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Trades of Hope

Trades of Hope empowers women out of poverty around the world while creating entrepreneurial opportunities for the modern American woman by selling ethically produced fashion accessories and home décor.

So many women live in poverty, not because they lack abilities, but because they lack opportunity. Trades of Hope was started to give women the opportunity for a better life. Each woman has a story, and with Trades of Hope’s help, their story has changed from pain and struggle to a story of hope!

We work with the artisans themselves and organizations that are helping women in difficult circumstances. Some women have been rescued from sex slavery. Others are raising handicapped children alone. Some are in war torn countries and others have aids and leprosy. These women have never had the chances we’ve had, yet they are just like us in so many ways. They love their families and hope and dream of a better life for them.

If you’re local to the Charlotte Metro area, JOIN me for a Trades of Hope Party. You will have the opportunity to order one of a kind items for Mother’s Day, grab unique graduation gifts and learn more about how this wonderful ministry is helping to pull women out of poverty. EMAIL me today at sugawellnessboutique@gmail.com to secure your spot!

Find Peace and Be Well.

 

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Tip #31 Do Your Best & Trust in God

Happy Thursday Peaceful Souls! I can’t believe we’re already at the end of Women’s History Month and on our last day of the #loveme2Peace Campaign. I hope you’ve gained some insight on how to attract more peace in your life through self-care, self-love and self-reflection. The whole point of the #loveme2Peace movement is to help you become more intentional with your thoughts, actions and words to positively influence yourself, your space and those around you.

Throughout the duration of our Campaign, I’ve experienced numerous opportunities to utilize the tips and advice that I’ve shared with you. I can honestly say that each time I faced a new challenge, I was able to refer back to the list of tips and intentionally chart a path back to peace. Let’s recap the list of tips and then I will share today’s final tip with you.

30. Don’t Take It Personally

29. Be Flexible

28. Do It Anyway

27. Love Always Wins

26. Don’t Settle

25. Believe There is a Bigger Purpose

24. Make Plans for your Future

23. Choose Wisely

22. Get Uncomfortable

21. Believe that your Efforts are not in Vain

20. Invest in Yourself

19. Laugh Often

18. Trust the Process

17. Consistently Pray

16. Know When to Be Silent

15. Consider the How

14. Be Honest With Yourself

13. Lend A Helping Hand

12. Re-evaluate Your Circle

11. Let Go of the Extra Baggage

10. Never Stop Learning

9. Stop Procrastinating

8. Live Your Life

7. Share Your Story

6. Set Your Heart Toward Peace

5. Take Time to Relax

4. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Dream Big

2. Believe that You Are Qualified

1. Start Each Day with Gratitude
Today’s tip: Do Your Best & Trust in God
No matter how good your intentions are, you only have a limited amount of power. Your influence and abilities are limited. You can only love so much, help so much and do so much.
The great thing about all of this is that God only requires a little from us. He never puts more on us than we can bear so what we have, we need to give.
After we’ve done all that we can do there’s this special formula called Grace that God extends to those who love him. Grace to face ever day challenges, Grace to love those who seem unlovable and Grace to help us along our journey.
“If it had not been for the Grace of God, where o where would I Be.”
My name is Melissa Rivers and I am a Peace Empowerment Coach. I didn’t choose this life, God gifted it to me. Through various challenges, setbacks and bad decisions, God showed me how to Find Peace and Be Well. Today I extend that offer to you. If you are at a point in your life where you’re ready to actively pursue peace, allow me to help you.
Email me today at sugawellnessboutique@gmail.com to set up a confidential discovery call. I’ll help you create an action plan for peace and begin living life with intention and on purpose.
Thanks for hanging out with me this month. I’ll be back next week with a weekly blog post.
Find Peace and Be Well
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Tip #15 Consider the How

Wow, can you believe that we’re already on day 14 of the #loveme2Peace Campaign. We’re nearly half way to completion for our 31 days of self-care and self-love. I can honestly say that I’ve been challenged throughout this journey to be more intentional at creating more opportunities for Peace in my life. As I’ve said numerous times before, choosing Peace is not always the easiest thing to do, but it is the right thing to do. Before I jump into today’s tip, let’s do a quick recap of the last 14 days.

  1. Start Each Day With Gratitude
  2. Believe that You Are Qualified
  3. Don’t Be Afraid to Dream Big
  4. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
  5. Take Time to Relax
  6. Set Your Heart Toward Peace
  7. Share Your Story
  8. Live Your Life
  9. Stop Procrastinating
  10. Never Stop Learning
  11. Let Go of the Extra Baggage
  12. Re-evaluate Your Circle
  13. Lend A Helping Hand
  14. Be Honest With Yourself

Today’s tip: “Consider the How”

Is there something that you’ve been wanting to experience but you can’t quite figure out how to make it happen? Do you often stop yourself from dreaming big because of limited resources? Instead of saying I can’t do this or I can’t afford that, change your dialogue to say How can I make this happen or What can I do to afford this opportunity. When we intentionally choose to look at or situation differently something magical happens, creativity follows! Not only will you brainstorm solutions to help you achieve your goals, you’re stopping the self—limiting belief system that you’ve created.

Sounds easy right? Give it a shot today and let me know how you’re doing.

 

Find Peace and Be Well

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Tip #12 Re-evaluate Your Circle

Happy Saturday! I hope all is well for you. I want to start off by congratulating you for hanging with me this far. I get so excited when I receive your emails about how the information is making a difference in your life! I’m glad to be of service to you and I’m thankful that God has a relevant message for me to share! With that being said, we are 12 days in to our #loveme2Peace campaign. If you can’t tell by now, there are endless ways to incorporate self-love and self-care into your daily routine. All it takes is a little intention.

So what are your plans for this weekend? I planned to have a huge garage sale but I’m not quite ready. I still have several closets to clean out so I’ll save that for a later date. For the past several weeks I’ve been enrolled in a Financial Peace class by Dave Ramsey. I’ve taken the class before but the information is awesome and the group that I’m involved with is really great. I haven’t been able to attend the group session in about a month due to other obligations but today I’m looking forward to connecting with like-minded individuals and generating some interesting conversations. With that being said, today’s tip is:

“Re-evaluate Your Circle”

How strong is your circle of supporters? Do your friends have your best interests at heart? Do they challenge you to be better? Do they stretch your thinking? Are they there for you during tough times? Do they include you?

All of these are great questions to consider when thinking about your friends. True friendships are a way to maintain Peace and balance in our lives. There’s nothing more rewarding than having friends that you can count on and trust to show up when needed and allow you to share in their lives. I will never forget the love that my small group of friends demonstrated as I was recovering from breast cancer surgery. As soon as I hit the recovery room in my dazed and confused state the flowers, cards, visits, texts, calls and chicken noodle soup kept rolling in. It was awesome to witness.

So what does your friend circle look like? Take an inventory, determine if it’s working for you and if not, adjust as necessary!

Find Peace and Be Well

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Tip #11 Let Go of the Extra Baggage

It’s Friday Peace Makers! This week has surely rolled by fast. Once again the weekend is upon us and we are in Day 11 of our #loveme2Peace Campaign. You have a few days to unwind and take it easy.

In my area, the weather is going to be nice with above average temperatures. This is the perfect opportunity to get outside, take a walk and just breathe. I plan to have a garage sale. My baby Mansion is officially starting to feel like a one room Condo. My stuff has stuff and it’s a lot to deal with it.

Many times in life we begin to accumulate things without keeping an accurate inventory list. I’m not referring to only material things, physical and emotional things come into play as well. Have you found yourself picking up extra weight over the past few years or maybe even picking up the judgments and opinions that others have about you? It’s not uncommon to allow these things to take up space in your life. So here’s today’s tip is:

“Let Go of the Extra Baggage.”

When you’re packing for a trip it’s always good to pack what you need and a little more just in case of emergency. But when your little more turns into additional carry-ons and totes, you’re going to have trouble lugging all of that around with you. The same is true for our personal lives. If we’re carrying around hurt and shame from things that we’ve dealt with in the past, we can’t successful navigate through life. Sometimes you just have to let go and trust that things will be better on the other side of your pain. My challenge to you today is to find 2 items that you haven’t used in a very long time. Donate them to a local charity, re-gift them to someone who needs an “It’s Friday” gift or put them on E-bay and make some extra cash. After you done this send me an email (sugawellnessboutique@gmail.com) and let me know how it felt.

In your quest to let go, I have the perfect scripture to help support you in releasing those physical and emotional weights. “Turn your burdens over to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will never let the righteous person stumble.”  This particular wording comes from the God’s Word Translation of the Bible.

Find Peace and Be Well!

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Tip #10 Never Stop Learning

Good Morning! I hope you’re having a fantastic week! Can you believe we are already 10 days into March and 10 days in to our #loveme2Peace Campaign? I hope that you’re enjoying the content, taking notes and making the necessary adjustments in your life.  After all, you only have one life to live, this isn’t a dress rehearsal so you might as well experience as much peace and serenity as you can.

How many of you have heard the phrase, “you win some and you lose some?” We all face challenges in life and sometimes things don’t work out like we planned. If we search deep enough, we can find a lesson in every challenge. Instead of thinking of it as a loss, think of it as a lesson. I saw this great post on Facebook that breaks it down like this:

“If you fail, never give up because F.A.I.L means “First Attempt In Learning.”

End is not the end. In fact, E.N.D. means “EFFORT NEVER DIES”

If you get NO as an answer, remember NO means “NEXT OPPORTUNITY”

All of this brings me today’s tip: “Never Stop Learning”

Use every opportunity to stretch yourself by searching for the lessons in your challenges.

Find Peace and Be Well!

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Tip #8 Live Your Life

Good Morning! It’s Day 8 of our #loveme2Peace Campaign and things are going great. Hopefully by now you’re getting an idea of how this movement works. We all have the ability to attract more peace into our lives, sometimes you just need to make a few adjustments. I’m big on self-reflection and making the necessary changes for myself and my surroundings. It’s called creating a Standard. Once you set the standard for what you want to manifest in your life and then get clear about it, everything else has no choice but to line up accordingly.

Let’s do a quick recap of the last 7 days before we jump into today’s tip:

  1. Start each day with gratitude
  2. Believe that You are Qualified
  3. Don’t be Afraid to Dream Big
  4. Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help
  5. Take Time to Relax
  6. Set Your Heart Toward Peace
  7. Share Your Story

Today’s tip: Live Your Life”

Are you living life or is life living you?

Are you stuck in a constant cycle that consists of words such as: do, go, get, achieve, buy and work, without any balance words such as: enjoy, relax, experience, and receive. If so you may be guilty of allowing life and all of the pressures associated with it, to get the best of you.

You start with good intentions of wanting to achieve more in life. Things like, going back to school, climbing the corporate ladder, moving into nicer neighborhood, all those things are great but while you’re striving, are you enjoying the process. Are you making time each day to enjoy the people and the things that make you happy? If not, you still have time. Schedule a few hours each day to focus on things that you enjoy.

Once you create a little balance in your life, Peace will follow!

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Tip #7 Share Your Story

Good Morning Peace Makers! It is day 7 of our #loveme2Peace Campaign and we’re just getting started. All month long I’m sharing tips and advice on how you can attract more peace into your life by practicing self-love and self-care.

March is International Women’s Month and we’re making history by challenging women all around the world to take care of themselves by setting their intentions toward peace. Some days may be more difficult than others to seek peace but I promise you that your efforts will be rewarded. Once you’ve mastered these techniques, you can mentor the next woman who may be struggling in this area of her life. I believe that we all hold the key or the solution to someone else’s challenge. We have to be willing to share our experiences with others to help them along their journey. I often tell my clients; your 2015 testimony is someone else’s 2016 goal. Speak up and share!

With that being said; today’s tip:   “Share Your Story”

There’s freedom, power and peace in sharing your experiences with others. As individuals we’re always either going into a challenge, in the midst of a challenge or coming out of one. No matter where we are in the process, our experiences can help others succeed.

I’ve been invited to be an Ambassador for the American Cancer Society. This title presents opportunities for me to share my story on a larger platform. Knowing that what I’ve experienced is going to benefit others and offer encouragement to someone else makes it all worth while.

How do I know this?

I know because God is not a waster. He is able to use anyone, under any circumstances, for his Glory!

Find Peace and Be Well!

Day 7 Share Your Story

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Tip #6 Set Your Heart Toward Peace

Good Morning Peace Seekers! Day 6 of our #loveme2peace campaign and I am so excited about the wonderful feedback that I’ve been receiving. Thank you all for reading the posts, being engaged and sharing the content with your family and friends. By the time we finish this campaign you will have a huge PEACEBOOK to refer to for proven strategies and techniques on attracting more peace into your life.

Today I want to focus on the following scripture: 1 Kings 8:18 “However, the Lord said to my father David, since you had your heart set on building a temple for my name, your intentions were good.”

Today’s tip: “Set your heart toward Peace.” In order to create peace your intentions have to be peaceful. In other words, your thoughts, deeds and actions have to be founded on things that are good and pleasing in God’s eyes. You can’t intentionally do wrong to others or have malicious thoughts and expect your life to be blessed. Life doesn’t work that way. Start each day of the week with positive affirmations and prayer and then make it a priority to seek peace in every encounter that you have.

Day 6 My Heart is set on Peace

Find Peace and Be Well.