This Is The Only Way To Be Successful

On Your Mark by Mike Carey via flickr.com

On Your Mark by Mike Carey via flickr.com

I believe it is safe to say everyone wants to be successful.  Success is inextricably linked to being happy.  I know I can say that everyone wants to be happy.  The question is, why is success (or happiness) so elusive for some?  The answer is easy.  There is only one surefire way to experience success in your life, and that is to get started.

So many of us make life more complicated than it is, when the principles are very simple.  The only way to experience whatever you desire in life is to get started.  Do you want to lose 10lbs? Get started.  Do you want to find love?  Get started working on yourself.  Do you want to go back to school and get your degree? Get started.  Do you want to change the world?  Get started, then.

We make so many excuses on why we don’t have certain things in our lives when the truth is,  we haven’t done the work.  So if you want to see, be, or do something that will make you happy, then get started.  Getting started (and continuing until you succeed) is the only way to become successful.

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky by asylumgfx via flickr.com

Wayne Gretzky by asylumgfx via flickr.com

Pray, meditate, then take action.

Here’s  to living essentially,

Jaketta, the E/O Chick

Have You Seen The Changes?

Picture by Brian on flickr.com

Picture by Brian on flickr.com

I told you it’s time for a change, and I meant it.  If you’ve been following this blog then hopefully you have noticed a couple of new changes.  The first change you may notice is I changed the theme.  Mentally, I am moving in a new direction, and I needed to see colors that reflected that.  I also changed the tagline from “Raising my self-awareness while using essential oils” to “The Life and Sayings of the E/O Chick”.  The former tagline was boring.  The new one is more indicative of my vibrant personality.  You can look forward to frequent postings, more pictures, and topics that show my serious and fun side.  I’m going to talk about being a mom, fitness, fashion, and of course health and wellness with essential oils(I mean, I am the E/O chick), and more.

Here’s why change is necessary.  I’m tired of life happening to me.  I’ve decided to take control of my life, (through prayer and mediation) and create the life I believe I should have. If you’re stuck in this rut, make the decision to do whatever it takes to get out of it.  You are more than your circumstances. The only person stopping you is you.  Learn to love yourself enough to give yourself the best.

Pray, meditate, and take action

Here’s to living essentially,

Jaketta

It’s Time For a Change

I haven’t written a post in a few weeks, and there’s a reason.  I’m going through a mental revamp.

In the last six weeks, I have gone through the most turbulent emotional time in my adult life.  It had gotten so bad, that I didn’t get out of bed for days and days.  I barely ate.  I barely slept.  I barely showered.  It was rough!

Now I have come out on the other side, and I can say that I’m a better person because of this experience.  I learned a lot about myself.  I learned the importance of having the right people around me.  I also realize how important it is to stay spiritually connected to God.

If you are going through something right now, know this.  You can endure more than you believe.  You have power.  You have choices.  Make the choice that best fits you and your unit. Your unit can be your family, your team, etc.  Do what will allow you to live your very best life.  To live any other way is spiritual suicide.  Your life means something and you are here to deliver your special gift to the world.

As I said earlier, I’m going through a mental revamp, and because of this, this blog is going to be revamped as well.  In June you will see a new title.  You will see more postings throughout the week.  You will see more pictures.  You will get more of me and the message behind this journey.  Yes, this blog will still be a place where you can receive some encouragement, but you will also see much, much more.

I’m excited!  I hope you are too.  Get ready for a fun time.

I thank you for sticking with me.  I hope you will like the new changes.  I hope we all take steps to make our lives better, so we can help someone else.

Pray, meditate, then take action

Here’s to living essentially,

Jaketta

You Can Do It

The Truth Project Photo by  bound_4_freedom on flickr.com

The Truth Project
Photo by
bound_4_freedom on flickr.com

The truth is you already know what to do so do it!  Make the decision to make it happen regarding anything you want to change.  No more excuses.  No more shoulda, coulda, wouldas.  Make the decision to take action.  That’s the only thing that is holding you back because you have the answer; you just haven’t taken action.  Yes! Taking action means you’ll have to step out of your comfort zone.  Yes! Taking action means you’ll have to put in the extra effort.  Yes! Taking action means you will have to make some adjustments.  But let me ask you, do you like how things are going?  Do you like who’ve you become?  No?  Then change it!  No more crying and whining.  Change it!  Get it done! Make it happen!  Find a way!  You know why?  Because you can do it!

Pray, meditate, and take action.

Here’s to living essentially,

Jaketta

My Ego Hurts!

This is what happens when you let your ego rule!  "Demon Dad" by the gurch on flickr.com

This is what happens when you let your ego rule!
“Demon Dad” by the gurch on flickr.com

Today, I had to make a difficult decision.  Surely, it’s the correct decision, however, it was tough only because it bruised my ego.  I made the decision to reschedule my #ShareTheHealthEvent.  The reason for the rescheduling is I’m just not ready.  I don’t have the skill set to pull it off, and I haven’t fully capitalized on learning time.  As much as it hurts my ego, my rational self knows this is the right thing to do.

Had I gone ahead with the event, I would’ve been lying.  I know full hell well I’m not where I need to be to pull this off.  So instead of being on some bs, and hurt what I am trying to build, I thought it best to be honest with myself and you.  My blog is about being honest within.  To go on with the event when my spirit is leading me in a different direction, would be antithetical to my brand.  That’s not what I’m about.  I’ve lied to myself for far too long.  I’m not doing that anymore.  It’s far better to just admit my truth.

So, here I am.  I’ve laid my thoughts bare.  My ego hurts!  It hurts badly.  I’m so competitive, and I hate to lose.  The feeling I feel in the pit of my stomach is that “losing” feeling.  However, I know a couple hours from now, when my ego is no longer sore,  I’ll be fine.

Now, the #ShareTheHealthEvent is rescheduled for April 30, 2015 @ 8 PM EST.   I’ll to see you there.  You will want to be there.  It’ll be an awesome event because I will be prepared to give you my best!  In the meantime, I appreciate you sticking with me, and dealing with me in my humanity.  You’re awesome!

Pray, meditate, then take action

Here’s to living essentially,

Jaketta

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Nurture Your Thoughts

When you nurture your thoughts, you life can mimic this.  Picture by Tom Jutte on flickr.com

When you nurture your thoughts, your life can mimic this.
Picture by Tom Jutte on flickr.com

When you don't nurture your thoughts, your life looks like this. icture by Brian at flickr.com

When you don’t nurture your thoughts, your life looks like this.
picture by Brian at flickr.com

This will be my shortest post yet.  The best messages are simple.

Nurture your thoughts.  The seeds you plant and nurture in your mind, grows.  Focus on what’s good.  Dig for it if you have to.  You have more good in your life than you think you do.  The good is there, and it wants to be nurtured.

Pray, meditate, then take action.

Here’s to living essentially,

Jaketta

There’s a special event taking place on Thursday, March 26 @ 8PM EST.  It is a #ShareTheHealthEvent.  Learn how essential oils can take care of your daily needs.  You don’t want to miss this.  More details to come.   The #ShareTheHealthEvent is rescheduled for April 30, 2015 @ 8 PM/EST.  I apologize for any confusion.  I hope to see you there.

Take Care of Yourself

Take Care of Yourself by Hans Olofsson

Take Care of Yourself by Hans Olofsson

I haven’t posted in a few weeks because I needed to take a mental break. I had so many things on my plate that I felt completely overwhelmed.  I began forgetting, and making unusual mistakes because I allowed too many things to enter my mental space. I found myself using my cedarwood essential oil incessantly.

When you begin to feel mental drain it’s usually due to lack of planning, and/or indistinct boundaries.  Either way, the issue is do you care enough about yourself to decline the things that don’t serve your being.  As  a recovering low “self-esteemer” (I just made that up), I struggle with creating boundaries.  I don’t want to disappoint people so I take on things that I don’t want to.  I allow their problem to become my problem, although I had nothing to do with creating the problem.

The key is to realize that you (and I) are worthy of peace and calm within our spirits.  If you are asked to do something that doesn’t serve your being, and isn’t a part of your personal agenda, then it’s okay to decline respectfully.  You (and I) have to do what makes you feel most like you.  It’s authentic.  It’s real.  If people do not understand that, then you may have to make a tough choice to limit or even eliminate being in their presence so that you don’t reflect their energy.

Overwhelm is self-inflicted. Choose to have a plan.  Choose to have boundaries.

Pray, meditate, then take action.

Here’s to living essentially,

Jaketta

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Changes to this blog will be coming soon.  I’m wrestling with whether I should turn this into a daily blog, or continue as weekly.  It’s a difficult decision because it would mean it would take more of my time.  However, I want to sit quietly, listen to the Holy Spirit and make a decision that will serve everyone.  Please be patient with me.  Just know that I’m working on becoming a better person in order to present better content, but I want to make the best decision.  I appreciate your patience in this transition.

Appreciate the process

Photo by Neil Howard

Photo by Neil Howard

Today, I am grateful for where I am in my life.  I’m definitely on a path to healing the rips and tears in my soul.  I believe God is going to  bless my efforts.  What must be remembered is the process takes time.  Healing is a process, and does not happen overnight.  Sure, you can do things to speed up the process, but it’s still a process none the less.  I’m thankful for where the process has gotten me thus far.  I have a long way to go, but I’m excited about the places the path of forgiveness will take me.

One of the first persons I had to forgive was myself.  For most of my life, I have tried to punish myself for my past transgressions.  I tried to shame myself into proper behavior, but that only led to feeling less about myself.  Now I’m learning to appreciate myself.  I’m learning to love how God made me, because I am enough.  I am enough!

I appreciate my place on this path.  It hasn’t been easy, but I trust this is the right way to go because it feels organic.  A little more of my soul is at peace.

Wherever you are on your path, appreciate where you are.  Sure, you still have long way to go, but appreciate how far you have come.  You’ve done well, and you should give yourself credit for the progress you’ve made.  Appreciate the process.

Pray, meditate, then take action

Here’s to living essentially.

Jaketta

That Stops Today

I wrote this poem in the wee hours of the night.  At the time, I was feeling so alone.  I didn’t feel like myself, and I couldn’t understand why.  I asked God to help me get through the night because my spirit was as low as it has been in a long time.  Here’s what happened when I sat still.

 

That Stops Today

I’ve forsaken my art

I’ve lowered my voice

Once loud, and boisterous

I’ve quieted by choice

Scared to hurt those around me

While I let their thoughts surround and abound me

Crushed like ice

Whipped with force

The road I’m on

Is not my chosen  course

I need to go my way

I know I’ll lose some friends

I need to go my way

The path I’m on is a dead end

I’m tired

I’m weak and worn

Worn, but not worn out

Discouraged, but still knocking down doubt

I have words

and my words carry clout!!

So I restore my voice

It’s all I have

I restore my voice

although others laugh

I lift my voice

I lift my voice

I lift my voice!

I have something to say!

I have forsaken my voice

But that shit stops today!

This is an original poem

I read a quote from @PositiveMinds__ on Twitter on 12/30/15.  These are words to live by.

“Give, but do not allow yourself to be used.  Love, but do not allow your heart to be abused.  Trust, but don’t be naive.  Listen to others, but don’t lose your own voice.”

That is where I am in my life.  I’m finding my voice.  I’m regaining my power.  I’m no longer pretending.

This is especially true for women

Oftentimes, we find ourselves bogged down by our responsibilities, and we don’t take care of ourselves because we are so busy trying to care for others.  The thing is, being selfless is not a virtue.  It’s a crime against humanity.  You owe it to the world to be the best person you can be.  You cannot be your best self if you rarely invest in you.

Get back to the basics.  Focus on God to (re)develop your path of spiritual growth.  Focus on improving your physical health so that you can begin to feel better, and feel better about yourself.  Fall in love with yourself again.  Now, none of the basics require you to neglect your responsibilities; however, it does require extra effort.  Restore your voice because you have something to say.  Quelling your voice?  Well, that *ish* stops today!

Pray,  meditate, then take action.

Here’s to living essentially.

Jaketta

 

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