Category Archives: Philippians



Today’s post is going to be short, sweet, and simple. When we set out to do something or obtain something, we do so with expectation. Expectation of meeting our goal. If that goal or mark isn’t reached or doesn’t happen on our terms or in our timing, we stop. We get in our feelings. We allow fear of failure to set in. We start listening to other people tell us how they knew it wouldn’t work or we couldn’t do it. We throw the idea or dream away. Babe Ruth said, “Don’t let fear of striking out keep you from swinging the bat.” I’m living proof that if there is something in this world you are truly passionate about achieving, DON’T GIVE UP!!! It can be getting your high school diploma, having a family, losing 50 pounds, starting a business, overcoming depression, running a 10k, or even winning a food eating contest… pizza would be fun lol. Don’t let other people’s opinion about YOUR passion stop you. The vision wasn’t given to them. Who cares you didn’t succeed the first time. Truth be told, you might not succeed the second, third, or fourth time, either. What will make you a winner and successful is for you to keep going. The mission of Phoenix of Hope is to help other live DPC…Determined…Persistently…Consistently. I promise you that if you keep God first, stay in his Word, and live DPC, you WILL achieve all that you set out to do…no matter who you are…as long as you know whose you are!!! This is my favorite Bible verse because it gets me through EVERYDAY (tattoo on me)…”I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~Philippians 4:13~



One thing I’ve learned in my, almost, 36 years of life is life is going to happen, regardless, and time waits for no one. I had my life planned out and I just knew by the time I was 30 years old, everything I wanted, from a family, to monthly travel, to shopping without looking at price tags, to being an attorney, to retiring my parents, would be done by that time. Weeelllll, my Faithful Phoenix’s…NO. What happened over the past 18 years was LIFE. My father always says to me, “Natasha, life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.” I, honestly, never paid that any attention until I started evaluating and reflecting on my life. I got pregnant, early in life…shout out to my, almost SWEET 16 baby Khaliyah…, changed college majors more times than I can count, my father was diagnosed with kidney cancer.. still alive, 16 years later, after a prognosis of only six months to live, BUT GOD!!!…, and the list goes on. Even during all of these things taking place in my life, I was still making plans. For years, I did travel, regularly and shop like I wanted…at the cost of working six jobs, which at the time didn’t bother me. I remained in college, stopping for a total of, about one year combined, but I wasn’t where I wanted to be or felt I should be. I didn’t plan for all the stress that was consuming me and the, many years in college, and the rocky, eight year, relationship. The life I planned for was supposed to be perfect…I, really, believed that. What I didn’t see was I was forcing the life I wanted without enjoying the journey and allow God to work. June of 2010, my life changed, DRASTICALLY!. My eight year relationship was over and the financial and emotional downward spiral began. It was not at a fast speed to start, so things didn’t look that bad. Over time, nothing I had planned or was planning was working or coming to fruition…LIFE WAS HAPPENING! I was blessed to be able to have finished my MBA by 29, but there were still some things that hadn’t taken place. I wasn’t ready to move forward and I felt time was getting away from me. I wasn’t ready for repossession, foreclosure, bounced checking accounts, anxiety and depression (diagnosed early in life but ignored), anger, hatred, alcoholism, and smoking. Those were things that I would have never thought I would have to deal with on a daily basis for a week or two, let alone five years. It took me FIVE LONG years to grasp the concept there are things that MUST be placed in the hands of God…let go and let God. When I stopped trying to control everything, when I stopped trying to be my savior, when I stopped putting money before everything, when I stopped blaming my ex for my problems, and when I started trusting and believing in JESUS CHRIST, I was READY!!! Ready to deal with and cope with whatever came my way. I knew that it would not easy or pleasant, always, but I would be able to keep my head up, keep pushing, and make it through. I still have the dream of becoming an attorney. I am getting married in August, I am an entrepreneur, and I am enjoying every minute of telling pieces of my story in hopes that it will help others in their lives. Everyday, I get closer to financial freedom because I don’t worship money the way I used to. I, truly, am thankful the change and a changed mindset. “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” ~Hebrews 13:5~  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~Philippians 4:13~