7 Before 24

My 24th birthday is next week, April 7th! I cannot believe this year flew by. Before I celebrate, I wanted to share 7 things I have learned as  a 23 year old since there are 7 days until my 24th!

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I sound like a grandma, but seriously, I love reflecting and preparing for the next season in life. I guess that is where God has graced me with His wisdom. & no grey hairs! Glory. lol

  1. Forgive
  2. Confront fears
  3. Dream big
  4. Love past what is visible
  5. Enjoy the moment
  6. Appreciate simplicity
  7. Always remain flexible

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FORGIVE

As a new-born believer, I have had many instances where people “offend me” and I have had to deal with it internally and externally. In reality, I take offense against what was spoken (or not spoken!) and let it affect my heart. Drawn out confrontation caused the pain to be deeper than if it was done in a more immediate manner. But even then, I realized that I was focused more on my pain than on the forgiving power of Jesus. I had to eventually repent for holding people in contempt. Jesus tells us that if we “forgive those who sin against [us], [our] heavenly Father will forgive [us] (Matt. 6:14). Because He forgave me, I am empowered to forgive others myself and should every time I take on an offense.

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CONFRONT FEARS

The biggest fear I faced this year is probably the most rewarding yet. As I have previously talked about it in my First Quarter post, I decided to attend Victory Bible College 2 weeks before class started. How in the world did I make that decision so late? Let me tell you about my faith walk.

During the summer time, I was in a rough state. God was so kind and good to me though, He allowed me to go to the city of my biggest dreams for the low low. (insert shouting and praising music) I took this time to think through my life, reanalyze my dreams, and the Holy Spirit changed my complacency into courage. I decided in this trip that my deepest desires where not too big for God to fulfill, so I began to be attentive in my quiet time with Jesus for direction. During this time, I was also offered a job position that I had been qualified for way before I graduated college and it SEEMED so good I did not want to pass up the opportunity again. So I thought this season was going to be easy breezy, I was getting more Jesus, and I was going to be getting more money. LOL. Cool, sounds like a piece of cake right? Well…. During a conference, VBC’s school director made an announcement about attending and my spirit was quickened. It was surreal but at the same scary because this was not part of my plans for the fall. Needless to say, I applied, got accepted, and decided to attend. I remember waking up the morning of orientation and telling God how little money I had, expressing all my fears, and releasing my anxious thoughts. But I went. I went in faith, not knowing where the money would come from, not knowing what to expect, not knowing anyone in the program. Guess what though? I am about to finish my first year, have new friends for life, am expecting miracles, and have no debt to the school. Did I mention I have an awesome GPA? Hallelujah!

Whatever God tells you to do, GO FOR IT. He already made a way possible.

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DREAM BIG

There are IG posts about it. People’s businesses and organizations encourage it, marketing agencies use it for their strategies —DREAM BIG. If you have ideas, plans, and desires that have not been done yet; go for it! It is powerful when you continue to repeat that dream in your mind because it begins to match what is in your heart. Because of that, you are able to move past excuses, self-limitations, and you begin to make moves.

My professor, Dr. Miranda mentions that when the picture in your heart matches with the picture in Heaven, miracles happen. This is how the Kingdom of God is manifested in our daily lives. So now, I am dreaming, visualizing, and walking by the Spirit in order to see my dreams come alive.

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LOVE PAST WHAT IS VISIBLE

We all know people that can be annoying, that irritate our last nerve, and that we just want run from right? We are all different, therefore those differences can ultimately bring us together or draw us apart. Most of the time, we do not know how to treat those different from us, so we immediately want to avoid interaction with them. From coworkers to family, they can strike that one nerve that has the ability to send you to another language. But what I have learned is that love sees past the action and sees the heart. I might not see it physically, but what I do see on the outside reflects things that are going on internally (Luke 6:45).Just because someone does something I don’t agree with should not mean I cannot be the light or show them love like Jesus did. Jesus looked for the lost, not avoid them. Jesus was attentive to what was needed internally, not what was expressed externally.

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ENJOY THE MOMENT

Our generation has a tendency to want the next big thing, including myself. The iPhone. The Snapchat update. The new Yeezys. The best filter for your IG post. A better job. But in the midst of this, we can lose the fulfillment of the present moment. This year alone I have avoided social media more than any other years of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I love social media; I oversee my own, my jobs, and my local church’s. But this entertainment can distract us from the NOW moment. 100% devoted attention is so rare these days! Let’s live life to the fullest in the moment.

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APPRECIATE SIMPLICITY

A roof, bed, shower, clothes, and food. A car without a note! Education! Going to Walmart without people in your face! Shopping in the mall with your girls without restraints. Reading the Bible without someone holding a gun to your head! Cmon. So many things we have access to are beautiful privileges we should be thankful for daily!

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ALWAYS REMAIN FLEXIBLE

I love the example of the rubber band. I have personally seen this myself as God was reminding me to stay flexible. When I braid my hair, I use tiny rubber bands that hold it together. There was one day I picked up a rubber band that was old. I had not used it probably in 2 months, so when i picked it up to use it, I began to stretch it and it immediately broke.

Two things learned from this example: when a rubber band is not used consistently, it  loses resistance power. It begins to be stagnant and can no longer be used for its purpose. And once the stagnation begins, it dries quickly to the point of breaking within one attempt of use! In every season, I have learned that we need to remain utilized, stretched, and able to draw back to our original position, spending time with the Lord for refreshing.

This post was longer than I planned, but I love to share what God teaches me with you guys. I cannot wait to show all of you my next fashion post, and of course, my birthday shoot. 😀

Until next time….

#LiveLimitless || Tima G. ❤

 

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Updates: February Love and March Madness

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Amazing Photo By: Ryanne Gordon (@rib_of_man)

 

 

It has been about two months since I have written a post… I know, I know! All the consistency I had going and then I crash. What happened? Let me catch you guys on what has been going on in my life.

The month of February was full of tasks, rethinking, and analyzing the vision I have for my life this year. In short, February was grind time internally and at home. I had plate full of school work, multiple shifts on same day basis, and the free time I did have, I spent it myself to rest. It was a busy month but of course, I took time to majorly enjoy it in two different occasions.

Valentine’s Day!

“But wait, aren’t you single?”

Well…. Here is the big announcement..

I AM. lol

This year, instead of being grumpy, feeling lonely and forgotten about, God reminded me to have fun on February 13th. According to some women, this day is called Galentine’s Day. I saw the idea on my job’s IG. I began to think and asked one of my friends if she could host a “Galentine’s” party at her house. She loved the idea and to my surprise, it turned out to be an event for multiple single ladies I know. The idea came out of the blue (more of the Holy Spirit lol) but in return gave me an opportunity to embrace singleness, sisterhood, and the simple things in life.

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During this time we all enjoyed yummy food, snacks, and took pictures like no other. I loved every single moment and I didn’t even remember I was single! I felt comfortable in my own skin, around the gals, and completely free! (In which reminds me of the importance of friendships that allow you to be YOU and YOU alone. Cherish those :D)

VACATION!

Then two weeks later, the turnup was R E A L. Three of my good friends and I took a weekend trip to one of the most beautiful spots in America—Miami, Florida.

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We decided to do a night flight for convenience with everyone’s schedules, more like mine lol, and because airfare is usually less expensive. It was the first time for me flying at night and I actually loved it!

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Previous to this trip, I had never been to the beach before, so that was another great FIRST checked off my list. The water was perfectly blue, the sand was powdery soft, and the eclectic culture was BEAUTIFUL. I think one of my favorite precious memories there was enjoying speaking Spanglish naturally with all my Cubans, Dominicans, and Argentinians. AHHH! Just thinking about it makes me smile all over again.

Here is the Miami 2016 Vlog to get a better feel of the trip 😉

We definitely bonded as friends/sisters and cannot wait to travel some more together and individually.

2 Major Keys I Learned Overall: a. Take a vacation at least twice a year. b. God is consistently working, even when you are on “break.”

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COOL MOMENT: WE ALL GOT TO MEET CHAD VEACH! He just released his new book, Unreasonable Hope, about God’s grace in situations we don’t comprehend. He gets to share his faith journey with his lovely daughter, Georgia. And I found out he is MEXICAN. So practically, we are like best friend cousins now. haha.

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In conclusion, I have definitely been doing things that I enjoy not only as Fatima the cool Mexican, but also as the single, secure, adventurous, and young person that I am. Through the month of February, I realized that being me is fine. I am enough. I am perfect the way I am because God is with me and for me.

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I have embraced much of my flaws, my weaknesses, and this is leading me to come out with a video about my journey of Singleness.

Yes, about me being s i n g l e.

I have always rejected talking about this topic because it has such a negative connotation, my girls and I are in the same boat, and people always ask me why I am not in a relationship.

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Dude, I don’t know why. LOL. But what I do know is that I am finally truly accepting this awesome time of my life and being purposeful in all the decisions I make to extract the best out of it. 😀

This video will be up within the next month, probably after my birthday weekend! So bare with me as I prepare, record, edit, and then share.

Last but not least, thank you all for being in my life, accepting what I let you guys see of my life, and encouraging me to continue to do what I love to do—inspire you all through my daily walk. Whether it is fashion, the Word of God, or just a random hello in person that connected us, I am grateful for all of you following this blogger/vlogger.

In my DJ Khaled’s voice, “JUST KNOW” it will only get better from here.

Love you guys!

#LiveLimitless | Tima G. ❤

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2015 is about to end.

Wow. Can you believe that in about 3 days a new year will be here? Although I am beyond excited for what is to come, I have been reflecting a lot on what happened this past year. For me, 2015 has been a rollercoaster of growth, emotions, tests, explorations, and most importantly, self-discovery. It was a year full of transitions from relationships, to jobs, education, and even mindsets. There wasn’t a specific “season” or a month were it all was bad or great; the whole year seemed like I was growing. I was being stretched like a rubber band; at most times painful because I resisted, but at times comfortable and fun because I had reached a new level of flexibility without breaking due to so much tension around me.

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Despite all of the craziness, God has shown me His grace, comfort, faithfulness, joy, and unstoppable favor with Him and with man. Throughout the entire year, I knew things where going to change and not just because; but for the good and the perfect will for my life. I have definitely changed. I am not in the place I want to be, but I am not the same person I was last year. Testimony after testimony, I will proclaim the goodness of Jesus because He sustained me in one of the toughest years of my life. God is indeed good. I absolutely believe the best is yet to come. I believe 2016 is going to be the year of exponential success, prosperity, and abundance. Not just monetarily, but in love, in relationships, in serving, and in purpose.

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I pray that you reflect on this year, evaluate where you are, and remain hopeful on what is up for 2016. Don’t beat yourself up if you are still the same or even if you slid back into things you didn’t realize. Make the choice today to move forward; you are loved and you are great. 🙂

Love you guys!

#LiveLimitless || Tima G. ❤

Fall Faves Tag

 

Two weeks ago, I logged into IG for an OOTD post, and one of the coolest girls I have never met tags me to do her tag. I am eccentric about this because I don’t know Mauree but I know Mauree in a way. LOL. She is related to one of the most powerful and amazing Christian leaders rising in Tulsa and I am not sure how I didn’t figure that she would be as awesome or probably even more. 🙂 I am hoping we get to meet soon (like this year soon) and do some kind of collab. We shall see.

Before I get to the Q&A, I have done one in the past, recorded on video, but ultimately it ended up being trashed because I was looking ratch, I rambled on and on, and was not great quality. Doing it in type format is easier, but eventually I want to do more work with video. IF any of you have suggestions on what camera I should invest in, please let me know in the comments before this Thanksgiving. 🙂

Without further due, here are my answers to the Fall Fave’s Tag.

1. What’s your favorite fall memory? 

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My favorite fall memory… Good question. I don’t know if this counts as my all-time favorite, but I do miss walking to class during the fall semester in college (OKSTATE). I know, I know, it sounds lame, but I seriously enjoyed walking through our library lawn, crossing Monroe, and even bumping into people while trying to get to class.

2. What’s your favorite fall drink?

I really enjoy drinking white chocolate mochas, but I have recently discovered hazelnut lattes, and they are pretty close in the run for the number one spot.

3. What’s your favorite fall clothing item? 

I would say leather jackets, but that is an all-year, everywhere I go, if I was buried I would want to wear one type of item. So, this year I have to say my favorite item is my pair of pointed toe black booties. OMG. They are a must have. Comfortable. Fashion-forward. Classic.

4. What’s one item that you want to add to your closet this fall?

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This question is hard because I always want to add and take away from my closet, but the top item I envision myself wearing is a poncho. I have been wanting one since my job has received that inventory. I would love a Burberry Brit one, but let’s be real, 99.9% of me is not willing to pay that fortune. Nevertheless, I want one. lol

5. What’s your favorite fall scent? 

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I don’t have one at the moment. I prefer clean and fresh scents–my 2 signature scents are Chance Eau Fraîche Eau de Toilette Spray by CHANEL and Daisy Eau So Fresh by Marc Jacobs. But I want to branch out and try something new– ie. Love Story by Chloe or Dahlia Noir by Givenchy (in which are warmer and richer scents; hence, fall appropriate).

6. What’s your favorite fall movie(s)?

If I could watch a movie over and over again in the fall, it would be Drumline. The reason being, they are in football season, the band is dope, and I just love the connection Nick Cannon and Zoe Saldana have in this college romantic.

7.  What’s your favorite fall beauty product?

I love beauty products, especially highlighters. BUT what has won me over in the matter of hours of purchasing it is my Kiehl’s LIP BALM #1 in mint. Seriously a life saver for this cold and harsh season that dries up my lips easily. I apply before wearing lipliners/lipsticks/glosses/stains/etc. and after exfoliating, right before I go to sleep. Great must have.

8. What’s your favorite comfort food?

I am a sucker for chips and salsa. And chips and queso. And chips and guac. It does not help that I am Mexican because I am always eating these things.

9. What’s your favorite fall candle?

I am not a big fan of the pumpkin, spiced apple pie, jazz. As I mentioned previously, I prefer clean and fresh scents. But one of my favorite candles is Apres Ski by NEST. Seriously, a potent smell that is freshly delightful.

10. What song gets you in the fall spirit?

I love the Zion Acoustic Album by Hillsong United. My favorite song of the album is Mercy, Mercy, and I have looped it over and over this past week.

Details- Denim Jacket: Gap; Denim Jeans: Burberry Brit; Hat: Gifted; Tunic: F21; Booties: JustFab

Hope you guys got to know me a little bit more. And I want to shout Mauree out one more time for being an awesome and inspiring blogger to me, and many others. 🙂

Until next time… Love you guys!

#LiveLimitless || Tima G.

First Quarter

   So I just finished my first quarter of bible college at VBC this Friday. Ah!!! I can’t believe it. I remember waking up on orientation day, not knowing if I should go because I had no way of paying for it. God said GO, and of course I went, with legs as weak and flimsy as noodles. I was shaking, I was literally walking by faith, not knowing what the next step would be. BUT now it is the beginning of the second quarter! Wow.

I am glad I was obedient. I don’t know if things that have happened within the last 8 weeks would have happened if I had been working full time instead. Full time you ask, yes. I was offered the job I had been waiting for since graduation—to be a visual merchandiser full time, with good pay, good benefits, and a consistent schedule! I was ready to say YES to this offer, when God changed it ALL up. What?! I was so perplexed. But I had so much peace about not committing to it and going to bible school instead. I know that I would be stagnant in my faith. physically drained, and emotionally unstable. Yet I am growing spiritually, disciplined physically, and emotionally thriving. I have had so much favor, energy, love for others, miraculous finances coming to my bank account, and just a plethora of other blessings. Praise God!

 I am so excited to continuously apply everything I have learned in my everyday living. From analyzing what I truly believe, to being sensitive on how I treat others, to making a cash flow plan and sticking to it have been some of the things I have been challenged in. Nonetheless, I have met some amazing people and I am beyond honored to have connected with them.

I have much expectation for the second quarter; probably even more than the first because I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Now that I do know parts and pieces of it, I cannot wait to learn more and in return, help those around me.

Second quarter, I am ready for you!

DETAILS- Denim and Shoes, F21; Top, Transformation Church; Bomber, F21Mens; Sunnies, Ray Ban

#LiveLimitless || Tima G. ❤

Stay Easy

When it comes to making changes, the easiest thing to do is to not make them and stay stagnant. As the summer is ending, a lot of things in my life from the past are also ending. It can be hard to let go of old friends, old memories, old habits that you are used to, but moving on is probably the best thing to do.

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I cannot remember any time where I had to let go of something treasured and it was easy. I don’t believe it is supposed to be…but grasping the new is. 🙂 Staying peaceful, joyful, and grateful has allowed me to be easy. So many times we get caught up in the things we “have” or feel entitled to, but in order to get new and experience new you have to disown the old.

Imagine holding 20 sour lemons with your hands, but someone offering a big watermelon, and you not trusting to let go of the little lemons. Why the heck would you not let go of the bitter lemons in exchange for a sweet and refreshing treat? Just let it go. Be easy. The best is ahead!

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And seriously, what is life without enjoying it? Always remember to enjoy the process, the changes, the ups and the downs, as hard as it can be. As long as you have a community of people that encourages you to keep going, and that believe in your future, ENJOY IT. You only get to live once in the body you live in. LIVE LIMITLESS.

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DETAILS

Jacket: F21, Shoes: Random Store in Dallas, Plaid Top: Gift, V-Neck: F21, Sunglasses: Tory Burch, Jeans: Ross

Tima G. ❤

Try New Things

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One of the things we have to do in life is change and be willing to change. This time in New York City, Becca and I wanted to do photo shoots in the middle of random neighborhoods. This shoot took place by NYC FIT’s dorms and outside their museum.

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Becca was not the most comfortable in front of the camera, but she eventually grasped the feel of it. A lot of times, God allows us to experience new things to push us out of our comfort zone. It is super healthy to try new things because this gives us an open heart to the newness God can bring in different seasons of our life.

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Also, when you try new things, do not be afraid. And even if you are scared, face that thing—as simple as that. You have to know that fear is only in the mind. Fear is only a mind state that will keep you from growing. In order to grow, you will have to face challenges with the best foot forward. Continue to push. Do not let your mind keep you from the next.

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Trying new things. Today, I challenge you to do something you have NEVER ever done. Whether it is trying a new food, lifting 5 more times the weights you lift at the gym, or even trying to learn how to paint and you aren’t artistic, try it. You never know what boundaries you are pushing just by trying.

Tima G.