It’s Time to ReVamp our Closets!

Spring is gone and we are deep into the heart of summer. Let’s switch gears and prepare ourselves for the Fall season, the Season of Change! It appears that people will be going back into their offices, although businesses are revisiting their work process to include a virtual option and schools are planned to reopen. With the changing times, some of us may be saying… “I just don’t need all these business clothes any more!” Although that may be true, don’t be too hasty. However, this may be a great time to sort through our closet and make sure that our more casual wear is easily assessible. But for some, it’s may be easier said than done….

Our overall goal is to show you that the organizing process is fairly simply, although at times, it may appear to be somewhat overwhelming. We will guide you through the entire process, one step at a time. After we have organized our clothes, we will be able to face our closets each morning and find what we need, when we need it!

It’s Time to ReVamp our closets from strictly business to virtual casual! But for some, it just may be the opposite, but either way, our closets need our attention and we can help! Please let us know if you have any questions as we take this journey together by leaving a comment or you can email me at candy@orderyoursteps.net.

I would love to hear from you.
Please Stay Tuned, there’s even more help on the way!

Take Time for Self-Care

During the month of July, my “Moving Forward by Faith” Interview and Video Series focused on Self-Care, Health & Wellness. We had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Quay Holland, Integrative Nutrition and Autoimmune Health Coach and Owner of Q ur Body Lifestyle LLC. She answered the question, What is Wellth? and much, much more. Ms. Holland believes that while on our life’s journey, we discover that we lack purpose, alignment and true WELLth™ in many areas of our personal, professional, financial lives. This unstable lifestyle can negatively impact our bodies, minds and souls in profound ways, like unhealthy relationships with food, environments or individuals and lack of self-care. It’s time for a change!

We also shared some Words of Wisdom from Ms. Mocha Lee, Certified Personal Trainer and Owner of Fitness Fanatics. A very, very busy mom herself, wife and an entrepreneur, she understands that we don’t have hours to spend at the gym… and “what about our hair!” Mocha Lee suggested that we start our day with our devotionals, prayer and meditation. Then, if we would spend ONLY ten minutes in the morning with low impact cardio exercise, we would be amazed at how much more energy we would have throughout the day.

MOCHA’S METHOD – The Four “M’s”

1.   Motivation
2.   Morning Movement
3.   Manage Meals
4.   Making Meaningful Measurements (Set Smart, Attainable Goals)

Lastly, we are working on one more video for this month, entitled “Coping during COVID” (formerly entitled “Coping with our Emotions during Isolation”), A Conversation with Dr. Sadie John, Christian Clinical Psychologist.

So Stay Tuned…

However, in the meantime, I believe that someone out there needs to hear this today!

Please Share…. and Have a Blessed Week!

“Light will Always find Its Way into Darkness”

My eyes are very sensitive to light especially when I’m trying to sleep, so a few months ago I bought some blackout curtains. They are absolutely wonderful! However, I realized that when the sun came up, the Light always found its Way into the darkness. My bedroom was no longer pitch dark … into the smallest crevices, the light had come through. For some of us, our lives seem to be in total darkness right now and for others, we encounter those moments of darkness when our situation seems hopeless. But always remember…

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

2 Corinthians 4:6-9 KJV

We are in a season of grief and loss, like we’ve never seen before… “God, it’s so overwhelming! Sometimes I feel that I just can’t catch my breath. We need to see Your Light. It feels so dark right now. But as I lay in my bed in the early morning, I see Your light piercing through what was once a room that was pitch dark. Help us to see Your Light, the Light of Your Glory. You are the only one that can strengthen us, that can hold us up, even in the darkest places. ”

We must let His Word Order Our Steps…

27 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalms 27:1

105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Psalms 119:105

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Psalms 23:4

5 […] weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Psalms 30:5b

Loss is hard and Grieving is a process…

“His Light will Always find it Way into Darkness!”

“Moving Forward by Faith” Interview/Video Series – Part I/II

Although I’d promised you the June issue of our Order Your Steps newsletter, I’ve decided to take this opportunity to give you an outline of our 2021 interview/video series, thus far and where we’re going for the 2nd half of the year. We began with interviews with three AMAZING young women, who were gracious enough to chat with me about a portion of their life’s journey, to include the unexpected moments, their lessons learned and the Lord’s blessings along the way.

“You’ve Finished College, Now What?” by Ms. Myiesha Speight…

She discovered that adulthood what not exactly what she thought it would be.

“How did I get Here?” by Ms. Elayna Speight…

She started her graphic design business at 23 and she will soon be celebrating her 10th anniversary.

“30-Something is Not what I Expected” by Ms. Amber Brown…

She’s an IT professional and the wife of an Elder, with a growing ministry.

If you don’t have a lot of time, there are SNEAK PEAKS of each of these videos posted on YouTube. I truly believe that no matter your age or place in life, there a message in each video for you or to share with someone you know.

No Order Your Steps LLC interview/video series is complete, unless you have a few videos about “Organizing Your Space“.

“Virtual versus On-Site Organizing” – An Interview with Detra
“A Virtual Organizing Project during a Pandemic” – An Interview with Nikki
“It’s Time to ReVamp our Closet” – Tackling Our Closet – 2021 ReVisited

Here’s our entire “Moving Forward by Faith” Interview/Video Series Playlist on our Order Your Steps LLC Youtube Channel. Don’t forget to take a moment to Subscribe…

As we move Forward by Faith in the month of July, we will be discussing Wellness and Mental & Emotion Health. We will look at the following topics:

“What is Wellth?” – An Interview with Quay Holland, Integrative Nutrition and Autoimmune Health Coach
“Coping with our Emotions during Isolation” – A Conversation with Dr. Sadie John, Clinical Christian Counselor
“Grief & Loss” – A Conversation with Evangelist Carolyn Starks, Psychiatric Nurse & Consultant and Wellness Coordinator

In the months ahead, our video series will have two arms, one arm will be “Before / After the Business Plan” for the entrepreneurs and those with an entrepreneurial spirit. Our other arm will be “Ordering Your Steps in your Space!”. We will be looking at revamping our closets for our new personal/work environment and downsizing in preparation to move physically and spiritually.

We are living in really challenging times right now, but we are praying that these videos and the messages within them, will inspire, encourage and motivation someone to move forward by faith!

We welcome your comments, thoughts and ideas for future videos on our Youtube channel, Facebook or simply email us. We would love to hear from you!

Be Encouraged…

There are times when people choose to walk out of our lives. Unfortunately, they may also walk away from God. Our prayer is that they come back to God and God will let us know whether they will come back to us. Sometimes, He removes people to make our life better, because they are in the way of what God wants to do in us and through us.  There are other times that they are removed so that we don’t interfere with what God is trying to do in their lives.      

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 KJV

Restoration

Since yesterday, the eyes of my understanding has been enlightened, so I decided to share … My thoughts about my son had become so very heavy on me for the past several months. I’d prayed, but I just couldn’t shake the spirit of heaviness. It’s been almost two years, since I’d seen him. This wasn’t the first time that he had left for years at a time. But this time, I’d decided that obviously God had His reasons for us to be apart and I just needed to be “ok” with that…. what I hadn’t realized was that I’d also decided that if/when he came back, there would be more drama and he would just leave again. I was tired of being brokenhearted.

God’s revelation for me started about a week ago, when I hear a church elder say that we are not experiencing God’s Fullness of Joy, because we are afraid to love deeply. We have become so guarded with our hearts and we just don’t want to be hurt again. However, we must understand that God is standing by ready to heal our broken heart, if we’d let him. He wants to restore many of our closest relationships, but He’s waiting on us.

With the help of the Holy Spirit, my son’s picture as a child showed me how vulnerable he used to me and he needed a mom. Although my son is grown, I’m still his mom and for me to be “ok”, I’d hardened my heart and given up on any hope of reconciliation and God’s Total Restoration. Today, God said to me, and possibly, to some of you too! …

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 36:26 KJV

And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.

Ezekiel 36:26 NLT

I don’t know what God has in store for me, but I do know that He can do the impossible, if only I believe, do my part and keep “Moving Forward by Faith”!

No Matter what … I’m Still his Mom

Yesterday after my organizing appt., I had a “sort & purge” adventure of my own. My journey started in the crawl space under the steps and of course, one thing led to another. I went from the basement to my closet and ended up in the junk drawer of my night stand, where I found this pic and a flood of emotions followed. The Holy Spirit has a very interesting way of getting your attention, so I decided to share by doing a blog post.

My Own Personal Moving Forward by Faith Moment

If you followed me in the early days, you know that my son and I have always had an “interesting” relationship, but I won’t bore you with the details. In 2018, I wrote a book and originally, there was supposed to be a chapter about my son in this book. But while writing about what he’s done, what he hadn’t done, what’s he should have done and what he shouldn’t have done, the Lord revealed to me that I was still holding my son hostage to his past and it was time for me to release him to walk in his present and to move into his future. It was no longer about who was to blame, but about us continuing to grow in His Grace.  I knew that God had already written the next chapter in our lives and one day it would be revealed. I truly believed that my son and I were well on our way to reconciliation, but I never imagined that he would just walk out of my life, yet again!

My son will be 43 on July 11th and it will be two years since we’ve spoken. The Holy Spirit continues to assure me that God has him. Although I know, in my heart of hearts that God’s in control, I still struggle to understand. Yes, I’ve even asked God if I had to be my son’s mom (an oxymoron), but, of course, God said that that was not my decision. The pic just reminded me that No Matter What, I am Still his Mom! There are just certain things that God does or allows, that we will never understand. We will just have to…

Keep Moving Forward by Faith!

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Jeremiah 29:11 KJV

Time to Take a Pause and Re-Center

We still may be trying to balance too many things… Daily routines constantly changing, schools and offices reopening, trying to avoid CICADAs! We can not do ALL of this by ourselves.

“Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word”.

Psalm 103:20 KJV

So Take a Pause!

<>Stop

<>Take a Breath

<> Observe

<>Listen to the Holy Spirit

<>Speak God’s Word

<>Re-Center

<>Proceed

<>Moving Forward by Faith

Stay Tuned for the June Issue of our Order Your Steps Newsletter…

Life at Home during a Pandemic

There are times that it feels like some people have forgotten that we are STILL in a Worldwide Pandemic. For some folks, like me, we are reminded EVERY day. I live in the house with three (3) adults; my husband and my two grown daughters. My husband has not missed a day of work since the pandemic began and I’m sure that he needs a break from time to time from us ladies, hormones and all. For us ladies, we are homebodies by nature and for the most part introverts, so we haven’t gone totally stir-crazy being in the house. Believe this or not, we not only love each other, but we really like each other, so it has been a rather peaceful existence. Now there are those moments, when we may step on a nerve or two, but we try to resolve all issues quickly and not let them fester. This means that it’s imperative that we have our own spaces. Please don’t misunderstand, we spend most of our day in our own spaces, but we still visit each other periodically, especially when we need a break from our computers or Zoom or it’s time to eat.

For my oldest daughter, the graphic designer and entrepreneur, she spends most of the day between her office and her bedroom. For my youngest daughter, who has her Masters Degree in Library Sciences and Information Management, her bedroom also serves as her office and she spends a lot of time on Zoom.

As for me, my bedroom has always been my place of Peace and Serenity. It is so critical, especially now, that we all have a place for some “me” time. We want to make sure that there’s NO clutter in our area of Rest. Yes, I always have my professional organizer hat on. Many of my clients have removed their TV from the bedroom, so that they can read instead and I strongly suggest that we not work in bed. You can see that I have a small area in the corner of my bedroom, which serves as my office.

I may have shared with you, once or twice, that I truly prefer organizing over cleaning, so although I’ve had a lot more spare time, I really haven’t wanted to do either. .. but, no I don’t have a dirty, unorganized house, I’ve just be a little slothful at times. :-/ Recently, I had my 2nd COVID vaccine and was down for the count the following day…. but the next morning, I had to work on my OWN pantry and lazy susan!!

As I’ve already mentioned, I live with three adults and stuff may not go back “exactly” where they came from, but hopefully, the items will be put in the same general area. Since we will be continuing to grocery shop on-line, at least we can kinda see everything and won’t purchase duplicate items. Note: If you purge and organize any area, I can ALMOST guarantee that you’ll have more space!!

Well, you have now seen a glimace of the day in the life of a professional organizer on hiatus due to COVID, but let’s not forget my relaxation / “me” time, which is spent reading bible plans, doing jigsaw puzzles and Words with Friends.

So by now, you may be wondering why am I telling you all this… Although this last year has been one that we have NEVER EVER seen before and it’s not over, we’ve made adjustments, some were major. There’s a Lot that we truly don’t understand, but in spite of what we see and feel, God has continued to bless us beyond measure. Since I started my mission, Order Your Steps LLC, almost 10 years ago, along with this blog, my messages has been, and will always be, to encourage you to not only Survive, but to Thrive, no matter your situation or circumstance.

Whether you are Revamping your Closet, Reevaluating your Career or Reigniting your Business…

We must keep “Moving Forward by Faith”! We running toward the Goal!

We are Not looking back because it will only SLOW us down!!

Stay Tuned for more of my story, interviews with others and a lot of info sharing, which will hope will we want to inspire, encourage and motivate you!

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