If you can’t stop thinking about it…

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So, first of all, HAPPY JULY! I’m so excited for this month. Awesome things are happening and who doesn’t love summer?! Although, I just wish it would stop raining!

Today marks the day, that I turned freelyfatima.wordpress.com into FreelyFatima.com

My own sanctuary. A place that I can call my own. I was so excited when I launched this blog, I had all of these ‘brilliant’ ideas, topics, and thoughts. And then, life took a major turn and I stopped writing. There was sickness in my family, and I experienced a very precious loss of my own…not everything was bad. I got a new job, PASSED my social work licensing exam, my husband and I put an offer in our first house(!!! Stay tuned), my hubby has accepted his call to ministry and started grad school, among so many other great things!

Needless to say my life has been a whirlwind this year! Each day that went by, I would feel guilty not only with this venture but other business opportunities that I was pursuing that I am truly passionate about. I would beat myself up, feel guilty about not doing enough..just a lot of negative self talk. BUT! Something in me would keep checking to see if people were still reading my posts..and they were! In fact, my views have been consistent each month since February when I put my last post up.

I got an email from my hosting site like everyday last week saying “renew your domain, it’s going to expire.” I waited until the very last day, and even then this little voice inside said, “Don’t renew it, you haven’t written a blog post in 5 months, stop playing yourself.” But then, I heard a BIGGER voice say, “For I know the plans I have for you…”

This blog and my business venture with one of my best friends was birthed from a vision bigger than my own. I don’t have all the answers, I don’t know what will come of it, but I know that I have just got. to keep. going….! My dreams seem so grandiose sometimes, but I just believe that with God ALL things are possible.

If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it!

So I’m back. Taking it one day at a time. 🙂

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 1 – Platform

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I’m so excited to be starting this 30 days of gratitude. Blogging everyday will be challenge for me, as I am still in school, have midterms, finals, cruise, and most importantly thanksgiving! But I am up for a challenge, and I hope to be a source of inspiration for others to do the same. We are entering into a season of gratitude and reflection. This is one of my favorite times of the year and there is so much to be grateful for.

Today, I am grateful for a platform to share my voice. This may not mean much to some people, but I’m grateful for the opportunity to blog because I think of all of those who are not able to share their voice maybe out of fear or maybe because they can’t. As a woman, I was always taught to share my thoughts, feelings, and opinions, but there was a time in my life where I didn’t because I was afraid. Freely Fatima gives me the privilege of sharing with people from all of the world, and it is something that I don’t take for granted. When I started my blog, I was giving myself permission to begin to outpour what has been held inside for so long.

What are you grateful for today? Share with me ❤

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Liebster Blog Award Acceptance Part 1

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I got nominated for the Liebster blog award twice! I’m so humbled. Blogging has been such a blessing to me, and it has been so awesome to connect with other bloggers from all over the world!

For those of you who don’t know, the Liebster Blog Award is an award given to a blogger by a blogger. “Liebster” is a German word which means “Dearest.” My first nomination was from Rachel at Dysfunctionally Normal. Stay tuned for Part 2 🙂

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Blessings from Blogging

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It’s been about 7 months since I started my blog. I originally started it only focusing on finances, but wanted to expand it so that I could reach a bigger audience. For the first couple of months, I felt so uneasy, like I had no direction and was feeling really discouraged.

I wasn’t sure if this was something that I should be doing. I’m not really sure what changed my spirit, but once I changed my domain to freelyfatima.com, I could see the vision. I was getting a lot of encouragement from family and friends, and I was feeling revived.

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