14 Ways I Promise to Love Myself in 2014

BY: - 10 Jan '14 | Lifestyle

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I recently received an e-mail that talked about the importance of the number seven, and it’s use of over 700 times in the bible. It is the number of spiritual perfection and completion. I truly believe that anything you want in life, starts within you. Your belief, your mentality, your inner circle and anything that influences your thoughts and actions all play a role in how you show up in the world. How much time do you take to focus on yourself?

The year 2014 is the year of completion (2 + 0 + 1 + 4 = 7). Here are 14 ways I plan to focus on myself this year, and I invite you to do the same:

1. Spend more time with Him

There is always more I could be doing to exercise and stretch my spirituality muscle. I know that I have some big goals that can only be accomplished through not only believing in myself, but also believing in God and being able to listen to and receive His word.

2. Let go

I’m currently in the process of writing a book. And in the process, I realized that sometimes we burry feelings until we don’t have to face them, and then we think we’ve gotten over them. But in atuality, we haven’t. It’s like putting tape over your “check engine” light so you don’t have to see it. But the problem is still there. We can’t truly let go until we’ve dealt with the actual problem.

3. Affirm my love

It’s so easy to get caught up in what I should be doing, and how I should be doing things. Instead of allowing myself to get caught up in other people’s perspectives or opinions, I’m going to walk boldly in my own love for myself. I think I’ll start with some love letters.

4. Speak my mind

I’ve always been much of an introvert. Because of how we were raised, I carried a lot of that into my adulthood which included suppressing my thoughts. Up until recently, it was tough for me to challenge someone on a topic or issue even when I knew I was right. Well 2014 is the year I stop holding my tongue and start speaking up for what I want and need.

5. Be unapologetic

No more explaining who I am and what I do to people that simply don’t make a difference one way or another. No more feeling the need to make any decision that is not in the best interest of myself or my family.

6. Be more giving

I love surprises. Even more, I love to surprise others with nice surprises. I want to spend more time giving back to others and surprising them this year with the gift of love.

7. Make more time to read

I have bought so many books in the last year or two and have started reading different ones at different times. But I have yet to finish them all. They all have great wealth of information and inspiration that I need, so I’m going to make it a priority.

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Christine St. Vil wrote 144 articles on this blog.

Christine St.Vil is co-author of the Whose Shoes Are Your Wearing: 12 Steps to Uncovering the Woman You Really Want to Be. A happy wife to an amazing hubby of 8 years, and homeschooling mother of three, she teaches moms how to FLY (First Love Yourself). She uses her corporate background to work with women who are ready to start a new business, accelerate their career growth & design a life they love. She's on a mission to help moms to battle the mom guilt epidemic, so they can begin to put themselves first on their never-ending list of priorities.

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  • Shaunta

    Be unapologetic!!!! I needed that confirmation. I grew up a people pleaser, so often times I have found myself apologizing for being me….. NO MORE!!! I will unapologetic about my likes, dislike, style, sense of humor, convictions etc. God made me in HIS image, HE knew what HE was doing when HE created me & my personality. I need make no more excuses for God’s design. (In Jesus’ name) Thank u for this post. I needed it

    • http://www.momsncharge.com Christine St. Vil

      Hi Shaunta! Yes I was the same way so I compltely understand. Being unapologetic for being you is so critical to loving yourself and allowing yourself to shine :) Thanks for sharing!

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A Divine Recipe to Live Longer and Wealthier as a Family

BY: - 14 Jan '14 | inspiration

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Most people have heard the statement “The family that prays together stays together”. A phrase which infers the importance and power of spirituality to a family. Yet there is another expression that families should add to their expression catalog –

The family who keeps their bodies’ tight gets to spend many more nights.

The family who keeps their bodies’ tight gets to spend many more nights” is the companion phrase to “The family that prays together stays together”. This new expression introduces us to a previously unknown but important reality – invocation and supplication are not the only things that keep a family together.

The body and spirit are one. Families would be wise to recognize that there is an undeniable, unbreakable connection between the two.

If families are going to stay together – remain among the living, not only will we need to pray but we are going to need to understand and appreciate our bodies for what they truly are – temples.

Quality Materials

Thanks to science, we have the ability to discover all we need to know about the ancient temples. Likewise, science has the ability to tell us all we need to know about our individual temples. At last check, science details that our individual temples are not functioning as prodigiously as the great temples.

Great temples are constructed using the finest materials which is why several temples that were constructed many centuries ago are still in existence today. Conversely, our temples are composed of unhealthy materials – Soul Food, fast food, high sodium intake, sugar sweetened drinks, high fat, high carbohydrates and minimal quantities of essential vitamins & minerals. The composition of our temples illustrates a disquieting reality – our temples are crumbling before all other temples.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Minority Health reports some startling facts about the health of our temples:

  • African-American women have the highest rates of being overweight or obese compared to other groups in the U.S. About four out of five African-American women are overweight or obese.
  • In 2011, African-Americans were 1.5 times as likely to be obese as Non-Hispanic Whites.
  • In 2011, African-American women were 80% more likely to be obese than Non-Hispanic White women.
  • In 2007-2010, African-American girls were 80% more likely to be overweight than Non-Hispanic White girls.

Quality Construction

The designing, planning, engineering and constructing of the great temples were overseen by the best engineers of the day. There was no allowance for poor planning and execution. The mandate was clear – to make sure the temples illuminated the creator’s supreme skills and abilities into perpetuity.

Our temples were created the very same way and with exactly the same mandate. Insurmountable thought and detail went into our design, plan, engineering and construction. Nonetheless, our temples are falling apart rapidly, dying and decaying – in the twinkling of an eye – due to our individual poor planning and execution. It is shameful that Our Creator’s showcases are not holding up as originally intended.

The fault is ours. Not only are the materials we use to sustain our temples inferior but our plans and execution to prolong their existence is equally abysmal. In short, we don’t just eat the wrong things but we compound and expedite the collapse of our temples when we exclude exercise from our daily schedule.

national survey indicates that 50% of African-American men and 67% of African-American women report that they do not exercise daily. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Minority Health further illuminates our refusal to follow the guidelines that sustain and maintain our temples:

  • In 2010, African-Americans were 70% less likely to engage in active physical activity as Non-Hispanic Whites.
  • In 2011, 55.2 % of African-Americans did not meet federal physical activity guidelines.
  • In 2011, only 23.2% of African-Americans met the federal aerobic guidelines.
  • In 2011, only 18% of African-Americans met the federal leisure physical activity guidelines.

Let’s Stay Together

If the Black family is going to stay together, a key is ending our love affair with food. We “treat” ourselves to poor nutrition during “good times”. We “comfort” ourselves with poor nutrition during “bad times”. And we just eat poorly all the rest of the times. This is not a recipe for staying together.

Instead of loving and living to eat, it’s time that we start a love affair with life. An affair that includes healthy eating and exercising to live. An improved – plant-based – diet and an increased daily exercise regimen is only the beginning of a love affair that will give you more than just a few extra nights together.

In fact, studies show that your life and the lives of each member of your family could be extended by 3.4 to 4.5 years if they adopted the proposed diet and exercise changes. Moreover, an improved diet and increased exercise routine can give you more money to spend during the time you are on this earth. How does $34,153 to $385,725 sound to you?

I pray that you would agree that more time with the family and more money to share with them is something worth saying AMEN!

BMWK – Click here and take the test to discover if you are treating your temple like a monument or a tomb.

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Nathaniel A. Turner, J.D. is the author of "Raising Supaman", a collection of life lessons written by a father to his son. Nate holds degrees in Accounting, Theology, History and Law. Nate blogs at The Raising Supaman Project which exists to CHANGE THE WORLD one parent, one child at a time.

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