7/26/15

#Missionaccomplished

 

 
This weekend I hosted the GF Surprises Presents "Inspire Me" Brunch.
I wanted to simply gather like minded women who are established entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs. I wanted to back out several times but I am a big believer in doing what I say I am going to do. Nothing irks my soul more than a person who doesn't follow through.
 
 
 
I'm so glad I followed through. It was exactly what I wanted. A room of women sharing stories on how they plan to or how they started their businesses. I am at that exact cross path between mommyhood and transitioning careers so being surrounded by people who have already done it is exactly what my spirit needed.
 
 
Now that the brunch has been checked off my to do list, I'm officially sitting down until the baby is born. I have a few more weeks to go so now I'm just going to focus on GF Surprises and nesting.



 
Dress from ASOS (Here)
P.S. Get used to Zara in my pics, she is my shadow. LOL
 
 

To see more pics from my networking brunch, check GF Surprises Instagram here
Thank you to everyone who came to share and to those who texted me their support.
I am considering doing a follow up social in December. I'm not sure yet.


7/19/15

The Default Dress




 
ASOS dress (sold out)
Rachel Zoe Sandals via Marshall's for $39
Forever 21 Sunnies




 
I've had this dress for over a year.
I tend to throw this on any time there is a daytime semi "dress like you are going somewhere" dress code.
Going to a baby shower?
Throw on this dress.
Going to a barbecue?
Throw on this dress.
Why?
Because it's easy.
It's thin.
And long.
Perfect for the summer.
(P.S.... a little over  a month before I deliver this next and LAST baby:)
 
What is your default dress code?
 
(Have you done something unexpectedly kind for someone? Click here to do it!)
 
Also, if you're in Houston, you still have time to sign up for the networking social hosted by me! Click here!

7/13/15

GFS Presents...






Dress from Urban Outfitters (Here)
Lace dress worn as Jacket: Forever 21
Heels: Aldo (here)
Clutch Cover: Clutched and Covered
7 More weeks to go!




Feeling a little Kim Kardashian-y in this look. 
Except my dress is not smushing the top of my baby's head. 
Just saying....






Also, If you're in Houston, I'm hosting a Networking Social. 
It's really small since this is my first time at it. 
I found that as I began to become involved with all things "entrepreneurship" that I didn't find a lot of  opportunities to mingle, network and learn from like minded women. 
And let's be honest, that's exactly how my business, God's Favorite Surprises was born. 

So, I have space for about 13 more people to attend. 
If you have a business or you are on the verge of starting a business, this could be the perfect event to hang out, nibble on bites, share and hear stories to encourage you. 
Which is the whole point really. 

If you are interested, please go to this Facebook Post and leave your email address. 
I will then send you an exclusive Eventbrite invitation to confirm your space. 
It should be fun!! 

P.S. Thank you all for the kind words of support about me launching my business! 
Be sure to check out the site and order something! 
Someone will love to receive your gift of kindness! 

Also, a special shout out to my Career Coach Lisa Lucario! 
When I had the itch to change careers, she literally was the first person I contacted and said, "I need to be a paying client. I need accountability." 
I still meet with her twice a month. It helps me stay focused and keeps me on task. 
You can find her here...and she does sessions via Facetime/Skype. 
It's worth it! 

7/6/15

Introducing.....



The baby is here!
 Okay, not that baby, I still have 7 more weeks to go! 
But my other baby! 
My new business! 
I'm an entrepreneur officially today! 

( www.godsfavoritesurprises.com ) 

I've been working on this probably more than I have been focusing on the baby in my belly but I believe it is so worth it! 

God's Favorite Surprises is a personal concierge business/service where I serve as YOUR CONCIERGE OF KINDNESS! 

Everyone is busy these days and that often gets in the way of saying simple things like "Thank You or You Inspire Me" to the most deserving people in our lives. After a few chance encounters with me performing those simple random acts of kindness, a business was born! 

I'm excited beyond words to finally share with you. Mainly because it's something that I believe is needed. We have enough bad news bombarding us every single day, why not be a part of someone's good news!?!?

Click here to find out everything you need to know. And don't forget to share with your friends or better yet, Order something from me! This is truly a labor of love. 

Don't forget to follow God's Favorite Surprises in the following social hangouts! 

Twitter here
Facebook here
Instagram here

Here are a few quotes that have been my motivation throughout this process...

"I want to look back on this exact date a year from now and say, I am so glad I bet on myself!" (That's totally my own quote!)

"Create the things you wish existed" 

"Don't let someone who has done NOTHING tell you how to do ANYTHING!" 
Ummm hmmm! Preach! 


(P.S. I will still blog here but I also have a business blog that you can keep up with...
Here is the first business blog post....  click here
Wish me luck! A sister's got babies and bills!!! 
Be a part of the movement! 
#gfsurprises
#inspirethenextwoman

Let me know what you think! 

Special creative shout out thanks to Dana of Pardon My Fro and Rocquelle of Consider Me Lovely for rocking with me from beginning to end! 

6/14/15

I'm So Out of Practice!


First of all, I found my camera! 
Actually I found 3 of them! 
So ridiculous. 
So, I  thought why not actually use the camera. 
I'm so out of practice. 
I forgot how to be a blogger. 
I felt so awkward taking these pics which is why I took like 5 pictures and was like screw it. 
Zara was certainly not being cooperative. 
Hopefully this will spark a few more outfit posts throughout the summer. 
We'll see. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know I'm working hard this summer...in this Texas heat...28 weeks pregnant trying to get my new business venture underway. 
I'm allowing myself until August 1 to move around and still shake. 
After that I'm shutting it down. 
I'm due August 20th-ish. 
So, I'm going to try to get as much done as possible before I have to go into infant baby mode for a while. 

Be sure you are following me on Instagram and Facebook to be kept in the loop!
Oh and if you're in Houston,  I have something coming up small and intimate at the end of July that a few of you might be interested in. 

You can find my ASOS dress here...I need to get the length altered because I'm a shortie but I just decided to wear it anyway. I also changed the straps because I'm a busy body. FYI, ASOS dresses tend to run a little big. Hence, the overlapping in the back but whatever. I'm pregnant, I didn't care on this particular day:) 


5/29/15

One Picture, Soooo Many Words

 
(28 weeks pregnant)
 
Oh.
 Hi!
Hey!!!
If you only knew!
So much.
Just so much.
 
I'm sure you have figured out from the sporadic posts that I heavily contemplated closing down this blog.
Mainly because my life has changed so much and documenting my outfits just wasn't super important to me.
Then there's the whole "over saturation" of style blogs thing,.
How many outfits can I show you that are earth shattering?
Not that many.
The problem is/was that I have always blogged my life/journey/interests through my outfit posts so I felt like I would miss it if it were completely gone.
I didn't want to turn this into a mommy blog because seriously...aren't there enough of those lol!
So I just sat.
And worked.
And took care of my family.
And sat.
Started having more and more bad days at work.
Still super pregnant.
Kept feeling this shift in my spirit.
 
All of that was happening but yet I didn't know what to say here in this space.
I've never been great at small talk.
Ask my family.
They hate that about me.
Ask my friends.
It amuses them.
If I don't have anything meaningful to say at any given moment, I don't say anything at all.
I would much rather sit in silence and judge people. (Just kidding!)
I don't like filling up space with meaningless banter.
So I didn't want to do that here on the blog.
If you follow me on Instagram and on my Facebook you may have picked up a clue or two on what I have been focusing on for a while.
"Creating the things that I wished existed."
 
So long story short, I've been teaching for over 15 years now.
Every year, I grew unhappier.
Every year, I became deflated by the politics.
But it's job security, right?
Not these days.
Well, one thing led to another and this is my last year teaching...in the traditional sense of the word anyway.
I literally have 6 more days of teaching.
But I'm soooooo okay with it.
You have no idea.
 
 
This new development has now led me down the path of entrepreneurship.
A scary path.
An unknown path.
But a much desired path.
A path I had no idea I even wanted a year ago.
A passionate path.
I'm still ironing out the kinks now but please know that I will let you know when everything has launched.
I teach high school seniors and I'm always preaching "You can be anything! You can do anything!'
But I wasn't practicing what I was preaching.
I literally can not live another year and not follow my true path.
One that will hopefully inspire others to go for it.
 
The truth...
I'm scared as shit.
Not to mention that I'm 7 months pregnant as I type this.
And I'm turning 40 in 3 months!
What a time to make major life changes!
I'm scared.
But proud of myself.
And I'm more scared of NOT going for it than failure.
 
I'll be able to talk more about it soon.
Which leads me to the point of this particular post...
I'm not shutting anything down over here.
I love connecting with you guys.
And let's face it...
You get me.
The last few months have left me bubbling with things to share and I realize that I do have a voice on this blog.
A voice that resonates with so many of you.
There may be an occasional outfit post here and there because I still go out of my way to not look busted but moreso I want to take you along for this next chapter of my journey.
I don't have everything figured out. (Not like step by step anyway...)
But I do know me.
And if nobody is going to bet on me...
I damn sure will!
 
My ultimate goal is to make my husband proud of me.
For my children to think that I am fearless.
And for me to inspire other people.
 
I have 3 specific projects I'm working on this summer.
One of them is delivering this baby boy in August!
Thank you for riding with me all of these years!
 
( Photo above: I specifically chose to document this day. Pregnant belly and all because this is the day that I want to look back on and say "Man, I was scared about the future this day but I officially went for it. This is the day that things started to change." No make up. 28 weeks pregnant. Almost 40 but on my way to who I truly want to be.)
 
(Have you ever been scared shitless but excited at the same damn time? lol....please share!) 
 



3/18/15

Well, Hello There!

 
I'm just going to get right to it! I just realized that I mentioned this news on Facebook and Instagram weeks ago...(Do you follow me?) but I just realized that I didn't share it with you guys!
 
 
I am pregnant again!
17 weeks today!
And it's a boy!
Chile.............
The first trimester was TERRIBLE! I hated it so much! But the second trimester is allowing me to be productive. I have been SUPER stressed out about my job and other things so I've been trying to keep myself in check.
 
 
I'm a lot more laid back this time around when it comes to getting prepared. No rush. I've been here before. The baby is due in August. In TEXAS. That means HEAT. HOT! SAUNA!
Ugh.
 
Just thought I would let you know!
By the way, Zara is doing great! She will be 2 in May and we decided to not have a party this  year.  Minnie Mouse cupcakes at home should do the trick.
 
And if you would do me a solid...could you please click this link to answer a quiz survey for me!
It is SUPER QUICK!
(Feel free to share the link to any of your working friends/associates between the ages 25-55)
Here is the link again....
 
 
 
And thanks to Shanda Ferguson ( @_shandart on Instagram) for this beautiful illustration!!!! I just love her! (The pic and Shanda!)
 
 

12/16/14

Hi There!



 (Dress from ASOS)
 
I know. I know. I know.
I don't have any excuses.
So much going on but nothing at all.
I have had so many epiphanies in the past months that it would take all day to explain them.
I'm sure I will share in time.
I miss blogging.
I almost deactivated the blog more than a few times.
And something kept me from doing it.
I have so much to say.
From the recent events of police brutality to my recent epiphany that I am an adult and now I'm dealing with things that we all thought we would never face.
I'm having hard time dealing with things I can not control.
Like I had control before!?! #hilarious
I do keep an active Instagram account so none of these pics are new and they are indeed all IPHONE pics but I realize that people may think I have fallen off the face of the earth.
I haven't fallen.

 
 (Dress from ASOS)



 

Still enjoying mommyhood.
She is 19 months old and most certainly has her own personality.
She is incredibly independent which makes me smile more often than not.
She is 12 days strong without her pacifier.
#triumph
 

 









Here are some shots of my haircut/color I got in September. I'm currently wearing braids to grow it out a little.



 (Cornrows going to the side/back of my head and then box braids on the other side. )
 
Don't give up on me!

8/10/14

GFS Featured In Rosie Teapot Magazine!



Check me out in Issue 2 of Rosie Teapot magazine here!! 
My story begins on page 44. 


The entire magazine is a delight to read honestly. 
I seriously waited until I had some alone time to read it in peace for two straight hours! 
 It is so good! 
Check out Issue 1 also. I love Rosie's voice! 
Thank you Rosie! 








7/31/14

Run. Tell That!



Here are some Iphone shots from my trip to New Orleans earlier this month.
If you follow me on Instagram and FB, then these are nothing new.








I seriously should have been paid by Forever 21 and ASOS for this trip because everything from head to toe came from one of those places. 



A few years ago, you could not pay me to wear shorts.
I probably would even complain about my weight. (This is the heaviest I've ever been)
But considering I almost DIED last year after giving birth (due to Congestive Heart Failure), chile please! 
Legs. Ass. Thickness everywhere. 
Who gon' check me? 
I'm working on the weight (as well as another baby), but I'm not going to dress like I am depressed about it. 
#runtellthat





By the way, thank you for all of you who have been reading my blog for years. 
You've witnessed me blog through graduate school, a wedding, a pregnancy and now mommyhood.
Thank you for riding with me! 
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