Prayer is Powerful!

Over the past few years, my prayer life has changed. Honestly, praying and reading my Bible was never the easiest. I get distracted very easily, so the smallest thing would take my attention away. As I’ve gotten older though, I’ve started to realize just how important prayer is and how important it is to spend time in the Word of God.

Throughout the years, I’ve tried many different ways to try and keep myself accountable in my devotional life. So today I wanted to share my devotional habits and what I’m doing. Hopefully, this will spur some creative thinking for your own devotional life.

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Right now, I wake up earlier that I used to. Waking up early gives me some time in the morning to spend time with the Lord. I’ve been doing daily devotionals through New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp. It’s been a great way to start my morning every day. I also do the Bible reading that is suggested that ties in the daily reading. I love being able to get some encouraging words and read Gods word in the morning. It really sets off my day on the right foot. I’ve gotten so used to it that when I miss a day, everything just feels off.

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I’ve also used index cards to write down my prayers. I really like to have the opportunity to lift other people up in prayer. A lot of the times when I start to pray I lose the words that I want to say. Having the prayers for others already written down helps me to remember to pray for them. It also sparks thoughts and prayers for others that I may not have remembered to write down.

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I love being able to start my day this way. I notice such a difference in my attitude throughout the day. Putting aside the fact that I’m a worship leader, spending time with the Lord as a Christian woman in general is extremely important. Spending time with God in the morning is like spending time with my best friend. It takes time to get to know someone and build a trust with that person. The same thing goes with God. If you don’t put effort into your relationship with Him than He isn’t going to put effort in either. He will not force Himself on you nor will He force you to love Him. He wants us to come to that decision on our own. Because of what I’ve been through in my life, I have come to truly love and appreciate Him. Which makes waking up early every morning that much easier!

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What are some of your favorite prayer tips? Leave a comment below!

Word: Consistency

So, for the past two years I’ve decided that I need to have a word for the year. Why? I feel like it keeps me focused through the year. I find it gives me drive and motivation.

In 2016 my word was Faith. That year we had felt a call from God to move to Pennsylvania for my husband to go back to school full-time. So, we jumped into this new life really not knowing what we were doing and how we were going to make it. He wasn’t working much more than part time, if that, and I took a pay cut at a new job. We had the same debt and bills to pay off and I was concerned. I took the year to really put my concerns in front of God and keep my faith in Him that he will take care of everything. And throughout the entire year, my husband and I just kept seeing our faith being tested and seeing how faithful God was. Through our relationship, in our finances, through our everyday lives. It was incredible.

In 2017 my word my Trust. I felt as if my trust needed to be strengthened. Now, I do believe that faith and trust go hand in hand but for this past year I felt like I needed to grow in my trust with God and my husband and other relationships in my life. And believe me when I tell you that my trust was tested, in all the above areas. It was a difficult year but it ended on a great note. I can definitely say that I have complete trust in God, my husband and my family/friends. It was a great growing experience for me.

For 2018, I decided that I needed to pick a word that would give me motivation. For some reason, this year I felt like I needed an extra push. I really started this year with the feeling that God was going to do great things. But I realized that if God was going to great things, then I needed to be consistent in my part. What does that mean? If I want God to bless my relationship with Him, then I have to be consistent with my daily devotionals and prayer time with Him. If I want God to bless my health, then I need to be consistent in my working out and healthy eating, etc.. So, this year I decided that my word needed to be Consistency.

That word is just as much motivating as it is challenging and terrifying for me. When I look back on my life there are so many areas in which I notice my consistency level just tanks! I start an 8 week work out program and don’t get past week two. Ever! I start a diet and last about 3-4 weeks. I want better skin but I go to bed with my makeup on because I’m too lazy to take the extra ten minutes to just take it off. Little things like that that have added up to be this life of inconsistent behavior. And to be honest, I’ve had enough! I’m over it. I’m over being inconsistent and I’m over not following through with simple things. If I want to see change and growth, I need to do my part and be consistent in doing it. Will it be an easy journey for me? Oh hell no. But you know what, at least I have to try.

I have set myself up this year with different avenues in which I think can really help me stay accountable to this goal. I set up a large calendar on my wall in my office and everyday I’m writing what I accomplished that day. If I get everything done that was on my to-do list, I give myself a gold star. Is that cheesy? Heck yes, it is! But you know, it feels really good to give myself that star knowing that I fully earned it. And I can’t wait until the end of the month to see a whole month full of stars! I also have my daily planner. I’m checking it every morning and every evening when I come home work. Setting my day up knowing the items that I need to get done and ending the day making sure I’m getting those items done. Being diligent and consistent is the only way I can grow. And it’s the only way that you can grow too. I don’t know what your goals are this year but if this is something you can relate to, let’s do this goal together! Teamwork makes the dream work baby!

So this year, you are going to see a lot more posts on my blog. I’m going to be more consistent in getting my content together. You are going to see more from my business, as an Independent Stylist with Stella & Dot while I incorporate my love of fashion. I have some great things in store and I can’t wait to share them all with you!

Do me a favor and leave a comment! Let me know what you thought about the blog post and what your New Years Resolutions or goals are for this year. If you aren’t already, make sure you are following my Instagram account (@StylebyMeganAlexis) to keep up with my posts on jewels and fashion!

 

Love you guys!

Xoxo

New Year’s Resolutions!

Okay so most of the time New Year’s Resolutions are so personal that not many people share them. But I decided to share mine with you so that I can make sure I’m accountable! Most of the time when people make these resolutions they don’t create actual steps that they can take to make those goals come to fruition. So, what I did was write my goals down. I wasn’t very specific in the actual goal just yet. I just wrote the main goal down. Once I did that, I went back and started writing down steps on how I’m going to accomplish those goals. Of course, my goals are based around my business, blog, faith and health, but you can just use these as examples to create your own resolutions for your personal life. Check it out below:

  1. Lose 30 pounds by May
    1. Work out at least 30 minutes a day 5 days a week. Allowed one skip day if needed, but the skip day can only be taken on a Wednesday.
    2. Cut bread and other carbs during the week.
  2. Take more “me” time during the week.
    1. Take at least 20 minutes a day and do something for yourself. Whether that be soaking your feet and painting your toe nails, doing a face mask and relaxing, coloring, or even song writing. Do something to help you relax and clear your mind every day.
  3. Blog more
    1. Take time every week to work on blog posts. It could be a few minutes every day or an hour every week. Take some time to write, take pics and post. Only way to grow is to be consistent! Post every Tuesday!
  4. Sell more (Stella & Dot)
    1. Reach out to at least one person every week for potential orders or hostesses.
  5. Save more
    1. No clothes or shoe shopping until after graduation in May.
    2. No more unnecessary spending.
    3. Start searching for coupons for groceries.
    4. Limit the amount of times we go out to eat to only the weekends we are traveling.
  6. Pray more
    1. Be intentional about my prayer time. Start every morning with prayer and devotionals and end the day with prayer.

What I did start doing as well is writing everything I accomplished on a wall calendar. It honestly feels so great to be able to write down my daily accomplishments. If you have never tried that, you really need to. It feels amazing!!!

Another tip that I do is I get a new planner every January. I don’t like the calendars that start in August it just completely throws me off. I always get my planners from Target just because they have the cutest ones. But all you need is a planner that you can schedule your week and month.

Also, PRINT OUT OR WRITE OUT YOUR RESOLUTIONS!! I cannot stress this enough. If the only place you write them down is your phone or computer, you will never keep to them. Write them down and hang them on your bathroom mirror or the kitchen wall. Somewhere where you can look at them every day. If you can’t look at them every day than you are going to forget them. Trust me, it happens to me all the time!

Here is a link to Target to check out all the different kinds of planners they have. Click here to shop them.

Let’s make this year a great one! Let me know what your favorite tip was and share some of your resolutions below!! xoxo

Shop for a cause!

Hey everyone!! I just recently posted a blog about donating to the United for Puerto Rico foundation, so if you did already, thank you so much!!! If you haven’t yet donated, I wanted to share a decision that I have made to try and do a little something more for the people of Puerto Rico. Any personal earnings that I make off any sale via Stella & Dot will all go to the United for Puerto Rico Foundation. 100%. This is really hitting home for me and my family and I want to be able to do more. Living in PA right doesn’t allow me to do much in terms of volunteering, but I can donate to trustworthy foundations that will help give the people of Puerto Rico the help and support it needs. Please check out the link below and shop some gorgeous pieces! You have a chance to not only help a cause but also gain some great jewelry as well. We did just launch a new collaboration collection with Rebecca Minkoff that I know you will love! So please please please click the link below, and let’s shop for a cause!

Love you all and thank you so much for the support!

xoxo

M

https://www.stelladot.com/shop/new/rebeccaminkoff/page/1?s=meganperez 

United for Puerto Rico

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Growing up, I would spend every summer in Puerto Rico spending time with my grandparents. It was such a magical time. We would climb mountains, swim in rivers, ate fresh fruit, and just enjoyed time with our family. Today’s blog post isn’t going to be a long, drawn out post. The main thing that I want to get out to everyone is Puerto Rico is a place many people call home and many visit on vacation. Whether you have lived or just visited, you know the beauty of the island. You know the heart of the people in Puerto Rico. As a Puertorican American, I can’t just stand idly by without doing my part and without sharing how you can help. Please join me and many other sponsors and individuals and donate to United for Puerto Rico. This is an initiative that was started by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rossello, to provide aid and support for those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. If you aren’t able to give, then please join us in prayer for those affected. I have full trust and faith in our God who can and will provide for those in need. I know that He will be with everyone affected by these hurricanes. But I also know that as a human race, we need to support each other. So please, consider donating today to assist those in need. Puerto Rico is filled with very resilient people who are ready to bring their island back to its former glory but they need our help.

http://unidosporpuertorico.com

Te amo

M

just a reminder…be yourself!

i’m pretty sure every blogger goes through this phase in their lives where they play the comparison game. looking through their feed and seeing the “perfect” lives of people they follow comparing their lives or their photos to them. it gets to a point where they think, “i need a photo like this with the same background and outfit.” they lose their individuality. to be honest, that was me for some time. but not anymore.

one thing i would encourage all those who are wanting to start blogging is to just be yourself! a blog is supposed to be an outlet where you can express yourself, talk about things that you love and encourage others to be who they are. and that is exactly what i want from my blog. everything that i talk about or recommend are topics or products that i’m using or going through.

the reason for this short post is just to remind you all to be yourself! i’m getting a ton of great content ready for you guys so make sure you are following my blog to keep up! also, make sure you sign up for my exclusive newsletter. this newsletter is a combination of fashion, beauty, travel, more! every month i try to incorporate a special discount for you all! love you all!

xoxo

music.

today i wanted to share a topic that is very special to me, music. as a young child, i began to play the piano at the age of 6. when i first started playing, i just fell in love with how i could create beautiful sounds with my hands. i was obsessed with playing disney songs. any songs my teacher would bring for me to learn that was disney, i just loved. it made me feel like i was a princess in that story. i would even sing along for most of the songs that i learned. once i was diagnosed with leukemia at 8, i wasn’t able to play as often. but when i did get those spare moments, it became my escape. it was my chance to free myself from my current situation. i was able to live outside of my reality even for only a few moments. it was an amazing experience. one like no other.

i became amazed at a young age at how much music can affect one’s life and even mood. have you ever thought about that? how you can play one song and it will either make you happy or sad. most of the time without you even realizing it. music can even inspire you without you realizing it. that is the kind of power that it has over you.

granted, i went through a period of time where i stopped wanting to play piano. as i got older, with the effects the leukemia had on my body, i became more and more self-conscious. i just didn’t want to be seen doing anything that would draw attention to myself. i would even wait until everyone was out of the house so that i could practice and sing. those moments were what i looked forward to. even to this day, i have hard time playing in front of people because i just don’t like the attention that it draws to me. but regardless, i had this love that i couldn’t just let go of. for playing music or listening to music.

at a young age, i always wanted to be an artist. i wanted to be someone who created beautiful music. i wanted to be someone who was able to inspire someone or touch someones life with just a song. even at 26 years of age, i still have fear that holds me back from really creating something beautiful. but as the years have gone by, that fear has grown smaller and smaller. and i know that once i allowed myself to really be free again and create something, i will be free from that.

music for me touched my life in more ways that i can explain. it was the only outlet that i had during a touch time in my life. it was my only friend. it was the one person, aside from God, that could understand what i was going through. music was God talking to me. conversing with me on a daily basis through sound. and even though at that time i didn’t know who He really was, i knew that He was talking to me. drawing me closer to Him through this avenue. it’s amazing. there are no words to describe how it makes me feel. but i thank God that he allowed me the chance to grow a love for music.

that was my first experience with music. what was yours? tell me in the comment sections below, i’d love to hear your stories.

xoxo