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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hello December!!

Hey there!

Yes it's been awhile .But I am still here. Live and well. Watch this space! More to come in 2017.
 Thank you for following my blog. There's plenty to share but I can't seem to overcome my 'hatred' or maybe too strong a word - but I dislike writing but love sharing - perhaps why Instagram has worked quite well for me all this while. Please bear with me - I've been up to plenty....My passions are still Holistic Living , Wellness , Food and Books. The latter has consumed my life and I feel like I do my reading that 'doing' - well unless doing the important/urgent. But I ought to write more .

Till next time...meanwhile how are you doing?

xo Jo

Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Goodbye 2014, HELLO 2015!!

jouthman, straight wigs
yes, this is a wig - handmade by yours moi
Well look who's blogging again....yes it's me. My last post was back in June <bows head in shame> and yes I am a bit embarrassed but to be honest I've had quite a busy year - - all pretty much valid 'excuses' but anyhow - I am back now - just 4days shy of 2015. 
I've been a bit overwhelm with daily life (wife, mom of 3kids under 4, running a biz, full time work and really trying to figure out how to consolidate all my interests into one ) - well, there I confess; I can't seem to bring all my work into just one instead of taking it one step at a time - I simple threw in the towel and focused on the other critical stuff......My goal for 2015 is to stay on track and speak from one to all my lovely readers and subscribers - please stick with me - as I try to figure out my online space. 

For now this blog will remain open . I also post quite frequently on Instagram (josimply) - add/follow me. 

2014 has been a defining year for me - I was broken and discouraged for the most part but then I began to look up again and decided to fight the good fight before the Lord. This year I read the bible more than I've ever done in my entire life, I cried and prayed more than ever...I also saw God's hand move more in my life than ever before - so yes it started off rocky and I'm actually not quite at my destination but it's been a great year.The joy of the lord is my strength. He kept me through it all and never left me.......I could list all the highs and share my many lows but the one thing that supersedes it all for me is having a growing relationship with my Creator.

I leave you with three bible verses that I held onto - through it all

Romans 8:28
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Romans 5:3-4
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

When the pain/suffering was unbearable I remember Romans 8:28 - He is working it out FOR my good and He is FOR and not AGAINST me. When I felt discouraged I remember Joshua 1:9 - be strong and courageous , HE is with you wherever you go. When I feel fear I remind myself that I am the child of the most High and fear is of the devil - so it's quite easy now - when fear comes Child of God comes into play -- if I am God's child then I know that He hasn't given me the spirit of fear but of sound mind......all in all in 2014 I was able to find joy in suffering, and turn crisis into opportunities and the funny part is that I feel I've only scratched the surface of this magnificent path that God has placed me....I feel like I've just started my spiritual weight lifting journey ....I feel confident and that comes from Him in me.. I now realize that there's a big difference between being self confident and Christ confident - one is truly reliant on self will and independence and the other is a spirit or daresay a force moving inside of you

ok this post is getting unnecessarily long now .....I'll be back 

Here's to a happy 2015!!! Make it a great one...

Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

#100HappyDays - Day 6

Catching up on my #100happyday posts

Happy Birthday to me!!! well it was my birthday on Day 6  - June 14th.

I am incredible happy to be alive, full of health and to have peace of mind. I'm happy that I finally mustered the courage to begin living my dreams . I tell you that it much harder to go where there's is no path - but the uncertain is much better than the unhappy....everyday is a brand new day.

I am really excited about this year and hoping for the very best -everything will work out in my favor this year  - the road may not be easy but I'll be taking it step by step.


Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

#100HappyDays - Day 5

This past week has been crazy - just one thing after the other - I'm learning to schedule my priorities instead of prioritizing my schedule - trying to focus on the important 1st and then the urgent - ugh! it takes practice... I'm slowly getting there.

Day 5

I'm happy that Goodwill stores and thrift stores in general exists - in the past few months I've bought maybe over 100 books - ok maybe like 60-70 odd books. It is slowly becoming an addiction - the hubby is a lil concern about my side of the bed.
Due to my self diagnosed ADD I'm reading about 10 at the same time.

My top 5 thrift stores for books in the Atlanta area are :

1) American thrift stores - they have a huge selection of books - hardbacks $1.50, paperback $1

2) Goodwill stores - depending on the branch you're bound to find a pretty good selection. - hardbacks $2.92, paperback $1.50

3) Value Village  - the books selections are meh to be honest - but it is $1 per book - you cannot go wrong.

When I can't find the books I want I normally buy online - via Amazon 1cent for used books ($3.99 shipping) or  - usually around $3.999(shipping included) as well.

What I'm reading right now - books on personal development, sales, meditation, food and nutrition.

So yes books makes me happy especially thrift books

Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bohyme brazillian wave - rocking my Tracee wig

Meet Tracee - yes she's named after Tracee Ellis Ross. I created her awhile ago but never really blog about her- she's circa 4mths old now and she's still going strong :).

I love wigs - infact every natural should have a wig at home - it's a great protective style, it's fun and often works out cheaper than weave - plus poorly installed weave breaks your hairline - #helloNaomi - ok that was a bad joke -

I'm a sucker for curly hair - It truly takes less effort then straight hair - I'm not very good at flat ironing so I rock fros and curly mostly.

This wig was created using Bohyme Brazilian Wave - I used 2 10inch packs - would go longer but i have to 2 busy chicas that love to tug/pull on everything - so this a great length for mums :)

The curls are usually more defined after you wet/twist - but I the rough can't be arsed curl definition is just right for me

curly wigs

Bohyme brazillian wave

Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

#100HappyDays - Day 3 & 4

Day 3 & 4  - 100HappyDays

Catch-up on day 3 and 4 HappyDays - I'm determined to post daily or at least catchup where I cannot do so.

Ugh! I can't remember day 3 now :( - but day 4 was simply for the sound of music. God bless all the many great artists out there.  I absolutely love listening to music - my playlist is completely random - sometimes I go thru an all gospel phase then move to alternative rock then 90s to rap to funk to afro beats to reggae - ha! it surely keeps my 4yr happy -

so my happy song for Day 4 is Eric Sermon - Just like Music . Thanks Eric!!!

Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

Monday, June 9, 2014

#100HappyDays- Day 2

So I've just realized this task is incredibly easy for me to do -it's really the little things that make me happy - so Day for 2, I have a few but I'll focus on just 1 - ok how about 3 :)
1) Namecheap customer service - so I recently registered a domain with namecheap -30mins later I realized it made better sense to go with Bluehost ( comes with multiple freedomains, better for wordpress etc) . Namecheap states no refund on their website -but I emailed them and they kindly refunded my moolah - no questions asked ;) - now that is awesome! - thank you Namecheap.
2) (prompt delivery) - I placed an order for baby formula via Amazon circa May 27th. The ETA was June 20th -but lo and behold 2 out of 3 boxes arrived today -June 9th - oh what joy!! I can't wait to try the formula.  Now my hope is that me girls love it :)
<sidenote> I've been supplementing with Baby's Only Organic and it's a wee bit constipating -so I'm happy to have found HIPP Organic - not only is it organic but it also works out cheaper -even with international delivery - now that is pure joy.
3) The sounds of my girls babble always makes me smile - it seem like just yesterday that they were born , now look at them - time really does fly - I love my kiddos.
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