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

The Foolish Man

I accidentally clicked on this post while writing a new one. I think it deserves another shot at the top spot!

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Who helps the man who fights national corruption, but engages in his own local corruption himself? Foolish is he to genuinely believe that he is fighting the war of justice, when he himself is the one creating the injustice.

“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”-David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

As our lives are intertwined I ask, who saves the foolish man? The day he realizes that the war is senseless, is the day he realizes that the war is within himself. Every great philosopher, leader, and theorist said,To change the world, one must first change himself.”


We are our own savior, village, and victim. Our heaven and hell. Our up and down. The person we seek and long for, is ourself. No one can save the foolish man, he…

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The Fool & His Money Will Depart

Have you ever thought about what you’ll do if someone were to wire $600,000 into your bank account?

No? Okay. Let’s make this more realistic.

Say, $50,000… Do you know what you’ll do with $50,000?

Let me guess, you’ll pay off some debt, give some to your parents (buy them a house), and splurge a bit. I mean, it’s your money, right?

Well, here’s why you’ll lose that money quicker than you can say Sarah Lee.

Let me make this clear first.

There’s nothing wrong with doing any of the three things I mentioned above. Seriously!

Pay off your debt and please, give your mom and pop something, or you’re going to hell (that’s not in the holy book, but it should be!). I’m saying… 

But here’s the real reason why you’ll be among the plenty who’ve received a ton of cash and have nothing to show for it.

>>>P L A N N I N G!<<<

Have you written down what you’ll do with $10,000? How about $1,000? Better yet, a $100? 

Are you catching my drift? 

The money (receiving a ton of money) is not the issue. Not knowing what you’ll do with it is. 

Money without a plan has no value. 

Where there’s no order (a system where you can keep track of penny) it will go everywhere. Literally! Sooner or later you’ll be wondering where it went. #AFool&HisMoney #Exiting

So again, if someone wired $600,000 to your account right now, what would you do with it?

 

*That’s me telling you to get off your device and pick up a pen and paper and WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU’LL DO WITH EVERY PENNY! If you’re serious anyways.

 

Listen to me, because I know everybody is trying to be wealthy and retire early.

You must plan for a wealthy, successful, and prosperous life.

Because you’ll get the money, the perfect partner, and all the material success your money gives you access too; but, can you keep it?

Write out every detail (down to the last penny).

P.S. By doing so (writing out a plan of action, a POA) you’re signaling the universe to somehow make it possible for you to access that kinda money. By the time you do, you’ll be ready!

When you unintentionally tear up in Public…

I’m sitting here in public about to tear up. Make it stopppp! lol
 
To be a woman, an African-American one, with no background or tangible experience in the tech field, I am beyond the moon in gratitude that I am welcomed and rated.
 
I mean, I communicate with a ton of distinguished engineers and techies on a day-to-day basis. Like, they actually want to talk to me-me!
 

I will never forget what this guy (who built numerous apps) told me after I told him I went to school for the wrong thing. 
I was basically talking his ear off of about how envious I was that he had the ability and skill to take an idea on paper and build it as a tangible application.
He said, “We need you. For the engineers and app developers who know nothing about business, we need you.”
 
Listen…I’m so humbled! You do not know what it means to be a bridge to MANY BRILLIANT and talented young minds and ideas.
 
I have nothing but love and an obsession for technology and innovation. That’s it!
And as I sit here and interact with different software engineers, entrepreneurs and business owners in the tech field, agian, I’m just so grateful!
Man, oh man! I just needed to take a minute to share my gratitude and say THANK YOU!

When you’ve got it all, yet you’re still unhappy…

Let’s cut to the chase!

When your success is tied to achievements, guess what’s going to happen? Just guess.

Let’s use weight loss for an example. Here’s the conclusion from a woman’s perspective. You’re going to lose the weight, get a smaller waist, and a bigger butt and STILL feel as if you’re lacking something.

Listen…

If you’re working hard at something, you’re bound to get what you want. Here’s the thing, though. You’re going to get what you want and then sabotage it.

But why would you do that, right? Great question! Here’s why.

Deep down you already know that you’ve tied your success to something or someone who can eventually leave or be taken from you.

Therefore, before you lose something or before someone walks away from you, you’ll rid yourself of it to feel as if it was a decision you made ie. had control over. Either that or you’ll always be peaking around the corner. Looking for something “better”.

Now tell me, how many times have you done that?

No worries… I’ve done it too. The fear of losing something or having someone walk away from you is real.
Here’s the short answer to solving this very real issue, although it takes a looooong process to completely grasp.
You’ve gotta be happy and content with what you have NOW. Right now! Every roll, love handle etc. All of it!
Have goals and aspirations, yes. However, don’t let those goals and aspirations (“losing the weight”) make up who you are.
Never let it take the spotlight.
You are the star of the show.
Whether you lose the weight or not. #rememberthat
The same applied for relationships. It’s never them, IT’S YOU!

Gratitude, Prayer and it’s power.

The next time you pray (ask for anything from the God you serve) make sure you pray from a place of abundance, confidence, and gratitude.
 
The sad, I want this and that because I’m in a rough place prayers will gift you more sad and worried situations for you to pray for. The power is in the emotional intent of your prayers (your words). All things work in concert.
 
Try being comfortable for everything you have RIGHT NOW. Where you are right now, with all that you have, love all of it so much to the point where you feel like you’ll BURST!
Then, pray.
 
A wise person once said, “gratitude turns what we have into enough.”
This is no magic trick, my friend. The short story is, you HAVE and that is ENOUGH. Love thy neighbor as you love thyself. Everything is your neighbor. Love all of it!
What you want is coming. Relax…