Happy Wednesday! This weeks weekly inspiration comes from Hebrews 10:36-

“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

I just love this verse! Whenever I read it I always think of a coach yelling “Keep going, you’re almost there” on the field as one of the players scores. Super weird comparison, kind of, but not really if you think about it. Perseverance is something that is always instilled in athletes. The finish line is always the main goal, not matter how tough or difficult is it to get there. God also always wants us to persevere, heading towards our future that he has planned for us. No matter how hard it might seem now, God has so many great things for us to come!

The action of persevering is also an act of faith! Sometimes (most times), to others it does not make sense to be  positive when everything is going wrong, to continue to smile when others would expect otherwise. It is in hard times that our faith is strengthened, fear is kicked out and wiped away! This week, my challenge for you is to persevere boldly whatever it is you are currently going through. God has a plan that will make your jaw drop (in a good way, ha!) if you just allow his will to be done, putting fear and anything negative aside.

Until Next Time!

-B

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The #SweaterWeather we had in Houston for the weekend is clearly over, so this velvet top is my best bet at pretending it actually feels like fall in Texas! Lucky for me, I snagged it up at Target and have been wearing it ever since. I must say, when I was younger I hated velvet. I remember velvet dresses- I thought they were itchy and wanted to stay as far away from them as possible. Now, I love velvet and it’s so comfy! Although I’m not into velvet shoe yet (still not my thing) velvet tops are a current go-to of mine.

Living in the South, it’s always a struggle during early Fall to actually wear a “Fall wardrobe“. It’s cold (really like 50-60) in the mornings, but turns to about 70+ still in the afternoon! Fur is out of the question (trust me), and so are boots really, so this short sleeve velvet top is perfect. I love the detailing also- it has a pattern so you don’t even have to add anything else accessory wise with it if you don’t wait to! Just throw on some denim & you are good to go- or tuck this top into a fun skirt to add  little extra fab-ness to your look!

For this outfit in particular, I keep it simple (as always), pairing it with some basic grey-ish denim and some booties! I added a denim jacket just for fun and of course wore my favorite booties. I linked all of my fav booties previously, and these ones were for sure on the list. I feel like the more I wear them, the more comfy they get!

More Velvet Items (Most Under $50!):

No complaints about the weather though, it’s been so nice here. I do wish that it snowed during the holidays, but these nice fall days are nothing I would even trade for snow. No fur for me (for now anyways), but I’m totes okay with that!

Until Next Time!

-B

 

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Jamelia fought her passion for long, but eventually gave in, not looking back since. This weeks #BossBabe, Jameila Blackman-Sonny, tells us not about her passion regarding the well being of young women, but also the daily efforts of being a full time “Side-preneur”, owning her own business, Faithfull Queens in addition to her 9-5! P.S- after you are done reading her interview,  you have to head over to check out some of her stuff- it is all so fab!

Tell me a little about yourself. Where did you grown up, get your degree in etc? What is your current job?

I am a motivational/personal development, Jesus junkie currently residing with my hubby in New Jersey. I grew up on the small Caribbean island of St. Vincent but then migrated to the US when I was about 16 years old. I later gained my degree in Media Communications from the City College of New York! I currently work in nonprofit; assisting the team at Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC (mentoring rocks). When I am not at BBBS I am a part time “sidepreneur” building brands Faithfull Queens & JBS Inspires.

What made you decide to start your career?

With a focus in Media Communications & minor in Journalism, I swore after graduation I would land a job in Public Relations and all will be well with the world but that was absolutely not what God had planned for me. I did land a job in the industry but then quickly realized that it wasn’t where my heart was. As mentioned before, I recently started working with one the most prestigious and oldest mentoring organization in the country (BBBS of NYC)- which I completely did not see coming but believe this is part of what I was called to. I have always been interested in mentoring but tucked it to the back of mind as I wanted to pursue something that seemed “more interesting”.

What inspires you on a daily basis?

I am inspired by people, purpose and God daily. There are so many people who inspire me to be better, to live out my calling & become all God has called me to be, even the ones who have no idea who I am (thank you for your obedience). Purpose inspires me because without that sense of knowing you are here for a reason, you have no idea where you’re heading; you live a random life going wherever the wind blows you. With a purpose driven life, you know who you are, you know whose you are and why you are. Since I have found that it, inspires me every day to keep moving forward. And of course, God because without him there would be no purpose, no life and no people to inspire me.

With a purpose driven life, you know who you are, you know whose you are and why you are.

What is your favorite bible verse & why?

I have so many favorite scriptures but the one that immediately came to mind is Jeremiah 29:1 – “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you says the Lord, thoughts of peace, not evil, to give you an expected end.” I loooove this scripture because it brings me back to a place of peace & rest knowing that no matter what life throws at me I am already taken care of; it is already handled.

What’s something you would tell your 20-year-old self?

I would tell my 20-year-old self to trust the process. Sometimes we find ourselves in a place, especially as a young woman, regretting the decisions we’ve made or what has happened to us but it’s all for a reason. While at that moment you might be upset with the world and feeling worthless, He still has a plan for your life. And once you’re loving on God it’ll surely work for you. I found a quote somewhere that says, “the truth is nothing is working against you- it’s all working for you” and I see that now. I can appreciate the journey because it has made me who I am today.

What is your end goal with your career? What do you want to accomplish?

I’ve heard before that one way to know why you were created is to pay attention to the things that hurt you to your core when you see or hear about them or what you’ve personally experienced. I’ve come to realize that seeing young girls & young women not knowing themselves and not making the right decisions because there is no sense of purpose is that thing. So my end goal with both brands @jbsinspires and @faithfullqueens and even working with BBBS of NYC is to not only inspire young people by mentoring or just sharing my journey but to help cultivate self-worth within them and to reinforce their value in the eyes of God.

What are the 3 most important things you would tell someone starting off in their career?

I would tell them pray for direction; for wisdom and for understanding so that they connect with the right colleagues and are able to excel in their line of work.

Get a mentor – Mentors can teach you things they’ve already been experienced, mistakes they’ve made and what they learned.

Network, network, network: Expand your network. Don’t just go out to an event & exchange business cards and call that networking. Network with the right people and genuinely invest in these relationships.

What is your favorite thing to do regarding your field?

I enjoy being an inspiration to others. To know that I can uplift someone. To help them go from feeling worthless to worth it. I also do a lot of listening. People share a lot with me and it’s a skill not everyone is good at but I enjoy listening to others & they appreciate when you can listen without advice and judgement.

What is your least favorite?

I honestly do not have a least favorite. I love what I do.

What has been the most surprising challenge within your field?

The most surprising challenge within my field is having to manage & make my own schedule. With my prior work experiences, my day was already sort of set. There were daily tasks and responsibilities and so the transition to an environment where I have to manage, prioritize and plan my day was a bit challenging at first but completely doable after getting acclimated.

Until Next Time!

-B

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Happy Wednesday! This weeks weekly inspiration comes from Psalm 33:20-

“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.”

If there was a reward for the most impatient person of the year award- I would win every time! I don’t like waiting for anything, as I have said so many times before. I avoid long lines, can’t stand waiting in traffic & even don’t like going to the grocery store (line after line- I literally can’t)! I have learned though, that the wait for some things is necessary. Waiting allows us to have time to prepare for our blessings.

I have come to learn to consider any season of waiting for anything as “Prep Time”. Whether you are waiting for a new promotion at work, that house your anxious to buy but just can’t quite yet, be sure to never rush the process! When I actually did used to eat meat (years ago), I used to always let me chicken marinate for a while. This way- it was full of favor & so so yummy! God loves us sooo much that he wants to prepare us perfectly as well-  never giving us anything pre-maturely that we are not ready for. This week- my challenge for you is to appreciate your season- whatever season it is that you are in!

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

Until Next Time!

-B

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There’s one thing I’ve never been a fan of- grocery shopping! Living in such a busy city- no matter what time I go, the grocery store is always full! Having such a hectic schedule, going after work is never an option. Going on the weekends is never fun either- who wants to do that? The best $4.95 I’ve ever spent was on HEB Curbside– it’s the perfect way to grocery shop for the woman constantly “On The Go”. I can go grocery shopping literally whenever I want with no hassle! All I need is my computer and my breakfast, lunch and dinner for the week are all at my fingertips! I totes wish I would’v known about this service sooner- literally the best $4.95 I’ve ever spent!

One thing I really love about HEB’s Curbside service is that I’m able to order my groceries in the morning & just swing by and get them after work! No more rushing through the isles in my work shoes anymore trying to decide what to eat for dinner- Curbside does all the dirty work for me! I simply pick out what I want online, pick my time slot to get it, and I’m done. What’s even better is that I can easily reorder my staples that I need on a regular basis. Talk about convenience! You are able to order after 7:30 AM and have until the evening to get them.

HEB has made my grocery shopping a breeze! I no longer wait in lines, and can spend the time I would’ve spent in the store doing other things! For instance, instead of spending time at the grocery store after work, I can now rush home and have an hour or so to relax before I start working on ze blog! Be sure to head over to your local HEB & check out this new service soon! For only $4.95- I promise you won’t regret it!

 

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of H-E-B Curbside. The opinions and text are all mine.


Until Next Time!

-B

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