motivation

LENT 2017:Spiritual Recharge

Today is the first day of the Lent season! I have really been looking forward to it this year. As some of you may know, I was baptized in November. It was one of the most amazing experiences and decisions I have ever made! I am so happy I made it official to become a follower of Christ. I was actually baptized as a baby when I “was” Catholic, but that is another story for later ;-).

Lent is a time when I RECHARGE and refocus on my relationship with God, myself and others. It is a time when I figure out what I not only want to give up during Lent and after, but also, what I want to gain. Since being baptized, there have been some interesting experiences happening. God didn’t say once you are baptized your life will be perfect. It is the total opposite. But that is where the faith you may not have had before really starts to kick in. You have faith in God’s plan for your life and not so much of your own. HA! God’s plan will leave our plans in the dust, if only we really TRUST him.  It is hard and no walk in the park. Take a moment to think about when things really got tough, and now, look at where you are. See, God’s got you.

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Bible Study/Prayer Binder

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I am so thrilled that I have finally finished making and setting up my binder I will be using for Bible Study and writing down Prayers. I have been on a spiritual journey for almost two years now  and just wanted to make something that I could write down scriptures, my conversations with GOD and prayers for loved ones and the world. And of course I had to make it nice and cute 🙂 By being able to write down what I am reading in the bible or inspiration I see, I am able to reflect back and refer to things and apply it to my life. I have divided my binder into 5 sections: S.O.A.P, Journal, Prayers, “BLESSON”, and Favorite Verses. Come, take a look inside!

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The Heart of Appreciation, LLC

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I had the chance to interview an inspiring Entrepreneur who is also one of my best friends. She established The Heart of Appreciation, LLC which is an organization with a goal “to help people of all ages and genders have a consistent healthy lifestyle mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.” Antoinette “Toni” Jackson is a woman of many hats. She is a life coach, educator, fitness instructor, wardrobe consultant and a woman of GOD. Her faith illuminates and is the core of her drive and The Heart of Appreciation. Toni delivers to her clients and audiences daily devotionals and empowering videos that remind you of how important, loved and special YOU are no matter what others may think of you. The Heart of Appreciate, LLC is an organization that gives back to help enrich the community and help individuals to truly love themselves.

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Organizing Projects Just Got Easier!

A friend of mine suggested that I take a look at a YouTube video by OrganizedJen, a professional organizer who shared this idea on her channel. And boy am I happy I watched it!

I have A LOT of things on my plate right now and projects I am currently working on and new projects coming up. I also have a million gazillion notebooks and journals all over the place and post it notes hoarding in all of my purses. My ideas are basically ALL OVER THE PLACE. It’s hard to keep track of them when they are all scattered about. So, I decided to make myself a “Project Management” notebook like OrganizedJen uses everyday.

The Project Management Notebook can be used by anyone in any professional or lifestyle. You can be a entrepreneur, student, housewife, blogger, designer, artist, whoever. This organizing tool is helpful and the best part is your can make it so that it is functional just for you!

My Project Management Notebook is designed to help me organize personal and professional projects for myself and TheStylishDork.com. 

Now, I will explain the process of making the notebook and its functionality. Take a look!

 

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Here is what you will need:

Moleskin Notebook-Volant (They come in a pack of 2)

Ruler

Tabs

Pens

Stickers or any type of decorations you want to use to personalize your notebook.

 

Before I decorated the cover of my notebook. I created small tabs for the categories I wanted to divide my notebook in. I suggest for you to buy actual tabs and place them in your notebook. I had to do some extra cutting and sticking with my SMASH tabs. (Long Story LOL)

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Once I affixed the tabs in their designated spaces, I went ahead and labelled each tab with a category.  The Main Categories are at the top: Goals (6months), Project MGMT and TheStylishDork Blog.

photo 4 (1)The tabs on the sides are Sub-categories for TheStylishDork Blog. Each section will be where I write down my ideas and projects for each category. It’s easy to just flip to each tab to see what I want to do next  or jot down an idea.

photo 2 (1)I used a ruler to make my lines nice and straight inside the notebook. (Want it to be nice and neat 😉

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photo 3 (1)Instead of making my notebook yearly, I decided to do it for 6months. As you can see the Goals section will consist of PROFESSIONAL and PERSONAL goals. I also have them color coded so that I can visually differentiate the two. On the side I have a section to place a CHECK MARK to keep track of my progress 🙂

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Under the Project Management tab, my projects will be organized monthly. So every month I will jot down ideas, plans and projects. The entire notebook is organized this way. Even the sub categories on the sides.

On the inside pocket of my notebook I added two cute little envelopes (Micheal’s Craft Store) to house extra tabs and to put my random folded up post it notes in.  I used double-sided tape to keep them neatly in place.

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Then I went to town and decorated my new

PROJECT MANAGEMENT NOTEBOOK!

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I made this notebook last month (September was so busy for me I didn’t even have time to write in the notebook 😦 But, this is a new month and I will be putting this baby to use. I’m excited!

If you decide to try this out, let me know what you think and useful it has been for you in organizing your projects.

ENJOY!

Be the Type of Person you want to Meet

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You know the old saying “treat others how you would like to be treated”. Of course you do. Do we all do that? Of course we don’t. When people in our lives or even strangers treat us poorly, it’s hard to be friendly and caring in return. If you find yourself in a situation where someone is not treating you with love and respect and you have done nothing wrong, please understand that what they are doing to you has nothing to do with YOU. Don’t let cruelty from others turn you into something you’re not. Don’t be spiteful or seek revenge. Instead, BE THE TYPE OF PERSON YOU WANT TO MEET. Be caring, encouraging and a joy to be around. Yes we all get mad but don’t let adversity consume you.

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“Dreams Don’t Come With Expiration Dates” -Martha Bolton

To start off 2013, I decided to make a vision board! I wanted to create a visual display of my future goals and dreams. So, I pulled out some colored paper, magazines, scissors and glue and created my VISUAL PATH.

A VISION BOARD is a visual collage of where you see yourself in the future. It can be dedicated to a specific timeframe (5 year goals etc) or it can display what you want out of life. It is YOUR board and there is no wrong or right way to do it. So, you can be as creative (and messy) as you want!

I really enjoyed creating my vision board. There is so much I want out of life and I also realized how much I have achieve thus far. I have it out in the open and seeing it everyday really helps to keep me motivated.

Without further a do, I present to you, MY VISION BOARD.

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Make sure you have plenty of magazines!

Cut whatever you want out of them to add them to your board

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Have some markers on hand. I also bought some glittered scrapbook paper from the craft store just to

add a little sparkle to my board. This is YOUR board, so be as CREATIVE as YOU want!

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I used my scrapbook stamps to do shape cut-outs with the colored paper.

The possibilities are ENDLESS!

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Once I cut pictures of out the magazines, I went around the edges with my CrAzY scissors. Just to add a

little fun to the clippings.

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Of course things got STICKY! (hehe)

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I used the shape cut-outs as confetti and glued them randomly on my board.

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Before you glue your VISION board pictures, organize them on your board. Once you’ve decided on the final layout,

go ahead and glue it down.

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And Voila’! VISION BOARD COMPLETE!

Stay Motivated and Keep Pushing! NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!

Whenever you feel discouraged, just look at YOUR board for a few minutes and tell yourself,

“I CAN AND WILL ACHIEVE ALL OF THIS!”

Love

Where You’re From, Where You’re Going

XoxoI saw a little boy in the window playing a game of Tic-Tac-Toe by himself. I thought it was too cute. Seeing this also made me think back to when I was a child. As children, we find the simplest things for entertainment. There isn’t a care in the world sometimes. I thought about when I was a child and how my childhood shaped me into the woman I am today.

Sometimes you have to sit back and reflect on things in your life. Take a look at your past and understand how it has helped you to grow into the person you are TODAY. Life is all about GROWTH and Learning from Experience.

I have always said that Life is a Test, but there are No Study Guides.

Walk your OWN path and determine what it is that YOU want to do.

Do what makes YOU Happy!

And Always, and I mean ALWAYS take the time to sit back and think about every step you have taken to get you where you are today.

Appreciate the Struggle Now,

To Celebrate a Victory Later!

-LMF