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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 place...so 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 source....so 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.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOJO!!!




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 thriftbooks.com  - 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) Torafoods.com (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.
#100HappyDays
xx

Sunday, June 8, 2014

#100happydays - Day 1

Ha! I'm so late.org - I only just found out about the 100happydays challenge - ok I lie, I have seen a few hashtags here and there on Facebook but I never realLy paid close attention - so so - I'll be commencing my 100days beginning today June 8th 2014 - like right now at 2:45am

Today I am happy I came across the #100dayofhappiness challenge - I'm all decked up in my headscarf and specs showing my 32 :)   - so much to be thankful for - birthday coming up in 6 days - #YES






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

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Post from Les Brown - Perseverance



If you're not following Les Brown on facebook then you really need to - he speaks truth . I cannot begin to list the reasons why I think he's gifted - just follow him already -

June 1st post ''

''If it's not one thing...then it's another. At times, it seems that every turn is the wrong one, and nothing is going your way. This is the time to practice patience, faith and determination. The job you lost will be replaced by a career or business that you are passionate about. The person who is no longer a part of your life has made room for someone else who will truly love and respect you.
If it's not one thing... then it's another. Perseverance, drive and moving forward with a positive mindset will help you to survive the storms of life. For now, focus on the bright side. The sun will shine on you again and you will be stronger for going through the storm. One day you'll look back, appreciate the wisdom you gained and the person you became because of these experiences. You have something special...you have GREATNESS within you!'' - Les Brown

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

Blog direction etc

Yippee it's June 1st - June is my birthmonth - YAY!! I'm all very excited about turning a year older and wiser - YES!!

So re this blog - I've thought of shutting it down and restarting on another platform(likely wordpress) and really having a clear direction on where it is going - but I think i'll keep it and just revamp it a wee bit - so expect to see a few changes here and there . Most people come here for my Marley twist braids - but expect to see more features on healthy living, mummyhood, fitness and ofcourse hair.
My food blog will remain a stand alone blog - I also plan to update frequently so check it out :)

New focus :

Healthy living - this will be centered around Food and Fitness for busy mums. I'll share what I currently do, where i shop, what I eat , my regimen and just tips and habits I've picked along the way

Mummyhood : As a mother of 3 under 4 - it can be tough daily - infact it is exhausting - I promise not to vent much but I'll share our random haps

Fitness : I'm not certified yet but I've read a ton of books on fitness, movement , exercise etc and I'll be sharing what I do - I'm all for impact and not necessarily effort - so you won't find me working out 6 times a week - because quite frankly ain't no busymama got time for that

Hair - As a new mum of twin girls with A LOT of hair i'd say natural hair is definitely here to stay . I wear a lot of protective styles these days(mainly wigs) - but I'll share how I manage my daughters hair - phew! i think i'll need another blog for that :) -

Random stuff - inspiration, quotes, music ,prayer, books , women/girls stuff etc


Who is the blog for? this is for my friends, my sisters, my daughters and shuu all the busymama's out there doing their  thing daily

Why : because i've got plenty to share and I'm really just documenting it for myself :) as I often refer back to my notes



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

Psalm 147:3 - Thank you lord

Ha! I love how God whispers and lets me know that he's heard my cry -- now I feel like working out  (tehehe it is past midnite) - but I'll squeeze in a quick 20mins HIIT and ST.


He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.
 

- Psalm 147:3 (NLT) 

2014 is a year that I've consciously tried to master the art of not being controlled by what i see in the physical or the circumstances around me - As long as I stand firm absolutely nothing can/should shake me - I think am about 60% there - phew! hey i'm coming from 0% so 60% at June 1st is great progress -in the past I've operated from a place of fear and sometimes anger - especially when It is justified - but today is from a place of love and without bitterness and judgement  - I'm truly able to see things in better light when I do - and I know that ALL things worketh out for good. I can't control the circumstances around me but I can control what's inside of me - - I'm getting centered and it is truly a great feeling - let's see where I'm at at end of the year  :)


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

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Lifequote - Life is like a book


I'm currently going thru a difficult page in life - times like this I usually mediate and turn to my bible - I came across this quote today - thought it was beautiful - I so believe that they're better days ahead of me.
If you're also going thru a tough time - just hang on - God has not brought you this far to leave you - this is not how your story will end - focus on the light - what you focus on expands .....keep on, keeping on

be well, I am well.








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

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Quote of the day

You can achieve anything you want in life if you have the courage to dream it, the intelligence to make a realistic plan, and the will to see that plan through to the end.
- Sidney A. Friedman


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

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Quote of the day - 'Hope'


“Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons do not last. The spring rains will come.”
Sarah Ban Breathnach

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

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What is Life?



love this quote


WHAT IS LIFE?

Life is an Adventure ... Dare it
Life is a Beauty ... Praise it
Life is a Challenge ... Meet it
Life is a Duty ... Perform it
Life is a Love ... Enjoy it
Life is a Tragedy ... Face it
Life is a Struggle ... Fight it
Life is a Promise ... Fulfill it
Life is a Game ... Play it
Life is a Gift ... Accept it
Life is a Journey ... Complete it
Life is a Mystery ... Unfold it
Life is a Goal ... Achieve it
Life is an Opportunity ... Take it
Life is a Puzzle ... Solve it
Life is a Song ... Sing it
Life is a Sorrow ... Overcome it
Life is a Spirit ... Realize it
-Anonymous





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

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy 2014 everyone! !!

Happy 2014!!

So I'm blogging from my phone (excuse any typos).  I'm loving this blog app-hmm It looks like I should be able to blog a wee more often now-Yay!

Yes I've been away for a long long time - but I'm back now . So what have I been up too?
Well my life completely changed  4mos ago- I'm now a mother of 3 kids under 3.5. Went from mama of 1 to 3 -yup you guessed right I had identical twin girls back in August - it's been crazy and plenty fun at the same time. Who would've known that I would ever birth twins eh? GOD IS SIMPLY AMAZING! !.

Anyhow I better go finish my book - I figured I should test this app .

My declaration for 2013 was that it was going to be Epic! ! And it sure was.- 2014 is going to be Stupendous! ! I wish you all the very best - thank.you all.for your kind messages and support -.mmwaah!!

X

JO

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