Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Writer Wednesday: Ciara hits all the high notes with comeback album, Jackie.

       Released on May 1, 2015 off Epic Records, Ciara made her music comeback after the birth of her daughter with her sixth studio album, Jackie. The album is titled off her mom, with Ciara saying that the reasoning behind that decision was because she can now see the world through her eyes and she knows what it’s like to be a mom.

          The title track song Jackie (BMF) is a hard-hitting hip-hop track that lays down the foundation for the rest of the album. Other favorites off the album include Fly, I Bet and the I Bet remix, One Woman Army, and I Got You. Motherhood has had no negative effect on Ciara’s musical talent but has only turned her into a “One Woman Army” of musical genius.

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Until next time, remember: “In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”-Matthew 5:48, The Message.

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless!
~Just Keep Swimming~

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

#WriterWednesday: One Year Ago Today

According to Facebook, one year ago today I had just returned from my beach vacation with my sisters and Mom.... On this blog, the pictures tell a story of love and friendship between my sisters and I.

One year ago, I was in the same boat. Living at home, looking for just the right job but willing to do just about anything to have a job in general, and working on my book. Today, I'm still in the same boat but now I've finished school and no longer owe Saint Leo anything, not a dime or ounce more of my time. Yesterday, I finished my novel after 3 years of strenuous work and self-doubt. Lately, I've been a little down at the fact that I've realized so many girls I know now are married and have started families of their own (including girls from high school who mocked me when I told them that I believed true love is real).

Isn't it funny how things change but things also still appear to look the same?

Yet, things have changed.

I got smarter.
My heart grew a bit harder and eventually stronger.
I finally let go and walked away.
I accomplished one of my life goals of graduating from college.
I accomplished another by writing a book that will speak to millions.
I may not have a job but I put positive efforts toward my future every day.
I've become more merciful toward others because I've gone through similar things.
And in the midst of all these things, I've learned that trusting God is the only real thing I can do.

Until next time, remember: I'm living proof that grace always wins. -Matthew West

I'd love to hear how you've grown as a person in the comments below. Any change big or small is proof of growth. Celebrate it.

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless!
~Just Keep Swimming~

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

#WriterWednesday: What My College Experience Taught Me

In case you haven't heard, I finally did it. I graduated from college. My overall experience taught me a lot and today I'd like to share those lessons with you.

With God, Nothing is Impossible

I struggled in every way a person can struggle through my five years in college. I first struggled with living away from home. Then, I struggled with making friends, struggled with finding a job, struggled with balancing work and school, struggled wth figuring out that I didn't want to be an accountant, struggled with my health, struggled with the finances to pay for school, and lastly, I struggled with not giving up and quitting. Without God, I don't think I ever would have made it through. Now, I truly believe that nothing is impossible with God.

Friends Come and Go

Sadly, I feel that most of the friends I ended up making during my college years were fickle and didn't end up becoming life-long friends. Yet, I've found peace about this because I've started praying for divine connections which are friends that God gives you that understand and support the person God is making you to be. Thankfully, when you trust God in all areas of your life, he always comes through at the right time and never lets you down.

Money is important but never meant to take the place of God

Money was something I went to college with and ended up watching it get vacuumed out from under me until I was left in the quicksand that is debt. And being in debt before you even graduate college is not fun at all nor is it something I recommend. 

Some suggestions I have for young people going off to college: 
1. Get a job while you are in high school so you always have a job when you come home on breaks and for the summer, or at least experience to build a resume and a reference.
2. Sow some, spend some, save most.
One principal I live by is giving God 10% of all income I get, and spending what is necessary to spend in order to treat myself, and saving the rest in order to build interest. I won't bore you with a post about the different forms of money-saving options but I will say to do your own research. It will be worth it in the long run.
3. Use your college fund solely for college
4. Talk to your roommates. See what they have before purchasing stuff for on or off campus housing.

Despite money being a necessary form of transaction between you and your college education; don't ever serve money. Always be a giver in order to take away from being a slave of money. If you believe in God and have Jesus as your savior, God redeemed us from the curse of poverty and lack.
Trust me, God can provide wherever there is a need and even if it looks like there is no way.

Stressed? Talk to Somebody or go workout at the gym
My college experience was uber stressful. I coped by praying and spending time in God's word. There were some things I didn't take lightly in college: my near-death experience, a fallout with one of my best friends and one of the first guys I fell in love with. These things required me to go see a counselor, and after I did, I was able to slowly rise above those traumatic experiences and also find the good in them. One thing I did when I was having roommate problems was always going to the gym instead of lashing out at my roommates. Trust me, putting all that negative energy into a workout is an instant stress reliever.

My college experience taught me not only a lot about my career field but about people, about living on my own, about how strong I can be when it seems everything is against me, and how unforgiveness and bitterness left to fester will make you sick.

Until next time, remember: The things that set you apart from the pack, the things that you once thought were your weaknesses, will someday become your strengths. -Taylor Swift

The criticism born of other's insecurities? Ignore that. You don't need anyone telling you what your style, substance, or happiness should look like. You can be the judge of that. - Lena Dunham

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless!
~Just Keep Swimming~