Sunday, February 26, 2017

Do You Have A Vision For Your Life?



Do you ever allow yourself the opportunity to dream—without limitations or restrictions? So often we get caught up in life and forget about our dreams. We settle for the life that we have instead of going after the life that we want. 

Barely making it through the day, however, is not really living. That is only existing. Suppressing our dreams is what makes us miserable. We all have greatness inside of us waiting to come out. When we live according to our purpose and do the things that set our soul on fire, then we will live fulfilled and joyful. Even just working towards our vision gives us a sense of satisfaction.

Life is too short to be miserable. What have you always wanted to do? What type of person do you want to be? If you could design the life of your dreams, what would it look like? Take some time today to think about it. Every day is a new opportunity to start over. 

 Love and blessings,


Candida

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Why I Fix My Hair Every Day


I get comments all the time from people about my hair. Some of them are nice and some of them are not. We all have different thoughts, however, about various things. Just because we do things differently doesn’t make it right or wrong. So I’m going to explain why I fix my hair every day. Not because I feel that I need to explain it, but because I want to. 

For years I lived in a hole that I created for myself. My thoughts and daily actions continuously brought me down. I was always rushing from one moment to the next. My life was a constant struggle. On so many levels, I didn’t even like myself. And I didn’t do anything to take care of myself. Every day I felt as if I barely made it through the day. 

Lying in the bed for months, barely able to walk and consumed with pain, changed me. It helped me to get my priorities straight. My health and mindset are extremely important to me. So every day I do simple things for myself. I blog, exercise, meditate, read my Bible, drink superfoods, and fix my hair. Taking time to get ready every morning sets me up for a better day. It boosts my confidence and makes me feel better about myself. I also use that time to listen to a podcast, audiobook, trainings for my fitness business, or work on chapters for my next book in my head. It is a daily gift to myself. I enjoy the time and look forward to it every day. 

While this works for me, I know that we are all in different places in our life. Regardless, take a few minutes every single day to take care of you. Do something that makes you happy and something that makes you feel good about yourself. You deserve to feel great!

Love and blessings, 

Candida


Friday, February 24, 2017

Someone Else’s Success Is Not Our Failure


It does’t matter what you do or how great that you are someone will still find fault with you. Social media has really opened my eyes to this. Every day I see people bullying and trying to tear each other down. When I witness this, it breaks my heart. 

We need to help one another. I can’t imagine intentionally causing another person pain. So often, however, we don’t realize what we are doing. Sometimes we feel that we need to put someone else down to make ourselves look better. What we don’t realize is that someone else’s success is not our failure. 

Putting down someone else’s accomplishment doesn’t change it. It just changes our ability to share the joy with them. This is something that I try so hard to watch in myself. I hate the feeling of envy or jealously. Every time that it starts to creep up in my life, I try to immediately change my thoughts. 

No one is perfect. We all make mistakes and have to deal with the devil daily. The most important thing we can do is watch and pray. When we start having bad feelings toward another person, we just need to take our situation and feelings to the Lord. He can help us see our situation with a different perspective. 

 Love and blessings,


Candida 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Don’t Give Up: Strategize A New Solution


The devil wants us to give up. He places stumbling blocks in front of us continuously. So often, we stumble over them without even realizing it. Our enemy knows that he cannot defeat us if he comes charging at us all at once. Then we would recognize his intentions and call out to God for help. Instead, he distracts us and discourages us. 

One of my biggest problems lately has been my inability to focus. My thoughts are scattered all over the place. I’ve developed a bad case of squirrel brain and I’ve been allowing it to dominate my day. Sure I’ve been busy all day, but my tasks have not moved me closer to my goals. I’ve allowed the art of busyness to interfere with my productivity. 

Until now! I will not waste another day. In order to succeed, I need a system to help me overcome my problem and habits to ensure that I keep my commitment to myself. Starting today, I am changing how I do things.

For the next thirty days, I am going to do these three things daily, and see how my life changes. My mind is screaming at me that I won't do it. I'll fail. But my heart reminds me of how far I've already come. 

  1. Make a list of things that need to be completed daily. 
  2. Schedule the tasks in my calendar.
  3. Commit to doing them daily. 

When life gets tough, we can’t just throw our hands up in the air and accept defeat. We need to talk our situation over with the Lord and develop new strategies and habits to accomplish our goals. Most of all, we have to keep trying until we are able to overcome whatever is hindering our life and our ability to be the best version of ourselves. 

Love and blessings, 


Candida 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What Kind Of Energy Are You Radiating?


A few years ago, I was having a really bad day. I was in pain and nothing was going right for me. As I went to pay for my items, the cashier jolted me when he said, “I hope your day gets better.” It shocked me because I hadn’t said one word to him. I hadn’t complained or even made eye contact. But he sensed my mood because of my expression and body language. Afterwards, it made me sad that I had radiated such negative energy. After analyzing my day and even my life, I realized there was no excuse for my actions. My life wasn’t as bad as I was perceiving it to be. 

So now I try to always smile when I am around other people. Most people smile back at me and it gives me a connection with others. Sometimes I think, I wish you well, as I smile at them. I want the energy that comes from me to be positive and loving. 

We all have problems. No one is exempt from them. Some days it is harder for me to smile than others, but it forces me to think about the other person instead of just thinking of myself. Even when they are rude or short with me. I take it as a cry for help. Instead of lashing back at them, I try to respond with love. A little kindness and compassion could change the course of their day. 

When I notice my thoughts are turning negative, I immediately start practicing gratitude. As I shift my thoughts, my mood changes. The devil will sneak his negative, hateful thoughts in our mind whenever he can. We have to develop a plan to notice and change these thoughts as soon as possible. The more we do it, the better at it that we will become. 

When I do school visits, I challenge the children to smile at everyone they meet each day and count how many people smile back at them. It has the boomerang effect. Whatever we send out into the world has a way of coming back to us. Today, I challenge you to send out love and positivity. 

Love and blessings,


Candida

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Laser Therapy Progress: My Scar Is Healing


For someone who loves words, I am at a loss for just the right words to communicate what my heart feels. As a little girl, I prayed for God to heal me because I hated being scarred and stared at. As an adult, my reasons are completely different. I want to continue working so that I can help others, as well as enjoy my life. I know how it feels to be consumed with shame, pain, hopelessness, and depression. I also know how it feels to overcome it all. 
The situation with my elbow and thumb sparked a whole new level of hope for me. God showed me then that He is in control of it all. He heard my prayers as a child. Through the years, He has saw my tears of pain and held me through the darkest of times. Through it all, He would never allow me to give up. At my lowest moments, He would always give me a tiny spark of hope. 

Now He has transformed my hope into healing. A few weeks ago, I got the scar on my arm measured via ultrasound. During that time, several cyst were also discovered around my scar. When I first started receiving laser therapy treatments on my arm, the scar was so tight that my hand was going numb, my rib was coming out of alignment, I had trouble with my shoulder, chest muscles, and my neck hurt. I was having trouble sleeping, and preforming every day tasks. Now weeks later, the pain in my arm is completely gone, and my rib is staying in place. The numbness is gone in my hand and I don't feel the usual muscle knots, I always have. Praise God!

When we compared the measurements yesterday, I was amazed, shocked, and so incredibly grateful! Also there were no cysts. 

Scar measurements:

02/06/2017 02/20/2017
AP Medial: .77 cm APMedial: .63 cm
AP Middle: 1.46 cm AP Middle: .11 cm
AP Lateral: 2.1 cm AP Lateral: .90 cm
Back:         2.82 cm Back .91 cm
The pictures on the top are before the laser therapy and the ones on the bottom are after.  The lighting and angles are a little different. Honestly, I didn't realize that I'd get to post before and after pictures or I would have taken more before pictures. 

Every time I look at these results, I can’t help but smile and thank my Lord. He is healing me. The scar that I’ve had since birth is healing. My mind can’t even comprehend how this is going to change my life. For so long, I’ve lived with constant pain. And now I have hope that I can overcome it all. It all happens in God’s timing. Even if this doesn’t give me the level of healing that my heart desires, I have ever confidence in my Lord. He can create something else to help me. 

If you would like more information on this, please contact Foster Chiropractic Wellness Center. Dr. Stephen Foster has been treating me for years and he has never given up on me. He is always searching for new techniques and ways to help me. My results with the laser therapy are phenomenal, and I would love for it to help you as well. 

Love and blessings, 


Candida

Monday, February 20, 2017

Be The Change You Want To See In The World


It is so easy to blame others for the things that we don’t like in the world and in ourselves. If we would learn, however, to take responsibility for our own actions and learn from our mistakes, then we could grow and prosper. 

We can’t learn anything, if we think we know it all. In order to grow in our lives, we need to be humble and willing to grow. Then, God can use us. 

Imagine at what we could do, if we truly humbled our hearts and allowed God to use us according to His will and not ours. We all have the power and potential to make a difference in the world. The ability to be a leader and touch other people’s lives is in us all. We just need to seek God’s wisdom for our life. When we live our lives according to His will for us, it will inspire others, and make a difference. 

We need to lead with actions and not words. When we focus our attention on what we can do, then we take responsibility for our actions, and open our hearts to give and receive love. What can we do today to make someone else’s day better? 


Love and blessings, 


Candida

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