Overjoyed x Shades x Found my Marbles

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I might be the only person taking a selfie in the bathroom mirror with shades, ruby woo lip stick, a hot pink shirt, and a blue knit hat on…but hey it was Thanksgiving!  I was so thankful that my mom found my shades in her car that I had to take a quick snap shot!  We were reunited and it felt soooo good!!!  Lol!  I love these Jessica Simpson shades, they are the best, the roundness fits the contour of my face perfectly and when I need it, they cover what needs to be covered! 

Hey, have you ever lost something and it was almost the end of your world???  Well, for me this was one of those moments, I have been through a million pairs of shades and through them all, I’ve only liked two pairs.  A pair of Steve Madden’s that I had back in college, and these Jessica Simpson frames.  I know that I look wild, but I was so excited that I wanted to share this joy with you all!  Shopping and finding the right pair of sunglasses for your face can be difficult.  For the longest time, I was looking for the wrong shape, the square/ boxy style, which did absolutely positively nothing for the the curves of my face.  Every pair of rounded frames that I tried on just did not work well with me….but these!  These glasses make me happy 🙂

When you find something you really love, hold onto it and take good care of it…you’ll never know when you can find something of good quality again…if ever.

As always…thanks for stopping by….

It’s a Turkey Day Recap!!!

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This year on Thanksgiving, I just wanted to stay in my sweats and relax all day.  It’s funny because this is the first time that I’ve felt that way, but it’s also the first time that I’ve had to care for a child full time and work full time…..and it is exhausting.  Anyhow, I did make it out to eat with family and I am glad that I did!  I looked forward to stuffing my face around the clock on Thanksgiving day and I did just that without any guilt….but I think I will begin my work out program soon!  I had plenty to eat with deserts and all 🙂

The only thing different about Thanksgiving this year was the fact that we went shopping after dinner.  The Black Friday shopping pressure was on early this year!  I stopped by a few places, but my focus was to get my daughter some gifts for Christmas while they were on sale.  Anything that wasn’t on sale…let’s put it this way, I can wait until it does go on sale!  While I’m looking intensely through the store, she found a way to entertain herself…

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A toy that was built into the racks inside of a children’s store.  I loved it at first, however my issue is that when I’m ready to move to another aisle, it’s difficult for me to keep an eye on her.  As you can imagine, with any engaged toddler, it was a struggle to move her along…and especially out of the store!

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Black Friday shopping did get a little interesting, Best Buy opened it’s doors around 5 or 6 pm and this was the line wrapped around the store after 7:00 p.m.  There was a security officer standing at the door way as well, I have no idea what was so major…but the people waited outside until it was their turn to go into the store.

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At the end of the day…Thanksgiving is not about consuming excessive amounts of turkey or participating in an early shopping trip…rather it’s about giving thanks.  I am thankful to God for this smart, fun loving, goofy, and beautiful baby girl and all of my family and friends 🙂

 

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Freedom in a New Light

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Changes and transitions in life can throw us off, especially when they are unexpected, but you never know what God is up to when they occur.  The older we become, the more difficult it becomes to adapt to major sudden changes in our lives.  Although it can be hard to face change…don’t knock it because it could be a good thing….a very good thing.  People come and go, jobs change, living situations change, money changes, and friends may even change….but if you’re ever looking for something constant, God is.

We cannot control the outside forces that push us to transition into another place in life, however can do have control over how we react to it and whether or not we grow from it.  We cannot even control the reactions of the  people in our lives that may be faced with the same situation and pressure and that can reveal the true contents of the people/ person that we may be around.  We don’t always understand the “why?” or reason things happen…but they do…and if we stay still long enough and remain calm, the reason “why” may be revealed to us.

If I’m talking about changes and transitions so much, then why did I entitle this post “freedom in  a new light?”  Well, because the shifting of people, places, and things that can happen during major life changes can actually bring about a new freedom and light in our lives.  I’ve talked about it before…about 7 months ago I split up with the father of my child.  He refused to allow me to get mines and our daughter’s belongings on numerous occasions.  At first, I admit it set me off…mostly because he doesn’t even provide for her…but God.   He actually ended up trashing and destroying 96% of mines and my daughter’s belongings, but that is okay.  I’m no fool, I prepared for that moment without believing that it would happen.  I began replacing my daughter’s toys, clothing, and shoes before the occurrence.  As for myself, I lost so much weight in the transition that I wouldn’t have been able to fit most of my old clothing anyhow.  However, I was able to retrieve important documents, my daughter’s favorite tutu’s, and my designer bags before he had a chance to trash that.

Yes, this sounds horrible and low down dirty for a person to do, but it was for my good.  I didn’t need that stuff and the more I wasn’t around, the more I didn’t desire that “stuff.”  All of that “stuff” contained old memories that were tossed into the trash, I don’t need them.  I don’t need a daily reminder of how poorly I was treated by someone I devoted myself to and trusted for years.  I am not bashing the individual, I am just saying that through all of that and getting past the emotions of anger and sadness has allowed me to have a freedom in a new light.  Through it all, God kept me.  There is no other way to put it.  The change happened, major life transitions were into place, and I had to remain calm.  Yes, I cried often, very often…but after the tears I did see the new light.  The new light of happiness, freedom, and life that was waiting for me.  I didn’t snap or lash out against the individual, and even to this day I don’t.  I’ve forgiven and now I move on.  I could not control how he reacted to me or individuals nearby, but I could control my emotions and reactions. 

If I didn’t control my emotions or reactions, I’d be out of a job, would have let down my child, and disappointed family and friends.  I was able to remain so calm, that my father had to call me one day and ask “how are you doing with all of this?”  The question caught me off guard, because I just put my daughter as my responsibility ahead of how I was feeling.  She has needs and she has a mommy and loving family that meets them.  I didn’t think twice about my obligations or leaving them and I’m so glad I didn’t.  No matter what comes your way…it’s gonna come, just be conscious of your reaction to life’s events and happenings and trust God.  Always remain calm, peace will get you farther than anger.  Operating off of anger can be poisonous and set you back farther than what you desire.  Always be mindful of how you carry yourself and react around others.  Yes cry, yes scream, yes yell, yes vent to loved ones…but there is a time and a place to do that.  Hey, even get counseling if you need to.  I thought about it once…but when they say time heals all wounds….it’s kind of true, trusting God and allowing time to take it’s course can help.

If you look into my eyes now, you won’t find tears, because they have turned into strength and determination to build a better future for my family.  Sadness was apart of my life at one point, but today I smile and sing, because God has brought me this far and I am truly grateful.  I may not have all the material wealth that I’d like to possess, but I am content with what God has blessed me with and to me, that is living.  What God has blessed me with, I will no longer sit on or just look at idly…but I’m pounding the pavement and have raised a level up to aggressive ambition….if I fail, then so what….doesn’t mean that I’ll give up.  What is success without knowing what failure is?  Failure is not my end.  This new freedom and light of understanding that I posses gives me the strength to carry on knowing that God is with me always.

 

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Converse x Jewels x Smiles

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Hello!  I hope you all enjoyed your turkey feast and shopping with family 🙂

Being a busy full time mom who is on the go…I don’t always have as much time for myself as I would like.  I have  toddler with needs and wants that I address daily. If she looks a mess, then as a mother, I look a mess.  Sometimes, it just doesn’t matter because I can leave the house looking a mess some days, but it comes with the territory.  I’ve learned to take some time out for myself to at least be presentable lol.  But on this particular day, I was busier than busy, had three events to do all while toting a toddler around on my hip.  It isn’t easy, but I don’t complain, I thank God for my baby and the life that God has given me.

When it comes to the weekends, I like to look nice and I need to be flexible as well.  As much as I love to wear heels, it’s not always practical with a tot on my hip.  But I still wanted to rock my jewels…I just had to be creative with the look.  I was comfortable x confident x and cute…that’s all that matters 🙂

So I put on my forest green jeans and orange sweater from Old Navy, Converse sneakers, layered necklaces from Charlotte Russe, and a smile on my face 🙂

As always thanks for stopping by…

 

 

Art as an Expression through the Express

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Pictured above is a quick acrylic painting that I created one night.  I just needed a way to express myself without words…just through art.  It brought so much peace to my soul.  I created this using acrylic paint and earth tones such as green, brown, and more.  Once I let the paint dry, I used a translucent layer of white paint to create the image of a mother holding her child.  This was a quick and random painting that I created one night.  I was frustrated and had a lot on my mind.  I created a bunch of different paintings, before I did this one.  But I loved it so much that I framed it 🙂

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Here is another painting that I created that same night.  I call is “Wisdom is her name”, I want to recreate it and make it neater, but I absolutely love this!  It means so much to me.  Basically I free hand painted a woman’s head, with a purple background of hair and white stripes like lightning, with a bold red lip stain, eyes closed, and I used seed beads to create drama within the strands of hair.  I take this acrylic painting personally, I see it as a metaphoric representation of myself.  Wisdom is in the mind and it runs down to her strands of hair, and the red lip is a symbol of boldness.  The eyes closed are a symbol of relaxation in a way, as a way to say that there is no need to worry or fret, because God is in control.  The hair is a symbol of strength and learning—I’ve learned a lot, but there is still so much for me to learn I admit!!!

I was having a rough night and creating art, was just a way for me to release that stress and everything that was on my mind and onto the paper.  I love creating art and writing.  Whatever unique qualities lie within you, reach into yourself and grow them.  Next time…I’ll take more time and planning before I create art lol. 

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