“6 Ways To Find Happiness Through Simplicity”

I have been living a more simpler life, and It’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made…

 

       What does a simplified life look like? There’s no one answer. There are many ways, but to most a simpler life probably means fewer possessions, or fewer commitments. While some might go to the extremes of living peacefully on a tropical island, others find simplicity in a small city, driving a small car, living in a small home.

     The key is to find what matters most to you, and to eliminate as much of the rest as possible.

 

I must admit; I’m into jewelry, luxury cars, nice clothes, and nice places, but (more…)

“Tee’s Before Sunrise Meditation”

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Quiet time is often taken for granted. It was given to you to reflect on your life, and see what’s the next best move. The goal of meditation is to focus and quiet your mind, eventually reaching a higher level of awareness and inner calmness. Most people don’t understand true meditation. They think it’s some superficial practice that’s ineffective.

 

“Everyone meditates, but when you focus on it in silence, it’s loud and clear, instead of a whisper.”

 

I’m not saying meditation can solve all of your problems, but it can provide the answer. And those answers can motivate you to improve your life. Meditation heightens your awareness so that, for example, if you are in a crummy job or a lousy relationship, you may become so intensely aware of how bad you feel in the situation that you want to change it.

It may come as a surprise to learn that you can meditate anywhere and at any time. I believe in meditation happening naturally; not forced meditation. You don’t have to put your hands together or sit in a child like pose to meditate.

I Never Tried to Meditate, It Came Naturally…..

One night, I set my alarm for 5am because I was leaving for New York the next morning. (more…)

“My Problem With Arbonne”

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    Connecting with Arbonne this year, has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Why? Because I’ve had the chance to meet some marvelous women, and It has helped me gain an interest in creating my own detox and beauty products. To be honest, I feel as though, that was the only reason why I had a close connection to the company because the business side of it didn’t sit too well with me.

I understand no network marketing company is perfect. You have to weigh your Pros and Cons when joining any company. From January to March 2014, I did my full research on Arbonne, received my student refund at the time, and was ready to hit that join button, but it was always something holding me back. Since connecting with Arbonne, I’ve had some major problems. I am so glad I had this realization before investing my money.

 

Problem #1- They lead the business with recruiting

Spring, my potential sponsor, did a three way call with me and one of the VP’s of Arbonne. They were teaching me how to become successful with Arbonne, but I disagreed with a lot of their suggestions.

 

They basically advised me to be an Arbonne mascot. Wear Arbonne, talk about Arbonne. They even advised me to get rid of all the products in my home, and replace it with Arbonne. On top of that, they wanted me to follow their system.

 

[VP of Arbonne] In order to be successful with Arbonne, we lead the business with recruiting. The products will always sell themselves.

 

[Me] That may be true, but my goal is to lead with the products, and if the customers love the products and become regular customers, then they can decide to join as a distributor. (more…)

Why Comparing Is Not Always A Bad Thing.

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Yesterday, my grandmother and I got into a big debate about comparing yourself to others. I honestly told her, “Yes, I compare!” and she looked at me with this crazy look and said, “I don’t compare myself to others! I’m in comparison with myself.”  I responded, “You don’t compare yourself to others? Of course you do. We all do. It’s part of human nature. We are called “the comparing creatures.” And even though you can’t admit to doing it, you still do it, without even being aware.

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“A Grandmother’s Christmas Letter”

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My mom, my sis, and I were conversing the other day, and great memories were brought up. My sister asked, “Did Grandma ever buy us presents growing up?” and my mom responded, “Yes, at one point and time she did, but eventually she told the family she doesn’t celebrate christmas anymore.”

She went on to say, “I simply believe she couldn’t afford to buy the family Christmas presents anymore. That’s why she made such a statement.”

I said, “I remember her buying us gifts, but that first year she stopped, she wrote all of the grandkids a heartfelt christmas letter.”

My sister said, “Huh? I don’t remember that all!”

I said, “I remember. I was eleven years old at the time, and you were only two, so of course you wouldn’t remember. Do you remember mom?”

“No.” She responded.


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“Someone Stole My Car!”

Friday night, I received a phone call from my mom saying my grandmother wandered off. My uncle told the family he went to the bathroom, and when he came out, she was gone. At that point and time, my heart sank into my stomach. So many things started to go through my mind. Where could she be? Did she walk towards the woods? Did a stranger pick her up?  It was cold, and it was raining that night, so I wondered, does she have a coat on? Or shoes for that matter?

 

I was terrified, I was sad, and I was worried.

 

I was driving in the car with my other grandma at the time, and I tried to hold in my tears after hearing the bad news, but I couldn’t. Tears began to roll down my eyes. My grandmother asked, “What’s wrong with you?” and I sadly responded, “My grandmother wandered off, and they can’t find her. She’s been missing for three hours already.”

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“I Wanna Be Like You When I Grow UP!”

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At times, I feel like I haven’t achieved great things in my life yet, but I have to realize, that’s not necessarily true. I brought a young boy and his siblings into my life and help raise, as if they were my own. I fought for 12 months to get my grandmother diagnosed and provided two places for her to live without a dime in my pocket. I’ve inspired individuals to become better…..

 

       I will never forget this one conversation I had with one of the guys in the neighborhood. He was the type to get in trouble a lot. He suffered from lead poisoning, so he had a very violent temper. His condition caused him to be hyper all of the time. Often times, he was loud. Everyone in the neighborhood knew when Q-Black was outside because he was that loud. He drank like a fish, and fought every guy in the neighborhood at least once. He was basically a dead man walking. He was 21 at this particular time, and I knew him since he were a young boy, so when he walked up to me and said. “I wanna be like you when I grow up.” I was shocked. I said, “What do you mean?” He said, “You know, just being positive. Look at the way you dress. I’m trying to get fresh! When I’m around you, I feel this sense of confidence. For me to do better.” I said, “Well, if you put that effort into being a better individual everyday, then you can be better everyday. Without me even being around.”

“But How?’ He asked.

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