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A Leap of Faith

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It’s ok to be scared but leap. God’s got you. In this past week, I had to choose whether to leap in faith or let my toxic pride cloud the help I needed.

I knew what I wanted to do but it was just terrifying. I asked God for one thing and He gave me something different. He likes to do that.

I am a cautious person so I don’t like surprises nor uncertainty about what is next. I am a type A planner, control freak through and through. But, that’s not faith. It’s fear. Fear is quite the monster. Fear is a thief of life itself. You can either give into it or fight with faith. Toxic pride creates a control freak mentality over everything and I get so frustrated when things are different than my plans. My anxiety goes through the roof and the past mistakes creep up. I am on edge. Fear cripples and eats me alive.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.-Hebrews 11:1

Faith in action is hard. It’s not a noun but a verb. It’s a daily exercise and practice. Faith is going into the unknown but it is also knowing that God is ever-present leading and guiding you. He knows you (and I) are scared but He’s a Comforter and Sustainer. He will not let you fall no matter how many times you (and I) think otherwise. Breathe. Inhale and Exhale. It’s scary but God’s got you. He will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6).

So I just wanted to share that. It’s ok to be scared. We are human. Every day is a battle. But just know God is with you even in the unknown places and decisions we need to make. Leap in faith. When God puts faith inside of you, all things are possible. With that comes surrender to self and pride. Fear does not allow you leap, faith does. Trusting God takes faith not fear only. Living takes faith not fear.

So leap in faith.

Blissfully,

Bianca

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Vaxxed Redemption Summer Fun List

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This time last year, summer was spent inside. Yes, some still ventured like there was not a global pandemic outside. But, me, myself, and I stayed safe and erred on the side of caution for my health and my family’s health.

But ya girl is vaxxed and READY FOR SUMMER. To specify, a warm, Christian grown lady summer. I’m not going crazy but I really want to do stuff. So, here is my list for Summer 2021.

  • Paint Night
  • Outdoor Activity (i.e. a hike, go to the park, etc.)
  • Do something daring *Bonus*
  • A spa day
  • Brunch with a friend(s)
  • A fun redemption birthday celebration (June 28th baby!!)
  • Attend in-person church
  • Have a pool day
  • Go to a museum
  • A day of nothing/chill day

So what is on your summer fun list for 2021?

Blissfully,

Bianca

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Take A Step Back

I am learning more each day about taking a step back. It does not mean you are incompetent but are aware of your boundaries. As a reformed perfectionist and people-pleaser, I am getting better in taking an intentional step back. I cannot give what I do not have. I need to recharge, rest, and have a moment of silence/solitude. It’s a form of self-care that I am tapping into.

So to start 2020, I am taking a step back. I am taking a little sabbatical till March to rest from blogging and work on life. Yours truly needs self-care. I want to focus on other things in my life.

Don’t worry. I have wonderful ideas for 2020. I want to continue to grow but also need to take a step back.

Keep reading and hold on. I will be back again. Love you all Bliss Fam.

Blissfully,

Bianca

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When You’re Not There Yet

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The last step: budding. You have grown through the dirt and emerge in flower form. You are ready to show the world: I AM HERE! You’re 80% there, you just have 20% left to go. And yet it’s not time.

I know that feeling all too well. Yesterday was tough finding out that I did not pass the Bar again. Once again, I was ready to complete the growth. Spread my wings, be independent, and thrive. But it was not time.

God controls the beginnings, the in-betweens, and the outcomes.

A flower bud is not lesser than a fully bloomed flower. Both are flowers. Both struggled to grow. It’s just God designed them uniquely and differently. But God still provides for both.

Some people pass the Bar on the first try. Some pass on the second try. Some pass one section and not the other. Some pass after several tries. But once you pass, you are an Esquire.

So, I will not be ashamed. I just bloom differently. I will get there. It’s just not time yet. But I am still blooming. My time will come.

Blissfully,

Bianca

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Where I Have Been?

Like a tree, it goes through seasons. There is a time of growth and change. It is green and full of life. The blooms and fruit come forth. It goes through range of reds, oranges, and yellows depending how close they are to the sun. All the leaves fall and die to make way for new growth. 

With me, life has happened.  I was employed for the midterm elections (early voting and election day) as a poll official which was an eye-opening experience. 

Then, after that…I felt stuck. I felt depressed with the season I am currently in. As you know, I did not pass the Bar. At the beginning, I was positive and empowering myself that I will take it again and this won’t break me. 

And then it broke me…

As I started studying again, my spirit felt damaged. I was doubting myself. I just felt stuck. Like God, I am right where I started earlier this year. I am an unemployed, postgraduate studying for the Bar again. 

People I started with made it. And I didn’t make it.

I was depressed and my anxiety made me lower. I had to take a break from social media. And I just stopped blogging. My spirit was not in the right place to write inspirational posts. I don’t want to fake it. It would not be fair to my followers. I want to be as authentic as possible.  So I just stopped…

I did not want to let you all down but I couldn’t go on. I had no inspiration or theme to post about. I wanted to find the peace that surpassed all understanding. I wanted to be content in this season. That this is not the end for me.

I am feeling better. I had to take my own advice: get back in the Word, pray, talk out my feelings, and keep positivity in my life. I am still going at studying for the Bar. I am still living and breathing by God’s grace. I still have purpose.

So my lesson in this struggle is simple: God will not let you go.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”-Joshua 1:9

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.-Isaiah 41:10

It always seems to me like God is watching this unfold but He is not. God knew this before the foundation of the world. He knew that I would not pass the Bar the first time around. He knew that I would be between states once again. He knew that I would need my family to get through this. He knew I would be serving on my church’s worship team. He knew it all.

I have to remind myself that I am not a failure. I’m not dumb. I am still meant to be an attorney. It’s just that my journey is not over. I will get there in His timing by His strength. 

It’s just not my time now. I am still in the autumn stage with beautiful, bright, colorful yet dying leaves. But I know it will spring up into new blooms soon.

So with this season, I will not be posting blogs till Spring 2019 (i.e. after the Bar). I am focusing on Bar studies and myself for the time being. I hope you all understand. I love and appreciate you all for reading. Keep reading my old blogs. Send me a message, follow me on FB, and keep being inspired. God Bless.

Blissfully,

Bianca

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27 Years In the Single Oasis

Every year that I am on this Earth, I like to take an inventory of each single year.

In Year 27, still single. I have graduated from law school (big deal). Yes, I moved back home with my family. I still paint and enjoy myself.

Since graduating, my big question is after the Bar and finding employment, what is next? Love for me is finding a companion and life partner. I really want that. There are days where I feel like maybe this is it, maybe my earthly life will be spent single. The older I get, the more that feeling occurs. It’s kinda like I have given up on finding him and let other people pray for him. I’m so into myself and I don’t know if another person can fit my life.

I know what you are thinking:

“Bianca, aren’t you being dramatic!?!”

“You’re so awesome.”

“You will find him when you least expect it”

“I found my husband at age (fill in the blank)”

and all of the above encouraging responses.

Yeah I hear you but what I feel is what I feel.

I have noticed that my convictions and beliefs truly scare people. I don’t believe in sex before marriage. I have never been in a nightclub or lounge nor do I ever intend to. I don’t believe in hookups, one night stands, or experimenting. If you are with me, we are exclusively together. That alone makes the boys run away from the yard, jump over the fence and sprint as far away from me as possible. Even Christian guys have ran for the hills because I am a clean girl…like too clean..like extra virgin olive oil (what does that mean!?!).

The story goes: The good ones are taken. The bad ones I abstain from. The ones left over…well nothing…just nothing to my liking or his. So there goes my dilemma. 

I am traditional with a modern twist. Yes, I believe in women empowerment but I like a guy to hold the door for me, pay for dinners (the first few), and chivalry. But I also believe in respect..I’m not just a girl looking to get married, be barefoot and pregnant, and forget my career and my personality. I want to be appreciated that I am smart and talented too…no patriarchal roles (I am Man, You are Woman. Make me a sandwich..JERK MUCH!).

I know my worth so I know I can’t settle for anyone. I have waited my whole life for the best even if that means I get married at 30, 35, 40 or beyond. That is something I have decided. I chose to wait because my heart is fragile and important to my well-being. I have seen people in my life whose hearts have been destroyed physically, emotionally, and mentally by a man who says “I Love You.” I could not bear that so I am single: to guard my heart. Call me weird,  too traditional, naive, extra virgin, a clean girl, uptight, not fun.I want the best so I guess I will wait for the best. I will not dim who I am to settle.

I’m not a dry desert of single life but an oasis of one. Life is good but I want more. Who does not want more for their life.? I do. My oasis has my family, my friends, my career (future career), my talents, my extroverted qualities, and good things. It’s all good but where is that male companion for life? Let’s see if Year 28 is the year. If nothing, then I still have my oasis.

Dim

Blissfully,

Bianca

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Black Girl Magic

 

I was always told that I have to work twice as hard as an African American female. It’s just the way it is.

The criticisms of black women being welfare queens, ratchet, too much, too loud, too mean, unworthy of a good black man flood the media and society. Like all of us are built like that.

I have been told my hair is different. I have been told by my community and other people groups that I act too white. I have been told, “Bianca, I prefer snow bunnies. I don’t date black women. Y’all are too much.”

But you know what, I choose to live above the stereotypes. I am an extroverted, beautiful, kind, educated, creative black woman. I live according to God’s standards and truth that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I believe in the sanity of marriage; boyfriends do not get husband privileges. I am fun and love to make people happy and inspired. I live a set apart life so I abstain from many things. I love Haitian food and love fried chicken. I did not graduate or attend a historically black college. Not in a historically black sorority. I love all kinds of Pop, Christian, R&B, Hip-Hop music. I worship at a church where I am the minority.

Do my qualifications make me less black? No, because it is my experience. I am living my truth, my magic.

REAL TALK: In my imagination, every black woman who lives out her potential is a queen in her own right. We are diverse, come in all shapes, and sizes. We work with what we have been dealt and make something of ourselves. 

Black Girl Magic is what you make it. This is me. Black people are not the same. We are different. I learned a long time ago that I don’t to conform to man’s opinion of me. I just to be myself unashamedly. Be my own kind of magic…and that’s what I’m gonna be.

 

Imagination

Blissfully,

Bianca

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New Blissful Additions

I made some goals for myself for 2018. I am trying to keep better habits for my well-being.

  1. I started tracking my steps each day. I do forget my tracker sometimes..lol but I am starting.
  2. I am braving the cold while running. My family thinks I should run when it is warmer and that running in cold weather is crazy. Well crazy enough to reach my goal. But they are supportive of me.
  3. I am flossing more..crazy right!?! Taking care of my teeth thus taking care of my body.
  4. My skin got really sensitive last year. I tried many products but it just wasn’t working for my face. Believe or not, apple vinegar and olive oil WORKS. I have seen the change in my face. It is clearer and improving. My new skin regime:
      1. After I was my face with Neutrogena soap, I put apple vinegar mixed with water on my face and leave it for 5 minutes.
      2. Wash the apple vinegar/water mix off.
      3. Rub olive oil on the face and let it sit and you are done
  5. I started practicing my lettering skills from an awesome workbook. I am getting better at it.

It is important to carve out time for making your goals a reality. This is my start.

Carve

Blissfully,

Bianca

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New Uncharted Territory

With a new year comes a new season in my life. It was unexpected and my plans shifted. When a plan changed, it meant that I was NOT in control. Life happens; what you expected may not be what results. You adjust and adapt (in between a little pity party…it’s ok, we are human). Shifting from single, independent law student to home-bound post grad can sound like I have failed. But I have not. I did a brilliant thing: I have a Juris Doctorate behind my name. Yes, I am living with my family while studying for the Bar. I am a party of 5. I am learning to adjust. Compromise is key. The unit matters more than the individual. Some days are hard and some days are manageable.  I have free room, board, and food. It is different but it will do for now. It is just new uncharted territory.

Brilliant

Blissfully,

Bianca

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Conversations with Yourself

Don’t worry, this is not any psycho thing. Since it’s been 12 hours since 2018, it is important to have conversations with yourself about what you want to accomplish and do with your life. I’m serious. What do you want to do different in 2018?  Dig deep down and ask yourself what do you want.

For me, I have thought about my goals and dreams for 2018. So I will share mine with you all.

  1. Pass the Bar. To be successful, I am establishing a studying plan and taking Bar classes in anticipation for July. It will not be easy but I can and will do it.
  2. Find a job with the “adult” benefits I deserve. Actively seeking jobs through LinkedIn or Google for temporary legal positions while waiting to sit the Bar and looking for a full-time position for the long haul as well.
  3. Be healthy and active. I have challenged myself to do some form of fitness whether running (through an app), walking, or something else three times a week. I want to take care of my temple. I need to eat better because I am getting older and need to eat better (more fruits and veggies). I also want to do a 5K again. It’s been a while but I really want to.
  4. Refine and grow my creative escapes (i.e. blogging, painting, lettering, etc). I really want to expand my Blissfully Bianca blog (Any ideas are appreciated). I may want to start selling my paintings. I have a workbook to improve my lettering skills so it can be better. I could make a little side hustle with that.
  5. Have and stick to a Bible Reading Plan for the Year. I will be reading Psalms for the year. I want to do an in-depth study on the book and journal my thoughts. I may even blog on that…
  6. Try new things and adventures. I can be a little picky and uniform to my life so I want to mix things up and try new foods, new methods to taking care of myself, etc. I may even try online dating (you never know). I just want to open my mind and heart to places and  people.

What are your goals? It is an open dialogue. No judgments here. Just try to find something you want to do. It can be anything.

Conversation

Blissfully,

Bianca