My Favorite Meditation App

Meditation has become a huge part of my self-care. I’ve tried a few meditation apps but this one is a better fit for me and I just wanted to share with you all.

It’s called “Eternal Sunshine.” I like this app so much that I allow the affirmation notifications to come to my phone (if you know me, then you know that I am NOT a notification type of girl because of the distraction it can cause) However, I genuinely enjoy receiving the notifications because they’re always so positive and uplifting.

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Be sure to download the app for yourself and start enjoying all the life-changing benefits this app has to offer. Morning mindfulness is my fav section. Once you download the app let me know how much you like it. Follow me on Instagram @ParisHatcher and send me a DM 😉

 

 

Where In The World Is Paris M. Hatcher?!

Long time no see! A lot has happened within the past two months personally and professionally. Let’s see! Where should I start…

I finally came up with a blog schedule. I seriously was overdoing it. One day a week I was trying my best to write at least 3 to 5 blog posts and then schedule them out so each time you’d come back and see something new. Well, that was going good until I went back to work and had to balance everything. So now, I’m trying to push out at least 1 post a week… I can do that especially since I call my notes in from my sessions and don’t have to type them up myself. Notes?! Sessions?! Some of you may or may not know this but I am a Mental Health Advocate and on average, I am counseling at least 5-7 clients per day and after each session, I have to type up a detailed note/report stating what happened during the session. I love my job but writing notes can be draining on top of trying to maintain a blog and a personal life so I invested in a note writer. I call my notes in and speak about what was accomplished during the sessions via voicemail and the note writer types up everything in a professional manner and input them into the system. It’s a fee but I’d rather have time to make more money instead of money and no time to do anything. It works for me and it’s not too expensive because if I didn’t do it, I wouldn’t have time to do much of anything let alone blog one day a week.

So let’s see, what’s next! I’ve been praying over my purpose and vision for my life. Getting on my knees to say my prayers, writing in my prayer and gratitude journal and meditating. I haven’t been as consistent as I’d like to be in the gym but that’s okay because tomorrow morning I’m going. Last week I was just really sick and couldn’t do much of anything.

Let’s see what have I learned…that I could be a people pleaser, I care way too much about other people’s feelings and I tend to put mines on the back burner. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing but when it gets in the way of your own happiness or what you want to do, it can be. So when you make a decision to do something don’t allow anyone to talk you out of it. It’s hard especially when you care about a person but sometimes you have to take the focus off them and their feelings and put it on you and be good with that! I just want everyone to be happy…is that too much to ask for?

Ummm…what else! Overall, I am very proud of myself. I’m proud of my growth in all areas of my life. I can honestly say that I’ve leveled up and stepped up with taking care of things in our home since my dad passed in 2018. Since then, I’ve doubled his monthly income and now I’m taking care of all the household bills (such an adult moment) my mom doesn’t work because she doesn’t have to. She’s good and I’m happy she’s living her life being happy and strong. She spends the majority of her time going to the thrift store, running errands, getting her nails & hair did and everything else she wants to do. I’m proud of her and I know my dad is too. She’s now accustomed to driving her car (remember I bought her a car in Nov) if you missed it, read about it here. I plan to take her on a trip before the summer is over to see family in Dallas. We just came back from visiting family in Houston about two weeks ago. Maybe in the Fall, we will hop on a flight to NYC or LA or maybe a weekend cruise. She’ll be getting her passport next month. In the meantime, read about our travels here and here.

Other than that, everything is everything! I want to start doing more videos and I will, simple as that. I may turn this site into a video blog. Let me know what you all think. I also took a social media break but I’ll be back this week. Be on the lookout for a detailed post about what happens and what I tend to do during my breaks. I briefly touched on digital detoxing here, here, and here so be sure to catch up on those posts if you haven’t already.

Until next Wednesday!!! See ya and thanks for being a loyal reader and sticking with me until I figured this out! 🙂

My Favorite Scriptures To Meditate On During Intimate Time With God

When I lived in Los Angeles, I became closer to God. Our relationship grew because I spent a lot of intimate time with him. I would write in my prayer journal, meditate, attend church and I was consistent with putting blessings in my blessing jar. I was able to hear his voice clearly and didn’t make a move without consulting with him in prayer. However, I am a constant work in progress and I’m constantly trying my best to be better. I still do all of those things and recently I started back setting an alarm on my phone to spend intimate time with him so for one hour I cannot be disrupted with anything that doesn’t involve me and God’s intimate time.

Another thing that I did while living in L.A. I had scriptures on my wall next to my bed and just about every morning, I would wake up, roll over and read them. These were the scriptures I had on my wall. Hopefully, they help you with your walk with God as well.

Matt 25:33

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Galatians 6:7-9

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption but he who sows to the spirit will of the spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Psalm 46:5

“God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.”

Proverbs 16:3

“Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed.”

Psalm 37:4

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

John 14:12-14

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has Faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

Psalm 112:3

“Wealth and Riches are in his house and his righteousness endures forever.”

Luke 2:52

“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men.”

II Chronicles 10:4

“Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you.”

Romans 8:28

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Jeremiah 29:11-14

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.”

How I Am Building A Closer Relationship With God

With God, all things are possible. I’ve been doing my best to be more consistent with prayer and meditation. Depending on the time I wake up, I would usually start my day off by spending time with God. Some mornings I can spend at least 2 hours reading my Bible and writing in my prayer and gratitude journal but since I’m unable to do this every morning, I do take the time to read devotionals in my Holy Bible app. Read here about the devotionals I’ve completed on the app. At 7pm, I have an alarm set on my phone to spend time with God every day. Granted, no two days are the same but I can always make time even if it’s just to stop for a few minutes just to say “Thank You.” Prayer has always been a major part of my lifestyle but I’m fairly new to meditation. I started meditating in 2016 when I lived in LA. I started out using an app called Headspace but since then, deleted it and added Shelah Marie’s meditation mixtape to my playlist. I tend to decide based off my morning vibe so I switch between the mixtape and meditational sounds on Youtube.

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However, I am still a work in progress and I feel I could get better with my prayer life. If I’m being honest, sometimes I go to bed without getting on my knees to pray and sometimes I go hours during the day without talking with God until my “Spend time with God” 7pm alarm goes off. I noticed this within myself and now I am focused on making a change. I will not wait until the New Year or when I really need something and I’m begging him to bless me, NO! I will start today. May I never forget on my best day that I still need God as desperately as I did on my worst day.

What are you doing to build a closer relationship with God?

Below is the Women’s Study Bible that I own. They’re both the same Bible with different covers and prices. 

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The #1 App I Use To Start Off My Day

Most mornings I start off my day by reading a devotional in the Holy Bible app. If you don’t have this app downloaded, it’s a must that you do so on today! If I’m unable to read any devotionals in the morning, I’d try my best to open it and read something throughout my day and share it on my Instagram stories (@ParisHatcher). So far, I have completed 19 bible plans and it’ll be 21 very soon.

Below check out the reading plans I’ve completed.

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Currently, these are the two devotionals I’m reading.

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The app is very simple to use. Simply click plans at the bottom of the screen and then click on find plans at the top of the screen. There are so many reading plans to choose from with topics related to love, anxiety, healing, anger, hope, depression, patience, loss, jealousy and so much more. Just about anything you can think of, there’s a passage about it in the bible and there’s a devotional and reading plan related to it in the holy bible app.

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Reading at least one positive thing a day can really make a difference in your entire mood. Take time to feed your spirit with positivity while building a closer relationship with God.

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Aside from reading the bible app, these are two physical bibles that I personally own.

Unlearning While Learning

I was born and raised in the church under the same pastor since I was born but I started to attend church consistently on my own maybe in 2007. I was in my sophomore year in college and I wanted to know more about God. I was digging deeper at this time. Fast forward to now and I am in the stage of unlearning but still learning as a person who desires to know more about God, I do believe I’ll always be in the stage of learning as long as I am open to learning. Some things I was taught I now realize that it wasn’t the truth such as questioning God. I was taught that I shouldn’t question God…but this is what I believe. (Not saying I was taught this from my pastor because he’s an amazing man of God. If he wasn’t, I would’ve left from under his teachings as an adult)

I do believe that I am the daughter of the most high God. I do believe I am a Goddess, and I do believe that it’s okay to question God. I am his daughter, why can’t I ask him why something happened, why this or why that? So what if I ask him what’s his will for my life, isn’t that questioning him? Or maybe that’s a “safe” question. But when I ask God questions about gun reform and climate control, I am doing the same. I am not asking questions to try to test God; I am simply asking to know Him and His heart for humanity more deeply.  As my relationship with God grows, I no longer believe that I can’t question him. How would I understand something if I don’t ask questions? As I study his word for myself, I realize some of the things I’ve been taught was taught to people who taught them and who taught them so who knows that person’s level of understanding/knowledge of God. What I know to be true is, God is big enough for all of our questions and even our doubts. So right now, I am unlearning some stuff while learning new things.

So far this is what I know to be true!

Religion gives you a false sense of reality and it keeps you within a box. It keeps you feeling like you can’t be wealthy, that having confidence and being proud of yourself is considered boastful, and that you should hide your imperfections. I now know that that’s just not who I was created to be. I wasn’t created to believe that I can’t attain wealth. It’s in the Bible (Deuteronomy 8:18) God gives us the ability to create wealth. But, I won’t lie, I feel as if I was taught or allowed society to make me believe that having wealth is considered greed and people who are wealthy aren’t good people. I can’t say I 100% agree with that. Another thing, I wasn’t created to do was dim the light that shines on the inside and radiates on the outside because I now know that confidence comes from God.  I wasn’t created to walk a straight line and to be this “perfect person.” Jesus was the only perfect human and he died on the cross for our sins. Therefore, we are forgiven.  In addition to that, I won’t hide my struggles or imperfections because of fear but what I will do is continue to grow in all areas of my life and if that means questioning God and seeking him for answers, well that’s what I will do. Truth be told, God wants dialogue with us. Search for yourself what you need to unlearn and learn so you can go higher and build a deeper relationship with God. 

Here are the women’s study bibles I own: The first and second is the same bible just different covers and prices. 

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