Shine!

Hello My loves!!

We are all well into the week and If you’re like me, sometimes you are SO over going through the motions of life just to LIVE, and pay bills, and eat, etc… Well, PLEASE understand that none of this is in vain and you have to be willing to be “used” wherever you are.

Although I can VERY easily get discouraged sometimes (because ALL of my dreams are SO big!) My personal experience with this is a pretty cool one…

I’ve been working in hospitality for the last few years because I LOVE customer service jobs but every once in a while I not only get fed up with “my job”,  but really the fact that I’m not where I thought I would be at this age in my career. (Yeah, I’ve always had dreams bigger than life)With all of that being said, I’m not the type of person to come to work and do a horrible job because of my lack of satisfaction with how I think my life is supposed to play out as opposed to how God says it will. So, one night I was at work and something that NEVER happens happend. One of our guests truck was stolen. WHAT?! Yes, a whole truck. I felt so bad and so helpless for the guest because no matter how good my customer service skills are, there was nothing I could do in this situation. Im a “fixer” and I couldnt fix this… Determined to help, I did what I would do if the guest were my Mom or any of my Sisters and they were in a city they knew nothing about and now, dealing with the fact that their car was stolen. I tried to encourage her and shift her focus from this horrible thing to all of the GOOD possibilities that could come out of it. (A new, better truck, etc)  At the time I was reading “I Declare” by Joel Osteen and I made a copy of a page and wrote a note on it for he and left it and im sure some kind of snack (I love snacks!) for her.

Im a pretty cheesy person so I do things like leave notes and treats often but because of the work I do I CANT always openly let the guests know “I’ll pray about it” or that they should, or that God will surely fix it and has to have a bigger plan in mind. This situation was different… discernment stepped in and I could just feel that it was needed. I was unsure of how it would play out over time but since then I’ve stopped working this particular job regularly. (because my work in theater has picked up SO MUCH) But a few weeks ago SHE CALLED! I just so happen to be the person working that day (insane I KNOW) and I answered… She explained who she was and thanked me for all of the encouragement and said since then she has gotten A new, better truck! The one she actually wanted anyway! She went on to say how she’s gotten her whole family to start the book and that she thinks about the situation and how I tried to turn it around for her. This was exactly what I needed at the time… to hear that basically all of the blogging, and making videos, and time I put into uplifting others wasnt in vain.

Now its no secret that I think pretty highly of myself… I mean, what’s not to love?! Lol. But, I’m not writing this to brag on myself… I want to share how your willingness to be used for good and continue to shine even when you aint feeling it can help someone else. Shine consistently, shine bright, shine when you dont feel like it, shine when you really want to be working on Broadway instead of at a Hotel, SHINE!! You’ll get the desires of your heart and you can encourage others while you are on your journey.

So, yes it’s Thursday and this week may be dragging for you… continue to shine even when you dont feel like it… It may help someone else through something. Be willing to be used where you are and you’ll be blessed with more and more and more.

Yesterday you said Tomorrow…

Hey guys, I’ve posted this pic before… I’m not sure exactly what the message was before, it may even be exactly the same as this! I don’t know! Lol. I came across the pic and the message (I added a line or two) that is below on my Facebook page and was inspired by my own words. I LOVE WHEN THAT HAPPENS!! (It one of the reasons I’m a card hoarder) Things we’ve gone through already and the messages or lessons we’ve gained from them can still help us (and others) now!! It’s okay to take a look back and see where you were and how far you’ve come! The same thing that helped you before, whether it was something as serious as not knowing how you’re gonna get through life or just inspiration for the day, it can help you AGAIN! Get inspired! Even if you have to take a look back at some old stuff!! Do it today… Time waits for no one.

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What are you waiting for?

…There may be a million people in your city that want the same things you want but your dedication to it even when you dont feel like it is what will set you apart! Today is the best day to get started… Tomorrow they could be done casting for the part. Tomorrow they could have already found a lead dancer. And you could gain 5 more pounds this week putting that diet off until “next Monday”… Lol. You have to ride the bus and it’s raining outside? You better buy some cute rain boots! It’s too hot? Find some shade and a cold bottle of water and quit letting things you will NEVER be able to control keep you from getting whats yours. You don’t need a New Year to have a “New You!” Go get it TODAY! No more tomorrows ya’ll… Hugs, kisses, and a whole bunch of love- jnb

 

 

 

Repairing broken relationships

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I came across this picture a WHILE ago and immediately saved it… I LOVE it!!

 

I want to use this VERY simple thought to encourage some of you that may have broken friendships or relationships…

Rough times are inevitable to EVERYTHING we do or are apart of in this life… The bottom line is sometimes things break. They JUST DO! People change, grow, get different jobs or careers and life just happens. What we have to do when we realize we are in a broken relationship is decide what to do with the pieces. Do you want to throw them away? Or is the friendship or relationship worth you picking up the pieces and putting it back together with gold? Is there a way it can be built on a better foundation ? Better principles? Can the growth that has taken place individually be used to grow the relationship?

Every argument is not an ending!! I have to remind myself this all the time… Sometimes a little crumble needs to take place to get feelings out and both parties can have a better understanding of each other.

Now, some broken relationships DONT need to be repaired but may be preparing you for what’s next. Pray for discernment… Figure out if it’s worth it or not. But nothing’s wrong with adding a little Gold in the mix and making things better. It won’t be easy BY FAR!! But just like the pottery above, it’ll be rare… Unable to duplicate, special!!

 

Don’t be afraid to use a little Gold!!

Flashback Friday

Hey guys!! I am not a loyal participant in “Throwback Thursday” or “Flashback Friday” like some… However, I will occasionally go back and re-post something that I feel needs to be seen or something that didn’t get a ton of views.

Go ahead, check out this vid! I don’t know about yall but sometimes all of the negativity on social media and mess being shown on TV- I get exhausted and I feel like a fish out of water! I NEED POSITIVITY!! There are some very inspiring things in this vid so don’t be afraid to press play. Muah!

Change YOU!

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves” Victor Frankl

An addiction affects not only the addict, but the entire family. Of course we want our loved ones to be clean and sober and free from all bondage… but if you’ve done all you can and that person remains infected with the illness addiction is… move on! And don’t feel guilty. They will get it when they are supposed to. But you’ve got to learn how to be happy whether they EVER get clean or not! Keep praying and encouraging and motivating.
They will get it! Just don’t put YOURSELF through hell while you’re waiting. Don’t worry… God’s big enough to handle it! Muah! Prayers make sweeter dreams… gn.