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.

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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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.

 

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

Here’s what I’ve learned from Sweet 2016 thus far.

2016 is quickly expiring. Here are TWO very prominent lessons that I’ve learned/relearned in 2016 thus far.
 
I, for the most part, have always been a pretty tough cookie. That doesn’t mean I don’t cry, love hard, or get angry. It actually means the opposite.
 
If I love you, I’d kill for you. 
If I cry, it’ll be hard for me to stop. So, I try not too. In public anyways…
If I get angry, lets just say I have a future and I’m not a fool. I don’t like the feeling and quite frankly, I don’t have the energy to waste. I’ll take exit door #1.
Anyhow…
 
Lesson Numero Uno:
This lesson validates what I just told you above. I put NOTHING…not my future, my heart, or my well-being in another woman or man’s hand. Not ONE thing. All weight is on me!
Now this is not to say that I do not HOPE the people who care about me and are in my corner are not going to be cheering for me along way, providing the things I need when needed. Dammit I hope so! I’ve created a pretty powerful network for that exact purpose. My future is a collective effort. I Am, we are.
However, I CANNOT put that weight or expectation on them. I can’t! Because they couldn’t possibly know and understand FULLY my emotions and burning passion towards my future. But someone does. Me!
 
Lesson Numero Dos:
Any and every obstacle, circumstance, or situation that is diverting me from my plans, is carefully courting me towards my ultimate plan. Therefore, instead of wasting precious energy on wondering what the heck is going on I sit, wait, and flow with the new course I’m being sent towards.
Now, this is NEVER easy as the situation is in progress but I swear to you. If you take a minute to BE STILL and ask yourself, “What do I need to learn?” You will get your answer. Guaranteed!
Let disruptions happen. Sometimes we need to be interrupted in the most annoying ways for us to get the ultimate picture. Just don’t get in your own way throughout the process. Trust and believe that what every is happening is happening for and never against you.
Well…there you have it! The two most prominent lessons that I’ve learned/relearned in 2016 thus far.
Now share with me. What have you learned in 2016?

The little girl inside me is dancing!

Hear me.
 
I just received some crazy confirmations about things I’ve never quite expressed to anyone in detail. Things that are tied to my heart like my unborn children.
 
Listen…
 
Whatever you believe in your heart to be true about the direction of your life, TRUST IT.
 
Never allow anything external (family, friends, life events and/or circumstances) to change the perspective on what you believe is MOST true for you.
 
Whether it’s understood by others or not, trust!
 
YOU know the desires of your heart. YOU know the deepest expression of what makes your heart sing. You know!
 
Never let anyone deny you of that truth.
 
As cliché as it sounds, follow your heart. Follow it! It’ll be and has been your saving grace.
 
Be blinded by the standards and terms of the outside and hold onto what you know is for you.
 
Stay tuned.
P.S. I just had a birthday! Happy birthday to all of my Libras and to those who share a birthday on the 2nd of October with me.
Peace x blessings!

Are you wondering why you’re not in the place you expected to be?

The world, your world, does not LACKING anything.
Meaning everything in your life is a reflection of who YOU are (as a person), and what you can handle and/or give to others – all of your decisions, habits, behaviors, subconscious beliefs etc.
 
It’s the reason you’re single, married, a mom/dad, wealthy or not.
 
Quick example. Have you even seen or watched the show Charmed? It was one of my favorite tv shows a couple of years back. According to Wikipedia, “Charmed is about a trio of sisters, The Charmed Ones, the most powerful good witches of all time, who use their combined “Power of Three” to protect innocent lives from evil beings such as demons and warlocks etc.”
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Phoebe, one of the 3 sisters who make up the Charmed Ones, is the youngest sister. She’s the one who, out of all 3, 110% LOVE the responsibly of saving innocents, sacrificing the opportunity to live a normal life.
 
Phoebe is 95% of the time portrayed as the weaker sister (in her eyes anyways) because she doesn’t have an active power. Premonitions is her power. Phoebe complains all the time about it, and her sisters always assure her of her value.
 
Because Phoebe is SO INSECURE about her power aka her value, demons ALWAYS prey on her. Always!
 
Now, Phoebe is already a Charmed One. She makes up the holy trinity for Christ’s sake! Without her, there is no such thing as The Charmed Ones or the POWER of 3 etc.

 

Are you catching my point?

She is already everything. Her insecurity, which therefore creates the illusion of lack, is self-imposed. All of which spirals a TON of challenges, issues and circumstances to PROVE (to herself, mind you) THAT SHE IS ALREADY COMPLETE. #theprocess
 
In retrospect, that is what life does to us. 
Therefore if you’re wondering if you’re not in the place you expected to be in your life, look within. Ask yourself, what am I not realizing about myself, causing me to believe I’m without?

Life’s reality..

You know what the reality is?
 
Life does not care what you do, who you are, how much money you make, what country you came from, what you drive, what your future will look like, who your significant other is or if you have one etc.
 
Life certain does not consider or care about the unfortunate circumstances of how you were raised.
 
What can happen, will. There’s no gauge or condition to it.
Don’t let your emotions cripple you.
Whether rain or shine, you must be able to get up and continue.
Don’t make what you do, who your with, you future plans (THAT DOES NOT EXIST – yet) dictate your happiness and who you are. What happens if something compromises your career or if that person you’re with leaves you??? Who will you be then?
What’s REAL is what you can feel, touch, taste, and experience.
Experience.
Momentarily.
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Your life is like a glass vase. Handle with care.

Tune in and go get it!

Remember: You can ONLY attract to you the qualities in which you posses.

Therefore whatever you resist, you are drawing to you. Resistance is fear. What you fear, you are or will become.

The time you spend thinking, feeling, or outwardly acting and expressing yourself about the things you don’t want, is attracting and manifesting what you’re spending time on in abundance.

Do you see how YOU DESIGN YOUR OWN LIFE?

Let go of the things you don’t want and pick up the things you get.

Get AWAY from the people you do not desire to be and GET AROUND those that you do.

MOVE to the place you want to live.

LOVE the person you want without trying to match everything up.

GO after the things, unicorns, and aspirations you deem impossible.

More (magic) is what you’ll get. ABUNDANCE.

Just DO IT!

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