“There is a love, That is shining for you. Coming in to make you whole. It’s
shining for you, coming in to make you whole.” – India.Arie

This week was COLD! Literally more than figuratively. The weather in Philadelphia was as low as 11 degrees this week. It seems like Winter came right when it was suppose to…we are feeling it! But I must say I’m feeling warm and fuzzy in my little corner of the universe.

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“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)

I really enjoyed the time I spent this week, just spending time with loved ones and having that good ole’ quality ME TIME I so desperately need. I got a massage this week, gave my nails, hair and body some TLC and spent NYE right where I belong…on my yoga mat in child’s pose, praying and thanking God for another year of life.

I debated going out but decided I was going to spend that ‘special’ moment by myself this time. It seems like the older I get, certain moments feel less special or unique. I’m realizing that your life moments are more defined by you than by others. Either way, I am super excited for 2018 and can’t wait to grow and blossom and evolve these next 12 months. I feel like this is just going to be a very special year of taking care of certain things…myself being the number one thing on that list.

 

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This week I reflected on this past year. I worked on writing pieces for what seemed like hours, never at any moment getting tired, or bored. I took a bath, and talked to myself about everything that’s causing me some once of pain right now. It was so freeing. I found myself asking questions to imaginary people in my head, waiting for their imaginary answers and finding the answers on my own. Sometimes thats how life goes. You have to find the answers on your own.

This week ended with a snow day that kept me in house, filled my mind with sheets of cleanliness and reminded me that life needs to slow down sometimes so we can monitor our breathing and feel our heartbeats.

My goals for this next week include, reading and writing everyday, not complaining about the cold when I’m out in it, but instead just enjoying the beauty of nature, continuing to wake up early and getting to work right away, and replacing every negative thought in my head with a positive one.

I AM A SACRED WOMAN. WATCH ME WIN. HEAR ME ROAR. SEE ME SOAR.

Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my life, the youngest I’ll ever be, the oldest I’ve ever been and the 1st day of Winter. Summer found its way into late October and following suit, winter seems to be approaching when it wants. But time regardless of the weather or the day of the week – waits for no one. EVOLUTION, the cousin of TIME has been following me these past few months. A shadow of growth, which appears to be larger than myself, is with me noon and night and I have grown anxious with its presence. I know and understand that during this time in my life, I must channel all that is within me and find the courage and strength to be the best version of myself I’ve ever been. This means that I will have to ask the Universe questions, and in return listen to what it is telling me. I must be persistent and committed to my goals and treat my body with love and respect. I must surround myself with not only people and things that bring me comfort and joy, but also with people and things that challenge my adaptability and will power; that force me to reflect and respond in ways that are stronger and wiser, that reach further and higher.

It is my objective to education and celebrate myself with the 3 following things in my mind, heart and soul: STRUCTURE, SALUBRITY and SOLITUDE!

STRUCTURE  1.(noun) the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something complex.   2.(verb) construct or arrange according to a plan; give a pattern or organization to.

SALUBRITY  1.(adjective) favorable to or promoting health; healthful.

SOLITUDE  1.(noun) the state or situation of being alone. 2.(noun) remoteness from habitations, as of a place; absence of human activity. 3.(noun) a lonely, unfrequented place.

WHOLE, WELL AND WISE FOR THE WINTER.


I have chosen these three things based on my past experiences, and present circumstances but mostly on my future hopes and dreams for life.

Proverbs 24:14 – In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short.

The importance of solitude to me at this time in my life, is simple. I’m growing up. I’m changing. And for the first time, I’m autonomous over most aspects of my life. This means I have to get used to doing things on my own, building my dreams for myself, with myself and by myself. If I am not comfortable evolving in my own skin without the approval and security of other people, my muscles will not grow to full capacity. I’ll never know how strong I can be spiritually and mentally on my own.

“If someone does not want me, it is not the end of the world. But if I do not want me, the world is nothing but endings.” – Nayyirah Waheed

Ohhh… and look at this message I posted on Facebook…8 years ago TODAY!

LIFE IS AN UNDISCOVERED BALANCE OF MAGIC AND TENSION, AND TODAY NEVER COMES TWICE.

Structure and salubrity are also simple. I have to command organization and productivity in my everyday life. I have to manifest and execute success by being able to set goals for myself and then accomplish them…and I have to feel good while doing it. I need to feel great about doing it. My body, mind and spirit must be centered and moving in the direction of my growth. 

Today, I know who I am and I love myself. I know what I’ve been through and what I’ve learned throughout my life. One thing that I’ve learned is that you can never stop learning and growing and evolving. The more open you are to receiving from the world, the more places you’ll go, the more people you’ll see, and the more you’ll know. And you’ll never know everything but you can learn a lot about a lot of things. And I’m celebrating all of that!

MY EDUCATION CELEBRATION.


During ‘My Sacred Woman Winter’ I am reading the book Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind and Spirit by Queen Afua. The book included Nubian Philosophy, Womb Wisdom and chapters on Food, Movement, Healing and Relationships, for the body, mind and spirit. I will be reading the book and journaling from my experiences both inside and outside the book over the next 12 weeks.

  

For the winter months, along with reading the book, I will be praying, meditating and stretching twice daily. I am also eating mostly a plant-based diet, and drinking as much water as possible. I’m challenging myself to get to bed earlier and wake up earlier…the real test of discipline. And lastly I’m blueprinting and building the next few years of my life including growing my business, returning to school, and preparing for the demands of adulthood.

I AM A SACRED WOMAN. WATCH ME WIN. HEAR ME ROAR. SEE ME SOAR.