50 shades of love and more!

So yesterday I concluded the movie series of 50 shades. I read the first book not too long ago, but then I realized that the third movie was soon to come out. So I quickly watched the first and second movie so I could be ready to understand the third movie.

When I began reading the first book, I couldn’t quite figure out if I liked Christian; a lead character. The more I read, the more I developed a love/hate relationship with this man. With which page I turned, I became obsessed with trying to figure out what the heck was wrong with him. Why was he the way he was? Why such control issues?

By the end of the book, I began to somewhat like and understand him. But of course I still had more questions. Yet, I did feel as though he was being sincere and really loved Anastasia; his love interest.

From the first movie till the last, I appreciated how he tried to shower her with admiration. His intrigue of her beauty and intelligence was facinating. Each movie I will admit was intense. I clung to the screen wondering what would happen next. I can honestly say none of the three movies were a disappointment.

I can imagine woman across the globe leaving the theater wanting someone like Christian Grey. But, I am blessed, although my Christian is named Keith he is my love for life.

No, he doesn’t fly me across the world in his private jet. But he does make sure I feel loved daily. He loves to cook, so I’m always eating good. And we have the best time everytime we go out.

We met on the internet, got married 9 months later and will be celebrating 2 years of marriage in April. He is my 50 shades and more. I appreciate the blessing I have in him.

I left the movies hoping that people appreciate the person they have in their life. Life is not promised, so cherish the one in your life everyday. Begin the write your own love story on your big screen of life.

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Pay it foward

This weekend I took my husband to Louisiana to cap off his birthday celebrations. Despite the fact that my husband is born on Valentine’s, which is ultimately my favorite hoilday, I always want him to feel special as well. This year his birthday fell on a Wednesday, so we waited until the weekend to engage in our fun activities. Saturday we went to a new restaurant here in town named, The Whiskey Cake. The food was delicious. After which we went to see the new movie, Black Panther. Then on Sunday, we drove to the casino to gamble a little, but most importantly to eat at the buffet. You see, my husband LOVES food!!! So taking him there to eat all he could made his day!

As we stood in line, there was this guy standing there at the register talking with the cashier lady. I don’t really know what they were talking about because there was a couple ahead of us, and plus I try not to listen to other peoples conversations. But then the cashier asked the couple in front of us what they wanted to drink. I don’t know how much English this couple knew, but they knew enough to say what type of drink they wanted after being confused why the lady asked them that.

Then, she proceeded to say something else to the guy at the register. She then asks us what we wanted to drink. I was really confused at this point because they only ask what you want to drink when it’s time to pay and enter the buffet. Plus, the couple was still in front of us and the man was still standing in front of the cashier.

I’m guessing the lady saw how confused everyone was looking so she finally says, “He just paid for you all!” My mouth dropped. Me and my hubby were both in shock. The couple in front of us didn’t seem as excited and appreciative as we were that is why I don’t think they spoke that much English. I really don’t think they knew exactly what just happened. But both me and my husband showered the man with thanks and God bless you’s!

I have no idea why this man did this or why we were at the right place at the right time. But it did remind me of God’s love and how we should give to others and pay it forward. I plan to be a blessing to someone else this week.

Being grateful

Often life can be rushed. With working full-time, being a wife/mother/author and boss babe, time can quickly pass. Life can become routine and anyone can begin to take the little things for granted. But, we all must take time to breathe, enjoy the moment and appreciate the blessings of life.

My daily routine, although it’s doesn’t happen the same everyday is to thank my Creator for my life and for the many blessings bestowed upon me. Acknowledging my Creator helps me to align my life and my purpose.

I am grateful for life and so much more.

Although from birthing two children, I now have some bulges that weren’t there before. I am grateful for motherhood and for healthy children. My house may not be a masion on a hill, but every time I walk through the door I’m reminded of how much God can do above and beyond my widest imagination.

Everyday, I review the medical history of people and everyday I thank God because I don’t check what they’ve checked on their forms. God has kept me healthy…I am grateful.

Big things are always amazing, but it’s the small things and even the storms that remind me of why I should always be in the mindset of gratefulness.

There will never be a day I take simply breathing on my own without the use of a machine for granted. To see the beautiful colors of the world or to feel the warmth of the sun. These things are all BIG things to me.

It’s because I’m able to experience life in it’s fullness that I’m grateful.

Still a community

Today I attended a meeting downtown. My travels started off in traffic. Nothing new, yet still annoying. This route is not my everyday, so I just determined within myself to simply get over it and go with the flow and enjoy the moment.

Determined to make it to my destination on time, I listened to my GPS as she called out what I should be and not doing. As well as, which lane I should be in. I’ve always thought, this female voice was kinda controlling. But, it was me that allowed her into my life.

As I continued to drive, I was taken on a different route that I usually take to the convention center. But, regardless I trusted the unknown woman who kept calling out instructions.

This route led me through a different community. A community not like my little suburban circle. This community was a tent community for the homeless. I had seen these types of communities on television and once in San Diego, yet I began to feel as certain way.

I wondered what story each person in this tent community would share if they had the opportunity. I wondered how they got to this point? Where were their family and friends? How many children lived with their parents in this community? My questions went on and on.

True, I can not help everyone. But, if I can help one person…I call that success. If I can simply encourage one person…I’m fulfilling my earthly calling. Feed one, give one some type of shelter, it’s the little things that matter.

True, their community doesn’t look anything like mine, yet they are a community. A community full of humans who shouldn’t be forsaken. A community that God still loves even without a shower.

We are the hands and feet of God, so it is our earthly job to help as many people as we can while we can. Regardless of race, religion, status or gender, God wants us show love towards one another.

How are you helping those in need?.

I wish death away…

Today I saw someone who I didn’t know if I would see again, when I last saw them. This angel has had stomach cancer, so her stomach had to be removed. She is now being fed by a feeding tube. She’s an older lady, so I know the constant doctor appointments, hospital stays, surgeries, pains and probably more than I can imgine is a lot on her frail body. Yet, she keeps pushing forward.

Seeing her today made me smile. I tried to cherish my time with her, not knowing if it would be our last time together. She is a fighter, but one day we all must leave this Earth and make a transition. To where? Well that’s only for God to decide.

I wish I could take her pains away and cast them into darkness never to be felt again. But, I can’t. I can only pray for her strength as she endures what many can’t. She is fragile, yet so strong.

I wish death never existed. I’ve cried too many tears over this. I’ve cried because at times I felt lost. I’ve cried because I’ve felt alone. I’ve cried because I would never see that person again on this Earth. I wish death would die.

So for those that are already gone and for us that still need to make that transition, I pray your soul peace. We only get one life, so make the most of each moment. Yes, there will be days in which you get mad. Just don’t stay mad. Smile as much as you can. Laugh as hard as humanly possible. Fall in Love. Walk through the sand. Watch the sunrise and the sunset. Be your best you.

No one knows when death will come for them. But today, I got to spend some time with an earthly angel, and I really tried to maximize on the experience.

Think your way to a better life! 

“As a man thinks in his heart so is he.” Proverbs 23:7

Believe it or not, but your current situation is directly related to your previous thoughts. Everyday I encounter people who unknowingly speak negative in their life. When problems occur, instead of speaking negative, begin to say things like, “Although this may be a difficult time at the moment, I will get through this because I am strong. I am an overcomer.” Many people rehearse failure and self pity. If that’s you, please stop today. 

What you put in the universe will eventually find its way to you! 

That is why it is super important to not allow defeat or mistakes to consume you. We all less up! Yes, at the moment it may be hard, but you are bigger than that moment. Whatever you need to get pass this moment has already been placed in you by your Creator. Its up to you to calm  and silence yourself so you can get clarity regarding how to handle your situation. 

One thing people miss is regarding faith. It’s great to believe that God will get you out of this jam, but you a job to do too. First you must think within yourself that it will all work out, then you must act (with actions) and begin to change your situation. 

Faith out works is dead!

I admit changing how you think doesn’t just happen overnight, but you must be purposeful in changing how you think and respond to life. True, your bank account may say something, but you are bigger than your bank account. Your bank account does not define you. You define you. 

I remember when my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer. Yes, I knew this was a serious diagnosis and she did treat it how the doctors thought she should. But, I never acknowledged the diagnosis of the doctors. I never treated my mom like she was different. I would always say to her, “There is nothing wrong with you. You are healthy.” I truly believe this helped my mom stay positive. Years later I still have my mom and she is healthy. 

So as we proceed into 2017, I wanted to encourage you to be careful of the words you speak and the thoughts that enter your mind. Don’t allow negative thoughts to enter and take residence in your mind. Daily think about things that are uplifting and positive. Begin to surround yourself with people who know that they are more than conqureors. Yes, this moment may be difficult, but you are strong…this too shall pass.