Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall;
don’t be happy when they stumble.
For the Lord will be displeased with you
and will turn his anger away from them.
We all have haters. People who have offended us in different ways. When you’ve been hurt or offended, it’s hard to show a level of compassion towards that person. It seems unnatural and in essence, it is. It takes a great level of inner strength, humility, and faith to go against your instinct to be resentful or revengeful. However, sometimes it’s important to step outside of ourselves to see the situation in a different perspective or light to come to a more peaceful conclusion.
Previously, I spoke about the perception of men having a lot of options pertaining to their choice of women. You can read my slight rant here. The bottom line, I don’t think men have a lot of options if they’re looking for valuable women. Not just any valuable woman. A woman that will add personal value to them. Here are a few guidelines for valuable women to follow.
So Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and people are thinking about relationships. Whether they are in one and want to stay, or they want to go or they just want to be in one, relationships are on people’s minds. It’s been on my mind too. Just in a different way. I’m going to rant just a bit. I apologize in advance.
Okay, beautiful people. It’s resolution time. I’ve done these in the past here and here. But can I be honest? Last year I was all about the planners and I got the Powersheets one. However, I didn’t even open it. I know. I felt overwhelmed by the process and intense planning. I made resolutions, but I just wrote it out on regular paper with the lines. This doesn’t mean that the Powersheets or any other planner isn’t beneficial. It just wasn’t the best for me. I wanted something simple and less intimidating.
While perusing Instagram, I saw some posts asking people what word described their 2016. Many of the words were negative, because it’s been a difficult year in many ways. I do think some good happened. But we usually focus on the negatives more than the positives, which tends to overshadow the good even if more good happened. So instead of waiting for the end of 2017 to describe how it went, I want to be intentional and describe how I want 2017 to be. That way I can intentionally work on 2017 being the outcome I want it to be.
So, what is one word (or words) that describe how you envision 2017?
I used to be a heavy complainer. A day couldn’t go by without me complaining about one thing or another.
“My office is too cold.”
“Why did my supervisor want me to do it this way, why couldn’t I just do it that way?”
“Why is this grocery store line so long?”
I’m blessed. I’m surrounded by friends who are both beautiful on the inside and the outside. My friends have melanin in different shades and they appear to be always on top of their beauty and style game. Me on the other hand, some days I feel like I’m putting my best foot forward, my coils are poppin’, my OOTD is in the running for the “Best Look of The Week” credits and my best feature, my smile, is constantly on display. Then there are other days when I feel inferior to my friends. It’s as if, they are experiencing majestic hair & style moments and I’m just their frumpy sidekick.
My personal style is a bit different than most of them. I have coined my style as organically polished. I’d rather spend more time maintaining the quality of my natural beauty than to overly enhance it with too many products that seem to mask who I am. However, this organic rebellion, sometimes, makes me feel under-dressed, underdone and underrepresented. I begin to feel a bit insecure until I realize that everyone has their own unique beauty to offer the world. I try to focus on who I am and not compare, while incorporating beauty practices that help me stay confident in my own skin.
For some, school has started. Okay, for most. But if you’re like me you’re probably still looking for the perfect school essentials to set your semester off right. Here are a few pretty bags to contain those pretty pens and folders for every degree. Now, go ace those exams.
Diploma (left to right): 1 // 2 // 3
Bachelors (left to right): 1 // 2 // 3
Masters (left to right): 1 // 2 // 3