I took these shots in December, thinking I was going to write something about restarting for the New Year. That’s not really what I want to write about at all. I want to talk about winning.
The New Year always presents societal pressures to have your entire existence figured out by end of day one. What a daunting task. And yet, if we do not plan, we inevitably plan to fail. So I took a step in the direction of what some people believe will lead to success.
How many times have you sat down to complete a task and ended up watching television instead? The next thing you knew, your entire day is gone and you haven’t gotten any work done. Just me?
Exactly one year ago, I quit my job at a law firm without a plan. All I knew was that I wanted a more fulfilling life. I was excited to start a new chapter in my life although I had no idea what that life would resemble. Right now at this very moment, all I can say is THANK YOU to the Most High for giving me strength. It was a challenging year and I am better for it.
The lights grew dim as wristbands began to illuminate the arena. A voice low, yet robust filled the atmosphere. Women excitedly cheered on as they recognized the familiar voice speaking. I could barely hear what she was reciting over the roaring applause. And then, like a vision of a burning sun, she rose from within the stage. We all lost our minds! It took me a second to realize that I was watching Oprah Gail Winfrey walk on the stage. Tears began to well in my eyes as it hit me: I was seeing Oprah in the flesh.
When most little girls and boys were playing with baby dolls and action figures, I was busy entertaining myself with my board game called The Game of LIFE. Man, I wanted to be a grown up so bad that I was okay settling with the toy version of adulthood. Should I go to college or straight to work? Should I have a family of four or travel the world? Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. And surely, just like in real life, your choices will be affected by the path you choose. That’s just life.
Our real lives are very much like The Game of LIFE, isn’t it? Brimming with twists and turns and uncertainty. Change is indeed scary, but it is necessary for growth. [Read more…]
So you quit your day job for your daydream and now your daydream is turning into a nightmare. Or something like that. Well, don’t panic. If you, like me, still feel strongly about your decision to leave a position, remember why you did it and keep on believing.
I’ll admit, today wasn’t the most inspiring of days but I always come across some hopeful reads that lift my spirits. According to Forbes, 2014 is the year for women entrepreneurs. That’s exciting and encouraging because we’re all in the same boat: shifting our dreams into fruition. Glass ceiling what?! Tuh.
So before that daydream of yours turns into a full-on nightmare, try these four things.
So here we are again. Brand new year, brand new you. At least that’s what they say.
I know I don’t feel any differently.
Only thing different is that I’ve resolved not to make any new year resolutions. Vision boards are a great crafting activities but if I’m honest, I never opened mine after I created it. Not because I didn’t need the visual reminders of my plans, but because I already knew by heart what I needed to accomplish.
I’m not perfect though. And neither are you. We all could use a little self-improvement. We have 365 days to make some great memories. So what do you aspire to do this year? I wanna know.
- Travel the world?
- Save some money?
- Lose weight? Gain weight?
- Build or restore relationships?
- Start a new business venture?
- Give back to the community?
Whatever it is that you decide to do, do it with all of your heart. Or else it isn’t worth it.
Happy New Year.
2013 has been an interesting year. Let me tell it, it was uneventful and unproductive. But that’s not true. A lot has happened over the course of the year.
- I got into two fender benders.
- I went to a few awesome concerts (Solange, Emeli Sande, Foreign Exchange, Lianne La Havas, James Fortune).
- I got my third tattoo.
- I saved $1000 in an emergency fund.
- I went to south beach for the first time.
- I took my blogging life more seriously (so much growth since 2010, 2011 & 2012).
- I bought a camera.
- That one time I completely ruined my clothes.
- I blogged consistently and you guys read.
- I self-hosted my blog.
- I worked serious overtime to pay off one student loan and one credit card amounting to $1867.29 (thank you Lord).
- I saved just about all $2000 for my birthday trip to Thailand next year.
- I got serious about my finances a few months ago and FINALLY began to see a decrease in my student loan debt.
- I partnered with brands for sponsored posts.
- I redesigned my blog a few times.
- Tracee Ellis Ross retweeted me!
- I met Tai Beau.
- I sat in on a photo shoot with Kandi.
- I held my first event.
- I touched Luke James.
- I got my hair straightened FIVE times.
- It rained a lot this year but it resulted in the best sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life.
- I worked my first gig (Music Midtown).
- I went to my first sporting event.
- I flew to a foreign town, rented a car at the airport and traveled alone.
So yeah, I did a little something something. But here’s what I learned.