Category: thoughts

The only PROOF I need!

Meet my adorable nephew, CJ! Every time I see this photo, I scream!

I want to take the time to thank my sister for having such amazing kids! You kind Sir will never disappoint! LMFAO!

– Bri

Not sure if the prints were order, knowing his mom she was more annoyed with this look.


Let me tell you something though! I want this framed. This is my dude! Happy Saturday y’all!

Feel free to share, create GIFs, and memes. This without a doubt should go viral!

Love you mean it!

xoxox

Chapter Three

Journey with me…

Life has a funny way of teaching/showing you things on time so you can prepare yourself. Not everything is promised to prepare you. It’s cray what bullets I’ve missed on this journey — I am so grateful. For life is precious and any sudden move can change your direction. I am blessed and I am thankful!

There has been so much going on, I have been all sorts of all over the place. With all of the changes, stresses and *whispers* of anxiety, I have been managing — for solutions are the result of not giving up. I’m fine-tuning my schedule and making choices that serve my morals, passions and goals!

Growing up is never-ending, that’s what I like about it. My favorite part has been always questioning what they tell me. “They” being everyone, haha. Please understand, I am painfully technical most times. Chose your words wisely. Communication need not run out of style, guys. Feelings and opinions are just that, and I prefer the things that don’t change. With that being said, I have always questioned labels; the fact that they exist, the definitions of them, and how we the people may easily misuse them. My poor mother, hahaha! Let’s just say, there is always something to chat about.

Things that you typically think to continue to grow: nails, nature, hair, blah blah blah. What I would like to challenge you to do is… Grow your level of awareness and compassion. Grow that closed mind, if applicable. Try something new, eat new food. We can only experience and grow as individuals if we let ourselves. If you are normally stuck in your ways, then things in this field will be hard. Stick with it and you shall prevail.

Feel free to follow more of my journey @mindfulfourcorners on IG, Facebook, and Youtube.

Moving on… This is random but I am totally on to something. Bare with me… I was thrown into residential homes at an early age. Before my teens, I would join my dad and help him do hardwood floors. We often ran into my godfathers, who also do residential trade work. I will have a post later about that type of life. For now, here is a picture of me getting down and dirty.

If you are in the Charlotte, NC area or surrounding counties and want a quote for your hardwood floors, give’m a shout! Forte Floors 704-605-4036. Quality is the Forte difference!

On May 4th I passed my NC Real Estate exam. Oh, how it feels to be done with that. For so long I was working in a real estate law firm. It was cool to be on that side of things. With that and real estate school, I learned so much about owning a home and the law on real property. I feel as though 30% of the information should be taught at some point in high school. Let me not address the school system though.

As a realtor, my goal will always be to protect my client, whichever side we are on. I know the land and my upbringing has helped me see the cost of trade work and repairs. With a wide range of homeownership resources and knowledge, I plan to be the BEST! I can’t wait to see what is to come. If you are looking to buy Real estate in North Carolina, let me know!

On the 24th I got back to work and am loving this new law firm. My direct supervisor is the bee’s knees. I feel like I found a distant family member. She is so kind and compassionate. So giving and sweet! I could brag about her all day but I am not sure how much time you have. At this firm, there is a great balance of work and life. I am not a number and I am respected — crazy how hard that is to find, smh. We will talk about work environments later. Anyway, I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together as a team. Those who know me know my work ethic and skill always produce success.

Well, I have completed all of my personal goals before my 30th birthday! Next on the list will be stocks, savings and working on my health. The bigger more public things would be starting my store for Applesauce Chronicles. I am excited to say I will have items made and/or designed by yours truly. The goal is to be running before Christmas! I can almost guarantee you that you want some of our stocking stuffers!

I hope you all are making goals for yourself! If and when you put your mind towards something that serves you, the universe will reward you. Stay true to your manifestations and just keep swimming!

Saturday afternoon, lookout for a post and pictures from my dirty thirty celebrations! Peace and love!

Choose Consistency

It all starts by building healthy habits and shedding bad ones. However, it only works when we stay consistent.

When things get tough, and you feel backed into a corner. Choose consistency! The moment you break and bow down to fear is the same moment you change the foundation from which you’ve laid. Being consistent will keep the flow of energy and stability. You need everything to be aligned for things to work for you. What is this energy?

Manifestations, intentions, and goals are all achieved by a few things. There is a lot of energy, hard work, and determination to stay on the desired path. I have seen this very thing happen; it is so heartbreaking! It doesn’t have to be you; it won’t be me anymore. Faltering is not an option this time.

Pick the path, passion, or goal. Figure out what steps you need to achieve said goal. Push, bend, slide, jump and run towards that goal. Consider your emotions to be distractions. They are not real. All toxic energy and triggers will arise, but you must be consistent. With consistency, there will be no need to mute the devil.

I’m excited to grow and shine with you all! I love you and wish you all peace whenever you are. Whatever life has thrown at you. You got this!

Layer of Skin: my routine.

Melanin popping

I didn’t fall in love with my skin until about nineteen or twenty years of age. I didn’t start taking care of my skin until I was twenty-two years old. At that point in my life, I was working in hot kitchens. Being in heated environments will bring more attention to your skincare for sure.

Let your pores breathe! ✨

I remember always getting compliments about my skin. What I remember most was taking it for granted. I was starting to see moles, pimples, blackheads, freckles, beauty marks, and zits! It was madness!

I’m almost thirty, every year I learn something new. The time and care that I take with my skin have progressed. There is a lot involved with skincare. Your environment, food, water, stress, anxiety, and hygiene all contribute to the health of your skin. I don’t know how much water I drink in a day, but it’s a lot! Food is fuel – period! The environment is about the factors of nature. We need to adapt to what we have. If it is super hot and sunny, stay hydrated. Occasionally, find shade if possible and wear sunblock. Try keeping the stress and anxiety to a minimum. How do you say? Only focus/worry about things you can control. I’ll leave that to you, regarding what you can control. Perspective is forever changing, and to be honest, that’s none of my business.

Lastly, what we are all here for is skin hygiene. Here I will list out my routine for my weekly skin bath. It brings me joy to make this time for myself!

  1. Start hot bath! Feel free to use bubble bath, bath bombs, and etc.
  2. Sit and soak for about 2-3 minutes.
  3. With just my fingers I take my hands and massage my bottom half first.
  4. Next I scrub my bottom half with a coarse scrubby 🧽
  5. I repeat steps 3 and 4 on my top half. I also check my breast for lumps here and pay attention to my armpits.
  6. If I’m shaving, that’s where this starts.
  7. By this time the water is super nasty. You should have dead skin and dirt float with no more bubbles. Hair of you decided to shave.
  8. Drain the water, stand up, do a quick rinse.
  9. Clean (with soap) one more time overall and the water should be drained.
  10. Now do a last 2 minute hot rinse. It assures me that the lingering skin, dirt or hair is no longer on me and rinsed the soap of.
  11. I turn the water off and shake my booty cheeks so they clap. I try to avoid depending on a towel to completely dry.
  12. I dry my yoni then feet last.
  13. I let my pores breathe for a bit.
  14. I use Shea butter as my first application after my shower. It’s too heavy too put on open pores.

While doing all of this I try to be mindful of my week, my thoughts, goals. I even get into affirmations sometimes. Use this as your time. It’s amazing for me! Give it a try!

Make and take for yourself 🙃

Take care of yourself, and your skin will follow! Feel free to try any of the steps in my skip bath routine. Also, SHARING is CARING! Let me know what works for you. I would love to try out what you are doing!

xoxo

Let me reintroduce myself.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Screens! For all that are new to this space, welcome! Here is my little feed within this cyber world we scroll through. For those who know me, know that, the times have been long and hard. So many things have changed.

You’ve missed a bit so far, but no need to worry. You can always go back later and take a gander. I mean, why not? On this journey, I have embraced who I have become plus, what silly things in between. I am a big kid at heart, the kid that likes exploration, creativity, and curiosity. My curiosity and mouth got me in quite a bit of trouble too. Not one cat has come close to touching my tongue. I still have hope, no cat nails, though.

My past has taught me to keep moving and, you will always come out stronger. You can’t get anywhere once you have stopped moving. I also believe every life lesson has a lesson to teach. Things happen for a reason. We don’t get to chose and, we can’t control people.

This new year has brought so many new beginnings into my near future. I am super excited to see what this year has in store. I will be getting my real estate license, yoga certification and, so much more! Even better, all the things to learn from it. This new me is lighter, with less doubt, and stronger than before. I want to be less in my mind and more in the present. My vibrations are much higher. I need to do what makes me happy. Be on the lookout for consistent creative content, silliness and, growth.

I plan to grow and experience all the little things worth learning. Self-growth and challenging myself has always been my favorite mental-like task. So I will keep pushing on! I’ll be sure to share as I go along. Sharing is caring! The satisfaction will come then.

a moment to change a life.

These past few months have been tough.
I mean brutally disturbing. My heart, my soul and mind have had it.
Let me walk you through it.

My eyelids are swollen from watching this nonsense.
My ears are bleeding from all of the noise.
My mind is exhausted from all this chaos.
My body is tired of doing it alone.

The nurturer in me has fled, not sure if she’s coming back.
Hope sometimes seems to be far off in the distance.

Then, all of the sudden, things changed.

My eyes are normal and brown again. My ears have healed. I can even hear the birds chirping in the morning. My mind can wander about the colors in the wind. What changed was my mindset, the people I let in, my expectations, everything! It all had to change. If I could control it, I did. You simply have to take back your time and sit with yourself. Remember only you can make you happy!

There is a lot of internal conflict going on lately. It’s tough to acknowledge your flaws but, its easier to move past them once you understand the trauma hidden in the shadows. We are all living this life based on our particular experience. Taken these broken things and use them to build you up! Learn and grow; it is the only way out.

As for outer support, don’t forget, you are never alone! Allow your life-timers (long-lasting friends) and close family hear you. Be vulnerable, speak your mind, and things will work themselves out.

Lastly, put the energy towards solving problems, not dwelling in them. You can only change what you can control. Stay strong, because we have to. We’ve got this!