completing his plan b. Even though, Omar is doing excessively well for himself in the overseas basketball industry, he still wants a strong career to fall back on. God forbid but you never know what can happen tomorrow, especially with the wear and tear professional sports demand on your body. He's already achieved a bachelor degree in business management but now wants to go back to school and complete his minor, which is criminal justice. I respect his hustle for wanting to be a provider one day. I admire that as a young black man he is working at it now and not putting it off until tomorrow. I support his dreams because I've witness the time and effort he gives to make things happen. 

I’m blessed to have a woman on your caliber by my side

Everyone by now knows the two things I'm most passionate about acquiring; success and happiness. I've conquered happiness in God, life, family, and love. Now it is my job to maintain it. When it comes to success, I have two different ventures I can take to get there. I'm very heart felt when I talk about helping other people. Helping people comes entirely too easy to me, I just know what to say at the right time, that people need to hear. I can be nurturing but it’s definitely with tough love. I've talked about that business venture in a previous blog (My Passion In Life to Help Others). Then there is part of me that loves fashion. Since as far back as I can remember, I've wanted to open up a boutique. I've thought about every detail down to what type of hangers the clothing will hang on. I can says it’s my biggest dream. But I understand the fundamentals of every game and comprehend how much power education holds when trying to make it in this world.  
I believe any couple can be a powerful couple. Even though you don’t fit in the categories of social elite doesn’t mean the impact you have in society is any less important. Omar and I have a solid foundation to become a power couple. We know our lane (mission), stay in it, and work it diligently. It doesn’t matter if the world knows our name; what matters is if we're harnessing the power that God has given us as a couple to love each other and to impact the lives of others.