On Being Perfected

IMG_2652Humbly submitting yourself to God’s plan can be difficult…if you’re stubborn.

And yes, I am stubborn. But it’s becoming clearer to me each day that:

1)I’m not right about everything

2)My way isn’t necessarily the best way

3)My perspective isn’t always accurate

4) Sometimes I’m wrong. Dead wrong.

The Bible says in Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”

So, even though my spirit is in a bit of turmoil, I’m thankful that I am being perfected. I choose to lean on God’s word and rest in his eternal love.

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Writing, My Saving Grace

IMG_2763-aJournals are my weakness. I cannot see one in a store without bringing it home with me.

So when I was shopping in Barnes and Noble recently I nearly had a fit when I passed these two wonderful books with the word “WRITE” written on them.

In my new writing space, I have two small dry erase boards that display the exact same sentiment as these journals.

It serves as a constant reminder to myself that writing is my saving grace. It’s what keeps me sane. It’s my gift from God. It gives me joy.


Marshalls stores also have an awesome array of journals. They have books with cloth covers, wire bindings and quotes from notable writers There are so many designs from which to choose. I get excited just looking through the collection.

Journals make a great birthday, graduation and special occasion gifts for your friends and family members. I’ve made a habit of keeping a few around the house just to use as last minute gift ideas if I’m pressed for time.

And because I write in journals so often, it’s nice to pull out my old journals and reminisce. Journals help me to remain thankful that I’ve been able to grow and develop from tough times. They also help me remember the great times that I’ve shared with my loved ones.

Journaling is a great past time. Through journaling, I am able to channel my creativity and organize my thoughts. Do you use a journal? What helps you pass the time?

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Learning To Sew: A Lesson in DIY

Singer sewing machineAfter completing two sewing classes, I wouldn’t say that I’m a pro. But I know enough to successfully make a pillowcase and a pair of pajama pants. I  enjoyed learning the basics and I’m looking forward to taking more classes at Joann Fabric.

Until then I’ll have fun practicing on my new sewing machine!!!!! Isn’t it precious? Mr. Incredible gifted me with it for Valentine’s Day. I was nearly in tears when I saw it sitting in my writing space. I’ve wanted my own machine for a few months and threw a few not-so-subtle hints his way.

Dr. Seuss fabric

I haven’t opened the box yet because I’m still deciding where to decorate my sewing space. But I did take the opportunity to purchase some new fabric and a pattern. I’m sure I can pull off making an apron without the help of an instructor. I’ll let you know how it goes. Until then, click here or here for my other posts on sewing.

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Writing vs Editing: A Dilemma

editingWriting brings me joy…such exhilaration. I get excited when I create a character and begin to mold his story.

Sometimes, the words spill onto the page with great force. Other times, getting words out is like squeezing an empty toothpaste container…I get nothing. No matter how easy or hard it is to get my story out I find it exciting.

I’m most happy when I’m writing. But after the story is finished there’s a terrible, awful things that awaits me…….THE EDITING!

I hate it so much. I do. Why must we revise our work? Why can’t it just be accepted as it- with all the grammar mistakes and inconsistencies left on the page. I’m sure the reader, a true reader, will understand….right?

I wonder what JK Rowling’s unedited work looks like. I bet it’s beautiful. And Toni Morrison’s!!?? Man, I bet the first draft of anything she has written is just as wondrous as the final copy.

Alas, I’m no JK Rowling or Toni Morrison. So, if their work must be edited, so must mine. Wish me luck folks, I’m going in for the kill….

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My Custom Tee

Krystal Grant booksCustomer service is THE most important variable in my shopping equation. Sadly, I’m not always met with excellence in that area. Often times I experience poor treatment .

This is frustrating for a consumer. But I’m happy to report on the day I went searching for a t shirt vendor my interaction with Custom Tees in Stonecrest Mall was a pleasurable one.

The gentleman was so kind, efficient and knowledgeable that he changed my uncertainty about purchasing a shirt to a certainty. And he gained a repeat customer.

I told the graphic artist exactly what I was looking for and within minutes he had my shirt designed. He was even able to make suggestions on changes I could make to ensure my shirt would be a more effective marketing tool.

I am 100% pleased with the outcome. And with my new book release date fast approaching I’m excited to model my tee at the various author signings that are on my calendar.

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Shopping at Forever 21

Forever 21 bagSurprisingly, I’ve never shopped in a Forever 21 store. I usually pass by and look at the cute outfits worn by the mannequins and keep it moving.

Many people have spoken about it’s goodness. But I always considered its market audience to be “teeny boppers” (that’s the name my dad gives the young kids that have nothing to do but hang out at the mall on Saturdays).

Recently, I had my first shopping experience at Forever 21. And while I went in expecting to purchase clothing, I wasn’t able to make it past the accessories.

Forever 21 bag

I’ve been in search for a new bag for a long time and I finally found exactly what I needed right in the store. I’m looking forward to my next shopping trip to Forever 21. Hopefully I can make it past the fabulous accessories and try on a few outfits. Check out more of my obsession with bags here.


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Learning To Sew-A Lesson in Poise

sewing classPure exhilaration is what I felt after I completed my second sewing class. Initially,  I was a ball of nervous energy. But once I sat down at the sewing machine and pressed my foot pedal to make my pajama pants, my nerves disappeared.

Unlike my first class, I felt comfortable using my machine and was even able to manage on my own (a little bit). My sewing instructor was exceptional. She is probably one of the most patient people I’ve even come across.

I wasn’t afraid to ask questions, or even make mistakes because I knew that my instructor would take care of me. Towards the end of class I got bold and even created a custom tag for my pajama pants and sewed it on with no problem.

Cutting the pattern for my pajama pants.

Cutting the pattern for my pajama pants.

Sewing the encasing for the elastic waste band.

Sewing the encasing for the elastic waste band.

My makeshift "Made By Krystal" tag.

My makeshift “Made By Krystal” tag.

I’m excited about my next class and have now begun contemplating the type of sewing machine I will purchase.  Certainly, I’ve picked up a new hobby!

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Sometimes God Speaks To Me

heaven 2Dear Krystal,

You are certainly good enough. You don’t need another degree or certification.

There’s no reason for you to get a different job, or  promotion.

And even though you wish you would win, a trophy will not create a greater sense of being in you.

You are enough….just as you are.

Highly qualified, totally capable, beyond talented…I made you; that is who I created you to be.

There is nothing YOU can do to add to MY perfect foundation. And no amount of worry or cowardice will subtract from MY origination.

You are everything you need. You are enough.

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Closet Organization: Scarf Edition

scarf organizerA zillion scarves are haphazardly strewn about my closet and bedroom.

Ok, not exactly a zillion- maybe more like twenty. I’ve pondered the most effective way to store them as to not break my leg tripping over one.

I hadn’t come up with a solution until I was scrolling through Instagram a few days ago.

Fellow blogger, Quiana, of Harlem Love Birds posted a picture of a scarf hanger she purchased from Big Lots.

Excited to find a solution to my never ending scarf problem, I rushed to Big Lots and scoured the store in search for the hangers. My search was successful! I went home with two scarf hangers for the price of only $4.00. Unbelievable!

Now, my closet and bedroom are a little tidier thanks to this awesome organizational tool. To read about my scarf obsession click here.

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Learning To Sew-A Lesson in Bravery

learn how to sewWhile I shy away from making new year’s resolutions, I made a conscious decision at the end of 2014 to spend more time nurturing my creativity and trying new things. So often people live their lives on autopilot- not really experiencing life…just going through the motions. I don’t want that to be my story.

So I set a deadline to finish my manuscript for my third book, I created a new writing space in my home, and I signed up for a sewing class at Joann’s Fabric. I can’t tell you how many years I’ve wanted to learn to sew. And since I’ve become obsessed with blogger MimiGStyle my desire to sew has gotten stronger.

Just before the class began I was a ball of nerves. I sat beside an eleven year old girl and felt so inept. The instructor began and I had no clue what she was talking about. She was using terminology that I was unfamiliar with and speaking very quickly. I wanted to cry.

But once she came over to me and gave me a little one on one instruction I began to get the hang of my machine. My fellow students were quite helpful and understanding. And once my nerves calmed, I had enough courage to ask questions and move at a faster pace.

sewing 101As I cut and pinned my fabric the instructor assisted me and assured me that I was doing a good job. And before I knew it, I had completed my pillow case! I felt so accomplished; as if I had climbed Mt. Everest.

I know that taking a sewing class is no big deal. But it has really helped to solidify my confidence and taken me closer to the realization that I can certainly do anything I set my mind to. I’m much smarter and braver than I realize. My hope is that throughout this new year I continue to walk a little taller and talk a little louder.

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