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Eight steps to ascend to a divine level up and your best self

Hey hey hey again!! It’s truly been a while but life and just feeling a creative block have kept me from writing but it’s good to be back and sharing again. While I won’t be hasty and promise content all the time I definitely missed writing and will try to keep up as much as my new phase of life allows and I feel genuinely inspired to do so. So onto the blog! As always I love the support, the feedback, and am grateful and thankful for each and every one of you that join me on this wild, fun, yet crazy journey we call life.

I’ve had so much personal growth and spiritual development and a great amount of revelations since the last time I was here that I felt intuitively led to share some of the things that have led to me just being in a great space overall with the hope that it will bless and encourage others to truly access the things that call out to them spiritually and foster a true meaningful and purposeful level up holistically.

While the term level up has taken on so many connotations, meanings and views over the past few years, I still personally believe that it is a spiritual and emotional alignment that manifests itself as an abundance and overflow of goodness, peace, fulfillment and joy in the physical realm. But truthfully how do you get to that space and maintain equilibrium? Here are 8 steps that I took and continue to take that assisted/assist me in my divine level up that pours over into all aspects of my life.

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Step 1: Trust your Intuition

As simple as this sounds, it requires a certain level of inner knowing and trust in your divine path and the self confidence to know that what is uniquely for you is divinely purposed and aligned specifically FOR YOU. But let’s be honest, how many times have we talked ourselves out of what we knew to be our personal truth or personal best because it did not align with what someone else told us or we’ve been conditioned to believe should be our personal truth instead of heeding our own inner voice? This only leads to straying further and further away from our own personal “true north” because we lacked the conviction to stand boldly and firmly in our own choices that led to the life that we truly resonate with and that is most representative of our own personal level of contentment, true joy, and purpose?

Sometimes the best way to follow your intuition is to get quiet, get intentional, get specific, and get prepared for that what this state of mindfulness and meditation will reveal to you about what is important to you. The other part of trusting your intuition is not being afraid or fearful to walk in the newness of what those truths you discover may reveal, and personally affirm those choices within so that that same level of inner confidence shows up externally. Remember the more aligned and comfortable you are with yourself, the more aligned you become with others and your whole external world and how it is presented to you. Intuition is the muscle divinely given to us to exercise our trust in our inner wisdom and the road maps placed on our path to continue guiding us to our highest and best self. Thus, the more you know and trust yourself and your inner wisdom, the more comfortable you become tapping into it to ascend on your divine path and staying open to the divine guidance that comes with it.

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Step 2: Be resilient and free flowing

How often have we gotten stuck in a place, time, memory, event, feeling, that caused us pain, grief, a sense of loss, or despair? By no means should you not feel the feelings when they come and reflect on the lesson that is to be learned from whatever the catalyst of the event was. However, we do a great disservice to ourselves and the great life that awaits us to unpack, and make what was supposed to be a temporary time and place, our permanent destination.

Resiliency means you are human, you experience things, and you evolve through the emotions. But being resilient means you learn to manage your emotions and your own emotional development (with the appropriate tools and resources as well as support system) and you move forth knowing that your current station is not your permanent destination. Allow yourself to remain free flowing and open to the unexpected blessings that await on the other side of walking through challenging/difficult times and coming out better and brighter and not bitter through the refinement process. Resiliency acts a lot like the neuralyzer in Men in Black. While you can’t wipe your memory of life changing, traumatic, or triggering events you can control the power they have to keep you stuck in a mental loop or stagnant and hindered by things that no longer serve you well or assist you in advancing.

Trust me, when I say there are some things that I have personally experienced that when they first occurred left me extremely vulnerable, utterly shell shocked, rocked to my core, and extremely closed off in general from the shock, pain, and disbelief they caused. But, as I reflect on them I know that they were a necessary part of my journey and provided revelations that I needed to assist me in transcending into a new chapter of my life that is filled with love, life, personal passion, fulfillment, a beautiful support system, a renewed sense and greater understanding of self, purpose, and joy. As a result I am fully equipped to manifest and manage the blessings associated with this chapter. Imagine if I had remained indefinitely closed off and apprehensive, I certainly may have missed the divine signs sent to me to connect with and receive various blessings assigned to me, because my vision was focused on protecting myself versus enjoying life and all the beauty it offers. The same holds true for us all. Remaining free flowing and resilient allows you to show up as the main character in the personal motion picture of your life and keep producing and directing your film to completion instead of pausing and replaying a scene that does not reflect the film and its purpose in its totality.

The beauty of the seasons in nature and in our own personal seasons of life is that each season prepares us for the next and gives us time to reflect, plan, and craft new ways to enjoy what those seasons may bring including being pleasantly surprised by what grows and flows when we stay open to it. Look no further than bodies of water in nature to understand that anything stagnant dies or rots, where anything that continues to move flows, grows and yields more abundance so stay encouraged in your own personal journey to remain resilient and open no matter what life may bring.

3. Believe in and operate in your own power

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3. Believe and operate in your own power

A huge part of walking in your own power is believing that you have a personal level of power to begin with and knowing when and how to activate it. Confidence, faith in yourself and your divine purpose, and understanding who you are allows you walk out your own unique path and remain unbothered by distractions, challenges, or other frustrations that serve to take you off your path or keep you from ever believing that you could ever access the greatness you desire. Do you wake up one day and just decide “hey I am powerful and I can do all these amazing things that I’ve envisioned or been given the vision for” Absolutely not! However, each intentional step that you take builds the trust you need you to truly trust yourself and your process and be okay with a certain level of uncertainty, ready to wield that power in the way that you best see fit. The most powerful people do not wait for the moment of readiness or perfect circumstances to walk in their power, they just create actionable steps that lead them to the their destiny or greatness. You’ll never be 100% ready but the biggest show of power is looking fear and your insecurities in the eye and acknowledging that you have everything that you could ever need to pivot into that next step and trusting the process of how that will unfold even if that puzzle pieces you’ve been gifted take a little creativity to gracefully create the end result of a beautiful picture.

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4. Manifest in momentum

Manifestation has become such a buzz word. But what exactly does manifesting look like or mean? In my personal journey towards alignment, self improvement and actualization, I’ve come to find that manifesting comes after my internal world aligns with my external world. Manifestation is all about living in the full faith that your what (whatever that what is), is already present for you in your internal world and walking as if you already have it in your external world. This means not getting caught up or bogged down by the how and when, or your own expectations associated with the how or when of you wanting it to show up. Some would argue that there is a bit of delusion that is required to suspend the belief surrounding moving beyond where you are physically, to where or what you desire mentally but that too is a part of the process of cultivating a mindset and attitude that will carry you to the next phase of what you desire to attract or align with. Often that requires you to think, feel, and move differently in ways that are foreign to you and maybe even the people, places, or things you’ve surrounded yourself with during that time. But one of my favorite quotes states ” You can’t see provision in your life until you see the vision for your life” and that has stuck with me and consistently pushes me towards further evolution and transformation.

Also during my manifestation process I am conscious of what I receive or allow to be spoken to me or over me and am cognizant of messaging and programming (both conscious and subconscious) that will either keep me stagnant or within a set of limiting beliefs or block the work mentally that I am doing. Affirmations, scripting and certainly pushing myself outside of my comfort zone both physically, mentally, and emotionally (but in safe and conducive ways of course, and that requires you check in with your intuition and have a strong sense of self and divine guidance) have also been useful tools as well as actively consuming content or material that aligns with what I am working on or manifesting. Truly this step requires dedication and mind over matter as well as intentionality because what you will find is routine, comfortability, society and it’s various programming and messaging will definitely put you through several layers of tests to see how committed you will be to your own goals and next level. However, your focus on your vision as well as remaining clear-headed, aware, and intentional will definitely keep you on the right path to enjoy the fruits of this labor.

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5. Stay open to pivoting and progressing with ease

I’ve been intentionally affirming as of late that all that I desire and wish to see manifested in my life comes with ease. Do I believe that it will happen with a snap of a finger and a wave of a wand? No. I am confident though and have redirected my thoughts and attitudes towards “hard work” and ” the struggle” as I believe that anything that I am naturally purposed for and aligned with will flow seamlessly into my life with the right preparation and divine placement. When we struggle with things, it is often due to it being out of alignment or not connected to our greater purpose, talents and abilities. Thus, it really does feel grueling and difficult because it does not yield life and robs us of the energy that could be exerted towards our true callings and soul work that allow us to show up as our best and brightest selves. While effort and energy will be required and perhaps even moments of consistency and reinvention, it will feel more natural and resonate with deeper parts of you and feel less like a burden allowing you to pivot into deeper purpose and passion and progress fluidly to your next level.

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Why your past is purposeful and preparatory for your path

Hey ya’ll! Whew when I say this year flew in and flew out, it really did! I can’t believe we are a mere few days from a new year and decade! I’m super excited! With the end of one year and decade and standing on the cusp of the next, it’s often a time we use for reflection and intention setting but often times we use this time to ponder on loss or regret. While those are normal human emotions and reactions, our past is a wonderful tapestry on the quilt of the fabric of our lives we are weaving daily,  that propels us to the next moment,  and ultimately our destiny. Let’s dig a little bit deeper and really delve into why our past is purposeful for our path and how we can use it to be powerful in the present and fearless facing the future.

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When evaluating the past (speaking from personal experience) it’s easy to deeply romanticize our past based off our current vantage point or to examine all the ways that life would be different if different decision or set of decisions were made. While introspection and reflection are useful and beautiful tools, it’s often wasteful to continue ruminating on things that ultimately  cannot be changed without planning intentionally and thoughtfully on how the effects of those decisions can STILL BE USED to craft a purposeful, beautiful, and powerful life in the present and future. Also consider the wisdom and perspective you’ve gained are amazing tools, to not only assist you on your journey, but to empower and impact others.

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Often life’s most profound and greatest lessons are found in what I like to believe are the trial and trust ( trial and error is programming stating that there is a right or wrong way to get through life or life’s journey with a desired outcome) process. I say trial and trust because when something is tried it either reveals that is something that’s for you or not for you and there is beauty in that. The path to your most divinely aligned life is all about trusting your own process and learning to be intuitive to listen to your own voice and desires that assists you in crafting that vision that is perfectly aligned even if the road has its twists and turns and different expected outcomes.

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The beautiful part of a journey isn’t the destination, it’s the wholeness of who you become by the time you get there and tools, wisdom, and insight you obtain to sustain the continuous path to greatness. Also, consider that every moment is carefully crafted (both pleasurable and not so pleasurable) and paves the way for your next step and often even the steps that lead into the steps after that. When I examine my own life and my life trajectory even up to this very moment, I realize that there has not been a SINGLE step or place in time (even when I couldn’t fathom the great unfolding) that has been wasted by God and the Universe to shape me into the person I am today,  and where I am headed in the future. I am constantly reminded everywhere I look that in time God makes everything beautiful and that’s not just a cliche saying it’s reality.

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Consider the ghosts of your past as gifts to your present and future, and don’t allow them to haunt you. Instead make peace with them and allow them to be what inspires you in your future and gives you power in your present. Don’t stay stuck in your past unable to move ahead. Look back at the past only as a reminder of how far you’ve grown and with gratitude and hope of what lies ahead. Be thankful that you’re not the same and for the wisdom and gifts you’ve gained to share with others who might benefit from your change.

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Yes, you faced some challenges in your past. But are you really going to allow your past to rob you of your power or will you stand and own your power in the present, moment by moment until it leads to your  desired future? Let go of regret and see your past as the opportunity to consistently press reset on a version of yourself and your life that doesn’t serve you in your present or future reality. See the purpose in your past, allow it to propel you with grace and confidence into your present, and live fruitfully and abundantly in your future.

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Are there things you still hold onto from your past? Do you feel blocked because of your past? What would serve you well to let go of? What are some things you’ve overcome from your past that are helpful or beneficial to you currently and as you make preparations for the future? Let me know in the comments! I truly can’t say enough that I love and appreciate the support and I love hearing from you guys!

Why You Were Born to Sparkle and Shine

Hey Guys! Happy 17th day of February and I hope whether you celebrated Galentines, Valentines, some other mix of the two, or skipped both and jumped right into NBA All Star weekend, that your February is off to a great start. I was thinking about how often we walk through life and people,  the media, messaging, or some other source delivers to us how we are too much of something. Not too long ago, a guy I was dating told me I was a handful (I would like to add that I considered it a compliment  and was glad that I was staying true to myself of having a lot to give and overflowing although I am certain that he didn’t intend for me to take that message and find the positivity in it.) But why is an excess of something considered an awesome thing except when we speak about other people?

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No one complains they have too much money, food, happiness, or comfort. In fact, we as human beings are constantly striving for more in terms of the goals that we set out to complete or the lifestyle or life we envision. Why then do we allow ourselves to be compacted and shrunken by the expectations, fears, feelings, and opinions of others? Why do we attempt to take ourselves down a notch to be palatable to the world or to feel that the only way that we can fully be accepted is to show up as a lesser version of ourselves?  I am here to tell you from the day you were divinely created and purposed you were supposed to show up, show out, shine and sparkle.

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I personally believe that every time you shrink yourself you miss out on the chance to impact the world in the way you were created. Light, shine, and sparkle all have unique characteristics. But the one thing that they all have in common is that they stand out and lead the way, offer perspective to an otherwise dim environment, and most importantly bring JOY and SMILES and allow others that are receptive to it to feel a little warmth and specialness to each day. There is truly no more honorable or fantastic way to show up in the world other than being your most authentic and audacious self. When others see you walking in your truth, they  feel free to walk in their own truth and that’s a wonderful and freeing feeling. The world doesn’t become better by you playing small.

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People need big love, ideas, extraordinary and over the top personalities, loud and crazy laughs, big smiles, big hearts, people who know how to have big fun and be bold but also the humility to understand that everyone needs someone willing to RISK it all and show others that being extra is just simply being unapologetically in touch as a human being navigating this wildly crazy, but fun and meaningful ride we call life. Yes, everyone may not appreciate the luster that your sparkle is supposed to emit and the shine that you have to reach those that TRULY NEED and are BLESSED by your presence but SHINE ON!  The next time you find yourself or someone/something dulling your sparkle keep in mind, Tiffany’s has been in business for almost 200 years. The brand continues to attract new customers daily and never stops improving and stays committed to the process of providing the world’s most brilliant  and quality diamonds, why is your inner sparkle and shine any different? Dare to be different, blaze a trail,  be your most fierce and fabulous self, the world needs your genius, brilliance, sparkle and shine.

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You are the Opportunity

Hi everyone! Hope that 2019 is treating you well and you’re well on your way to accomplishing the goals you’ve set for yourself. With that in mind, I wanted to talk about opportunity, more specifically the fact that you are the very opportunity you are seeking to create and manifest.

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When we think about the new year or actions of creating and implementing/attaining a goal, it is usually associated with a dream or vision of the perfect opportunity that will drastically change our lives. But what if the change that we are seeking is already within us? What if that radical difference that we are looking for is something we already have that lays dormant in us ready to be activated and utilized? You are the very opportunity you are looking for  and how to activate your power and walk in your purpose.

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I know you’re probably wondering how you could ever have enough or be enough to be a full opportunity but that’s just it, it ALL STARTS with YOU. You have to believe that intrinsically EVERYTHING that you are is already enough to attract EACH and EVERY opportunity that you want to manifest.

 

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Do you want an amazing relationship? Then work on recognizing that you deserve it and raise your level of expectation to only GIVE YOURSELF the BEST first and then by default you will give off an energy/vibe that tells others that you will ONLY RECEIVE THE BEST.

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Looking to manifest a better career that you love? Do the work to be more than just an employee and become a valued added contributor. Put passion and love into everything you do, that soon will become your brand and one day you maybe able to parlay that into having your employer be your employee and contract/consult your skills and expertise out as you continue to expand your skill set.

 

Are you itching to start that jewelry, cosmetics, t-shirt, cup, or other company but unsure where to start? Wanting to write that blog or book but afraid to start? Wanting to share your story and truly change the lives of others but afraid of judgment or your past being used against you? Push those negative thoughts of fear, failure, and other people’s perceptions out of your conscious and subconscious mind and go after your purpose and destiny. It’s been put in your heart for a reason, so jump to it!

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Don’t create additional obstacles to talk you out of your own success! Be your biggest fan, show up for yourself, BE OPEN to new experiences that STRETCH AND GROW YOU, and the universe/ God will reward you tenfold. Don’t ever feel like that anything you don’t have or “lost” in a physical sense won’t be replaced by something much greater than you could ever imagine. There is never an opportunity that you miss when you realize you’re a walking, talking, breathing opportunity. One of my favorite affirmations is ” I already have everything I need to get everything I want.” How powerful is that? Wake up with that kind of resolve and purpose and I promise you every opportunity will find its way to the REAL OPPORTUNITY. YOU.

 

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Leveling Up to Expand and Improve Your Life

Hey Guys,

I have missed you so much! I haven’t been on here in a while but I definitely haven’t forgotten and it’s been such a desire to post on here but I only want to release content that’s meaningful and purposeful because I take my subscribers and this community very seriously and each of us is blessed with a gift to share knowledge and our world with the world. How amazing is that?!? It’s been crazy busy on my end but it got me to thinking about why that is. Honestly, it’s because I’ve been extremely intentional about leveling up and changing and expanding my life to truly CREATE the life I believe I was meant to live. I feel like LEVEL UP was truly the theme for 2018 and it’s something I plan to carry with me into 2019 and the years to come. (Shout out to Ciara for the amazing inspo.)

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But what does leveling up really mean and look like? It means that you’re operating in your best self and walking everyday with purpose looking to make decisions that your future self is going to thank you for and going to impact you but the greater world around you. It means you’re practicing your most optimal self care exercise, thought processes and actions, you’re learning how to prioritize what’s important to you on a financial, emotional, and spiritual level and how to align yourself with the activities that will help you meet the goals for those areas. Overall, you’re showing up as your best and brightest self because that is the only way you can truly activate your drive to pursue your wildest dreams. So what are some practical ways that anyone can truly level up?

  1. Take care of number one first.

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Be committed to learning when and what to say no to, asking for HELP and not being too prideful to get it when you KNOW you need it, and truly investing in your own mental, physical, spiritual, financial, emotional, and overall well-being. The often used phrase is you cannot pour from an empty cup  is true so be sure to do those things that are going to make you feel fulfilled, recharged and whole.  Whether that’s going for a walk, grabbing your favorite cup of coffee, reading a book, taking time to meditate, watching your favorite Netflix movie or show, or taking a mini vacay or stacay. Be creative, open-minded and remember that it’s ultimately about bringing you back to your equilibrium.

2. Invest and believe in yourself.

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The biggest part of your leveling up journey is investing into yourself and believing that despite what the circumstances or situation may look like that that investment is going to pay off and manifest. Do the work. Plant the seed. Continue watering it. It has no other choice other than to bear fruit. Read inspirational and educational books that will not only keep you inspired but expand your worldview and keep you well-rounded. Place intentions around the energy of the people you surround yourself with and what type of energy or experiences they bring into your life. BE INTENTIONAL about how you spend your time and give your resources, gifts, talents, and skills and NEVER EVER sell yourself short. Demand every last penny of your worth because there will never be another you who does things the way you do them and if you don’t stand up and believe in your own WORTH(which by the way is priceless) then people pick up on that energy and will treat you that same way in every capacity. Travel, try out new restaurants, learn a language, truly be committed to doing something everyday that will be an investment into who you are in the long run.

3. Have unwavering confidence, determination, and poise.

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The most successful people in life consistently believed they could achieve their goals and dreams, stayed determined and did it with grace, their own sense of style/brand,  and fulfilled their dreams beyond their wildest imaginations. Persist until what you envision exists. Don’t let your own self-doubt or even lingering negative thoughts you’ve managed to believe or pick up stop you. Don’t let the voices, opinions or fears of others stop you. Activate your faith and just keep going! Just because someone did it one way and it was successful for them in that manner doesn’t mean it’s the ABSOLUTE only way to carve a path to your own version of success. Yes, you can take notes from successful people but the most successful people also create a niche for themselves and God always  makes a way to have the audience/clients/people you’re supposed to meet find you. Work with God and manifest your own blueprint to divinely create a life that YOU and YOU only were meant to live. Be ambitious and bold and doubt doubt (yes I said to doubt your own doubts) and just go for exactly what you want. I am a STRONG BELIEVER in the law of attraction and manifestation so just keep putting the good you want out there and it will come back to you ten fold.

4. Keep your eyes on the prize.

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It’s very easy when all these things in today’s world are calling out for our attention to take our eyes off the focus of our short term goals and action steps, that help propel us to our long term goal. However, it’s extremely important to stay focused. Sit down and give yourself some time to really plot out a plan of what you want to do and the steps that are going to help you get there. STAY ORGANIZED. Whether it’s a planner, a vision board, reminders of tasks on your phone, anything that will help jog your memory of what’s important to you and what you want to achieve. Keep track of the progress you’re making and look at your level of productivity overall.  Ask yourself the honest question of  “Is this really getting me closer or taking me farther away from what I actually want to achieve or who I want to be when I envision my life?” Be honest with yourself and figure out what it will take to do that. Journal, write down your ideas, keep a pad or notebook handy because your best and brightest ideas always come in the most strange, inconvenient and sometimes odd places (speaking from personal experience). Most importantly be open to the journey, whether it’s getting your business to where you want it to be, building your brand, stepping out your comfort zone and trying new things, manifesting love, growing in your spiritual walk, or overall just becoming a better person, keep that vision at the front of your mind because that will keep you going when things get crazy and keep you pressing towards the goal.

I’m so excited for my own level up journey and I would love to hear from you guys! What are some things you’re working on? How has your level up journey been going? Have you started? What things do you think stop you from moving forward in the way you want? What actions are you taking to keep you pushing forward, motivated and closer to your goal? Let me know in the comments, I love to hear from you guys! And most importantly remember to keep on leveling up and being Fearfully Fashioned and Wonderfully Made!

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A Florida Girl in Beantown!

Hi Guys,

I’ve missed you all so much! How’s your summer? It’s been an extremely warm summer here in Floria and I cannot lie…. I LOVE IT!  I got the awesome opportunity to go and visit loved ones and friends this summer in Boston and it was absolutely amazing! I had so much and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to have an underground tour guide (lol) but seriously I had the best time and saw so many amazing sights! It’s only right because I feel like this is my extended family that I absolutely want to share!

Peep my adventures below!

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There was so much amazing wall/street art in Boston. I loved it! This was one of my favorites!

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B Good! Love the decor and the emphasis on the food being locally sourced!

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Adopted Luke Turkey Burger and fries

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I loved these flowers when we were walking around! Absolutely gorgeous natural beauty!

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Downtown Boston

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Downtown Boston, this was a cool shot to me!

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Luke’s Lobster! Amazing! And really, really fresh seafood!

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Decided to get the Luke’s Trio! Crab, shrimp, and lobster trio with clam chowder and blueberry lemonade. Absolutely scrumptious!

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Downtown Boston

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Burberry Store in Downtown Boston!

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Tiffany’s store in Boston!

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Boston Public Garden

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Me at the bridge at Boston Public Garden

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I loved these boats in the garden!

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Tiffany’s store front view in Boston

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Tiffany and CO and my shadow! I was such a tourist! Lol

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Valentino! Ya’ll know I’m a fashionista so I loved this as much as I loved Seattle!

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Downtown Boston

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My fave Marc Jacobs!

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Another fave! Kate Spade!

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Cool statues in front of Boston Public Market area

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Shout out to my amazing photographer for this awesome shot!

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Quincy Market

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South Market

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It’s Cheers ya’ll!

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Boston Public Market

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Cresent Ridge Icecream

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Boston Public Market: This map was so dope! Loved it!

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Another great piece of art!

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Banana ice cream with walnuts from Crescent Ridge

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I loved the look of this Starbucks!

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Caption explanatory but oxtails and rice. Yum!

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So good!

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This place had AH-MAZING wings and waffles after a night out on the town! SO SO GOOD!

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Chicken and Banana Waffles

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This was so cool on the back of the bus and sounded like a dope event!

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Of course I had to visit Harvard!

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It’s JFK Street!

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David’s Tea! I wish that we had one in Florida but the varieties of tea and preparation was so impressive! And it was so tasty the iced tea latte!

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Yet another cool Starbucks!

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It’s me in Harvard Square!

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Hazelnut crunch doughnuts! So good and so worth it!

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I literally had so many great and memorable experiences and so much amazing food while I was in Boston and I would definitely anticipate returning soon for even more! Have you all been to Boston? What are some of your favorite sights/places/food? What did you enjoy most? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you!

Adventures at Magic Kingdom with Quarterwear

Hey guys! It’s May can you believe it? This year is literally flying by! The magic continues literally lol I wanted to share with you some of my recent adventures to Magic Kingdom and this great brand of purpose focused apparel that I discovered and have the amazing opportunity to check out some of their pieces, Quarterwear.

Quarterwear is a casual and comfort clothing brand that raises awareness, support, and capital for the world’s greatest causes and those who address them. Added plus? EVERY SALE impacts 25 lives through a partnering nonprofit. How awesome and life changing is that?!

In my recent trip to Magic Kingdom I wore their Merci shirt which is super comfortable,  cute and can easily be paired with your favorite jeans (which I did in the below photos) or your favorite shorts, or other bottoms. Check them out at www.quarterwear.org  Their current Merci collection benefits Feeding Children Everywhere. Now to jump into the magic at the happiest place on Earth!

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Pluto , Mommy, and I in front of Main Street USA

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Let the fun begin!

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Walt and Mickey Statue

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Cinderella’s Castle!!!!

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Me adjacent to Cinderella’s Castle

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Back of Cinderella’s Castle

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This took several shots to get right! Lol

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Finally got the castle in! The photographer was doing a lot zoom shots lol

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Mommy and I in front of Cinderella’s Castle

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Quite possibly the most magical and happiest place on Earth!

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End of the day pics! We were beat!

 

My favorite attraction of the day was Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, absolutely positively worth every minute! I enjoy every Disney park equally and it frees me and lets me get in touch with my inner child! What are your favorite attractions at Disney? Do you have a fashionable and conscious business that you love that has awesome items? What are your favorite places? (Obviously Disney makes my list of top seven) Leave me a comment below! I love hearing from you guys and  every time I come here I am extremely grateful for all my followers on this amazing journey!

Wanderlust Strikes Again: St Augustine Edition

St. Augustine is such a precious Florida gem and holds a great deal of history for Florida as a state. It’s also a very fun, beautiful and walkable place to do a short day trip and staycation and there is a little fun for everyone in St. Augustine. I am a huge wanderlust so I love going to places near and far, discovered and unchartered to awaken my senses, check out new sights, or make new memories at old ones. This particular trip is no different. I visited the St. Augustine African American History tour for the 2nd time (even better than the first, even though the first was pretty awesome) checked out the Lightner Museum, and got a great shot of Casa Monica, one of the first luxury hotels in the St. Augustine area. Check out some of the highlights of my trip below!

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Inside the Lightner Museum entryway

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Gorgeous fountain and bridge inside The Lightner museum and someone was preparing for a wedding this day

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Me inside the Lightner Museum. I love the arches and the architecture! SO PRETTY! It was also a rainy day that day!

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Back view of the Lightner Museum

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These chandeliers really caught my eye!

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As you can see the wedding prep had already begun! So exciting!

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Side view of The Historic Casa Monica

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Casa Monica

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This is a sit in counter that many civil rights pioneers participated in sit ins that took place in St. Augustine. One of many stops on the African American Heritage Tour

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St Augustine Foot Soldiers plaque dedicated to the important work of The Civil Rights Movement that took place in St. Augustine. The next time you find yourself in St. Augustine check it out!

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Dr. Martin Luther King was arrested here in connection with some events associated with the fight for civil rights in St. Augustine

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Steps that Dr. Martin Luther King was pushed down. Look up Monson Motel and this will give you a little more insight on the significance of this landmark. Definitely check out the African American Heritage tour and ask for Mrs. B! She’s amazing!

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Another stop on the African American Heritage Tour! Andrew Young Crossing! Andrew Young is also another pioneer not only for the fight for equal rights in Atlanta but also in St Augustine. Check out the walking tour for more great info into some vital historic pieces of St. Augustine history.

What are some of your favorite places/sights/foods/ restaurants in St. Augustine? Have you been to St. Augustine? What parts do you appreciate or treasure the most? Leave me questions or comments below? I’d love to hear from you! And thanks so much for joining me on this journey!

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2018

It’s been a few weeks but I’ve been a little busy little bee and have been out exploring my world and I have so many wonderful things to share with you so here we go! I visited Epcot for another splendid festival and magical time! This time around it was for the 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Let me just say if you love sensory details and being outside or are an outdoorsy type, this is a dream come true. I enjoyed every minute of it from beautiful flower and garden displays to Disney infusing a little magic into each area as only Disney can! And as with every Epcot festival plenty of yummy treats and drinks to spare! This festival puts you right in the mood for spring with all of the beautiful flowers and especially with all the recent cooler temperatures we’ve been experiencing this spring. Awesome start to the season!

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Entrance to the Festival!

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Tres Amigos are super cute!

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By far one of my favorite displays. Butterflies are such a symbolic symbol of spring and nature, with the transition of one season to another.

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Daisy Duck is ever the lady!

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Butterfly Garden. One of my favorite attractions for this festival. The butterflies were so beautiful and peaceful to watch.

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Cocoons up close and personal. So amazing!

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Chia Pet like pups! So adorable!

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Honey peach cobbler freeze! You could taste the honey in it! And even better everything was made from a local honey bee farm! Yay!

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Everyone’s favorite friendly bear from The Hundred Acre Wood!

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Piglet and Eeyore!

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My absolute favorite dwarf Dopey! So cute!

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!

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Lady and The Tramp! So cute! Such great artistry!

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Not a flower garden but still impressive! Amazing street trapeze artist!

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Tigger! My spirit animal!

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Timon and Pumba!

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Our favorite Arendelle royalty, Elsa and Anna!

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Not in Epcot but thought this was a beautiful spring arrangement in front of Hollywood Studios paying tribute to Fantasia!

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And of course concluding with some beautiful flowers!

 

Such a fun way to kick off the spring season and so much amazing artistry showcased! What is your favorite way to enjoy the Flower and Garden Festival? Favorite exhibits or areas? Special memories? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you!

Know Your Worth and add Luxury Tax

The phrase know your worth and add tax has become such a common phrase in culture and social media. We see it everywhere, we make mantras to forge our lives and live it but what does it really mean in actuality?

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Society causes us to place worth and value in a lot of things: careers, money, status, desirability, followers, love, success, the list goes on. But if any of those things change, the very foundation of how worthy you feel as a person could come crumbling down right along with it. Yes, these are great accomplishments, and you should always be striving to become a better version of yourself than you were yesterday but you’re not a title, or what you do, or who does or doesn’t love you, or how many followers you have. YOU ARE YOU. And that level of value extends far beyond the tangible things that you can see, touch or feel. It goes deep down to the core of who you are as a person, your spirit, the things you’ve experienced and how it has shaped you, how you treat others, what energy you put out into the world and mostly HOW YOU SHOW UP IN THE WORLD.

Before we get into how you can know your worth and add luxury tax let’s look at what a luxury tax is. A luxury tax is a tax rate placed slightly above the standard tax rate and which tends to be a little more costly. So, why would you want to add a luxury tax to your own worth?  To ensure that you’re always slightly beyond reach or require a little bit more for yourself than the baseline level of what is required. Essentially, what this ends up looking like is you don’t grant  access to people, places,  and opportunities, the energy that you have for anything that does not serve your greatest good, and align with your truest, most valuable self. This will save you time and energy from expending the best parts of yourself to things that are just not worthy.

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Is this to say your life will always be this linear path where you never make a mistake or misstep? Heck no! Will you never NOT SETTLE EVER? You’re human so don’t give yourself that weighty responsibility of living this life of perfectionism. Let’s be honest, we’ve all been there. We accepted a job that we knew didn’t align with what our true purpose or calling is, we didn’t push for that extra set of coins at the negotiation table and now we beat ourselves up regularly (free yourself from that burden too), we allowed someone in a romantic situation to cloud our judgment as to whether or not they were the best partner for us and ignored our own needs, wants, and values in an effort to be accepted, validated, and affirmed.  We often say we want one thing,  but our actions say something completely different as it relates to living our best life etc,. The important thing is to acknowledge what didn’t align in your life, pray, forgive yourself and seek divine guidance and forgiveness as well.

So how do you get back on track with knowing your worth and adding luxury tax to live out the most fabulous version of your best life possible?

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  1. You establish what you’re worth from within and from God.

If you wait on this world to tell you what you’re worth and affirm you, you’re going to always be on a whirlwind roller coaster of emotions based off of others affirmations and beliefs for you. If you affirm yourself, then any other opinions are just icing on the cake,  and the not the cake itself. This isn’t about puffing yourself up with false confidence, but really being able to do the work, show up the way you truly desire, and living the life that God purposed for you. Get yourself some affirmations you truly believe in and do the work until you see the results you desire.

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2. Forgive yourself

You messed up. You settled, You tolerated. Something you did, didn’t represent the best you know you have to offer the world. Accept that. Forgive yourself. Start your healing process, and give yourself the grace and kindness to move forward. Don’t keep reliving and replaying the scenarios and hurt over and over in your head. Lift that burden off your shoulders, learn the lessons you need to learn from it, and be committed to carrying the lessons on with you into the next chapter of your life.

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3. Figure out why you settled

Take some time out and really assess why you settled or didn’t really position yourself to be able to do the things you desired or were best for yourself. Be honest with yourself. Whether that means going to counseling/therapy, writing it out in a journal, having quiet time, etc. Whatever it takes get in tune with yourself, and figure out how you can be committed to knowing your worth and living a life that speaks that.

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4. Walk in it

It’s probably the most simplistic of all the steps, but perhaps the most difficult to achieve. We often get stuck in either figuring out why we settled, or in the inability to forgive ourselves. Once you’ve done the assessment and the work, its time to move forward and just live what you learned. That’s what knowing your worth is truly all about, knowing what you’re worthy of in this life, and showing up in the world ready and willing to manifest it.

Pray that this blessed you! What are some ways you might have not known your worth? How did you come back from that? What are some tips you would give others? Let me know in the comments, I so love hearing from you all!