HAPPY 2016



“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in your year…”
Ralph Walden Emerson




2015was a year of changes and growth. Right, right… every year is, however, 2015 was particularly more difficult, and the truth; I kept myself in some of my personal turmoil.  With that said, I can still say, although I had my share of negative experiences, my positive outweighed my negative substantially.  Thank you Jesus!
 I am one of those individuals who would swear, “I got my shit together” only to realize once the party is over… “GURRRL!! You need to work on you a little (LOT) bit MORE; you are so not there YET HONEY!”
In 2015 I found myself in a relationship I never should have given as much time as I did, stressing over finishing school, and second-guessing everything I SAY OR DO; is this the time for a career change, where is my life going?  I have a medical issue, high blood pressure, which I just cannot seem to take seriously. I have kids that put the UNNECESSARY in unnecessary stress! With that said…here comes the resolution for GREAT CHANGES!  
We all start the New Year with an exciting outlook and life changing promises but the truth is, we rarely make it to January 2 with our resolutions. This year….this year I am going to propose obtainable goals, beginning with taking life itself a bit more serious.  I could not fathom going back on a promise I make to another person, however, I have no qualms with backing out of promises to myself. A long list of what I want to accomplish is not necessary, just 3 promises to myself.

 


Promise 1
 
Lifestyle changes are unavoidable. Blood pressure pills are unavoidable. Deal with the inconvenience now vs. the outcome if I continue to ignore it. Me FIRST, Me FIRST, Me FIRST in LOVE, HEALTH, AND HAPPINESS!
 
Promise 2
 
Stay in my lane; focus on my goals and what is obtainable considering my status as a single mom with children. Meaning, stop trying to drive in the next person’s lane it is not MY TIME. What God has for them is theirs and what he has for me IS FOR ME. I will improve my circumstances, I will make changes and continue to grow…, but my step 1, is my step 1 alone.
 
Promise 3
 
God will work it out…but I have to be realistic. No one is going to stop by my house and hand me a check for a million dollars, or tell me I was hired as an Executive Marketing Director for Google…and I never submitted a resume. I will not wake up one morning to a new car in my driveway with a huge sign on the windshield: PAID IN FULL. Even better, receive a phone call telling me; Lisa you just won an ALL EXPENSES PAID FAMILY VACATION for you and ALL DEM KIDS!!! But GOD will put opportunities in front of me to obtain what I want for me and my family, and I will learn over time, not to miss them.

What can I say with certainty going into 2016?
  
 
I’m feeling at PEACE and it feels amazing starting a new year in a good emotional place, honest with myself, clear mind and marching forward AFTER a year that left me feeling a bit low on self-esteem, alone in my trials and tribulations and haggard.  
I won’t end with a mind-blowing vision from God himself but what I can offer you; keep God nearby. Do not leave him out of your life, your every decision, your every step, your every breath. You may be running him ragged but imagine your life without him!  Not promising you a great 2016 folks but I can promise, you will at least make it through with your sanity if prayer is ALWAYS at the tip of your tongue ready to flow.
With that said, the New Year marks a fresh NEW START of brighter and more exciting journeys. I wish you the most enjoyable RIDE EVER!!



Happy New Year To You & Yours!


Love,
Lisa
B.I.G

 
Philippians 3:13-14
No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.

 

Welcome Regan!

 
 
 

I would like to WELCOME Regan Samaroo Jones to Beauty Is Growth! Regan has accepted the Author/Editor position on the Beauty Is Growth blog and Facebook page. I met Regan about 10 years ago; during this time we have shared amazing journeys together and came out unscathed (for the most part). This next journey has my excitement level literally overflowing as Beauty Is Growth is growing! Bigger things are coming folks which will enhance our ability to reach our goal – to CONNECT and SUPPORT you!

Welcome Regan!



From Regan-

I was born and raised in the island Trinidad. I was blessed to discover my purpose at an early age; I can still remember it like it was yesterday. It was my Aunt’s birthday and I had to be at least 11yrs old at the time, I wanted to get my Aunt something special so I scraped up what little pennies I had and ran outside and stopped what we called a bakery van that passed through our village every evening. They had so many pastries and cakes but all I could afford was a Coconut Bake, I wrapped it in brown paper and gave it to her. Seeing her reaction was all the confirmation I needed to know that what I wanted to do.  I realized then and there that’s my purpose…(no not to give out coconut bakes…lol) but to give people a reason to smile a reason to be happy, a reason to make them feel special and to know that someone does care about the little things that matter to them.

So many of us walk around immune to the deep rooted little things that plague our lives ignoring them thinking it would go away one day, afraid to share our deepest thoughts, trouble or even ideas with the perfect stranger, let alone our family members in fear of being judged.. Know this; despite what you read, watch, or hear do not allow the media to poison you into thinking that you have to be someone famous to make a difference or an impact in someone’s life. You are just as important as the person standing next to you and don’t EVER let anyone tell you any different.

 

Are You Growing Series #1

Are You Growing?

 

#1
12/19/15
 
 
Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Real growth comes with hard work and sweat. Being too comfortable does not help us grow – it makes us stagnate. What is your comfort zone? Do you stay in it most of the time? Do you keep to your own space when out with other people? Shake your routine up. Do something different. By exposing yourself to a new context, you are literally growing as you learn to act in new circumstances.

 

 

 

Christmas potpourri recipe that will have you singing Jingle Bells

Christmas Potpourri

While surfing the web I found the most amazing potpourri recipe for “Christmas”.  Of course I had to try it so, I poured myself some egg nog, placed a cinnamon stick in my cup, dropped the ingredients in my RED pot (nothing says Christmas like a red pot) and started the burner. I was transported to total relaxation and thoughts of the Christmas holiday in less than 5 minutes. 
Want to find your happy place in less than 5 minutes?


What you need: 3 cinnamon sticks, 1 orange (sliced), 2 teaspoons nutmeg, 2 teaspoons cloves, 1 cup cranberries, a sprig of rosemary (optional)
What you do: Fill a saucepan with 2 to 3 cups of water and toss in all the ingredients. Simmer on low (add water as needed to freshen).
Sit back and relax; go ahead, smile. 


Lisa Johnson