Be Intentional No Matter What
May 2021 Newsletter
Miracles Do Happen
From My Library: My Book Reviews from April 2021
Miracles Do Happen
In my book, I talk about the abyss energy. It is what hurts and disturbs our inner peace and leads us to a dark place that serves no purpose in life or the exact opposite of what we were placed on this earth to do. So often we get caught up in what has happened to us in our past or what is currently happening to us that we unknowingly block where we should be going. When you focus on negativity, scattered, self-sabotaging, judgmental, addictive and energy draining things you stagnate your growth. It is time to leave your past behind. Let everything go that is hindering you from moving forward. You must have the mindset that you will have a great life because you deserve it and be intentional in living your best life no matter what.
Listen you have been doing what you know is right and God will honor this. He says in His word, “blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, Nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD;
And in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
His leaf also shall not wither; And whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
My Book Reviews from April 2021
Broken by Jennifer Lawson
In Broken, Jenny Lawson brings readers along on her mental and physical health journey, offering heartbreaking and hilarious anecdotes along the way.
With people experiencing anxiety and depression now more than ever, Jenny humanizes what we all face in an all-too-real way, reassuring us that we’re not alone and making us laugh while doing it. From the business ideas that she wants to pitch to Shark Tank to the reason why Jenny can never go back to the post office, Broken leaves nothing to the imagination in the most satisfying way. And of course, Jenny’s long-suffering husband Victor―the Ricky to Jenny’s Lucille Ball―is present throughout.
A treat for Jenny Lawson’s already existing fans, and destined to convert new ones, Broken is a beacon of hope and a wellspring of laughter when we all need it most.
Big, Bold, and Beautiful: Owning the Woman God Made You to Be by Kierra Sheard
In this immersive and inspirational book, Grammy Award-nominated singer Kierra Sheard shares her hard-won advice on body positivity, spiritual self-care, goal setting, finding your joy, and living boldly in faith, empowering you to grab the life you’re meant to lead. Every one of us was born to make a difference.
Memorial Day is observed in America on the last Monday of May, and it is a day to commemorate and remember the men and women who lost their lives while in service for the US military. It is a federal holiday, and as such, businesses and schools are closed, and most people have the day off work.
Originally named Decoration Day, it was officially made into a federal holiday in 1971. Traditionally, people will visit cemeteries and memorials for American soldiers, and there are several parades around the country. It also unofficially marks the beginning of the summer season.
How Memorial Day is Celebrated
During Memorial Day, all American flags must be flown at half-staff until noon, after which they should be raised until sunset.
In December of 2000, the National Moment of Remembrance was instated, encouraging Americans to observe a moment of respect and silence at 3 p.m in honor of all who lost their lives in battle.
People commemorate this day by visiting cemeteries and memorials and laying wreaths and American flags on the graves of soldiers. Most also wear a Red Poppy, which gained meaning as a symbol of remembrance by the World War I poem “In Flanders Fields”. As this day usually announces the arrival of Summer, people also take the long weekend to travel, throw parties and enjoy barbecues with friends and family.
The biggest Memorial Day parades can be observed in Chicago, New York and Washington D.C.
Be Intentional No Matter What
April 2021 Newsletter
Use Your Power
From My Library: My Book Reviews from March 2021
Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and is one of the chief tenets of the Christian faith. The resurrection established Jesus as the Son of God and is cited as proof that God will righteously judge the world. Any person who chooses to follow Jesus receives a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Those who believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection can relate to the scripture, “O death where is thy sting, Oh grave where is thy victory.” (I Corinthians 15:55) The believer's hope and security is a result of understanding what the Lord has done and not some accomplishment that the believer has achieved on his/her own. Any person who chooses to follow Jesus receives "a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Having faith in God and believing in Jesus’ resurrection, Christians are spiritually resurrected through Him, live a new life and receive salvation. Christians are physically resurrected to live their best life here on earth and eventually dwell in with Christ in Heaven.
Although there is a lot of focus on Easter, we have to look at all the events surrounding Easter. The Passover and the Exodus from Egypt are recorded in the Old Testament of the bible and commemorates where God freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. We also have to stop and appreciate the Last Supper, sufferings and Crucifixion of Jesus that preceded Jesus’ resurrection in the New Testament. Through these events Jesus prepared Himself, His disciples and others for His death. Of these three events, the Last Supper was the most symbolic and the most vivid preparation. Jesus said, take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom." (Matthew 26:20-29, KJV)
Just as I Am
by Cicely Tyson
This is a MUST read. Cicely shares her experiences, struggles, mistakes and life lessons through a historical time line that is rich and full of knowledge. From birth until her death, her story inspires and motivates you to never give up on yourself and to do whatever it takes to accomplish your dreams. She is a true legend! My favorite quote from this life changing book, "We don't have long here, children. Our hopes and aspirations may feel limitless, but our days are finite, our experiences fading in the twinkling of an eye. Death is a love note to the living, to regard every day, every breath, as sacred. 'What is your life?' the scriptures ask us. 'You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes' (James 4:14, NIV). The Spirit is ever beckoning us to heed that wisdom, to get on with what we've been put here to do. And whatever that calling looks like, however it may seemingly vary from one person or season to the next, at its core, it is simply this: cherish one another. That is all. That is our purpose in its entirety, to bestow God's care on others.” -Cicely Tyson
30 Days - Change Your Habits, Change Your Life
By Marc Reklau
This book is a great resource to help you create a strategy to reshape your life. Marc Reklau provides guidance on how to get over misfortunes, fear and yourself in order to live the life you desire and deserve. If you are wondering how do I start my journey to success or how do I push past the fear of failure, this is a great book to read. My favorite quote from Marc, “To reach your goals in life, you will have to learn how to handle rejection. It’s a part of life and to overcome it you have to become aware that - same as failure - it’s only a concept in your mind! The most successful people are not much different from you. They are just better at handling rejection!”
― Marc Reklau,