I needed this…helpful reminder.

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When the smoke clears…

As sure as we need air to breathe, life happens. I am finding it most refreshing to have the understanding now that when life happens, you do what you can and step aside. The hardest lesson for me to learn was the “cast your cares” lesson. Knowing when to let go and let God has always been a challenge for me. So, after years of going fast and getting nowhere; after all of the exhaustion from the constant stress from failed plans “I” executed…I had a shutdown. Not a breakdown, a shutdown. I consciously hit a brick wall where growth was concerned. So hungry for success and drained from just knowing what the preparation entailed, I poorly prioritized.

Ironic how a project manager mismanaged her life, isn’t it? During this shutdown, I realized that I was starving for freedom; a freedom that only comes through peace. I can’t pin-point the date and time of this release, but it wasn’t long after I decided to make a commitment to the one who has never let me down and who has been more patient and loving to me than I have ever been to myself. I committed to making my Father God first and foremost in my life. It is so easy to say that He is first, but how you handle life and whether or not you let life handle you confirms if He is where He needs to be. I gave up talking the talk to walk the walk.

I glanced back on the past year of my life briefly and said, “Not another day will I have the losing hand!” I commanded authority over my life, the goals and dreams to come to fruition, the dedication and discipline to be unwavering…like my faith in the Lord. I decided to take a firm stand, not just make a choice. I took a stand against the poor priority management that made provision for petty, distracting, non-conducive thoughts, behaviors, activities, etc. that were eating away at my productivity and my life.

We ALL have them or have had them in our lives at one time or another, whatever or whoever they are/were. Unable to breathe and choking off the false-image of what I thought was wonderful and “all” right with the world, I reached for fresh air. I reached out for the Word of Life. If you ever hit that brick wall and ask “How did I get here?” Immediately answer yourself with the following question, “Isn’t it more than Amazing, that my God loves me anyway and that He is still here?!”

I’m learning through my spiritual studies, fellowshipping and occasional concussion that it is a wonderful life when you realize that you are living and operating under GRACE. I love who I am, because I stand up to my fears…the fears of letting other people down because I can’t be who and what they want me to be; the fear of being alone (a fear I didn’t even know I had, but how I dealt with others proved this to me); the fear of failing…Oh boy!

There will always be bills, there will always be someone or something to press our buttons of “concern”, just don’t let the button of “over-concern” be pushed. At the end of the day, we all have our hand to play that life has dealt us, and we cannot pass it off to the next person. Don’t stress others out with your worries and woes. Burning others out with your “stuff” isn’t helpful to you and it will run others away. Go to God. I don’t know about you, but I am tired of doing things that in no way help me or make me feel better. I am done depleting my “good spirit” reserve on others who offer no exchange of equal value. I am done depleting my good spirit reserve on negative reactions that are my fault because I choose to be loose with my self-control. Simply put…I am so over it. Enough is enough. I am rocking my New Peace gear and am all revved up for spiritual and financial prosperity. So, when the fire alarms have ceased to ring and your “I gotta do/go/have/make/say…” nerves have chilled out; when the smoke clears… He will be there. Just say thank you, and TRUST because He is the one who put out the fire with His love, mercy, grace and peace.

Peace, Love and Empowerment to you all!

Q Speaks

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Werk Your Work: Making the Workplace Rock

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Happy New Year, all!

The way my life is set up, it is important that I put forth an effort to ensure every aspect of my life gets a pop of positivity whenever possible. Especially in the workplace. As many resolve to drop a few pounds, give up smoking, laugh more and many other things that they feel will make their lives better, I would like to get more out of the place where I spend most of my time throughout the year…the office.

This write-up: An Easy Way to Make Your Workplace Happier in 2017  speaks to recognizing your colleagues provides an enlightening dollop of info worth sharing with you. Carry your joy and protect your peace everywhere. #1jq365 #seeyouatthetop

Why Lemonade is Good for Your Health

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Caution: Taking the time to reflect on where you are, how you got there and where you would like to be may result in weak knees and the awareness of lemons flying at your crown from out of nowhere. However, doing so is necessary. We all must perform self-evaluations. I mean, the world around you evaluates you every millisecond of each day; might as well get to know your true self. If you don’t, you could miss the opportunity to dodge a fast pitched lemon and find yourself searching for your crown, instead of sipping on a cool drink of lemonade that you made from it. Champagne splitz in my bag…SWAG.

Face the “makings of you” with courage, LOVE and open arms. There can be only one you and everything that you have encountered and endured has made you the force to be reckoned with that you are today. Be fierce, fearless, faith-filled and forever in flight…growing stronger daily.

I don’t care that it took Beyonce’s Formation to light the fire for you Queens, just keep it burning with your self-awareness and self-love. No matter how the day ends, you will be a part of it so make your position a powerful one. Don’t lose yourself. If you do, you have lost it all. Sip that. 😉 #IJQ365

HELP WANTED! Maybe…

Oh the many benefits and wonders the World Wide Web has placed at our fingertips. A world where travelers caught a glimpse of different cultures, but regular folk and dreamers only watched on the news and read about in the newspapers was now exposed. Not only are resources unlimited now, but celebrities are made overnight, injustices are revealed and to plainly state: everyone’s in your business. In my opinion, the greatest reveal is how we as a people are so compassionate and yet so unforgiving. Thoughts and actions that were once concealed under the “What happens in our house stays in our house” rule nearly cease to exist. Granted this exposure and worldwide involvement has saved many lives and evolved us, but I ask you this, are we overstepping our boundaries when we save someone who doesn’t want or feel they need to be saved? At the end of the day, we are our brothers/sisters keeper but do we save our fellowman and tell them “Deal with it; Trust us. You don’t understand right now, but you’ll thank us later after loads of counseling and prayer”? Your thoughts…

IJQ Speaks and #ImListening

New Day, New Hope – Act 1

To approach a new day and possess new hope it starts with your attitude; a new attitude. For me when I undergo an attitude adjustment, which happens more often than I would like [smile], it starts with me reflecting on where I used to be, where I am and where it is I am trying to go. The result: recognizing my blessings. Getting caught up in complaining and stressing over what it is we “don’t” have starts off with something as simple as a sigh, a moment of silence perhaps, as we ponder over how debt has accumulated, how the aches and pains in our body keep us three smiles shy of a lovely day. The secret here is to tune out the negativity that you are whipping yourself with and quickly stare at your life’s glass and believe it is half full. Take the worry about the bills and say “Well, I’m still here so I will do what I can and give God the rest”. Take those aches and pains and say “Well, I’m still here so I will endure and give it to God”. The constant here: Giving it to God for sake of your Peace.

I invite you to make a conscious effort with me to seek joy and hold it hostage. What makes you smile? What are the things that bring you joy? The world has enough gloom and doom. It is long overdue for love and happiness in abundance. I know just like the next person about those good days, and those bad days. Let’s just refuse to complain and make those bad days worse. If everyday is a sunny day, then what’s a sunny day? LOL

I have noticed that the older I get, stress affects me physically, not just emotionally. That is double detriment to my temple and purpose; I’m not having it. See yourself as royalty and treat yourself as such. Stand firm and know that you are in the position to make sound decisions, and feel confident in whom you seek for counsel…God. Make sure your royal court isn’t filled with people who are out to overthrow you. Decline invitations to pity parties and most certainly refuse to host one for your self. Take this new day and this moment to declare Peace. Command it. Now get to living your life and governing your love under new management with this new hope.

Tune in to Life and Love Under New Management with Q Speaks at www.blogtalkradio.com/qspeaks weekly for real talk about real life with real encouragement and inspiration.

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Peace, Love and Prosperity to you ALL!