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Leaving nothing to chance, but living life by design.

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LIFE! byDesign

LIFE! byDesign

Valante M. Grant is the founder of The byDesign Network. She has built a network that encompasses broadcast media, audio and video production, copy writing and graphic design. Her primary creative focus is customization. Her philosophy is that every human being is one of God’s designer originals. She uses her creativity to design a life that fulfills her purpose and helps others reach their destiny. Valante will share her message of encouragement on her blog. Valante resides in the Chicago metropolitan area. Her inspiration is her daughter, Vanyce.

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On the eve of the big game, representatives from the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee took part in their first official Super Bowl 50 duty today; the Host Committee Handoff Ceremony at Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, Arizona. This marks the official start of the countdown to the milestone Super Bowl 50.

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Discipline is an essential part of parenting. It can be challenging at times. You have to teach them that there are consequences to their actions, while reassuring them that making mistakes does not make them bad.

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Sometimes your isolation is necessary in order to receive your revelation. In the video below, I talk about the life changing impact of a "Patmos a Experience."

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Does colorism really exist? Of course it does. However, I see underlying issues, that are far more disturbing. Colorism is fueled by a basic lack of a sense of self beauty. The old saying that "beauty is only skin deep" is catchy but not true. Beauty radiates from within. It starts with the consciousness of your own beauty. If you are unconscious of your beauty, how can you reveal it to others.

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She walked in. I looked up. I did a double take. Is that my baby? Even though I had been there every step of the way, it was as if she had changed within an instant. There she was -- a young lady. I realized that I have to change the way that I treat her and talk to her. She doesn't interact with me the same way. Her needs have changed. She no longer comes running to me for every little thing. Sometimes, I have to reach out and let her know that mommy will always be there.

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When children are exceptionally smart or talented, they are usually determined to do whatever they want to do, regardless of the consequences. It is easy to mistake this strong will for defiance. The intent is not to defy authority. Because they think on a higher level than normal, they trust their own judgement more than most children. They naturally make decisions for themselves, in cases where you would expect them to get permission from an adult. They are also a lot more verbal. Intelligent children have great communication skills and do not hesitate to voice their thoughts. This does not mean that they are getting smart. It means that they are smart.

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Do you ever feel like you are constantly running but not getting anywhere? Does it seem that your progress is not indicative of your efforts? There may be something or someone who is draining you financially, emotionally or even physically.

There are things that we have to do and things that we want to do. What can be draining is when there is no balance between the two. However, you cannot afford to let anything or anyone drain you. When there is a drain in your life, it its impossible to accumulate a wealth of joy, peace and prosperity. There are two major sources of a drain:

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“To whom much is given, much is required.”

Sometimes the requirement is so great; until you want to give back what has been given to you and be “normal.” However, that is impossible. If you are a genius, you cannot play dumb. If you are gifted, you cannot hide your talents. Attempting to do so will only lead to frustration. When you “embrace the requirement,” you elevate your standard of living. The impact that you have on others becomes the platform that supports you. If you don’t meet your requirement, everything that you touch will fall through.

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There are times when you wake up in the morning, determined to be productive. Your day is all planned. The task list is set. You’re ready to “get it done.” Then, you get this idea that is not on the list. It nags at you all day and distracts you from what you are “supposed” to be doing. This nagging urge is inspiration. Don’t suppress it. Don’t put it off. While you are checking off your to do list, you may be missing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This inspiration could be your key to millions and immeasurable success. Productivity earns wages. Inspiration produces wealth.

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You have the power to do whatever you want to do with your life. The key is to maintain control. Even though things happen that affect changes in life, you must remain focused on your objectives. Inevitably, there will be problems to deal with. When you allow problems or people to distract you from your purpose; it's like handing them the remote control to your life. They can make you change, turn you up or down, mute you or even turn you off; causing your life to fade to black.

You have to decide what you want, and what you will and will not do. Be conscious of the way you treat people. Always treat people the way that you want to be treated, not necessarily the way that they deserve to be treated. Doing so puts you in control of your relationships. Control does not mean that everything will always go your way, or that people will always do what you want them to. It does mean that you maintain the quality of your own life. Once you establish control over yourself; your life will shift from being reactive, become proactive and attract positive and beneficial interactions.

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People around the world are celebrating this season of giving. There is a huge difference between exchanging gifts and truly giving. A real gift comes from the heart and meets a need or satisfies a desire. It is more than just checking off names on a list. It is placing someone's name in your heart. It has nothing to do with budgets or money. Everyone has something to give. The ability to share with others, even though you are in need, brings you a special kind of joy. Giving should not be based on the reciprosity of others, but on the necessities of others. 

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Everyone wants to be better, do better and get better. The goal is to be the best person that you can possibly be. The starting point of the road to being the best, is believing that you are already good. You never want to think of yourself as bad or in bad shape. That mindset diminishes your value. When you can't see your value, you limit your motivation. It is easier to improve something that is good, than it is to transform something that is bad. If you list everything that you don't like about yourself, it will feel like it is nearly impossible to correct it all. I guarantee you that even with all of your faults, you still have more good qualities than bad. That is your motivation.

You were born with your best already inside of you. It evolves and expands as you grow. You cannot change who you are. Achieving your best is not a transformation. It is a confirmation of who you are. You have to accept the person that you are, in order to be the best person that you can be. Naturally, you pay more attention to things that you like, or think are good. The process of self improvement is not from bad to good. It is good, better, best.

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I don’t want to be your woman. I want to be your wife. If I can’t be your wife, then let’s just be friends.

It has become widely accepted by women to be “his woman” indefinitely. He comes by for a few meals. Maybe he spends the night. Sometimes he has a key, or even moves in. Families have evolved into many different formats. Everyone has the right to love who they want to love, the way that they want to love them. However, there are still some women who value marriage and family. If you want to be his wife, you simply cannot settle for being his woman.

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We are rapidly approaching the end of the year. In just a couple of months, it will be time to make those New Year's resolutions again. Before you make new resolutions, it is a good idea to find resolution for the old year. As we look ahead to a new year and new beginnings, it is easy to overlook unresolved issues that can undermine new endeavors. Now is the time to reflect on this year. Identify areas of weakness or conflict. Work through them, and resolve them. Many people go through year after year, struggling with the same problems; and never make any real progress in life. Don't think of a new year as a chance to start over. Think of it as a chance to advance to the next level. It's like school. If you have to repeat a grade, it is considered failing. Neglecting to find old year resolution is like flunking out of life.

 

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Even though violence and hatred dominate the media and even entertainment, love is still the most powerful force on Earth. In a “life imitating art” society; we see drama, deception and perversion becoming more of a reality, than reality TV. In this we see the magnification of hatred overshadowing the magnificence of love. It is common to hear people say that they are motivated by “haters.” Hate motivates people to hurt, kill and destroy others. Therefore, it is impossible for a hater to motivate you to do anything positive.

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