25 Things I’ve Learned in 25 Years

It’s my 25th birthday and I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned in a quarter century and I hope you all find some of them inspiring. Let me know some of the lessons you’ve learned also in the comments section.

1.  you are the architect of your life.

2. you cannot give what you do not have.

3. your perception will determine your reality.

4. the mouth is a weapon, use your words wisely.

5. the Earth is on loan to us, we must treat is with kindness.

6. people come into our lives for times and seasons – be open to changing seasons.

7. if everyone likes you, it means you do not have a mind of your own.

8. Know your worth, then add tax.

9. tell the people you love that you love them.

10. it is better to give than to receive.

11. we are a light to the world, so shine brightly. do not dull your light to cater to another’s darkness.

12. prayer is the key.

13. there is life after death.


Photography by Teisha J Photography

14. miracles do happen.

15. faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

16. dating without intent is like going to a store to shop without money. you will leave dissatisfied or with something that isn’t yours.

17. learn how to walk into other people’s lives without walking out of yours.

18. in all things, give thanks.

19. travel, see the world, it is such a beautiful place.

20. don’t limit God with your mind. He wants to do so much more.

21. if you don’t show up, you fail by default. show up!

22. your giving is a ransom for your life. Trust God with your best.

23. family is so IMPORTANT.

24. hurry, hurry has no blessing

25. you get to decide what kind of person you want to be.


Photography by Teisha J Photography

Love and Hugs,



Last Quarter

It’s the last quarter of the year and I am beginning to reminiscence on what 2017 has brought with it. Did you do that vision board at the beginning of the year? Did you have resolutions? What have you accomplished so far this year that you wanted to?


Lately, I have been feeling a little out of it, because I guess in some ways, I feel like there was so much more I had planned for this year. I had dreams, visions, and hopes. Some definitely took a lot of hard work to get, some are still up in the air.

Nonetheless, I have decided that I have no time to waste in sulking about what I could or couldn’t do this year. 2018 starts in a few short months and I need to get my mind in order and make a conscious decision to do what I say I’ll do and offload any unnecessary things that are stopping me from doing what I’ve been called to do.

My hope for you is that, if you’re feeling down and out or like you’ve failed this year, you don’t give up on your dreams because of that. If it’s worth having, it’s worth fighting for. So pull up your big girl/boy panties and get back in the race. You can’t sit out in life. You have to stay in the game and keep on fighting.

I’ll be back before the year is out, so stay blessed and graced.

Your greatest message will be spoken by your life, not your lips. – Pastor Steven Furtick

From the Travel Gallery:


Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom |December 2016|

Love and Hugs,



Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here – Eve Ensler 

All photos were taken at The United States National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. 

The Way…

I had never heard of Sarah’s story!

As I’ve grown up into a young woman, I have faced my fair share of challenges across the spectrum. With all these challenges and trials, I’ve found myself clawing at the dark ever so often and in my quest to center and focus, I came across, “Lost and Found, Finding HOPE in the Detours of Life,” by Sarah Jakes (now Sarah Jakes Roberts).


This book, this woman, this story of unconditional love, absolutely blew me away!

There is so much heart and emotion in this book that at times, I found myself laughing, smiling, crying, and there was a night, I had to stop reading and curled up in a ball on my bed and bawled my eyes out.

It wasn’t pity that reduced me to tears streaming uncontrollably down my face, it was wonder at the Love of Christ and how it has the redeeming power to bring anyone back from deviating so far off the path of life he/she is supposed to walk on. In some ways, I saw myself in Sarah.

She wrote something that brought me to my knees – literally. It read, “Some people learn worship by watching others. Others experience it by experiencing a struggle so great they have no other way to release the relentless shame, the terrifying fear or unbearable pain.” This excerpt is one that I can personally relate to on so many different levels. You see the Bible says that “God is spirit [the Source of life, yet invisible to mankind], and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” – John 4:24 AMP and this excerpt from Lost and Found made me realize why I am all about worship. It is because I have been at place where the world did not have the solution and the only hope I had was God and it’s always been HIM. So, I am quick to lift my hands to Him in worship and supplication without inhibitions and just let the praise up.

Sarah Jakes Roberts also explored the complexities of her relationships and she noted something profound, “You cannot desire trust and sow betrayal.” As she described her tumultuous relationship, it made me wonder how many young women like herself and myself have validated and accepted “less,” because we refused to acknowledge how much Jesus has already provided. I remember rebuking myself as I recalled every time I let someone made me feel less or not deserving of the best. I was wrong, – to myself and to my Creator, because I let that happen.

Every time I accepted something that bruised me, but didn’t break me, I lost. – Sarah Jakes Roberts

There is so much in this book, and I do not want to share it all, because I think it is something you must read yourself and fully grasp and understand and make it yours.

What I will say is, Sarah’s story ends well! Very well actually, not by surprise to me anyway, because when Jesus is the author and the finisher of your faith, (Hebrews 12:2 KJV) your story can only have a great ending – upward and forward only.

As I prepare to bid you “Adieu,” I’d like to add a personal note here. When I picked up this book it was because I had just found myself broken and hurt and in need of finding clarity and my way. This book did so much for me. I am not where I am supposed to be yet, but this was a start and I am farther along in my journey now. So if you’re feeling down, dejected, alone, and lost, I want to assure you, that you are not alone and there is room at the Cross. God’s Grace is sufficient and it can do exceedingly, abundantly, much more than we could ever ask for or imagine.

So, as I wrap up here and hope to God that you go pick up this book, I’d like to leave you with one thing;

“Love should be used as a tool, not a weapon. Like a tool, love should be used to build something incredible, not to destroy fragile material.” – Sarah Jakes Roberts.



It’s been so long.

I have so much to say and share with you all, but life has taken a will of its own. I am so busy, I barely find leisure time, but I am hoping to have more time to write, share, and fellowship with you all. I cannot make any promises that my time on this site will become more consistent, but I am hoping that this will get better.

I’ve missed writing and sharing on this platform, so I will do better and pray that somewhere, somehow, I am inspiring someone out there.

My next post will be a book review (whoo hoo – I’m back with Book Nooks) and I hope you will check it out.

Love and Hugs,



Happy 2017 – Flourish like the palm tree.

“Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.” – Unknown


London In Love

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”  – Saint Augustine.

Welcome to my London photo dairy and here’s to many more! There is something amazing about being in a different country. The feeling of adventure and wanderlust. Meeting strangers; a random 15 minute conversation with an Australian lady on the London Eye, broken Spanish with an Argentinian man in St. James Park, asking a Russian young lady to take a picture in front of The National Museum and Trafalgar Square, stopping rail workers for help with navigating the underground, overground, and regular trains. I loved being in a foreign country and all the possibilities that it presents. I can’t wait for the next adventure.

Thanks for for stopping by and see you soon.

Love & Hugs,


Thank you for 2015

Hello readers,

Happy New Year!!!! (Cue fireworks, bangers, etc). I am hoping 2015 was good to you all and filled with great laughter, love, joy, peace, and happiness.

This will be a short write up! So here goes,

Thank you for clicking on that link from Google, Facebook, Instagram, emails, etc that led you to my blog. Thank you for taking time to read my posts, leaving comments (which I do try to reply as soon as possible), and for all the likes. I really do appreciate you all.

Here’s to 2016 being bigger, brighter, lighter, and more glorious than ever before. Remember you are like leaven and you grow and spread until you fill the place you’re occupying. I love you all.

Look out for more posts coming soon and click that button to follow my thoughts.

Love and Hugs,

Palmira ❤️