Let’s jump back in, shall we?

Friends, followers and dedicated readers,

Happy Monday! It’s been awhile since I published a blog post and today, before I continued posting anywhere else, I told myself that I had to come check with my followers here. So, here I Am! ❤

Between having to squeeze content out to finish my book and having to deal with other personal and business related demands, these days I’m looking to only fill my time with things that are nurturing to my spiritual well-being. As a creative, it can get extremely exhausting when you’re constantly giving, giving, giving. When I pour out, I must engage in things and with people who pour back into me.

Here’s what I’ve noticed lately. Although I’m wedged and associated with many businesses and business related organizations and institutions, I really don’t care about any of it. That’s the thought that I had the other day. lol I care because I have something to give, but I’d rather be talking about something else. Something like sharing the techniques on how someone can become who they need to be to access the resources they desire. I’d rather discuss that instead of leading people to scour the earth for strategies on obtaining success (that is illusionary, by the way) by increasing their bank account. I’m not saying I have all the answers. But what I do know is, by applying practical skills and strategies to navigate through the everyday challenges in your life, you will undoubtably reach a personal success that will increase everything in your life, not just your wallet.

I think we make life harder than it actually is by believing that we need something outside of ourselves. That we are lacking something and if we get more money, a better car, or somehow bump into our soul mate while on the way to the grocery store, we’d finally be happy. That couldn’t be far more from the truth.

“There is no need to search; achievement leads to nowhere. It makes no difference at all, so just be happy now! Love is the only reality of the world, because it is all One, you see. And the only laws are paradox, humor and change. There is no problem, never was, and never will be. Release your struggle, let go of your mind, throw away your concerns, and relax into the world. No need to resist life, just do your best. Open your eyes and see that you are far more than you imagine. You are the world, you are the universe; you are yourself and everyone else, too! It’s all the marvelous Play of God. Wake up, regain your humor. Don’t worry, just be happy. You are already free!”
― Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

Xoxo,

Sarah

Happy Spring.

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Put it ALL in perspective.

The hardest moments of your life will be when you’re transitioning from one version of yourself to another.

The pressure of personal and professional advancement will get heavier. It’ll be as if a large piece of cement has been laid on your chest and as time passes, it gets heavier and heavier. As this is happening, your tolerance for certain things, things that may not have bothered you before, will become unbearable. You’re losing oxygen and now you’re seconds away from panicking. To reduce the pressure you have to either decrease your altitude immediately or ride it out until you get to your destination.

Ride it out.

With altitude, some people and things are just going to flat-out die: Relationships, friendships, habits, old desires etc.

As things begin to fall off, proceed with your pursuit and continue to go higher. The weight that needs to fall off, will. Don’t be afraid of a little chaos. Let the chaos relieve the pressure as you go higher.

When you’re walking in a life of vision and purpose, you have to come to the realization that not everyone is going to be down with what you’re doing, and you just have to be okay with that.

It’s a long narrow and winding road for sure. But, I guarantee you it’s a road worth taking.

Put what you want into perspective.

Go all in for what you know to be true and allow yourself to be everything good, bad, and/or ugly when necessary. All of it contributes to the making of your journey.

This is life. Pressure and all.

Life isn’t happening to you, but for you.

Real Friends. How Many Of Us?

I want to share this because energetic exchanges are real.

Today while I was out I met a male friend (it’s a fresh friendship) for a few minutes. I was getting an oil change and he was in the area.

Our interaction was fairly normal up until the last few seconds before departing. He’s a pretty cool guy with a pretty calm spirit. However, when we went our separate ways, I felt empty. It was as if someone sucked the life out of me.

Now, I was having a pretty good day and my spirits were high. What the hell just happened?

I’m a tell you.

I have quite a few male friends and it’s pretty easy befriending males, not that it’s any different with women. I am fully aware that some male “friends”, although they don’t say it, want to be more than friends. I can tell. It’s clear as day. Which is fine, whatever.

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But then there are the men who befriend you, want more, push for it and when you give the clear signal that either you’re not ready to go there quite yet or not at all, they begin to do things.

If they’re not using their words aggressively, they use their energy and/or treat you in a passive aggressive manner to get you to somehow yearn their company. That or they attempt to convince you that there’s something wrong with you.

I personally keep company with very few people and I’ll dismiss myself without warning if I feel something isn’t right. The truth behind that is, I’m very sensitive to other people’s energy. I’ve been that way since I’ve been a child. Therefore, I HEAVILY limit, govern and monitor my interaction with others. Religious institutions, professions, status, gender, money etc does not alter or offer up some type of exception to that either.

So no, I’m not being a B word or think I’m too good of a person for you.

Does it mean I care about someone any less if I suddenly disappear and am no longer around? No.

I just know that sometimes people’s intentions (both for men and woman) aren’t of the best intentions.

I’m not in denial. I get it. I have a pretty strong personality and it’s not widely popular, especially being a woman.

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But I want to make it clear that Sarah Lee comes first. I have to protect her space at all cost. Whether it’s a friendship or a relationship, I don’t care who you are, that will never supersede the importance of my sacred space.
In conclusion, I give all gratitude to the divine for supplying me with an abundance of amazing male and female friends that make it easy for me to sniff out who are not. I encourage you to strengthen your discernment and never compromise your space for an old or new friendship/relationship that doesn’t feel right.
I’m just sharing my experience.
~Xoxo
P.S. I’m not sure how I’m going to handle this new friendship. Instead of breaking it off without warning, I’ll attempt to point out my concerns. I think. *shrugs

Millennial Millionaire in the Making

I’m a 27-year old single gal with no kids. I casually date here and there and obsessively seek ways to better myself personally, mentally, spiritually, and financially. Sorry to break the news to ya, but we will not be talking about my dating life. It’s not up for discussion! lol What I will let you in on, however, is my finances.

When 2017 began I dedicated myself to actively build my wealth and track my finances. While I was sitting in my home office doing my accounting, I thought that I should share a few things that I’m currently doing to build wealth.

Most articles preach about credit card debt and impulse buying. I never had any credit card debt (only college debt), and if I’m going to the mall I’d more than likely come out with food before clothes. Many articles also talk about retirement as well. The thing is, the idea of saving for retirement is a little hard to wrap your mind around when you’re young. If you didn’t have parents who sat you down to explain it, it’ll be a little hard to convince anyone that starting now is the best thing you can do for yourself as a twenty-something year old. I’ll come back to saving for your retirement later, let’s move on for now.

There’s a saying that I repeat to my Facebook audience when I’m discussing money. That saying is, money disappears from those who has no plans on what to do with it. My point being, if you don’t have a plan for your money every 2 weeks when your paycheck hits your account, it will go quicker than you can sneeze.

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Here’s a scenario. Let’s say you’re someone like me. You don’t spend much on clothes or entertainment. You’re casually dating, and when I say casually dating, I don’t mean you’re out on dates a lot. I mean there maybe 1 or 2 people you’re interested in and you’ve both found other ways to enjoy each other’s company outside of spending a $100 each time you meet. PSA: Dating is also an expense!

Moving on… You work a regular 9-5, you make sure your bills are paid, and you’re always left with about 2-3 hundred dollars to spare. Not bad, but you can’t seem to build a reputable savings account. What can you do with what you have right now, to not only build a strong savings account but to also have a little play money on the side?

Let’s practically break this down.

Point #1 Track every dollar you spend

You know the 3-5 dollars that you spend on coffee every morning without thinking or the $1.50 burger you quickly pick up through the drive-through? Those few dollars are severely hitting your account more than any other $30-50 purchase (to splurge), although you tumblr_m5h1ywslUS1qcz4s2o1_400think you’re saving money by eating a $2 meal. In this case, it’s not about the amount. It’s about the fact that you’re blindly spending without thought or any real reason. The $50 facial and spa that you paid for because you had a rough couple weeks was thought about. You looked around and compared prices. You found a Groupon or asked a couple of friends to come with you for a group discount. Again, it’s less about the amount of money spent and more so about how you practice spending your money. It’s possible that your daily coffee and $2 meal purchases supersede your once in a blue moon $30-50 purchases. Let me tell you, $1.50 burgers add up! Track what you spend.

Point #2 Properly Save

Depending on how much you make, always put a percentage of your paycheck in a savings account. You should have a minimum of $1,000 in savings in case of emergency AT ALL TIMES. Make it clear to yourself that a saving account is for emergency purposes. It’s not extra money you have to spend. Never touch your savings, even if you really need it. Oh, and FYI, being short on your rent or phone bill is not an emergency. You can borrow $200 from a friend. Leave your savings alone! It’s for emergencies ONLY, nothing else.

(Some may say that rent is an emergency, I say NOT WHEN YOU HAVE A PLAN AND BUDGET it’s not.)

Point #3 Take care of your credit If you have student loans like me, start making minimum payments on it. You can make payments as low as $5 a month. Bank accounts as well. If you have money you owe, call them up and begin a payment plan. Even though you’re swimming in debt, proof that you’re paying it off ON TIME counts for something. If credit card debt is something you need to tackle, click

P.S. If credit card debt is something you need to tackle, click here.

Point #4 Retirement

Open an IRA, even if you have a retirement plan at work. Some may say, you’re not old today, why start now? Easy answer, whatever you put towards your retirement today can possibly double if not triple when you’re quote on quote old. More importantly, your contributions may be tax-deductible (depending on your income), but your eventual withdrawals will be treated as taxable income. Click here to read more. The earlier you start the better.

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Here’s what you can do RIGHT NOW!

Start with creating both a personal and operating monthly budget. Write down the prices of all of the things you need to be in tip-top shape every single day. You’re operating budget should list your monthly rent, car payment, phone bill, and health insurance etc. Your personal budget should entail things like hair, clothes, travel, and the cost for personal education (books, online classes) etc. The difference between your personal and operating budget is that one has a list of needs, the other wants. Once you’ve created both lists, you can accurately make decisions on what you can minimize in order to keep more money in your pocket.

Personal Budget Example: If you need a suit for a work trip go to Goodwill instead of buying a brand new suit. Besides, you should always have ONE tailored expensive suit in your closet. For the ladies, instead of buying hair and then paying someone to do it, either learn how to do it yourself or get creative with the hair on your head.

Operating Budget Example: Always, always be on the search for better deals! You can negotiate things like your health or car insurance. All you have to do is ask! Google for better prices, call up your provider and get to work. *Bonus: If you’re mainly using your phone for work, ask your job if they’ll pay for it or if you’re a business owner you can write off your bill.

Next Steps: Go to www.myra.gov and open an account to start saving for your retirement. It’s really easy to open up and all of the information as to how it works is there.

There you have it! That’s it for now. This is what I’m actively doing to build my wealth. I think I’m going to do a part 2 on how to increase your income without having to ask for a raise. Who knows? You may even get to hand in a 3 weeks notice. Stay tuned!

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Building wealth and making a comfortable income is not as hard as you think. I promise you, you don’t have to bust your ass to get the job done. It’s all about working smart and not hard!

Now that you have the information, apply it.

P.S. If you know of any other tips, please share! I’m always looking for better ways to save or to increase my income.

P.S.S. Check out Checkbook on Facebook for great times on how to save.

E N T R E P RE N U E R SH I P

Since Tuesday I have been without my phone. I’m not that tied to it personally, but when you’re an entrepreneur, of course, your phone is the source to just about everything!

Unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of running to a store and getting it fixed due to the size of the company.

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This is the reality of entrepreneurship, however. You’re constantly inconvenienced (it seems) and guess who has to take care of everything? You!

Sometimes I have to slow down and remind myself that I’ll rather deal with the small technical stuff that may go wrong versus the strains of being an employee. But man, what a task to maintain a great attitude while in the middle of being hugely inconvenienced.

I really had to stop and bring some attention to the fact that I wasn’t practicing what I preach to you on my blog. Things was getting from bad to worse to point where I was like, “This has to be a test!16649503_1804541183133306_2778654732109956553_n

These are the times when I am reminded that no matter how advanced you are, or how prepared you think  you are, you’ll learn that there’s always something you need to work on. And most times, it’s something you’ve already learned.

Positivity is just like showering. You have to practice it every day. And once you’ve got it down, the universe is going to send someone close to you to confirm that you’ve got it down.

Neville Goddard’s book “The Power of Awareness”,  “What appears to you as circumstances, conditions and even material objects is really only the product of your own consciousness.”

I think someone should do a Real World: Entrepreneurship because the way people marvel over that word, in my head I’m just like, you have no idea what balances off having the “freedom of your time”.

Well, after multiple phone calls, unread text messages, and no way to get in contact with anyone, I’m taking a minute to slow down and readjust my attitude.

Thanks for listening…

Xoxo

When you have, give!

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And on this Saturday, I just wanted to sleep in! But, today had other plans…

Some people knew, but I have been in the middle of selling some property. I’m back in Florida for a few weeks and I wanted to quickly wrap up what I needed to and leave.
In regards to the property I was adamant on selling, I attempted to rent that specific home on two separate occasions. I tried to help a few people in doing so and ended up on the back end BOTH times. I was, and in some way I still am, over it! I was in that ‘if you can’t come with it, I don’t want to hear’ it mode.
Late last night I get a phone call. It’s my mom (she’s ALWAYS trying to help somebody – God bless her heart) and she tells me of yet another person who needs help. I say my peace and get off the phone. About an hour later, it’s late now, I get a phone call from a strange number. Normally I don’t pick up, but this time I did. It’s the woman my mom was talking about. We talk and I agree to meet her at one of my properties today at 10:30 am.
10:18 am I’m still in bed. I was kinda praying she canceled because I wanted to sleep in so bad, but I called her and she said her GPS had her scheduled for exactly 10:30 am. Me: Uhhhhhhhh! I hop out of bed, brush my teeth, wash my face, threw on some workout clothes and sprung out the door. Thank God I was only 10 minutes away.
After showing her the house I lay it to her straight. Again, I’m over it. I don’t want no hemming and hawing. Seriously!
We talk for a bit and come to a decision. Here’s how the final decision came about.
The woman I met with today, her name is Jo. Jo has four kids. She’s basically homeless and she’s trying to get away (pending a divorce) from her abusive husband. She looked at me and said, “It took courage to say enough is enough after 15 years of abuse, it took courage to start my career, and it took a helluva lot of courage to even leave! I believe what you think about, you bring about, and when your mom came to me with this…”  I intercepted right there and said ‘okay, let’s work this out’ because now she’s speaking my language.
After going over some numbers and dates, we wrapped things up. I congratulated her for taking a leap (especially from getting away from her wack ass husband), I encouraged her to continue following the path she was on, and we went our separate ways.
Before locking up the house and hopping in my car to proceed forth with my day, I came to this realization.
When you have, no matter how many times you’ve been burned, it’s up to you to give or at least offer. Leaders and providers sometimes forget their positions. Coming in we knew the cross it took to bear to get here, but when we do get here we sometimes forget the other sacrifices that pop up along the way.
I don’t want to ever get caught up in my own “stuff” that I forget to give – especially when I’m in a position to give.
It’s simple. When you get, give. There’s nothing you’ll ever lose that you won’t receive back IN ABUNDANCE. 
I was a little grumpy this morning because I’ve been running like a road runner this whole week. But, I Am thankful for this little reminder and I felt the need to share.
We are all abundant in different ways. Never ever forget to PAY IT FORWARD!
Xoxo
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A Universal Reminder

“Thrust in thy sickle, and reap; for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”
– Revelations 14:15

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“All is yours. Do not go seeking for that which you are. Appropriate it, claim it, assume it.” – Neville Goddard; The Power of Awareness

Time and time again I Am reminded that the true essence of who I Am has to be unlocked by my own imagination and by the capacity of which my mind can contain.

Therefore, if I allow my feelings and emotions to wander aimlessly upon the temperature of my environment (a current situation or circumstance), I Am actively creating an image (a world) that I DO NOT WANT.

Take it from me, no matter what, only inhabit the emotions and feelings you desire. Because you will reap what you sow, especially in this heavily saturated time of manifestation.

Every day we are responsible for the ripple effects that occur in our lives. Every joyous and painful experience we encounter, we are the root cause.

We are our wildest dreams! In the good times and the bad times. We are manifesting each moment by the way we feel.

In the good times and the bad times. We are manifesting each moment by the way we feel.

Energy attracts. Your emotions are energetic and therefore it’s (you are) attracting (forming) the life you’re living and will ultimately live.

Take control and master the very thing that is unfolding your life.

Peace x Blessings.

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Pastor O. Jermaine Simmons, give him a break?

I want to first caution my readers and let you all know that this post is outside of the norm of what I would normally write. This story has been floating around the internet and I was waiting for it to pass, but I woke up this morning (after seeing yet another article) and I felt I needed to comment. “They” will NOT let it rest.

Pastor O. J. Simmons.

For those who don’t live in Florida, or anywhere nearby (perhaps you’re in a different country), Pastor Simmons is a pastor (duh) in Tallahassee, FL serving one of the largest congregations in Tallahassee. He’s pretty popular and well-known in the area, if not Florida as a whole.

I was never a member of his church. Although he is a great pastor, his church was never my style, much like Bethel Baptist (another well-known church in the area). I only interacted with his church for a few non-profit initiatives. To me, it seemed that he is, exactly who he presents himself to be and even after this situation, I still don’t doubt that.

For those who do not know him, never been to Tallahassee, or in the U.S., you must be asking why am I telling you any of this. Before I write what happened, I’ll drop a picture of the headline that has been circulating the internet below. Feel free to do your own research.

Popular Florida Pastor Is Allegedly CAUGHT IN BED . . . With WIFE Of A Church Member . . . And Is Nearly SHOT!! (Read The Shocking POLICE REPORT)

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Pretty bad, huh? The comments and opinions are worse! If you seen the movie Friday, life definitely imitated art for sure! Again, feel free to do your own research.

Here’s why I’m publicly formulating an opinion.

My Daddy was a pastor since I was 9 years old and he’s been on his Jesus mission since he was 18– I think even younger than that. So, you can imagine that I came up in Christianity (religion) OUT THE WOMB.

But anyhow, the moment I seen the headlines and figured out it was Pastor Simmons, disappointment rang in my spirit. Beyond that, empathy rang louder. Why? How?

Again, I came up in Christianity out the womb and I can tell you right now, that shit ain’t easy. I was as straight-laced as they come and they still talked about me. Still do…

Being a leader in a church, leading people who, although they respect you and your gift, they’re also waiting for something to go wrong and wondering what the hell is going on in your home, your bed, and in your pockets. I KNOW! I’m not speaking against the church, but I know enough to know… I lived it and am still slightly living in it because I’m still referred to as Pastor Lee’s daughter.

Whether you like my opinion to empathize with Pastor Simmons or not, I cannot participate in verbally burying Pastor Simmons.

“Be Impeccable With Your Word Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.”

From The Four Agreements it says to Be Impeccable With Your Words. As a leader and someone who promotes and lives for inspiring others, walking them through any and every situation with my words, with Pastor Simmons I hope people can

Again, you DO NOT HAVE TO AGREE WITH ME. I can empathize consciously because I’ve been places high in the church and low outside of the church. People talk anyway.

I also know that some people are just called to have a bigger platform to serve others, mistake or not, he’s gift is STILL his gift.

P.S. Because I know some of you need to hear me say, he WAS WRONG! But the truth is, I empathize with Pastor Simmons. He addressed his congregation immediately the Sunday following. I say let the man and his congregation deal and move on. Mistakes happen in your home and my own on a daily basis. Lucky for you and I, we don’t have Pastor Simmons platform.

 

There is no spoon…

The Matrix is one of my favorite movies. I can watch it a million times and get something new from it.

As I was watching The Matrix a couple of weeks ago, this is what sprang to mind:

In order to receive what you want out of life, YOU must adjust to any and every situation, person, and/or circumstance you’ll encounter on your way to achieving your dream. It will not adjust to you.

Remember, it’s YOU WHO WANT IT.

“It is not the spoon that bends, it’s you.”

Adjusting is the process. A process that most quit because of their failure to adjust.

They became their own resistance.

Much like Neo in the movie, most people have a hard time letting go of their old life (who they are without what they’re asking for), instead of surrendering (adjusting) to who they need to become to have and maintain what they’re asking for.

Xoxo

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P.S. The scene where Neo goes to visit the Oracle is my all time favorite. That scene and the one where Neo no longer seeks for validation that he is indeed The One towards the end. Have you seen this movie? If you have, what’s your favorite scene?

Life is a daring adventure…

It’s well over a week (well, only like one day over) into the new year and I’m just now checking in. So bad! With all good reason, though.

I have NEVER experienced losing someone so close to me that it affects almost everything surrounding you. Family, finances, communication, emotions, relationships…you name it! I haven’t even begun to wrap my mind around everything because of how chaotic things have been. My only desire is to MOVE THE HECK ON! But, with all of your might, it seems very resistant on every attempt.

In true Sarah Lee fashion, wherever there is an open door I take it!

Life is a daring adventure…either you do or you don’t.

Outside of my personal transitions, I’m now back into FULL BLOWN entrepreneurship mode. Upon hiding out in the mid-west, I’ve taken upon a few projects to ramp up my new normal and the overall tighten the passing of a parent puts you.

Have you ever been strangled? (I hope not)  That’s what it feeling like almost everyday!

As I sit here at the dining room table, next to the fireplace with an amazing view of the mountains, instead of feeling anxious about all that I have on my plate (like on a normal day), I Am extremely grateful for this space of peace. Honestly, that’s all I wanted or want post my dad’s transition. PEACE – aka a space to deal with everything.

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And then there’s everyone back home and everywhere else buzzing around, asking questions trying to figure out where I am and who I’m with.

By the way, why does a MAN have to be the reason why a girl picks up and runs away for space? smh I’m not that girl, folks, so cut it– no offense to those that are. People and their opinions…

One of my biggest fears is, I don’t want any of what has happened to affect me in the future (emotionally and mentally), because I haven’t given myself enough time to deal with everything. Sure, I Am forever changed, yet there are detrimental things that on an emotional level can affect me if I don’t take time to just DEAL.

Now that I’m  here (in a kind of paradoxical situation), although it’s not ideal, I know it’s purposeful. There are so many decisions left to make and it’s an extremely tough position to be in when you don’t have the person around who you should consult with before making these tough decisions. I may sound optimist and insightful, but it’s a daily struggle to NOT be flat out angry at everything and everyone, including my dad. Terrible isn’t it? It’s the most confusing thing ever.

Even though I am rarely in this weird, “I don’t know” position, here’s what I know for sure.

“Life is full of lessons. However there are no right or wrong answers. Just messages that we hear and follow.”-Unknown

Let this adventure of blind faith through happiness and sometimes sorrow, continue.

Thanks for listening.

Xoxo