From a 3X shirt that fit me like a glove, to basically a dress falling off of me.....THIS
This matters because THIS is progress.
I've been the girl who thought if I wasn't perfect then my day was ruined. I've been the girl obsessed over the scale. I've been the girl who wishes the weight would come off quicker. I've been the girl who beats herself up when she fails and spirals back into bad habits. I've been the girl who goes into a binge episode because I lose hope. I've been the girl who thinks maybe drastic diets and quick-fixes would just be easier.
What I learned from that girl is that all her negative ish she was holding onto to....it was just holding her back.
So I showed her grace. I showed her forgiveness. I showed her love. Because she's a part of my story. But in order to move forward, I had to let her go. I had to realize what REALLY matters.
The days I would rather watch TV but workout instead.....that matters.
The days I want to drown my sorrows in a pint of Ben & Jerry's but choose something healthy....that matters.
The days I want to give up and go back to my old habits because they're easier but I push through and keep going....THAT matters.
Love yourself. Give yourself grace. Be easy on yourself when you mess up. And if you have a long way to go like myself, be especially nice to yourself and trust the process. But don't give up. Keep going. Keep fighting. Keep doing what MATTERS.
Because progress, whether it's big or small, is still progress girl 💗
I talk to a lot of women every single day who were JUST like me. Scared to fail. Already HAD failed before. Were frustrated. Had tried all the trendy fad diets but kept gaining the weight back. Sometimes more 😳 We're so stressed and fed up with food that they didn't even care anymore. Or who wanted fast results and was willing to give pretty much EVERYTHING a chance for it. Everything -- except TIME. Yep, that was me 🙋🏻 But I realized for this to work for me, I had to do something different. I had to make a LIFESTYLE change. Like, fa liiiiife. But doing that brought up a lot of bumps, obstacles, emotions, FAILURES, bad habits, and all kinds of other road blocks. Things that could have made it soooo easy to give up. But I had something different this time -- I had the right tools to help me jump back on track, and I had a whole tribe of supportive people cheering me on 24/7 🙌🏼 I look at these pictures and I think about where I am right now...... TODAY...... Am I the girl on the RIGHT? The one from months ago who was on FIRE just 60 days into a test group? Nope. I've let my discipline slip some this year and have had some setbacks. BUT..... Am I the girl in the LEFT? The one who was frustrated and just starting out on this new journey? HELL to the NO!! I'm human. I'm nowhere near perfect. I've failed a ton on this journey. And most days I'm on it. But some days.....the old me shows up tells me, "It's not worth it"..... "I'm not good enough"..... "I'll never get there"..... "I cant do this"..... OR ..... (the worst one)..... "Imagine where you would be now if you didn't fail so much." But I've learned NONE of those things define me. They have only made me stronger. So I won't let those lies, failures, setbacks, or the time it takes to reach my goals stop me. And I'm DETERMINED to not let those same things stop YOU girl. I want you to join me 👭 My next health & fitness challenge starts soon and I want to get to know you, cheer you on, and give you the tools and motivation and support you need to reach your goals. Comment below or shoot me a message! Only here to help 😘
What scares you? When I was a little girl I was naturally shy. I realized that if I didn’t push through my shyness (fear) I was going to miss out!! ✨So...I decided to go for it! I remember being 8 years old and making a conscious decision to embrace every single opportunity that came my way to conquer my shyness! ✨I ran for student counsel (again and again) and gave speeches in front of the whole school. I said yes to singing solos and perusing dramatic roles...✨I said yes to everything that actually terrified me because each time I walked through the fear and arrived at the other side not only was I no longer afraid but I literally became the person I wanted to be! ✨I was free...and I was using God’s gifts, fulfilling His plan for my life.
✨What are you afraid of? What’s holding you back? What stands in the way of you fulfilling your God-given purpose? You have nothing to lose but fear itself (one of my favorite Oingo Boingo songs from the 80’s😆👍) .
I pray you face your fears head on...if you do you will find yourself living the life of your dreams! (And maybe doing cartwheels on the lawn! Why not?🤸🏻♀️🤸🏻♀️🤸🏻♀️🤸🏻♀️ 😉👍)
🌿I’m finally sharing this new wall in my living room. These incredible hoop wreaths are all made by my talented (and darling, sweet, beautiful...) friend Emily @ohsofrancie 💕 You can buy her well-priced hoops in our shop on our blog. In our shop just click on one and you’ll be taken to about 25 beautiful options (good luck choosing!) you can create something like this...I mixed in some empty ones from Michael’s. Or you can use just one to decorate like I did above my stove in my kitchen (see a couple posts back). Stay tuned for an upcoming craft blog post all about these beauties, how to make them and how to decorate with them! .
Sorry for the long-winded post!! If you are still with me God bless you 😉🙋🏼🙏😘 with love and gratitude, Julie #thedesigntwins#myfavpicfall#fear#bebrave#nofear#farmhouse#inspiration#liveyourdreams#God#Godsplan#Godspurpose#homedecorblogger#inspirationalblogger#decor#homedecor#craft#craftproject#hoopwreath#handmade#shopsmall#decorating#walldecor#farmhousestyle#cottagesandbungalows
🏆👣🌎 "You know, often times I think about like my legacy, and like the mark that I wanna leave ❗️Not only on the industry, but the effect that I wanna' leave on people ❗️Being a whole human being ❗️Going through my obstacles, going through the things that I'm going through ❗️And, not to only broadcast these things, but for it to inspire change" - @acehood #RealBrothers#GodsPurpose#Broward
@Regranned from @iambaebybaste - “One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” So proud of you nak, naa ko sa CR during your interview about your wish to Santa Claus. Na remember pajud diay nimo ang atong gi pray about sa movie na sana daghan magwatch prior pa sa inyong Grand Presscon. Wala ko nag expect sa imung answer nak, sobra nako ka proud and happy. Abi nako airplane imung i-ask kay Santa Claus, pero nag ask ka ug toys for others.❤️ I pray nga mag continue ra imung pagka kind-hearted person hanggang mag big naka. Always share your blessings, even pinaka small thing na kaya nimo i-abot, it really means a lot to somebody. #thankYouLord#thankyouBaste#Godblessyou#proudmama#makacryko#goodmorningdabarkads#Godspurpose#sharingiscaring - #regrann
“One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” So proud of you nak, naa ko sa CR during your interview about your wish to Santa Claus. Na remember pajud diay nimo ang atong gi pray about sa movie na sana daghan magwatch prior pa sa inyong Grand Presscon. Wala ko nag expect sa imung answer nak, sobra nako ka proud and happy. Abi nako airplane imung i-ask kay Santa Claus, pero nag ask ka ug toys for others.❤️ I pray nga mag continue ra imung pagka kind-hearted person hanggang mag big naka. Always share your blessings, even pinaka small thing na kaya nimo i-abot, it really means a lot to somebody. #thankYouLord#thankyouBaste#Godblessyou#proudmama#makacryko#goodmorningdabarkads#Godspurpose#sharingiscaring
“Often God positions you according to a higher priority than your preference. And it’s called His purpose.” @stevenfurtick
Sometimes where God positions us or who He positions us with is not to our liking. But I’m sure Jesus didn’t like it on the cross but the higher priority was salvation for us. What are WE enduring for God’s purpose? Ask God what His purpose is instead of griping and complaining about the position you’re in. #higherpriority#GodsPurpose#stevenfurtick#dontwasteyourangel
I'm a writer of science fiction... and for years from my teenage years to my present adult years, it's been something that I wanted to write about. Originally, it all started back in the 1990s, and I'm still writing to this day. Currently inactive, but I'm still working on my sci-fi book series materials on the sidelines and vice versa. To be announced, status unknown. And it's good, newer and better stories thats better than my older stories that wouldn't make it. If you don't believe me what I'm saying about my better sci-fi stories, I'm not going to say nothing more about it, just wait and see, and that's all I have to say. I'm a creative genius who will always work on one thing, and have something better on the drawing board. As a fan of science fiction, I like reading, writing and watching science fiction. That could be God's calling for my life for me to be an award winning/best selling sci-fi writer and write science fiction stories that'll make it successfully; whereas I might end up inspiring, encouraging and motivating the next generation of black sci-fi writers and various writers of different racial backgrounds. Who knows, because you never know! I'm inspired by science fiction in many ways, and I love science fiction in general! No matter how bad it is or how bad it gets, I'm going to make it! And that's that. #sciencefiction#neversaynever#motivation#nevergiveup#writer#scifi#godsplan#godscalling#godspurpose#godscalling#motivation#blackscifi#blackwriter#inspiration
Eph. 3:10-11 In order that now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenlies the multifarious wisdom of God might be made known through the church, according to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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This is what you call recycling and regrowing vegetables. Why not try it? You have nothing to lose but all to gain. I repotted my butter lettuce roots, bok choy (which is growing so nice), carrot tops, and beets. Both my son and I planted them and they are growing well. As you can see Titan loves the butter lettuce and I don’t mind that he eats. It is organic and no pesticides are added in the soil. #beets#bokchoy#carrots#butterlettuce#organic#recycle#recyclingvegetables#babytitan#godspurpose
Love is not a combination of letters, but it supposed to be pure and with power which means that it is confirmed by actions. Giving is a gift of the Holy Spirit. "He that giveth, let him do it with simplicity" (Romans 12:8) AND it should never be done out of pressure or grudgingly. Some give to famous ministries, singers, authors and so on. Some give, because of the appearance or their's own echo. And some don't give, because they simply don't want to or they do not have. And some operates in a powerful forces like jelousy or envy.
Our giving must be motivated by love. Whether we are giving to God or giving to someone in need. And how do we know if someone is in need? By paying attention to someone's needs. In other words open your eyes and ears. And giving is not always money. One of the greatest thing you can give to people is praying on their behalf. But, if someone is tempted to keep his trials and tribulations to himself, how can you use the privilege of praying specifically for someone?
We are the temple of God, we need one another. The Scriptures does not support the concept we must walk this life alone. If everyone is doing his part what an impact it would have on generations.
God has given me songs to publish the gospel through my voice. It's nothing of my own, but Pure Grace! For my next album "Public Inspiration" you can be a part in a proufounding way. See link in bio. All givers with a heart of love, can allow God to furnish the returns when they have given from a desire to further His work. So all cheerful givers; prayer warriors, intercessors, bridge builders, and the creative one's can be involved.
Let's bring hope, encouragement, and restoration and reach hearts and new souls for Christ by songs inspired by the Holy Spirit. You can pray, share or donate. You can also do a pre-order investment of 25 euros and you will get the album and the digital download before the album is released. Exercise your gift of giving!
When you are in need of strength, and you feel like giving up. Don’t surrender to defeat, fight and seek understanding. Wake up dig deep down and find your why. Because someone needs you today. This is my why!! What yours? #MYWHY#GODSPURPOSE
Since my teenage years, I love reading and occasionally collecting comic books, which all started when I was a kid from the X-Men comic books that I read in the early 1990s. Deep down inside, some people and even myself probably knew someday the world will see my amazing talents when I'm writing and creating my own comic book stories and comic book characters. I never knew it would all originally start by watching Saturday morning cartoons on Fox Kids back in the 1990s. To this day for some reason, it never left me when I thought it did as I grew and matured over the years. If it wasn't for my dad (@gipfit) introducing me to those things as a kid, I would've never been interested in comic books and vice versa. God works in mysterious ways, as everything in life happens for a reason. Being in the creative atmosphere and good vibes of a comic book store inspires me. That could be God's calling for my life in writing successful comic book stories, and starting up my own untitled comic book imprint where I'm inspiring, encouraging and motivating the next generation of black comic book artists/writers, by proving the impossible is possible, and you can do anything that you set your mind to do, no matter what the color of your skin is. Who knows, because you never know! I know God haves a calling, will, purpose and plan for my life, and I'm ready and willing to do it. No matter how bad it is or how bad it gets, I'm going to make it! #nevergiveup#neversaynever#youneverknow#inspiration#comicbooks#godswill#motivation#godscalling#godsplan#godspurpose#writer#childhood#childhoodyears#teenage#teenageyears#adult#foxkids#adultyears#ilovecomicbooks#comicbookstore#bravenewworlds#oldcityphilly#centercityphilly#comicshop
Spunea cineva atât de bine că dacă ai o gândire negativă, desigur nu o să ai o viață pozitivă,
nu poți să te aștepți la asta, nu poți să te aștepți lucruri plăcute dacă gândirea nu e la același nivel de plăcută..
să nu ne așteptăm la lucruri strălucite , dacă înainte nu gândim frumos , nu ne rugăm frumos , nu facem ce ne stă în putință pentru a împlini, și lăsăm apoi pe Dumnezeu să-și completeze lucrarea, uneori, de multe ori, doar El o poate concluziona perfect.. Lucrând cum știe El mai bine : face posibil din imposibil.
Dumnezeu ne vrea pozitivi, într-un mod realistic, și ne învață asta...
Pe unii, destui defapt, ne face să întâmpinăm pe calea vieții persoane atât de pozitive, zâmbărețe, iubitoare care ne învață că fericirea vine de cele mai multe ori din interiorul nostru, nimeni nu ne-o poate interzice
Atitudinea e totul, și e o alegere care se face zilnic.
Nimic din ce lasă Dumnezeu să ni se întâmple nu e degeaba, totul, absolut totul are un scop.. Crezi tu asta?
Cei ce sunt chemați de El, desigur nu vor fi lăsați, și nici ei nu trebuie să se lase cuprinși de tot în deznădejde.
Fiu sau fiică de Rege, nu descuraja, ține-te tare, rămâi pozitiv într-un fel realistic și nu uita că ai fost chemat să fii un suflet minunat, și să răspândești minunăția puterii lui Dumnezeu.
Ai grijă de sufletul tău,
ai grijă de atitudine,
ai grijă de chemare și rămâi în planul Lui, păstrând identitatea în El, identitatea unui creștin pozitiv și mulțumitor în orice vreme..
EL ARE UN SCOP CU MINE, CU TINE, UN SCOP MINUNAT.
Mă rog Domnului în primul rând eu să fiu ceea ce scriu : "Tată, ascultă!" #Romans8#positive#staystrong#hearGodsvoice#acceptHisplan#Godspurpose#christianmessage#findtheidentityinChrist#thinkpositive#thegoodisyettocome
What gift lies inside of you unlike any other in the world? Still looking for it? Not sure? Wondering what your purpose is? Then head over to the link in my bio and find out what this week’s guest writer, Kris Reece (Christian counselor and Personal Development Coach) has to say about this well sought after topic. #theodoralove#purpose#krisreece#meaningoflife#selfhelp#godspurpose#calling
I love comic books! As a kid in the early 1990s, I remember being introduced to X-Men comic books by my dad (@gipfit), and I remember liking the X-Men comic book stories and vice versa. In Summer 2003 after looking at some of my dad's old comic book cards that he gave me, I went with my dad and my sister to the comic book store for the first time, which I still go to this day. And that's the reason why I love comic books as well as comic book stores. My sister and brother occasionally read comic books. Reason why I love hanging around and going to comic book stores is because I like the good vibes and the creative atmosphere. It inspired me, and never left my mind to this day. I hope to date and marry a woman who's interested in comic books. From my personal experience, various people in the past used to say that I was a loser for writing comic book superhero stories that didn't make sense, and saying I couldn't write comic book superhero stories, because of the color of my skin. After being inspired by various comic book writers/artists/creators and vice versa, I decided I wanted to pursue the avenue of being an African-American writer of comic books. That could be God's calling for my life in writing successful comic book stories. Who knows, because you never know! God works in mysterious ways, as everything in life happens for a reason. You can never know what God is calling you to do and you can never walk away from God's calling for your life, no matter how hard you try to avoid or ignore it. I know God haves a calling, will, purpose and plan for my life, and I'm ready and willing to do it. No matter how bad it is or how bad it gets, I'm going to make it! #nevergiveup#neversaynever#youneverknow#inspiration#comicbooks#godswill#motivation#godscalling#godsplan#godspurpose#writer#childhood#childhoodyears#teenage#teenageyears#adult#adultyears#ilovecomicbooks#comicbookstore#bravenewworlds#oldcityphilly#centercityphilly#comicshop
NEVER GIVE UP "Paralyze resistance with persistence."
The leadership of Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt always inspires me because they knew how to overcome great obstacles through steady persistence. These men are my heroes. I like them because they inspire me to be persistent in the face of adversity. They never gave up!
When I was in college, I almost gave up. Two summers in a row I almost didn’t return to college to finish my degree. Money was tight and I was lacking direction. Why should I try so hard when I didn’t even know what I was going to do with my education?
But God spoke to my heart each time, and I became convinced that if I prepared, He would give me the opportunity I needed. I thought my success might come in sports but it didn’t. And as I lay in my hospital bed after two consecutive surgeries on my knee, I finally gave up on that dream and began to despair. Has that ever happened to you?
But slowly God began to build me back up after my lost hope. He reminded me that my life was never really about sports—they had just been an avenue to build my character—He had bigger plans for me. So with His help I started over and regained my confidence to move ahead by faith.
By the end of my senior year, I had a degree and a job, and I have never looked back. Sports were not my long-term place of service, but they were an important schoolroom for me. The lessons I learned have served me well. God may change your direction but He will not abandon you. If you persist, you will discover the purpose He has designed for your life and that will bring you more satisfaction than you can possibly imagine. Never give up!
Essential Insight 19: Never give up, no matter how dark the clouds over your head. God has a plan for you that will bring unsurpassed joy to your life.