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

Simone Biles: Sacrifice, Faith & Dreams

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By now I’m sure the entire world is quite familiar with the name Simone Biles, and if you’re not then you’ve probably been living under a rock and not up to date on the Rio Olympics that just ended last week. Biles’s captured the attention of the entire world with her bubbly personality, bright smile and gymnastics moves out of this world. She finished her first Olympic games with 4 gold medals in the team competition, all-around, vault, floor, and a bronze in the beam.

At the young age of only 19-years-old, Biles is now the only gymnast to win three consecutive World All-Around Championships to now go along with her gold medal Olympic all-around performance in Rio. Besides being one hell of an athlete, what makes her story even more amazing is her background and upbringing. At the age of about two years old, Biles was taken from her mother and was in and out of foster care due to her mother’s drug addiction which as you can image lead to multiple arrests. In 2000, Simone and her younger sister were taken in by her grandfather (her birth dad’s father) and grandmother who later officially adopted the sisters in 2003.

In a recent interview with ESPN’s E:60, Simone spoke about all of the sacrifices it took to become one of the most prominent Olympic athletes of all-time. At age 14 she made the decision to enroll in homeschooling instead of going to a traditional high school to put in more time towards becoming an elite gymnast. When asked how she liked homeschool, “I hated it.” She missed out on all of the normal things high kids look forward to, prom, homecoming, football games, all for her dream of becoming an Olympic Gymnast. Not only did Simone Biles beat the odds of a terrible background being taken from her alcoholic mother, but she also had a vision with a crazy work ethic to match her goals. She sacrificed her youth and teenage years spending hours on top of hours in the gym to get to where she is today.

Last week I started reading a 20-day bible study Eat Pray Hustle: Dream Chasing God’s Way by Havilah Cunnington.  On day two the book talks about how missional living and dream chasing God’s way requires sacrifice. As the chapter ends it then asks the reader, have you considered what type of sacrifice you’re willing to experience? What area in your life would be the hardest sacrifice? A great question to ask yourself and have a true heart to heart with yourself. What are you willing to let go of for your dreams? Because at the end of the day, you can’t have it all. You have to make sure your vision and your goals have the work ethic to match and just know that sacrifices are a vital part of any kind of success.  

From reading this book I've learned that God wants us to have complete total faith in him, his plan, and the dreams he has placed in our hearts. He doesn't want us to be average and have small dreams. He wants us to dream big and experience Him working through us doing things we never imagined were possible, that could only be because of the work of his faithfulness. To make it simple for you I honestly like Biles said it best, "OUT DREAM YOUR DREAM!!!" 

The story behind Simone Biles is one that continues to inspire me every day, she beat the odds and you can too if you #AlwaysDLB.

Love you guys!!!

Have a great week

Hebrews 11:1 NLT "Fait is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurances about the things we cannot see."

-Brittany

 

 

Just Do It.

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Sometimes you just have to do it, without a plan, rhyme, or any reason. Now coming from me, someone who continually goes through life with plan A, a backup plan, a fallback plan, and the worst-case scenario plan, you can tell why “just doing it,” makes me more than nervous. Honestly though I feel like sometimes life is about not having the perfect detailed plan and just reacting to your instincts and relying on your faith. Doing something for the simple reason that you love it and it makes you happy. 

The older get the more I learn that you will never be able to plan every detail and every aspect of your life. However, instead I’ve learned you have to be able to adapt to what life throws your way, and it’s in those exact moments a person discovers who they truly are. I believe that the best days and most memorable moments of life are those that go unplanned and happen unexpectedly. When life takes over and you just live it and learn how to go with the flow.

Now with that being said, I’m totally NOT saying you should live recklessly and just do whatever. What am I saying, is that sometimes you just have to jump…towards your goals, towards your dreams and just do it! A lot of times I find myself waiting and waiting for the perfect moment to “start today.” Like one day I will just wake up with a text message from God saying “Brittany today is the day.” If only this thing called life were that easy.

Basically what I’m trying to say is, there will never be the perfect magical moment we all hope for to try something new, make a change in our life, or start living your dream. That’s why every day you have to get better and you have to do more. Achieving your goal isn’t something that just one day happens, It’s a long process that happens over time.

That’s why sometimes, it is what it is and you just have to do it. Take a chance and just do it because you love it and it makes you happy. Don’t let the fear of “what it,” stop you from doing what you love. If you continue to what for the perfect time to start, you’re going to be waiting your entire life so you might as well start today!

-Brittany