“Be clear about your intention and the Universe will rise up to meet you wherever you are”….Oprah Winfrey by way of India Arie (Super Soul Sunday, June 2013)

Greetings! I thought I’d share a bit of my journey in an introductory blog for 2014. Those who know me well know that weight loss and maintenance has been an on-going challenge for years. This is an area in which I am transparent and I don’t mind sharing about it. I’ve blogged about it, had published work sold about it, do motivational speaking engagements about it, and am currently doing research for my Ph.D. about a specific area of weight loss.

I am a fan of the Biggest Loser. I have been for years, and during my 60+ pound weight loss a few years ago, the show inspired me greatly. I am also a fan of Extreme Weight Loss. I like the dedication that Chris Powell gives to his clients for 365 days.

When I began my latest phase of personal development, I enlisted the coaching services of Wrenwyck Williams, CEO of Triune. He is tremendously talented, and the best coach that I’ve had. During our sessions, I have shared openly about my challenges with my weight. He has given me the best advice, great resources, and encouragement on this part of my journey. In addition, Catrice Jackson, The BOSSLady of Branding,  dropped a nugget in my spirit on New Year’s Eve about something she calls an “Intention Jar”. It agreed with my spirit and I began to plan and visualize with purpose and extreme intention for 2014.

As a result of this, as I left 2013 and purposed myself and set my intentions, I also created and wrote the vision for 2014. I created my intention jar, which is pictured here, front and back with close to 40 specific intentions for my betterment and greatness. I will work through them, and whatever may not be accomplished by Dec. 31, 2014, will be carried over to 2015 if the intention is still relevant for my life and growth.

I’ve also pictured my weight loss for this year. I took 2 jars, one for pounds to be lost, and one for pounds lost. Today, I added three more marbles to the “pounds lost” jar. I am proud of my accomplishments.

My intentional path is called “Temple Maintenance”. I was blessed with that labeling from a good friend. The terminology is a blast from the past with a new revelation and intent for this dispensation. I am re-energizing and renewing several areas of my life because it is necessary. I am maintaining my temple; mind, body, and soul. I am grateful.

I want to encourage you to use these visuals, as well as a vision board and/or to write your visions and intentions in a place where you can continue to refer to them and to keep your promise to yourself. Don’t give up. Get and stay focused. You will be the winner in the end.

Living Victoriously!