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sorry, your goals aren’t enough.

2013 was an interesting year for me. A number of things happened, which I won’t share too much of in this post, because over the course of the next few posts, I’ll be sharing some things in detail. Over all, however,  if I could give 2013 a theme, it would be: preparation.

In 2013 I turned 25. While I’m not necessarily sure that your life randomly changes at milestone moments like birthdays, I noticed that over the course of the year, I had developed a level of maturity that I didn’t have previously. I can now comfortably hold a mirror up to myself and fairly take a look at the things that I need to fix, but also, just as important, I can see the things that are really great about me. I’m grateful for that. Everything that happened to me last year was preparing me for the things that are coming my way in the near future. Continue reading sorry, your goals aren’t enough.

Five Lessons From 2011

This is me in Italy... May 2011

It’s been a while, but… I’m back!

The new year has arrived and, like many of you, I took a little time to reflect on the last year before the new one began. I am of the opinion that you can not stay the same year after year. There’s no way that you started 2011 in the exact same place that you started 2012. Things have changed, and experiences help you grow. I came up with this list of five lessons that I learned in 2011, that I hope will be the foundation to prepare me for even higher heights in 2012. Here they are: Continue reading Five Lessons From 2011

For Auld Lang Syne & Cloud Covered Mountain Tops

I started off 2011 in a fit of tears.

You know the kind. You try to choke them back until they overpower you, leaving you emotionally open and vulnerable to the world that surrounds you? Yes. That was me. Standing in a room full of people, but alone with God. At that moment, I felt more peace and solitude than I had felt in a very long time.

The tears, were flowing from a place at the bottom of my heart; much deeper than the joy of seeing a new year. I was filled with gratitude for all of the things I had been blessed with in 2010, namely, my first degree…the people I met…overall health and general happiness. But along with the gratitude, I felt a slight twinge of insecurity.

I have been climbing this mountain toward success, but I’m at the point where the clouds are covering the peak. I have no idea where my foot will land next. It’s that unsure feeling that can really take you to a dark place of fear, that is, if you let it. It’s very similar to that feeling you get when you’re about to fall over, and you find yourself desperately flailing your arms and grasping for something to hold on to… to steady yourself… for security. Continue reading For Auld Lang Syne & Cloud Covered Mountain Tops

Kujichagulia & Vision Boards

Kwanzaa is in full swing!  Now, I won’t tell you that I’m an active participant in the celebration of Kwanzaa, but I am a firm supporter of it’s seven principles. Although it is a relatively new celebration, Kwanzaa was founded on ideas and practices that have been mainstays of African culture for hundreds of years.

Today’s principle is Kujichagulia. Translated from it’s origin in Swahili, the word simply means self determination. Self-determination allows people to act and speak independently on a personal and public level. It requires confidence and self-evaluation as well as motivation. For these reasons and more, Kujichagulia stood out to me as one of my favorite principles.

I’ve been preparing for the new year by setting goals. Not resolutions, but tangible goals that can be attained before the end of 2011. One of the new tools that I’m using this year is a vision board. Simply put, a vision board is a collage of pictures and ideas that helps you visualize your goals and make them a reality. Prayer, vision, and SELF DETERMINATION are the tools to take you from where you are to where you need to be. Continue reading Kujichagulia & Vision Boards