September 3, 2012
Motivation Monday: Be Positive!

Happy Monday and Happy Labor Day!

"The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible." -Winston Churchill

Today’s Motivation Monday post is dedicated to positive thinking. Often times we don’t succeed at certain tasks or don’t even attempt to try a certain task because of our attitude. For many people, it is easier to be negative. You do not have to think about being disappointed in yourself or in another person if you think negatively. So my advice to you (and myself) don’t be a Debbie Downer. Be positive and confident in your God given gifts, talents, and abilities. If you think negatively about every situation, how can you have any hope? If you don’t have any hope, you may want to try on working on getting some. Without hope you will have  a hard time reaching your dreams and goals. It is easier to be pessimistic than optimistic. Have a positive attitude! My pastor always says “Your attitude determines your approach and your approach determines your success or failure.” So examine yourself, your mindset, and your attitude. Are there areas in your life that need a little more positivity? If yes, then start changing the way you think today!

August 27, 2012
Motivation Monday: Honesty

Honesty- noun- uprightness and fairness; truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness; freedom from fraud or deceit

Sometimes we avoid facing the truth because it can be hard to handle. Although it is best to face the truth, we try to hide behind a facade and hope our situation(s) turns out the way we have imagined. We sometimes try to protect ourselves or others by not truly sharing how we feel.
When you aren’t honest with yourself, it affects your interactions with everyone around you, so be honest with yourself first and it will greatly improve your relationships with other people.

August 6, 2012
Motivation Monday: Stepping Out on Faith


Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the closing brunch at one of the largest, if not the largest, blogging conferences in the country, BlogHer. The brunch was titled #Brunchalicious because it was sponsored by Blogalicious. Anyway, the keynote speaker was relationship expert, life coach, and writer extraordinaire Demetria Lucas. She told us her inspiring story of how she became who she is today and the main thing that stuck with me was stepping out on faith.

Later that evening I attended a service celebrating the birthday of my fashion styling mentor and older brother from another mother Spry Lee Scott. One thing that I took from Pastor Anderson and also Spry’s testimony was stepping out on faith.

This was definitely God speaking to me and after taking in so much information from the conference I know that He is saying “Janique step out on faith.” I have so many dreams that I want to reach and goals that I have set, but have procrastinated on execution because of that annoying thing called self-doubt. I would be lying to you if I told you I wasn’t afraid of failure, but now I am realizing what I have known practically all of my life, that not trying is worse than failure.

Everything that I want may not be good for me and in my pursuit I may fail, but I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason. I have to learn to look at failure as a learning experience to move forward, not as an experience that will prevent me from fulfilling the dreams and goals.

I know the road will not be easy, but I just have to know and BELIEVE that God wants me to prosper.

Jeremiah 29: 11 states “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” So now with my faith in Him, I just have to execute and not defer my dreams. When I grow old I don’t a case of "the what if’s, the would haves or the should haves."

Now is the time to set audacious goals and be active in pursuit of your dreams!

July 30, 2012
Motivation Monday: Growth

"If we are growing, we are always going to be outside of our comfort zone." John Maxwell

July 16, 2012
Motivation Monday: Purpose Pt. 2

A few weeks ago I posted about a series we have started in church on purpose. If you missed Part I click here to get up to speed.

-Purpose is not one thing or event you look to fulfill in life.

- Purpose is not static it is dynamic.

-Purpose is not something you pursue, it is something you are living in to meet a need. So instead of pursuing your purpose, leave in your purpose.

-Do not try to find your purposes, try to find out what your taints, skills, gifts, and abilities are.

-God uses our desires to fulfill our purpose.

Stay tuned for Part 3

July 9, 2012
Motivation Monday: Love

"The most important thing in life is to learn to give out love, and to let it come in." -Morrie Schwartz

June 25, 2012
Motivation Monday: Keeping The Right Company

My favorite pastor after Pastor A.R. Bernard is definitely Bishop Dale Bronner. If I ever moved to Atlanta, I would definitely become a member of his church. I always look forward to his visits to New York because I know he is going to bring a word that is truly amazing. Here are a few nuggets from yesterday’s sermon

  • Evaluate the people in your life
  • Birds of a feather not only flock together but also fly to the same destination
  • You are known by the company you keep and the company you shun
  • Bad companionship corrupt good morals
  • All of life’s successes comes from intitiating a relationship with someone
  • You can generally trace your successes and failures to a person
  • Seasons change in your life becasue a new person comes in or leaves
  • You have to choose wisely the people wh you choose to spend time with
  • "Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future"
  • Relationships are like bridges and wisdom is necessary to determine which bridges to cross and burn
  • Properly placed people prevent problems
  • 3 people you need in your life- a mentor, mentee, and a good friend

I hope this is a word of encouragement for someone!

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