As we bring Women’s History Month to a close, I had to dedicate our last A Word Wednesday of the month to us ladies. (This is probably my favorite and best video yet!)
Women are powerful human beings and there is no limit to what we can accomplish. I am so thankful March is a month for us women, but I hope you all continue to honor and cherish women 24/7 (not just in March).
I do believe we are all something special & no one can ever take that from us (male or female). We are all unstoppable! If you dream or desire it, it can be yours. Don’t let the opinions of others keep you down. We will all have experience failure and shortcomings, but we must pick ourselves back up and keep going. We must keep being unstoppable. And remember to love yourself because YOU deserve to be loved! 💋
**I do not own the rights to this song**
Happy Monday! Let’s start this Monday off with a little motivation.
They say that comparison is the thief of joy. And I know how easy it can be to compare, even if for a fleeting moment.
Today, I want to encourage you all that there is no need to compare yourself to anyone else. Where you are right now is the perfect timing of your life for YOU. Better days and things are on the way.
And in the meantime, you have the opportunity to choose JOY today. Don’t let comparison steal your joy. You deserve an endless, multitude of joy because you are alive and present! The world is at your fingertips and good things come to those who wait (on God’s timing).
Choose JOY today. 💛
It’s Women’s History Month so of course our A Word Wednesday is dedicated to the ladies, but applies to everyone.
I’m all for grinding and pressing toward goals. However, I am also here for RESTING and taking time for you. Burnout is REAL. And if you look at all the comics about superheroes, they try to have normal lives AND be a superhero. And in their normal lives, they are resting and taking care of themselves.
You can do it all, I have full faith and confidence in you. But also know you CAN rest and have a moment/day/week/etc of rest. It’s needed and it’ll allow you to recharge and give your all moving forward. Remember to love yourself because you deserve to be loved! 💗
March is Women’s History Month!
And I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight or acknowledge this month – ALL month long.
We as women are so powerful, we have always been and will continue to be. There is no limit to what we can accomplish and I fully, wholeheartedly believe this.
I am so thankful to all of the women who paved the way. I am so honored to witness amazing women doing their things in their own way today. And I can’t wait to see what the future of accomplishments from women will bring.
This month is for us ladies!
“Here’s to strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them. ‘” 💖
February is American Heart Month.
As many of you know, my mom was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure when I️ was in elementary school. It’s been apart of our daily routine for as long as I️ can remember. We’ve had many ups and downs on this journey – but we are all in together.
Therefore, I want to encourage you all to pay attention your heart health and your health PERIOD. It’s important to take care of yourself – mentally, spiritually, and physically. So I challenge you all today to make an active effort toward bettering your health – in whatever way you see fits you. You only have ONE body and ONE life. Take care of yourself and treat yourself right. And remember to always love yourself because you deserve to be loved. ❤️
OUR Black is beautiful. Every shade, every hue, all shapes, all sizes, it’s ALL beautiful.
So check out today’s video in homage of our beautiful blackness! 🖤
We are all apart of something way bigger than ourselves. And as I reflected on my grandmother’s life and legacy, I couldn’t help but think of the legacy I want to leave behind. How do you want to be remembered? How do you want to impact those to come after you? Are you passing down generational wealth or generational curses?
Tune into our first A Word Wednesday Black History Edition & I promise you WON’T be disappointed.
“If you feel insignificant, you better think again
Better wake up because you’re part of something way bigger
You’re part of something way bigger
Not just a speck in the universe
Not just some words in a bible verse
You are the living word
Ahh, you’re part of something way bigger”
– Bigger by Beyonce
“Now who to blame, you to blame, me to blame?”
It’s one thing to take accountability for your actions but the weight of blame can be something serious. Take accountability for your role in situations and your life’s experiences and wipe the slate clean. Don’t let the weight of shame or guilt weigh you down forever. We all make mistakes. But acknowledging your shortcomings and being able to move forward are necessary in order to let go & grow.
Are situations bothering us because we’ve been blaming someone else for our actions and not taking accountability OR because we’ve been blaming ourselves and not moving forward?
Give yourself the same grace you give others and forgive yourself for all the things you’ve been blaming yourself for and haven’t gotten over.
And remember to love yourself, because YOU deserve to be loved!💋
“Today I decided to forgive you. Not because you apologized or because you acknowledged the pain that you caused me, but because my soul deserves peace.” – Unknown
Forgiveness is for YOU and not anyone else. Without forgiveness, the weight of hurt, pain, shame, grudges, and so much more can weigh you down and impact your behavior. We must forgive others and even ourselves in order to release this weight and thus, move forward.
I’m actively working to let go and forgive myself. It’s a process and I know it may be easier said than done but it can be done and MUST be done so you can continue on your journey without anything holding you back. Remember, you are not alone nor are you the only one dealing with something. But at what point are you able to release and move forward? Reflect on forgiveness today.
And remember to always love yourself because YOU deserve to be loved!💋
The story of your life is not yet complete, the rest is still unwritten and therefore, the best is yet to come.
It’s a new year and that means there are plenty of opportunities for new blessings and experiences. And anything is possible with God.
You may have been through some hardships and trials, but these situations are not your end all be all. You may be defeated but DON’T give up. Be defeated for a fleeting moment, not forever. Because if you give up now, you’ll never open your mind to see your better days.
Have faith & keep pressing on. 💋
Happy New Year! 2021 is here and with the new year, what’s your focus?
Personally, I like to write down goals for the year – call them my New Years Resolutions if you will. 2020 opened my eyes and readjusted my focus.
This year, I am no longer living in the past BUT taking the lessons of my past in order to grow and move forward.
I hope you all are writing down goals, plans & visions for you to execute this year – writing it down helps hold yourself accountable. May this year be filled with blessings & opportunities for you. And remember to always love yourself because you deserve to be loved. 💋
Personally, I have trouble letting go. For me, letting go incites fear. Fear of the unknown and fear of change… However, as I grow older and continue to evolve, I understand that change is necessary and important, no matter how scary it may seem. Letting go is apart of that change.
free·dom is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
Society says we must act, think & dress a certain way to be “it.”But why should we care what society says or deems as the social norm? Especially if you don’t fit the mold of what is deemed as “popular” or “perfect.”
Always remain true to you! Because you are amazing, wonderful & perfectly imperfect just the way you are.
Practice freedom. Be free to be who you are today!
Today’s A Word Wednesday is VERY special because it is my beautiful mother’s birthday! I am wishing her an amazing birthday today.
Because of her, I can.
Thank you for being a ray of light in this world. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Thank you for being my forever bestfriend. Thank you for your protection and support. Thank you for the countless laughs and endless love. Thank you for being a survivor and warrior. The list goes on and on, but most importantly, I thank God for allowing you to be my mom.
Happy birthday beautiful! 🎈🎂🎁💗
ʏᴏᴜ ᴀʀᴇ ᴡᴏʀᴛʜʏ…
OF LOVE, PEACE, JOY, HAPPINESS, WHATEVER YOUR HEART DESIRES & SO MUCH MORE.
Remember, just because you aren’t perfect means nothing! Who is perfect?
Your imperfections and flaws make you who you are – beautiful and worthy of love. Never allow anyone to make you feel low or inferior becuase you don’t appear perfect nor match their perception of who you should be to them.
ʏᴏᴜ ᴅᴇꜱᴇʀᴠᴇ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ʟᴏᴠᴇᴅ, so love on yourself a lil more today! 💋
Happy Wednesday loves! 💗
How much patience do you truly have? I know that I am not alone when I say that I can definitely work on my patience. They say, “Good things comes to those who wait.” But I haven’t been good at waiting haha.
However, when I began developing Unveiled by Janna Alane I showed immense patience – because I had no other choice. God was telling me to wait so that my good thing could come.
Therefore, I challenge you all to be patient in the pursuit of your dreams! Things may not occur when we want, but that doesn’t mean they won’t. God’s timing is always perfect and requires for us to demonstrate patience in order to receive his abundance.
Love yourselves today because you deserve to be loved. 💋
Happy Tuesday loves!!💗
It’s been a month since Unveiled by Janna Alane the brand launched & I am so thankful for each and every person who has supported thus far. It truly means the world to me & I love to see you all in your apparel.
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𝘙𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥!💋
“I had to take ownership of redefining my sense of self so that I could discover my purpose. And that meant embracing time alone, a season of complete solitude. Transforming on my own wasn’t my first choice, but it’s grown to be my most treasured. Being alone showed me that I could shed, release & outgrow anything, including my old ways and bad habits, that didn’t serve me well.”
– After the Rain by Alex Elle
We all need to step away and rest. Everything you need to do will still be around and you can still accomplish your goals. But our bodies can not function properly or at our best without rest. We can try to make our bodies function with no rest, but the outcome won’t always be the prettiest thing. I challenge you all to take comfort in knowing it’s okay to rest. It’s okay to take time for yourself, no matter how long that period may be. Sometimes you need to refill yourself so you won’t burn out and run completely dry. Know that you are not alone nor crazy for needing this time, it’s necessary. Take care of yourselves & love on yourself a little extra today.
We all have highs & lows. It can be hard to remember that others have lows especially when things appear picture perfecr for them OR if we don’t always see the lows. But I think it’s important to remember that we are all HUMAN. We all deserve GRACE and we all deserve to acknowledge our low moments.
We don’t like to think about the negative, but we must acknowledge these moments and situations in order to move forward.
So I am taking some time to acknowledge my lows and everything else, because I need to. I am also going to remove myself from social media & focus on bettering my relationship with God and a plethora of other things.
A Word Wednesday will be continued in some form of fashion. & I am always a phone call, text or email away. Love you all.
And remember to love yourself because you deserve to be loved! 💋
YOU are valuable and YOU deserve to NEVER give up on you.
In this life you will go through trials and tribulations. And often times, you will watch as people leave your side and even give up on you. I have experienced this, as I am sure we all have.
But just because someone else doesn’t/can’t see your worth does not mean that you should vaunt yourself out. It doesn’t mean that you should give up. It may be difficult to keep pushing, but have faith that you can.
& remember to always love yourself because you deserve to be loved! 💋
free: not under the control or in the power of another; able to act or be done as one wishes.
OR not or no longer confined or imprisoned.
As I reflect, I can’t help but notice this change in my spirit. There is this newfound sense of freedom. I feel like I am finally living for MYSELF for the first time ever. It’s such a great feeling.
And I challenge you all to see how you can drop the weight of insecurities, pressure, others & much more so that you too can be free. & remember to always love yourself because you deserve to be loved! 💋
At some point in your life you are going to have a “What I asked for” vs. “What I got” moment. These moments are always driven by our expectations.
When I was little, I expected to be married & have my first kid at 24. Well look at me, I turn 24 this month and that’s not where I am. However, I am beyond grateful for what he has provided AND I know that God has greatness planned for me. I have to be patient and move on his time, not my own.
God will surpass our expectations each and every time. We just have to be willing to be still and wait. Watch how God takes your expectations and exceeds them, in time! 💋
How often do you reflect on your past with shame, guilt, frustration or a plethora of other emotions? I know that I am guilty of this. Sometimes, I get discouraged and wish that I handled situations differently.
It’s okay to reflect on our past. We must realize that our past was a stepping stone to get to where we are today and where we are going. However, we must also be careful to not become stuck living in the past, living in those emotions of regret and guilt.
We must acknowledge our shortcomings, but also be gracious and forgiving to ourselves. Nobody’s perfect and we all make mistakes.
You can choose to live in your past and let it negatively impact your future OR you can reflect on the lessons learned and use them for motivation to do and be better. The choice is yours, what will you choose?
We are interrupting your regularly scheduled motivational Wednesday post for a transparent video of my personal experience, as A Word Wednesday is aimed at providing everyone inspiration & motivation to be true to you. So I am being true to myself and sharing this, enjoy! 💋
Last month, I experienced a pretty scary allergic reaction that forced me to see a dermatologist to check on myself and what was going on! This appointment led to confirmation of a skin condition that I suspected I had.
The dermatologist shed light on my rosacea (which I encourage you to read about if you’d like) and recommended
utilizing sunscreen, something my skin was lacking. Her recommended sunscreen for me: First Aid Beauty Weightless Liquid Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30. (She recommended I use this EVERY DAY, even if I don’t go outside)
If you all are interested, I can share more about the before and after of this allergic reaction as well.
Healing is a necessary journey! Healing looks different for everyone, but healing MUST happen. And sometimes we run from healing. It doesn’t happen overnight and it makes us very uncomfortable. But we must do it.
I’m on a journey of healing and I encourage you all to allow yourself to heal!
Nobody ever wants to talk about feelings, me included. However, sometimes we HAVE to. We have to acknowledge our feelings in order to heal & to grow. It isn’t always the most pleasant thing and people won’t always agree with your feelings, but your feelings are yours and they ARE valid.
So I challenge you all to feel how you feel so you can move on and move forward. Love you all, always. 💋
A Word Wednesday is a YEAR old today!
I can not believe it’s been a year since this vision became reality. I am so thankful for you all for your continued support. I can’t wait to continue inspiring & motivating myself and you all.
And I want to remind you all to continue pursuing your dreams and goals, no matter what! 💋
God has a calling for each & every one of us. However, sometimes, we can become distracted with our OWN wants & desires. Check out today’s video to hear a little snippet of how God’s calling has led and continues to lead my life.
Remember, he is ALWAYS in control and all things are working out for YOUR GOOD. Even if things don’t go as YOU planned. Love yourself always because you deserve to be loved. 💋💗
Are you buying black this month (and always)? This week’s post includes some phenomenal black owned businesses & brands.
Check out this thread for these amazing black owned businesses.
Have you ever participated in an ice breaker that has involved checking in? I am SO not a fan of that. It makes me feel super uncomfortable and then I’m also like, “do y’all really care about me and what’s been going on?” But, I do understand that it IS important to check in. You NEED to check in with your family, your friends, loved ones, and you also have to check in with yourself. So let me check in with you all on this lovely Sunday!
Vulnerability is terrifying. The courage it takes to reveal your heart is one of the most daunting..and yet rewarding experiences in life. It will set you free.” – The Better Man Project
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 states, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.”
There will be times when we need someone to be there for us to pick us up and lend a hand. However, in order for us to do so, we have to let someone in.
This is something I work on every day because I have such a guard up. But, I know that I need to be vulnerable so that I can let those who truly love me in to be there for me.
Where am I currently? I’m still practicing self-love and self care. I’m still bettering myself. I’m a work in progress. But I’m working to progress. I want to encourage you all that’s it okay to not have it all together! It’s okay to be where you are so that you can grow and develop to where you ultimately want to be. I challenge you all to reflect on where you currently are & know that it’s okay to be a work in progress. 💕
Life short and we never know when our next breathe will be our last. Therefore, we have to love while we can.
In order for us to grow, we have to do some self-reflection. Self-reflection can and will look different for different people. And it might not always be the most comfortable thing, but it’s very important as we take care of ourselves on our self-growth journey! If you can’t have the hard conversations with yourself, how can you with others? So, I challenge you all to take some time to self reflect and then act on bettering you for YOU! 💕
It is important, now more than ever, to take care of ourselves! We can become focused on taking care of everything and everyone but sometimes we forget about the person in the mirror. There is absolutely nothing wrong with helping others, but what about you, too? What have you done to take care of yourself? You deserve the tender loving care that you give to everyone else. So this week and in the weeks to come, take some time for YOU and take care. 💕
Life won’t always go the way we want it to go. Some things will hurt and shake us to the core. However, these things don’t have to be the end of our journey. We don’t have to rush through our process of healing either. It’s okay to be gracefully broken or just broken.