Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Be Thankful


Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. It is the time when all family, friends, co-workers and even strangers gather together to break bread and to express what they are thankful for. Given the fact that we are alive and reading this post means that there is a lot to be thankful for. So, before going to bed tonight or heading to work in the morning, think about all of the things that you are thankful for and tell someone so that they too can hear positivity throughout the day.


On this cold and stormy evening here in Virginia, there are many that do not have food to eat, a home to live in, and a warm bed to sleep in. Amazingly, I talked with someone today who was missing one the three that I mentioned above, but was still thankful that they were alive and well.

So, I leave you with this note. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 of the New International Version (NIV) it reads, "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." What ever you do, give thanks. Be thankful for breathing, seeing, family, love, friends, finances and anything that you can think of - be thankful.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  


Stay fabulous,

Suzie








*The views and opinion in this post are 100% my own. The information is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or replace professional and medical services.*
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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Setting Standards

What would life be like if you did not have any standards? Would it be everything that you ever dreamed of? Would it be a nightmare? What would life really be like if you didn't set any standards for yourself?

This was a question that took me many years to answer. A long time ago when I was younger, of course, I did not have any standards. And if I did, they were quite low or mediocre. It was not until I saw a sermon on television which demonstrated how to create abundance.  The sermon revealed numerous things that I as an individual needed to complete in order to succeed in life. From hearing this new information, I decided to create new standards for myself.

1. First, I examined my surroundings. I thought about how my environment should reflect my personality and what I desired in life. Mainly, I wanted my environment to represent the new me or the true me. So, I envisioned how I wanted my home to look and immediately began working on correcting the mess that was surrounding me. 

2. I know that I have conversed about organization and starting where you spend the most time. I started organizing and redesigning my bedroom.  This was a new concept for me, so I needed a little help. I researched several magazines and watched redesigning shows to collect ideas. Once I had my plan together, I diligently worked to restructure my bedroom to how I wanted it to be.

I know that I have mentioned this before and I'll say it again, "start out in the room that you spend the most time in and if you want to learn how to set a standard then look at everything in the room and actually write down all of the things that you want to change." After some time of correcting those deficiencies, changes will eventually transpose not only into other aspects of life, but you will start to see a difference in yourself. Some of these differences may be in your finances, work,  home life or relationships.

3. It's amazing how mastering something small can enable someone to set better standards for whatever is desired in life. What I mean is, years ago when I had very low standards for myself and really wasn't asking for much of life, I started out by cleaning up my surroundings.  I wanted a promotion at work and I wasn't getting interviews nor opportunities for growth.  I felt that I needed to grow, but didn't know how. I felt that if I sat down, and drew out a plan or strategy,  sooner or later I could obtain a victory.

Each inch of my bedroom I cleaned and thoroughly organized.  That action and motivation transposed into my clothes and how I saw myself. When I opened my underwear drawer, I saw underwear that was worn, or torn, outdated, contained pieces that had stretched elastic, and faded materials.  I was disturbed that I had held onto these undergarments for so long, so I threw them away.

My next step was to purchase all new good quality underwear. When I had an adequate collection, I moved onto socks, pants, bra's , shoes and so on. My whole outlook on life changed, and I felt different. I wanted better things in life and also wanted a better job than what I was planning to apply for.

What I wanted in general, was something greater.  I knew that I could not settle for just anything. I knew what I wanted and I went for it. I no longer saw myself as mediocre. All of my past insecurities melted away. 

Looking back, setting standards started out with seeing how my room was chaotic and unfitting to be in. And because, over time, I saw that it was clean and I could think clearly, I began to desire nicer things in my life. I was no longer afraid of lack, mediocrity or change. I deserved good quality, abundance, prosperity and a clean environment. 

In  Philippians 4:19 of the New International Version (NIV) Bible it reads, "And my God will meet all of your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus." In other words, God will provide for your needs, whether it is clothes, food, employment, a raise, finances, or a spouse. He will provide. So, don't be afraid to set standards for yourself. Get up and stand for something good and prosperous in your life and know that you will be successful if you do not give up. 

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Thank you for reading and have a blessed week. 

Stay fabulous,
Suzie



*The views and opinion in this post are 100% my own. The information is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or replace professional and medical services.*
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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION® (NIV)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Every Hurdle Is An Opportunity

It seems that every time you try to do something right, here comes another hurdle. This seems so true when you have decided to put your life on the right track and do something great. It makes you wonder, "what am I doing this for?" or "why me?"  Does any of this sound familiar to you?

Hurdles are simply obstacles. They are stumbling blocks that randomly show up just around the time that you are going to succeed. Most often, I have experienced hurdles that are related the goal that I was trying to reach. For example, if I was trying to save money, then an unexpected bill would show up. This bill symbolized discouragement, but after years of experiencing victories in my life, I try to redirect my focus on my original goal. It's harder said than done. However, if you let every obstacle get you down, then it may take longer to reach your goal. 

Whenever something would show up, I would say to myself, "I MUST be in the right track and something great must be coming my way." If it wasn't, why would adversity show up?  I don't expect it, however, I prepare myself and heart to overcome hurdles and to overcome challenges.

In Isaiah 54 v. 11 of the Holy Bible reads, "so is my word that comes out of my mouth: it will not return to me empty or void, but will accomplish the purpose for which I sent it (NIV)." In other words, the words that come out of your mouth can either make or break your success. When hurdles and obstacles show up in your life, take it as an opportunity to turn it around with your words. Words are quite powerful. They can make someone feel strong and enthusiastic or they can break someone down and belittle them. 

If you practice every day by redirecting your words to reflect success, then your belief, strength and faith will increase. If you know that even though hurdles may come, your mindset will be focused on success and you would be able to overcome anything that you put your mind to.

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Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week!

Stay fabulous,
Suzie


*The views and opinion in this post are 100% my own. The information is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or replace professional and medical services.*
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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Making Decisions

Where you presently are today is the result of a decision that you have made either a day, week, month, or year ago.  Whether this seems true or not, you have decided to be exactly where you are. Your actions have been following your decisions all along. No one else has decided or acted for you. You are 100% responsible for the decisions that you make in your life. This is the hardest thing to accept for many people who are out there. 

Like many individuals, when I was younger , I thought that I was invincible.  I didn't have a care in the world until I graduated college and began looking for a career. Throughout my tenure I was given uplifting and informative advice. Some advise I took, and others I took with a  grain of salt. I knew that the years ahead heavily depended on the decisions that I made before graduating. So, I carefully examined my options, consulted with fellow colleagues and made my plans to start job hunting. Within a few short weeks I obtained a position that would launch my career within the health care industry and provided me with a plethora of skills that I utilize today.

Who knows what would have happened if I decided to lounge around and wait for an opportunity to come to me. In Proverbs 21v.5 of the Holy Bible reads, "the plans of the diligent lead to profit , as surely as haste leads to poverty" (NIV).

It is important to remember that when you have a decision to make, take the time to exam your options, but do not let too much time pass before making a decision. Opportunities come, but some do not come more often than others.  Also, do your research before making a move. A well thought out plan and decision, is a successful one.

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Thank you for reading and see you next week! 


Stay fabulous,
Suzie

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Significance of Being Organized

What is the significance of being organized?






There is a light and airy feeling when things are put away in its rightful space.  The emotional distress of a disorganized and cluttered area can interrupt those positive vibes that are present when a room is tidy and in order. For instance, envision yourself walking into your bedroom.  What is the first thing that you see?

I know that the first thing that I see is my bed. If my bed is made and looks neat and clean it makes me feel a sense of accomplishment. If my bed is unmade and has unfolded laundry on it, it makes me feel as if the room has a heaviness.  It also feels as if there is another task for me to accomplish.

The picture shown above is a shelf in my laundry room. Before this shelf was mounted to the wall, I had boxes and bottles of detergent all over the  washer and dryer. Now, I have the labeled glass canisters within reach so that I can visibly see the detergent and not the mess.

Having an organized laundry room, bedroom, closet, or small area has decreased stress and has enable me to think clearer. Instead of wondering where everything is, or wondering if I have enough of anything, I can visible see and then plan my next steps accordingly.

In addition, according to research, a clean environment uplifts instead of depresses. The air feels crisper and cleaner and flows better.  A disastrous and cluttered area seems stagnant as if the air isn't moving anywhere. It usually feels heavy and overwhelming or, somewhat depressing. So what is the significance of being organized?

Before I started organizing, I didn't understand the true significance. I conducted research and found many answers to my own questions. I look back at the times when I had disorganization  in my life. It felt depressing, overwhelming, and somewhat saddening when I looked at my environment.

When enough was enough I began to organize my entire life.  I first began in my bedroom.  The first place I started with was the bed. It was the first thing that I saw when I walked in the room and the last thing when I shut the door to leave for work. I grabbed a pen and paper and wrote three items on my list each day that I felt needed my immediate attention. As the days passed, I began to see my progress. I noticed that I started to feel excited about tackling additional items on my list. Soon I began watching decorating shows and reading magazines to obtain ideas on how to decorate the room. I also noticed that I enjoyed organizing and wanted to perfect my skill. After I felt that the room had all the specifications that I desired, I moved onto the next room. 

After months of working on my home, I realized that organization required planning, immediate action, and consistency.  As each room began to transform before my eyes, I felt happier and relaxed. It was a pleasure to walk into a room without having to feel burdened down by a million mile list of to do's. When unexpected guests would stop by, I didn't feel embarrassed, closed off or,  apologetic about my surroundings.  I was comfortable and laid back. 

So,  the significance of being organized was the serenity and peace of mind that came with having a cleaner and more orderly space.  I was able to think clearly, relax more,  spend additional time with my family and certain ideas for decluttering other areas of my life came frequently.

In 1 Corinthians 14:40 of the NIV Bible it reads, ... But everything must be done decently and in order." The same applies to whatever you decide to tackle throughout life.  By starting with a well thought out plan, and diligence to complete each task, there is no limit to what any individual could accomplish.  

Remember, organization is ignited by a thought, a plan and then proceeding action. Organization begins and ends with you. Once you start and never stop, then a system or an ongoing routine will help with staying on task.  

I hope this blog post was helpful. Please feel free to comment and subscribe if you would like to read more content like this. Thank you for reading and happy organizing! 

Stay fabulous,
Suzie

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Your best hour

There is great power in every hour of the day. Every unused hour that passes, is an opportunity that has been missed.  So which hour will be your best hour?

Growing up I have been fortunate to watch the "Hour of Power" with Robert Schuller. When I was younger, my mother watched his ministry and because we only had one television at the time, I did  too.  I repeatedly heard the messages, but had no clue what it meant until now.

For so long I was disorganized and had no idea on how to get myself together. I was lost spiritually, mentally and emotionally. In the NIV it reads in 1 Corinthians 14:33 ..."and God is not a god of disorder but of peace - as in all the congregation of the Lord's people." I took this to heart because my home, job and life was in total disarray.

Some time ago, I had a conversation with my mother about past times. She read that Robert Schuller had passed away and  instantly, I remembered the "hour of power".  I took time to research the sermons  and came to the realization that every hour can be your best hour, depending on how you utilize the time.

I began mapping out my day and choosing the most pressing issues that needed to be handled first. In my home I started working on my bedroom. This was the place that I spent the most time reading, sleeping, and dressing. Next I worked on the bathroom, kitchen, and so in.  All had become organized, but there were other areas that needed attending to. Something was missing. The most important component above all that I had not worked on was myself. The journey from that time forth  has not been easy, but it has been well worth it.

Today, I take time to work on myself, home, work and family. It has been amazing to see how much I can accomplish in a hour's time. In the morning I listen to a spiritual uplifting message, straighten up the bathroom after my shower, make up the bed, wash a load of laundry, feed the dog, grab a cup of tea, and head to work - all before 8am.

At work, I do the same as home. I carve out a time to work on and complete all pressing items to increase productivity. In the afternoon when I return, I spend quality time with my family, and take at least 30 minutes to straighten up after dinner. When you build a regular routine, you'll be amazed at how much you can accomplish in just one hour. All you need to do is choose the hour.

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Thank you for reading and stay fabulous!

Suzie

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Cleaning and Purging

Today is a good day to clean and purge. Cleaning and purging can mean so many things. It can represent you cleaning out your closet. It can also represent you cleaning and purging your life your finances, the contents in your kitchen, your drawers, emails, car or household. When I think of cleaning and purging I tend to look at many of the items that I have too much of.
 I recently posted a video on Instagram indicating how many shoes I had.


My collection consisted of many years of accumulated pieces. Some were tight, and others worn as well as outdated.   Also, there was a lack of space in my closet to put clothes in.

When your things become more than what you need or have room for, then it's time to look at cleaning and purging. In addition, things are in your life for a season and/or a reason. So, when that reason or the season has passed then it's time to move on.  In Ecclesiastes 3:6, in the NIV, it reads, "... there is a time to keep and a time to throw away."

When I looked at the closet, it was surely a time to throw away everything that I hadn't worn in a year. Importantly, fear of losing memories that were associated with those shoes, prevented me from letting go. However, after realizing that I wouldn't lose those precious memories, I came to the conclusion that I had the opportunity to make new ones.

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Thank you for reading.

Stay fabulous,
Suzie.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What Are You Asking For?

What are you asking for?

I have listened to multiple conversations of individuals who ask for more money, a better job, a spouse, more clothes, or simply great health. What are you asking for on a daily basis? My other question is, what are you not asking for?

I recently had a conversation with my husband and he conveyed something very interesting to me. He indicated that,  "true failure is when you don't ask for what you want or you give up before you decide to ask." This interesting statement lead me down a path to further explore the concept of "asking". 

Years ago, I was afraid to ask for anything. My fear was simply being rejected or hearing the words - no! As young children, the word "no" is said quite often.  No! - don't touch that, or no, you can't have this! No, became one of my first words until it became a part of my regular vocabulary. 

I remember listening to my Sunday School teacher in the early summer of 19.... She read from the King James Version of the Holy Bible, Matthew 7:7 which reads "ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you will find".  Since the Bible reads, "ask and it shall be given to you," then why not ask for what you want?

It is crucial to know that your words, or lack of words is helping to shape your life. When someone says I don't have, and refrain from asking for abundance, it's like asking for lack or mediocrity. Your 
mouth is one of the most powerful tools that you have.  What comes out of your mouth, comes to fruition in your life. If you need proof, monitor what you say, and then examine your life. 

It is very important to know how to ask. I was taught to say the Lords Prayer (Matthew 6: 5-13) first. If you are harboring any anger or ill will toward anyone, ask for forgiveness and move on. Furthermore, ask God to show you the path that He has set out for your life and then take action. Note that in the text it does not say, ask and you might receive or ask and someday you'll receive. It reads, "ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find". How much more confidence can you get when it is written, "you will receive,"  That looks definite to me. 

The question now is, what will you ask for going forward?  If what you are asking for positively benefits you, write down the desires of your heart and ask for it. Along with it, it is always a good idea to ask for understanding, wisdom and guidance as well. Sometimes we ask for things that may not benefit us, and if you ask for understanding as to "why" then God will help guide you on a more beneficial path to attain a victorious outcome. 

Remember, fear in itself can only cripple you if you let it. If you ask, and you get a yes or a no, then you have received your answer. If you don't ask, then, you will never know what greatness could have come out from you boldly asking for what you desire.

Thank you for reading this week's post.  I hope it has helped in your journey. Please feel free to comment and subscribe for more content.  Have a safe and wonderful week. 

Stay fabulous,

Suzie

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What Motivates You?

What motivates you?

According to Alfred Adler's (a well known psychotherapist) theory on personality, there is an underlying force that motivates us all. Whether it is food, money, love, sex, family, or for many - success, something motivates us all to take action. However, what truly motivates you?

Motivation comes in many forms and is inspired by your mindset. It is either intrinsic (internal) or extrinsic (external). This is an interesting question to ask yourself, your significant other, friends, co-workers, and relatives. If you are unsure of what motivates you, ask yourself, "what am I good at, or what could I improve upon?" These questions can jump start your motivation process.

There is one important component to getting motivated. That component is, making a decision.  If you want to be in a relationship and become motivated to start working out, then you have made a decision to be in a relationship. If you hate the job that you are in, and start looking for new work, then you have made the decision to change your circumstances by seeking new employment.

Years ago, I had a job that I began to despise. On Friday's I was full of energy, and was motivated by go back home as soon as I left the house for work. Getting up in the morning was rough, especially Monday's through Thursday's. I did not enjoy life and had no motivation to be in that environment. It was a vicious cycle to get up and go to work. This simple task of getting up, getting dressed, and driving to work became challenging day by day.

On Sunday evenings I couldn't sleep. I would stay up until 2am dreading the next morning. I would also spend wasteful time thinking of many reasons why I should call in sick. I literally became ill at the thought of going to work until it hit me one day. I needed to find what motivated me, and more importantly, I needed to make a decision. If something in life is making you completely miserable, then it may be time to do some soul searching to find out where it is that you need to be. 

I made a decision to leave and seek another venture.  I decided to live life, open a new business, and work on mastering my talent.    The moment I made a decision, I felt relieved and became excited. As I began working on my new business, I started enjoying life again. Life seemed to change almost instantaneously. I wasn't bogged down with negative thoughts. I was uplifted and felt victorious. I finally changed my mindset and it changed my whole perspective on life. I no longer felt trapped and inundated. I had unlocked to key to what motivated me to succeed and work toward a more fulfilling life. 

Motivation is different for everyone. Whether it is to loose weight, by a home, or become financially successful, it all starts with a decision. If you are unsure of where to start, ask the Lord to guide you first. In Proverbs 2:6 reads, the Lord gives wisdom. So, why not seek advice from HIM and not the average acquaintance who may not have your best interest at heart. It also reads, from HIS mouth comes knowledge and understanding. There is no doubt that when you seek this route, an answer will come. Once you have received your answer, it your decision whether to act or lay back and wait for something to happen.

*Remember, motivation is something that should positively benefit you and thus positively benefit those around you as well. 

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Thank you for reading.

Stay fabulous,
Suzie






* The scripture Proverbs 2 verse 6 comes the King James Version of the Holy Bible.










Wednesday, September 6, 2017

What do you want?

What do you want? This is question that a large percentage of individuals are not able to answer.  However, if you have ever felt stumped about identifying what you truly want, then you are not alone.

Finding out what you want (in general) may be a basic question with complex components. Searching for answers could trigger memories, emotions and even pleasant or stressful feelings.  However, there are five simple items that you can do to identify what it is that you truly want. Remember, this could be anything, organization, declutter a room, a car, a home, a relationship, a job or even better finances.  So ask yourself, "what do I truly want?" If it is counterproductive to achieving your success, then it may not be in your best interest to pursue it. However, if you are willing to put in the work and effort to achieve it, then you will find what it is that you want.

1. The first step is to -  find a quiet place to think.  This may not always be possible, but it is certainly attainable. If almost every room in your house is occupied, think about the bathroom, closet or even your parked car can be a great place to take time to get your thoughts flowing.

2. Grab a piece of paper and start writing. Something occurs when you put thoughts to paper. The words become real and no longer seem trial or imaginary. Brainstorm for a few minutes. If you have to take time for several days or weeks, then do so. Once you have read, and reread what you have written, its time for you to take the next steps.

3. Choose 3 - 5 things on the list that stand out as either urgent or a must do. Next, fully describe each item. Put enough details that if you were to convey your thoughts to another person, they too can visualize what you want as well.

4. Choose your top desire/ want and read over what you have written. If deep down you feel the excitement of working toward what you have expressed in wiriting, then this is more than likely something that you will happily pursue.

5. This is the most important and crucial step.   Ask yourself, "why do I want this?" If you can truly answer this question "why" - without hesitation, then you are on the right path to attaining what you want.  

To attain any goal in life requires belief, will power, great faith and more importantly, God's help. I was reading today's word which came from Hebrews 11:16 which indicates that FAITH is required to please GOD. If you have FAITH, then you have the mindset that matters and what you want will quickly come to you.

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Stay fabulous,
Suzie





Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Restoration

Have you ever lost something that you found was really precious to you, and you wanted it back? Well, as I watched a movie this weekend, there was a young lady who was losing her husband, but in the midst of it, she had taken the time to find out what she wanted out of life. She wrote down in a personal journal,  "what do I want." She wanted to restore her life, but she didn't want it in the way that it was presented to her for many years, she was looking forward to so much more.

It was quite interesting to see how that movie related to many stories that I have encountered over the last few years.  Years prior,  I  felt like the character in the movie. Everything that I had worked for  had slowly slipped through my grasp and it felt like I had hit rock bottom.

In the midst of this storm, I gotten a hold of the word. In Deuteronomy 30 V 3 it reads "...God will restore everything you lost..." I clung to those words, I felt everything was going to be restored because God does not lie and He always has come through for me, even when it was late in the "midnight hour."

Knowing and believing for many years that I am blessed and restored, I began seeing multiple changes. I felt ready to receive the blessings and was more than ready to share blessings as well. God blessed me with a promotion, a brand new home, a great husband, a healthy family, and a thriving business.

After five years, God has blessed and restored everything that had lost, and gave me even more than I imagined. If you had talked with me about five years ago, it would have been a less promising conversation. However, today, I share with you the lessons that I have learned over the last few years.

If you are wondering if life will get better, and you're looking to regain hope, God gives His promise that you will be restored!

I hope this short post was helpful. Please feel free to subscribe or leave a comment below. Have a wonderful week.

Stay Fabulous,
Suzie

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Unexpected Changes

No one knows the day, the hour, or the time when a change is about to occur. Many times when we are hit with unexpected changes which not only changes our day, it alters our outlook on life. Anyone who has experienced a loss of a loved one, a loss of a job, or even a birth of a newborn or a purchase of a new home, has experience changes in their lives. However how do you deal with an unexpected change such as a loss of a loved one, a loss of a job, a friend, marriage or anything that you did not expect to happen?

I recently connected with two friends who let me know that some changes were happening in their lives. One was quite drastic and resulted in the loss of income. Another friend had a loss of two loved ones who were very dear to them. I asked them both, "how do they deal with change?" They both answered humbly,  "take one second, one hour, one day, one week, one month at a time." Change is never easy especially when you know you're on the right path and something happens in your life to create stumbling blocks, and it always seems that maybe your not going in the right direction.  I find that sometimes when you do come across changes that are very good for you, adversity comes right after. It's what you do when the adversity hits that tells us who we are. It shows us how strong we are whether we can overcome it or whether we're going to succumb to it. The main objective is to become "Victorious" throughout anything in your life.

How do we overcome changes especially negative changes? We take it step-by-step and never stop moving forward. The key is keep moving. Don't stop. Keep driving. Know that you can be victorious. If you never stop then you will always come out on top. But if you do stop, then you may never know where you could have ended up. So, what am I saying?  Never stop moving. Never stop growing.  Always look forward and know that changes are something that helps us grow, helps stretch our minds and actually puts us in a place where we become better people if we let that change be something positive in our lives.

I hope this post was helpful. If you are experiencing some kind of change that can help someone today, please feel free to share your thoughts.

Stay fabulous,
Suzie

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mastering Your Day

How do you really master your day when you have so many things to do and so little time?

From the time that you wake up, you have so many tasks that you need to complete. It seems almost virtually impossible to get through the list of things that keep piling up and piling up as you try to juggle everything throughout the week. When does it all come to an end? When do you find the time to take care of everything?

There was a time when I just could not get a hold of my day, time or schedule. I wasted time procrastinating and living life to the minimum.  I could not master my time nor my life. I began listening to different motivational speakers, preachers, pastors,  bishops, and successful businessmen and women hoping to gain the perspective of  some of the most influential people.

Those who have actually conquered mastering their day and the tasks they had to do throughout the week, did one important thing. They were all reasonably planning out their.  I made list and plans, but it wasn't helping. I was making long list of things that I needed to do. Most of the time I wouldn't even get through number two on my list. Sometimes I only got through number one. Other times I got nothing done. The tasks alone that I listed seemed too long as well as far fetched to accomplish.

In listening to other motivational speakers and reading scriptures in the Bible that says to write your vision (Habakkuk 2:2) and then meditate and speak on what you need to do.   In week 1 as well as week 2,  I touched on the importance of writing down your plan, action, or vision.  Because I kept doing the same things over and over and expected a different result, I came to a conclusion that today is a great day to start mastering time and the tasks for the day.

Taking the time to really hone in on what was important and what was priority helped to align certain goals and timing . Initially, I made long lists of 10, 20, maybe even 30 things, and that's fine - if your a super hero. However what are your most important things that you have to tackle today?

 Now, I write at least three to five things that I need to accomplish. That is all that I take care of and all of them are mainly a priority for that day. The other items are completed as I go through the lists.   Scheduling time for household responsibilities such as laundry, reading, studying, cleaning the bathrooms, washing the dishes,  going out for family activities are now scheduled weekly.

Once I aligned my tasks with dates and times, completing those 3 - 5 items on my list became so much easier to handle.  I now feel that once my goals are completed for the day, there is a great sense of accomplishment. Sometimes we have to sit back and think to ourselves that we can't build Rome in a single day.

In essence if you take the time to figure out which items on your list are more important to you and work diligently to schedule those goals or task throughout the day, then you will be able to master your time.

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Thanks for reading and stay fabulous,
 Suzie




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*The views and opinion in this post are 100% my own. The information is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or replace professional and medical services.*
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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Overcoming Procrastination

Procrastination is the cousin of laziness. Years ago when I was overwhelmed, stressed, and going through financial trouble, I wondered if my life was going to get any better.  I felt that I had no control over what I did.  I had no clue about how to get it together.  I knew that one day I would have to make sure that I was well organized and take care of concerns and tasks in a timely fashion.

I was the queen of procrastination. I never did things on time. I would always put off whatever I could. I often felt that I didn't need to take care of business - thinking I could do it later. My grandfather always used to tell me, "if you don't take care of your affairs today, then you will do it by the 12th of never."

As the years progressed and I became a professional procrastinator, I began to experience quite a bit of loss in my life.  Overtime I lost friendships, finances, relationships, and multiple opportunities that I cannot get back. I wondered for a long time how was I going to get back on track? How was I going to get things done in a timely manner so that I don't lose relationships, friendships and in the long run, myself.  I knew that if I stopped procrastinating then I could gain more opportunities and actually take advantage of them. 

I was disgusted and tired of losing, so I did something that a lot of people don't really think about but it's necessary.  I simply got on my knees and started praying.  I asked God what do I need to do in order to change and overcome procrastination. The answer was staring me in the face. In a flash it came to me to do everything as it occurs. Take care of business now! Get organized, and clean up.

I had a great example in my uncle. When my father died in 1999,  my mother, sister and I were faced with many unfamiliar situations. My father handled all of the concerns of the house  such as the boiler, furnace and exterior of the home. My mother handled everything else that needed to be done such as groceries, utility bills, cleaning, and of course the children.  We were three women in a household who worked full-time and went to school. We did not have time to take care of all the essentials nor did we know how to do many of the works that needed to be done.

Interestingly, I remember a distinct conversation my mother had with my uncle. He was a businessman who had several thriving businesses.  Very quickly I learned how he became very successful from one event that I witnessed. We needed some work  to be done in the front garden.  It was a small 12 x 12 fenced yard, with a pine tree that grew very close to the house. The tree had grown so big that the roots stretched through an electrical box that was close to the house as well as the through bricks in the basement. When it rained, the front basement wall would be damp and after time, it would start to smell moldy.

One Tuesday evening at approximately 6:01pm, my mother expressed her frustration as well as the need for someone to come out to remove the tree and repair the basement wall.  By 7 a.m. the following morning my uncle had brought one of his workers to the house to start and complete the work in the garden and then in the basement. He was also parked in the street adjacent to the house to ensure that the work was completed in a timely manner. That day I learned a valuable lesson. My uncle, through his actions,  taught me that if you take care of things right away, then there is no need to procrastinate.  I was amazed at how fast he took action to get tasks completed.  Overtime, I learned that my procrastination was due to a lack of focus. If you streamline your focus, have a plan, and perform your tasks "now" instead of later, then you can overcome procrastination and get things done.

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Please enjoy your week and stay fabulous,


Suzie.








*The views and opinion in this post are 100% my own. The information is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or replace professional and medical services.*

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Have a voice

The alarm clock goes off and you hit the snooze button a few times before you finally get up out of bed. Your body screams tiredness and you slowly drag your feet to make your way to the shower. As you wipe your eyes, yawn and scratch your sides to help you walk up, a small painless grunt comes out. You think to yourself, "I could use a couple more hours of good sleep." Does any part of this scene sound familiar to you?

This was me everyday. On days that I had no clue on what I'm suppose to do or the direction that I was supposed to go, it happened just as I described. If I did not write down all of the things that had to be done throughout the week, then I felt like I was stuck in a rut. In other words, everything became disorganized.

One day my husband and I were getting ready for work.  It was 7am I had already started to feel a lack of purpose. He noticed my demeanor and said to me, "I know that you are tired, but I trust that you have an ultimate goal written somewhere- correct?

I had written down my goals, dreams and visions, but I didn't review nor read them everyday.  I hadn't spoken them out loud since I had written them previously.  Growing up I was taught to pray - pray without ceasing. Pray every day. Ask boldly for what you want and know that it will come to fruition. Believe, believe , believe and then believe again. Then you will build your faith and you will visualize your goals as if they were accomplished already.

Well, my goals were tucked away in the back of my closet. They were hidden behind a trunk full of winter shoes.  I was getting up and living life day to day without a rhyme or reason. It was like putting a car in cruise control and riding aimlessly without a destination. So, I decided to revisit the goals that I had written down and read them out loud.

Something began to change - not overnight, but within a few short weeks. Life began to become more purposeful. Goals that I had written, but never took the time to accomplish were now getting completed. Even at work I was becoming more focused and completed tasks in a timely and organized fashion. Although I was becoming more focused, I realized that if I stopped, I would end up back where I started.

In essence, when the time arises to make the decision to succeed, to change the direction of your life, or make a paradigm shift, never stop learning new things, dreaming, planning and always know that a strategy plus having a voice or speaking what you desire everyday will help you visualize and accomplish those goals.

I hope this post was helpful. Please feel free to subscribe and leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.

Stay fabulous,
Suzie.





*The views and opinion in this post are 100% my own. The information is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or replace professional and medical services.*
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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wednesday Inspiration


The evening has come swiftly. As the sunlight fades into the dusk, you realize that the very strenuous workday has come to an end. As I look back on all of the tasks and responsibilities  that I had to complete thus far, if I accomplished one task, then I look at is as a success. 

Years ago when I first started learning about writing your dreams and visions down on paper, I would write 10, 20, or even 30 things that I had to do.  It was an ever growing list of things that just kept coming and not going. Day in and day out I felt like I was dragging myself to get up, go to work, leave work then come home, so that I could do it all over again the next day.   It was always something to do. It felt like I would never get any rest. The word overwhelmed was an understatement. I was simply tired, frustrated and felt like I wanted to give up. 

I thought I was alone at first. Often I felt like I had no one to lean on or to share my story.  Then, after I decided to open up and share the trials and tribulations that I was going through.  I spoke with some of my colleagues as well as close friends and they also felt the same way - exhausted. Through multiple conversations and years of looking for answers, I learnt a valuable lesson.  The answer was so simple, - write the vision.

It is written in Habakkuk 2 v. 2, to communicate your vision in writing, but as years progressed I learned that there was more to the scripture. To simply just write your plan of action, dreams or visions isn't enough. You must make it clear so that if someone else were to read it and follow your instructions, they too can see your vision and flow with it.

You may ask, "where is this going?  It's straightforward. For every task or vision, action, or plan that you have, write it clearly, then focus on that one task until it is complete. There have been so many instances that I have written down too many tasks, and accomplished NOTHING!!! So, now I write down at least three things that I need to do either daily or weekly and start to write out all the necessary steps that I need to do, so that I could be successful at tackling everything on my list. It seems cumbersome at first, but it really works.

If I didn't plan out my day, then I wouldn't have gotten to this blog post. Now, I feel a sense of accomplishment every time I reach a goal. Some are small goals and others are quite large. Overall, I have to say that it feels good to set your mind on something and finishing it. Even though we have issues and concerns that come up everyday, tackle one issue at a time and make sure a minimum of one item on your list is geared toward elevating you to the next level of success.

I hope this post has helped you in some way today. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments and have a wonderful week.


Stay fabulous,
Suzie





*The views and opinion in this post are 100% my own. The information is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or replace professional and medical services.*

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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®

Completed Command Station

The command station is finally finished! In my post on July 16th, 2017 I discussed the initial steps in order to complete the station and now it is ready for immediate use. Please feel free to review my YouTube video to see how I put it all together as well as the list of materials that I used.

A command station is something that my family needed to keep abreast of so many projects that are happening around our home. The mail slot between the door was priceless.  It helps to cut down on junk mail because we review the mail every day and then we toss all of the junk mail immediately instead of waiting until the end of the week.

If you don't have a command station in your home or office and would like one, there are tons of pictures on Pinterest and videos on YouTube for you to gather ideas.

I hope this post was helpful. Please feel free to drop me a line and provide any ideas or comments about this post.

Until next time.....

Stay fabulous,
Suzie





*The views and opinion in this post are 100% my own. The information is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or replace professional and medical services.*

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