Happy Monday! I’m so excited to reveal this month’s brand for my “Brands to Love” series! This month, I’ve teamed up with Roma Boots to spend the month of April telling ya’ll about this amazing company that gives back to the community in many ways! I had the pleasure of meeting with Samuel Bistrian, the founder & CEO of Roma and learned some great things about the company, as well as background information about Samuel himself! Be sure to stick around all month for weekly posts about this brand & how you can contribute!

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” A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

– Proverbs 11:25

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Loving saddle bags! They’re great to wear with jeans or can be used as a pop of color to any outfit. I normally don’t wear trends, but this one is currently one of my favs. Below are some great saddle bag options, most on sale now. Happy Shopping!

 

 

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When a colleague of mine told me that her husband was writing a book I was so excited! I continued to ask how the book was going and when it would be done throughout the time it was being written. I’ve read quite a few self-help books and I was anxious to be able to read the final copy and was curious as to how it would be. When I received my copy not only was I excited-I was jumping, literally, with joy. I felt like I knew someone famous! Not only did I have a copy of a book written by Van Benson-my copy was signed. I am so excited to finally share a book review of Making Conscious Decisions by Van Benson.

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Upon first opening the book I liked it for one reason-the language was relatable. The first sentence reads

“Habits are a part of everyday life.”-5

Me, being someone who is a planner & likes knowing everything- I have a habit of overthinking every bit of information I know. So of course, I agreed with this sentence. Making conscious decisions is not only a self-help book, it is a book that is relatable in the essence that it gives you tools to create good habits, tips on how to carry them out, and ways to help yourself become successful.

“Creating good habits allows you to do the things that build a peaceful life without thinking about it.”- 6

One thing I loved about this book is that I couldn’t stop picking up my highlighter. There are so many sentences that are just so good and quotable- you can’t help but highlight, reread, and jot them down in your memo section of your iphone. Another amazing thing about Making Conscious Decisions is that the book is interactive- there are pages for notes & blank white space to write your thoughts down throughout. It is even encouraged within the text to “take a minute & jot down” things that are pertaining to what you are reading. This allows for not only a more through understanding of what you are reading at the time, but allows for a serious evaluation of the decisions and habits that you are making in your life & how they affect you-both positively and negatively- whether you realize it or not.

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One of my favorite parts of this book was when Van was referring to your subconscious mind as a garden. He refereed to thoughts as seeds that were planted into your life, and spoke about thinking positively in order to succeed. This statement is so real I couldn’t help but reflect on the phrase “your words have power.” It is always said that words you speak, both positive & negative, have power over your life. I never considered the fact that this is also true for our thoughts. It goes on to explain how your mind is the seed of great change & that pushing yourself out of your comfort zone will make you more successful over time.

” Fear is overcome by action. No matter what you want to achieve, you are going to have tough times. You are going to have people tell you that it can’t be done.” -82-85

Needless to say, this book is great & I highly recommend it to anyone who has any habits they want to change, or even to someone who wants a quick and easy read that is both helpful & inspirational. With things at the end such as apps that can help you manage time & get rid of bad habits, this book is one I will be sure to read again.

“Success does not happen overnight No one wants to think about failure. But, realizing the importance of failure is an important lesson to learning how to become successful. Often, success comes on the other side of failure.”-Van Benson

You can pick up Making Conscious Decisions here.

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Happy Wednesday! This week’s Wardrobe Wednesday comes from Matthew 28:18-20-

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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I am such a planner! I have an organizer that I write everything in, literally everything, from the days I need to do laundry to the errands I need to run on the way home-I write it all down. I like knowing when things are going to happen, how they’re to happen, & how I can effect them. I love knowing all aspects of anything that pertains to myself-my future included. When something doesn’t go my way-I panic. I think and think of how I can change anything I don’t like and make it go my way. It’s times like this that I have to remember that God is in control of everything- and it’s in these moments I tell myself to “chill” (literally).

This verse reminds us that Jesus is in control of everything on the earth (refer to verse 18). Matthew 28 is a refresher that regardless of what we see happening around us, God is the leader of all of our steps and knows our final destinations in life. Even when things seem unclear or confusing, we can still know to be true that God has already planned the outcomes for our lives. When things seem like they are falling apart, they are truly falling together. This week, my challenge for you is to do nothing but relax. Chill & enjoy the rest of the week knowing that God is in control of your life.

P.S.-deets on this outfit can be seen here.

 

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