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August 2016

Your time to shout is coming

Joshua 6: 1-20 “Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.   Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. But Joshua had commanded the army, “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!” The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.

Your time to SHOUT is coming up. 6 days to march around your problem in silence and and the 7th day do it 7 times instead of 1. Then at the right prompt from the Holy Spirit you are to SHOUT for the Lord has won the battle on your behalf. There’s a time to keep silence and a time to speak. That’s because God needs space to work on your behalf. Imagine the magnitude of the work he was doing on this fortified city for Israel. Imagine how excited God was while they were marching each day knowing that the 7th day and the 7th March was approaching and the victory would be won?! Be expectant this morning your time is coming up…your number is about to be called …..your season of breakthrough is approaching.

I wonder if the people really understood what they were doing but then again they had gotten use to walking in the desert fo 40 years, what is it to now walk around a city.

The magical thing about the walk around the city was that it was a walk of faith. The reality was the city was fortified, big walls, big iron gate, huge armed guards on the inside what was Israel trying by simply walking.

The truth is God uses the foolish things of this world to conform the wise. This battle was for the Lord. It was for God’s glory. God has to remove self from the forefront sometimes and act because he knows our limitations.

Today I encourage you to not be discouraged at the length of time your breakthrough is taking. In God’s time and at the right time he will give that command like Joshua to “SHOUT”. Save your energy for now you are going to need it later on.

Hold your peace, your season is coming.

Hallelujah! Blessings

 

[Simone Sh1]

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NO ONE BUT YOU CAN DO IT

I am of the opinion that no one else can achieve the goals you lay out for yourself to accomplish, except, YOU! Yes, only you. No one else understands your passions, your dreams, your purpose the way you do. No one but you can do it.

WHERE DOES IT START?

All goals starts with a Dream, and a dream is a dream, irrespective of how big or small a dream it is. Matter of fact, who said anything about how big or how small a dream is?  Who knows exactly how big or how small a dream really is?

If you ask me, no one knows the future, therefore that’s the reason a goal starts with a first step call a dream or a vision.

The dream or vision, is where you want to be; what you want to accomplish.  I often wonder what was the vision or dream of some of the greats of our time. Take Usain Bolt for example, did he ever dream that he would one day be the fastest man in the world?

WHAT COMES NEXT

That Dream needs to be fueled, and the fuel it needs is passion also known as  desire.

The desire to win, the passion to succeed!

You see when there’s passion, or a desire that is deep seated in your soul, you can’t help but to push.

You push pass objections! You push pass distractions! You push pass negativity! You push pass anything that stands in your way as an obstacle to your passion.

THE FIRE THAT BLAZE

So you have a dream, it’s fueled by passion/desire, now its time to actualise or bring it to reality.

I call this the fire that blaze!

This is where you begin to talk about it with your friends, family and anyone close enough who will listen. Not only that but you also begin to research what does it take to get started in reality.

For example: I like to win, and I like to be recognised. The thought of seeing my work online excites me. So I wondered what could I do online that would bring me self gratification with minimum investment? Finding the answer took a while, until I learnt from research that it’s always best to start with your strengths. What do I love to do, and I knew immediately I loved to talk.  I figured I would write it. I couldn’t help myself. I was writing on everything I could lay my hands on. I started hinting to my friends and co-workers about my desire and to show them I was serious I would send them daily motivation quotes and devotionals. Not long after they started telling me that this deserved to be published. who-la-la…! I was excited. I immediately started my research of how to write for success, get published online, and where to publish. Once that was sorted out, I needed to have material ready for publishing. That’s where all those previous writings came into play and I got busy.

THE REACH

Once you get the buying in of those closest to you, it’s time to reach the outer circle known as the prospects. In order to research that audience, you have to know who you are targeting. Will it be for a niche group such as working mothers, Stay at home moms, high school drop outs looking for a second chance, or just any random person who will read? (See next article on how to target your audience).

I am laying the foundation for you to get started.

Before you can walk your brain sends a signal to the nerve that controls the foot muscle. It then initiates the first response of the feet being lifted, then placed in front  of the other, and then the cycle of left then right or vice versa begins.

So what are you waiting for, get going, you are on the right track.

Remember, no one else really knows what your goals are except, YOU and no one else will work as hard to accomplish your desires, neither can their fuel be enough to light your fire and keep it burning. No one but you can.

 

I would love to hear from you, what have you been doing to accomplish your god given purpose. Drop me a line or two sharing your experience, or if you have a question, I will be only to happy to respond.

7 Secrets to Personal success

The secret to your personal success is this:

  • Create a vision board – A vision board helps you create your map or outline the steps to be taken towards achieving your goals. By outlining your plans, it enables you to be set targets such as start and completion dates, resources needed amongst all the other important aspects of meeting your goal.
  • Assign the steps to achieving – It is important to know the steps involved in the process of what you are working towards. That way, you would have dotted the ‘I’ and crossed the‘t’.
  • Own the goals – You must take responsibility for your own success. No one else really knows what inside of you. Your God given talent is yours to own.
  • Record them in an assigned book or something that’s specific for your goals- Your mind can recall so much and no more. So make notes, record your plans. Suitable places to record your plans, is on your computer, tablet, smart phone, and be sure to save in a cloud base system. Of course it’s always good to have hard copy on hand, so a note book is just as worthy. Label it specific to what you are doing and keep in a safe place.
  • Find a mentor, find a role model in the area you want to succeed – They say seeing is believing. Staying close to someone else who has been there and done that is great to push you along. That person knows the ins and outs, the ups and downs because they had been there. The reality is their journey and yours maybe a little different but the steps maybe similar. Many times, if we step back and look we see the errors. A mentor helps you see the flaws a lot quicker. They also serve as the motor in y9our engine of potential. So ensure the one chosen understands your vision, and is not afraid to push you to the limit.
  • Burn with passion – Fire needs fuel to burn, so too your vision needs your passion to become a reality. If you fail to be passionate about achieving your goals,, you run the risk of logging behind and probably never even achieving it. That’s why outlining the steps and setting up the vision board plus getting a mentor who holds you responsible contributes to building your passion.
  • Shut out the noise or distractions – YOU will always have critics and naysayers who will tell you that you can’t do it, or that you can’t achieve it. They will says other things like it’s too expensive, its beyond your reach. But keep focused and eventually you must achieve your goal.

Successful people are never afraid of their pathways; they know that success comes with its own fair share of failures.

Therefore they are always prepared having a plan A as well as a plan B and a plan C.

LETTER TO MY HERO

I still remember the day we met on the bus travelling from Montego Bay to Kingston.
I still remember your visit to my bedside in the hospital 3 days after we first met, the gift you brought is still the biggest, sweetest and nicest basket of flowers I have ever gotten.
I don’t recall you proposing to me for marriage, but I do remember the vows and the kiss that silenced the world that I was now your woman.
I had so many big dreams and expectation of our life together , how we would wear matching clothes, take vacations together, do practically everything together.
The question is, have we done anything together?
I don’t recall us discussing our family plans at the start, neither did we discuss how many children we wanted, however here we are with two (2) wonderful angels, thirteen (13) years later.
Yet still, what have we really done together?
You have been my hero, my knight in shining armour, the wind beneath my wings, and I could quote a few more lyrics, but this for me is real and I don’t want to water it down.
You never fail to remember my birthday, come at my beck and call, and supported me on every major career move.
But still, what have we done together?
You have been a fabulous, supportive, caring, loving , exemplary father to the children. It warms my heart to see their reaction the moment you walk through the door. I listen to our son speak and the things he does when you are not around makes me realise you have planted good seeds in him that will bear good fruit. Our daughter obviously adores you, and I smile when I see how she clings to you, know that in time to come you will definitely be her hero and the model of the husband she will desire to have.
I admire your strength, courage, aspirations and progress. I often feel like a proud mama, but its nicer being the proud wife, (in this case). Congrats again for always moving your goal post and definitely achieving that which you set out to do.
Remarkably, I admire your resilence, and how you took on the task of learning German, the many sleepless nights and several attempts to get me to learn as well. You took the initiative and you went as far as german school to ensure your are certified.
After 16 years of friendship and 13 years of marriage relationship, I ask myself , “ do I really know you?”

Other questions that come are: “ who are you really?” “ are we just convenience?” “ do we(myself and the children) really mean anything to you ?”

Your love and commitment for your extended family – your mother, your sisters, your brother and your nieces, is quite vivid. They know they can depend on you as much as you know you can depend on them.
Having so much positives, its really not so much of a big issue the negatives that exist. The problem with the few that exists is the pain it causes me.
You are always there for me, but I never see an opportunity created for me to be there for you.
Each time I feel I have reached a level where you have opened up to me, love and trust me enough to be naked yet not ashamed with, you give me the big shock that I have either not yet reached the level, or have been disqualified with no possibility of a second chance.
“Do I fight, do I push, do I walk away or do I just give up?”
I know I love you but of late, I wonder if love just a figment of my imagination?
You may never truly understand the sufferings and pain in my heart, and just so you know I am putting it in print form finally, so you would know, that, telling me you love me, is simply just not enough if your actions and words do not coincide.
The difficult times are where our actions speak louder than our words.
I worry that you may never take the time to read my letter, and as such this is just a therapeutic way for me to flush my system and attempt to move on with you.
Otherwise, if you do read, know you have been my hero, my biggest cheerleader, my lover, my friend, my torn, my pain, my laughter, my joy, my true happiness. You make me cry, you make me feel like giving up, you make me feel like quitting. But I am a strong woman, a committed wife, a nurturing mother and a prayerful partner. I desire to be admitted into your secret society called your heart, where I get first hand notice, first thoughts, first reactions to your crucial moves.
In short I want to be your wife, your confidant, your friend and hopefully your hero.
From: Your Wife of 13 years (August 6, 2016).

THE POWER OF WORDS

WORDS
Watch your WORDS!
Watch how others speak over you and into your life
Words are powerful, they can either build up or tear you down.
They can captivate or bore you.
Words are like seeds, when planted, with the right amount of nourishment and attention they will grow.
Avoid negative words like: Failure, doubt, doom, defeat, I can’t.
Instead choose to use positive words like: I can! I will! I must!
Words aren’t just words spoken out of nowhere, they come from the heart.
Be careful what you think upon, cause that could be the cultivating ground your words,
#Watchyourwords.

 

My first blog post

 

My name is Simone. I have been working in the corporate world for over 20 years. Up until 3 years ago I couldn’t see any other job whether it be part-time or full-time.

I went on maternity leave and developed a love for surfing the internet and at that time I fell in love! Finally, I realise there are opportunities online that is equal to and or even better than sitting at a desk working 9-5.

First I started writing about everything new-born baby, did all the reserch on youtube about how to start a website, started the website, you name it i did it all. Until I had to go back to  work and was not able to keep up with the demands of a full-time job, a newly selected post, new baby and a toddler to attend to, and then a website to maintain. Something had to give and you guessed it, it was the website.

As timeprogressed, I have gotten uncomfortable with my current role, and all of a sudden I  realise I am a ’round peg in a square hold’. I am literally at a place of feeling overly inadequate in my current position. It was important for me to let all this frustration out, and so Iturned to writing. (upcoming blog post on writing)

I have absolutely no experience of writing, to make it even more interesting, I was never very fond of the english language in school.

I have started to research other writers and what steps they took to begin their writing career.  One such person I found, was Amy Lynn Andrews. Here postings ignited me even more and created a desire inside of me, that has not left me until now. So here  I am writing my first blog post at 12:08 a.m August 7, 2016.

I will seek to share my real life experiences of managing career, family, church and myself as an individual. It’s not so much about monetizing my site as much as it is wanting to share and capitalise on my passion as well as leaving a legacy behind of what a real woman really is.

I chose to name my blog, ‘myhandholding‘ because that’s exactly what I want to achieve.  Someone out there and now reading my post has been where I have been  and needs to have a guide that will enlighten the pathway ahead.

As I go along, I will be adding all the relevant features that will allow you, to communicate with me and share your own experiences or ask questions that I will try to answer.

Remember I am not an expert, but a woman, with a passion, and a desire to succeed at holding your hand along the path way to success.

Simone.

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