Motivational Monday Moment – 4/17/2017

It’s the beginning of a new week and I wanted to share my Motivational Monday Moment with you. Today’s Motivational Monday Moment is about success. Success takes many different forms and I bet we’re all successful in one way or another. It’s hard not to be. But, what are the things that you’re doing to be successful or stay successful?

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Success (n) the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals.

Success can be whatever goals you’re striving for. No one said success will happen overnight, but don’t overlook the small successful steps that you make. Sometimes the small steps matter more. It’s about fearlessly pursuing your goals. Whatever they may be. You have to believe that you can and you will.

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Sometimes the journey will lead you down many different paths and roads but you just keep going. Your blessing is on the horizon. Your success is going to manifest itself in ways you could have never imagined. No matter what you’re going through, any setback is only a set-up for the success that you have on the horizon.  Success isn’t overnight. It’s a process. Whatever you’re going through you have to know that you can’t give up.

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Giving up sometimes seems the easiest thing to do, but when you’re running your race to accomplish your goals you can’t be distracted. You can’t give up! So, what you have to self-publish your book instead of getting a big publishing house to pick it up. You wrote that book right? So, what you didn’t get the job you wanted with the salary you thought you needed. You have a job right? Sometimes our failures only propel us to be more determined in reaching our goals.

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We have to become super motivated to reach our goals. We can’t allow distractions to deter us from being what we want to be. Prime example:  I want to write my own book.  The thing is that I can’t seem to find the time or motivation to do so. I’ve started drafts and I never finish them. I doubt my talents. I find excuses.

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I have a million and one things going on. I’m passionate about a lot of things. I’m thankful for everything that I have and everything that I can do. But, something the pastor said at church yesterday reminded me that I have to get to writing. I have to make time for my dreams. Not because I’m afraid of failing. Lord knows that I’ve failed enough times in my life. But, because I’m afraid of succeeding.

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I know it seems weird. But, that’s my fear. Being a successful writer and having to do it full-time. I love my job. I love my career. I love the many things that I have going on. Do I really want to stop doing them? No.

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So, I stall. I make excuses. I find ways to not “share my talent” as my pastor said yesterday. But, not today. I’m motivated to know that I have to be determined and not lazy. I have to push through with writing my book because my passion is telling my story.

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I need you to do the same. Let’s push forward and focus on being successful in whatever we want to do. Celebrate the small successes and keep going. Don’t stop. Success is not making excuses and doing what you want. Reach into your spirit and let your fire burn and let’s make it happen. My Motivational Moment is telling you that success is within your reach. Let’s get it!

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Motivational Monday Moment – 3/27/2017

Today’s Motivational Monday Moment is about Gratitude. This was the message that I received when I went to my sorority’s state meeting in late January. We had a health and wellness session and the speaker gave each of us a stone with a word written in it. She walked around the room and we each reached our hand in a bag and that was our word to focus on this year.

We were asked to let that message resonate with us. To think about what it means to us. To find ways to incorporate this message in our lives throughout the year. Wow! When I tell you that session was so powerful. I’m still getting chills thinking about it. I reached my hand in that bag and pulled the stone with gratitude written on it.

I started thinking about my life and where I’ve come and where I’m going and how I’ve been grateful for it all. Was I being gratuitous in my daily life. Did I show gratitude to others. Did I realize how grateful I am to have God’s grace and mercy in my life? All these thoughts were rushing into my mind as I sat there firmly holding my stone.

There was a message that was staring me in the face. I could choose to ignore it or I could choose to follow it. What harm is there in being grateful? None. So, for 2017 I choose to practice gratitude. On a daily basis.

It gets hard. I get frustrated. I feel overwhelmed by outside influences, but I have to ignore them and focus on the fact that my word for 2017 is gratitude. I need to be an example of how to be grateful. So, if I haven’t told you lately that I’m thankful for each and every one of you, please know that I am.

I wish each of you a gratuitous heart and spirit. I pray that you learn to breathe in more positives than negatives and know that you are amazing. Remember that it is our attitude that determines our altitude. Let’s fly high loves!

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Acceptance

I’ve been fortunate to be accepted into some things that I’ve wanted. College, clubs and organizations, graduate school and my sorority. These were all positive things. I was accepted into a club that not everyone was or could be a part of.

But, I’ve also known what it feels like to not be accepted. I’ve gone on interviews for jobs that I didn’t get. It depressed the hell out of me. I was always the girl that gets the job. How did they not want me? I learned to accept the disappointment that came with someone being more qualified.

Acceptance of the situation.

When the doctors wanted to do a biopsy on my thyroids because they saw something, I accepted that I would have to go under the knife. I accepted that I may have cancer. I prepared myself for God’s will be done. Thankfully, it worked out in my favor, but I accepted it.

This is life. Sometimes things will work out in our favor and other times they won’t. Do you accept that some things were not meant to be? Do you look it at your life and realize that this wasn’t the path you were supposed to take at that time? Do you keep pursuing your goals or do you just give up?

Don’t ever give up on your dreams! Accept that life will throw you curve balls and fast balls and balls that you can catch, but know that you matter. That your fate is something you can control.

If you believe.

Accept that you will win some. Accept that you will lose some. Accept that in the end that if you’ve done all that you can do then you have lived.

Acceptance.

 

This post was inspired by the Daily Post. The word prompt was acceptance

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Wisdom Wednesday – 3/22/17

Just thought I would send you some encouragement today. I wanted to share these words that resonated with me this morning in my meditation.

#1:  Never give up – You were meant for greatness…

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#2:  Remember where you come from and that a wise man or woman never stops learning…

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#3.  Choose your circle wisely. There is nothing wrong with cleaning house from those who don’t wish you well…

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#4.  Don’t get caught up worrying about your “haters”. Focus on following your intuition…

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I hope these photos encourage you to keep going through whatever you’re going through and know that the situation you find yourself in is only temporary. We can’t let our obstacles overwhelm and obscure our views of the shore. We have to keep rowing. Perseverance and persistence are the friends to faith. Let’s keep our heads up.

 

 

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Motivational Monday Moment – 3/13/2017

My Motivational Monday Moment is inspired by a conversation that I had with a male friend who said that he seems to meet a lot of women with no self-esteem. I asked him to explain. He said that so many women that he meets have been dealing with whack dudes that they have no idea of what should and shouldn’t be accepted. My heart broke a little.

Why?

Because these are my sisters. They need to stop accepting anything less than they are worth from men. They need to learn the value in self-worth.

self-worth (n)
the sense of one’s own value or worth as a person; self-esteem; self-respect.

Self-worth is the Motivational Monday Moment that I want to examine. Self-worth is the sense of one’s own value or worth as a person; self-esteem; self-respect. Dang. That’s pretty deep, right?

Self-worth is how we feel about ourselves. How we feel about ourselves translates into what we are willing to accept, how we dress and how we think. It is the very essence of who we are as women. If we feel that we are trash then it is reflected in our appearance, in our behavior and in our relationships.

We put up with stuff. Not good stuff. Bad stuff.

We run away good men dealing with our own issues and then we keep falling for the same men because we don’t believe that we deserve better. We are so desperate for anything that we accept less than we’re worth thinking that it is better than nothing. Umm, that’s a lie.

Peace of mind is the most invaluable commodity you could have. My momma told me a long time ago “You can’t put a price tag on peace of mind.” I understood that when I became an adult and got married. Your mind is a powerful tool and if you don’t have self-worth, you convince yourself that you are unworthy.

There are those that want to hide and act like they are in control and convince us that it is all good. They have have a man. They are okay with only night visits, STD’s, lies and violence. They try to sell us on the brand of crack that they’ve been smoking so long (its name is delusion) to tell us that they are okay. They love themselves.

No, you don’t.

It’s time to stop lying to us because truthfully, we don’t matter. You matter. Stop lying to yourself. Stop defining yourself by someone’s opinion of who you are.

Let me tell you something…

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You are a beautiful child of God.

You are loved.

You are wanted.

You are valuable.

You need to know that man can never make you happy unless you are happy with yourself. You need to take a time out sis. You need to heal.

You need to love yourself.

You need to invest in a healthy mindset.

You need to invest in you.

No one deserves to be disrespected. No one deserves to be abused. No one deserves to get cussed out. No one deserves STD’s. No one.

Not even you.

Whatever is in your mind that has you thinking you deserve this treatment I need you to get rid of it. Stop that negative thinking. Get help. Get professional help.

Not just your girlfriends.

Talk to a professional to find out what it is that allows you to be able to take disrespect from men. Get to the root cause of your issue. Strengthen your self-esteem. Know what you’re worth.

Believe it.

Two truths that I want to leave you with…

  1. A man will treat you how you allow him to treat you.
  2. Real men don’t want weak women. Weak women don’t know their self-worth.

It’s the truth love. You deserve to know it. You need to understand it. You need to evaluate your situation and know that only you can change the outcome of your life. You control your destiny. You are more valuable than you know.

I believe it.

I just need you to believe it.

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Simple

How simple life would be if we just lived in and owned our own truth? Why do we complicate matters by practicing deceit, ignorance and omission? Aren’t you exhausted from all the games?

I am.

Simple.

I choose to simply tell the truth.

Own my truth.

I don’t owe anyone explanations for my behavior.

Take it or leave it but the truth is simple.

Here are my some of my truths:

  • I don’t want any more children. I choose not to be pregnant ever again. Been there and done that.
  • I don’t want to pretend that I have it all together. I don’t. Half the time I am just winging it and hoping I don’t fall apart before I get home.
  • Men from my past life…you have no chance with me right now. I’m in a happy and healthy relationship and I need you to reflect on why we aren’t together in the first place.
  • I shut down when I’m tired of listening to the same argument. I won’t go in circles with the same issues.
  • I don’t say stuff out of anger. I choose my words carefully because I can’t take it back when it’s said. I just shut down.
  • I am an advocate for women’s rights. As a survivor of abuse, I refuse to allow anyone to be victimized or suffer in silence like I did.

Simple. Those are my truths. I own them. I make no apologies for being who I am and you know what? Neither should you. Simply be the best you possible.

 

This post is in response to the Daily Post. The word was simple.

Motivational Monday Moment – 1/23/17

Today’s Motivational Monday Moment came to me over the last week. The word for today is faith. Faith as a noun is belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion. I was reminded to keep my faith last week.

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It was a rough week. While the view was beautiful. The road’s seemed impassable. The battle was long and uphill and I saw no break in the rough terrain.

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Everywhere I looked, I encountered more problems than resolutions and more pain than peace. I was really going through it. I began to question. Question was I good enough? Could I finish this race?

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I began to bemoan my situation. Why me O’ Lord? Why me? Why have thou forsaken me? Why do I have to endure the trials and tribulations of life on a consistent basis?

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I began to bargain…Lord, if you just let me catch a break I promise to be better. I promise to do more. I promise to…

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I began to be selfish. I allowed my own trials and tribulations to distract me from God’s will. I was being distracted. I was tried, tested and had failed because I had allowed my faith to become smaller than my situation. I knew better.

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I had to refocus my faith. My faith was being tested. There were going to be situations and trials that were determined to knock me off my path, but I would be steadfast and unmovable. I needed to get a hold onto my life and center my faith. All was not lost. I am not alone. I couldn’t sit here in wallow in my pity about my circumstance. I had to kneel in prayer. To go to the one who was the keeper of my spirit.

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To seek guidance. To know that all was not lost. To know that joy cometh in the morning. I can’t act like I don’t have problems because I do. But, I serve a God that is bigger than my problems. I just had to remember that.

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No time to sit here and bemoan my lot in life. I need to get back the pep in my step and hold my head up high. This race is not over. I will keep the faith. I will keep pushing and I will keep believing because I am not meant to be a victim, rather I’m meant to be a victor.

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I can’t lose my faith. We can’t lose our faith. Don’t worry about this post election drama. Don’t worry about things that seem out of control at the moment. You and I serve a mighty God. We’ve experienced both the best and worst of times and you know what? We will survive.