Friday, December 19, 2014

Adjustments

Happy Friday Everyone!!

I hope everyone had a great week this week! Is everyone done Christmas shopping? 
I am not! BUT- I have all next week off to help with that problem. I am looking forward to having some time off of work to relax, wind down, and enjoy my loved ones. I love having us all together.




As I reflect on this past year, I see so many awesome things that happened and also some trials that I went through. But through it all, I am so thankful and blessed to be alive, healthy, and safe. 

I am calling this last year my year of adjustments. There were so many changes that happened in my life, big and small, that I had to adjust to. I am not typically a person that likes a whole lot of change- but I am thankful that God has helped me through each adjustment as they have come.



Certain things I have learned through this year of adjusting:

1] God Will Always Provide. 
He really put me to the test this year when it came to trusting him. I had some time of worry with my job, I bought a house by myself at 23, I became financially independent from my parents, I moved away from certain friendships into new ones, my mom got married to a new guy and gained a new family, etc... A lot of things in different areas of my life changed. But through them all, I have learned, become wiser, built better relationships, and really built my relationship wit the Lord- which is the best thing that happened.

2] Forgiveness is a Choice. 
Everyone has had a time in their life when they had to forgive someone. But I often hear it's easier said than done- and that's true. Certain things happened in different relationships that forgiveness was crucial to move forward. And one thing I focused on with my friends, family and loved ones is really forgive them and I am so glad I did because such good has come from it. I used to say I forgive them and still be mad (which I can still struggle with, don't get me wrong), but in these certain situations, when I made it a choice, it conquered all negative thoughts and allowed me to see them more for how God sees them.

3] Your Attitude Matters.
I could go on and on about how this applies to life. But in short, our attitudes matter with everything we do. My attitude right now is "can I change it? nope. So I am not going to let it bother me. I am just going to do better with Aisha."


What sort of things has this year brought you? Any major learnings?

Xoxo,
A

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Let Your LIght Shine Thursday Link Up


Today is Let Your Light Shine Thursday!

You know what time it is, let that beautiful light shine!
Each week we appreciate those of you who come by to share your posts on fashion, beauty, faith, love, and all the in between.


Today we are sharing a post from  To Be Bright.

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She featured a great ensemble last week that included a "kind" T-Shirt and a great coat. Her outfit was all around cute and trendy! 

RULES: 
1. Link up your favorite post this week - It can be related to faith, fashion, food, family, or whatever else you would like to share that helped you shine your light from the week!
Don't worry if you don't have a blog to link up - just leave a comment with how you let your light shine this week!

2. Follow I'm Perfectly Human & Made with Zeal on Bloglovin, or any other social media outlet (FB, Twitter, Instagram, or GFC)

3. Link back by using the button above or your own link.

4. Visit other blogs and meet new blogger friends!

Each week we will be choosing our favorite posts to feature and share with you all! So link up for your chance to be featured!!


Let Your Light Shine Thursdays



-A
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Just Take a Step




Happy Tuesday Everyone! 

Well, with the giveaways now over, I am excited to start writing again on the blog! The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways are so fun to do! I am so excited to have been a part of it again. Thanks to all who participated! 

Gosh, so much has happened in two weeks! Where to start?
1] I bought a new pair of shoes. Always a good thing :)
2] I got some really great news at my job- which I will share on my blog at a later time (definitely a testimony post!)
3] I have met some amazing new people at my church. It has been so fulfilling to share the Lord with friends :)
4] Christmas tree up (check!). 
5] I changed gyms! And started Zumba! Love it so far for all you Zumbateers out there. Definitely brings out my Beyonce side, ha ha!
6] I made a major step in my life- which I am going to talk about today!


So, about 3 months ago, God took me through a very hard season. It made me question my abilities, my faith, and really how and where my feet were planted. During the season, I didn't really see all God was trying to teach me and show me. I am still realizing things to this day!

One thing personally that had been going on with me is that I wasn't fulfilled in certain areas of my life. I was not content with things that were going on. I felt my heart desiring more and really asking the question "is this really how it's supposed to be?" and not being happy if that answer was yes. 

I looked over through the past and realized there were many times that I  should have taken a step forward and left certain things behind, but didn't because I couldn't see what was in front of me. It was like I was okay being unhappy because of the fear of the unknown. It reminds me of the story in the Bible when Moses was leading the Jews to the Promise Land and away from slavery but when they got to the red sea and the pharaoh's soldiers were behind them, they cried and said they wanted to go back to being slaves because they didn't want to die. But then Moses split the red sea! 

The point of that is we often don't want to take the step that is needed because we do not see the outcome of doing that. We don't want to take that leap of faith. The Jews rather had gone back to slaves than trust that God was going to save them and bring them through to a much better place. In fact, when Moses cried out to God asking for His help, God said " Why are you crying out to me? Get moving!" Exodus 14:15

I think many of us wait for this big sign to move on or take that leap of faith (guilty!) when in reality if you have the feeling to take that step it could very well be for a reason. I think we often let one negative thought or feeling really dictate what we should do when it comes to taking that step. 

So instead of waiting for a huge sign, I took a step with my faith in tact. I need trust that God has better things to come for me. I am starting to see there were signs all around me- I just chose to be blind to them because of different thoughts or emotions. I totally get what the Bible means when it said the heart will deceive you. Gosh heart- not cool! 

But that's why no matter what, I know I need to put my trust in Jesus. I may not get things right away, but I know if I am trusting Him, He will continue to lead me to better things. 

I hope this has helped you today. God bless!


-A

Thursday, December 11, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 11!

Hello Everyone! 

I am so excited for today's giveaway! But first, let me introduce the featured blogger!




Today we are giving away 2 pairs of the new silver jeans Joga jeans! They are sweatpants on this inside and jeans on the outside.


When I got these jeans in the mail, I was so excited to try them out. And I will tell you right now, they are so comfortable! I was joking to my friend the other day that I could sleep in these! Also, one thing I do when I get home from work is take off my jeans and get into comfies but because these were already so comfortable, there was no need. Not to mention they fit nicely, they are skinny jeans, and the color is great. I also want to point out the quality. When I get new jeans, often times the blue stain will get on my hands. I did not have that problem at all with these! I think that speaks to the quality a lot. I am so happy with these.

Make sure to enter below for your chance to win Silver Joga Jeans!



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Today is Let Your Light Shine Thursday!

You know what time it is, let that beautiful light shine!
Each week we appreciate those of you who come by to share your posts on fashion, beauty, faith, love, and all the in between.


Today we are sharing a post from Gina at Pink Wings.

She's got a sweet blog where she posts pretty pics and lots of yummy recipes!
Her post in LYLS link up last week was also the most visited link.

RULES: 
1. Link up your favorite post this week - It can be related to faith, fashion, food, family, or whatever else you would like to share that helped you shine your light from the week!
Don't worry if you don't have a blog to link up - just leave a comment with how you let your light shine this week!

2. Follow I'm Perfectly Human & Made with Zeal on Bloglovin, or any other social media outlet (FB, Twitter, Instagram, or GFC)

3. Link back by using the button above or your own link.

4. Visit other blogs and meet new blogger friends!

Each week we will be choosing our favorite posts to feature and share with you all! So link up for your chance to be featured!!


Let Your Light Shine Thursdays



-A
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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 10!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Today we are giving away Too Faced Lipstick! Their holiday line is amazing!

I am so excited to work with Too Faced. I use their makeup everyday! It doesn't clog my pores, makes my skin look smooth and not at all oily (that's been a big thing or me) . When Too Faced sent us their Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick, I loved it right away!

Enter below for your chance to win that lip gloss! 

Wearing too faced foundation, bronzer, mascara and lip liner. *gloss not pictured





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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 9!

Good Afternoon! 

Today is Day 9 of our giveaways! Today we are featuring this sweet lady as our featured blogger! Make sure to check out her blog!
We all love fashion and clothes, so I am happy to bring you all a chance to win: 
>leggings, a scarf, cami, and a $25 e-gift card certificate< 
at 



Here is a pic of her with some of pink blush product on! 
>Tribal Sweater with their Black Leggings that are the softest legging ever!<
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

#LYLS Thursday Link Up



Today is Let Your Light Shine Thursday!

You know what time it is, let that beautiful light shine!
Each week we appreciate those of you who come by to share your posts on fashion, beauty, faith, love, and all the in between.


Today we are sharing a post from Jasmin at Jasmin daily.
Her post in LYLS link up two weeks ago was the most visited link by far and she has amazing fashion sense!
Visit her blog for more adorable looks :)

RULES: 
1. Link up your favorite post this week - It can be related to faith, fashion, food, family, or whatever else you would like to share that helped you shine your light from the week!
Don't worry if you don't have a blog to link up - just leave a comment with how you let your light shine this week!

2. Follow I'm Perfectly Human & Made with Zeal on Bloglovin, or any other social media outlet (FB, Twitter, Instagram, or GFC)

3. Link back by using the button above or your own link.

4. Visit other blogs and meet new blogger friends!

Each week we will be choosing our favorite posts to feature and share with you all! So link up for your chance to be featured!!


Let Your Light Shine Thursdays

Linking up: WIWT, Treasure Tromp, Week's End


-A
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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 4!

Hey There!

Today is day 4 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!


Today you can enter your chance to win a custom illustration from Spoonful of Faith! The artist behind this cute illustrations is Jena over at I'm perfectly Human! Make sure to go to her blog to check out more!


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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 3!

Happy Wednesday!

For today’s 12 days of giveaways, we have teamed up with the amazing Pink Blush to giveaway a cardigan, leggings, cami, and scarf of choice. Super cool! So scroll down to enter to win some of the goodness from Pink Blush!

Visit her blog now :)
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Day 2

Hi Everyone! 

Today is day 2 of the 12 days of Christmas Giveaway! You can still enter day one here.

Today we are giving away a pair of Nadia Gold Leaf earrings from Ann Kat Jewelry Designs.
Visit Yalanda's blog to enter :)

Her blog


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-A

Monday, December 1, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Day 1!


Happy Monday!

Hope your weekend was great! The holiday was nice and well needed. I have something exciting to kick off the month of December with you.

For the next 2 weeks, I am teaming up with 9 amazing bloggers and some awesome shops to bring you the 2nd Annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! As a token of our appreciation to our readers - for the next 12 days we will be giving each of you a chance to win a new exciting prize everyday through 12/12 - ending in a $250 cash prize! :)

To start off the giveaways we are offering one lucky winner a chance to win a $50 giftcard to Oakleigh Rose Boutique! 

Here are some of my favorite picks from their shop that I would love to add to my closet:

Here's your chance, use the rafflecopter below to enter the giveaway today! Make sure you visit the other bloggers hosting this giveaways!



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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

His Word Brought Me Through


Hey Everyone

Sorry I have been MIA the last few days. With Black Friday just around the corner, it's definitely scramble time here at work. You can say my life has been hectic!




This time of year is always great for me and bad for me. 

Its great because of the obvious reasons, you get to spend quality time with your family, take off some work, and reflect on what you are thankful for. 

But for me, it's a little different. Around this time a couple years ago, something tragic happened in my life. It is way too personal to discuss but this time every year, I can't help but think about it. I find myself getting in this mood around this time every year because it's in the back of my mind pretty much throughout November and December. Just a sensitive time, I guess. 

My close family will tell me thinking about it won't do anything but I feel it's my way of coping with it. Because it doesn't just remind me of what happened, it also reminds me how God brought me through it.

I remember I hung onto God's word like never before and eventually, I saw His word coming to pass it my life. When for a long time I thought I went through something tragic alone and afraid, I realized I was never alone, God was there with me.

People will make jokes to me and say "you are a bible thumper" or "you are such a Jesus freak" but I am because Jesus was there for me when no one else was. I am addicted to Him because He is the reason I got through it- I truly believe that. He was the one who healed my pain- and is still healing my pain. He comforted me when others didn't, or couldn't. It was after going through this that I realized Jesus deserved my all. 

When no one understood it, or understands it- Jesus does. 

& that is why I love Him with all of my heart. He paid the price for me and shows His love to me like no one else can. His Word brought me through. His promises and love is what kept me going and keeps me going. 

So this time of year can be tough, but it brings me back to remember of the time I met Jesus for the first time. And for that, I am truly thankful.

No matter what you go through, God is there with you. Hold onto His promises. 

-A



Thursday, November 20, 2014

#Dropthemask LYLS Thursday Link- Up!

Hey Everyone! 

Happy Thursday! I hope you week is going good! 

I have to tell you, I just love this month's topic! I have gotten so many responses from you and I appreciate your involvement! I love hearing about your honesty and triumphs on how you work on dropping the masks! It's truly so empowering. 

Today, I am opening about a mask I put on because I fear people may see my dad in me. 

Growing up, my dad was always a pretty harsh person. Not a lot of people liked him because he was very direct, stern, and sometimes aggressive. He also has a very bad temper. 

As I grew up, I realized I inherited that trait from him. 
I was the definition of an extremist when talking about anger. I either was cool and calm or raging upset with no filter.I was awful! 

Over the last couple years especially, I have worked so hard at taming that part of me (thanks to Jesus, I no longer have to struggle!). I have tried so hard even longer to not be like my dad. I did not want people to see him in me. 

I found myself putting on this mask with certain people that even though they may had upset me, I would keep a smile on my face and act like I wasn't effected by anything. I think to a certain extent that is good, BUT I started building up negative emotions towards people and at a certain point, I would blow up and my anger come out anyway!

I also think it started making certain people think they can say and do things to me because I wouldn't care or I wouldn't do anything about it.

So I have worked on removing that mask. I have tried letting people know when they have upset me and talked to them about it instead of just being angry or letting it build up. I realized that I was still being extreme! I either would say nothing or eventually blow up. Makes no sense right?!

So I have realized:

Multi- Masking is Soul Taxing!

The best thing to do is just be yourself, be honest, be open with communication, don't compare yourself and just be the best you can be. 

What mask are you dropping this week?

Let's drop the mask we so often put on and show people the real us- because we all have unique things we could share to help someone else.

Let's continue this conversation:

Hashtag #Dropthemask

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Today is Let Your Light Shine Thursday!

You know what time it is, let that beautiful light shine!
Each week we appreciate those of you who come by to share your posts on fashion, beauty, faith, love, and all the in between.

Today we are sharing a post from Samantha at Godly Womanhood.
Her post in LYLS link up last week was about how we are made to love.
Its a quick, but powerful read, I highly suggest you take the time to read it today :)

RULES: 
1. Link up your favorite post this week - It can be related to faith, fashion, food, family, or whatever else you would like to share that helped you shine your light from the week!
Don't worry if you don't have a blog to link up - just leave a comment with how you let your light shine this week!

2. Follow I'm Perfectly Human & Made with Zeal on Bloglovin, or any other social media outlet (FB, Twitter, Instagram, or GFC)

3. Link back by using the button above or your own link.

4. Visit other blogs and meet new blogger friends!

Each week we will be choosing our favorite posts to feature and share with you all! So link up for your chance to be featured!!

Let Your Light Shine Thursdays

Linking up: WIWT, Treasure Tromp, Week's End


-A
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