Intro to Vanessa and LLAIA

 

If this is your first time here at LivingLifeAsIAm.com, let me introduce myself. My name is Vanessa and through LivingLifeAsIAm.com I hope to inspire and motivate you to live your #BestLife in your current reality.Now that you know what my goal is, let me give you a little more insight into who I am or who I was.

For as long as I can remember, I lived life day by day with a smile on my face at all times. If I was having a bad day or had a million things on my mind, no one could ever tell. I was always known as the always this “positive”, “happy”, “giving” person and I allowed people to take advantage of me in ways that I never realized.

Growing up I never wanted to upset anyone, let anyone down, or be a burden on anyone. You can say I was a “people pleaser”. I cared so much about what people thought of me and really valued their opinion of me, and of course, I wanted their perception of me to be positive. It got to a point in my adulthood that it really took a toll on me physically and mentally. But let me tell you…If I knew back then what I know now, I could be running the world.

As I reached adulthood, I truly felt like something was missing and I felt so empty. I went through a really tough time that gave me so much anxiety, and I would constantly be playing a reel of these questions through my head constantly.

  1. Am I good enough?
  2. Why Me?
  3. Is this where I am supposed to be in life?
  4. Am I pretty enough?
  5. Am I smart enough?
  6. Should I work harder?
  7. Why do they have such a better quality of life than I do?

It wasn’t until I got married, actually, it wasn’t until years into my marriage that I was able to just “Let Go and Let God”. Literally.

Mind you, I grew up going to church. Or shall I say, going through the motions of going to church with my family. I really never understood what was going on in church. I could never really follow what was going go on. I just knew that Jesus is the son of God, Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and I knew God spoke to me at the age of 10 and at that time I got baptized. And of course like most people growing up getting into the pre-teen and teenage years going to church and building my relationship with God was just not important as Cheerleading or being the best Dancer I could be.

It wasn’t until I met my husband that I would develop a whole new understanding of who God is, what Christianity really means, and who I am in the image of God. My everyday struggles slowly melted away as I grew my relationship with God, things in my life became so clear.

I will go so much deeper and open up much more as I share with you all how to live your best life where you are now.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know me just a little bit in this post. Through this blog/website, there will be support, fun, love, and all things positive shared weekly. There will be a few series that will be fun and for entertainment when you just need a break. There will be a few series sharing helpful information on how to get out of your own mind, how to be your best self, how to get the job that you want, how to start a virtual assistant business from home and be successful, etc.

I hope that as I begin to share with you, you will share with me and the other readers so that we can grow a beautiful and safe community for like-minded people.

If there is anything that you want me to write about or any questions that you would like me to answer please leave a comment below or email me at LivingLifeAsIAm@gmail.com

Prudential #WomenInspired: Taking Control of my Financial Future

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Prudential and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

I was blessed with the opportunity to attend Prudential’s #WomenInspired event last Thursday September 22, 2016 by DiMe Media. And let me tell you…I was pleasantly surprised at how amazing this event was, and how much I learned about getting my finances together. Also, not to mention having the opportunity to meet the #MoneyMaven Patrice C. Washington and learn some amazing tips on taking control of my finances  (If you do not know who she is, you better google her!).

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The #WomenInspired event was a huge eye opening event for me. The first thing I learned as a woman who is currently building her brand is that I need to know my worth. I should never sell myself short when it comes to my current career and my blog. I also must know exactly what I bring to the table and be able to back it up and explain what it is that I bring for the price that I am negotiating.

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Second, I was the type of women in my marriage that allowed my husband to take on our finances. I completely trust my husband, but I know now that I need to be right there with him knowing what’s going on and doing research with him when it comes to investing and preparing for our financial future. So Ladies, get involved with the household finances don’t push it off to your husband. If you need some help getting started planning for your financial future reach out to a financial planner, you may want to try Prudential Financial to get started.

 

_dime-successisyours-womeninspiredInteractive tools to help guide you through your financial lifeIt’s difficult for anyone to know how to begin the process of an overall financial plan. Honestly, where do you go first when trying to develop a retirement strategy, evaluate your insurance needs or take steps to expand your investment portfolio? We’ve collected an entire group of interactive tools to help you discover your own path. #WomenInspired http://bit.ly/2bgPTRp

Lastly, I have learned that mindset is everything. I do not know how many times I have said this in my blog and vlogs, “MINDSET IS EVERYTHING”. As you know I am a huge believer in personal development and positive thinking, but I never really associated your mindset with your finances. But I have learned that finances and mindset go hand in hand  if you are looking to be successful in your finances as well as life and business.

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Oh My Goodness! When I say I have learned so much and have been awakened to how important me as a women being in control of my finances is. I can’t even tell you how inspired I am to get it together. I met so many amazing women at this event and I have been inspired to start living in my passion.

So I challenge all of my Savvy friends to get inspired and start taking control of your finances and start planning for your financial future TODAY. Start where you are and start today!

Remember a Positive Mind = A Positive Life

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Get your Mind Right Mondays – What are you bringing to 2015?

Start the week off right with a positive outlook on the week ahead.

If you get your mind right on Monday then the rest of the week should be easy breezy.

LIVE, LOVE, & ATTRACT POSITIVITY

 

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Get your mind right Quote for MONDAY:  

“What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.”-Vern McLellan

First and foremost, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I am so excited for 2015, I can’t help but feel the excitement and new opportunities that 2015 has in store for me. In the past I have not felt this much excitement for the New Year, but I know that something amazing is going to happen this year. Don’t ask me what it is, because I have no idea. I just know! It is that feeling deep in your gut that you just can’t shake no matter what.

I have not had a chance to sit down and go over my goals for 2015 yet (I know, I know, I am so late). All I know as of today is that I am ready to ramp up my blog and get my YouTube channel started. So at some point today I will sit down and write out my long term goals and break them down in to short term goals.

So what am I bringing to 2015? I am bringing a positive attitude, lots of love, happiness, determination, hard work, and self awareness.

Joy in 2015

What are you bringing to 2015 to ensure that you have an AMAZING year?

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Fabulous Co-Workers

Fabulous Co-Workers.  If you are anything like me, you work with some FABULOUS Co-Workers. I mean, I could not be more thankful for my ride or die work divas (yes I work with all women if you haven’t guessed already). I couldn’t ask for a better group of women to work with, and if you are in the same boat as me you want to show your appreciation this holiday season with a fun gift. Check out some gift ideas below:

Gift Guide for Fabulous Co-Workers

 


Charlotte Russe loop scarf
charlotterusse.com

NLY Accessories acrylic hat
$17 – nelly.com

Tech accessory
wildflowercases.com

Skinnydip apple iphone case
$25 – selfridges.com

sugar paper Polka Dot Journal
saksfifthavenue.com

Sugar cookie mix
surlatable.com

Kate Barnett porcelain cup
lanecrawford.com

Time to do some shopping!
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Get your Mind Right Mondays – You are a Phenomenal Woman

Start the week off right with a positive outlook on the week ahead.

If you get your mind right on Monday then the rest of the week should be easy breezy.

LIVE, LOVE, & ATTRACT POSITIVITY

 

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Get your mind right Quote for MONDAY: 

Lately, I have been struggling with my body image and feeling a bit down about the way I look to myself and they way I think I look to the outside world.

Once upon a time, I was fit and fabulous.  I worked out every day no matter what; and it helped that I worked at the gym, and the majority of my friends were personal trainers.

But once I decided to move on with my life to a whole new city and completely changed my career path I was no longer taking time to take care of my body. I was no longer active like I was before and so I began to gain weight (of course) and I am still becoming more familiar and comfortable with my new curves. So with that being said; today instead of a quote I am reminded every time I here this poem that I am a PHENOMENAL WOMAN, and it helps me to stay positive in my new journey of discovering my new self.

Phenomenal Woman, by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

 

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The Reflections of a Good Woman