As expected, 2016 posed many challenges and wins. My faith was stretched when God told me to quit my career in order to pursue my passion. It was one of the hardest but best decisions I could’ve made. August 2016 marked the start of my graduate school career. Being a single mother, full time employee, full time student, and serving at church left me with very little time to rest. These past few months have been very exhausting. At times I began to question God’s plan and He had to remind me that He has yet to leave or fail me. Finals week is approaching and I can now tell myself, “if I survived my first semester, I can survive EVERY semester.” This year marked my two-year single anniversary and one-year baptism anniversary. I celebrate both milestones because each had a part in molding me into the woman that I am today.
Towards the end of each year, I take a moment to reflect and evaluate how the following year will be even better. This year God answered one of my hardest prayer request: I prayed for God to use me. Simple enough right? Not at all. This year God placed me in the darkest places to use me as a light. At times, I wanted to quit and walk away but I kept going. This was a hard but rewarding prayer. I was able to bring light in unhappy workplaces, lead people to Christ, pray for the homeless, and more. God has given me an important vision for 2017 and I’m ready to receive my answered prayers!
How has 2016 treated you? What made this year a good year? What made it a bad year? What can you do to make 2017 the best year yet? Below is a list of things that will guide you into a prosperous new year:
- Write down your VISION and create goals that will work toward your vision
- Have TRUE accountability partners
- Stop making excuses and JUST DO IT!
- It’s impossible to build your castle without a firm foundation. What is your foundation BUILT on?
- We’re human and we make mistakes. You have the authority to fix it and keep moving forward
- Toxic relationships hinder your vision and blessings. Get rid of them; that includes friends, boyfriends/girlfriends, and even family
- You were born to STAND OUT, stop worrying about what the “world” THINKS is acceptable
- There are only 24 hours in a day. How can you make your day more productive? Less time on social media? Time is something that you CANNOT get back, use it wisely.
- Surround yourself with like minded individuals who will motivate you to be better
- Set time to reflect and de-stress
- Speak life over yourself and your situation
- Encourage yourself AND others around you
- Destructive behaviors can cloud or sabotage your vision and God’s blessings. Heart check: What behaviors are you engaging in that is causing you to self-destruct?
- Continuously evaluate your progress to ensure that you’re on the right track to see your vision come to pass
Challenge: Starting December 1st, I encourage you all to join me in a 31-day challenge. Remove the thing that is wasting your time. For me, it is social media. I will have a list of things to do and find myself spending hours on social media. I will be deleting all of my apps until January 1st. Instead, I will be reflecting on this year, writing my vision and goals for the new year, and de-stressing. I believe in mental, spiritual, and physical health. Thus, I will be incorporating a fitness, diet, and spiritual cleanse. What is stopping you from entering the new year with a clear mind?
Finish this year strong & I will speak to you beautiful people next year. I love you but Jesus loves you more!