Brittany Graham

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God's Faithfulness, Candace Parker & Nneka Ogwumike

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Candace Parker filled with emotion after Game 5 with her daughter Lailaa 

Candace Parker filled with emotion after Game 5 with her daughter Lailaa 

Last week during Game 5 of the WNBA finals the LA Sparks defeated the Minnesota Lynx in dramatic fashion to capture the 2016 WNBA Championship. I usually don’t have a preference as to who I want win, as I would rather see a long series filled with good basketball. However, this time around deep down inside, I wanted LA to take it home.

Despite being the same age, I’ve always been a fan of Candace Parker since her days at Tennessee. I admire her love for the game, competitive spirit, versatility on the court, and the fact that she’s a mother all while being one bad ass basketball player. Earlier this year when Parker was cut from the Olympic team that would go on to win a gold medal in Rio, my heart dropped. In my own humble opinion, there was no way Parker should’ve been left of this year’s Olympic team and falling short of reaching her third god medal.

Candace Parker in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals

Candace Parker in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals

 Parker’s teammate Nneka Ogwumike also fell short of making the Olympic team, which some also say stirred controversy in her own right. But that’s just how life goes sometimes. You may work your ass off, be the best person for the part, deserve the job, and for whatever reason still get cut. You’re not always going to get the things you want and or deserve, but that’s just a part of life.

 Both Parker and Ogwumike are prime examples of perseverance and trusting God's plan, because HE always follows through. They could’ve easily felt sorry for themselves for not making the Olympic team, complained and went looking for sympathy. Instead, during the month long Olympic break they regrouped, refocused, went to work, and came back better than ever.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
— Hebrews 11:6
Neneka Ogwumike with the huge rebound and game winner in Game 5

Neneka Ogwumike with the huge rebound and game winner in Game 5

Just months after the disappointments of being cut from the Olympic Team, Nneka Ogwumike was named the 2016 WNBA MVP. And after 8 years in the league, Candace Parker finally got her first championship, and was named Finals MVP.

Nneka Ogwumike, 2016 WNBA MVP

Nneka Ogwumike, 2016 WNBA MVP

Sometimes it’s hard to fully understand what God’s plan is for us. That’s why it’s always important to remain faithful to Him because HIS plan never fails. So many times in life there is something you may want more than anything and God takes it away. To test you and your faithfulness to Him and HIS plan for you. But in doing so, going through the trials and tribulations He puts you through, the reward is always greater and means so much more.

Don't give up or get discouraged if you do not get what you feel you deserve. Continue to trust God and know that HE will always come through to those who honor their faithfulness to Him.

I love you guys.

Have a great week!!!

Always, #DreamLiveBall

 

 

 

 

8 Tips To Help You Refocus On Your Goals

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I’ll be the first one to admit it that in terms of this blog I’ve been more than lacking lately. I’ve been filling my mind with excuse after excuse to justify why I haven’t been able to update. I’m tired, I’m busy, I don’t have time, I’ll do it later, just to name a few. I’m human just like everyone else and I realize at times I easily find myself distracted from my goals. As the past month went by and I saw my lack of content on this blog finally understood that I need to change some things to get back on track. After a week reflecting and regrouping, I thought I would share with you what I learned.

1.     GOD—Spend some quality time with HIM. During my awful hiatus and lack of inspiration the past few weeks, the first thing I noticed when took some time to reflect was how little time I was giving to my lord and savior Jesus Christ. I know for me personally, I can tell a huge difference in my mood, energy, productivity, and everything else when I make time to spend with God alone reading my bible in the word. If you haven’t done this lately and you feel yourself slacking, I highly suggest taking sometime growing closer to Him.

2.     MUSIC—I don’t know about you but I personally feel like there is a playlist for every mood. There is honestly nothing that music can’t help cure just a little bit. Whenever I start to feel myself getting off course, one of the first things I do is turn to my Dream Live Ball playlist on Spotify filled with songs that push, inspire, and motivate me. If you don’t already, I highly recommend making a playlist of songs to that do the same for you to help you when you’re in a funk. 

3.     ENVIRONMENT—Believe it or not, your everyday environment and surroundings have a huge impact on what you think, feel, and produce. I’m currently sitting here in the local library writing this and I’ve never felt more refreshed. Sometimes it helps sparks your creativity to get out of what feels comfortable and work in a new location. As much as I love my room, lately I haven’t been able to get any work done there, so today I set out to go somewhere new, came across the library and in only three hours I feel like I have already accomplished so much.

4.     ROUTINE—Change your routine. There’s a reason you’ve been a funk lately so continuing to do the same thing each day won’t help you break the cycle and get out of it. Switch things up a little bit and find something new that works. Wake up earlier, change your diet, take lunch a different time, workout, switch up your routine after work. Find the time and place where you are most productive, and commit to working then.

5.     SOCAL MEDIA—Ditch it for a while. As much as I love twitter, snap, and the gram, we all know that constantly having the urge to tap, swipe, and repost, it can take up a lot of our precious time when we could be getting sh*t done. Log off for a while and put your time and effort into hard work and not the aesthetic of your Instagram feed.

6.     GO BACK—Go back when you last felt your goals where on track. One of the main reasons I enjoy to journal and film videos is to always have it as a reference to know how I was once feeling. So do the same, go back to when things were good and remember how it all last felt when you were in your groove. Use those good vibes to guide you, get back on track and get ahold of your goals.

7.     GOALS—Reevaluate them. Sometimes life can get so hectic it easy to lose sight and focus of our goals. Check in on them, write them down, and make sure you’re taking steps towards them, not backwards.

8.     REST—The main thing is, if you feel yourself getting tired from the everyday pressures of life. Learn to rest, not quit. Sometimes it’s only natural to need a break, to give your mind, body, and soul a break for the work. Learn to rest, not quit and always come back refreshed and ready to work every harder!!!

I love you guys,

-Brittany

Small Efforts, Gradual Change, Success!!!

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 If you're anything like me then at times one of the things you struggle with is self-discipline and putting forth the consistent effort to change. It's probably one of the hardest things, to break your bad habits to finally start seeing small amounts of change. Continuing with this journey to become the best version of me, change, along with self-discipline is a must. To get to where I want to go,  and to be the person I one day hope to be, it's going to require a multitude of effort to consistently exude "small efforts of success day in and day out." But, the good thing is it doesn't take much. SUCCESS IS THE SUM OF SMALL EFFORTS, REPEATED DAY IN AND DAY OUT. Challenge yourself to practice just that, small efforts...and watch how overtime small efforts will turn into large changes. Are you with me? self-discipline to make the gradual changes to be great.  

#DLBJourney

-Brittany

Dream Live Ball: The Journey

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If you're reading this, Welcome to Dream. Live. Ball: The Journey. Recently I had the idea to give back, rise in lifting others. After a personal debate with myself for a few months, I finally decided to order DLB wristbands...why not? But then just like that it came to me. The idea to send wristbands to random friends of mine on Facebook, a note explaining what DLB means to me and each with a personal note lifting them up. But why stop there? So, I sent each one of my friends an additional wristband to give to one of their friends and note with space for them to write words of encouragement to someone else. So simple but so powerful. As this journey begins for us all, WE invite you to work hard, go after your dreams, enjoy everything that life has to offer, and live EVERY moment to the fullest.

 I just wanted to personally encourage you to do what you love and live the life you dream of everyday! If you are looking for a reason or a sign to take that leap of faith, this is it. Whatever it is that is in your heart now is the time do it! Dream Live Ball, join the journey with me by wearing this bracelet, give one to a friend, and encourage them to do the same. My goal is to help others to have the courage to pursue their dreams, have a positive outlook on life, and create a community where we can all grow and share our amazing experiences through life together! #DLBJourney and let’s all live our dreams everyday and support each other to dream live ball from this day forward.

-Excerpt from the DLB notes I mailed 50 of my random Facebook friends

*I mailed bracelets to 50 random Facebook friends of mine in the following states:  Georgia, Florida, Texas, New York, Minnesota, California, Missouri, Arizona, Maryland, Missouri, South Carolina, Washington, Kansas, Michigan, Utah...Japan and Canada!!! 

Alex, Elizabeth, Me & Rosie
Alex, Elizabeth, Me & Rosie

I of course, I have to give a huge thank you to the only 4 people I managed to tell about this idea and project, which if you know me was very difficult not telling everyone else how excited I was :)  Alex, Elizabeth, Roise & My Aunt Pam. THANK YOU for continuing to believe in me, my dreams, my vision, and giving me the courage to put together something like this. Your love and support is appreciated so much <3.

So excited to share this and begin this journey with all of you,

-Brittany