Some destinations require re-routing [VIDEO]

Stopping in to drop some mid-week encouragement on y’all because sometimes it’s hard in these streets!! 

For instance –  we don’t always get to our destination on the first try or in the exact order of the plan, but that’s ok! Remember to stay encouraged along the journey – you’ll get there eventually, even if that means a re-route or you learn of something better instead!

https://youtu.be/OwwcOKy2onQ

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Checking-in :)

Hey y’all!

It’s real…I really live in a new place now. New job. New place. New challenges. New friends. New license. New bills. lol Etc.

I know I’ve been a little distant lately…I’m just trying to get settled and when I tell you I am learning so much about myself – you wouldn’t believe it.

From something as small as conversations at work, to how I’m dealing with the challenges at my new place and the property manager…it’s definitely stretching and teaching me so much.

There are definitely some things that are different and I’ve had to adjust the way I do things, such as how I use my resources, how I think about things, how I interact with people, how I eat, etc. The list goes on and on, really!

But through it all, I’ve been reminded of my “root” word time and time again – RELINQUISH.

When different challenges or frustrations arise, there’s like this strange calm that comes over me and reminds me everything is going to be fine. I’ve been way more passive in situations that in the past I wouldn’t be, but I still feel this gentle whisper on my spirit telling me to “let it go…”

I can’t wait to update y’all more, but I wanted to check in and share a little as well as remind you that no matter what’s been placed in front of you, what you have coming up, what steps you have to climb – RELINQUISH and let God plan your steps and really guide your path. You don’t have to control every little thing nor have an understanding of everything to be obedient. Just let go and keep pushing forward.

Love y’all!

-Lauren

Expecting.

I’m sitting here thinking about this time last year when I was preparing to go on my very first mission trip to Cape Town, South Africa. I was nervous and excited all at the same time; I felt so blessed and privileged for the opportunity to embark on that adventure. I was also super expectant and just knew that it would be life-changing…and it was.

Today, almost mirrors last year. The only thing that separates then from now is 365 days of time and space. Just like last year, I’m nervous and excited and feeling incredibly blessed for the opportunity that lays before me. I will be embarking on a new adventure and relocating to Georgia! And I am expecting this May and beyond to be nothing short of life-changing, as well 🙂

As you can imagine, I’m stoked for the newness, but you know “new” can also be kind of scary. Not to mention, transitioning mentally, physically and spiritually into this new season has its moments. There are ways you prepare yourself (and others) for what’s to come, but I think you can only prepare so much.

As I reflect on last year, I think about what I did to prepare for that almost 8,300 mile voyage to Cape Town South Africa. I got shots, I shopped, I put in vacation time, I gave notice, I fund-raised, I prayed, etc. And there was another thing…I’m not sure I realized how instrumental this was to the preparation process at the time, but now it’s glaring—

I EXPECTED.

I expected to experience and see God in South Africa. I expected Him to meet me there and show me new things. I expected that I would return home changed. I expected I would grow deeper relationships and gain new friends.

I had a mindset of expectancy that said “I’m expecting great things and I’m not taking ‘no’ for an answer.”

I believe this attitude opened me up to fully experience my situation in a different way.

I’m not talking about what you think “should” happen or how you think it “should” happen, I’m simply talking about expecting something to happen.

Expecting means to anticipate the occurrence of something with reason (www.dictionary.com). You’re not closing yourself off to the details of how it can happen, but leaving yourself open for it TO happen whichever way it may. And honestly that takes a great deal of relinquishing control so you can just experience – you know…undergo, meet, feel, savor, enjoy…

So just like last May, this May – I am expecting.

I can’t promise that I’ll ever be fully prepared for the journey ahead, but I can promise myself that I will expect to experience God, life, surprises, love and growth.

Sincerely an Expectant Lauren ❤

Sometimes You Gotta Hit the “Pause” Button

What if we got hung up on all of the small things and lost sight of the big picture?
Wait, that happens every day…well at least for me it does. I run the potential of paying too much attention to small details that are pretty irrelevant in the grand scheme of things long term. And when I realize I’ve gotten to that point, I literally have to PAUSE

Imagine you’re hitting the pause button in the middle of your movie. You hit the pause button to take a break to go do something else, or you stop what you’re watching momentarily to figure out what in the world you just watched.

Life is very similar.

 

Sometimes, it’s important to take a quick break and either take a walk or a deep breath or go think in the confines of a bathroom stall (whatever your method, take a break when you need to). And other times, you just need to pause to reflect – reflect on your journey and what you’ve seen happen so far.

Today, I chose the latter. I found myself getting worked up about what seemed like a very large detail. In reality, it was rather trivial. But when I lose focus on the grand scheme of things, those small pebbles on the path appear to be boulders and at that moment, I MUST adjust my perspective.

 

So now, I’m not tripping about not getting a relocation package because it’s not a “have to have” in order for me to move forward with what God is aligning. To be honest, the greediness in me wants it all so of course I wanted all the help I could get and then some. But if the overall goal is to move forward in my career and grow my relationship with my man in the same city, then why am I trippin’? Let me wipe off this pouty face and pick up the remote again, because it’s time to hit “PLAY.”

  

What Form of Media Has Influenced You Most? [Black History Month]

 I love to read, but I must admit that I’m not as avid of a reader as I’d like to be (or portray to be). Not to mention, prior to my recent interest in self-help and Christian books, I was mostly into steamy fiction novels by Eric Jerome Dickey and the like 🙄 *looks the other way* lol

 

I read a lot of books off the “typical” reading lists in elementary, middle and high school with an occasional autobiography – preferably athletes (bonus if they were athlete and Black or Latino). But I’m not sure I’ve ever been much of a history book reader. I remember always diving into the black history section homework and readings in middle and highschool, but outside of that and a little Zora Neale Hurston and a 10 page research paper on James Weldon Johnson, I haven’t been much of a history reader.

 

February is Black History month in the States (and Canada). And so far this month, I’ve been really considering what black history I know (hell, what black present info do I know). And as I scroll up and down timelines I’m learning all kinds of tidbits I didn’t previously know. Those that really catch my eye, I dive a little deeper and do a google search and try to learn more. And naturally, I’m inspired by people and their lives and their innovativeness and their audacity to dream and their tenacity and their blackness and their heritage and much more.

 

And in doing some of these searches and learning now, I’ve thought about how I know what I know up to this point. I know I can credit much of my understanding and learning of facts, truths (and some lies and mistruths) about American and Black History via conversations at home, lack luster school history classes, Pan-African studies courses, reading, museum visits, movies, tv, radio, documentaries and social media. But I think one of the forms that I haven’t given much credit, is video. Due to the fact I wasn’t picking up many books on history, a lot of my youth and adult life has relied heavily on the importance of watching history. Whether I was visiting a museum or sitting in class or on my couch at home – a tv special, documentary or movie has played an important role in my learning and understanding of my history as an American and a Black (and Latino) woman. I’m so thankful for those who’ve made their life’s work to educate via video – I’ve definitely benefited from their craft. 

 

I’m curious, what has influenced your knowledge of Black and American history most? What forms of media do you think has influenced your learning most?

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The Dream is Yours for the Taking

No one really gets anywhere without a fight. Some stories are a bit more obvious than others, but underneath the success, I think you’ll find that there’s almost always a fight. The underlying grind and determination to get to the goal is pertinent to the journey. 

If you want something, go get it – be committed to that dream and who assigned you to that dream. I know God doesn’t give me butterflies and excitement and visuals of things that weren’t meant for me. It’s my job however to be committed to God and the dreams that He’s given me and then to live them – by doing the work to get it.

I don’t know what your dream looks like or what obstacles await you, but you CAN be confident in your dream and work toward it. It’ll be tough and will require some faith in action, but be assured that there’s beauty in that struggle and the goal can be attained.

 

Be blessed!<3