Thursday, December 29, 2016

It's A New Day!

Good morning! I'm so thankful for another opportunity to be alive and have a second chance at this thing we call "life!" Time to get up, get dressed & get a move on! Don't be discouraged if you're going through a struggle today. I'm very thankful for my struggles, without them I would not have found my strengths. Now GO! and make the world want more of what you have. After all, you are Ahhh-mazing! Make memories and make today count! Have a blessed day! 



"But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint." (‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬)

Candye Daughhetee
Independent Consultant, Rodan+Fields
316-393-0893 - Cell
Visit this site to: Change Your Skin
Visit this site to: Change Your Life 
Visit My Blog: Anchor In The Storm 

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

#TransparentLeader.... Sometimes Leadership Is Hard...

The title says it all for this blog post.

I have had the privilege of mentoring several young leaders (and some very tenured executives) over the course of several years. One of my mentee's came to me last week and shared with me that he is extremely frustrated. I asked his permission to use his struggles to craft a blog that I believe may help others and he generously gave his permission.

I had to laugh out loud when he said, "if my flaws can help others - then I'm game." I so appreciated his humbleness, although he admitted he said it out of complete frustration at the time. When we finished the session he admitted how that statement was actually a direct reflection of his own leadership style; which makes him a great leader in the making.

If we're all honest and transparent about our leadership careers, we would openly admit that it certainly is not a bed of roses, but more like limbs of thorns with occasional roses that bloom. The reality is, the thorns help us appreciate the flowers. How we handle hardships and trials (the thorns) determine the lessons we learn and help us appreciate the beauty of leadership and life in general.

I tell all of the individuals I have the privilege to mentor that, "it's not if you fail, it's when you fail. The key is whether you learn from your failures or not, and ultimately if you get up and try again or if you let it defeat you."


For me personally I learn something new every day. I work hard to stay humble and appreciative of the life I have been given. I also know what is at the forefront of every decision I make.... 1) My Faith and 2) My family!

What I love about those that seek me out as their mentor is that they fully understand that everything I teach and consult on is based on biblical principles and family values. In my world, at the end of the day I reflect back and ask myself these two simple questions:
1) Did my actions reflect that of my faith and the Bible?
2) Would I be proud if my family knew the decisions I made?
I can honestly say the answers have not always been yes. 
That doesn't make me a bad leader - it makes me an honest one. It is what keeps me moving forward. It's what drives me to do better the next day. And, I will be the first one to ask for forgiveness when needed. If you cannot do it - then do not expect your staff to either. It's that simple.


I have a little girl that looks up to me. In my daughters eyes I am a hero. I am strong and wise and I know no fear. We all know that may not be the truth. I am scared. I make mistakes. I require do-overs. However, I do not quit!

What keeps me going is I know the value of what I plant determines the harvest I will reap. What do you want to harvest? How do you want to be seen through your own child's (or employees) eyes?

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:9)

Anyone in a leadership position, that is doing it right, will tell you that "Leadership Is Hard!" In the end, it really is no different than parenting.

Regardless of whether you're just starting out in your career as a newly promoted leader, or you're a tenured executive with 20+ years under your belt, it's hard. You often have to make tough choices that impact your company, your team and ultimately their family.  Often you have to do things that are very unpopular and misunderstood. Being in a leadership role you are often left vulnerable and sometimes undermined. Don't quit!

Please do not misunderstand me. I absolutely love leading, training, coaching and developing individuals into great leaders themselves - that's the easy part - especially when they are ambitious and coach-able individuals.

When the above happens though, it really boils down to a few facts I want you to remember.
  • It's about being honest. 
  • It's about being confident in yourself and wise enough to take the advice of those you trust. (Get a mentor) 
  • It's about understanding the facts, not the emotions. 
  • It's about being fair to all, not just a few. 
  • It's about courage and vision. 
  • It's about humor and humility. 
  • It's about a healthy balance of firmness and flexibility. 
  • It's about making tough decisions. 
  • It's about being coach-able and being able to coach.
  • It's about loving to be a servant. 
  • It's about giving the same amount of respect as you expect in return. 
  • It's about standing up for what you believe in.
  • It's about sitting down and being quiet when you're wrong.
  • It's about putting yourself in the hands of a higher power and having the faith to let that power guide your actions.
  • It's about being a positive influence.
  • Last, but certainly not least, it's imperative that you always remember it's a privilege to lead others.

While being a leader takes courage, discipline, and determination - it can bring great success, but it can also come at the cost of being judged and overwhelmed. You have to find your happy balance. The hard reality is, not everyone is cut out for leadership positions with a title, but every day we are all called to be a leader and set positive examples.

Here are a few Bible verses that will help you, whether you carry a title or not:

"Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith" (Hebrew 13:7) 

"He must become greater; I must become less." (John 3:30)

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves." (Philippians 2:3)

"Treat others the same way you want them to treat you." (Luke 6:31)

"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear." (Ephesians 4:20)

I have a few openings if you are seeking a mentor or life coach. I pray you will contact me and let me help you achieve that successful leadership career your heart desires or just improve your life's journey.

Anyone that follows my blog knows that I am transparent. I do not sugar-coat anything as it simply negates the desired outcome for those who really want to change. As I have written before, if you take nothing else from my blog, I pray you will never forget that you are wonderfully and fearfully made (Psalms 139:14).

Life is messy...thank God for Bounty paper towels, second chances, Grace and Mercy.

Blessings,
Candye~
"G18Mommy"
email: candyebell@yahoo.com

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47) 




Friday, December 9, 2016

Bible Scripture About Being Thankful.....

Good morning!! So much to be thankful for as my eyes are opened to the gift of another day this morning. 

I had the privilege of spending the evening with our board, the staff and the precious girls of Main Place Youth (www.mainplaceyouth.org) last night. What a joy to see God at work. I am so humbled to have been called and allowed to serve on this board. 



What I was reminded of is being thankful isn't just for the Thanksgiving holiday. Scripture tells us to be "thankful in everything, in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:18). When we find ourselves overwhelmed with burdens and worried about tomorrow, we can praise God for who he is and his promise to never leave us or forsake us. We have been blessed with the free gift of salvation and eternal life! 

May your day be full of indescribable blessings! Do something amazing today to touch someone else. You could be the only joy they see or have in their day! Have an amazingly blessed day! 

Blessings,
Candye~
"G18Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

How To Achieve Your Dreams....

Good morning my sweet and faithful blogger fans! Time to rise and shine!! 

When you woke and opened your eyes this morning that gave you the beginning of your reasons to sing praises to Him, for His mercies and graces are wonderful! 



I'm am utterly exhausted as I've had about 3.5 hours of sleep, but it was so worth it! I had the privilege to attend a training last night that I needed more than you can imagine. 

As I was driving (6 hours round trip) I spent a lot of time in prayer. I want to remind you that when you're tested - give thanks! When your plan fails - give thanks! When your idea bubble pops above your head - give thanks! When your finances go a bust - give thanks! It may sound crazy, but this is when your Faith is growing. This is also when new opportunities grow and become new dreams! Learn not to settle. 

When you have a dream just know that God has planted those seeds on the inside and He will bring those dreams to fruition if you will just trust Him. Don't lose your Faith. You do your part and trust Him that He'll do His part. Just remember, you can't expect Him to bless you abundantly if you're going to accept mediocrity. You have to set yourself up expecting more and not settling for less, which in turn means you have to get off of your duff and take a leap of faith too! No one ever made it to the top by sitting on their bottoms! 

"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience." (‭‭James‬ ‭1:2-3‬)

Today is a new beginning, a second chance! The world is waiting for the AWESOME side of you! GO! Enjoy this beautiful day the Lord has given and know that you are wonderfully, fearfully and beautifully made in His image!! Have a  wonderfully blessed day!! 

Remember, as I've written before, if you take nothing else away from my blog - I pray you will never forget that you are "wonderfully and fearfully made" (Psalm 139:14). Never forget that you are the son or daughter of the almighty King of Kings and that you do not have to "BE" what the world expects you to be, but you do have to be what makes you happy! Do something kind today, be nice to others, and respect those you interact with. Strive to make a difference in others lives, but more importantly make a difference in your own life. Life is messy...thank God for Bounty paper towels, Grace & Mercy!

"Pretty words aren't always true...and true words aren't always pretty, but when the truth is spoken, it's always beautiful!"

"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)

Make memories and make today count for today will never come again. GO! Be the awesome person God designed you to be! Have a blessed day! 

Blessings,
Candye~
"G18 Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Are You Fully Charged?

Good morning!! It's your day! Time to get your shine on! Your life was designed before you were born, but it's up to you whether or not you achieve the fullest God has planned for you. If you're struggling with where you are, or where you're supposed to be, quick little tip - spend time in prayer! Listen! Then act!  Prayer is the key that unlocks so many mysteries. But it's more than just a routine prayer - you must really get plugged in and spend some time getting "charged."  Your cell phone battery doesn't get fully charged after 5 minutes on the charger. It must be plugged in for extended periods of time to get fully charged. Same with your needs - you won't get them met with only routine 5 minute canned prayers. 


You know what to do next....GO! Be awesome and make memories and make today count, for today will never come again! Have a blessed day!! 

 

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)




Remember, as I've written before, if you take nothing else away from my blog - I pray you will never forget that you are "wonderfully and fearfully made" (Psalm 139:14). Never forget that you are the son or daughter of the almighty King of Kings and that you do not have to "BE" what the world expects you to be, but you do have to be what makes you happy! Do something kind today, be nice to others, and respect those you interact with. Strive to make a difference in others lives, but more importantly make a difference in your own life. Life is messy...thank God for Bounty paper towels, Grace & Mercy!
 "Pretty words aren't always true...and true words aren't always pretty, but when the truth is spoken, it's always beautiful!"
"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)

Make memories and make today count for today will never come again. GO! Be the awesome person God designed you to be! Have a blessed day! 

Blessings,
Candye~
"G18 Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving...

I love Thanksgiving! I have SO MUCH to be thankful for, and so do you. As we celebrate this day please know that being thankful is so much more than just a simple gesture of kindness, or part of daily conversation, or routines, with friends and family. It's being genuinely thankful for all we have. It's loving and appreciating the good, the bad, the scary - the middle! It's giving hugs and really taking time to appreciate all we have. After all, we each have indescribable gifts we owe Him thanks for.

Please know Ryan, Alexis and I wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving and we pray today is so much more than just turkey and dressing! May you have love, peace and abundant blessings! Thank you for being a part of our journey! 

From our family to yours.... HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! 🦃😂🍁🍽 

"Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!"
(‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭9:15‬)





Blessings,
Candye~
"G18 Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

What Are You Thankful For?

God has a perfect timing for everything. Learning to wait on Him brings Him honor and you peace.

"Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!" - Psalms‬ ‭27‬:‭14‬

You are your only roadblock! Detours are not show-stoppers, they simply are designed to either get you back on the right track or put you on a better course to achieve your goals...

I woke this morning saying, "Thank you, Lord, for another day...another chance...another blessing & opportunity to BE a blessing to someone else today!" I have sooo many reasons to be thankful, starting with this precious lil angel that calls me Mommy! Her innocent smile reminds me just how lucky I am to be alive! Remember, a beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. When you wake up, take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive & healthy. The moment we start acting like life is a blessing (I assure you) it will start to feel like one!

GO! Show the world just how amazing you really are!! Have a beautifully blessed day!! '''Tis the season to be thankful!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Do Your Actions Reflect Your Heart?

Good morning!! 

You all know my philosophy by now.... if you're going to rise, you might as well shine! ☀️

What do others see when others look at you?
Do you wear a 'Spiritual wardrobe?' Where is your heart? Are you living to lift others up or break them down? Are you living to the fullest? 

"Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: "Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all." Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates." (Proverbs‬ ‭31:25-31‬)

I personally reflect on these questions often. My hearts desire is that when others look at me, I want them to see a kind heart, a loving and forgiving heart, but I want them to see a strong and independent Godly "Proverbs 31 Woman." One after God's own heart and not just one surviving to get through my days. I strive to be a loving wife, moody that sets the correct examples, cheerful giver, caring sister, daughter, aunt, and great friend. I want to be more than I was the day before. I want to lift others and help them be as successful as they desire. But, more than anything, I want others to see Christ in me. All that I am, all that I do, I want it to be to glorify Christ. 

Today is simply a stepping stone to the next day or to eternity. I am far from perfect, and I know I have flaws, but what I do about them separates me from who I was yesterday and who I will be tomorrow. 



Take a step back, reflect on who you are and how others see you. Then ask yourself, "is this really who I want to be?"  If it's not, call me. I'd love to pray with you. I'd love to help you get to the next level in your journey without compromising your integrity or staying stuck in a place that is dark and lonely. Whatever your dreams are, dream bigger! God declared that we are to be the head and not the tail. 

"And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them." (‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭28:13‬)

There is so much more waiting on you .... You just have to take that first step - it's always the hardest, but the most rewarding part of your journey is just ahead, waiting on you! 

Remember, as I wrote before, if you take nothing else away from my blog - I pray you will never forget that you are "wonderfully and fearfully made" (Psalm 139:14). Never forget that you are the son or daughter of the almighty King of King and that you do not have to "BE" what the world expects you to be, but you do have to be what makes you happy! Do something kind today, be nice to others, and respect those you interact with. Strive to make a difference in others lives, but more importantly make a difference in your own life. Life is messy...thank God for Bounty paper towels, Grace & Mercy!

 "Pretty words aren't always true...and true words aren't always pretty."

"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)

Blessings,
Candye~
"G18 Mommy"
"...the battle is the Lords" (I Samuel 17:47)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Prayers For Our Future....



Good morning my dear family, friends and blog followers: 

I have to say, admittedly, at the beginning of last night I was not convinced the election would turn out the way it did. I am very glad it did, but I might have been a little bit of a "doubting Thomas" going into it... 

Regardless, of whether your candidate won or not, I pray everyone will remember that we are all Americans that exercised our rights to vote, based on our own personal beliefs, and no one should be criticized, unfriended on social media, etc. Truth is, we have got to get back to "One Nation Under God" and stop letting the [so called] news dictate our actions and fears. 

"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." (Philippians‬ ‭2:3-4‬)‬‬

Thankfully not all of us are called to be political servants. The majority of us will never hold office, but still we have a very important role to play. We must continue to pray, specifically for the next four years. 

Many continue to say, with this election, we have most definitely seen history made. I do not disagree; however, in the aftermath of this election, we must continue to pray, and pray with continued discernment.  In my opinion, reality is, it's not over.....it's just beginning! 

I've listed several scriptures below for you to look up and bind with me in prayer for our newly elected President and his staff. 

II Kings 13:16 - Pray that the Lord would put His hands on the the president (and his team) and guide them in the next four years. 

Proverbs 1:5-7 - Pray that this man will listen with discernment, add to his knowledge, and receive wise counsel.

John 16:33 - Pray that this man would be given wisdom and ability from the Lord to overcome any obstacle or difficulty during these next four years. 

Proverbs 21:23 - Pray that this man will be careful to not allow his words to cause damage and he will seek counsel before he speaks. 

Philippians 4:13 - Pray that the Lord's choice for President will have special strength and unusual ability from God. 
     
Psalm 18:32-36 - Pray that the Lord would arm this man with strength; would guide him in battle (after the election); and would sustain him and give him victory. 
 
Hebrews 11:32-34 – Pray that this man, through faith, persevere and maintain his courage throughout the next four years. 
     
2 Corinthians 12:9 – Pray that the Lord would empower and enable this man in any area of weakness. 

Habakkuk 1:5 and 3:2 - Pray that the Lord will do something that would utterly amaze us and give His servant victory. 

Ephesians 5:15-17 - Pray that he will be very cautious in his actions and that he will seek the Lord's counsel before he makes any move. 

One of the greatest things that came out of the last eight (8) years, and throughout this election, is that it has brought people to their knees in prayer. My prayer is that it will continue. Will you stand in prayer with me? 



Remember, as I've written before, if you take nothing else away from my blog - I pray you will never forget that you are "wonderfully and fearfully made" (Psalm 139:14). Never forget that you are the son or daughter of the almighty King of Kings and that you do not have to "BE" what the world expects you to be, but you do have to be what makes you happy! Do something kind today, be nice to others, and respect those you interact with. Strive to make a difference in others lives, but more importantly make a difference in your own life. Life is messy...thank God for Bounty paper towels, Grace & Mercy!

"Pretty words aren't always true...and true words aren't always pretty, but when the truth is spoken, it's always beautiful!"

"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)

Make memories and make today count for today will never come again. GO! Be the awesome person God designed you to be! Have a blessed day! 

Blessings,
Candye~
"G18 Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Do Your Actions Match Your Words?

Whatever you allow to take up residency in your mind will overflow into your heart spilling out of your mouth. It makes little difference what you say because our lives are a living example of what's in our hearts. Let your actions speak louder than your words. Practice what you preach or change your speech... 

"And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him." (Colossians‬ ‭3:17‬)

its GO!! time! Have a fabulously blessed day! Make memories and make today count! 



Candye Daughhetee
Independent Consultant, Rodan+Fields
316-393-0893 - Cell
Visit this site to: Change Your Skin
Visit this site to: Change Your Life 
Visit My Blog: Anchor In The Storm 

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Do You Need A Reason To Smile?

Good morning!! If you are reading this then you have a lot to be thankful for! There are so many fighting for their life and you have been given life this morning! Rise and shine because today is an opportunity to hit "reset!" Whatever your circumstance is just know that it's not finished yet..... today is an opportunity for a turnaround! 

"Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful." (Psalms‬ ‭116:5‬)

GO! Have an amazingly awesome day and show the world what you're made of!!



Candye Daughhetee
Independent Consultant, Rodan+Fields
316-393-0893 - Cell
Visit this site to: Change Your Skin
Visit this site to: Change Your Life 
Visit My Blog: Anchor In The Storm 

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

How To Process Criticism...

I knew when God called me to start a blog and sharing my writings that I would be faced with critics. I did not let that stop me. What was most important to me was to obey. I prayed that God would always guide my thoughts and give me the ability to express and share things that would only help and never hurt. I also pray continually that my writings always showcases Him and that He is always in the middle of all I write.

I am so proud to be able to share that to-date my blogs have never once received a bad review, criticism, etc.... (knock on wood). 

I started my blog in 2010. Fast forward four (4) years to the date when I started exposing myself more openly and sharing on 'social media.'  I expected that to change but prayed it wouldn't. However, I was a realist and knew that when I started openly sharing on social media that I would encounter critics and criticism. Especially considering my religious beliefs and the fact that I'm not ashamed of who I am; actually, I've grown to really love the person I've become. 

I am usually pretty reserved in my posts, for the most part, and only stick to sharing the truths. I rarely post or share my political opinions, because honestly I believe that a higher power has the ultimate say in what will happen anyway (there again -- my opinion), so I stick to sharing with my closest family and friends my political beliefs and do most of my venting to the good Lord. It's just cleaner that way! (big smile) 

For those that really know me, and follow my blog, know that 99% of my posts are a direct reflection of my own life experiences, which is what makes my audience and followers love reading my writings. I am real! I am transparent! I believe that pretty words aren't always true...and true words aren't always pretty, but when the truth is spoken, it is always beautiful! 

There will always be that 1% that will test and criticize your opinions. It's reality! And that's okay (at least in my opinion it is). 

I had one of my first "encounters" on Facebook this week and guess what... it was over a political post of something I thought was creative and funny, but it did receive some negative feedback. Which is okay! 

However, because of the volume of interest it received, I thought what better opportunity than to use it for good and turn it into a positive, educational, and learning opportunity and lessons learned post.  

So with that, I thought I would share a few tips with you: 

1.) Learn the difference between destructive and constructive criticism. This is the first step to being able to deal with criticism. 

2.) If you are not confident in who you are, fix that first, before you go spouting your opinions. This will also help you not be so sensitive when faced with criticism. It will also allow you the confidence to debate (if you chose) your opinion.

3.) You must be willing to self-reflect and openly accept criticism, regardless of whether it is personal or professional. If the criticism is constructive, then it's intended to guide you and help you improve as a person, not bring you down and feel inadequate. (Refer back to #1, learn the difference and don't waste your precious energy on destructive criticism.)

4.) If you post it, share it, like it, comment on it, on social media - don't be offended when someone comments their opinions - even if it can be hurtful. After-all, your sharing your opinions first, or second, extend courtesy to others as you want extended to yourself. Unless you're backing something with factual data then it's an opinion. Don't be surprised when some will even argue the facts. 

5.) Remember, not everyone will get your sense of humor! It's okay! Laugh at your own jokes and get over it! Don't take it personally. 

6.) Read every comment (criticism) with an open mind and truly be willing to have a learning attitude towards it. Who knows, you just may learn something! And, God-forbid, but you just could be wrong. (Surprise! I know that will be a big hurdle for some of you to admit and overcome.)

7.) Respect everyone's opinions. We all have them. We all want our voices to be heard or we wouldn't share. Period. When we lose respect for others it feeds into the craziness of the world we live in today. Which, in my opinion, that is a lot of what's wrong with society nowadays.  

8.) When you're reading someone else's comments/post, don't be judgmental. Keep an open mind. If you are offended, you have a choice. You scroll past it, or not. You either post your comment/opinion, or not.  And, if you're really that offended then you probably should not be connected with that individual anyway. There is an "unfriend" or "delete" button. But, I caution you, use it wisely. 

9.) Remember, you never know what others are battling. Some people use social media as an outlet to vent, some use it to hide behind, while others use it to share inspiration and good-will. Regardless, it's all open for public criticism. 

10.) Lastly, thank the person who gave you the honest and constructive criticism. This is also a sign of maturity. Even if it's hurtful, suck it up and say "thank you," even if you have to do it through gritted teeth. 

So, the next time you receive criticism I hope you will refer back to these tips and embrace them. It's kind of like what Kelly Clarkson said: "Whatever (criticism) doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

Some of you are probably wondering what in the world did I share to generate backlash, so I've included a snippet below. What I found to be so ironic is that I shared, what I considered to be a much more controversial post (with a video) that received very minimal conversation (Ties into #5 and #9 above.)



Remember, as I've written before, if you take nothing else away from my blog - I pray you will never forget that you are "wonderfully and fearfully made" (Psalms 139:14). Never forget you are the son or daughter of the almighty King of Kings and that you do not have to "BE" what the world expects you to be, but you do have to be what makes you happy! Do something kind today. Be nice to others and respect those you interact with. Strive to make a difference in others lives, but more importantly make a difference in your own life. Life is messy...thank God for Bounty Paper Towels, Grace and Mercy!

Today is a new beginning, a second chance! The world is waiting for the AWESOME side of you to show up and be Amazing! Go! Enjoy this beautiful day the Lord has graced you with!

Blessings, 
Candye~
"G18Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Make Every Moment Count....

Good morning!! Time to rise and shine! Do you smell that opportunity waiting on you? 

As I read and studied this scripture this morning, at least for me personally as a Mommy and an Executive, it's hard for me to NOT think and worry about the future. 

Spending every day these last 15+ years in corporate America, you're trained to always be thinking about the "What if's" and planning for the next 3-5 years. To add to that, the higher up that corporate ladder one climbs, also comes stressors and worries because people's livelihoods are banking on the decisions you make today that will impact their tomorrows. 

Same with being a Mommy. I feel like I have to constantly be thinking about the decisions I'm making today and how they will impact my daughters future. 

So, as I wrote above, I can't say I practice this scripture well at all. However, I can tell you that one thing I do well is praying before every minor or major decision I make, which in turn gives me a peace and sense of security that I know I'm doing all I can. 

Whatever you do, do it for the Glory of God. Never lose sight of your "why." This little doll (my daughter) and my husband are my reason for making sure I am doing all I can to secure our future. However, my daily goal is to not lose sight of the joys of today while I'm planning for our (and others) future. 

My tip for you today is simply enjoy every day as if it's your last. Truth is, you never know when it may be! 



Today's Scripture: "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."‭‭ (Matthew‬ ‭6:34‬)

Today is a new beginning, a second chance! The world is waiting for the AWESOME side of you! GO! Enjoy this beautiful day the Lord has given and know that you are wonderfully, fearfully and beautifully made in His image!! Have a  wonderfully blessed day!! 

Remember, as I've written before, if you take nothing else away from my blog - I pray you will never forget that you are "wonderfully and fearfully made" (Psalm 139:14). Never forget that you are the son or daughter of the almighty King of Kings and that you do not have to "BE" what the world expects you to be, but you do have to be what makes you happy! Do something kind today, be nice to others, and respect those you interact with. Strive to make a difference in others lives, but more importantly make a difference in your own life. Life is messy...thank God for Bounty paper towels, Grace & Mercy!

"Pretty words aren't always true...and true words aren't always pretty, but when the truth is spoken, it's always beautiful!"

"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)

Make memories and make today count for today will never come again. GO! Be the awesome person God designed you to be! Have a blessed day! 

Blessings,
Candye~
"G18 Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

How To Keep The Faith....

Good morning!! Time to rise and shine! It's a new day. A new beginning! A second chance! It's like you've been given a token to use - how will you spend it? 

When our eyes fail to see, we must lend our fears a helping hand by guiding it through the faith in our hearts. 

Every day people at challenged, some even rocked to their cores, with news that will test their faith. It's in these times that we must stand strong and not grow weary. If ever there was a time to pray, repent, replenish and rest it is then, it is now. That is also when we will learn our greatest and most valuable lessons. 



Faith does the impossible because it brings God to undertake for us, and nothing is impossible with God.

Today's Scripture: "For we walk by faith, not by sight." (‭II Corinthians‬ ‭5:7‬)

Today is a new beginning, a second chance! The world is waiting for the AWESOME side of you! GO! Enjoy this beautiful day the Lord has given and know that you are wonderfully, fearfully and beautifully made in His image!! Have a  wonderfully blessed day!! 

Remember, as I've written before, if you take nothing else away from my blog - I pray you will never forget that you are "wonderfully and fearfully made" (Psalm 139:14). Never forget that you are the son or daughter of the almighty King of Kings and that you do not have to "BE" what the world expects you to be, but you do have to be what makes you happy! Do something kind today, be nice to others, and respect those you interact with. Strive to make a difference in others lives, but more importantly make a difference in your own life. Life is messy...thank God for Bounty paper towels, Grace & Mercy!

"Pretty words aren't always true...and true words aren't always pretty, but when the truth is spoken, it's always beautiful!"

"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)

Make memories and make today count for today will never come again. GO! Be the awesome person God designed you to be! Have a blessed day! 

Blessings,
Candye~
"G18 Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Friday, October 14, 2016

How To Forgive....

Good morning beautiful peeps!! Time to rise and shine and give God the glory for a new day, a second chance! Smell that opportunity? 

Today's Tip: Hug your haters! Yes, you read that correct! Let's be real, we all have those people that will judge you and find fault in the simple breath you take, but the way you overcome them is to 'love your enemy.'  I heard a wise man once say, "Don't wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pigs enjoy it!

Oh how true that is! Instead, turn your heart to Jesus and rise above the nonsense. It's all around us, so don't add to the madness, but be different, be full of love and grace and mercy - just as our Heavenly Father extends to us daily. Be the one that prays for them, loves them and forgives them anyway! 


Today's Scripture: "But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you," (Luke‬ ‭6:27‬)

Today is a new beginning, a second chance! The world is waiting for the AWESOME side of you! GO! Enjoy this beautiful day the Lord has given and know that you are wonderfully, fearfully and beautifully made in His image!! Have a  wonderfully blessed day!! 

Remember, as I've written before, if you take nothing else away from my blog - I pray you will never forget that you are "wonderfully and fearfully made" (Psalm 139:14). Never forget that you are the son or daughter of the almighty King of Kings and that you do not have to "BE" what the world expects you to be, but you do have to be what makes you happy! Do something kind today, be nice to others, and respect those you interact with. Strive to make a difference in others lives, but more importantly make a difference in your own life. Life is messy...thank God for Bounty paper towels, Grace & Mercy!

"Pretty words aren't always true...and true words aren't always pretty, but when the truth is spoken, it's always beautiful!"

"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)

Make memories and make today count for today will never come again. GO! Be the awesome person God designed you to be! Have a blessed day! 

Blessings,
Candye~
"G18 Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

How To Make Positive Changes - Starting With Your Thought...



Something to think about🤔 

As we grow older, and hence wiser, we slowly realize that wearing a $300 or a $30 watch - they both tell the same time. Whether we carry a $300 or a $30 wallet/handbag - the amount of money inside is the same. Whether we drink a bottle of $300 or $10 wine - the hangover is the same. Whether the house we live in is 300 or 3000 sq. ft. - loneliness is the same.

You will realize, your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world.

Therefore, I hope you realize, when you have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, who you chat with, laugh with, talk with, have sung songs with, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven and earth - That is true happiness!!

SIX UNDENIABLE FACTS OF LIFE:
1. Don't educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be Happy. So when they grow up they will know the value of things not the price.
2: Best awarded words: "Eat your food as your medicines. Otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food."
3: The One who loves you will never leave you because even if there are 100 reasons to give up he or she will find one reason to hold on.
4: There is a big difference between a human being and being human. Only a few really understand it.
5. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, You have to manage!
6: If you just want to Walk Fast, Walk Alone! But if you want to Walk Far, Walk Together!

SIX BEST DOCTORS IN THE WORLD:
1. Sunlight
2. Rest
3. Exercise
4. Diet
5. Self Confidence and
6. Friends/Family

Maintain them in all stages of Life and enjoy a healthy life.

The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

Keep the faith and be of good courage. 

Be blessed 🙏🏻
Candye~
"G18 Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

How To Change Your Day....

Gooooood morning!! Woke this morning with a heart full of thanks, not for any one specific thing per se, but just because I feel so fortunate to be alive and breathing. 

I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back, pantry full of food and more than a generous amount of love and support in my life from so many wonderful people. I have a husband that is amazing and a daughter that brings me an indescribable amount of joy! The list could go on and on and on but I think you get the gist. 

A grateful & thankful heart is a magnet for miracles to manifest. What are you thankful for? How you start your day has a lasting impact on the rest of your day. It sets you up for success or failure. When you learn there is such great power in your thoughts is when you also realize you hold the power to change your daily outcomes! Start by simply being grateful and thankful! 


Today's Scripture: "I will praise you with my whole heart..." (Psalms 138:1)

Today is a new beginning, a second chance! The world is waiting for the AWESOME side of you! GO! Enjoy this beautiful day the Lord has given and know that you are wonderfully, fearfully and beautifully made in His image!! Have a  wonderfully blessed day!! 

Remember, as I've written before, if you take nothing else away from my blog - I pray you will never forget that you are "wonderfully and fearfully made" (Psalm 139:14). Never forget that you are the son or daughter of the almighty King of Kings and that you do not have to "BE" what the world expects you to be, but you do have to be what makes you happy! Do something kind today, be nice to others, and respect those you interact with. Strive to make a difference in others lives, but more importantly make a difference in your own life. Life is messy...thank God for Bounty paper towels, Grace & Mercy!

"Pretty words aren't always true...and true words aren't always pretty, but when the truth is spoken, it's always beautiful!"

"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)

Make memories and make today count for today will never come again. GO! Be the awesome person God designed you to be! Have a blessed day! 

Blessings,
Candye~
"G18 Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Sunday, October 9, 2016

How To Accept Changes & Embrace New Beginnings...

Good morning to some of my favorite peeps!! Today is the Lord's day and I'm so thankful to be alive and breathing!! It's going to be an amazing day! 

Today's Tip: There seems to always be a guarantee in life that change will happen. Change is something we tend to fear and become anxious about because we do not always feel in control of every change in our life. The good news is that God has a plan for our life to hope and to prosper. If we trust in God and allow the change to grow us to become more like Jesus Christ in how we respond and act, then we are promised that all things will work together for good for those who love Him and keep His commandments! 



We were faced with a HUGE change last night that may seem trivial to many, but to me it was scary and brought many "what if's" to my mind. I had to finally turn it over to God and trust Him. In my 40+ years of life I have learned that change is good when I "Let Go and Let God" have complete control. Change is beautiful and creates more chapters to go in your life's journal. Remember, its about the journey, not just the bumps of the ride. Focus on the positive. Enjoy it! Life is short! 

Today's Scripture: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."‭‭ (Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬)

Today is a new beginning, a second chance! The world is waiting for the AWESOME side of you! GO! Enjoy this beautiful day the Lord has given and know that you are wonderfully, fearfully and beautifully made in His image!! Have a  wonderfully blessed day!! 

Remember, as I've written before, if you take nothing else away from my blog - I pray you will never forget that you are "wonderfully and fearfully made" (Psalm 139:14). Never forget that you are the son or daughter of the almighty King of Kings and that you do not have to "BE" what the world expects you to be, but you do have to be what makes you happy! Do something kind today, be nice to others, and respect those you interact with. Strive to make a difference in others lives, but more importantly make a difference in your own life. Life is messy...thank God for Bounty paper towels, Grace & Mercy!

"Pretty words aren't always true...and true words aren't always pretty, but when the truth is spoken, it's always beautiful!"

"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)

Make memories and make today count for today will never come again. GO! Be the awesome person God designed you to be! Have a blessed day! 

Blessings,
Candye~
"G18 Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Be An Encourager...

Good morning my favorite peeps! What a glorious day to rise and shine! 

Today's Tip: Remember that everyone you encounter today is fighting a battle of some sorts, has lost something, or someone, and could be going through a trial, even if they don't tell you about it. Make it your mission to be an encourager not discourager. Just be nice! It's that simple. 

And, if you're the one going through a battle....never allow yourself to get so caught up in the fight that you lose the war!! Make today count because this day will never come again! I speak blessings over you and pray for complete healing and restoration over you and your trial. 



Today's Humor: Where there's a Will there is inheritance tax 😁

Today's Scripture: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance." (James 1:2-3)

Today is a new beginning, a second chance! The world is waiting for the AWESOME side of you! GO! Enjoy this beautiful day the Lord has given and know that you are wonderfully, fearfully and beautifully made in His image!! Have a  wonderfully blessed day!! 

Remember, as I've written before, if you take nothing else away from my blog - I pray you will never forget that you are "wonderfully and fearfully made" (Psalm 139:14). Never forget that you are the son or daughter of the almighty King of Kings and that you do not have to "BE" what the world expects you to be, but you do have to be what makes you happy! Do something kind today, be nice to others, and respect those you interact with. Strive to make a difference in others lives, but more importantly make a difference in your own life. Life is messy...thank God for Bounty paper towels, Grace & Mercy!

"Pretty words aren't always true...and true words aren't always pretty, but when the truth is spoken, it's always beautiful!"

"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)

Make memories and make today count for today will never come again. GO! Be the awesome person God designed you to be! Have a blessed day! 

Blessings,
Candye~
"G18 Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Now Hiring... "Teaching Parents" at Main Place Youth


Are you looking for a career and not just a j-o-b? If you are a:
  • Single, Christian female
  • Have Youth Ministry experience
  • Never been convicted of a felony
  • Dream of making a difference in the lives of troubled adolescent girls
...then this is the job for you!! May God Richly Bless You!!


If you, or someone you know, are interested in this position - please contact Pastor Bryan or Julie at 620-491-1382 or via email: Bryan@mainplaceyouth.org.

You can easily apply by clicking on one of the links below:
Teaching Parent Job Description (WiseStep)

Teaching Parent Job Description (Indeed)

Link to website: Main Place Youth 

May God Richly Bless You!!
Candye~

Learning How To Love Yourself (Part 1) ...

Gooooooddddd morning! Time to rise and shine and put on your best smile! Today holds AMAZING blessings for you!! 

Today's Tip: Stop hating yourself for everything you aren't. Start loving yourself for everything you ARE! That's such a bold and amazing statement that so many (men included) struggle with! We are our own worse enemy when we should our own BIGGEST FAN! God designed each one of us uniquely and with amazing qualities. Some take a little longer to achieve and believe that but it's true. We're not all the same because let's face it....how boring would that be. We all face different struggles and victories and we certainly  don't celebrate our failures when we absolutely should. Every experience (good and bad) have shaped us but they do not define us!

Until you learn that you are "wonderfully and fearfully made" (Psalm 139:14) then you will never learn to achieve all of the greatness God has designed for your life! 

Get up! Get dressed! And believe in yourself. If you don't, how can you expect others to believe in you!?! There's a difference between confidence and cockiness...you most definitely want the first but you can check the other at the door! Learn to get ahead without cutting off others heads! It's simple and it's not something I can teach you in one little blog; however, I can teach you this... One of the first things any man or woman need to do before you can make a change is.....BELIEVE YOU CAN! Believe in yourself and never, ever forget that you are amazing! You are created in His image with a design for greatness! (Deuteronomy 28:13) Learn to dream big, then dream bigger! 


Today is a new beginning, a second chance! The world is waiting for the AWESOME side of you! If God woke you today it's because He's not finished with you yet! 

GO! Enjoy this beautiful day the Lord has given and know that you are wonderfully, fearfully and beautifully made in His image!! Have a  wonderfully blessed day!! 

Today's Scripture: "And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them."‭‭ (Deuteronomy‬ ‭28:13‬)

Remember, as I've written before, if you take nothing else away from my blog - I pray you will never forget that you are "wonderfully and fearfully made" (Psalm 139:14). Never forget that you are the son or daughter of the almighty King of Kings and that you do not have to "BE" what the world expects you to be, but you do have to be what makes you happy! Do something kind today, be nice to others, and respect those you interact with. Strive to make a difference in others lives, but more importantly make a difference in your own life. Life is messy...thank God for Bounty paper towels, Grace & Mercy!

"Pretty words aren't always true...and true words aren't always pretty, but when the truth is spoken, it's always beautiful!"

"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)

Make memories and make today count for today will never come again. GO! Be the awesome person God designed you to be! Have a blessed day! 

Blessings,
Candye~
"G18 Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Monday, October 3, 2016

All In God's Timing...

Good morning! Time to rise and shine!! It's a beautiful morning! 

Not sure what you're going through, but I want you to know that God doesn't waste pain. The comfort and grace God gave to you through your pain He wants to use that so you can comfort others. God doesn't just use people's strength, He uses our weaknesses too. Stop praying that you'll "forget" your past, instead use it to bring closure and help those God places in your path. Sometimes we have to just let go and trust that everything will be okay... You may not know how, you may not know when, but He's got you in the palm of His hands and 'this too shall pass.' Whatever you're going through is for a purpose. Never close your mind and heart to the fact that He will use you if you let Him. 



"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬)

The world is waiting for the awesome side of you! GO! Enjoy this beautiful day the Lord has given and know that you are wonderfully and beautifully made in His image!! Have a  wonderfully blessed day!! 

Blessings, 
Candye~
"G18Mommy"
316-393-0893

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)