Happy International Women’s Day!
The past couple of years have been all about the grind and showing up for yourself. But sometimes in the midst of the grind and showing up for ourselves, we forget to show up for those who show up for us. I know I am cheered on and supported by some amazing women who are doing life just like me. Thier support is a bonus to their friendship. I am not owed anything from them but friendship. But they still take some time to read my blog, share my posts or purchase from my shop. And for that, I am truly thankful. But beyond being thankful, I think I owe it to those who show up for me to show up for them.
We all need a little push sometimes. And lately, I’ve needed a big push. I’m not sure what’s going on with me. Actually, I do. Starting the new year sick really threw me off my game, and I’ve been playing catch up since. I love order and schedules, so not really being on a schedule has really been difficult for me. And playing catch up is exhausting and overwhelming. When trying to get back on track, there are few ways I pump myself up to get back on track, reading or listening to a self-development/business podcast is usually my go-to. But sometimes I come across motivational quotes that get me all the way together. So, I wanted to share with you all a few motivational quotes by some amazing Black women (it is Black History Month after all) that will get you back on track and ready to take over the world.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the New Year and how often this can be a discouraging time, especially if you have big goals. It’s easy to feel like you aren’t doing enough. Sometimes it is difficult to see how your day to day actions impact your larger goals. We know we should be doing these small things. Sending the emails. Doing the research. Creating the content. But when results aren’t immediately seen, some people like to turn around or throw in the towel. I just want us to keep going. To not expect every day to be filled with big breaks, and for us to honor the small things that help us achieve our big goals.
Happy New Year! I pray 2018 is starting off wonderful for everyone. I know that if you are reading this you are an ambitious goal setter, which means that you are more than likely working on how to make 2018 amazing. There are tons of things we can do to make sure that we are successful in the new year, but I believe the one thing that is essential to our success is self-reflection. How can we grow into the person we want to be if we never reflect on who we currently are? So, for me the key to growth and self-improvement is self-reflection.
I cannot believe that the year is about to be over! Where did 2016 go?
As it begins to get a bit colder in Philly, my motivation has dwindled. Sitting on the couch and watching Queen Sugar often wins over doing any type of work. Sad, right? But recently I’ve been getting back in the groove and trying not to wait until 2017 to be motivated again.
Have you ever been in an orientation or a class and the speaker asks everyone to look to their left and right, and they then let the audience know that one of these people won’t be here at the end of the program or school year? The truth is people throw in the towel every day. For some people, it’s difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And for some people, God has given you a dream and shown you the vision he has for your life and you know exactly what the end should look like. However, discouragement begins to creep in when the present and the future look vastly different. You have seen the vision and you are working towards it, but the present isn’t bearing any fruit. When the present doesn’t look how you imagine it would, you may want to quit. You may begin to question if you are in the right place or making the right decisions. You may question God and ask him why things aren’t easier. And some people may quit. If you are in the space of question where you are and where you want to be, I pray that you hold on to the end.
Taking time before you face the world and the demands life has on you to focus on peace and good things can set the tone for your day. So, let peace in before you let the world in. Before you grab your phone to check social media or emails, take some time to yourself to focus on things that bring you joy and encourage growth.
I can’t believe it’s October already. Where did the time go? With only a quarter of the year left, I’ve been thinking about how I can best prepare for next year and the things that can be accomplished in the 4th quarter of this year.
Sometimes we can be in situations that look crazy and feel uncomfortable, but we may be exactly where God wants us to be. We could be living an answered prayer at the same time that we are going through a difficult situation. You prayed to start a new business. You prayed for a new job. You prayed to relocate. You prayed to go back to school. You prayed for a healthy relationship. So what you don’t know anyone in your new city; you’ll make friends. So what you are tired from studying; you’ll be done with school before you know it. So what your funds are low because you are starting a business; things will turn around. Don’t let your right now make you romanticize your past, the very things you prayed God to deliver you from. I would rather put my trust in God and look towards the future then turn around and quit.
Putting Faith Over Fear
This past week I was talking to my best friend about the importance of putting faith over fear. Our conversation made me think about what it means as a Christian to want to accomplish things that seem bigger than us but also knowing that we serve mighty God. New things and different challenges can be frightening, so it’s natural to be a bit apprehensive and leery of what may come next. But as a Christian we are blessed enough to have our faith to give us the energy and strength to get us through tough times.