"Everything that matters is happening on the inside. Greatness has to be hatched! People can't always see your greatness from the outside. You have to be strong enough to not dumb down your integrity and get yourself into a chicken fight-you are an eagle! While building your life/business you will experience a wilderness. When you are hatching greatness, you will put more in than you get back out. There is something in you that God is hatching using the circumstances around you. True success is a marathon, not a sprint. Anything you get too easily, you will let go of easy. Trust the process, and continue to do great work, and watch greatness hatch in your life!" @bishopjakes
It’s 5:30 pm and I sit down in my living room to turn on the evening news for what seems like the thousandth time. I don’t know what the reporter is going to say but I do know that the weight of my finger with each increment of volume I increase, perhaps is the weight of tragedy in this world. One after another. Most days I would love to turn the channel and live in a world of peace, but that is not reality. So I sit, I watch, as I am reminded that the world I live in is falling apart. I’ve never experienced tragedy like I see on my tv screen every evening but whose to say I’m immune from it. I’m not, we all aren’t. But I do know the privilege I was born into. I do know that what I see on the tv screen isn’t just news to many, it’s in fact their reality. Reality that they can’t escape from. From people living in refugee camps who fled from their country that is war torn, to children not being able to go to school because they can’t pay their school fees, to a country full of immigrants only to be told in 2017 they aren’t welcome anymore. When I was a child my parents would tell me there were no monsters, and I would hide under my blankets. But I have only realized that wasn’t entirely true. I remember telling my parents I was running away. So I packed up my little suitcase and walked down the street ready to embrace this new life. I sat on the edge of the curb down the street and drank my juice box I had packed and watched as the sun started to go down. I was scared, scared of the monsters of this world so I ran back to my house as quickly as I could. Only to be met by my parents with open arms. I watch the news tonight for what seems like the thousandth time. Nothing has changed but I have. I watch as people flee from their homes, wishing they had a home to run back to as I did at 7 years old. “I didn't know my blonde hair was my passport. That carrying a suitcase was the only thing that made me a tourist. That my bloodline was the reason for my courage, my heritage the correct answer to a one sided question. I didn't know the luxury I had of returning, no matter how many times I left.”❤️🏡 #lovewell#tayjournals#thebestisyettocome#godisgood
And so concludes this chapter in my makeup career... 3 years later, and I am saying goodbye to Napoleon Perdis.
My feelings are bittersweet, but the time has come for me to move on to bigger & much better things.
I am grateful for the opportunities I have been blessed with, and give thanks to those who stood by me, inspired me, respected me and helped me grow into the artist I am today. Not to mention the friendships and amazingly talented ladies I have met along the way.... I will miss you!
Follow my new makeup journey at Mecca Maxima, as well as my personal blog, freelance business & Youtube Channel (coming soon) via @thelittlemakeupartist on Insta & Facebook.
The best is yet to come ♥️😘 #goodbye#byefelicia#ciaoadiosimdone#restinpeacenp#letthisnewchapterbegin#thebestisyettocome
A healthy spirit conquers adversity -Prov 18:14MSG
So often when we get thrown into situations where we feel like storms and battles are going on all around, we just wish for it to come to an immediate end.
Often though, it's the encounter of the adversity that gives us the ability to see how healthy our souls are.
If we find we are at a point of just giving in and falling victim to the challenges of life, instead of finding the strength and endurance to conquer the adversity, we can use this as an acid test to check the state of our hearts.
If we find we are flagging in this, let's choose
1- be intentional about what we fuelling ourselves with daily. I.e. who/ what do we allow to speak into our lives?
2 - choose our attitudes, choose our focus. Choose to elevate praise and exalt Jesus above our circumstances as he is the name above all names.
Sooo blessed ! #thebestisyettocome 📷: @cristianhurd .
Also, I get my hair and makeup done very rarely,but @reyna_lauren and @ayleen_sandchipzz did the most amazing job, I would do it all over again ❤️
Her favorite place to sleep when it gets cold is snuggled up against me in bed. I get an 1/8th of the bed and she gets the rest. I figure I need to enjoy these nights because she won't be around to many more years. Dogs really should live as long as parrots do!
Today marks 300 days until my next stage time. Building and working on a fitter stronger body always, but here's the date now to shoot for. Just 1 year ago I finished my last comp of 7 for the year, and I said #youaintseennothingyet , the best is yet to come... 💪❤
Photography by @b_creative_photo
On stage with @shazatlee29 at the @icn_nsw nationals 2016
Tan hair and makeup by @comptan @missmurphy_makeupandtans
In January of of this year I began a teaching series @mosaicclt centered around “God interrupting the impossible in our lives.” As @shannonphe and I began to ask God to “interrupt our impossible” and do what only He could do, we began to sense a shift. In just a few short months, the next step for the 4 Phelps began to unfold, and we were in awe of the direction we were headed. This next step for us will be our biggest step to date and we are equal parts terrified and excited! We can’t wait to tell you more next week! #thebestisyettocome#reve
#Repost @thedarindorsett (@get_repost)
“This one step -- choosing a goal and sticking to it -- changes everything.” -Scott Reed. I thoroughly enjoyed my run today. It was so serene and tranquil. The environment set the stage for a great deal of self reflection. I still am having to pinch myself and remember where I am and what I’m doing. It wasn’t that far back that I was very active in my alcoholism. I never in my wildest dreams thought that in 2017, I would be sitting in a tent on top of one of our vehicles, listening to sounds of a thunderstorm passing over in the middle of central Virginia. But here I am. It’s crazy how life has a way of working out if we are humble enough to forgo our ego and start wanting better. That’s why I love this quote. It’s very true of my recovery. I took one step... a little over 4 years ago. I admitted I was an alcoholic and actually believed it. Having done so I committed myself to a life of sobriety. Perhaps that was the greatest gift that I have ever “treat yo self” presented to myself. Thank you all for your continued support and prayers. ❤️-D #strongerthan#sillandbillrun#transcontinentalrun#vatoca#thebestisyettocome @twloha @epilepsyfoundationtx