Life Lessons: Chapter 28

In celebration of my 28th birthday I wanted to share with you some life lessons I learned this past year!

It gives me great pleasure to share my annual life lessons reflection piece with you all.

  1. Listen to your body (rest when needed)
  2. It’s ok to not be ok!
  3. Write your truth
  4. Own it (Don’t make excuses for your mistakes)
  5. Allow Christ to lead you 
  6. Never make a decision based off someone else’s views/opinions 
  7. People will always show their true colors, just give them time
  8. Silence is golden! 
  9. Be in the moment 
  10. Life doesn’t go according to plan 
  11. When you feel anxious, remember to breathe
  12. It’s ok to not know the answers (take the time to listen & learn)
  13. Removing yourself from a friendship/relationship is not a bad thing 
  14. Be bold, always show up with your head held high 
  15. Life is full of change & uncomfortable moments (Rise to the occasion)
  16. It’s okay to be uncomfortable if it leads to growth & development 
  17. Never question the path God has you on
  18. Your support system will always be there for you 
  19. There’s no place you can go where Christ cannot reach you
  20. You are never too old to make a change
  21. Drink lots of water & take your vitamins daily
  22. Never let anyone throw dirt on your dream
  23. If people don’t see your vision, its not your responsibility to drag them with you
  24. Carrying dead weight whether it be emotionally or mentally can be deadly and detrimental to your future
  25. Christ sees your HEART
  26. Always speak the truth in love 
  27. Healing takes time, give yourself the space and time to heal completely.  
  28. Live a life without limits 
A special thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my material, it truly means the world to me and I don't take it lightly. I promise to continue to give you quality, thought provoking piecs but most importantly I will continue to shine the light on Christ!
Cheers to new beginnings and a brand new chapter!! Hello 28 I've been waiting for you!

The Ultimate Staycation

I must be losing it because I definitely planned a staycation in New York City when the high was a cool 30 degrees with wind which made it feel like 15 degrees or LESS!
Staycation- “a vacation spent at home or nearby” 

I love living in New York, there is always something new to discover and amazing food! (I am all about the food. The very first stop I made was Times Square and although I have been to Times Square a few times I really wanted to visit some stores and stop by my favorite restaurant “Bubba Gump Shrimp & Co.” (Random Fact: Forrest Gump is my favorite movie) Bubba Gump Shrimp & Co. is an experience all in itself, from the restaurant d├ęcor, souvenir shops to the trivia game you can’t beat it! After I left Bubba Gump I took a stroll into the center of Times Square and visited a few department stores which were four of five levels filled with amazing fashion and a wide variety of items I knew I wouldn’t be able to find at home in North Carolina. It definitely took some self-control not to go crazy buying everything!
I ended my first night with a burger from “Satori Burgers” the Seamless app made it simple and easy to order a custom burger right to my front door!
Day Two: 
The second day of my staycation consisted of lots of great food and a Grammy Celebration Concert hosted by Bishop Hezekiah Walker and SOB’s. After months of trying to catch Maranda Curtis in concert, I was finally successful! If you get a chance I highly recommend that you attend the Maranda Curtis Experience and download her new EP!
Day Three:
One of the things I wanted to do was to get tickets to “Good Morning America” and “The View” and it’s pretty easy to do! The tickets are free and I requested them about a week in advance, a lot of times you are placed on a waiting list and as space opens up confirmed tickets are sent out! Lucky for me I was able to grab confirmed tickets for Good Morning America on Thursday January 25th!  Now one thing I didn’t consider was the morning commute on the subway and the time I had to wake up! My alarm went off at 3:30am and it was go time, my commute was about an hour and there was no wiggle room on the subway. If you haven’t ever experienced what a packed subway car feels like just imagine being in a small concert venue with no A/C and standing room only and filled to max capacity (like Fire Marshalls showing up max capacity) It was freezing outside but burning up inside each and every subway car and of course with every stop two people would get off and twelve people would cram in. Once I arrived in Times Square I headed over to 42nd St and Broadway to check in and get my wristband, the part that they don’t tell you or that I failed to realize was that you are standing outside at 6am in the cold waiting to get it. Once I got through security around 7am I was able to defrost, run by coat check and grab the seat.

While the real news is taking place downstairs on the lower level the studio audience was upstairs having a great time, the staff at GMA not only woke us up but ensured that we were camera ready. Once eight am hit we were rocking and rolling with deals and steals and the off camera photos!
All in all I had an amazing staycation and I can’t wait until the summer hits and I can enjoy the warm weather and continue my adventures. I am pretty sure that I am still defrosting from that eventful week.

New York you never fail! Thanks for the memories and the fun! Now back to work I go