Wisdom Wednesday: Getting Your Mind Right!

mindlifeGood Afternoon! I wanted to start this Wednesday off with an inspiring post that would not only inspire other but myself as well. I get into these ruts where I focus on my current predicament instead on focusing on the future and the great things will come my way. It gets even tougher when I feel overwhelmed with what I am facing and many times, I just feel like shutting down completely to take the pressures that I put on myself. I know that doing the physical work is essential to getting to where I need to be but it wasn’t until I went on Instagram and saw a post by singer Jessie J that spoke to my soul. All of this time, I have done everything backwards. I have tried to achieve all of my goals and dreams without picturing them already accomplished in my mind. I assumed that once I was able to accomplish them then my mentality would change. After reading the quote posted above, I realized that I won’t be able to move forward to achieve anything if I can’t envision it beforehand. The mind has to able to visualize your future success before it manifests itself in life. Instead of seeing is believing, you have to believe for you to see changes in your life.

I have so much going on in my  life that it can be difficult for me to think about the future. I know that the mind is a powerful tool because I have witnessed people who were in tough situations overcome them and not only survive but thrive all because they can change their perception on their situation and focus their energy on their passions and dreams. I am learning that although you can only take things one day at a time, you can’t lose sight of the bigger picture and that your end goal is to get to wherever it is that will make you happy/successful/fulfilled etc. 2016 has started off  with a bang for me and even with all the challenges I face, my mind is focused on getting to where I want to be in all aspects of my life.


Hit me up in the comments section and let me know what wisdom you have to offer this week! Talk to you soon!


Always remember to love and live luxuriously!


My Healthy Lifestyle Journey


some of the. meals/snacks I’ve prepared!

Good Morning! I’m writing this post right before I have to head to the dentist (ugh!) to get my wisdom tooth pulled. I still have to go back for fillings and crowns and I am so disappointed with myself because things shouldn’t have gotten this far in regards to my dental health and my health in general. I know exactly why I am at this point though. I grew up in a household where I could eat anything I wanted at anytime. I didn’t have to ask permission for snacks and goodies and my mom bought and cooked whatever I liked. If she couldn’t cook it, we ordered it and I just accepted that as a way of life. I’ve worked out here and there but I knew to see real results, I’d have to change what I eat as well and that part would be tough for me. I want to be the best version of myself and I knew that in order for that to happen, I’d have to change up my eating habits. I’m not too big on beef or pork ( I do like bacon though!) but chicken as always been my weakness. I love Chick Fil A and when I go there, I get the same thing: 12 piece nuggets, waffle fries and a Coke or sweet tea. On this particular lifestyle plan, I can’t eat red meat, can’t drink soda and no processed foods…bye bye Chick Fil A 😢 Fortunately, pasta is still on the menu in whole wheat form which doesn’t taste half bad. I have to prepare all my meals myself and that’s a first because I NEVER cooked on a regular basis. It’s been a challenge especially since many of the foods I love are no longer on the menu so I’ve had to be creative and try other type of dishes like my almond apple muffins above ( I know they look like cookies but it’s only because of the angle) steamed asparagus (eh!)  and boneless, skinless chicken breasts ( at least I can still eat chicken!)

I’ve been working out at least once a day as well doing things like squats, crunches, lunges and other types of exercises that will tone my tummy, legs and booty. I want to look and feel healthy and I feel that with this new healthy lifestyle, I am on the right track. I may have a “cheat day” in the future but as long as they don’t turn into cheat weeks and months, I think I’ll be alright. I will continue to keep you up to date on my progress and in a future post, I’ll show you before and after pics(yikes!) Keep giving your all into whatever it is you desire and make sure to share your journey with me. We’ll talk soon!
Always remember to love and live luxuriously!

The True Meaning of Freedom

ImageI was on my Facebook page on one of my FB friends posted an article from a few years back where the KKK was saluting “gangbangers” for killing off African-Americans. I would like to think that we have come so far in the past 200 years because slavery and racial segregation were eliminated but we are still fighting for these freedoms because of slavery of the mind. There are so many people in the world  that cannot see past their current circumstances to go on to accomplish bigger and better things so they take the “easy” route in life. Easy money, easy thrills and since no one looked out for them, these “easy” route takers have no sympathy or compassion for others. Because of this, unity is damn near impossible to achieve.

It is harder to take “the road less traveled” for fear of failure and humiliation but failure gives you strength. If you know what failure looks like, feels like, you want success that much more and will put up a fight to get to that point where you are happy. Your own personal happiness isn’t enough you have to give back to others so they can give. This is the only way to break this destruction cycle and promote unity.

We cannot control every situation around us BUT we can control how we react to things.   Don’t let your current unfortunate circumstances have a negative impact on your future and don’t let what others say or think define you. When you live life according to what works for you and follow your heart, then and only then will you be free. Free from the outside constrains holding you down and most importantly, free from the limitations that you and others have placed upon you.