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Hope you are having a great start to the week! This past Sunday I was invited to present an abbreviated version of my Workshop, “Break the Chains of Stinking Thinking.” I wanted to share the study guide I created to go along with the workshop with you! If you’re interested in learning more about my workshops please visit https://www.cherewilliams.com/workshops!
A Feel Good Movie About Our Faithful Furry Friends!
Premiering in Theaters, August 8th
I’m so excited about the premiere of Dog Days, on August 8th because there is nothing sweeter than an endearing film about the most loving animals on earth…our dogs! If you have a furry friend then you know that dogs are seriously the kindest, most gentle and faithful companion around. Dog Days is a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals. When these human and canine’s paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected. This film is all about the joy dogs bring into our lives and what they can teach us about treating people with kindness and compassion which is what everyone needs to do a little more of these days.
Our pooch Winter, an adorable Shorkie came into our life about three years ago. Mind you I wasn’t keen on getting a dog. Dogs are great, but being a single mom with work, a kid, and a lot of busy going on, I can’t say that getting a dog was on my priority list. But, it was a vision my daughter had for our family and she worked very diligently in making it a reality. Finally, she and mom beat me into submission and along came Winter!
Winter won me over day one. Words literally can’t adequately express the joy our dog has brought into our life. Her faithfulness, unconditional love, compassion, protection, and kindness is mind-blowing. Winter loves us well! I can’t imagine our lives without Winter by our side. When we are sick she will literally lay next to us and not move. One day, I had a stomach bug and she laid in bed with me for hours, finally doubled over I had to let her go outside. She ran out did her business, and quickly ran back in toward the bedroom as if to say, “Come on, I know you’re sick, let’s get back to bed.”
I’m amazed at how perceptive she is about our emotions and how she responds to them. Having a dog has changed our lives in the very best of ways and seeing her adorable face is pure joy. It’s not just us who loves our pooch, everyone who meets Winter falls in love! I have to laugh at how attached my mom has become to Winter. She lives four hours away and when we go home to visit she cries when we leave, the tears used to be about us, but I’m convinced they are now falling for our dog! But, that’s what dogs do they make you fall in love in the purest and sweetest ways.
That’s why I’m excited to see a move that applauds our best friend! What a fantastic way to celebrate our pooches and be reminded of all the joy they bring into our lives than to see #DogDays!
Here are a few photos of our best friend!
There are so many ingredients that go into baking up your dreams! We need prayer, perseverance, a plan, and action! Action is the primary step in making our vision a reality. Without action, dreams simply can’t come true! God will equip you and has equipped you, but it’s mandatory that we participate. When our dreams are big even the smallest steps seem daunting, but each step you take matters! Carve out time to pursue your passion! You owe it to your dreams to be intentional about manifesting them in the world! Don’t regret what you could have done, do it! Remember everyone who ever had a dream had to take a step!
Today we see just about everywhere #hashtags or “quotes” reminding us to take care of ourselves, & practice self-care. #Selfcaresunday or “place your mask on first.”
But what does all this mean to the mom busy with dinner, homework, after-school activities, & a mountain of other mom duties? I once went to see a therapist to help me manage the piles of stress that sneakily crept into my life. After each session she ended with, take care of you.” Her words would resonate with me for hours, that is until I allowed something to rattle the peace I felt. Then one day it clicked! After breaking into tears in the grocery store parking lot I realized I wasn’t doing what she’d suggested, I wasn’t placing my needs first, needless to say, things were a mess! Could I possibly be doing too much? A small voice gave me the answer, a resounding YES YOU ARE. Slow down or you won’t be able to assist a soul.
Being a mom is absolutely the best job I’ve ever had. However, I am faced with a daily challenge, Multiple Sclerosis. MS is an autoimmune disease that usually occurs between the ages of 20-60. I was diagnosed at the ripe old age of 25, & I’m in my early 40’s now, seeming to be managing well. Sure the days are beyond difficult and sometimes I honestly don’t have the energy to get out of bed. But I realized what a huge part of my problem was. I simply wasn’t contributing to my self -care.
To me, that meant prayer first before even opening my eyes. Having the quiet time before my son began begging for eggs and pretty much a full course breakfast:), I took hold of the reigns & made sure I was still. That was the start. The beginning of me regaining my strength and making sure I had control over my life instead of everyone else’s needs coming before mine. I realized I had been in a constant state of neglect and I hadn’t recognized I was comfortable forgetting about what I needed. Being tossed into the rat race of daily living will certainly contribute to that.
I had a recent chat with someone about this topic & she asked, “shouldn’t we strive to help others before putting ourselves first?” Of course! I believe this is important for us to do as a Christian family, help one another. My question for her was, how can you help anyone if you haven’t made sure you’re ok? Daily life has quite a bit of twists and turns. We get caught in one web after another if you don’t allow the time to pause, reboot, & possibly heal from a past issue.
When I think about practicing self-care, I see loving yourself, handling your needs before tackling a million of other things, placing an invisible door around you momentarily so you’re able to face what’s ahead and handle the needs of others.
Below I’ve listed a few ways to incorporate self-care into your life. Take a look.
Happy self-care days to you!
Learn More About Dawn!
Dawn is a 43-year-old mother of one, living in the DC Metropolitan area. She was diagnosed with RRMS in 2000. She has a BA in American Studies from SUNY Buffalo, and completed her graduate work in English as a Second Language at American University. In 2001, Dawn was on track to begin a Ph.D. program; however, life got in the way and an MS diagnosis became the focus.
She was an elementary ESL teacher for fifteen years and now teaches ESL courses at Anne Arundel and Howard Community College on a part-time basis.
She loves being a mom to her son, yoga, transcendental meditation, foreign films, music, Black culture, and is currently completing her memoir about her life with MS.
One of the most beautiful visions is watching our girls evolve into women who love and honor God. Since my daughter crossed over the threshold into middle school, I’ve been particularly concerned about the pressure on girls to conform to a standard that doesn’t fit who they are in Christ.
I will be offering a Girl’s Retreat that will cover 20 Principles aimed to help young girls evolve into women who honor and serve God, so they can live their best life! I wanted to share these principles with you and hope you discuss them with your daughters, nieces, friends and all young girls in your life. Let’s teach our girls they are daughters of a King!