I know that title probably took you for a loop wondering...Who's bae #2? Let me explain. So my boyfriend, David, and I went to see the Avengers: Age of Ultron 3D for our date night. Although it was poorly advertised, it was a GREAT movie. I loved the light humor that was in it and the action was AMAZING! To be honest, there were more 3D effects in the previews, especially in the Jurassic Park World trailer than the movie it self. So, moving right along, If you're an Avengers and Marvels fan and have not seen the movie yet...hurry up, it's a must see!....but don't read what I'm about to explain. If you don't plan on seeing the movie.....shame on you LOL just kidding...but keep reading. So, to explain the picture on the top right; in the Avengers, Tony Starks, also known as Iron Man, has a computer program that he communicates with in his lab that knows and does everything and anything he asks. They call him Jarvis...I think I just gave it away right there!.... Bruce, known as The Hulk, and Tony decide to bring Jarvis to life in this human body that was supposed to be use for a negative purpose and BAM! Bae #2 in the flesh! He is so dope and I just love him!
After the movie, we went out to eat to Buffalo Wild Wings which was bitter sweet. We were so pumped to eat some chicken after sampling a bunch of sauces to narrow down our chioces. Once we received our chicken, we only ate 3-5 pieces and we were full already.....we were a little sad about that LOL. It was so good and we wanted to eat more, but we were too full LOL. Maybe next time we won't have appetizers, but if you do plan on going there one day, please try the Thai Curry sauce...SO GOOD!
As for the flowers, this week is teacher appreciation week and all the teachers were given roses in mason jars. That made my morning. Lastly, last week I went to a fundraiser for my job which was pretty cool. The center pieces at the dinner tables were tulips that did not bloom yet and one of my co-workers said we can take them home. I went to my moms house over the weekend and come back to find them slightly opened. This morning I wake up to find them fully bloomed, it was a beautiful thing to wake up to! God bless!
It's been a bumpy week thus far but overall God deserves ALL the Glory, Honor and Praise. Everything that happens that we fail to understand, just know that God knows and He's up to something good.
So if you read my testimony in the Faith and Devotions category of my blog, Finding the sunshine in my storm, you would understand my praise. Long story short, I got into a car crash on the highway and crashed into the side of tow truck and my car was totaled. I've been surviving for seven months without a car especially in the crazy winter we just had. Thank God for my family and boyfriend for making them selves available to pick me up and take me where I needed to go...BUT GOD PROVIDED YALL! I have a little Toyota Corolla. I'm so happy and so blessed. It needs a paint job though LOL and it's a throwback too with a cassette player LOL. Either way, I love it and I thank God for providing me a car....and did I mention free of charge? No one can't tell me that's not God.
There's something about having a clean room. My room has been a hot mess to keep it real with yall. As soon as I get in, everything falls to the floor; purse, shoes, clothes, water bottles etc. But when it's time for me to clean....boy do I clean! For me, I can't focus when my room is not in order. It makes me want to sleep and be lazy. On the flip side, when my room is clean, I can focus and I'm motivated to get something accomplished. Does your living space have an affect on you in anyway? It does for me and It's the greatest feeling to walk into a clean room...kind of like walking into a fancy hotel room.
Lately....well for a while now... my prayer to God has been me asking for a discerning spirit, wisdom, the gift of prophecy, and to love people the way Jesus loves. Love has been my top prayer for the past two months. Once I truly understood the meaning of love, it was harder than I thought to genuinely love people and not only say it but show it. However, the Lord has been really answering my prayers. The holy spirit has definitely been at work and it's a privilege and honor to be used. When I pray, I know it's not me, when I choreograph, I know it's not me, when I give advice to friends, I know the wisdom that I share is not coming from me. I find it very humbling and I love when I know it's not me, my flesh doing the work but the holy spirit. I've been learning that it's so much easier to let go and let God take control and let the Holy Spirit have it's way in you. Do you not find yourself stressed and frustrated when trying to do things on your own? Do you easily give up when it seems like you've tried everything and nothing is happening? The problem is that we try to take control of our own lives and some of us barely know what our calling is. If God the father, Son, and Holy Spirit knows, let Him....I said Him cause they're 3-in-1.... do what he has to do. I can honestly say that I'm still learning how to live life in this world that I'm in but not of. I'm so happy that I'm in tune with the Holy Spirit. I honestly don't know what direction I would be heading to if I wasn't on one accord with Him. In other words, I'm blessed and joyful.
***LOL of the day: My car got towed today. I thought it was stolen and tried reporting a stolen car. #fixitjesus***
My last #happydays post was on March 24th. I've been very unmotivated for the last few weeks and I'm in a season that's hard for me spiritually, financially, and physically. So that's why I haven't posted daily....it was really hard to find joy and happiness. I just found myself continually getting discouraged and asking God a lot of questions and praying in terms of what he wants from me and what he wants me to do with my life. All in all, this #happydays journey is very much a challenge and I do plan on fulfilling all 100 days. I will try my best to find joy and happiness daily no matter how my day might turn out to be. In other words, my birthday was April 14th and I'm the big 23! It's not a big deal LOL the older you get, the more responsibilities that follow. Ok, so let's get to my jam packed weekend. The picture alone probably says it all. So, the weekend that just ended was Youth Congress 2015: Jesus: The Experience. If you don't know what Youth Congress is, it's an event put together by an organization called OMAD (Operation Make A Difference) that reaches out to youth and young adults in the Massachusetts area.....and other states I assume...and put on large conferences, leadership conferences (my favorite), concerts etc. Their mission is to turn youth and young adults into positive world changers through outlets of self growth. But man, if you haven't attended Youth Congress yet for the 3-day experience.....we need to lay hands on you real quick LOL just kidding. But that's how real it is yall. I honestly can't put into words how POWERFUL and AMAZING it was.....you just had to be there to experience it...but I'll try my best. Let me start off by saying that I did not go to the Friday night and Saturday morning workshops which I was SUPER upset about, especially the workshops. Saturday night a step team and choir from New York came through and blew me away. The OMAD Worship team killed it, David Metayer and One Accord was DOPE...yes I still use that word LOL and speaker Pastor Joelle Meristal......SLAYED IT MAN! OH MY GOSH! She went IN on my entire life! And that was only Saturday. Sunday night, there was a crazy dope skit about hell and what happens when our lifestyles as Christians don't line up with Gods will in our lives. That skit was so deep and was a wake up call for me. Then we had the Boston Mass Choir....I have no words. His presence was so thick in that room after they sang; it was truly something you just had to experience for your self. Then there was worship lead by Todd Galberth, I LOVED his energy! It was great. Next we had Kierra Sheard....I'm just gonna let yall sink that in because she KILLED it. She has such a humble and genuine spirit, and when she sang the song Flaws....BRUH! Lastly, we had the word that was brought forth by the OMAD director, Roberson Pierre. All I can say is, that was an on TIME word...especially for me. He shared 3 steps on how to keep the Jesus experience; it doesn't only end once the conference ends.
Step 1- Find order
Step 2- Worship-Word-Prayer
Step 3- Get back up
This was the reminder and motivation I needed.
This all goes to say that Youth Congress 2015 was an AMAZING, OUTSTANDING, FUN, and SPIRIT-FILLED experience. I encourage you to mark your calendars for all their upcoming events. Trust me, you do NOT want to miss out on any.
I can honestly say that this 100 happy days journey is not easy. I don't want to settle when my days are just "ok" when I know my days can be great if I put a little more effort into making the best of it despite my daily frustrations. I missed a few days during the weekend but I decided that I will jam my weekend into one day since it's super busy and I don't have time to post. If I do have time I will. Anyways, my weekend starting from Saturday, March 21st to Monday, March 23rd, a lot of things that bring Joy to me happened. So first off God is so faithful beacause he heard my stomach Saturday evening LOL I was suppose to go out to eat with one of my friends and I forgot about a meeting that I had planned that conflicted with the time of our outing. After my meeting I went home and my older sis asked me if I wanted to go out to eat at Olive Garden and catch a movie.....You see yall, that's why you don't lose hope, God provides. So that obviously brought me joy and I didn't have to pay, PRAISE! I went to the legacy place movie theatre for the first time and it's so beautiful. As I walked in, I saw my cousin Deidra and Daneke! Oh my gosh, I was so happy to see them, I can't remember the last time I have. Also, for the past week, I've been thinking about my sister and I've been trying to find her on Facebook, Instagram etc. So I was able to get her number from my cousins. So here's the crazy part, on Monday I got a text from someone that said "Hey sis". I couldn't believe it was my sister! That made my day. She was never told by our cousins that they saw me or anything so it was blessing to hear from her. Another awesome thing that made my weekend awesome is Just Dance......man let me tell you. Just Dance is life right now. I get so pumped and excited when I play it....well, let me rephrase that. I get so pumped and excited when I follow the videos on YouTube as if I'm actually playing it. It's just as fun so don't judge me LOL I can't afford a Kinect or Wii to play so I do what I can LOL. My favorite one that's on the pic above is Power by Justin Beiber ft. Will.I.Am. THAT. DANCE. IS DOPE! And Get Lucky by Daft Punk, BRUH! I know I'm probably super late but hey, I'm just living life LOL But I love to dance so this brings me so much happiness, I literally can do it for hours and forget about everything that's going on. I'm just in the zone. So my weekend consisted of food, movie, cousins, sister and Just Dance. This weekend had it's troubles, don't get me wrong, but the happy moments out weighed the bad. #100happydays #Day11
Ok, let me tell yall something.....if you don't watch at least ONE of these shows....I don't know what to tell you....I just don't know what to tell you LOL So, these are my favorite shows and the only shows I I keep up with. I normally watch them the day after so I can pause it in shock after seeing Anika catch Lucious and Cookie hooking up or when I found out that Frank killed Laila. Juicy stuff! But I have to say that my number one favorite show out of the six is Gotham.....I can't get enough yall, I just can't. I strongly believe that this is one of the best shows out there (in my opinion) that's in competition with Empire right now. I LOVE action movies so much; so when I saw that there's a Batman show coming out starting from the beginning of Bruce Wayne's life......BRUH....that's all I can say. And let's not forget about The Flash.....DON'T. SLEEP. ON. THE. FLASH. That show is on POINT. I never read the comics growing up and most of my guy friends already know what's going to happen next or they know when some parts have been removed or added. With that being said, every episode feels new to me so I get really excited. As for Once Upon a Time, don't sleep on that show either. I've always wanted there to be a real life fairy tale show that consisted of all the possible Disney characters. This show has all of that and it's DOPE. Real life Disney characters in the modern day world. How to get away with Murder.....no comment, just the hottest show out right now. Lastly, The Real Hosewives of Atlanta.......you can't go wrong with a little drama and reality TV LOL. All in all, these are my faves, so get hip or........yea...just get hip LOL #100HappyDays #Day10
If you know me and know me well, you know what my ultimate favorite color is.....although many people don't consider it a real color.....what else is it suppose to be? Anyways, my favorite color is GOLD and gold glitter. Growing up, I was always fascinated by the color gold and glitter. It always grabbed my attention and I had everything in either gold or glitter gold. Sneakers, to earrings, to notebooks and journals, nail polish, the ends of my hair was highlighted gold, body lotion with shimmer, jewelry and glitter shoes. Til this day, I still get happy and excited when I see it. I've toned down since then though; but I can't honestly tell why it makes me so happy, it just does. I'm not sure if it's something I should've grew out of a long time ago......but too late for that now LOL my HOME board and WEDDING board on Pinterest is filled with gold and glitter decor. I just find these colors so beautiful and rich. It's exciting yet classy, fun yet serious. I just love it. I'm trying not to get too excited now when I'm in stores and I see something gold or glitter......I don't want to embarrass myself or the person next to me LOL. So I explode internally. And lastly, these are the only colors that plainly expresses my personality and who I am. I will NEVER get bored of it, I will NEVER get tired of it. It will always brings me joy, no matter what. #100happydays #Day9
The first time I started writing in my journal was in December 2011 and it was during one of the most disappointing times in my life. That was my first entry. The journal in this picture is my 3rd journal since then. I have other journals before that time but they were not as consistent. Writing in my journal is literally the key that unlocks every single prayer, thoughts, feelings and emotions that race in my mind and heart constantly. Once it's on paper, I feel like I can start my day with a fresh mind and heart. It's very therapeutic and relaxing for me. If I don't write in my journal at least once a month, I feel like my mind just has tons of baggage's that's being stuffed with forgotten prayers and prayer requests, feelings that have yet to be expressed, and ideas that has not been fulfilled. It makes me feel weird and stuffy. It makes me happy when I write my letters to God because I know that's one of the ways He communicates with me best, first is through His Word. I get so lost in it, I can write for two, three hours straight non stop, releasing everything to Him. It's such a refreshing feeling and I love writing. I love when I can look back at my entries and see how much I've grown, how God has answered prayers and comforted me during those hard times. I'm in awe of Him and he never fails to amaze me. I love to journal and I encourage every one, male or female, to have one. It doesn't have to be in letter form like mine, you can customize it any way you like. Use it to empty your mind, feelings, ideas and thoughts. Then close the journal and ask God for a fresh mind set for a new day. Try it and you will see how God was in control of your life. #100HapppyDays #Day8
So I'm that one older cousin that ends up joining the little kids in everything. I'm also that one cousin at the family dinners and cookouts that ends up sitting at the kids table. I'm also the one that babysits and is asked to watch them for a few minutes at family functions which then turns into to "Go play with poochie" which is another way of saying, "you're taking care of them for the rest of the night...thanks". LOL Yes, I'm 22 years old going on 23 but I have to say, I'm a kid at heart and I think that's why I love kids so much. I'm goofy, I prank people on a daily basis, I internally get excited when I see a bouncy house (guilty) and I love to laugh......a lot and uncontrollably. That's something I still need to work on guys...It tends to happen at the wrong time. However, my little cousins have piece of my heart and they me bring me so much joy when I see them. I love their bright and silly personalities. I think about you guys all the time although I fail to call. This adult life is no joke. I pray that you guys will be the next generation to stand up, be leaders, stay focused on your goals and dreams and not get side tracked by the things of this world. The generation now, no offense, are idiots and are blinded by material things, reality shows and thinks that the true meaning of life; they are impatience in reaching for their dreams and look for short cuts to get there. Be the generation to work hard for what you want and fix your eyes on things that are meaningful in life, not on the things that are temporary....This is not all of them in the picture, I'm missing a few, but this is the only recent picture I have of most of them. I know you guys don't have Facebook or Instagram so you may not see this....and don't have one til you're 19.....ok 18. Cyber bulling is at it's high. I love you guys so much! Thanks for keeping me young LOL! Shout outs to my other little cuzzos that are missing: Athena, Shanoy, Isaiah, DJ, and Ianna!
If you're looking for a pastor with real visions, real goals, and that loves helping people. Come see my pastor Ronald Stephenson. He took me under his wing when I was 13 years old and I never left. I would not be the woman that I am today without his and first lady Sonia Stephenson's guidance, love, protection, and covering. Because of him, I have a heart for the young people and ministry in general. I love to serve and help build the kingdom of God in any way that I can. With someone like pastor Ron by my side, I recieve support, advice and motivation to continue the work of God. His wisdom is something that I value deeply because I know it's from the Lord Himself. It brings me great joy when I see him and we have long talks about life, ministry, the word etc. I'm happy and blessed to have a pastor that's a true shepard and is more concerned about the souls and hearts of people being saved than anything else. Thanks for being my spiritual father. If you would to come and visit my church, Spring of Water Christian Assembly and worship with us one Sunday morning; check out our website for more info. #100HappyDays #Day6
We've come a very long way! I remember I hated both of them and being the middle child, did not make it any easier at all. We would fight and argue all the time. It was like like walking on egg shells to make them happy and I made sure that I did not tick them off in any way. My mom tried so hard to make sure that we communicate with each other. The only words we said to each other was "Hi", "I'm leaving now", "Bye", "turn off the downstairs lights", "put the alarm on" etc. We never communicated to get to know each other more, we never valued each other as sisters. And I'm guilty to say that I didn't. When I was at that stage of hatered towards them, I would say "I love them....but I don't like them" LOL which probably sounds so silly now that I think about it. But, being a disciple of Jesus Christ, despite if I hated them for a day or two or did not like them....the Holy Spirit would always put me in check to make things right. I had to make the change to see the change...so I changed. I matured and I valued their interest more. Now I can't wait to go home and see my sisters. Especially my older sister (Yanique), we talk all the time when I come and she always has a story to share with me. And my younger sister (Alexis) I'm always excited to see her and we can talk, laugh and share funny videos with each other we found during the week. Yes, we are COMPLETELY different individuals and if you know us, you know. I get so emotional when I think about them because I never thought we would be this close. It got the point where we would be in the same house all day, in our rooms and would not communicate at all. I am so happy that we have a great friendship and sisterhood now. I love my sisters with every inch of my heart and I would do anything for them.....well it depends on what it is LOL and I like them very much too LOL I love you Yanique and Alexis so much.....and I like you too LOL #100happydays #Day5
I have not been in a happy or a better word, joyful place lately. I'm taking on this challenge to force myself to find joy in the things that I take for granted. No matter what the day maybe like, I choose to be joyful and happy, making the best of each day. Embracing the blessings that I fail to see on a daily basis.