Bring on the new year…..

2015

I would be lying if I told you I am sad the year is almost over…2014 was a hellish year. It had so me great highs but it was full of lows. In spite of all that, it turned out to be the year for me to learn to move when God says move and to let go of things/people who were holding me back. Change is not easy and let me tell you, the change has not been EASY for me at all, but I find so much joy in knowing that I am following the path that God has laid out for me. Trust me there were many moments where I did not follow his path for me and life was hard. Learning to follow his lead no matter how crazy I may look or feel, has been the best decision ever. I have far more peace following his lead, than I did when I was doing my own thing. Needless to say, I am expecting great things in 2015.

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Although this new year is going to be crazy busy, I am excited about it. So excited that I bought an Erin Condren Life Planner. This planner was recommended to me by my best friend Jenna, she has never led me astray therefore I took the plunge and decided to invest in it. Yes, I said invest because its $50+ and for me that is pricy for a planner, however, my life is very busy and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon, so I expect to be forever grateful for that planner. I am convinced this planner will help me get my crap together. I cannot be lazy anymore. This year I was skimming by but that won’t cut it this year.

I am also planning to attempt (emphasis on attempt) to begin eating according to the paleo diet. Send prayers up to heaven for me now. I’ve fallen off my work out and eating regimen that I started this year and I cannot let myself go (I refuse), I worked really hard this year and I also threw away all my size 10 pants which means no turning back. I will keep you all posted on my progress, in fact, ask me about it when you see me, that way I have accountability.

On top of getting my fitness in order, I am decided to begin grad school again for the 3rd time. This time I am sucking it up and finishing. No more of this start/stop stuff. I have to finish this time. Now, I am hoping the planner helps me to stay organized because being a case manager and student is nuts but I love the children and I love my job. I’ll have to sacrifice watching my favorite show for a lecture but it will be worth it (at least that is what I am telling myself). So between work, grad school, church work, a start-up non-profit, maintaining relationships with family and friends, I have my hands full but I am so excited about it.

Look people, life isn’t perfect and sometimes we go through rough seasons and it feels like we won’t get out of this fog, but we will. If you had a bad year, kiss it goodbye, and welcome the New Year with open arms and determine to show up. Just decide that this year will be better in spite of the pain from last year; you choose to make it better. I know in 2015, people will get promotions on the job, graduate from high school and college, move, get married, travel, have kids, etc. There is a lot to look forward to! It’s time to get to work and let go of laziness. Kiss laziness goodbye and choose to be a grown up and get your life together (Obviously, I am talking to myself here). Decide to work hard because in order to be successful you have to work for it.

2015 is going to be awesome people, expect it.

We got this.

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Change=Work

Have you all seen this vine(https://vine.co/v/OvV1WMBqKVj)? My future brother-in-law sent us siblings this video via text and I cried laughing. He talked about how he was nearing the finish line for finals and barley making it. As much as that video made me laugh its my reality too. I have been juggling quite a lot. I’ve been feeling like my dreams are too lofty. My goals are too high. How will I ever accomplish these things? Its that place where you want to pursue your dreams but you have hit a wall or “writers block” of sorts.

The kid in the video wanted to stop. He did for a second but he kept going anyways. He did not stop! I think the same needs to ring true for our generation on many levels. We must press on towards our dreams and goals but with all this talk about equality, justice, and change, we must be ready to do the hard work. Change does not come easy. We will be uncomfortable, we will get tired, we will want to give up, but if we want to make a difference for our children, we have to suck it up and not just write about it on Facebook. We have to get to work. Getting to work looks different for each person. Maybe you need to finish college? Maybe you need to write a letter to your state representative? Maybe you need to find out who your state representative is?Maybe you join an advocacy group? Maybe you need to go to law school or become a doctor? Maybe you need to invest in your children or husband? Maybe you need to start a business/non-profit? Maybe you need to write a book? Maybe you need to get your Masters degree? I digress.

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The hard truth is, it takes work to see change happen. If you believe you are called to step up and be apart of bringing any type of change/influence to your home or community, it will require work and sacrifice. Bottom line. It will mean saying no to hanging out with friends, No to that vacation in the middle of finals that you haven’t studied for, No to going to the movies, just plain old NO. When you are endeavoring to do something great or out of the ordinary, you can’t let FOMO [Fear of Missing Out] get in the way of your progress. FOMO will prevent you from making progress. It will hinder you.

Doubt and fear is your enemy. They never want you to win. In fact, against them you stand no chance when you give into their lies. To “them” figuratively, you will never be great. You will never have a good job. You will never reach your financial goals. You will NEVER. You will NEVER because you aren’t good enough, brave enough, strong enough, smart enough, or capable enough. You don’t have what it takes. You have no connections. You have no money. You don’t have the tools necessary to succeed. You will FAIL and they know that will be true the minute you decide to wallow in their lies.

Doubt and Fear, how I hate you. I hate you because I give into your lies sometimes. I question my abilities and I stop working hard because you tell me I CAN’T and I WON’T and sometimes let myself slip; I start to believe you. 

To my friends writing/speaking/listening on the front lines about racial tension and trying to be apart of the solution: I applaud you, please keep fighting. To my friends starting non-profits/business/etsy shops/etc. keep going, keep designing, keep networking. To the mommies and daddies getting little sleep and making a sacrifice so this next generation can be graced with a child who has character and integrity, thank you. We are all working hard together. Now is not the time to get relaxed. Now is not the time to stop dreaming. Now is not the time to say “maybe one day”. Its time to hit the gas, not press the break.

Don’t let logic get in the way of doing something you have never done before. In the words of Nike: Just Do It.

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Grand Jury

As I watch the state our nation is in, most of the time I am moved to tears. I begin praying and feel at a loss for words. For weeks now I have been feeling the weight of this question: “what can I do?” How can I be apart of bringing change? Does my little voice really matter in these big conversations? In a sea of opinions and articles, is another voice necessary? It seems as if everyone is screaming a lot of things from several different angles. Instead of me going into who is right or wrong, I have been learning to focus in on what I CAN do. What is it that I can do in my community now to make a difference? One area I was curious to learn more about was the process by which ordinary citizens like you and me are selected to participate in the grand jury.

We have seen how grand jury’s have played a huge role in many of the recent court cases. Did you know that in Houston you can apply to be a grand juror? Each city in Texas has a similar but varied selection process. Explore the websites to learn about the process in more detail. Remember in order to participate, you must be a registered voter.

Houston: http://www.justex.net/grandjuryinfo/faq.aspx

“To be considered for the next grand jury, you must fill out the grand juror application, have it notarized, and mail it in to the Administrative Office of the District Courts, 1201 Franklin, 7th Floor, Houston, Texas 77002.  If you do not truthfully answer the questions on your application, you could be prosecuted for criminal offenses.”

Dallas: https://www.dallasda.com/division/intake-grand-jury/

Austin: http://www.txwd.uscourts.gov/Jury/Offices/austin.asp

For ATX: “Federal law requires that a grand jury be selected at random from a fair cross section of the community in the district or division in which the federal grand jury convenes. Thus, all citizens have an equal opportunity and obligation to serve. Pursuant to law, the names of prospective grand jurors are drawn at random from lists of registered voters or lists of actual voters, or other sources when necessary, under procedures designed to ensure that all groups in the community will have a fair chance to serve. Those persons whose names have been drawn and who are not exempt or excused from service are summoned to appear for duty as grand jurors. When these persons appear before the court, the presiding judge may consider any further requests to be excused. The judge will then direct the selection of 23 qualified persons to become the members of the grand jury.”

Education is so important. The more we are educated the more efficiently we can advocate for others. If we want to see change in our judicial system we need to learn more about it. All my lawyer/law student friends: tell me what you know! Your voices are so valuable right now.

May we truly live and love our PEOPLE (neighbors, teachers, friends, and strangers) and our community. What a difference walking in love makes, it changes, everything.

XoXo

Faitth B