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Being Intentional | Six Months Later | 3 Victories & Lessons Learned

6 months ago, I made a firm commitment to BE INTENTIONAL with my living. And it has been phenomenal! If you missed that post, click here: A Lesson on Being Intentional!! So I’m here, six months later, sharing 3 victories, and 3 lessons learned!

What I’m Celebrating:

1. I “started” a profitable crochet braids business; Hair Slayed by Reese.  I got seriously serious about my business and my brand, which has grown beyond what I could have even asked for! And it’s still growing! God is so good, and I’m telling you when you’re obedient, He will show you what that “Exceedingly, Abundant” life truly looks like! I’m working on some amazing things to help those who are looking to transition, and build their own empire as an entrepreneur.  Yaaasss!

2. My honey and made it a point to go on an “out-of-the-country” trip, and we made that happen! The Dominican has been changed forever, because we were there <3! If you missed that post, you can read about our “Baecation” here. We are already planning our next get-a-way! We are so committed to building a strong foundation and spending time together. No longer waiting for the perfect moments to celebrate us and LIVE LIFE! All we have is NOW! 

3. I’ve experienced a mindset shift! I’ve been consistent in posting, and testing new ways to get new content to you. I posted my first (of many) podcasts, hosted 2 successful series, and I am so humbled by the feedback from those of you who have been touched, encouraged, and MOTIVATED to get to work in your own livesIt is my PASSION to EMPOWER you to live your best life; MINDSET, BUSINESS and RELATIONSHIPS! I am so grateful for your continued support and all the love! I promise you I am committed to growing and becoming ALL that GOD has ordained for me to be; Wife, Speaker, Slay consultant!

The next few months are going to POP!

Now for the lessons! Man, I’ve  learned so much about myself. You see getting INTENTIONAL about your living, doesn’t mean you’ll have this perfect life. Ha! Don’t believe that lie!  Yes, your life will be the better for it, especially as you allow God to use you… But there will be challenges to overcome. 

I’ve learned to:

1. Change the way I talk to and about myself! HUGE!!!! If you’ve read even just one of my posts, then you know, I preach “SPEAK LIFE”. Yes, I am an “encourager”, but let’s be real… that negative mindset is always lurking, waiting to make an appearance in our moment of weakness! So I had to “be ye always ready” to combat those torturous thoughts that try to rob me of my purpose and confidence! 

2. Affirm myself/my life, daily. Speaking God’s truth (OUT LOUD) over my life, my marriage, and my business endeavors. During the good time and the challenging moments,  I am learning to literally say things out loud to combat the negative thoughts. Like I said those negative thoughts (which leads to negative talk) are always lurking, so we have to BE READY for combat, and speak life!

3. I am learning the importance of planning and being prepared. (I need strength, daily.) Having to wear a number of different hats during the days, I had to learn to find balance (still working on this).  Setting a plan for my day, doesn’t mean everything goes as planned —(even now I’m working on a special treat for you ladies and the technology isn’t working as I’d hoped)— but it gives me a guide for how to map out what I need to do. Also, planning ahead has been huge for me! I NOW know to pray and ask God for direction on what to do with my day. Like legit, “Lord show me the intricacies of what You would have me to do”.  And He always leads me. It’s so funny because sometimes, it’s totally not what I want to do, but when I do it… it’s exactly what I NEEDED to do! God’s ways are so perfect, y’all. I love Him!

I know I still have growing to do.

I have not arrive,  but I am too committed to my purpose to even consider stopping now! Living for Him is so Lit, and I’m hyped because I know the best is truly yet to come! I am so excited for all that the next 6 months has in store! Stay Tuned!

-Reese

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Unleashing Your Greatness | “The one Thing That’s Holding You Back”

Hey ladies, it’s Monday so you already know I’m hyped! It’s week 4 of the “Unleashing Your Greatness” series, and I’m so excited to have a very VERY special guest on the blog today; my wonderful hubby Mr. Arkeem Dennis! This week we are talking about “The ONE thing that’s holding you back!  It’s time to SHIFT! Watch and BE ENCOURAGED!

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Unleashing Your Greatness || Week 2 “The Power of Your Story”

Hey ladies, Happy Monday!!!! It’s week 2 of the “Unleashing Your Greatness” series. I do hope you’ve made the best of last week in using the 3 questions to help guide you through the next few weeks. If you’ve missed week 1, click here

Today, we are focusing on The Power of Your Story! Many times we hide behind our past, instead of sharing our triumphs.  Well, I’m here to tell you that your story has power, and may be the very thing God uses to propel you into your purpose! So I’ll be the first partaker, and share a bit more about my life.  It’s time to LEVEL UP and speak boldly about the amazing work God has done in our lives, and how we have overcome.  It’s time to UNLEASH the greatness within!  Enjoy and be Encouraged!

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Unleashing Your Greatness | 3 Questions to Help You See the You that God Sees

Hey ladies, Happy Monday!!!! I’m here with another 4-week series, “Unleash Your Greatness“. It’s time to live your ABSOLUTE best life, and today we are focusing on Seeing the You that God Sees! Many times we believe the “truth” that others speak over our lives, whether in our relationships, work spaces or even through social media.  It’s time to LEVEL UP and get back to believing the truth that GOD has spoken over your life. It’s time to UNLEASH the greatness within!  Get your notebooks out, and join me for what’s sure to be an eye opening journey! Enjoy and be encouraged!

 

 

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5 Expert Tips for a Successful Fitness Journey | An Interview with Certified Personal Trainer, Patricia Opong-Brown

Hey ladies, as you know in last month’s posts,  I’ve shared about my fitness journey! Many of you have popped into my DMs to ask for more details on how to get started and keep going.  So I thought, what better way to get you ladies what you’ve asked for than to partner with the expert! In today’s post, I’m sharing the expert fitness tea, as told by Patricia Opong-Brown, Certified Personal Trainer! Check out her 5 expert tips for a successful fitness journey! Enjoy and be encouraged!

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1. What is the best way to start a fitness journey?

Depending on your medical history, the first step is to get clearance from your doctor to rule out any restrictions. Second, define your why (weight loss for improved health, run a 5k, do 10 push-ups etc). Fitness is a habit for life, not a temporary fad. Once you determine your why, you can seek the help of a personal trainer, a registered dietitian or a nutritionist, join a gym, or take classes online such as on YouTube.

2. What is the best way to stay focused?

Set a goal that is realistic and manageable for your life. For instance, if you want to lose 40 pounds within a certain period of time, set small goals. Often times, people set goals that they want to complete in a short time period, and end up disillusioned when the pace of weight loss starts to slow down. Loosing one to two pounds a week is realistic, and will keep you motivated. Regarding time at the gym, it’s better to exercise a certain number of days per week than to generally tell yourself that you’ll workout. For instance, exercise three times a week and stick to that goal.

3. Any expert advice on food/balance?

I highly recommend you seek the help of a registered dietitian or nutritionist to help with healthy eating. In my experience, using an app such as MyFitnesPal is a fantastic way to track the food that you are eating and exercise to help you loose weight and stay motivated.  Remember that most of weight loss starts in the kitchen; keep yourself on track.

4. What is the best workout schedule to adopt?

I’m a strong proponent of adopting a routine that fits your schedule. When you do what works for you, you have a high probability of sticking to it. For instance, if you’re not an early riser and I tell you to workout first thing in the morning, you may not stick with it. If you’re exhausted or have a busy schedule in the evenings, but I tell you to exercise, you won’t stick to it. Do what works for you so that you’ll be consistent and set yourself up to succeed.

5. Any other tips/pointers you’d like to add?

There are no shortcuts to fitness or weight loss. Don’t compare yourself to anyone in a self defeating way. Instead, find motivating folks in your life or online. Due to genetics, you’ll loose weight and build muscle at a pace that works for your body. Remember this is a lifetime habit. When you fall off the wagon, dust yourself off and continue.

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Patricia Opong-Brown has a Masters Degree in Communications from Washington State University. She has been working in the fitness industry since 1997 and is a certified Group Exercise and Personal Trainer through Athletics and Fitness Association of America. Patricia currently works at L. A. Fitness and coaches at Orange Theory Fitness in Woodbridge.

You can connect with Patricia on IG @Afuah_Opong on Facebook Fitness with Patricia