People often message me or tell me that they admire me for always being so positive & happy. I have to CHOOSE that happiness. We all have been on the roller coaster of life. Yes, I have dealt with depression. I choose to climb out and smile. To be honest, there were MANY moments this year that I'd rather not relive.
Over the years I've approached the new year many different ways. A few years ago I gave up on the resolution thing. So like many, I began reflecting on 2017...until this morning. I woke up and decided that wasn't the best move for me either. Reflecting implies that I will mentally dwell in that space, AGAIN. No thanks!!
So instead I'll be dwelling in gratitude Expecting more growth & welcoming more lessons.
Hello 2018, it's nice to finally meet you! 😏
I've never really been one to journal my thoughts but I recently decided to take some notes. In light of all the evil in the world, I plan on focusing on the good. If you've been following me for a little while you have probably heard me say this a lot.
So here's how it will work. At the end of each month I will write down some of my favorite moments from that month. There are really no rules other than to focus on the good stuff. I encouraging everyone to join me in this project. If you find it difficult, start by just focusing on at least three moments out of the month. If you want to share on social media please add #GoodStuff2017 to your posts so I can see, as well as the other participants. At the end of the year we will have a big book of goodness to reflect on instead of all the negativity. Who's with me?
I usually stay far away from any type of political posts for fear of starting any more uneducated bicker matches. This is not inviting a war on position. I am simply sharing my feelings in this moment of our history.
When I was a kid, Americans thought it more probable that we would have robot house maids & flying cars than electing a black man to be President. It's not that I didn't believe it could happen, I was conditioned to the point where it wasn't even a thought....never an option. I've been blessed to have lived in many places, in different countries around the world. I have seen many things and met many people. My eyes have been opened, thoughts have expanded. I was able to see Barack Obama speak twice. I will not sit here and try to list the accomplishments, there are far too many. However, I will say thank you President Barack Obama for giving young kids around the world a new vision of who they can become. You are officially added to my list of heroes.
(Seen above giving the commencement address at the greatest school in the land, Hampton University!)
Well, it's finally here....2017. for the past week there seemed to be far more people angry about 2016, then were excited about 2017. Think about that.
As a society we decided that each new year would also be a time for change. A time for us to make resolutions, something to work on in our personal lives during the upcoming year. I got away from that a few years ago. Instead I know set an intention. This denotes a certain way of living. I intend to change my lifestyle. I decided to be more selfish going forward. Something we were always taught not to do. Well, its become apparent that I need it. I need to spend some time focusing more on me. No there won't be anything too drastic. However, I have comitted to doing things, making changes, and being around people that will make ME a better person. The hope is that I will be refilled, that my light will shine even brighter. Do you have any intentions for the year? Has any of this ever crossed your mind? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts.
Yesterday I asked a question on Instagram. A question of self reflection and examination. What three things can you do today to create a better life for yourself? The answer may or may not change from day to day.
I have noticed that with myself it often takes a while to answer. Why do you suppose that is? Could I be avoiding the solution for fear of success? Do I enjoy living a pseudo stressful life? Perhaps I really don't have the answer or don't want to be accept that the answer is really quite simple.
I believe this is a good habit to pick up. If you can do it everyday, even better. You may notice a byproduct called positivity. It will happen because you will constantly be thinking of ways to be better instead of thinking about all the ways you aren't good enough. Yes, a subtle switch in thought patterns can yield some pretty great, long lasting effects.Just a few minutes can help reshape your life!