Monday, October 18, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Power Words"

Inspirational Mondays

Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and you're gearing up for a great, growth filled and positive week.

This week's inspirational message is a pretty profound one. Make sure you pay attention and take heed because it's literally easier said than done.

"You believe what you say about yourself more than what anybody else says. That's why on a regular basis we should say, "I'm blessed. I'm healthy. I'm strong. I'm valuable. I'm talented. I have a bright future." Those words go out of your mouth and come right back into your own ears. Over time, they will create the same image on the inside.

You may be in a difficult time right now, but don't use your words to describe your situation, use your words to change your situation. Declare victory. Declare health. Declare favor. Declare abundance. You are giving life to your faith by what you're saying. All through the day, we should go around saying, "I have the favor of God. I can do all things through Christ. I am blessed. I'm strong. I'm healthy." Always remember to use your words to bless your future and call in the good things God has prepared for you!"- Joel Osteen.

Told you it would be a good one. :)

Have a blessed and prosperous week everyone.

Ciao! :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Is it ok to recycle your kids' Halloween costumes?

Take a good look at the pic above because at least one of these costumes will be recycled for this year's Halloween. lol.

Yes I'm VERY serious. Is it ok to recycle Halloween costumes for kids? Would they even care?

To my defense "Mario" aka munchkin # 1 is OBSESSED with his costume and insists on wearing it again this year so I'm more than happy to oblige. Unfortunately "the magician's" costume is too small for him.

Here's the thing, my boys are SUPER tall for their age so I end up having to buy costumes that are WAY too big for them and end up pinning the sides, arms & legs to fit them just right for the night. So this year a couple of the costumes are now the perfect fit for them so it's only right that they wear em again right? He he. Is that bad? Am I a bad mommy?

I mean seriously, it's not gonna hurt them. Let's be honest, their main focus is the candy. On top of that they're only gonna wear the costume for a few hrs so it won't be so bad.

Here's some background knowledge, I spent my entire childhood in Jamaica and we didn't believe in or celebrate Halloween. I was 12 yrs old when I moved to the states and got to celebrate Halloween and I LOVED it but mainly for the candy. My mom didn't buy my sisters and I costumes to go trick or treating, mainly because we were too darn old for costumes. So we made our own costumes from stuff around the house. We were gang members for 2 [maybe 3 yrs ;)]. lol. Yes I do realize that I went trick or treating at the age of 14 errr 15, hey don't judge me. lol Since those costumes obviously worked for us I figure that my kids having actual costumes whether old or new is a step up from my costume.

I talked it over with both older boys and they're perfectly fine with recycling old costumes so I'm SUPER happy about that.

Now I just have to find a cute costume for munchkin # 3 and it's time to party!!! :-)

Did anyone else recycle their kid(s) costumes? If so, how'd it go?

Happy Friday everyone. Have a blessed and safe weekend. ;)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Hanging On"

Inspirational Mondays!

It's Inspirational Mondays!! Time to get a boost of inspiration to get you through the week.

I recently had a mini breakdown when I realized that I wasn't getting to my goals as quickly as I'd like to. I keep putting in the work and I have a set amount of time when I'd like to see some sort of progress but when that doesn't happen I second guess myself and wonder if that particular path is the right one for me. What really gets to me is when others around me tend to add their 2 cents about my goals which makes me question myself even more.

Does that ever happen to you guys? If so, how do you push through it?

I know that everything in life worth having never comes easily but I also don't want to spend time on something that just won't work. Usually when I have these "what if?" moments, I take a step back, think about my long term goals, pray to God for wisdom, revelation and direction and "listen" for God's guidance about where I need to be.

It's not always easy because a lot of times the answer is to keep going but everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Well besides more prayer, I also read this quote to keep on going.

This is a message I'd highly recommend you print and post on your mirrors or place on your desks or somewhere in plain sight so you'll get to refer back to it as quickly as possible.

"Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before."- Polybius

Happy Monday Ohana!

Have a blessed and prosperous week.

Ciao! ;)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Glass Half Full"

Inspirational Mondays!!

Happy Monday Ohana!! Let's start off this week on the right foot by getting a little inspiration.

I searched out this week's message particularly because it spoke directly to me. We all know that life's not perfect but sometimes when we forget to look at the glass as being half full. At times life can seem really hard and unbearable.

Before you decide to give up, read this week's message courtesy of Joel Osteen and you'll see that although things may be rough at the moment, there will ALWAYS be something you can be happy about or give thanks for.

"Life doesn't always give us what we are expecting. Many times in life, we get served "half a glass of water" or less than what we are expecting. So often, people allow those unmet expectations to become their focus which quickly turns into negative, self-defeated thinking. The good news is that we don't have to let our thoughts take that route. When things don't go our way, we get to choose how we will respond. We get to choose our perspective. Will you focus on what you didn't get, or what you did get?

Be thankful for the blessings of the little things, even when you don't get what you expect. As you keep your mind and heart focused in the right direction, approaching each day with faith and gratitude, I believe you will be empowered to live life to the fullest and enjoy the abundant life He has promised you!" - Joel Osteen.

I hope this messages touches you all not just for this week but for the rest of your journey through life.

Have a blessed and prosperous week everyone.

Ciao! :-)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Inspirational Mondays-"Don't worry be happy :)"

Inspirational Mondays!

Aloha Ohana!

Time for a little inspiration to get you through your week. This week's inspirational message is one that I definitely need to put into practice more often.

I can be a bit of a worrier sometimes especially when I have goals set in place and the timeline to accomplish these goals may not always add up. I end up stressing out when I should really just ask God to bless and guide me then let it go. I recently came across this passage that I decided I'd highlight and refer back to every time I get overwhelmed with "my" life's plans.

"Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well... Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself" -Matthew 6:33-34

I hope this passage brings you all some peace of mind.

Happy Monday everyone!

Have a blessed and prosperous week. :)