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Tip #5 Take Time to Relax

Good Morning Peace Seekers! Happy Saturday to you all. What’s on your agenda for today? Do you have big plans for your weekend?

Saturday’s around my house are either really busy or extremely laid back and easy. Today I am hoping for a laid back, easy kind of day. I like to call these days “rejuvenation days.” We all need those days to relax and dump everything from our work week. If you’re fortunate enough to have your Saturday off, take time to relax, relate and release all your cares and concerns. Focus on peace and renewed strength. Saturday’s are also a great time to create your peace strategy for the next week. It’s simple to do, just find a few scriptures and quotes that speak directly to you and then write down one or two thoughts about what each one means to you. Your peace strategy is a great way to state your intentions for each day and an awesome way to love yourself to peace! However you decide to spend your day, be sure to honor yourself by doing things that bring you peace! My tip for today:

“Take Time To Relax.”

Relaxation plays a huge part in establishing peace in your life. I’m going to keep today’s post short so I can get back to my day of rejuvenation. I challenge you to do the same. #loveme2peace

Find Peace and Be Well.

Day 5 Take Time to Relax

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Tip #4 Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help

Good Morning Peace Seekers and Happy Friday!

We are rolling right along into Day 4 of our #loveme2Peace campaign. Thank you to everyone that has commented or liked the posts so far. I greatly appreciate your support of this blog. My goal is to provide you with relevant tips and advice to help you in your journey of self- love and self-care.

So yesterday I did something totally out of character for me.

I asked for help.

My schedule was packed, my mind was on overload and my body was exhausted. I picked up the phone, called a friend and I asked for help. This may sound simple to you but for me, this is HUGE!

Every morning I make a list, I check it twice and I keep checking it until everything has been completed. In my mind, lists help me stay focused and on task. My only problem is that I tend to overdo it. I don’t heed the warnings of mental exhaustion and broken concentration. I keep going. For me to phone a friend and ask for help was awesome and a bit liberating.

I’m learning that I don’t have to be all and do all to be successful. Life is not a race; it’s a journey that is meant to be enjoyed and shared with those who care about you. With that said, my tip for today is:

Tip #4 Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

There is peace, love and support in asking for help. When you allow others to support you in your journey, you’re not only helping yourself, you’re helping them as well. While you’re learning to give up control and collaborate, they are learning the power of being a friend and supporter. We learn to nurture one another by actually doing it!  As we enter into the weekend, find time to ask someone for help. Keep it simple, we don’t want to stress anyone out.

It’s astonishing how many people are willing to support you if they are given the opportunity.

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In this moment I would like to thank the following female small business owners for supporting SUGA Wellness Boutique. Tonya M. Cross of Accented Glory and The Vine Event Planning. Keisha Roberts of Keisha Roberts Ministries and Erica Allen of Executive Healthcare. These ladies are doing phenomenal things in their business and they’ve been a great support to me.

Your homework for this weekend is to ask for help.

Find Peace and Be Well!

 

 

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Tip #3 Don’t Be Afraid to Dream Big

Welcome to day three of our #loveme2Peace Campaign. I hope that you are finding these tips helpful and easy to incorporate into your daily thought process. I am a firm believer that having a focused and organized state of mind is the beginning of creating peace and being empowered. Finding peace is a process. You have to be focused and intentional, determined and motivated to make it happen. Even after you incorporate all of those things, you have to go a step further and trust God. Things will never appear to be perfect but if you trust the process, it will eventually work out for you. My tip for you today is:

                       “Don’t be afraid to dream big”

Before leaving Corporate America, I was often asked to create presentations and manuals because my peers loved how I incorporated color into a mundane, ho-hum training guide. They often praised my work and would ask, how do you bring such boring material to life? My reply, “I dream in color.”

I love to think big and creatively solve problems.

It’s much like this in our everyday dealings. Oftentimes we think extremely small and ask God to work a miracle on the simple things that we have the power and ability to do on our own. He’s already Qualified us to handle certain situations, and he wants us to depend on him for those supernatural blessings. I’ve come to realize that the bigger I dream, the bigger that God will show up in my life.

In Isaiah 55:8-9, the Lord declares, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Do yourself a huge favor and allow the thoughts and ways of God to work on your behalf. All it takes is the ability to dream bigger and the determinate to trust that God cannot fail.

Trust is a huge part of self-love and self-care. If we want to benefit from all the amazing things that God has in store for us, we gotta dream big!

My prayer for you Peace Seeker is that you gain the confidence to dream big!

I would love to get your feedback on the #loveme2Peace Campaign. Is this beneficial for you? Hit me up at sugawellnessboutique@gmail.com and let me know your thoughts.

Find Peace and Be Well.

Tip 3 Think Bigger

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Tip #2 Believe that you Are Qualified

Peace Seekers! I’m so excited about Day 2 of our #loveme2Peace campaign. Remember, I’ll be posting tips and advice all month long on how you can incorporate self-love and self-care into your daily routine, in an effort to love yourself to a peaceful state of mind. I am a witness that mental clarity and spiritual wellness are the keys to a successful and peaceful life. Yesterday, I took time out of my super busy schedule to have my first ever hot stone massage. Man oh man, was it a treat! I had a chance to dump all of my thoughts, cares and concerns and I actually felt stress and tension leaving my body. If you’ve never had one, you should definitely think about trying it out.

Hopefully you remembered to begin your day with a prayer of gratitude and seal it with a scripture or a meaningful quote. I love to thank God in advance for new opportunities and that is how I begin most of my days. I’m always amazed at how God chooses to use me. He often blesses me with opportunities that I feel inadequate about or unsure of. In times like this I have to remember that if God says I’m qualified, then I am Qualified. That leads me to today’s tip which is:

                                                     “Believe that you are qualified.”

If God didn’t think you could handle it, he wouldn’t have chosen you. The Lord has access to every person on this earth but there are unique situations that only you are qualified to handle. Yes you in all of your poor spirit, broken-heartedness and grief. Yes you, after divorce, heartbreak and sickness. You have been called and chosen for such a time as this.

So what time is it?

It’s time for you to trust and believe that your quirks have purpose, your feistiness has purpose, your over-analyzing has purpose…everything that makes you who you are has purpose. Once you finally understand your purpose, you can begin to love who God created you to be and experience peace.

In Matthew 5, God blessed the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers and the persecuted. My friend, you fall into at least one of those categories so you are blessed!

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Finding Peace in God’s Promises

James 1:12- Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

Nowadays there are numerous publications out there offering advice on how to live your best life. If you traveled to the bookstore lately or to your local library, you will find designated sections for “self-help” books. I have to admit that I am a book nerd. I love books, I love the feel of a hard-cover book and I get excited about flipping the pages and gaining access to new information. Although there’s a lot of good material out there, things can get a little confusing and overwhelming at times, especially for the Christian believer who is set on living a life that is pleasing to God.

Living your best Christian life is about believing and acting upon the promises that are taught in the Bible.

In the first chapter of the book of James, we’re giving a list of promises that should be used to guide us in our everyday living:

  1. The testing of your faith develops perseverance. Everyone experiences challenges at some point in time. I believe that difficulties come to equip us with the knowledge and necessity to help others. I’ve adopted the following motto for 2016: “Your 2015 testimony is someone else’s 2016 goal.”
  2. Perseverance must finish its work so that you will be mature, complete and lacking nothing. Have you ever heard the saying, “you don’t know what you don’t know?” If you’ve never had direct experience in a situation, you’re unfamiliar with the process and outcome. Test are giving to test your knowledge.
  3. God gives generously without finding fault. There’s no fault in God. Because of his love for you, God made sure to create a way of redemption for you. No matter what your past looks like, it doesn’t matter. Liberty has been giving to all those who believe in God and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
  4. A double-minded man will not receive anything from God. Its your choice, will you choose fear or faith? Decisiveness, clarity and focus on God’s truths are necessary for believing him. For every negative thought that you have, God has a promise and a truth to cancel it out.
  5. A man who preservers under trial is blessed. Trials help you gain humility.
  6. God cannot be tempted by evil. Everything in God is good.
  7. God does not tempt anyone.
My hope is that you find peace in God’s word and understand that His promises are the true and living word to help you along your journey. If you’re experiencing a challenge right now, give it to God. Allow him to work on your behalf. God is able to bless you beyond measure and provide clarity in your darkest times. The book of James is a life-changing, self-help book that provides strategies and real-life application for living a faith-filled life.
This is my prayer: No matter what test, trial, difficulty or crisis you may be experiencing, just know that God has promised to bless you in this time. As you go through situations, you are being blessed in the process. God is able to lift you, restore you and give you a bright future.
Find Peace and Be Well,
Suga

 

 

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Quality Time

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John 1:35 The next day John was there again with two disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

Having the ability to identify your blessings comes from spending time in the Presence of God, seeking his face and praying his word. Some of our most sacred revelations are revealed when we spend time seeking truth.

In John 1:32, John testified that he saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on Jesus. He was told that whomever the spirit rested upon was the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.

Without revelation, a willing heart and undeniable faith, John would have missed his moment. That one space in time where everything aligned in his favored would have been lost. He would have missed his chance to lead others to Christ. John would have totally blown his moment to shine.

Have you ever missed out on something really important? Something that you had been waiting on and hoping for?

Spending time with God allowing Him to speak life into you and renewing your faith is essential to healthy, on-purpose living.  Are you allowing His word to saturate your mind and spirit by giving you renewed strength and purpose or are you trying to make it through this week off of last weeks word?

One of the first steps in finding peace is to find God and finding God is all about studying His word.

If you are reading this right now and have any doubt about God’s plan for your life, rest assured that you were created with love, purpose and intention. God has commanded his love toward you. Everyday he wants to reassure you of his love by sharing his word (the Bible) with you.

 

Find Peace and Be Well!

 

 

 

 

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Chosen?

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Some of the greatest pain that we’ll ever have to deal will come from the hurt that is associated with a dysfunctional relationship. Heartbreak doesn’t play favorites and it can come from many different sources. Friends, Family, Co-workers or even people that we admire all leave us vulnerable to pain.

So what do you do when a seemingly ideal partnership begins to feel forced, stale and dishonoring to who you are. Do you stick with it? Do you try to resolve the issues head on or do you simply stay in the relationship because it is predictable?

I recently read an online article in Nia Magazine entitled; Choose Her Everyday or Leave Her Alone. The first line of this beautifully written piece provided the following insight, “I spent 5 years hurting a good woman by staying with her but never fully choosing her.

Take a moment to evaluate the relationships in your life. Are you being chosen on a daily basis. Are your thoughts, dreams and aspirations being respected? Does your partner value your quirks, strengths and imagination? Are you free to be yourself in your relationship or do you find yourself conforming to keep the peace.

Are you being chosen? How does love currently show up in your life?

As individuals we have the right of deciding how we are loved. We have choices.

Do you know your rights? Do you know there is a Personal Bill of Rights that outlines the basic principles for how we can expect to be treated by others? One of my favorite declarations in this document states, “I have the right to change my mind.”

If you find that there are “habitual line-steppers” in your life that are causing you grief, disrupting your peace or those who do not compliment the divine purpose that God has instilled in you, it is okay to change your mind.

As Valentine’s Day approaches give yourself the gift of choice. Be sure to celebrate who your are and make sure that others are celebrating you too!

After you’ve finished reading today’s blog, I invite you check out the podcast. Today I interview my friend and colleague Chantel. Listen in as Chantel tells us all about:

The Trouble With Being a People Pleaser

Find Peace and Be Well!

 

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Who’s in your Circle?

Proverbs 24:6 After all, with the right strategy you can wage war,
            and with many advisers there is victory.

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Surrounding yourself with good people is one of many ways to create peace in your life. When you choose like-minded friends and companions you’re empowering yourself with the gift of “More”! More creativity, more spirituality, more support, more love and more possibilities are just a few of the benefits. There is power in unity but you have to be connected with the right people. As the word says, with the right strategy you can wage war and with many advisers there is victory.

I’ve created a short list of tips that will help you to build a tribe filled with friends who are necessary for your journey through life:

  1. Connect with people who share similar interests as you. Try volunteering at a local non-profit or community event to find people who care about some of the same things that are important to you.
  2. Join a group or organization such as a local book club or bible study group. Conversations about spirituality are a great way to connect with like-minded people.
  3. Get out of the house more! Make it your business to join a gym, take a class or attend local social events to connect with others.

Let’s face it, life is not meant to be lived alone! There is success, peace and power in numbers!

The picture above was taking at the Carolinas Breast House in Charlotte, NC back in December of 2015. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I knew that I had to connect with people who understood how I felt and those who were just as determined to live and beat the disease as I was. Pictured are just a few of the people that I have had the privilege of connecting with along my journey.

There is strength in numbers.

After you’ve finished reading the blog post, check out today’s podcast. I interview  a dear friend of mine, Rashida Gittens. Rashida is a domestic abuse survivor and she credits her faith and her support system for helping her to find and realize her self-worth.

I invite you to take a listen as two friends hold a candid conversation about the power of being connected to the right people.

Find Peace and Be Well!

Melissa

 

 

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Recognize

Inspired by Genesis 29:17

Hello Peacemakers! Happy Thursday to you. I hope all is well and things are going great for you this week.

If you recall, I published my first book in November of 2015 entitled, From God, With Love.

This book is a culmination of challenges that I’ve experienced and overcome. I share it with the world as a tool for healing and deliverance. The book is doing well, sells have exceeded anything that I could have hoped for so I want to say thank you to everyone who has made the purchase. To those of you who have not, I invite you to head on over to Amazon.com and download this awesome tool. It’s a quick and relevant read. Right now it is only available as an e-book but be on the look out for the upcoming audio book with the companion study guide.

Today I’m going to share one of my featured poems from my book. The poem is entitled Recognize:

Do you not know? Have you not heard?

God is the final word.

His lasting decree spoken over me

A young woman of radiance, love and beauty.

Established by the power released from His right hand

Unlocked potential to achieve more than most can

For my reach is far greater than many have seen

I’m secure in myself with high self-esteem

My worth is far greater than rubies and gems

I’m talented and confident, I’m liberated from within

Community is important, I encourage those in need

To live a better life and my advice I pray they heed

Live up to your potential and never settle for less than best

Show up for every challenge and deliver nothing less

Offer all you have to give and your dreams will be fulfilled

Build your life on God’s foundation and your future will be sealed

Accept the blessing of His promise and make an oath to live His way

Grasp the beauty in each moment and always seize the day!

Peace and Wellness,

SuGa

 

 

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Small Business Saturday

Good Morning Peace Seekers!!

Don’t forget to pick up my eBook entitled From God, With Love available for pre-order on Amazon.com today for only $7.99. From God With Love Image

This book is a unique collection of short stories, prayers and affirmations that I created while dealing with challenging situations throughout my life. I tackle issues of grief, depression, low self-esteem and I show you how to overcome those issues in your life and more! The official release date is December 1, 2015 and I would love to have your support!

And By The Way, my signature webinar, “Creating Your Personal Peace Treaty” is available today only for $49.99! If you’re ready to: live your life with authentic purpose, create your personal brand, discover your hidden talents and live, work and communicate with peaceful intentions, this is the webinar for you!

To Find out More about SUGA Wellness Boutique by joining me for my upcoming Goal Setting and Vision Illumination Workshop happening on January 9, 2016; Charlotte, NC Metro area only

Connect With Me on January 16, 2016 for Sister Empowerment Circle; Charlotte, NC Metro area only. Email me for details!

Peace and Wellness!

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