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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Goals for the Gold

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Today I was thinking about my goal-setting habits and realized that I need to refine this habit to be more productive and efficient for my short and long-term goals.  As I was thinking about goal-setting (or my lack thereof lately), I thought about the Olympics.  As much as I love sports, I’m not a fan of the Olympics but this past winter, I was intrigued by the 2018 Winter Olympics for some reason.  You would not believe which sport I watched and kept track of? Definitely not skiing. Bobsledding or as said in the olympic world ‘bobsleigh’.  I’m not sure why I was interested but I tuned in during my morning breaks to catch up or watch live.  I learned so many interesting facts about the sport:

  1. The first push of acceleration is very important.
  2. The pilot and brakeman have to be in sync with one another with timely jumps into the sled.
  3. Flexibility is key as you fit two bodies into a tiny sled. Some on their heels while the driver sits.
  4. Friction can slow you down and cause you to lose the race by hundredths of a second.
  5. The pilot sees everything.  One pilots said he never tells his teammates about what’s ahead and tells them it was a good trip.
  6. Physics plays a huge part in bobsledding. Sledders have to be very careful of their moves to avoid crashing.

So how does this relate to setting goals Tamika? Simple.

1. Pushing yourself to get started on your goals is very important.  The first push propels you; it gets your started.

2. Timeliness is important.  There is nothing like setting a goal to get something completed in a week and you haven’t considered your family, your work schedule, or other things you are working on as well.  Make sure you set realistic goals while considering other tasks on your schedule.

3. When hammering out your plan, be flexible.  If you set out to read daily for 30 minutes and something comes up, find ways to squeeze some time in or spread the extra minutes throughout the week.

4.  What are some things that bring hindrance to your life? Consider the “friction” and find ways to avoid it so that you don’t lose sight of your goal.

5.  This is my favorite one. Who is the pilot in your life? In bobsledding the pilot plays a huge role in the success of the team.  My pilot is God.  He sees everything that lies ahead of us.  He guides our path and gives us what we need to be successful.

6. You have the power to put things in motion.  Just put little force behind it, some motivation that is. We are already in August.  The third quarter of the year is coming to a close soon folks.  What declarations did you make over your life?  What daily affirmations are you telling yourself to push you closer to your dreams?  What goals do you need to set in order to end 2018 with shouting bang?

I know we live in an virtual, online world.  Shopping, chatting, connecting with people are all at our finger tips.  HOWEVER…. There is something about the power of writing.  The formation of the letters as you write.  Write out your goals. The pen, the paper and your brain will connect when you do this.  It’s powerful y’all!

In order to live your best life, you have to stop wishing and start working so take your first step toward your destiny.  Write your goals to win the gold!

Need help with goals for your marriage?  Check out our latest podcast Faith & Marriage: Making Time for Spouse & Self Episode 5.

Need a reality check about your progress? Check out Progress Ain’t Pretty.

Ready to celebrate some successes big or small? Read this post for some ideas/inspiration Celebration Time 4 You! 

Remember, it’s a faith journey y’all!

Blessings, blessings, and more blessings to you!

Tamika W.

It’s Time to Wake Up

Right now I’m listening to recorded webinar giving tips on how to grow a successful business online. One of my takeaways is this: it is time to stop dreaming about your passion and just do it. On the other hand, sometimes we can’t see the end because we are drowning ourselves with trying to do it all.

Well that’s quite interesting considering my blog is all about the faith journey. 🧐

As I ponder on how I want to move forward with this part of my journey, I’ve come to a place where I just had to stop reading all these tips and tricks to be the best and get rich fast. First and foremost, for me, blogging is not about “get rich quick.” Second, there is another part of this journey that is more than blogging. As I stated, I had to get to a place where I stopped reading, subscribing and researching the best route. Researching and reading how-to’s can be information overload if you’re not careful. (There are a lot of excellent sites and helpful resources BUT as it is with anything, find one thing and stick with it.) Y’all I’ve been drowning in website after article after post. Am I dreaming or is this just too much to swallow? Keep reading 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽

A part of me waking up was me coming to some realizations:

  1. I have a voice that may not always fit into one category. (Thanks Ruth for confirming this).
  2. There is not one right way to do this.
  3. Consistency is your friend.
  4. You will find your purpose along the way.

Whatever you’re going to do- start a business, blog, write a book, lead a bible study-I want to encourage you to wake up and start doing it now! But I don’t want you to get caught up in thinking that it has to be perfect. I don’t want you to get bogged down in task after after task. Find a starting point and get started. Here are three things I want you to take away from this post:

  1. There is no ONE way to begin. While there are many people professing to have the BEST way, you have to find what works for you.
  2. Pick ONE or TWO things you want to work on and stick with it. When you try to tackle EVERYTHING, you become overwhelmed and NOTHING gets accomplished.
  3. Pray for your passion and seek God for your purpose. When you are passionate about something, God will provide you with the tools and resources. #godsplan

I’m working with a friend right now, giving some guidance on what has worked for me on this journey. There have been some highs and lows, but through it all, I have learned some much needed lessons and met some great folks along the way. I would love to keep passing on some advice to my bff. Got any ideas you want to share? What has been working for you on your journey? Have you had any “wake up” moments?

Please share, like & comment. I’d love to hear from you.

Remember, it’s a faith journey y’all! 😉

Tamika W.

PS…. Ruth In Revolt is one of my fav blogs and a recent post of hers inspired me..Check her out here——>>> Hey Ruth! 👋🏽

Be Still….

It’s Wednesday and last week I promised to post my reflections from The Best Yes. Well if you checked your inbox you know they never came. It’s not that I did not want to encourage you and help you reflect on ways to say NO or how to figure out ways to empty your “plate”. This week I simply needed to give myself some space. I needed to spend some time not thinking too hard. I needed to be still.

I read a post from a fellow blogger about not being so hard on yourself. She recommended some great strategies. The one that sticks out for me as I rest this week is to box up your negative thoughts. I had been thinking too hard about blogging, podcasting, products, and life in general. My mind was wrecked with a bunch of questions, doubts, fears and what ifs. I wanted to spend some time away from everything and just relax in me. I needed to take all of those things flooding my mind and put them away in a box. I didn’t want any negative thoughts to follow me. So what are you doing Tamika? I’m taking in some of these tips so that I can recharge and be ready for the weeks ahead. Read 6 Ways to Fight Your Inner Critic.

The other thing I’m doing is organizing my workflow so that I can provide more content that connects to my readers. I’m a strong believer in developing your skills personally and professionally. I’m reading up on successful ways to engage readers. I’m taking some crash courses in successful side hustles and coaching services. I don’t plan to spend the rest of my life working for someone else. Why wait until I retire to start enjoying life? I’m starting now by tapping into my gifts and talents and seeing where I’ll land with them. If you’re trying to find where you fit, let me know. I’d love to chat with you and send you some free tools.

Finally, I’m doing some extra spring cleaning. My space feels a little cluttered, especially in my daughter’s room. I can’t believe next week she will be 9 months. And she is moving around like busy bee. So space she will need and I’m on a mission to de-clutter. I know giving away her little clothes is going to be hard so y’all pray for me ☹️

My advice for you this week is the title of the post- Be still. Gather up the courage to throw away the to-do list. Don’t plan this time. Just do it. It’s so peaceful. Resting in my positive thoughts. Dreaming and envisioning the future. Not worried about what is going to happen if. Take a day or two and enjoy peacefully walking through your space, your thoughts. You’ll come out with lots of clarity. During this time, write a note to your future self. What’s happened to you? What have you accomplished? Where do you see yourself? I am working on my letter to me in 2020. And….I’m taking a week to bask in me so until Sunday, be still and have faith!

Remember, it’s a faith journey y’all!

Tamika W.

PS. The reflections will be a week in June. Next week I’m podcasting with some random interviews and I PROMISE you will enjoy this! 😉

3 Vacation Money Saving Tips for Summer Travel

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Vacations are fun but let’s be honest, they can be quite expensive.  Depending on where you travel and how long you will vacation there, families can spend close to $3000 including transportation, food, souvenirs, tours, and hotel.  But there’s hope.  Whether big or small, start saving money for your next vacation with these tips!

  1. Enroll in a frequent stay program with your favorite hotel chain.  For example, Hilton has the Hilton Honors program where you can collect points for every stay at a Hilton brand hotel.  You can use these points later towards future stays and enjoy perks such as late check out, free snacks, or premium wi-fi.  I’m a Hilton Honors silver member so my points values are high, and I get at least two free stays per year through the amount of points I collect.  My favorite Hilton hotel is Embassy, where I enjoy a delicious free breakfast, afternoon social and the best comfortable 2 room suite.
  2. Travel to a nearby city and enjoy some of the local tourist attractions.  Often we think our vacations have to be to some place exotic or some exclusive destination when there is so much to do and learn right in our own backyard.  This year we are taking a two day trip to Helen, Georgia, a cute little quaint town located in the mountains of Georgia with good food, a good river for tubing and some relaxation.
  3. Plan one day adventures.  You can take the family to a drive-in movie.  How about visit the lake for a family picnic and games.  There are so many adventures that you can do in one day whether you travel 5 or 50 miles outside of your city.  And guess what, you won’t have to break the bank to enjoy them.

With these tips, you are bound to have a great time with your family or friends all while keeping some cha-ching $$$ in your pockets.  Summer time is always a fun time to embark upon a new adventure. However, don’t forget about traveling during the off-peak seasons where places like the beach resorts offer super low rates and shopping at outlets and boutiques are so exciting.

What are your summer plans and how do you save money on travel? Leave us a comment and help someone else.  Don’t forget to share & like.

Remember, it’s a faith journey y’all!

Tamika W.

P.S Many of the reward programs offer vacations at 60-80% off.  Yes, you’ll have to watch a presentation and answer a million questions about buying a timeshare (do NOT buy one) BUT hey, who wouldn’t enjoy Disney for $165 for 3 days/2 nights.  I know I did AND I received 5000 points for attending as well as some discounts on food and future travel.  BAM!

Are You Busy? You Still Need a Budget!

business-money-pink-coins.jpg“The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” Proverbs 22:7 NKJV

Anytime someone hears the word budget they automatically assume that the person is struggling financially or that they are BROKE. Not always the case.  According to a Gallup poll, only 1/3 of Americans have a household budget yet 80% of Americans are DROWNING in debt.

In 2015, my husband and I looked at our finances and determined we wanted to leave a legacy of financial freedom to our children.  We made up in our minds that we no longer wanted debt to have a lifelong grip on us so tight that we could not enjoy life. After a friend introduced me to Dave Ramsey, my husband and I decided to embark on this journey to financial freedom and peace.  I would highly recommend everyone to take his Financial Peace course to learn the ins & outs to financial freedom.

As consumers, I don’t know what it is about having the latest and greatest but that is the mentality that often puts us deep into debt.  And with the world of entertainment, keeping up with the Jones’s and blowing money faster than we can make it, our income spirals out of control to the sunken place, a point of no return.

Well don’t ever think that there is a point of no return because there is a solution for the problem.  Let me say this as well.  You may not be the person who lives in “the sunken place”.  You may be reading this and saying to yourself, “I have money in the bank and I pay my bills on time and I get to live life to the fullest.” Great.  Round of applause.  Read the list below and if you have any of the items listed, you’re in debt.

  1. Credit Cards
  2. Loans (student loans, auto loans, furniture, pay day loans, etc.)
  3. Mortgage and/or Home Equity Loan
  4. Hospital Bills
  5. Collection Notices
  6. Department Store Charge Cards
  7. Personal Bank Loan
  8. 401K, Retirement, 403b Loan
  9. Business Loan
  10. Do You Owe Someone? Ok, you get the point

Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because life is fine, you’re ok.  That mentality will keep us all a slave to the financial system. So here is what I find that works for our household- a monthly budget.  Now you can google budget forms and you will get soooo many hits and links.  Here are some quick steps to get your money designated for specific areas of spending AND doing so will help you find ways to eliminate your debt faster.

1. List all of your debts, smallest to largest. Once you pay off a debt, roll that amount into the next debt.  This is called the SNOWBALL effect.  Read about it here.

2. Obtain a credit report to make sure you have not been a victim of fraud and to make sure you have accounted for ALL of your debts.

3. List all of your household expenses- charities (tithes, charitable giving), mortgage/rent, utilities, groceries, entertainment, clothing, gas, auto repairs, health & medical (i.e medicines, doctor appointments, etc.), outside insurance policies, personal care (i.e toiletries, baby supplies, tutoring/music lessons, child care/babysitters, organizational dues), and debts you pay.

4. List your take home pay and subtract it from ALL of your expenses.  If the number is positive you have money left to start paying off some debt FASTER.  If the number is negative, you will need to look at what you can eliminate from your expenses to ensure that you are not living above your means.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 each month and have a household budget meeting.  Make a vision board and take control of your financial life.  After all, God wants us to be lenders and not borrowers.  He wants us to prosper in all areas of life.  Finally, DON’T LET ANYONE make you believe that because you are budgeting your way to financial freedom, you are broke and busted. Start the journey and keep going if you’ve already started.

There are a thousand ways to get out of debt and to budget your household.  What are some ways you budget?  What are some resources you recommend? Share your strategies and share this with someone.

It’s a FAITH journey y’all! No matter where you are in life, you gotta have faith!

Tamika W.

P.S. I do not get paid to promote Dave Ramsey’s products.  I’m on the journey to financial freedom and peace.  As of today, I’ve stopped using all my credit cards, paid them off, and will be tackling the remainder of my car loan and the BIG student loan.  I’ll keep you posted! 😉

#winning #debtfree #onefaithjourney #financialpeace

 

 

Sunshine Blogger! Yeah, That’s Me

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I’ve been out of commission for the past two days.  Baby clinging to me.  Cleaning my house. Doing laundry. Catching up on work. All that stuff that keeps the every day woman BUSY! So, when I saw this post on the blog I follow, I had to read it several times.  “Like am I reading this?”  Yes. I. Did.Read.It.  For some people it’s small but for a new blogger like me, it was definitely motivating to know someone nominated me for this award, a peer, dope blogger you need to follow now, Mz. Imperfect. Follow her. NOW. I’m so serious!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?  It’s an award presented to bloggers by bloggers for creative and outstanding content that inspires readers everywhere.  And it is a super way to connect with new blogs and be inspired.

A part of accepting this award is to answer some questions about me and nominate a few blogs for bringing some sunshine.  And guess what, you should follow them too 🙂

Blog Nominations:

  1. deannastilwell.com
  2. cherishingsecrets.wordpress.com
  3. mysimplyunique.com
  4. ruthinrevolt.com
  5. sweetandsimplelife.com
  6. unspokenvows.com
  7. tlyncompositions.org

 

Questions to Answer

1. Do you prefer ocean or lake? Ocean- love hearing waves

2. How long have you been blogging? I started a blog in 2015 but never finished.  So since March 28, 2018

3. What is your favorite hobby? traveling

4. What would you do if there was no chance of failing? That’s so hard to answer right now…hhhhmmmm???

5. If you could have lunch with 1 person, (alive or not), who would it be? Why? Dave Chapelle.. I love HIS comedy and I love laughing.  He is a genius folks!

6. What’s the most challenging thing about blogging? Reaching the masses through a passion

7. What is your favorite junk food? Spinach and artichoke dip and chips

8. Where are you from? Columbia, South Carolina, Soda City, The Metro!

9. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be? Barcelona, Spain

10. What is your favorite type of music? Anything with a positive message that inspires

11. Where do you want to be in 5 years? Living and giving like no one else because I WILL have financial peace….Shout out to Dave Ramsey & FPU

 

Rules

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog in your post.

2. Answer the questions at the bottom of this post in your own blog post.

3. Nominate  up to 11 blogs with 11 questions

4. List the rules and Sunshine Award Logo on your post.

 

Be inspired & remember, its a faith journey, y’all!