I have absolutely no idea where the past 12 months went. How 'bout you? I had just gotten used to writing the year 2013 on my checks about 2 months ago. One thing is for sure....this was truly the year for grit (no, not hominy) and guts. I grew some huge kahunas after repeatedly getting knocked down - again and again and again. Bet you did too. And it's not all about the tell-your-mama-drama events, either. Sometimes your battles are mental or emotional, right?
Those gritty, trying moments are all about you asking yourself, "What the hell just happened?" And the beauty of it all is having the insight & guts to figure out that priceless "ah-ha" moment of clarity. The up & down seesaw of life let's you purvey what life looks like when you're on top and when you've hit the sandbox. How you bounce back is the key. As we usher in 2014 and we go about goal setting, remind yourself of how far you came in 2013. And remember that nothing in your life happened by accident.
Top 10 Lessons I learned in 2013:
After months of contemplating whether I wanted to go natural or continue relaxing my hair, I finally made my decision while attending a natural hair event back in May 2013. I admired the health and condition of natural hair and also missed my natural curls as well. I was one that did not do well with perms and always wore my hair in a ponytail, so going natural was a smart choice. Prior to my decision, my last relaxer was in December 2012. During my transition I didn't plan to do the "big chop" ( a natural hair term for cutting off all the relaxer) but soon after seeing the tremendous new growth and viewing several naturalistas and their stories, I felt compelled in my heart to wait a complete year until I finally did the big chop; it was one of my best decisions ever. I will admit that when I finally did it on December 14, 2013, I did have mixed emotions, I questioned myself about my decision, and how others would react as well. But with the loving support of my family and my heart truly believing I made the right decision , I begin to own my new look, and I'm loving it. I encourage any woman that is thinking of going natural or at the stage of doing the big chop to take that bold step; you will feel absolutely fearless!
PS. The feedback was amazing!
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Written by Guest Blogger: Jennifer Lavern- www.AQuoteSheWrote.com/blog
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The stores are abuzz with activity as everyone hustles and bustles through the aisles looking for that perfect gift. It seems that everyone has made a list and is checking it twice. Some have already completed their shopping and are prepared for the big day to arrive. Others are waiting for the annual thrill of the last-minute rush. But there are those who, for some reason or another, are not able to provide their families with the items on their wish list this Christmas. Perhaps a job loss or slow business derailed this year’s finances. The provider may be completely overwhelmed by the prospect of a gift-less Christmas, especially if there are children in the household. But there are ways to make the holidays just as joyful as ever.
As much as children like to unwrap presents, what they crave most from us is our time and attention. Instead of focusing on the usual techie gadgets, games and Barbie dolls, a few thoughtful expressions can make this challenging season one of good cheer.
Here are a few ways to overcome the holiday overwhelm without breaking the bank or looking like Mr. Scrooge:
o Create a family album with snapshots of times spent together and gift each member a copy.
o Make a video with little vignettes from past occasions. Add captions to identify the event time and place. Overlay with a playlist of background music that captures the essence of the family.
o Purchase tickets for a holiday-themed event that takes place just after the holidays when the prices will be deeply discounted.
o For those who absolutely, positively believe that opening a present is a must, then hosting a Secret Santa with each family member responsible for providing just one gift is a surefire way to keep costs down. This way everyone gets a gift and no one goes broke.
o Organize a charity event in which everyone participates by donating toiletries, gently worn coats, books, old cell phones or any other requested item to a local nonprofit organization, hospital or homeless shelter.
o Last but not least, engage everyone, especially the children in the old-fashioned, now unpopular tradition of sending Christmas cards. Have them purchase a few boxed cards to hand-write and mail to the elderly, sick or shut-in relative or neighbor. This exercise will teach them the joy of giving which is the true spirit of the season.
By creating an experience, you will give the young members of your family a lasting memory that they’ll talk about for many years to come. Who knows? They may even pass the new tradition on to their own children during the happiest season of all.
I received a pleather, faux designer handbag organizer with cloudy plastic inserts and tacky velco buttons to hold it inside of my handbag. It came in a corduroy pouch. Hate it.
I've looked at this gift with blinders on since last year. Finally, I can give the ugly thing away. Hey...it's the holiday season, right? I've always believed that one woman's trash is another woman's treasure.
Re-gifting is really not a dirty word. It's true meaning is all about loving the thought behind the gift so much that, instead of tossing in Tuesday's garbage, you'll bless someone needier with it. I've been able to literally put huge smiles on the faces of loads of friends, family members and associates with a re-gifting gift.
There are some rules however that must be followed to appreciate this wonderful concept:
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