When Times are Hard, Think Back

In life, it can be so easy to get caught up in the distractions of “here and now”. In my case, “here and now” is tough. Focusing on the toughness of today is a trick of the enemy that seems to diminish the faith that bloomed from the pains of yesterday. Some of our yesterdays  were so rough that we couldn’t imagine our way through and then tomorrow came. What a relief it is to realize that you made it to tomorrow and it’s much better than yesterday. 

In today’s toughness, choose to reflect on yesterday’s pain as a reminder of the faith and tenacity that developed and bloomed out of it. Focus on overcoming today with the hope of a better tomorrow’s joy. God did not bring us this far to leave us.

It was Super Bowl Sunday 2017, less than 2 months after my wedding at a time when I thought that life was great. Well, actually it was. Life has many moments some which are great even though they don’t seem so great right then. This accident landed me in a neck brace for 7 months and on an emotional roller coaster that continued long after.

After many long days and nights of self pity and believing that I would never drive again, I woke up. I realized that God had not only given me a vision but that He had kept me and this new life would afford me the opportunity to fulfill my dream. It was the moment that I was able to get behind the Wheel of The BeYOUtiful Boutiques (my fashion truck) that my fears were gone and the thrills and joys of living my dream were re-ignited. 

Not only was I able to purchase my second fashion truck within 6 months of driving again but I popped up in downtown Montgomery in the Holiday season of 2018.  The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) had recently opened it’s museum and memorial and tourists and guests were visiting from all over the world. It has been over 4 years and 2 moves later on the historical Dexter Avenue that this dream continues. The BeYOUtiful Boutiques is alive and thriving, promoting creativity and confidence and living proof that dreams don’t die. 


I believe that God truly has a sense of humor and that ALL things according to Romans 8:28 are working for my good. The BeYOUtiful Boutique is located right behind The Court Square Fountain where women were degraded and sold naked as slaves, while carrying out the mission to uplift and empower every woman that steps within it’s doors. Come on in and see us but I must warn you that our community is so strong and the presence is so powerful, we may be crying, singing, dancing, laughing or praying. 


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