Ten Goals to Make Each Day in 2017 a Success

Top Ten 2017 Goals for Success

Each New Year serves as a reminder of things renewed. A time to focus on making ourselves better or at the least remaining consistent in our efforts. For many, the personal trials of 2016 and increased global turmoil, led us to believe the year had a vendetta against us. Stories of chaos seemed to linger in every corner, leaving us "ready and willing" to let the year go.

In theory, we have said sayonara to 2016 and happily skipped into 2017, with the feeling of being in the clear, right!?! Wrong.. Life does not work that way. We cannot continue to use a timeframe to make us feel better about a life's challenges. Instead, we must encourage ourselves and direct our personal journeys daily, and allow everything else to run its course. By doing this, each day is a success and life's hiccups will not seem so bad. 


Ten Goals to Make Each Day in 2017 a Success

1) Get up earlier: No time? Create time, for reading, prayer, meditation or a hot breakfast.

2) Read: Keep your mind sharp by learning.

3) Drink more water: Hydration is key for healthy mind and body. 

4) Get moving: A body in motion stays in motion, a body at rest stays at rest. Do it while you can.

5) Power down: Disconnect from the world and reconnect with yourself. 

6) Wear red: Lipstick, nail polish, dresses, etc. 

7) Pamper yourself: Whether it's a pedicure, a trip, facial mask or long walk. Take time for you! 

8) Get your annual check ups: Staying healthy is very important. Keeping up with regular check-ups ensures you stay on track.

9) Visit your loved ones: You never know what life holds. Can't make it there?! FaceTime and Skype are great too.

10) Smile: In the mirror or at someone else. Each day is a blessing, make sure to find a happy place in it! 

Cheers to making 2017 amazing!

A Poetic Moment: Revelations of a Born Again American Woman

  Revelations of a Born Again American Woman  by Shaliss Monet Wilkes

Revelations of a Born Again American Woman by Shaliss Monet Wilkes

Earlier this year, my dear friend Shaliss published her first book. Over the years, Shaliss has written for ESSENCE Magazine and Coca-Cola. However, this is the first of her personal works to be published. A wife, mother and woman secure in her religion, Shaliss' collection of poetry in Revelations of a Born Again American Woman is a testimony of faith. Beautifully penned in a series of poems, is a love story centered around her personal journey. 

Find Revelations of a Born Again American Woman on Amazon

Master Packing List: The Essential Travel Guide

Traveling is an experience that never gets old. The nostalgia of visiting the city you were raised in or the thrill of wandering in new terrain, is a treat. Whether embarking on a train ride to admire the countryside or venturing to view the Wonders of the World, one of the most important things to do before you go, is pack. Packing is a crucial step and is not always an easy feat.

Over the years, I would say I have perfected the art of packing. When it comes to my suitcase, I am a packing queen. I begin the process with a list of what to do before packing, a list of things to pack, a list of outfits to wear and a list of tasks to complete before leaving. Honestly, there is probably more time spent on creating lists than actually packing. However, there is method in my madness. 

While preparing for my last vacation, I realized I could save time by formulating a master list of essentials. Excited about the final list, I am sharing with you. The fool proof list is shown below. If using an iPhone, head to the bottom of the page, for a link to the list which you can copy and paste in your notes, for each trip. This method will ensure nothing is left behind. 

May this list ease your travel experience. 

Happy Packing!

*Note: The list to copy and paste is located HERE.

Tips For Creating A Personalized Gift Basket

Tips For Creating A Personalized Gift Basket

DIY Gift Basket

Set a budget 

How much do you want to spend? This should include gift wrap. 


Pick a theme 

Can all of the items be used for a similar time or event? 


Check for a registry

 If there is a registry, build your basket around a few items included items on the list. 


Be mindful of the recipient 

What is their style? What do they do? Where do they go? 



There are a ton of inexpensive ways to pack your gifts. Boxes, Baskets, Bowls, and Laundry Bins. Be mindful to have a sturdy bottom for visual aesthetic.

*Note: For bridal and baby showers, the rule "be a dear, wrap in clear" is great! It makes your gift easy to view. Especially if gifts aren't being individually opened. 


If you aren't the creative type, email me and let me build a basket for you! 

Personalize It: A Baby Shower Gift Basket

I believe, every day is a gift! Each time we open our eyes and are able to inhale the morning air, then exhale, to expel the nights past, is special! As we move forth through the day, happiness should spew from our veins.  

Therefore, when a momentous occasion such as a birthday, job promotion, wedding or new baby, arises, we should sound the alarms and celebrate! As these are joyful bonuses to which life has blessed us. 

Over the years, I have honored many milestones by creating personalized gifts sets. I take pride in curating special baskets for my family, friends and others. I recently made this Bedtime Basket, as a baby shower gift. The basket included books and a wash set, from her registry, a hooded towel, washcloths, hand covers and an adorable one-piece. The recipient of the gift is expecting her first child. Knowing that she will be a doting mom, I added in an inspirational memory book. This way, after spending precious time laying her little one down, she can take a moment to briefly document her baby's day. 

Personalized gifts are thoughtful and memorable. So, next time you need to pick up a gift, put a bit of love in it and use the tips found HERE

Baby Shower Gift Basket


If you aren't the creative type, email me and let me build a set for you! 


Here are a few other gift sets I've made in the past...