Monday Motivations

 Advice for Hard Times



Last weekend I was invited to give a speech at a graduate luncheon. When I sat down to write the speech, I couldn't help but think about my own graduation. I was sooo idealistic that when I started to struggle, I struggled hard.

Fortunately, God is steadfast and unmovable. And, He never goes back on His word. Read more here

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Three Verses to Help You Find Contentment



Are you happy with the way your life is going???


If I had to answer this question, I would say overall, I live a good life. #Blessed. But there are moments when I look around and I am unhappy with where I am in my career. Or I'm upset with the way my home looks. Or I think, ugh I hate my clothes, I hate my hair.

I think, if only I had done this or done that. If only I could be more like this person or that person. Next thing you know, I'm spiraling into a depressed state of mind.

I was in that kind of state when I found three Bible verses that helped lift me out of my funk. Here are the verses and my takeaways from them

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This Bible Verse Will Put Your Vacation in Perspective



My husband and I recently spent time at Dallas' Four Season Las Colinas golf resort to celebrate my in-laws' 45 anniversary. When we arrived, the luxury of its villas, spa, golf course, and pool was a welcomed surprise. Another surprise, we did not have to pay a dime for anything; David's family took care of everything. They picked the lush resort for their celebration and gifted us a room and several amenities. The whole thing was unreal.

I was thankful, but also guilty about enjoying such extravagance. 

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Tell the Ones You Love How Much You Care

Don't wait to tell the ones you love how much you appreciate them. You never know what life will bring you.

Last month was a tough month for me. My grandmother had been bravely fighting bone cancer for over three years but unfortunately...

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Don't Let Fear Stop You




This week Monday Motivation is inspired by last week's Shorty Awards, the show that highlights the creators from all the popular social media sites - Instagram, Youtube, SoundCloud, Vine and so much more. 

One Shorty Award winner, comedian King Bach, gave this amazing piece of advice...

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It’s Never too Late to Reach Your Goals! 




Three years into the New Year, it is common to stray from your goals and fall into a lull of activity. 

I know I've backed off exercise routine, and I haven't updated blogs in awhile. I have felt a tremendous amount of guilt knowing that I am not on track with my goals,  and that kind of guilt makes me want to throw my hands in the air in surrender.

But I know that if I forsake my fitness goals (I want a flatter tummy) or stop trying further my reporting career,  then I will be ignoring... 



Open Letter to Ro of 'Newlyweds': Stay Confident 



My newest reality show fixation recently reminded me how difficult it can be to answer critics who question our passion. 

These critics often tell us that the task is impossible or that you’re not qualified enough or that your plans are too risky. We can sometimes ignore those critics when they are acquaintances but it’s nearly impossible to disregard a naysayer when he or she is your spouse or a member of your family.

Ro Williams Brann of Bravo’s “Newlyweds” found herself in this very predicament while ...





New Year, New Vision Board 


As you make your 2016 goals, don't forget to make a vision board. The board will help you ...











Joyful Ever After


I’ve made a change in the blog to reflect a change in attitude. That’s right, I’m choosing joy just in

time for Christmas.

I heard something interesting recently: happiness leaves contentment to happenstance.


So when conditions are favorable, we experience satisfaction and pleasure. When we encounter resistance and negative circumstances, then there’s disappointment and sadness. That’s happiness.

This explains why “being happy” has felt so elusive.






 God Wants Peace for Paris 


The terrorist groups behind attacks on Paris and other parts of the world claim they are acting on God’s behalf but God really wants us to pursue peace.

How do I know?  The Bible tells me so.












What Shopping at a Food Pantry Has Taught Me 

Although I was initially embarrassed to shop at a food pantry, doing so has taught me the importance of giving.




What's Your Survival Story? 

"We must see all scars as beauty ... because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived" - Udo, Little Bee By Chris Cleave

This quote stopped me cold when I read it. Everyone encounters a road block or two while traveling life's road.

I myself have had more than a few setbacks.

However this quote is a reminder that when my tough circumstances do not change, then I must change how I view those challenges.


Don't be Afraid to Put Yourself Out There 

Sometimes when you put yourself out there, you learn from from your faults.
One of the hardest things in the world for me to do is to open up and ask for help.

Maybe it is the "superwoman",  I-can-do-it-all-by-myself complex; maybe it's because sometimes church folks are pressured to fake it until you make it. (Totally not true by the way. David and Job, both of whom experienced many hardships, were not ashamed to be seen crying out to God for help or mourning their losses.) But I often struggle to reach out to others because it feels like I am too vulnerable or exposed to criticism, condemnation or rejection.

When I do call on others, I feel like I am admitting failure.

What Growing Herbs Taught Me About Chasing My Dreams


When I do call on others, I feel like I am admitting failure.
Maybe it is the "superwoman," I-can-do-it-all-by-myself complex; maybe it's because sometimes church folks are pressured to fake it until you make it. (Totally not true by the way. David and Job, both of whom experienced many hardships, were not ashamed to be seen crying out to God for help or mourning their losses.) But I often struggle to reach out to others because it feels like I am too vulnerable or exposed to criticism, condemnation or rejection.
Sometimes when you put yourself out there, you learn from from your faults. One of the hardest things in the world for me to do is to open up and ask for help.


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Surviving the Monday Morning Freak Out 



A wave of dread washes over you the moment your alarm clock goes off. It's Monday morning and you feel nowhere near ready for work, school, or life for that matter. The result is a grumpy, self-absorbed version of yourself that that is miserable and wishes others to feel the same so at least you're not alone; a version of you that sees all of the bad and none of the good.


Welcome to the Monday Morning Freak Out.

Here are some tips help you snap out of it.


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