Motivational Monday: Be A Shifter

Hello everyone, and happy Monday to you all. With everything that is going on in Houston and the surrounding areas I just want to encourage you tonight. I read an Instagram post that said the best thing about a natural disaster is that it brings out the best in human beings. In times of disaster or heartbreak for pain our strongest defense is to remain positive. It is to remain hopeful. When you walk into a room to be a shifter. Aspired to lift spirits. Aspire to change the negative to the positive. I always want to have a presence that commands the room in a positive way. Filling the room with happiness and genuine concern. Although I cannot change what is going on in Texas I can provide a listening ear and a word of encouragement to those I know in the mist of it. It is normal to feel down in times like these, but don’t give up. You are strong. You are blessed. You are a child of God. My prayers always thought of you. May God protect you and keep you safe. Be well you guys.

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

-Dominique

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Motivational Monday: Make Time

Hi Everyone and Happy Monday to all of you. I recently had a conversation with a dear friend of mine, and we were talking about how life gets so busy we can lose priority of the time we get to spend with the ones we love. I know for me everything can get so busy sometimes that I barely get a chance to just sit and enjoy. We are working on goals, at work, dealing with kids, or planning out our next move. We must not get so wrapped up in the constant “go” of life, and forget the people that mean the most to us. Just like any other thing in your life relationships are something that you also have to work at. You truly get what you give. So I just want to encourage you today. Don’t take advantage of those close relationships that you cherish the most because you never know when they will be gone. Every day is a new day to strengthen you as well as someone else. Make the time and be present for somebody else. Sometimes that is all we need. Be well you guys.

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

-Dominique

Motivational Monday: Don’t be petty! It is not productive to you or the person you are trying to hurt. Every second you spend being negative could have been channeled into something positive, so don’t do it at all. Learn to respond and not react to situations. As much as I have wanted to go there with some people, it is just not worth my time or energy. Be well you guys! 🌿💖💪
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Motivational Monday: Your Well Being Is Priority.

Hello everyone, and happy Monday to you! I had the privilege of attending a training today that addressed pregnant and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. It was a real look on the signs and descriptions of what women go through during and after pregnancy, and how these disorders affect the whole family. Although I have attended trainings touching on this subject, this training stuck with me because the topics discussed were on a more detailed level. We were equipped with the knowledge of what to do if one of our clients, family members, friends, and even ourselves ever encountered any of these feelings.

Mood and anxiety disorders during and after pregnancy is a very sensitive subject around the world, and sadly most women don’t speak up. Too often pregnancy is always said to be a joyous experience in women’s life, and though I believe all children are a blessing, that is not the case for a lot of women. They deal with depression, anxiety, OCD, postpartum stress disorder, and in the worst case scenario some women experience psychosis, where they have harmed themselves or their babies.

Mental health goes unaddressed in many communities, and far too often getting the appropriate help comes off as a sign of weakness. In some cultures they are quick to label you “crazy”, but I am here to say it is ok. It is normal for a woman to feel the “baby blues” up to 2 weeks after pregnancy. The problem occurs when it last longer than that. Postpartum depression may range from birth all the way until babies reach 12 months of age.  I even argue that it can last longer.

The important thing for women to realize is that your well being is your priority. You are not crazy. You are not a bad mom. You are ok. The key to getting the help you need is speaking up. Don’t sit alone with these feelings. Express yourself to your spouse, family member, friend, doctor, or someone you can trust. This issue has gone on long enough without real recognition. Let’s get behind our mother’s and support them in anyway we can. A healthy mom means a healthy baby. They deserve the best chance to thrive.

I hope this helps someone. For more information you can log onto http://www.postpartum.net. If you are pregnant or just had your baby and are feeling any emotions that you are unsure about contact the Postpartum Support International Helpline: 1-800-944-4773.

Be well you guys.

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

-Dominique

 

 

Motivational Monday: Celebrate Your Health

Hi everyone, and happy Monday to you! Today has been very productive. More than ever I am more in tune with my goals, and everyday I am stepping into it.

My encouragement for today is very simple. I want you to celebrate you health.  Even if you are sick. Every day you get up is a blessing, and even if you aren’t feeling well, every breath is a opportunity to celebrate you health.

Our health is so very important. Yes we strive for goals and look forward to the future, but what does it matter if we don’t have our health. There is a Nigerian proverb that states, “Before you heal others, heal thyself.” Your greatest treasure is you. Keep yourself in balance, and it will be easier to handle everything else in your life. It took me a while to learn this, and now I use it as a sense of empowerment. It allows me to be a better wife, mother, sister, friend, and daughter.

I challenge you to take time out today to write down five things you are grateful for in regards to your health. It could be anything. Be thankful for your heart beating, for your breath, for your nails, for you mental health. Expressing gratitude is a form of positive psychology. A more positive life equals a healthier life.

LET’S CELEBRATE YOUR HEALTH TODAY!!! Be well you guys.

Live. Love. Well & Fit..

-Dominique

Motivational Monday: What Are You Passionate About?

Hi Everyone! Happy Monday to you. As promised I am posting my task for you to complete this week. It is intended to help you find what you are passionate about.

Grab a piece of paper, and in the center of the paper draw a large circle. At the top of the paper label it, “What am I passionate about?” When you are ready I want you to time yourself for about 2-3 minutes on what you are passionate about? This is a brainstorm. Write words that tell what you are passionate about. It could be anything from food to movies to God to shoes. Anything goes. After the 2-3 minutes are up, then I want you to narrow down your responses to a top 5 list. These are the top 5 things that you are most passionate about. The things that make you come alive. Narrowing then down helps to better define your purpose.

I love this exercise because these are not things that we think about on a daily basis. We can live day in and day out without truly knowing our passions or living in our purpose. I hope you take out some time this week and try this exercise. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Be well you guys.

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

-Dominique

Motivational Monday: Seasoned People


 Hi everyone, and happy Monday to you! Have you ever felt like you were in a season of transition? I believe that is what I am in right now. It is so appropriate too as the actual seasons are begin to change from spring to summer. In this last week I have been constantly reflecting on some people in my life. Which direction am I meant to follow? Who is holding me back? Who do I need in my life, and who do I need to love from afar? Just as the seasons change, people and issues will do the same. Some lift you up and some bring you down, so how do we decide who stays and who goes? You can start by asking yourself these four questions:

  1. Are they a positive or negative influence in my life?
  2. Do they support me as a friend or family member should?
  3. Is this relationship based on the principle of “give and take”?
  4. Are they honest with me when I need them to be?

Whether you answered yes or no to these questions will help you make some decisions moving forward. At this point in my life I have learned to respectfully decline certain situations. I have found my power in NO, and I am moving into my purpose with positivity.

You may also be in a season of transition, and you may be analyzing some situations in your life as well. I am here to let you know that it is perfectly ok. Without some uneasiness there is no room for change. I ran across a quote the other day that said, “You are under no obligation to be the same person you were a year, a month, or even 15 minutes ago. You have the right to grow.” I really want to encourage you tonight. Spread your wings and grow. Those who truly love you will be right there with you cheering you on. I hope this helps someone tonight. Be well you guys.

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

-Dominique

Motivational Monday: Doing Your Best Today

Hi Everyone, and Happy Monday to you! I had a great weekend filled with family, love, fellowship, and dancing! It was a wonderful time. I just wanted to quickly encourage you today because after all isn’t today all we have? Tomorrow is not certain, but if somehow God gave us a glimpse of what tomorrow brings how would we make a conscious effort to change today?

I read a quote by H. Jackson Brown Jr. that said, “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing YOUR BEST today.” These words could not ring more clearly. In your health, studies, business, relationships, etc. It is only what you will make a decision to do today that will set the tone for tomorrow, so for the remainder of your day (and for the rest of the week) be great, make the right choice, try one more time, love harder, and stay strong. Be your best today for a better tomorrow! Be well guys!

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

-Dominique

Reevaluate 

Sometimes you have to step back and reevaluate your goals. Pray, plan, and press forward.  -me

I wrote this down today while making my morning “TO DO” list. Every word is so true. (It may have some spell check errors, lol!)… but that’s ok. The best thing about the road to your goal is not just when you reach the finish line, but the journey along the way. Remember that.

Live. Love. Well & Fit. 

Motivational Monday: Decide

Hello everyone out there, and a very Happy Monday to you. Today started off a bit rough. Actually the last few days have started off rough. I have been sick. It has just been the common cold, but it has been lasting longer than normal. Let’s just say it has been kicking my butt! Although I have spouts of energy every now, but then it still keeps coming back! I am going to keep pushing forward any how.
Any whooo…. I have a confession to make… I AM AFRAID. I stumbled across a quote that says, “Decide that you want it more than you’re afraid of it.”  Sometimes I doubt my abilities, and like many out there, I find myself comparing myself to other people who are doing the same thing as me (usually on social media). It is like a trap I get pulled into, and then I have those feelings of failure, doubt, and jealousy. Why am I not where they are? Why do they get more support than me? Is it my personality? Is it my approach?… Then other crazy questions stir up. What if everything goes as planned? What if my dreams come true? Will it be too much for me to handle? How much can I handle…and on and on it goes. As hard as we all try not to do it, we still do, and to be perfectly honest, it is just human nature. The negative side is that it creates fear, and I for one am not going to submit myself to that. God even tells us that we do not have a spirit of fear, so I have a decision to make. Do I want my dream (even if it is moving a snails pace) more than I am afraid of it?… and you know what… I DO DAMMIT! Obstacles and failures are apart of success, and I really really need to stop comparing my path to someone else’s path.

Have you ever felt this way? Are you going through it now? If yes then decide today that you want it more than any of those fears, doubts, and jealousy. God has a plan for your life. YOU. Your path is meant for you, and my path is meant for me. I am going to try my best to embrace it and everything that comes along with it. Be the best you that you can be! Now there’s some motivation for your Monday (My Monday Too.)!!!

Be Well Guys.
-Dominique