Thoughtful Tuesday - When Life Happens

Thoughtful Tuesday

When Life Happens

Life is not always easy, comfortable or pleasant.

We will probably all have our share of disappointments, sadness, injustice, loss, pain, unexpected realities and discomfort. Some of these experiences may be self-inflicted but many others may not be. There are things in life that are so difficult that they are hard to accept. Other moments may make no sense at all or seem like there are no answers for them.

However, in the midst of it all, or in time, somehow the experience has a way of teaching, showing, or reminding us of things that we may have forgotten, never realized about ourselves (or others), couldn’t see, or didn’t want to face or do until later.

No matter the challenge, no matter the road, no matter the situation, please know that:

·        You are loved

·        You will get through this

·        You are not alone

·        This too shall past

·        God know right where you are

 It is so important to be mindful that someone around us may be having a difficult time. As a result, may we all do our part to:

·        Be there and make time for others in a way that is beneficial

·        Love on somebody who really needs it from us

·        Listen more than we talk

·        Be the help that we’d need to receive if the tables were turned

2 Corinthians 1:4 “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”

Have a great week…on purpose!

Blessings,

Angela



Thoughtful Tuesday - Where Are You?

Thoughtful Tuesday

Where Are You?

When was the last time you took a look at where you were? When was the last time you assessed where you were standing mentally, spiritually, emotionally, relationally, financially or socially?

I find it necessary to do these assessments to make sure that I am standing in the right place, at the right time, with the right people, doing what I am supposed to be doing. I ask myself this question often...Where are you?

In most cases, it is very difficult to answer that question without first knowing the answers to a couple of others. What is my purpose? What have I been created by God to accomplish? Knowing the answers to these two questions is crucial so that we don’t waste time and end up somewhere we are not supposed to be. Knowing these answers will keep us focused and purposeful. Here are a few more questions to think about:

Am I right where I’m supposed to be?
Am I on my way to better?
Am I headed in the right direction?
Are the people closest to me helping me walk closer to my purpose or further away?

Genesis 3:9 But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"

Have a great week…on purpose!

Blessings,

Angela

Copyright © 2016 by Angela J. Williams.  All rights reserved.

Thoughtful Tuesday - “Don’t Get Ready – Be Ready!”

Thoughtful Tuesday

“Don’t Get Ready – Be Ready!”

We are already two months into 2016 and time does not seem to be slowing down for those who are procrastinating on their dreams, plans and purposes. I often hear people say that they are waiting for “God to open doors” for them, and when “HE” does, they are going to do or accomplish this and that.
I also hear people say that they are waiting for the right “time” to accomplish a goal because they are too busy doing “other things” to concentrate on the goal at the moment. Yet there are other people who procrastinate so much that when the so-called “moment in time” comes, they are not ready, willing or able to take advantage of it.
It is at this time that some people panic and express that they need “more time” to: lose weight, get fit, finish school, get trained, work on that relationship, finish that project, work on their personal flaws, get the right people together, get their finances in order, get out of debt, adjust their schedules and the like. For many, the door of opportunity opens, closes, then reopens for someone who has been occupying, preparing and posturing for the “right time” all along.
Because the road to “dreams deferred” and “purposes unfulfilled” is paved with good intentions, here are some of the reasons why people are not ready when the door of opportunity comes knocking:
They are waiting for someone else to make their dreams come true
They are not willing to walk alone
They are not willing to put in the work to get what they want
They talk too much about “what they’re going to do” instead of just doing it
They are motivated by money instead of how much of a difference they can make
They are impatient and tend to forfeit their purpose in exchange for instant gratification
They are afraid to fail
They are afraid to succeed
They worry/wonder too much about what others think
They are masters of making excuses
They don’t want to put in the work on a consistent and deliberate basis
They are time-wasters or are surrounded by time-wasters
They spend too much time focusing on or watching what other people are doing
They don’t have the right information, education or revelation on what they need to do in order to be ready
May we all learn the difference between “getting ready” and “being ready”!
Philippians 3:14 “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus!

Have a great day on PURPOSE!

Blessings,

Angela

Thoughtful Tuesday - Love

Thoughtful Tuesday!

Love

So much is happening in the news, current events and around the world until lately I have experienced an overload of knee-jerk impulses to voice my opinions. We are living in a time when everyone has an opinion, everyone has a platform to speak and everyone has a voice and outlet to say or do whatever he or she wants. That can be a wonderful reality in some ways and that can be a disturbing one in others.

As a result, I have noticed as people are showing their true colors (feelings, motives, hidden agendas and personal ideologies, etc.), there seems to be a fresh wave of hatred, fear, judgment, rage, revenge, jealousy, disregard, and selfishness blowing. It is very disturbing to me that it is coming from all areas and walks of life.

By nature I am passionate about words and sharing them with others. However I have never been a bandwagon jumper or a yeller in a crowded theater. Using ones voice and actions to make a statement is extremely important. Especially when it comes to standing up for what you believe in. However, I have learned over the years to let wisdom lead the way, spend more time praying than talking and wait for discernment and the right time to use my voice and actions to do so.

Note: We will never agree with everyone. Everyone will not agree with us. We will not all see through the same lenses. We will not win everyone to our side of the table.

However:

May we learn to see others the way God sees us
My we learn to forgive quickly
May we extend mercy to others
May we extend to others the patience we need from God
May we disagree without spewing venom
May we passionately take a stand while respecting those who are not
May we see each other as works in progress
May we do our part to do our part
May we address our own issues with the same passion that we point out the issues of others
May we throw away our man-made soapboxes, stand toe to toe, look at each other face to face as equals, then start a conversation.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

Blessings,

Angela

Copyright © 2016 by Angela J. Williams.  All rights reserved.

Thoughtful Tuesday - “Connecting with the Right People”

Thoughtful Tuesday

“Connecting with the Right People”

I believe we are living in the greatest time in history! The advances in technology and electronics have revolutionized the way we interact with one another. We can share family pictures via phones, FaceTime with family around the world or text someone standing right next to us. We can even reach out to celebrities, companies, politicians and world leaders who were relatively untouchable just two decades ago.

In the 70s, I would have never imagined while standing in one spot, talking on a bright yellow house phone that was connected to the wall via a long cord, that there would come a time when every single person in my household would have their own personal phone! What?!
That being said, I believe that I’m probably one of the last people that I know to join Facebook. Why? I tend to wait until I have peace about something before I do it. I’m experiencing visual overload and I’m a clueless wonder right now, but I’m here to connect with the right people and help as many parents and those interested in the entertainment industry as I can by giving advice and with my new book. I’m also joining others who are already holding up the banner for positive, parenting, entertainment, family, marriage, love, laughter, Jesus, creative, respect for others, let’s agree to disagree without making either one of us look stupid, outreach, business, natural hair, healthy living and motivation. Yes, I can be long-winded.

As we are benefiting from these communication advances:

  • May we all connect with the right people for the right reasons.
  • May we know our worth regardless of how many followers, friends, likes, texts, tweets, retweets, favorites or unfollows we get.
  • May our real relationships be more valuable than our electronic ones.
  • May we learn how and when to hold on and let go without leaving a trail of burned bridged and broken hearts behind us.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Have a great day on PURPOSE!

Blessings,

Angela

Copyright © 2016 by Angela J. Williams.  All rights reserved.

Thoughtful Tuesday-Bring Your A Game!

Thoughtful Tuesday!

Bring Your A Game!

I recently had a conversation with someone who was in a dry spell in her personal and professional life. She was doing all of the right things, but was in a place where there wasn’t much productivity, and she felt stuck or locked in her life. She was discouraged, a bit depressed and frustrated. However, she knew that she had to keep going in the direction of her dreams, because if she didn’t, she would be standing in one place. Despite all of what she was feeling, she kept moving forward because she felt she had no other choice.

I prayed with her and made a few suggestions. Then I mentioned to her that patience (even though no one likes it) builds our character. Even though she didn’t want to hear it, she understood me. I challenged her to wake up every day prepared to bring her “A Game” in every area of her life. She reluctantly took me up on the challenge, and over time, she actually started to enjoy being her best every day. The short version of the story is, she got a call that confirmed that her current situation was about to change - and she was blown away!

If you are in a place where you feel stuck, frustrated and discouraged, and you’re doing everything in your power to change this, I have a few realities that may help you posture yourself to “Bring Your A Game”…while you wait for your dreams to become a reality:

Know that sometimes you have to encourage yourself…often.
Push past your doubts and the voices in your head and keep moving forward.
Where you are right now is temporary… there is no need to find a parking space.
When you wake up feeling discouraged, get up, go in your closet and dress the way you would if your dreams were a reality.
When your current reality tries to convince you that you will be this way forever, speak your dream out of your mouth so you can hear it.
Only speak life to what you want to manifest.
Get yourself a theme song that will usher you into where you want to be, and play it every day!
Then decide, everyday…to Bring Your A Game!


James 1:4 “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Blessings,

Angela

 

Thoughtful Tuesday - #GOALS

Thoughtful Tuesday!

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#GOALS

We are in the third week of January and I know that some of us have already fallen short of our resolutions, declarations and plans for 2016. It’s all good though - just get back on the horse and keep riding. The goal is still attainable and the process to achieve it is doable. The only person that has the power to stop you is you.

I am one of those people who believes that when I make up my mind to do something, it’s as good as done. Especially if I speak it out of my mouth, or if someone tells me it’s not going to happen or it can’t happen. Comments like these seem to motivate me instead of discourage me. My response to those types of statements, even if they are coming from my own thoughts of doubt are, “Really? Watch God!” Then I go into prayer to find out what our (me and God’s) strategy is going to be, and I begin to give the goal an audible voice.

I believe our words have power and if you can see a goal in your mind clearly enough to speak it out of your mouth, you can follow the sound of that voice until the goal is reached. I have followed this course of action every since I was a teenager. It started with praying for my husband at 14 years old, then it spread to everything from getting my driver’s license before everyone else my age to writing my first book, home schooling my sons, overseeing their careers, going back to college to get two degrees, writing my second book and beyond. I would always ask myself:


Can I see it in my mind?
Do I believe I can achieve it?
Do I have enough courage to speak it out of my mouth?
Do I have enough willpower to point my feet in that direction?
Do I have enough discipline to get it done?
Can I do something every day that will get me to my goal?

God has already given us all that we need to reach our goals. But if we don’t believe that truth or if we are not willing to do what it takes to achieve it – we won’t reach them. We have two more weeks left in January to get in (or back in) “Goal Reaching” position.


Philippians 3:14 “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Blessings,

Angela

Copyright © 2016 by Angela J. Williams.  All rights reserved.

Thoughtful Tuesday - Are You Giving Your Power Away To Your Haters?

Thoughtful Tuesday!

Are You Giving Your Power Away To Your Haters?

This first week of the year on social media was pretty interesting. There were many people posting positive affirmations, goals, and photos. However, I noticed others who spent time shouting out, talking to, arguing with or talking about cutting off their haters, and current or former relationships. Many vowed to “succeed in 2016 in spite of their haters.” We all have haters. Even haters have haters. However, I have a few questions regarding how we deal with them.

Is addressing haters on social media a good idea or a good look for the one posting it?
Is it a waste of time talking about them if the relationship is truly over?
Is it a sign that your haters or former friends/acquaintances/significant others mean more to you than you realize or than you want to admit?
Is it a waste of energy talking about your haters when they are obviously your haters?
Should they be ignored instead of empowered?

When I come across these posts, I imagine that every time this happens “the hater” gets to see just how important they are to the one posting. I wonder if “the haters” feel a sense of satisfaction knowing that they are stealing moments of your day - moments that you could be using to uplift or empower someone who really matters to you.

Whenever I see this happening on social media, it reminds me of a classic song written by one of my favorite songwriters, Carly Simon, called “You’re So Vain.” The chorus of the song is “You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you/ You’re so vain, I’ll bet you think this song is about you/Don’t you? Don’t you? Don’t you?

The song WAS about him and as long as we put our energy on our haters, our focus will be on THEM instead of moving forward and succeeding just for the sake of succeeding.

Proverbs 29:11 “A fool vents all of his anger: but a wise man brings himself under control.”

Blessings,

Angela

 

Thoughtful Tuesday!

Happy New Year on this Thoughtful Tuesday!

Know Better, Do Better, Be Better!

As I scrolled through social media outlets this past weekend, I noticed that there was no short of New Year’s resolutions or declarations about what was going to (or no longer) take place this year. There is nothing wrong with resolutions or declarations if the intent is to actually purpose to walk them out all year. I would suspect that some folks are actually saying “This is what I want to do” instead of “This is want I’m going to do.” There is a major difference between these two statements.

We all have areas that we can, need and should work on, and the first week of the year is a fantastic time to take control of those areas! So when you think of the word
“BETTER,” what is the first image or thought that comes to your mind as it relates to your personal growth and your road to better? Whatever the image or idea is, that may be a great place to start this year. We have within us and standing before us the opportunity to know better, do better and be better – the choice is ours!

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”

Wishing you and your family all that God has in store for you in 2016!

Blessings,

Angela

Copyright © 2015 by Angela J. Williams.  All rights reserved.

Monday Morning Motivation - Are You Ready For 2016?

Happy Monday Morning All!

Are You Ready For 2016?

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This week marks the last week of 2015! Hopefully we have all accomplished everything we purposed to achieve this year. If not, we have 5 full days to do so. In most cases, for many of us, if we haven’t done it by now, the next few days will not make much of a difference. However, if you have accomplished some of your goals… congratulations! If not, are there any lessons learned this year that could have made for a better 2015? If that is the case:

 ·   What would you have done better?

·    What should you have implemented that you didn’t do this year?

·    Would you have eaten better?

·    Would you have exercised more often?

·    Would you have been less anxious and more patient?

·    Would you have surrendered to trying to control what was not in your control?

·   Would you have listened to your body more?

·   Would you have embraced using your gifts and talents without delay?

·   Would you have stopped devaluing or second-guessing your gifts and talents?

·  Would you have been nicer, sweeter, more loving or forgiving?

·  Would you have abandoned negativity or toxicity?

·  Would you have reached out or helped others more?

If that’s the case, you now have a starting point for 2016 as you purpose to reach your personal goals. Now is a great time to make a mental note of how you want to start 2016.

Note: Staring next year I will be posting my blogs on Tuesdays instead of Mondays.

Until then… Happy New Year!

Blessings,

Angela

Copyright © 2015 by Angela J. Williams.  All rights reserved.

Monday Morning Motivation - Holiday Wishes for YOU this Week!

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Happy Monday Morning All!

Holiday Wishes for YOU this Week!

May you discover the true meaning of Christmas!
May you realize how blessed you really are!
May you find yourself loved by the people closest to you.
May you laugh more than you cry.
May you smile at a moment’s notice.
May you celebrate the little things in life.
May you find no drama in your presence.
May you give more than you get.
May you know how valuable you are.
May your family extend beyond your DNA.
May you hear the sound of children laughing.
May you share peace and love everywhere you go.
May the memories of every irreplaceable loved one bring you bittersweet joy, knowing that the love and time you shared with them was worth every moment.
May you celebrate like Christmas 2015 will never come again!

Isaiah 9:6 -7 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!

Happy Holydays!

Blessings,
Angela

Copyright © 2015 by Angela J. Williams.  All rights reserved.

Monday Morning Motivation - The Season of Giving!

Happy Monday Morning All!

The Season of Giving!

I love this time of year for several reasons: (1) This “holyday” season symbolizes, for Christians, the “ultimate gift” of love that came in the form of a new baby boy who was born to save, deliver and set free those who are lost. (2) For Jews, it marks the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem and the celebration of the one day supply of oil that lasted eightdays (since my savior is Jewish, I celebrate both). (3) I love the sound of Christmas music. (4) Christmas/Hanukkah decorations are on display in front yards, throughout homes, in department stores, shopping malls and many other public places. (5) Folks seem to be a bit more generous or benevolent and motivated by the spirit of giving.

Giving, I believe, is the most effective and long-lasting form of investing. Giving has such a boomerang component to it that if you pay close attention to its rippling affects, I believe it will convince you of its benefits. I’m a firm believer that we harvest what we plant in the ground of life, reaping what we sow in life. I am also a believer that the heart, spirit and motivation in which we give will be returned to us as well. An example of this would be, if you give to someone begrudgingly or because you feel pressured to, you may receive a return on that charitable gesture from a place of struggle or strain. Below are some other lessons that I have learned over the years about giving:

There is never a bad time to be generous to the right people or cause.
Giving should be a lifestyle.
Silent benevolence is better than broadcasting your generosity all over town.
Better to keep it than to give it with a stingy heart.
Giving takes the focus off of our issues and allows us to help others.
Giving stores up future blessings for the giver.
Giving should be an honor, not a chore.
Giving keeps our hearts and hands open and postured to receive.
 
Isaiah 9:6 -7 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!

Happy Holydays!

Blessings,

Angela

Copyright © 2015 by Angela J. Williams.  All rights reserved.

Monday Morning Motivation - The Smart Shopper VS. The Random Shopper

Happy Monday Morning All!

The Smart Shopper VS. The Random Shopper.

There are many people who have already kicked off their holiday shopping season on Black Friday and have begun buying gifts for family, friends and themselves. I have never been one to rush out and shop for myself and/or others because of the holidays, Black Friday or because there is a huge sale on things that I probably wouldn’t buy if they weren’t on sale. I tend to focus on the holy days or the spiritual aspects of the season - but when I do shop, I have always been somewhat of a mindful but fun shopper. Shopping has to make sense to me and I like to make people smile (or laugh out loud) when I shop specifically for them.

However, I am not one of those people who love to go to the mall and walk around all day long or window shop. In that way, I am much like all of the guys in my house; I like to know what I’m going to buy, walk in the store and make my purchase, then leave. Of course, there is an exception to every rule. If I just happen to stop by a shoe store and find a pair or style of shoes that I have been looking for that happen to be on sale, or a good deal…well, that’s another experience entirely.

So, that’s just a bit of my shopping back-story. What’s yours? Before some of you get a bit carried away with shopping, I like to help you out or leave you with a few questions that may save you from wasting time and/or money or help you determine if you are a Smart Shopper or the Random Shopper.

While shopping, are you:

Spending money you don’t have?

Buying things you don’t need?

Impressing people you don’t like?

Using your credit card to buys things that you can’t afford?

Comparing what you are buying to purchases by people who don’t matter?

Making impulse purchases?

Guaranteeing that you will be in debt at the beginning of 2016?

Have a great week…on purpose!

Blessings,

Angela

Copyright © 2015 by Angela J. Williams.  All rights reserved.

Monday Morning Motivation - Stepping Into the Last Month of the Year

Happy Monday Morning All!

Stepping Into the Last Month of the Year

Today marks the last day of November and tomorrow starts the last month of the year. This year went by so quickly, as if it was trying to prove a point. Even though the last 11 months seemed to fly by, we were still given the same 365 days that were presented to us last year. Now is a good time to assess whether we have been good stewards over our year or not. Are you ready for your “Goal Check-Up”? I’m sure we have all set some type of goals for ourselves at the beginning of the year. At this point, what we have or have not accomplished is an irrelevant issue at this point because we can’t go back and change anything. However, we can make the best of the next 31 days.

I still consider myself to be a newbie on social media (Twitter/IG) because I continue to double tap posts by mistake and I am not a good selfie taker. I occasionally find myself surfing the accounts of other people on Instagram. I enjoy looking at images, reading inspirational posts and watching funny videos. I often find that some people talk about what they’re going to accomplish, how it’s about to “get real,” or how it’s their year, month or week to have tremendous success. I applaud those statements because speaking life to a situation is powerful and motivating. However, when I see these types of posts, I tend to scroll up from the date that the person first made the statement to see what had manifested that was so epic.

Many times, there is no follow-up or epic moment to follow the post, only more declarations. As we all know, certain realities take time, patience and optimism. But when we talk more about what we are doing then actually pursuing the desired reality that we want, time will pass by so quickly and prove to be a reminder of what we didn’t accomplish. Most often, we have to talk less and do more. In other words, we have to put feet to our faith and do the work to make it happen, everyday. With that being said, how will you put feet to your faith and step into the last 31 days of the year?

Have a great week…on purpose!

Blessings,

Angela

Monday Morning Motivation - Thankful - Grateful - Prayerful!

Happy Monday Morning All!

Thankful - Grateful - Prayerful!

Thankful

We are officially in the holiday season as we celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday! This used to be my favorite holiday until my mom died two days after Thanksgiving many years ago. Although I still enjoy this holiday, it has never really been the same since she passed. However, I find so many things to be thankful for during this time of year. I am so thankful for my family and friends, my health and soundness of mind. I am thankful that I got to spend 24 years with my mom. Every year I make her famous sweet potato pie, cornbread stuffing and macaroni and cheese. My sons never got to meet her but they have surely tasted her famous dishes during the holidays. I am truly thankful for memories that will last a lifetime.

 Grateful

When I think about all of the times in my life and in the lives of my family and friends that could have taken a devastating turn, I am grateful for the grace and mercy of God and for the mini-miracles I experience every day. When I think about my complete recovery from a severe case of eczema that I developed as a baby but endured until young adulthood, I am grateful. When I think about being unconscious and carried away in an ambulance from a car that was totaled after being hit by a drunk driver in my teens, I am grateful. To be able to see another day…I am grateful.

Prayerful

When I turn on the news or listen to the needs or problems of others, I find that injustices, sickness, poverty, homelessness, brokenness, dysfunction and hunger are at an all time high around the world. I can’t and won’t ignore what I see, hear or learn. I must do my part to be helpful and make the world a better place. In doing so, I know that prayer is a part of my life’s purpose and I am passionate about it. I believe that there is power in prayer. So, when I learn about a situation or condition that I don’t have the power to control or remedy, I pray. I am prayerful for those who are grieving. I am prayerful for those less fortunate. I am prayerful for those who are secretly struggling. During this holiday season, may we all find reasons to be thankful, grateful and prayerful as we do our part to help others! Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Have a great week…on purpose!

Blessings,

Angela


Monday Morning Motivation - Humanity

Happy Monday Morning All!

Humanity

We are all a part of something magnificent in this world that is greater than our own nationalities, language, customs, cultures, belief systems and lifestyles. We are all a part of the human race because we were created by God and in His image. It doesn’t matter what corner of the world we originated from, where we were raised or how we perceive the world. We’re all connected. The human race has something in common that no other of God’s creation (flowers, animals, stars and rivers included) can deny. The way our bodies are formed, our brains function and our hearts receive and express emotion link us together.

The attacks that took place in Paris this weekend further confirm that there is still evil in the world. These vicious terrorist attacks upon innocent lives prove that the seeds of hate, violence and disregard for life have been planted and nurtured in the hearts of many. I’m sure we can all relate to seeds or thoughts of anger, hatred, violence, and disregard in our own lives. However, most of us (I hope) don’t water and nurture them to the point where we leave a trail of blood, broken hearts or devastation behind us.

I wonder what would happen if we allowed the FBI, counter-terrorism organizations, special forces and the like to effectively do their part to protect, investigate and prevent hate crimes while we did our part. Yes, we all have a part to play in making the world a better place. So I will just leave you with just a few thoughts. While the powers that be are doing their part, how about we:

Remember that respect for others goes a long way.
Disagree without spewing venom.
Stop verbally assassinating people on social media.
Voice our opinions and belief systems without perpetuating violence or abuse.
Address our own issues especially when we are tempted to crucify others.
Find something positive to say about someone we dislike.
Agree to disagree without making the other person an opponent.
Fight against injustice in ways that we are passionate about without revenge.
Love unconditionally even if we don’t agree or understand.
Find ways to promote peace while living in a diverse society.
Find a cause and support it non-violently.
Learn about other cultures instead of immediately dismissing them.
Do unto others what we would have them do unto us. Matt 7:12

Note: Now that my book is out, you can find the answers to all of your industry related questions in it. If you still have questions after you have read it, there are resources in the back of the book or go to sagaftra.org for more assistance.

Have a great week…on purpose!

Blessings,

Angela

Monday Morning Motivation - Friend or Foe?

Happy Monday Morning All!

Friend or Foe?

These days, we can go to anyone’s social media page and find motivational quotes for what friendship is. We can also find quotes that focus on what a foe or an enemy is. We can even discover advice on how to walk away from negative people, how to close the door when we outgrow a relationship or how to let people walk out of our lives when the friendship ends.  We talk a great deal about the type of people we want, need or require in our lives, but we rarely post or read statements about what we want or need to “be” as a friend.

We rarely stop to consider which “friend or foe” category we fit in. If we were to take a minute to consider if we are a real “friend or foe” to others, we would probably say without hesitation that we fall into the “real friend” category. However, which would other people say that we are to them, “friend or foe?” We all have haters and enemies, and all haters and enemies have haters and enemies.

However, if someone were to take a poll of the people and associates closest to you, if they were allowed to be completely honest, which would they say that you are to them, “friend or foe?” Would they say:

You are a friend to the end?
You volunteer to celebrate with others on a regular basis?
You label someone a friend based on what you can get from them?
Your friendships are disposable?
Your loyalty can be replaced by people who are more popular or relevant?
Your love is unconditional?
You are a good friend but you tend to be stingy, greedy or envious?
You make people better when they are around you?
You are toxic?
You are a rock?
You are irreplaceable?
If they didn’t love you, they wouldn’t like you very much?


Note: Now that my book is out, you can find the answers to all of your industry related questions in it. If you still have questions after you have read it, there are resources in the back of the book - or go to sagaftra.org for more assistance.

Have a great week…on purpose!

Blessings,

Angela

Copyright © 2015 by Angela J. Williams.  All rights reserved.

Monday Morning Motivation - When To Hold On - When To Let Go

Happy first week of November!

When To Hold On - When To Let Go.

I have a fascination and affinity for nature, trees, flowers, clouds and the all-natural process of planting seeds and reaping a harvest. November is one of my favorite months because the trees are teaching some of the most beautiful lessons on when to hold on to leaves and when to let go of them. I believe that if we pay attention to the tree’s process, we can learn tremendous life lessons and discover how to apply them to our lives. An example of these lessons is, I have never seen a healthy and flourishing tree hold on to dead leaves.

Have you ever been connected to someone and felt drained, stuck or diminished in some way? Have you ever felt obligated to something but found that you were no longer growing? Have you ever committed to something prematurely? Have you ever wanted to run away from a dream because it was taking too long to achieve it? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, you are not alone. I believe we have all felt this way at some point in our lives. When these experiences involved someone we cared about, something we’re used to doing or a behavior we want to continue to some degree, it can be hard to know what to do. However, now may be a good time to determine which leaves on your tree of purpose you need to hold on to - and which dying or dead leaves you need to let go of. Here are some statements that may help you make a decision.

Some dreams are worth the effort.
Dead things should be buried.
If it doesn’t make you better, it may not be the best for you.
Some people are worth waiting for or working with.
Some people need a second chance or forgiveness.
Anchors belong in the bottom of the sea - not in your life.
If you’re not growing, learning or advancing you may be standing still.
You may be in need of patience.


Note: Now that my book is out, you can find the answers to all of your questions in it. If you still have questions there are resources in the back of the book or go to sagaftra.org for more assistance.

Have a great week…on purpose!
Blessings,

Angela

Copyright © 2015 by Angela J. Williams.  All rights reserved.

Monday Morning Motivation - Joy Can Only Be Given Away – Not Taken.

Happy Monday Morning All!

Hope you are well! Some of you have set goals that will take you completely out of your comfort zones, and that’s a good thing. I am cheering for you and expect that when destiny and determination shake hands in your lives, you will know that the effort was worth it!

I digress…Joy Can Only Be Given Away – Not Taken.

Have you ever been in a situation where you were extremely frustrated or disappointed by something someone said or did? Maybe their behavior or verbal interaction made you feel discouraged, sad or maybe even angry. People and relationships will always present to us opportunities to make choices in our lives. Some choices are no brainers and easy to make, while others are more difficult. Have you ever said or heard someone else say to another person, “You took my joy away!” This is a very loaded and powerful comment, because the idea of it gives the other person power over your state of mind. I have found that while being happy is conditional and can be defined as a feeling of showing pleasure or contentment,   having joy is a choice and can be defined as a sense of peace or well-being. Happiness is determined by a desired encounter or experience, much like our response after receiving flowers, watching a favorite sports team score or the pleasure of seeing a favorite actor winning an award. Joy, however, is a state of mind prompted by a decision we choose no matter what is happening around us. A person’s behavior can make you happy or sad, but that person doesn’t have the power to control your state of mind unless you give it to them.

Exercise: Is your joy safely in your possession, or have you given it away to someone else?

General answers to Industry Questions

Question: What is the best way to decide on an agent?

Answer: Research as much as you can. Find the ones who you are most interested in your child signing with. Find out what their requirements are. Some may want you to submit headshots and wait for them to reach out to you. You may be able to call and schedule meetings with others who are interested in meeting with you.

Note: www.sagaftra.org is always an excellent source for FAQ.

Have a great week…on purpose!
Blessings,

Angela

Copyright © 2015 by Angela J. Williams.  All rights reserved.

Monday Morning Motivation - When Determination and Destiny Shake hands!

Happy Monday Morning All!

Hope you had a fabulous weekend. Many of you discovered that you were up for the courage or boldness exercise in order to fulfill the God-given life that you were created to live out… congratulations!

I digress…When Determination and Destiny Shake hands!

Determination is defined as the act of coming to a decision, fixing or settling a purpose. Destiny is defined as the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future. Have you ever met a determined or destined person? Someone who was totally committed to achieving at all cost or against all odds? Have you ever seen someone’s destiny unfold right in front of your eyes after watching the hard work it took, in advance, for them to reach their goals? From a graduation, promotion, learning a skill, getting married to finally having that baby it took years to create, that person or persons involved were totally committed to the process, time or the pursuit until they achieved their accomplishment. There is nothing more inspiring than watching this reality unfold!

There has been a lot of determination/destiny hand shaking in my house because by nature we are goal setters. The goals are never defined by our ability (or lack thereof), what others think (or say), our environment, or the people we associate with. It’s just something we have been doing ever since my husband and I were dating. So when my sons were born it just never stopped. The goals tend to involve discovering what the next chapter in our lives will present to us, the areas we need to grow in, how we need to challenge ourselves or what our desires are.

Determination and Destiny will shake hands for me TOMORROW as my new book is released to the public in less than 24 hours! I am so excited to share this book with the entertainment industry and all those interested in this journey! I hope you will purchase your copy and tell other talented friends or family members about it so that they can get their copy! In the meantime, I have another exercise that is presented in the form of a question for you to consider.

Exercise: What goal can you set today that will give room for determination and destiny to shake hands in your life or in the lives of your family members? 

General answers to Industry Questions

Question: Are you going to do any booking signings/speaking engagements in south?

Answer: We are putting the schedule together now and as soon as I have more information it will go up on my site and on social media.

Note: www.sagaftra.org is always an excellent source for FAQ.

Have a great week…on purpose!

Blessings,

Angela

Copyright © 2015 by Angela J. Williams.  All rights reserved.