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How to Win in 2018 | Faith

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new year, resolutions, 2017. 2018, goals. vision. faith, family, finance, food. fashion. God is able, trust his planHappy New Year! Can you believe we’re ten days into 2018?! With a new year comes so many new things, like resolutions and unknown adventures. I am so eager to see all of the wonderful things in store for the next 12 months but for now, I want to aggressively attack my goals. Here are 3 ways to help you win in 2018:

Unsubscribe From Emails

If you’re anything like me, you probably receive a ton of emails each day. Within the past 2 months, I noticed I was getting a lot of holiday emails and decided to opt out early to prevent overspending.  Let’s be real, there’s no way anyone can read hundreds of emails a day and be happy about it. I find myself deleting an email before opening up the message. Opting out of emails can help you stay focused on your goals. If saving money is your top priority this year then avoid any distractions by unsubscribing to sales ads. It’s too tempting!

Set Goals

A few of my 2017 goals carried over to this year and I’m totally fine with that, Rome wasn’t built in a day or a year! The goal in 2018 is to win in every area of my life. From my faith to my fashion. So, I wrote out my plans and submitted my visions to God. I learned a few years ago that you will not have joy in your decisions if you do not involve God, so seeking His guidance first is important. Big or small, just write out your plans on paper. It will help put things in perspective and allow you to take the next steps to success.

Declutter Your Space

Messy is different from cluttered. A mess can be cleaned up with a quick sweep. Decluttering requires sorting which can take time. I recommend knocking out an area at a time, small victories go a long way. I used to have a ton of clothes in my closet then realized I wasn’t wearing many of the pieces because they no longer fit or were dated. I decided to donate unworn garments and alter any pieces to fit my body. Start with any rooms you haven’t attended to lately and just pray your way through it. If you can’t, you can always pay a professional to help you get organized.

If you’re going to win in 2018 you have to be patient and diligent every single day. I can guarantee this year will not be easy but every moment will be worth it. Take the good with the bad and always look for the best in your situation. That’s how you’ll win, by never giving up or giving in. Wishing you a wonderful year full of success!

A Recap of 2017 | Faith

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new year, resolutions, 2017. 2018, goals. vision. faith, family, finance, food. fashion. God is able, trust his planWhat can I say about 2017?! Well, this year has been lit, literally! I started off the new year looking for a breakthrough. It seemed like I had yet again found myself in the same spot for the 3rd year in a row and I was determined to make a change. Last New Year’s Eve, I went to church with my friend, Rakel. The Pastor preached on an abundance of rain. He shared that we would have to be patient this year but live in expectation of a great rainfall from heaven.new year, resolutions, 2017. 2018, goals. vision. faith, family, finance, food. fashion. God is able, trust his plannew year, resolutions, 2017. 2018, goals. vision. faith, family, finance, food. fashion. God is able, trust his plannew year, resolutions, 2017. 2018, goals. vision. faith, family, finance, food. fashion. God is able, trust his plan

Boy was he right, I watched God pour out blessings that were overflowing! God reminded me that my plans are made possible through His guidance. I experienced growth, love, and an abundance of God’s amazing grace. As I approach 2018, I welcome the new year with open arms. All of its beauty and unknown adventures. My soul rests on this,

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Happy New Year! I pray you all have a wonderful year full of God’s unfailing love.

When Fashion & Faith Collide | Weekly Inspiration

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stylist, fashion, wardrobe stylist. faith, fashion, career, opportunities, new chances, work, trust, obedienceGreetings! In my last faith post, I mentioned using my time of unemployment to grow my styling business. In order to grow, I had to network and learn from other stylists in the area. So, I took a leap of faith and contacted two well-respected stylists in Houston, Jazzlin Raquel, and Ashley Dunn. Now, keep in mind my nature is to stay in my shell. So reaching out to people I don’t know is a bit different for me, but you know what they say, “you can’t grow in your comfort zone.”

stylist, fashion, wardrobe stylist. faith, fashion, career, opportunities, new chances, work, trust, obedienceHonestly, I thought I would need a connection to gain an internship with these ladies but I was wrong. With Jazzlin, I inquired on one of her Instagram posts requesting an assistant stylist for a photo shoot. Believe it or not, I sent her a DM and linked my work for quick reference.  She contacted me right away and within 72 hours I was working behind the scenes at my very first shoot. It was there my love for editorial work began. Photoshoots are so amazing because they allow you the chance to create and think outside of the box.

stylist, fashion, wardrobe stylist. faith, fashion, career, opportunities, new chances, work, trust, obedienceThis particular opportunity opened a door into the world of fashion that I longed to see. From there, I assisted Jazzlin with countless shoots and connected with models, photographers, designers, hair stylists, and makeup artists. Reaching out to Jazzlin resulted in my very own publication in a magazine (stay tuned for more details).

My time assisting Ashley Dunn was a bit different and ranged from TV segments, personal shopping, photo shoots, and giving back to the community. I met Ashley volunteering at an annual fashion show in Houston. She came to the event in need of accessories and I was her go-to girl! While showing off my sister’s jewelry line, Davis Dynasty Designs I put my plug-in for interning. She asked me my availability and how often I could assist. She really needed someone who had a bit more flexibility but still shared her contact information.

stylist, fashion, wardrobe stylist. faith, fashion, career, opportunities, new chances, work, trust, obedienceWhen I lost my job last November, I reached out to Ashley and let her know my schedule changed and checked to see if she was still looking for an intern. I didn’t get an immediate response but a week later I got a text asking if I was free to help with a TV segment on Houston’s Life. It was an amazing experience and I am so glad I got a chance to connect and network with on-air correspondents, celebrities, and dozens of models. There’s fortune in the follow-up!

stylist, fashion, wardrobe stylist. faith, fashion, career, opportunities, new chances, work, trust, obedienceAshley taught me a lot about the fashion industry but more on faith. She would often credit God for her success and was open to sharing her story. It’s not a coincidence that faith and fashion are two of my core values. When styling, I try to remember to let God’s light shine not just for me but for others. You never know who you might meet behind the scenes standing in the need of a positive word, encouragement, or just motivation to keep pushing! Our gifts are not just for generating income but also a way to connect folks to Christ and give God glory. At the end of the day that is what I believe we were created to do.

When a Setback Turns Into a Setup for Good | Faith

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faith, finance, trust, timing, patience, GodA year ago today, I walked into work and had a pink slip on my desk. As devastating as it was my soul was relieved. Truth is, deep down I knew I was in the wrong position professionally. I had my doubts before starting the job but overlooked the red flags because I honestly thought I could handle it and at the time thought I needed a job. As I look back, what I really needed to do was trust God and His timing.

Waiting on God can be difficult at times but it is worth it! I took some advice from my family and enjoyed the time off. I went on vacation, caught up on rest, got organized at home, spent time with friends and family, found love, started the blog, and grew my business. There are beautiful blessings in the most unfortunate situations.

A year later, I realized that what most would call a setback became a setup for something better. I just had to open my eyes and heart to see it! As we approach the new year, let’s look for the good in every situation and enjoy it all!

How to Finish 2017 Strong | Faith

Fall, 2017, resolutions, new year, goals, planning, achievement, dreamsAnd just like that, it’s fall. I woke up to sweet scents of autumn this morning and it felt amazing! Finally made it to Burlington this weekend and stocked up on candles for the house. Although the weather in Texas still feels like summer I’m  happy to see a new season.

October 1st marks the start of the last quarter in 2017, yikes! Each quarter I review my annual goals to make sure I’m on track. I’ll be honest, I’ve only completed about 50% of my plans. The goal of having abs by August didn’t quite happen, my desired 6 pack turned out to be a 2 pack. Guess I should’ve passed on all the pizza I’ve been eating, ha!

Fall, 2017, resolutions, new year, goals, planning, achievement, dreamsI did snag a new job (thanks be to God) and will start this month! My styling work was published in Solstice Magazine (stay tuned for details on the shoot) and I managed to travel at least once a quarter. Now, it hasn’t been an easy year and I wasn’t exempt from dealing with unfortunate situations but with God, I’m surviving.

Fall, 2017, resolutions, new year, goals, planning, achievement, dreamsTaking time to reflect and realize how good God has been in spite of challenges has been beneficial for me. Obstacles are inevitable but they are not meant to throw in the towel and give up. I choose to keep pressing, keep pushing, and keep praying until I reach my goals.

What did you plan out for the year and how are your plans coming along? Share below.

The Art of Survival: What to Do After the Storm?

Hurricane, National Disaster, Storms, Flood, Houston, Home, Repair, Rebuild, StormLast month, I planned out my blog post schedule and thought I would focus on seasonally appropriate content. I was all set to share fall fashion tips, fashion week trends, and finance tips for autumn. You know what they say, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.”
Who knew Hurricane Harvey would affect so many and cause the city of Houston to stand still. When things stop, keep moving and keep your head up! Trust God and allow Him to work on your behalf. 
I’m finally getting back to normal and it feels good! The affected areas in my home were removed two weeks ago and I feel so relieved. I’m currently waiting to hear back from my insurance company on next steps. 
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Recovery can be a slow process but I’m learning to be patient with it all. If you know someone who’s been displaced due to the storm and has damage at home, please encourage them to seek help. Contact Hope City for assistance removing, repairing, and rebuilding affected homes. We will get through this season together. I’ll close with the only way I know how to survive a storm, keep on pushing!

Why I Chose to Survive and Not Sink – Post Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane, National Disaster, Storms, Flood, Houston, Emotions. Mental HealthThe emotional devastation of the recent flood is finally taking a toll on many of those affected by Hurricane Harvey, myself included. If you missed my latest Finance Friday post, check it out here. I shared a glimpse of my story and provided financial tips for those facing the aftermath of the storm.

Hurricane, National Disaster, Storms, Flood, Houston, Emotions. Mental HealthHurricane, National Disaster, Storms, Flood, Houston, Emotions. Mental HealthHurricane, National Disaster, Storms, Flood, Houston, Emotions. Mental HealthOver the weekend, my assigned insurance adjuster came out to assess damages and found more items to be repaired at home. I’ll be completely honest, his report left me a bit frantic. I know this flood was rare and a once in a 1000 year occurrence but I started to get worked up and wonder what could I have done to prevent this madness. In that very moment, I could have sunk into a deep depression and not moved at all but I don’t have time to be down.

Instead, I said a quick prayer, “God, please fix it,” and picked up the phone to ask for help. Before I could dial anyone’s number I had several text messages with contact information for knowledgeable contractors willing to help while waiting for my claim to be approved. Thank God for friends and family!

The mental distress that occurs after a natural disaster is unexplainable. Driving through flooded neighborhoods was enough for me. I can’t wrap my mind around the possibility of rescuing my family from flooding waters, awaiting help on top of a roof, or witnessing someone drown. That’s traumatizing. If you or someone you know is struggling to cope with the emotional stress from Hurricane Harvey there are counseling resources available. Consider joining this support group on Facebook or contact SAMHSA for free counseling sessions.

Hurricane, National Disaster, Storms, Flood, Houston, Emotions. Mental HealthTexans, we have a long road to recovery but with God and patience, we will survive.  How are you holding up after the storm? Hang in there and remember you’re a survivor!

A Pinky Promise – Weekly Inspiration

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Promises Signs Wonders Rainbows Lifestyle Faith Christian Motivation Hope Rainbows SymbolismDo you remember being a kid and pinky promising with a friend or family member? I used to do this all the time in elementary and middle school. Childish, I know but before sharing big details like, who my biggest crush was, I had to ensure I was speaking with someone who wouldn’t tell my secrets. If the person didn’t hold up to the bargain, I’d say, “but you pinky promised!” I learned early on in my childhood that folks don’t always keep their promises, myself included.

Fit, Fab & Faithful with NPC Champion, Tawny Davis

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Fitness & Faith with Tawny Davis

Have a bad day, go break a sweat, you’ll feel better. Working out for me is a spiritual boost. I can hear clearly from God and this helps my confidence. –Imhalo

Three weekends ago, I hit the road and headed home to see my sister, Tawny as she competed in her first bodybuilding competition. She rocked the stage and won two first place medals in Figure Novice! Tawny managed to train for her fitness competition all while taking care of her family, working a full-time job, training clients part-time, and volunteering weekly. And she did it all with a smile!