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

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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.

Faith & Marriage: Making Time for Spouse & Self Episode 5

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In this episode, we chat with Ashley Ligon from Unspoken Vows about the importance of faith, self-care, and time with your spouse.  It’s a real conversation with great tips to make the time intentional and meaningful for you and your spouse on your marriage journey.

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Progress Ain’t Pretty

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****Originally posted June 16, 2018 on http://www.mzimperfect.com as a guest post****

Recently a friend of mine started a bathroom renovation project. She showed us pictures of the bathroom before, during and after. On the first day of renovation, she knew that things would look a little messy but when she sent the picture to her girls, they were expecting something different. Every day she checked on the progress. Some days it looked fine and others it looked messy. But, there was some progress.

I am not sure who told me that taking on your dreams would be easy. That I would not be exhausted some days. That my patience would fluctuate. That my confidence would be tested. When chasing your dreams-an idea, a book deal, a business venture, a new career-you can organize your days, take a thousand courses, meet with expert after expert, but in order to succeed, you have to understand that your ability to bounce back will help you in the long run.

According to CNN Money, more than 44 million people have a dream (side hustle is their term) they are working. Even with all of the experts in your dream field, you’re going to get overwhelmed by the many one-size-fits-all dream routes. You will encounter naysayers. You will find that some days you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Through it all, what are you expected to do? Push through it with courage and faith despite how tough it gets.

Having courage and faith is connected to your bounce back down the road. No matter what valley you may experience, trust me, there are resources and tools to help. I call those tools faith strengthening and conditioning because when you keep hammering your way through, your faith becomes stronger.

You condition your mind, body, and soul to do the impossible. With faith strengthening and conditioning you begin to position yourself as if it already exists. So where can you find these tools, you may ask. It’s really simple. Nothing you have to purchase. No video to watch. No list to subscribe to at this time. Real. Simple.

  1. Share your story. Your ability to climb the mountain to reach your dreams has a powerful story connected to it. Create a safe space for others to learn about your progress. Share the ups and downs, the highs and lows. People will tune in because you keep it real and because you are living proof.
  2. Celebrate the small successes. Often we look for big results and forget about the little steps along the journey that helped us reach the dream. Without those small steps, you may not have made it to the big achievement. Remember, success comes in all shapes, sizes and forms.
  3. Be open to change. Every day on your journey will not look the same. Your routines may change. Your circle of influence may change. Your dreams may even change. The best thing you can do prepare for the change by focusing your time and energy where you can have an impact.
  4. Highlight what works best for you. Refrain from always focusing on what is not working. Of course you’ll have to put what’s not working into perspective but the problem comes in when we constantly focus on the negative. Think about what is working for you and WHY it is working. Sometimes this will give us insight on our journey and believe me, it will help you push through the muddy days as well.
  5. Self-care is the best care. When you feel sick, take a break. When you are overwhelmed, press pause. Many times we can’t climb the mountain toward our dreams because we are physically and mentally worn out. There is only one you and you have to take care of yourself. Don’t be pressured to burn the midnight oil with a sore throat or with heavy eyes. How effective will you be with no sleep or if you can’t talk?

When you experience a low point, know that you have to bounce back. The bible tells us that God will bless us with the desires of heart but we are to not become weary in doing good. You can’t give up. You can’t rest too long in the valley. Chasing your dreams is complicated. You will experience burn out. The progress on your journey ain’t pretty but if you try those simple tools mentioned and keep sprinkling your life with faith, you will bounce back in time to enjoy the journey.

Remember, it’s a faith journey y’all!

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! 👋🏽

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.