Qualified

It’s been a while since I’ve shared my ‘fillings’. I kind of pick and choose what to share while I’m in that season and for the past few days I’ve been in awe of how God choses the qualified.

What does it mean to be qualified? To be officially recognized as being trained to perform a particular job.

Growing up I’ve never been recognized as being good in sports, like softball. I feel like I was always the last few to be called on a team and I never liked playing because I felt like I wasn’t good enough. There were people on the team that obviously knew what they were doing and then there was me. LOL!

It’s the same when I’m offered a job position and there’s people that worked hard with their degrees apply for the same position. Opportunities to speak and there’s people that have years of experience to do so and yet God calls the one that used to walk with her head down.

One of my favorite stories was when Moses was called to speak to God’s people and he had a speech impediment! Now it would make sense for someone that spoke well to have the job that Moses was given but God thought he would be perfect for the job.

So how does God qualify us? Well for one he doesn’t judge us the same as others.

‘…For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”-1Samuel 16:7

I believe when we’re humble, we’re teachable and with that type of character it puts us in places we could only imagine. I think another thing about being qualified is that we can’t think of ourselves how others think of us. If God says we’re trained to do a particular job we should already have the faith to support it.

So the next time you go after that big thing, whatever it is , know that you are qualified!

 

I’m so glad He doesn’t view us in the same lens as others and in spite of

 

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Glossophobia

The fear of public speaking. According to The National Institute of Mental Health about 75% are affected by this social phobia including myself.

I honestly don’t know how the fear started because I did presentations all the time. Maybe the fear came from not knowing everyone’s thoughts or the thought of being embarrassed in front of everyone.

Fast forward, I became an author and started saying ‘yes’ to sharing my stories. I said yes to an opportunity to speak at my alma mater. I even said yes to participate in a pitch competition that I had to prepare the night before. Let me also mention I was SCARED!! So how am I fighting against this fear?

Pray. It doesn’t matter how much I try to prepare myself studying everyone’s tips and strategies if I don’t pray and ask for boldness I doubt I would be able to even  stand in front of an audience. I ask God to get myself out of my thoughts, to stop caring about what others think, and that He’ll get the glory. I also ask for Him to give me the words to say because I don’t want to be random.
Write it down. I write in my journal all the time so it’s a no brainer when I write down what I’m going to say to a crowd. I’m not writing to remember line to line but it makes me feel comfortable and stay focused so I won’t ramble.
Take notes. I like to observe how people present in front of an audience.It’s very helpful listening to other speakers and watching how they keep the audience engaged.
Practice. You ever meditated over what you were going to say in your mind but when it was time to speak it didn’t come out that way? lol! This happens to me sometimes so I try not to overly practice but I do go over what I’ll say out loud.
Be you. God gave us unique traits that makes us stand out from others so what’s a better way to use it than in public speaking? I’ve noticed my bubbly personality captures an audience attention while another person that tells jokes all the time captures an audience attention. However God made you to be, when you speak let it shine in confidence.
I pray one day my heart can stop beating hard out of my chest, that my hands will stop getting sweaty, and I won’t wait until sometimes the last minute to give my cares to God. As He continues to give me strength I will continue to share my story.
 Remember there’s value in your story and someone is out there waiting to hear it.
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More Than a Label

What is the first thing you recognize when applying for a job position? For me it’s the job title, of course!  A title confirmed your role in a company, it qualified you to have a voice in certain areas. In a dental office you’ll interact with people in the front office to the dental assistant and hygienist. They can all give you advice to ‘brush your teeth’ but when the dentist delivers the same message it is received because they are highly respected and ‘most qualified’ to say it.

This wasn’t my reason of wanting to become a doctor but I paid attention to the respect patients gave dentists and loved it.

Respect, responsibility, a decent pay was in a title and if I wasn’t careful whatever job I had could eventually become my identity if I allowed it.

If you thought the same as me I hope you also came to realize self love is worth way more than a job title.

Working with coworkers and adapting to responsibilities develops your character but your title does not define who you are or your success.

In any role, whether it’s being a doctor or a janitor, serving others should always be your first priority.

Creative Break

createDo you ever feel like you need a creative break from your day to day routine? I did but it was not by choice at first. So as you may know I was a chemist for a company and they were on their way of closing. I started applying to different lab companies but it seemed like I wasn’t getting a breakthrough so I began thinking differently out of frustration.

Psalm 62:5 “Yes my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.”

I was so focused on my next job and realized I needed rest. I didn’t have an issue with relaxing, walking in the park with my notebook, but I needed to rest. I needed to trust God and go with the flow.  So I began thinking of creative positions with skills I needed/wanted for my business. The first thing I thought of was dance.

One of my stories for Ella’s Greatest Adventures is related to dancing and I took dance classes growing up so I  prayed for an opportunity to be hands-on in the dance community. That’s how I became a dance teacher for preschool.

It was so much fun teaching children how to dance and I learned a lot for myself. One of the things I learned was plans are made to be changed. I was given a curriculum to follow for when I taught class; however, 3-4 year olds wanted something different so that gave me the opportunity to create my own routines and make it fun. Being around the dance class definitely sparked my imagination.

After teaching dance class for a month I became a sales associate for a jewelry store. Working in retail taught me about management. From handling money to inventory of items, managing that part of the business was very important. Another reason I applied to the jewelry store was to interact with people. From working in the lab you’re only talking to your coworkers and as a sales associate, customers are constantly coming in so I  wanted to push myself in that area to initiate conversation more . I also learned about different types of jewelry and material that’s used to make necklaces and bracelets.

After that month ended in the jewelry store I went back into the lab but having a creative break was exactly what I needed.

Interview Survival Tips for the Introvert

Can I just be honest? I do not like interviewing! I know it’s for you and the company to see if you’re a good fit but it’s just not my favorite things to do. My thoughts are you’re meeting people you’ve researched online and you have 30 mins-1hr to share everything about you,’work- related’ you , and it’s just a lot for the introvert me lol. Let me just say I’ve been on a roll having 8 interviews back to back and I’ve learned a lot through this process. Now it’s time to help you!

Pace Yourself
So I was applying to a bunch of jobs and wasn’t hearing from anyone (that’s another blog post) then I literally received a flood of emails/calls for interviews and at first I was a little overwhelmed. I loved the fact I was finally receiving feedback but I knew I couldn’t schedule interviews all for one day. So before I responded to anyone I prayed first for wisdom then I went to my planner and scheduled two interviews per day. I spaced out the interviews to make sure I could arrive on time and most importantly, give me time to think. One thing I did not like about grade school was the time given to leave one class and go to the other. This did not give me time to get my mind off whatever class I was in.

Prepare for small talk
I don’t know about you but when I’m preparing for an interview I’m focused on the questions they may ask and what I’m going to say so I can be in and out. However, there are moments where there’s small talk. Use this opportunity to show your personality!

Make a lasting first impression
When I was volunteering at a dental clinic one of things the dentist kept practicing with me was my handshake. My body language along with a firm handshake all needed to say I had confidence. As an introvert, its easy for others to misread us as being bored and distant when we’re really paying attention. So I always go in with big smile and having constant eye contact, even if it gets a little awkward.

You’re an introvert & proud of it
Being an introvert isn’t a bad thing to be honest. I think companies like to have a balance of both. When I’m asked about my strengths its being an introvert. I’m a natural observer and listener which works in my favor.

I hope this helps!

Draw Near To God

 

I am excited for what’s happening in the month of June. My first children’s book will be published!! What started as an idea being in a comic-con convention to an actual illustrated book was an adventure and I cannot imagine doing it by myself.

Well, maybe that’s a lie. When I got my first idea for writing a book I thought I could do it myself. I knew the book would be dental related and drawing couldn’t be that hard…so I thought. I figured out quickly I needed an illustrator.

First, my husband went on forums  to find an illustrator for me. A lot of people responded but did not meet the criteria. People responded to my post that did not believe in my book idea so they would back out. There were people that responded with sketches that appeared as if they were rushing, missing important details. It was frustrating trying to find an illustrator.

When I exhausted my obvious options I decided to pray and ask God for my illustrator. I had an idea for how I wanted my characters to look but I needed someone to capture that on paper. I prayed for the illustrator’s personality to sync with mine since I was working with them. I was led to looking for an illustrator in a Facebook group and within a day or two later three people responded.

I asked God to narrow down my list of illustrators and give me the best one for my first book, the rest was history…

There were sooo many lessons I learned from working with an illustrator. Staying humble, being open for critique, patience, etc, etc. The biggest lesson was I couldn’t complete my book without God or my illustrator. As it starts off in Peter 4:8 “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you..” I had to spend time in his presence and then spend time learning the way he wanted the book . Yes, I would’ve drawn the characters myself but at the same time I felt nudges from my heavenly father saying ‘I want yours done a certain way.’ Working with the illustrator taught me a lot and to trust God knows what’s best.

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro

 

Bloom Where You’re Planted

Have you ever walked on the sidewalk and noticed a flower growing through the cracks? I thought it was impossible but plant roots will grow anywhere there’s water and that includes being ‘oddly’ positioned between slabs of concrete.

When I accepted my position as a chemist I thought it was very odd. If anyone knew my background with chemistry they would know I struggled…ALOT! I took organic about 500 times and once I graduated I told myself ‘never again will I do chemistry’….untill 5 years later lol. I was shocked to get a callback but once I walked into the environment I felt like I was out of place. It only took a couple of weeks and I was ready to explore something else. I ended up addressing my concerns to God (even now) and he shared a few of his reasons to why I was placed there. I couldn’t understand why he would pick a place like that for me to grow. I already had plans for how I was going to grow… like a Hibiscus flower grown in the tropic environment, I was going to grow in my ideal career environment. Instead, this hard,dry- looking place was where I was supposed to grow.

So how do you bloom where you’re planted? Honestly, I fought this for a while lol but since the time I started I grown to appreciate all of the experiences I’ve had. I try to focus on the bigger picture to why he have me there including praying for others. Making the most of my time by helping others , learning new things , and pushing out of my comfort zone has been major keys to my growth, I believe.

Understand you may be positioned in a place that seem unlikely for you to grow but know that God has an awesome plan for you. So Bloom where you’re planted!

 

The benefits of stretching

Dance class and cheering had this one thing in common I did not enjoy, called stretching. I hated stretching! While it was easy for some girls, it wasn’t for me. I knew stretching had its benefits but I thought it was better to skip and move on to practice or performing. I would stretch my legs as far as I could with all my strength, then my instructor would come and push against my back to go further. This was done on a weekly basis I couldn’t avoid it. Stretch,practice,perform, repeat. Stretch,practice, perform,repeat.

 

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The last quarter of this year for me gave me that same feeling. I felt an uncomfortable ‘pull’ especially at work and though it didn’t bring me to tears it made me ask the Lord ,”Why?” After asking why I remembered how important stretching was for my body. Stretching improves my performance, helps my body move effectively, and decrease my risk of getting hurt.  I believe the benefits of stretching in the natural applies in our relationship with the Lord. He stretch us out of our comfort zone so our faith can strengthen in him and to become more flexible…adapting to his ways. Similar to my cheer/dance days, I’m always hoping the Lord would skip the stretching part of the process however, it’s necessary in order to fully develop. Don’t worry if you need help stretching he’s always there to help: Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

 

 

 

Finding My Voice

I was about two months into my job when I heard God say “You’re going to find your voice.” Find my voice? I didn’t have a clue on what that meant but I had a STRONG idea it would involve me being uncomfortable. Finding your voice is finding a way to connect by expressing your ideas or discovering courage as you walk in your greatness. I thought I heard God wrong because with the role I had at my job , I didn’t see where I could use my voice. As things started to shift, opportunities came for me to speak up . Still to this day , I’m adjusting to vocalizing my opinions at work and am now faced with a new challenge.. Periscope.

Never would I ever THINK of being on Periscope in all the days of my life until I had the idea for a children’s book series called, Ella’s Greatest Adventures. A good friend mentioned the benefits of creating live content a few times but I kept shrugging it off. Eventually, I couldn’t shrug it off because I was surrounded with the idea at business workshops, books, and podcasts. I finally got the nerve to make a video and it was HARD! I looked at it as if I’m giving a presentation in an empty room and as people join it becomes overwhelming. I’m still working on getting better because its not about me.

Finding my voice was never about me, it’s all about God. Of all the things he could’ve gave me as a talent, expressing himself verbally and through writing, are some of the ways he sees best through  me. Everything we say or think he values and I think during this season he wanted to let me know that as well.

 

Daily dose of inspiration 

Listening to music has been my number one go to at work for the longest! I thought it was taking me to that creative space but that changed once I finally clicked on the podcasts app on my iPhone.

Well first things first, what’s a podcast? It’s like a radio show where people are sharing their knowledge with you for free! It’s having access to people you admire ,it’s loads of inspiration and you can’t help but get your creative juices flowing! Here I’ll share my favorites:

The potters touch/The alternate on one place 

Hearing TD jakes and pastor tony Evans speak in my ears every week is so encouraging! I love listening to them because they’re the friend that truly wants the best for you and they tell you in a way where you have no excuse for being stuck.

Dave Ramsey show

The people on here sharing their debt free stories are awesome and dave’s advice to financial freedom is contagious to where you’ll start working on ways to be debt free as well.

Support is Sexy 

This podcast is full of ladies that support each other in their businesses. The interviews are amazing and helpful for those looking to go in similar paths.

Kingdom driven entrepreneurs 

Ok there’s like a million businesses but when I found this podcast I had to subscribe! Its doing business God’s way , sharing how they started as an entrepreneur as well as share , and it’s all fun!

Life &Dentistry

First, I love their sense of humor but most importantly I love the topic.. dentistry! The guys just graduated dental school so they share their life experiences as well as interesting cases they handle at work. This podcast is so awesome!

Dreams in drive/ Side hustle pro/ The minority trailblazer

Ok, this trio is the best ever! The first podcast I ever listened to was an episode on The minority trailblazer and that opened my mind to the world of podcasts. I love Greg hill’s energy when he interviews guests, he’s passionate about making a change and helping others to do the same. Dreams in drive podcasts are very thought provoking. The way Rena asks her questions you can’t help but connect the dots to your story to focus in on your purpose. Then there’s Side hustle pro podcast . Nicayla makes business sound so interesting . This podcast is full of information on how to get started in your business and it’s not overwhelming.

I have French /Spanish podcasts, research, tech, etc but I just wanted to mention a couple that I listen to as my daily dose of inspiration , enjoy!