Thank You Blogcademy

31 Jan

 

Hey Lovers,

Yesterday I woke up to the coolest news ever! You know how i made a video post earlier in the month for the LA Blogcademy scholarship? Well, I won!!! I’m so excited because  I’ve wanted to attend the Blogcademy for two years now but have never been able to make it happen. I’ve learned so much from studying Gala Darling over the years, she’s a total pro when it comes to blogging and really nailing your personal brand. I first found her when I was toying with the idea of creating this blog and was drawn to her because she spoke about love often. I loved how she painted the picture of friendship through her colorful images with her besties Katt Williams and Shauna Haider.

“Everything you ever wanted to know about blogging strategy, branding, monetization, personality and so much more is covered in this workshop, taking place in the coolest cities around the world!” – The Blogcademy

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She Chose To No Longer Wear Leggings

29 Jan

 

Hey Lovers,

The other day I saw this article in my newsfeed that apparently has gone viral. A Christian blogger who is happily married and a mom decided to no longer wear fitted leggings and yoga pants. Of course she received harsh criticism from the world for this decision, some people have even accused her of setting feminism back decades with a decision like this. Others are stating that she is perpetuating this belief that men can’t control themselves and all of the responsibility lies with and on women.

Hmmmmm….

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Ambiguous Love Songs

28 Jan

Have you ever heard a love song on the radio and wondered if the artist was singing to something greater than a mere mortal? There have been countless times when I have found myself singing a song and in the midst of singing I get the sense that the word were written for God. I don’t know if that’s because I am singing through the lens of my own life and gratitude for the love that I have felt from God, or if it’s because I’m picking up on something from the writer or singer of the song.

If you’ve experienced this before I’d love to know which songs fall into this category for you.

love-lezlie

 

Christian Vegan Chat With Hannah

23 Jan

 

Hey Lovers,

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Hannah McNeely and got to have amazing vegan lunch at her place. I first heard about Hannah through my friend Kim Julie (aka Brussels Vegan) in Tokyo. She thought I’d enjoy her blog because she is Christian and also eats a plant based diet. I’d been searching for other Christians who choose to eat a plant based diet because, well, I don’t know many. Scripture doesn’t command us to eat any particular way, we are simply told that whether we eat or drink we should do it for the glory of God.

Since I’ve started seeking others in this small sub-group I’ve found about a handful :). My hope is to interview each of them in the coming weeks so I can learn from them as well as share their perspectives on how their eating is a form of worship and a way to take care of their temples.

Whenever I decide to make a change in life, I like to study the lives of others’ who have done what I’d like to do and figure out how they have been able to do it successfully. This is my hope in interviewing other lovers like Hannah. Check out our video chat above for more!

I’ve always been interested in compassion, kindness and love. It’s the reason I created this blog. Now I’m at a place in life where I am aligning those things with my way of eating. My husband told me that he once studied the same thing to see if it was possible. He studied Gandhi and found that he too tried to eat a vegan diet. But Gandhi took it as far as possible and would only eat fruit that fell from a tree because any picking of food meant destroying it in a way. He became sick and eventually brought back dairy milk into his diet of nuts, seeds and fruit.

Ok, so I learned something from Gandhi and how he ate. To some degree something has to die for us to live. Would you agree?

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The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy

21 Jan

“I had a miscarriage.”
“At least you can get pregnant.”

This is an example from the short video above on the difference between empathy and sympathy. There’s nothing worse than sharing something vulnerable with someone and have them come back with a comment like, “It could be worse”. Sure, things could always be worse. But a word of advice, if someone feels safe enough to confide in you and share their pain, don’t downplay it. Try to be sensitive and learn to empathize.

Are you aware of the differences between empathy and sympathy?

love-lezlie

LA Blogcademy Scholarship

13 Jan

Hey Lovers,

One of the people I studied for a while before deciding to start my own blog was the ever lovely Gala Darling. Her site is always so colorful and I love how she shares her heart and speaks her mind. She started The Blogcademy with two of her girlfriends and they travel the world giving workshops to aspiring bloggers and active bloggers. I’ve wanted to attend the past few years but was always out of town or had something going on. This is the first year I will be in town and I’d LOVE to go. They give one scholarship to a blogger one ash city, so I thought I’d try. Why not?

If you are in the LA area and interested, check out The Blogcademy for more info.

love-lezlie

 

2014 In Review

30 Dec

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

I can’t thank you all enough for another amazing year in blogging. Thank you so much for all of your love and support.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,300 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

When God’s Finger Rests On You

22 Dec

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I got the following message in a newsletter from Teresa Parker. Her book, Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor has helped me so much with my personal struggle with food and God. I thought it was a great message for the new year and wanted to share it with you. The following are her words.

Maybe there’s been a time when you’ve felt God’s finger resting on you. You felt Him saying, “I choose you,” but you were too afraid to answer. You like the rich, young ruler1went away sad. It was money that was standing between you and Him, but it was something you felt you couldn’t do without.

Maybe you thought He was wrong or ridiculous for pointing His supernatural finger at you because you knew what He wanted. He wanted you to help recreate you into the person of destiny He planned for you to be even before you were born.

You know and He knows that you are physically in no shape to be catapulted into this amazing destiny He has planned for you. He dreams of the time when you, like the Princess you are, will step into the center of the dance floor and take His hand for the dance of destiny.

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My Personal Fear Of Success

15 Dec

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Hey Lovers,

I hope you found my previous post on the subconscious fear of success helpful. I realize that not everyone is fearful of success, many people are afraid of failure. I wanted to share a little of my experience and heart with you and why apparently success is scarier than failure (for me). In the industry I work in I am used to hearing no. If I had to guess, I’d say that I’ve heard 99 no’s for every yes I’ve received. This has forced me to grow thicker skin than I already had.

I remember reading a chapter in “Learning To Fly”, Victoria Beckham’s autobiography, where she shared the moment that she got the call that she booked  a spot in The Spice Girls. She said that in that moment all of the tears that she’d been holding in for years from all of the rejection she’d received came pouring out. And she realized how much it really mattered to her, even though she’d told herself for years that every no was “no big deal”. I literally sobbed.

I read another article that broke down signs you may fear success as well as possible reasons why you do.

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Fear Of Success (Subconscious)

13 Dec

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Hello Lovers! I am reposting this article word for word from 99u because it was so insightful. I’ve been asked in the past if I feared success and I always laughed at that question. Why in the world would I be afraid to succeed? I definitely wasn’t afraid of failure and success is planted in my heart. But I recently had the revelation that I am and I just didn’t see it. I am writing a personal post on this topic and will share it with you soon, so check back soon.

 

Have you ever found yourself on the verge of a big success, and noticed things starting to go wrong? It begins with a feeling of agitation. The tiniest details irritate you. Reliable people start making alarming mistakes.“What’s up with them? Can’t they see how important this is? Why are they being so careless?”

It becomes hard to concentrate. You find yourself procrastinating over things you know will lead to success. You say something stupid in an important meeting.

“What’s wrong with me today?”

You get into arguments with your partner and friends, who wonder why you’re being so “touchy.”

All of these are classic symptoms of fear of success – a condition that is all the more dangerous because it’s so unexpected. You want to be successful, right? You’ve sweated blood to get to this point, so why would you sabotage yourself?

But in our success-oriented culture, we don’t give much thought to the fact that success can be downright scary. We’re used to seeing fear as the enemy, so we do our best to ignore it and soldier on. Which means the fear remains subconscious, expressing itself in the kind of “stupid” behaviors above.

So what can you do about it?

Sometimes all you need to do is “out” the fear by admitting to yourself that you are, in fact, afraid. Paradoxically, it can have the effect of helping you relax.

“OK, I’m nervous, which is pretty normal considering what’s at stake.”

(Deep breath)

“Right, what’s next?”

And sometime it helps to focus on exactly what you’re afraid of, and find a way to deal with the threat. Here are three classic versions of fear of success, and what to do about them.

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