As you think about New Year’s Resolutions and goals this year, take one to heart. Make 2018 the year of picking up the phone and talking to someone instead of texts and emails all the time. Be purposeful in setting time for coffee and lunch with a friend. You may not reach 100 people but at the end of the day isn’t it better to have 5 people who are close to you than 100 people that you can’t tell anyone what their first and last name is and what they enjoy doing for fun? Happy New Year 2018.
December 27, 2005, a man named Marcus Moore asked me to be his wife by heart-shaped fireworks as we watched them from my house. Today is our 12 year engagement anniversary. Many don’t know the whole story, but if you read my book A Story of Faith, you will be able to read in detail how we ended up together. Today is about saying thank you to a man that allowed me in 12 years to become who I am today. In 12 years I completed my bachelors, masters and I am also almost finished with my doctorate of nurse practice. We started a successful wedding business 27 Miracles, a non-profit organization called The Gift of Life, expanded my love of dance to a point where I could go to a competition in a group and win 1st place with my group, performed in ballets, Christmas shows, and musicals. We have traveled to places I have never been before, learned to laugh, and care about others, write books, and become a legal nurse. We had a beautiful baby boy that although born prematurely was the inspiration to start a non-profit to help other premature babies and their families.
I was able to achieve a Master Bridal Consultant designation. My latest accomplishment was the designation of Mrs. Windermere International, through this title I am able to reach audiences I would never have dreamed of reaching for my platform The Gift of Life.
To think he manages all this in my life. I am sure there is so much more …but first of all, I thank God for placing Marcus in my path many years ago and then I thank Marcus for being there for me through the ups and downs of life. Happy 12 year engagement anniversary! A serendipity moment that neither of us will ever forget.
If today you are looking for that serendipity moment in your life, do not worry it will come. I waited almost 8 years for it.
As we approach Christmas Day, let’s take a moment to remember everything we did over the last 23 days through the Christmas countdown and incorporate it into the rest of the year. Take those long walks, coffee and tea breaks with an old friend or a new friend, love on your kids and significant other each day, and enjoy life as it was meant to be enjoyed. We will always have stress, trials, and difficult times at some point in our lives, but how we handle those times will help us get through them.
Tonight read by the Christmas tree with your little ones and remember the times from your childhood and the anticipation for Santa to arrive. If you do not have kids or your kids are grown, sit by the tree and read something that you enjoy and remember those special moments that you had as a child.
One of my favorite past times is walking around the neighborhood to see the Christmas lights. There is something different about walking to see the lights vs just driving in your car. Tonight if you get an opportunity drive to a place that has beautiful lights, park, and walk down the strets to see them. Walking is good exercise but it also gives you an opportunity to disconnect from social media, tv, radios, and the pressing numerous chores left behind.
What a great gift I received for my birthday yesterday. My BFF invited me out to lunch and some last minute shopping at the mall.
When I arrived at the mall I was thinking about how crowded it may be but in the late morning on a Friday it was not overpacked at all. It was pleasant to stroll through the mall and be greeted with a smile from a gentleman that had the look of love in his eyes as he was leaving the mall with a little package from Tiffanys.
I then passed a gentleman with a shopping bag from Prada beaming from ear to ear as he quickly walked around the mall.
I continued to make my way to the restaurant passing yet another gentleman on the phone sharing his treasure with someone on the phone about his gift from Louis Vuitton.
As I approached Tiffany’s I saw two more gentlemen with little bags from Tiffany’s. I glanced into Tiffany’s to see the store filled with male shoppers, talking with the salespeople.
As I proceeded on my journey I looked around and saw mostly men shopping and started to think to myself about the first few people that I saw with their special gifts they selected for their significant others. Not everyone, of course, can spend the prices that Tiffanys, Prada, or Louis Vuitton charge, however when it comes time to selecting a gift for that special someone, it is not the price but the thought that comes from your heart and how you present it.
A simple card that says you love someone and the gift of time may be the gift that will always be remembered. So this Christmas whether you can afford a gift for that special someone or you can’t due to circumstances, take the time to write a beautiful love letter about the way you feel towards that special someone. Really put some thought into what is in your heart, your significant other will treasure that forever.
I finally made it to my lunch with my BFF and realized that we all need days like this to share lunch, dinner, a cup of coffee, or tea with those near to our heart and cultivate those relationships.