100 Positive Actions for the Busy Woman

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I’m so in awe of God during this fourth quarter of the year.  Over the past three months, I’ve been stretched beyond my limits.  Some days were great and productive.  Other days were foggy where absolutely nothing was completed.  In September, I decided that I was tired of being robbed of my joy, my ideas, and my confidence.  I took a GIGANTIC leap of faith.  So here we are in October, hitting the RESET button, basking in God’s faithfulness and favor while I work on my goals to bring the vision to fruition.

The bible reminds me that God did not give me the spirit of fear but He gave me power! I decided that I’m BETTING on ME going forward and I’m sharing 100 (yes, 100) positive actions for the busy woman like you and me.  From songs to self-care to scriptures, this list is filled with actions to keep your mind, body, and soul moving in a positive direction.

I’m betting on me going forward!

Dive in with me and be sure to work on the challenge at the end! Share with your friends on social media and use the hashtag #onefaithjourney.  Be sure to tag me @iamTamikaL

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10 Inspiration Songs to Keep You Motivated

When the days seem long or I find myself stuck, I find solace and victory in these tunes:

  1. Imagine by Jon Lennon
  2. Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
  3. Just Fine by Mary J. Blige
  4. On the Ocean by K’ Jon
  5. See You Again by Anthony Evans
  6. Reckless Love by Corey Asbury
  7. Awesome by Pastor Charles Jenkins
  8. Jesus the Same by Israel Houghton
  9. Better by Hezekiah Walker
  10. Do It Again by Elevation Worship

10 Ways to Recharge When Your Energy Feels Low

There is nothing like a good opportunity to recharge.  Give one of these tips a try if you find your energy a little low:

  1. Take a warm bath in the dark and just relax.  Add lavendar or burn a lavendar candle to calm the atmosphere.
  2. Change your scenery.  If you’re at work, go outside for a minute. If you’re home, take a drive to a local spot like Converspace.
  3. Rest your body.  Find a cozy spot to just lay for at least 30 minutes to give your body a good boost.
  4. Exercise by taking a walk, going to the gym or doing some at-home regimes.
  5. Start a gratitude journal and write a gratitude list.  #1 on my list is I’m grateful for every person reading this post!
  6. Have you been on an overnight getaway yet? You have to try it.  I love packing an overnight bag, visiting Greenville, SC, Helen, GA or Charleston, SC.
  7. Take a hike in a local park.  Getting close to nature is such a great way to boost your energy.
  8. Eat some chocolate.  I know, I know.  If not chocolate, splurge on some good food.
  9. Celebrate yourself!  Check out this past post, Celebration Time 4 You! where I highlight ways to celebrate YOU!
  10. Unplug and do something like read a book.  Check out the next section for a list of good books to read!

10 Good Books to Dive In to Inspire You! 

  1. Gracelaced by Ruth Chou Simmons
  2. Get Up by Beth Ruffin
  3. Awaken by Priscilla Schirer
  4. The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
  5. Impress Yourself by Candace Thompson
  6. Go High by M. Sweeney
  7. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
  8. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
  9. The Busy Woman’s Guide to Faith by Tamika S. Washington (yep, this is the official announcement…details for pre-sale coming soon!)
  10. The Bible (I like the Message version)
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10 Self-Care Tips to Put You First!

  1. Carve out a set number of hours or days each month for you.
  2. Know your stress triggers so that you can identify what causes those aches.
  3. Set boundaries so that people don’t have access to you all the time.
  4. Create a safe space.  (I need to clean mine)
  5. Journal, journal, journal.  It doesn’t have to be perfect. It can be a list or scribbled notes.
  6. Practice daily affirmations to affirm the positivity in your life.
  7. Seek counsel when you need to talk with someone other than friends and family.
  8. Do something that makes you happy.
  9. Learn the power of saying NO.  I’ve blogged about this one several times.  Here is one of my favorite blog posts on the Power of No.
  10. It’s ok to do NOTHING.

10 Things to DECLUTTER Your Life!

It’s the last quarter and this is the perfect time to get rid of STUFF.  Here are some places to get started:

  1. Social media. Yes, I said social media.  Clean up your friends & following list. Remove yourself from groups that don’t serve ANY purpose in your life. Unfollow people who saturate your timeline with garbage.
  2. Clothing.  What is taking up space?What still has tags and has been never worn (there is a difference). Make a goodwill pile and if you want to earn some cash, make a selling pile.
  3. Book Shelf. I try to keep all my books but it’s time to donate and giveaway.  If you have Children’s books in excellent condition, consider donating them to a local school or family shelter.
  4. Email Subscription.  As much as I love blogs, I can’t follow all 30 of them. However, I do have a list of 10 in the next session that you should follow. It’s time to declutter our email subscription lists and only subscribe to things we enjoy.
  5. Speaking of Email, how about the email box.  Can I get an amen on this one? We know good and well that email from Amazon five years ago can be deleted and trash emptied.
  6. The Junk Drawer in the Kitchen.  Everyone household has one.  Fall is the perfect time to clean it out.  You might find that $30 that went missing earlier this year. Recycle batteries, empty bottles with liquid, and be careful with old ink pens.
  7. Your Desktop.  I have seen some AWFUL desktops.  It’s time to remove some files and put them on a flash drive if they are still valuable or try a free cloud service like Google.
  8. Bathrooms.  So embarrasing for me.  I hold on to make up, toiletries, etc.  I know they have expiration dates.  Let’s talk about the towels too.  Tsk Tsk Tsk.  This is first on my list.
  9. Home Office.  Do you still have papers from 5 years ago? What about mail stacked in a pile? I do.  Less is more so it’s time to go through the office and get rid of old paper work (I recommend shredding), old business books, and anything on the desk that is over 5 years old.
  10. Toy Box.  I haven’t collected a lot of old toys for Faith BUT I’ve seen some children’s toy boxes that needed a good cleaning and donating.  Less is more.  Organize the toys and get rid of what’s old and not being used.

10 REAL Blogs & Podcast to Follow for Inspiration

  1. One Faith Journey of course! Be sure to subscribe to stay up-to-date on my faith journey & be inspired along the way.
  2. Divas with a Purpose.  I just read a post that got my life all the way together.  Check it out!
  3. Pam Dorsey, the Purpose Life Pusher.  She is going to PUSH you whether you like it or not.
  4. Sugar & Money, a great way to get your finances in order step by step while enjoying the sweet life.
  5. Chrystal Evans Hurst, I love her books, podcast and live sessions to connect her audience to God’s love.
  6. Ruth Soukup, host of  Do It Scared Podcast and helping women create a life they love.
  7. Business Boutique host Christy Wright gives you the business coupled with faith to grow your business.
  8. Progress on Purpose host Mechele Hardy gives you back to back guests filled with lessons and strategies for reaching your purpose.
  9. Goal Digger with host Jenna Kutcher gives you real, practical strategies for business.
  10. Amy Carroll, writer & blogger gives you intimate moments on her spiritual journey.  I love that she just keeps it real! Speaking of spiritual, check out my list of scriptures to keep me going.

10 Scriptures to Keep Me Going through Tough Times

When life throws you lemons they say make lemonade.  Well for me, I run to the Word of God, of course after all the tears, pouts, and screaming moments.  After all, that’s what Jesus would do.  He reminded us that ‘man cannot live by bread alone’. So no lemonade for me; I find safety, comfort and peace in these Scriptures:

  1. Deuteronomy 31:6-Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.
  2. Isaiah 41:10-So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
  3. I Peter 5:6-7-Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,  casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
  4. Romans 8:28-And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
  5. Proverbs 3:5-6-Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
  6. Philippians 4:6-7-Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  7. Philippians 4:13- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
  8. 2 Chronicles 15:7 But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.
  9. Isaiah 40:28-Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth.
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10 New Activities to Try this Holiday Season

  1. Create a new family tradition.  If the family is use to exchanging gifts may be this year, the family could adopt a family.
  2. Save money instead of buying lots of presents.  We’ve become so accustomed to giving and receiving so think of how much money you could save.
  3. Deep clean your house.  I know its cozy and you just want to relax this holiday season but its a great time to usher in 2020 with a clean environment.
  4. Attend a church production in your community.  Many churches have holiday productions, making it a nice family outing and way to connect with new friends.
  5. Give a new recipe a try.  The holidays is a great time to break out the pots and pans for a nice baking dish or entree for the family dinner.  I’ve seen some delicious recipes on First and Full, food & family blog.
  6. Holiday lights in neighborhoods.  Christmas is my favorite time of year.  I love the holiday lights on the river but its become such a staple event in Columbia that its no longer fun for me (long lines, same lights, etc). Instead, I pick an evening to drive through a few neighborhoods in my area to look at lights.  Saves me gas from the hike across town and a few extra bucks.
  7. Make a holiday wreath as a family.  I know you’re probably saying you’re not that crafty but how cool would it be for you and the family to gather up some supplies  (dollar tree and michaels w/ coupons) to head for the kitchen table to make your own wreath.
  8. Hot Chocolate Buffet is something I want to try this year.  I plan to invite a few friends over and break out the holiday mugs.  You can add this to any holiday event with friends or family.  All you need is peppermint sticks, marshmallows, red holiday sprinkles, mugs (Dollar Tree), chocolate chips and anything else you can think of that will make spruce up a good ole cup of hot chocolate.
  9.  Volunteer this season.  There are many opportunities around the city, no matter where you are located, to engage in volunteer opportunities.  Whether you serve food, deliver toys at the hospital or collect toys for families in need, make service a part of your holidays.
  10. Movie day in pajamas.  Sometimes I like to tuck away in my bed away from the family; however, this year we’re all getting our PJs, picking our top three movies and crashing in the living room with our favorite snacks to have a movie day.

My TOP Ten Productivity Tools for 2019

  1. Notebook(s)- Honestly, I have too many so I’m looking to condense my notebooks down to a 3 subject notebook for each area of my life-home, personal, business. I’ve already purchased the notebook and will be working to get condensed….soon.
  2. Journal- This is different from my notebook and I have too many of these as well.  I’m shopping for the one journal that SPEAKs to me, one that I can carry around in my purse so that when ideas come on the fly, I have space to write them down.
  3. Honeybook- So this one is new for me since I own a physical business location but when these speaking engagements start rolling in, I need my contracts, proposals and speaking sheets to be automated and professional.  Honey Book is my productivity jam, helping me to communicate with our clients and book our space more efficiently.  If you are in the service industry, check it out.  Enjoy 20% off using this link to sign up with Honey Book. (I will get a kickback just so you know). PS..I also help business owners get everything connected so email me at hello@theconverspace.com if you’re interested in using the service but don’t want to set up it.  I got you!!!
  4. Google Calendar app- Babyyyyy! If I can’t connect it to my Google calendar, I am not investing in it.  Having all my calendars synced keeps me on task, helps me plan out my days and gives me an opportunity to see what’s ahead in order to set goals for my business and personal brand.
  5. Libby- I have to be honest, I love books but don’t get to sit down to full read them. So I learned about this app called Libby that’s connected to my local library so that I can check out books, including audio books.  I have a list of books on my list to finish listening to by the end of the year.  Chaching! Right now I’m currently reading The Memo by Minda Hart. Next on my list of Brittany Hennessey’s Influencer and Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis.
  6. Zoom- I know you think how does that make you productive.  For virtual meetings on the go, I’ve downloaded the app.  There are times where I simply can’t meet with someone face-to-face so it fits my busy lifestyle.
  7. Later- Confession: I’m not a huge fan of social media these days so in moments where I can’t manage it all, I like to use the Later app to schedule posts and format my post.  I have to admit, that I’ve been a little quiet lately but its because my brain needs a little break.
  8. Post Its- For me, they work.  I jot notes, goals, tasks and stick them on my physical calendar or on my tasks list for the day as a way to help track progress.
  9. Google Drive helps with automation, data collection, and note taking in meetings.  Now I need to get my drive organized before 2020.  #goals
  10. Trello- super cool tool to help me categorize and organize my content for Converspace and my personal brand.

Here is your challenge: Create your own 10 List of Something Spectacular and share in the comments.

10 Lists of Spectacular Things You Can Share

  1. DIY Projects
  2. Favorite Memories
  3. Holiday Music
  4. Family Traditions
  5. Places to Visit
  6. Bucket List Items
  7. Challenges You’ve Overcome
  8. Tips for Sparking Creativity
  9. Favorite Movies
  10. New Hobbies to Try

You made it through the list.  I hope the busy woman in you is inspired to share your Top Ten List with Your Audience.  Tag me on social media with your list @iamTamikaL.  I’d love to try some thing new all because of you!

Tamika L.

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I’m Rewriting My 2020 Letter

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2020 is literally right around the corner.  Whether you win the game or not is dependent on how well you score during this quarter.  Last year, I was asked to write a 2020 letter to myself, detailing where I wanted to see myself in the year 2020.  I just read the letter and let me tell, none of it happened.  NOT. ONE. SINGLE. WORD. To be honest, at first I was disappointed.  I wrote about blogging full-time and having brunches and starting a nonprofit called 100 Pearls for first generation college girls. Again. NONE. OF.IT. HAPPENED.  What happened instead? Life.  Sometimes we layout these great plans and life throws us a little curve ball.  Unexpectedly, our plans are pushed to the side to focus on something else.  OR unexpectedly, our plans are pushed to the side because we become distracted.  In the moment of disappointment, I asked what have you done this year Tamika that was successful.

Allow me to reintroduce myself to you.

I am Tamika L. Shuler Washington, wife, mom, blogger, podcast host, educator and owner of Converspace.  I am passionate about helping women and children love their purpose, live out their kingdom assignment and learn daily through personal and professional development.  I have spent this last year defining my place in the market, learning about the business-side of life, and juggling work-life-balance (which you know that does not exist).  Learning the business side of life definitely has brought me lots of joy, pain, and everything in between.  I’ve learned that I can only depend on God.  My faith was tested many times and each time it brought me back to a place of totally surrendering myself to Christ.  Being in this place simply reminds of why I named my blog, One Faith Journey.

The business side of life has connected me with some awesome people, especially women who understand the struggles and triumphs of getting a business started.  Aside from business, I had to find myself and redefine myself.  Can I be honest? There were times I didn’t have the confidence in my own abilities to complete a task.  That lack of confidence coupled with being new in the marketplace led me to a sunken place of feeling alone.  Did I mention the balance tried to take me out.  Listen, try going from being a wife, a new mom, new blogger, and starting a business while still working a full-time job.  I don’t know what I was thinking but I knew it was right and I still believe it was the right move.  But…business gets lonely y’all and while everyone is screaming about finding your tribe, it took me many, many months to get here. Its hard to decipher who is who and who is real.  Social media makes everything look great but reality is, its not.  I had to disconnect, reconnect, and connect many times before I found the right jam.  Along the way, I lost sight of God.  I did exactly what the bible tells us not to do-lean on our own understanding.  Because of my ways, I lost time, money, peace and trust.  I lost sight of my why.  BUT GOD! He is so mindful of His children because He loves us. Have you ever been so deep into something that you don’t hear your mom calling you? After you hear that scream-call when they call out your entire name, you snap out of it.

Tamika. Tamika Shuler Washington. TAMIKA LAVETTE SHULER WASHINGTON! Yes, Lord.  I’m sorry. I hear you. I surrender. That’s what the last 3 months of my journey has looked like.  Yes, Lord. I hear you. I’ll follow your lead. I’ll trust you.  Thank you Jesus.

If I had to rewrite the letter over for 2020, here is what I would say:

Dear 2020,

I am excited that you are a few months away.  I’m expecting great things after all the warring I’ve been through.  My vision for 2020 is wrapped around three words: pray, plan, and pursue.  God showed me a vision of what life would be like when I accepted His call.  After several years of running, a few months ago, I decided to stop and obey.  Now that the book and planner are complete, I plan to PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING, PLAN ACCORDING TO GOD’S WORD, AND PURSUE MY GREATNESS WITH BOLDNESS! 2020, I’m ready to receive all that you have in store for me no matter how difficult the road was and may seem, in 2020 I’m expecting great things in my family’s life and my life.  What does that look like: speaking, connecting, traveling, and writing.  The August project launch date will be set in stone and Converspace will be sustaining itself as a venue.  Congratulations, you’ve stepped into another lane with technology.  Girl, you are helping people pursue their purpose, love their kingdom assignment, and learn daily personally and professionally.

As I rewrite this 2020 letter, I have to highlight my accomplishments.  First, I opened up a venue, which started as a coworking space and now has quickly become the affordable, accessible space to host, gather and grow your business. or organization.  Second, I’ve made a great name for myself in the business community as someone who is genuine and sincerely wants to see people become successful.  Third, I’ve connected with some amazing womenpreneurs and they’ve supported many of my events, many initiatives like the Business Shower, and much more.  Finally, I’ve reconnected with God like never before.  Through this reconnection, I’ve become a better communicator at home.  I’ve learned to have more patience with myself. I’ve learned to say no (again). I’ve learned to trust in God through all circumstances.

I want to challenge you to write yourself a 2020 letter. Start out by confessing some weak areas. Share your struggles. Share your accomplisments.  Where do you see yourself? How will you incorporate prayer before you plan and pursue? Prayer is our weapon against the enemy and it keeps us connected with God. So my dear friends, if you have not already, write the 2020 vision letter and make it plain.

How can I pray with you this week? Feel free to email me or leave a comment.

Remember, no matter where you are in the hustle of life, you must have faith!

Tamika S. W.

Faith, Life & More: Episode 8

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Access this episode here—–>>>>  Episode 8: Faith, Life & More

Welcome to “All about Faith” Episode 8.


It’s the season finale!!! Who is excited? We are.  What a great journey of podcasting this has been and we are pleased to end the season with a BANG!  In episode 8, we chat with Kendra Garcia, Life & Business Strategist of Dream Life Coaching.  She shares some strategies, faith moves, and much more in this episode to help us wind up the fourth quarter.

Follow Kendra Garcia on the following social media platforms:

Instagram: @lifestrategistkg

Facebook: @kendragarciadlc

Remember ladies, prioritize what you need to do, want to do, and can do. It’s a faith journey y’all!


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My One Word for the Rest of 2018

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At the beginning of the year, one word goals flooded your timelines, as we all selected one word that would be our focus for the year.  You’ve been encouraged to set goals.  You read posts that urged you to “GET READY” for the new year.  You’ve read social media posts that have said “2019 is THE YEAR” and yes, we hear that year after year.  But, what can you celebrate that has made this year THE YEAR? I have so much to celebrate and will share in a later post.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything as this past month I’ve been SUPER busy putting things into perspective, shifting into a mindset and schedule for my family’s new venture that will be announced soon.  Lately, I’ve been having to lay some things down and get real with God. Like seriously. In my chit chats with God, I’m encouraged to revisit the one word focus and shift my focus on one word for the rest of 2018.  Yes, I have some goals to accomplish.  I have some plans that I need to prioritize.  I have some projects I need to finalize. However, my focus for the rest of this year is tied up in one word-DILIGENCE.

My main focus is to be diligent in all that I do.  One area I want to be diligent in is seeking God with my whole heart.  The word of God tells us to “seek ye first the kingdom of God and all of His right ways of living.”  I don’t want to chase goals first.  I no longer want to chase status or material possessions.  I want to seek God. By putting God first, I know that all other areas of my life will fall into place.

Some times we can get distracted by our surroundings-family, social life, social media, television- and we find ourselves off track.  It happens because none of us are perfect.  However, if we find ourselves getting off track, seek God.  If we find ourselves becoming weary, seek God. We have to be careful because distractions are dangerous.

I am always reminded of the lessons I learned from the book, The Best Yes.  Ladies, if you have not read that book, get it today!  Seeking God, being diligent in seeking Him, helps you give your best yes! And when we are diligent in seeking God, “all these things will be added unto us”.  Blessings don’t always have to be tangible things but any reward from God is worth having for in the word it says that “He rewards those who diligently seek Him.”

Take some time to walk away from your to do list, your goals, your planners, your possessions-“take up your cross and follow me.” Ponder on your one word to wrap up the year.  Can you connect that word to scriptures? Try it.  It will help you as you navigate through these last few months to seek Him first.

Remember, it’s a faith journey y’all & no matter where you are in life, you must have faith!

Blessings!

Tamika W.

Struggling with giving God your best yes? Check out my three post reflections here:

To Give Life Your Best Yes, Seek Wisdom

The Powerful No Leads to a Best Yes

3 Things That Happen When We Say No

Faith, Grief, & Self-Care: Episode 7

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Access this episode here—–>>>>  Episode 7: Faith, Grief, & Self Care

Welcome to “All about Faith” Episode 7.


In this episode, we chat with Roblynne McDuffie, counselor, life coach, and author, as she gives us a glimpse into her book and gives us tips for dealing with grief and taking care of self.  You can purchase her book at Amazon.com here Resurrecting the Living or by visiting her website, Roblynne McDuffie.

Follow Roblynne McDuffie on the following social media platforms:

Instagram: @Roblynnethewriter

Facebook: @RoblynneMcDuffiethewriter

Remember ladies, you cannot pour from an empty fountain. It’s a faith journey y’all!


September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  If you know someone who is suffering with depression, mental illness or suicidal thoughts, please assist them with getting the appropriate care.  Mental health and illness are not subjects we should take lightly.

In 2018, I am proud to serve as a Pearl Ambassador for National Wear Your Pearls Day, which is December 15th.  In the weeks to come, I’ll be highlighting Mental Health facts, events to support Mental Health initiatives, and interviewing individuals on this topic.  As an educator, I am taking on a task to have discussions with our teachers to help them better understand the students we serve and how schools and districts can be of more assistance and provide the appropriate level of support.  If you are interested in learning more about National Wear Your Pearls Day, please visit National Wear Your Pearls Day.

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4 Habits to Kick as We Get Closer to 2019

Let’s admit it girls. We all have habits that we need to get rid of before we toast cheers to 2019.  Carrying bad habits create unnecessary weights that can ultimately kill us our journey.  When we continue to allow negative habits to plague our lives, slowly but surely the light at the end of the tunnel will become dim.


Your ability to bounce back

is a testimony for your comeback!


Remember your why.  I’m in the process of planning a new venture, which is why I have not been busy with One Faith Journey.  Please forgive me.  (This is my confession girls) I’m having to make sure that I plan out my days, weeks, and the entire month ahead, including how I engage with you.  There are times where we may fall off the wagon a bit or even a few times due to busyness, family changes, work changes but always remember to find ways to bounce back. Your ability to bounce back is a testimony for your comeback!


As we coast into the 4th quarter of the year, ready to make that touch down, let’s commit to get rid of some habits that can and will hold us back from making the best of 2019.  We cannot, I repeat, we cannot take bad habits into 2019.  You are guaranteed to fail if you don’t kick these habits out the door.

  1. The Need to Please– We’ve all been bit by this bug and for some people this is not an issue.  BUT for those of us that have the bite mark still on us I want to encourage you to quit worrying about what others think.  Quit trying to appease to others.  What others think and want from you does not matter in terms of success.  Now don’t get me wrong, you have people in your tribe who want the best for you. They matter.  But for the naysayers, the questioners, the people who feel they have all the answers.  Bye Bye! You have to determine within yourself that no matter where you are on your journey, other people cannot and will not determine your level of joy.
  2. Stop Procrastination– Raise your hand if  you struggle with this! Me! Burning the midnight oil produces my best work.  For real ladies, it does.  But in reality the procrastination bug creates a sense of unnecessary rush and it takes away from my ability to rest.  My mind starts racing with all the words, work, thoughts, ideas trying to put pieces together as I get closer to the deadline.  When you have a deadline to complete a task, allow yourself some time daily to work towards the deadline.  You’ll walk away feeling more confident and accomplished in your work.
  3. Delaying Actions– The bible tells us to write the vision.  So many times we have written out our vision, given it to God and yet, we are afraid to move forward with our actions.  This fear comes because we want to know the outcome.  In this 4th quarter God wants to put our faith to work.  Pray away that fear and put your trust in Him.  There is no way for us to know the outcome for everything unless He shows us.  Your faith will become stronger if you only trust Him.  Your vision will come pass if you only trust Him.  The best thing you can do right now in this 4th quarter is take your leap of faith (and as I’m typing this, I’m speaking to myself).  When God gives you the vision, put your faith to work and watch God work!
  4. Taking on Too Much– I have to keep talking about this because I hear people say how tired they are or how much they are overwhelmed.  I want to encourage you to stop doing the work for people, stop overcommiting yourself, and stop saying yes to things that may take you away from your God-given tasks, tasks that will bring Him glory.  For example, I had to press pause on some tasks at church.  But it’s the work of the Lord, Tamika.  You’re right.  However, my first ministry is at home and when things became overwhelming in all that I was doing in church ministry, home became a second priority and that is not how God calls us to lead as mothers, wives, friends, etc. Take heed to the voice of God and allow Him to direct your path so that you know where your “Yes Lord” answers need to go.  For some it may be comforting a friend in need. For others it may be turning down a girls night out to minister to the homeless.  You may be a wife, daughter, leader, church facilitator or whatever.  When God can get the glory out of all we do, we are giving our best Yes.

Will you join me during this 4th quarter to kick these habits out the window? Will you join in me surrendering our fears, our procrastination, our busy schedules and our need to please over to God?

Here is a simple prayer to get us started on our journey toward a successful 4th quarter:

Lord we come boldly before your throne thanking you for your continuous grace and mercy for it is by your grace that we have not been consumed.  You gave us visions for our homes, our families, our businesses, our jobs, our marriages, and our lives because you know the plans you have for us.  Lord we surrender our fears, our need to please, our procrastination habits, and any other habit that may  hinder us we wrap up the year.  We trust that you will continue to be a lamp unto our feet and guide our paths so that we can give our best yes to your will because you deserve all of the glory.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

It’s a faith journey y’all.  We have to be pray for consistency in all facets of our lives so that we can get this touch down into 2019! Feel free to comment on how I can pray with you for a successful year end for your family, your life, your leadership, your business or any area in your life.

Blessings!

Tamika W.

P.S. I’m releasing some goodies this month.  Podcast coming this week & the weekly planner is ready to send next week.  If you are a subscriber, you’ll be the first to get a copy.  If you’re not subscribing do so today.

Faith & Parenting: Back2School Episode 6

Episode 6

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Welcome to “All about Faith” Episode 6.


In this episode, we chat with Tonja Davis of T. Lyn Compositions about how we can prepare our children for a successful school by prioritizing our agenda with God.  You’ll hear how and what to pray as well as parental involvement perspectives to help parents understand the importance of supporting teachers.

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