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Sunday, 23rd September, 2018

7 Lessons I Learned in 2017 & All My Favorite Looks

I packed up my bags and left the States to spend the holidays with my family in Canada last month. Best idea ever. Well, it was my mom’s. She was half-serious but I took it and ran with it. She knew I needed to get away and I did, too. So I’m here with my siblings and we are living the LIFE. Lots of laughs, lots of outings and yes, lots of end of the year reflection. Soul-baring, really.

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Expect the Unexpected

Have you ever had a deep, deep late-night talk with someone and the next morning, you wake up feeling pillow-light? You find it easier to hop out off the bed and get your day started in eagerness and anticipation? Even with the stormy skies, the slushy sidewalks you must tread through and those endless snow days threatening your already rigid schedules, those conversations have you finding sunshine in the most unexpected places.
That’s been me, especially in this last quarter. I’m actually in awe of the ways God has shown me who is for me. He really has been showing out in regards to the people in my life who come through for me. From my family, to girlfriends to guy friends that have blown my mind with new perspectives, I am so grateful to have a crew to keep my grounded, to pray for me and uplift me in any way they can.
It’s one thing to know your worth. It’s another thing to know and create a place solely for those deserve a place in your life. That doesn’t mean to love any less. It just means be careful with your heart – not everyone should be allowed access. There will be those who come in, wreak havoc and leave you a mess. But thank God for always revealing where exactly you need to clean up…and to help you with the pieces.
I’ve never had to “cut-off” anyone in my life until this year. And while it is difficult, I know it’s required of me to walk forward into my new season. It’s a whole different story when God is expecting you to forcibly remove the very thing your heart has been holding onto. It is freeing to release and oh so necessary. I do not want to remain in the same place because of stubbornness. Disobedience in one aspect of my life will undoubtedly trickle down into the other areas and I cannot afford that. My future is waiting on me.
And your future is waiting on you. Have you taken inventory? Of your friends, your family, yourself? Are you being stubborn with your spiritual life? Is there anything nudging at you, pressing you to get it done before the new year?

Expect the Unexpected

I’m finding the end of the year more exciting day by day. It’s in the end that you can witness the unbelievable ways in which God will show up and show out for you in such little time. HIS time. Even if there’s one day left in 2017, best believe God can work out a crazy miracle in your life. It’s crunch time. Leave room for Him to work and expect the unexpected. You won’t even see it coming!
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Look at the Brighter Side of Things

 

I’m a realist with a dash of optimist. Sometimes, it switches. I become super optimistic with a sprinkle of realistic. Either way, I think it’s a pretty good combination. Like anyone though, it’s easy to get pulled down into pessimism when facing unbelievable obstacles in life.

 

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Give Yourself a Break, Superwoman

Knocking things out on your to-do list is more than satisfying; it’s almost therapeutic. How awesome is it to grab a pen and check off item after item, especially in one day? It makes you feel powerful, invincible…like you are your very own Superwoman.

 

And you are.

 

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Powerful Affirmations for Every Queen

 

I celebrated my 23rd birthday a few days ago and went all out.

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Asking God

Have you ever wanted something so bad? You hoped for it and maybe even dreamed about it, only to not receive it?

 

Since we were kids, we were told we won’t get everything we want and “life’s not fair,” but that doesn’t change that you’re left feeling crushed, discouraged and even angry at God. You subconsiously check off yet another thing God didn’t come through for you for.

 

This piece is not for the Christian who is in the business of manipulating God for their wants. This piece is for the Christian that has already established: God isn’t a genie. This is for the Christian that knows God can do exceedingly abundantly all that we could ever ask for or think (Ephesians 3:20) but finds themselves questioning if He would really do so for them. This is for the Christian who trusts that God has plans of future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11), but they just have no idea where in the world it is or when in the world that plan will come.

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How to Save Money on Clothes

I am queen of sales. I can find discounts like it’s nobody’s business. And I can wait on an item to hit clearance with the patience you can’t even fathom.

 

It’s funny because as much as I love clothes, I barely shop! When I do, the piece has to absolutely be worth it. My favorite places to shop easy online are ASOS and Missguided. And I never shop there without my UNiDAYS code.  

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My Turnaround Season

Turnaround. Merriam-Webster defines this term as: “the action of receiving, processing, and returning something.”

 

In our vernacular, we’d call it “comeback game.”

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Don’t Limit Yourself

 

Hey guys, Medge here again! This time coming at you from my Stockton University dorm room, in complete disbelief that it’s my senior year!

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Where the Wind Blows, Just Flow

Life stretching you thin? Me too, girl.

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