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| ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ค๐™—๐™จ๐™š๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ง๐™š๐™š๐™š๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ก! In case you guys missed all the details on my #fauxlocs in my stories last week:

@Boholocs in the color: ๐˜ฝ๐™š๐™ฎ ๐˜ฝ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š.

They are so soft, lightweight, look + feel real, and are reusuable. Everything you need comes in the bag + they throw in a little accessory kit for ya!

Thx to @destiny.nicole._ for the quick install. Two rows of individuals around the perimeter with the crown crocheted to perfection. Luff you, Des! #boholocs // #theprinceandthepmommy

| ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ค๐™—๐™จ๐™š๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ง๐™š๐™š๐™š๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ก!...

| ๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™›๐™ก๐™ช๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š๐™ง?

Someone who has a lot of followers?
Someone who gets paid to persuade?
Can anyone be an influencer?

When I came across @prince_ea's video [swipe left] a month ago, it really made me think about the use of the word + the associated intent. I posted this video in my stories + got so much feedback that I decided to share it here.

What does your influence say about you? // #theprinceandthep #rileyrose #drmartensofficial

| ๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™›๐™ก๐™ช๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š๐™ง?...

| This morning, I was talking to a friend about my desire to have a new house. Many of my friends are getting new houses + I'm happy for them. I have been questioning if maybe I'm not doing enough [๐™ค๐™ง ๐™™๐™ค๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™œ๐™ค๐™ค๐™™ ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ช๐™œ๐™] to achieve that same goal. My income doesn't match my efforts, and it's been taxing on my spending + my spirit.
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Last week, P got a golden ticket at lunch, so I went up to the school + surprised her with Subway. A golden ticket is a reward that is received in the lunchroom + the recipient gets to invite a student of their choice to have lunch with them at a special table. Today, she got ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง ticket and was so excited to tell me about it. In her excitement, I look over and see MJ with tear-filled eyes. After asking him why he was upset 4 times, he finally told me that he is doing the same thing P is doing in the lunchroom and doesn't know why he isn't getting a golden ticket.

๐™‡๐™ค๐™ง๐™™, ๐™ž๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ๐™ฃ'๐™ฉ ๐™– ๐™ข๐™š๐™จ๐™จ๐™–๐™œ๐™š...I told my son that I understand, and shared my feelings about all of my friends being blessed with new houses. "It doesn't mean you are doing anything wrong, it means God is teaching you to be patient. Keep doing what you are doing, not because you want to be blessed, but because you are acting in obedience. A 'not right now' isn't a 'not ever', ok? God sees your efforts + His approval is the best golden ticket there is. โ™ก" And here I thought MJ was the student, and ๐™„ was the teacher. ๐Ÿ™„ // #theprinceandthep #mySONshine

| This morning, I was...

| At dinner last night, the waitress asked P, "Are you missing a tooth?" P looked confused so I said, "No, but her top 2 teeth are loose." The waitress said, "OMG!! I work in a dentist office + I looove your little gap, it's so cute!!" P had just asked me last week if her teeth would "shut together when she gets bigger", and I told her that she will probably always have a gap, because Mommy had one. I explained to her that I wish I still had mine so that my smile would look as amazing as hers but inside, I felt really disappointed in myself. ๐Ÿ™ I got my gap closed in college because I allowed my insecurities to tell me that my teeth weren't beautiful. Now it makes it a little harder to teach my daughter to love hers.

I don't know if P will want to keep her gap when she gets older. What I do know is that if she decides not to, it won't be because I didn't pour into her + tell her every single day how special her smile is to me! I mean, look at that grin!! ๐Ÿ˜ #mySweetP // #theprinceandthep

| At dinner last night,...

| As I get older, I think about the role that fear has placed in my life. So many dreams deferred and goals delayed, because fear was always present in the absence of my faith. I think of all I could have done, where I would have been, and who I could have become if I'd had someone really push me. Self-doubt can be a generational curse if we allow it.

I'm not sure if people ever reach their full potential -- or if we all just keep sowing + soaring, but I challenge my kids to fly higher than I ever could.
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My beautiful babies -- keep your fearlessness!! Keep your tenacity! Keep this same invincible, child-like energy -- even when you fear what lies ahead of you! You CAN do hard things + doing them scared is better than not doing them at all. You don't have to go out into this world and try to be great, you were born great!! Believe in the power of being YOU! โ™ก, Mommy // #theprinceandthep #mySONshine

| As I get older,...

| Back in February, I went to the doctor + had extensive bloodwork done. I was constantly exhausted + lacked motivation to do much of anything. I was overwhelmed with anxiety + depression at the time, caused by my OCD (you guys remember it was triggered by P's haircut), and I attributed that to my lack of energy. I still went to see my doctor + everything came back normal except for my testosterone level. Where it should have been between 70-120, mine is at a 13. This is not life-threatening, but it has been life-altering.
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Lethargy [one of many symptoms] strikes me at the most inconvenient times. I have missed events, I'm rarely in the mood to leave the house, some days Hubby comes home from workย and finds me asleep on the couch...and I stay asleep until the next morning when I have to take my kids to school. I am irritable because of the persistent exhaustion I fight daily, I miss work deadlines, I sleep through dinner, I can't go grocery shopping, I fall asleep on tv shows, and doing the simplest things wear | me | out. While some days are better than others, it's like walking around on Benedryl -- 16 hours a day. I feel like my personality has suffered because meย being silly + socializing takes a lot out of my body. Being me truly is exhausting. ๐Ÿ˜ข The medication they gave me doesn't help +ย I refuse to take anything stronger, so working out is my best defense. It gives me a little surge.
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I'm not sharing this because I need advice -- I have tried it all + researched it all. I am sharing this because it's so important to honor our bodies by listening to what it's trying to tell us. It may feel like an inconvenience, but trust -- God's plan will wait for His purpose. Rest up, frans. โค -- XO -Shay // #theprinceandthepmommy

| Back in February, I...

| I love when the 1st day of a new month, happens to fall on a Monday! ๐Ÿ I woke up this morning, ready to take on the day, tackle my fitness routine, and literally laid in bed to pray before my feet even hit the floor.

And then I got up + all hell broke loose. ๐Ÿ˜ซ The day wasn't as victorious as I hoped. It started with my kids trying me all morning. I mean, have you ever looked into the faces of the sweet babies you birthed, imagined yourself bending down real close so that you could position yourself at their level, and thought about yelling -- "SHUT THE EFF UUUUUP!!!!!" ๐Ÿ‘น No? Ok, perfect mamas can stop reading here. I don't even curse, but I have reimagined myself screaming it for emphasis, over and over again in my head.
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So then I missed a friend's appointment, passed a painful kidney stone, found out a sponsored trip that Hubby + I were going on got cancelled, plus had to go "gangsta mama" on my kids after school because whatever was "in" them this morning hadn't gotten "out" by the time I picked them up. I didn't get to finish my grocery shopping, I missed my workout because of the kidney pain, and my mama (who is visiting) had to see me go from Shayla to She-Ra on her sweet grands.
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So yea, hey October. ๐Ÿ˜’ I'm sure I was supposed to say something encouraging but whatev, 'cause...life. //#theprinceandthep

| I love when the...

instagram vs. reality | s w i p e

Everything is not always as it seems, but that doesn't mean you can't make the best out of what you've got. ๐Ÿ˜œ #perception

Shout out to @Albertsons for the photo op. ๐ŸŽƒ #iloveWhitePumpkins I'm about to set up a photobooth outside yall's grocery store! Lol // #theprinceandthep

instagram vs. reality | s...

| Tonight, P argued with me that she didn't need to go to the restroom before bed, because she'd already gone an hour and a half earlier. I made her go anyways and she sat there for a minute and then said [annoyed], "See?" I told her, "Better safe than sorry -- you just never know, right?" She said, "No, because I knew. And I said I didn't have to go." ๐Ÿ˜ฒ This is my life with a daughter.

I love her but ya'll go ahead + pray for her | NOW |. #wayment #whoyoutalkintotho #hadtospeakhertruth
#truthgonnagetyoupopped #mamasaidknockyouout // #theprinceandthep #beingBaddieP

#NationalDaughterDay ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿฝโค

| Tonight, P argued with...

| I remember when I was just barely starting my photography business + in a moment of frustration, my husband referred to it as "my little project". He felt it wasn't a business until it started making money, so despite his intentions + his apology, I was very upset, disappointed, and felt completely unsupported. Within a year, I was so booked + busy -- that I had to ask my husband to help me shoot because I had more clients than I could stretch myself to cover. #message ๐Ÿ‘€ #seewhatGoddidthere #insertpowerfulscripturehere

My first few years on Instagram, were stressful. All of the "free" was nice, until I lost my freedom in the process. I was working so hard, with no return, but Iย believed God had a blessing with my name on it that would allow me to be home with my kids. I was talking to my mom one day + she expressed the need for me to get a "real job". Other family members echoed her sentiment. Now, a couple years later, Iย make a significant contribution to our household. In fact, I make more per month than I made at my last corporate job. Itย wasn't overnight + it was a struggle getting here,ย but anything worth having, is worth working for -- and I'm still working. ---- I say all of this to say:

Don't ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ you๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ let ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸฝANYONE๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ talk you out of your blessings! Not your family, not your friends, not the people at church, not the person who has "been there + done that", not the stranger in the bar. Often when people don't receive your gift, it makes them question the validity of it. They can't see a vision that wasn't given to them -- and that's ok. It doesn't mean that they don't love you or want the best for you, they just don'tย understand your story. The good news? It wasn't written for THEIR glory.

Keep believing in God's ability to bless you where you stand, even if you feel like you are standing alone. You don't need an audience to win at God's will. ๐Ÿคœ๐Ÿฝโค๐Ÿค›๐Ÿฝ -Shay // #theprinceandthep #theprinceandtheptravels

| I remember when I...

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