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Spirituality & Self-Care: Our Jordan Year
New Year, fresh anointing. No pressure, just BE. Growth is a good thing. It’s spiritual. It’s self care. Take what you have learned and apply it, one day at a time. Make spirituality a ritual.
When I reflect deeply on where I am spiritually and in the journey of self care, those are the words that come to mind.
It’s a new year and fortunately, we all get a fresh start. I want to remind you to start where you are. Release the pressure to be perfect because even when you think you’re almost there, perfection will mask itself in a different way. It’s like aiming at a moving target. Instead, just be. Present. Kind.Find a way to connect with your spiritual self. Don’t forget about your spiritual health – it’s important!
Take a few moments each day to sit in stillness and connect with your breath. Close your eyes, take deep inhales and exhales, and feel the sensation of each breath flowing in and out of your body. Allow your mind to settle and disconnect from any thoughts or worries. Focus solely on the rhythm of your breath, letting it anchor you to the present moment. Nurture your meditation practice this year. It’s for something greater and allows us to find clarity and alignment in the moment. Connect with your spiritual self in this time of stillness.
Incorporate gratitude into your daily routine. Take a moment each day to reflect on three things you are grateful for. They can be big or small, such as a kind gesture from a friend, a warm cup of tea, or a beautiful sunrise. Cultivating gratitude helps shift your focus from what’s lacking to what you already have, promoting a positive mindset. Spend 10 minutes a day to help you feel more appreciative of what you already have. It’s an important practice for your spiritual well-being. Make gratitude part of your self care routine.
Remember that perfection is an illusion. Instead of striving for an unattainable standard, accept and embrace imperfections. Recognize that they are a natural part of being human. It’s through our flaws and mistakes that we learn and grow. Be kind and forgiving towards yourself when you make mistakes, and extend the same compassion to others. Surround yourself with like-minded people who have similar self-awareness and introspection. Don’t empower any naysayers or people who make you feel like there is a right or wrong way to live. Focus on areas of your life that you enjoy.
Set Intentions, Not Resolutions
Rather than setting rigid resolutions, consider setting intentions for the year ahead. Intentions are more flexible and allow for growth and adaptation. Focus on the qualities or habits you want to cultivate, such as kindness, mindfulness, or self-care. Intentions provide guidance and direction without the pressure of achieving a specific outcome. Set an intention to attend religious services if that is something that inspires you. Make this year the year you find your favorite way to connect with your spiritual self and access a new spiritual experience for yourself.
Practice Self Care
Prioritize self-care in your daily life. Make time for activities that nourish your mind, body, and soul. This could include engaging in hobbies you love, taking relaxing baths, reading a book, or spending time in nature. Remember that self-care is not selfish; it’s necessary for your overall well-being and happiness.
As you navigate this new year, remember to start where you are. Let go of the pressure to be perfect and instead focus on being present, kind, and forgiving. Take time for yourself and connect with your inner self through meditation and other self-care practices. Embrace imperfections and set mindful intentions to guide your journey. Here’s to a fresh start and a year filled with growth and self-discovery. Forgiving.
Meditate. Connect with your breath.
That is how I choose to prioritize self-care also known as self-love as I enter a new orbit around the sun. In no way am I an expert or even a coach – I choose vulnerability.
And fortunately, my ladies are here with me. Showing up, one day at a time. Let’s get into what’s going on at TBE this month, shall we?
This month on TBE
I am working hard to pivot the brand into a fully digital magazine – ICYMI the retail store is closing down. You can still shop the site (at deep discounts), but we will no longer release monthly collections.
I’ve shared how managing the boutique had taken me away from the original vision of the brand. TBE has always been about uplifting our community through fashion, wellness, and beauty.
Hard lessons and tough decisions can be a gift if we allow them to be. I’m reminded of how faithful God is in moments that feel so natural like when I interviewed our January cover girl, Saria in the first episode of Brick by Brick, a podcast by The BrownStone Experience. The mission is to build a community of conscious women who intentionally support one another.
I’ve learned so much about the boutique and wholesale industry. More importantly, I humbly bow out because it is not my ministry.
With this change, I now have the capacity to focus the fashion pillar on style tips and direction. As a personal stylist, it brings me joy to help professional woman curate wardrobes for their busy lives.
Can you say it with me….obedience?! God has a way of showing out when we surrender. Did you see the Express Style Partnership announcement on IG? Yassss! It’s only up from here ladies, stay tuned!
Let me know your favorite brands, I’d love to check them out.
In the wellness corner, we are launching a series called “Gotta family to feed”. The goal is to create a bank of recipes for our community to help each other with weekly dinner ideas.
More to come on how to submit your favorite recipes. Yes, we want to make healthy choices but first, let’s focus on cooking and consistency. I have found this method helps my family tremendously in many ways.
My prayer is that you find both tangible and divine resources within the TBE community.
In beauty, we are refreshing our makeup & skincare routines. We share 3 black-owned retailers we are supporting. Because if we have to buy all the things to stay fabulous – we can at least #buyblack, on purpose and with purpose.
There’s so much more to come. I envision a platform where black women can feel seen, heard, and free to be themselves.
A place where sisterhood is celebrated through community, curated events, and collective economic power. For those of you who have been around since the launch in early 2020, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
For the ladies who I’ve met since stepping out as the Editor & Founder, thank you for joining the movement. #weallwegot – It’s a lifestyle.