The Best Advice I Ever Got . . .

For the times I’ve failed . . .

The best advice I ever got was a Hug.



For the times I’ve lost my way . . .

The best advice I ever got was a gentle nudge.

For the times I’ve misunderstood others . . .

The best advice I ever got was an open heart.

For the times I’ve been upset, angry or irrational . . .

The best advice I ever got was unconditional love.

For the times I wasn’t the best friend, sister, mom, or daughter I could be . . .

The best advice I ever got was forgiveness.

Sometimes the best advice you can give someone doesn’t involve using words.


5 Things I “LOST” When I Disconnected From Social Media




It has been 10 days that I made the decision to give myself a break from social media.  A “fasting” period if you will.  And let me tell you, it has been quite the experience!

Although there were several motivating factors for my “social media fasting,” one of the primary reasons for this journey was my need for daily “social media check-ins.”   My “check-ins,” if I’m being honest, have evolved from approximately twice a week, to anywhere from 2 to 6 times a day! And that just didn’t sit well with me!

Today I am at the end of my 10 day fast.  And in these past 10 days I have gained perspective, and learned new things about myself.

But what I’d like to share with you all are the 5 things I lost that stood out to me the most.

  1. I lost the need to compare myself to others.

Let me explain. Although they say, “a picture says a thousand words”, it does not!  A picture is simply capturing a moment in time, a second of our lives.  We post tons of pictures on social media and the majority are happy, beautiful ones.  However, it does not say the whole story.  We often look at a picture on social media and silently “wish” we could have THAT life.  But what we need to remember is that this is only one moment in their life and it doesn’t tell their entire story.  Each of our lives consist of ups and downs, happy, positive seasons and seasons of trials and sadness. There is no one exempt!  Remember this when viewing others pictures on social media and comparing your life to theirs.

  1. I lost the need for others to know what I am doing.

While there is nothing wrong with posting a small blurb of where you’ve been, I no longer feel it is necessary to let everyone know what I am doing on a daily, weekly basis.  It is okay to go somewhere and not have to let everyone else in on it.

  1. I lost my lack of focus.

I’d like to believe that I’ve always been a pretty focused person.  Sure, in the past I would lose some focus from time to time, but social media derailed it!  And so, these past 10 days I have given my full attention to the things that truly matter in my life.  I have more time now for the things that fill my soul with meaning and purpose.

  1. I lost my need to impress others.

I have never been the type of person to feel the need to impress others, however after a period of time, social media can do just that.  I no longer feel the need to post anything that doesn’t serve me or others at a deeper level. I am at peace with what others might think, simply because as long as I am pleasing God and being true to myself, nothing else matters.

  1. I lost my fear of “disconnecting.”

We live in a world where we are digitally connected 24/7 and when we aren’t, we don’t know what to do!  These last 10 days have given me freedom!  Freedom to use my “free” time in a more productive manner.  I no longer feel I’m a slave to checking in on something that brings zero benefit to my personal life. So now, I’ve had more time to read books that inspire me.  I’ve had more time to have meaningful conversations with others, so that I can learn from them or help them in any way I can. And last but certainly not least, I’ve had more time to simply “be still.”  For in my stillness, I find the answers I am searching for.

In closing, I will leave you with this thought . . .

Sometimes by losing, you win.  And, by giving up something, you gain so much more.





This Very Moment




Life sometimes feels like a long and winding road.

At times the road is straight and feels smooth.

Other times the road is long and bumpy.

As we go through this life, we are all on our own individual, ever-changing road.

When your road is smooth and easy, make sure to thank God, and enjoy this season.

When your road is difficult and bumpy, make sure to thank God as well, for in this season you are growing, learning, trusting, and moving closer to Him.

Today, I don’t know which road you are walking on.

But whether you are cruising through your road or attempting to navigate through the bumps, remember this.

You are where God wants you to be at THIS very moment.

EVERY experience is part of His divine plan!


Love Is . . .



Love is happy about doing good

Love is kind even when it’s difficult to show it

Love wants to understand and not condemn

Love wants happiness for the people they love EVEN more than for themselves

Love forgives

Love accepts without judgment

Love inspires others

Love will pick you up when you fall

Love shows up when everyone else leaves

Love gently speaks the truth

Love has empathy, shows respect, and understands

Love restores

In Life, you and I may have everything,

but it will mean nothing if we don’t have LOVE.





Surrendering doesn’t mean you quit the game.

Quite the contrary, surrendering is playing the game with more intensity than ever, but the difference is now you’re allowing God to call all the shots.



5 Ways That May Help You Navigate Through Adversity

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t”


Adversity.  It has happened to me and no doubt it will happen to all of us at one time or another.

Today, I would like to share 5 ways that I found helpful when navigating through my own adversity.  My hope is that in some way, this may help you too.

Acknowledge what is happening

Many times, we are tempted to ignore the obvious in our lives.  It is easier to live in a sort of denial and pretend the situation is not happening.  But remember when we do this, we are just prolonging the situation.  Find the courage to accept things and take action.

Live in the “NOW”

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34).  Bible scripture tells us repeatedly to live in the present moment.  You would be surprised to know how many times I pondered the future and created scenarios, many of which never happened by the way.  Only to realize I was creating unneeded anguish for myself!  Don’t waste your time and energies on replaying future scenarios.  Instead, be your own light or the light someone needs TODAY.

Do not let fear control you

Fear is a powerful emotion!  But it is just that . . . an emotion!  During difficult times in your life, don’t allow your emotions to lead, as they will betray you every time.  Instead allow God to be your compass and then do the best you possibly can.  And for those moments you start feeling fear creep in, remind yourself of this fact, “FEAR does not come from God!”

There is a purpose for your pain

For many, this may be a hard one to believe.  But I can tell you from my personal experience this is TRUE!  Our pain DOES have a purpose.  And although we might not be able to see it while we are walking through the fire, no doubt in time you WILL discover the purpose.  Your pain will mold you into a better person, when you surrender and allow yourself to be transformed.

This too shall pass

Remember that circumstances CAN and DO change, moment by moment.  The good times pass, but then again so do the bad times.  Believe in your mind and heart that this “thing” you’re having to walk thru, will one day be over.  And for the times you might be overwhelmed with it all, repeat these words to yourself, “this too shall pass.”