I woke up yesterday morning and looked at the clock which read 5:00 a.m. I instantly got an attitude because I had just looked at the same clock 30 minutes ago and it said 1:30 a.m. I don't know if it was daylight savings or someone stealing time but 5:00 a.m. came too soon, and on this day I wasn't having it. So I turned on my back, looked at the ceiling and declared that I wasn't doing any work that day. I was staying in the bed until about 12:15 p.m., and then I would binge watch all the shows I've missed.
Content with my spontaneous decision, I turned on my radio to get a little news and laughter from the Tom Joyner Morning Show. When I turned the radio on, Tom was interviewing Oprah Winfrey about the season two premier of her television series Greenleaf. I was listening to how perky Oprah sounded for an early morning that I was not fond of. Then with her bubbly voice she said, "Tom, I'm out here working like the rent is due!" I laughed along with Tom and the crew. Then I abruptly stopped laughing. All of a sudden I felt like that joke was on me. "Hold on, I can't afford to be laughing at/with Oprah," I thought. "If she is out here grinding like her rent is due, then who am I to be chilling in this bed like my rent isn't?"
I then got out the bed, got my mind right, and hit the ground running that morning. I was reminded that hard work doesn't stop for those who want to reach certain heights. You get back what you put out. And if OPRAH is still putting out tons of effort, then I have no excuse.
I know we all get tired at times (and we should take a break every so often), but if we keep going during those difficult times then we will only build endurance. So the next time we feel like stopping, let's remember - Oprah is still out here working like her rent is due and it probably isn't.....but most of ours really is. Let's get like Oprah.
Peace and Hustle,
- Lil Oprah
To all the women who wake up before sunrise and work until night falls
To all the women who carry the world on their shoulders and feel like they are alone
To all the women who've been told they were too skinny or too fat - too dark or too light
To all the women who feel uneducated, stuck, and unworthy
To all the women who look in the mirror and struggle with the person looking back at them
To all the women who make a dollar out of a dime
To all the women who feed the kids, do homework, cook the meals, and still manage to polish their nails
To all the women who cry when no one is looking
To all the women who give everything to an undeserving idiot
To all the women who make this challenging life look so easy
To all the women who aren't valued
To all the women who keep it cute even when shit ain't
THIS DAY and EVERY DAMN DAY IS FOR US!!! SALUTE!!!
Happy Women's Day!!!
- Samjah Iman
I never thought in my life that I would drink any alcoholic beverage before 11 a.m. in the morning. However, on Tuesday, I found myself on Basin Street in New Orleans at 9:33 a.m. gulping down Apple Crown Royal. After the first sip of the tasty beverage, the adult side of me questioned my priorities and ability to make sound decisions. Then bounce music came blasting through some nearby speakers, and the adolescent side of me spoke. And it specifically said, "Heffa, it's Mardi Gras....party your a$$ off!" And party I did.
Apparently Mardi Gras in New Orleans is Christmas. It's a cultural tradition that the city takes pride in celebrating. During this time, everyone is floating about the city inebriated and as happy as ever (everyone is actually like this here all year round lol). I have been to a few Mardi Gras events in the city before moving here, but living here and being immersed in the culture is a different story. I was amazed at everything I saw. The best part of Mardi Gras for me was having the wonderful opportunity of spending it with the Uptown Indians. I was able to kick it at their headquarters while they finished sewing and preparing their Indian suits (they begin sewing these suits a year in advance) and then I walked miles with them to their Mardi Gras destination where they met up with the Downtown Indians for an Indian square off. It was incredible. I had a blast! See what my camera caught below.
A young Indian in training.
The Chief and his wife.
I believe I have done enough partying for at least two months. I will now try to hibernate for a bit and get my life back into some sort of order, but it is good to be able to experience new things and let loose every so often. It makes the grind that much more enjoyable.
Have an awesome week everyone! Chat with you soon!
- Samjah Iman
I'm really feeling very comfortable in New Orleans. It truly feels like this city is where I am supposed to be at this moment. I am satisfied. Each week I experience something new. Something that makes me glad I made the choice to come here. This past weekend the city was hosting All-Star Weekend plus Mardi Gras pregame festivities. Although there was something going on at every hour, I kept it to a minimum and caught Dave Chappelle and Chris Tucker live at the Saengar Theater on Friday night (the funniest show ever!) and attended the Black is Beautiful Day Party at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center on Saturday.
Ashé is a community-based center that uses art and culture to promote human and economic development. This center provides education on African American history and culture, New Orleans history and culture, health and wellness, and the arts. This past Saturday the center hosted a day party which included drinks, live dance and rap performances, a dope deejay who spun hits from artists like Erykah Badu, Solange, and Kendrick Lamar, and African-inspired fashion. Check out some of the fashion below.
I want that suitcase!
I loved EVERYTHING about the top above. I need it!
I thoroughly enjoyed the day party at Ashé. A lot of the clothes featured in the fashion show are available for purchase at the center. Ashé is really a dope place to visit for inspiration, education, and empowerment. I will definitely be attending more events at this center and volunteering there as well in the near future.
For more information on the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, click here.
I hope you all had a great weekend. I hope you rested, spent time with loved ones, and ate good. Now it's back to the grind. Let's get it!
Wishing you the best week ever!
- Samjah Iman
My life anniversary (birthday) is approaching; therefore, I've been in reflection mode for the past few weeks. As I think back over the experiences I encountered during my year of being 34, I am reminded of some valuable lessons I learned and will share with you all. Get into them below.
1. Inner peace is a valuable gift. (If it doesn't bring peace, then stay away from it.)
2. S#@t happens - but that shouldn't stop you. (Life will do what it does. Keep going.)
3. Being true to who you are is grand. (When you are living in your truth and not faking the funk, life is easier. You have a piece of mind and you are free. You don't worry about pleasing others or fitting in. You sleep good at night. )
4. Trusting your gut is wise. (Mostly every time I followed my gut, I was correct. We were blessed with intuition for a reason.....let's use it.)
5. Trying to please everyone will drive you crazy. (At the end of the day people will ultimately do what's best for them....so do what's best for you.)
6. Having a positive and grateful outlook on life helps keep stress away. (Positive affirmations make you feel good inside.)
7. Every situation is a lesson. (I have learned from every incident that either made me happy, sad, mad, tired, etc. There's a lesson in everything.)
8. Self-evaluation is soul cleansing. (Before you get the spec out of your friend's eye, get the log out of yours. Matthew 7:5).
9. Pushing yourself to your limit makes you a stronger person. (You never know how far you can go until you try.)
10. Growing/maturing is a life long process. (We should be working on growth daily. If we don't grow then we aren't living.)
I look forward to living, maturing, and learning much more in my 35th year on this earth. I can't wait to see what this new journey will bring. I'm ready and excited!
Happy Black History Month!
- The Birthday Girl
I knew there was going to be a Women's March and many other protests in Washington, DC, but I didn't think about any march going on in New Orleans. So imagine my face when I walked out of my door to go to the grocery store on Saturday, and I see droves of women marching towards downtown with everything from p$%^& signs to pink hair. I put my grocery store appointment on the back burner and started following the crowd for a second. It was mesmerizing.
To see that many women (men and children) come together for human rights made my soul smile. On yesterday, my skin color didn't matter, my socioeconomic status wasn't a factor, no one cared about my religion or spiritual practices, nor did anyone ask my political affiliation. It was all about what was right and fair for humans.
Being that I was on my way to the grocery store, I didn't have my camera. However, I found a few pictures online for your viewing pleasure. See below.
The sign above was super funny to me lol!
I'm proud of women. I'm proud of the human race. Times like this show the world how we can come together and make a huge impact. Fish Plate (my friend) mentioned that he can't wait to see what happens these next four years. He stated that hard times bring courage and creativity out of our people. We show the world what we are made of when we are faced with adversity. Pressure makes diamonds.
Get Your Minds Right....
- A Stylish Feminist
You want to know how I accomplished this blog, moved to New Orleans, wrote for other publications, started a business, etc.? I wrote it all down on paper.
My people, there is power in the pen. I've not only read a few books that attest to this fact, I've also tried it....and it works. There's something about reading or writing that triggers your subconscious brain. When you write your goals down and read them over and over, your subconscious brain begins to think about these goals more actively - which in turn causes you to begin working towards them. Writing your goals down makes them become clear and tangible. It gives you a clear picture of what you want, it will push you to take action, and it will allow you to see your progress.
I write down whatever I want whether it's big or small. I place my list of goals in a notebook that I carry with me 90% of the time or on a computer or mirror so that I can continuously see them. I constantly refer back to my list of goals to make sure I'm on track or to revise them, and then I execute a plan to accomplish them. I even write down clothing items that I want to buy! And you best believe most of them eventually end up in my closet! LOL
I challenge all of you to get a piece of paper out and write your goals down. No matter if they are big or small, weird or funny - write them down, believe that you can accomplish them, read them over and over, and work towards them. The goals you write down won't be accomplished over night, but I bet you sooner or later you'll see yourself getting closer and closer to what you've written down if you take action.
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead - write your life.
P.S. - Real quick, let me express how proud I am of our President - Barack Obama. He did an outstanding job. I am blessed to have witnessed his tenure. I am so thankful that my niece and nephews got to witness him as the leader of our nation. I'm grateful that my 89 year-old grandfather got the chance to vote for him right before he passed away. I'm ecstatic that my 92 year-old grandmother got to see him serve two terms. I salute President Obama and his beautiful family. They maintained their integrity, kept it classy, and loving when half of the world wanted them to fail. They gave 200% to this nation, and made some monumental changes. President Obama will go down as the smoothest, most debonair, most loving, most fairest President ever!!!! He's so bomb! I mean come on...will there ever be another President who knows all of the words to Bell Biv Devoe's song Poison??
No matter who lives in that White House from here on out, I will forever be singing Jeezy's song "My President is Black!"
Farewell Obama!!! Salute!
- Samjah Iman
The more I keep going to sleep and waking up, I am realizing that life isn’t all about the type of job you have, how popular you are, or how much money you have in the bank. Life is about being free. This freedom I’m writing about has nothing to do with not being jailed physically. Instead, it has everything to do with not being jailed mentally. Below are 5 steps I have discovered that will assist you in being free.
1. Don't Worry About Other Peoples' Opinion - Stop worrying what other people think or will think. Just do you! People will always have something negative and positive to say. You can't control what comes out of their mouths or what's in their heads. The only thing you can control is whether it's true or not. You don't need anyone's approval to be great. If there's something that you truly want to do or be, and it feels good to you, and God has blessed it - then it's all good.
2. Follow Your Own Path - Your journey is your journey. Don't agonize over who's further than you or who's behind you. Everyone has their own path. Run your course at your own pace. Jesus addresses this in the bible (John 21: 18-22). To sum it up, Jesus was telling Peter how he would die, and Peter was asking Jesus how would John die. Jesus simply put him in his place by saying, "What is that to you? You follow me!" Jesus was basically telling Peter to mind his own business and worry about his journey. John's journey is none of his concern. The next time you are wondering why such and such is where they are in their journey, remember - What is that to you? You follow your own path!
3. Take Care of Your Mind – Feed your mind positive food. Read more, listen more, and as a friend once told me - monitor what you monitor. Of course we all have to watch some news to keep abreast of what's going in the world, but it's also a good idea to tune all media outlets out at times. The media has a way of constantly blasting negative news into our brains which can cause stress and fear. Turn that crap off at times; read, listen to some music, or watch a comedy. We've got to stay sane, and the news is not in the business of keeping our minds healthy.
4. Get Spiritually Connected - Believe in a higher power and have faith in it...really have faith in it. When you have a spiritual connection and truly believe in the connection, you won't get wrapped up in the negative things that are happening to you and around you because you know that your peace is not dependent upon those things. Your peace is dependent upon your spiritual connection.
5. Take Responsibility for Your Choices and Your Destiny - Your life is what you make it. Your 5th grade teacher has nothing to do with you being in the situation you're in now, and your junior high basketball coach didn't hold you back from being a great basketball player. Your life is your responsibility. People will be crazy, mean, they will hate, they will try to hold you back, but ultimately it's up to you to still be who you were destined to be. Learn from your experiences, take charge of your life, and stop blaming others for your mishaps.
Following these steps will definitely put you on the path to having a free mind. Your mind is a powerful tool that needs to be opened and healthy so that it can move you in the right direction. Freeing your mind is one of the most spiritual and peaceful things you can do. Let's all vow to have free minds in 2017.
Have a happy New Year everyone and thanks for voting for me to be the Fashion Bomb Daily Bombshell of 2016! The last time I checked we were ahead! I really appreciate all of the support!
Peace and Blessings in 2017,
Before I closed the door behind me, I sighed and slowly turned around to reflect one last time. I looked at the living room, then the kitchen. A small smirk came across my face as I began to reminisce about the many emotions that transpired between those walls during the past 9 years. I experienced some beautiful memories in that place and heart wrenching ones too. As my eyes began to scan the area for the last time, I spotted a faint red stain on the carpet that was made years ago. I chuckled. I remember the night that stained was made and the drinking game that was being played which caused the stain. My eyes then quickly darted to a corner. I shook my head as I remembered sobbing uncontrollably in that space one day after receiving a text message that knocked the air out of my lungs. I stood frozen in a daze thinking, "Man, some stuff went down in this place and memories were made that I will keep with me forever." I became a little emotional then quickly waved the feelings off. I shrugged my shoulders and slammed the door. There was no need to reread that chapter because I had already started reading the next one, and just the first sentence of the new chapter has me on the edge of my seat, anxiously awaiting what's to come. The first four words of the new chapter reads, "Welcome to New Orleans!"
I finally made the move from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. I know some of you may be thinking that this isn't a major move, but to me it is - especially since I had been in my current place for almost 10 years. You see, this is a move I've been contemplating for a long time but didn't make a reality because I didn't want to start over, make new connections, find new grocery stores, get to know new neighbors, new smells, new sounds, etc. I was comfortable where I was with my usual routine...and talking about moving felt good, visiting the city with the reality of going back home felt good, but actually moving and staying in NOLA was another story (yea, that whole What is That in Your Hands post I wrote was for me). Then one day, I had an epiphany. I thought to myself, "how can you grow if you only do what's routine and comfortable?" I literally had an "ah-ha" moment, and from then on I began to put things together for the move. Just a month before this epiphany, I had the opportunity to sign another lease at my previous apartment which would have locked me in that contract for another year, but something told me not to sign the lease.....something said "step out on faith - I got you." And let me tell y'all this, my spirit wasn't lying. I've stepped out on faith, made the move, and God has shown up and out.
Now, as I type this, I'm chilling in my traditional New Orleans pad, baking some chicken, swaying my head to D'Angelo, and writing to ya'll. I just got to the city and already I've eaten at the best pizza place - Theo's Neighborhood Pizza, had the best hamburger at Camellia Grill, watched the Saints get embarrassed this past Sunday in the Super Dome, had some delicious blackened red fish and smothered cabbage at Jacques-Imo's, and browsed through some unique, cultural paintings at Frenchy's Art Gallery. To say the least, I've hit the ground running.....and I'm nowhere near tired yet.
I'm not sure what The Royal Chapter in NOLA holds. But I do know the author who wrote the chapter, and His books are always dope (shout out to God). Therefore, with the help of this renown author, I plan to make this chapter a page-turner. Get ready!
P.S. - I'm excited to take you guys on this journey with me! Stay tuned for pictures of the Queendom (my spot), my neighborhood, and more!
- Samjah Iman
In continuing my message I posted on Monday, I thought I'd share some insight that I received from Bishop TD Jakes about two or three weeks ago. During one of his sermons I caught on YouTube, Jakes preached that life is a fight, and God is our sparring partner which means He is training and equipping us to win the fight. I thought about what Jakes was saying and a light bulb popped on in my head. Instead of wishing that I won't have to fight life all the time, I'll go into it ready for the fight.
I'm not looking for a break anymore. I'm prepared to work hard for whatever I want. I was talking to my friend Fish Plate (funny story how he got this nickname) about the recent events and the message I received from Bishop Jakes, and he said something that was real. He said, "Everybody wants to be Oprah and have Oprah's money, but no one wants to experience and live through the struggles Oprah dealt with before she became Oprah." This is so true because we often look up to millionaires and stars and wish we had their lives, but we never know what their fight was to get where they are. And you better believe that each person we look up to has had or is having some type of fight - that's just life.
There is always going to be challenges in life. Traffic will be heavy, our bank account will be missing some zeros, people will be mean and bias, unqualified people will become presidents of countries, the hot water heater will stop working, it will cost a lot to start a business or go back to school, our gas tanks will be low, girlfriends and boyfriends will leave, husbands and wives will disappoint, the brakes will go out, the car will stop running, the computer will freeze up (this is a sure way to make me run up and down the street screaming), the boss will ignore our accomplishments, blah, blah, blah, blah. Shit happens. Many people will experience all these things and feel like God has not favored them. This is the furthest thing from the truth. God is actually training us for bigger fights to come because it doesn't get easier my loves, it gets harder. The more successful we become the more responsibility we will have - and that's when we'll really have to scuffle.
I stopped complaining about every little thing that was holding me back and started mentally preparing for the hurdles. In the past, I knew they were coming but was hoping that God would spare me. Now I know they are coming, and I use the strength that God has equipped me with to knock them all down. Do I get tired of fighting? Yup. Do I feel like I have lost at times? Of course. But I will not be defeated because I've got things I want to accomplish. I will not let life get in the way and have me waking up one morning with regrets.
Life won't let up - so we can't either. The more we fight, the stronger we will be.
So here's to life - Moma said knock you out.
- Samjah Iman
P.S. - I've been jamming to a Tribe Called Quest's latest album. It feels good to have some music with depth to listen to. So far I'm digging We The People, Kids, and Melatonin. I will continue listening to discover more songs.
I got the chance to do some guest blogging on my girl's website - Moments N Melanin. In this article, I discuss why being single is a good thing and why my single point of view is currently the best point of view. 😀 Check out the article here.
P.S. - America is scary right now, but God has our back. He works in mysterious ways, so let's let Him work. We've survived worse.
Am I disappointment? Yes. Defeated? HELL NO!! I'm about to jump in my Jeep, blast my Kendrick Lamar CD "cause we gon' be alright!"
Keep the faith...
- Samjah Iman
The most stylish thing I can do is not wear the perfect jeans, or flex in the baddest shoes, sport the jazziest coat, or pose in the perfect sunglasses - the most stylish thing I can do is VOTE.
I encourage you all to get out there on November 8, 2016, and exercise your right. I don't need to blog on the history of voting in our country because you all already know what it is. I just came through to say, "don't sleep - show up."
Let's represent on Tuesday.
Stay Woke, Be heard, Be Stylish - VOTE!
- Samjah Iman
Some time ago I heard the story of Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 3-4) from the bible being told in a way that relates to everyday life. It had been about a couple of years ago since I've heard the interpretation of that story, therefore I had pushed it to the back of my mind, but this past weekend I was reminded of it.
Briefly, the story is about God calling Moses to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt and from under Pharaoh's control. When God called upon Moses, Moses gave God a bunch of reasons as to why he couldn't complete the task that God had given him. This has been me for the past month.
I've been on that Moses tip reeeeeaaaaal hard. I have been faced with an opportunity to grow, and up until this past weekend I have come up with 127 reasons why I couldn't. I've said everything from "I don't have the type of money I would like to have right now to complete the task" to "I need to get some things situated first before I do it." Then as I was sitting in solitude this past weekend trying to get my mind right, it hit me. I was reminded of what God asked Moses. "What is that in your hand?"
You see, Moses was giving God reasons as to why he couldn't execute the plan that was assigned to him and then God said, "Dude, what is that in your hand?" Okay he didn't say it quite like that but you see where I'm going. Moses then answered him and said it was a shepherd's staff. God then asked him to throw it down and Moses did, and it immediately turned into a snake. God was basically showing Moses that he already possessed the skills and resources needed to complete the task - all he had to do was use them. God was basically saying , "Bruh, quit tripping and do what I asked you to do. You got everything you need already. Just do it. I got you!"
When I thought about this particular story in the bible I immediately got motivated. I felt like this story came to me because God was telling me to stop worrying about what I don't have because I already have everything I need - and to move forward with the opportunity presented, and He'll do the rest.
We may not ever have everything we want to have in place to complete a task given to us or to go after a goal we've set. There will always be a reason to make excuses about what we do not have, but I'm learning that it's not about what we don't have. It's all about now, and what we do have.
Stop procrastinating and do what you have to do with what you have now. He'll provide what you're lacking.
What is that in your hand?
- Samjah Iman
Have you ever had a wonderful idea, exciting news, or new companion that you were super stoked about and as a result you decided to share your enthusiasm with someone, and they killed your vibe on the spot? Yup, that has happened to me too - a number of times, and then I finally decided to apply some advice my grandmother gave me several years ago....shut up.
My grandmother once told me that you can't tell everyone what you're doing. Boy was she so right. You see....everyone has an opinion. Everyone will tell you what they would do if they were you, but the key factor is - THEY ARE NOT YOU! I've learned over the years that it's okay to talk to a chosen few but not everyone because some people only want you to live a certain way that makes THEM feel comfortable. They don't want you to do too much, go too far, or be too great because it makes them feel bad about their circumstances. Everyone doesn't need to know your every move or your next move because not everyone has your best interest at heart, not everyone is satisfied with themselves so they project their negative vibes on you (misery loves company) and, most importantly, not everyone understands YOUR destiny/journey.
I once heard Bishop TD Jakes say that we need to stop receiving counsel (from people) that doesn't line up with our purpose. You could have a brilliant idea or new interest, but you let your idea die or interest fall by the wayside because of how someone reacted when you told them about it. And now that person who reacted negatively to your idea is living his or her life while you are stuck not pursing your goals or living your life. Just SHUT UP! Bring to fruition whatever feels good in your soul and then share it with the world. Just remember to guard some of your passions and goals before you birth them because not everyone needs to put their energy on your dreams, and not everyone can see your vision like you can see it.
Get your purpose, keep it to yourself, and carry it out.
- Samjah Iman
A lot of us are waiting for the perfect moment to begin working towards our dreams and goals. I got some news for you, THERE IS NO PERFECT MOMENT! One of the best slogans/advice comes from Nike - JUST DO IT. It's simple as that. Just jump in there and do what you have to do to accomplish what you need to accomplish. I'm not going to preach today or go on and on about this subject. I just wanted to drop this quick message in your space and tell you to Get up, Get out, and Get something!
The saying goes " a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." I encourage you all to take that first step today. Whether it's a major step or very small step - just do it. It won't be easy, but I'm sure it will be worth it, because you never know where that first step will lead you.
Make something happen on this hump day.
- Samjah Iman
The older I get the more I crave substance - nourishment in all aspects of my life. My body needs water, spinach, mushrooms, sleep, bike rides, and long walks. My mind looks forward to being enhanced by in depth conversations every now and then. My soul thrives off of culture, prayer and stillness, positive energy, travel, books, time with close friends and family members, a good Jill Scott, Erykah Badu or Kendrick Lamar CD, spiritual teachings, and art. I'm no longer that young girl who could survive on junk food only. I am now a grown woman whose existence and prosperity is dependent upon soul food.
With that being written, my soul was fed this past Saturday in New Orleans, LA. A friend invited me to view an art display titled Studio BE. Before arriving to the art studio, I didn't have any expectations. When I pulled my Jeep onto the broken gravel which sat in front of the building that housed the art, my eyes grew big and my mouth hung open. My first thought was, "man, my people are so amazing." I was in love. Studio BE had me at hello.
Studio BE, birthed by visual artist and filmmaker Brandan Odums, is an art transformation of a 35,000 square foot warehouse in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans, LA. Studio BE includes paintings and spray paintings of civil rights leaders, activists, social issues, pop culture, New Orleans history and culture, musicians, writers, and famous sayings. While observing all of the beautiful colors and images, I felt like a kid all over again. I couldn't contain my curiosity and joy. This studio is a must-see if you are ever in New Orleans any time soon. However, just in case you can't get this way in the near future, I looked out for you and captured some photos of the art. Live the Studio BE experience through my eyes below.
The purple in the painting below represents the water line in a house that was flooded by Hurricane Katrina.
My appetite for art was fed this past weekend. Upon leaving Studio BE, I felt inspired and proud. The talent and knowledge my people possess is out of this world. I will never forget my Studio BE experience. Thank you friend for inviting me....I owe you one.
For more information on the artist, visit Brandanodums.com or follow his work on social media @studio_be_ and @bmike2c.
Feed your soul.
- Samjah Iman
The only differences between me, you and most extremely successful people is that they have faith, they believe in themselves, and they take action.
Some of us love quoting faith scriptures because it's embedded in us to do so or because we actually like the way they sound. We are quick to say "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" but won't act upon what we profess to believe. There are people that have the whole Book of James plastered all over their cubicle wall at work, but won't start that baking company they've been dreaming about for the last 10 years. Where they do that at?? If you feel you can do all things and if you believe He lives in you then why haven't you acted on your beliefs? Are you waiting for some magical, successful dust to be sprinkled on you? Well here's some news, there is none. He helps those who help themselves.
Believing in yourself is believing in God. Believing in you means that you believe you were wonderfully made by Him and that you can truly do all things because He lives you. That's some real power people - let's ACT ON IT!
We have four months left in this year, let's take a leap of faith, put in the work and see where it leads us. If it doesn't work out as planned, at least we will have gained strength, courage, and wisdom.
- Samjah Iman
Life will have its challenges, and there's nothing we can do to prevent them. However, we can decide how we approach and deal with those challenges. I was reading my girl's blog (chelamitchell.com), and I came across an article she wrote on how to face failure in a more positive way. Click here to check the article out and take heed.
Happy Hump Day!
- Samjah Iman
Sometimes in life, we get so preoccupied with our ultimate goals and success that we forget to enjoy the process that leads us to achieving these goals and success. Think about it like this. Say you and your loved ones are taking a road trip somewhere. On the way to the destination you pass a lot of great scenery, restaurants, and popular landmarks, but you don't take the time to stop and enjoy these things because you are so focused on getting to your destination. Yes you eventually make it to your destination, but you've also missed a lot of potentially fun, everlasting memories along the way because you were only concentrating on one part of the trip, not the trip as a whole.
Oftentimes we treat life and our goals just like the trip described above. We don't take the time to enjoy other things that are happening around us because we are only concentrating on the bigger picture. We are so busy running through life trying to make something happen that we are missing precious moments.
I hear people talk all the time about what they are going to do when they finally accomplish a goal or reach a certain status. My question to them is, "What are you doing in the meantime?" Life shouldn't be on hold until you reach a desired point. Life is a road that is meant to be traveled and lived at all stages because you never know when that road will change or end.
Don't wait for the perfect moment to live. Enjoy the scenery on the way to that perfect moment. Living on the way to your perfect moment will make your perfect moment that much better.
On another note, I am helping out a family that lost everything during the flood in Baton Rouge. The family consists of a mother and a daughter who is in the 9th grade. If you would like to join me in assisting this family, please email me at email@example.com for more information. Your help and prayers are greatly appreciated.
I'm enjoying the journey. Are you?
- Samjah Iman