Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Have You Counted Your Blessings Lately?

I love this time of the year! When Thanksgiving comes around the mood changes and love is in the air. People travel to spend time with their loved ones or open up their homes to friends who maybe far from their families. Great stories are shared around tables and you are guaranteed that turkey this and turkey that will be the meal for the next many days! Homes get decorated in preparation for Christmas. Radios start blasting Christmas songs everywhere. The festive season is here. 


In a world where virtually every holiday has been commercialized, “Black Friday & Cyber Monday” used to be a day but now they are a week long! I watched in amazement as people trip over one another to get the “deal of day.” Holiday sales now month long and folks are busy buying stuff they don’t need unaware that they are laying a foundation of going into the next year in more debt! 

Could we have lost the essence of gratitude in the pursuit of more? I think we have. We have become a society with so much yet we experience so little joy in our lives. We casually say, “thank you” out of tradition and not from the depth of conviction. Have we become so entitled and become blinded to the most important things in our lives? Have you counted your blessings lately? 

I want to share with you my life lessons about gratitude or being thankful and I hope that it gives you a different lens through which you can count some your blessings. 

My grandmother always told me - “Son, in life there will always be people with more than you have and there will be those with less than you have. The key to being fulfilled is to always be thankful for what you have now.” Melody Beattie say, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home and a stranger into a friend.” How so very true! Gratitude turns what we have into more than enough.

Gratitude gives us strength to go through adversity in our lives. It gives us the strength to stand up again. It gives us the hope for the future, empowering us to keep moving for a better tomorrow. Be thankful for the tough lessons of 2014 and stand up with a refreshed hope and excitement for the coming year.

Gratitude gives us a renewed purpose for our lives. Sometimes we are faced by life altering realities in our lives that shake the very core of our being and gratitude gives meaning to the meaningless as long as we choose to see the best in all things. Gratitude allows us to mine the gold from every circumstance.

Gratitude is the cure for the destination disease. The someday disease-when I get a better job, when I get a better spouse, when I start a new business, when I retire! Quit postponing your joy! I love what Robert J. Hastings says: “Sooner or later we must realize there is no ideal destination, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life outdistances us. So stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, climb more mountains, eat more ice cream, go barefoot more often, swim more rivers, watch more sunsets, laugh more and cry less.Life must be lived as we go along. Relish the moment is a good motto.”  I say, all we have is this moment - NOW live like you are grateful to be alive.

Gratitude opens the doors of opportunity and blessings to flow your way when we become intentionally grateful to those around us. We all need someone to believe in us,to build us, to guide us or support us on our life’s quest to fulfill on our purpose. Be thankful for your family, friends, mentors or the relationships you have right now. They are your blessings on the journey.

In conclusion, gratitude gives you perspective, gratitude gives you strength in times of adversity, gratitude gives purpose, gratitude gives you joy and fulfillment right now and finally gratitude opens the doors of blessings to flow your way. Count your blessings daily and always be a blessing to others around you. 

I thank you for your time. I thank you Lolade Onashile for the opportunity to serve you and your readers. Wishing you all a very blessed and wonderful holiday season my friends.


What are you most grateful for? Please share below.


 Live, Love and Share,


Guest Blogger: Njeru is a Co-Author with Brian Tracy of the bestselling book “Change Agents”. Certified Speaker, Coach & Trainer with the John Maxwell Team. Founder of The Leaders University. Njeru Nthigah is passionate about educating, empowering and equipping leaders. He also works with individuals to help them find, develop and live out their unique purpose. He currently lives in New Jersey. You may connect with his via social media:




Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Place to Give Thanks!

With Thanksgiving a few days away.  I have put together a really simple, easy, and fun DIY for you. Here is a little token to get your family and guest involved in thinking about what they are thankful for at the dinner table!


Collect all your supplies and available to use.


Measure and cut out your kraft paper
Use a window for tracing or a flat surface.  

Finally, you have a ready to use placemat. 

What you'll need:

1. As many 20" x12" (roughly) pieces if kraft paper as you have people  at your table 
2. White paint pen (used the Recollection brand at  Michaels)
3. This printable template that reads "I am thankful for.." to trace on the kraft paper
4. Use window or other surface that can be used to trace on


When you complete your own DIY project for you and your family tag me on Instagram @loladenotes.  Remember to live, love & share!


Happy Thanksgiving!






















Thursday, November 20, 2014

It only gets better when you get better!

Hey Good People!

I hope you are having a great week and gearing up for turkey day next week!  This year has really flown by fast.  I am reflecting on how much has changed.  

I have to say that I have grown so much as a woman.  I am feeling more comfortable in my skin.  I am learning to embrace failure by failing forward.  It is okay to ask for help and it is okay to step into the unknown.  The truth is if your life is not evolving then you are not growing.  How do you know if you are growing?  

1. You experience discomfort.
2. The things that interested you yesterday no longer interest you today.  That can be things or people.
3. Your focus is peeked toward where you want to go vs. where you currently are.

I want to encourage you to intentionally keep growing and be present while on your journey.  I want you to enjoy the moment.  It might be easier said then done, but life is worth living, loving and sharing. 

Check out the new banner on the blog!  Also I have a fun blog post to share with you on Tuesday.  Make sure to come back now!

LO

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

4 days / 13 moments

Hey Everyone! It has been a while since I have been on the scene.  I have been busy with travel, work, and  love.  These photos of our trip to Tenn. is long over due.  I can now cross the Smoky Mts. off my bucket list.  The trip was over Columbus weekend (how ironic considering we went to an Indian Reservation).  Enjoy your week and see you again on Thursday!  Remember to live love share.

Left this at home for a weekend with nature


Relax Reset Revive!











Going to the reservation was interesting need less to say.
 I think I was expecting more. This picture and costume was more
for the tourist.













Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Happy New Year!!

Thank you everyone who have been supporting the blog and providing great feedback.  Please do not forget to tell friends about the blog and leave me a message.  

I have been really present and reflecting on the fact that this year is almost over.  I almost feel like if you have not gotten in that trip you wanted to go on, finish that project you half completed or start that 2014 New Year's Resolution you might be somewhat behind.  Instead of waiting for January 1st to reflect on the year and plant new seeds for the new year; why not start now? Why not make your goals count now? Stop waiting to live your goals in January and start living today.  

Here is how I plan to start/continue living...

1. I want to go on more road trips 
2. Balance my check book and save 
3. Take my first cruise some where warm
4. Find more DIY projects to complete and share with friends
5. Bake a cake from scratch 
6. Have friends over to celebrate a new season 
7. Write thank you cards or just thinking about you note cards to friends and love ones
8. Get a bike and ride 

How are you planning on living your life now?
Remember to live, love, and share.

See you again on Thursday!

LO 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Who is that on the other line...?

Morning loves!  I hope everyone is having a great week  I am looking forward to spending  my weekend relaxing, refueling and renewing.  I wanted to get your opinion on something again.  Do you mind if your significant other talks on the phone with the opposite sex?  I noticed that my man (who I blush over) has more female friends then male.  It does not bother me that his contact list is filled with name after name of females.  But I am curious who out there would have a problem with their significant other sharing conversation after work with the opposite sex.

I trust that  my relationship is based on integrity and I know that we are both pretty independent people that see the value of building friendships with individuals.   We both came to the table with our own set of friends and we continue to build a network of friends together.  I do think that there has to be a mutual respect and boundaries.  Is respect not enough?  Do you require more?

What you say!?

xo,

LO