Author Archives: yvetter

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Day 1 – NASCAR

Day 1 of my October Journey

NASCAR supports Breast Cancer Awareness month

Nascar supports breast cancer awareness month

I visited NASCAR Corporate office and this is displayed on the screen in the lobby.

Thank you NASCAR!!

Click this link to find out “Five Ways To Fight Breast Cancer”

5 Reasons To Invest In Self Development

Yvette Register and Michael Hyatt 6/23/12
I learned how to build a Platform from the best at A Day About Books – West Palm Beach Convention Center.

Learning is a lifetime commitment.  I affirm this each year when I set my goals and update my business plan by including self development.   I set aside a dollar amount that is earmarked for continuing education, workshops, study groups and seminars that will help to develop me as a leader.   You can also set aside a percentage of your salary for self development such as 3-10%.  Select an amount that you are comfortable with and will stick with.

I recently had the opportunity to use some of my self development funds that I budgeted to attend Dr. Loretta Faith Harris’ Developing the Business Professional Workshop at Nova Southeastern University in Orlando.  In June, I drove to West Palm Beach to attend John Maxwell’s A Day About Books seminar.  Both provided a wealth of information on writing.  In addition to writing Dr. Harris also covered speaking and presentation skills.  Sure I think I can do all of those things, but I’m smart enough to know that there is always room to learn more.

Here are 5 reasons why you should invest in self development:

1.  Train your mind – Never stop learning.  Learning helps to exercise the brain.  Keep it in shape by reading and learning new things.  Some ways to ensure your brain stays fit include learning a new language, taking courses in an area of interest or seeking a higher degree than the one you currently have.  If you never stop learning you don’t have to play catch up in a time where change happens rapidly.

2. Preparation for promotion – I remember watching my oldest brother, Darryl, practice a baseball drill he made up.  He was the catcher on his school baseball team.  During the summer he’d go to the park across the street from our house and set up a trash can  at second base.  He’d practice throwing the baseball from home plate to his target on second base.  He worked on his accuracy.  Why?  So he’d be ready when he got in the game.

We should look at investing in our selves by using self development as preparation for promotion.  By doing so you will be ready when promotional opportunities at work present themselves.

3.  Develop the leader within – Not everyone wants to be a leader.  But those who do need to develop the skills needed to lead and influence others.   Purchase and read books on leadership, attend leadership conferences, or hire an executive coach.  Strengthening  your leadership skills will enhance your marketability.

4.  Networking opportunities – A byproduct of investing in self development is the opportunity to  meet and connect with people.  By attending self development events you meet other people who are committed to learning also.  Ask them what prompted them to attend and how will they use what they learn?  In the process you may develop a future business connection that could be mutually beneficial.

5.  Be equipped to live your dream – Many people want to make their dream a reality.  By investing in your self development this will help equip you to live your dream.  Learn how to write that business plan, set up a non-profit, develop a product that will save lives, or start a ministry that will save souls!  Whatever your dream is go after it.  Learn it so you can do it!

What are some things you do for your self development?

How to Soar to New Heights

It’s hard to image that it has only been a year since I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.  After two surgeries, 6 rounds of chemotherapy and 48 rounds of radiation here I am.  A new me with a stronger faith in the power of restoration the Lord provides.  Through the uncertainty and fight for my life I rested in my faith in Him.  Isaiah 40:31 (NIV) says, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

I focused on waiting for God to guide me through a horrible situation.  He brought me through it a stronger, more faithful person.  I have a renewed spirit and am ready to soar to new heights.  How does one do that especially if obstacles such as illness, death of a loved one, unemployment or other struggles have or still do plague your life?  Here are 4 ways to soar to new heights.

1.  Trust – Trust that the Lord has a plan for your life and rely totally in His will for you.  You may not understand the journey He is taking you on but we must continue to trust that He will never leave you or forsake you.
2.  Positive Attitude – No matter how tough things may get, continue to stay positive.  Philippians 4:8 instructs us on how to do this.  “Finally, brothers, 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.”
3.  Take one day at a time – Don’t become consumed with all of the things of tomorrow.  Focus on living each day obediently and representing Christ in what ever you do.
4.  Persevere – Never give up.  Sometimes we are given very difficult situations to endure.  Sometimes you just want to quit.  Resist that feeling and persevere.  We are called to persevere so that  when we have done the will of God we receive what He has promised. (Hebrews 10:36)

Q: What is keeping you from soaring to new heights? Share your comments below.

 

 

6 Questions to Ask During Your Dream Check-up

 

Wow, July is right around the corner!  This year is flying by. It’s time to do a dream check-up.  That’s right, take a moment to see where you are with your dream:

1. Have you written your dream and goals down? Do you review them monthly?

2. Do you have an accountability partner? This is someone who knows about your dream and can hold you accountable to completing what you say you will do.

3. What have you accomplished so far?

4. What results are you seeing as you make your dream a reality?

5. What needs to be done differently?

6. What do you definitely want to accomplish by the end of the year?

After you answer these questions, I need you to do one more thing. Prepare for the next 90 days. Recommit, set bigger goals, and live your dream fearlessly. The reason is… “How do you eat an elephant?” One bite at a time. The same principle applies to your dream. You achieve it one day at a time.

Remember, with God all things are possible.   Keep Dreaming Out Loud!

 

 

God-given Dreams

Photo by Yvette Register

 

Today’s post is by guest blogger and Dream Out Loud team member Pastor Darryl Harris.

All dreams that burn in our hearts,

are given to us by God for a REASON!

Many dreams given to us by God, may take a while to come to pass,

but will only last a SEASON!

But all dreams that are given to us by God,

are given for one purpose alone…PLEASING HIM!

 

Are your dreams God-given?

 

 

 

Dream Moment

According to Pastor Darryl Harris of Abundant Grace Fellowship Church, dreamers don’t just dream in good times.  Dreamers dream when no one else can see the possibility of the dream becoming a reality.  That’s why hard times don’t derail their dreams.  It only gives them a chance to demonstrate to a doubting world how great the “Dream Giver” (God) truly is. Cloudy days and gray skies don’t stop dreamers from smiling!  Are you a part of the Dream Team?

True dreams are based on the truth of the Word of God.  When the bible says in Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” dreamers ask God, what are the things you want me to do?  Then they do what He tells them to do immediately.  That’s obedience!  Dreamers also know the reverse is true as well, because in John 15:5 He tells us that  “apart from me, you can do nothing.”  That’s the prescription that makes dreams come true.

 

 

Have you asked God about what it is He wants you to do?  Share your outcomes below.

 

My Breast Cancer Journey -Part 5 of 5 (Radiation)

The following article concludes this five-part series written for the Orlando Times Newspaper on 10/3/11

Yvette RegisterI completed my final chemotherapy treatment the last week in August. I was so excited. I remember how I cried my first day. On the last day I grinned the whole time. When I was done I got a chance to ring the bell. It’s a ritual that everyone gets to do when they have completed their last treatment.

I had a three week break before starting radiation to let the side effects of chemotherapy subside. During that time I met with my Radiation Oncologist and radiation technicians who placed markings on the upper part of my body in preparation for treatment. With all the lines drawn on me with a marker, I thought I looked like a human Etch-A-Sketch by the time they finished.

Next, my doctor referred me to a lymphedema therapy specialist because of the swelling in my left arm due to the removal of lymph nodes during surgery. The specialist also works with me on stretching exercises to help restore the range of motion in my arms due to lack of movement over the past several months.

In addition to the above, I celebrated my birthday on September 3rd! I thank God for allowing me to be here for another birthday and for the peach fuzz like hair that is starting to grow back on my head. I’m seeing a lot of gray, though. I said to myself, “Lord I’m not trying to be ungrateful but can I have some brown hair, too?” Don’t worry I’m very grateful to see my hair slowly return.

On September 20th I started the first of 28 radiation treatments. I was done in 15 minutes. That was much better than my five hour chemotherapy treatments. I didn’t cry either. I was prepared for the possible side effects of fatigue and skin irritation. But I was a little nervous about the thought of possible damage to my heart and lung because of the location of the radiation treatment. As I lay on the table, for the first treatment, and the radiation machine started moving around my body I thought, “OK beam, please don’t damage my heart!” Then I realized that the Lord will take care of my heart, too!

Over the past five weeks I have taken you on my breast cancer journey. I’ve covered the diagnosis, assembling my medical and support team, the surgery and my chemotherapy experience. Now I have caught you up to my current radiation treatments. Next week I will begin my fourth week. I’m looking forward to completing my treatments on October 27th.

I’ve come a long way! In February, I came to a detour in the road of life. It was as if the Lord was asking me, “Will you still trust Me now that you have breast cancer?” My answer, “Yes, Lord, I trust You even more now!” He has wiped away my tears and conquered my fears. And He will walk with me in the upcoming years as I continue to go through follow up with my doctors.

As a breast cancer survivor you understand that there is a chance that it could return or show up in another part of the body. My colleague’s late wife, Cindy, taught me a valuable lesson that helps me stay focused. I call it the win/win situation. If I live I win because I get to be here with my family and friends. If I pass I win, because I get to spend eternity in heaven with the Lord.

I’m not worried about leaving just yet. I have to tell as many people as possible about the good news of Jesus Christ. (John 3:16) I have to let as many breast cancer survivors as possible know that they can go through their journey boldly with faith in the Lord. And I pray that I’m here for my son, AJ’s many life experiences.

I thank the Lord for everyone He placed in my life to help me make it through these last nine months. My family and friends have been there every step of the way. Also, the prayers of many continue to help me through the healing process.

Last but not least, I would like to thank Dr. Calvin Collins of the Orlando Times who allowed me to share my journey in this five part series. Because of him I have been able to reach many people and share an experience that has helped strengthen my faith in the Lord. I hope my breast cancer story has been encouraging. Feel free to pass it on to the women you may know who are traveling a similar journey. Tell them Yvette said to live boldly and never stop trusting in the Lord.