Walking in 2017

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Happy New Year, Merry Christmas, and Happy Tuesday beautiful people!

It’s been too long, but you all were on my mind every day…SERIOUSLY!  I apologize for my lack of consistency and engagement on my blog.  If I could, I would love to engage with you daily, and my hope is to be more present because blogging is truly a pleasure and escape for me.  It feels like a part of me diminishes when I can’t blog.  Quite honestly, I wish that I could be a full-time blogger.  Until that wish comes true…I will do what I can.

Here’s an update on my life.  I am still working as a chemist, and this career move is definitely a needed break from mental health.  I am just getting over a pretty serious upper respiratory infection, bronchitis, and blepharitis (swollen eye infection).  So, for the past two weeks, I have gotten some much-needed rest, fluids, and breathing treatments.

You know I had to give my first style of the year.

So on Sunday, here’s what I wore.

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My sweater is from Rainbow.  My skirt is from Citi-Trends. My necklace is from Rue 21. My shoes are from Fashion to Figure.

I really love how this outfit came out. Soft and bold with my tulle skirt and Aztec print sweater.

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Be on the look out for a vlog post!

Much love,

Brandi xoxo

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Six Steps to Becoming Empowered

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Hey ladies and gentlemen,

I want to take a few moments of your time to share some simple ways of becoming empowered people.  I truly believe that a lot of us have labelled being empowered as achieving a certain level of success, status, and popularity.  If that was the case, then suicide rates and dissatisfaction with life would not be prevalent.  I want to share some personal things that I have done in my process of becoming empowered.

  1. Choose to be authentically, genuine.  I have yet to meet a person who is empowered and phony simultaneously.  I have met people whose words appeared positive and their actions seemed kind.  But something was off.  There is this natural energy that comes from a person who is truthful in character, word, and deed.  If there is one thing that I do hold myself accountable for is authenticity.
  2. Celebrate Others.  On this journey of empowerment, finding beauty and inspiration in others is important.  I have seen that people who have a hard time celebrating and appreciating others have issues with jealousy, competition, and comparison.  You have to choose to be inspired by others instead of crippled by insecurities.  Choose to shine your light by shining on others.  I look to find beauty and qualities in others because I grow.  It’s simple to celebrate others.  Pay compliments, show support, and share what inspires you about a person.  Be authentic in celebrating others. Shine light on others and you’ll shine light on yourself.
  3. Celebrate Yourself.  In this journey of being empowered.  You must take time to celebrate yourself.  Celebrating yourself is not being narcissistic.  It means taking time to appreciate your awesomeness.  I have been guilty of not celebrating my talents and abilities because the people who were around me were not content with themselves.  Celebrating yourself is owning everything about you–your strengths and flaws.  Pamper and splurge on yourself.  Celebrate small successes and accomplishments.  Allow others to celebrate you.  Choose to not accept negative thoughts and voices and remind yourself of those qualities and traits that make you unique and special.  Love yourself and don’t back down.
  4. Invest in Yourself.  The most valuable asset that you have is your life.  Take time to feed your spirit, your body, and your mind.  Your spirit, body, and mind are all connected and thrive on each other.  Your total well-being is essential for being empowered and whole as a person.  Make it a priority educate yourself on your passions, goals, and desires.  Seek to be balanced in this unbalanced world.  You only have one life, one body, one mind and one spirit–each one is vital to your sustainability.
  5. Surround Yourself with Positive, Balanced-Seeking People.  People are essential in your journey to empowerment.  We are created to be relational beings, and our relationships either enhance or drain us.  Some relationships offer nothing.  Toxic and unhealthy connections could hinder and sometimes abort our journey to being empowered.  The beauty is that we don’t have to allow our special relationships to remain that way.  It is important that we connect with people to are actively working on being better and healthy.  Support is great and having good people around you helps push you to be better.   When I see those around me improving, it inspires me to be better. One of my favorite scripture verses is from Proverbs 27:17 is “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens of a friend.”
  6. Check Yourself.   This step, to me, covers all of the other steps.  Checking yourself means staying aware of your choices, feelings, thoughts, actions, and behaviors.  Sometimes we can easily get off balanced for different reasons– some are in our control and others are out  our control.  Make sure that we evaluate ours lives.  Are we doing things to better ourselves?  Are we happy and content with our actions and behaviors? Find ways to handle life changes.  Be honest about where we are and where we want to be.  If there are areas that need improvement, own it and grow.  Evaluate what energy you are giving and receiving.  Get help if you need it and receive help.

Being empowered is a beautiful and freeing way of life.  The journey is not about being perfect.  It’s about being better, healthier, and whole.

We’re in this journey together!

Brandi

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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Hey beautiful people!

I’m super excited about being nominated by Kelleemudiva’s Beauty Blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thank you for thinking of me. I hope my amazing followers and readers find some inspiration from my blog. Thank you for being an inspiration as well, diva!

Here are the rules:

1.  Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. List the rules and display the award.
3. Share seven facts about yourself.
4. Nominate other amazing blogs and comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them.

Seven Facts About Me

  1. I love music.  I consider it my first love.  I’m from a very musical family on my daddy’s side.   We sing or play instruments or both.  The last instrument I played was the drums. No, I am not on Sheila E’s level of playing…lol.
  2. I have two tattoos.  I have a small treble clef on my left wrist and the word music with a treble clef replacing the S on the left inside ankle area.   I designed the ankle tattoo.
  3. For my first “career” job out of college, I worked as a chemist for a cosmetic company that made my health and beauty products like shampoos, conditioners, lotion, and etc. for companies like Walmart, Target, and Walgreens. It was the dopest job. 
  4. My favorite color is purple. Yellow is my second favorite.
  5. My favorite snack obsession is gummy bears. Period.
  6. This is not a phobia, but I do not like birds.  They kinda freak me out a little bit.
  7. I went white water rafting a few years ago.  It was one of most exhilarating experiences.  I definitely want to do it again.

I would like to nominate these bloggers amazing and inspiring bloggers that I have connected with.

Hil The Thrill 

Windy City Wardrobe

Olga Linguini

The Management Maven

Curls on the Go

I hope you have gotten a chance to see a little more of me through facts about me!

Much love and peace,

Brandi

Recommended Read: Who Moved My Cheese?

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I am excited about sharing this new book I read about a week or so ago.  My mom gave it to me to read around the holidays, but I put off reading it until recently.  Let me say, I really enjoyed reading this book. The book is thin and the words were simple. The messages were simple.   I got done with it in a few hours.    Based on my research, major corporations and companies use the simple but valuable words of this book to shift their environments into ones of productivity and growth for employees and the company.

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I won’t go into full on book review but the message is simple. Prepare for change.  Expect change.  Welcome change. Don’t allow fear to cripple you from stepping out of your current situation or comfort zone  to see and explore what amazing things life has in store. This book allows you to identify where you are based on the characters and yet the author does an amazing job showing how we can change. Also, the author paints a picture of how we can sabotage our lives if we fail to take a look at ourselves and our circumstances and choose to do better and be better. There are so many messages to receive from this book. I understand why it’s a best seller.

I would recommend this book period. As a therapist, I would give this book to clients who feel stuck in life and need a change. Sometimes we all need a little boost or recharge. I think this great for long-term and married couples to read as a unit. I think that parents can share this with pre-teens and teens as a life preparation tool. During that time of life, they are beginning to explore and make sense of life.  This book is great for book clubs and group.  There is a lot of topics from this book that creates positive dialog and discussions.

If anyone has read this book, what do you think? Thanks momma for recommending this book!

Inspired,

Brandi