New Beginnings

Hey! Hey! Hey!  It’s January 2019, the beginning of a brand new year.  I am feeling grateful to be alive to see a new year and hopeful about what this year will bring.  I’ve got so much to tell you.  I am making some bold moves to reclaim my time.  I returned to the Nursing profession recently.  I am currently in orientation for a Baylor weekend nursing position.  I will be working twelve hour shifts every weekend.  It is already altering our lifestyle because I have been away from my children for the first time since they were born.  Also, the weekends are the times when their father is home and we do things as a family.  So, I know that I will miss those family adventures but, I feel like this is the best decision for our family’s financial well being.   My son graduates this Spring and he will need our financial assistance to be able to afford college.  I want to be in a position to help my children.  So, say a prayer for me because it is a huge adjustment and I am no longer a young, spring chicken. (LOL)

Another huge accomplishment is the publication of my first book entitled, “Reclaiming My Time.”  I just completed the publication process on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.  The book still needs to go through Amazon’s review process.  Then, it will be available in paperback and on Kindle.  I am super excited.  This is a goal that I have been dreaming about since I was a kid.  I have always wanted to be a published author.  Praise God for blessing me to see my dreams coming to fruition.  I am so humbled and grateful.  Please do me a favor and purchase my book when it becomes available and, then, leave a positive review on Amazon.  Thank you in advance.

Well, this is just a short update for now.  I will keep you posted about all of the ways that I am reclaiming my time.  Please interact with me and leave comments on what actions you are taking to reclaim your time. I want to hear from you!!!!

 

 

Holiday Happiness

Hello My Fellow “Reclaiming My Time” Travelers,  we are in the thick of the holiday season.  Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas is just around the corner.  For some of us, the holiday season brings sadness instead of Christmas cheer.  I have always loved the holiday season.  Christmas has always been my favorite holiday.  I love the beautiful Christmas decorations and the spirit of Christmas that makes everyone kinder and more compassionate.  There just seems to be a special sprinkle of love in the air around Christmas time.  People will actually say hello and open doors for you.  I wish that the spirit of Christmas would last the whole year.

This year feels a little different for me.  My family has lost several loved ones over the last few years.  My older sister died in 2016.  My husband’s baby brother died in 2017.  Several close cousins have also passed away.  So, this year, I feel the loss of those loved ones.  I was recently looking back over some old family photos.  We were close as a family in those days.  We didn’t have a lot of money but, we were united as a family.  We knew how to make the best out of what we had.  We would go to the dollar store and purchase a badminton set and call our family and friends over for a day of friendly competition.  We would have so much fun just laughing and playing our dollar store game.  We didn’t realize it then but, those were the good old days.  Everyone was healthy and happy just being together.  Looking back on those photos, I wish that I could go back and know then what I know now.  I wish that I knew that half of the family members in those pictures would not live past their fiftieth birthdays.  I wish that I could turn back the hands of time and fully love and appreciate the people that I was blessed to call my family.

We can’t go back in time but, we can start with today and make it a practice to show love and appreciation for the people that we are blessed to share this journey with.  Live in the moment.  Enjoy the everyday joys of life.  Laugh with those you love.  Be sure to tell them that they are loved and appreciated.  I guess what I am asking you to do is to allow the spirit of Christmas to live inside of you the whole year.  Show love and consideration for others everyday, not just at Christmas time.  Cherish those people who remain in your life.  One day they will be gone and you will miss them dearly.

You can find holiday happiness simply by having a grateful heart.  Be grateful for the people that you have in your life.  Be grateful for the daily blessings. Be grateful for God’s provision in your life.  Extend a helping hand to someone who is having it harder than you.  My family volunteers for a lot of charity work during the holiday season.  Nothing makes me happier than feeding a hungry family.  Reaching out to help others has a beautiful side effect.  It lifts up your spirit and brings cheer and happiness into your heart.  So, this holiday season, I challenge you to make someone’s holiday season brighter.  Be the light folks so desperately need to see.  Peace and Love, Cescelie

 

Waking up Grateful

Good morning my people!  I woke up with a grateful heart this morning.  I just woke up praising God and feeling grateful to be alive.  I thanked God for waking me up.  I thanked Him for blessing me with a beautiful family that truly loves one another.  I thanked Him for blessing my husband to have a job that provides for our family.  I thanked God for health and strength for me and my loved ones.  I thanked God for food, clothes and shelter.  I thanked Him for his covering and protection.  I thanked God for the countless blessings that He bestows everyday that we don’t even recognize.  I woke up grateful this morning.

I had a dream recently.  In the dream, I was in heaven with God and we were looking back over my life.  He was showing me how I had spent my life being worried and not truly seeing how blessed I was.  He reminded me how He had always made a way for me.  He had always sent provision when I really needed it. He had always taken care of me.  He told me that His provision was always there for me.  All the time that I had spent worrying, could have been spent enjoying my family.  His provision was going to show up at the right moment.  There was no need to be worried about a thing.  I felt sad that I had spent so much time worrying when I could have been enjoying life and being worry free.

I think we all have the choice to live in faith or to live in doubt and worry.  The truth is that we don’t know exactly how God is going to provide for us or how He will work a situation out.  But, faith and the Word of God tell us that He will work all things together for our good.  So, why not just make up your mind to trust God.  Trust Him so completely that you stop worrying.  When you look back over your life, you can see proof that God is trustworthy.  He has been faithful in His care for us.  Why not trust Him?  Make up your mind to wake up grateful everyday.  Be blessed, Cescelie

Don’t Look Back, Press Your Way

What’s up my people?  I just wanted to check in and share what’s on my heart today.  I want to tell you that when you make up your mind to trust and obey God, all hell will come against you.  It will look like everything in your life is falling apart.  You will feel overwhelmed and powerless.  Everything in you will want to turn back to what is familiar.  For me, the familiar is nursing.  I worked as a Registered Nurse for many years before beginning my homeschooling journey.  Every time the money gets tight and the bills start piling up, I get the urge to run back to nursing.  I know that I can get a job and make decent money as a nurse.  I don’t have a clue if I can make money with the things I am moving into right now.  I am learning so many interesting things that are awakening my passions and bringing me a sense of fulfillment but, it’s not bringing me any income.  The flesh wants to turn back to what is familiar.  The flesh gets weak but, I can hear the spirit saying “Don’t turn back!”  For the past two Sundays, I have watched Bishop T.D. Jakes.  His messages have been speaking to my heart.  Last week, he preached about Ruth and Orpah.  He said that Ruth moved into the unfamiliar and received her blessings.  Orpah stayed behind in what was familiar.  It wasn’t a good place because it was filled with dead things.  Her husband, brother-in-law and father-in-law had all died.  Orpah stayed in that dead place because it was familiar to her.  Many of stay in dead places because they are familiar to us.  The dysfunction and misery are what we know.  I can’t say that I was ever happy in the field of nursing.  I feel that I was a good nurse and I enjoyed taking care of my patients.  However, I was not happy with the fact that the hospitals always worked us with short staffing and we had no union so we really didn’t get paid adequately for the work that we did.  Nursing is something that is familiar to me but, it’s not something that I want to return to.  I want to discover the work that makes my spirit soar.  Only then can I really be a light that shines brightly in this world.

In this week’s sermon, Bishop Jakes said that we have to STRETCH to get to the next level.  He said that the flesh will try to make you stay where you are.  Stretch past the discomfort.  That’s where I am folks.  I am having to stretch past the discomfort and press forward into the unknown territory of blogging, entrepreneurship, writing, and speaking.  I just want to encourage you that are on this “reclaiming my time” journey with me to continue to press your way forward.  I am pressing toward the mark of the high calling which is in Christ Jesus.  No turning back!  No turning back!

The Time Is Now

Hello Everyone,   This post is for everyone that has been making excuses for why it isn’t a good time to do what you want to do.  I’m here to tell you that the time is NOW.  If you never pay attention to another blog post that I write, pay attention to this one.  I know that being a wife and mother consumes a lot of our time.  It seems that our lives are scheduled from the time we open our eyes in the morning until we go to sleep at night.  There is an endless list of things that we feel we must do to keep our families running smoothly.  Believe me, I understand.  I am homeschooling two teenagers and I stay busy.  When I try to think of making time for myself, I start to feel like it’s just not possible.  Not only is it possible, it is absolutely necessary.  In fact, my family’s well being depends on me taking time to discover myself and to unleash the gifts and talents that God has given me.  For this next phase of life, I am going to have to become who God created me to be. Lord knows, I have been praying and wishing that I could just hit the lottery and be on my merry way.  But, it doesn’t work that way.  You have to walk out of the wilderness one step at a time.  I’ve started to take those steps.  With every action I take, I can see God opening up more opportunities.  I co-authored the book, Lessons From My Grandmother’s Lap,  and that led to interviews.  Recently, I interviewed with “Girlfriends Guide to Homeschooling.”  That led to an opportunity to be featured as a “Wise Elder” for Educating Our Own.  I am saying yes to the opportunities that God is placing in front of me.  Those interviews showed me that I have a voice.  My voice and my perspective is needed in these dark hours of history.  I need to let my light shine now more than ever.  So do you my friend.  This world needs what you have to offer.  You may feel that you don’t have anything to offer.  You have your personal story and life experience to share.  Someone needs to know how I have managed to homeschool my kids while living off of one income.  They need to know how we have traveled and enjoyed life to the fullest while providing our children with everything that they have needed and wanted.  Someone else’s breakthrough may come from hearing how God provided for me and my family and caused us to not only survive but, to thrive.  So, I am embracing this new phase of life.  I am encouraging you to do the same.  Start to move into your destiny one small step at a time.  For me, I have simply started saying “yes” to opportunities.  Instead of making excuses of why I can’t do something, I am saying yes.  I am also embracing technology and discovering this bold new online world.  I have found it to have so many supportive communities of brothers and sisters who really want to see you succeed.  How refreshing it has been to discover that I am not alone in my beliefs about the benefits of homeschooling our African American children.  So, I encourage you to go online and discover your tribe.  Then, get busy doing whatever God has put in your spirit to do.  The time is now!!!!

The Gift of Life

Today is Sunday and I guess I’m feeling a bit reflective today.  Our family has lost a lot of really special people in the last few years.  My husband lost his sister in 2014. I lost my sister in 2016.  Then, in 2017, my husband’s brother died unexpectedly.  I lost a few close cousins.  Last night, my husband’s aunt passed away.  Most of the people that are dying have been in their fifties or younger.  It really makes you realize that life is a precious gift.  It comes with no guarantees.  The time is now to start checking off those things that are on your bucket list.  We get so caught up in the daily struggle to survive that we forget to truly live.  Before we know it, our time on earth has come to an end.

I am really feeling a quickening in my spirit that now is the time for me to do all the things that I’ve been dreaming about doing and putting off for one reason or another.  For example, I have always dreamed of writing a book.  I can’t tell you how many times I have started and stopped different writing projects.  I have finally determined that I am going to finish what I’ve started. I currently have a book that I am working on and I am very proud of the progress that I have made thus far.  I am also embracing technology and opening myself up to learn about different social media platforms.  I have created this blog, an Instagram account, and I am also on Facebook.  In addition, I have co-authored a book with some amazingly accomplished women.  The book is entitled, “Lessons From My Grandmother’s Lap.”  It was compiled by Regina Sunshine Robinson and is available through directly contacting me or any of the authors on the book.  It can also be purchased on Amazon.  This collaboration led to an opportunity for me to be interviewed on the Sandy Rogers show.  In addition, I have also been asked to interview with the Girlfriend’s Guide to Homeschooling group.  God is opening up doors that no man can close.

Oprah once said that when you make up your mind to do something that the universe will rise up to meet you.  I am finding that to be very true.  I made up my mind that 2018 would be my year of saying yes to the opportunities that presented themselves to me.  I refuse to be controlled by fear or lack of resources.  I say “yes” to God’s will and “yes” to His way.  I say “yes” to life!!!!

 

Reclaiming My Time

Hello Everyone, this is officially my first post on my new blog.  I chose the title “Reclaiming My Time” for this blog because I am a woman who has lost herself.  I just celebrated my 52nd birthday last month.  For the first time in a really long time, I asked myself some of the big questions like, “What do you want out of life Cescelie?”  “What will make you happy?”  “What do you want to do with your life?”  I couldn’t answer the questions.  I didn’t have a clue!  I had lost touch with myself.  I no longer knew who I was or what I wanted.  I don’t even have a personal style anymore.  I used to be into fashion and had a unique style of dressing that was my own.  I was put together from head to toe when I was younger.  These days, I dress for comfort.  I will step out of the house looking like I’m headed to the gym everyday.

I realized that I have spent my entire life taking care of others.  I took care of my twin sister when I was younger.  Then, I took care of her children.  Then, I had my own family and continue to take care of them.  I have been assessing my own well-being by how well my family is doing.  If my family is happy and healthy, I’m good!  The only problem with that is I haven’t been attending to my own needs.  Heck, I have neglected myself to the point that I can’t even identify my own needs.

I am sharing this because I know that I’m not the only one.  There are other women out there who have sacrificed for others to the point that they have lost sight of themselves.  I have started this blog in an attempt to reconnect with my own dreams for my life.  I want to live my best life now.  Our time on this earth is limited.  As long as you have a breath in your body, it’s not too late to start doing the things that you’ve always dreamed of doing.

There is no going back in time and changing things.  And, I wouldn’t change anything even if I could.  I am grateful that I was blessed to be a blessing to others along the way.  However, I really don’t want to die without realizing my full potential and living my best life.  So, I invite you to come along with me as I rediscover myself and dust off my gifts and talents and start letting my little light shine.  I’m really excited about the possibilities.