Strategically Contoured

Hi Dolls! We’re excited because today we have another F.A.B. (Fashion and Beauty) Friday blog to share. As we think about some things today’s woman can find useful while defining her version of F.A.B. we set our minds this week on the beauty of contouring. In the makeup world contouring has been used for years to accentuate some of the most glamorous faces or at least that’s the illusion the contour is intended to give. When done just right you can make cheek bones look higher, noses more symmetrical and appear like they were carved from today’s best surgeon. What we love about a contour is that every feature looks more flattering in photos and to the natural eye when contouring comes into p

I’m With HER: What Marital Commitment Means/Should Mean to a Husband

I was reading an article for leisure recently and it made a very interesting assertion: that men should know that the purpose of marriage is less to make you happy, than to make you holy. It struck me as interesting because as I prepare for my “Happy Husbands” seminars this summer and fall, I’m going to be standing in front of men explaining to them HOW to become happy husbands. Am I going about this all wrong? I asked myself this question and decided to dig a little deeper to see if that is true. As I think deeper, I think of definitions – what is purpose? How do you define ‘happy’? How do you define ‘holy’? One’s purpose goes so much deeper than the time I have with you in the post,

Marriage Chronicles: Extinguishing Heated Fellowship

Heated fellowship. I wish I could say it's a term I coined but I'm so sad to inform you that I didn't. I first heard it from one of Prophetess Juanita Bynum's sermons (when she was married, now currently divorced). She was sharing a story of how she and her former husband would have frequent moments of "heated fellowship," or in other words, frequent arguments. I fell in love with this concept! The term fellowship means companionship, friendly association, especially with people who share one's interests. Well, throw some fire in it and in my own definition it becomes heated companionship in a non friendly manner where these individuals become disinterested in one another's interests. In oth

A Motherly Mission

Growing up I never aspired to be a mother. Maybe because I always saw my mom struggle as a single parent so the title of "mother" never seemed to call my name. Let me clarify, I was NEVER “Anti-children!” More so, I was always dream driven. I knew I wanted more. I knew I did not want to be limited by my environment. I always felt a burning desire to be more than I saw. This meant I had to go to college (even though I had no role models). It also meant I would wait to have children if I ever did and I had to be brighter, not better. There’s a difference. I will never apologize for bettering myself and wanting to create the life I was destined to live. No matter how many times it felt impossib

Self Worship

Self worship seems like an oxymoron that most Christians shun, but I’d like to build a case for self worship and hopefully open a brand new perspective. The definition of worship is “reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.” (Ref: dictionary.com) Even after hearing this definition, we habitually limit worship to singing and giving outward praise, but the English origin of the word lends itself to something greater. Worship is worth-ship, meaning putting something in the office of its worth. This is what we give God when we honor Him with our praise, prayer, respect, devotion, etc. We give Him what He’s worth. On a smaller scale, we dem

The ColorDuJour Experience!

(Photo Source: Instagram – Colordujour) Happy F.A.B. (Fashion and Beauty) Friday REAL Beauties! I hope you all are abounding in God's blessings and beauty! Today, I am really excited to blog about a recent makeup class I attended with a fabulous Houston makeup artist, Alaina Saulsberry, owner and founder of ColorDuJour, LLC. Alaina is currently offering classes in various cities across the country. She targets both professional makeup artists and everyday women who love wearing makeup who desire to improve their application skills. I attended a class in April called “The ColorDuJour Experience.” The purpose of this four-hour class is to guide women through a complete makeup application, whi

Moving Mountains: Four Lessons on Overcoming Life’s Challenges

Back in the day, there was a popular television series on ABC called MacGyver. The series followed the various missions of secret agent “Angus MacGyver” as he used his encyclopedic knowledge of science to solve complex problems, using everyday objects. Despite the show’s fictional storyline, the show’s lead character—trained to see opportunity in the mundane—highlighted an important real-world truth: how you view your problems determines how you solve your problems. When Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with cancer, he organized his fight against it the way he would organize his training for a race. He read everything he could about it, put himself on a training schedule, and put together a tea

You Don’t Have to Quit Your Day Job for Entrepreneurship

Very recently I had the honor of introducing our first A NEW ME Entrepreneur Spotlight: Christy Staples. She's a dear friend of mine who is passionate about helping others GET LAUNCHED into their business endeavors. Christy has also recently joined our team as A NEW ME Blog Contributor who will share invaluable advice in Entrepreneurship and Business. I'm more than certain you will walk away ready to take action or will be challenged to assess your business goals! Today she will share some powerful information and the realities of the title, "entrepreneur." Get ready to GET LAUNCHED in the right direction! You Don’t Have to Quit Your Day Job for Entrepreneurship Lately, entrepreneurship has

Finding Your Comfort

Kori with her WubbaNub Doggy Paci in hand. (One of my favorite pics!) When we took pictures of our daughter Kori, when she was an infant, it was very rare you would see her alone. Her best friend, companion, and comfort was always nearby…the “Paci!” When she was born, my Mommy bought a WubbaNub Soothie Pacifier from the hospital gift shop. We did try giving Kori a NUK pacifier but she just didn’t like it. Kori quickly became attached to her all-in-one plush friend attached to her favorite "Soothie" pacifier. My husband (Brian) and I soon bonded with this “life saver” too because it brought Kori so much comfort when she was cranky or sleepy. It gave us the luxury of a few more hours of sleep

WHY I DON’T “NETFLIX AND CHILL”

I'm so glad to have connected with this beautiful young lady, Videllia Davis. She loves sharing her powerful message to other women to know their worth and value in Christ. Before she shares her powerful message, we want to welcome her to our A NEW ME Blog Contributor Team and get to know her a little better. Videllia (pronounced Vie-dell-yah) was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas and is a graduate from The University of Texas at Austin. She graduated in 2011 with her Bachelor in Business Administration and a Master in Professional Accounting. She current resides in Dallas, Texas working as a Certified Public Accountant. When not meeting the demands of her corporate clients, Videllia enjo

The Challenge of CHANGE

Scripture Reference: For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. -Romans 1:17 (KJV) For some of us, the need to try something new or to perhaps change the way a task is being performed, is often realized, but rarely actualized. Many times, we may feel the need to break out of the mold, but somehow we just never manage to do so. Change can be difficult, but in many instances, it is also necessary, especially if we’re looking to excel or achieve the greater good in a situation. Generally, the reason change is avoided is because we see failure and/or pain as an obstacle to overcome if the change is made. “If it ain’t br

My Special THREE - A Mother’s Day Tribute

I would be remiss if I didn’t take the time to honor some amazing women who have shaped my life tremendously. They have all revolutionized my perception about God, myself, and others. We have been taught to, "Honor your father and mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise--"so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." (Ephesians 6: 2, 3) The word honor means to obey. Obeying parents who are followers of Christ can prolong your life because it adds wisdom to your growth and development as a child. But what happens when you were not as fortunate to have parents who might not have followed the Lord to steer you in the right direction? God will pro

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