|Posted on November 14, 2017 at 12:10 PM||comments (0)|
Since becoming a Realtor, I’ve been challenged in many aspects of my life. I am often expected to do things outside of my comfort zone, but they’ve only bettered me. If there’s anything I’ve learned through these years in the industry, it’s that opportunity doesn’t knock twice. Procrastinating is the #1 deal breaker and there’s no better time than the now. If something or someone or going somewhere is important to you, make it a priority today. Never settle for the mediocre, always go above what is expected, and be the change you wish to see. I promise you, things will begin to fall into place, but you have to show up first. #realestate : @leeniephotography
|Posted on November 14, 2017 at 12:05 PM||comments (0)|
Bubba always reminds me that things don't always look like we think they will. Before getting him, I thought having a dog would be a breeze. I thought all dogs were going to be the same... feed them, walk them, let them sleep. Easy.
I quickly learned otherwise when I brought him home. He wasn't immediately affectionate. I needed to allow time to build a bond with him. He didn't immediately trust me. I needed to allow adventures together show him he could trust me to protect him.
He reminds me often that I cannot expect others to perceive life the way I do. Just because two people think, react, or feel differently about things does not mean they aren't right for one another or compatible. It simply means that it is up to us if we want to take the time to learn why they think differently.
Remember, your job is never to change people but to decide if what they offer, think, believe, want, and need is something you're ok with accepting into YOUR life. Ask yourself, is this difference between the way we think too great to keep us striving for greatness.
Pick your battles and remember there's more to life than meets the eyes. What do you feel inside?
|Posted on October 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
Four years ago, I was in a very different place than I am today. I was freshly single after a four year relationship and felt completely lost. I no longer knew who I was and also played the victim card. I was very vulnerable and whenever something occurred, I would ask, “Why me?” Not too long after, I came across a dog at a pet shop that I wanted soooo badly. She seemed like the perfect fit for me. After applying to rescue her and learning that I didn’t get her, I was crushed. Already feeling rejected, it was the last thing my heart could handle. I was learning an important lesson that I wouldn’t realize until a few months later and that is that she wasn’t my dog. Nope, a cute, silly, and troubled dog named Bubba was. I would meet him exactly a few weeks later and adopting him was so easy, it was effortless! Since that day and everyday after, my dog, also my best friend, has gifted me with life lesson after life lesson. He helped me find my passions again and gave me a healthy outlook on life. That is to trust that the right things come to you at the right time and never a day early. I have a quote written and placed in a frame right next to his photo in my room that I look at whenever I need a little reminding that things will make sense one day, even if they do not now. It’s a quote @createthelove shared before and it really resonated with me. It reads, “I hope you have the courage to live the kind of life that gets you to the place we are to meet, and don’t spend it loving someone else with half your heart, because you were afraid I wouldn’t show up.” Indiana Jones uncovered the cult of the mummy’s crypt, and so did I...four years ago! Happy 4th birthday to the best treasure I have found. I love being your Mummy. #whorescuedwho #indiannajones #halloween #lifelessonsfrommydogbubba #trust
|Posted on October 25, 2017 at 2:45 AM||comments (0)|
"The woman you are becoming will cost you people, relationships, spaces, and material things...
Choose her over everthing."
Have you ever looked back at a string of events to realize none of it was random? That everything that led you to your current situation was necessary for you to endure...the good, the bad, the ugly. Some events are meant to teach you to be appreciative, some for you to learn your worth, and sometimes to teach you who isn’t worth it. Nonetheless, they always teach you something. I’ve recently realized something interesting that has occurred in my life and that is a pattern. Yup, a string of events that occurred twice that have brought me full-circle. What I can tell you from these events is that I am extremely glad that some things didn’t work out the way I once wanted them to. Had they have been mine before, I probably would not have valued them like I do today. I’m in a different mindset, different place in my life to realize the value of things better. Like good people. With time, maturity, and greater life lessons, you begin to realize who’s worth it, who never was, and who will always be. Thankful for the lessons...always.
|Posted on October 20, 2017 at 5:55 PM||comments (0)|
Don’t give up on a dream just because of the time it’ll take to get there or because another door slammed shut on your face. Be open to what you’ll discover and don’t be afraid of opening a new one, even if there’s a chance it may close on you, too. Just be wise enough to know when to go and when to stay. Some opportunities, for all intents and purposes, look like a brick wall. Impossible. But what you’ll soon discover is that when something is worth discovering, like what may be hidden on the other side, we find a way.
As they say, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Sometimes we build walls to see who is patient enough to find a way in. I just hope that you don’t give in to fear when the right one is standing there. You may fall trying to find your way in, but don’t let it stop you from reaching the top. Fall seven times, stand up eight.
|Posted on September 9, 2017 at 2:05 AM||comments (0)|
I talk to a lot of different kind of women everyday.
Over the years, I've learned the importance of being compassionate for people and where they are in their journey. I try not to get upset when I'm looking at a beautiful woman who's broken. I have to remember that maybe she hasn't gotten to the page in her book where she realizes what she has to offer someone and hasn't gotten to the plot of the story where her strength is regained. I sympathize with these girls...because I was once her. The women I'm talking about are not beautiful because of their beautiful skin, hair, eyes, or smile. No, they're beautiful because of their hearts. I think, if they're capable of loving someone so unworthy of their hearts....can you imagine what loving the right person will do to them? How differently they'll shine, how much value they'll bring to those around them, and how happy they feel. So happy that from the inside out, they glow. A lot of times, these women are simply a museum of art in a room full of losers who have their eyes shut...simply incapable of capturing their uniqueness and beauty. The truth is, I'm not worried about these kind of women. No, I never am. Because I know that a time will come where she'll remember who she is and the game will change. She's just got to keep looking until she finds what's within. ✨ #loveyourself @leeniephotography #optoutside
|Posted on September 9, 2017 at 2:00 AM||comments (0)|
A piece from my book, This is what it feels like.
"The truth of the matter is breakups are a shock to our consciousness because for so long we were unified with another soul and souls recognize each other by vibes. Losing another soul is like losing a sensation in ourselves. It's like learning to walk again. It's new. It's strange. It's change. Don't be afraid of the unfamiliar, love. No matter how much it hurts- let it hurt. No matter how much it changes you- let it change you. Don't resist what needs to occur to take you where you've always needed to be. That's the beauty of the journey. No matter how much you want to think you're in control of it, your density has been predetermined. So, let go and just enjoy it for what it is- a stepping stone to who you'll become."
|Posted on September 2, 2017 at 11:30 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on September 2, 2017 at 11:30 PM||comments (0)|
One of the most questions I'm asked daily on my blog is, "How long does it take to stop hurting?" Healing takes time. It takes longer for some than others, but it doesn't mean a person is weak because they feel. Think of pain, healing, growing, changing, overcoming, and enduring like a sunset. There's all kinds of rays of light that go into a sunset, but it happens so fast that we can't remember the last seconds. When I reminisce on healing, it's very black and white. I remember the dark then the light. You don't see the bad days in photographs, but they're the days that get you from one happy sunset to the other. I know it sucks right now, but your dark rays are preparing for something greater. A light you can't see and maybe came always believe in. These wounds will one day give you strength. You've just got to believe me. I'm not afraid of going to battle anymore. I'm more afraid of becoming numb.. not caring, not feeling. I feel that way to some and it's frightening. To not care at all, after caring for so long. Give me battle wounds...remind me that I can feel and that I always make it out alive.
|Posted on September 2, 2017 at 11:15 PM||comments (0)|
I think one of the rockiest journeys we take in life is figuring out who we are - detached from other's opinions and perceptions of us.
In all honesty, I used to care a lot how I was perceived and it really effected me more when I was voted "Best all around" my senior year. It put a lot of pressure on me to uphold an image. Years later, I realized the opinions of others will never cut you a check or change the course of the path you are on- unless you let it. Learning to care less about the opinions of the wrong people will give you a sense of freedom you never had and it's called a peace of mind. With that, you're able to focus your attention on things that matter like being passionate about the ones you love and your career. Maybe the journey isn't so much about becoming anything. Maybe it's about unbecoming everything that isn't you so you can become who you were meant to be. If you're feeling stuck or unhappy with where you are or aren't in a relationship, your career or life....I suggest you keep looking till you find the path that brings out the passion in you.
Have a safe Labor Day weekend, all. Xo