Grateful.

Before leaving my place this morning, I decided that I would list 10 things I’m grateful for from this day alone.

1. Morning workout at AMP fitness. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by so many who are committed to making lifestyle changes. We feed off each other’s energy and it is so amazing.

2. Easy recipes. Our admin, Debbie, told me about Paula Deen’s corn casserole and printed the recipe for me. I made two. One for my family gathering and one to take to my friend, Athena’s. Boy were they super easy to make and super tasty.

3. Friends. I’ve had Thursday dinner with the Walkers for a few weeks now and today was no different. I love my girls and catching up with their families.

4. Family. I made it to my Aunt Debby’s and shared many laughs, FaceTime with our peeps over in Cali and watched some football. I even attempted to help my little cousin, Eli with a Lego creation. I was doing so well at first.

5. Technology. My Mom and Papa are in California spending Thanksgiving with my sister, Stacey, Courtney and Cooper. My Uncle Binky and his wife, Aunt Debbie also drove in from Tracy. We were able to peek into their evening via FaceTime and my uncles talked about the Cowboys’ loss. Boo.

6. Pictures. I love being able to capture moments. I’ve captured some awesome pics with some amazing kiddos and I’ve been sent pictures of my family across the way spending some time at the beach. And duh, a family selfie!

7. A Horned Frog VICTORY. Go Frogs!

8. Helping my sister, Tycie, with online purchases. She can do it herself, but I think she just likes asking me to do it.

9. To go plates. I’m moving over the weekend and this will keep me from having to go out to find food. Yummy!

10. God and an intimate relationship with Him. I’ve had many opportunities today alone to just say, “thank you, Lord!” My life is far from perfect, but I serve a God that is.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Stay Charmed,

CC

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Top takeaways from my weekend.

This past weekend I attended Pursuit, an AdvoCare lady’s event, and Lakewood Church, home of Pastor Joel Osteen. If you don’t know by now, I am a professional note taker, and that works in your favor. Here are a few of my takeaways from the weekend. Take what you need, and put the rest in your back pocket for later.

1. Be ready. How often do we pray for something, but are not quite ready to receive the answer? Be ready so when an opportunity comes you’re prepared and don’t have to get ready. 

2. Be intentional. This has been my motto for 2014. In relationships, in conversation, in setting goals; be intentional. Don’t just fly by the seat of your pants, but if you do have a reason for doing so. 

3. KNOW YOUR WHY? Days will be long and even hard so, if you do not know why you’ve committed to your goal, you may not continue the race. Live and breath your why. 

4. As a leader, the greatest  gift is the development of self. Who will you become in pursuit of what you want? 

5. Often times, we attend these great, big meetings and while sitting in that chair we’re motivated and inspired. Don’t forget that feeling when you walk out of the door. Take hold to it.

6. Either you feed your faith & excitement or you’ll battle with doubt and fear. You have options. Which will you choose? 

7. Love people where they are. This is personal to me. I get so excited about things and people just don’t seem to mirror my joy for what I’ve found. That’s okay. Love them where they are. And this is true for everything. I want to see people live their best life. Someone wanted to see me live mine, but loved me where I was until I was ready. 

8. Yes or no, it’s not about you. When I got my first no in AdvoCare, I didn’t take it personal. In fact, that very same day I got more yes’. Rejection is not about you. It’s about that person and what they want for themselves. 

9. Don’t answer questions to which you don’t have an answer. What! How often I see this in Corporate America? Everyone wants to know it all. I accept that I don’t, but here’s what I do know, I’ll get that answer to you after asking someone that does know. 

10. Be willing to step outside of your comfort zone so that others can have their breakthrough. I love to say, “your “been through” could be someone’s breakthrough”. Share your story and share it from the heart. It could very well be what someone needs to hear to move them from where they are to where they want to be. 

11. God is BIGGER than the facts. He is not limited by nature, finances, or even science. Nope, He is bigger than all of that. 

12. If God put a dream in your heart, He will bring it to fruition. Do your part because you can “take to the bank” that He will do His. 

13. When you put God first, He will take care of you. ‘Nuff said. 

14. When things don’t go your way, move forward anyway. This is why knowing your “why” is so important. Because it’s not a matter of “if” things don’t go your way, it’s “when”. When it happens, dust yourself off, and keep moving in the forward direction. 

15. Forget all of the reasons it won’t work, and run with the reason it would. Time out for excuses. When I live in my “excuse box” I end up with a lot of regrets and “what ifs”. Get up and do it and then you’ll know exactly “what”.

This is an abbreviated version of what I learned or was reminded of over the weekend. I also did some 2015 planning and relaxed a wee bit. I urge you to follow your dreams, dare to be different, and above all put God first.

Let me know what you think. Add to this list and share your takeaways with me.

Stay Charmed,

CC