Happy Wednesday! This week’s weekly inspiration comes from Proverbs 1:8-

“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.”

It has been such crazy weather here in Houston. Due to this, the mail has been a little delayed. I was waiting on a package from my mother & finally got it yesterday. When I did..I cried like a baby. Not cute cries either…I cried like ugly, gross, tears.. you know, the kind you want nobody to be around for. I wasn’t crying because I was sad. Actually- I was really happy. I was crying for literally one reason- no matter how l am, or will ever be- I always, always miss my mama. Being so far away from family some days, it’s really hard && for me, yesterday was one of those days. Growing up-  sometimes are good, some are tough, but some of both are often taken for granted.

So many times, we take so, s0 much for granted.  Dinner, for instance. Many people take eating dinner with their families on a nightly basis for granted. Not that we don’t appreciate it- but it’s just the “norm” for so many. Since I have been back in the H and my mom in Ohio (we literally switched places ya’ll…tear!), I can tell you that’s the one thing I miss the most. Even if she did live in Dallas when she lived in Tejas & I in Houston..I knew I could always drive a few hours to make it home for dinner. The things I learned from my parents at a young age have always stuck with me. Even though I might not of understood some of things things I was taught when I was younger, the older I get- the more everything is putt into perspective. This week- my challenge for you is simple but also so so important. This week, take some extra time with your family. Reach out via text, phone call, or, if they are near, stop by just to say hi. Life comes at us all so fast, sometimes we just need to slow down and enjoy the little things.

P.S.- Deets on the outfit above can be found here!

Until Next Time!

-B

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I told myself that this year I would be more honest on ze blog. I started to year off with all the things last year taught me and promise that was only the beginning. When I first started blogging, I used to write all sorts of random things- from my favorite bible stories to just some thoughts that I fee compelled to share. Recently, I have not been doing so as much and have made it one of my goals for 2018 to get back to my “blogging roots” (lol- is that even a thing?!).

This year, I am determined to be fearless. Fearless in the things that make me happy, fearless in admitting the things that I need to say goodbye to, fearless in the pursuit of what sets my soul on fire. So pinterest, I know, but also so real. I have dedicated the next 12 months to doing this, in its’s entirety. 2018 will the year of taking risks, being brutely honest about my life- realizing not only where I’ve been, but also where I’m headed. This year- I’ve decided to be brave. Brave enough to risk a fall.

“….do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you.” – 1 Chronicles 28:20

I’m what you would like to call the extreme opposite of a “risk taker”. I like routine, live for schedules and for sure don’t live life on the edge. You will never see me posting a picture jumping out of a plane (seriously…planes were not made for that), I never want to climb Mt. Everest, and I for sure will never have the urge to go parasailing. I can, however, make a mean plan-o-gram and can plan an event with my eyes closed- all without missing a detail. I won’t say I’m not “brave”, but I will say that that word is not the first that I use when I’m asked to describe myself. Especially when it comes to setting goals- I tend to “sometimes” set goals that I know are within reach if I work hard enough. That way, I am not disappointed if I don’t accomplish them all in a timely manner and I don’t get mad (LOL).

Last week, I went to a vision board party and made my “vision” for the year 2018. This years board was so weird to make for me- normally I have a “Master Plan” of things that I want to accomplish, with my career/life goals in the middle. God decided to shake things up a little bit this year when the one goal I wanted to accomplish by the end of the first quarter of the year happened by January 3rd. Talk about a mixture of emotions! It was then that I realized that this year would be different. No plan, well still a little bit of a plan, but if  I am derived from that plan- I will be okay with it. I have decided (with a lot of thought of course), that sometimes living on the “edge” is not a bad thing, per say. Sometimes, you have to be “brave” in other ways

“Do not be afraid; you will not be put in shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.” – Isaiah 54:4

“Brave enough to risk a fall” is just that- living a life worth living. Not that I don’t already, I for sure do. I am so so blessed in so many ways, it is amazing all of the things that God has done & continues to do for me. What I mean when I say this is that setting goals that we know are within reach is so so silly. Be brave enough this year to set your heart on things that are not within reach & trust God to reach them for you. Be brave enough to risk it all (smartly of course, ha), even if it means failing in the end. Most true success stories didn’t experience success the first time, anyways.

This year, dream things that are scary. I mean, are goals really goals if they are things we can know we totally can accomplish anyways?! That’s the challenge I’ve set for myself, and you’re totally welcome to join in with me. This year, I’m being “Brave enough to risk  a fall.”

‘…& she laughs without fear of the future.”- Proverbs 31:25

Until Next Time!

-B

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Happy Wednesday! This weeks weekly inspiration comes from Proverbs 15:1-

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

I have often been called a “firecracker”. I tend to uhm say the first things that comes to mind (*slowly hides behind hands) which is honestly not the best thing to always do. Over the years, I have literally had to train myself to not do this as much. Although I still slip up sometimes, I would like to think (fingers crossed) that I have gotten better. I have learned throughout time that most of the time, less is more & showing grace is always the right answer.

Being “gentle” with words that we use on a regular basis is so so important! When we were little we were taught that “sticks & stones might break our bones, but words will never hurt us” (#throwback). This is probably one of the biggest lies children are taught because the truth is- words do hurt & you can never take them back. Hurtful words have the power to break down someones confidence, ruin someones day, and just plain ole’ hurt someones feelings. On the other hand, gentle, positive words have the power to inspire, empower and just make us feel fab! This week my challenge for you is to be gentle with your words. Remember that you have to make someones day, just by reacting in an unexpected way in a less than perfect situation.

P.S- Deets on the outfit above can be found here!

Until Next Time!

-B

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Secret time= I’ve been wearing glasses since I was in 3rd grade. I never leave the house without them or my contacts (I seriously can’t see ya’ll!) and I especially need them at night. I’m what you would consider extremely nearsighted & need some uhm “vision help” to say the least! It probably doesn’t help that I’m also on the computer all day at work. When wearing my contacts, comfort has always been important to me.  ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses  have recently made my life easier and I couldn’t be more thankful! My new contacts are so thin and clear, I don’t even feel like I’m wearing them!

I have dry eyes and almost every brand of contacts I have tried dried my eyes out. I also have an astigmatism in one of my eyes (I told ya’ll…I have serious probs haha), so that’s a whole other story. At my appointment, I tried on ACUVUE OASYS® 1-Day with HydraLuxe™ Technology and OMG ya’ll…game changer! And for my astigmatism, I can wear ACUVUE OASYS® 1-Day for ASTIGMATISM. They were comfortable the entire day and all I had to do was throw them away at the end of the night and pop in a new pair in the morning. ACUVUE® is also the only brand with UV protection† across its entire product line.

Since my appointment last week, I can see better. It is so convenient having daily disposable lenses and I for sure feel like I now have a more vibrant, connected life. A must try for anyone with a need for contacts on a daily basis like me – #ChangeItUp I promise you will not be sorry!

Until Next Time!

-B

This post is sponsored by ACUVUE® and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own.

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†Helps protect against transmission of harmful UV radiation to the cornea & into the eye.

WARNING: UV-absorbing contact lenses are NOT substitutes for protective UV- absorbing eyewear such as UV-absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. You should continue to use UV-absorbing eyewear as directed.

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