Sunday, January 14, 2018

Cindy's Featured Artist of the Week - Debbie Evans


DEBBIE EVANS

Debbie is a lifelong entrepreneur, corporate marketing professional, and part-time blogger. She's on a personal journey to inspire and empower others to an improved spiritual, physical and mental way of life. 

Featured in Crain’s NY Business News, as publisher of Connections in Black, a bi-monthly magazine in New York City, Debbie has a strong sense of community, which was the focus of her publication. Her corporate experience includes investment research for a large Wall Street firm, international corporate marketing with a Fortune 500 oil/gas behemoth, and promotions marketing for a grocery giant. 

Scratching her ever-present entrepreneurial itch, Debbie, along with her husband owned-operated a Class A contracting company in the Northern Virginia area where their design and construction impact is evident in houses throughout the area, stretching in Washington, DC.

A final move to the Carolina's birthed an accessories boutique/jazz lounge in Salisbury, NC and Debbie now makes her residence in the South Charlotte area where she enjoys sharing time with her husband, daughter, and granddaughter.

As a wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, she is purposed to help others seeking a better life for themselves and their families with her current work as a Founding Member and Better Life Consultant for Sheago Cosmetics.


https://evansgrind.wixsite.com/life/blog

Djevans.sheago.com

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Connect with Verse - Poetry Corner! Featuring - Sophia Johnson

SOPHIA JOHNSON



Did You Know
By: EnFenaTi

Did you know you're a QUEEN

Did you know that you're BEAUTIFUL

You were created to be great

Did you know that you are LOVED

Did you know that you're UNIQUE

You are like no other

Did you know he never left YOUR SIDE

Did you know that no matter what has

happened, you came BACK from it

You are blessed

Did You Know

Beverly's Beatitudes by Beverly Branch



A mother at church told me one time these words, "Stop denying to accept, or saying no thank you when someone's offering to give to you or show their appreciation when you help them out."

When I help, I help from the heart so I don't look for returns. I was offered gas money for dropping off a few church members after church. She said, "You are BLOCKING their BLESSING!" When she put it like that, it made me think and repent! She said, "GOD could be TESTING them and their obedience!"

When you know one may be in a bind, circumstances, or doesn't have it like that, that's more of a reason to not want to take what they're offering. Even if I needed it, or I may be going through something myself, I still would not have taken it. I kept saying, "No ma'am I'm good, it's okay." The mother said, "Girl take that money from this child and allow GOD to Bless her out of her Need!" And so I did!

I smile and tell this story times over because being obedient to the voice of GOD is more important than listening to the voice of self or man! GOD will NEVER leave US nor forsake US! HE is our EVER PRESENT Help IN the time of Need, Distress, Sorrow, Lack, More than Enough, Failures, Achievements, Successes etc. There have been times I was in this very same position in life, on both sides of the fence, not knowing who, what, when, where, or how? Early on in life stressing and crying or operating in unbelief; should I or shouldn't I? Even when I was in need myself, I always extended a hand or gave what I had, even having three children, not knowing again - who, what, when, where, or how, I still sacrificed, opened up my doors, or assisted whatever the need and even when I couldn't.

But once I heard Mother Bessie speak those words to me, it did something to me, it changed something in me! It grew me, it matured me, see even in my struggle or others, I don't want to be one involved in blocking others Blessings! But I did learn this, to be more sensitive to the Spirit First, know when to and when not to, When GOD says DO IT... DO IT! It has nothing to do with You or Your Status or Situations or Circumstances! 

You know the saying - You can't help Nobody until you help Yourself! Again, this is where Discernment and Wisdom come in because GOD won't STEER YOU WRONG! I've given out of Plenty and I've given out of Less, I've given out of Great Health and I've given out of Failed Health AND EVERY TIME I DID IT, FOLLOWING THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, I WAS SUPER BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE, DOUBLE PORTION, PRESSED DOWN, SHAKEN TOGETHER, RUNNING OVER ETC!

I would be healed as I prayed for others while attacked by a Migraine, right in the middle of praying! I would see the supernatural manifestations of blessing others come right back to me. And when my children were there to witness these acts of kindness, I made sure right there, openly and publicly, I let them know it was the hand of GOD and reminded them of the prayers we prayed. I said all this to say, you or someone you know may be in need of something. It could be anything, or you may just feel compelled to be kind to someone; God may have put in your spirit to plant, water or sow. Pray, seek HIM and follow suit. If you've already Prayed, just act. TRUST ME BUT TRUST GOD MORE. HE WILL RETURN TO YOU MORE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE! He sits High and Looks Low, HE sees everything, knows everything, and surely TESTS US ALL!

So if someone is Offering you Assistance, or if you're Offering Someone Assistance, Showing Gratitude, Lending a Helping Hand, Ministering, Praying, Planting, Sowing into your life, your families life, just accept it, don't worry, don't ponder, don't fret, rebuke second guesses, Don't Block Their Blessing, Messing with the Plan of GOD for their lives and yours. 

Help comes in all forms, just make sure you have the CAPACITY to receive it! It may not always look good, feel good, it can be a bit embarrassing at times, but DON'T let yourself or others bring in the spirit of shame, blame or judgment. GOD WILL BLESS YOU RIGHT OUT YOUR NEED BECAUSE WHEN GOD IS IN IT, THERE IS NO LIMIT! Thank you Mother Bessie for Planting and Watering that Seed, and Thank You GOD for Allowing it to GROW IN ME. And THANK YOU SELF FOR BEING A WILLING VESSEL! So Bless someone today but do it without looking at You, but looking at THEM! Through the eyes of GOD!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I HOPE 2018 BRINGS FORTH RIVERS OF LIVING SPRINGS! FROM EVERY DIRECTION, MAY BLESSINGS FLOW THROUGH, AROUND AND TO YOU! KEEP YOUR CISTERNS FREE TO HOLD THE CAPACITY!


Beverly Branch
Founder of Women In Fellowship Ministries

Friday, January 12, 2018



Q: Should you expect an apology or acknowledgment when you’ve been wronged or offended in relationships?
Signed: T.F.~So Sorry

A: It’s the human emotion that expects an apology right after an offense happens. Think about the times as a child when we did something to someone; our parents or teachers would make us apologize with a quickness! We really didn’t mean it but for the sake of not being punished or dragging it out, we sourly said: “I’m sorry!”
We didn’t mean it, we were not sincere, we were forced, and most times we didn’t even realize what was so offensive that an apology was needed. We just apologized because we were told to.

Well, that has carried into our adulthood and for most people, apologies are unnecessary in their eyes. Many people voice their own opinions and may not think that something offends the next person. In my own marriage, I’ve had to help my husband understand that sometimes the words that come out his mouth are offensive. We would battle why he should apologize or not because he clearly didn’t believe that he should. The battle would continue but then God showed me how to come through the side door! I had to explain to him in a loving and less sensitive manner how his words really hurt. I also learned that because he is from the Northern part of the states, he is very blunt with words and I’m very sensitive. Believe it or not, people don’t know how to apologize or better yet WHY they should have to apologize.

Until next time, be sure to live, love and laugh because life is still good!

Love,
AunT

Trinette Collier Green is a Certified Relationship Stylist
Submit your questions to simplycindyblog@gmail.com

Monday, January 8, 2018

Cindy's Featured Artist of the Week - Frank Scott, Sr.



FRANK SCOTT, SR.


My business consists of helping families and individuals get out of debt through Debt Stacking by eliminating the rolling down effect. 


The best low-cost insurance that only has a one child cost. Many children can be added to a low-cost family plan with a large coverage amount available. 

We have Legal Protection so that we may put your estate in order. Also, settle any legal matter without the high costs. 

We have a Home Security system that keeps watch over your home; you can as well, from anywhere in the world. You can open a door for someone you know and see them on your phone or tablet. 

We can save you money on your Auto and Home coverage. We also have Identity Theft protection at a very low cost. All available to you, through me. 

If you need any of these services, contact me at 813-458-6435

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Connect with Verse - Poetry Corner! Featuring Clara Freeman

Clara Freeman



For the Many Etched In My Brain-Spills Over

girls, babies, toddlers, teens

Little Girl Lost

Walks in my dreams

tugs on my skirts

beseeches me to Speak

for her,

for others like her

sad eyes in black and brown faces

children of other races

lost little boys

lost little innocent in between-ages

fearful eyes

staring out from tear-stained faces

voiceless in the silence of neglect and abuse

the defeated

can you

feel the screams of hopeless fears

pouring from the pores

of their brutalized skins?

Help me lord guide my tongue

to humanize this little girl lost

and others like her,

her little hand tugs on my skirts,

her face tears at my heart

my soul cries

remembering eyes of sadness

the tears of your suffering

See something say something

I cry for you and for others like you

I mourn for you and for others like you

I speak prayers in your name and others like you

In hopes that you are happy in the hereafter…



*In loving memory of Semaj and others like her.


Clara Freeman
http://wisewoman2.wordpress.com

Friday, January 5, 2018





Q: Who's really the head of the home if the woman makes more than the man?


Signed: M.C. ~ MoneyMaker

A: Happy New Year!
This topic is very sensitive for both involved. Statistics have shown that many women are now making more money than their spouses/significant others. This is due to many factors such as the level of education, type of job, and position. When you are dating, this discussion will come about and you have to be strategic in how you approach it. 
Some men are still dealing with the fact that they are not where they would like to be financially and their egos can easily be bruised. 

However, you must be honest with yourself and your partner about what you are wanting. If you are in the beginning stages of your relationship and you are looking for a man who makes more than you, you should express that. Sometimes women believe that money equates to power in the home. If you are in a relationship and you are making more than your partner, you should have a discussion and allow him to express how he is feeling about it as well. Money should not determine what position he holds in your household! A man is a man and should be treated just as so. 

To sum it up, depending on your religious and personal beliefs, you would really need to have candid discussions about the roles in your household. In our home, my husband is the head because we follow God’s principles. We share duties and responsibilities, including finances. We set goals and we BUILD… however, he is the HEAD and not the tail of our relationship.

Until next time, live, love, and laugh out loud!

Love ya,

AunT


Trinette Collier Green is a Certified Relationship Stylist
Submit your questions to simplycindyblog@gmail.com

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Introducing Bridget McCray - Simply Cindy's Newest Team Member


It's my pleasure and honor to introduce Bridget McCray, who joined my team as a Contributing Writer. 


Bridget earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in the early 1990s, after working part-time while being in school full-time. She was not a stranger to hard work. A few years later, she left her native Louisiana to become a Texas transplant after receiving a job offer that she could not refuse.

In the late 1990s, she met and married her best friend and love of her life, Joel. A few years later, they started a family. During that time Bridget worked as a senior accountant at a large and rapidly growing electronics company. Starting a family was “not on her radar,” yet she was overjoyed at the news that they were expecting a baby.

As it got closer to her due date, she felt strongly in her heart that she could not take her baby to a daycare. She realized that it would not be a popular decision culturally at the time, but knew that she and her husband, not society-at-large, were responsible for this child’s welfare. After much discussion and prayer, she did not return to her job after the baby was born.

As a senior accountant in this company, she earned a nice salary, as well as benefits. Her husband, Joel, fully supported her, knowing that he would now be the sole income-earner. This was certainly a major adjustment financially. Sacrifices had to be made. They downsized their vehicles and their home. Things were tight, yet they never went without anything they needed.

Roughly a year later, they were expecting another baby; however, the end result was, unfortunately, a miscarriage. A few months later, she became pregnant again, and they were blessed with another beautiful child. Once more, they were expecting, but that pregnancy also ended in miscarriage.

Bridget does not take the role of motherhood lightly. She is passionate about it, understanding that she is helping to shape the next generation, as well as generations to come, by the grace of God. She has been blessed to stay at home with her children for almost 14 years and has been blessed all the more by her husband’s unwavering support and encouragement. She taught her children at home so that when they were old enough to start school, they would be prepared. By the grace of God, they have worked hard and have excelled in school. They are well-rounded students, taking advantage of their education academically, athletically, and in the fine arts. Bridget has been, and is, involved at their schools, yet not in a way that is overbearing. She is grateful for the opportunities every day to invest in their futures.

As her children got older, Bridget began to take her health seriously after a health scare. As she made better choices in her eating and physical activity, so did her children. Through her personal journey, she developed a passion for helping others to make small changes to help improve their quality of life by learning to live a healthier lifestyle. She is especially passionate about helping wives and mothers, as she believes that they are instrumental in setting the tone for the next generation by our example. She obtained certifications in Group Fitness instruction, Zumba, and in personal training.

Bridget also speaks Spanish at an intermediate-level and hopes to be fluent by the end of 2018. This is something with which she can help her children, as well as to serve others, especially in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, where she currently resides.


Please help me welcome Bridget to the Simply Cindy Blog team and to our blogging community!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Divine Wellness by Traci A. Fonville




New Year, Better You!


True life is lived when tiny changes occur.
-Leo Tolstoy

Most people begin the New Year by making resolutions. We’ve all been there. We take a vow to lose weight, exercise more or spend more time with our family. We start the year with great intentions, but then we quickly relapse into old habits. Why is it so difficult?
The word resolution is defined as “a firm decision to do or not do something”. So in order to change the New Year’s narrative from breaking resolutions (i.e. temporary decisions) to setting goals and making lifestyle changes, here are some ways you can jumpstart the new year with solid intentions leading to future results:


  1. Write down your intentions and keep them in a visible place, like taped to your bedroom mirror or the dashboard of your car.
  2. Get to the source of whatever is keeping you in a rut. Are you in a stressful relationship that causes you to binge on a pint of ice cream every night? Are you overworked and too tired to exercise? If you don’t tackle the root of the behavior, it will be much harder to accomplish your goal.
  3. Be clear about what your life would look like once you achieve your goal. If you resolve to go to the gym more, how will this benefit you? Get connected to the result of your action and you will be more likely to stick with your plan.
  4. Share your resolutions with friends and family. Hold each other accountable for achieving your goals. If you want to go to the gym more, have a friend call you two or three times a week to check on you or invite them to join you.
  5. Reward yourself with every little accomplishment. If your intention is to lose weight and you lose 1 pound a week, pamper yourself with a massage.

Big changes do not require big leaps. Permanent change is more likely to happen gradually than through one big restrictive plan. Take some time to really connect to your why. Why do you want to lose weight? Start a new business? Change jobs? Write down the pros and cons of each decision and decide if it’s something you want or need to focus on in the new year. Your why will catapult you into the new year more focused and determined to make your intentions and lifestyle changes become permanent mainstays in your life. And remember to be kind to yourself! A misstep on the ladder to a better you does not mean defeat… just means you’re learning!


Happy New Year!

Traci A. Fonville is a board certified holistic health coach, a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a registered yoga teacher. She is the owner of I Affirm Wellness, which specializes in health coaching and beginner yoga classes. She is a Wellness Advocate for dōTERRA Essential Oils and a Brand Ambassador for ItWorks! Follow Traci on Instagram and Facebook @iaffirmwellness. Log onto her websites for health and wellness products at www.mydoterra.com/iaffirmwellness and www.iaffirmwellness.myitworks.com.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Theo's Sports Corner by Theo Abbott


Is this the year the Washington Wizards make the NBA Eastern Conference Finals?

The Washington Wizards again look like a playoff team this year. They have been one of the best teams in the NBA Eastern Conference for the last few years. 


The team has posted a winning record and has shown a lot of promise over the last couple of years. The Wizards were one game away from making the Eastern Conference Finals last year. However, they lost to the Celtics in a winner take all Game 7. This year they are again led by superstar John Wall and star Bradley Beal. There are high expectations for the team again this year. The Wizards need to make the Eastern Conference Finals when they will most likely face the Cleveland Cavs to meet those expectations. However, nobody expects the Wizards to beat the Cavs this year especially with the best player in the world, Lebron James, maybe playing the best basketball of his career. The Wizards still will be judged to see if they can take that next step in their playoff maturation process.

The Wizards are 19 – 15 so far this year and currently sitting in the 6th spot among Eastern Conference playoff contenders. They have had to play a number of games without John Wall as he has dealt with injuries early in this season. Yet, the Wizards are right in the mix among the best teams in the NBA. Recently, they had a showdown with the Eastern Conference-best team, the Boston Celtics, and beat them solidly. Again, they are showing promise this year but have had some up and down struggles. Along with Wall and Beal, they feature Otto Porter, Marcin Gortat, Markieff Morris, and Kelly Oubre Jr. which gives them a very talented group.

This year the Wizards don’t have a problem getting up for the big games against good teams. Their problem has been their lackluster performances against bad teams. Already this year the Wizards have lost to NBA bottom feeders Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, and Charlotte Hornets. Next, they face the NBA’s worst team, the Atlanta Hawks. The Wizards need to play with the same intensity they did against the Celtics in their matchup with the Hawks. Good teams are able to play that way. If the Wizards are going to make the Eastern Conference Finals they need to find a way to put together a string of victories. They definitely need to beat bad teams handily.

Could this be the year the Wizards make the Eastern Conference Finals? Stay tuned! It remains to be seen.

Theo Abbott
Contributing Writer