So as I said previously in my post “The Daniel Plan” I would give you guys an update once I started reading it. Well, after reading only 3 1/2 chapters I have made the decision to make the lifestyle change. I know that it will be really good for my mind, body and soul. I will not only be healthier, more focused in life but it will also draw me closer into the presence of God; hence the faith portion of the book. I feel confident in making the choice to live this lifestyle.
There are 5 essentials to the Daniel Plan which makes it not just a book that helps you to lose weight or get healthy. The 5 essentials are:
As I go through each of these chapters I will give my thoughts on each and share them with you. So make sure to watch for the posts on these 5 essentials of the Daniel Plan. I hope that I can inspire or help someone to change their lifestyle, in order to be at your best!
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So a few days ago I went into the Family Christian bookstore by my house to go and buy me a study bible. It was the very first time that I had been in that store. I have always driven past it but never thought to go inside. When I walked in and went to the bible section, there were so many bibles that my head started to hurt. After spending about 40 minutes trying to find which study bible suited me best and then picking out a bible cover, I went to go checkout. When I approached the checkout counter the cashier told me about their free rewards cards and the benefits of having one. If your anything like me then you LOVE, LOVE, LOVE rewards cards. So once she gave me the card, she reached around and grabbed a book and told me that they were giving the book out for free to everyone who opted to sign up for the rewards card. I read the title and it was called the Daniel Plan, which I had never heard of in my entire life. The cashier began to explain how good of a book it is and how popular the book is, and I just nodded and said “ok”. Later that day I showed my grandma the study bible I had bought and the free book that was given to me, and her eyes lighted up like the sky on the 4th of July. Apparently, she had been looking for this book for quite sometime and couldn’t find it because it is really hard to get a hold of.
So earlier today I decided to read the back of the book and look at the table of contents at least to see what the book was about. Basically, it’s a book about having a healthier lifestyle, deepening your relationship with God and developing a community of supportive friends. The books goes through the topics of Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends. It also talks about living the lifestyle, gives you a 40-day fitness challenge, and a 40-day meal plan.
So it does sound quite interesting and I plan to start reading it during my spring break which is the first week of March. So once I began to read it I will give you an update on the book!
So I had a plan to write about the black poets and writers who inspired me to write poetry and short stories, since it is Black History month. Clearly, I am late because it is only one full week left in February. So as they say “better late than never”. Today I will share with you all one of the first poems that I read that inspired me to want to be like this author. It made me want to pick up a pencil and start writing. Even after all these years since I first read her writing I am still in awe of her talents. I got the chance to see her in person in my undergrad when she came to speak and I was 7 rows from the stage and it just made me love her even more. That is a memory that will be etched in my brain forever because I never thought that I would ever get a chance to see and hear her speak in person. I love her work and she still inspires me, even though she has passed away. May her soul rest in peace!
Still I Rise
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
– Maya Angelou