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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My Favorite Things

 

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Happy Holidays!! We are 10 days away from Christmas! (20 days away from my birthday! 🙂 ) Can you believe it? This is my favorite time of the year. It is time to be with family and friends, to give, to share, to love, and to honor the birth of our precious Savior. Generally, during this time of year, I love to give gifts. I love to see people’s smiling faces when they unwrap their presents or the joy they have when trying on the plush new robe that they’ve been eyeing in the store..It just makes my heart happy! I thought I would channel my inner-Oprah and share with you some of my favorite things of 2014. These are great things for yourself or for someone you love ❤

In no particular order…here you go: Freely Fatima’s Favorite Things 2014

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 24 – Life

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Today I am grateful for life. Life gets taken for granted each and every day. Not everyone gets the chance to live out their full potential, to see their latter years, to live out their dreams.  Today, I am remembering the life of Mike Brown and the lives of many of our young Black men who have paid the ultimate sacrifice of being Black in America. Young men who had bright futures, young men who were not afforded the opportunity to live their lives, young men who did not know the day they woke up they would not return home. In the blink of an eye, your life can be taken in an instant, intentionally or not. It’s important to cherish and value your life, as much as possible, for we just don’t know the day or the hour. I am showing my gratitude..but this is also a sad moment in America.

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 21 – Friendship

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Today I am grateful for friendship. It seems like the older I get the less friends I have. People are not always meant to be in your life forever, sometimes they are just meant for a reason or a season. Either way, I have learned that quality is much better than quantity. I’m grateful for those women and men who have seen me at my best and at my worst. The ones who stuck by me regardless of the situation, the ones who celebrated with me and cried with me. To me, friendship is an extension of my family and I am so grateful for them. I may not always reach out to my friends as much as I would like, but I would never want them to think that I am not grateful for them. It seems like no matter how long we haven’t seen each other or talked, we catch up right where we left off. To each of my friends near and far, I love you all and I am so so grateful for you ❤

What are you grateful for today?

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 14 – Vacation!

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Today, I am super super grateful for vacation!! As you read this I will be sailing away to the beautiful Bahamas. This vacation is time for me to enjoy special moments with my sister-in-law sister-in-love(!) and my sweet niece. Vacation is so rejuvenating and refreshing! I’m so grateful to have time to relax and refresh my brain! Whatever type of work you do at home or out of the home, you always need a break! Vacation gives you just that 🙂

What are you grateful for today?

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 13 – Education

 

 

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Today I am so grateful for the opportunity to have an education. Education is so important to my future and well being. Pursuing education has done more than enhance my knowledge. It has challenged me to think critically, analyze situations, work with people, build meaningful relationships, and so much more. Regardless of what field you go in you will have to have some form of education. Continued education is also important to refine and enhance your craft. Many are not afforded the opportunity to quality education for a variety of issues, but for those who are, it is truly a blessing.

What are you grateful for today?

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 11 – Veterans

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Today, I am thankful for our veterans! I come from a military family. I have  cousins, uncles, my grandfather, and so many others in my family who have served this country. I am grateful for all of those who committed and have risked their lives to make sure that we are safe.  I can’t say enough about those who are serving and have served in the military. If you see a veteran today, shake their hand and say thank you! They deserve so much gratitude, not just today, but everyday!

What are you grateful for today?

 

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