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The Brat versus The Nation Builder

Today is Christmas Day internationally and although I am not celebrating Christmas, I found myself raking the yard, washing clothes, cleaning and washing the car and some light cleaning. I was not amused by this. In fact these things were that last thing I wanted to do. I did all of this after I was worked at the Lioness Boutique booth until 4 am Christmas morning. A part of me wanted to be in bed watching television or sleeping. I wanted to do any or everything else except for what I did. A part of me was telling God my plight and another part of me did not want to complain. 
Why am I telling you this? Tonight I was updating the Lioness Boutique Facebook page and I was doing something completely unrelated when I got this word:
 "She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.  She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.  She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.&…

When Dreams Die..........

The Dream Dies
My readers would have known that I had all but given up onLioness Boutique, this was partly because I was scammed by unscrupulous business associates. I made the decision to shut down the shop. I was fine with the decision. I had deactivated theFacebook pageand locked up shop so to speak. Basically, I had moved on with my life. In my mind the dream was dead and rightly so.
 Almost a year later, the business was dead. I became a child of God (I prefer this term to Christian) and I started to pray to God for direction as to what my next step should be. In the middle of my purpose (a series of prayer to God and meditation) I started to receive queries about Lioness Boutique. This was after I had received another idea for another business and I was in the process of establishing that idea. Then, out of nowhere I started to get notifications on Google plus about a video that I had done for my blog, Lioness Rebirth, about how to sell on Facebook. This was a video that I had cre…

Life's Lessons

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I find myself trying to explain to my daughter of 7 years who Nelson Mandela was and what he represented to Africa and the world. It was interesting to explain the significance of the life of this man in words that she could relate to and remember. It was also important as a child of God to make the link to her of how God glorified Nelson Mandela's life because of the values that he represented. I dont know if she totally understood the magnitude of the message i was trying to convey but if there was one thing i wanted her to understand. It would definitely be that having the nature of God is not a curse  but a glorious blessing. The life of Nelson Mandela was proof of that.

Smart Cash and Big Miracles

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Last year I teamed up with Campus Book Rentals (SEE POST) and this year it is my pleasure again to work with them. 
As I sat to write this post I began to reflect on my childhood. Why you might wonder. Well, when I was growing up textbooks were and still are expensive. So here in Jamaica mother's like mine came up with a system of sharing text books. I would pass my old textbooks to my younger sister, cousins, friends and neighbours and they would do the same to me. This was a very cost efficient system because over the years, my mom saved thousands. Now Campus Book Rentals has developed a similar system, only instead of lending your books for free you are able to make money in return. Yes, I did say you could make money using your used textbooks.  
This new programme is called RentBack. Basically, RentBack gives you the opportunity to make money that does not entail sweat or tears. All you do is sit back and send your used books that are in excellence condition to them. What makes …

POSITIVE WEDNESDAYS- Some Things are Just out of Your Control

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Some things are just out of your control; however, how you react to these things are totally in your control. I just went back to work after having gastroenteritis, within a week after returning I could barely talk and now I am coughing all the time. My typical reaction to this would be to throw my hands in the air and drop everything. I would typically just feel pity for myself.
 How often do you allow something totally out of your control, just to control you? I guess what I am trying to say is often you cannot control what will happen to us in this life. We might try to control all of the moving parts, but can we really?
An analogy comes to my mind when I think of this. You are on a ship sailing in paradise and then your ship starts leaking. You try to stop the leak but then it starts to leak in another area of the ship. Once again you try to stop the leak. So it goes until the ship sinks with you trying to control something totally out of your control. Often we are so blinded by th…

A Dream Killer

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What happens when you think a door in your life is sealed shut and then it opens. What do you do? Do you walk through it or do you walk away?

Fear is a dream killer. It cripples you so that when that door finally opens you won't take that opportunity. How many open doors have you walked away from opportunities because of fear and self doubt?

Did you stop to think that only God can open certain doors in your life.



What if???

What if you’re supposed to be doing exactly what you're doing now?
The Dream
I had this dream. My dream was so huge. My dream was what I thought I was supposed to be. My dream was what I was supposed to do. That was what I thought. I thought I was supposed to create a jewellery empire with the Lioness brand.  Now that think about it, I just have to laugh. All the time I was dreaming it did not occur to me that I was doing what I was supposed to do. Instead, I would spend my days complaining. I did not like my job. I felt miserable and I wanted to quit. I kicked myself for choosing that line of study in college. I wanted to turn back the hands of time and choose another profession.  I did not see that I was fulfilling my purpose by creating positive change in the lives of my students. I was so caught up in what I thought my dream job should be. I did not see that I had my dream profession already and that I was good at it, because that was what I was born to do.  All I wanted was th…

Writer's Block

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Today's post will be one of my shortest posts. I have been trying to think of what I want to write about in my posts and I keep drawing straws.

Don't you just hate when you are experiencing writer's block? I do..... So, i will see you on the other side of Sunday. Hopefully, i will have a worthwhile post to share by then.

Happy Sunday Lion-HEARTS!!!!!  


In the Blink of an Eye........

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I have been think how much life can change in an instant. After all, It only takes one minute for your whole world to turn upside down or for your world to just bloom like a sunflower on a beautiful day.



The Honey of our Lives

Honey will enrich and add subtle flavour to dishes such as casseroles, sauces and dressings. Honey can be used as a natural substitute for sugar in most recipes but as it is sweeter than sugar, less is needed. Similarly, as almost one fifth of honey is water, the liquid content of a recipe should be reduced by the same amount.

Honey with meat:-

Honey-cured ham or baked gammon coated with honey and mustard date back from medieval times.
Marinades containing honey and vinegar make meat more tender and succulent.
In a barbecue sauce, golden honey gives a distinct flavour as it caramelises.
Honey gives a delicious crispy coating on roast chicken.
Honey with vegetables:-

Just adding a small amount of honey can do surprising things for everyday vegetables such as honey glazed carrots.
Orange blossom honey is perfect when added to a spicy vegetable stir fry as the sweetness of honey counteracts the spiciness of chillies, peppers, garlic and spices.
Honey in salad dressings:-

Adding honey to salad dres…

DAY 21- Is it the End of the Road?

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The 21 day challenge was the catalyst for me to start blogging again. As I have posted before, I had lost my voice. I was a ship on the waters with no direction. I was lost. I did not know it. I did not realize that I was lost until I started the challenge.
The 21 Day Challenge was a spiritual fast. It was not about abstaining from food. It was about abstaining from things that we place too much importance on.  So, for three weeks I have not watched my television. When I started the challenge, I honestly did not know if I would be able to not watch television for three weeks. Anyone who knows me knows that I love to watch my TV.  My television was my source of solace, my best friend so to speak. But, I was able to do without television for three weeks without even being tempted.  I had have not been on Whatsapp or face book (except for work related posts), no reading of the newspaper, no radio, no gossiping, and no negativity. I know it sounds crazy but I did it for three weeks.
In sho…

Finding Your Voice- Day 20

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I literally just woke up from a nap. When I went to sleep I had no idea I would write a post today. However, I woke up with this post on my heart. So, here goes. I was at church today and I was flipping through a folder that I had purchased a year ago. I had written random poems in this folder and I found a poem I had written entitled, 'I Think I Lost My Voice along the Way'. In the poem, I reflect on the lost of my voice.
I wrote: “I think I lost my voice along the way/ I allowed the voices of the maddening crowd/ to drown out my honey soaked, love filled/ molasses, sugar sweet/ melodious sounds.”
I had completely forgotten I wrote the poem and to be honest I do not remember writing the poem. However, for a while I felt like I had lost my voice. When I refer to my voice, I am not speaking about the sounds that leave my mouth in the form of speech. I am talking about that power inside that is mixed with the essence of who I am. I am referring to the power that has enabled me to…

Who Says You Are a Victim?- Positive Wednesdays

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Who says you are a victim? No seriously, who told you that you are a victim? Yes, I am talking to you. I know that often it might seem like your life is totally falling apart but are you really a victim because of this. Oftentimes, the negative things that are happening in our lives are several learning curves. These are often the lessons we need to learn but we are too pigheaded to acknowledge them. So, does this mean you are a victim? No, you are only a victim when you declare that you are.  Yes, I said it. You are the one who is victimizing your own self. You’re the one who is speaking negativity and hopelessness in your own life.
I am dead tired but this post has been in my heart because this is something that I have been doing without even thinking about it. It is day 17 of my 21 day challenge and it has been a serious learning curve. I was in church on Sunday and right after communion and I was praying, out of nowhere, I was stung by a wasp. I kid you not. Immediately, I started …

Be Worthy

Be Worthy of Imitation

They say imitation is the greatest compliment, but are your actions worthy of imitation? We are all in some setting of leadership. Whether it be as a parent, boss, or friend we should constantly examine the example we are setting for those around us. Are you being a positive role model? Are you treating others in a dignified way? Be a cheerful and diligent worker, parent, and boss to those around you. Children, especially, are like sponges taking in your every action and word--they naturally want to be just like you. So be mindful of your word and deed, you never know who might be watching and silently learning what you are demonstrating. 

You must be careful how you walk and where you go, for there are those following you who will set their feet where yours are set.

- Robert E. Lee, Civil War General

                                                                         from Spark People-Daily Reflection

Baking Soda Secrets

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As long as I can remember, my mom had a box of baking soda in our home. However, I have never thought about using baking soda until a friend of mine mentioned how it helped to exfoliate her skin. She kept telling me about her morning skin care routine. Yet, my interest was not piqued until I saw her skin looking absolutely radiant. I was in awe. So, the next day I bought my first box of baking soda. 


Here is a list of ways you can use baking soda:
Scrub You can pour a teaspoon of baking soda unto a damp rag and gently exfoliate your skin. You will find that it leaves your skin nice and smooth. I was amazed at how smooth my skin felt.
Deodorizer You can pour four teaspoons of baking soda in an open container and place it in your fridge. Over time you will realize that your fridge will remain noticeably free of various odours that accompany various foods.
Brighten colours You can add a handful of baking soda to your laundry and it will help to brighten the colour of your clothes.
Toilet clea…

DAY 12- Just Breathe

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Days 7-11 have been highly stressful at the end of these six days, I am exhausted and my child is not well. As I type this post I am in the midst of washing, cleaning and everything else so that I can take my child to the doctor as soon as she wakes. 
Through it all, I have learnt that in live there will always be confusion. There will always be that one person in our lives who deliberately choose to create chaos in our lives and there will also be circumstances beyond our control that will help to create.  The important thing to do in these situations is to breathe. Breathing often helps us to focus not on chaos but on what you really need to do. So in short, focus on what is important. 
When you start doing this, you will realize that if you focus on the chaos around you, often miss the bigger picture or the answer to your problem that is staring you in the face. Case in point, I was at work and I needed to print a document ASAP. Out of nowhere, my computer stopped picking up wireless…

Day 6- Positive Thinking

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There is no secret to The Secret. Positive thinking is so powerful it can totally transform your life.  Here are a few thoughts I want to share based on Positive Thinking.











Day 5- Traffic

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I am almost at the end of my day and it has been a task and a half to get home. Traffic humbled me tonight. I wanted to get to church and instead I found myself sitting in traffic for two and a half hours. When I got to the church I saw everyone walking out. I did not even get to hear amen. Instead of being angry and annoyed (my usual practice) I went inside the church and told the pastor what happened. After sharing my ordeal, he prayed with me. If I had allowed traffic to piss me off to the point of anger and frustration I would have missed out on the simple point that it is never too late to pray for God's blessings and guidance.  

So I guess what I am trying to say is that traffic will always be in our life. It will be like an obstacle to the next best thing we want to do. The truth is we cannot escape from traffic, just like how we cannot escape the various obstacles that will be present in our lives. What we can do is make a conscious decision to choose how we react to all of…

Day 4- Inside Out

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We all know that a beautiful spirit creates a beautiful person. However, often we do not understand what that means exactly. We also seem to forget that we should all try to develop a beautiful spirit in all of us. In theory, I understood the concept of inner beauty; however, in truth I did not understand it at all. Let me explain what I mean, I remember last year my face started to break out. I would go to bed and wake up with a huge pimple that had developed overnight (I kid you not). This was hard for me to cope with or even understand because I never had to worry about acne at any point in life. Now, after many years after adolescence I had to deal with magical pimples that developed in my sleep. I tried to beautify myself with lotions and face creams. I even stopped looking in the mirror completely. I would go days without actually seeing my own face. Like I said, I did not take it well. 
But looking back now, I realize that the inner turmoil I was experiencing at that point in my…

DAY 3- Knocking Down Mountains

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I had what Oprah calls an 'aha moment' this morning. I woke up feeling the pressures of the world on me. As I thought about the numerous tasks I had on my plate to complete, I felt a headache slowly starting to develop in my brain and with each passing moments I started to feel the pressures of the day mounting and mounting. That is when it hit me, why should I allow a mountain to fall on me and shallow me whole. I thought to myself, my God is awesome. Then it occurred to me, why should I worry when my God can move mountains. 
So, I immediately started to speak positive energy into my day. I started speaking positive energy into my whole approach to my problems. I started looking not at my problems but at how I can solve my problems. I started to tell myself that a mountain was there because I allowed it to be there. With each spoken word my mountain began to break away and turn into rubble. 

I realized that i had allowed myself to be placed in a position of stress and fear beca…

Day 2- Between a Rock and a Hard Place

I am sitting here looking on a blank screen trying to put into words how i am feeling and how my day went. It seems like there are no words to capture the essence of what I want to say or  the feeling I want to share.  It seems like a ten ton concrete block as fallen on me and I am trying to get from under it. What would have been a blissful day was tarnished by specks of gray, a mountain of paper work, a number of crushing news and a hectic journey home. 

Today reminded me that change is not easy. It is a process that comes from  constant work. It also remembered that at any point, life can throw you a curve ball. Often these curve balls are God's way of telling us to get off the bench and rise to the challenges that come our way.


Here are some quotes I want to share today..........

“The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow,
For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth.” - Unknown



“Three things you cannot recover in life: the WORD after it’s said, t…

Day 1- A Calm Storm

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I have to be reminding myself that this journey will result in purging my soul. It is not easy to make a conscious decision that your life must change for the better and as such there are some things that must go.....including persons. 
Therefore, the first day was a calm storm. I had a headache that just wanted to remind me that i should be feeling crappy and sick. At one point i was about the vomit. Instead of giving in to the storm raging in side me i decided to breathe and refocus my energy to the various tasks at hand. 
With this in mind, I experience a sense of peace and total reassurance that it all will work out and things will be great.  From that point on things slowly fell in place.



It only goes to show that every situation as the possibility to change for the better. It all depends on our perspective.

The 21 Day Challenge

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Tomorrow,  I am starting a twenty one day challenge of Becoming a Better person. This means no television, no radio, no negativity, no gossiping (not that  I normally gossip) and no Rap/ R&B/Dance hall music for twenty one days. The aim of this challenge is to develop and enrich my spiritual life. So, i decided to write a post for each day of my challenge. I hope you will join me on my journey

TIPS FOR WALKING FASTER

1. Use good posture. Walk tall, look forward, (not at the ground) gazing about 20 feet ahead. Your chin should be level and your head up.

2. Keep your chest raised, and shoulders relaxed (shoulders down, back and relaxed).
3. Bend your arms in slightly less than a 90 degree angle. Cup your hands gently. Swing arms front to back (not side to side - arms should not cross your body.) Do not swing elbows higher than your sternum (breast bone). Swing your arms faster and your feet will follow.

4. Tighten your abs and buttocks.. Flatten your back and tilt your pelvis slightly forward.

5. Pretend you are walking along a straight line. Resist the urge to elongate your steps. To go faster -- take smaller, faster steps.

6. Push off with your toes. Concentrate on landing on your heel, rolling through the step and pushing off with your toes. Use the natural spring of your calf muscles to propel you forward.

7. Breathe naturally. As you walk, take deep, rhythmic breaths, to get the maximum amount of oxy…

The Versatility of Olive Oil

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If you think that olive oil can only be used in the kitchen then you better think again. There are so many ways you can use olive oil in your life beyond just cooking. Here are some great uses for olive oil: ·Moisturize your skin – A small amount works well as hand lotion and helps cure cracked heels.
·Remove stickers – Apply a few drops and spread over the sticker. Let it sit for thirty seconds and then the sticker should peel off easily.
·Condition your hair – Apply to your hair after shampooing. Let it sit for twenty minutes and then rinse out for shiny, smooth hair.
·Prevent hairballs – Add a few drops to your cat’s food to prevent hairballs and make their fur shiny.
·Get off grease – If you have been working on the car an easy grease remover is just a teaspoon of olive oil!
·Get rid of lice – Coat hair and scalp in olive oil and let sit for thirty minutes. Apply every day until lice are gone.
·Lube – Got a squeaky hinge or a stuck zipper? Add a few drops of olive oil.
·Recondition – Oli…

D.I.Y. SUNDAYS.....How to Pick Up the Pieces after a Tragedy

We are never prepared for a tragedy like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Or like the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Or like the attacks on the World Trade Centers. Devastating, horrific events like these are rare, but they do happen. When they do, it is not just those who were directly affected who must learn how to survive and how to live life again. Even the spectators -- even those of us who lived hundreds or thousands away from the events -- can feel the same fear, grief, and despair that these tragedies can cause. Fortunately, you can pick up the pieces after a tragedy and learn how to move on. Of course, the process will be different depending on how closely you were involved in the tragedy -- and if you were directly affected, you will need to do serious work with a counselor. However, these steps can help you start the healing process: Don't Dwell on the "Why" You will want to find answers to explain why a tragedy happened so you can make better sen…