Why One Faith Journey: Episode 2

Well ladies, I’m still on the journey as of April 30th.  Check out this podcast to find out why I started the journey.  I hope you are inspired in some way!  In the podcast I mentioned my friend Tonja Davis and I totally MESSED up her youtube channel name (forgive me Tonja).  Below are three blogs/vlogs to follow and I hope to connect with these ladies soon to put them on the calendar for May, June and July.

For those of you in a relationship, wanting to get married or are already married, check out Unspoken Vows. Hands down, this is the BEST blog on marriage.  Here you can find advice on so many topics and even things for you and your mate to apply to your relationship/courtship, marriage, etc.

If you are looking to grow in many areas of your life, check out this new blog I started following, Mz. Imperfect, where you can find some encouragement and advice on life, health, and join a conversation with someone who keeps it all the way real!

For you parents who need a pick me up and some real faith parenting advice check out T. Lyn Compositions on Youtube and subscribe to her channel.  You will laugh and walk away with some thought-provoking moments about your parenting journey.  She is a minister, writer, speaker and author.

I can’t wait to connect with these ladies and I hope you join me in following them too!  Remember, it’s a faith journey y’all!  Be inspired and have faith!

P.S. If you are not a subscriber, you are missing out on some good stuff.  Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @1faithjourney and tell your girlfriends too.

Tamika W.

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Disaster: Seek Shelter

pexels-photo-932402.jpegHow many times do you put an outfit together and when you put it on, it is a total disaster? This is a weekly adventure for me.  My mind visualizes one thing and my body screams, “No ma’am!” As I rip open drawers, clothes fly chaotically throughout my room.  I look at the clock and it says leave now or you’ll be late.  I ignore it in search of the perfect outfit.  After several changes and mean looks in the mirror, I often settle for something.  I rush out the house like a madwoman.  Those are the days that my wardrobe defines my day.  Rushed. Frantic. Discombobulated. Chaotic. I approach my day with uneasy feelings of how will other see me or questions about my outfit, seeking approval from others. And then somehow, God sends me an instant message that says “why are you worried about your outward appearance? Why have you let this define your day?”  Matthew 6:25 reminds us to not be anxious about life nor about what we will eat or drink.  So why do I find myself panicking over my appearance?  Furthermore, Gods word reminds us that He is not like man, looking on the outward but on the inward, our hearts.  When my days are rushed, frantic, and chaotic because of my wardrobe, it is often the days that I forget to hold God’s word near and dear to my heart, first thing in the morning. Instead of focusing on my outward appearance and allowing my wardrobe disasters to ruin my day, I know I need to tune into God so that he can direct and guide me along the way.  Have you had days like this?  If so, it is ok.  God is just to forgive and guide us closer to Him, if we will only let Him.

Psalm 37:4 says “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” So spend more delighting in God and not things of this world and He will give you blessings and more blessings.

How do you overcome “disaster days”? Leave reply & inspire others!

Remember, it’s a faith journey y’all!

Tamika W.

The Clean Eating Challenge! Are You In?

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Are you in the same boat as me?  I woke up one day and said NO MORE!  So what did I do.  I thought about times I was successful at clean eating.  Yes, I’ve been down this road before.  I did a vegetarian move for a year and only ate seafood and veggies.  I slowly started adding in chicken and other meats.  So as you see that didn’t last too long.  The next fad of mine was the Smash Diet.  I will say I loved Ian Smith’s book.  It was super easy to follow and I achieved great results.  Two years ago before I got married I did a local dietician plan and again, achieved great results.  But then came the baby and you get the story.

So, I’m back with Dr. Ian Smith enjoying The Clean 20 and I want to extend an invitation for you to join in some clean eating and quick exercising daily. What do you get out of it?  Well it’s simple:

  1. Grocery list of clean foods
  2. Recipes (some of my own that I’ve adapted from The Clean 20)
  3. 5-10-15-20 Minute Exercise to do daily
  4. Weekly motivation & tips
  5. 21-Day Calendar to help you track your progress

Are you down? Are you ready to take charge or recharge your healthy habits? Hey, it only takes 21 days to make a habit, good or bad, so let’s do something good to help us overcome some bad eating habits.

Below is a link to sign up. You will receive all five items for free.  We’ll have a few post throughout the challenge to share your achievements with our readers too!  We got this!

Click Here>>> https://goo.gl/forms/kekxKqZqaUNY613f1

And remember y’all, it’s a faith journey!

Tamika W.

 

6 Reasons You Should Get UnBusy & Get Your Life Back!

pexels-photo-313690.jpegWho is calling me now?  Yes of course it is important; it’s my job.

“Sure.  I’ll be there at 4:30 PM.”

That was always an expectation.  Somebody called. I answered. I added it to my schedule.  Never mind that I was in the midst of planning a wedding and trying to get my life together so that I could be a good wife to my future husband.  At my old job, the days grew longer as the year progressed. What was supposed to be a 5 p.m. end of the day shift turned out to be a 10 p.m. end of the night shift.  I found life passing me by every day until I had enough. I begin to notice some changes in my life that I was not happy about. Here they are and if you find yourself doing these things I have some advice for you too!

  1. You start forgetting important LIFE events- birthdays, anniversaries, special moments, invitations. You get the gist of what I’m saying.  When you forget your girls night out, arrive late to your date, or miss your child’s school concert, something has to give. How in the world could I forget to call my mom on her birthday.  Really Tamika!
  2. There is a project left undone in your house.  All that money you spent on those supplies-the paint, the wood, the fabric or whatever it is. The project is now collecting dust.  There is a reason you started a new house project or danced down the aisle in Michael’s when you found the supplies to make those scarves.  It brought a fresh sense of tranquility. A purpose. A new perspective. An accomplishment. What happened?
  3. Your car is no longer a car- it’s your clothes closet, powder room and/or office.  I’m so ashamed. This was me. I had a pair of flats, heels, make up bag, and some office supplies in my trunk.  Lunch time with the co-workers…HA! I was praying someone would say “I’ll drive.” Make up in the car driving down I-77.  Someone should have called the cops on me. Y’all know that is SO dangerous but we do it anyway.
  4. You have not seen your family in weeks.  Now if you live states away from family, of course this does not apply to you.  BUT for us folk who have family that lives 10 minutes or 30 minutes away, we got some ‘splainin to do.
  5. Your bedroom looks like the Goodwill drop-off center.  You’ve separated the color clothes, the casual clothes, the white clothes.  All the clothes are in piles. When you do laundry, you find space in an empty room and pick your clothes out of the laundry piles.  We don’t even iron anymore. Just throw it in the dryer and let the dryer work its magic.
  6. Your meals are fast food and on-the-go.  You keep saying you’re going to the grocery store tomorrow. Tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes. Two months later you’re starting to feel the extra pounds pack on, clothes out the the laundry piles don’t fit.  You’re getting frustrated and feeling defeated. Yep. That was me.

Get your life back on track.  For me, it meant leaving work at work.  When the bosses left at 5 p.m., I followed suit.  I started working every day to prioritize what was important.  I created a to do list at work and what didn’t get done was left for tomorrow.  We have to start looking at life from a different lens where we are not working more than we are living.

I have become a scheduler and some folks think that may be sad but it works for me.  My life is a calendar because I have to make sure I’m giving attention to the things that are important to me- my husband, my child, my family, my church, and my hobbies. Try a wall calendar so that you can plan out the month, make notes on the side, and see the month-at-a-glance or how about for free go to Microsoft Word and create a monthly or daily calendar.  We love all things FREE!

As far as family, plan some game nights, dates nights (I need to do this one for real), sports nights, park visits.  Do something. Family first. Enough said.

As for my health, I had to get on a plan and make it work.  We plan our menus and shop weekly according to our meal plans.  Right now we are on a clean eating journey with Dr. Ian Smith’s latest book, The Clean 20.  I love this book because the meals are already planned, the menu options are tasty and the suggested exercises can be done in the comfort of your home.

We get one shot at this thing called life so take some time this week to ponder on the areas in your life that you need to UnBusy so that you can start enjoying life.  Have faith in yourself. You can do it!

Remember, it’s a faith journey y’all.  No matter where you are in the hustle of life, you must have faith.

Tamika W.

P.S. I’m about to tackle these laundry piles.  I suggest you do something too 🙂

What’s BIG in God’s Eyes?

pexels-photo-207962.jpegSome time ago in my walk, I kept saying to God, I want to do more, Lord this is not enough.  And God being who He is, would give me tasks all the time.  Not once did I notice the task simply because I was looking for something BIG to do.  I was looking for something that I thought would give me a BIG check mark in God’s book.  However, I failed to realize that God is not looking for us to showcase our love on a shelf like a trophy; our love should be real, even if no one is looking or even if no one knows.

As I write this I think about how Jesus felt about people praying in the temple so that others could see it.  In Matthew he said “and when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray in the synagogues and on the streets in order to be seen by others.”  As followers of Christ, we should avoid this at all cost because the reward of men is nothing compared to the glory God gets when we serve with a sincere heart.

When God lays something on our hearts or prompts us to do something, we should not seek the approval and reward of man.  Caution.  This causes lots of trouble.  Why? Simply put…it takes the focus off the service and puts the attention on the person.  And who is left out the picture? Jesus.  I learned a huge lesson from this-God’s glory and honor belongs to Him.  When we obey Him, live for Him, and draw others close to Him through our love and actions, He is GLORIFIED!

Father God, we honor You and love You for Your Word and life lessons.  In all we do, help us to be wise in our service to others so that You can be glorified.  Help us to put You first always as You order our steps each day. In Jesus Name! 

Remember, it’s a faith journey, y’all.  No matter where you are in the hustle of life, you gotta have faith!

Spring Makeover: Tips, Tools & Giveaways! Oh My!

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Spring is finally in the air and what better way to celebrate then to do some….you guessed it, CLEANING! Wait! Before you close this post, I know what you’re thinking because I thought it too.  But this time of year is more than just out with the old and in with the new.  Spring is a time to refresh, recharge and reinvigorate your life in all facets.

What is cluttering your life that you know needs to be organized or all together removed?  I can think of several things right now.  To kick off my spring cleaning ritual, I started with a makeover of my schedule.  For the past two months, I have been forgetting important dates, time with family & friends, dates with Jesus (I KNOW RIGHT) and quality time with my husband.  I learned so much about me and came to realize that I cannot, I repeat, I cannot organize my schedule in my head.  And as much as I love technology, I cannot schedule everything in these apps I have.  #icant So what’s a girl to do?  This week, I went back to an old paper and pencil method.  There is something about the art of writing that turns me on! I created this weekly scheduler to remind me of IMPORTANT ACTIVITIES/EVENTS/APPOINTMENTS-doctor appointments, date night, family night, scripture reading, prayer time.  As I complete tasks, I cross them off the list. Done!

One exciting thing I love about spring cleaning is revamping my house.  It desperately needed some TLC in many areas.  Organization was must so my husband worked on the garage and I updated the decor.  For this I had to check in with my good friend, Keisha.  She is a GURU for home design, organization and much more.  She recommends that when you start spring cleaning with your house, change your scents based on the seasons.  So if you are a candle girl like me, go to Bath & Body Works and check out their new scents. Oh my god do they smell springy! Spring cleaning also means getting organized so create more space by using bins, baskets and storage containers in places like the closets, bathrooms, and cabinets.  Keisha has purchased organizational bins from places like Wal-Mart, Amazon and even the Dollar Tree.

For those of you who have already started spring cleaning and you find that you have some dead space like I did, she gave me some great ideas for revamping the foyer and window areas with benches, baskets, and pillows.  Don’t make these changes without giving yourself a budget. And to save money, check out the online clearance sections of places like Target, Wal-Mart, and Kirklands where you will find some amazing decor for a low price.  Plus you can have it shipped to the store for FREE.

In the spirit of spring cleaning, I’m having a spring cleaning contest and giving away Spring-scented candles and a Kirklands gift card to a few lucky loyal readers.  All you have to do is comment with your tips and go-to tools for spring cleaning to be entered. 

Be sure to share this post with a friend on social media using hashtag #onefaithjourney.

Be inspired & remember, you gotta have faith!

Tamika W.

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