Last night we celebrated Blacks in Film at the Academy Awards! Viola Davis took home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, OJ: Made In America won Best Documentary, Moonlight won for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, and Mahershala Ali also took home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Here are our wonderful stars on the red carpet.
Love Yourself More
Self-love is self appreciation, gratification, and confidence in yourself! The most important component of self-love, in my opinion, is self-worth. The key to self-love is not looking for love in the form of things or people. This unique love comes from within. Many times we (including myself because I am guilty of it) look to others to satisfy us and when we lose that person or thing that was giving us satisfaction, we lose ourselves in the midst of it. When you truly love yourself, it is not people or things that give you such satisfaction. Honestly, I began my self-love journey after seeing multiple Twitter threads from Reyna Biddy and Malanda. People may not believe that a social media account will make you realize how much you lack, but it did. Many times I came across quotes and would just cry. I would cry because I knew I deserved better than what I was allowing in my life. Thus, I made an agreement with myself that I would go on this journey of self-love! I began with reading the Bible and reading devotionals. Now, I am reading self-love and happiness books that encourage me along the way. This is for those of you who have not quite yet reached your full potential but are willing to do the work to achieve it! I hope that you all are able to find yourself and understand your worth. Here are my tips for the journey to self-love:
1. Take some time for yourself.
Whether it’s once a week, once a month, or whenever you have time, make sure you have a day dedicated to yourself. Often times people get so wrapped up in their relationships, classes, jobs, etc. and forget that in order to give your all to these things, you must be whole.
One of my close friends has “Self-love Sundays” where she treats her mind, body, and spirit. Her activities may include reading a new book, getting her nails done, treating herself to a movie, or simply cleaning and preparing for the upcoming week. I recommend you figuring out what makes your body and spirit feel good and take that day to do just that!
I am quite active on Twitter and many times I come across pictures of quotes. These quotes always seem to make me realize how much I need to work on my self-esteem and love myself better. Instead of just reading the quotes and carrying along, I chose to read the books the quotes came from and actually put action towards bettering myself. These are books that I am planning to read, currently reading and/or have already read.
3. Personal Mantra
Make daily affirmations. Create a personal motivational statement that reassures you daily. An example would be “I am capable. I will achieve ANYTHING. I am beautiful.” This mantra is personal to you and your goals. I love to wake up and say my mantra after my morning prayer. This way I feel ready and energized to conquer my day!
4. 100happydays challenge
Another one of my close friends introduced me to the 100happydays challenge! The question it poses is “Can you be happy for 100 days in a row?” You document your experience daily through pictures of what made you happy! It is not a contest but it challenges you to find your true happiness and live a more intentional life. I will be starting this challenge soon! You will find more information about it HERE.
Remember, the journey to self-love is not easy, but it is worth it. Take this journey with me and lets work together to always put ourselves first.
Top 4 Playlist Must Haves
2017 has already been a great year for music! Many artists such as The Migos, Future, Kehlani, Big Sean, Jidenna, Syd, and Sampha have released albums. As I was traveling this weekend, these are the albums I had in rotation, so it is safe to say these are my current favorites.
Who isn’t a Migos fan right now? Bad and Boujee has become an anthem and we all secretly wanted them to perform at the SuperBowl. Although some may believe this album is just hype, I can listen to every song, no skips. My favorite songs are “Get Right Witcha”, “T-Shirt”, and “Call Casting”. Add Culture to your playlist NOW!
I have loved Kehlani for what seems like forever. She does not hold back so I know personally I feel a connection to her and her music. I love the self-love pieces on the album from Reyna Biddy which reassures you while listening that we all have felt this way at least once. I love the entire piece but my favorite song is “Distraction”.
Big Sean- I Decided.
With songs like “Bounce Back” and “Moves”, I could not wait for this album to be released. The skits and narrator make this album personable and relatable. It’s like a voice in the back of your head guiding you through the songs and Big Sean’s growth and progression as an artist. “Halfway Off The Balcony” is my favorite song from the album.
Chance the Rapper- Coloring Book
While Coloring Book is actually a mixtape and was released last year, it is an amazing piece! Chance the Rapper is on top right now! Chance took home three Grammy awards this year after winning for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Performance. My favorite songs are “Blessings”, “Juke Jam”, “How Great” and of course, “No Problem”.
What’s on your weekend playlist?
3 Tools to Feed Your Spirit
I began this year with a plan and a purpose. As I have always been a person motivated to achieve all of my goals, I was missing God’s plan and purpose for my life. I was attending Church regularly, thinking that I was living in his image, but I soon realized that I was just hearing His word and not applying it. I have experienced many trials and tribulations although I am very young. Many times I felt as if I was failing God and not living the way he planned for me to. I had to open my heart and my mind and let God in. Feeding my Spirit was a personal lesson and I am dedicating my year to diving deep and looking to God to reveal my purpose.
So, I themed this year the year of fulfillment. I wanted to learn to understand God’s word beyond what I heard from my Bishop in Church. I had to figure out ways to live in God’s image and allow the Holy Spirit to fill my body. For any of you who have struggled to really understand your purpose and God’s meaning for your life, these tools are for you! I purchased a journal and every day I try to write about my findings, my Faith, and also whatever comes to mind. I feel so much closer to God and it has been through my own spiritual journey.
While you may not think Instagram is a way to grow your faith, I have found a couple of Instagram pages that feature inspirational quotes, life lessons, and scriptures. These pages help me daily as every morning before I start my day, I check my social media pages (such a millennial) and I feel blessed by the Word immediately. Here are my two favorites:
I actually came across #ASpiritualWarrior by Chatoya A. on Twitter. I began to follow Twitter accounts that would remind me of my faith journey and I came across a Scripture challenge. Each day there is a new scripture or book of the Bible (depending on the month). This is a self-study but Twitter has a community of followers where I am able to read their interpretations of the Scriptures and participate in thought-provoking conversations about the Word. Here is the to her TWITTER where you will find the Scripture challenges. She also has a website for those of you who want more than just a Twitter post. Check it out!
3. Eat. Pray. Hustle.: Dream Chasing God’s Way.
This book was AMAZING! I started this devotional as the first way to grow closer to God, through my dreams, and I am so happy I did! This is great for those of you who need God’s Word on a more intimate and personal level. I felt as a go-getter this devotional was catered to me. It was special, and my Faith has grown tremendously through reading this. You can purchase it HERE.
I hope some of you find these helpful and start your own Spiritual Journey. ♥
And so the adventure begins…
“Be Brave. Take Chances. Make it Happen.”
There are people that just dream and there are people that make things happen. I represent those of us who make it happen. While I have many dreams and aspirations, I have never lacked the will-power or determination to get these things done! So here I am, Sabria Jones or Sabria J as this site will reference me, with my personal blog that was once just a dream. This blog is for the go-getter girl, the girl who believes in herself and trusts her own strength, the girl who is struggling to find her way, and every girl in between.
Although this is a personal blog, I have also created it to be a powerful community platform for ladies to voice their thoughts, dreams, aspirations, and anything else that comes to mind. We are all hustling through this journey called life. I am just documenting as I go along.
So hey boss ladies, let’s chat!