Posts by The Christian Way

My name is Christian. I’m a wife, mother, full time college student, and writer/storyteller. Due to the influx of opinions that run through my brain daily, I release these minions in the only way I see fit—through stories. Most of my post are spiritually derived and inspired by life lessons in marriage, motherhood, and healing from my childhood trauma. I can basically do anything any other writer can do, but while holding a baby. I identify as a logophile.

50 Daily Affirmations to Speak Over your Life in 2021

Happy New Year! I know we’re all walking into 2021 like a puppy with its tail tucked between its legs. I get it. Nothing could’ve prepared us for last year. Unlike the many years before where people gladly look forward to the New Year by setting new resolutions and goals, many dread what 2021 will bring forth. The mere thought of walking into yet another unknown circumstance, terrifies us all. I mean, “what if 2020 was only the predecessor for more turmoil,” many of us questioned. These depressive thoughts have caused us to sit in stagnation, to walk into this New Year already defeated.

Well, I have news from the one who reigns over it all, your Father, and He wants me to tell you that starting the year off depressed, unmotivated, and disorganized is a trick from the enemy. You see, the enemy knows your potential, he knows that whatever attitude you enter the year with will heavily determine the outcome for your year. This is why you can’t fall for his deceit. 2021 can be great if you let it!

As someone who struggles with depressive thoughts daily, I’ve learned that my superpower over dark days stems from words, words of affirmation. Affirmations are words spoken with intent to motivate, uplift, and influence your life. Many studies reflect that the way you think of yourself or circumstances determine your approach to change it. Essentially, speaking positivity over your life holds magnificent power!

Speak and dwell on these affirmations and watch your life change!

  1. I am worthy!
  2. I matter!
  3. I am intelligent!
  4. I am unique!
  5. I am hardworking!
  6. I am strong!
  7. I will get my dream job!
  8. I will make more money!
  9. My family loves me!
  10. I will accomplish all my endeavors!
  11. I am beautiful!
  12. I am resilient!
  13. I am special!
  14. I am sexy!
  15. I will buy my dream car!
  16. I will buy my dream house!
  17. My brand will prosper!
  18. My business will boom!
  19. All generational curses will end with me!
  20. I am not what I did in the past!
  21. I am innovative!
  22. I am creative!
  23. My body is perfect!
  24. I will find love!
  25. I will live a long and healthy life!
  26. I will conquer any illness!
  27. My family is blessed!
  28. My seeds are blessed!
  29. My marriage is blessed!
  30. My children are blessed!
  31. My pregnancy is blessed!
  32. My bills will be paid in full and on time this year!
  33.  I hold all the tools to enrich my life!
  34. My thoughts influence my actions, so I will think positive thoughts even in dark times!
  35. I am indestructible!
  36. I am a survivor!
  37. I make a difference!
  38. I am worthy of forgiveness!
  39. I deserve nice things!
  40. I am easy to love!
  41. I am enough!
  42. Things are happening for my good!
  43. I am proud of me!
  44. I love myself!
  45. I am brave!
  46. I am kind!
  47. I am fearless!
  48. I am capable!
  49. I am powerful!
  50. I deserve every good thing that happens to me!

Do you feel as awesome as you are yet? Don’t let the past or negative thoughts monopolize your life. You hold the key to your dreams. I believe in you.

XoXo,

Christian

How to celebrate Kwanzaa

History of Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa was founded by California State University professor, Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966. Karenga was inspired to found the celebration after the Watts riots. He wanted to unite African Americans. Karenga combined different aspects of harvest traditions from tribes like the Ashanti and Zulu tribe to form what we know today as Kwanzaa.

The word Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase, matunda ya kwanza;” it means “first fruits.” Kwanzaa celebrations commence December 26 and end January 1. Each day of the celebration is highlighted by a principle. There are a total of 7 Kwanzaa principles.

Kinaras, candle holders are used to represent every principle. Every night before the day ends, a child is to light the candle of the day to solidify that day’s celebrations. The 7 Kwanzaa principles are; Umoja (unity,) Kujichagulia (Self-determination,) Ujima (collective work & responsibility,) Ujamaa (cooperative economics,) Nia (purpose) Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith.)

It’s common for many African Americans to feel intimidated at the idea of being the first ones in their family to celebrate Kwanzaa, especially when they’re learning about it for the first time. However, if the year of 2020 has taught us anything it’s that now is the time to immerse ourselves in our roots and stand firm on our beautiful traditions. Looking back in retrospect at how and why Kwanzaa was founded and comparing it to today’s recent protest against police brutality, celebrating Kwanzaa this year feels like a full circle moment.

How to celebrate (what you need)

1. Kinara

The Kinara is used to hold and display the Kwanzaa candles. Kinaras aren’t usually sold in household stores. Most likely, you’ll need to search for a business that sells them. They come in all shapes, sizes, and designs.

2. Mishumaa Saba (7 candles)

Each candle represents a principle. The candles are the color of the Pan-African flag.

3. 7 symbols

To accompany the seven principles, Dr. Maulana Karenga also created the seven symbols. These symbols are to be placed around the Kinara. The seven symbols are; Mazao (crops) Mkeka (place mat) Vibunzi (ear of corn) Mishumaa Saba (7 candles) Kinara (candle holder) Kikombe Cha Umoja (the unity cup) and Zawadi (the gifts).

Each symbol has a special meaning. Mazao represents the harvest, joy, and fellowship. Mkeka represents history, culture, and traditions. Vibunzi represents fertility. Mishumaa Saba represent the ceremony of the traditional in addition to light. Kinara represents the roots of where we came from. Kikombe cha Umoja represents the coming together of the ancestors. (Because this doesn’t align with my religious beliefs, my family and I don’t participate in this ritual). Lastly, Zawadi represents giving wholeheartedly!

I encourage anyone celebrating Kwanzaa to celebrate each day however they feel best represents each principle. The ultimate goal is to become one with your community! Happy celebrating and happy Kwanzaa!

Xoxo,

Christian

How to teach Thankfulness to your Children

Thankfulness is a beautiful fruit to bear. For most of us, we all know what it means to be thankful but have you ever considered how the concept was introduced to you? Low and behold parenting to introduce another lesson imperative to our baby’s spirits—the lesson of thankfulness. Don’t you love the lessons parenting bestows on us!

In our home, we started teaching thankfulness as soon as our babies were born. From encouraging them to thank us for common occurrences like meals or gifts to encouraging them to thank each other for sharing, we really wanted our children to know that no one is entitled to anything. And we should be thankful for everything, even the things we assume we’re entitled to.

Despite my husband and I never allowing our children to go without the bare necessities, we make them thank us for basic things to teach them that everyone isn’t in their position. In fact, we explain to them that in our city there’s a child wishing they had what our kids have and for that, we explain to them why they should never take anything for granted.

Because most children learn from example, we grant our babies opportunities to display their gratefulness and thankfulness by sharing some of their blessings with others.

Here are few ways you can mold a grateful heart in your babies.

Prayer

We pray with our children daily and I make it a point to welcome them into intimate parts of my conversations with God. This means they see mama cry and cry out to Jesus! Including them in prayer has really enhanced their perspectives!

Paying it forward

More recently, my four year old has been more observant about recognizing people in need. In addition to explaining that everyone isn’t as fortunate as others, we encourage him to share his blessing. This means allowing him to bless the homeless with money, food, and when we don’t have physically things, prayer and smiles. This means blessing neighbors with some of his old toys. Doing these things on a regular basis has positioned Liam’s heart to always be ready to give!

Respecting their things, selves, and others

Respect coincides with thankfulness more than you think. We teach the kids that respecting themselves, others, and their things not only shows God a grateful heart but it shows Him that if they can cherish what they have now, they’re ready to be promoted to something bigger and better.

Holiday season can be a dark time for many living without, especially this year. Remember to be thankful for everything and everyone you have in your life. And to those in fortunate positions, share some extra kindness this year!

Happy holidays!

Xoxo,

Christian

Easy and Yummy Halloween Treats You Have to Make With Your Kids

Covid-19 might have postponed a lot of things, but I refused to let it stop the Halloween celebrations! Despite me encouraging my children to be whatever they want to be every day of the year, Halloween feels like the one day of year that even adults can join in on the optimism!

I grew up extremely sheltered and Christian so Halloween was celebrated sparingly. With my children, my husband and I vowed to still withhold our faith’s beliefs but still allow the kids to have fun!

This year I decided to crank up the celebration by making some scary treats! Cook with me!

Disclaimer: I am not a professional chef or baker.

Finger hotdogs

This treat is super easy to make! I figured, we couldn’t have a scary food night without a main course shocker!

Ingredients

•hotdogs

•hotdog buns

•blood, I mean ketchup!

Cooking instructions

-cut nail shape out at the top of the hotdog

-boil hotdogs for 4-5 minutes

-serve in bun with lots of ketchup!

Intestines

This treat was the scariest one of all! My four year old was slightly freaked out when he saw the finished product, but he got over his fear after he tasted his first bite!

Ingredients

•cinnamon roll dough

•Strawberry jelly

I’d recommend using some red food coloring to enhance the red color! Mine came out pink!

Baking instructions

-unroll cinnamon rolls to look like intestines

-bake cinnamon rolls as instructed on packaging

-mix frosted glaze with strawberry jelly

-frost your fresh intestines and serve!

Mummy dogs

This recipe is so cute! My kids loved how they turned out and this recipe only took 10 minutes!

Ingredients

•crescent roll dough

•shredded cheddar cheese

•hotdogs

•candy eyes

Baking instructions

-on a baking pan, spread dough out until flat

-sprinkle shredded cheese on the dough

-roll hotdog in dough

-bake at 350 for 10 minutes

-with water, base and add candy eyes

Tada! You’re all done! You’re officially the coolest mom ever! You’re welcome! Happy Halloween

Xoxo,

Christian

Bible Verses To Keep You Encouraged When Parenting Feels Too Heavy

While baking with my oldest, I couldn’t help but observe how every ingredient in the dessert we were baking served as the perfect analogy for parenting. The fruits of the spirit are as pertinent to our parenting as each ingredient my son and I tossed in our mixing bowl. Every ingredient serves a special and divine purpose. Despite their different flavors, when combined they make the sweetest combination. Motherhood entails that we nurture our trees to ensure our fruits (our babies) roaming the Earth continue to plant other decent trees (their children and so forth.)

Becoming a mom is hands down the most beautiful thing to happen to me. I can remember the day I found I was pregnant with both kids like it was yesterday. With Liam, he was unexpected, so my excitement took a while to brew. Zora, she was planned, but we didn’t expect to get pregnant with her so soon, especially since our doctor hypothesized it taking us a year to conceive. Nevertheless, each one of my babies blessed my life in different ways and for that, I’m forever grateful. Yet, even with all the beautiful moments that parenthood brings, I can’t negate the hard days. The truth is, everyday of parenthood isn’t rewarding—at least it doesn’t feel that way. Some days I question God’s plan. I question my abilities. I even question my children.

Besides having an incredible group of mothers that I lean on for advice and assurance, I lean mostly on Jesus. But, my first few years of parenting I didn’t know how to lean on Jesus, or what to even ask of Him. If I’m being honest, sometimes I felt selfish for asking any more of Him than I already had—I mean there I was vexed with motherhood when so many women wanted the life I had.

So, I took some time to walk with Jesus. On that walk He lead me to some impactful Bible lessons that just seemed to say all the right words when I needed to read them. Since seeking the godly way from Jesus, I’ve noticed a change within my children and me. I learned that instead of praying for my children, I needed to first pray for me. Ask God in what ways do you need to be fulfilled, redirected, or even reshaped. Instead of asking God why my child was giving me a hard time, instead, I’d ask God what did my child’s outburst mean? Changing my perspective in those minor ways, helped me to gain hold of the bigger picture.

I know many of us don’t look at motherhood as an opportunity to serve, but tantamount to your marriage or any other God appointed position, parenthood is another opportunity to be selfless—another opportunity to share God’s love.

Below I’ll share my favorite Bible verses that keep me encouraged when satan tries to mask my blessings as burdens.

Psalms‬ ‭25‬:‭4-5‬

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Ask God to order your steps. Sometimes we get so caught up in trying to get our children to be like us that we forget to teach them to be like Jesus!

2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭7‬

For we live by faith, not by sight.

Satan likes to plant evil seeds in our mind. Whether you’re wary of how your kids will turn out, down about your abilities as a mother, or just unsure how to be the best parent, BE STILL! Remember that faith is believing in the things we can’t see! All you can do is cast your fears on to Jesus and continue to sow good seeds—hope and believe all will be well and it will.

Proverbs‬ ‭14‬:‭1‬

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

How often are you breathing life into your children? It’s easy to get caught up in shelling out demands. Remember to affirm your children. Build up your house!

Psalms‬ ‭127‬:‭3‬

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.

No matter how hard your day was, thank God for blessing you with your children. Children are a reward from God! If you have them, you’ve must been doing something right! Give yourself grace. Give your babies grace too!

Psalms‬ ‭31‬:‭8‬

You have not given me into the hands of the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.

Don’t let satan make you think your kids are too much to handle. Even on the days when both kids are bickering, the youngest is throwing a tantrum, and you’re at your wits end, God didn’t enlist you for an unreasonable task! On these hard days, remember to change your perspective!

‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭27‬

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

God gives us peace, peace that can only be obtained through Him. Use that peace to maintain it within your home—your children. It’s already yours! Claim it!

Proverbs‬ ‭13‬:‭20‬

Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

God moves through people! Surround yourself with other godly parents and lean on each-other!

James‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Keep your joy, in fact share it with your little ones! The hard days of parenting aren’t bad days! They’re days you need a little more Jesus and guess what? There’s no such thing as too much Jesus, so indulge in Him!

Parenting never gets easier, because everyday we’re faced with new obstacles. Although that might frighten you, remember that you don’t have to do it alone. Do it with Jesus!

Things I Wish I Knew Before Buying My First House

Buying my first home was much deeper than just owning property. For me, it was breaking a generational curse. My parents never owned homes, neither did my husband’s parents. It felt like a childhood dream that felt tangible yet unreachable. So, when I married my husband and we started to expand our family, we prioritized not only finding the perfect home for our family, but also ending the cycle of renting within our family.

Unlike what’s seen on television, purchasing a home is a stressful and tedious process! However, on the day you sign what feels like a trillion papers, and you’re officially handed the keys to your new home, the stress you were once anxious to neglect, becomes a faded minuscule moment.

Because this was our first time buying a house, we experienced a few stressful moments that we could’ve avoided if we were more knowledgeable about the home-buying process. Now that all our boxes are unpacked, and we’re comfortably settled in, let’s go over some essential nuggets I wish I new before buying our home!

1. Find the perfect lender!

What’s a lender? Your lender is the financial institution that finances your home with the expectation that you’ll pay them back. After a credit check and an extensive loan application, your lender tells you what you’re qualified to borrow. Researching what lender is best for you is pertinent. Different lenders have different interest rates and some lenders even offer incentives. Don’t get caught up in JUST being qualified for a loan, search around and make sure you’re using a lender with the best benefits for you!

My family chose to use veterans united for our lender. Using them guaranteed us not only one of the lowest interest rates, but they also supplied us with a realtor. A perk of using their realtor was an additional credit for an even lower interest rate.

Veteran’s United also sent us cute housewarming gifts like this cute cup!

2. Find the best realtor for YOU!

Find a realtor that is willing to fight for what you want! Don’t feel pressured to use any realtor. Use someone who understands your wants and is willing to go above and beyond to find them for you! The realtor we originally started the process with turned out not to be the realtor we stuck with. While searching around for the best realtor, remember to be honest about what you want and your wariness about not wanting to commit to one person upfront. For example, before fully committing to the realtor we closed with, we worked with someone else. Thankfully, we didn’t sign any paperwork binding us to our first realtor, because of that, when we decided they weren’t the best fit for us, we were able to use another person.

3. Understand the housing market!

Is it a buyers market or sellers market? This determines how much power you hold as a buyer. When we purchased our house, it was a seller’s market. This meant that the seller had the upper hand. Houses were selling fast and because of this, we had to not only act fast in putting in an offer, but be willing to compromise on certain upgrades.

4.Just say NO!

Be willing to walk away from bad deals. Remember, buying a house is a serious commitment. Stay within your budget, and be willing to walk away if the price and home aren’t up to par. Separate your emotions from your reality. Take a step back and consider life after your emotions have settled. Is the house worth the cost? Can you see yourself in this home forever?

5.What’s Earnest money and why do you have to pay it?

Earnest money is the money you put down when you make an offer. The amount can be as little as $500. The amount you put down shows the seller how serious you are about purchasing. In the end, your earnest money is used towards your closing cost!

6. Find the perfect inspector!

When making a serious purchase like purchasing a home, getting an inspection is important. You want to ensure that the home you’re purchasing is quality! The worst thing that could happen is finding out your dream home is more than you bargained for after already closing. Finding a good inspector is easy! My realtor provided me with a list of prospect inspectors. I selected the inspector that provided the best price. I urge you to find an inspector that bundles the first inspection and re-inspection in one price. This tidbit can save you a few $100. At this point, you’ve probably already shelled out a lot of money not to mention the money you’ll have to pay at closing. Cut all frivolous cost!

5. Check every corner of your house at the final walk through!

So far, you’ve had an inspection performed by a professional inspector and an appraisal (another inspection to dictate the home’s worth.) You’re probably tired of hearing about inspections but take heed of the final walk through! This is your FINAL opportunity to have anything rectified before you officially own the home!

Everyone doesn’t have the liesure to take a homebuyers class, I get it. Or maybe you didn’t expect to be buying a house so soon; so, you didn’t have the proper time to educate yourself on the process. Look, buying your house doesn’t have to be stressful, utilize these tips to your advantage! I hope you find your dream house!

Xoxo,

Christian

I Gave My Daughter Her Dream Pinterest Nursery For Only $10

My daughter has never had her own room. Immediately after her birth, we shared a nursery and a few months after that she was moved into her big brother’s room. I’m sure she’s dreamed of her own space since her days in the womb! Recently, we moved into a new home and the most exciting part of the move was knowing that I’d get to decorate my daughter’s room!

To cut cost, because buying a house is EXPENSIVE, I decided to repurpose everything we already owned for her room makeover. Kids are destructive, and too often do parents spend money for elaborate room decorations and furniture just for the kids to break it! I didn’t want to be that mom.

I sought room decor ideas from Pinterest. I like to think of Pinterest as the little encouraging angel that sits in my shoulder reminding me that, “anything is possible.” And it is! I found several ideas for inspiration!

I already owned a lot of bohemian furniture so the boho theme was definitely a no brainer. No matter your style, finding a theme is poignant. Your theme is the overall goal for the space. Within that theme, you can play around with colors and style!

Another goal I had for her room was to make it practical and light. I didn’t want my daughter to feel like her room was crowded or too perfect for play. I kept decorations light and fun!

Link to the wall decals: Polka Dots Wall Decal Irregular Dots Wall Decal Removable Vinyl Polka Dot Decor Modern Wall Sticker Nursery Wall Decor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087RKMGG4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fab_gFoDFbRE0YXA0

To add some character to her walls, I purchased polka dots to create an accent wall. Overall, her room makeover cost $10! That’s it!

Remember, you don’t have to be rich to live the life you want! Repurpose what you have! Create new memories with old things in your home! Most importantly, think twice before you throw things away!

“The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.” ― Oscar Wilde

Xoxo,

Christian

Tips for Moving Like a Pro with the Kids

Hallelujah! My husband and I just bought our first house! We dreamt and prayed for this moment for years! We’re so grateful for God’s grace and timing! Who knew we’d be moving during a pandemic? Not us!

My husband and I have experience moving as singles but moving with two little ones presented an interestingly intimidating challenge. How do you pack when your kids keep unpacking things and more importantly, how do you keep them out the way and occupied so you can achieve productivity?

We’re no packing and moving professionals and I won’t dare say we have all the answers but I believe we adapted and conquered the challenge of packing with babies well! Let me help you!

1. Don’t wait until the last minute!

Procrastination might be the worst thing you could do before moving. Once you have your new move in date, begin packing. Even if you pack one box a day, don’t wait until the day before the big move to start packing. Waiting until the last minute to pack adds additional stress to the already stressful and tedious task of moving.

2. Organization is KEY!

Pack with purpose. Don’t leave one stressful mess for another. Invest in labels and plastic storage boxes in addition to traditional cardboard boxes.

I packed each room one at a time. I labeled everything from kid’s wall decor, to specific sheets, and toys. I did this to relieve us from a stressful unpacking. Labeling boxes specifically also helps movers to group similar boxes in the same place. The plastic storage containers come in handy because let’s face it, most of us hoard a little more than we’d like to admit. Packing things in plastic storage containers helps you to hoard things more neatly in the new home!

3. Share packing responsibility with kids!

Your little ones might be a bigger help to you than you think! Make packing fun and remember, no matter how exciting moving to a new place is, moving still brings forth some sadness. Use packing time to talk about your feelings on the new move.

Maybe you can put your kid on toy duty—get them to pack all their toys. Or maybe you can put them on clothes duty;depending on how adamant you are about packing your clothes folded, you could allow them to toss clothes in boxes like a basketball game!

4. Wash every dish and wash all your clothes!

Don’t add more tasks to your list. Wash all your dishes and wash all your clothes! Invest in paper plates and plastic cutlery. Eat quick and mess free meals like sandwiches or bake a casserole that you and your family can eat until you’re in your new kitchen! Pack an overnight bag with a few outfits and travel size toiletries. Wear those clothes the days leading up to moving day and pack your other clothes in boxes! This means, you’ll have a fewer clothes to wash once you’re settled into your new home instead of loads of laundry.

5. Keep your clothes on hangers

There’s no need to accumulate more boxes. Keep your clothes on hangers and slide them through a clean trash bag! This saves space and time!

6. Get free movers!

Remember on the first day of college classes when your professors would make you introduce yourself to the class? You thought it was to make friends in class when in actuality it was to make long lasting moving buddies! Don’t pay for movers, put your friends and loved ones to work! Ask them to help you move and pay them in pizza of course! Don’t forget the wings!

Happy moving! I hope these tips make your next move as smooth as Pinot!

Xoxo,

Christian

Educational YouTube Channels that Will Make Homeschooling Fun

Returning back to school for our kiddos isn’t its usual thrill. Many parents were forced to decide whether to continue with distant learning or send their children to physical school. These decisions weren’t as easy to make as some might assume. Choosing whether to keep your child home or send them to school turned out to be a question of privilege; because the truth is, most parents don’t have the leisure of keeping their kids home. I mean, who would work if everyone stayed home, better yet, how would parents work while exclusively homeschooling their children?

Nevertheless no matter what decision parents chose, every parent shared these feelings; homeschooling is HARD! For me, when quarantine was first set in place, I looked at staying home with my kids as a blessing. Quarantine allowed me to put a pause on my busy and fast paced life. Being home more often—permanently felt like a prayer finally answered. Though I’d never trade bonding with my family for anything, what I didn’t anticipate was how quarantine would lessen the time I’d have for me—mommy time. A few months into quarantine sent me into a deep depression and suddenly I found myself missing adult human interaction and car rides alone. On top of that, I now had the responsibility of teaching my children a strict curriculum. Yes, I teach them daily, but we can’t deny that we heavily rely on schools and daycares to fill in the gaps.

In fact, many people were forced to acknowledge just how influential schools are to our communities when they closed. We all learned that schools are far more than buildings with teachers. They’re shelters and food kitchens, amongst many other things. So while being forced to transform your home into a school is intimidating, I assure you that, YOU HAVE THIS!

While on my own journey of mastering homeschooling, I found some YouTube channels that made the task less difficult. And since our kids are all generation z(ers) YouTube is something they’re all born and programmed loving. School commences soon and I don’t want any parent left behind. Below, I’ll share some of my favorite educational YouTube channels!

Happy teaching!

Cosmic Kid’s Yoga

There’s no doubt that little ones have short attention spans. To keep them entertained or to tire them out before nap, try Cosmic Yoga. This YouTube page has fun yoga exercises your babies can follow! Mom and dad can do them too!

Link to page: https://youtu.be/QM8NjfCfOg0

Songs for Littles

What kid doesn’t love a sing along? This YouTube channel features a chipper teacher, Ms. Rachel! She’s usually dressed in overalls and prepared to sing about just about anything! My children are mesmerized by her voice and smile! Sometimes I find myself singing her days of the week song in the shower!

Link to page: https://youtu.be/2vYqjQnm3WY

Rock’ n Learn

For months, my husband and I were searching for bilingual instructors to teach our children another language. Our search stopped when we stumbled across this YouTube page. Rock’ N Learn teaches children languages like spanish, mandarin and many more!

Link to page: https://youtu.be/aVNf1B0nNf4

Akili and Me

School and daycare are so pertinent to a child’s growth and development because children tend to learn better with and from their peers. Akili is a 4 year old girl who goes on adventures. On this YouTube page your child gets to follow along with her school and life lessons. Your child gets to learn alongside of Akili and ultimately become virtual friends!

Link to page: https://youtu.be/YMyzEloWGWs

Jack Hartmann Kid’s Music Channel

This channel is hands down my kid’s favorite channel! On this YouTube channel, Jack teaches about the alphabet, days of the week, months of the year, and he even teaches sign language! His videos are so fun and easy to follow along with!

Link to page: https://youtu.be/WP1blVh1ZQM

Homeschooling won’t be easy. I’m still learning what works for us, but I’m faithful that we can and will get through these unprecedented times! Things will get better! I know it.

Xoxo,

Christian

There’s Power in Patience.

As a freelancer, you get accustomed to the word no. Even if it’s not said directly, you can take the hint when a piece you’ve written gets rejected from a publication. It can be discouraging, but I’ve learned that for every no, there’s a yes. When you consider the millions of publications around the world, one measly rejection email from one out of a million other publications seems minuscule.

In all transparency, I didn’t always possess this optimism. As a matter of fact, I was apprehensive to share my work for a long time. For a while, I didn’t. Consequently, when my last writing gig fell through, I felt like that experience reflected my talent as a writer. I questioned my talent and abilities.

So, imagine my astonishment when a friend reached out to me about a writing job. This friend is an established writer with a pretty impressive resume. Her considering me for ANY job in my eyes was/is an honor. (For the past months, she’s been a driving force of encouragement and light.) I’ll be forever grateful for her kindness.

She asked me to write an article covering Black hiker’s week on Instagram. I did. I conducted interviews with the curators of the movement and managed to write and submit the piece before the deadline. (All while mothering my two little ones) Immediately after receiving my article, I received the green light for layout. A few days later, I was submitting my invoice and W9!

Screenshot of my article, visit my publication tab to read the full piece

While I sat on the same bed I once shed tears on now writing for a bigger publication than my last; I had an epiphany. Last month I was distraught about my last writing gig disrespecting both me and my writing. Of course I knew that experience wouldn’t permanently hinder my writing career, but that didn’t make the trial any less hard. To be sitting in the same spot I once bawled my eyes out, now ok’ing article edits in a real deal publication felt like the biggest HAHA to the ones who doubted me—to the ones who hurt me.

Right then and there I heard God’s voice loud and clear. “Be still and know that I am God!” (Psalms 46:10) I’m unsure of why I hadn’t heard Him before. I’m sure this wasn’t His first time telling me to trust Him

While I had been questioning the reason, “why,” at my last job, God was orchestrating a plan—a major one! He needed me STILL and PATIENT so that I could prepare for my next task. The irony of it all was that just last month, my “Pro-black article” was too Black to be published in my old publication. Yet, my that article that was just published in Outdoor Retailer was Black as hell and in company with other beautiful Black stories.

To whoever’s reading this, remember to be still and patient, because although you’re weary and even a little anxious, your current set back is apart of a major comeback!

Seeing my name in Outdoor Retailer’s latest weekly issue was a reminder that things are always working for my good (Yours too) by the grace of God! Let today serve as a reminder for you to be as still as an anxious Amazon Prime shopper anxiously waiting by their door for the postman to deliver their package. Stay where you are and let God deliver (to) you!

Xoxo,

Christian