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Believe for More: Kaneshia Clifford

Eve Within

FullSizeRender.jpgWhat comes to mind for you in your own life regarding EveWithin? In other words, what would you like to share about the progress you’ve made as a woman of God over the past few years? 

Within the last 6 months, I have started 2 businesses.  This is no easy feat.  Up until recently, I had several passions that had yet to be actualized and I decided to step out in faith and create the life I want.  The moment that I realized my own creative power, I was able to muster up enough faith to take the first step and God provided the people and resources that I needed.  In addition, I have spent the last 6 months focusing on my own personal growth and development.  As a wife and working mom, I had to find a way to center myself and make time to do things…

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Affirming The Life I’ve Always Dreamed Of

IMG_0398 I am a true believer that affirmations are powerful. We become what we think. Eventually, what we think slowly finds a way to manifest in our reality. I think it is in part because we act in ways that are consistent with our thoughts. From my experience, I have noticed that when my thoughts are inundated with all the things that I shouldn’t do I end up accomplishing what I don’t want rather than what I want. Writing and reciting affirmations aloud allows me to make declarations that encourage and support my vision rather than diminish it.

What I speak over myself and my family has the ability to alter our reality. I have recently felt more than ever that I needed to actually sit down and write out my own personalized affirmations that reflect and affirm the life that I have always dreamed of. I am not going to lie, I am often lazy, or “busy” which leads to making excuses.  However, I realize that failing to be obedient to what my Inner Voice is prompting me to do is costly. It costs me peace of mind and  the assurance of knowing that I can have what I declare.  It cost me time trying to figure things out rather than just believing that it is so because I say so.  I have faith enough to believe that God is always working things together for my good and  the conviction in me to write these affirmations is so strong I could not  ignore it any longer.

I know that God has blessed my life and continues to bless me.  I now create time to practice gratitude and meditate on my personal affirmations. I recently have spent many days and weeks meditating on gratitude. My goal is to identify something each day that I am grateful for. This practice allows me to recognize where God has opened doors in my life and given me provision in all seasons of my life. This practice also helps to minimize the fear that attempts to overtake me when I am embarking on something new.

As I have taken time to reflect more and more about life and what the life I have always dreamed of looks like , I began to generate affirmations that are in alignment with my vision. I want to encourage you to write your own affirmations, read them daily, and speak them aloud. There is enough abundance present in the world for you to live life to the fullest. Rather than living from a place of scarcity, realize that substance is created and generated when we think and act on our thoughts. It’s time to create and/or increase the intensity of your affirmations and watch things turn around in your life.

Family/Household

My marriage is God-centered, joyous, loving, connected, open and trusting.
My family is healthy physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
My family relates to one another positively and with LOVE.
My family prays together.
My family serves the LORD.
My household is a place of peace.
My household is full of ABUNDANCE.

My Life/Purpose
I am blessed to be a blessing.
I support others in achieving their goals.
I am living in ABUNDANCE, NOW!!!
I coach and I am coachable.

Finances
I am debt free.
I have financial freedom.
I have all the provision that I need to create the experiences I want (i.e. travel, investments, business opportunities, etc.)

My Body and Physical Well-being
I feed my body well.
I am healthy and whole.

My Faith
I walk by faith and not by sight.
I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.
I am loved and I love freely.

What do you want to affirm in your life today?

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Nothingness

blank-canvasFor several days, I have experienced a feeling of “nothingness”.  Typically, the term nothingness carries a negative connotation. Its standard definition is associated with the absence of life, insignificance or void. Nothingness, by my definition, is a space in between where you are and where you want to be. It is the space between being concerned and surrendering.  It is the space where expectancy (hope) lies and where faith is nurtured and cultivated.  It is a space where my heart yearns for more but is grateful for all that I have and what is yet to come.

I am content in knowing that I am giving my best in every area of life while relying on God to turn my best effort into more than enough.  For me, nothingness represents a blank canvas.  Blankness does not equate to the absence of life or void. Instead, this blank canvas represents possibility. This blank canvas brings an overwhelming sense of peace because I have decided to trust that what I have yet to see or experience is not as far from my grasp as I once thought. This nothingness comes with an overwhelming sense of trust. I am not bombarded or overwhelmed by the intricate details of how things will work out in my life.  When faith meets corresponding action, I get to trust that all things WILL work out for my good.

Things WILL work out! The key to success is DON’T QUIT!

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Declutter Your Mind, Declutter Your Life

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“Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.” – Barbara Hemphill
As spring approaches, there is a sense of newness in the air. The days are becoming increasingly longer as the sun shines later into the evening. I don’t know about you, but this time of year gives me life. I am a lover of sunlight and longer days are just what I need to be energized and rejuvenated. Typically when seasons change, people use this time/ natural transition as an opportunity to declutter and reorganize their physical space. Decluttering normally takes the form of getting rid of items you’ve accumulated over time.
There is something about decluttering that lightens my mood and my spirit. I feel clearer and it actually helps me to think and focus. I remember in college, I often cleaned and decluttered my physical space before starting a new task or studying. The act of decluttering heightened my creativity and created a space for intense focus. Decluttering doesn’t have to be limited to our physical space. Sometimes we declutter our lives of people that are no longer making healthy contributions to our lives. We declutter our bodies by eating cleaner foods to energize and detox our bodies of toxins. Lastly, we can declutter our mind and spirit by engaging in silent meditation or prayer. The point is decluttering is something that is often viewed as optional or is done without a sense of urgency, but I would argue that it is a necessity and should be practiced frequently across all areas of life.
Lately, I have not only been thinking about decluttering my physical space, but I have been thinking about decluttering my mind and ultimately my life. For quite some time, I used time as an excuse. I told myself that having the desire or motivation to do something different was not the issue. I just didn’t have enough a time. When could I find the time to be silent, to read, to meditate, and to pray? My life felt overloaded with activities and tasks I had to do; therefore, the first things to go were things that I felt were optional (like being silent and still for the purpose of getting clear about what I want and need).

I realize that when I do not declutter my mind, body, and physical space I am not open to receive something new and my life feels void of peace. I have found that when I make time for myself to be silent and to get clear on who I am and what I want everything else falls into place. Things that used to take me twice as long to do take half the time.
Many people have asked me how I find time to write blog posts, manage developing two businesses, connect with my spouse, and be a mother. My short answer is: I have to make time to get clear and declutter daily. It is not an option for me. I am not at peace when I don’t create the time to declutter. In the seasons of life where my life was cluttered spiritually and physically, there was no peace. When I don’t have peace, it affects all areas of my life.
What ways can you declutter your life? Start today by creating some time for yourself to release negative energy from your life.

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Gratitude:Count It All Joy

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“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. … (James 1: 2-8)

Have you ever found yourself so overwhelmed with gratitude? Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and a readiness to show appreciation for someone or something and to return kindness.

Many people come to the realization early on in life that life is not perfect. Most people I know equate a perfect life to a life filled with no pain, no opposition, and an abundance of good without any negative experience. By this definition, I too would agree that “a perfect” life is something to be grateful for. However, I am willing to bet that if everything were perfect it wouldn’t be good enough for an ungrateful heart. It is amazing to me when I find myself being overwhelmingly grateful in a world that is not perfect. I have found myself more times than not noticing that the life I am living is OVERFLOWING with reasons to be thankful.

There is a song that we used to sing at a church I attended back in Georgia that said,

“As I look back over my life and I think things over

I can truly say that I am blessed, I have a testimony.”

My testimony is filled with narratives of triumph and gratitude. Even as I write, my heart is overflowing and the melody and words of this song are flowing from my heart into the atmosphere because I am truly grateful for life and everything my journey has encompassed up until this point.

The reason for this gratitude is not dictated by circumstance. I am grateful because I see the good that has come out of every “negative” experience. When I think about where I could be or could have been in my life I can’t help but believe that somehow there is a God somewhere who had his or her eyes on me.

Over the past few months, I have had the pleasure of encountering a variety of people who have radically impacted my life for the better and these individuals are only a few of the many people that have been placed along my path over the last 32 years and for that alone I am grateful.

My point is not to convince others of how great my life is, but to help them see that despite hard times, despite setbacks, despite hardship, there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. The more grateful we are for where we are and what we have in life the more room we leave to receive more of the ABUNDANCE that LIFE has to offer us. There are times when I bask in the goodness of life. When I bask in that goodness, I am able to see the good in people rather than focus on the bad and as a result, I get to create loving, connected, and trusting experiences with people without fear or judgment.

I have also learned that you can have everything that the world has to offer and not be grateful for it. Gratitude is something we get to possess when we take the time to say THANK YOU!

What are you grateful for?