Celebrate Your Mini Miracles

Celebrate Your Mini Miracles 

This past June on Instagram Jessica from ReCreating Her Story, Toya from Somethings About Her, and myself collaborated on a challenge entitled "Celebrate Your Mini Miracles." 

In response to all the festive energy, the challenge sole focus was to look inward and celebrate the mini miracles that happen everyday. In fact, here are my 30+ posts celebrating the wonder that this everyday life.


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Day 1: Celebrate Waking Up

Happy June!

Can you believe that we've made it into the 6 month already?! I can't. 

Anyways, as a part of the#MiniMiraclesJune challenge, I'm choosing this first day in June to celebrate waking up this morning and being able to experience this new month and day with you—using that positive celebratory energy to fuel my purpose throughout today, and if I am blessed to see it, to fuel the rest of this month.


Day 2: Celebrate Breathing

I have a tendency of rushing myself. A tendency of putting so much pressure on myself that I stress myself out. 
Yesterday was the launch of @authenticallyfly and the time that I thought I had to meet my deadline vanished. I wanted to have three videos up on the channel all ready to go. But that didn't happen. 

So instead of coming with a solution, I ended up rushing myself. And that pressure made me look at these videos I was trying to create in a sour light. 

But after I decided to just upload one this morning around 12/1am, I started taking full deep breaths and realized how my stress was suffocating me. 

I'm learning to celebrate my breath because breathing is the foundation of my actions. If I can't breathe, then I'm not alive. 

So as I continue my life journey, I know I need to be patient and appreciate the miracle of the air lungs—fueling my body to stay alive as I use my body to move forward.


Day 3: Celebrate Getting Dressed

Dress (definition) treat or prepare (something) in a certain way, in particular.

I celebrate the fact:

  • That I have clothes to wear
  • That I have a variety of them
  • That they fit
  • That they fit what I consider my style
  • That Men's Clothes have better material (which is why I shop unisex)
  • That "they ain't make me who I am they just found me like this"—Drake

Getting dressed is something to celebrate because you are treating & celebrating yourself they you want to all day, everyday. 


Day 4: Celebrate Eating

Yesterday, I didn't get chance to post this because I was literally too tired to reflect. How the f does that happen?! Anyways I woke up super stressed out and drained of energy. 

Why? 
Because I didn't eat and I was rushing about on empty. 

It wasn't until I sat down with my fam that I understood the power of food and communion not only between you & your food but especially with yourself, food & company. That it's not only about the nourishment of your body but also a renewal of your spirit. Also side note: that Thai food was fire!!! 🔥 

When I'm hungry, I realize that if I don't eat I consume energy in some way i.e. running around like a chicken with my head cut off. 

So if you're like me, honor your body by taking the time to nourish it. 
Your body & soul will thank you :D


Day 5: Celebrate Exercising

First off, exercise & I were in a love/hate relationship.

Back then, I exercised because I didn't like how I looked in comparison to others. Especially as a cheerleader in high school, body image issue was a code red for me. 

Now, I actually enjoy exercising. 

Say what?!

I'm pretty sure my old self would say I got body snatched by aliens or possessed by Lucie himself.

But I do.

I enjoy exercising because I know my body. I know when I'm out of it and a quick run would pull me back into my focus real quick. I know when I'm stressed and so a little Zumba now & again would help release all dat.

My perception of exercising has changed at least in regards to going to a gym.

Because now, I know & love myself enough to take care of myself for me & not exercise just for the sake of fitting an image that is not mine. 


Day 6: Celebrate Sleeping

Sleep 💤 is like the Romeo to this Juliet. Literally there's duels and other outside forces constantly distracting me—possibly life has even got Shakespeare himself writing my story so that I can't actually be with my true love right here. 

Cause real talk I could stay in my bed 24/7, 7 days a week, 365 days...ya I love sleep.

So as much as I can say honor your body with sleep, I also need to practice & celebrate what I preach—starting...now (begins to snore dramatically). 😪💤💤


Day 7: Celebrate Watching Your Favorites

How to celebrate having your own watch parties all day, everyday:

  • It's okay to binge watch Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, etc
  • It's okay to binge watch what is on your DVR or On Demand
  • People watching, celebrate it, just don't make it creepy
  • Watching & being present with loved ones, friends, etc.
  • Nature watching
  • Celebrate them all, because they all in their own way are an all day, everyday mini miracle 

Day 8: Celebrate Reading

I LOVE TO READ!!! I love reading so much that my first job was a library assistant.

And as a blogger and content writer for work, I'm constantly reading and digesting information on a daily basis—which is something to celebrate.

Why?

Because not everyone has this opportunity.
Because people fought for this opportunity.
Because people are still fighting to learn.
Because words are the billboards of people's realness.
Because words are beautiful.
Because how can you not.


Day 9: Celebrate Writing

For as much as I write nowadays, I am still learning how to be comfortable with my writing. 

Because words hold weight. 

Because everything that is said or written is a reflection of the self. 

And especially with social media staying lit 24/7, I want to make sure that every word, letter, number or punctuation I use/say for others, to others, is treated out of respect for myself. 

Meaning if I am happy as f, then what I write might trickle some of my happiness into your life. 
Yet, if I'm hurting, then out of respect for myself, I will acknowledge my hurt and find the lessons in my wounds—allowing you to see the bandages instead of inflicting my pain on you. 

So respect and celebrate your life by understanding your reflection in the words that you write on a day-to-day basis. 


Day 10: Celebrate Creating

Creation is a dope all day, everyday occurrence. From the words we speak to how we get dressed for any occasion. And even though I myself may have a hate/love relationship with creating, it stems from the fact that there seems to be guidelines on our creation. 

Yes, there's good creation.
And there's bad.
But ultimately, it is all a matter of perspective.

So celebrate creating. 
Because how can you not when you literally do it everyday.


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Day 11: Celebrate Laughing

Here ye, here ye, these words are joining our vocabulary in 2016!

  • Chairobe (n.): piling clothes on a chair in place of a closet or dresser. 
  • Epiphanot (n.): an idea that seems like an amazing insight to the conceiver but is in fact pointless, mundane, stupid, or incorrect.
  • Internest (n.): the cocoon of blankets and pillows you gather around yourself while spending long periods of time on the Internet
  • Textpectation (n.): the anticipation felt when waiting for a response to
  • a text 
  • Unkeyboardinated (adj.): when you’re unable to type without repeatedly making mistakes 

I love humor and laughing. (I mean who doesn't) And I'm blessed to be in contact with folks who fill my days with laughter. Hopefully this joke put a little smile on your face and gave you a reason to smile today ;)

Joke source.


Day 12: Celebrate Crying

I never liked crying.

Or at least allowing myself to cry.

Especially as a youngin', I felt that I just uncontrollably would make rivers out of nothing. Like literally tears were streaming like windows in 90's RnB music videos. Yet, in the back of my mind, I would low key bully myself into saying, "stop these b.s. tears", or something to that effect.

But what I realized after being in a production where I cried for the majority of June, I needed it. I needed to empty my spirit of grief. Because if not, the emotional flair up would be too trill if I continued to hold all that in. 

And carrying that grieving spirit would tarnish the memory/memories before the grief actually took place—cleansing the spirit for renewal (whatever that may be or look like). Because with these tears that I shed, I formulated these emotions into action. And actions speak louder right? :D


Day 13: Celebrate Facing A Fear

I have a hate/minor love relationship with sleeping in the dark. 

I hate it because I'm too imaginative and then all of a sudden the creepy a** clown from American Horror Story is over my bed. And if you can sleep with all that, more power to you. But as for me and my eyes, they gonna stay wide the f open. 

But I have a minor love towards it because I've been slowly learning how to sleep in the dark and have been feelin well rested because of it. But my light is still on, though far away, and that bill will be paid for it to stay lit. 


Day 14: Celebrate Embracing Your Weaknesses

It's so easy to want to embrace your strengths. I mean they sound good out loud. They look good on paper. But when it comes down to weaknesses, fam, that's usually the ones I wanna write in a journal, throw it in the trunk, and pray it never sees the light of day.

Yet, as much as I want to hide them, knowing and embracing my weaknesses just makes me appreciate my strengths even more. Because how you gonna know how I strong you are, if you have nothin to measure it to? :D


Day 15: Celebrate Working with Purpose

As much as I moan about getting up & going to work,
Or my body complains because I want more sleep,
Or my spirit is tired making me want to wrap up even more so in my blankets...I get over it.

I get up.

Even it's just waking up or actually sitting up or even better walking about and getting everything ready for the day ahead, I get up. Because even though I'm not sure what I'm doing or where I'm going, I at least put energy in my body, passion in my ideas & purpose in my actions.

Because I only have this one day.
Whether I want to do the things on my schedule or not.
Either way, Imma make it count regardless. 


Day 16: Celebrate Emptying Your Mind

What are you doing right now?
What should you be doing right now?
What do you have planned for the rest of your day?
What are you doing over the weekend?
How are you doing?
How are your friends doing?
How is your family doing?
Have you eaten today?
How many hours did you sleep last night?
Are you well rested?
Are you missing something?

You forgot something, didn't you?
What should you.... Stop.

Stop the thoughts.

Drop the clutter.

Empty your mind.

Start again...

Later. 


Day 17: Celebrate Doing Nothing

Oh girrrrrlllllll!!!! I love this day!

Celebrate doing nothing?

YES I WILL!!!!!

Why?

Because with all that working with purpose & just trying to be the bossest me I can be, that's work.

And I'm tired.

And it's sooo HOOOTTT!

And you maybe in the same boat too.

So celebrate today by doing nothing. 
Cause even though you can pause the Netflix & get out of your bed today,
Why would you?

*unless you really got sh** to do then be sure to take break :) 


Day 18: Celebrate Being with Friends/Loved Ones

How I measure riches is by the friends I have and the loved ones I have and the people that I care about in my life, and that's where my values are and that's where my riches are—Ann Romney

Day 19: Celebrate Connecting With People

When you surround yourself with people that support you,

When you surround yourself with people who challenge you,

When you surround yourself with people who provide you with new experiences,

Surrounding yourself in this energy will motivate you forward.

And the best way to do it is to bounce your brain off someone else's.


Day 20: Celebrate Accomplishing Something

You know what I accomplished today:

I woke up.
I took a shower.
I got dressed.
I got some Jamba Juice.
I listened to The Read (& still listening)
I sent emails.
I wrote a cover letter.
I talked to my family.
I wished them love.
And now I'm writing this post.

You accomplish sh** everyday.

So be sure to celebrate the things that you've done and are doing & do not let your thoughts linger on things that you wish you shoulda, coulda, woulda done. 


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Day 21: Celebrate Completing Everything

You know those Energizer bunny commercials?

I mean rain or shine that bunny is going—powering through & making sure that on its end, it's getting its sh** together.

That's what it feels like when I complete everything.

And though I may not have that moment everyday, when I do, I celebrate that ish like I won the World Series, the Superbowl, the NBA Finals & both East and West Conferences AND FIFA!

Why?

Because I handled my sh** that day, and even when I don't complete everything, Imma make sure I honor my daily accomplishments.

Because what I accomplish is a mini lituation.

And what I don't accomplish is just another challenge that I'm ready to overcome.


Day 22: Celebrate Committing to Your Passions

With only 24 hours in the day...

Can you see what's wrong with my above statement?

If you guessed only, then you get a gold star, because saying only is making the excuse that we just don't have enough time in the day for what we want.

But in fact, we do.

We have all the time to do what we want.

To start what is on our hearts to pursue.

And yes, time is a major factor to reach our ultimate visions for our lives.

But if we don't take the time to start the small steps towards that goal, we already resigned ourselves to mediocrity. 

Stay true to your magic and purpose by celebrating the steps you take towards working on your passion(s). Because every step you take is something to celebrate :D


Day 23: Celebrate Letting Go

Disney may have commercialized the f out of this phrase but letting go is just a verbal yet healthy act of self care.

❄ Because letting go can mean venting negative energy. 

❄ Letting go can mean dismissing yourself from activities that don't align with who you are.

❄ Letting go can mean walking away from harmful moments in your past that may still have negative power over you.

❄ Letting go can mean claiming who you are now by accepting the journey that lead you up to this point.

Ultimately, there are things in our life that we just need to let go, unlearn, drop, dismiss, walk away from...in order to accept the person that we have been as a way of respecting the person who we are now.


Day 24: Celebrate Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

Anyone remember the movie Bubble Boy starring Jake Gyllenhaal?

If not I don't blame you. The early 2000s is like eating box of chocolates—you didn't know what you were going to get.

Anyways, Bubble Boy is essentially about Jake Gyllenhaal's character having to live in a man made bubble due to his poor immune system. However, when he meets the girl of dreams and finds out she's leaving to get married, he goes out of his way with his bubble in order to stop the wedding. Also spoiler alert: he ends up breaking out of his bubble in order to finally kiss her towards the end of the movie.

  • So on a metaphorical note, what's our reason for staying in our bubbles?
  • Is it the comfort & security of it all?
  • Or is it just a safety net of excuses when it comes to pursuing what we want?

Well, in order for us to grow, leaving our comfort zones is the first step. And essentially stepping out of your comfort zone is making the choice to grow yourself up and forward. In fact, even if I still waddle in my bubble from time to time, it's certain moments of yes that help me break out of my bubble—growing myself up through new experiences I would have never thought or imagined for myself. #ThanksShonda


Day 25: Celebrate Internal & External Positive Energy

It's so easy to dwell on the negative. I mean my day can be so lit, so positive...and then one f**k just gets me all f**ked up. 

WHY?

I don't know. I mean I know there's a psychological thesis behind it like why it's easy to remember negative memories over positive ones. But at the end of the day, it's what I do with that negative energy —creating positive energy out of it in order to get me back on track.

And, ya, the stronger the negativity, the stronger the work.
But the alternative isn't really balancing out...and I'm Libra so...
I can really only see the pros to that kind of work. 
And life ain't nothin but levels.
So best believe, Imma grab onto positive energy like Mario Power Ups. 


 Day 26: Celebrate Getting to Know Yourself

Almost everyday, especially this past month, I've taken the time to reflect on myself—gauging on how well I actually know myself not only in relation to my past but how it has morphed me into my present. Because even though I may want to forget about my past b.s., I know that it is important in who I know myself to be right now.

And in the end, "I've always been me I guess I know myself" & that's all that matters.

Thanks Drake Reference.


Day 27: Celebrate Believing in Yourself

Woohoo! We made it y'all!

We made it to the end of the month.

And I don't know about you, but this month has been a roller coaster.

Why?

Well I started a lot of new things this month:

Launching my YouTube channel @authenticallyfly and hosting my first giveaway—especially proud that I was able to get these posts out even though I was behind and sometimes too tired or busy to want to post anything.

Second I became really vulnerable this month not only with these daily posts but also by performing in the play, Crack. Rumble. Fly.—releasing so much of myself that despite feeling so open, I feel refreshed at the same time. 

And thirdly, I am still blessed to be working at job who supports my creativity both at work and off the clock, connecting with friends (new & old) & all in all just feeling accomplished.

But I say all this, because, had I not believed in myself, believed in my capabilities & just being enough for myself & the folks around me with the guidance of the big G upstairs, I probably wouldn't have done any of the things I was able to complete in June. I probably wouldn't feel so awesome right now—even if it took a lot of traversing through hills, thorns & meadows just to get here.

But I'm here and I'm ready to take this energy with me into July & put it towards all the new things I ready to make happen in this upcoming new month. I hope that you too are ready and able to do the same. 


Day 28: Celebrate Loving Yourself

Self Love (def): Knowing & accepting that you are enough in every infinite space that makes up who you are

And yes, even though I came up with that definition, best believe it is still something I am learning on a daily basis. And it's not like I don't love who I am right now, it's just certain moments in my day when doubts come in that make me feel some type of way about myself.

Which is okay.

Because I know that loving myself is not just loving the positive, accomplished, boss mode side of me. It's also learning & loving the indecisive, self doubting, too tired all the time, wanna do nothin all day, sometimes petty wapping side of myself too.

Cause as much as I would love the idea of loving this perfect self, let's be honest here. Perfect people only exist as some one dimensional Disney princesses. And I ain't no princess...so imma love on myself like white on rice :D 


Day 29: Celebrate Being the Change You Want to See

Shoulda, coulda, wouldas never helped nobody.

And in order to be the change I wanted to see, all that shoulda, coulda, wouldin that I was doin needed to be dropped like guys not lookin at explosions in movies—I mean you know it's there cause of that heat on the back of your neck but you're too cool to let it affect you. 

So whether it was me starting something new or just trying to get through a work day, in order for me to be the change the I want to see in every facet of my life, I need to put on my shades, drop my shoulda, coulda, wouldas, like grenades, & walk away—makin it happen for myself by workin towards that change. 


Day 30: Celebrate All of You

That moment when you realize that the chorus to All of Me by John Legend is self-love songified:

All of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I'll give my all to you
You're my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I'm winning
'Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you

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Hope you enjoyed Mini Miracles June. Most of BARE's challenge updates will be on Instagram. So if you want to join in on the challenge journey of the month, pop on over to BARE's IG at @ilivebare. Regardless, hope this inspired to celebrate your everyday miracles.


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