Be The Exception To The Rule

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We’re made to be different. We’re born to be unique. We’re all unique individuals created to be the exception to the rule. But most people will not stand out from the norm or sets his or her own standards. Most people abide by the rules or what society says and live life accordingly.

Some people are afraid to live life outside of their comfort zone, step outside of the box, color outside the lines or create their own rules. And that’s okay if you want to stay complacent or if you’re okay with where you are in life or have no aspirations to grow.

As for me, I want to have it all in every aspect of my life. I want to be a leader and not a follower. I want to be the exception to the rule!

Throughout life, I’ve never been one to accept that things have to a certain way. I’ve never been afraid to challenge rules or create my own. I guess that’s the creative side in me and knowing that I only have one life to live so I better make the best of it.

Here are a few things I’ve done and a few things I’ve picked up along the way from others.

1. Believe: Believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in you, no one will take you seriously. And they’ll try to walk all over you.

2. Trust: Trust your instincts. If you’re in-tune with your mind, body and soul…your instincts will not lead you astray.

3. Fail: Don’t be afraid to fail but make sure you learn something from that failure. You don’t want to make the same mistake twice.

4. Break the Rules: Sometimes it’s better to ask for forgiveness rather than permission. If you believe something can be done better or more efficient, take the risk.

5. Excel: Give 110% in everything you do. Hard work pays off and people will notice.

6. Praise: Don’t be afraid to give yourself praise and toot your own horn. Not in a cocky way because that can be annoying and unattractive. Give yourself the credit you deserve.

Sometimes, I give myself a high-five, pat on the back or thumbs up for a job well done. I celebrate my wins and learn from my losses.

7. Be Fearless: It’s okay to be nervous but don’t be afraid. Fear will only hold you back. Be bold enough to ask for what you want and brave enough to pursue what you deserve!

If you want to be the exception to the rule you have that option; you have a choice. You can make your own rules and be your own boss. You can make a difference and stand out in a crowd. You have the ability to make change happen. You can be the exception to the rule!

Have a wonderful week! MUAH

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5 Tips to The Road of Happiness!

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Sometimes as adults we forget about our happiness. We don’t take time enjoy the little things in life like laughing, playing and enjoying the things that make us happy.

When you take life too seriously you lose the fun in you. You become boring, uptight or just blah. Believe me when I tell you because this used to be me!

Once upon time I lost my zest for life. I was so busy “adulting” that I forgot about me. I forgot to enjoy life; laugh and play plus do the things that made me happy.

I used to be planner and everything had to be a certain way at a certain time in life. I didn’t really know how to be spontaneous. I didn’t like doing things out of the blue. I wasn’t about that life!

One day I realized that everyone around me was having fun and enjoying life except me. One day I took a chance and did something that was not planned. I let go of the reigns and had fun; I embraced my inner child and I haven’t looked back since.

This was not an easy task for me to continue. But I realized there was more to life than just “adulting” so I challenged myself to enjoy life more.

I know that sounds a little crazy but it worked! Here are a few things I did to bring my inner child to life.

1. Talk to Yourself! Yep, that’s right, I talked to myself. And I asked myself when was I the happiest in life and what was I doing at the time? This forced me to recreate some fun moments in life and make new memories.

2. Stop Planning! Everything and every moment doesn’t need a plan. I stopped planning my personal life, I let go and had fun. My professional life is a little different too. Instead of making hard core plans, I set smart goals.

3. Embrace Spontaneity! Do something you’ve be wanting to do and just do it. Don’t make plans for it. Just do it!

4. Live Now! Take time to enjoy the beauty in life that surrounds you everyday. No one is promised tomorrow. Do something fun everyday even if it’s something small.

5. Power Down! Take a break and live without your gadgets for a day or several hours. Stop being so attached to your phones, computers and techie stuff. Have real conversations on the phone or face to face. Enjoy each other’s company and detach yourself from the social media world. Old school communication can still be fun!

Life was not created to just live. It’s created to be happy, laugh and have fun! Let go and enjoy what matters the most…you! Embrace your inner child, live in the moment and enjoy the beauty of happiness!

Remember: “All work and no play made Jack a dull boy!” Don’t be Jack…go out, be happy and bring your inner child to life! Have a wonderful week! MUAH

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5 Tips to Successfully Build Your Character

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If most people judge a book by its cover what do people see when they encounter you? Do they see someone who’s approachable or someone who’s aloof? Are you engaged in conversation or in another world with a blank stare?

The beauty of your character is truly the key to your success so make sure you stand out in a crowd in a positive way.

It won’t always be easy…trust me, I know from experience. I’m an introvert in my personal life and I’m an extrovert in my professional life. Fortunately, I have learned how to balance the two to make it work in my favor.

Here are 5 tips I’ve learned to master to help get you on track.

1. Dress for Success: Dress for the job you want not the job you have. When you look the part people see you differently so dress like you’re ready for advancement.

2. Talk the Talk: Speak with confidence and authority. Don’t be shy and don’t be afraid. The only thing they can tell you is no. And no is not the end of the world. It only means not right now.

3. Be Social: Engage in conversation and participate. You don’t have to be the life of the party but be a part of it.

4. Stop, Look and Listen: Stop looking at your phone because you can come across as being uninterested or rude. Look the person in the eyes when they’re speaking; it shows interest. And Listen to what is being said because you just might learn something.

5. Work the Room: Show off your skills with your ability to network and make friends. This can make you look more friendly and approachable.

Life is like a sport. Sometimes you only get one shot to make the best first impression. Don’t fumble, strike out, foul out or get ejected before the game starts. Make sure the beauty of your character gives you the winning point! You can do it! I believe in you! Have an awesome week! MUAH

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Happy International Women’s Day – A Letter to My Tribe

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Beauty is showing love, honor & respect for your fellow sisters & friends! #ImBeautyInspired

Everyone is not lucky enough to have a group of women in their lives who love, honor and respect them. Everyone is not lucky enough to have an inner circle like mine.

I don’t know about your circle of girlfriends but mine are amazing! They love me no matter what, they support my dreams and they respect my ideas. We talk, we laugh, we cry and sometimes we disagree but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My circle of girlfriends’ rock! They are strong, fierce and motivated. They protect me and I protect them. Some of them are women from my childhood and others are women I’ve embraced as sisters over the past couple of years. Either way, they personify #BlackGirlMagic.

These women have made an impact in my life in so many ways that words can’t explain how grateful I truly am. I wrote this post to say thank you. There is no need to name names, as you know who you are. Besides…I don’t want to forget anyone.

Thank you for being my friend. Thank you for being the sisters I always wanted but never had. Thank you listening to me and celebrating my success. Thank you allowing me to cry on your shoulder and saying it’s going to be okay. Thank you for being a friend through the good, bad and ugly times. Thank you for just being you and Happy International Women’s Day! #ImBeautyInspired

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Love, Honor & Self-respect

Love, Honor and Self-respect

Have you ever made a promise to yourself but you didn’t follow through? Have you ever started a new hobby and gave up because you lost interest? It’s easy to let go of things that you’re not committed to.

Commitment means you put forth dedication and hard work without giving up. Sure, you may get discouraged along the way but you stay on course and persevere through the bad times. The question is…are you ready to commit to you?

Making a commitment to yourself is not always easy. Here are a few tips to follow the next time you are ready to make a promise to yourself.

1. Be Honest: ask yourself if this is something you are willing to see through from beginning to end even if obstacles get in your way. If the answer is no, consider taking on the task when you are ready and focused.

2. Be Realistic: Set realistic goals that you can achieve. Start slow and increase your goals as you achieve them. If you set the bar too high in the beginning, you may give up before you reach the end.

3. Write it Down: You become more committed when you write down your dreams, visions or goals.

4. Be Accountable: Sometimes it’s hard to hold yourself accountable. If you know this may be a problem, find someone who will hold you accountable for your actions.

5. Re-evaluate: Do a midpoint checkup to see if you are on track. If you are at a plateau revise your plan.

6. Make a Pledge: Commit to yourself by writing out an actual pledge to make it happen. Be sure to sign it and date it. Look at the pledge daily as a reminder of your commitment. This will help you stay on track.

7. Celebrate Your Wins: No matter how big or small of a win…celebrate. The celebration gives you something to look forward to when you make an accomplishment.

Making a commitment to yourself is easy. Staying on track and following through is the hard part. When you follow through with your commitment, you love, honor and respect who you are. Take the pledge to embrace your beauty today! Have a wonderful week! MUAH

 

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5 Tips to Help Balance Life

Beauty is balance

Life has a funny way of teaching us lessons. A few years ago I learned that there’s more to life than work. Work gave me some satisfaction of achievement but my life felt incomplete.

My life was not balanced. Love and happiness was on the back burner and sadness started to take over.

One day I challenged myself to do something for me. Because if I didn’t find balance, I would be miserable and unable to be the woman I am today.

Here are a few things that helped me find balance.

1. Treat yourself: I incorporated something I call Renee day. This is where I dedicate one day of the week to do all things Renee loves. Do a half day if you can’t do a whole day.

2. Relax, relate & release: I pray and meditate every morning. I read bible verses and affirmations from apps on my phone. This allows me to set the tone for the day.

3. Exercise: This is a work in progress for me. But in the summer I would go for a 30 minute walk 2 – 3 times a week. This allowed me to reflect on life or sometimes just think about nothing and enjoy my music with some alone time.

4. Find a hobby: During my walks I started to take pictures and now I have a new found love for photography. You won’t know if you actually like something until you try it.

5. Go on a date: Take yourself on date and enjoy your own company. Or you can invite friends or your significant other to catch up on some great conversation and quality time.

Remember, you are the only one who can balance your life. You know how the saying goes; “all work and no play…” So what are you waiting on? Go play and balance your life. What do you have to lose? Nothing…but you have so much more to gain! Have a wonderful week! MUAH

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#ImBeautyInspired to Take Care of My Selfie!

#ImBeautyInspired to Take Care of My Selfie!

Self-improvement builds change. Self-Empowerment helps to excel. Self-education will increase your knowledge. Self-expression builds your creativity. Self-love will take care of you. Self-actualization will help you see your full potential. Your Selflessness gives to others. Self-awareness takes note of your actions. Self-analysis will examine your actions and help you regroup. Self-confidence makes you aware of your abilities!

Take care of your selfie because you only have one and no one else will; know and understand your self-worth! Have a wonderful week! MUAH

 

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#ImBeautyInspired to Be Exceptional & Expect More!

#ImBeautyInspired to be exceptional

Every time you make an excuse it just prolongs the outcome. Excuses can defer your dreams, block your blessings and allow you to settle for less than you’re worth, time and energy. Stop accepting excuses from others as well as making excuses of your own; you are more than enough and you deserve the best!

Today, I will no longer make excuses for my actions or accept the excuses of others. I will not display or accept average behavior because I deserve to be the best and receive the best from others. I’m not ordinary; I’m extraordinary. I will not accept anything less than my worth nor will I give anything less than what you deserve! Have a wonderful week! MUAH

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#ImBeautyInspired to Win!

#ImBeautyInspired to Win

Everyone battles a tough time in life but when you are faced with issues, situations and circumstances, you have to have strength, courage and wisdom to win the war! Life is not always easy and sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a little too dim. When you are faced with tough times, have the strength to fight, the courage to not give up and the wisdom to fight honorably.

Life is too precious to give up now; don’t let life pass you by! Let your battle become a testimony for someone else. Fight the fight and don’t give up. Find strength, courage and wisdom to win the war! Have a wonderful week!

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#ImBeautyInspired to Live for Me!

#ImBeautyInspired to Live for Me!

Who am I? What do I stand for? What is my purpose in life? These are the questions of life and only you have the answers. Always take time to meditate and reflect and allow the answers to flow through your mind.

Reflect and repeat: “I know I add value and I understand my worth in every situation! I love me and I live my life for me!”

Believe it and receive it! Have a wonderful week! MUAH

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