Monday, March 30, 2015

SPRING IS HERE - #FlippingReedHeadquarters



I've been a homeowner for nine months. Besides purchasing all new furniture and appliances, I haven't done much decorating in my house. When people come to my house they say, "it looks like a model home". That statement comes from my home looking like nobody lives in it. Which is true to a certain extent. My husband and I purchased our home in June, got married in August and moved out of the country in September. That left no time to truly decorate the way I would have like too. Well, since we are home for the next few months it's finally time to turn this house into a more creative and personal home.


After talking with a lovely friend of mine, I decided to document my decorating process. Through sharing some of our renovations, improvements and decorative additions, I am hoping to create a memory book and possibly give others ideas/tips. 

As many of you know I watch HGTV all day long. I've adopted so many ideas that I will utilize around my home. Here goes nothing...

#FlippingReedHeadquarters
 

With the weather warming up, it's time to start spring cleaning and change. After thoroughly cleaning the house, it was time to move outdoors. My front yard lacked the proper appearance to match my outgoing personality. I wanted to make a simple change that would change its entire look. John Gidding, on HGTV's show Curb Appeal, always suggest flowers for a simple touch. Therefore, on the first day of spring I was so excited to venture to our neighborhood Lowe's and purchased hydrangeas. Besides roses I would have to say hydrangeas are the next best looking flowers.


I had never planted a flower before. I decided to watch several YouTube videos that were specific to planting hydrangeas. Planting flowers was much easier than I assumed it would be. After planting my new flowers, I decided to add new mulch and stone to provide additional cuteness.

Two week check in...


Monday, March 23, 2015

Investing in Yourself


You know when you just feel the push, the pull, the magnetic energy that's bringing you toward something? And you keep saying, "But..." "But..." And then you realize no excuse is good enough to put off your dreams, what pulls at your heart, what ignites your soul... so you do it. You take the plunge. You take the huge, giant, larger than life leap of faith. And the free fall is scary and beautiful all at the same time.

Yes .. No .. Maybe .. Interested ..

I'm a big-time believer in investing in yourself. I've learned, especially at this time in my life, how vital it is for me to be spending my money on my mind, body, and soul rather than just what's in my closet. 

I'm an even bigger believer in investing in your dreams. And I think often times, money can be our biggest "excuse."

"I can't afford it."

But if you're not living your dreams, what are you doing? Now, of course, we're all at different phases of our life. Some of us have families, mortgages, and other various factors that we must take into account. But, chances are, there's still something you can be doing to get yourself closer to that dream.

Don't let your circumstances define you. Defy the odds. Surprise yourself. Surprise everyone else around you by taking those dreams of yours and bringing them to life, despite all that's on your plate. 

One of the greatest, most worthwhile ways to invest in yourself is through learning. Invest in classes, training programs, seminars, one-on-one sessions to expand yourself. There is always something else we can be learning, developing, and studying to enhance our wisdom in our own field of dreams.

For me, this past year has been ALL about going big or going home. I stopped waiting for the "perfect moment" after realizing there was no such thing. After distinguishing exactly what my passions and purpose were.

Monday, March 16, 2015

You Are Enough. More Than Enough.

We’re constantly comparing ourselves. 
I don’t think a day goes by where each of us doesn’t compare ourselves to someone else. Maybe it’s a celebrity, a friend, a sibling, a boss, a colleague. Maybe you’re comparing your beauty, weight, grades, salary, material possessions, strengths, or personality traits.
We all do it. It’s a human drive—comparison gives us context for who we are, why we’re here, and how we find meaning in our lives. The downside is that we tend to compare ourselves to people who have something we think we want or need. 
Comparing ourselves to people we perceive to be “superior” in one or many ways creates envy and jealousy. 
Comparing ourselves to people we perceive to be less fortunate than us creates gratitude and humility. 
Unfortunately, our comparisons tend to fall into the first of these two buckets.
Social media perpetuates this issue. 
I don’t think we are truly, fully aware of the collective damage its doing to our psyches and relationships with one another. The powerful video below describes how social media is significantly adding to our feelings of loneliness. Ironically, the more “connected” we become, the more lonely we feel. 
We scroll through Instagram and Facebook feeds of people on nice vacations, partying it up on the town, eating at top-rated restaurants, hanging out at a fancy event, or meeting someone famous. 
What no one ever talks about is how they spent a little more than they could afford on the vacation. That night on the town wasn’t even that fun. The nice restaurant visit was a rare occasion for a family celebration. They got the fancy event invite almost by accident because someone they knew couldn’t go last minute. They acted calm/cool/collected when they met that celebrity, but freaked out inside because “OMGIJUSTMETACELEBRITY!”
We aren’t taking pictures of the Friday night we spend sitting in front of the computer answering emails because we felt unproductive during the week. We don’t post about how we’re having a fat day and want to sit in bed and do nothing (well, some of us do, but not the majority of us). We don’t tweet about the hard conversation we had with a significant other that left us in tears. We don’t talk about the falling out with our best friend, or the fight we had with someone in our family. 
We only show the good stuff. Because we want to feel worthy. We want to feel important. We want to be admired. We want to fit in and stand out, at the same time. 
We’re constantly comparing our behind-the-scenes to everyone else’s highlight reel. And as a result, we’re losing sight of what we do have, all the things we can be grateful for, all the ways in which we are enough as is—even with our lazy days, low bank accounts, messiness, and hardships. 
You are enough. More than enough.

Because here’s the ultimate truth:
Your behind-the-scenes are more honest and beautiful than anything on the highlight reel. 


Monday, March 9, 2015

S L O W - D O W N


John 14:8-9
"Philip said, Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied." Jesus replied, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don't know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show Him to you?"

Are you missing God? Sometimes we get Sbusy, distracted, or side-tracked that we totally forget about Christ. He's trying to talk to you, spend time with you, show you how crazy He is about you, but you are too busy.

S L O W - D O W N

Sit down and just be still.

Don't get so busy that you overlook Christ. There are billions of people on this earth and yet His eyes are on YOU! He cares for you and longs to spend time with you and talk to you. There's 24 hours in the day and you can take a little bit of that time and spend in quietness before Christ, worship, prayer, journaling, reading the Word, or all of the above.

I don't know about y'all but I NEED time with The Lord daily. I can totally tell when I've been slacking off with my quiet time. I'm much more needy, clingy, and touchy, I am sensitive and people tend to get on my nerves. WHY? Because I'm empty and need Christ. I love doing life with Jesus. I crave our talks and love digging into His Word and meditating on verses and listening to worship. My routine is to make a cup of tea, put on Tasha Cobbs, Forever Jones, Israel & New Breed or whatever I want to listen to on my iPad, get my journal and my Bible and just GO. I seriously adore that time more than anything else in this world. I just crave intimacy with Christ and at His feet is where I long to be. 

So, take just a few minutes and thank Him for life. Spend time reading a devotional or journaling your prayers. Be honest with Him. Don't overlook Him and don't ever get so busy and distracted that you miss Him. He longs for you and wants your whole heart! 

Be still and know that I am God. 

Psalm 46:10 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Spinach & Fruit Smoothie Challenge


A couple months ago I would drink this every morning. It taste really good after I figured out what makes a perfect combo, at least for my taste buds.

The Nutri Bullet has become my best friend. It’s easy, functional and chops everything up I put inside smoothly. Unlike juicers that remove some of the pulp in your fruit and veggies, this can blend it all up perfectly to make sure you don’t waste or lose a thing. Here’s what you’ll need. Spinach, frozen pineapple, blueberries, banana, sometimes strawberries and a little orange or apple juice to give your fruit smoothie a silky consistency. Perfection!

Starting Monday I will be back to making smoothies every morning. I challenge you to the same.

#JeliciaSmoothieChallenge

Share what combinations work well and taste good to you.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I Greeted Him With A Smile & An Umbrella

As many of you may have noticed Omar has been all over my Instagram timeline. Every other post is my husband and I acting up somewhere state side. I am sure most of you have wondered, "why isn't Omar in Japan?". HAHAHAHAHA. It's okay to admit that you are nosey. 

Omar returned back to the states last Friday after his resignation from his team in Hiroshima, Japan. Was this decision expected? No. Are we (mainly I) disappointed? No. Are we prepared to weather the storm? Yes. Are we (mainly I) nervous about our future? No, what kind of Christian do you take me for.

I honestly feel there is nothing to be embarrassed or worried about. My faith is so embedded in my Lord and Savior that I don't have many worries. I say "many" because I am still trying to master staying in our house alone [LOL]. But this situation does not bring about any worries for me. My husband and I are a strong team that will continue to flourish. We've prepared greatly for any storms that comes our way and we rest well every night knowing that God has a plan for us. I am a firm believer that God's plans for my life goes beyond my wildest dream. He is a man that makes no mistakes; therefore, this happen for a reason. Until that reason is revealed it's back to the drawing board. I cannot wait to see what God has in store. 

To all of Omar's fans that have reached out to us via social media, you are very much appreciated. The overwhelming love we've reached these past few days is unbelievable.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Make That Money Work - Spending vs. Investing

Pretend it's Friday and many of you might be receiving a paycheck today.  If you're anything like me, the very first thought on payday is how to divvy up the funds towards various bills and expenses.  Then, whatever's left is considered "spending money" to be used on random expenses that occur over the next couple of weeks.  Then, payday happens again and the cycle repeats itself.

Here's the thing.  We really have only two main resources to creating what we desire. We have our time and we have our money.  Both can be easily squandered mindlessly if we aren't careful. In the past, we've discussed how to purposefully allocate time by using a calendar and scheduling in time to work on your goals.  Now we talk about how to use your money in a way that propels you forward.


One fun activity you can do is to take a look back at the electronic records of your spending in January.  When I looked back, some of the transactions were eye opening.  Although I didn't make any major purchases, I had quite a few random small purchases that were insignificant in the grand scheme of things.  For instance, one day I had a craving for pistachios and made an impromptu trip to Walgreens to satisfy my urges.  While there, I picked up a few other small items and incurred an expense of $17. 00. Yesterday, I visited Bath and Body Works store and purchased a few new items. After picking up two new lotions and a few other things, I left with $33.00 less than I had when I entered. Was I wrong to spend that money on those items? Absolutely not.  We work hard, we are rewarded with money and we have a choice with how we spend our money.

But, what if instead of buying more lotion (I already have 100 of them) and pistachios, I decided to allocate those $50.00 towards something of more value.  If I had taken the same $50.00 and bought a quality candle instead, I would have received more value.  Why? Because when I burn one of my favorite smelling candles while I work, it elevates my mood, boosts my creativity and increased my productivity.  Or, I could have used the $50.00 and treated myself to a mani or pedi. Doing so could have a positive confidence and encouraged me to put a little more time in my daily appearance.  Maybe could have purchased enough organic vegetables to cover a week of juicing.  Or perhaps, I should have applied the $50.00 towards and experience that brings immense joy in my life like visiting my favorite sushi restaurant or having Sunday brunch with my husband. The possibilities are endless. The point is that I could think of 50 "better" things to do with the $50.00 based on the value I received.

Money is a tool exchanged for value.  Your goal should be to allocate your money towards things that bring greater value than what you spent. If, you have invested $0.00 last month towards generating more money, I invite you to rethink how you spend.  It could be something as passive as an interest bearing saving account or 401(k).  Or maybe you're taking even bolder steps like investing in a business. Whatever you decide to do, make it a goal to allocate a little money every month to work for you.

Now, before I spend money, I will ask myself, "Am I getting the value back for my investment?"  Another important question to ask "what else can I be doing with this money that could bring me more overall value?"