New Attitude

As I sit here under the hot sun at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in NYC, I think about all the time people waste focusing on the negative things, myself included. There is so much in nature to enjoy, so many things in life to take advantage of. I am facing a lake…Lol, a dirty lake…watching the corporate sponsored boats race each other for a prize. The spectators cheering them on, the melting pot of ethnicities coming out for one purpose: family fun.
As I watch the children, their innocence intact, playing in the dirty marsh, they are not worried about getting dirty or the dangers of the possible bacteria that lies beneath. THEY ARE LIVING! 

This should be our attitude. LIVE. With adulthood comes wisdom, yes, but also fear, doubt and worry.  Our gained wisdom should allow us to live better, enjoy life more, and take advantage of the positive things in life.  We need to see life through the eyes of children. What we as adults see as a “bad” thing, children see as a just a thing to feel to touch to inquire.
In the words of the Patti Labelle’s “I’ve Got A New Attitude” song:
I’m feeling good from my hat to my shoe,
Know where I am going and I know what to do,
I’ve tidied up my point of view,
I’ve got a new attitude.

I’m in control,
My worries are few,
‘Cause I got love like I never knew,
I’ve got a new attitude!!!

This is not an easy process. One day at a time, with every sunrise, I see LIFE with a NEW ATTITUDE.

New Packaging, New Branding, New Colors!

I started Kiss Me Nature in 2013. Not really knowing anything about the business, the skin care business, the natural skin care business.  I was going on a hunch. A creative juice that was flowing inside of me that came so unexpectedly.  Still two years later, not sure how it all came about.  I don’t remember the seed that was planted, but it was growing…Is growing.
As I began to develop new products, try new things, I realized that I was not focused.  I was spending money on packaging, changing it at whim, and when I had returning customers, I couldn’t give them what they originally purchased, at least not in packaging, because I didnt replace what was sold.
I went through my product photos…OMG! How I have grown! Alas it is time to begin anew, NEW focus, NEW game plan, NEW packaging.  One that I intend on branding.  In one month’s time, I went from amber to purple, though I have been contemplating the color purple for some time. I guess everything is truly in its own timing.

This is a new product from Kiss Me Nature. Cool Lemon Body Oil. Perfect body oil for summer days and summer nights! And also works as a bug repellent. Made with lemon eucalyptus essential oil and citronella,(reported by the CDC to be a good natural substitution for DEET in repelling insects), this all over moisturizer is sure to have you smelling refreshed all day long
Like the New Packaging?  Here is the former (not old) packaging:

Not bad, I think I prefer Purple, and not because its my favorite color.
I invite you to try it, I promise you wont be disappointed.
You have just been “Kissed by Nature”!

New…Just Everything NEW

In my last post, I talked about the biblical meaning of the number “8”.  Three days into the month of August, I am continuing to see things that confirm that this is truly indeed a new beginning for me.

I am already so grateful for so many things already, but I often take them for granted. So In this NEW MONTH, I will have a NEW GRATITUDE.  I am grateful for the doors I see opening in my life.  I am grateful for embracing the changes that come with it.  I am grateful that I am no longer emotionally attached to things, people and realize that some things have to go in order for me to move forward.  I am grateful that my husband is a GREAT father to his children, a thing to be celebrated as our men of color have gotten a bad rap of being a deadbeat Dad” because they do fit into our “Princess fairy tale” of what the family unit should be.

I am changing the way I think.  I have come to realize that I have been my own worst enemy because of how I thought of things.  Maybe it stems from childhood.  The Bible says “A Man is as he Thinks”.  So I am now thinking positive thoughts towards my life and everything in it.  And if negative thoughts try to creep in…I will just simply declare “Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge and bringing into captivity THOUGHT to the obedience of Christ”. I will no longer concern myself with what people say about me, how they feel about me.  I am focused.

My spiritual and physical well-being.  My children.  My family.  My community.  My business(es). My finances.



8-1…The First Day of My New Beginnings

August is the 8th month of the year.  The number 8 in the Bible represents a new beginning, meaning a new order or creation, and man’s true ‘born again’ event when he is resurrected from the dead into eternal life.  

I have been dead for some time; maybe in a coma.  A breathing machine called the “status quo” where I rested in its safety to keep me alive and breathing.  I was not “brain dead” though.  I went to work, my brain had to be fully functional because I am a paralegal, excuse Advanced Certified Paralegal in Contracts Management and Administration. Big Stuff! I am a wife, a mother of three wonderful children, two of them adults. I was starting a new business, or two..or three.  I was alive, on a breathing machine but I was dead…inside.  

“It’s in you” I would hear folks whisper. “Girl you got this, it’s in you, that’s what you do…” “OMG, Girl you are sitting on a gold mine with these products…”  But when I looked in the mirror, I couldn’t see what they saw. The gifts, the potential, the talent; the opportunity to make money making products that “just came to me.”   I was “creating” things,  but I was just doing it.  I would feel alive when I was creating my body jars of butter, yet I was fighting to live. Life had taken its toll on me. Circumstances, Valley moments, pain, hurt, disappointments, joy, laughter, happiness, all rolled into one. 

There was a battle for my life, a war for my soul.  But “Death” would not, could not win. I was fighting to stay alive. It was an even score. Life and Death stood face to face, darkness tried to steal my heart away…(CeCe Winans-Mercy Said No). One day I heard that song. In April 2015, I was let go from my “9-5”.  You see the number 4 (April) derives its meaning from creation. On the fourth day of what is called ‘creation week,’ God completed the material universe. On this day he brought into existence our sun, the moon, and all the stars (Genesis 1:14 – 19). Their purpose was not only to give off a light but also to divide the day from the night on earth, thus becoming a basic demarcation of time. They were also made to be a type of signal that would mark off the days, years and seasons. I was being reborn, coming out of my coma and into a destiny that was waiting for me.

My day has come, my seasons are here! All that was within me was starting to become ALIVE. It took 3 months of “rehabilitation” and in July 2015, my destiny gene (Joel Olsteen) was unlocked, my circle was changing, my way of thinking was changing. I was awake, born again, resurrected from the dead into my DESTINY. Seven (July) is the number of completeness and perfection (both physical and spiritual). It derives much of its meaning from being tied directly to God’s creation of all things. 

I looked in the mirror and asked myself “What was holding me back from living my BEST LIFE?”  The answer was simple…”ME”