2018, Inspiration, Life Lessons, My Journey

Don’t Be Ashamed Of Your Struggle, It’s Taking You Somewhere


Don’t Be Ashamed Of Your Struggle

Everyone struggles. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your current status is in life, everyone struggles with something. Struggle is not an indication of worth or ability; it’s a sign of active engagement toward a worthwhile cause.

Struggle comes standard issue with life. No one gets out of life alive, and no one accomplishes their destiny or achieves their dream without struggle.

Struggle isn’t a reflection of what you don’t have; it’s a reflection of your determination to get what’s yours at all cost. Struggle is the evidence that you’re trying.

To be ashamed of your struggle is to self sabotage your own success. Shame is a self imposed. Stop it. Don’t allow societal pressure to dictate your self worth. Don’t allow struggle to try and convince you you’re not capable, or it will never happen for you.

Look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself

1. Am I giving it my all?
2. Is this the best I can do?

If the answer is “YES,” welcome to the club. You made it. Entrance fee paid! Keep Pushing you’re almost there!

If your answer is “NO,” stop blaming everyone else. Don’t play the victim; it’s not becoming. Fess up to laziness, lack of discipline, wrong thinking, overeating, whining, complaining; whatever your case may be. Correct it. Rise above it. And get on with it!

Correct it. Rise above it. And get on with it!

Don’t spend one more second in what you don’t want. Don’t waste anymore energy on justifying ‘what,’ or ‘why,’ just implement the necessary change and move on!

Don’t be ashamed of your struggle. To struggle is to be human. But make sure you do something with yours. Don’t struggle just to struggle; just for the story. Turn your struggle into success, into an accomplishment that can inspire others.

Make something happen out this mess you find yourself in. It’s the only way to shut your critic(s) up. It’s the only way to finally prove to yourself “I got this!”

2017, Life Lessons, My Journey

The Difficulty of Living In Between

I don’t like being in-between. I’m not who I used to be, I’m not yet who I want to be; I’m in between. 

I find it sad here; in between. I almost feel as if I am going to suffocate at times. But the next moment I snap out of it, and I realize I’m still here. 

It’s sad because I wish I were doing what I love to do but find my self stuck doing what I have to do. When does what I have to do yield it’s grip on me releasing me into doing what I want to do? I don’t know the answer.

I used to think it was me; some deficiency that kept me here. Then I gave up on that notion because it made me more depressed. 

How do you do something when you don’t know what to do? How to you fix a problem that you don’t know how to fix? I don’t think you do; you conclude. Not settle; conclude. 

Conclude means I accept where I’m at, for now. Settle means I remain where I’m at, forever. To conclude means, based on all the evidence up to this point, this is where I am, and I will be ok with it, but I won’t settle for it. To settle means this is where I’m at and this is all there is for me. 

Settlers don’t move and movers don’t settle.

SO, I guess I continue to both move and wait. I continue living each day with the expectation that this could be the day. I continue to practice my craft, get better at my dreams, and continue to perfect my skills and passion for the things I love to do, all the while doing what I have to do, until…

Until I get the call, the email, the text, or the letter alerting me that my presence is requested at the next level of life. 

The next level, I believe, is by invitation only. You don’t invite or demand your way there; you remain present until the door opens and then walk through. 

Someone WILL see you. You won’t remain in hiding forever. 

From obscurity to notoriety, your time will come. Just continue to prepare for it. It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared. 

And on the days you do feel like you are you – the you you’ve always dreamed of being – take a moment to drink it all in. Bask in the moment. Don’t let the day go by without honoring it for allowing you to put on you; even if it were but just for a day.

And when that day goes away, be prepared for whatever the next day brings. Don’t judge it. Don’t be disappointed with it. Just be in it as it is, knowing that sooner or later today will look like you’ve always dreamed it would be. 

2017, Destiny, empowerment, Encouragement, Inspiration, My Journey

Wednesday’s Word: When Life Is Finally About You!

So often our lives are filled with celebration for others. We watch other people’s success, happiness and joy, secretly wishing it was our own. 

At least once in your life, life WILL be about you. Your glory, your accomplishmentss; all eyes will be on you! And rightfully so. Not in an arrogant way, but in a way that’s “supposed to be.”

“Life comes standard with winning, so remember when you get there you are not stealing the limelight; it’s been reserved for you.” – Jeff Crume

Don’t feel bad when it’s your time! Embrace it. Bask in it. Know that this is the moment you were born for. This is the moment when you and you collide. 

Live each day, from this moment on, with the expectation that more times like these are coming your way. This isn’t the last; it’s only the beginning. Stay on this journey. Ride it out until the very end. It won’t disappoint!!