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!

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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®

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