June 7, 2023
Everyday, I anticipate a moment of joy. This may look like, having a conversation with a loved-one. Devouring a favorite piece of dessert (my mama's yummy pound-cake) or enjoying a moment outdoors as you see me doing in the photo above. No matter what it is, I look forward to that feeling of euphoria, joy, delight. I want to encourage you to
"Make a conscious decision to choose joy. Engage with people and experiences that increases your joy tank"
Summer is upon us. Have you made any special plans? Moments of joy are available for you to have if you desire them. You can start small, and gradually work your way up the joy ladder. Keep in mind, your joy may look different from the Girls In your World and that's totally ok. Own your moments of joy, you style, your way.
As a woman of faith, outside from my loved-ones and friends who bring me joy, daily I look to God to be my 1st source. Through prayer and my morning routines, when needed, I can always refer to Psalms 16:11 (CSB translation) as a joy reminder where it reads "You reveal the path of life to me; in your presence is abundant joy; at your right hand are eternal pleasures. What a wonderful feeling it is to know that God offers an abundance of joy if we choose to seek HIM.
Summer Joy Tank List
Consider making a joy tank list to get you going this summer
Hang your list up in your home where you can see it as your daily reminder to "choose joy"
Enjoy & Have joyful Summer!
Finding Peace, In Transition...
By LaKisha Sanders
August 15, 2023
I believe every single one of us, whether we are black, white, male, female….. whether we are business owners, working for a Fortune 500 organization, or assisting in a community project have had to deal with some form of transition.
Why? Because in life, nothing stays the same forever.
Every few months we transition to a different season. We go from summer, to fall, to winter, to spring, and even when we get back to summer---it will be much different from the past one.
Transition is bound to happen, yet how you deal with it is totally up to you.
Lets define transition: Miriam Webster defines it as- The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
It’s a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another.
In other words, I am accustomed to functioning in my life this way (now something has taken place whether it was good, bad, exciting, traumatic, or otherwise) and because of that experience, a shift has taken place; and now I have to function
in a completely different way.
Let me be the first to admit, I have never liked change. I like having a plan and a routine. A routine for me is comfortable. I liked being able to work from home once a week, and being alone in the house and no matter what space
I chose to work in, it was my space.
It was uncomfortable when I woke up one day and due to our nation’s circumstances, everyone was at home and everybody needed a space to work and study. I realized after so many weeks that I needed to readjust and establish a new routine.
Why don’t we like transition?
1) It can be terrifying! Change or transition can be the scariest thought especially when
you’re caught off guard and not prepared.
I can recall when my mom passed away and I had to transition my life from having access to her for 37 years and be able to be in her presence whenever I needed or wanted her to not having access to her at all ever again! Talk about scary! And the devastating part of it all was that her death was unexpected and I was totally unprepared!
2) Transition causes a different type of commitment
When your life has a routine, you are committed to that routine no matter how crazy or unbalanced it may be! Being in transition may cause you to have to change that commitment.
No matter what your transition looks like you have to find peace in that transition! You have to make the choice to be ok with the level of change you are going through. The normality of transition tells us that we have to go through this and it’s going to cause stress and we have to be frustrated and disappointed, but that is so far from the truth.
Even in an uncomfortable state transition can be beautiful!
You have to choose peace and not allow transition to take you off your square. In light of what’s going on in our world, transition is not something you can get around. EVERYTHING IS IN TRANSITION…… work, school, church, family, the way we eat, the way we shop, and even how we communicate.
Don’t choose to sit in chaos when peace is available. When you choose peace it allows you to embrace
the challenges and learn new lessons.
There is a new lesson that comes with every moment of peace I choose to face. Choosing peace helped me to
grow in my faith, in my character, and in my skill.
6 years ago you could have never told me that I would be talking to you about finding peace in transition and how to embrace it!
My life was not set up to embrace peace, but the more I discovered my peace and how it affected my life’s change for the better, the more I was able to build in what peace looked like for me.
I had to make up my mind that my peace/ my sereniti would not be disturbed, it would not be interrupted.
Would it be challenged? YES! But as long as my decision is to choose peace, I cannot go wrong.
I have to daily make a choice not to forfeit my peace due to something that can be rectified by understanding the lesson.
So how do I find my peace in transition….
I MAKE A CHOICE
I MAKE UP MY MIND
AND I BUILD off that transition
Be secure even in transition. You are needed in transition!
There’s a perspective or function that you bring to the table
that’s needed in the transition.