Lent is Upon Us

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The Lenten season has started and I have been feeling a little behind schedule. I’m still working on explaining that but I think some of it is the fact I missed Ash Wednesday for the first time in years.  I was traveling on Valentine’s Day and wasn't able to get to mass which made me sad.   Have been on the go so much I that even my annual self-assessment took a back seat. 

No matter the delays I am still very much committed to the process of adding positives and subtracting negative behaviors within my everyday practice.  Deciding what to sacrifice and what to encourage on my spiritual journey for Lent was surprisingly difficult this year.  The reality is that I am single handedly in the best and worst place of my life, which is an odd truth (again still figuring out how to explain). So with that in mind here is what I decided

Additions (the Good)
  • Saying YES to fun – I’m tired of being too tired or busy to enjoy opportunities to celebrate and have fun with those that make my world so special.  I am saying yes to trips, games, dinners, dates, and everything in between. 
  • Extra Gym Time – since I’m in need of some healthy stress relievers this seemed like a great idea.
  • Service and Church – doing for others in the big ways and small ways. Paying it forward in deed and dollar. I am still searching for my home church but in the meantime I am returning to my old haven and spending some time talking to God and asking for forgiveness and grace.

Subtractions (the Bad)
  • Sugar – it is time to let those last few pounds in my mid-section go and cut my newfound dependence on sweets
  • Making Decisions to Please Others – sorry people, I can’t do it anymore. Putting me first and giving less of a rat’s behind about your feelings as I do it. 
  • Overworking – I have been married to my job the last few years which is much easier then most things but it has taken a toll. It is time to slow down, take my vacation days, manage up and live my life outside of the office. I need to get my spiritual and literal house in order

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.

MLK {2018}

Monday, January 15, 2018
Today we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacy he left behind. For many it is a day of service but today I took a different approach to our normal celebration. With so much happening in our current political climate, I thought my day would be better served supporting black business, spreading some joy, and donating to a few good causes. I decided to embrace some #blackgirlmagic and #blackboyjoy 😄

At the beginning of 2018, I participated in a “Pay it Forward” initiative where I get to surprise 5 (in my case 6) people with some type of gift, at some point in the year as an effort to spread love and kindness. They volunteer to play along and extend the invitation to 5 more people, and so on and so forth.  Today I bought my first set of gifts from webuyblack.com for one of my lucky friends. I was so excited that I bought more and then went onto amazonsmile and started buying books from black authors, among other items where a percent of my purchase goes to (black) charities of my choice.

After that, I spent some time with my family to remind myself of the infinite hope that is at the core of us all -- through the eyes of our future kings and queens. The next generation is watching us, so what we do now is more important than ever.  

2018 To-Do List {New Year}

Sunday, January 7, 2018

2017 has come to a close and I am looking forward to what 2018 has to offer. The last two years have been taxing and stressful but I accomplished so much and completed most of my 2017 goalsNow its time to set goals for 2018. My horoscope is looking good so come on 2018 let’s do this…

New year, same me, better choices!

Merry Christmas {2017}

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas…

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