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Tastefully Simple has a new seasonal catalog, their Fall-Winter catalog. When I tell you this food is amazing I mean it, I’m not just saying it because I am a consultant; I mean it!! This season they have brought back their standards, some favorites and even provided us with some new stuff.
There is a new Multi-Grain Beer. Bread, Sun-Dried Tomato Bisque, Plum Teriyaki Sauce and of course Mama Mia Marinara Sauce is back. These are just a few if the items that are available now. Be sure to stop by the site and see what’s available.
You can order directly through the site or contact me. You can also host a party to ear FREE GROCERIES. That’s right, I said FREE!! There are various options to host a party: Taste-Testing (sampling the food; I can be available via Skype), a catalog/Facebook party ( you email your friends and family and ask them to purchase food) or have a fundraiser and get the money or the food to support your group. I’m here to help you any way I can.
After years of trying I started school again last summer. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. Most of my classes have been pretty interesting, I did have one class that I struggled with and the professor wouldn’t explain anything.
I really like my program, I haven’t started my actual journalism classes yet. But the communication courses that I have taken have really helped analyze a few things in my life, especially with the way I interact with people. I’m looking forward to learning more. I’m even considering becoming a teacher. I’ll start looking at Master’s degree programs this summer since I graduate next summer.
My dreams and goals are already becoming a reality. My food blog Southern Root Kitchen is doing better than I ever expected. I love food and writing, being able to incorporate both is fun and exciting. This year I have decided to expand my topics and discuss more topics about the kitchen, the decor, and appliances.
Writing has always been a passion of mine but I let others talk me into believing that a career wouldn’t get me anywhere. I know that’s not the case. I can do this and have the flexibility to be there for my family when they need me.
The opportunity to write for a living is a goal of mine that I will achieve.
As much as I love technology and love to read it only seems fitting that I would have a Bible app on my phone. For the past few months I have used the YouVersion, Bible app on my phone to look up scriptures, meditate, and read some of the many devotionals that they have. I just started a new devotional called The Confident Woman, it’s by Joyce Meyer. After reading this first message I knew I would journal about this passage. Below is today’s passage. My will follow at the end.
Believe in Your Value
Take a minute and look into your heart. How do you feel about yourself? If your answer does not agree with God’s Word, I encourage you to begin today renewing your mind about yourself.
See yourself as God sees you. Study God’s Word and you will find out that you are precious, created in your mother’s womb by God’s own hand. You are not an accident. Even if your parents told you they never really wanted you, I can assure you that God wanted you. You are valuable, you have worth, you are gifted, you are talented, and you have a purpose on this earth.
Not only must we ask God for things He has promised us but we must receive them (see John 16:24). If you feel unworthy, you probably won’t ask, and even if you do, you won’t receive by faith. Don’t let feelings rule you anymore. Take a step of faith and start improving your quality of life today. Believe that you make good decisions, that you are a valuable person with a great future, and something good is going to happen to you today!
Pray: Lord, I ask You to imprint Your love into the depths of my heart. I believe You have a great future for me and that I can walk in Your purpose for my life. Amen.
From the book The Confident Woman Devotional by Joyce Meyer. Copyright 2011 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.
I see myself in a very different scope than I did a year ago. I’m much more happier and focused now. Working on my dreams and goals keep me motivated. I’m still spending a lot of time in prayer and studying my Bible but I do make more time for family and friends. When I would normally spend most of my time reading and just sitting in one place, I am not going out more since I moved here. One of the reasons for that is finding a church home. This was a big deal for me. I finally found a place that I feel comfortable in.
Finding a church home has helped my transition a lot over the past year. I began to really look at who I am as a person, where I want to go in life and how my relationship with the Lord was growing. I began really feel like I could step out on faith once again.
Taking a leap of faith and starting my own business was definitely something I had to pray about. But since starting Southern Roots Kitchen, I am happy and excited. My food blog is up and running, I have implemented my Meal Planning Services. There is a lot more in works too.
I am thankful that God placed this vision in my life and is allowing me to live out my dreams. I am confident that I will succeed in all He has for me.
The fact that I have found a church that I absolutely love has been a blessing. Ever since my first visit they have made me feel like family. I walk in the building and I feel at home. Friendly people and they are so passionate and excited about the Lord. You can’t help but be excited with them. This past weekend we had a Women’s Ministry Fellowship. The night started out with a pot luck dinner, we played some games, had a workshop on overcoming our fears and doubts and then ended the night performing a play about the 10 virgins.
The weekend really helped me put a lot of things into perspective. I’ve learned to stop thinking so small about my business and what God has called me to do. As I continue to prepare to open up the bakery, things keep happening that I thought were roadblocks but they were actually blessings and lessons to learn. I am moving this weekend to another city near by, at first I thought it was going to stop me from opening up my business when it’s actually helping me with the process even more. The house will be mine, I will be able to expand my kitchen when it’s time and I have more space. I am truly thankful. My business will be up and running as soon as I get all the paperwork and permits done. Not going to rush things because they won’t come out the way God wants them to, so I am being patient and watching God work. My God, He is working because the blessings that are already flowing are just overwhelming me.
Well off to bed I go, got lots of boxes to move in a few hours.
Have you every been so involved in a project that you lose track of time? You work so hard on getting things in order and preparing for the big day. Well right now….that’s me!!! I have been working non-stop since August 2nd to get my business up and running. The journey has not been easy, but it has definitely been worth it. Long nights, early mornings, phone calls, emails, countless readings, recipe testing, researching business tactics and now it’s almost time for me to launch my website, Facebook Fan Page and let everyone know what I have been working on for the past few months.
I’m excited, but also nervous. I’ve had some set backs along the way but I learned to embrace them and learn from them, some have taught a lot about myself and my business. I can truly say this has been a learning experience. I am extremely thankful to the core group of people that have helped me along the way, some of you were a part of the focus group others were there for me to bounce ideas off and some were taste testers. I appreciate you all so much!!!
Shivawn Mitchell at L.O.V.E. Consulting has been a blessing. I am so grateful for all her help. She has definitely kept me motivated. I couldn’t have asked for a better business development coach. If you have a dream and need help getting things started check her out, you won’t be disappointed. Her vlogs and Empower Me Over the Hump emails are such an inspiration.
Until next time!
It’s a been a while since I’ve posted, I need to get back on schedule and post a lot more. Looks like Dream Academy will have me posting at least once a week. Many of you know I have been working with Shivawn Mitchell from L.O.V.E. Consulting on starting my home-based bakery. This has been a journey, I am learning a lot about the business, myself, and the people I surround myself with.
Shivawn has graciously taken me under her wing and is guiding me along the path of entrepreneurship. As a memeber of her Dream Pusher’s Academy, I am receiving weekly business development sessions, where I go over tasks and agenda items to get my bakery up and running. There are weekly homework assignments (Yes, I said HW) and mid-week inspiring and motivational emails, vlogs…and in my case text messages too!! These emails and vlogs are called Empower Me Moments…they definitely empower you! For the past few weeks I have found myself re-reading the emails and watching the vlogs a lot more, meditating on them and really taking the time to apply them to my personal life and my business life.
This past week we had email sent to us with the title “Getting Over Speed Bumps” this one hit home pretty hard, and I didn’t realize how significant it was until today in church when Pastor Lundy began preaching about going through struggles and the reason why we must go through them. Sometimes we want things to happen too fast, and try to make them happen in our time instead of on God’s time. Patience is a big thing, now I consider myself a patient person, although their are times where my patiences is very thin and I don’t want to wait. But waiting is all a part of live. Sometimes you want to drive right over the speed bump in life and act like you don’t see it but if you do, what happens?….we can mess up our car or in some cases cause an accident. After reading Shivawn’s email I had to really stop and think about the speed bumps in my life, how many things have I tried to rush and make happen to only fail in doing so? If I would have just waited and did things on God’s watch I would be just fine and not back at the start line. Even today during the sermon, Pastor Lundy hit on being patient and not causing problems for ourselves by rushing God’s work. There will be pain, there will be moments of solitude and reflection but trust and believe if God gave it to you, you will birth it!!
Each of us was given a purpose in this life, we have to choose to live out the mission He has given us. Like a mother having contractions during labor, the pains will be there. I have experienced some myself on this journey, there have been days where I have wanted to give up, but I can’t this is a gift that was given to me to share with the world. I have also tried to rush this process by thinking I could do it all on my own and in my time…HA!..definitely learned that lesson. Taking a different approach and waiting for God to place Shivawn in my life to make this happen has been a blessing in itself. The Empower Me emails and vlogs are just a small portion of the work that she does, but each piece serves it’s purpose.
I truly understand why I had to wait to get my business started, why I had to join Tastefully Simple for 3 years to learn about owning my own business, watching both my father’s own theirs as well…a learning process. I can take what I have learned from each of them and bring them into my own business. There is so much that I want to do in life, the bakery is just the beginning. Walking in the purpose God gave me is allowing me to pursue my dreams and help other’s in the process. Even with my full time job, I am learning things to add into my business and gaining customer’s as well. See…look at God, at my last job things weren’t this easy. Doing things God’s way is the ONLY way for me!
I didn’t mean to have this post be so long, sorry about that. I guess I was just writing what was on my chest. We have had quite a few of these vlogs and emails so what I am going to do is go back and read my notes from each of these and post them to by blog, feel free to subscribe to her YouTube channel so the vlogs come directly to you. You don’t want to miss any of these.
Until next time….