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Rise Above It – 4 Ways To Release High Stress Situations

credit: Iyanla Vanzant Team

Let’s face it, dealing with people and life situations can be stressful. We know about eating, drinking, or trying to sex it away like Solange tried to do. We can only pacify ourselves for so long, the results only lead to more distress and disease, but how can we release stress in a healthy, progressive way? A few of these tips should help:

Breathe Intentionally
Take focused intentional  deep breaths in and out, do this repeatedly. There is no cap on how many times it can be done. Do it enough times for it to be effective. Do it until your thoughts are completely focused on your breathing and not on the situation. Inhale good vibes, exhale bad ones.
Practice gratitude
In the heat of a situation when the stress of the moment is heavily searing your mind, make a focused effort to redirect your thoughts on what is going right, whatever is working and going good for you right now. There are plenty of things to be grateful for even if they are simple. Those are the best ones. There’s a Scripture reads “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Doing this helps you preocupy your mind on good and increase your good vibes.
Talk to a Mentor or Therapist
Problematic thoughts and emotions left unchecked, eventually turn into problematic actions which only causes more stress down the road. By all means make sure those thoughts are expressed audibly. Vent to someone who actually has wisdom. If you’re fortunate enough to have a mentor link up with them and talk about the situation. A therapist or coach are other good alternatives. Don’t hold it in, if you’re stressed, sad, frustrated etc. Have a little talk with somebody other than Jesus about your troubles.
Freestyle Dance It Out
Dance it out. Sometimes bussing a move, over a bomb groove is all you need to release negative energy and create positive vibes. The combination of breath, gratitude, and expression it takes to move is a perfect relief, even if for a moment. Exercising is said to release stress, but if exercise isn’t your thing, just straight up dance. Go for it! Dance freely and whenever you can.
What are some other stress relief techniques you use? Use the comment section below or let us know @BOLDJournal on all social media sites.

Yardley Activated Charcoal Bath Bar (Review)

I have always been a fan of Yardley Soap Bars. The Oatmeal & Almond Bar was particularly my favorite. I remember being a cashier at Walgreens and buying a bar every time it was payday. So when I got the opportunity to try Yardley's new Activated Charcoal Moisturizing Bath Bar, I was excited about it.

Although I was a bit skeptical because it was charcoal, and I thought it would be more drying than anything, once I started using it I noticed my skin felt a lot softer and mosturized. I even got a compliment from one of my friends about how soft my skin looked.

The blend of activated charcoal, coconut oil, and bentonite clay among other ingredients act as the perfect combination for mosturizing the skin while also cleansing it. The bar itself suprisingly hasn't dried out at all. I do keep it in a travel case, but it seems to be the consistency and ingredients of the soap that keeps itself soft.

Activated Charcoal is known for it's ability to help draw out impurities and combines with bentonite clay to help purify and cleanse skin. The shower experience is also refreshing since Yardley's Activated Charcoal bar uplifts with notes of spearmint and bergamot to energize and excite the senses.

Hopefully you get a chance to try it out as well and leave your thoughts in the comment section below or tag @BOLDJournal online to let me know how you like it. You can find Yardley's new Activated Charcoal Soap at Walmart.


Don't Get Even, Heal


In the days leading up to Easter I've come across this post on social media a few times. It spoke to me deeply each time I saw it. "Don't Get Even, Heal". Four words with so much depth. As today is Easter and many celebrate the resurrection of Christ, I thought about the four words in the context of everything that Christ went through leading up to crucifixion on the cross. He didn't try to get even, and he did more than heal, He manifested so that we as believers could be whole. 
He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. - Romans 4:25
 But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. - Isaiah 53:5
Just letting that last part sink in: "By His stripes we are healed." Because Christ didn't think to get even, didn't think to fight back or get revenge, WE are healed. 

The world needs our WHOLE, HEALED selves. Being that Jesus was healed he knew and walked in his purpose. Although that may have been hard to carry out, his determination was stronger than his distractions. A life of peace and abundance is a focused life, where the focus is on GOD's will (our divine calling). I'm definitely grateful for the inspiration that Christ's story presents and the peace that I've experienced with focusing on GOD's will in my own life.

I pray that we continue to focus on our healing and wholeness that's promised to us as believers, in Jesus name. 

Happy Resurrection Celebration From


Danny Gokey Releases Inspirational New Album "Haven't Seen It Yet"

I have to admit I haven't been too familiar with Danny Gokey's music aside from the random moments when I catch some contemporary gospel music on the radio. However, listening to Danny Gokey's new song "Haven't Seen It Yet" on the album of the same name, I found myself bopping and clapping along. "You better say that!!" The message, the inspiration, and the upbeat sound are all powerful. Overall, it's a great combination.

Grammy® nominee and Dove Award winner Danny Gokey, recently announced that his fifth studio album “Haven’t Seen It Yet,” is available for pre-order now; and available for purchase at all major retail stores and digital retailers on Friday, April 12th, 2019. The second digital single “New Day” has been released as part of the album launch campaign, and the accompanying high-energy lyric video is also available. Two additional album tracks will release prior to the album’s release.

Lifted from his upcoming fifth studio album, is the albums lead single of the same title, “Haven’t See It Yet.” The single is currently sitting in the top 15 on the Christian Airplay Billboard Chart. The lead single’s accompanying music video has received over 2 million+ views on Danny’s official YouTube page, continuing to solidify Gokey as a staple in Christian Contemporary Music. Check out my beloved "Haven't Seen It Yet" Official Music Video (which almost made me cry) below:

For more information on Gokey and his latest album visit:

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5 Best Travel Tips For A Tight Budget

Travel is very important because it expands your horizons. It helps us think outside the box and go beyond the familiar. Even if you just travel somewhere in the city making time to be active is inspirational. Although, sometimes travel can get expensive if not done with care. Here are some top tips to help you travel more if you're on a tight budget:

Fly on Off-Peak Days

Pricing in the airline industry has become increasingly volatile, meaning fares can drop or sky-rocket at any given time. However, generally speaking, when the demand softens, airfares tend to drop. If you must travel on a Monday, Friday or Sunday, you'll find higher fares since these days tend to be popular for business and leisure travel. That means airfare tends to drop—sometimes by 50 percent or more—on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. If your itinerary allows you to be flexible, search for flights on off-peak days

Travel to Destinations That Recently Hosted Big Events

Some of the best travel savings are based on the destination. Travelers should look at destinations that recently hosted big events, such as the Olympic Games, as hotel inventory will be readily available. For example, the 2008 Summer Olympic Games didn't necessarily translate into the big tourism boom China anticipated. As a result, hotels are slashing rates on their increased inventory, resulting in deals for luxury properties and vacation packages that showcase the best of the country.

Stay at Hotels in Business Districts for Lower Weekend Rates

In many cities, business travel drives hotel prices on certain days of the week. In New York City's Financial District, hotel occupancy and rates are high from Monday through Thursday nights. But once the business travelers leave, hotels in the Financial District have increased availability, making a Friday through Sunday getaway much more affordable. This same trend applies to the cities coast-to-coast. 

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Bible App Announces Command Availability with Alexa and Google Devices

YouVersion Bible App recently issued an email that the app works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The e-mail aimed toward people with busy schedules mentions various scenarios in which spending time studying scripture might not be the most convenient. 

YouVersion continuously updates the app to make studying GOD's word easier and more accessible than ever. The app also recently introduced it's Bible Lens app and partnered with The Bible Project to help users have the best experience reading and studying the Bible.

Bible for Voice
Have you partnered your YouVersion account with Alexa or Google Assistant yet? How is your experience so far? Let us know online @BOLDJournal via Instagram or Twitter, or simply leave a comment in the comments section below.

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